Wasilla, AK – Still smarting from the losing the election, Governor Sarah Palin has begun to find herself at the receiving end of the backlash from the failed campaign. Anonymous insiders from the McCain campaign claim that among other things Palin did not know which countries were a part of NAFTA and that Africa is a continent, not a country. Palin lashed out at the talk.
“That's cruel. It's mean-spirited. It's immature. It's unprofessional and those guys are jerks if they came away with it, taking things out of context, and then tried to spread something on national news. It's not fair and it's not right,” said Palin.
“They’re just bunch of mean people who seem to have some axe to grind. Talking behind people’s backs like that is for cowards, and they are cowards.”
The irony of calling people mean spirited and unprofessional and in same breath calling them jerks seemed totally lost on the Governor as she spoke to reporters outside her Juneau offices. That name calling though hasn’t hampered her respect in her hometown which is at an all time high despite the failed campaign. One local school is so proud of their native daughter that they have offered her an honourary degree.
“Governor Palin has done incredible things and we are so proud of her. Not only does she have a beautiful family and achieved great things in life, she has come away with the most important lesson, the ability to learn,” said Phil Walker, Principal of the Iditarod elementary school. “She didn’t know certain things but she asked and now she knows. That is a lesson we try to instil in all our students and the ones who learn that early on are the ones who have the most success. We are thrilled to present Governor Palin with an honorary third grade diploma in recognition of this success.”
The principal went on to state that they would have presented the Governor with a higher grade degree if her geography were a little more advanced.
“Geography is hard for even the best of students. There are many countries in the world and no one can remember them all, continued Principal Walker. “From what we’ve seen the Governor has about a third graders grasp of geography now and so that is the degree we are presenting to her.”
Walker did say that some teachers were hesitant to award Palin the degree as they had not seen her math or colouring skills, but they were eventually won over.
“We are a little concerned about the name calling. That is not the type of behaviour that we reward at our school, but a little talking to is probably all that is necessary,” said the Principal. “Irony is a little tougher concept and we’ll have to work with her to get there.”
Governor Palin has been unable to accept the degree as she has been engaged whirlwind schedule of recrimination and positioning herself for a future run at the Presidency has left her largely out of the state that she governs. That absence has drawn some criticism from her own cabinet, concerned at the poor example it provides for young students.
“Tardiness and absenteeism is not something that our students need to be taught,” said Larry LeDoux, Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development. “We are all very proud of the Governor, but we really need her to set an example for the Alaskan youth. Come back to work Sarah.”
Reached for comment, Palin said that she was happy to accept the degree and blamed the media for her absence from work.