By Rohan Andresen ’12
TLC broke records on Sunday, Nov. 14 when they aired their new reality series documenting the daily life of ex-governor and 2008 Republican vice-president nominee Sarah Palin.
The show, “Palin’s Alaska,” was the most watched for a premier in TLC history, with 5 million viewers, according to thehollywoodreporter.com.
The first episode allows America to look into the life of Sarah Palin as she balances her work as a mom, wife and voice for the political scene.
Palin takes the chance to show her strong family values as well as her political ideas.
She does the quotidian tasks as a mother when she has to reprimand her teenage daughter, Willow, when she brings a boy upstairs—a rule not allowed to be broken in the Palin household.
She also goes above and beyond when she takes her children on adventures of salmon fishing, hiking and rock climbing to enjoy the great Alaskan outdoors.
Though she is debatably one of the most famous women politicians in United States’ history, she still has to deal with the regular problems that a mother faces.
In one scene she has to reprimand her daughter, Willow, when she brings a boy upstairs—a rule not allowed to be broken in the Palin household.
She also has to struggle with a nosy neighbor who constantly spies on the Palin family in order to write his book documenting her life.
“Todd (Palin’s husband) and his buddies got out there and built a 14-foot fence, and I’m very thankful for that. By the way, I thought that was a good example what we just did … others can look at this is what we need to do to secure our nation’s border,” Palin suggested, tying in her political ideals to her everyday life.
The show is a great piece that allows Americans to get a brief look into the strenuous life of a woman leading the double life of a hard-working political advocate as well as a traditional mother with staunch moral values.