Palin was a teenager when Reagan took office in 1981 and like many young people "their lives and philosophy and political fortunes were shaped by the Reagan era," Khachigian says. "She can reflect on that as well as anyone could."
"Usually the problem is the gas tank's running on empty, and Obama has used up most of his big initiatives early on. So the challenge is to have something fresh to say," Kenneth Khachigian said. "I worked on Reagan's '87 State of the Union, and it was a challenge because we had really no new initiatives, nothing earthshaking, and so we were basically left with a tour de raison of past big achievements."