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Posted March 3, 2010
Sarah Palin and Cedar Rapids: A town she'll never … remember?

Water from the Cedar River inundates downtown Cedar Rapids in June 12, 2008, a day before the river crested and began to recede. (AP photo)

When a campaigning Sarah Palin first came to Cedar Rapids, she made headlines by greeting “Grand Rapids” at a stop.

Now in her book, “Going Rogue,” the former Alaska-governor-turned-vice-presidential-candidate makes yet another Cedar Rapids gaffe.

An excerpt from the book:  “… Jason, Jeannie and Bexie were there at one of our first campaign stops after the convention, a stop I’ll never forget. It was at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The town was a slice of Americana, with its quaint town square with mom-and-pop stores; red, white and blue bunting; moms and dads; kids in strollers; seniors; and people of every color. …”

The problem, of course, is that Palin was campaigning in 2008 and was in Cedar Rapids just three months after the Cedar River flooded its banks and gave this city the greatest natural disaster it’s ever seen. Many residents, neighborhoods, businesses and government offices are still trying to recover.

I first posted a link to Lynda Waddington’s story about the statement in a Twitter post Tuesday afternoon, a post that I admittedly had “re-tweeted” from former Gazette Editor Steve Buttry. My post was then “re-tweeted” by many others who also included the link.

I received many comments, not on my post but on the statement in the book itself. It’s been speculated that Palin had a ghostwriter on her book project, one whose job it was to help “flesh out” the details.

The problem is, we are now close to two years post-flood and many residents are still wondering what will happen. Businesses have reopened and then had to close because of the financial hardships of flood recovery. Jobs and homes have been lost. People still hurt.

Or is this what “a slice of Americana” really looks like?

26 Responses to Sarah Palin and Cedar Rapids: A town she'll never … remember?

  1. FSM said: On March 3, 2010

    Here is Sarah's "Grand" Cedar Rapids gaffe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vv0IpmzHDp8

    She should have wrote Cedar Rapids on her hand

  2. FSM said: On March 3, 2010

    She needs all the help she can get.

  3. FSM said: On March 3, 2010

    Is it perfectly acceptable for a VP candidate to belong to a cult?


  4. And even that wouldn't be enough to save her. LOL

  5. FSM said: On March 3, 2010

    I hope she runs and wins the Iowa caucus

  6. Palin as the GOP candidate in 2012!?

    She'd do more damage to the GOP than Nixon did…

    As for her book, I wonder how many other gaffes are in it. Can't be nearly as good as G.Gordon Liddy writing about roasting and eating a rat, or listening to Hitler speeches with the German maid…

  7. I wonder if the city looked as it did in the above picture three months later, when Sarah Palin arrived on a campaign stop?

    It has been "speculated" that Sarah Palin used a ghost writer for her book…So it obviously must be true…

    And the author is wrong. It has been 4 and 1/2 years since Hurricane Katrina, and everyone knows that New Orleans is more important (both culturally and politically) then the city of Ceder Rapids. Maybe those business owners that have rolled up their sleeves and overcome adversity should be praised and emulated, instead of being punished with a higher tax burden?

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