It is biologically impossible for a human being living in the U.S. for the past three years to not have a strong opinion about Sarah Palin. And that’s why her split-second reaction to a woman who identifies herself as a teacher in a viral video has caused such a hubbub on the Internets that the former governor has taken to her Facebook page in defense. (I’d imagine August summer doldroms and Palin’s affinity for the spotlight are partially to blame as well.)
The video takes place in Homer, Alaska, where Palin was shooting an episode of her upcoming reality show for TLC when she ran into a woman standing in front of a banner that says “Worst Governor Ever.” Overall, Palin handles the incident pretty well. Her initial reaction is to use a bit of humor: When the woman says she is upset that the former governor resigned to go off and be a celebrity “when cash was waved in front of your face,” Palin jokes, “Oh, you wanted me to be your governor! I’m honored!” Palin never really answers the woman’s question about how her post-gubernatorial career has helped achieve any of the ideals she espouses on television, but most people would have to agree she comes off as largely respectful. Largely, that is, save for this one itty-bitty moment.
At about the 1:10 mark in the video (embedded below), Palin asks the woman what she does for a living, and when the woman says she is a teacher, Palin looks over at her daughter, seemingly kinda groans, and makes a smirky face – a face some have labeled a dismissive eyeroll. Because Palin, of course, views teachers as union-loving commie liberals, so of course she’s out there dissing the conservative Mama Grizzly. I can see that, though I actually have another theory. Personally, I think it was more a case of Palin being at a loss for a clever retort when faced with a woman who has such a highly respected and under-appreciated job. My guess is she went with the silent smirk because she realized that she didn’t have a response written on her hand and “Well, okay then…teachy face!” just doesn’t sound presidential. It wasn’t exactly elegant, but I think the eyeroll/teacher-hatred accusations are probably a little overblown.
On her Facebook page, Palin points out how she has several teachers in her family and blames the LSM – that’s “lame stream media” – for making such a big deal over a freakin’ look on her face. “The media is now trying to turn my eyebrow movements into story lines. (Maybe that’s why Botox is all the rage – if you can’t move your eyebrows, your ‘eye rolling’ can’t be misinterpreted!)”
What do you think P-Dubbers? Was Palin scoffing at the teacher? At a loss for words? Something else? Does it really matter?