While defending my country during the Korean Police Action, I was in the Air Force teaching Electronics at Scott Air Force Base in Belleville Ill.
I often found myself with friends drinking beers in a "roadhouse" about five miles from my base. It was called "The Sinn Inn" and it was owned by Michael Sinn. His card had the usual stuff on the front, but on the back were to the best of my recollection the following wonderful words.
"My card sir, I too am a bull shitter, but on occasion I enjoy listening to a true professional, so please do carry on."
I am a formidable "bull shitter" and when you haven't a clue as to what you are speaking about, you need to be real good at "faking it" in order to "get away with it."
I just watched the first part of the Charlie Gibson "interview" with Sarah Palin, and I will only say a few things about it.
She had the intention of "bull shitting" America, and she was incapable of pulling it off. How could she possibly be up to speed on "everything?"
I had expected "more" of her. Why I did, I don't know? Her "answers" were predictable and reflective of "cramming" for an exam.
She didn't "get away with it." It was not even close.
Any bright seventeen year old would have had better answers then Palin.
She often replied to Gibson like a teenager telling her parents why she had stayed out until five in the morning.
Is Palin the best our great nation can present as one of two Vice Presidential nominees?
I would have respected her had she spoken of her need to get up to speed on all of these issues as she had to do that when she became the Mayor of her town and the Governor of her State.
She could have said that she would immediately surround herself with people who specialized in each part of government to assist her.
She could have also said: Being the President of the United States is the toughest and most complicated job in the world. All I can do is to bring to the task my experience, my integrity, and my ability to hire the best and the brightest to help me, and use my faith in the Lord to guide me."
I would have become nauseous, but it would have been better,
I think that America would have loved her honesty.
Sarah Palin knew little and everyone could tell as she was unable to "fake it" no matter how hard she tried.
God? Russia? Israel? Iran? The Bush Doctrine? Georgia?
I will close by quoting from one of Americas great sources of wisdom, the Mel Brooks Movie "Blazing Saddles." I kept thinking of Hedley' Lamar's words during Palin's mind blowing "presentation."
Hedley Lamarr: My mind is aglow with whirling, transient nodes of thought careening through a cosmic vapor of invention.
Hedley Lamarr: "Ditto?" "Ditto," you provincial putz?
This was funny.
Palin was not!
Were Mel Brooks to have done a Sarah Palin Movie, the late Madeline Kahn would have been perfect for the title role.