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Sarah Palin's Special Olympics video message, pre-Obama slip

March 22, 2009 | 12:44 am

As it happens, not long before President Barack Obama's special Special Olympics gaffe on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and his jiffy-quick apology, Vice President Joe Biden traveled all the way out to Boise, Idaho, to lend a senior administration presence to the Special Olympics there.

These events are inspiring things to witness, as challenged individuals do the best they possibly can in a variety of athletic events and competitions and enthusiastically celebrate their achievements and participation with cheering family and friends.

As it also happens, that same Special Olympics in Idaho had asked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to videotape a special greeting to participants as perhaps America's most famous mother of a special needs child, Trig.

The governor's video below has nothing to do with politics or bowling. But it does provide a brief window into a non-policy, non-political side of someone we may well see back in the national political arena in coming years.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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