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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Palin versus Obama at Landstuhl

Some politicians only bother to undertake good deeds when they can bring their campaign reporters and photographers. Others are more decent and less craven.

In July 2007, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) traveled to a U.S. military base in Kuwait to visit Alaska National Guard soldiers who provide logistical support for our operations in Iraq. On her return trip, she stopped to visit wounded troops at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

Although most of the many photos I've re-published of Gov. Palin have come either from press sources or the Alaska gubernatorial state website, the particular photograph I re-published of her at Army Private James Pattison's bedside (which I include again below) was taken by an official U.S. military photographer (Airman 1st Class Kenny Holston) and published on the internet on the website of the Alaska Department of Military & Veterans Affairs.

Gov. Palin visits Army Private James Pattison at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center

As far as I know, although Gov. Palin helped lead her high school basketball team to the state championship, she did not attempt a three-point basketball shot on her trip to the Middle East and Germany. Nor did she presume to solicit support from the citizens of Berlin.

But here are a couple more pictures of her visiting injured Alaskan soldiers at Landstuhl, again from the same military photographer and website:

Gov. Palin visits with Army Sgt. Maj. Clifford Docktler

Above, Gov. Palin visits with Army Sgt. Maj. Clifford Docktler.

Gov. Sarah Palin visits Army Pfc. John Kegley

Above, Gov. Palin visits Army Pfc. John Kegley.

Posted by Beldar at 11:09 AM in 2008 Election, Global War on Terror, McCain, Obama, Palin, Politics (2008) | Permalink


Other weblog posts, if any, whose authors have linked to Palin versus Obama at Landstuhl and sent a trackback ping are listed here:

» There's Quite A Difference Between A Sarah Palin And A Barack Obama When It Comes To Visiting Our Troops At Lansduhl from Hyscience

Tracked on Jul 27, 2008 11:57:12 AM

» Yay! It's Palin! from BeldarBlog

Tracked on Aug 29, 2008 11:44:56 AM

» Sarah Palin Fun Facts from Wizbang

Tracked on Aug 30, 2008 12:23:24 AM


(1) Ted made the following comment | Jul 27, 2008 11:33:44 AM | Permalink


1. Which McCain Veep pick is SIMULTANEOUSLY the safest AND boldest?

ANSWER: Sarah Palin

2. How can McCain SIMULTANEOUSLY attract both Hillary AND Bob Barr voters?

ANSWER: Sarah Palin

* * *

This just in from the Conservative Voice:

“Desperately seeking Sarah
July 26, 2008 10:00 AM EST

By Stephan Andrew Brodhead

Desperately seeking Sarah
Americans need a little Palin Power

Sarah Palin the current Governor of Alaska is John McCain’s ultimate choice for VP. I do believe a woman is next in line for the presidency. All Conservatives like her. She is popular in Alaska. Hillary supporters would relish her. She would solidify a 12 or possibly 16 year Republican executive.

John McCain’s boring campaign is wearing thin. I need a little Palin Power to get me interested again. They would say ‘but she is only a half term Governor!’ And your point is?

That’s all I have to say about that!”

(2) nora made the following comment | Jul 27, 2008 1:22:03 PM | Permalink

Thank you for your lovely post and photos. I love your blog. I do like Sarah Palin and I think she would certainly reign in the Hillary votes.
I also still love my man, Mitt. What to do, what to do?

(3) PC14 made the following comment | Jul 27, 2008 1:30:06 PM | Permalink

Gov Palin would be a very exciting choice for Maverick. A great move.

That first photo is unusual---the soldier is lying in bed wearing his fatigues. Maybe he's just receiving some type of out patient service.

(4) kimsch made the following comment | Jul 27, 2008 7:34:48 PM | Permalink

PC14, I'd say he knew he was going to get a visit from a Governor and "dressed up" for the occasion.

(5) Gregory Koster made the following comment | Jul 28, 2008 5:12:42 PM | Permalink

Dear Ted: Go easy on that Obama joy juice. It is affecting your gravitas...Bah. Governor Palin's visit to Iraq to see Alaskan soldiers does her credit, but on a mundane scale. What it really illuminates is Obama's swinishness where the armed services are concerned. Plainly he is ill at ease with military men and women, and is not shy about snubbing them. Won't cost him any votes with his base, so why not? He thinks he can afford the luxury of such casual snubs because of the anti-Bush tide this year, and the press's adoration. The notion that the fellow who snuggled up to Antoin Rezko without complaining about the stench is too delicate to visit wounded troops because his campaign is paying for his European swing is good for swell laughs, with a sour tone it is true. But you can't beat Obama with Palin. The top of the ticket needs your vote. So:

Vote for the Grumpy Old Man.

Sincerely yours,
Gregory Koster

(6) tmac made the following comment | Jul 28, 2008 9:05:16 PM | Permalink

Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK)

(7) Beldar made the following comment | Jul 29, 2008 10:26:58 AM | Permalink

tmac, thanks for the catch. I've duly corrected my original typo ("R-AL") in the text of this post.

(8) dchamil made the following comment | Jul 30, 2008 9:57:05 AM | Permalink

In politics, it's always helpful to be adorable, and Gov. Palin sure rings the bell.

(9) charles dorfman made the following comment | Aug 4, 2008 6:30:22 AM | Permalink

Beldar, I know you must be familiar with the Powerline Blog. I took the liberty of linking this page in a discussion called John Kasich for Veep. Sarah Palin has become an integral part of that discussion.
Perhaps you would like to bop in and add something. You do a great job here.

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