Over the weekend Sarah Palin made her way to Canada for another $100,000+ speech on behalf of Americans and of course Alaska. In fact this was just one more stop on the ‘Progressing
Pocketbook Alaska Without The Need For A Title’ tour. Never mind it was pretty much the same old tired speech and talking points first written for her by the McCain team or that she’s done little to learn anything new.
While this was pretty much just another of the recycled canned campaign speeches, true to form Sarah needed to tell a little story about how she and the Canadians have a lot in common. In Ohio she and God had ‘writing notes on their hand’ in common, in Canada the commonality is that she too knows what socialist Canadian healthcare is like because her family took advantage of it when she was a child.
“My first five years of life we spent in Skagway, Alaska, right there by Whitehorse. Believe it or not – this was in the ’60s – we used to hustle on over the border for health care that we would receive in Whitehorse. I remember my brother, he burned his ankle in some little kid accident thing and my parents had to put him on a train and rush him over to Whitehorse and I think, isn’t that kind of ironic now. Zooming over the border, getting health care from Canada.”
While that statement alone is getting quite a bit of attention, it is also coming to light as it most often does shortly after a Palin speech that she told a different version of a previously told story. It seems to happen quite often with Palin. She no sooner uttered those words when…………………………
A few different older versions of that story quickly started to emerge.
In a 2007 report in the Skagway News, Palin said her family travelled south from the town by ferry to Juneau, Alaska, so that her brother could get treatment after burning his foot when jumping through a fire.
Her brother burned his foot badly jumping through a fire, and her mother had to take him down to Juneau on the ferry to the hospital. “All these years later, that’s still what people have to rely on here in some instances,” she said.
“There was no road out of there at that time,” said retired teacher Chuck Heath, reached by phone in Wasilla. “The ferry schedule was very erratic. We had no doctor in Skagway. The plane schedule was very erratic. The winds dictated whether the planes could come in or not.”
So Palin’ recollection of childhood events might not be so great. But one thing we can always count on Sarah Palin to provide us with is hypocrisy and stretching the truth. While railing against Healthcare for Americans as ‘socialist’ we discover that Sarah’s husband Todd and all of her children and grandchildren qualify for and take full advantage of free socialist healthcare since Mr. Todd Palin is 1/8th Yup’ik Eskimo.
Because Tripp’s grandfather Todd is descendant from the Yup’ik Eskimo, his children and grandchildren are registered with the Curyung Tribal Council, part of the Bristol Bay Native Association, and thus eligible for government-run health insurance through the Indian Health Service. All “lineal descendants” of Native enrollees are eligible for the program.
So, while everyone is focusing on her statement about her family traveling to Canada for medical treatment it appears the mainstream media and followers of all things Palin didn’t happen to notice what Mrs. Palin was wearing for her speech in Calgary.
If they had they might have recognized that the very outfit she was wearing is one that was bought and paid for by the RNC per the McCain campaign. She can be seen here in photos from a campaign stop in Lancaster, PA on Oct. 18, 2008. She is wearing the same outfit here that she wore for her speech just last week in Calgary.
But that can’t be because Sarah assured us during a campaign stop in Tampa in 2008 that she had no intention of even taking those clothes back to Alaska let alone keeping them or wearing them.
“This whole thing with the wardrobe, you know I have tried to just ignore it because it is so ridiculous, but I am glad now that Elisabeth brought it up, cause it gives me an opportunity without the filter of the media to get to tell you the whole clothes thing,” she said.
“Those clothes, they are not my property. Just like the lighting and the staging and everything else that the RNC purchased, I’m not taking them with me. I am back to wearing my own clothes from my favorite consignment shop in Anchorage, Alaska. You’d think – not that I would even have to address the issue because, as Elisabeth is suggesting, the double standard here it’s – gosh, we don’t even want to waste our time.”
When someone from the RNC remarked a few months after the campaign had ended that not all of the clothing had been accounted for or returned but they were working on it. So again, Sarah enlists Dad to remind people that his daughter is just too honest to ever consider keeping those clothes.
“She was just frantically…trying to sort stuff out,” Heath said. “That’s the problem, you know, the kids lose underwear, and everything has to be accounted for”.
Ok so let’s for fairness sake give Sarah a pass and allow for the fact that she might have overlooked this particular outfit when returning things to the RNC. I’d think she’d recognize something that was purchased for her during that time, but I was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt until digging for pictures from the campaign when I first recognized that outfit. I recognized it because I remembered seeing a photo of her showing off the jacket after the story came out that the RNC has purchased clothing for her and her whole brood.
Okay so I thought I’d give her a pass on one but while looking for photos of the jacket but then came across more pictures of her on the campaign trail with McCain in a sweater that seemed recently familiar to me. I was right. I’d seen Sarah in the same sweater when Sarah and her daughter Bristol went on the Oprah show in January via satellite from Mrs. Palin’s home. They discussed Bristol’s newly found celibacy and her vow to remain a born-again virgin until marriage, how hard it is to raise a child when your Mother is a millionaire and so on.
Many took note of Sarah’s hairstyle that day which was so different from her usual look that even Oprah had to remark on the style.
Maybe the hair was meant to keep us from noticing that she was wearing what appears to be another item purchased for her to wear while campaigning by the McCain campaign with funds from the Republican Committee. But no notice of her recycled outfit which photos show her wearing in Kansas City, Mo in a September 2008 campaign stop.
Most didn’t buy it when Palin said she’d returned the clothing at the end of the campaign as she originally stated, especially once her father tripped up and told the press that they were running around the house trying to find all the stuff. Sarah has yet to learn that her father should be banned from speaking with the press. Just say no comment Pops otherwise you leave Sarah looking like a liar. More damage control, then the spin from both Palin and the RNC that every single item had been returned and accounted for. To date the RNC has never publicly shared just what was purchased and what all was returned.
I knew when all the discussion of whether the clothing had been returned or not that this day would eventually come and after some time passed she’d feel safe trying to sneak them back into her own wardrobe. Sarah Palin’s is too easy to read and all too transparent in her behavior.
She’s proven to be a liar and someone very challenged by the truth of any kind. We also know the Palin’s have no problem taking full advantage of anything they can get their hands on and have no problem breaking the law or doing things ‘their way’ regardless of the consequences.
How many more re-emerging outfits paid for by hardworking donors to the RNC will we see Sarah parading around in? How many more canned speeches need to be debunked and fact checked before people stop paying this woman enormous amounts of money to tell lies and give speeches of absolutely no substance?
Unfortunately I think it will be quite some time since our media no longer seems to be about anything of substance and no longer employs real journalists?