‘All about Sarah’: with media’s enthusiastic aid, Palin hijacks Rolling Thunder vets event **UPDATE: photo caption contest

A pre-Memorial Day veterans' event becomes yet another chance for the media to hype the non-existent Sarah Palin campaign for president.

Sarah Palin is not running for president, but she is hijacking Memorial Day.

It was supposed to be a day to highlight the issues important to Rolling Thunder, a biker group that each year rides from the Pentagon, past the Vietnam Memorial, to the National Mall, to highlight the issue of POW/MIA troops from America’s various wars. Instead, Sunday was Sarah Palin Bus Tour day for the crush of media that descended on the National Mall.

In the lead-up to the event, a Rolling Thunder spokesman took pains to point out that Palin had not been invited to headline the event.

That didn’t matter.

The press fussed over Palin’s media plans, and what her camp’s confused press relations said about her ability to run for president (which she isn’t); then they fussed over her, as she and her husband and two of their kids, including “Dancing with the Stars” alum Bristol, jaunted to the front of the line, annoying some Rolling Thunder riders. The Fix documents:

Palin’s arrival at the event around 11:30 a.m. caused a huge commotion that event organizers struggled to contain. Photographers swarmed her; young men in suits hung around the press pack asking Palin to sign copies of her books. Rolling Thunder security yelled at press and fans not to touch the expensive bikes.

“I’m very not appreciative of the way she came in here,” Ted Shpak, Rolling Thunder’s national legislative director, said of Palin’s arrival. The former governor came in the front of the Pentagon’s north parking lot, where event staff and press were assembled. “If she wanted to come on the ride, she should have come in the back.”

The ride goes from the Pentagon, past the Vietnam Memorial, to the National Mall. From there, Palin plans to head to the National Archives to see the Constitution. It’s the beginning of a week-long tour of historic sites in the Northeast.

But many riders said politics has no place in the event.

“It intimidates our people if we’re pro or con any particular candidate,” said Wayne Kirkpatrick, chairman of the board of an Illinois chapter of Rolling Thunder. “And until national says there’s a candidate we’re and supporting them, we don’t want to feel because the president of this chapter is pro-tea party, ‘Gee, I have to be our else I better get out of this organization.”

While many riders said they were fans of Palin, they still did not want her to bring politics to the ride. “Don’t come here and try to make a political point out of it,” said Joe Clark of Pennsylvania. “If she’s just here backing the cause of the entire run, that’s fine. If she’s just trying to get votes, she should just stay out of it.”

But “staying out of it” is just not Sarah’s style. And the “lamestream media,” who in theory, Sarah loathes, is only too happy to accommodate her, as they waste copious amounts of airtime asking John McCain, over and over again, if she could beat Barack Obama. The Sunday headlines were fast and furious:

She caused a stir (CBS)! Cillizza’s wrong, the bikers adored her! (that one from ABC, of course, even though the actual quotes in their article indicate riders were happy for the publicity, from Palin or anyone else, and that they would have been just as happy to see President Obama or Vice President Joe Biden attend their event…) She didn’t say anything about running for president so let’s talk about her running for president (NPR)! She’s a “motorcycle mama” (AFP)!!!

Looks like the myth-making her former aide (and now tell-all author) has been talking about in media interviews, hasn’t watered down a bit. And you can only imagine how the fresh stock of Palin in leather on the back of a motorcycle pictures are gonna restock the the fantasies of lonely wingers over the long holiday weekend.

Meanwhile, she’s still not running for president. Need evidence? Look no further than Fox News’ own website, where they wouldn’t be reporting on media speculation about a possible Sarah Palin run for president, if their co-worker were um … actually running for president. If she was, she would have already been let go by Fox News (as Lawrence O’Donnell has correctly and repeatedly pointed out on his show on MSNBC.)

Go figure.

UPDATE: The photos are out, as is the inevitable caption contest

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14 Responses to ‘All about Sarah’: with media’s enthusiastic aid, Palin hijacks Rolling Thunder vets event **UPDATE: photo caption contest

  1. Blackwater says:

    What a load of BS.

    Palin was indeed invited. Shpak, the loser who was talking out of his ass is a big left wing democrat who supports criminals like Chris Dodd and Dick Blumenthal, who LIED about serving in Vietnam.

    That’s the kind of crapweasel Shpak hangs with.

    As far as the media, Sarah Palin can go outside to get her mail and it’s an event to them.

    Palin was invited to ride, not speak, and the corrupt media, and losers like you make a deal out of it.

    What I wanna know is why aren’t you reporting the fact that Palin is the mother of an Iraq war veteran, a former Commander-in-Chief of two military forces, and has raised hundreds of thousands dollars for wounded vets?

    Or would that mess up the hate you are trying to create?

    Palin will be our next President. Deal with it.

  2. Len says:

    Next president of what?

  3. Granitepaw says:

    Wrong, wrong and wrong again. Palin was invited to the event. She did not disrupt it, she added to it. If she would have been allowed to speak, she would have done more good for the cause than the way it turned out. Palin is pro military all the way,always has been and always will be. Anyone like you who tries to twist the true picture has Palin Derangement Syndrome or else just wants to draw attention to their puny blog by mentioning her name.

  4. Flo says:

    Nice load of counter BS from Blackwater.

    Sarah is Donald Trump with better hair.
    As the “lamestream media” says, We Will be Fooled Again.

  5. Annie says:

    Way to be objective, Reid Rpt. With regard to your subheading of “Think at your own risk”, you will be relieved to know that you are not at risk.

    Rolling Thunder’s media director, Christine Colborne, has set the record straight and confirmed that, Yes, Sarah and Todd were invited to ride. Perhaps you haven’t noticed Gov. Palin’s staunch and unwavering support for our military. Vets have, and they tend to like that sort of thing. Go figure.

    Shtpak, “legislative director” apparently ran to MSNBC with his unsupported tale of woe…and as usual, they didn’t check it out. They like publishing biased and snarky exposes about nothing. Got a caption for you though.
    “Palin’s machine is bigger, faster, and better equipped than Obama’s”

  6. Kay Johnson says:

    A bit of clarity regarding Sarah Palin’s “invitation” to the Rolling Thunder Memorial Day Ride. She was in fact, invited by a FORMER board member, who FAILED to contact the sitting board about the invitation:

    I found this information on a number of news sites, with the glaring exception of Fox News….

    “Palin’s representatives say they were invited to Rolling Thunder – by a former board member who is emceeing the event.

    Mike DePaulo tells NBC News he had a standing offer for her to ride with them from the Pentagon across the bridge to D.C. – and that he got a call from what he called “the Palin campaign” on Wednesday to see if they could take him up on it. He coordinated it with a friend of his, Joe Fields, of the Alaska Veterans’ Advisory Council, who had worked with Palin when she was governor.

    A spokeswoman for Rolling Thunder says they frequently invite celebrity guests to ride with them.

    DePaulo says he has a permit for the Palin bus to be parked on Henry Bacon Drive near the Lincoln Memorial. He acknowledges he didnt tell current leaders of the organization that she was coming, since they were already on the road.”

  7. Len says:

    There are still Palin fans? Good luck with that!

  8. Women of Honor says:

    It amazes me that the LSM and its minions are still drunk on Kool-aid. Liars are always thumping a lie about Mrs. Palin. You sir are a liar and have no concept of the truth. At least check facts before printing anything~! Sarah supports our Military! That is a veery good thing. So stop spreading lies and get your facts straight! Stop the smears of a Great Woman!

  9. Annie says:

    Yep Len. Lots of fans (supporters, people who admire and respect her, and as LT. Col. West might say, those who would walk through hell for her, carrying cans of gasoline in each hand…) Over 3 milliion on Facebook alone. They are in every city, town, neighborhood, and byway in the nation.

    Kay..your post was hogwash. It is almost embarrassing to see the few uninformed and disgruntled former Obama supporters trying to save face by continuing to make childish and spiteful comments about Governor Palin.

  10. Flo says:

    Please Annie, no mention of the demon West here. Go play on Beck’s blog if you must.

  11. Annie says:

    Beck has a blog?
    What was the point of your comment?

  12. Kay Johnson says:

    Annie,

    How in the world was my post hogwash? I simply reposted the very same information (word for word, by the way) that was widely available on a number of news sites.

    Now if I have posted my own personal thoughts and opinions, then your “hogwash” comment perhaps would have some merit. But as it is, you’re simply trying to shoot the messenger rather than recognizing and admitting that Sarah Palin’s appearance at Rolling Thunder was nothing more than a self-serving photo op for herself, shamelessly draped in the lie that she was there to honor our Servicemen and women.

    And lastly, Annie ~ Sarah Palin is no longer a governor. She made the decision to resign from her position. Therefore, her proper title is – Mrs. Palin, not Governor Palin.

  13. Kay Johnson says:

    Isn’t it amazing how Mrs. Palin is always crying, whining and lashing out about the so-called, lame stream media. But isn’t this the very same media who she is taking questions from and posing for photos, on her current bus tour?

    “Hypocrisy, thy name is ———!”

  14. Flo says:

    Correct Kay. She says “lamestream media” and they run right up to her with their tails wagging.

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