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Governor Palin at Heroes Among Us and White House Correspondents’ Dinner Afterparties

Last night, Governor Palin spoke at Heroic Media’s "Heroes Among Us" fundraiser dinner. As always, she defended the pro-life message and stressed the importance of having a culture that promotes the worth of all life–including the unborn. The Governor shared her own story and her daughter Bristol’s story, for they are examples of how to handle less than ideal circumstances. Being in attendance personally, I was able to witness again the respect that she receives by those who know that she not only talks the talk, but she has been walking this walk.

At the start of her speech, she thanked those who support groups like Heroic Media, stating that our commitment to life makes us part of the solution rather than the problem.

Upon learning that she was pregnant with a child with Down Syndrome, she said, she went through an array of emotions which led her to rely on God’s strength, Who said He would not give us any more than we can handle, yet she remembers saying to God, "I think you over-estimated me this time!" She spent her pregnancy, she so transparently shared, crying out for God’s miraculous touch.

The moment Trig was born, as he melted in her arms, she knew God had answered her prayers. He changed her world then, and he continues to inspire, as she watches him greet every day with applause–literally. "Trig is the light of our life," she said.

She then shared Bristol’s story–yes, less than ideal circumstances once again, but Bristol found strength to do the right thing. Both mother and daughter embraced life, believing in God’s strength–and not taking counsel from those who choose to believe that women are not strong enough to handle the challenges they face. "Choosing life may not be the easy path, but it is the right path," she declared.

Contrast this to Planned Parenthood, which the Governor called out for all its corruption and dedication to abortion. Planned Parenthood, she said, doesn’t show other options. "What they offer is not real choice." She went on to state that the federal government has no business subsidizing such an organization, particularly when we have a major fiscal problem on our hands. America gives $1,000,000 taxpayer dollars to them every day, and Governor Palin emphatically said, she doesn’t want her money paying for the abortion of a child. We will not stop until not one cent goes to Planned Parenthood and funding abortion, she vowed.

She spoke at length about Lila Rose, whom she presented with the Heroes Among Us Award. Governor Palin praised Lila for being passionate about life, for exposing Planned Parenthood for its illegal activities, and for fearlessly speaking out on this issue. She compared Lila’s work to that of human rights activism. "She’s using her voice to defend the voiceless," the Governor said. Unlike what you hear in the media, Governor Palin is not intent on making herself the focus. Much–if not most–of her speech was dedicated to praising this young woman whom she respects greatly.

Upon receiving the award, Ms. Rose immediately called attention to Governor Palin’s own heroism, stating that she is a hero to all women. Heroic Media defines a hero as "someone who makes great personal sacrifices for the benefit of others." Yes, both Governor Palin and Lila Rose qualify.

After speaking, the Governor remained for photographs in a separate location, and was most gracious as people shared their stories, thanked her profusely, and asked for autographs.

The night was not yet over, however, as the Palins entered the lion’s den. The White House Correspondents’ Dinner was last night also, and there were several afterparties. Those who say Governor Palin is afraid of the lamestream media or will only talk to Fox News haven’t a clue. She mingled with those who routinely misrepresent her and attack her family, and she did so with incredible style and grace.

The first stop was the French Ambassador’s residence for the Vanity Fair White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) Dinner Afterparty. Click here to see a picture of Governor Palin; Todd Palin; John Coale, Greta Van Susteren’s husband; and me at the party.

The next stop was the Italian Embassy for the MSNBC bash. The story here, of course, was Rachel Maddow–of all people–greeting Governor Palin and serving her a diet coke after all the bashing and beating she does of her on the air. It amazes me how differently people react when they encounter the Governor face to face.

Into the lion’s den she went, and the crowd gathered around her. Everyone–and I do mean everyone–wanted an introduction, a word with her, a picture. Some would say she shouldn’t give some of these people the time of day after their treatment of her and her family, but that’s not who is she. She represented herself as the public servant and gracious individual she is.

It was a night to remember.

All pictures by Adrienne Ross:

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  • Dan C

    I am so glad you had a great time!

  • unseen1

    great write up. Thanks for getting it out so quick. Hope you had a great time last night.

  • Ceejay

    Thanks for the post and the pictures, glad you were able to go……wonder what the LSM fans are thinking this morning , with LSM swooning all over Sarah??


    Sarah 2012!

  • AmsterdamExpat

    Thank you, Adrienne, for that report. It sounds as though you also enjoyed yourself!

    It’s a bit surprising to see all the adverse reactions here to what strikes me as having been a few brilliant moves on the Governor’s part. Having her picture taken with the hostess of the one event and her husband, David Axelrod, is impermissible?! Folks, get a grip — after her victory in November 2012 (let us hope) she and Todd are going to pose numerous times for photographers with BO and MO, not least on Inauguration Day. (Assuming that the latter do not throw the mother of all temper tantrums …) Will those oh so sweet occasions be found objectionable as well?

  • Patrocles

    Thanks for the report and pictures Adrienne! You’re one lucky gal!

    I just skimmed through the comments last night about Sarah attending the MSNBC party. A lot of people spoke for me when they said that by coming into the proverbial lion’s den, she showed them that they haven’t destroyed her. It took guts for her to show up. And to boot she had a big smile on her face the whole time. I guess they say happiness is the ulimate revenge.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if some of them came away actually liking her (very deep down of course). I think once people meet Sarah they can’t help but not like her, no matter what they believe. Which could also explain the hatred. They know she can do a lot of damage to them because they’ve now seen in person how she connects with people.

  • heypiasano

    To Rachel Maddow " Can you get me a Diet Coke?" Sarah went into the lions den and made kittens out of the lions. Sarah is fearless and has the will to take this on.

    2012 can’t come soon enough- President Palin

    • Guest

      She did that, huh? Bwaaaaahahahahahhaaaaaaaaaa!!

      Can we say "girl crush"?!?!?!

      • Guest

        Putting aside her politics, Rachel Maddow actually strikes me as a decent person…. as opposed to Keith Olberman and others like him.

        • Guest

          She’s a Liberal and Liberals lie. All the time.

        • Kay

          They all just make me laugh. They’re off their meds.

  • c4pfan

    Yay! Thanks for sharing Adrienne!

    But, how did you get to go? Didn’t the press even try to talk to you?

    The pic I chose for here is what I think Sarah represents. She so fun of spirit.

  • John B. Hefmier

    Lucky you, Adrienne. Thanks for sharing!!

  • SusanW1


    To those who would criticize Sarah for meeting and talking with people on the Left, just what on earth is she to do as President, if she never reaches out, "with grace" to the other side?

    Not liking someone’s political agenda, does not mean you have to hate them as human beings….and the last thing I want is for Sarah to ever treat her opposition the way Obama treats us.

    She showed these people last night the inward sweetness of her soul, a thoughtful gentleness…and…dare I say it: some diplomatic Savoire Faire…and aren’t these all qualities she will need to possess as the Leader of the Free World?

    God worked a great and mighty thing last night through Sarah, and I am so proud of her.

    Now for you, Adrienne…what’s the story on you SNAGGING AN INVITE FROM THE GOV????

    • susiepuma

      Thanks for agreeing w/me – I have been trying to tell people that Sarah will be the President of the United States which will include all 308+ million of us – that means all of the Progs & Dems too – much different than the course the current fraud in chief is doing – he seems to feel that he is only the Pres of the left and we are the enemy………………………………………….

  • Steven

    Wow Adrienne, but i feel you are holding back! How did you go from attending a speech of the governor to after-party hopping with Sarah Palin!?!

    By the way, Sarah Palin is indeed a very fit and healthy and beautiful woman and I don’t really ever comment about that, but in that last photo of Adrienne’s of Palin with the CNN crew, doesn’t Sarah look like she’s a woman in her mid-30s rather than a woman going into her 50s???

    • Guest

      Adrienne’s been hanging with Sarah from the beginning.

    • Dawn Elle

      she’s NOT in her 50’s!

      • CBDenver

        Chill.. He said "going into her 50s", which is true. Probably should have just said "late 40’s" to be clear.

        • Gelston

          Steven, take my word for it, I deal with older ladies every day. Just say, "for a woman who is 39 years old." Jack Benny knew how to keep us out of trouble.
          Even Ronald Reagan had the 39th anniversary of his 39th birthday.
          Has anyone seen the keys to my Maxwell?

    • FredHeadBill

      I saw Governor Palin at Heroic Media event in Jacksonville, Fl last August. She reminded me of Olympic Gold Medal athlete Dana Torres, beautiful and super fit.
      President Palin!

  • M_Minnesota

    Thanks so Much Adrienne!!

    Yes a night to remember!!

  • Laddie_Blah_Blah

    So glad you were there, Adrienne, and able to give us such a detailed report about such a gracious lady. She has the kind of class we have not seen since Reagan. Thanks for the terrific write-up.

  • RedDaveR

    Thank you for the write-up Adrienne. I know some on our side are uncomfortable with Gov. Palin being seen with the likes of Axelrod and Maddow, but think about how some on the left must feel.
    Many of them have to be apopleptic at the sight of their MSM heroes having their picture taken with the left’s public enemy #1. I’m sure some are probably furious that she was allowed to attend. I’m sure Sarah knows this, and saw a chance to tweak the left a bit and get them all "wee-weed up".

    • CBDenver

      Maybe the lefties will begin to realize that the hatred spewed towards convervatives like Gov Palin is just phony propaganda to fire up the base? Case in point — Gov Walker of Wisconson was demonized for removing union’s rights to collectively bargain for fringe benefits like healthcare. But in liberal Massachusetts, the Democrat-dominated state legislature passed a similar bill.

      Outside of the media-generated limelight, liberal Democrats are apparently able to realize the sobering reality that cuts must be made to avoid bankruptcy. But when it suits their purposes, reasonable policies are spun as leading to the end of the world as we know it.

  • Al B.

    Thanks for the great report, Adrienne. What an evening it must have been, having a front row view of the Guv sashaying into DC and standing the town on its ear. Love it.

  • Hyman Roth

    You’ve come a long way since your Alaska trip, Adrienne!

    Keep this up and you’ll be consigliere in no time.

  • Guest

    What a wounderfull creature our God put on this earth, Sarah Palin. I am thankfull especialy on this Divine Mercy Sunday. Our Lord’s Words of mercy: " Today bring to Me the meek and humble souls and the souls of little children including the un-born, and immerse them in my mercy. Amen

  • Christopher Backa

    Sarah counting coup

  • HuntingMoose

    It is amazing how she takes on this hot abortion potato and by showing her uplifting choice she once again shows real leadership.

    Not by telling people what they should not do, but what they can do, by promoting her choice, showing another path that can be taken and how to walk it

    Winning over by free will, not by force, as her spirital guide thought her. —If she is not one of His A++ students, who is?

  • JeannieBinVA

    Lovely post and pics, Adrienne. Thank you!

    In the last photo, is that Roland Martin on the far right? Given the chance, he unfailingly disses and insults Gov. Palin; I hope it’s him and I hope he learned something positive last night.

    • RichardNC

      Yes, that’s Roland Martin.

      • puma_for_life

        I just saw that: Roland Martin!! What a hoot!

  • blackbird

    Thank you muchly Adrienne.

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