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NY Times does a puff piece on Palin and her baby


Jul 28, 2006
After all the attacks on Sarah for being a bad mom or for risking the baby by flying home instead of having the baby in Texas it is nice to see a positive article on her and the baby.

There is almost nothing political about the article. It is pretty much a human interest piece.
I am sure some libs may be upset because an article like this will only help McCain-Palin.

And I LOVE this quote:
?To any critics who say a woman can?t think and work and carry a baby at the same time,? she said, ?I?d just like to escort that Neanderthal back to the cave.?
Sarah Palin?s baby shower included a surprise guest: her own baby. He had arrived in the world a month early, so on a sunny May day, Ms. Palin, the governor of Alaska, rocked her newborn as her closest friends, sisters, even her obstetrician presented her with a potluck meal, presents and blue-and-white cake.

Most had learned that Ms. Palin was pregnant only a few weeks before. Struggling to accept that her child would be born with Down syndrome and fearful of public criticism of a governor?s pregnancy, Ms. Palin had concealed the news that she was expecting even from her parents and children until her third trimester.

But as the governor introduced her son that day, according to a friend, Kristan Cole, she said she had come to regard him as a blessing from God. ?Who of us in this room has the perfect child?? said Ms. Palin, who declined to be interviewed for this article.

Since that day, Trig Paxson Van Palin, still only 143 days old, has had an unexpected effect on his mother?s political fortunes. Before her son was born, Ms. Palin went to extraordinary lengths to ensure that his arrival would not compromise her work. She hid the pregnancy. She traveled to Texas a month before her due date to give an important speech, delivering it even though her amniotic fluid was leaking. Three days after giving birth, she returned to work.

But with Trig in her arms, Ms. Palin has risen higher than ever. Senator John McCain, the Republican nominee for president, says he selected her as his running mate because of her image as a reformer, but she is also making motherhood an explicit part of her appeal, running as a self-proclaimed hockey mom. In just a few months, she has gone from hiding her pregnancy from those closest to her to toting her infant on stage at the Republican National Convention.

No one has ever tried to combine presidential politics and motherhood in quite the way Ms. Palin is doing, and it is no simple task. In the last week, the criticism she feared in Alaska has exploded into a national debate. On blogs and at PTA meetings, voters alternately cheer and fault her balancing act, and although many are thrilled to see a child with special needs in the spotlight, some accuse her of exploiting Trig for political gain.

But her son has given Ms. Palin, 44, a powerful message. Other candidates kiss strangers? babies; Ms. Palin has one of her own. He is tangible proof of Ms. Palin?s anti-abortion convictions, which have rallied social conservatives, and her belief that women can balance family life with ambitious careers. And on Wednesday in St. Paul, she proclaimed herself a guardian of the nation?s disabled children.

?Children with special needs inspire a special love,? Ms. Palin said, echoing the message she had shared at the shower.

A New Turn

By last winter, Ms. Palin seemed to have everything she had ever wanted. She had raised four children while turning herself into a rising star of the Republican Party of Alaska and then the national one. But then the still-new governor discovered she was pregnant. Piper, the youngest of the Palin brood, was 6. The family had long since given away their crib and high chair.

A few weeks later, after an amniocentesis, a prenatal test to identify genetic defects, Ms. Palin learned the results. Some abortion opponents decline such tests, but as her older sister, Heather Bruce, said, Ms. Palin ?likes to be prepared.? With her husband, Todd, away at his job in the oil fields of the North Slope, Ms. Palin told no one for three days, she later said.

Once they reunited, the Palins struggled to understand what they would face. Children with Down syndrome experience varying degrees of cognitive disability and a higher-than-average risk of hearing loss, hypothyroidism and seizure disorders. About half are born with heart defects, which often require surgery.

The couple decided to keep quiet about the pregnancy so they could absorb the news, they told people later.

And there were political factors to consider. ?I didn?t want Alaskans to fear I would not be able to fulfill my duties,? Ms. Palin told People magazine last week.

The governor, thin to begin with, began an elaborate game of fashion-assisted camouflage. When Vogue photographed her, five months pregnant, for a profile in January, she hid in a big green parka. At work, she wore long, loose blazers and artfully draped accessories.

?All of a sudden she had this penchant for really beautiful scarves,? recalled Angelina Burney, who works across the hallway from the governor in Anchorage.

As Ms. Palin?s clothes grew tighter, Alaskans began to talk. She told several aides that she was pregnant, and a week or so later, her parents and her children, who called other relatives.

On March 5, as she was leaving her office for a reception, she shared the news with three reporters.

?We?re expanding,? the governor said brightly, said the deputy press secretary, Sharon Leighow.

?You?re expanding state government?? one of the reporters asked.

?No, my family?s expanding,? she said. ?I?m pregnant.?

The trio fell silent, dropping their eyes from the governor?s face to her belly.

?You?re kidding,? one finally mustered.

She assured them she would not take much time off: she had returned to work the day after giving birth to Piper. ?To any critics who say a woman can?t think and work and carry a baby at the same time,? she said, ?I?d just like to escort that Neanderthal back to the cave.?

here was no mention of the baby?s condition. Instead, she joked about giving her child the middle name Van, since Van Palin would sound sort of like the hard rock band Van Halen.

The next day, her office issued a minimalist masterpiece of a press release, conveying the news in three curt sentences.

In private, the Palins slowly started to share the Down syndrome diagnosis. They wrote a long letter to Ms. Bruce, Ms. Palin?s sister, who has an autistic son, explaining how they had come to embrace the challenges their baby would bring.

In mid-April, Ms. Palin and her husband flew to Texas for an energy conference with fellow Republican governors. Days before, Ms. Palin, a little-known governor from a faraway state, was asked to speak to her peers.

Pressing Ahead

Around 4 a.m. on the day of her presentation, Ms. Palin stirred in her hotel room to an unusual sensation. According to The Anchorage Daily News, she was leaking amniotic fluid. She woke her husband and called her doctor back home. Go ahead and give the speech, said the doctor, Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, who declined to comment for this article.

So Ms. Palin marched through the day. At a news conference, a reporter asked the six Republican governors present to raise their hands if they would refuse to serve as Mr. McCain?s vice-presidential nominee. Ms. Palin was one of two who kept their hands down.

In her lunchtime speech, Ms. Palin held forth on the trillions of cubic feet of gas in the Alaskan Arctic, competitive bidding over pipeline construction and natural gas combustion. As she left the podium, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas joked, ?You?re not going to give birth, are you??

Ms. Palin just laughed.

?Nobody knew a thing,? said Gov. Linda Lingle of Hawaii. ?I only found out from my security detail on the way home that she had gone into labor and that she had gone home to Alaska.?

In fact, Ms. Palin was not in labor, and her doctor thought she had time. So the governor flew to Seattle, continued to Anchorage and then drove to a small hospital near her hometown, Wasilla ? a journey of at least 10 hours.

?She wanted to get back to Alaska to have that baby,? said a friend, Curtis Menard. ?Man, that is one tough lady.?

A woman with symptoms like Ms. Palin?s should be examined to determine her condition, said Dr. Laura Riley of Massachusetts General Hospital. The long trip home could have posed a risk, ?but the odds were still in her favor that everything would be O.K.," said Dr. Susan E. Gerber of Northwestern University.

When Ms. Palin arrived at the hospital, she was still not in labor, so her doctor induced it, Ms. Bruce said. Trig was born early the next morning, weighing 6 pounds 2 ounces.

Parents who were in the next delivery room said the scene looked like any other, with no security detail in sight. The three Palin daughters came and went, and as Todd Palin passed through the corridors, he stopped to accept congratulations.

A Discovery

Inside Ms. Palin?s room, her daughter Willow, 14, immediately noticed her new brother?s condition, according to People magazine. ?He looks like he has Down syndrome,? Willow said. ?Why didn?t you tell us??

Ms. Palin had wanted to let the news of the pregnancy sink in first, said Ms. Cole, her friend. She had intended to tell her family more after she returned from Texas. Then the baby arrived.

Her hesitation gone, Ms. Palin glowed with maternal pride. ?Sarah was absolutely ecstatic,? said a friend, Marilyn Lane. After months of reflection and prayer, friends say, the Palins, who are Christians, had come to believe God had sent them Trig.

Later that day, Ms. Palin sent an e-mail message to her relatives and close friends about her new son, Ms. Bruce said. She signed it, ?Trig?s Creator, Your Heavenly Father.?

?Many people will express sympathy, but you don?t want or need that, because Trig will be a joy,? Ms. Palin wrote. She added, ?Children are the most precious and promising ingredient in this mixed-up world you live in down there on Earth. Trig is no different, except he has one extra chromosome.?

Ms. Palin?s three-day maternity leave has now become legend among mothers. But aides say she eased back into work, first stopping by her office in Anchorage for a meeting, bringing not only the baby but also her husband to look after him.

Many high-powered parents separate work and children; Ms. Palin takes a wholly different approach. ?She?s the mom and the governor, and they?re not separate,? Ms. Cole said. Around the governor?s offices, it was not uncommon to get on the elevator and discover Piper, smothering her puppy with kisses.

?She?ll be with Piper or Trig, then she?s got a press conference or negotiations about the natural gas pipeline or a bill to sign, and it?s all business,? Ms. Burney, who works across the hall, said. ?She just says, ?Mommy?s got to do this press conference.? ?

Ms. Palin installed a travel crib in her Anchorage office and a baby swing in her Juneau one. For much of the summer, she carried Trig in a sling as she signed bills and sat through hearings, even nursing him unseen during conference calls.

Todd Palin took a leave from his job as an oil field production operator, and campaign aides said he was doing the same now.

At her baby shower, Ms. Palin joked about her months of secrecy, Ms. Lane said. ?About the seventh month I thought I?d better let people know,? Ms. Palin said.

?So it was really great,? she continued. ?I was only pregnant a month.?


Moderator in SFF, Notebooks, Pre-Built/Barebones
Aug 23, 2003
Too bad they don't have the balls to write a piece that long about her earmarks.


May 1, 2006
Originally posted by: ProfJohn
And I LOVE this quote:
?To any critics who say a woman can?t think and work and carry a baby at the same time,? she said, ?I?d just like to escort that Neanderthal back to the cave.?
Wow, she's a liberal. Except that the 25 Americans who might disagree are in her base.

What's next, her bold statement that blacks are equal to other people? Let's not go crazy.


May 1, 2006
Originally posted by: jpeyton
Too bad they don't have the balls to write a piece about her earmarks.
It's true - call the NY Times a leftist anti-American rag, and then call their coverage with a right-wing message "Even the NY Times admits..."

I'm convinced ProfJohn mistyped PropJohn for his handle. (Propaganda).

The same left-wing rag that made the case for the Iraq war and did not ask the questions it should and was cited by Cheney and others as 'proof' when they planted leaks in stories.

Now, PJ can pull out his one debater's point where the Ombudsman said they're liberal.


Diamond Member
Apr 18, 2000
where again are all these 'attacks' on Palin?

Was the press supposed to simply take everything the McCain people say about her and not do any digging?

I'm not sure I've seen anything that qualifies as an 'attack' yet, but I see the proj has jumped right onto the party theme of 'attack the press' for this fall.