Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Roger, Roger, Roger... need to stick to what you know, which is reviewing movies.

Roger Ebert is unhappy about Governor Palin being the nominee for Vice President. His biggest problem with her seems to be that she hasn't traveled abroad; he spends the bulk of his anti-Palin essay complaining about her not being a world traveler.

"How can a politician her age have never have gone to Europe?... What kind of a person (who has the money) arrives at the age of 44 and has only been out of the country once, on an official tour to Iraq? Sarah Palin's travel record is that of a provincial..."

Does Ebert have any idea what it costs just to get passports for a family of six or seven? Let alone the airline tickets, hotel bills, and everything else that goes with travel abroad?

The Palins married relatively young, have had a good-sized family, and have been busy in multiple endeavors including politics and running their own business, along with raising children. Is it possible they would have liked to travel abroad, but the finances or logistics just haven't all come together to facilitate it in this particular season of their lives?

Unfortunately the Palins' worthy pursuits don't meet Mr. Ebert's requirements: "I want a vice president who is better, wiser, well-traveled..."

I wonder if Ebert believes that Senator Obama's childhood in Indonesia or visiting Africa makes him more qualified to serve?

Roger, your elitism is showing.


Blogger jau said...

Brother. This is bringing out the worst in lots of people. Who knew sexism was still so alive and strong?!?!? It's very upsetting.

7:58 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

His other biggest complaint is her...eyeglasses.

The lack of any real substance in his essay reveals Mr. Ebert -- rather than the person he writes about -- in an unfortunate light.

Best wishes,

8:14 AM  
Blogger UGN said...

From Mrs. UNG:

I'm not sure, but compared to Chicago, growing up in Alaska counts as LIVING in a foreign country.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

"I'm not sure, but compared to Chicago, growing up in Alaska counts as LIVING in a foreign country."

Based on some of what I've read this week, you might be right! LOL. It sure is a different lifestyle in many ways. I'm enjoying learning more about Alaska thanks to Governor Palin's nomination.


12:50 PM  

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