After taking part in a parade in which the governor, her husband Todd and daughter Willow rode most of the route in a classic 1959 Cadillac, Gov. Palin addressed the crowd. She also engaged in a little self-depreciating humor:
During speeches outside Memorial City Hall, 123rd District Assemblymen Gary Finch, R-Springport, presented Palin with a painting depicting Auburnian William H. Seward and others signing documents for Russia to sell Alaska to the United States. Seward appears to be looking at a globe showing Alaska, Palin said.More on Gov. Palin's morning and early afternoon in Central New York here. No estimates yet from local officials on the size of the crowd that turned out for Sarah Palin today, but they were expecting upwards of 20,000. There's one thing to think about when you see those polls which show the governor in a close race for the leadership of her political party. When have you ever seen Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich or any of the others touted as possible GOP standard bearers attract large and enthusiastic crowds like this for an such an event as this?
"They're looking at a globe, and they're pointing to Alaska in this painting, and I'll betcha anything what Seward was pointing out was: 'Lookie there. You can see Russia from Alaska,'" she said.
Update 1: The crowd numbered over 20,000,according to AP's William Kates. The Citizen has full video of the governor's Seward House speech here. The Post-Standard has some raw video excerpts from the parade and the Founder's Day speech here.
Update 2: Coverage of Walk for Autism Awareness here.