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For Palin, flood-ravaged Cedar Rapids was ‘slice of Americana’

By Lynda Waddington | 03.02.10 | 12:01 am

In September 2008 Cedar Rapids was only three months removed from the most devastating natural disaster in its history, and thousands of residents and small business owners were still in the process of mucking out and gutting flooded properties.

But none of that is what former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin remembers about her visit.

Republican presidential nominee John McCain, center, and his running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, right, gave brief statements as they toured flood damaged areas of Northwest Cedar Rapids on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, after a campaign rally at the Cedar Rapids Airport.  Cedar Rapids City Council member Brian Fagan (left) participated in the walking tour as did Iowa Republican Rep. Kraig Paulsen and John Smith, owner of CRST trucking and member of Cedar Rapids Area Economic Planning and Redevelopment Corporation. (Pool Photo/The Gazette, Liz Martin)

GOP presidential nominee John McCain and his running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gave brief statements as they toured flood-damaged areas of Northwest Cedar Rapids on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, after a campaign rally at the Cedar Rapids Airport (Pool Photo/The Gazette, Liz Martin).

On Sept. 18 — two weeks exactly from the close of the 2008 Republican National Convention — the McCain-Palin campaign planned their first joint stop in the Hawkeye State. The event was initially planned as a rally at the local airport; however, public outcry forced the campaign to make time for a trip into the city for a short walking tour of flood damage.

In her book, “Going Rogue,” Palin briefly discusses the visit to Cedar Rapids as follows: “… Jason, Jeannie and Bexie were there at one of our first campaign stops after the convention, a stop I’ll never forget. It was at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The town was a slice of Americana, with its quaint town square with mom-and-pop stores; red, white and blue bunting; moms and dads; kids in strollers; seniors; and people of every color. …”

Green Square Park, located in downtown Cedar Rapids, is likely the only place  in the city that could be mistaken for a traditional town square. Located on 4th Avenue SE, it is bordered by a large parking ramp, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, the True North building, the First Presbyterian Church and Waypoint Services. None of the facilities that surround Green Square Park could be misidentified as mom-and-pop businesses, and those larger businesses in the area, like the museum, were open but still renovating and restoring at the time of the McCain-Palin visit.

More importantly, though, the downtown area was not a portion of the city that McCain and Palin visited during their flood tour. According to several reporters and local officials who participated in the tour, the campaign drove from the rally at the airport directly to a predominately residential section on the northwest side of town, known locally as the Time Check neighborhood.

Sarah Palin's description of a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids on page 248 of her book "Going Rogue" can only be described as fiction. The campaign event was held at the airport, and there was no quaint town square with patriotic bunting in the wake of massive 2008 floods.

Sarah Palin's description on page 248 of her book "Going Rogue" of a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids can only be described as fiction. The campaign event was held at the airport, and there was no quaint town square with patriotic bunting in the wake of massive 2008 floods.

After walking roughly four blocks of residential streets flanked by flooded-out homes and curbside debris, McCain and Palin paused in front of a completely gutted structure on which someone had hung an American flag to make brief remarks for the accompanying press pool. American flags were a commonplace feature in the flood zones of the city, and perhaps those are what Palin mistook for “red, white and blue bunting.”

While it may be easy to excuse a politician for confusing towns along a long campaign trail, this error happens against the backdrop of numerous concerns about facts in Palin’s book. The Associated Press dedicated a team of reporters to the book and found numerous discrepancies, ranging from her contention that President Barack Obama pushed the through a bailout package that actually was achieved by his Republican predecessor to her statements with regard to travel expenses.

But the Cedar Rapids stop should have been memorable because of the one thing that Palin appears to have forgotten: The flood-ravaged neighborhood she toured.

Long before she joined the campaign, McCain appeared to have made the Iowa floods a priority. Despite calls by Gov. Chet Culver for both McCain and Barack Obama to not tie up precious state resources in the immediate aftermath of the flood by visiting the state, McCain toured flood-damaged sites in Iowa on June 20, 2008.

When local Republican officials complained that McCain and Palin were not making time to see the devastation in Cedar Rapids first-hand at the time of the September airport rally, the campaign made time concessions so that the short walking tour could take place. A month later, in October 2008, both the McCain-Palin campaign and the Republican National Committee targeted Iowans with mailing pieces and robocalls that indicated Democrats “went on vacation” instead of helping flood victims.

The stop described in Palin’s book might very well be one she’ll “never forget,” but it did not take place in Cedar Rapids.

The Iowa Independent requested comment from Palin’s political action committee. There has been no response as of publication.

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  • RegularJoe

    So “Going Rogue” is a work of fiction. So is the notion she's qualified to be anything more than a TV weathergirl at a very down-market station ( where the weather never changes, and nothing of importance ever happens )….or perhaps to carry a loaf a french bread around ( but that's another story – )

  • More_Cowbell

    This is an interesting story. Of course it doesn't surprise me that Sarah lied, because her whole book (and her whole life in the last few years) is filled with lies. I bet by now she's convinced herself that this really happened.

  • snowbilly

    Thanks for writing this. It's very informative.

  • pollyinalaska

    This lady (apologies to real ladies) lives in a fantasy world. Everything she says and does is contradictory or outright lies. I'm glad to see people are doing their research. Keep doing it, please. She is not fit to be a leader of anything.


    Another day, another lie by $P. What else is new? However, in all seriousness, this woman has been caught in so many lies from her Mayoral days to the present and yet her supporters overlook them or say that everyone else is lying. Sure, dozens of people tell one story, SP tells another story and she's the only one telling the truth?! It looks like her supporters don't mind the lies but the rest of the American public do. Why does she lie about so many inconsequential things? Because she wants to and because she has gotten away with it in the past.

  • kellygrrrl

    I once thought she was just dumb, but have come to view her as pathological. She is such a sad reflection on what the rightwing has become.

    My heart actually aches for her children

  • kellygrrrl

    I once thought she was just dumb, but have come to view her as pathological. She is such a sad reflection on what the rightwing has become.

    My heart actually aches for her children

  • obamafan

    Thanks Iowa. We owe you one!

  • BluedogAK

    Don't feel too bad, Cedar Rapids. Alaskans don't recognize most of what she wrote about us, either.

  • Patrick – Palingates

    Thanks a lot for reporting about Sarah Palin's lies in “Going Rogue”. Good to see that some journalists finally wake up.

    This is not the only example of a lie in “Going Rogue” which can easily be proven. Another example is Sarah's description of a TV-debate from 2006, which was taped during her run for Governor. Apparently Sarah forgot that the clip of this TV-debate is posted on the internet. Her own account is full of lies and distortions in her favor, as the comparison with the clip proves:…

    But then Steve Schmidt already went on the record with asserting that “Going Rogue” is “100% fiction”:…

    Therefore nothing should surprise us any more.

  • Wesinoregon

    More people need to expose that fraud for who she really is.

  • Older_Wiser

    And from the comments I've read about her appearance last night, she's finally achieved her goal: Celebrity idiot. Thanks for nothing, Leno.

  • The_Jones_Girl

    Lynda, you've completely missed the point of Cedar Rapids – it's where she met a girl with Down Syndrome whose name was Sarah. This was something tailor-made for her book – so naturally Cedar Rapids needed to be a slice of Mrs Palin's cherished “Americana” fantasy. It was nothing personal, simply a business decision.

    • LyndaWaddington

      I attempted to fact-check the story about the two teens she says she met on the rope line during the Cedar Rapids event, but I can't either prove or disprove it. I contacted the local photographers and reporters that I knew covered the stop and asked them to check their archives for photos from the rope line. None of them believe that they captured a photo of Palin speaking with two teens with Downs Syndrome — however, there was tight security at the event, and it is possible that the meeting happened and just was not captured on film. No reporters that I've spoken to remember seeing that exchange either.

      Given that Palin had only recently been introduced on the national scene at that time, and given the buzz about her son, Trig, and so-forth, it seems odd that a photographer would not have captured a moment with Palin speaking the two teens — but not impossible.

  • finny1

    Don't pick on Sarah Palin…she has had it so hard, and as a multi-millionaire who can telecommute to Fox news from her warm, new mansion in Alaska, she really needs your love, prayers and support.

    • indy_girl

      Plus she's got those two grandbabies to pick up the tab for…..busy times.

  • Nin1963

    Sarah lie? Really? Where have you folks been? Palin has lied since she introduced Track to the world; you'll have to figure that one out. Oh yes, Sarah has a long history of presenting fiction as fact.

    • viewfromalaska

      I think you mean Trig. Track is her older son, and seriously, it has been longer than that. She is deluded – or something. She just appeared on Leno and complained that she wasn't 'allowed' to make any followup comments on her criticism of the Family Guy show. Her comments were not 'reported' elsewhere out of her control – they were on her FaceBook page. What was stopping her from clearing up any confusion by 'following up' herself.? Sham.

      • bprince

        I think the commenter did mean Track. here is some allegation that the father of Track is not Todd but rather a former neighbor and friend who has since died. Track does look a lot more like photos of the other guy than like Todd. I think you can find that info on Palingates or similar blog. If that is the case, I don’t fault her with that lie as long as Todd knows because that happens in life. I do believe she faked the pregnancy of Trig because there is too much evidence that doesn’t add up and I do find fault with that because of how she uses that child to clobber her critics.

        This article makes it clear that Palin may not have even read her own book let alone written any of it. She doesn’t have the attention span. Her ghost writer probably took her campaign schedule and made up homey little stories to fit the schedule. I loved the quote of Chief Wooden Legs attributed to coach Wooden. My 14 year old daughter was rolling on the floor when I explained that gaff to her. I confess, I am addicted to the soap opera of Sarah Palin. Every time she opens her mouth or publishes her words there more new material and more new lies.

  • sjkfromthebellyoftheplane

    No mention of the floods at all…She could have used that to her advantage, shown some sympathy, but instead she sees imaginary bunting. She is THE tea bagger “moran”.

  • macunaima

    Excellent job, Lynda. Alas, the more you listen to Palin, the more lies you will discover.

  • sunnyjane

    Well done! Thanks for sharing this…we need more instances like this to get out in the mainstream media. Sarah Palin is a stupid sham.

  • historygoddess

    Thanks for the article. There are SO many lies, but I didn't know about this one. Our area had massive flooding at the same time and is only now returning to normal,

  • indy_girl

    As Sarah's made-up story for Going Rogue shows, Cedar Rapids wasn't any more memorable to Sarah Palin than anyplace else she stopped on the campaign trail. Love the pic accompanying this article….Cedar Rapids, ya need a little more bunting, I think!

    Sarah may actually believe a place is special briefly, but that specialness lasts only as long as it is being graced with her royal hypocritical presence.

    *wink* *pageant wave*

  • NiagaraFalls08

    Thank you for printing the truth. Very good article.

  • alaskan2

    Thanks to the author and publication for exposing yet another of Sarah's lies. This Alaskan from Wasilla lost count a long time ago. It doesn't usually take more than a few minutes for any alert reader or listener to catch her in at least one.

    I would not want to be in her position when she meets her maker. She will have a lot of explaining to do, and I doubt He will be as gullible as her supporters.

  • junasie14

    Thanks for the good reporting on this. It's something most people outside of the state would not have picked up on, but it fits in perfectly with the pattern throughout her book (and public life) of just “makin stuff up”. In this case, she was either too lazy to check her notes and try to recall the actual vist, or more likely, simply didn't care if the account she gave was an accurate one.

    Sarah Palin has always been more interested in her own meme than anyone else's reality. Portraying the site of her first campaign rally as a symbol of small town bliss is a much better fit for her image than a flood ravaged neighborhood. No surprise there.

  • brad1064

    Did she mean this stop in Cedarburg, WI a couple weeks earlier? It seems to fit the description much better.

  • brad1064

    Did she mean this stop in Cedarburg, WI a couple weeks earlier? It seems to fit the description much better.

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