When I was much younger than I am today, I imagined that I could one day be president of the United States. This was a childhood desire, I looked up to the president as the most respected position one could achieve. Then I watched the toll that being president takes on one’s life. I imagined that such a person would not only have to be exceptionally strong emotionally, but also must be in possession vast amounts of knowledge.
Today I would expect that anyone who aspires to become president would have familiarized themselves with world leaders and various cultural customs. I would expect that a presidential candidate would be able to accept that they cannot know everything but to surround themselves with quality personnel. I would anticipate that if I expected to be called to be a Vice Presidential candidate, then of my own volition I would study the issues and understand the motives of the leaders of the world. I would expect that I would pay attention to US domestic policy, and be able to have an in-depth conversation with reporters at all opportunities.
Most politicians have spent years learning, and fine honing their delivery to reach their audience. Gov. Sarah Palin possess a unique talent, the ability to deliver a message with incredible confidence and assurance. Nevertheless, the question remains, confidence of what?
From my seat I can conclude, confidence at selling her message while attacking with invectives. To imply that her democratic opponent is advocating socialism is beyond anything outside of an Ann Coulter diatribe. Of course, Ann Coulter has explained many times that Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R) was justified in his attempt to cast doubt on the patriotism of Americans. Ms. Coulter conveniently forgets that his peers censured Sen. McCarthy.
I have one bit of advice for Gov. Sarah Palin, whose lack of knowledge is far too evident. Take up and read, read for the knowledge and understanding of all sides of each issue. Fareed Zakaria has pointed out that it is far too late to be familiarizing one’s self with such far reaching and complex issues that will demand much of the attention of a president.
Gov. Palin let blind ambition get the best of her. She thinks she was mocked unfairly for the few answers she has given in formal interviews. But these answers revealed that she had never spent much time preparing to be Vice President. For her style counts more than substance. For Americans in need of a leader it should be the opposite. Gov. Sarah Palin famously told Charles Gibson of ABC news that she never blinked when accepting the offer from Sen. John McCain. In addition to knowing that she did not blink one can safely conclude that she did not think.
Recently in a spoof, a group of Canadian comedians’ were painfully able to expose Gov. Sarah Palin’s woeful lack of knowledge. On a telephone call, the Gov. did not recognize that a man playing Nicolas Sarkozy intentionally misidentified the Prime Minister of Canada. He also pointed out that like Gov. Palin he can see Belgium from his house. Paris is still not view of most telescopes in Belgium.
FAKE SARKOZY: Yes, you know we have a lot in common because from my house I can see Belgium. That’s kind of less interesting than you.
GOV. PALIN: Well, see, we’re right next door to other countries that we all need to be working with, yes.
FAKE SARKOZY: Some people said in the last days, and I thought that was mean, that you weren’t experienced enough in foreign relations and you know, that’s completely false. That’s what I said to my great friend, Prime Minister of Canada, (says French-sounding name). [Note: the comedian did not identify Stephen Harper the Prime Minister of Canada. You would think she would realize this since the Canadians just held an election, while she has been campaigning. I guess she was too busy learning from talking points!]
Living in Alaska with a major border being Canada one would expect that she would know that Stephen Harper is the Prime Minister of Canada.
The fake Sarkozy referred to the desirability of his wife in bed, again one would think that this would have clued in Gov. Palin. One suspects that she was too in awe to discern critical information. I guess that she did not blink or rather think.
FAKE SARKOZY: You know my wife if is a singer and a former hot top model. And she’s so hot in bed, she even wrote a song for you.
GOV. PALIN: Oh my goodness, I didn’t know that.
FAKE SARKOZY: Yes, in French it’s called Rouge Alleve Serre Caution, or if you prefer in English “Joe the Plumber it is Life, Joe the Plumber”.
[Actually what Fake Sarkozy said” Rouge à lèvres sur un cochon” which translate into English as “Lipstick on a Pig”. I would not expect Gov. Palin to know French, this was just added to indicate the comedians’ sense of humor, Vive la France!]
GOV. PALIN: Maybe she understands the some of the unfair criticism, but I bet you she’s such a hard worker too and she realizes you just plough through that criticism.
FAKE SARKOZY: I just want to be sure, I don’t quite understand the phenomenon Joe the Plumber, that’s not your husband, right?
GOV. PALIN: That’s not my husband, but he’s a normal American who just works hard and doesn’t want government to take his money.
Later the imposter compared Joe the Plumber to a French analogue. This certainly should have been a clue to Gov. Palin that this was not an actual head of state of whom she was addressing.
FAKE SARKOZY: Yes, yes, I understand. We have the equivalent of Joe the Plumber in France, it’s called “Marselle the Guy with Bread Under his Armpit”. Oui. [Amazing so Palin allowed that in France waking around with bread under one’s armpit is a viable occupation like Tito the builder in America]
GOV. PALIN: Right, that’s what it’s all about, the middle class and government needing to work for them. You’re a very good example for us here.
[Make one wonder if she understands that in France they have socialized medicine and much higher taxes than in the US.]
One would hope that Governor Palin never gets this close to a real head of state when discussing matters of foreign policy!
One can read the transcript and listen to the actual radio program from this link.
Maybe Gov.Palin does not know that which she needs to know. More importantly, Sen. John McCain should have known what Sarah Palin did not know. Perhaps Gov. Palin can run in the future as a member of the “Know Nothing Party!” (This organization began in the 1850’s most of their legions were absorbed into the Republican Party prior to the 1860 election) At last, we have discovered remnants of their existence here in the 21st century!