Proving that being young, attractive, and politically powerful can be aggravating, the latest rumor being spread about Sarah Palin is that she has gotten breast implants. This is the sort of question that never gets asked about Hillary Clinton or Nancy Pelosi.
The rumors, being spread by the blog Wonkette (which combines politics with smut), reported the Toronto Sun, apparently started when former Governor Palin appeared at the Belmont Stakes to cheer on the horse “First Dude,” which eventually came in third. Some people have suggested that she was wearing a top that showed her attributes to advantage, and showed that they have been enlarged. Others suggest a different bra.
Sarah Palin is not the first politician to have been accused of using artifice to enhance her appearance. Ronald Reagan was accused of dying his hair, which remained dark well into his seventies. Someone actually did a chemical analysis of hair clippings of the Gipper from his barber shop and it was discovered, indeed, the color was natural.
John Kerry, the Senator who served in Vietnam, was accused of using botox to smooth out the wrinkles in his face. That sort of thing may have also had the effect of making his face look frozen during the 2004 Presidential campaign. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has also been accused of using botox.
Many women who are in the public eye have used surgery and other enhancements to improve their looks. Most of those women have either been in the entertainment or in the news industries. Most women in politics have contented themselves with experimenting with various hairstyles, like Hillary Clinton, or using more conventional beauty-enhancing techniques.
One suspects that this rumor of Sarah Palin getting breast implants is yet another example of the prurient interest of certain pundits who are trying to find things to comment on. (Yes, we’re doing it as well but, in our defense, to make a larger point.)
The unspoken accusation is that Sarah Palin is, among everything else that the far left has accused her of, vain. Other stateswomen, say Margaret Thatcher, Golda Meir, or Angela Merkel, have not felt the need to resort to surgery to enhance their appeal. For women, some suggest, a certain dowdiness equates to seriousness. Too much beauty opens one to the accusation of being a bimbo.
There seems to be just a hint of sexism involved in all of this tut-tutting. Ever since John F. Kennedy, the cult of youth and beauty in the presidency has infected politics, mostly in the Democratic Party, but sometimes infecting even some Republicans. If one is young-looking and vigorous, like Kennedy, one must make a great President. Of course, President Obama would tend to put that equation in some doubt.
So, if male politicians can strive for youth, beauty, and vigor in order to be like JFK, why should Sarah Palin not strive for the same in order to set her own standard? If Sarah Palin becomes president, she might well be a female JFK, exuding youth, energy and attractiveness that will change the office forever.
And, years later, some other female politician will compare herself to Sarah Palin. Her opponent will quip, “I knew Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin was a friend of mine. You, ma’am, are no Sarah Palin.”
Rumours swirling that Palin got breast implants, Toronto Sun, June 9th, 2010