It was painful to watch the videos of Sarah Palin reading crib notes written in her hand. At first I thought how embarrassing for Sarah and those who believe she will be a legitimate contender for the GOP nomination in 2012.
But after the news set in, I reconsidered. So what if she used crib notes? I am not one of Sarah’s supporters, but for all those who have done this before, does writing notes in your hand make you a bad person or a cheat?
Public speakers depend on different aids and devices to help them remember what to say all the time. The notes in her hand show that she prefers the simple approach to the more complex one. But really, does that make her less smart than politicians who use teleprompters?
Some of the words in her hand were “energy,” “budget cuts,” “tax,” and “lift American spirits.” These words are just headings. Looking at these words only reminded Sarah to cover those subjects. Sarah had to fill in the rest of the text while standing there. That required a better memory, and better analytical, organizational and presentation skills than those required for the person standing there reading the text on a teleprompter verbatim.
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