Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Stabler Arena, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Extended Handshake No. 1
The Thirteenth Hour and the Thirteenth Minute (1313 / 1:13 PM) EDT
Extended Handshake No. 2
The Thirteenth Hour and the Fifty First Minute (1351 / 1:51 PM) EDT
The Thirteenth Hour and the Fifty Second Minute (1352 / 1:52 PM) EDT
The Thirteenth Hour and the Fifty Fourth Minute (1354 / 1:54 PM) EDT
In her hand, the Sharpie branded my shirt and engraved my heart like a green laser burning through metal – no disrespect intended towards my wife Elsy, the love of my life (I finally did replace that Lancome Pink Diamond lipstick I clipped off her to make that sign!). I want Elsy to see that last glass ceiling explode from beneath a woman’s sonic boom. The moment Governor Palin branded my shirt and burnt her signature into my heart, it meant I had to engage in serious action to advance her interests. So, I did, but the 2008 campaign was really baby steps. My Time for Choosing came the moment Obama won. The choice did not require any thought, any agonizing or any consideration:
A few of us on Team Sarah started a campaign to defend Governor Palin against smear attacks in the Anchorage Daily News and elsewhere. A steady diet of writing “defense packages” became disheartening, and it occurred to me that something more proactive, something more positive had to be done. Why not focus on her accomplishments and make them available to the general public? After all, on Team Sarah, I was mainly preaching to the choir. Thus, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s Accomplishments was born. In January 2010, Accomplishments was replaced by the more comprehensive US for Palin, by which we cover the news, provide support – and build the Accomplishments dossier.
My political action extends far beyond blogs of course and I’ve gotten my hands into lots of things with lots of people since that day. I am an introvert, but this work unlocked an extroverted side that I never knew existed within me.
My life’s journey since this moment has been quite interesting to say the least in good and not-so-good ways. But, even the bad ultimately turned or will turn good. To steal Governor Palin’s quote, “It’s all good.”
Her life’s journey since the moment she branded my heart has been nothing short of inspirational:
There Goes My Hero. Watch Her as She Goes
My hero, my inspiration, my North Star, my guardian angel….my President. I will always follow your lead. I am your student and I am proud to have you as my teacher.