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?