Palin Profiles Cowboys, Shooters, Mushers in 'Amazing America' Debut
Sarah Palin highlighted sportsmen -- including two women -- who exhibit the grit and determination that exemplifies America's frontier and pioneer spirit on the debut of her new show, Amazing America with Sarah Palin, on the Sportsman channel on Thursday.
She rode on a dog sled, invited viewers into her home, and promised to highlight Americans that make the nation exceptional.
When she is not in the field, Palin narrates from a studio as her co-hosts travel across the country and meet "amazing Americans" such as master craftsmen, unsung heroes, and extraordinary sportsmen.
In the first episode, Jerry Carroll, one of the co-hosts who is a farmer, agricultural speaker, and comedian, visited wrestler and cowboy James Storm in Tennessee. They went shooting, rode horses, and even wrestled in the ring.
Mark Christopher Lawrence, an accomplished comedian and actor from Compton, California, visited champion shooter Julie Golob at her home in Montana. Golob has a shooting range in her backyard, and the two engaged in various drills.
Palin said Golob had a tenacious spirit and praised her for "kicking butt and taking names" in a male-dominated sport. She also called Golob a modern-day "Annie Oakley."
Palin said America is a nation of shooters and noted that women are defending the country and are "more enthusiastic and skilled shooters" than ever before.
Viewers are tuning in for Palin, and the second episode was much more engaging than the first, largely because Palin was in her element in Alaska and out in the field. Palin is a natural on the stump, and she authentically lights up when she meets with crowds and voters. Palin's curiosity, wit, and warmth come across on the small screen like it does when she is on the stump, and she is a lot better out in the field than in the studio, just like she is better with voters than in a room full of stuffy academics and elites.
In the second episode, Palin spends the day in Alaska with DeeDee Jonrowe, a musher in the Iditarod who has overcome a car accident and breast cancer. Jonrowe completed the nearly 1,500-mile race three days after completing chemotherapy. Calling Jonrowe a hero of hers, Palin took a ride on the dog sled on the Iditarod track, and she even invited Jonrowe to her home for dinner with her husband and parents.
Palin called Jonrowe an "inspirational ambassador" who recorded the fastest time by a women in the first four decades of the race, which she called the "last great race on earth."
"I love my life," Palin exclaimed while taking a ride on the dog sled. "Unless you're the lead dog the view never changes."
Palin marveled at Alaska's outdoors where the Iditarod takes place to many "unexpected spills and tumbles." She said, "this is what freedom is all means." Palin honored the trailblazers that came before Jonrowe who had "so much uncertainty" and put their "lives on the line on the very same trail." At one point. Jonrowe mentioned that sometime she has to shoot moose during her practice runs when they get in the way. And during dinner, Palin revealed that she did not know people actually bought meat at the store until she went off to college in Idaho in the "lower 48."
Palin said America has "freedoms and liberties like no place on earth," and praised Jonrowe for being someone, who combines grit with a tender heart that is the center of "our Amazing America."
In future episodes, Palin and her team will go across America to meet with and profile more people like Storms, Golob, and Jonrowe who make America the "amazing" country it is.