Down Syndrome, a Mom, and the White House

What could all these things possibly have in common?

This morning Republican Presidential Nominee, John McCain announced his pick for Vice-President – Sarah Palin.  And let’s just say that I was ecstatic.  As a mom and for my son Charlie.  Yes, I was familiar with her name and knew plenty about her before the “big news” this morning.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to start using this blog as a political platform.  I don’t want to even discuss the presidential election (though I’m quite opinionated.)  So let’s not open that can of worms…

This morning I want to focus on why I think Sarah Palin is an amazing woman.  Not only has she been selected to be Vice-President if McCain is elected, she is the current governor of Alaska, a wife, and mother of five children.  And her youngest, a son, was just born in April and happens to have Down syndrome.

I cannot express how exciting this could be for those living with disabilities.  To have someone in such a position of power who can bring a spotlight to those that have disabilities, especially Down syndrome.  To have someone that doesn’t just talk the talk (about being pro-life) – she walks the walk (she knew from prenatal tests that her son would have Down syndrome.)

Here was an article that was written this spring after the birth of her son:

Palin welcomes fifth child, a son named Trig Paxson Van Palin

JUNEAU — Gov. Sarah Palin gave birth Friday to her fifth child, a boy, about a month before her due date.

Trig Paxson Van Palin weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces. A news release from Palin’s office says the 44-year-old governor and the baby are doing well and resting comfortably.

“Trig is beautiful and already adored by us,” said the Palin family in a written statement. “We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives.”

Click for the  for the full article.

Here is an article about the recent announcement

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2 thoughts on “Down Syndrome, a Mom, and the White House

  1. McCain chose a great running mate. The two of them together will be able to relate to the majority of the population in one way or another with solid experience in those areas. Both of their backgrounds bring a new level of diversity to the White House which can only benefit the citizens.

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