Even before I reached my advanced age I was a list maker. Whether it be a shopping list, task list or the every present Honey-Do list there is usually one in my pocket. My obsession (or organization skill) is to the point where I will actually add a task to a work list after I have completed it. The task did not have to be on my original list. I just like to cross items off of my lists.
One trait that I inherited from my daughter is using my hand as a substitute for a piece of paper. Sometimes a piece of paper isn’t handy, but generally when an item makes to my hand it is something very important and must be done that day. Say something like needing to pay my Chase credit card that night because it was due the next day.
Sarah Palin has been taking a lot of heat lately for doing the same thing for one of her recent speeches. What else is new? The lame stream media taking shots at the former governor…whoda thunk it? Maybe it was an early Valentine’s Day gift for the media. They are all please with their cute little phrases describing her “telepalmter.” Some even took to writing on their own hands to mock her.
Not one to be outdone by the press, White House Press Secretary Robie Gibbs used the White House podium to pile on Palin. Any wonder that many Americans are rapidly losing confidence in this Administration when they continue to attack average Americans. OK Sarah Palin is not an average citizen, but that is all she really is. She holds no office, she has no official position in the Republican Party and is not running for any office. Why attack her?
Maybe it is because she is an effective communicator. Maybe she has a voice that people actually like to listen to. Maybe she actually has a message. This time she wrote some of it on her hand. Early in my career I attended a course on making presentations. This was long before the days of PowerPoint and we were using flip-charts. An ingenious tip from the teacher was to have a very small bullet list on your chart easel that you could see, but not your audience. This was a simple way to keep track of your main points. Even though I mostly use PowerPoint these days, I still have a bullet list with me when I talk.
What is the real difference between using your hand or a note card? There is more furor in the media because Sarah Palin wrote some notes on her hand than the fact that a leading Democrat presidential candidate had an affair, fathered a child while his wife was fighting cancer, covered it up, and used an aide to blame as the father. But he didn’t write notes on his hand.!
One thing that strikes me the most about the story is that Sarah Palin gave a great speech at the Tea Party. She did not read off of a teleprompter, but she did have some notes written on her hand. Boobie Gibbs had the nerve to make fun of her when his boss took TWO teleprompters to give a speech to a class of sixth graders. HE TOOK TWO TELEPROMPTERS TO GIVE A SPEECH TO A CLASS OF SIXTH GRADERS!
OBAMA TOOK TWO TELEPROMPTERS TO GIVE A SPEECH TO A CLASS OF SIXTH GRADERS! You have got to click on the link to see the photographs of this spectacle. He even brought his podium and some speakers to complete the ensemble. And his press secretary had the gall to make fun of Palin. I shake my head just thinking about it.
One of the endearing qualities about Palin is that she has been having fun with the media and doesn’t mind poking fun at herself and the media. I wonder if she does some of this on purpose to tweak the media. Rush Limbaugh loves to do this and maybe she is taking a page from his playbook. Remember when she word the McCain visor with his name crossed out? The press lingered on that story for days.
As usual, Sarah Palin pleased her audience at the convention and managed to get the last word…or last hand.