Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Rundow: Old Geezers and Book Signings

First up, the LOTUS is talking about Afghanistan:

If We're In It, Let's Win It:

As Thanksgiving festivities wind down we contemplate all we have to be thankful for as free Americans! We head into the Christmas season wishing for leadership in Washington that reflects our commitment to the values and ideals that have built the freest and most prosperous and generous nation on earth.

Heading into December and Tuesday’s announcement of our nation’s strategy in Afghanistan, I ask the President to reassure us that the administration is in this War on Terror to win.

And I’ll pass along the following from Harold B. Estes, a 95-year-old member of the Greatest Generation: “I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life, but you’re the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you’re not in this fight to win, then get out.”

Thank you, Mr. President. Please tell us on Tuesday that America is in it to win.

- Sarah Palin

PS: You can read Mr. Estes' complete letter

I highly recommend that letter. Good stuff. Here's a few excerpts:

I can't figure out what country you are the president of. You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:

" We're no longer a Christian nation"

" America is arrogant" - (Your wife even announced to the world,"America is mean-spirited. " Please tell her to try preaching that nonsense to 23 generations of our war dead buried all over the globe who died for no other reason than to free a whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.)....

Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man. Shape up and start acting like an American.If you don't, I'll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue .You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves....

You don't mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don't want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.

...You're not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That's not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now. And I sure as hell don't want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle.

I love old people.

In fluff, here's a gallery of pics of Sarah in Washington. Another gallery here. Articles here and here. Video here. A few excerpts:
Palin made an impromptu stop along Jadwin Avenue and Torbett Street to thank her fans. She walked along the street for at least 20 minutes shaking hands and posing for pictures, while carrying her young son Trig.

“We were stoked. It was worth the drive,” said Katie McGuire-Forbes.

“I got to shake Sarah Palin’s hand. That was awesome. And her baby is so cute, I just want to kiss his face,” McGuire-Forbes said just a minute after meeting the best-selling author. “That will make it that much better if I can’t get my book signed.”

Chuck Heath stayed with his daughter inside the store, while Sally Heath — quickly recognized by many fans as Palin’s mother — walked the line outside doing interviews, taking pictures and signing her own name in the book.

“It’s just really a complete surprise. We were afraid, what if we showed up here and nobody came,” Sally Heath said. “We’re so thrilled to death to see the support in Washington state.”

"This kind of makes me emotional," Palin's father Chuck Heath said. "I see people crying. We're very proud of our daughter."
Here's a slideshow from C4P:

Book-signing in Washington:

Older vid:

Lastly, here's a long and detailed review of Going Rogue. I obviously disagree with some of his assessments, but I think it's useful to get other people's perspectives on things. The guy overanalyzes some things and focuses on other things that don't matter, but it's good to know what different people are thinking.

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