Following news that S.P. had a bad case of the gimmes at the Silver Spoon Oscar Suite in Hollywood earlier this week, known jokester George Clooney savored the opportunity to take a shot at the questionably witted soccer mom. At the Publicists Guild Awards luncheon in L.A. this afternoon, George schlepped about 10 overflowing gift bags onstage while presenting his longtime flack Stan Rosenfeld with the Les Mason Award. Once at the mic, Clooney kindly apologized for his baggage, claiming he'd run into the former Alaskan governor in the gifting lounge. (Now THAT is funny! Somebody needs to tell Palin to take notes.)
Sarah may need a drink after that jab. Well, she's in luck!
Turns out Palin wasn't just interested in clothes and beauty products during her swag spree, but also asked that a box of Bota Box Wine be sent to her home in Alaska.
A source at the suite tells us Palin did not sample the wine there, but a member of her entourage did try the Pinot. When asked if she would like to take a box for later, our suite source says Palin asked them to ship it to her home because she couldn't take the liquid on the plane.
And Palin didn't stop with wine—how could she when there were far more freebies for her to snatch up? Palin and her daughters Willow and Piper also picked up some personalized stationery from the Card Store.
Lorna Khoo, spokesperson for the Card Store, tells us they came by her stand and sat down with the brand reps to design their own cards. Palin chose the Avocado Fleur Note with "Sarah" written on the front.
"I know there was some negative feedback about the Palin's taking advantage of the event, but they were totally gracious and kind," says Khoo.
"Sarah was decisive about making her card choice. She even spelled out her name for me as if I didn't know there was an H at the end," Khoo explains. "Lots of celebrities gave P.O. boxes or their publicist's office address, but the Palins gave their home address."
Makes total sense—she'd hate for all her free stuff to get lost in the mail.
Silver Spoon released a statement claiming Palin would be donating all the free swag she nabbed, but with her name plastered across the front of the stationary, it may be a little hard to donate to charity!
We've repeatedly requested a comment on all the freebies she received, but a rep for Palin declined. Palin's rep also refused to confirm, deny or provide proof that Palin donated more than $1,700 to the Red Cross in connection to her suite appearance.
All Palin's rep would say is: "We strongly stand by and support the host's [Silver Spoon] request for a retraction and apology from E! and will not comment further until that happens."
Of course! We'll apologize about the same time Palin takes a break from sipping her gratis wine and writing avocado-green thank-you notes to the vendors who gifted her so luxuriously!
Now several times today I have received e-mails, or comments, which say that Silver Spoon co-founder Melissa Lemer has issued a statement, which can be found here, claiming that Palin and her entourage did NOT ransack the shops for free swag. However as you can see the only place this statement shows up is on the C4P site.
I have checked all over the internet and most of the original stories about the Palin locust assault are still up with no retractions. With one notable exception. Over on The Ministry of Gossip they did indeed post a retraction.
However, and this is the interesting part, they also link to the statement found only on the C4P blog. I went to the Silver Spoon website for confirmation, but there was no mention of a statement or a link to the one posted on C4P.
Now if indeed the Silver Spoon people wanted to correct this misconception you would think they would have more sense than to send only one statement out to a rabidly pro-Palin website. I mean of course the rest of us MUST take such a thing with a grain of salt. (Or in my case dismiss it out of hand.) However as of yet the only people claiming that the original story of Palin's aggressive "swag grab" was false are the other rabidly pro-Palin sites and the one site I mentioned above.
Now I tried to independently get to the bottom of this myself by sending e-mails to ALL of the Silver Spoon contacts. So far? No response. (However a woman claiming to be an ardent follower of my site, and other anti-Palin blogs, sent me information to suggest that SHE had received confirmation via e-mail that Melissa Lemer wrote the statement. Which I thought was odd, since the company has still not, after over ten hours, answered my e-mail, or issued an actual public statement.)
If this is all a mistake, or even a purposeful fabrication, I will gladly post the information that proves that. But that information has to come from a far more credible source than C4P or other Palin suck ups. Especially since it appears that C4P is filling in until a replacement can be found to replace the recenlty departed Meg Stapleton. (Meg, call me! We have so much to discuss!)
Besides let's not forget, I KNOW Sarah Palin! And the actions described in the original reports by the vendors sound just like the same woman who would only attend functions in which the state would pay for her whole family to fly with her, and who charged the state of Alaska a per diem to stay in her own damn house!
Update: There has been a lot of scrambling by the Palin-bots to provide cover for their fearless leader's less than stellar performances. Including the ones that attacked Michael Stinson who wrote about the fact that Palin's appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno had a little bit of extra help from a laugh track. If you are so inclined you can hear Mr. Stinson relate the story of his time in the "belly of the beast" himself in this excerpt from today's Shannyn Moore radio show. (His portion starts around the 15:00 mark. And if you are interested I do believe some "pajama clad blogger" also called in at around the 34:30 mark.)
Update 2: One Palin-bot did not get the memo from RAM and admitted that Palin robbed the place blind: A spy said, "She picked up a ton of gifts, but she gave all of them to the Red Cross, along with a cash donation. The only thing she took for herself was a bottle of Ty Ku sake."
What seems to escape this poor soul is that even if it is true that Palin donated her loot to the Red Cross, it was NOT HERS TO DONATE! Those gifts were donated by the vendors as a reward for the people who showed up to help Haiti, NOT for Palin to use as a tax write off!
If Palin took more than her share of the gifts, and the evidence is mounting that she did, then she cheated other potential donors from receiving their swag, and kept the vendors from getting their items into the hands of as many influential people as possible.