It annoys the crap out of me when I see Sarah Palin giving that same speech in every town. I mean, seriously, we get that you’re a pit bull and that you said no to the Bridge to Nowhere. That’s awesome. Really. It is.
And then her little interview with Katie Couric? I started to wonder if she was even listening to the question, or if she was just giving the answers that the campaign people had authorized her to give.
Then God reminded me of my own personal stumpiness…
During the wedding planning
Truly interested friend/family member: So how is the wedding planning going? Are you excited?
Marie: Oh my gosh yes! It hasn’t been very stressful since I haven’t had to do anything. It’s really been great.
Truly interested friend/family member: That’s awesome! Is there a theme or anything? What are your colors?
Marie: Oh my gosh yes! It hasn’t been very stressful since I haven’t had to do anything…
I realize, due to the look on the person’s face, that I haven’t answered their question and have immensely confused both of us. What am I talking about? What did this person even ask? I don’t know because I’m not really listening to anyone because I’m so stressed out from the wedding talk! Crap. What do I do now?
Marie: It’s really been great…
Because saying “It’s really been great…” will hopefully signal to the person that this conversation really should be over now.
Truly interested/confused friend/family member: Yeah…
Or what about whenever I’d tell people that the wedding was in May, and they’d give this shocked look that I always interpreted as “Ohmygosh, is Marie pregnant? Why so fast?” so I started saying my wedding date and quickly follow it with, “And, no, I’m not pregnant”. It kinda became my little stump answer, which was fine with most people. Until one of the vice presidents I work for asked me about the wedding…
VP: Marie! I didn’t know you were getting married! Congratulations!
Marie: Yes, in May. We’re very excited. It hasn’t been very stressful since I haven’t had to do anything. And, no, I’m not pregnant.
You probably think I’m kidding. That I really didn’t answer my boss like this. But no. I’m not. It was so awkward, and I know he was taken aback with my very inappropriate answer.
VP: Oh (his smile looks frozen on his face due to the awkwardness), well, that’s great… congratulations…
Marie: Thank you. Everyone probably thinks we’re pregnant, ya know, because it was so quick. But I’m not.
Marie. Please shut up.
Marie: We just thought it was a good time. But I’m sure everyone will be looking for the ‘baby bump’, right? But nope, no, baby bump. Because there is no baby.
And now that I’m married? I keep getting asked, “So, how is married life going?” and I keep saying, “Great! I’m having a lot of fun! But I’m sure that will be over soon, right?”
Way to go with the optimism, Marie.
I don’t know how long it will be until that pathetic stump answer will turn into “Well, we’ve been married for 3 years and it sucks now, so we’re right on track, I guess!”
Needless to say, I am a believer and user of the stump speech/answer and am in complete support of Palin’s stump speech, no matter how much it annoys me.