"At times visibly nervous, at others appearing to hew so closely to prepared answers that she used the exact same phrases repeatedly, Ms. Palin most visibly stumbled when she was asked by Mr. Gibson if she agreed with the Bush doctrine. Ms. Palin did not seem to know what he was talking about. Mr. Gibson, sounding like an impatient teacher, informed her that it meant the right of ‘anticipatory self-defense.’"– Jim Rutenberg, The New York Times, Sept. 11, 2008.
"Mr. Gibson, who sat back in his chair, impatiently wriggling his foot, had the skeptical, annoyed tone of a university president who agrees to interview the daughter of a trustee but doesn’t believe she merits admission."– Alessandra Stanley, ibid.
"Palin attempts to fake it for 25 seconds with a swirl of generalities before Gibson, showing all the gentleness of a remedial social studies teacher, interjects."– Jack Shafer, Slate, September 11, 2008.
"We’ve all been in that situation. You cram hard for an exam, trying to anticipate every possible question. And when the professor asks something you aren’t prepared to answer, your stomach drops, the blood rushes from your face, your mind starts racing, and you try not to panic… That must have been what was going through Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s brain when ABC News anchor Charlie Gibson, with his benign, professorial air, asked her, ‘Do you agree with the Bush Doctrine?’"– Blake Hounshell, Foreign Policy, September 11, 2008.