Couric had danced with the governor of Alaska third, after Fox and ABC. Here's what we remember: Couric peeling Sarah Palin like a raw carrot on issues of foreign policy and the economy. " writes Palin in her best-selling memoir, Going Rogue, spending a full nine pages on a postgame analysis, charging "the perky one" (as she dismissed her on Oprah) with editing out her more substantive answers and asking her 12 times about her views on abortion and the morning-after pill."I think I probably had to re-ask because she wasn't as responsive as she needed to be," says Couric carefully, also denying she cocked her head with what Palin calls a "heavy dose of condescension" when she asked which newspapers and magazines Palin was in the habit of reading. "That was a real detriment for me earlier in my career because I had a kind of young look. Couric beams such approachability that she found herself a new best friend in the gate-crashing Salahis as they waited to go through the magnetometers at the Obamas' first state dinner in November. "Everybody was taking pictures with their Black Berries. ' from Mommie Dearest" (as opposed to sexy-lady Faye Dunaway from Network)."I don't know if you remember, but [ABC's Charlie Gibson] went up to Alaska and everything? "One day, I will talk about it at length," she says, rankled by the fact of the best seller's indictment but under obvious instruction not to go there. Those were the days."She's still rocking a young look, thanks to tennis once a week, Spinning, yoga, Pilates. Couric complimented Michaele Salahi's dramatic costume. I don't know, I always thought that was poor form," Couric remembers. Couric reaches for an apple-green blazer she wore only once. "Sometimes I feel like a little Barbie that people dress." The vox pop has made its preferences known: "With the job I have," says Couric, "it's much easier to pick apart what women are wearing, and I think the less ammo everybody has, the better." When she went short with the hair a year ago, she didn't ask permission.
I’m the marrying kind, even though I’ve only been married once. I’m actually very traditional in many ways.”Couric’s dating life has come under public scrutiny in the past, especially her previous five-year relationship with financial executive Brooks Perlin.Of course, network news is by definition stories relayed via visuals, and the portraits on the walls of Couric's office of trailblazing American women — Sally Ride, first in space; Wilma Rudolph, first to collect three Olympic golds in a single Games; Amelia Earhart, first to fly solo across the Atlantic — tell a story, too, elevating her own famous profile to a select pantheon.Today, three weeks shy of 53, Couric looks tomboy terrific, that barely-made-up face betraying zero surgical workmanship, the fabled legs making those giant strides for women in black leather riding boots.The TV host just accepted a marriage proposal from her boyfriend of almost two years, New York financier John Molner.Molner, 50, popped the question at sunset on the beach in East Hampton, N.