It is said the US President Barack Obama has no love for the British. I know not whether that is true but he certainly has a command of the Queen’s English. He is a fine orator so can talk the talk and his writings would indicate he can walk the walk too.
Enter stage far right the woman who would replace him as president in 2012 – Sarah Palin. A challenger she may wish to be but she is certainly challenged. This twit, surely the name for a person who Tweets, wrote at the weekend the non-word “refudiate” when she clearly meant “repudiate”. However when her mistake was picked up by those who monitor her Twitterings rather than hold up her hand and say it was a typing error she claimed it was a new word.
She had even more scorn poured on her when she later Tweeted in her own defence: “Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!” The literati presumed she was putting herself on a pedestal beside the Great Bard Will. Not so - she had merely jumped up on a bar stool alongside Chuck Shakespeare who held court in the One Eyed Moose in Beaver, Alaska and spouted nonsense in to the spittoon.
Everybody I have spoken to about Sarah Palin –men and women – insist the American people would never be so stupid as to elect her to the top office in their land. Surely they wouldn’t hand her the crown so far denied to the highly talented Hilary Clinton? Well as Obama told us “Yes we can” and if you want further proof of what damage the US voters can inflict on themselves (and us) look no further than George W Bush.
Logic says that George W Bush should never have been anything more than a middle ranking oil exec. Yet he was governor of Texas and thanks to those hanging chads went on to be a two term US President.
He and Palin would make good Twitter companions. Remember it was George who told us: “Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream” and “I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family” and least we forget “I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.” It is obvious there is nothing he can teach Palin that she doesn’t know already.
So it would be a brave man or woman who would bet against Sarah Palin being the first woman in the White House as president. As George W Bush reminded us: “They misunderestimated me.” Let us not make the same mistake with the Number One Dude’s better half.