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Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska returned on Friday to her office in Anchorage, where she defended herself against public complaints by McCain campaign ...
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Her opportunism is revolting, repugnant, self-serving and pathetic...

Essay: Haiti Needs More Than Sarah Palin's Determined Grin
(Dec. 12,`10) -- Sarah Palin, the erstwhile politician and potential candidate for U.S. president, was off limits to the media, except Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, for most of her visit to Haiti this weekend.
But Palin finally spoke briefly at a news conference today. "Haiti has been a country that has suffered in the past and is going to continue to suffer until some fundamental changes are being made here," said Palin, who was accompanying the Rev. Franklin Graham, director of Samaritan's Purse, an evangelical charitable organization operating in Haiti. If Sarah Palin wants change for Haiti, though, I hope she will first be changed by Haiti.

Tuesday night, a roving gang, setting fire to a car, aimed rocks at my head when I attempted to take a photo. I just threw my hands in the air, in surrender. By today, I was catching photos of Palin's cheerful, determined grin. And again, I was tempted to throw my hands in the air. The country was catapulted further into crisis this past week, after many felt the presidential election, mired in fraud, failed to reflect the democratic vote of the people. For three days, Port-au-Prince was shuttered and innocent bystanders sprinted through the streets to find safety.

Palin spoke for five minutes today in this coastal city of about 60,000. She declined to take questions at the news conference. "And the reason I won't be answering questions is 'cause we don't need to be getting political here today," she said. "OK, folks?" She made no comment on the elections. And in this, she is no exception. Add her to the growing list of near-silent politicians and international actors, President Barack Obama, former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, the Red Cross and Edmond Mulet, the head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti.

The people who did step up to make compelling statements are the same individuals usually lambasted by the public -- musician Wyclef Jean and actor Sean Penn. Most have billed Sarah Palin's visit as a publicity stunt, but not only because of her political role in the United States. There is a constant debate in Haiti about the usefulness of these short trips by politicians and celebrities, in general. They are expensive. The measure of their impact is imprecise.

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