February 24, 2024

Our Gettysburg Address?

On our nation’s Independence Day, I humbly offer this text for historians interested in understanding early 21st Century America (because I surely can’t).

Paul Begala reviews the text elegantly in his column.

Let’s stipulate that if there is some heretofore unknown personal, medical or family crisis, this was the right move. But Gov. Palin didn’t say anything like that. Her statement was incoherent, bizarre and juvenile. The text, as posted on Gov. Palin’s official website (here), uses 2,549 words and 18 exclamation points. Lincoln freed the slaves with 719 words and nary an exclamation; Mr. Jefferson declared our independence in 1,322 words and, again, no exclamation points. Nixon resigned the presidency in 1,796 words — still no exclamation points. Gov. Palin capitalized words at random – whole words, like “TO,” “HELP,” and “AND,” and the first letter of “Troops.”

Watch the spectacular press conference video. It’s must-see lunacy!

One thought on “Our Gettysburg Address?

  1. She also actually used the word “Nah”. A glaring example of informal expression.

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