Mrs. Sarah Palin, who once held a temp job as Alaska’s governor and got elected as a small town mayor so she could hire a city manager to do her job for her, has learned from all those grueling months in public life. Her recent running mate, presidential candidate Senator John McCain, rented a campaign bus to reach out to the hoi polloi, but actually travelled on a private jet owned by his wife, a millionaire beer baroness.
Mrs. Palin is campaigning to sell “her” book (ghost-written by Christian magazine editor Lynn Vincent) with a tour bus that drives to Sam’s clubs and strip malls across the USA. The bus on this “road trip” is so highly decorated that you can’t even see if Mrs. Palin is aboard. That’s handy, because she isn’t.
Mrs. Palin is actually travelling on (you guessed it) a private jet that rents for $4,000 an hour. The aircraft is reported to be a Gulfstream II with two Rolls-Royce Spey 511-8 turbofan engines, a 4,123 mile range, and a top speed of 581 mph. Technical specifications for the Palin tour bus are not available.
Mrs. Palin has experience with private jets. She campaigned for Alaska governor by vowing to sell the state jet on eBay. She kept part of that promise. The jet was listed on eBay for a year, stored, unused, in a heated facility at state expense, until it was finally sold to a political supporter through an aircraft broker, not on eBay.
Turns out that the principal use of the state jet was not taking the previous governor on pleasure jaunts but ferrying Alaska’s felons to and from contract prisons in Arizona. With the jet no longer available, state prop planes were diverted from law enforcement duties to make those trips, now two days long each way. Governor Palin’s spouse, First Thug Todd, was upset that the remaining state planes weren’t readily available for pleasure jaunts and had people fired for it.
Please let us know where those episodes appear in Mrs. Palin’s new book.
Sarah Palin is upset with the media for making an issue of her private jet use. She thinks it’s wrong. The former Temp Governor should know — she’s also a credentialed, experienced media professional.
All that and she can field-dress a moose, too. Todd is sure one lucky guy.
More details on the issue here.
Image by Mike Licht (who already knows that’s not a Gulfstream II). Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com
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