Almost eleven whole months after a 71-year-old man introduced her to an incredulous world as his choice to serve as President of the United States should something happen to him, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has stepped down from her office. You can watch the full speech above; it is pretty much what we've come to expect. But here's some local color that is equally representative of the emotions she was able to inspire during her brief time as a national figure.
Before addressing the crowd in a park with an ersatz frontier main street and encircled by a choo-choo train that was once called "Alaskaland," Palin spent hours under a tent serving hot dogs and greeting admirers. Some of her most passionate supporters were from out of state and had interrupted or planned vacations to catch a glimpse at the outgoing governor.
Two Texans holding up pro-Palin signs said they drove on Harley-Davidsons some 4,000 miles north from the Ft. Worth area to check out Alaska and see the woman they want to be the next president.
But there were also a handful of individuals who came out to the picnic to register their displeasure at Palin, and at times some of her supporters turned their attention from the picnic to her opponents.
Larry Landry of Fairbanks was standing next to a friend, holding up a sign that said, "Thanks For The Laughs," when he was heckled by a passer-by.
"Well, look here it's a couple of gay guys, couple of gay fellas," remarked the passer-by.
Charming. On a sadder note, here's her final official Tweet. While I might not have always agreed with everything Palin has twitted in the past, fairness compels me to concede that this is the most direct, clear, and comprehensible statement she's ever made on the microblogging service.
Goodbye, Sarah! I wonder… will we ever see your like again?