I keep promising myself to ignore Sarah Palin’s pathetic attempts to remain relevant but she keeps doing things that suck me into her strange world. The latest is that she and her family seemed to have got into a brawl at a drunken party in Alaska over the weekend that resulted in daughter Bristol repeatedly punching someone, son Track ending up shirtless and threatening someone else, and husband Todd ending up with a bloody nose. In other words, just another fun-filled weekend in the Palin household.
That by itself would not merit a post. What hooked me was that during the melee, Palin apparently tried to establish her authority by shouting “Do you know who I am?”
You would think that by now people would realize that this is never a good thing to say. If you are not important enough to be recognized immediately, then saying this only makes you seem pathetic and smaller and invites ridicule. People sometimes say this when they are stopped by police for some minor offense and try to get out of any penalty. As far as I am aware it usually just annoys the hell out of the police at you trying to browbeat them and makes them less likely to let you off lightly.
George Zimmerman, the would-be vigilante who achieved some fame as a result of killing Trayvon Martin, seems to have also been infected with this disease of minor celebrity ego, threatening to kill another driver in a road rage incident, pulling up next to the driver of a car and saying, ” “Do you know who I am? I’ll (f***ing) kill you.”
I have seen this happen even in much more limited contexts. I once witnessed a colleague become enraged when a member of the technical staff said that something that he had asked for could not be done. The faculty member said angrily to the effect of “Do you know who I am? Who are you to deny me this?”
The old adage, that when considering purchasing a luxury item if you have to ask how much it is that usually means that you cannot afford it, has a parallel here. If you have to ask people if they know who you are, that usually means that you are not as important as you think.