Saturday, July 25, 2009
As you know, I attended the first of three Governor's Picnics here in Alaska. This one took place in Wasilla, Governor Palin's hometown. Tomorrow (really today since it's already after midnight) the picnic will be held in Anchorage. I was planning to attend that one also, but the plans have now been changed. Instead, we will be able to rest a little in the morning and head up to Fairbanks around 11:00 a.m. I just came down from Fairbanks Wednesday on the train. The train ride was 10 hours, but it should only be about 7 hours back in the car. We will attend Sunday's picnic there. It's going to be crazy in Fairbanks. People are flying in, media will be swarming, and the people will be all over Sarah.
Before that event ends, Governor Sarah Palin will be a private citizen. History has already been made: She is the first female governor of Alaska; she is the youngest governor of Alaska; she has accomplished much as the governor of the largest state; she is the first and only woman to run for vice president on a Republican ticket. If that were it, her place in history would already be sealed. But that's not it. Sarah Palin has so much going for her, so much to look forward to. They say she is a rock star, which is true, but don't interpret that to mean that she is without substance. Sarah Palin's impact is not over--sorry to have to break the news to those who want her to shrivel up and die. Not gonna happen!
Wasilla showed their support for the governor in a big way today, and tomorrow will be a mob in Anchorage--which is one reason we decided to skip it and just be ready for Fairbanks.
As for today's picnic, I am not going to write a whole lot now. I did tweet throughout the day, however, and here are my tweets.
http://tinyurl.com/m2f6wo "Headed to Governor's Picnic #1 in Wasilla"
Headed out early to help work the Governor's Picnic. D Msg me if you'd like.
Decorating Wasilla Wonderland 4 picnic
My honor to just meet Trig Tripp & Bristol & see Willow again.
Just talked to Sarah! She is AMAZING!
Sarah is trying to serve hotdogs but everyone wants her attention. I'm standing here with her mom. Amazed she greeted me w/ Hi Adrienne!
Listening to Sarah speak
Sarah says lets be proud of our country & never apologize for America!
Awesome picnic now over. Tomorrow picnic in Anchorage
It was funny that when i grabbed Trig's hand he pulled it away w/a lil look like 'I dont know u lady!' LOL!
After a lil dinner I will post pics of gov's picnic on my blog!
@AKGovSarahPalin God bless you and your amazing family! It was so good to see/speak to you again today--a month 2 very wknd of last time. (Update: My bad..actually it was the weekend of June 5th)
I am choosing to keep my words few because I can't really explain what it was like meeting her again. I don't know how many governors serve people food and smile endlessly when people ask you to sign their book, their shirt, their paper plate! Yes, I think I saw her signing more plates than anything else. She took the serving gloves off and just stopped everything to greet people, take pictures, smile.
Sarah Palin commands the same respect now that she commanded when I first met her. It was a surreal experience for me then, and it was probably even deeper this time. I can't explain why I was so sedate. My demeanor was quieter than my tweets appeared. I just sort of took it all in. I saw her talking to people behind the serving area, and I approached with the many people who were trying to get her attention and her autograph. When she finished signing something for someone, I called her name. I wasn't there for an autograph, and I knew there was no way to have a long conversation in these conditions. All I wanted to do was shake her hand and let her know I was there. I knew she would know who I was. Sure enough, when I called her name and she saw me, she smiled and jubilantly said, "HEY!" There were people and a table separating us, so we both had to stretch a bit to reach. She took my hand, squeezed it, and held on to it with such appreciation in her eyes. She said, "I am SO glad you are here." Like I said in Auburn, when you're speaking or when she's speaking to you, she looks directly at you, almost into you. This time she seemed even more locked in when we greeted. I responded, "I am SO glad I am here also." I said it from my heart. She held on a second longer and then we released hands. I wouldn't be able to explain it in a million years, but that experience was just so...rich. I'm telling you, she walks in a presence that you really have to experience to understand. And you know what: I have never had to explain it to someone who has met her because they know exactly what I'm talking about, even if they don't know what it is. It's called an anointing. It's called being filled with the Spirit. People can term it whatever they want, but the "it" that they sense within Sarah is the Spirit of God, plain and simple.
When I backed away and just sort of watched everything, took pictures, chilled out, I felt...you know what? I can't explain what I felt, so I'm not going to cheapen it by trying to find words for it.
Meeting Bristol and messing around with Tripp was great. And just for the record, I did not snap a picture of Bristol and her little one without first asking her if it was okay.
Talking to Sarah's parents was great as it was on July 4th. Her dad, Mr. Heath, asked me if I had been playing basketball, said he wanted to see me play, and joked that I didn't really know what a basketball even looked like! Mrs. Heath is amazing. Not only is she just the sweetest person ever, but I was stunned by her memory. When I came up behind her and put my hands on her shoulder, she turned and said, "Hello, Adrienne." Now, I've met her once, and that was three weeks ago, yet she greets me by name!
As I wind down this blog post, let me tell you that the ceremony that took place at the picnic was in honor of the military, something near and dear to Sarah's heart. After she spoke, she greeted each and every person who went to the microphone to share about their loved one in the military. It was beautiful to see such respect given to those who serve. I think my favorite part was seeing Sarah with the children and babies. She is definitely all about life and its value--in and out of the womb.
Well, I'm going to end here. No need to try to explain more. As Sarah takes her final bow as governor this weekend, please let's keep her and her family in prayer. God has such amazing things for her, and our prayers are vital.
Above: Sarah looking over what appears to be her speech notes beforehand, with dad looking on. By the way, I love the shoes she's wearing!
Above: Sarah and the current mayor of Wasilla
Above and below: Sarah lovin' on those babies!
Sarah and crowd praying during invocation
Above: Recognize the book, don't you? Go, Sarah! Do Mark Levin proud!
Above and below: Sarah talks to dad
Above: Sarah's Secret Service guy. I remember him from Auburn, NY.
Listen to the short speech Sarah gave during the picnic.