(PHOENIX) - Wearing an "Alaska Grown" sweatshirt, Sarah Palin stood under the desert sun to take questions from members of her traveling press corps one last time before returning to her home state.
The former Republican vice presidential nominee reflected on what was a relatively short, but indisputably strange, trip on the campaign trail. Asked about her thoughts on 2012, Palin was coy.
"Oh, you know it seems like so far," she said as she held her six-month-old son Trig in her arms. "2012, we will be enrolling him in Kindergarten."
Palin then gestured to her seven-year-old daughter Piper who had just returned from a swim at the hotel pool. "She'll be headed to what? About 5th grade, 6th grade by then. Those are my thoughts at this point is 2012 seeming a far way off today."
Asked about the finger-pointing that has gone on among some McCain and Palin staffers related to her role in the race, Palin made it clear that she was not going to get involved.
"I don't know what they're saying or who they are but certainly if anything is based on any kind of anonymous source, I certainly won't even comment on it," she said.
"But I have absolutely no intention of engaging in any of the negativity because this has been all positive for me, for what I believe in, the values that I represent and the progress that I want to see America be able to make. Just absolutely no time for the pettiness. And that's kinda just the way I'm wired. I don't have time for that."
Though she rarely uttered a kind word about Barack Obama over the past two months, Palin was effusive in her praise for the president-elect now that the campaign has come to an end.
"This is an historic moment," she said. "Barack Obama has been elected president … let him be able to kind of savor this moment, one, and not let the pettiness of maybe internal workings of the campaign erode any of the recognition of this historic moment that we're in. And God bless Barack Obama and his beautiful family and the new administration coming in. It is time that we all pulled together and worked together, and America's going to reach her destiny."