If you could be President of the United States, would you take the job?

If you could be President of the United States, would you take the job?

Think twice before you answer.

Would you want the responsibility that comes with office, the Red Phone on your desk, the worries of over 300 million people in your lap, and the inevitable controversies that come with every move (even the personal ones)?  Could you stand to bring your family into the fishbowl?

Author and politician Sarah Palin was ready to embrace that, and more. When she answered her cell phone on an August afternoon in 2008, she was happy to say “yes”. In her audiobook “Going Rogue”, she tells about it.

Unless you just woke up from a long coma or you’ve been living beneath a good-sized rock, nobody needs to tell you who Governor Sarah Palin is. So we’ll skip the reminder and go to why you should – or shouldn’t – want this audiobook.

“Going Rogue” starts out with that not-so-out-of-the-blue phone call, which Palin says wasn’t much of a surprise. From there, she chirps about her childhood and how her parents were very un-Cleaver-like: eschewing life in the Lower 48, they moved from Idaho to Alaska, and taught their young children the joys of self-sufficiency and how to hunt dinner.

Palin touches on her education, her basketball prowess, the friends she loves, early careers, meeting Todd, and raising her children. Her love for God, Country, and family sparkles clearly through.

She explains how she got into politics, her views on the way the Political Machine works in Alaska (definitely different than elsewhere), and how she changed local government with plain old common sense. She also carefully discusses various wardrobes, and who paid for what.
“Going Rogue” is interesting for what Palin doesn’t say, as much as for what she says.

She touches briefly on the day she resigned as governor, but doesn’t elaborate much further than that, avoiding any talk of the future other than to say her family would be happy to return to their former, quiet way of life (a sentiment which, obviously, has changed since this book was written). Fans and political watchers will be disappointed because there’s no peek or hint of any Presidential aspirations or, really, any other positions in politics.

Sarah Palin reads her own work on this audiobook, and that was surprisingly refreshing. I have to say that I liked 6 of the 7 CDs.

What disappointed me was that Palin indicates her dislike of arguing and she claims that she supports the new administration in many ways, but she eventually dives into the ubiquitous (and, by now, tiresome) political bashing, all of which we’ve heard before. One hundred percent weary of Washington sniping, I would have preferred more of the personal and less of the poison.

Because this audiobook is read by its author – which often gives a better interpretation of what’s written – I think fans of Sarah Palin will enjoy it whether they’ve read the paper version or not.

Palin foes, though, will want to think twice before picking up either.