Gov. Palin to Republic: Get off Butt to Make a Buck

 

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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin advised the Graduating class of Republic High School to “get off your butt and make a buck.” A dollar was taped under each seat to drive the point home, according to Katie Steiner, a reporter for KHQ Local who is on location.

“This town is special. This town might be small, but it is big on the values that built this great country. Don’t forget your roots. Your town exemplifies what makes this country great and I am here to thank you for it!” Gov. Palin said.

She said the “heart of America is good small towns like this one” and called on veterans to stand so they could be honored.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from KHQ Katie Steiner.

“Teflon Warrior”, a commenter on Conservatives4Palin filed this on-location dispatch – H/T Laura Del Pesce, The Teacher’s Daughter…A Tribute to Sarah Palin:

I was there and it was an event I don’t think anyone there will forget. She started with the dollar under the seat, which went over really great. Then she talked about how some west Washington reporters were trying to make a small town in Washington feel bad about themselves. She then told a story of a teacher who was trying to get to Alaska to be reunited with his family, his old car broke down and as he dropped off his car he didn’t know how much it was going to cost and he was worried. He went to a nearby diner where he talked to all the nice folks there. When they told him his car was fixed he was worried that he wouldn’t be able to pay the bill. The mechanic told him he would only take $10. Then she said, you know that’s the value of small town America. That teacher was my dad and those nice people were the people of Republic!

The crowd just erupted!!

Then she continued, “So when I got a request from Republic to come speak at this graduation, you bet I agreed!”
Another eruption of applause.

I think everyone was as surprised as I was! Afterwards my daughters and I got a chance to talk to both her and Todd and take pictures, she was as gracious as always and took time for anyone that came up. I told her that she nailed it and I got a big smile. There’s no stopping our Sarah Palin when she’s on a roll!

 
 

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from KHQ Katie Steiner.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from KHQ Katie Steiner.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from KHQ Katie Steiner.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from Nick Beber

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from KHQ Katie Steiner.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from KHQ Katie Steiner.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from KHQ Katie Steiner.

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Photo courtesy of and retrieved from KHQ Katie Steiner.

Kevin Scholla provided this on-location dispatch from LoriAnn Lewis:

Sarah Palin has referred to small town America as “the soul of our country”. In typical Palin fashion, the former Alaska Governor once again didn’t just talk the talk, but walked the walk, speaking to a small graduating class of high school seniors in the state of Washington.

The seniors at Republic High School number only 27, but they are a mighty bunch. In fact, they took it upon themselves to secure Governor Palin as their commencement speaker. The senior class began campaigning for Palin to deliver graduation day remarks months ago. Class President Tyler Weyer led the charge, organizing a letter writing and social media campaign hoping Palin would take notice. Mission accomplished.

Palin’s speech included confirmation of what patriots in this country already know. “Your town exemplifies what makes this country great,” Palin said. “I am here to thank you for it.”

“This town is special,” said Palin. “This town might be small, but it is big on the values that built this great country.”

Students smiled and hung on every word. Many were just beaming when their commencement speaker who they worked so diligently to tab, delivered a simple message. “Don’t forget your roots,” Palin said. Simple but poignant. Governor Palin can appreciate big time opportunities after living a small town life.

“The heart of America is good in small towns just like this one,” Palin told the class. Then she provided some visual aid to teach the Republic Tigers a lesson as they prepare to claw their way through the real world.

A single dollar was taped under each graduating senior’s seat. After each student stood up and found their bill, the Mama Grizzly delivered a powerful message. “You’ve got to get off your butt to make a buck,” Palin said. “Take time to look for it.”

Governor Palin covered all of her personal expenses for the Republic speech and she even gave each senior a gift bag. Along with the small graduating class, hundreds of others showed up to hear Governor Palin’s comments.

Before Sarah Palin’s speech this weekend, the highlights for tiny Republic included some success in high school sports and a visit from the Washington Attorney General, but that’s been about it. Now, they’ll have a hard time ever topping this incredible day.

As for the young man who started the ball rolling on all of this, he couldn’t be happier. “When she ran for Vice President in 2008, I was personally blown away,” Weyer said. “She came from a small town like Republic, was able to rise up and become governor of a state and was able to run for Vice President. That’s not an everyday job.” Weyer, who plans to study political science in college, tells SarahNET Radio there is one top reason why she was the perfect speaker for Republic. “I truly believe she feels in her heart what every ordinary American feels and she speaks to issues that affect everyone.”

Palin proved that yet again on Saturday

Tyler Weyer made the local TV station with his story about how he secured Gov. Palin as the Republic High School Commencement Address speaker. Kevin Scholla interviewed Tyler Weyer last week.

H/T Laura Del Pesce, The Teacher’s Daughter…A Tribute to Sarah Palin for lead to KHQ Tweets, photos.

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    You betcha!!!

  • On-location dispatch by Kevin Scholla added.

  • On-location dispatch by Kevin Scholla added.

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  • Another online dispatch: online dispatch to the story. Sarah Palin’s’ father Chuck Heath, Sr. had been driving to AK years ago when his car broke down. It was residents of Republic who put his car back on the road. He had little money and the repair cost much more than the $10 the mechanic accepted.

  • Another online dispatch: online dispatch to the story. Sarah Palin’s’ father Chuck Heath, Sr. had been driving to AK years ago when his car broke down. It was residents of Republic who put his car back on the road. He had little money and the repair cost much more than the $10 the mechanic accepted