Sarah Palin saw the media's interpretation of her hilarious, awkward encounter with an Alaskan teacher and immediately put her Facebook ghostwriter to work. She would never "roll her eyes" at a teacher. She loves teachers! They comprise her entire family.
Here's her response (LSM stands for "Lamestream Media," for those of you who have never read any sentence credited to Sarah Palin before):
The LSM has now decided to use this brief encounter for another one of their spin operations. They claim I – wait for it – "appear to roll my eyes" when the lady tells me she's a teacher. Yes, it's come to this: the media is now trying to turn my eyebrow movements into story lines. (Maybe that's why Botox is all the rage – if you can't move your eyebrows, your "eye rolling" can't be misinterpreted!) If they had checked their facts first, they would have known that I come from a family of teachers; my grandparents were teachers, my father was a teacher, my brother is a teacher, my sister works in Special Needs classrooms, my aunt is a school nurse, my mom worked as a school secretary for much of her professional life, we all volunteer in classrooms, etc., etc., etc. Given that family history, how likely is it that I would "roll my eyes" at someone telling me that they too work in that honorable profession? Stay classy, LSM.
We didn't think she rolled her eyes either. So what was that very sneering gesture of disgust she made? She certainly chippered up when the woman said her husband was a commercial fisherman.
And here's how Palin describes the encounter itself:
While filming the Alaska documentary in Homer, I had a brief discussion with a local lady who, in typical Alaska style, decided to give me her two cents worth about my political leanings, American politics in general, and much else besides. It's what makes our politics so uniquely democratic: two people discussing the things they care about, even though they respectfully disagree about just about everything (you can watch a brief video of the encounter here).
Why is she promoting this video as a slice of proud American opinion-having? Todd Palin and her bodyguard sure weren't interested in it being shot at the time, which is why they kept stepping in front of the camera.
Anyway, listen, you guys: stop analyzing Sarah Palin so closely in the one (1) clip ever of her in an unscripted exchange.