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Sarah Palin just cannot give the media any indication of what the future holds for the former Alaska governor. Just when it seemed she was not going to run for president, she embarks on a strange journey across the country in what some may seem is a presidential tour. Her “One Nation” bus tour is leading her through historical sites in the United States.
During this strange tour, Palin appeared at the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally on last week in a chaotic event that generated little press. Even odder is Palin’s sudden interest in the “lamestream” media where she has been, gasp, friendly to other news outlet. No itinerary of her tour was provided to the media, but convenient “leaks” have reached the media in time for Palin to be bombarded at most stops. Is an announcement imminent? She has taken questions from the media 17 different times over the course of four days. While Romney was announcing his candidacy in New Hampshire, Palin also stopped off in the state. She attended a clambake along the coast in Seabrook and chatted with reporters from outlets such as CNN, NBC, CBS, Time, and Bloomberg.
Palin’s tour began last Sunday in Washington D.C., making stops at various locations including Philadelphia and New York City. The tour has been marked by speculation that she is contemplating a presidential run but she has said that her decision on whether or not to run is “still weeks away.”
She feels she can influence the race whether she runs or not though.”I know that you can make a difference as an individual. I think I’ve proven that and I hope I can inspire others to know you don’t need a title, you don’t need to be in office to affect positive change,” Palin said on Fox News, where she remains a paid contributor. “So whether I’m a candidate at some point or just a supporter of the right candidate, I look forward to seeing what these coming days, weeks, months bring.”
Asked about the reason for launching the tour, Palin said it was to celebrate American history.”The whole purpose of this tour is to showcase America’s foundation, to talk about our constitution, to hand-out copies of our constitution, as we go along looking at the historical sites on this East coast, it is so beautiful so rich in history,” she said. “It’s so important that we be in touch with our nation’s history, with our past so that we can learn from it and so that we can move forward in these very heavy days in front of us successfully. We can only do that by learning more about our past.”
But, history is not Palin’s strong suit. One of the stops on the “One Nation” tour was at the house of Paul Revere. Revere is most famous for his late night and dawn ride on horseback, the “Midnight Run of Paul Revere,” in which he famously warned people in towns north of Boston of advancing British troops. Palin tried to pay tribute to the hero but she got her American history a little wrong. Describing Paul Revere’s midnight ride, she said:
“He who warned the British that they weren’t gonna be taking away our arms by ringing those bells and making sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells.”