In Case You Missed It

So, after my last post, I got a lot of comments from people saying they were sorry they weren’t at CPAC to hear Mom’s speech.  Well, those of us who were there know there’s nothing like being in the audience when she’s on a roll.  But, I did find this video of the speech in its entirety for your weekend enjoyment.

In the comments section, tell me your favorite part — when the crowd shouted down the Occupy Wall Street guys?  The Washington-DC-as-a-hot-tub line?

You gotta hand it to my Mom — she nailed this speech.  (And you can’t tell it from this video, but she was delivering it in some very cool shoes!)

UPDATE: You asked, I deliver!  Here’s a photo of the shoes she was wearing!

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Backstage at CPAC

When I was posting below about my co-author Nancy and her adopted kid, it made me scroll through my iPhone photos from CPAC.  Did you hear about my mom’s awesome speech?  I lost count of how many standing ovations she got.  Here’s a photo of my mom as she was leaving the stage, signing an autograph – Willow and I were standing behind her – and I thought it would be funny to take a photo of Nancy’s two oldest kids who were watching from the VIP Lounge.  (See the two of them up at the top in the middle section, standing together?) Nancy was texting me photos of me and Willow as we watched Mom speak!  Also, it looks like there’s a Secret Service agent escorting Mom from the podium – but don’t worry.

I don’t think it was  that Secret Service agent!

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White Republicans Raising Black Children

Here we are at an Alabama book signing, where Naomi was more interested in playing with Tripp than posing for a photo!

I’ve met many of you at book signings I’ve done with my co-writer Nancy French.   A few months ago, I was in Washington, DC where we were signing copies of “Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far.” (Have you bought your copy?!) It just so happened that CPAC was going on down the street, so we also attended some of those functions.

My mom delivered an amazing speech, Occupy Wall Street tried to interrupt her talk, and reporters were everywhere.  (In other words, it was a lot of fun!) However, the Huffington Post posted video of Nancy and her family between the speeches.  Immediately, there were over a thousand very hateful comments.  Why?

Nancy and her husband David have three kids – two who are her biological kids and one she adopted from Ethiopia.  Believe it or not, the liberal HuffPo readers were angry that Nancy – a Republican – would raise a black child.

Angry yet?  Read her article called “I Am a White Republican Raising a Black Child: Deal with It” and let me know what you think!

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Teaching a Boy to Fish

You know the old saying, “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day.  Teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for the rest of his life.”

Well, my son Tripp hasn’t caught his first fish yet, but we’re trying our hardest to make sure he enjoys the Palin family tradition of fishing in the great state of Alaska!

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Energy independence, National Security, and Financial Prosperity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How did you celebrate Earth Day?

What?  You didn’t realize yesterday was Earth Day?

Well, if you forgot to “save the planet” by buying inferior-yet-more-expensive recycled products or by planting a tree, you might as well head over to National Review to read my mom’s thoughts on the holiday:

On this holiest of days for EcoLiberals, how about if Americans celebrate Earth Day with responsible energy development that leads to greater independence and conservation?

There’s no better way for President Obama and his administration to celebrate Earth Day than to embrace a real, environmentally sound commitment to energy independence instead of relying on foreign countries that lack environmental safeguards. One aspect of the “all-of-the-above” approach I have been discussing for years involves, of course, the necessity to “drill, baby, drill.”

It’s no secret that throughout America, including the very wealthy state of Alaska, we find a storehouse of natural resources that God so benevolently dumped underfoot, just waiting to be tapped. ANWR, for example, is screaming to be used to help bring prosperity and national security to America. Indeed, there is an inherent link between energy and prosperity and energy and security. On this day, as many are focused on preserving the planet, environmentalists need not fear that the land or wildlife would suffer from the wise decision to drill here. As Alaskans know, ANWR is not some luxurious vacation spot teeming with Bambi and friends frolicking through waterfalls and flower-strewn mountainsides, as environmentalist fundraising advertisements depict it. It is a vast, remote, desolate, frozen area available to be used with a tiny drilling footprint to bring the country closer to what is clearly needed: commonsense, money-saving, job-producing energy independence. Believe me, I live in the Last Frontier because I cherish the earth and thrive in the clean air and fresh water amid our plentiful wildlife. I don’t want to mess this up for future generations.

Read the rest here.  And, don’t feel bad if you didn’t do anything to celebrate… The earth will survive.  But I agree with Mom — let’s start thinking more responsibly about the topic!

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