PHILADELPHIA (CNN) – Although many Philadelphia Flyers fans cheered and clapped as Sarah Palin took to the ice at the Wachovia Center on Saturday night to drop the ceremonial puck kicking off this town's NHL season, their warm reception was no match for the 90 seconds of sustained booing that rumbled through the arena, drowning out most of the cheers in support of the Republican vice presidential nominee.
As Palin stepped onto the ice before a capacity crowd to drop the puck, joined by her daughters Willow and Piper, the arena's jumbotron flashed a futile message to the thousands of notoriously harsh Philadelphia sports fans in attendance.
"Flyers fans, show Philadelphia's class and welcome America's #1 hockey mom, Sarah Palin," the massive electronic message board pleaded, to little effect. Booing quickly erupted when the smiling candidate emerged from a tunnel leading onto the ice, muffling the applause of any Palin supporters in the crowd.
Some in the audience simply gave her a thumbs down gesture. Others called her names.
Palin spent about a minute and a half on center ice, posing for pictures with Flyers captain Mike Richards and New York Rangers assistant captain Scotty Gomez, an Alaska native. The crowd commotion was sustained for her entire time in the rink.
Palin's showing did not appear to help the Flyers, who looked hapless in the first period, giving up four goals to their rivals from New York. The governor stayed to watch the first two periods with family and staff in the box of Flyers owner Ed Snider, and by the time she departed the Wachovia Center for her hotel, the Flyers had narrowed the lead to 4-2.
I hate to hear of anyone being booed.... but when you compare that to the hatred that the McCain campaign is creating.... well I guess the booing may have been deserved.
2008 – 2012 – Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden
I approve of political competition but I do not approve of political character smears. When one opponent starts to smear the other that convinces me that they are trying to hide something. I am an Obama supporter AND A CHRISTIAN because he is a CHRISTIAN, a gentleman and does not have to stoop to the level of McCain and Palin.
Palin, I don't give you credit for being a sensible person because you burst onto the campaign and immediately agreed to be a "bull dog mouth piece." It is sad that you don't recognize what they are doing to you. Sorry you missed your true title. I was proud of you as a lady getting a chance to show that we can do a good job when given the opportunity; however, you have failed us ladies but you have satisfied that other party that will stoop to any measure to win. IT WILL NOT HAPPEN! You do not look cute when carrying out those scripts – definitely not looking like a beauty queen!!! YOU WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT SO YOU NEED NOT CAMPAIGN FOR IT NOW – UNDERHANDLEDLY! Poor McCain can't see your tactics.
Gov. Palin, you got what you bargained. This is price of abuse of power, lies and negative actions against innocent citizens of our great nation.
I knew I liked Philadelphians. Way to go Philly!
Her personal attacks on Obama has ruined her reputation, not to mention her troopergate. There is always a respectable way to campaign without the negativity.
I'm afraid this might be one of the nicest responses she could get considering all her racist references (dating back to her speech at the convention, by the way). I'm really happy to see that people are standing up against racism.
America must rediscover herself
After Palin's hate rallies this past week she deserves to be booed. Who does she think she is coming out of nowhere in Alaska and trying to cause race wars and hate down here ? Nothing like this happened in a long time until she opened her big mouth. Shame on John McCain for choosing such an running mate who now has an ETHICS violation. She should never again open her mouth to ever question the character of anyone.
These people should show some respect for the future VP of America
Too bad I wasn't there to lend my voice to the effort. Booooo!
I guess she is not the "hockey mom" she thought she was. We as a American country need real solutions not this pretty woman attitiude.We have lost everything as a great nation except our dignity now we don't want to lose our respect because we want to shelter the hockey mom from asking tough questions. McCain is looking for a vice -president not a vice governor.
I'm not surprise that she has been booed.
The vicious hateful things that have been coming out of her mouth has no place in America today. She is an extremist
People in Philadelphia are just showing Palin their displeasure with her scare tactics. For every 1 person she's gained, she's lost 2 for McCain.
LOL I love this. Thanks America!!
You get what you give, in this case hate.
Lets see if she can spin this and make it Obama fault. She and her sidekick have tried to pin everything else on him. Oh look the sun is comming up...That's Obama's fault.
Finally she gets some neg. taste and how she is NOT a hockey mom. and now reaching to soccer mom's...sigh..go back to Alaska and as they refer to us(outside..lower 48) don't go outside again once you reach wasilla.
Thanks Philly! I'm a Met fan but now I'm rooting for your Phillies!
I was hoping that would be the reaction she'd get. The so-called "hockey mom" was booed at a hockkey game- how ironic.
And how inappropriate for Ed Snider to inject his politics into the arena and then expect fans to comply with this choice. Well, it backfired. Even with the loud music trying to drown out the boos and Palin again dragging her kids into the fray, it was obvious that this was a mistake. But I can guarantee if she would have been applauded overwhelmingly, the McCain campaign would have used that video over and over. Too bad.
She's out of her league!
Eventhough I am not from Philly, reading about their act makes me appreaciate that city. A true American City which stands for all that America is – don't settle for less! God bless Philly.
Eventhough I am not from Philly, reading about their act makes me appreciate that city. A true American City which stands for all that America is – don't settle for less! God bless Philly.
Sarah Palin is "Bad News for this country. Her message is not one that resonates in this period of American suferring. After "W", we certaintly cannot afford a Scout Leader as VP.
well done philly"well done"