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Palin at the Billy Graham Library and Samaritan’s Purse


Photo by Shealah Craighead


Gov. Sarah Palin’s “Good Tidings and Great Joy” book tour took her to Charlotte, NC today where she was greeted by hundreds at the Billy Graham Library.  Palin had the following to say to the fine people of Charlotte:

A big thank you to everyone who joined us today for a very festive “Good Tidings and Great Joy” book event at the Billy Graham Library. It was great to see our old friend Charlie from the ’08 campaign trail. He’s growing up into such a beautiful young man. I’d especially like to thank Franklin and Jane Graham and all the staff and volunteers at the Billy Graham Library. If you’ve never had a chance to visit the library, I really encourage you to take time and do so. It’s a beautiful place dedicated to telling the story of Billy Graham’s amazing life and continuing his work to bring the Christian message of love and hope to the ends of the earth. Next up, we get to visit with volunteers at Samaritan’s Purse and then it’s on to Roanoke, Virginia, and Monroe, Louisiana, tomorrow!

P.S. I had a great time chatting with Bill O’Reilly last night about “Good Tidings and Great Joy.” I had forgotten I wore the same shirt this morning that I did on Fox last night… that is until every other person at the library today mentioned they enjoyed the O’Reilly interview and thought it was cool I was wearing the same clothes! I laughed and explained that this is what happens when you’re living out of a suitcase on the road meeting all these great people!

You can watch the interview here:

Part 1: http://video.foxnews.com/v/2898490731001/can-the-gop-capitalize-on-obamas-falling-popularity-/
Part 2: http://video.foxnews.com/v/2898438936001/fighting-the-war-on-christmas/


Gov. Palin also posted a gallery of 14 great photographs here.  My favorite is definitely this image where she is writing an excuse note for a school-aged child.


Photo by Shealah Craighead


The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association published this article  on Palin’s visit.  Note the photo at the end of the article with what seems like a never-ending line of people waiting for a signature.

With the backdrop of a sunny sky and an unseasonably warm temperature, hundreds lined the sidewalk on the grounds of the Billy Graham Library, waiting to meet Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska and 2008 vice presidential nominee.

Palin visited the Billy Graham Library for a tour and a signing of her recent book release, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.

“I certainly recognize there is a war on Christmas that’s being waged—it seems—in our culture right now,” she said. “The true meaning of Christmas, of course, is Christ’s birth. I wanted to write this so that people realize that they can proudly and boldly proclaim the true meaning of Christmas.”

In 2010, Palin and some of her family members travel to Haiti, where they visited a Samaritan’s Purse cholera clinic and help distribute Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. In 2009, Palin visited Billy and Franklin Graham at Mr. Graham’s Montreat home in the North Carolina mountains.

Today, she finally had the chance to visit the place the bears the name of one of her spiritual heroes.

“Billy Graham changed the world because he has allowed Christ to shine right through him. People would listen to him and could receive his message,” said Palin, who attended Mr. Graham’s 95th birthday party last month in Asheville, N.C. “He so capitalized—in a good way—on the favor that God gave him to do the Lord’s will and to do the Lord’s work.”

“I am happy to be here at the Billy Graham Library today. I had no idea it was this amazing. It reflects the fact that it was not about Billy Graham. His ministry is truly about the Gospel, and this facility reflects that.”  More


Gov. Palin also visited with volunteers of Operation Christmas Child and expressed appreciation via her Facebook page for their dedication.


Photo by Shealah Craighead


Today we had the honor of meeting Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child volunteers at the processing center in Charlotte, NC. I was blown away with the energy and joy there!

My family was blessed a few years ago to participate in this mission in Haiti with Rev. Franklin Graham, Greta Van Susteren and her husband John Coale. It was heartwarming to see children’s faces light up when given a Christmas gift box packed with love! It’s a tangible way to show kids they matter and they’re loved.

Operation Christmas Child relies on volunteers; and today we met many of these hard workers who make the program possible. There are about 75,000 volunteers serving in a three-week timeframe at processing centers across the nation. That’s more than 395,000 volunteer hours! The Charlotte processing center alone has 28,000 selfless workers packing more than 2 million gift boxes. This year’s collection goal is 7.2 million gift boxes domestically and 9.8 million worldwide. Without these volunteers none of it would be possible! Their great efforts ensure gift boxes reach children all over the world, and more importantly, they send the love of Christ, reminding all that Jesus is the reason for the season. It’s the true Christmas spirit in action!

Here’s more on Samaritan’s Purse:


There’s an additional 13 photos on Palin’s Facebook page chronicling her visit with the Samaritan’s Purse volunteers.

The Charlotte Observer also published a photo gallery of Gov. Palin’s visit with the volunteers here.

Palin’s book tour will take her to both Roanoke, VA and Monroe, LA tomorrow, December 7th.

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Did Bachmann Just Trash Sarah Palin For Having Kids And Thinking About Running For POTUS?

By Gary P Jackson

Did Michele Bachmann just go after Sarah Palin for wanting to run for President while still having kids at home? Well maybe not as strongly as this headline suggests:

Video: Michele Bachmann Says Sarah Palin is a Selfish Mom

Bachmann does go down that road, lead by “Christian activist” Ralph Reed at last week’s Faith and Freedom Conference:

From Opposing Views: [emphasis mine]

Michele Bachmann says Sarah Palin should wait till her children are grown up before she runs for the presidency – and implies that the former Alaska governor should have held off on any kind of White House campaign while she still had children in the house.

In a video from last week’s Faith and Freedom Conference, Bachmann tells conservative Christian activist Ralph Reed, “”We’ve raised a lot of children, five biological children, 23 foster kids,” Bachmann says. “This fall our youngest two will go off to college, so we’re coming to the conclusion now of 29 years of parenting, and I think that’s one life lesson that you learn. That sometimes you have patience and wait to do certain things in your life.

Reed then says, “There’s a time and a season for everything.

Bachmann responds, “There’s a time and a season for everything, that’s right.”

Palin is famous for making her family a large part of her 2008 vice-presidential campaign, even though her daughter Bristol was pregnant while the campaign was going on, and went on to become a single teenage mom. She also had a baby son, Trig, in 2008. Trig was diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome before he was born.

This sort of thing is right out of the Ed Rollins playbook. He likes to make attacks personal, as the sort of candidate he usually hooks up with can’t compete on ideas or record of achievement.

We’ve heard so-called “evangelicals” using this line of attack before, that Sarah Palin’s place is at home with the kids, back when Mike Huckabee was still thought to be a contender. It came from his supporters. [though never Governor Huckabee himself] It’s not for nothing that Ed Rollins was Huckabee’s man before working for Bachmann.

Here’s what gets me with this. Michele Bachmann has raised five children and twenty-three foster children, twenty-eight kids in all. That’s commendable, to say the least, but as Bachmann points out, she’s just now seeing the last ones graduate. Bachmann has been in Congress for quite some time. If she followed the same advice she’s giving Sarah Palin, shouldn’t she have waited until this year to get into politics?

Can you say hypocrite?

One has to ask why is Bachmann going down this road. She continually rants, when challenged, that she and Sarah Palin are “best of friends.” Indeed, it was Sarah Palin that brought record crowds to Minnesota to rally for Bachmann and other GOP candidates in 2010.

One of the problems is, despite all of her rhetoric, Michele Bachmann has few actual accomplishments for all of her years in Congress. Oh, she gives a great speech, but so does Barack Obama. Bachmann has not created any major piece of legislation, or led any sort of movement. She’s one of 435 people and nothing, other than empty rhetoric separates her from the herd.

On the other hand, as Steve Bannon reminded everyone the other day, Sarah Palin, who was Governor for just a few months shy of three years [she took office in 2006] accomplished more in that time than most executive level politicians do in a lifetime. Fact is, at the time she left office, Sarah Palin had accomplished every goal she had set before she took office, and then some.

This doesn’t count her time as Alaska’s top oil and gas regulator, or her time as the two-term Mayor of Wasilla.

That brings to light the other problem with Bachmann. She has no executive experience what-so-ever. None. Zip. Nada. Executive experience, while not constitutionally required, is essential for someone to be a good president. It’s why Americans tend to elect governors as presidents.

Speaking of which, Alaska’s governor is one of the most powerful in the nation. When the state’s founders wrote their constitution, they wanted the buck to stop at the governor’s desk. Rather than being a figurehead like some governors, Alaska’s governor is a true CEO. When you look at the way Alaska has set things up, if being governor is the best “on the job training” to be president, then being Governor of Alaska is graduate school.

So this is what Bachmann and the other GOP candidates face. Sarah Palin is the most accomplished, most qualified, most successful potential presidential candidate in the country.

Look, we expect the primaries to be a knock-down, drag-out fight. That’s how the cream will rise to the top. But this underhanded sniping by a third tier candidate, who claims to be “best of friends” with the target of their petty nonsense is simply not acceptable.

My advice to the GOP show ponies and their little stalking horses is simple. If you can’t compete on the issues, go home. We are at war for the soul of this nation. We are trying to save the Republic from certain demise. This is not the time for politics as usual.

With her’s and her attack dog Rollins’ recent attacks on Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann is turning out to be just another Washington establishment politician, and thus …. part of the problem …. not the solution.


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“America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag” A New Book By Sarah Palin

News about Sarah Palin’s much anticipated new book has come, as Sarah’s publisher: HarperCollins, announced on Tuesday the November 23rd release day for “America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag.”

From Fox News:

Sarah Palin’s new book has a title, “America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag,” and a release date, Nov. 23, publisher HarperCollins announced Tuesday.

The Alaska ex-governor and former GOP vice presidential candidate, whose memoir “Going Rogue” has sold more than 2 million copies, has been working on a tribute to American values.

It will include “selections from classic and contemporary readings that have moved her,” according to HarperCollins, along with “the nation’s founding documents to great speeches, sermons, letters, literature and poetry, biography, and even some of her favorite songs and movies.

The book is inspired not only by her “strong belief in the importance of family, faith, and patriotism,” but by some of the people she met last year while promoting “Going Rogue.” Palin skipped major cities such as Seattle and Los Angeles, traditional stops on most author tours, and instead focused on smaller communities more receptive to her conservative message.

The book will also include portraits of some of the extraordinary men and women she admires and who embody her deep love of country, her strong rootedness in faith, and her profound love and appreciation of family,” the statement from HarperCollins reads.

HarperCollins spokeswoman Tina Andreadis said Palin will likely tour for “America By Heart,” but added that details were still being arranged. The book will have a first printing of 1 million copies — the initial run for “Going Rogue” was 1.5 million — and a list price of $25.99.

As with “Going Rogue,” Palin will have a collaborator, but there are “no specifics to announce yet,” Andreadis said. Conservative author Lynn Vincent worked with Palin on her memoir.

While the e-book for “Going Rogue” came out several weeks after the hardcover, the digital edition for “America By Heart” will be available at the same time.

Before the release last month of Apple’s iPad, HarperCollins and other publishers had worried that the $9.99 charged for best-sellers on Amazon.com’s Kindle reader was too low and would hurt hardcover sales. Publishers have more control over pricing under the sales model negotiated with Apple, with some e-books costing $12.99 to $14.99 when first released.

As with Going Rogue, we look forward to reading Sarah’s latest. It’s been hinted that this book will also contain a fair amount of policy, though for the discerning reader, Going Rogue has been thought of as one of the best books on policy written in quite some time.

Obviously this will spark even more anticipation of an announcement for a 2012 presidential run, especially with this timing. Late 2010 early 2011 can be devoted to the book tour, much like the late 2009, early 2010 was set aside to promote Going Rogue. After that, we anticipate a full on run toward the Oval Office.

We look forward to seeing American exceptionalism, faith, and patriotism through the eyes of Sarah Palin. Sarah is a woman of strong character who dearly loves her country, and is inspired by the American experience, as are we.

Online book sellers Borders and Amazon have wasted no time, and are already taking pre-orders for America By Heart. You can visit their website here and here.

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