Carolyn Kaster/AP
January 23, 2009 08:45 AM

She may be back in Alaska, but Sarah Palin has a high-powered connection in Washington: the same lawyer who represented Barack Obama and both the Clintons when it came to their book deals.

D.C. attorney Robert Barnett has been retained by the former GOP vice-presidential candidate, 44, to represent her as she tries to sell her own book, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Laura Bush reportedly received $2 million for her highly anticipated White House memoir. Hillary Clinton’s 2003 bestseller, Living History, generated an $8 million advance.

TV Deal in the Works?

Barnett – who has also brokered TV deals for Brian Williams, Lesley Stahl, Neil Cavuto, Christiane Amanpour and Dr. Sanjay Gupta – had no comment.

Immediately after the election, stories swirled that the telegenic Palin might be considering a TV career.

In the meantime, Palin, who is halfway through her first term as Alaska’s governor, kicked off her State of the State Address Thursday night in Juneau by congratulating President Obama and saying that he is in her prayers.

Noting that the newly inaugurated chief executive has his work cut out for him, Palin said that if he “governs with the skill, grace and greatness of which he is capable, Alaska’s going to be just fine.”

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