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Posts Tagged ‘Reagan 100th birthday’

Gov. Palin at Ronald Reagan Ranch

Posted by Adrienne Ross on February 6, 2011

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

Andrew Coffin at Big Government wrote an inspiring account of Governor Palin’s visit to the Ronald Reagan Ranch prior to her speaking at his centennial birthday celebration Friday night. He included great pictures of her and her family riding horses, taking in the view, and simply walking in the 40th president’s footsteps.

Coffin shares:

Our day with Governor Palin actually started much earlier than her arrival at the Reagan Ranch Center. We first greeted Governor Palin when she arrived at the Reagan Ranch itself, family in tow. Joined by Bristol, Willow, Trig, and grandson Tripp, the Governor visited Ronald Reagan’s favorite retreat for the sole purpose of walking in his footsteps, to better understand what motivated and inspired this great man. We had to ask her to let us chronicle the event in photos and video, to which she reluctantly agreed.

Governor Palin and her family spent hours at the Ranch on Friday. She met with Young America’s Foundation president Ron Robinson and Vice President Kate Obenshain. She heard personal accounts of the President’s life at Rancho del Cielo—the Ranch in the heavens—from trusted Reagan friend and confident Dennis LeBlanc and former Secret Service agent John Barletta. After touring the grounds, Governor Palin even mounted a horse—confident in the saddle—and road the very same trails the President loved with Agent Barletta. She had asked if it would be possible to ride, wanting to experience the Ranch as Ronald Reagan did.

Though it was clear the Governor enjoyed the experience, it was also clear that this was not just for her—this was an opportunity for her to share the life of her hero with her family. It was a way for her to impart her values, those she shares with Ronald Reagan, with Bristol, Willow, Trig, and Tripp, just as our organization does for hundreds of young people every year as they visit and are inspired by their opportunity to “meet” Ronald Reagan at his Ranch.

There was a moment late in the day that really sticks with me. It had been a full day–there was so much for us to share and the Governor to take in. As the tour wound down, we stopped at one of the highest points on the Ranch, where a spectacular view opens up to the Santa Ynez Valley. The day was crystal clear, and our small group could look out over the rolling hills of ranchland and wine country framed by the peaks of a distant mountain range. I shared with the Governor something the president told Barbara Walters in an interview at Rancho del Cielo in 1981. Why does this remote property mean so much to you, Walters wondered? The president’s answer was simple:

I suppose it’s the scriptural line, “I look to the hills from whence cometh my strength.” I understand it a little better when I’m up here.

We paused at this spot and Governor Palin walked a few feet away from the rest of the group, to take in more of this dramatic California Central Coast vista, and, I think, to reflect on the experiences she had at the Ranch that day.

Anyone who has visited Rancho del Cielo knows there is a remarkable simplicity to the property. It’s the ting [sic] that shocks most visitors now, as it did the world leaders who visited Reagan there. The president lived in a small, 1,800 square foot adobe with no central air or heat. He built much of the Ranch himself, including an impressive stretch of sturdy, telephone-pole fencing that surrounds the home site and pond. Everything about the Ranch reflects the great American, and, particularly, western ideals that Ronald Reagan cherished: hard work, responsibility, stewardship of the land, freedom, and opportunity.

It was clear on Friday that Governor Palin is a leader cut from the same cloth—it is these great western ideals, and the way they could be seen at the Ranch in small but telling details, that she viscerally connected with. And I have to admit, it was fun to see up close how genuine that connection was.

Governor Palin went out of the way in her speech to not lay claim to the mantle of Ronald Reagan. “Many people today are looking for the next Reagan. But he was one of a kind, and we won’t see his like again,” she said later in her speech, but it’s his principles and values to which we must lay claim.

Read Coffin’s full article here. He went on to debunk The New York Times false claims, which I wrote about yesterday, that Governor Palin didn’t mingle with supporters and that she left immediately after her speech. Click here to see pictures of Governor Palin at the ranch. Both the full article and the pictures are definitely worth a look.

(h/t C4P)

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CBN Interviews Governor Palin at Reagan Ranch

Posted by Adrienne Ross on February 5, 2011

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

While at the Reagan Ranch yesterday in preparation for the Reagan Centennial Celebration, Governor Palin had a sit-down with David Brody of CBN. The Brody File reports that video clips will be available shortly with full coverage to follow on Monday.

The Brody File has just completed a one on one interview with Sarah Palin at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara California. Video clips will be on The Brody File in the next 24 hours. A full report on the interview with Sarah Palin will air Monday morning on The 700 Club.

We talked about her take on the situation in Egypt and President Obama’s response, President Reagan’s legacy, her faith, how she’s trying to help the mainstream media and the CPAC Conference controversy.

(h/t Whitney)

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New York Times Misrepresents Palin at Reagan Celebration

Posted by Adrienne Ross on February 5, 2011

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

(photo use courtesy of Ron Devito)

We’d all like to know what Governor Palin’s 2012 intentions are. But is that any reason to write lies and misrepresent people? If you’re The New York Times the answer is yes, apparently.

In an article entitled “Palin Keeps Position Clear and Intentions Vague,” Jeff Zeleny takes on her speech last night at the Reagan 100th birthday celebration given by the Young America’s Foundation. His article is mostly just a thinly veiled complaint that Governor Palin hasn’t yet filled him in on what road she will take in 2012. His title alone bespeaks his real beef, but he gives several other indications (emphasis mine).

There’s this:

She did not, however, provide any fresh clues as to whether she will join the Republican fight to challenge President Obama or simply offer commentary from the sidelines.

Then this:

Before arriving here on Friday, Ms. Palin has been unusually out of public view in recent weeks, stoking curiosity about her political intentions. But to an audience of conservative leaders, along with several top-shelf Republican contributors, she did little to suggest that she is preparing for a presidential campaign.

And this:

There is, of course, outsized curiosity surrounding Ms. Palin. And in recent weeks there has [been] growing frustration from many Republican activists that she is not making any obvious moves toward deciding whether to run.

Even though none of the prospective presidential contenders have formally declared their candidacies, there is a robust amount of behind-the-scenes activity under way, particularly in the courtship of advisers, activists and contributors. Yet Ms. Palin stands alone in her approach, employing an unorthodox style that offers few clues as to whether she plans to enter the race.

Deal with it, Zeleny. You will find out what the Governor’s intentions are when she chooses to reveal them. And let’s be honest: had she made some grand announcement, the title of your article would have been “Palin Usurps Reagan Centennial to Promote Her Own Ambitions.” He then would have gone on to excoriate her for being so self-indulged that she failed to recognize that the night’s event wasn’t about her but about Ronald Reagan. Come on; you know I speak the truth.

While crying over having to wait to find out what every one of us wants to know, he somehow misses parts of her speech. He writes:

For Ms. Palin, a speech on Friday evening to a conservative group that gathered to pay tribute to President Reagan offered an opportunity to connect herself to the most iconic figure of the Republican Party. Yet she did not use the appearance — one of the highest-profile Republican platforms in months — to move beyond familiar criticism or attempt to prescribe a new or specific remedy for what she sees as missteps in the Obama administration.

Stacy Drakes succintly addresses this:

Mr. Zeleny either didn’t listen to the speech, or he has a problem identifying anything outside of a new government program as a “specific remedy.” Governor Palin offered many remedies to ills that face our nation. She mentioned domestic energy production, for one. She mentioned cutting corporate tax rates. She also talked about cutting government “back down to size,” and cutting overall spending. She discussed reforming entitlement programs, reducing over-burdensome regulations, and ending the cronyism that is corrupting our system. Perhaps Mr. Zeleny should listen to the speech again, or learn that not every solution comes by way of more bureaucracy.

Finally, Mr. Zeleny’s day’s work wouldn’t be complete if he didn’t promote the diva meme. He does so by criticizing Governor Palin for not stooping so low as to actually mingle with the guests who attended the Reagan Centennial. He’s wrong, however. He incorrectly reports:

Presidential contenders, regardless of their celebrity, are put through a gauntlet of rituals that require a delicate air of patience as they deal with their admirers. Prospective candidates, particularly if they are courting supporters, routinely sit through dinners and mingle with guests. But in her case, Ms. Palin entered the room only for her speech and left immediately after.

The appearance here was marked by tight security and rigid rules, with guests admonished to stay in their seats when she arrived.

Too bad he is annoyed by the level of security, but with haters threatening her life as they do, he’ll just have to get over that. As for not taking time to court supporters, either he wasn’t paying attention or he’s blatantly lying to his readers. Governor Palin agreed to participate in a photo shoot after the speech, and that is exactly what she did, posing with each guest. She may have left the room, but she did not leave the building. She spent time availing herself to the people who came to hear her, see her, and spend time with her. As always, she was gracious to all who were in attendance. Kate Obenshain, vice president of Young America’s Foundation, announced the photo shoot immediately after the Governor’s speech, so I’m not quite sure how Jeff Zeleny missed it. Of course, he most likely didn’t miss it. It’s just that reporting, “After speaking to the crowd on issues vital to the future of America and shaking hands with attendees, Governor Palin then spent over an hour posing with people” wouldn’t have fit his narrative, now would it?

I wonder if The New York Times will correct the record. I doubt it, but maybe they’ll surprise me.

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