November 22nd, 2010
09:22 AM ET
3 years ago

Palin releases excerpts of 'America by Heart'

(CNN) - The same weekend a federal judge ordered the web site Gawker to remove unauthorized excerpts of Sarah Palin's upcoming book, the former Alaska governor released a sneak peek of her own on Facebook.

The upcoming book "America by Heart," which hits bookshelves Tuesday, is being billed as a largely inspirational portrayal of Americans Palin has met since rocketing to national fame two years ago.

But as the 11-paragraph excerpt makes clear, the book is not all together void of politics.

"We have to know what makes America exceptional today more than ever because it is under assault today more than ever," the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee writes in the excerpt released Saturday.

"I can't think of a sadder prospect for Todd and me than our spending our sunset years telling our grandson, Tripp, and our grandchildren yet to come about what it was like in America when we were strong and proud and free," she adds. "But maybe I can think of a sadder prospect: Tripp and our other grandchildren spending their whole lives working to pay off the irresponsible debt we have accumulated and are about to leave to them."

Also in the excerpts Palin describes the book as "my view of America and what has made her great," and says much of her current inspiration comes from conservative icon Ronald Reagan.

"It's the ideas our country was founded on. It's the strength of our families. It's the grit of our national character. It's our faith in God, how it has shaped our nation and continues to fortify us as a people," she writes. "President Reagan's call for us to fight for, protect, and pass on to future generations the sources and meaning of our freedom is both a political and a personal call; it is a challenge, both for our country and for us individually. I take this challenge seriously. Passing on peace, prosperity, and liberty."

The excerpts, released Saturday, are more uplifting and politically minded than those posted by Gawker: one passage the gossip web site extracted featured Palin bashing American Idol contestants who appear to lack talent and make fools of themselves in front of America on the popular television show.

A District Court Judge on Saturday ordered Gawker to cease "from continuing to distribute, publish or otherwise transmit pages" from Palin's book until a hearing scheduled for November 30.

Gawker did not immediately respond to e-mail and telephone messages from CNN seeking comment on the case.

– CNN's Steve Brusk contributed to this report


Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Get with the program

    in the words of Bugs Bunny; "what a maroon."

    November 22, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  2. Tam

    So sad. She didn't write it, she didn't think it. She can't put a coherent sentence together. Doesn't have a practical cohesive thought. No solutions, just nasty complaints. And people are willing to pay money to buy "her" books, pay to see her speak. America has gone down so low, so stupidly. I don't want stupid, dumb, uneducated, rabid people governing us. Help!

    November 22, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. Laverne

    This book is nothing more than an active campaign to run for president in 2012, it is divisive and Barbara Bush said it best "I hope she stays in Alaska". Republicans don't want her, but have boxed themselves in to the Tea Party which should be called the "Pee Party" since they can't seem to control themselves. All the Tea Party respresent is a bunch of pissed off people who complain and point the finger at everybody else and don't have one good idea of how to get out of the mess this country is in. I hear most of them are suppose to be educated, but you wouldn't know that listening to them or watching the way they act. They are some of the sillilest people I have witnessed in a long time!

    November 22, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  4. ja

    who would buy it, books are a dime a dozen, please

    November 22, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  5. NameEllie

    Here we go again with the "Failin Palin" BS. Sarah Palin loves to hear herself talk and believes in the garbage she tells herself!!!!

    Barbara Bush is right, this bimbo needs to stay in Alaska where only the grizzlies will hear her lunatic rantings!!!! LOL

    November 22, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. Clwyd

    It appears to be more ghost writer and bathroom toilet tissue type! I can't imagine any intelligent person reading a word that this moron writes about!

    November 22, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  7. Ian

    A better title for her book
    Wish it. Want it. Do it

    November 22, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. L

    These quotes are full of wonderful pious generalities. The real question is how do these translate in legislation? If she became president, what changes would you make?

    Nobody is against "strong and proud and free" but what does that mean operationally? There are significant differences in opinion over how to achieve this. What policies will Palin adopt?

    This has been the central strategy of the tea party conservatives. Constantly speak in generalities but be very silent on their implications or how they might implement those generalities.

    November 22, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. Sheldon Gonzalez

    People are actually going to buy, and read, this pap?

    November 22, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I'd rather read a Dr. Seuss book.

    November 22, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  11. Debbie from Arizona

    Please, I have had enough of this self-absorbed, delusional woman. Sometimes I wish CNN would stop covering everything she does, but then again, if you didn't people would think she was actually a viable candidate for President. TLC crossed the line with their weeks long Sarah Palin commercial disguised as a reality show about Alaska.

    November 22, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  12. John

    Saran Palin their is no way I would buy your book because all you spread is hate and racist. And who told you AMERICA was your, I Though AMERICAN was for all the people that live in AMERICAN and 80% of AMERICAN people don't agreed with you. And about American Idol contestants being make fun of , It like DWTS and people making fun of Bristol that can't dance and should have been hit off the show weeks ago. But someone is making that show a joke. O by the way you are NOT QUALIFIED TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT or even dog catcher.

    November 22, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  13. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    Like the last book I will steal it and burn it.

    November 22, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  14. CW in St. Paul

    Good! She's learned to spell America by Heart!

    November 22, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  15. Randall in Torrance, CA (Disabled Navy Veteran, Retired) - It is time to put the heels of our Liberal Democratic Boots on the necks of the out-of-control Right-Wing Dumb-ass uneducated fear mongering Republicans who claim to be Christians

    Good thing Palin didn't title the book, "America by Palin's Brain," because it wouldn't even sell 5 copies. Palin is like the a character from the Wizard of Oz because she goes around the counrty saying StOoPiD things without a brain to know what she's talking about. CNN has a love affair Mrs.Bimbo Barbie, because they don't have agood grasp of how dumb she really is or don't care enough to report something more substantative day-to-day.

    November 22, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. mgc florida

    God will this woman ever go away! Ronald Regan would have denouced her idiotic rantings. I am a republican and I will never vote for this devisive liar..

    November 22, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  17. jerseylou

    Hmm Excerpts..... Just what i need for my special room in my back yard.With todays Economy Toilet Paper is becoming very Expensive. BTW palin tell your husband TOAD to get a JOB and stop freeloading.

    November 22, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  18. Sniffit

    And how many copies will the Jaberwocky Barbie PAC and other conservative PACs warehouse in order to make it olook like everyone in America gives a flying rat's pink patoot what the hell she has to say about anything? A couple hundred pages of Wernike's aphasic word salad ideological vomit so she can laugh all the way to the bank at all the imbeciles who donated to her PAC so she could funnel the donations into her pocket. How very Amurikan.

    November 22, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  19. once upon a horse

    I saw where Palin once again went after President and Michelle Obama in her book. So as usual she attacks people in print or behind Twitter instead of face to face. Too bad she wrote this early because she could have added Barara Bush to the growing list of folks that don't seem to care for her. I have a feeling though she won't take Mrs. Bush on.

    November 22, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    Seems as if the GOPers will continue to have quite the little problem in trying to decide how best to confront media darling Sarah Palin as she continues on her free media *donate to my presidential PAC* tour. Can't even begin to understand what so excites the media ... CNN especially ... about Palin. Non stop Palin coverage certainly hasn't added additional viewers to CNN's line up. I suspect Palin coverage has caused a great many more tune out than to tune in.

    November 22, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  21. Kathy, DC

    I can think of a sadder prospect. Willow really is pregnant; Sarah gets arrested and go to jail for bullying and her and Todd get divorced; Oh, and none of her kids get a college degree. That would be sad in my opinion, but then again that has to do with family, and I guess that's not important to some people.

    November 22, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  22. tcaros

    Pure crap in this book.

    November 22, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  23. tcaros

    The look of an idiot in that picture.. priceless.

    November 22, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  24. ABM

    WHO CARES!!!!! We all KNOW she did not write it. She can't spell or use proper grammer either.

    November 22, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  25. Ben Ben

    Funny how she mentions "God" yet is hateful, decietful and do things contrary to what Jesus taught.

    November 22, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
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