Before you are tempted to send me flames, let me mention very clearly that this is not a political post – I don’t write any in my blog – and that my statements would be the same with any politician of either side. During this Memorial Day weekend, the “Rolling Thunder” brings street closures, sound of motorcycles to Washington. The non-profit group’s mission is to draw attention to American troops who fought in wars and are still unaccounted for. Can anyone participate? Yes, of course, riding your motorcycle or in the back. What bothers me is when a politician turns a non-political event into one for his or her own interest.
Why do I say this? Because I know for sure that media were warned in advance that Sarah Palin will show up at a specific time at the Pentagon, “clad in black leather and black helmet and sunglasses to ride (?) a Harley with tens of thousand vets, a unique photo opportunity…” First, she doesn’t know how to ride. Second I don’t like calculated demagogic statements like “I love that smell of the emissions!” especially when no other public statements were made about the event itself and our vets.
Of course, we are in a political season when Sarah Palin like many other politicians is having something to promote, in her case a “One Nation Bus Tour” starting next week, a movie next month and of course answering questions of journalists impatient to know if she has decided on a presidential run. My opinion is that when you are a celebrity it’s easy to participate to such a non-political event like “Rolling Thunder” remaining almost anonymous (thanks to wearing a helmet and dark sunglasses.) All the rest is distraction.