Q Has strutting around in a swimsuit become anachronistic?
A Strutting around in a swimsuit was something I had to do to compete and ultimately win Miss America. It’s not my favorite category, but I have to admit it was the phase of competition I had to work the hardest on to win. At 5 foot 3, I’m height challenged! So I had to work extra hard to get rid of the college 15 and at least look presentable in a swimsuit.
Q Are you imagining the members of the audience naked while you are walking around on stage in a swimsuit?
A I was always just concentrating on not tripping.
Q “Toddlers & Tiaras” is good or bad for the beauty pageant world?
A I’m not a fan of “Toddler and Tiaras” because I’m not a fan of kids competing in pageants. Tons of moms approached me when I was Miss America to ask my advice on how their daughters could also win. And I always said to concentrate on school and sports or a talent; things in life where kids can learn discipline and structure and build confidence in themselves from the inside out. Pageants should be for young women who are old enough to make their own personal decisions.
Q Name two things President Obama has done well. (And you can’t say he’s a great husband and father.)
A President Obama is a master campaigner and fundraiser. He was also effective at simplifying his message, making it easier to resonate with many of the voters.
Q You look like someone with political aspirations. Any chance you would come back and pick up the Michele Bachmann mantle after she leaves office? [And this question was written before the announcement, because I just had a feeling.]
A I’m very interested in politics because I speak about it on a daily basis. Never say never.
Q If you ran into former MSNBC show host Keith Olbermann, who savaged you regularly as a “Worst Person in the World,” what would you say to him?
A Keith who?