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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  • aaron krohn

    I’ve now seen the first six episodes…..and love them all!!!
    Thanks for the “behind the scenes” at CPAC……and in your hotel room for Sarah’s B-day!!!
    Thanks for the intimate look at your and Gino’s relationship!!
    (It appears marriage is in the picture!!! Good luck!!!!)
    Thanks for that B-day party at your Grandparents place!!!!
    Thanks for showing us how GROWN UP Piper has become!!!!
    So tall now!!!!!
    And thank you for showing us what a great dad you have, and all those moments with Trig and your beautiful son!!!!
    I especially loved the part (in either episode 5 or 6) when you were putting Tripp to bed!!!
    That was so warm and loving!!!!
    You are a FANTASTIC mother!!!!!!!

  • http://kcruey.scentsy.us KC Ruey

    I love seeing your family as you are, I think a lot of people forget that those in the spotlight are still just people. I’ve never understood why people go crazy when they see someone who has been in the media in some way. Quick question I’m hoping you can answer for me, I haven’t found the answer anywhere…..what is the name of the song and singer for the Life’s a Tripp opening?

  • http://EileenS Eileen Steller

    Regarding RUBY: you have obviously not read a newspaper or watched the news. Many women were raped during the OWS haydays by male OWS protestors. Drug use was rampant, they deficated on cars, tinkled on the streets, stole each others electronic devices, made alot of restaurants and stores loose customers and that cost them money, left parks covered in human waste and garbage, cost tax payers millions of dollars in police salaries, cost shop owners tons of money in restoration and clean up, tourism revenues were way down-just to name afew things that went on. granted, there were a hand full of OWS protesters that were clean and well meaning but they were the exception and not the rule. Also, when the Tea Party protesters gathered anywhere, they obtained permits and paid for the use of that area where as the OWS protestors did not pay one cent into the coffers to offset police coverage or the cleanup. The TP protests did not require any cleanup costs as they often left a place cleaner than when they arrived. You need to do your own research on this to become more informed as to what is going on outside the world of your parents basement and their computer. Bless your heart, I hope this advice helps you.

    • Diggertoo

      Sources please. Simply writing this down does not make it true.

    • BlueVA

      Eileen, you’re a dirty nasty liar. The story at Sue’s link says that sexual offenders have taken advantage of well-meaning protestors who have embraced the spirit of Occupy and shared their tents. Also, it says that the Occupy movement has taken steps collectively to prevent further attacks. Eileen, you should be ashamed of your nasty, filthy mind, willing to believe the worst in humanity simply because of political disagreements. You’re disgusting.

  • Michael Mills

    I love watching you guys interact on the show. It’s really you. It’s not scripted. It shows just how much of a normal American family the Palins really are. I hope the show continues because I love watching you, Tripp, and the entire Palin family.

  • Kathy Sleen

    I don’t follow your show but I like to read your blog. I held the banner with Willow in the Chugiak Parade back when your mom was running for Governer. In that parade your Grandpa Chuck Heath was just as popular as your mom, because he was a very popular school teacher in that town. You girls have handled all this fame well .Good wishes from Wasilla.

    • Mariah

      Wow you are lucky!! The closest got to Sarah was in Lemoore. She gave a speech and I got to shake her hand. Then this annoying woman yelled out something like she was going to kill Sarah. I got shocked. The cops dragged the woman out and next thing I know Sarah was gone. My dad said well least you got a hand shake. It didn’t matter. I was just glad I had the money to see her. That was a night I will never forget.

      • TeePartyJeezus

        ” I was just glad I had the money to see her. ”

        “Money” being the operative word there- Sarah dont give it out for free, nosiree….

        • Mariah

          Oh stop. So I have a question. If you hate Bristol and her family so much then why are you even here? Go do something with your life.

          • TeePartyJeezus

            I’m just celebrating my right to free speech. The only people going on and on about “hate” are the sychophantic palinbots here.
            No one should be above criticism- Bristol decided to make herself a public figure, and now the public is weighing in on what they think of her. Please try to not hate freedom so much- it doesnt look good on you.

  • http://yavho0 millie

    Now on a positive note. Bristol I have also seen all six episodes and loved everyone of them. You and
    Tripp are doing a wonderful job. In fact your whole family is doing a wonderful job. The more I
    see of your family the more respect I have for all of you.
    Enjoyed seeing you and Mark meeting up. You both seem so confortable around each other. You
    look like you both love to laugh. Good for friends to get together.
    I am ho

    • http://yavho0 millie

      hoping that your reality show will somehow continue. Seems like the decent things on TV are not
      given a chance.

      Note: My post, posted before I was through.

  • truga

    Is it possible for you to get your TV program back to 10 PM as 11 PM is too late for many people. Comcast has stopped doing the podcasts of the show so I can’t watch it the following day. Is somebody trying to shut your program down? It would do great during the “family hours.”

  • Patriot

    There’s enough stupidity in washington with the tea party republicans so please do stay away…we don’t need to add to it.

    • liberty

      Patriot you should leave Washington then that would fix the problem.

    • Mariah

      Why hate so much? Just relax. Your blood pressure will go up. And that is not good. Don’t hate this much. And anyway if you hate Bristol Palin and her family so much, why are you even here?

  • Mariah

    Bristol dear, stay strong!!!! I will tell you my story. This is how I found Christ!!!!!!! I was a freshmen in high school. I had been depresses for as long as I can remember. I had been in chat rooms to make me happy . Then the night before spring brake ends, I had told this guy that I wanted to end my life. He had gave me his number if it didn’t work. I took lots of handfulls of meds. I was sure I wouldn’t make it through the night. The next morning I was so up set. I had called him and left a message sayi.g it would be plan b. I get to school. Then, before I know it, three cops were there. They quickly took me to to the hospital. The doctors thentold me I was lucky. I onky damaged my stomach lineing. I remember one doctor tell me that God loves me. And he is here. He has a plan for me. I am his and only his. After that I quickly went back to my old ways. The drugs. Then, my grandpa gave me a book to read. Guess what that book was? You got it Going Rogue by Sarah Palin. I read the end and thought of the day my life aas saved. I then went to beach camp with the church. It was there I gave my life. So, I wpuld have never made it if it wasn’t for those cops and your mom. And that is my story. God Bless You Bristol!!!!