June 24th, 2009
04:54 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin to take overseas trip to visit troops

Palin (here visiting son Track’s Army brigade) plans to visit members of the Alaska National Guard.
Palin (here visiting son Track’s Army brigade) plans to visit members of the Alaska National Guard.

(CNN) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will head overseas to visit troops serving in the National Guard, her office said Wednesday.

On Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, the Alaska governor tweeted that she had received permission to see the troops. "Travel now to bring appreciation from their Alaska family & Natl Guard leadership to heroes in US European Command's area of responsibility," she wrote Wednesday in shorthand that is often used on the social networking Web site Twitter.

The governor's office said the Defense Department had asked that further details of her trip not be released yet, for security reasons.

Two years ago, Palin visited Alaska National Guard troops in Kuwait and wounded soldiers on a U.S. base in Germany, as well as a border crossing on the Kuwait-Iraq border.

Palin's son Track, who serves in the Army, deployed to Iraq last year.


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soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. HB

    Doesn't she have a state to run? It's so obvious that she's going to run in the presidential primary. Why doesn't she just admit it?

    @Bill Sampson: Her PAC (SarahPAC) will most likely foot the bill since she can't get away with charging her state anymore.

    June 24, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Alfred E. Neumann

    Palin has a son serving in Iraq -

    What say you vulgar tongued liberals never missing an opportunity to display offensive remarks!

    June 24, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. Verouca Salt

    You gotta wonder if any other parents of service personnel in the Armed Guard will get a chance to see their kids by flying themselves over to the region where their kid is stationed. What? She's not paying for this trip out of her own pocket? It's a publicity stunt? I'm SHOCKED, I tell you. Shocked!!

    June 24, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. John

    Don't forget the new wardrobe she'll need for the visit. And all the new things she'll get for her husband and kids with taxpayers money.

    June 24, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. Chai-wallah

    Who cares? While she is there, get her a rick-shack-Wallah.

    June 24, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Ellie, MD

    Oh Lordy, here we go again. The Hillbillies are coming to town. Those poor troops.

    June 24, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. Scott the Independent

    Colber should be there this week to interview her. That would make for some real good political comedy.

    June 24, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Chris - Denver

    Why anyone cares where this person goes or what she does is quite beyond me.

    June 24, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. Robert Austin, Texas

    Can't she just see the troops from her house?

    June 24, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. Atlanta

    This should add to her foreign relations experiences!

    June 24, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. Scarlett

    Guess she needs to visit her son and now the taxpayers of Alaska can foot the bill and she will get all of that experience.

    June 24, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. marg from ND

    Who cares!

    June 24, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. Janice in Mississippi

    She had better make sure she visits where her son is located. Her being able to hug her son while she is visiting is the only reason I will not bash her this time.

    If it turns out she doesn't visit the area where her son is located, I will let her have it, verbally, of course.

    June 24, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. Bon

    I don't get why conservatives think liberals are "afraid" of Palin.

    The only fear liberals have from her is that such an idiot could actually convince all of you to give her access to our nuclear arsenal.

    June 24, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Mark

    Most governors and senators at some time go overseas to see their national guard units at work. It is considered part of their job. Pelosi went to Syria on taxpayers money against the administrations wishes and the libs didn't complain about that.

    So the only real news here is how many liberals are going to cry and complain and try to turn this into something news worthy when it isn't.

    People really need to get off the republican AND democrat bandwagons, stop reading the propaganda pamphlets and start thinking for themselves for a change.

    June 24, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    @ Sea.gem, who said "Wonderfully dismissive comments…by the logic here, Obama's visits are just publicity stunts since he was not in the military and has chastized the troops…"

    When he was running for POTUS, yes, publicity stunts...all part of campaigning. Now, however, he IS POTUS, ergo, COMMANDER IN CHIEF...visits to troops, etc., are part and parcel of his job.

    Sooo, this begs the questions: is Palin campaigning and, if so, what for? AND, if so, should she be while she's got a job to do?

    June 24, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. Nancy

    I agree, the liberal media, liberals and Dems all fear Sarah Palin. Makes me like her more and more.

    June 24, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. B.H.

    She will do anything to get in front of a camera...

    Idiot

    June 24, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. David

    First off, as an Obama supporter, Palin as POTUS or a VP scares me to no end. That being said, many governors have gone over to Iraq or Afghanistan to visit troops from their state, so why is this even news. People need to cut her a break. She is just doing what all governors do. She is (frighteningly) Commander-In-Chief of the Alaska National Guard, so cut her a break. All the Liberals complaining about this are making the rest of us Libs look bad. This is much ado about nothing!

    June 24, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. truthsayer

    Commander in Chief...ha dont make me laugh!...Sarah Palin will never be POTUS!

    June 24, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Educate yourselves before you open your mouth and just let the words fall out

    Is she taking her kids & hubby??

    June 24, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. history repeats

    isnt it 100% obvious this nitwit has been campaigning since she lost the election for mccain? this is crazy somebody tell her it was because of HER mccain lost as many votes as he did!! o well i def wont be voting for republicans while they have these imbeciles campaigning instead of actually helping the people! its all just one big campaign. she is going to try and spend the next few yrs traveling so she doesnt have stupid excuses to make up for her lack of foreign policy experience.

    June 24, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  23. Anna

    Shame on you all, Sarah's haters. Her son is defending your right to write this crap. Shame on you.
    On a separate note (to Tom):
    According to all political mass media in the world, Obama miserably failed his first serious test – Iran turmoil. This is just the beginning.
    He will fail in everything because building socialism is a task that is doomed from day one. I know that for a fact since it failed in EVERY SINGLE COUNTRY where it was tried (unfortunately, I used to be a citizen of one of them for 30 years, so I now what I'm talking about). But history has to repeat itself – at the expense of the American people.

    June 24, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. Jim

    another example of republican hypocrisy.

    our president gets slammed for doing exactly this sort of thing, and yet she goes with republican kudos.

    once agan the republicans prove they are the party of no.

    June 24, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. Irma in North Carolina

    More people will have to contribute to her web site for her legal fund expenses, so she can use that money too. Alaska you got suckered in twice in a row. You guys must feel good about that. I guess going over there to see her son, his better than going seing him in jail. It was said he either goes to jail or join the service for trouble he got into. Wonder if she has any of the clothes left from campaiging in the election from last year that she can wear over there.

    June 24, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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