On Second Thought: Episode 5, Ms. Palin Goes to Washington

This was the scene before Mom came out to speak at CPAC.

This was the scene before Mom came out to speak at CPAC.

Trust me, it’s crazy to see your life on television. That’s why every week, I’m going to do a blog posts called “On Second Thought.” These posts are where I will go over the episodes of my Lifetime show as I process the issues presented now that I’ve seen them aired.  I hope you’ll join me for these weekly posts – which will undoubtedly be part-confession, part-explanation, and part-celebration of my life right now!

Episode Five, Air Date: July 3, 2012

Washington, DC is not my type of place. I don’t love being up to my neck in politics, and it’s hard not to be in the nation’s capital.  However, it was worth flying down to do a book signing and to see Mom speak.

As many of you know, “Not Afraid of Life” came out last year.  (It hit the New York Times best sellers list!!) That meant, I spent much time at book stores around the country signing copies of my books and meeting fans.  I met people who voted for my mom in 2008, who voted for me on Dancing with the Stars, and who generally loved all things Palin.  I don’t thank you guys enough, but I do appreciate all of you who’ve stuck by me throughout all the drama.  You’re the best, and I loved meeting some of you face to face.

The booksigning in Washington was a little more nerve wracking than normal.  As soon as we got into DC, we saw Occupy Wall Street had set up protests outside our hotel.  They were screaming, yelling, and trying to get inside to disrupt the events.  Since the book signing was pretty close to the hotel, would they follow us? Thankfully, we had a wonderful – and gigantic! – security guard and no one caused trouble.  Once again, I was happy to meet so many fans in person.

I’d never attended the American Conservative Union’s CPAC, but it apparently is the most energetic conference of the year.  There were thousands of people there, yelling for their candidates.  This was before the Republicans had selected a nominee, so groups of supporters could be seen at the conference shouting each other down.  “Santorum!” one group would shout, only to be shouted down by another group shouting, “Romney!”  It was really crazy.

Of course, Mom wasn’t running for anything, but excitement seems to follow her. After our book signing, we went back to the hotel and got ready for Mom’s speech.  As you may have noticed during her 2008 Vice Presidential run, she loves to interact with people.  She shakes hands, hugs babies, and talks to everyone.  Willow and I don’t necessarily love this about her, especially when Occupy Wall Street was looming in everyone’s minds.  Would they get inside?  Would the police be able to keep them out?

As we settled into our seats, the room was completely packed, with lines of people snaking around the hallways as they waited to get in.  All of the other candidates had given speeches before Mom, but no one can captivate an audience quite like she can.  It’s hard to tell from the footage that Lifetime captured just how loud the room was.  They must’ve only had a microphone on Mom, but the audience was absolutely deafening as they clapped and yelled for her.  She had more standing ovations than I could count!

Then, an activist for Occupy Wall Street interrupted her speech.  I couldn’t tell what the protester screamed, but I could tell he was not yelling “Amen!” When the activist interrupted her, everyone went crazy, shouting “USA! USA!” They weren’t about to let him be able to steal the spotlight.

Mom handled it with her usual charm, and I was so proud of her.  She really has an amazing gift.  I might not have recognized it as she was nagging me to keep my dirty clothes off the floor of my room when I was a kid, but in a room the size of that auditorium?  It’s undeniable.  She can energize an audience like no one else.

Mainly, of course, she’s just mom to me.

When we got back to the room, Willow and I surprised her with a cake.  We knew we’d celebrate later with our family, but we wanted her to know that we remembered her birthday.  Our time with Mom in the hotel room provided some of the most memorable lines of the show so far:

Willow: I’d never want to live in DC.

Mom: Why?

Willow: Liberals!

And then, when Mom told her that she needed to “give hairdressers a good name,” she said, “I got into one of the top beauty schools!”

I love this episode, because it showed us for really what we are.  A typical American family, which finds itself in the most unique circumstances imaginable.

That’s why it’s always exciting to be a Palin!

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  • http://essexandorange1773.com Ray

    Bristol, I had no idea you had a book signing CPAC weekend. I would have been there to meet you and get my book signed by you had I known. All I was able to do was get a brief moment to give you a “BELIEVE” button I was wearing while your mom was shaking hands.

  • http://FaceBook Cricket Nichols

    Loved the show and can’t wait until next week…..don’t make any difference to me that they changed the time.

  • Ruby

    Do you seriously think only liberals live in dc or on the east coast? That shows how you are very misinformed. And occupy wall street is a peaceful, not violent protest group. Your mother fights for freedom for all people, does she not? She spews her verbiage about Obama taking away our freedom.
    protesting is a form of individual freedom, which obviously you do not agree with. And why would Ows care about your book signing. Do you even know what the movement stands for? It’s about the rights of everyday propel, the people that you say you are and uour family us. Seriously, your show getting bumped into oblivion is the best thing that could happen to you. Now you can go study up on what real life us about and not have to hang your head in shame.

    • hrh

      OWS is peaceful? 417+ arrests would say otherwise:


      And these aren’t just “disturbing the peace” arrests. Check out the facts before you lie about OWS.

      And yes, Obama is taking away our freedoms. You’re just not paying attention.

      I live in CT. And yes, there are conservatives on the East Coast. They’re just bullied out of power by the violent OWS types.

      • Patriot

        Should I post a link to all the tea party protests where they brought guns and posters with violent sayings on them?

        • RefudiateObama2012

          Yeah, why don’t you try that. Out of the thousands of Tea Party gatherings, there have been no arrests of any TPers. The only injuries sustained have been of TPers attacked by lefties. Oh, and when the TPers leave an area, they pick up after themselves.

        • otlset

          It would be more exciting to hear about the rapes, murders, assaults, drug-dealing and taking, lice and filth and disease, and of course the empty-headed slogans from people in the OWS encampments who when asked have no real idea specifically what they’re protesting about. They are an embarrassing and ignorant lot, fueled only on misguided ‘feelings’ based on biased and incomplete information about the topics they choose to whine and “protest” about.

        • http://yavho0 millie

          By all means you do that!! I want to see them. There were some cases where they early on
          had invaders come in and show themselves but that was quickly taken care of by the Tea
          Party organization. They wanted to made the Tea Party look bad and that was talked about
          in the media. And yes you did not see it on the liberal media.

          • Diggertoo

            How many copies of Bristol’s book were actually sold? A brief search tells me 17,000… Wonder what percent of that 17,000 were given out free at her mothers book signing?

    • Truth101

      Give it a rest, Liberal Rudy! Most of the people in Occupt wall street are bums. Go bother Obama and his loons.

    • http://yavho0 millie

      Do you really want to say you support OWS!!!! Are you one of them and getting paid for
      protesting???? If they are a peaceful protesting group I would hate to see what you would
      think a unpeaceful protest would be like. They are people who don’t want a job, but want
      a living handed out to them. Living off the taxpayers. They will vote for Obama because
      they want the so call intitlements hand out. They are not smart enough to know that the
      intitlements are Obama trying to get votes and the money that he plans to use for the
      hand out is not there even if he is able to hand out some it want last. Another Obama
      And Bristol being Sarah’s daughter, sure the occupier would go after her if Sarah had not have
      been in town. One of the biggest misconception is when one thinks he is smartier than anyone
      else and will call others dumb just because they don’t agree with you way of thinking.

  • Tracie

    Bristol, just wanted you to know that my kids (2 girls ages 12 and 10 and 1 boy age 7) and I have watched your show from episode 1. We look forward to it each week. Thank you for allowing us to come into your home and sharing your life with us. You are a great example for my girls! Keep up the great work and remember we are all a work in progress molded by the Lord. He isn’t done with any of us yet, praise God!

  • huntingmoose

    “Ms. Palin Goes to Washington”

    a lot of unfinished business there and not just the fact that those suckers overthere do not know how to live and work without electricity anymore.

  • Maggie

    Well, Willow, as a liberal I personally think Santorum is filled with BS and Romney is only a little better. Liberals rule! But Bristol, I think you are doing a wonderful job with Tripp. I read your book and thought it was wonderful. Keep up the good work!

  • Misty

    It was a real cute episode! It was funny what you and your mom have to go through. Sarah has a real good attitude about it, thanfully.

    • Misty

      Oops, I mean thankfully.

  • TeePartyJeezus

    “Thankfully, we had a wonderful – and gigantic! – security guard and no one caused trouble. ”
    “I love this episode, because it showed us for really what we are. A typical American family”

    You cant make this stuff up.

    • otlset

      Unfortunately they now need security to protect themselves from the violence and death threats aimed at them. It’s an increasingly sick and violent world.

  • TeePartyJeezus

    “Willow: I’d never want to live in DC.
    Mom: Why?
    Willow: Liberals!”

    Sweet, irrepressible little Willow. How long until she downs too many wine coolers and squirts out another member of the Palin tribe?

    • Susan

      When women on the Left “drink too many wine coolers” and get pregnant out of wed-lock, they just murder the child via abortion. Doesn’t say much about their character, courage and ability to love, does it?

      • TeePartyJeezus

        You make a good point- they abort the thing, rather than parlaying it into a reality show, and making a nice living off of it. No one knows how to turn a quick buck like a conservative, I grant you that….

        • otlset

          It’s a good use of her adorable Trippy asset there, in taking advantage of the fame they now have to cope with and have obviously decided to turn to their advantage. Too bad you don’t have the double-edged sword of notoriety to craft into a mighty fine living for yourself. Oh and did I mention she pays taxes from it into the system?

      • Jellybean

        What a load of B.S. Liberal women KNOW how to use birth control. They have parents who know that teens might have sex and therefore ensure they have the information they need to protect themselves. The highest teen pregancy rates are in contard RED states. And if you believe all of these stupid girls are giving birth and not aborting, I have a bridge to sell you in Alaska. Contard women pretend they are so pure when in fact they are like rabbits, but because the church and mommy and daddy don’t want them to have any sex education, they pop out kids like candy out of a pez dispenser.

        • http://yavho0 millie

          Again, does your mom and dad know you are writing this stuff??? I bet you are only
          about 10 or 11 years old.
          State your source on the Red state teen pregancy!!

          • LMA

            In 2010, the top 5 states with the highest teen pregnancy, in order from highest to lowest: Mississippi, New Mexico, Arkansas, TX, and OK. With the exception of New Mexico, all states went to McCain in 2008. This links shows a longer list, with lots more RED states represented! You must be so proud…


          • LMA

            New England states have the lowest teen-pregnancy rates. And you’ll remember, millie, those states went BLUE in 2008.

          • Jellybean

            Oh, that hurt Millie. I’m crushed.

          • Patriot

            Ha ha ha ha! I love it.. Millie your an idiot. Turn off Fox news and go outside for a change.

          • otlset

            Well see, it’s because the majority of the pregnant teens were busy having babies or getting abortions and couldn’t get to the polls to vote, giving McCain the edge.

          • Diggertoo

            Millie…do facts hurt your head?

        • sodakhic

          Have you been to Chicago, Jellybean?Talking about popping them out left and right and they get $2,000 a child from the taxpayers.

          • Jellybean

            I can see right through your post soda. Innuendo is not your strong suit.

          • otlset

            Naw, Jellybean kills time here on Bristol’s blog to post spiteful and nasty comments he actually seems to think are clever. People do that sometimes, you know, to feel better about their own miserable lives by causing harm and lashing out at others. In this case a young woman and family he’s never met, yet feels compelled to come here frequently to insult and disparage.

          • Jellybean

            Are you the President of the Palin fan club ot? Do you go to bed at night with bristol and sarahs books nestled in your arms? Do you dream of someday sitting around the campfire with the palin family roasting marshmallows after a wonderful day shooting baby moose?

            Seek help ot before it’s too late.

          • otlset

            Jellybean makes my case…again! He can’t seem to help himself.

          • TeaPartyJesus

            “Jellybean makes my case”

            JB cracks me up. Funny, and prescient, all at the same time. A wonderful combination in a troll : )

    • Truth101

      Hi TeeJeezus Loon, Why don’t you worry about the 50 million abortions in his country? You knockin up and then run to the assemble line to abort.

      How does it feel to live in a country where men have given women the right to commit murder so that the men can get rid of their mistakes?

    • http://yaho0 millie

      Hey, don’t you have something better to do or are you one of the occupiers out there!!!

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