Is this a preview of what Sarah Palin can expect should she ever decide to enter the rough and tumble (i.e. outside the confines of her Facebook safety zone) world of political campaigns? If so, it appears Palin did not acquit herself all that impressively.
Over the weekend whilst filming for her upcoming TLC special on Alaska Palin apparently got a taste of the real world. The exchange happened in Homer, Alaska “thousands of miles away from DC” where Palin was “out on a commercial fishing boat, working my butt off for my own business, merely asking the Democrat politicos and their liberal friends in the media: “What’s the plan, man?” (According to HuffPo’s Shannyn Moore, a local of Homer Alaska, there appears to be some question about the legalities of that commercial fishing boat.)
Moore also reports that ‘the plan’ for one local was hanging a protest sign saying “Worst Governor Ever.” The exchange happened when a grinning Palin — to her credit — stopped to inquire about the sign. The audio below is not great — the video was apparently taken on a cell phone much to the displeasure of the security contingent Palin was traveling with, also Todd — but you can make out Palin attempting to answer local school teacher Kathleen Gustafson‘s questions about why she’d quit being Gov. to pursue a celebrity lifestyle. Palin: “I’m honored. No, she thinks I’m a celebrity!”
Palin uncomfortably strives to remain her cheerful self even when Gustafson says: “You swore on your precious bible that you would uphold the interests of this state, and then when cash was waved in front of your face you quit.”
Palin, hands clasped: “Oh, you wanted me to be your Gov., I’m honored.”
Gustafson: “I wanted you to honor your responsibilities, that’s what I wanted. And to be part of the political process instead of becoming a celebrity.”
Palin responds to this by jumping around to her usual talking points — protecting the constitution, supporting the troops — before her daughter (Bristol, I think) jumps in to say “that’s funny you think she’s a celebrity” and that her mother is now representing the “the United States.”
According to Moore, and likely this will be the anecdote that goes wide, “at one point, a Palin daughter chanted, “You’re just jealous”” however I can find no evidence of this on the tape. Moore also claims that after talking up her support of freedom of speech one of Palin’s detail ripped down Gustafson’s sign, though again there is no evidence of that on this tape.
Truth be told, what I find to be the strangest moment in the minute-and-a-half recording is Palin’s reaction to Gustafson saying she is a school teacher; the knowing glance she gives to her family as though that explains it all. It’s almost as though Gustafson said she was a community organizer.
Anyway, it’s interesting to see Palin involved in an unscripted exchange, particularly with a former constituent, in so far as she did not waiver once from the persona we frequently see pop up on Fox News. If she ever does decide to throw her hat officially in the ring it will be fascinating not only to see if she maintains this facade under more vigorous and public questioning, but also whether the “United States” finds this facade acceptable. Watch below. Or you can probably just wait until the cablers track down Gustafson and she pops up on a slew of shows in the next few days.
UPDATE: Sarah Palin responds to the “lamestream” media’s response to the exchange. Short version: she loves teachers. Also, she’s making a documentary about Alaska that you should watch.
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