Community Organizer Sarah Palin Goes to Haiti for the Joy
Ms Palin finally did something that may have a positive impact somewhere in the world, or at the very least, wasn’t a rage filled episode of non-nonsensical tweeting meant to start WWIII. Small things to be grateful for these days, friends. Perhaps the social democracy of Haiti rubbed off on the social Darwinist. It’s almost Christmas, so you never know.
Community organizer Sarah Palin braved exposure to the wild world of people who are not white today, when she accompanied fellow grifter (a million and some in salary to manage this charity work) Franklin Graham as he toured the area, followed by her fan club leader, Greta Van Susteren, and the Fox Propagandists TV crew.
The 2010 Haiti earthquake left 230,000 people dead and 1.6 million homeless. In October 2010, there was an outbreak of Cholera, in November Hurricane Tomas hit, flooding Haiti and then this month they suffered riots from a contested Nov. 28 presidential election. Needless to say, what the Haitians most needed was a visit from a community organizer like Sarah Palin.
We are still waiting to hear if she brought cookies (or as Samaritan’s Purse calls them, “food parcels”) like she did to the starving and freezing Native Alaskans who tried desperately to get their Governor’s attention whilst she perused the aisles of the lower 48’s Neiman Marcuses. They had only to hang on for a month before their patron saint of sacrifice returned to her state with a plate of cookies for them and prayers. Oh, the joy!
Now Palin brings this same winning combo of common sense conservatism to Haiti, where I’m sure her bump-it and Hollywood sunglasses will generate much trickle-down morale boosting, if not food, shelter, safe elections, and clean water. Even Angelina Jolie doesn’t look quite this Ricky Hollywood when she visits the less fortunate. Oh, zee glamor!
The AP reported:
“Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin began a tightly stage-managed visit to Haiti on Saturday in which she visited cholera clinics while avoiding crowds and the press. Palin, who traveled in part by helicopter, provided access on her tour solely to the U.S. cable network Fox News.
Graham’s organization, Samaritan’s Purse, refused to discuss Palin’s itinerary with other media and asked Haitian and American reporters to leave its compounds, citing a “security lockdown.”
Associated Press television journalists saw Palin talking with foreign aid workers. She wore cargo pants, a T-shirt and designer sunglasses on her first trip outside the United States since speaking to investors in Hong Kong last year. That speech was also closed to the media…
“It would be good if she came, because we could tell her that we need medicine and jobs,” said Roseline Frederique, a 21-year-old resident of the capital’s Cite Soleil slum who is being treated for cholera symptoms.”
Um, who is going to tell Roseline that Palin doesn’t believe in free medicine that comes with strings or job creation? However, we should all give great thanks to the Lord above for generating income for all of Ms Palin’s security entourage who were employed to make the Sainted One’s visit as pleasant as a visit to a Cholera clinic can be. Talk about job creation. Too bad about the Haitian press, but then Ms Palin can’t be expected to help everyone.
Samaritan’s Purse reported on their website:
“Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham arrived in Haiti Saturday to survey our work with cholera patients, hand deliver Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts to hurting children, visit shelter communities we built in the aftermath of the January earthquake, tour our rubble removal activities, and debrief with staff on water, sanitation, shelter, targeted feeding, training programs, and 2011 needs.
After arriving, the group toured a shelter community where Samaritan’s Purse has built temporary houses for people who lost everything in the earthquake.
“I’ve really enjoyed meeting this community,” Gov. Palin said. “They are so full of joy. We are so fortunate in America and we are responsible for helping those less fortunate. Samaritan’s Purse is still here doing the tough work.””
She enjoyed meeting “this community” and “they” are so full of “joy”. Shuffle shuffle Miss Daisy. Them people are always smiling and so good at basketball too. Oh, no, I kid. I kid. We’re lucky she didn’t accuse the Haitians of being limp, impotent and weak as is her wont (see Barbara Walters interview). But, bonus time, she did come bearing every socialist’s tool: a push up bra. Double points for morale boosting.
Good news is that Palin now says we are responsible for helping those less fortunate and this is a great turn around. Pretty soon she’s really gonna deserve at least a teabag’s worth of community organizing cred. It seems like just yesterday that Palin was saying they were supposed to pull themselves up by their bootstraps like Palin did, but without the government cheese and pork because, like, healthcare for everyone was a bad thing….
Since she’s only there for a day, and has no plans to get dirty helping out with actual work, bestowing the beauty of her visage upon the deprived and desperate Haitians is all we can expect from the goddess of charity.
Nothing says Presidential like waiting a year to show up in Haiti — a year spent trying to destroy your own country’s democratically elected president no less. But no worries, Palin is in Haiti now, getting her picture taken by Fox News to sell herself in 2012 as Someone Who Has Been to Other Countries, also, too. Now, the real question is will the prolific tweeter find time to at least tweet out a call to help the Haitians, or will the miser in her overwhelm any urge of Christmas spirit, knowing as any teabagger does that there’s only so much to go around and she’s still got loads of books to sell?
There are no real solutions needed, and this isn’t about the Haitians, it’s about Sarah Palin. As always. I’m just super impressed that she actually got off the plane for her photo op. Let’s hope she left the witch doctor at home.
To help for real, go to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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