This is a vacation? Sarah Palin talks to reporters about Paul Revere during a June 2, 2011, When 10-year-old Piper Palin muttered "Thanks for ruining our vacation" while in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, last week, it was hard to tell whether she was talking to the media or to her mom.
Sarah Palin's "One Nation" tour of historic American landmarks is being billed as a fun family vacation, with stops at historic spots all over the country. It sounds like an old-school family road-trip, except that:
- Fans are invited to follow along with her trip on Sarahpac.com, her political action committee's website, and encouraged to submit requests for her appearances.
- Judging from the photo and the on-the-bus interview with Greta Van Susteren of Fox News-and in spite of the fact that she says "It's not a publicity-seeking tour"-the former vice-presidential candidate doesn't seem to be trying to avoid the media. (Piper, however, looks less than pleased.)
- The trip is being paid for by her political action committee (which is perfectly legal, by the way, since she hasn't declared herself to be an official candidate), which encourages you to donate during her tour. "The fundraising is going very well," her PAC's treasurer, Timothy Crawford, told the Washington post recently.
- They're traveling in a massive, can't-miss-it, brightly colored bus emblazoned with American flags, sweeping landscapes, a map of the country, the preamble to the Constitution, the words "One Nation: Under God * Indivisible * With Liberty & Justice for All," Palin's signature, and her PAC website.
Which makes it seem less like a family vacation and more like a working vacation. And when, we ask you, have kids really had tons of fun on a business trip? Especially when Disney isn't involved?
So, we feel for the kid, and we totally understand why she's glaring at the television cameras, pushing past reporters, and telling off photographers. In the spirit of "It Gets Better," please tell Piper: What's the worst family vacation you've ever been on?
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