2012 Watch: 'Sarah-Centric'

The Sarah Palin Image Refurbishing Tour has begun in earnest.On Fox News' Greta this week, Palin coined an interesting term about the enthusiasm for her at GOP rallies."Any of the chants of 'Sarah' or anything that maybe would look like maybe anything was Sarah-centric, is, on my part, I know that it is not me personally, that the cheers were for," she said. "It's for, 'Cool, we've got a woman on the ticket, we've got this manifestation of progress and change in America.'... But not me, personally, were those cheers for, but it was just for the representation of a woman on the ticket, a mom, somebody who loves this country so much, somebody very, very committed to policies that, I believe, will progress this country in the right direction. I think that's what that was all about."Sarah-centric. An interesting term.Greta Van Susteren asked Palin about 2012."You know, I have -- faith is a very big part of my life," Palin said. "And putting my life in my creator's hands -- this is what I always do. I'm like, 'OK, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere' -- this is what I always pray -- I'm like, 'don't let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is. Even if it's cracked up a little bit, maybe I'll plow right on through that and maybe prematurely plow through it, but don't let me miss an open door.' And if there is an open door in '12 or four years later, and if it is something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I'll plow through that door ... It would be very exciting to have an opportunity to serve in a greater capacity."

Palin also had an interesting exchange with Matt Lauer about the speech she wanted to give on election night."I had a speech that, you know, I was going to give that we’d worked on about a week," Palin said. "The speech was written in cooperation and conjunction with a couple of the speechwriters in the campaign -- and had written that as an introduction to this great American hero.  And of course, we had two speeches in our back pocket ... One was a concession speech that would introduce him, and it would do what John McCain just can’t seem to do for himself -- bless his heart, because he’s not that kind of man -- where I was going to brag him up and say, 'You know, truly he’s an American hero, has faced great adversity, knows how challenges are overcome.  And let us -- let us be thankful for this man, who with a servant’s heart, had offered himself up to...'""So that sounds like a good idea," interjected Lauer. "Why weren’t you allowed to do it?""I don’t know," said Palin. "It was a great speech because it also then, also said, 'OK, but American voters have spoken, so now, let’s all come together. I know Senator McCain wants to lead in an effort of unity here in our nation, and let’s work with President-elect Obama and let’s go forward.'"

But she was told she couldn't give the speech, Palin said. "Somebody said no, they said that it would be unprecedented," Palin said, "that a VP candidate wouldn’t introduce someone in a concession speech. And you know, all I could say was --""Were you disappointed?" asked Lauer."A little bit because, again -- not -- not for me personally to get to be up there on the stage and give one last speech, but to be able to say, 'This is an American hero. Let us be thankful for what he just offered our nation. Now, let’s all work together to support the new president,'" Palin said. "All I could think of was, well, even if it were unprecedented -- and I haven’t done research to see if other VP candidates had done such an introduction of their presidential candidate, but, you know, I thought even if it was unprecedented, so what, you know. Geez, let’s do something a little bit out of the box there."But those were the type of shots that were called that I didn’t have control over," Palin said. "And in the end, though, that’s -- that’s somebody else’s problem or business."- jpt

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