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Chuck Heath, Sr. and Chuck, Jr.’s First Book Signing Stop–Rochester, NY

Posted by Adrienne Ross on October 1, 2012

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

I gave a little taste here, but the Rochester, NY event with Chuck Heath, Sr. and Chuck, Jr. requires more detail. They arrived after being delayed several hours at JFK, causing them to miss an NBC television interview that night. It was raining rather hard, but it would have taken more than that to require such a lengthy delay. Interestingly enough, they never found out why they were delayed for so long.

I made the four plus hour drive up to Rochester Friday evening and was excited to do so. I arrived at Barnes and Noble before 1:00 p.m. Saturday, which was the time the book signing was scheduled to start. Prior to the event, word had already gone out that the media had chosen not to give this book signing any publicity. One reporter supposedly said advertising it would be an exercise in “bias.” Another pretended they wanted a press release at the last minute, although I soon learned that when they had been approached before, they said they weren’t interested. When they got that press release, they did nothing with it. Then you have the Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester’s big time newspaper, which also didn’t do its part. As Chuck, Jr. said, perhaps their name says it all. The bottom line is the authors should be able to show up and meet and greet people, sign autographs, and discuss their book, without worrying about the publicity end of things. Publicists have to do the heavy work ahead of time, and as this situation shows, they must be relentless in following up with media that don’t want to comply. They must ride the media and refuse to take “no” for an answer. Gone are the days when people can just expect members of the media to do their job.

I am left with two predominant feelings after my time with the Heaths yesterday. First, I am more baffled by–and impatient with–those who have demonized the Heaths and Palins, who have done everything in their power to promote lies and tear them down. These people are clueless, and their assessments are flat out wrong. Second, I am more determined than ever to continue this fight to stand behind the Heaths and Palins, to combat the lies, and to budge not one inch in my commitment to promote their integrity, defend their character, and pray for their well-being.

This really is my only regret. The Heaths deserved a New York welcome with crowds around the corner. This book merits that, and their hard work merits that. It’s not like they don’t have ample support in that part of New York. Everywhere they went, they ran into supporters of Governor Palin who had heard nothing about the book signing. I wish they would have received the welcome they deserved.

Having said that, the event was wonderful for those who attended. They made each one feel special and appreciated. They signed, talked, took pictures, and was as gracious as we have come to expect from the Heaths and the Palins.

I was glad to be able to help with the book signing. I took books from those in line, turned them to the title page, and passed them on to be autographed. I snapped pictures. I was able to meet people, and several talked about reading some of my writing or following me on Facebook. It was humbling, and I enjoyed every moment. It was Governor Palin’s father and brother they came to see, however, and they relished their time with them.

The Chucks arrived early, and they remained at the signing table past their scheduled time. Afterwards, they said they were going to take a stroll to the supermarket, Wegman’s, and asked if anyone wanted to follow them over. This is the kind of people they are–just regular, down to earth folks. A few of us made plans to meet them at their hotel later that evening and go out to dinner. They rode with me to the restaurant, and my thought was, “Man! I should have vacuumed my car!” Before they got in the car, though, they identified it and said, “That must be your car.” The Palin bumper stickers gave it away!

Dinner was going to be at the Olive Garden because the Heaths had never eaten there before, but when we arrived, we learned that the wait was going to be almost an hour. The Heaths had a phone interview to do in a couple hours, so we decided to go next door to Applebee’s. We had a short wait there, but spent the time talking, laughing, and watching football.

Over dinner, Chuck, Sr. and Jr. talked about Governor Palin, their new book, the Kate Gosselin episode of Sarah Palin’s Alaska (That was surely interesting!), and other things. I learned some things I never knew, and I enjoyed the company tremendously. Both men are very humble, still find this life they’re living now to be surreal, and obviously think the world of Governor Palin. Sometimes the hardest people to win over are members of one’s own family. Sometimes winning the respect of family is harder than winning the respect of strangers. This is definitely not the case with this family. They are so proud of what Governor Palin has accomplished, and they readily acknowledge her as a person of integrity, courage, and Christian values. Her deep commitment to doing what’s right, something they say she possessed even at a young age, is not lost on them at all. It’s also not anything new. She was guided by this even as a mayor and governor. It is refreshing to hear such pride and trust in their voices as they speak of her. It is natural, therefore, that the abuse she has taken these last few years rubs them the wrong way, to say the least. This book is one step toward setting the record straight.

I learned stories that were edited out of the book. Come to find out the book was about 1,000 pages long before the editor scaled it down. Chuck, Sr. said some of the best stories, he feels, ended up on the editing floor. Not to worry, however. What remains is very good. It hasn’t been that long since I read Our Sarah and wrote the review, and already I want to read it again.

I love that we all held hands and prayed when our meals came. I love that we ate, drank, and laughed heartily. I love that we sat there conversing with ease: Chuck, Jr., Chuck, Sr., Deb, Tim, Lori, Deb, and yours truly. The Heaths are such regular folks, so real and unassuming. I couldn’t help but think that even the haters would’ve forgotten their anti-Palin/Heath fatuity after just five minutes sitting at that table with these salt of the earth Alaskans.

I wore my Alaska Grown sweatshirt; Chuck, Sr. wore a Wasilla, Alaska shirt; and Lori wore her Wasilla Warriors t-shirt. Here we all were in New York, but we were representing the Last Frontier in conversation, company, and clothing.

I now enter a new week with new memories and with a renewed commitment to remain in this fight. The Heaths made New York the first stop on their book tour, having written a book that shares the truth about Governor Palin and illustrates the actions and adventures of their family. They left New York having made many of us feel like more a part of their family than we already did, and as all good families say to one another, so say we to them: “We’ve got your back.”

New York was the start, but the Heaths are traveling the country. Please be there when they come to your state. Show your support during this book tour. Governor Palin reminded us today of their book signing schedule. Please check it out here and make plans to attend.

Enjoy a few more pictures. Some of these are courtesy of yours truly. Others are courtesy of Deb Farrell Howard, Joyce Wiedrich, Katie DiFrancesco, Deb Heisler, and Lori Brenneman.

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A Taste of Our Sarah: Made in Alaska Book Signing in Rochester

Posted by Adrienne Ross on September 30, 2012

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

Yesterday was the first day of Chuck Heath, Sr. and Chuck Heath, Jr’s book tour for their newly released book, Our Sarah: Made in Alaska. Governor Palin’s father and brother traveled to Rochester, NY after a week of media appearances in New York City.

I made the trip to Rochester to participate in this event. You’ve just got to love the Heaths. It is obvious why Governor Palin is such an amazing person. She gets it honest, as they say. I’m hitting the road, heading out of Rochester and back home, so I will share more later. In the meantime, I will share two pictures below. I have already posted a number of pictures on Facebook, as have others, but enjoy these two here.

To read Chuck, Jr’s accounts of their time in Rochester, please click here, here, here, and here. He has a way with words–and he’s hilarious! Read/see pictures about everything from underwear, to dinner, to the “massive crowd” at the book signing.

Check it out:

More to come…

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Our Sarah Rochester, NY Book Signing Details

Posted by Adrienne Ross on September 27, 2012

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

It’s been a busy week for Chuck Heath, Sr. and Chuck, Jr., “the two Chuck Heaths,” as Governor Palin calls them. Her father and brother’s book, Our Sarah: Made in Alaska made its debut with a flurry of interviews by the two authors. This weekend, they add a new dimension to this rollout, embarking on their book tour, which commences in Rochester, New York this Saturday, September 29.

Barnes and Noble is the location, and the store is in preparation mode to make this an enjoyable and successful event.

Here’s their address and contact information:

Pittsford Plaza
3349 Monroe Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
585-586-6020

Below, find important information about the signing event in Rochester. Please keep in mind, this refers to the New York signing only. For guidelines regarding other book tour locations, contact those particular venues.

The book signing event begins at 1:00 p.m., and Barnes and Noble will begin handing out tickets at 11:00 a.m. Each ticket will have a number, and Chuck, Sr. and Chuck, Jr. will sign books for people according to those numbers. In other words, the person who has ticket number one will get to greet the Heaths first.

People are encouraged to remain at the store once they have received their tickets. This will eliminate a situation where someone receives a ticket and leaves, while others have remained in line, only to have that person return and move to the head of the line.

Barnes and Noble does not require attendees to purchase their book from their store (although that would be a kind gesture, since they have opened their doors to allow this gathering). While people do not have to buy Our Sarah from Barnes and Noble to get in line, no one will be allowed in line without a book–whether purchased there or elsewhere. Those who do buy from the Rochester Barnes and Noble must do so before getting in line.

Please take note that Barnes and Noble does not allow attendees to present other books or materials to the Heaths to sign. The book signing is for Our Sarah only.

As Barnes and Noble is trying to get an idea of how many to expect for this exciting event, they encourage phone calls for questions, clarifications, or comments.

Who is planning to attend? Please leave a comment here to say you’ll be there or to tell us of others you know will be there at 1:00 p.m. this Saturday, September 29.

I encourage everyone in New York and neighboring states to attend and support the Heaths’ labor of love. They have written a book that allows a close-up look at Governor Palin, providing details about her no one else has been able to provide.

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I’m Speaking at Rochester 2012 Draft Sarah Committee Meet-up

Posted by Adrienne Ross on January 22, 2010

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

2012 Draft Sarah Committee Meet-up in Rochester, NY

As many of you already know, the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee is having a Meet-up tomorrow, January 23rd, in Rochester, NY for those who live in Rochester, Buffalo, and the surrounding areas. The gathering is an informal time for attendees to introduce themselves, mingle, and have a bite to eat. I will also be speaking, during which time I will discuss Governor Palin, the purpose of the Committee, and where we believe we’re headed.

People who are already involved with the Committee—from organizers to email subscribers—are planning to attend, and some are attending simply to learn more and ask questions.

You are invited, and so are your friends!

Information:
Bathtub Billy’s (private room)
630 Ridge Road West
Rochester, NY 14615-2898
4:00 p.m.
(585) 865-6510

If you have further questions, please email me at NY-Organizer@2012 draftsarahcommittee.com or JD, our Rochester local organizer, at NY-ROC@2012draftsarahcommittee.com.

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Purchase Going Rogue Pictures

Posted by Adrienne Ross on December 23, 2009

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

As you know, on November 21st, I was at the Rochester Going Rogue book signing. Photographer Shealah Craighead has now put the pictures of the event online, and they’re available for purchase. She took over 1200 pictures in New York, and I am particularly excited because I had the honor of volunteering at the event, which affords me a multitude of pictures from which to choose. I will definitely be purchasing a few. Great job, Shealah!

Early in the photo album are two pictures of the Governor and I conversing, taken in the back upon her arrival, but there are so many others where I am in the background having the time of my life. Seeing these photographs was like reliving that amazing experience where I got to hear so many people interacting with her. I wrote about that experience in detail and included pictures and a video here and followed up with more pictures here.

Go straight to the Rochester, NY photo album by clicking here to see what it was like for me to work alongside Governor Palin that day, and see all the people who came out to show their support for America’s common sense conservative.

Go here for a choice of other book tour stops of which you’d like to see pictures.

If you took part in the tour, treat yourself by purchasing one or more pictures, and if you know others who participated, why not surprise them with pictures they will surely cherish for many years to come?

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Going Rogue with Governor Palin in Rochester, NY–Pics & Video

Posted by Adrienne Ross on November 25, 2009

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

Governor Sarah Palin came to New York on Saturday. I have been looking forward to sharing the details with you, but I needed a little time. First, you have to understand how I function. I am wired as a thinker. Some say I think too much. It takes me time to process things. Then when I share experiences, I purposely leave things out. That is because I am also wired to feel that some experiences are cheapened when you try to put them into words. So much gets lost in the process. Also, for me, trying to write or speak about things that matter to me deeply is sometimes a rather painful experience–even if the experience was joyful. I know some of you just read that and thought, “What?!” But I know instinctively that there are a few who thought, “I totally know what you’re talking about, Adrienne.”

So here goes…

I was excited when I learned the governor would be in Rochester. Rochester is a four hour drive for me, a short drive as far as I was concerned. I went to college right outside of Rochester, so I have friends there. It would be a great opportunity to see Governor Palin again and visit with my friend, Paula, since I would be staying at her house.

The highlight for me was being given the opportunity to serve at the book signing. I use the word “serve” on purpose because that is exactly the way I saw it. I was glad that I would be able to do whatever needed to be done for Governor Palin. It didn’t matter what it was. I wanted to get to spend time with her, but I also knew that if helping out meant otherwise, then so be it. I was just glad to serve someone who has served God, her family, and the American people so faithfully. That was my number one desire–and the Lord opened that door for me. It amazes me how good God is.

I got up at 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning and drove to Rochester. When I arrived at the store prior to its opening, I saw the multitude of people outside. Wow! The line went all the way down and around. Many, if not most, of these people had camped out all night–in cold Rochester, NY.

I entered the store, and my work day began. I met up with the others who were working on the Palin team for this event. Marty and Russ were two of them. Between them there was incredible experience working for President Bush, with the McCain-Palin campaign, and doing advance work for years. It was interesting to be able to get to talk and share throughout the day.

We were responsible for various things, like setting up the book display, planning the route the crowd would take, deciding how things would flow, choosing the music that would play in the background during the signing. We set up the table where she would be signing and arranged the back room where she would be entering, getting it ready for pictures, etc., as we greeted her upon her entrance.

One responsibility was addressing people in the crowd when there were too many people and the wristbands were depleted. Of course, everyone was hoping that they would still get to meet Governor Palin, but with the crowds she’s drawing, we just weren’t sure. We told the people that if she was able she would surely sign for even those who did not secure wristbands, but there was no guarantee. The governor had sent autographed book plates, however, which made many people very happy.

Marty, Russ, and I went to Wegman’s for lunch, and after eating we picked up a few things that the governor would need. As we gathered the items, I couldn’t help but think back to the anonymous McCain staffers who called her a diva and said she was demanding things during the campaign. Her response to that had been that she didn’t ask for anything except an occasional diet Dr. Pepper. Sure enough, that was about all that was on her list: diet soda, water, and some straws. Hardly a diva’s demand!

A couple hours prior to the governor’s expected arrival, everything was in place. I changed clothes and got to mingle with some more people outside. It was cool to meet people who knew who I was, some from Auburn in June, some from reading my blog, some from Team Sarah. Everyone was so excited about meeting Sarah Palin.

In the back room, I was privileged to meet Ms. Betina and her dentist, who had driven hours to be there. I knew she was a friend of the Heaths. Mrs. Heath had told me about her before, and I was looking forward to meeting her. We had a wonderful conversation, and I enjoyed her wisdom and strong Christian faith.

Two lines had formed outside: one for wristband wearers and one for those without who had lined up anyway, just in case she would be able to get to them before she had to depart. I had a desire to go talk to those without wristbands–just wanted to encourage them. I felt like being around them, as I had such respect for their perseverence. So I went out and talked to some people. Some tried to get me to tell them which way she would enter and if she would arrive on the bus. Everyone wanted to see the bus. No bus in New York, though. I laughed with those asking, but I gave no information, and we joked about that.

When word came that she was just a few minutes away, those who were going to greet her and work that night gathered in the back room to wait for her arrival.

I knew she would have Piper and Trig with her, and I was looking forward to seeing them again. I knew that Mr. Heath, the governor’s dad, was also in New York, and I figured he and I would laugh about basketball again–and we did. He was talking about a game of H-O-R-S-E.

I was especially looking forward to seeing Mrs. Heath. Originally she did not expect to be in New York, so when I had learned she would be, I was so glad I would get to see her. Like her daughter, there is something very special about her. I couldn’t help but remember the last words she spoke to me on July 26th in Alaska when I said goodbye to her at the Governor’s Farewell Picnic.

I wrote (emphasis added):

At the end of the picnic when I went to say goodbye to the Heaths, Mrs. Heath said, “Oh, we will see you again.” I said, “I know you will.”

I remember blogging then that there was just something about the way she said it that resonated as truth within my spirit–whether she realized it or not. Read that full post here.

I was delighted to see her again.

The governor was greeted by everyone in the back who awaited her arrival. I was last in that receiving line, and she gave me a warm hug, and we conversed briefly before she went out to sign for over a thousand waiting people. It’s funny because the first time I met her in New York, I felt like I did all the talking. This time she talked, and I was humbled by what she said. All I could do when she spoke to me was reciprocate her own words, for they were more of what I wanted to say to her than what I expected her to say to me. I especially cherish the last two words she spoke to me prior to heading out to the people. It wasn’t like she spoke them to me; it was more like she spoke them into me. I thanked her and then said the same to her, for they so apply to her. I know you’d like to know what she said, but that’s one of those things I will keep to myself. Sorry…

Jason Recher, who has been alongside Governor Palin through every aspect of this tour, offers loyal assistance to her. Now, every person who was working the event was to be strategically placed. It was vital that the supporters knew where to go, that the line continued to move, and that everything went smoothly. I was going to sort of be floating throughout the store. However, Jason sent for me to stand next to him at the table with the governor. I was feeding the books to him, and he was then feeding them to her to sign. Sometimes he would have to go take care of something, so I would feed the books to the governor directly. The whole experience was so completely surreal for me. I totally believe in having a servant’s heart, and here I was doing what I wanted to do: just serving.

Being up front like that allowed me to see what goes on, which made me so appreciate Jason, whom I had met in Auburn. Again, I just respect people who are not necessarily looking to be seen or be applauded, who simply see someone they can support and do so. Jason gained my respect back in Auburn, but it grew when he spoke out a few times in recent months to counter the attacks by McCain staffers who were trying to throw the governor under the bus with flat-out lies. He calls a spade and spade and does so in no uncertain terms. While some of these staffers were acting like children, Jason stood up for the truth like a real man.

I watched him sit next to the governor, give her books to sign, make sure she took a break to stand and stretch. I watched him hold her soda can for her so she could take a drink. I observed him get up from the table and come back with Trig in his arms, sit Piper on his lap at the table, and converse when necessary with Governor Palin. In case you cannot tell, I love people who have a heart to serve. I was impressed with Jason for that reason. I thank God that she has loyal people like that around her. That has been my prayer for a long time.

The best part of being at the table with the governor, however, was watching the people’s interaction with her. I found myself overwhelmed at times. She has touched so many lives. People were approaching her in line, and as they came near, I could see some suppressing tears. Others just let them flow. One woman said she had told herself she would not cry. Others were shaking. Of course, over and over, people were staring and saying, “She’s so beautiful!” I remember hearing that in both Auburn and Alaska. I will repeat what I said when I first met her: television and pictures do not do justice to how beautiful she is, and you could see that on the faces and hear it on the lips of those gathered. They were in awe. She possesses both an inward and outward radiance.

Governor Palin asked every person’s name, shook everybody’s hand, and never denied a request. Technically, she wasn’t going to personalize anything, but she never said no when asked. Technically, she wasn’t going to engage in too much conversation due to the number of people gathered, but she didn’t rush anyone along. She listened to all the people–young and old–who said they loved her, that America needs her, and that she inspires them. She listened to veterans and reminded them that the book is dedicated to patriots like them. She listened as some spoke of her son, Track, and wanted her to give him something they had brought. She took extra time with those in wheel chairs and asked about their conditions. She encouraged a young woman headed to college who said she was nervous. I heard the governor say, “Don’t be nervous. The world is your oyster.” She congratulated newlyweds, and shook little children’s hands. She commented on patriotic T-shirts and asked what people do for their life’s work. She proclaimed, “God bless you,” and repeatedly said, “Thank you.” People told her to keep fighting, not to let them get her down, begged her to run in 2012, and one even said, “You are our country’s last hope.” Many told her they were praying for her and believing for God’s best in her life. I was blown away.

I already knew people respect Governor Palin and appreciate what she represents. However, there was nothing quite like being right there, a foot away, seeing the tears, hearing the hearts, and feeling the love. It was real, it was tangible–and it was reciprocated. I say again what I have always said, and what I knew in my bones the first time I met her: Sarah Palin is the real deal.

What a joy it was to see a smiling Trig and Piper, tired but helping out at the table. I looked back a couple times to see Mr. Heath smiling at his daughter and Mrs. Heath looking on approvingly. At one point, as I was working with the books, Mrs. Heath came behind me with a hug and just said my name.

The governor came early to Rochester and stayed late, determined to greet everyone, even when it caused her to run late for her departure. I was so glad when the crowd without the wristbands got to meet her and have their books signed. I said to a couple of them as they waited to greet the governor, “Persistence pays off, doesn’t it?” I enjoyed conversing with people as they approached. Some were voicing their excitement or wiping their tears. I told one who was trying to maintain composure, “I totally understand.”

Much too soon, it seemed, Governor Palin was on her way, having made some avid supporters ecstatic, most of whom camped outside Borders in Rochester, New York all night long, many of whom remained there all day–just for a few seconds to tell her to keep on keeping on, to share her impact on their lives, and to express gratitude for what she represents and the sacrificial service she has given in spite of the abuse she has received. Her signing their copy of Going Rogue was just icing on the cake.

Shortly after she left, I went in the back to gather my belongings, and a few of us were going to go grab a bite to eat. That included Kristina from Inspiration Sarah, her sister, Katelyn, Ron from Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s Accomplishments, and VidSweet. I had been on my feet all day, and my dogs were barking, as they say. When I came out, ready to leave with the rest, a man stormed his way inside, threw eggs at a display of the governor’s books, and said, “Sorry, I missed you, Sarah!”

I was in a bit of shock for a split second. When my brain thawed, my first thought was, “Did he get eggs on my autographed books?!” Eventually I thought of my clothes and asked if I had eggs on them. Sure enough, I did, for I had been standing right next to the display. I then went out after him and was told that he was gone. After standing around like, “What in the world just happened?” Kristina said, “Are you going to change clothes?”

I changed, and when I came out I was told that the cops apprehended him and needed to talk to me. When I saw him, I verbally lit into him and asked what the deal was. He admitted that his intent was to hit Sarah with the eggs. He was sorry that he hadn’t gotten there sooner. When he realized he hit me with the eggs, he apologized repeatedly and asked for my address so he could send me money for the dry cleaning bill. (Don’t even ask a dumb question. Y’all know I did not give that man my address!) He seemed to be a complete nut, and I got on his case about his trying to hurt the governor. He said he had watched something on television about her that made him upset and he let his emotions get to him. What in the world?!

It all boiled down to his having to pay for the several books he destroyed. I chose not to press charges, since I would have to stay there later to go through the process and return there to go to court (at least once). I live four hours away.

I was tired, and it was late. I wasn’t sure what to do at first, but I made the decision to let him go. The police felt they had sufficiently scared him but left the decision up to me. Although I later regretted letting him go, I am back to believing I did the right thing. Legally, I was supposed to charge him for hitting me with eggs. However, I really couldn’t have cared less about the eggs on my clothing. My real beef was that he wanted to hurt Governor Palin. So I really would have been pressing charges because of his intent, rather than what really took place. I let him go and let the cops deal with him. They had him in the back of the cop car.

The scary part was seeing that a person could just as easily have come in with something more dangerous than some eggs and done some real damage. The media needs to get its act together. Many in the mainstream media have done their best to demonize Governor Palin. They have painted her as anti-women, anti-books, anti-animal rights, anti-Black (MSNBC loves that one), anti-everything. They have said she is a liar, dangerous, and a religious nut. In my mind, their vile, biased, and demonic attacks against her hold some responsibility for the egg-attack. So-called journalists need to return to what they were hired to do–fairly report facts not push an agenda–or they will find they have caused more damage than some books and clothing splattered with yolk.

The Egg-Man certainly could not taint the day. I had rather it be me than the governor anyway, and I tell you what: dude should be very, very glad she was no longer there. If he had come a few minutes earlier and managed to hit her with eggs, he would have gotten jacked up. I will leave it at that. It seems like his tardiness was an act of God, not just for Governor Palin, but for him. Trust me; it would not have been pretty.

Sunday evening is when it all sort of hit me. The previous day’s events came swirling back at me, and I was humbled beyond words. When I reflected, all I could do was thank God. In fact, even as I worked up front during the signing and looked over–listening to people, watching them–at times I was just silently praying–for her, for God’s plan through her. At times, I just found myself quietly saying, “Thank You, Jesus.” But Sunday evening and Monday morning as I prayed, it really hit me, and the cloud that had separated the full intensity of wonder from my consciousness lifted, and I was able to get a peek at the full picture. You all won’t understand that because that is something between God and me, but the fogginess cleared–and I wept. Okay, there, I said it! I’ve never pretended not to be emotional!

I am so happy for Governor Palin, for Jason Recher, for her entire staff–all those who have worked so hard to make the Going Rogue book tour such a huge success. The American people have spoken. We appreciate a real leader. We’re not using an Ivy League education, a law degree, and the praises of elitists as our measurement for leadership either. We’re smart enough to have chosen–as our yardstick–integrity, common sense, intelligence, hard work, love for our soldiers, and a commitment to freedom.

People slept outside for just one chance to meet the woman who fits that bill. They went without food. They endured the damp, cold weather. They waited in long lines. And they hoped against hope that–even when the huge crowd made it look impossible–they would get a chance to see her and to say the same thing to her she has been saying to them, “Thank you.”

Cops manning the outside of the store

Supporters waiting for Governor Palin

Russell, who worked for the Mccain-Palin campaign, posing with the Governor’s book.

Eggs on my clothes

Governor Palin came around the table to visit with supporter in wheel chair


Crowd waiting in line

Eggs!

In back room with the Heaths, Ms. Betina, and others

Posing at the table the governor will use later to sign books


Posing with Kristina and Jason Recher


Ms. Betina and I in back room


Helping Governor Palin (H/T VidSweet)

Governor Palin listens as supporters share with her (H/T VidSweet)

I can’t help but smile (H/T VidSweet)


Video clip of working alongside Governor Palin. Thank you, VidSweet, for filming the video. Thank you also, Sheya, for your help with the video.

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