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Sarah Palin Weighs In

8 March 2010

The following is a direct quote from one of the most uneducated political opportunists to ever grace American media; former Alaska governor, Sarah Palin.

Sarah Palin

SARAH PALIN (in studio on Meet The Press): “President Obama is weighing the nation down with his weightlessness-ness. I’m not going to use big words or fancy words. I’m just going to say what hockey moms and soccer moms around this great nation are wondering and that’s how can we trust a leader who might weigh less than a Victoria’s Secret model?

Leadership is about weight. It’s about weighty issues. Issues involving weight and heavy things and people who have weight to them. Leaders who are men like Churchill or Roosevelt or what’s his name there, that U.N. fellow from way back, Dag Hammarskjold. Meat on their bones.

It’s American to have weight. Get up on a scale, move the little thing there at the top. Hockey moms do it. Soccer moms do it. But jeez. About the only people who don’t do it are the French. And they’re Socialists. So you do the math.”

Yes, seriously.  Another eloquent statement from someone who, some insist, is a potential leader for the free world.

I’d like to dissect and respond to her ridiculous statement.

“President Obama is weighing the nation down with his weightlessness-ness.”
— No, Mrs. Palin, the only people bringing it up are members of the media.  The media and republicans.  Did you know Mitch McConnell said he would call on Congress to convene a partisan panel made up entirely of Republicans to investigate the president’s weight?  Well, he did.  Yep, dear reader, your taxes will be paying to investigate someones weight.

President Obama

“I’m not going to use big words or fancy words.”
—  I’d be surprised if you knew one.

“I’m just going to say what hockey moms and soccer moms around this great nation are wondering and that’s how can we trust a leader who might weigh less than a Victoria’s Secret model?”
— Granted, I don’t know any soccer or hockey moms but I’m willing to bet they have a few more pressing concerns right now.  For example, ‘how am I going to afford paying for health insurance for my family when premiums are on the rise and I just lost my job.’   I also like how you oh-so-subtlety inserted patriotic sentiments there with ‘great nation.’

“Leadership is about weight. It’s about weighty issues. Issues involving weight and heavy things and people who have weight to them.”
— Weight, weighty, weight, weight.  I get it.  You want us thinking the President has a weight problem.   Before I hop on that bandwagon though, could you explain how physical body weight relates to the figurative weight of a situation?  I mean, you seemed very eager to make the connection but then offered nothing to support the connection.

“Leaders who are men like Churchill or Roosevelt or what’s his name there, that U.N. fellow from way back, Dag Hammarskjold. Meat on their bones.”
— Great examples, Sarah.  It would behoove us to remember how your historical figures died.  Churchill?  Weight related heart attack.  Roosevelt?  Coronary embolism, or a blood clot in the heart contributed to by eating habits and obesity.  Dag Hammarskjold?  Plane crash.  Ok, you got me there.

Amount of population considered to be obese.

“It’s American to have weight. Get up on a scale, move the little thing there at the top. Hockey moms do it. Soccer moms do it.”
— It sure is!  Uniquely American even!  Obesity is an epidemic in America.  Again, I don’t know any soccer or hockey moms but, yes, I’m sure they do weigh themselves from time to time.  Good point.

“About the only people who don’t do it are the French. And they’re Socialists. So you do the math.”
— First, I’m willing to bet French people weigh themselves despite your statement to the contrary.  Second, France is a secular democratic republic…  Not socialist.  Maybe you’re confusing the name of one of their political parties with their form of government.  It’s ok, I understand, you get confused easily.

I’d like to call on the media to stop touting Sarah Palin as political figure, as a woman with ideas, as a thinker.  She is clearly none of those things.  What she is is a capitalist political opportunist who has found herself in the unique position of being able to profit from the general ignorance of America.  The more attention she gets from the media, the more her ignorance spreads.

I guess what I’m trying to say in this blog is this; Sarah Palin is a moron.

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