Charlie Gibson interviews Sarah Palin: The Meeting Poetry

I’m not into politics.

For one thing, I just don’t connect entirely with either party’s black and white views.

For another thing, I just don’t entirely trust our government. Blame one too many Matt Damon Hollywood blockbusters, but I think there are just too many conspiracies out there for none of them to be true.

But mostly I’m not into politics — because despite all the mantras, I still don’t believe that my vote counts; that my opinion is loud enough to resonate a difference.

However, in this one particular instance where politics met pop culture, it bled into my world long enough for me to have a small (yet public) opinion. I’m referring specifically to Governor Sarah Palin; symbolically scrutinized here in her interview with Charlie Gibson.

I’ll also note that I’m not into poetry.

To me poetry has the same effect as science fiction or extremely abstract performance art – I feel like I’m too closed-minded to get it. Sometimes I feel like reading poetry is like lying back and looking at the clouds on a calm day. I stare out at the clouds, but the words tend to fly over me, not a hair stirred by the wind.

So now I’ve combined my not into politics with my not into poetry and put together my poetic version of a cliff notes of the Charlie Gibson Sarah Palin interview. Their words; my take.

Meeting Poetry was born out of corporate monotony in a conference room overused for wasting time. Bored by the buzz words, idioms and clichés, I used to entertain myself by crafting my version, court-stenography style on my laptop, of the meeting playing out before me. I would pull out key words or phrases of the conversations, hoping to compile a greater meaning (or not) from the overall notes.

Here is the Meeting Poetry from Charlie Gibson interviewing Sarah Palin:

She says
Alaska is microcosm of U.S
Same people, same issues – much grander scale

Everyone’s got issues

Wow what a opportunity


Not so much frightening

Not so much overwhelming

Great responsibility

Drive to not let people down – not let women down

He says

GOP – party of change
She says

Sick economy

He says

3 things to change policy?

She says

Economy is weak

Government will play a role

Put government on side of people

Let me tell you what I did

What I did as a City Council Member

I want a sports arena also

He says

You left it with debt

She says

We put government on the side of the people

He says

They got to vote yes or no

She says

You gotta reduce the growth of government

He says

The party of change?

What would you change?

What do you change?

She says

We have to reform oversight

Job loss

Unaffordable healthcare

America’s pocketbook

He says


She says

Reduce taxes

Control taxes

Reform oversight

He says

Break it down

How much smaller

She says

Find efficiencies in every department

Off the table

Get into every division

Next level of bureaucracy

He says

Get specific

She says

Save money

Find efficiencies in every agency

Bureaucracy is not being challenged to find efficiencies

I believe the American people will see efficiencies

Our families can grow and prosper

He says

Promising to reform?

She says

We’re mavericks

I am a Washington outsider, no allegiances

We need someone like that – committed to American people

Their Will

He says

Why is Obama going to raise taxes?

She says

I would argue with whole premise of that

He says

Eliminating earmarks?

Alaska is poster child for earmarks – bridge to nowhere.

She says

We killed that. We killed that. We killed that.

We’ll find a way.

I said thanks but no thanks.

He says

Supported it before you opposed it?

Turned against it only after government pulled the plug?

After national embarrassment to Alaska?

She says

Join him in fighting!

He says

You didn’t say no to congress until they pulled the plug

She says

It was our choice

I said thanks but no thanks

He says

You kept that money.

Is that consistent with a reformer?

She says

I know how to best prioritize federal funds

He says

$155 million in earmarks for Alaska in 2008.

That’s $231 per person in Alaska.

Obama’s Illinois got $22 per person.

She says

We have reduced earmark requests

He says

Money to study mating habit of crabs?

She says

In the light of day

Not closed doors with lobbyists

Not accepted

Earmark abuse will stop

He says

Social issues. Reverse Roe v Wade?

She says


She says

It’s a …

Critical issue … a Sensitive issue

He says

Women should not have that choice?

She says

I am pro life

Culture of Life is best for America

She says

We can all agree?

…on the need for fewer abortions

… more adoptions?

… alternatives for women to be empowered to embrace culture of life?

He says

McCain would allow abortion in cases of rape or incest

She says

I would not allow it

He says

Embryonic stem cell research?

McCain supports it

She says

We should not create an embryo and then destroy it for research if there are other options

My personal opinion

My life’s an open book

Creating an embryo and destroying it I don’t support

He says


She says
I’m not one to judge

I’m from family … and a community with many members of diverse backgrounds

It’s a choice – I’m not going to judge them

He says


She says

My life is an open book

She says

I’m a lifetime member of the NRA

It’s inherent in my state for hunting, it’s part of culture here in Alaska

He says

Young gun violence in America is a health issue

She says

Gun violence is …

Caused by people pulling a trigger that wouldn’t followed laws anyway

She says

Take away 2nd amendment rights?

Only bad guys will have guns and not law-abiding citizens

He says

Is it sexist for people to ask?

She says

We had equality

I’m part of that generation

That question is irrelevant

Of course you can Vice President and raise a family

He says

Can you say I have the ability to be President of the United States?

She says

I do Charlie

And when we are sworn in on January 20th

I’m ready.

He says

Did you think no?

She says

I did not

I answered him yes

She says

You can’t blink

You have to be so committed to the mission you’re on


I didn’t blink then even

He says

About national security credentials?

Are those sufficient?

She says

But it is about reform of government

About government on the side of the people

He says

Let me speak specifically

About credential?

She says

Energy independence

What I bring

That credential

The know how

Energy independence

Producing domestically

Less reliant on regimes that do not like America

He says

Raise local issues

2 items of serious note

Banning books

She says

Never ban a book

Issue was the policy

He says

Subpoenas to husband

She says

Nothing to hide

Trooper in question did conduct dangerous activities

Did I fire a trooper?

He’s still a trooper

Threats to the first family

She says

We were state champs

How many points I scored

I was a point guard

I was feeding the big guys

In a support role

One thought on “Charlie Gibson interviews Sarah Palin: The Meeting Poetry

  1. I got this off my friend’s blog, thought you may like it. Very PRO Obama, but all fact i suppose.1.• If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you’re “exotic, different.“• If you grow up in Alaska eating moose burgers, you’re a quintessential American story.2.• If your name is Barack, you’re a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.• If you name your kids Bristol, Willow, Piper, Trig and Track, you’re a maverick.3.• If you graduate from Harvard law School, you are unstable.• If you attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you’re well grounded.4.• If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer,become the first b lack President of the Harvard Law Review,create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters,spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor,spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people,become chairman of the state Senate’s Health and Human Services committee,spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills,and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran’s Affairs committees,you don’t have any real leadership experience.• If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you’re qualified to become the country’s secondhighest ranking executive.5.• If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you’re not a real Christian.• If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you’re a good Christian.6.• If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.• If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state’s school system, while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you’re very responsible.7.• If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family’s values don’t represent America’s.• If your husband is nicknamed “First Dude”, with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn’t register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.OK, *much* clearer now.

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