What It's Like to Also Be Named Sarah Palin

University of Texas student shares name with former governor
By Sarah Whitmire,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2011 1:33 PM CDT
Todd Palin and Sarah Palin greet fans at the Best Buy Rotunda at Mall of America on June 29, 2011 in Bloomington, Minnesota.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – By this point, Sarah Palin has got to be pretty sick of people asking whether she'll run for president in 2012. Sarah Beth Palin, that is. The 20-year-old shares her name with the headline-grabbing politician, and while things certainly got crazy for the Alaska Palins when John McCain announced his running mate in 2008, they also changed for the other Sarah Palin, Time reports. While she's grown weary of the jokes, the University of Texas student is pretty nonchalant about the situation. "I don't hate her and I don't love her. I just share the same name with her."

How the other Sarah Beth Palin's life has changed: She still gets five or six Facebook friend requests from strangers each day (during the election, it was "hundreds"); her friends strictly call her by her full name ("I rarely get called just Sarah"); and she can't fill out a form without awkward stares (people "look at me like I'm being a jerk"). One person who may not be thrilled with the coincidence? Mom. "My dad is her biggest fan in the world; he introduces himself as 'Sarah Palin's father.' My mom doesn't like her at all, so whenever Sarah Palin says something that gets her, they'll argue about it."

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