One year ago today on her 48th birthday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin accepted an award from the Clare Booth Luce Foundation for “putting family first by not running for President in 2012″ and delivered an epic keynote speech at CPAC two hours later.
Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute Woman of the Year – 2012
Bristol Palin – who earlier in the day had a book signing in DuPont Circle – documented her mother’s birthday celebrations in Episodes five and six of Life’s a Tripp. Though Lifetime has pulled down the complete episodes from their website, you might be able to find clips of salient points there. Following CPAC, Bristol and Willow threw an impromptu party in the Palin’s hotel room, after which, Gov. Palin celebrated her 48th birthday at Matisse Cafe / Restaurant.
Life’s a Tripp Episode Six documented the large family celebration of Gov. Palin’s 48th birthday which was held after she returned to Alaska. One of her birthday gifts was a small Ruger semi-automatic pistol for concealed carry.
Recently Kevin Scholla, host of The Palin Update on SarahNET Radio appeared on Gennifer Flowers’ radio program SEX, POWER & POLITICS on WGSO 990am in New Orleans to talk about former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin! Kevin addresses what makes Sarah Palin so special, her potential plans for the future, the country’s outlook following Obama’s reelection, and much more!
“I would love to see her get back into a race. Do you think that is a possibility on down the line?” Flowers asked Scholla. “I do. You know, a lot of Palin supporters were very disappointed when she officially stated she would not run for President in 2012. A lot of folks were hoping that was going to be the case, me included. One of the things we wanted to do with this program was give her fair coverage, when or if she ran for President” Scholla said about his Palin Update show.
“…but when she didn’t run, obviously we changed our direction, but there are opportunities down the road. I mean obviously with the Obama win, you’re going to need both a new Republican and a new Democrat in 2016, so she’s a young woman with a lot of time ahead of her. Others have talked about a possible Senate bid somewhere, either in Alaska or Arizona, but you know what? We’ll see. Either way, she’ll make a difference whether she holds a title or not.”
Gov. Palin and Mass Market Media
“Well, absolutely,” Flowers responded, following up with, “does she still have her reality show?”
“Well, that show ended, but it is available on DVD and everywhere – the Sarah Palin’s Alaska program – and Bristol Palin, her daughter had a show recently – Life’s a Tripp – with her and her son, and of course Bristol Palin was on Dancing with the Stars. And Todd Palin had a run on the Stars Earn Stripes program where he got to play a military hero for a couple of weeks, so they’re out there and shining the light on some positive things and having fun along the way.
The Palins’ Positive Attitudes and Smiles
“You know, I think the way – the whole family really – is able to keep the smiles on the faces – and just keep that positive attitude despite all the nasty attacks that have been leveled against them is really commendable and really impressive,” Scholla said.
“Well, I can relate to that. It’s certainly not easy. It’s one of the hardest things that you can ever go through, and accomplish – to be determined to just have that smile on the face, and have a positive attitude and I’m sure that she feels and they feel – the family feels – like I do that they know who they are. That’s where it starts obviously, and I can tell that she has a very strong sense of self, and a very healthy self-esteem, and obviously she has a great support system around her, meaning her family, and friends, and that means so much and goes such a long way to allow you to and encourage you to stand up in front people – in her case with that beautiful smile on her face. The thing about Sarah is not only is she smart and accomplished, but she’s a sexy gal.”
“Let’s be frank here, Gen…” Scholla interjected. “It’s another reason that she threatens the left and a lot of the Republican establishment. They don’t know how to handle someone like her. The whole package. She has the looks, has the the smarts, has the family, has the success, has the knowledge, and they say, ‘wait a minute! What are you doing infiltrating the old boy’s network?’”
“Exactly. What makes those old boys nervous is that maybe they’ve got something to look at,” Flowers said. “I mean, you know, God forbid somebody would have a great figure like Sarah instead of Hillary Clinton’s big, fat ass, but anyway – excuse me, Lord. I mean, that’s why I think she had the problems that she did, and all the craziness.”
Extraordinary – Ordinary
“What’s interesting about Gov. Palin: she’s that unbelievable perfect combination of an extraordinary person, but at the same time an ordinary person,” Scholla said.
“And, I think that is her appeal. You know, she has stood up to special interests, to crony capitalism, to corruption. She is not afraid to stand up to anyone on either side of the aisle, but at the same time people look at her and she reminds them of someone they may know, whether it’s someone in the family, or a friend, a neighbor – someone you can talk to, and relate to and isn’t reading off a teleprompter and isn’t a politician – a scripted politician. The one thing I think you’re going to get with Sarah…you can trust her. There’s honesty there. There’s no acting, and the Tea Party movement is about that. It’s about a bunch of Americans from all different walks of life, many of them are independents.
They’re not registered Republicans. In fact, Todd Palin is not a registered Republican. He’s an independent. But, they just want smaller government and they want to be able to have their own freedoms and their own liberties that made this country great, and she’s been the one who has been able to voice it in plain English – the same way we talk around our kitchen tables – they way we’re having fun on the phone doing this interview and talking – not in this marketed, political way that comes across so phony for both parties.”
“You’re exactly right, and that is one of the things I enjoy so much about her. And I love her little “isms” – being a mother and a housewife type “isms” that she would come up with. What was the one about the pitbull…” Flowers said. “The difference between a pitbull and a hockey mom is lipstick,” Scholla said. “I loved that. That is so true,” Flowers said.
“And you know she’s taken it further with the whole mama grizzly persona. You protect not only your children the way a mama grizzly would protect her cubs, but you protect your country and your constitution that same way. And you know, the wonderful thing about her too is if you’re a supporter of her for what she believes, that’s the most important part, but you also just love to see her drive the left crazy,” Scholla said.
Downloadable Audio Transcript of Flowers Interview
Downloadable Audio Transcript of Flowers Interview
Recently, I sat down with Kevin Scholla, who operates SarahNET Radio. (You should follow him on Twitter here and the radio program here!) We talked about Life’s a Tripp, Dancing with the Stars, and — of course — Tripp. Also, he’ll be broadcasting a special interview with me each week called “Breaking It Down with Bristol,” to go over my Dancing with the Stars adventure! Listen to the show below — and thanks, Kevin! This will be fun!
Following is text transcript of this interview and a re-post of the audio transcript:
Sign-On and Introduction
“We all remember 2008 – the excitement of Governor Palin’s run for Vice President, and at the time the Palin family also hit the national stage,” Kevin Scholla said as he opened his new “Breaking It Down with Bristol” series on SarahNET Radio. “Well, Bristol Palin has had a lot of changes in her life since then. She’s now the mother of a great little boy and an inspiration to many Americans, especially girls and young women. She’s also getting set to go dancing again. We have a lot to talk about today with our special guest. Bristol Palin thanks for being here on the Palin Update on SarahNET Radio.”
“Thank you for having me on here, Kevin,” Bristol said.
Bristol Palin: Blessed with Opportunities, Awesome Four Years
“What a wild ride over the past four years. You have been thrust onto the national scene when your mother, Governor Sarah Palin ran for Vice President and since then, you went from a teenager in Alaska to a mom, an author, a TV personality, and now an influential blogger, so can you even remember what it was like before all these big changes?” Scholla asked.
“Yeah, well, I think I’ve been just so blessed with the opportunities I’ve had and my son has had, and it’s just been an awesome four years. It’s been really good,” Bristol said.
“Yeah, well, we had a great time and looking back, I’m glad that we have that footage that Tripp is going to be able to see for a long time. You know, he grew up on that show, so it was a blast. It was a good learning experience for us and it was fun, it was really good,” Bristol said.
“Well, it was fun to watch the interactions with your family and friends. And first of all, Willow is hysterical. You guys are really great sisters to one another aren’t you?” Scholla asked.
“Yeah, we are. We’re like best friends, and she’s just the funniest girl. I think her personality on the show was just a hoot. It was hilarious, and I’m thankful that she was a part of it,” Bristol said.
“I mean you go into a show, you know that little kid’s involved and you think that’s the humor, but I’ve got to tell you I went away laughing some of Willow’s lines more than anything every episode,” Scholla said.
“Oh, she was the star of the show,” Bristol said. “Between her and Tripp, it was funny to watch it back. Yeah, her attitude – I don’t think we’re much alike – her attitude is just hilarious,” she said.
“And your son, a fun little guy…how’s he doing?” Scholla asked.
Now one of the things that stood out for me was the episode you did that showed some of the work you do for young mothers. Why is that important to you?” Scholla asked.
“You know, I just have such a connection to young moms, and single moms, and just moms in general. Because, I know what they go through, and it doesn’t really matter what your background is or what circumstance you’re in. It’s hard, and I just really connect with those young moms and especially single moms. I like to give back and try to help in any way that I can, but yeah I enjoy doing stuff with young moms,” Bristol said.
“I also loved when you threw that party for your mom and gave her a pink gun,” Scholla said. Bristol laughed and responded, “yeah that gun was cool.” Scholla said “that must have sent a lot of liberals up the wall.”
On Bristol’s Blog
“People have kind of gotten used to you being in the limelight. You had your book, plus your first Dancing With the Stars appearance, then Lifetime, so from an entertainment standpoint people expect you there, but you’ve recently developed your own blog and in it – yes, you’re talking about some personal, fun things, but you’re also tackling some heady political issues. You’ve been clear with your opinions and unafraid to stand up to those who attack you or your family. It must be gratifying to have an outlet like this to be able to answer the critics and also to express your views?”
“Oh, absolutely! I just enjoy this blog so much, and it just means a lot to me that I’m able to have a platform to talk about what is important to me and to my family and just share my view with others, and I think it’s a good outlet and I’m just honored and blessed to be able to have that blog. And, I think more people should be talking about real issues. And in the media now it’s all just about sex and image – I don’t think it’s cool, and I wish there were more voices out there with conservative beliefs and just another option for people out there I guess. And I think there needs to be more role models like that.
“Well, listen, I find it well-written and really a great place for people to get the real answers about you and your thoughts with no spin. Can you tell listeners how they can see your blog?” Scholla asked.
It’s on Patheos, and I have it attached to my Facebook. I always post on there, and – yeah – it’s a Patheos Blog and awesome,” Bristol said. She can also be reached on Twitter.
Dancing With the Stars
“So, you are heading back to Dancing with the Stars. You did so well the first time, and now an All-Star season. Are you excited?” Scholla asked.
“Thank you. I’m so excited and honored to be asked back. I’ve been cracking at rehearsals just recently and it’s just been awesome and it’s going to be a whole new season, a whole new ballgame and I’m just really glad that they asked me back. It’s going to be good,” Bristol said.
“Breaking it Down with Bristol”
“Well, we plan on following you on Dancing With the Stars every step of the way, and we want to let everyone in on the big news now: every week on SarahNET Radio and on the Six Seeds Faith and Family Channel, we will be talking with you about your journey on Dancing with the Stars. The show will be called “Breaking it Down with Bristol” and we really look forward to it,” Scholla said.
“Well, thank you so much. I can’t wait to talk to you guys and give you some of the behind-the-scenes scoop on it all,” Bristol said.
Media Going to Say Whatever…May As Well Have Fun
“I really liked what you said at your Dancing With the Stars press conference. Reporters kept harping on ‘why are you doing this’ and at the same time, you said the media won’t treat you fairly and you said basically, ‘hey, they’re going to say stuff about you anyway, so you may as well have fun,’” Scholla said.
“Yeah, absolutely! And it’s just like ‘whatever’. They’re going to be talking about me no matter what and this is something I had an awesome experience with last time and it’s going to be a great season,” Bristol said.
Closing and Sign-Off
“Well, as your dad said on this program a few weeks ago, he won’t get in the mud with these people, and Bristol, you have a great attitude as well. We thank you so much for being here and look forward to Dancing With the Stars and spending some time with you each week,” Scholla said.
“Thank you so much, and thank you for the opportunity to have me on here. It’s just awesome. Thank you,” Bristol said. “
A great mother, daughter, sister, and just an engaging, wonderful person – Bristol Palin. We look forward to her Dancing With the Stars and her All Stars journey each and every week, we will talk with Bristol about her experience on this show.
These four episodes recount the rocky road Bristol and Gino have been traveling on and culminate in Gino’s promise to be faithful, loyal, and loving to Bristol and to marry her in the future. Gino presented the promise ring as they sat in a tree stand, hunting bear. Bristol wrote in her blog entry on this episode, “…the promise ring created one of the best lines of the season: “I love you. Okay, now let’s shoot a bear.” The couple also shot exploding targets with a variety of rifles in an open area prior to the hunt. Bristol also presented Gino with a Newfoundland puppy which at the time the episode was produced was named Raider. Bristol subsequently reached out to her community of readers and the dog was renamed Riot.