Remember Lynda who wrote about her “Palin Roadtrip” to Albequerque last month to hear Governor Sarah Palin endorse Susan Martinez for New Mexico’s next governor? By the way and if you haven’t already heard, following the Cuda’s endorsement, Martinez surged in the polls and won the gubernatorial GOP primary. As for our friend Lynda, she was on the trail again with this “Palin Roadtrip” taking her all the way to the Oil Palace in Tyler, Texas on Saturday, June 26th.
So without further ado, here’s Lynda… telling us in her own words and sharing some of her personal photos with US4Palin.
“I won’t write much about the content of Governor Sarah Palin’s speech in Tyler as you have probably seen these video clips.”
Sarah Palin Speaks on the Oil Spill and Energy (H/T C4P)
Sarah Palin – Tyler, Texas – June 26, 2010 (H/T C4P)
“I will instead write about the happenings before and after one of the best speeches I have ever heard her give. Follow:
On my way to the Oil Palace in Tyler, Texas — a six hour drive from my home – I stopped for lunch, and as with every trip I have taken to see Governor Sarah Palin, I found that one person to talk to about Sarah. A young lady who worked at the restaurant where I had lunch overheard my friend and I talking as we were leaving and mentioned to us that she would also be going to hear Sarah at the Oil Palace. The young lady from the restaurant explained that she was taking a government course in summer school, and the teacher offered extra credit to anyone who attended and wrote a paper about Sarah’s speech. I asked her what she knew about Sarah, and she replied, “Nothing, really.” I always keep Whitney Zahnd’s, “Governor Palin’s Accomplishments” pamphlets in my car, but I was with my friend in her car, so I did not have a pamphlet to give her. Instead I jotted down the following websites for her to view: US4Palin, C4P, Texas for Palin, and The Palin Nation (I know I left some great ones out, but this is all I could think of really fast).
Off to the Oil Palace event!
There were actually two events at the Oil Palace on Saturday, June 26th. There was a grassroots for America event with great speakers and good patriotic music with about 1,000 – 1,500 attending. A preacher who called himself “the run-away slave”…. wow was he good… gave us a new word: CINO meaning “Conservatives In Name Only.” He said there were many of those out there, and in some ways they were worse than the RINOs as it was harder to pick one out. He told us to be aware and said that Christians need to stand up and be counted losing the mind set of, “God will take care of everything”. He said that we need to pray, and under God’s hand, He guides the fight for America.”
This first event was over by 6 p.m…. seats started to fill up… at first I did not like my seat, but as it turned out… it was the best seat in the houses. More on this later.
This post could have been named, “What is there about Sarah Palin that a group of 5,000 can come into a large room and there is no nastiness… no ugliness… but the room abounds with kindness?” Understand that I am talking about her supporters. I have been to 4 Palin events and it still amazes me that everyone behaves with kindness as if they do not want to say or do anything that would cause dishonor to the lady we call Sarah.
The event was late getting started, but we heard a lot of good gospel music. It was funny— the band was only going to sing two songs, but they ended up singing for 45 minutes.
It was 8 pm when Governor Rick Perry of Texas took the stage to introduce Governor Palin.
Earlier in the evening, a young policeman had been very nice to me by telling me where Sarah would be coming out to walk up on stage. He had even taken a t-shirt gift I had for Sarah backstage and put it in her hands. I know this to be true because when she came off stage after her speech, she came straight to me and said, “I got my t-shirt and I love it.”) More on this later as well.
I kept my friends up-to-date by tweeting: “I was just told that when she comes out she will pass almost in front of me…Tex gover to speak first it is running late.. band still on”
I was busy listening to Governor Perry and missed seeing Sarah come out from where she had been doing a meet and greet with VIPs. There was a VIP table about 10 feet in front of me, and when I looked over, I saw Sarah stand up and walk to the stage.
I asked the man next to me had he seen her there, and he said that he had because she sat there for about 10 minutes while Governor Perry spoke. So… how is that for not being observant? Okay… give me a break as my left knee has a torn ACL and I was in pain.
I moved to another spot to take some pictures of Sarah, and again was blessed by the kindness of Palin people. I was standing what I thought might be in front of this nice couple blocking their view. They were sitting at a VIP table. I turned and asked if I was in their way, and they answered, “Oh, no… please… go ahead and take your pictures.” Then without thinking I knelt down to take some photos forgetting about my knee… until it was hurting so bad I could not stand up. Instead of this VIP couple getting angry with me, they helped me up and made sure I was okay. Now this is Palin people.
Governor Palin even made a funny remark about the lamestream media reporting that she demanded a certain type of lecturn when speaking on the road. She proved them wrong and as bubbly as only Governor Palin can be, asked the band to leave their keyboard for her lecturn. She plopped her notes on the keyboard, and as you can imagine… the crowd roared with laughter because as we Palin people know, Governor Palin is not a diva.
You can imagine how, when Sarah said, “Mr. President, buck up or stay in the truck”… the place exploded with laughter and applause.
As I mentioned earlier, when I first saw where I would be sitting, I thought it was not a very good place, but as it turned out… it was the best seat in the house. I was the first person Sarah greeted when she walked off the stage. We exchanged a few words and a picture was snapped of the moment. I felt so blessed and tweeted that, “I got the picture with Sarah.”
See, Sarah knew who I was because I was wearing a t-shirt just like the one I gave the young policeman to take backstage to her — my gift to Sarah — as she and I are what I like to refer to as, “Two First Women.” Sarah was the first woman governor of Alaska, and I am the first woman to ever work in an oil field. I received many positive comments about my t-shirt — this is the front image (me and Sarah):
On the back, I had these words printed: Sarah — First Woman Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska State Oil and Gas Commissioner, Governor, and GOP VP nominee. Lynda — First Woman field roustabout hired by a major oil company. Two First Women– One found her way under Affirmative Action. One found her way under Title IX.
Back to the event itself. At this point she was surrounded by people … everyone just wants to touch this beautiful lady Sarah, and she showed only kindness and grace.
The security people were surrounding her and some of us followed as they walked her to her waiting car. Once she got in the car, she rolled the windows down and people were handing her things to sign. The security team were trying to stop it …but she said, “No, I will sign.” Then Willow got into the car beside her mom, and it was just fun to step back and watch their interaction.
So it was over, and like the other Sarah events…. you just did not want to leave…but you left with a renewed heart and a bit more hope for the future that America would stand…all because of a lady named Sarah whom we had chosen to cross the Rubicon with… and as she has said many times, “May God Bless The United States Of America”.
Post Script: I would like to thank the security team who laid it all on the line to protect our lady Sarah at the Tyler event. An often thankless job, we Palin people take a moment to thank the policemen and security officers who keep a watchful eye on the future POTUS. Thank you. Your friend, Lynda.
Thank you, Lynda, for sharing your heart about Governor Palin and the Tyler event with the US4Palin readers. It is “Palin people” like you who make supporting Governor Palin all the more rewarding. God bless you, dear friend, and may there be many more “Palin Roadtrips” in your future.