You KNEW I wasn’t going to let this one go…

Sarah Palin had a tanning bed installed in the Governor’s mansion. A TANNING BED. The Vice Presidential pick for a man who has battled the most deadly form of skin cancer multiple times is so clueless and unconcerned about her health that she installed a tanning bed in her home. Nice message to your daughters, Sarah.

Now, before you go saying she needed Vitamin D, tanning beds mostly emit UVA rays (and it’s UVB rays that bring on Vitamin D). And before you say she needs it for Seasonal Affective Disorder up there in the nether regions, most people agree the feeling of euphoria is more from being all warm and cozy, not from any actual light therapy that tanning beds give you. Try a sweater, Sarah. And some Paxil.

(May I remind you all that I do skin cancer prevention for a living?)

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And better yet, she may have bent the rules to get her pre-cancerous skin. Her peeps say she paid for it out of her own pocket, because as we all know, government employees can’t accept anything over $150 as a gift. Apparently she bought it secondhand from a tanning salon. But if she even got a discount higher than $150 on that bed, guess what!? Ethics violation! From that maverick reformer? No way!

And guess what! No one can seem to find the receipt! I can totally see that. Personally, I *always* throw out my receipts on items I’ve purchased that are the same value as a car. What, don’t you?

Have fun selling that one on Ebay.

This article has 30 comments

  1. Rhiannon

    I take Vitamin D drops for my deficiency. And! It’s $8 for a 90 day supply. Perhaps I’ll send her the contact info of my doctors office where I buy said drops.

  2. Anonymous

    ha ha. It just keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it?

  3. treesflowersbirds

    Classic. I really think she’s the UN-maverick. Plus, she just plain scares me.

  4. Autumn

    My step-mom died from Melanoma this past spring. If Sarah Palin had the images that I have in my head, the images of a once vibrant woman reduced to a shell as melanoma tumors took over her vital organs. Maybe she would change her mind about needing a tan. Maybe she would think of her own children having to someday watch her struggle with a terminal illness that she could have prevented.
    I shouldn’t be surprised, she doesn’t believe in global warming or Dinosaurs. So why would she believe that tanning beds cause skin cancer. She disgusts me.

  5. monstergirlee

    Go Aimee! Loved this post.

  6. zipper

    Rock it, girl.

  7. Karen

    She doesn’t even hit the news over here she’s such a non-entity. Says it all really!

  8. amy

    Nicely done. If I weren’t so shocked and frightened by her appointment, I’d find it hysterical.

  9. zenrain

    oh my god….i can’t wait to see all the excuses she comes up with…

  10. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    Oz, I laughed out loud.

  11. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    Meg, as my hero Matt Damon said – look at the actuarial tables. Look. At. The Actuarial. Tables.

  12. painted maypole

    but she had to be tan so that she could wear her favorite shade of lipstick! if she gets to pale, she just looks washed out!

  13. Nat

    LMAO… very well said. How on earth they came to the conclusion that this woman was suitable VP material is beyond me.

  14. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    Just to be clear, I was merely preempting any complaints from Palin supporters that she NEEDED the tanning bed to protect her from Northern Exposure crap. There have been no quotes of anyone in her camp actually using that as an excuse. Although I wouldn’t put it past them.

  15. Anonymous

    that is just one more thing to add to the list.

  16. Laney

    No, no, you’ve got it all wrong.

    It was used as a grow light for stock of natural herbs.

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  17. Oz

    So what’s a pitbull with a scary orange tan AND lipstick?

  18. chloebear

    the tan helps as camouflage when she’s moose hunting!

  19. stpaulslim

    If we’re going to talk about vanity, isn’t someone going to bring up Biden’s hair implants? That hairline is just a little wierd.

  20. Bess

    Looking good is important. I mean, seriously, Cindy McCain is an ex-beauty queen. Sarah Palin in an ex-beauty queen (ok, ok.. 2nd place, but still). It’s clear what John McCain values in a woman. And somehow, one of his supporters would call this comment sexist. I’m at a loss here….

  21. nutmeg

    Hoo Hoo! I’m so happy to hear this!

    What I found equally disturbing was that although she found out her fifth child had downs syndrome at eleven weeks, she chose not to tell her other children but to let them discover it on their own. She said she didn’t know how to tell them. Those children could have been prepared, educated, and counseled before that difficult discovery. That’s shameful to me. And this woman may very well be our 45th president?

  22. carrie

    Dude, Alaska has exacly TWO seasons, summer and winter. It’s dark most of winter and light most of the summer (so much so we had to have room darkening shades on our windows just so we would go to sleep at a decent hour)! You get plenty of vitamin D in the summer to make up for 3 months of darkness!!!!

    That is the craziest thing I’ve heard yet about her, the nutjob. But yet, it doesn’t surprise me, not one bit.

  23. talesofmy30s

    It’s called a light box. It’s about $200. And it doesn’t come with the risk of skin cancer… sheesh, I’m just waiting for those darn tax returns if the Palins have ever filed any…

    I wonder if my husband would be okay with the full-fledged tanning bed. HA.

  24. Ali

    this is the funniest thing i’ve ever heard. really? a tanning bed?

  25. Cobwebs

    Olbermann pointed out last night that claiming you needed a tanning bed to battle depression might not be the best move for a candidate either.

    So she’s either vain and spendy or depressed. Neither sound like a solid choice for a VP.

  26. Becky

    OH MY GOD! So classic.

    and just HAD to tell my VERY Republican officemate who said “Wow, those are key issues.” To which I replied “Just as key as Obama drawing big crowds.”

    You will ALSO be happy to know, I have stopped tanning. Yep! I now use the cream and I look great!

  27. Bryan

    Just wanted to add this in from the LA Times:

    The irony here is that Palin declared May 2007 to be Skin Cancer Awareness Month in Alaska. In the press release, it read, “Skin cancer is caused, overwhelmingly, by over-exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun and from tanning beds.”

  28. Pamela

    Is there anything even slightly redeeming about her? No? That’s what I thought.

  29. Grace

    That’s just plain appalling!

    I just signed up for my absentee ballot! I can’t wait to vote her out of the history books.

  30. Aimee E

    What the F&^*? I hadn’t seen this one. Thanks for sharing!!!!

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