How Sarah Palin Doesn’t Begin to Compare to Barack Obama

Recently, I had to chime in on a comment made to Sam’s blog, concerning Sarah Palin.  The commenter was still harboring some misconceptions about Sarah Palin being “more qualified than Obama.”  He said, “Tell me what he has done, and show me.”

Well, I did just that, and what I learned in the process really crystallized my wonder at how the hell she got on the ticket.  Here’s the comparison:

While Sarah Palin was bouncing among five colleges, and preparing for the Miss Alaska Beauty Contest, Barack Obama was finishing his BA in political science with an emphasis on international relations at Columbia, currently the #8 school in the country.

At the age of 23, he’d already seen more of the world than Palin has seen at 44. In fact, just last month, he was a guest speaker in more foreign countries (7) than Sarah Palin has even visited (4, including Canada and Mexico).  Heck, give her credit for just having stared across the Bering Strait at Russia, bringing her total to 5, and she’s still less traveled.

What has he given to the community? Sweat, talent, and hope for a better life in measurable ways. To name just one, Barack Obama was the director of the Developing Communities Project in the South Side of Chicago (remember? it’s “the baddest part of town”) where he helped set up a job training program, a college preparatory tutoring program, and a tenants’ rights organization while Sarah Palin was still finishing a U of Idaho (not in the top 100 US Universities, Tier 3) communications degree.

In 1988, while Sarah Palin was entering locker rooms as a local TV sports reporter, Barack Obama was entering Harvard Law School (#2 in the country) where, in his first year, became the editor of the Harvard Law Review (overseeing a staff of 80 editors), and in second year, its first black president.

In 1992, Barack Obama began TEACHING constitutional law at the (Tied with Columbia at #8) University of Chicago while Sarah Palin was voted into Wasilla’s City Council by 530 voters, (less than 10% of the city’s population). That same year, Obama directed Illinois’s Project Vote, a voter registration drive with a staff of 10 and 700 volunteers and which achieved its goal of registering 150,000 (30X the population of Wasilla, AK) of 400,000 unregistered African-Americans in the state, and led to Crain’s Chicago Business naming Obama to its 1993 list of “40 under Forty” powers to be.

In 1995 and 1996, when Barack Obama was litigating for civil rights, Sarah Palin was trying to remove “Daddy’s Roommate” from the Wasilla Public Library.

From 1997-2004, while Sarah Palin was restaffing the Mayor’s office with her high school buds, and building a $15M (for a city with a $3.9M annual budget) hockey rink (on a $1.7M for a piece of land worth $125K), Barack Obama was sponsoring a law increasing tax credits for low-income workers, negotiating welfare reform, and promoting increased subsidies for childcare.

In 2002, while Sarah Palin was losing her party’s nomination for lieutenant governor of Alaska, Barack Obama was being RE-elected to the Illinois senate.

In 2003 and 2004, while Barack Obama was enacting death penalty reforms and helping to eliminate racial profiling, Sarah Palin was choosing being a “team mom” over running for the senate.


Barack Obama has spent his adult life being the statesman and true force for change that Sarah Palin never even dreamed of being.  He was making a real difference in the lives of people other than himself and his own family.

I’m just sayin’.  Thanks for reading.

xo, Billy

8 Responses to “How Sarah Palin Doesn’t Begin to Compare to Barack Obama”

  1. Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Yeah, Sarah Palin has never campaigned in African for a murderous dictator Muslim extremist named Raila Odinga, either.

    And she’s never been pals with an American-born Communist terrorist like William Ayers.

    Oh, and she was actually born and grew up in the United States of America, unlike quasi-American triple country allegiance Kenyan/Indonesian/American Barack Hussein Muhammed Obama.

    Oh, and Palin never scored a perfect 100 on the Marxist ADA’s Congressional rating index either.

    Oh, and she didn’t learn her politics in mafia-style Chicago-land.

    Geez, what do we do? We have a bonafide American lover of liberty in Sarah Palin, running against a Fascist/Marxist America-hater in Obama. Tough choice indeed.

  2. Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    You say ‘mafia-style’ like it’s a bad thing. First of all, WTF is even remotely Libertarian about Palin? Her husband is more of a Lib and they’re trying to bury that under the moose carcasses. If universal health care, and helping out the poor are Marxist traits, then I guess I’m a Marxist. Prove any of those claims with links, and you might have some cred. Oh, and Obama’s never BEEN a religious extremist like Palin. Oh, and you might want to check your Fascist/Marxist wikipedia entries, because the Bush regime has been as close to Fascist as we’ve had in this country, my friend.

  3. Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    it chose the Republicans because they saw that Clinton had many women on their side. obama had 7 points advantage. and what the tactical plan, is seeking a woman who meet the following conditions
    Married With many children, Cazadora, ambition for power and strong character besides politics and continue the tradition of bush.

  4. Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Yup, you are a Marxist. Cause government run health care is the epitmoe of Communism. Actually, you’re probably more of a Fascist, who just wants to rob me and others of all our money through taxation, and force us to drive 55 mph to “save the planet.”

    Sarah Palin a “religious extremist” ‘eh? Guess that’s why so many social conservatives in the Republican Party opposed her for so many years, and called her a “libertarian.” Guess that also explains the whisper campaign that she was a “closet supporter of marijuana legalization.” And that explains why she attended two meetings of the Libertarian Party of Alaska in 2005/06 and received their backing in her campaign for Governor. Yupper, can’t trust those Libertarians, oh no. Everyone knows Libertarians are just a bunch of “religious extremists.”

  5. Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Wow, guess I really got your goat! That was easy. Srsly, Eric, your powers of perception are truly overwhelming. You can see right into my “Marxist” soul and pigeonhole me in just minutes, not to mention through the internets. Speaking of the Marx brothers, can you help me find that “Marxist ADA’s Congressional rating index” thingy you mentioned? Google can’t find it. Hmm. If you ask me, book-banning and holy wars are not exactly moderate practices, but you’re certainly entitled to your own pov on fundamentalist Caribou Barbie. No really, I’m so glad you commented. I just KNEW there were republicans out there who like to beat off to naked cowboys. Thanks for readin’, pardner! Y’all come back soon now, y’hear?

  6. Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Cracking me up. But if Eric really has a problem with Taxation he should be really pissed at anyone from Alaska considering that tax revenue per capita in Alaska is the 8th highest in the nation. How is that for Marxist?

  7. Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Hey, Dondero…
    Funny you should mention Fascism:

    “Fascist writer Westbrook Pegler, an avowed racist who Sarah Palin approvingly quoted in her acceptance speech for the moral superiority of small town values, expressed his fervent hope about my father, Robert F. Kennedy, as he contemplated his own run for the presidency in 1965, that “some white patriot of the Southern tier will spatter his spoonful of brains in public premises before the snow flies.”

    It might be worth asking Governor Palin for a tally of the other favorites from her reading list.” – Robert F. Kennedy

  8. Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Isn’t interesting how Republicans like to throw around ridiculous accusations and then when are confronted with the facts are left speechless. Sad things is even when given the facts they still hold to their false beliefs.

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