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Where Were You When…Three Years On

Posted by Ron Devito on August 29, 2011

Three years ago today at 1226 EDT, Presidential Candidate John McCain introduced former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to the world. While some of the conservative cognoscente knew who she was and advocated for her to be McCain’s running mate, Gov. Palin was unknown for most of us until that moment. Instantly, the unknown Gov. Palin became a household name and remains so today. Palin blogs and websites were few and far between that day. Likely not a single site with “4P” in its name existed then. Today, over 100 dedicated Palin sites support Gov. Palin and possibly an equal number of hate sites try to destroy her.

Three years ago today, I caught her speech a few moments after it begun as I left my employee lot to get a Gatorade lunch. I did not know her name. I did not know what she looked like. In the two blocks I drove before I had to pull over to the side of the road, Gov. Palin – SARAH – rocked my world, divided my calendar, and got a political observer active. I heard the spirit of President Reagan resurrected in a woman’s body. The first great leader we had seen in a generation was emerging. That day, Gov. Palin stole my heart. She finished the job not even six weeks later, when she signed it in Bethlehem, PA, once again rocking my world and dividing my calendar.

Gov. Palin has accomplished much in these three years. To simply link to all them would fill over 100 pages. In her final seven months as Alaska’s Governor, Sarah Palin accomplished more than seven of New York State’s governors had in 50 years. When she selflessly stepped down to stanch the flow of frivolous ethics complaints, Gov. Palin’s trajectory soared even higher.

She authored two books, hosted an eight-part documentary series on her home state, was the subject of a full-length feature movie, became a sought-after speaker commanding top honorarium, and is a Fox News contributor. She conducted humanitarian missions in cholera- and earthquake-wracked Haiti and in Alabama following devastating tornadoes. The former Alaska governor has raised over $120,000 for wounded soldiers, walked for autism, and the March of Dimes, among others. During her final seven months as Governor, Sarah Palin coordinated and led an airlift to distressed villages in remote western Alaska, sacrificing the political primping and priming, champagne and caviar of the 2009 CPAC conference. The little children to whom she personally distributed supplies were far more important than the Washington DC elites. Around that time, SarahPAC was born. Soon, SarahPAC – which did not yet exist three years ago today – may become far less important, being supplanted by a Presidential campaign.

Since becoming a private citizen, Gov. Palin has traveled to Hong Kong, Canada, India, and Israel. In Israel, Gov. Palin met and broke bread with Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu. She is arguably the only private citizen who met, dined and spent a substantial amount of time with a head of state in recent history. Though Gov. Palin has long been an energy expert, she honed her acumen in economics and foreign policy over these past three years. Her writings have been featured in the Wall Street Journal.

Gov. Palin could announce her candidacy for the 2012 Presidential election any time now. Some had speculated it would be today. I think it will be a time, place, and method of her choosing. Regardless of when she ultimately announces her decision, now is a good moment to reflect on what brought us here in the first instance:

Where were you when…Gov. Palin shattered a glass ceiling with her sonic boom?

6 Responses to “Where Were You When…Three Years On”

  1. Joy said

    That clip with O’Reilly was SO annoying, I couldn’t bear watching it all!! He kept interrupting Palin SO many times – like a virtual Chris Matthews’ harpy, shrieking his thoughts and opinions adnd only using Palin – the guest – as a sort of backboard for his tennis strokes!! Both asking and answering his own questions!! I’ve only seen a couple other O’Reilly interviews with Palin, ’cause I can’t stand O’Reilly, and, IMO, nothing’s to be gained for going on the air with that total bloviator!!

  2. Pat Dooley said

    I took the day off work so I could see who McCain had picked. I was hoping against hope that he would pick the Governor of Alaska. I had been following her career for some time, and regularly visited a blog dedicated to promoting her candidacy. When she emerged, my wife and I both whooped and hollered. In our memories, that day ranked the highst points in our lives. I look forward to two more such days. The first will be when she announces and the second when she wins.

  3. Pete Ortiz said

    The only thing that i don’t hear from her is much is about illegal imigration, need to scure our borders!

    • Don’t you remember how she stood with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on the illegal immigration laws there that the Obama Administration sued them for? Below is an O’Reilly video from July 2010 in which he talks with Governor Palin about illegal immigration. The segment with Governor Palin starts at about 2:30 minutes in. Note that O’Reilly interrupts her repeatedly. In later interviews, Governor Palin refused to let him do this.

  4. Run, Sarah, run!! I am ready and waiting for instruction on how I can specifically work to elect who will be one of the best presidents The United States of America will know!!! Do it your way, Sarah. You’ve made it work in the past and will once again . . . don’t let the good ole boys esplain how it works.

    I still believe Sarah Palin is the one candidate that owes no one anything. I believe her advisory choices will be based on those best equipped to advise and decisions based on what is best for the country.

  5. Lillypond said

    I am so excited I wish I could fly…Fly to Indianola, IA to hear the Governor on the 3rd.
    It would be America’s sad day if we are so divided and ignorant of the opportunity God has given us to choose a great, great leader as
    our next president, Sarah Palin! May His mercy on this nation allow us to open our eyes and see this very historic time and gift before it is too late!

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