Note: The following text is a quote:
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
August 29, 2008
Statement by the President on Governor Sarah Palin
White House News
Today, Senator McCain made an exciting decision in choosing Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to join him on his ticket as the Vice Presidential candidate. Governor Palin is a proven reformer who is a wise steward of taxpayer dollars and champion for accountability in government. Governor Palin’s success is due to her dedication to principle and her roll-up-your-sleeves work ethic and serves as a wonderful example of the spirit of America. By selecting a working mother with a track record of getting things done, Senator McCain has once again demonstrated his commitment to reforming Washington.
I applaud Senator McCain for selecting Governor Palin. This decision is yet another example of why the American people can trust him to make wise decisions and to confidently lead this country.
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You know, the MSM is setting the bar awfully low for Governor Palin. They may regret doing what they are doing right now. If, as I suspect, she buckles down and learns the briefing books well enough, she can sound within 80-90% as good as Obama or even Biden. It’s not hard to get your head around foreign policy and economic details if you have advisors coaching you 24/7. Talking points only come in sets of ten anyhow. If she does the minimal, she will come across a great deal more competent than the idiot they are making her out to be.
If she does that, then her success is amplified by the low bar of expectations.