If forced to choose between reading Sarah Palin’s new book and listening to Barbra Streisand’s version of “Jingle Bells” on a continuous loop, I’d have to go with Babs. That, or gargle razorblades.
Palin addresses John F. Kennedy’s noted speech on religion during the 1960 campaign — a speech many saw as crucial to countering sentiment that his faith would hold undue sway over him if he became the nation’s first Catholic president.
“I am not the Catholic candidate for president,” Kennedy said. “I am the Democratic Party’s candidate for president, who happens also to be a Catholic.”
Palin writes that she was taught as a child that JFK’s speech reconciled religion and public service without compromising either. Now, she says, she’s realized that Kennedy “essentially declared religion to be such a private matter that it was irrelevant to the kind of country we are.”
Ironically, JFK’s speech was delivered to ease concerns of small-minded Protestant fundamentalists — people like Sarah Palin. Of course she didn’t get it.
Palin, whose daughter Bristol is in the thick of a much-scrutinized run on “Dancing with the Stars,” takes aim at another competitive reality show, ” American Idol.” She says the show’s “talent-deprived” contestants suffer from “the cult of self-esteem,” convinced they could be stars like Michael Jackson.
I’ve never watched “DWTS” but am told that Bristol Palin qualifies as “talent-deprived.”
Speaking of her eldest daughter, Palin writes, “I assumed that Bristol was making only wise decisions while staying with my sister in Anchorage. I kick myself to this day for my selfish assumption. It was a mistake.” Note how she throws her sister under the bus, inferring that lax supervision was partly to blame for her daughter getting knocked-up.
Finally, Palin says “Juno” is one of her favorite flicks, which further vindicates my disdain for the most overrated movie of the previous decade. Like Palin’s book, “Juno” features an extremely annoying protagonist.
- Palin book lauds ‘Juno,’ snubs JFK religion speech (pbpulse.com)