And it was to be held in the "picturesque" town of Wasilla, at the Curtis C. Menard Memorial Sports Center.
Dennis Zaki and I loaded up his car and headed out to cover this historic event. . .
When we arrived at the Sports Center we were somewhat surprised at the size of the place and that the parking lot was almost completely full.
"Wow I guess she does still have a lot of fans out here!" I exclaimed.
. . . Once inside we were quickly directed to check in with the person in charge of media. . . My first hint that something may be wrong down in Who-ville was when I was asked for my ID, not once, but twice. Then as Dennis and I were about to sign in, and the lady behind the desk took our picture with a little digital camera. . .
Almost as soon as I had my picture taken I felt a hand on my shoulder.
I turned around and came face to face with a local police officer who quickly apologized and then informed me that I was on the "banned list".
"I am on the what list?" I asked.
"The banned list sir, I am going to have to escort you off of the property. This is a private event."
I looked over and saw Dennis talking to somebody else, and clearly receiving the same information.
On my way toward the door I stopped to wait for Dennis so that we could leave together, however the police officer again placed his hand on my shoulder and insisted that I continue on toward the exit. They clearly were under orders to get me off of the premises as quickly as possible.
. . . Another reporter headed toward the entrance overheard us and asked us if there were really a "banned list". "Yes there is, and we are on it" was our reply. "I have never heard of that!" she said. Welcome to Sarah Palin's Wasilla.