Monday, August 9, 2010

Alaskan teacher reminds Sarah Palin that she quit on Alaska.

Sarah Palin's Homer Moment-D'Oh!

The video originally appeared in Shannyn Moore's article at The Huffington Post. It has also appeared in stories at New York magazine, mediaite, and Media Matters. The video is interesting, because it provides a glimpse of Sarah Palin in a rare, unscripted moment.

A lot is at stake here. Some insist that the girl with Palin is Willow, rather than Bristol, and there is a golden opportunity for people to project their own feelings onto Palin as they speculate about her state of mind and body language while the camera is running. Mediaite may have the most informative story, which ends with "Watch [the video]. Or you can probably just wait until the cablers track down [Kathleen] Gustafson and she pops up on a slew of shows in the next few days."

It would be interesting to see an interview, although Gustafson said something like, "I'm a stills person, rather than video person," when Palin asked her to turn toward the camera. She might have more insight into whether Palin rolled her eyes when she told her she was a teacher. Whether the girl is Willow or Bristol matters to some heavily invested in a rumor that Bristol is pregnant. The girl in the video does not appear to be pregnant.

Wonkette has a story: "'Worst Governor Ever' Ruins Sarah Palin's TeeVee Show, Results In Weird YouTube Conversation"

Newsweek has a story: "Sarah Palin Gets Snarky on a Schoolteacher:"
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's carefully crafted image as a regular hockey mom has taken a few hits since her unsuccessful vice presidential bid. Starting with her bizarre decision to quit the governorship in the middle of her term, which New York's Gabriel Sherman later compellingly argued was a move to freely cash in on her celebrity, there's also been the ruckus caused by her massive speaking fees at events such as the Tea Party convention in Nashville and at nonprofit institutions such as universities. ...

... But all those who wonder whether revelations of her personal prima donna qualities will damage her image are proceeding from an assumption that she does, in fact, disguise her self-centered side well in managed environments. I've long disagreed with that assessment, because her famous Facebook postings often have the tone of a nasty, snotty, slightly dense but popular high-school girl. ...

... Well, Palin's dark side came out in full effect this weekend, and this time the victim was not President Obama but a schoolteacher in small-town Alaska. ...

Update: Sarah Palin has weighed-in, inveighing against — what else? — wait for it! — lamestream media. She does, however, have a little snark to offer:
The LSM has now decided to use this brief encounter for another one of their spin operations. They claim I – wait for it – “appear to roll my eyes” when the lady tells me she’s a teacher. Yes, it’s come to this: the media is now trying to turn my eyebrow movements into story lines. (Maybe that’s why Botox is all the rage – if you can’t move your eyebrows, your “eye rolling” can’t be misinterpreted!)


Joie Vouet said...

LoLz. Sarah may have done better in this exchange than she does with her co-workers at Fox "News."

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majii said...

Palin can talk until the cows come home in an attempt to "set the record straight" on her reaction to Mrs. Gustafson when she learned that she is a teacher, but I'll never be convinced she wasn't disparaging both Mrs. Gustafson and teachers. I taught for 33 years and loved it. I can't think of a more important job than teaching because it prepares students for all other professions. Palin is simply a mean-spirited, vindictive person who doesn't value education, although she did manage to finally earn a degree after spending more time than usual in college. We can see that in her constant harping on President Obama about the country needing a CIC instead of a constitutional law professor. Sorry, Palin, Palin family members, and supporters, most of us can do more than one thing well, and only those who feel inadequate about themselves would deride others because of their accomplishments.

Joie Vouet said...

Lastly, but probably not finally, Vanity Fair has a story.

I owe, I owe, it's off to work I go ...

m106 said...

Someone bring this woman down. This video needs to go viral and the MSM should give her NO PASSES on this. It is plain as day, video proof of her disdain for this person's profession and views and it is contemptible. She is toxic this this country and it is abhorent that those with the ability to shut her up are staying silent.