Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Going Rogue Is No Harry Potter
All eyes are on Sara Palin right now, as she is embarking on a media tour to support her book (which came out today) "Going Rogue". She has been doing a media blitz talking about her book, her last few years, and really just telling her story. Whether you like her or you hater her, she's a character that is really getting a lot of attention both from political fanatics, and those standing on the sidelines (like me).
So what do I think?
I'm not sure.
My wife is from Palmer, Alaska and she talks about Palin in positive light. So I guess I'll side with her.
The Associated press recently talked about the reaction that her book is getting in Alaska near her home town, and it might surprise you that it's just not as big as the national media might have you believe.
Sarah Palin's book is highly anticipated in her home state — but she's no Harry Potter.
David Cheezem, co-owner of Fireside Books in Palmer, said people have been calling to make sure they'll be able to get the former GOP vice presidential candidate's memoir, "Going Rogue." He's opening early with coffee and doughnuts to celebrate the Tuesday release.
"I'm excited about the event," he said. "Am I as excited as I was for Harry Potter? No. That was huge."
If you haven't heard about this book...maybe you should check out some more information about Going Rogue by Sarah Palin:
One year ago, Sarah Palin burst onto the national political stage like a comet. Yet even now, few Americans know who this remarkable woman really is.
On September 3, 2008 Alaska Governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention that electrified the nation and instantly made her one of the most recognizable women in the world.
As chief executive of America's largest state, she had built a record as a reformer who cast aside politics-as-usual and pushed through changes other politicians only talked about: Energy independence. Ethics reform. And the biggest private sector infrastructure project in U.S. history. And while revitalizing public school funding and ensuring the state met its responsibilities to seniors and Alaska Native populations, Palin also beat the political "good ol' boys club" at their own game and brought Big Oil to heel.
Like her GOP running mate, John McCain, Palin wasn't a packaged and over-produced candidate. She was a Main Street American woman: a working mom, wife of a blue collar union man, and mother of five children, the eldest of whom was serving his country in a yearlong deployment in Iraq and the youngest, an infant with special needs. Palin's hometown story touched a populist nerve, rallying hundreds of thousands of ordinary Americans to the GOP ticket.
But as the campaign unfolded, Palin became a lightning rod for both praise and criticism. Supporters called her "refreshing" and "honest," a kitchen-table public servant they felt would fight for their interests. Opponents derided her as a wide-eyed Pollyanna unprepared for national leadership. But none of them knew the real Sarah Palin.
In this eagerly anticipated memoir, Palin paints an intimate portrait of growing up in the wilds of Alaska; meeting her lifelong love; her decision to enter politics; the importance of faith and family; and the unique joys and trials of life as a high-profile working mother. She also opens up for the first time about the 2008 presidential race, providing a rare, mom's-eye view of high-stakes national politics—from patriots dedicated to "Country First" to slick politicos bent on winning at any cost.
Going Rogue traces one ordinary citizen's extraordinary journey and imparts Palin's vision of a way forward for America and her unfailing hope in the greatest nation on earth.
Pick up the book Going Rogue by Sarah Palin, and see what the hype is about.
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