Skip to comments.Army asks Palin not to give speech at book signing
Posted on 11/23/2009 8:11:49 AM PST by DaculaEdited on 11/23/2009 8:17:37 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin promises to limit her enthusiasm during her visit to North Carolina's Fort Bragg.
The former Republican vice presidential candidate planned to sign copies of her new memoir at a post store Monday. Army officials say Palin will not make a speech, pose for photos, or personalize notes in the books she signs.
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R E A L L Y !!!!!!!
Then WTF was “O”doing trooping around the world and shooting off his mouth, while “W” was still President???
What a giant crock of BS! I can’t believe the commanding officers of our fine troops have so little faith in their troops that they can’t be trusted to hear a speech by a former governor and VP candidate.
It must be a pretty touchy time on military bases these days if discipline and morale is so low they have to fear the appearance of a single person will disrupt their operation.
Army careers must be protected at all costs!
It’s an Army Post, when in Rome do as the Romans. They have their rules, Sarah has no problems with legitimate rules.
Cant understand why no photo’s though.
Palin has skin in the game. Her son is in the US Army and served in Iraq. She is more than just a former candidate.
Well, sure, shes a private citizen, but theyre not going into her house and telling her not to make a speech. Theyre telling her not to come into theirs and do it.
Simple fact: Follow the rules.
And Sarah Palin has no problem with it, so why should we?
“not pose for photos, or personalize notes in the books she signs.”
Yep, this part doesn’t make much sense. Any other celebrity, they would allow photos. Must have come from higher up.
Isn’t there some venue right off base that Palin can go to, and only the troops can be admitted to visit her? Somebody has to have a place to host her and the troops....
But it isn't in fact... Note that Fort Hood's restrictions for her forthcoming visit are far looser than at Fort Bragg.
I also read in another thread that the CO's billet at Bragg is currently open, and that a scramble among the local brass is underway to fill it. I have no doubt that this is part of the jockeying.
I'm curious as to what kind of secret orders have gone out to the troops concerning Sarah's visit...
God help us in our day. God bless America. Have mercy on America. Forgive us our careless drifting. In Jesus name. Amen.
We are in a totalitarian state of being in America as I write this ... do not think we are not! Tyranny has come. MO
What happened to FREEDOM OF SPEECH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have had hope that at some point the military might step in to save us from the obamination - sort of like Honduras - but obviously they’re too busy being PC to lift a finger. Seeing Gen Casey on TV saying that loss of diversity would be worse than the Ft Hood lives that were lost told me that we are screwed.
Then there’s this:
Fort Bragg spokesman Tom McCollum tells WTVD-TV that sales of Palin’s book at the post store have been weak so far.
I don’t suppose it occurred to tom that maybe buyers
were waiting for Sarah?
So the spokesman for the base is a civilian?
You are correct, of course.
Where are the loud and screechie voices who spoke of censorship and the “cold wind” when we drove over our Dixie Chick CDs.
Censorship can only come from the Govt.
On this one, I’m siding with the Army. No political speeches on military bases. None.
..and with that I’ll simply add this....
This is not PC on a military base. It is being handled according to protocol. This has not changed.
They don’t want the troops to hear what her hopes for Afganistan might be in contrast to The One’s dithering.
The Army is just obeying the Commander-in-Chief!!
Name another person the Army has said this to!
If Palin can use an Army base for a political speech, so can Biden, Pelosi, et al.
Now, it’s granted that a president’s speech will automatically have political undertones, as it’s impossible not to. But, inviting someone to explicitly make a political speech is another thing.
You’d have to be crazy not to understand where The Army is coming from, even after the Hasan disaster.
Senior officers in major commands are POLITICAL creatures. We saw the same politics as ususual when Zumwalt was CNO ... nothing changes.
The closes thing I have ever to seen of reality depicting most flag officers ... read Beetle Bailey .. Gen Halftrack is a perfect example
“So the spokesman for the base is a civilian?”
Not unusual at all. I was in the Public Affairs field in the AF; civilian PAers are common.
Oh come on...this edict comes directly from on high, from that most mighty and most holy home of America’s King...
THE WHITE HOUSE.
Cause the army can behave and like you point out, Palin is a former Governor of an American state and a VP candidate.
Would the army do the same for, say, a visit from Mitt Romney?
Be careful fellas, that’s your next boss!
Nowadays, the public affairs officers are generally civilians.
Mitt Romney is no threat to Zero — Palin is.
They are afraid that Sarah will embarrass the military by telling them something like “hey you guys make a great photo op.” /s
I wouldn’t mind if the Army would have asked her to keep her speech within certain parameters, but to simply ban her from speaking to the troops is a political statement of its own. It looks like the Commander and Chief is using his power to control the message that troop receive. Here is a question: If troops are allowed to vote (and of course they need to be allowed to vote)then would they be completely shielded from current political issues?
Now it truly is an Army of One !
Can I tell you how happy I am that my son is no longer in the US Army?
“They dont want the troops to hear what her hopes for Afganistan might be in contrast to The Ones dithering.”
She could go right outside the post gates in Fayetteville and give any speech she wants, but on a military base, it’s a no-go.
Do the same conditions hold for others of similar status??
The truth ... on base or off base, in uniform there IS no freedom of speech. God help a sailor or airman if he voice his views publicly, paticularly in a forum that will reach others. It falls unders UCMJ .... penetration however slight ....
The military individual lives under dicatorship to protect and preserve the rights of Americican’s under the Constitution. It is why the Oath is taken upon enlisting or commisioning and is taken seriously.
I was under the impression that if you were a good Commander-in-Chief you wouldn’t have to tell your soldiers how to act.
In other news, Obama squelches investigation of the Ft. Hood jihadist the army was protecting. Gee, seems like this would be a good time for the army to man up on the side of America, but then what do I know.
Maybe she should bring her powerpoint presentation on how wonderful Jihad against the nonbelievers is.
I loathe and detest Obama, but I will say that when he made his little campaign (photo op) stop in Baghdad in July 2008, he didn't mention President Bush or bash anything connected with the war.
He probably had to be cautioned about that prior to his visit, but he did refrain. This was billed as a standard senator visit, but we all had to go on lockdown while he was nearby, when we never even had to do that when the President was in town, let alone other senators.
I bet she wouldn’t refer to the troops as ‘photo ops’.
This is what I am trying to say. I can see the Army telling Sarah not to give a political speech, but why would the Army prevent her from giving a troop morale pep speech, a USO style speech. I’m I wrong in believing the famous personalities give pep rallies through the USO? Are USO affiliates the only one allowed to give pep speeches. I just see the Army as handling the situation in an overtly hostile manner. The Army could have asked Sarah not to make a speech with out the fact leaking to the press.
WHAT?!? He #$%&^*$% said that?!?
How ironic that someone promoting the American Values of Freedom and Patriotism with our Troops is now Persona Non Grata.
If President G.W. Bush visits Fort Bragg when his book comes out, will the Army tell him what he can say and do while he is there? I think not...
This is nothing but the usual PC crap that got fourteen people murdered in cold blood.
This isn’t political ~ she’s going as a private citizen. I for one, even if my husband was still active duty, would be pretty upset if I couldn’t get a personalized note from Sarah in my book!
It’s no different than allowing members of congress to travel to a war zone, make speeches and take photos with the troops IMHO.
I didn’t see anywhere that Sarah ever had plans to make a speech so I suspect this is political spin and another slam at her.
Were they afraid she’d criticize Obama in an autograph or in a speech?!