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Meeting Palin was honor

November 28, 2009
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Some people are sports fans. No matter what, they won’t miss the game and the opportunity to cheer on their favorite team. They wear a shirt bearing their favorite player’s name and number. They stand in line in order to get a football signed.

Some people are fans of actors and television shows. They hurry home to watch or record their favorite show. Sometimes they follow their favorite celebrity on Twitter. Other people are music fans. They are the first to buy that new CD or download their favorite performer’s new song. Sometimes they stand in long lines camping out all night in order to buy a concert ticket.

My family and I don’t follow sports. We don’t know current actors or television shows. What excites us is conservative politics. Instead of wearing shirts with players’ names, we wear shirts with our favorite candidate’s name. We hurry home to see our favorite political spokesperson interviewed on TV.

Instead of buying tickets to the game, we buy tickets to the debate. Some drive for hours to attend a game, we drive for hours to attend a rally. Instead of turning up the radio for a favorite song, we turn up Rush Limbaugh. Some invite others over to watch the game; we invite people over to meet candidates running for office. Others take vacation to go see the big race, we take vacation to campaign. 

We were blessed to attend Sarah Palin’s book signing in Noblesville. After standing in line for 3-1/2 hours, the bracelet, granting entrance to the book signing, was ours. When our turn came to have our copy of “Going Rogue” signed by the most beloved/most hated figure in politics, she took the time to have a conversation with our youngest daughter. Our oldest daughter gave Gov. Palin an old political pin that said, “Reagan: Let’s make America great again.” The governor said she liked it and put in on right then. It was a great day!

You may argue whether Sarah Palin is a political force with which to be reckoned. However, you cannot deny that she is a historical figure. History will look back on her. Depending on your interpretation, her historical role will be either reviled or revered. As for me, I’m honored my family and I got to shake her hand.


Jodi Lohrman

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