Over 24,000 pages of emails sent and received by Sarah Palin during her tenure as Alaskan governor were released on Friday per requests from media organizations and individuals made shortly after the governor was chosen as GOP presidential nominee John McCain’s running mate in 2008. The media was bound and determined to scour over every page in hopes of drudging up any “smoking gun” from the governor’s time in office. However, after causing such a stir, what exactly was found among the emails? Here is a list of the “top” discoveries:
1. A poem written by a Palin enthusiast that an entertained governor forwarded to her team:
Her beauty’s said to mesmerize
It clouds the brains of all the guys.
The chicks say that’s a bunch of bunk,
But First Dude… He’s a Super HUNK!
A view so fresh that none would try,
‘Less they went to Wasilla High!
Her style of playing Politics
Is sort of like a Braxton Hicks….
It fakes you out and hurts like hell…
But in the end, it comes out well.
Until her term comes to an end,
There is nothing that she can’t transcend
2. A letter penned by Palin right before the birth of her fifth child, Trig.
The letter was signed “Trig’s Creator, Your Heavenly Father” and anticipated the arrival of the newest addition to the Palin family from a Christian perspective. The following is an excerpt from the email:
“Many people won't understand_ and I understand that. Some will think Trig should not be allowed to be born because they fear a Downs child won't be considered "perfect" in your world. (But tell me, what do you earthlings consider "perfect" or even "normal" anyway? Have you peeked down any grocery store isle, or school hallway, or into your office lunchroom lately? Or considered the odd celebrities you celebrate as "perfect" on t.v.? Have you noticed I make 'em all shapes and sizes? Believe me, there is no "perfect"!)”
3. A conversation between Palin’s communications director, Bill McAllister, that details the governor’s frustration with a bizarre question from the media regarding whether she believed dinosaurs and people ever coexisted:
"I said I have never spoken to you about this," McAllister told the governor. He went on to add, "There is an interesting reference to 'Behemoth' in the Old Testament."
In response, Palin wrote, "Arghhhh! I am so sorry that the office is swamped like this! Dinosaurs even?!"
4. Palin agrees with a speech made by the then-Sen. Barack Obama about his energy policy three weeks before she was chosen as John McCain’s running mate:
"He gave a great speech this morn in Michigan – mentioned Alaska,” Palin wrote in reference to Obama and his speech. “Stole ou[r] Energy Rebate $1,000 check idea, stole our TC-Alaska gasline talking points, etc. So .... we need to take advantage of this a[nd] write a statement saying he's right on."
5. An upset Palin notes that she received a less than pleasant call from a constituent after a lawmaker named Lyda Green apparently gave out Palin’s personal cell phone number:
“So next time constituents have issues re: the Valley, we’re free to give out her personal #, eh?,” Palin wrote to her husband, Todd, and a few advisers.
A separate e-mail sent months later details the advice Palin’s youngest daughter, Piper, gave her mother after listening in on a conversation about the incident with Green.
“Oh no,” Palin wrote. “Last night Piper overheard me griping about Lyda’s action – and she said: “Can you pull her hair?”
6. A frustrated Palin speaking of the media and its antics:
“Guys, I may be pretty wimpy about this family stuff, but I feel like I’m at the breaking point with the hurtful gossip about my family that Sherry and others get away with,” she wrote referring a local writer. “Bear with me. I hate this part of the job and many days I feel like it’s not worth it when they have to put up with the hate that spews from people like Sherry, and there are others.”
7. An email denying rumors of Bristol's pregnancy:
“Flippin unbelievable,” Palin wrote to her husband and a handful of others. “Wouldn't you think they 'd be afraid of being proved wrong when they rumor around the building like that? I wonder if Wesley and McAllister did hear it from Lyda's office though ... hopefully it'll be another reason why reporters and the public can't trust that odd group of strange people.”
8. A letter of recommendation sent by Palin for a friend applying for an apartment:
My darling friend and employee, Ivy Frye, will be a great tenant! What kind of information can I supply you re: her responsible nature and employment? I’d love to see her be able to rent from you, please let me know if you need any information.
Sincerely, Sarah Palin”
The landlord, Marty, was apparently impressed:
Well, nothing like pulling out the big guns! I guess a guy couldn’t ask for a more prestigious reference than the Governor of Alaska! Thanks for taking the time to write.
Cheers, Marty McKeown”
7. An excited reply from Palin to her Department of Revenue Commissioner after he congratulated the governor for being picked as the vice president nominee:
"Can you flippinbelieveit?!"