Sunday, June 7, 2009

Heather Bruce, Palin stops by

Thousands walk for autism awareness in Purchase, Palin stops by

Palin spoke briefly at the main stage, and urged attendees to support the Combating Autism Act, which was passed in 2006 and authorizes millions in expenditures to combat the illness. She then shook hands and took pictures with officers from the Harrison Police Department in Reid Hall.

"What a great thing New York is doing here," she said, adding she was happy to see an emphasis on community during the walk. The interview was cut short when a staff member intervened and escorted Palin to one of two black SUVs waiting outside of the building.

Palin was initially planning on walking alongside her sister, Heather Bruce and Bruce's 14-year-old son, Karcher. But Elizabeth Emken, vice president of government relations for Autism Speaks, said it would have slowed down the walk. She said there is no autism walk in Alaska.

A short time later, Palin was seen at Yankee Stadium, sitting in the second row behind home plate. Yesterday, Palin was in upstate Auburn, helping officials celebrate their inaugural Founder's Day and raise money for a museum honoring William Seward, the 19th-century U.S. secretary of state who acquired Alaska for the United States.

June 7, 2009
Governor Palin will walk alongside her sister, Heather Bruce, and her nephew, who is on the autism spectrum.
Walk Now for Autism Awareness

Palin to appear at Long Island fundraiser
Posted: June 1, 2009

Sarah Palin stopped by and gave a speech but Heather's event was short on Meg promotion. Less media hoopla. Sarah had places to go, people to do.

Here is more about Heather, her dedication to her sister and her work for autism:
Gov. Palin's big sister, Heather Bruce, spoke with Autism One Radio, about raising her 13-year-old son with autism. What she said doesn't reassure me about her sister's understanding or commitment to autism. Here's what she had to say:
"She [Sarah] wants to help. She wants to help so badly, but she has a lot to learn, and she knows it. She’s fresh into this, being an advocate for autism, for Down syndrome. People expect her to know everything about everything. [She has said] We need to sit down Heather, tell me what your needs are, what do you wish you could see, what do you think would help the state. And that was just the time she was the governor."

So after Sarah has been an aunt to a child with autism for 13 years and governor for nearly two, the best endorsement her sister can give her is "she has a lot to learn, and she knows it"? Interestingly, she also gives credit to the Democratic candidates for also raising the issue of autism during the campaign. How strongly does she support her sister's candidacy? I can't tell after listening to this nearly hour-long interview.
Interview 9/4/2008 CNN
Exclusive: Kyra Phillips Interviews Gov. Sarah Palin's Sister Heather Bruce

Sarah Palin, autism and fruit flies

Friday, December 5, 2008 another pundit
Michelle Malkin : "I have seen the photos of Sarah Palin and although I am not an obstetrician, she looked pregnant." Earl

Sarah Palin Gets Discussed on This Blog, Once Again
Palin's older sister, Heather Bruce, has an autistic child,
December 18, 2008
TRANSCRIPT: Sarah Palin Revealed September 13, 2008
GRIFFIN: Wanting a more urban life, the Heaths moved again to the town of Wasilla near Anchorage, Alaska. The Heath kids had a special bond, especially Sarah and sisters Molly and Heather. The three shared one bedroom.

HEATHER BRUCE, PALIN'S SISTER: We needed to be close to each other. And somebody would whisper does anybody feel like "Sleeping Beauty?" And you hear this scuffle and we get into whoever's bet and we would snuggle in there.
Palin fuses politics and motherhood in new way September 8, 2008
A few weeks later, after an amniocentesis — a prenatal test to identify genetic defects — Palin learned the results. Some abortion opponents decline such tests, but as her older sister, Heather Bruce, said, Palin "likes to be prepared." With her husband, Todd, away at his job in the oil fields of the North Slope, Palin told no one for three days, she later said.

Later that day, Palin sent an e-mail message to her relatives and close friends about her new son, Bruce said.

She signed it, "Trig's Creator, Your Heavenly Father."

Heather Bruce Sarah Palin's Personal Emails Sep 17 2008

Palin's Strengths Rooted in Alaska October 2, 2008
Family and Friends Hope She'll Show Trademark Confidence During Debate

Heather Bruce Sept. 4, 2008

Gov. Sarah Palin's Sister 'On the Record' transcript September 10, 2008

The Heaths Christmas 2006 Juneau, Alaska

Sunday, June 07, 2009

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