Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Sarah Palin's vacation/publicity/educational/campaign tour + a silly tweet

Nobody knows what Sarah Palin's magical history tour is all about. Family vacation? Educating America? Early campaigning? Publicity stunt?

It seems to be all of the above. Apparently, it was Todd Todd Todd's idea, as Sarah told Greta Van Susteren:

You know, Todd had this idea. He was reading on an airplane some months ago an article by Thomas Sowell, and in this article, Thomas Sowell was talking about our economy and how to get it back on the right track and how much of the solution has to do with the foundation of America.

Todd -- he texted me when he landed at the airport and said, You know, we need to remind America about our charters of liberty, about our Constitution, about our Declaration of Independence and how America was built on this idea of individual power within us, and then collectively, how we all work together to create this great union. We need to remind America how important it is to protect all that's good about America as written out in our Constitution and our Declaration of Independence. Go around the country and start talking about it.

[Can anybody imagine Todd actually writing that?]

It's not a publicity-seeking tour:

And it's not about me. It's not a publicity-seeking tour. It's about highlighting the great things about America. And the media can figure out where we're going if they do their investigative or they are going to keep kind of, as you put it, going crazy trying to figure out what we're doing.

But that's exactly what it is and cat-and-mouse game with the media guarantees maximum publicity:

"Sarah went that way!" a group of teenagers on a school trip yelled, helpfully pointing. When Palin and her group emerged from the building where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were crafted and started to cross Chestnut Street, the media mob charged down the sidewalk, scattering several groups of elementary school students.

"Watch the children!" a frightened chaperone yelled. "Don't step on the children!" (No injuries were reported.) The crush of people slowed the Palin family's progress, however. Annoyed daughter Piper, 10, pushed some camera lenses away from her.

Palin has said the PAC-financed bus trip is just a family vacation to historical sites, but nobody really believes that.

No, we don't believe that at all. Neither does a source who kows how Sarah Palin rolls, according to Shushannah Walshe:

After two days on the road, Palin now realizes a campaign “could be fun and exciting,” the source said, and she’s getting “more into the swing of things” as she tours and realizes “the press is not hostile to her.” The source added that a “big part” of the tour was husband Todd Palin’s idea; he wanted to get “back onto the road, get into the swing of things, and see how the family pulled together.”

Sarah Palin has changed her image since the visit to historical monuments in Washington DC on Sunday. Now she looks more like the old Sarah of the 2008 campaign

On a Sarah Pac post, Sarah Palin uses one her children to illustrate her point, as usual:

When Piper laid the wreath at George Washington's tomb this afternoon, I wished that every American school student could be here to see and feel the spirit of our nation's first father. Even Piper was able to grasp the significance of being in the presence of our first President - who had such diverse interests - when she told me later "how hard he must have worked to keep that farm going!" And then she added, "And can you believe he was a commercial fisherman, from DC?!"

There's so much to learn and absorb at Mt. Vernon. Washington was a very busy man who had a healthy reluctance to serve as President after having dedicated so many precious years in service to others while he lead the military. When he accepted the call to be our nation's first chief executive, he served for the right reasons. Though he loved his home at Mt. Vernon so much, this self-taught, "non politician" was willing to sacrifice his passion for farming, fishing, trade and commerce in order to answer another call of to lead the new nation.

Is she comparing herself to George Washington?

Referring to the president as chief executive reduces America to a business. That's exactly how Sarah Palin sees the whole shebang, it's all about money.

Of course, Sarah Palin couldn't charge a family vacation to Sarah Pac (not that the rules stopped her from charging the state of Alaska for her children's travel before...). The tour is non-political (financed by a Political Action Committee), it's an educational thing, it's not a publicity stunt ("Look at me, me, me!"), it's not campaigning (but I'll dress like I did in 2008, just in case). A number of our readers reckon she's looking presidential on this tour to get footage for future propaganda videos, you know, campaign ads... However, it's all being financed by her loyal supporters. Vacation or not, everything is conveniently paid with other people's money.

Grifters like to pretend they're regular folk, eating pizza like everybody else...

That's the family vacation/educational/publicity seeking/campaign tour so far...

Here's a silly tweet, complete with a typo or a new definition of a word:

Tweelete, Sarah, tweelete!