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Archive for September 6th, 2009

Today Is Former Alaska First Dude Todd Palin’s Birthday!

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on September 6, 2009

Just a little while ago, the news arrived through the grapevine that today is the former First Dude of Alaska’s birthday! So on behalf of the authors of Sarah’s Web Brigade and the Sarah Palin Information Blog as well as all of the members of the Sarah Palin Web Brigade, I want to wish Todd a very happy, if somewhat belated, birthday!

Most of us were introduced to First Dude Todd Palin at the same time that Governor Palin emerged on the national scene as John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 election. We watched as he stood by her side at the Republican convention and throughout the campaign. We watched as he filled in for her at important functions in the Lower 48 when she was prevented from attending by her responsibilities in Alaska. And we watched as they held hands at the inauguration event after Governor Palin gave her farewell speech.

Tonight, we would like to express our appreciation to Todd for being the great role model that he is as we wish him a happy birthday and many more happy, prosperous years ahead. It is our hope that someday Todd will be the First Dude for the Lower 48 as well!

Just for a little reminiscing, here are some articles about Todd from over the past year that we have known him:

The ‘First Dude’ in his element

Esquire Reveals What Prepared Todd Palin for His Wife’s 2008 Vice-presidential Run

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Happy Birthday, Todd Palin

Posted by Adrienne Ross on September 6, 2009

By Adrienne Ross –

Today is Todd Palin’s birthday.

If there is one thing Sarah Palin has made clear to everyone, it’s the fact that the Palins are a team. Every success she has enjoyed is a success for the entire family. Todd Palin’s unwavering support of his wife enables her to lead in this nation at a time when we need that leadership.

I remember meeting Todd for the first time in Auburn, NY. I said to him, “I just want to thank you for being so supportive of your wife and for having such quiet strength.” I think you all know what I meant, but what I was saying was I appreciated his willingness to allow Sarah to be such an influence and his being secure enough in who he is not to stand in her way.

He responded by saying they were a team and that he does what’s necessary to allow her to fulfill her purpose, and she allows him to fulfill his, as well. In other words, one role is no better than the other; they’re in it together. That oneness is quite obvious.

Happy Birthday, Todd Palin. God bless you.

Here are pictures I took of Todd and Sarah in Auburn, NY on June 6, 2009.

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She’s Got IT

Posted by Adrienne Ross on September 6, 2009

By Adrienne Ross from

Governor Palin’s support continues to grow, which completely baffles those who never understood her support to begin with. After the media malpractice, after the bogus ethics complaints, even after Levi Johnston, she remains strong when much weaker souls would have been laid to rest by now. How is that possible? Keep reading.

I will always remember the first time a student came to my defense in class. Somebody said something disrespectful, and, before I could open my mouth, someone else said, “Don’t be talking to Miss Ross like that!” Silence followed. That was the end of that–until the next time, of course.

That’s when you know you’ve got it.

Now, I don’t actually need my students to stand up for me because I do pretty well by myself. In fact, it’s a good thing I didn’t get a chance to respond–good for the student who uttered the disrespectful comment, that is. I don’t take a lot of mess, nor do I have to. Overall my students have always loved and respected me, and I have very few behavioral problems. The reasons, I believe, are simple: I love and respect them first, they think I’m cool, and I can “bust ’em down” in basketball. That’s my recipe for success! I’ll add to that one more ingredient: I was in a staffing with a parent who relayed the story of why his child said he never gave me trouble, though he gave other teachers trouble. According to this parent, his son said, “‘Cause Miss Ross will knock me out!” Nice mix of respect and fear there, I suppose (though I’d never do that!). I say all that to say I can clearly handle myself.

True authority, however, is revealed when I don’t have to.

To this day, I have no recollection of what the first student uttered, just that he was put in his place rather quickly by his classmate. Now, I don’t advocate students being aggressive with other students, but I do believe that harmless positive peer pressure goes a long way. Because one student came to my aid, I could get on with the business at hand without taking the time to deal with nonsense, saving myself for bigger issues that really need my attention.

I was thinking of this in light of Governor Palin. Some don’t understand why so many of us speak up and fight back when we hear her being smeared by the likes of the mainstream media, anklebiters on the Left and the Right, and even her daughter’s ex-fiance’. “What’s with all these people,” some say, “these bloggers, these activists, these supporters, and why won’t Palin herself address every allegation thrown at her?” We all know she can handle herself, so why doesn’t she deal with every single issue? The answer is simple: she doesn’t have to.

See, most of the attacks against Governor Palin are like the comment in my classroom: distractions meant to take her attention from what’s important, slurs and accusations intended to sting and bite, and all-out attacks with the hopes of sparking a fiery retort so the process can continue. And for what? To wear her down.

Each year I get new students, several of whom would say in a heartbeat, “We got your back, Miss Ross.” Now, they know good and well I’m no pushover and certainly no punk. However, dealing with every individual about every comment is a waste of everyone’s time, and it doesn’t accomplish anything. Students who speak up, out of respect for who I am and what I represent, allow me to just keep on steppin’– never missing a beat, never being sidetracked, never wasting energy.

Then, when something big arises, I’ll use that reserved energy to deal with it.

Governor Palin, too, has plenty of opportunities to decide to speak or to be silent, to defend herself or to keep on steppin’. More often than not, wisdom tells her to keep on steppin’–and that’s when we step up. That, I suppose, is part and parcel of the “online footprint” first written about here and then commented on here and here. She doesn’t need to ask anyone to have her back. Before she turns around, we’re already there–just as my student addressed his peer before I could even open my mouth. We’re there on Twitter, on Facebook, on our blogs, on talk radio. Everywhere you turn, we’re there, so she doesn’t have to fight every single battle because we’re fighting for her.

Again, that’s true authority. That’s when you’ve got it, and today, more than ever, public servants need it–and they need a whole lot of it. The more we can step in the ring and throw some punches and block some unfair hits for them–and the more of us who do so–the more strength people like Governor Palin can reserve for the bigger battles.

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