Alaska's proximity to Russia and why that emboldens Palin's foreign policy credentials happened in the real Palin and Couric interview as we discussed earlier. The SNL writers thought that was pretty good material.
Russians hanging around
"You got Alaska here, this right here is water, and this is Russia," Palin (Fey) explained using her hands to assist. "So, we keep an eye on them. Every morning, when Alaskans wake up, one of the first things they do, is look outside to see if there are any Russians hanging around. And if there are, you gotta go up to them and ask, 'What are you doing here?' and if they can't give you a good reason, it's our responsibility to say, you know, 'Shoo! Get back over there!'''
It would have been a missed opportunity had the writers not lampooned the "I'll get back to ya'" gaffe that the real-life Palin used when Couric stumped her. They played that line when discussing foreign policy.
COURIC: "What lessons have you learned from Iraq and how specifically, would you spread democracy abroad?"
PALIN: "Specifically, we would make every effort possible to spread democracy abroad to those who want it."
COURIC: "Yes, but specifically what would you do?"