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Was that writing on Palin's palm in Nashville?

By John Amick
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin addressed the inaugural National Tea Party Convention in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday. The Post's Philip Rucker and Ann Gerhart have the details. But Post photographer Melina Mara caught an interesting shot of a pre-keynote speech Palin. There appears to be writing, or ink, on Palin's left palm. Crib notes ("Make fun of teleprompters")? An abrasion? A Tea Party palm tattoo? Or just proof of folksiness?



Sarah Palin prepares for her address in Nashville. (The Washington Post)

Update, 2:25 ET: Huffington Post has another shot of the writing, showing the words "Energy," "Tax" and "Lift American Spirits."

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Comments

Kind of sad to have listened to the hypocrisy in her on one hand saying the vote is the will of the people and her disrespect for the President of the United States duly elected by the people of the United States. Palin like the tea party is backed up by big global right wing money, their goal to turn America into a colony and establish corporate feudalism and while the American people are left in the dust they will privatize everything and again stick the American people with the bill.
After 50 years of tax breaks for the rich and the growth of K street after republicans have shipped millions of jobs out of America and sold off most of out companies to foreign money the American people better wake up and smell the coffee as this time all we have left is America and our democracy. Don't sip the tea people, don't get fooled again. The far right made this mess, now they have totaly hijacked the republican party and are doing everything they can to make Obama fail and if our President fails, America fails. drill baby drill, that drill belongs to English Petroleum not us.
Support our President and tell your congressman and senators NO won't cut it. Tax breaks for the rich have taken away any incentive for them to work, so now they are up to mischief, they want to buy democracy. Don't sell out America, stand with our President as we wage two wars and fix a mess that the greed of the far right created.

Posted by: iseasygoing | February 8, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Sarah is an idiot though brighter than that moron w. Is this the best the rethugs can do? Why do they prefer 'em stupid? By the way Obama is intelligent. Hardly any repuke is especially that returd Sarah.

Posted by: davidsawh | February 8, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

OMG...Do you believe Palin had notes written on her hand. We tell our students all the time to stop this practice. Study- so you don't need to do this and this practice is unsanitary. Palin is such a snarly, uneducated person. Why are people listening to her? Unbelievable!

Posted by: cmwb | February 8, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

She had the only black hand in the ballroom. The palm had answers for Q's on domestic policy. The back, answers for foreign policy Q's "you betcha" & "fer sur" And, nothing on the "right" hand to avoid confusing the two.

Posted by: wmboyd | February 8, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

At ‘Democrat Underground’ they are Exploding with Rage as Palin tweaks them by writing ‘Hi Mom’ on her hand at Perry Rally today.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389×7663589

Posted by: Washington13 | February 7, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

That's pretty funny, SavingGrace. If you saw him answering House Republicans' questions last week - without a teleprompter (you'd have to be watching a network other than Fox, which cut away for part of it) - I think you'd realize that the constitutional law professor is, yeah, pretty darn brilliant.

Posted by: Jarla | February 7, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

I am centrist and reserve my loyalty for my country instead of a particular party. No matter. Because I find Sarah Palin woefully under-prepared to be POTUS, I'll be denounced as one of those condescending know-it-all liberals (read Gerard Alexander's essay in WaPo, but be forewarned--you, too, could be a condescending liberal). No matter that Palin has a stunningly inadequate knowledge base she apparently doesn't see much need to expand. No matter that her grasp of issues is either shallow or even non-existent. No matter that my noticing her manifest inadequacies is simply a matter of making straight-forward comparisons between her and her fellow Republicans. (Aside: this criticism about her is NOT about ideology per se.) No matter; my saying so is hate-speech and makes me an America-hating elitist.

Some folks are offended that Obama mispronounced the word "corpsman." I was actually surprised that he did so, but not offended. I think Bush's inability to say "nuclear" (read my lips, George: nyoo-clear," or if you prefer, "noo-clear", with two syllables, not "noo-kyoo-lrrr") also doesn't rise to the level justifying anyone's being offended. But the idea of Palin having her finger anywhere near the nuclear (or nookyoolrr) button, now that's offensive.

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | February 7, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

The party of fruits and nuts, are "All Wee Weed up-ed" over Palin's notes.

Rahm Emanuel was right, the liberals are f-ing retarded.


Posted by: dashriprock | February 7, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

I just imported the picture into some proprietary image enhancement software I am beta-testing. Lo and behold, it turns out it says, "africa = continet [sic] NOT country".

Like she told FoxNews, she's been boning up on geopolitics and all that other beyond-Wasilla stuff. Before we know it I bet she'll be the expert judge of international "stratergy" that George W. Bush was.

Posted by: B2O2 | February 7, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Adviser to Palin: "Sarah, this isn't exactly what I had in mind when I asked you if you wanted to use DIGITAL media during your speech...."

Posted by: labman57 | February 7, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about teleprompters or palm crib notes.

It's about policy-making and whose ideas are better.

Posted by: yarbrougharts | February 7, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

I don't see what's wrong with Palin writing notes on her hand. All teen girls do that, as do adult women whose emotional development was stunted in their teens.

Posted by: WPL22 | February 7, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Palin supporters don't seem to grasp the context.

The writing on her hand was for the ANSWER FOR THE PRE-ARRANGED QUESTION. C'mon this is as basic as "name your kids."

She read her written speech from paper. As a former executive speechwriter in Silicon Valley and Wall Street, I would have recommended she use a TelePrompTer, as it shows you've given advance thought to what you're going to say and maximize the limited time. Anyone who disparages reading a speech from a prompter is not professional.

Posted by: boscobobb | February 7, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

At least she can pronounce corpsman...and knows what it means...unlike the boob Obama.

Posted by: JCM-51 | February 7, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

A palm prompter?

Posted by: fudador | February 7, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Palin is just riffing off the hatred and hoping to ride it to something big that pays well for no work except blathering to cheering crowds. Liberals and conservatives have never hated each other the way they do today, it's like North and South or something.

Conservatives would run Sarah as their candidate in 2012 in a second if they thought she had a chance of winning, because she sends her followers crazy. There just aren't enough of them, and she had the same effect on independents during the 2008 campaign - she turned them off with her ditzy meanderings, her laziness and her out-front contempt for learning. This is an echo of that performance, and by all accounts independents were turned off again. If she's not the candidate in 2012, that'll tell you all you need to know about what the conservative big-foreheads think about her chances.

Palin could eat a box of live baby chicks on stage, follow it up by kicking an old dog to death, and her coven would chant "Sarah!!! Sarah!!!! Sarah!!!!" with their eyes rolling back in their heads; for them, she can do no wrong. But if she doesn't make some inroads with the independents, her following isn't anywhere big enough to even make it close.

She's won a few hearts with her too-much-book-larnin'-will-kill-ya schtick, and she made a good stab at bringing in the Jesus-shouters with her contention that one of the first three things a new leader must do is ask The Lord to bail America out of its current woes. But the religious crowd includes quite a few intellectuals, who only support the conservatives because they believe that's their best chance to overturn Roe v. Wade. Those people are uneasy with a prospective leader who has a room-temperature IQ.

Despite WaPo's frenzied attempts to hype this into "Palin's Incredible Comeback Tour", it just looked like another church picnic in Crazytown to me.

Posted by: marknesop | February 7, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Yawn...who really cares. That Palin is still considered by ANYONE as a potential GOP candidate in 2012 speaks to how badly troubled the Republican are these days. Then again, perahps 650 senile teabaggers know something the rest of us don't.

NNNNNNNNNNAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!

Palin-Quayle 2012 !!

LoL

Posted by: free-donny | February 7, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Yep, she's got something written on her palm. That's probably how she finally managed to get a degree in sports broadcasting after attending 6 different colleges!

Posted by: laSerenissima2003 | February 7, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Palin in 2012

oh, please, dear God - I can't wait for her to debate Obama

Posted by: coloradodog | February 7, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

NO WONDER PALIN NEVER PROMOTES EDUCATION

Posted by: AllforOne | February 7, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

rohitcuny wrote:
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I myself am a teacher and would more highly rate a speaker who has six words written on his palm than one who reads an entire speech from notes or a teleprompter.
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Rohitcuny, do you actually harbor some fantasy that Palin was speaking spontaneously or from memory when she addressed the Tea Partiers? The Washington Post article specifically states that she was - wait for it - reading the entire speech from notes! The words written on her palm were additional help for the Q&A session following the speech.

So let's compare: Obama, like every other president for the past 30 years, used a teleprompter for the State of the Union address. He then met with Republicans and answered hostile questions without notes or aids of any kind for over an hour. We can safely assume that none of the questions were given to him in advance.

Palin, on the other hand, gives a speech, also using written notes, and then she faces an adoring audience of admirers. The questions are all softballs, from people who agree with her, and by all appearances she's been given the questions in advance. But, even with that, she actually has to write on her own hand to remind herself of the answers.

Think of that. It's truly astonishing. This woman has dreams of becoming the next president and yet she can't even describe her own goals for the nation without checking the crib notes on her palm. Pathetic.

Posted by: hastingst | February 7, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

oh yeh the writing was on her hand plain and simple! saw it during her speech! yes i will admit i watched the speech! but that is way she kept rubbing her leg during the Q&A she was trying to rub it off... she is such a hypocrite and pathetic...bottomline...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stefan-sirucek/did-palin-use-crib-notes_b_452458.html

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2010/02/07/did-palin-scribble-notes-on-her-palm/

Posted by: AllforOne | February 7, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

"what we need now is less political carping, some compromise, decision, and really careful careful thought."

Fro republicans that means they want to start over(McConnell and Boner) because they haven't been paying attention and they need time to develop crib answers.

Posted by: knjincvc | February 7, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

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Normally Palin would have used a teleprompter but Obama bought them all. He used one in a 6th grade classroom and last week while reading one he referred to a US Corpse -man. Not once but three times. That Harvard education is really paying off.

Posted by: snowy2 | February 7, 2010 4:36 PM | "
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You're leaving out that it was a PRESS CONFERENCE being held at the school.

damn those pesky facts.

You repugs are silly and dishonest

Posted by: wanderlust1 | February 7, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

"Yes Barry referred to a Navy 'corpseman' three times because the Teleprompter said corpsman and Barry knows nothing of that word, but what else would you expect from a chickenhawk like Obama who has never spent a day of his live wearing a military uniform?

Posted by: screwjob2 | February 7, 2010 4:52 PM"
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And what military uniform has palin put on?

You repugs are silly

Posted by: wanderlust1 | February 7, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I don't think any of this is funny, left or right. We are in a recession due to reasons created in Bush's time (reduced taxes for the rich, borrowing for 2 wars and the drug benefit plus the TARP) and Obama's (more TARP, spending to try to get out of the recession) and what we need now is less political carping, some compromise, decision, and really careful careful thought. Stop worrying about notes and teleprompters and start thinking about how we really got here and how we are going to get out of this place.

Posted by: joyhogghwh | February 7, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Like most speakers addressing a large audience, President Obama and Sarah Palin use 3 teleprompters: left, right, center (in podium top). She used it last night, as usual. The issue is her left hand - had President Obama done such a thing, it would be considered breaking news and played on a continuing loop for the next month.

Both Palin and the president are excellent speakers (if you discount the irritating quality of her voice); the difference is that one fully comprehends the issues and can write his own material (substance and style) - and the other one cannot (style only).

Posted by: gsross | February 7, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Yes Barry referred to a Navy 'corpseman' three times because the Teleprompter said corpsman and Barry knows nothing of that word, but what else would you expect from a chickenhawk like Obama who has never spent a day of his live wearing a military uniform?

Posted by: screwjob2 | February 7, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"Palin can't speak well *with* help: she's inarticulate, wandering, confused. "

That's in marked contrast with the current resident of 1600 Penna Ave who talks very well, but when it comes to being president is wandering and confused.

I leave it as an exercise to the reader as to which is more dangerous.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | February 7, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I myself am a teacher and would more highly rate a speaker who has six words written on his palm than one who reads an entire speech from notes or a teleprompter.
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I do a great deal of public speaking and work from talking points, notes, and sometimes read a whole talk. No method is better than another, and no method makes a speaker better than any other. I don't waste my time--as Palin and the teacher who made this comment do--criticizing someone for using a method that's scored by rightwingers as being inauthentic. The implication is always that Obama can't speak without help. Putting aside how many complex, long speeches a president has to give in the course of a year, Palin can't speak well *with* help: she's inarticulate, wandering, confused. You'd think a teacher would recognize that.

Posted by: LevRaphael | February 7, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Normally Palin would have used a teleprompter but Obama bought them all. He used one in a 6th grade classroom and last week while reading one he referred to a US Corpse -man. Not once but three times. That Harvard education is really paying off.

Posted by: snowy2 | February 7, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

3 x 5 note cards are OK, Sarah. Reagan ran a presidency on them.

The most troubling thing, after seeing the Youtube viddy, is that she needed to look at her notes to answer a basic (and obviously prepped) question about what the three biggest conservative priorities would be if they ever (god forbid) regain power. 3 items of paramount importance. THat's all. And she could not riff on them, had to squint at her hand. Yikes.

Posted by: roboturkey | February 7, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Anybody notice the Israeli flag lapel pin she was wearing? It isn't the first time, either. But what do we expect from a woman who told the Israeli Foreign Minister, "The only flag in my office is the Israeli flag"?

Posted by: lesroys | February 7, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

"But I think the criticism of Palin for having a mere six words on her palm shows less about her and more about the hatred which many here bear to her."

Don't be absurd! There is no hatred for Palin, it's all about her HYPOCRISY!
Palin knew what the questions would be BEFORE the interview which is why she needed crib words to refresh her memory. I would feel more comfortable if her defenders would claim she was nervous and rattled standing in front of the teaparty'ers. After all, they paid her $100,000+ for speaking.

I seriously doubt any politician who uses a teleprompter, and we know THEY ALL do, gives a major speech without first going over it multiple times refining the text.
Then there is the issue of staying withing the allotted time frame for the address.

Posted by: knjincvc | February 7, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Thank you chris30338, for setting the record straight about the President's supposed address to sixth graders.

It will probably fall on deaf ears. After all, these are the people who think the delightful Mrs. Palin is presidential material.

Posted by: arancia12 | February 7, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Her hair looked liek a Marlo Thomas reject for That Girl. I think her telepromter was up there.

PALIN WHINES LIKE FRAN FINE IN THE NANNY. HOWEVER, LUCKY FOR FRAN DRESCHER, SHE DOESN'T SPEAK THAT WAY IN REAL LIFE. COME THO THINK ABOUT IT, SARAH'S HAIR WAS SO BIG SHE WOULD FIT IN WELL ON THE NANNY.

One other thing, if it was Chelsea clinto who was with child, could you imagine what Rush woudl say about that, but it is Palin's kid, so he says nothing!

Posted by: growinthings | February 7, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

In any case, I do not criticize Obama for using a teleprompter. I have no doubt of his intelligence. But I think the criticism of Palin for having a mere six words on her palm shows less about her and more about the hatred which many here bear to her.

Posted by: rohitcuny | February 7, 2010 4:09

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I think you may be missing a reason for valid anger in the comments here.

Mrs. Palin referred to president Obama's use of a teleprompter in her speech. It was a clearly intended smear and got the intended applause from people who can't seem to get past such a non-issue, issue.

I don't see this anger as hatred towards Palin as much as genuine indignation based on her expressed hypocrisy. She could have made her speech with no mention of this "buzz issue"... but she chose to feed the fervor, and that makes her open for ridicule.

You remember the "judge not, or you will be equally judged" admonition?

Posted by: veracity99 | February 7, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I believe she simply listed the names of the people who have attained a job thanks to Obama during his first year in office.

You only need one hand.

Now, I and every other normal American will get ready to watch the Super Bowl.

Posted by: Washington13 | February 7, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Like who you want and vote for who you want, but I want a President who is smarter than I am. But then again sadly to say, that may be the case for the Palin admirers! This woman may be a nice lady, but Presidential material she is not!

Posted by: oakiedokie | February 7, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

WHOA!!!! that hair was HUGE! IT IS BALLOON!!!!

She was all "MANTAN"ed up...looked like a tele-evangist. They get alot of people to pay through the nose ALSO TOO!

Posted by: deosil1 | February 7, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

As a matter of fact all three of Obama, Hillary and Biden gave up their senator positions when they became members of this administration. So are they quitters too?

Posted by: rohitcuny | February 7, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse
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No, they arent. The were elected/promoted to other public service positions, not quit when the going got tough and sought book deals and TV spots.

If Biden, Hilary or Obama were MSNBC's latest contributor, you might have a point.

Posted by: kreator6996 | February 7, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it just said "Left" and the other one "right". We use the same method to help our 2-year old with his shoes.

Posted by: steveboyington | February 7, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

While I can't ever recall a major public figure being outed for using the Alaskan Palm Pilot, the real story might be the condition of Ms. Palin's hands. She may only be in her mid-40's, but she clearly suffers from significant early on-set arthritis. Of course, she may just be auditioning for the Wizard of Oz. I'm keeping an eye out for the winged monkeys.

Posted by: BBear1 | February 7, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

"I myself am a teacher and would more highly rate a speaker who has six words written on his palm than one who reads an entire speech from notes or a teleprompter."

Then you must have approved of her delivering her speech by reading from a prepared text which came across as amateurish.

Posted by: knjincvc | February 7, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

(ps -- I noted earlier that the teleprompter thing stared from comments made about Palin's use of the device in her first national speech at the RNC .. and I gave her the same consideration as I've given to Obama, this should flat not be an issue!)
Posted by: veracity99
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It does not seem to me that we are in sharp disagreement. But my experience comes from attending philosophy lectures.

A speaker who uses very sketchy notes (I do at times) relates much more closely to her audience than a speaker who speaks from a completely prepared text. If you only have six words written on your palm then you do have to come up with most of the material and you can watch your audience to see when they are receptive and when not.

If your lecture is completely prepared in the form of a typescript, there is a risk that you will come across as wooden.

In any case, I do not criticize Obama for using a teleprompter. I have no doubt of his intelligence. But I think the criticism of Palin for having a mere six words on her palm shows less about her and more about the hatred which many here bear to her.

Posted by: rohitcuny | February 7, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Barry is down to a rip roaring 48% approval rating averaged across all polls in the realclearpolitics.com polling average. Pathetic. Even when you look at polls of just plain "adults" as opposed to "American citizens who are registered to vote" Barry cannot get above 50% approval in the best of them.

Miserable failure Obama.

Posted by: screwjob2 | February 7, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Sorry bub, the "Twitter Queen" is a quitter. She, like Rudy, is in it for the money!!
Posted by: knjincvc
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As a matter of fact all three of Obama, Hillary and Biden gave up their senator positions when they became members of this administration. So are they quitters too?

It seems that Palin made an intelligent calculation when she stepped down as governor. Her book is a best seller and she is practically the head of a large constituency.

She does make flubs now and then but so does Joe Biden.

If I had to choose between Palin and Obama I would choose Obama. But if I had to choose between her and Biden, it might well be Palin.

Posted by: rohitcuny | February 7, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

No denying, Obama knows a lot more than Palin does. But between using six words on a palm versus using a teleprompter, the six words do win (if you are fair, that is).

Posted by: rohitcuny | February 7, 2010 3:47 PM

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You say you are a teacher, okay, I'll take you at your word.

You obviously do not work in television, I do. A teleprompter is so common in both scripted and non-scripted TV, it is a non issue to those of us who understand it's usefulness.

Just one example: You likely have never been faced with the kinds of lighting necessary to get a good shot of a speaker, it is very distracting -- in vision and temperature.

In order for a person to keep on track, they use the prompter. I have watched Obama with a professional eye and he does NOT read verbatim from the teleprompter. I know this because I am trained to follow eye movement, etc.

So -- you make your point about the "crib notes" on a palm -- that's your area, but listen to me about the teleprompter, that's mine.

Thanks
(ps -- I noted earlier that the teleprompter thing stared from comments made about Palin's use of the device in her first national speech at the RNC .. and I gave her the same consideration as I've given to Obama, this should flat not be an issue!)

Posted by: veracity99 | February 7, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Let's look at Sarah Palin's record as mayor, commissioner and governor, shall we? Wasilla's capital budget went up by 55% during Palin's time in office. The city had a deficit of $1 million when she entered office and $28 million when she left, and is still paying for her poor decisions (the hockey stadium, a pure vanity project, which she chose to put ahead of sewers, streets and other necessary expenditures). When she was governor, the average capital expenditure was 25% higher than under Frank Murkowski's administration. 95% of the projects were in the Mat-Su Valley (her home district), but she cut off funding to Juneau and Anchorage. In her last capital budget - $5.1 billion - $3.2 billion were projects she put forward - all of them in Mat-Su. She supported the Bridge to Nowhere and only stopped supporting it when it was politically inconvenient. She also supported the Gravina Bridge Road (Road To Nowhere) ($26 million of federal taxpayers money) even though it dead-ended at the place where the bridge was supposed to be. http://articles.latimes.com/2008/sep/19/nation/na-bridge19

We now know that Sarah Palin was disinterested in governing. Todd Palin was de facto Governor of Alaska. Sarah insisted on working 9-5 and being home in time to watch TV. What other governor works M-F 9-5? What other governor has proposed moving the state capital because it is too far away from their house? http://alaskareport.com/news1208/x61841_halcro_elton.htm If she was President, I guess the capitol would move to, say, Texas or Florida, where the weather is nicer, or for that matter, wherever President Palin fancies living.

As Oil and Gas Commissioner, a job she held for exactly 11 months before quitting, she did exactly nothing. She attended one meeting, where she didn't say a word. She was one of three commissioners - the only one with no experience in energy - a patronage appointment by Frank Murkowski, who she had hoped would send her to Washington (he sent his daughter, Lisa, instead). She told the Juneau Empire, "(It) was more than I bargained for in terms of what this job is", i.e. she couldn't take the heat, so quit. As she did later, as Governor - couldn't take the heat, so quit.

Posted by: lesroys | February 7, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

On another note, I REALLY REALLY hope that this idiot runs and gets nominated on the Republican ticket for 2012. Nothing unites democrats and liberals more than good old Palin. Hope she doesn't do or say something REALLY stupid before then. How can I contribute to make sure she runs???

Posted by: chris30338 | February 7, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Sarah would have been better off using a Teleprompter, instead of cheating by writing notes in her hand like a 4th grader to pass a test.
Posted by: lcarter0311
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If these words are clearly visible to a camera, how do you know that they were intended to be cheating? The whole point of cheating is that is secret. Otherwise it might be no more than brief notes which were intended to be consulted occasionally and which were not intended to be secret from her audience.

Why not ask her audience if THEY were shocked and surprised? Or perhaps they think it was fine. Don't forget that most of her audience were not Democrats.

I feel that a lot of Democrats have so much venom against Palin that they cannot think straight.

Posted by: rohitcuny | February 7, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse


Barry the incompetent boob Obama needed two Teleprompters when he spoke to a classroom of sixth graders a couple of weeks ago. We can't let Barry drift off and start babbling incoherently now can we.Posted by: screwjob2 | February 7, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse
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LMAO. Are you really that stupid??? According to www.factcheck.org, that looked into this QUOTE"But Obama wasn’t actually giving a speech to 6th graders at the time, as incorrectly stated in the headline on the photo that was e-mailed to us, and in many conservative blogs. The picture (taken by Associated Press photographer Alex Brandon) actually shows Obama speaking to reporters in a classroom at the Graham Road Elementary School in Falls Church, Va., on Jan. 19. Obama had spoken to the students themselves earlier, and he did not use a teleprompter then." UNQUOTE

You really believe all those emails that land in your inbox??? You obviously do which makes you pretty retarded.

Posted by: chris30338 | February 7, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

It does seem that a lot of commentators think that what we have here is a choice between A and B. Where A is "insulting Palin" and B is "insulting Obama".

People, can we get serious for a change?

I myself am a teacher and would more highly rate a speaker who has six words written on his palm than one who reads an entire speech from notes or a teleprompter.

And if you were not being so partisan, I suspect you would too.

No denying, Obama knows a lot more than Palin does. But between using six words on a palm versus using a teleprompter, the six words do win (if you are fair, that is).

Posted by: rohitcuny | February 7, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

"How funny it is that many dems on here are still going after Palin."

The democrats are ignoring Palin to the chagrin of republicans who see her as their star fund raiser but the rest of us sure enjoy the comedy.

Posted by: knjincvc | February 7, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

..."the writing, showing the words 'Energy,' 'Tax' and 'Lift American Spirits.'"

Ok... This is ridiculous. She needs to remind herself to talk about energy, taxes and lifting the American spirit?!

Why, oh, why would anyone even contort themselves to defend this?

Posted by: associate20 | February 7, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

How did that telepalmter work out for you Palin the palm????

Posted by: wanderlust1 | February 7, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

"Just for a minute, forget political party, forget names, race and gender. Answer this question:

Who would you vote for to run this country?

1 - community organizer.
or
2 - former mayor, energy commissioner and
governor.

NUFF SAID!

Posted by: thehamptons1 | February 7, 2010 12:28 PM"


former mayor-Quits. energy commissioner-Quits and
governor-Quits

nuff said..

Posted by: wanderlust1 | February 7, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Palin Hypocrisy: Palin says she’s fine with Limbaugh’s use of the Word ‘Retarded’


http://thinkprogress.org/2010/02/07/palin-r-word/

This morning on Fox News, host Chris Wallace asked Sarah Palin about her public call for White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to resign after reports surfaced that he called a group of liberal activists “f—ing retarded.” Palin reiterated her call for Emanuel to “step down” and explained that while she’s not “politically correct” or “one to be a word police,” she was committed to “reaching out and to helping the special needs community.” But when Wallace asked Palin about Rush Limbaugh’s endorsement of the language, Palin said she was fine with Limbaugh’s satirical comments. “I didn’t hear Rush Limbaugh calling a group of people whom he did not agree with ‘f-ing retards,’” she said. “There is a big difference there”:

PALIN: I agree with Rush Limbaugh. He was using satire to politically correct —

WALLACE: He used the “r” word.

PALIN: He used satire. Name-calling by anyone, I teach this to my children and you teach it to your children and grandchildren, too. Name calling by anyone is just unnecessary. It just wastes time. Let’s speak to the issues and — [...]

PALIN: I didn’t hear Rush Limbaugh calling a group of people whom he did not agree with ‘f-ing retards’ and we did know that Rahm Emanuel has been reported, did say that. there is a big difference there. Again, name-calling, using language that is insensitive, by anyone, male, female, Republican, Democrat, is unnecessary. It’s inappropriate. Let’s all just grow up.

Watch it:

Emanuel, who has apologized for the remark to Special Olympics CEO Tim Shriver, now plans to host “a delegation of advocates, including two people with mental disabilities, at the White House” as part of his effort to make amends. Limbaugh, meanwhile, gleefully used a derivative of the word “retard” at least forty times, saying that “there’s going to be a retard summit at the White House. Much like the beer summit between Obama and Gates and that cop in Cambridge.”

Posted by: omaarsblade | February 7, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Sarah would have been better off using a Teleprompter, instead of cheating by writing notes in her hand like a 4th grader to pass a test.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | February 7, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Its Like Writing Stolen Answers Down To a Test In Order to Pass A Test, Unknown to The Teacher, Giving The Test ?

In Palin's Case, She has Todd to Write The Talking Points to Keep The Witch On Point, He knows his Wife Tends To Ramble On and Wanders from Message, Its Apparent-Obvious, Sarah Palin has Poor Memorization Skills.

She's in her Mid-Forties and She's Dumb, Its A Very Bad & Very Lethal Combination,

She will Only Get Worse, as she Ages.
________________

http://youtu.be/mVHOqgmDgpo

A Glimpse at Palin's Memorization Skills and Rambling Message, without a Script.

Example: Sarah Palin vs. Miss Teen South
Carolina and their Lack Of Knowledge. Bill O'Reily Knows she's Clueless, Watch It.

Posted by: omaarsblade | February 7, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Barry the incompetent boob Obama needed two Teleprompters when he spoke to a classroom of sixth graders a couple of weeks ago. We can't let Barry drift off and start babbling incoherently now can we.

Barry is down to 56% DISAPPROVAL in today's Rasmussen poll of likely voters. Rasmussen was the only pollster who correctly predicted McCain-Obama to within 1 percentage point and Bush-Kerry to within 1/2 of one percentage point. Zogby incorrectly picked Kerry to win in 2004.

Posted by: screwjob2 | February 7, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

How funny it is that many dems on here are still going after Palin. How is that working for ya? All we ask is that you continue blindly down the same road as you have been on since you took over both houses in 2006. We love it when you stay focused on the blame game of Bush and the being critical of every move Palin makes. Again How is that working for ya! You have done nothing in past 37 months to help the American worker and the American Unemployed! You have however worked for illegals though! Think not! You best look at the new Green Card bill Reid and Pelosi as coming up with later this year. So keep ignoring the plight of our own!
See ya in November!
Oh and keep working those unemployment numbers to your benefit! Wow!

Posted by: usmc1969 | February 7, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

The teleprompter comments are old. President Obama showed he's perfectly capable of handling unscreened questions from the Repubs articulately, with eloquence and intelligence. I'm so proud of our president, especially when he's on the world stage. He's intelligent, knowledgeable and informed. Such an improvement!

Besides, in order to use a teleprompter properly a person has to be literate. Others have to draw pictures on their palms.

Posted by: MNUSA | February 7, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

______________

Palin is Dumber than a Pack Of Lorna Dune Cookies...

Wait a Minute that an Insult to Lorna Dune Cookies and Nabisco Corporation, Lorna Dune Cookies have Some Nutritional Value, whereas Palin has Absolutely [None]
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Palin is Dumber than a PillowCase Full Of PeaCock Feathers, Wait a Minute...

That's an Insult To PeaCock Feathers and the Makers of PeaCock Pillows, Beg My Pardon.

Palin is a [Hollow, Floating, Bubble]

A Hollow, Floating, Bubble...Period.

Posted by: omaarsblade | February 7, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Writen on her hand: "energy", "tax cuts", and "lift American spirit".

The dozy cow had to remind herself to talk about energy, tax cuts, and the American spirit? What DOES she have between her ears? A draft tunnel? And she does not preclude running for President in 2012?

Posted by: Gatsby10 | February 7, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

AIPAC Pandering: Sarah Palin "Obama could Win Re-Election if he ‘Played the War Card’ and Declared ‘War On Iran"
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General Patraeus: "It would be a Big Mistake To Declare War Or Bomb Iran, Because It Would Create Unified Nationalism In Iran"

If We Dropped a Bomb On Iran, They would Rallying Around The Current Leadership.

Note: We Became Unified Nationalist On and After [911] Blindly Following Bush Afterwards.

This Palin Woman is a [Insane]
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http://thinkprogress.org/2010/02/07/palin-war-ira/
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This morning on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace conducted a 25-minute interview with Sarah Palin, a paid contributor to Fox News. Palin told Wallace that she doesn’t think President Obama will win reelection in 2012 if he “continues on the path he has America on.” However, Palin indicated that his chances of winning would dramatically change if Obama simply declared war on Iran:

WALLACE: How hard do you think President Obama would be to defeat in 2012?

PALIN: It depends on a few things, say he played — I got this from Buchanan — say he played the war card. Say he decided to declare war on Iran or decide to really come out and do whatever he could to support Israel–which I would like him to do. That changes the dynamics of what we can assume will happen between now and three years. Because I think if the election were today, Obama would not be elected.

WALLACE: You’re not suggesting that Obama would cynically play the war card?

PALIN: I’m not suggesting that, I’m saying if he did, things would dramatically change if he decided to toughen up and do all that he can to secure our nation and secure our allies. I think people would shift their thinking a bit.

Watch it:

Palin appears to be fine-tuning her position on Iran. Late last year, Palin mistook Iraq for Iran when she suggested that the U.S. has to crack down on Iraq to prevent nuclear war in Iran. In 2008, Palin appeared to claim that the U.S. needs to “win” the non-existent war with Iran. During her interview with Wallace, Palin also confirmed that she would consider running for President in 2012 and that it would be “absurd” not to.
______________

Palin is Dumber than a Pack Of Lorna Dune Cookies...

Wait a Minute that an Insult to Lorna Dune Cookies and Nabisco Corporation, Lorna Dune Cookies have Some Nutritional Value, whereas Palin has Absolutely [None]
__________________

Posted by: omaarsblade | February 7, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I love that Sarah's followers are defending her writing notes on her hand.

One question for those followers though: Can anyone point to any other politician EVER writing notes on his or her hand to answer a question?

Posted by: associate20 | February 7, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

"I'd rather take Palin with crib notes on her palm than the Teleprompter-in-Chief who can't string two spontaneous words together without help."

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The Obama and the teleprompter thing is ridiculous to begin with -- and by the way -- it started as a rebuttal to Democrat pundits who brought up the fact that Palin's first national speech at the RNC was read from a teleprompter -- which isn't anything new, for Palin or Obama.

All public speakers that appear on television have used teleprompters. All they are is "electronic paper" (or palm!).


But the thing that gives the above quote no validity is the Question and Answer session - which was televised - between the Republican House caucus and President Obama. There was no teleprompter for that and he excelled in his extemporaneous answers to their questions, read from their (paper) notes!

Posted by: veracity99 | February 7, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Palin is yet another example as to what utter complete lunatics Republicans have been and are. To be exact 1% of Republicans are very very smart, it is just that with their near total control of US Media (Lies) they have brain washed the true lunatics (uneducated white trash, etc.) to create the party that can be in 1 word only described as the Republican lunatics

You can read full facts about Republicans being lunatics, in fact worst than lunatics here:
http://anoox.com/blog/Real_News.34034

Posted by: RealNews1 | February 7, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Uh, Washington Post: You might want to do some actual legwork on your article. The Associated Press has the photo of the writing: "Energy, [Budget is crossed out], Tax cuts,
Lift American Spirits."

The video of her using this junior high school cheat because she can't remember some pretty basic concepts has gone viral.

But hey, keep up the good work. I mean, back to J-school for you.

Posted by: bluicebank | February 7, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

All I can say is whether you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent ,male or female - there are two things that you cannot buy: intelligence and credibility. Mrs. Palin cannot buy either for all the tea in China, Wasilla, or Nashville. Mrs. Palin quit her job as Govenor, allegedly told her staff to cover up the purchase of a tanning bed, and is now a part of the Ailes complex (read: Fox News). A whining wannabe "salt of the earth" politician for President?. H*ll No! The American People desearve much better than that - You betcha!

Posted by: sunnyside1 | February 7, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Just for a minute, forget political party, forget names, race and gender. Answer this question:

Who would you vote for to run this country?

1 - community organizer.
or
2 - former mayor, energy commissioner and
governor.

NUFF SAID!

Posted by: thehamptons1 | February 7, 2010 12:28 PM
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The absurdity of this post is that it also ignores the "civil rights attorney, law professor, state legislator, united states senator" portion of the Presidents resume, along with the shortsightedness of trying to draw such a comparison outside of the context of these individuals level of success in these positions

Posted by: sathompsonjr | February 7, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Here's a modest proposal for the Washington Post:

The headline of this blog post, and the general tenor of the text that follows it, is in the form of a question: i.e. "Was that writing on Palin's palm in Nashville?" And when this post was written, it was indeed something of an open question. But here's the thing: this is an empirically verifiable claim. Either there was writing on her hand or there wasn't. And since the post was written, it has in fact been verified that she had notes written on her hand. The AP photograph captures it, and the video of her interview clearly shows her checking her hand.

So why not update the blog post to something like "Palin wrote notes on her hand for her speech in Nashville?" Because that, you know, is what happened. And surely that is the whole point of what a news organization is supposed to do: accurately describe events of newsworthy import.

Of course, this is a small story. But maybe if you started small in your use of this technique, maybe you could learn to use it for stories that really matter to your readership.

Posted by: amoffett1 | February 7, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, since Obama has some Negro blood circulating in his veins, he is a dope and a social inferior. His sterling performance in front of the Republican caucus demonstrates that Harvard Law professor Obama is no dope and knows his stuff. Bush and Company put America on the skids. They were in power when the 9/11 attacks happened. They responded with wars and torture and profligate spending and tax cuts for the wealthy. One war had absolutely nothing to do with our attackers. But no matter. War is absolute good as far as Obama's critics are concerned. Obama doesn't get that deer-in-the-headlights look that George W. Bush so often had when confronted with one of his many lies. I'd love to see the results of psychometric testing done on Sarah Palin. She is truly a phenomenon worthy of study as are her followers.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | February 7, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

"Palin has been a mayor, governor and an energy commissioner. She's prepared budgets and succeeded in meeting them. She's a practical, no bs, person who actually attempts to fulfill promises."

Sorry bub, the "Twitter Queen" is a quitter. She, like Rudy, is in it for the money!!

Posted by: knjincvc | February 7, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Kelly Bundy wrote her name on her palm so she would remember it.

Posted by: niksiz | February 7, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Just for a minute, forget political party, forget names, race and gender. Answer this question:

Who would you vote for to run this country?

1 - community organizer.
or
2 - former mayor, energy commissioner and
governor.

NUFF SAID!

Posted by: thehamptons1 | February 7, 2010 12:28 PM
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A former mayor who, unlike every other mayor in the history of Wasilla, lacked the ability to actually perform her mayoral duties and had to hire a City Manager?

A former mayor who took a small town with a surplus of $5 million and turned it into $22 million in debt...to be paid off by a few thousand citizens?

An energy commissioner who quit her job?

A governor who quit her job when former allies used the ethics bill she campaigned on and signed into law to file complaints against her because she was doing the very same things she campaigned against?

A former mayor, former energy commissioner and former governor who repeatedly dropped out of school and finished many of her classes by internet?

A woman who cannot even answer a pre-arranged question without reading the crib sheet on her hand?

I think I'll take the community organizer who was clearly and fairly elected by tens of millions of Americans over a professional quitter who was elected by several thousand Alaskans.

Posted by: windrider2 | February 7, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Your column is entitled "44: Politics and Policy in Obama's Washington." Did the Washington Post ever once refer to "Bush's Washington" in a positive or even neutral way? I seriously doubt it. In any event, you guys are shameless promoters of the cult of personality. Axelrod is counting on you, and you are coming through for him. This is petty beyond belief. When are you going to realize the most compelling thing about Palin is how much you hate her? BTW, and this is a big FYI, our nation's capital is no more Obama's than the Senate seat in Massachusetts was Kennedy's.

Posted by: Broadford | February 7, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

"I'd rather take Palin with crib notes on her palm than the Teleprompter-in-Chief who can't string two spontaneous words together without help."

Yeah, did you see VA Gov. McDonnell use of a teleprompter in his weird response to Obama's state-of-the union address?

Posted by: knjincvc | February 7, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Sarah was using the Wasilla teleprompter.

Posted by: hayden1 | February 7, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Obama critics really should drop the "can't speak w/o a teleprompter" idea. Did you see him answer questions on multiple topics w/ specific facts and figures in great detail in his appearance before the Republican members of the House? No advance notice, no notes. And that was just one of many unscripted appearances that he's made. You may not agree w/ him, but he's a smart guy. Get over it.

Posted by: ndgirl | February 7, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Hey DCSage, is there any criticism of Obama the Messiah that wouldn't be "racist"? You seem pretty quick on the draw with absurdist accusations that reek of the sorts of nonsense one hears in "Black Studies" courses.

Posted by: twasneva | February 7, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Notes or Cheat Notes? Poll

http://www.youpolls.com/default.asp

.

Posted by: usadblake | February 7, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Nice try libs but nothing touches.

The Harvard law grad "Obama" using a teleprompter, too address a 6Th grade class.


Posted by: dashriprock | February 7, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

she should have used two teleprompters and swung her head back and forth from left to right like a retard.

Posted by: robtr | February 7, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse


For crying out loud! Obama had to use two teleprompters to talk to an elementary school class. He rarely goes anywhere without his teleprompters. And when he does, he's laughable.

As an example, when without his teleprompters, he answered "that's above my paygrade" to a question posed by Rev. Warren. McCain readily gave an answer to the same question.

Obama also mispronounced the word "corpsman" three times last week at the Prayer Breakfast and I found no articles about this by the liberal MSM.

I see, it's "let's cover for Obama, but villify Palin."

It's thoroughly amusing how afraid the left MSM are of Sarah Palin.

Posted by: janet8 | February 7, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Corps-men, Corps-men, Corps-men !

Posted by: dashriprock | February 7, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Let's make sure we all understand this. The Post has produced a story about someone's impression of what may have appeared in a photograph of Palin's left hand.

Yessirree!! This is really news.

Hey! Wasn't that a bottle of Grecian Formula in Obama's bathroom?

Hey! Wasn't that Obama trying to speak without a teleprompter?

Actually, that was a trick question. Obama always uses a teleprompter. How do you think he proposed?

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | February 7, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Several blogs have already posted close-ups of Sarah Palin's hand showing those tricky details that were too tough for her to memorize.

Here's Andrew Sullivan: http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/02/palins-cheatsheet.html

And here's Kevin Drum: http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2010/02/photo-day-cheat-sheet-edition

It appears that even softball questions from an adoring audience were too much for Sarah to handle on her own. She had to be given the questions in advance and she had to write a note to remind herself that she supports tax cuts (but not budget cuts).

What a way to lift American spirits!

Posted by: hastingst | February 7, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Ronald Reagan memorized his lines or Nancy whispered to him his responses. Bush couldn't understand or pronounce what was written on a teleprompter. So, why would anyone think Palin wouldn't use her "Palm-Cheat" by Apple? What next--a tiara with a satellite dish feed from Fox called the "Bamboozler?"

Posted by: mack158 | February 7, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Notes on the hand is a Wingnut Teleprompter. Heh

Posted by: carolerae48 | February 7, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Proof of folksiness? Let the spin begin!

Posted by: OleLadySquawking | February 7, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Here's the youtube of Sarah reading off her hand (and it's not notes of her speech, it's the answer to a simple question which clearly flummoxes her):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UNzPPRKgW8

Posted by: jandmward | February 7, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

SavingGrace wrote:
"I'd rather take Palin with crib notes on her palm than the Teleprompter-in-Chief who can't string two spontaneous words together without help."

DC Sage 1 wrote: The teleprompter lie is an inside joke among bigots who use this racial slur to demean all African Americans as being incapable of speaking without help.

The teleprompter lie is a known lie even among bigots who tell it because they know the President of the United States does not need a teleprompter to speak. They are telling a racist lie. Racism and bigotry are based on racist lies and the acceptance of racist lies by the fellowship of bigots who then discriminate against the target of the racist lies in this case the President of the United States.

Sarah Palin used the same racist code in her speech to the all-white Tea Baggers to demean the President as not being able to speak without a teleprompter. Palin lied and she knew that she was a liar but she didn't care. The racist teleprompter slur by Palin drew applause and laughter from the all-white Tea Baggers.

Posted by: DCSage1 | February 7, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

UN.FREAKING.REAL. I love it when bozos expose themselves AND accuse others at the same time!

Posted by: wakeupfolks99 | February 7, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

A publicity hound with the IQ of jello. Is she in her element or what :-)

Posted by: orange3 | February 7, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

"I'd rather take Palin with crib notes on her palm than the Teleprompter-in-Chief who can't string two spontaneous words together without help."
Posted by: SavingGrace | February 7, 2010 10:52 AM

Clearly you didn't see President Barack Obama eviscerate the Republicans during 1 1/2 hours of unscripted questions and answers. No notes, to prompter, no cheat notes on his hand. He handled them so well Fox News had to cut the feed rather than have their viewers see Obama gut the Republican lies live on air.

Palin knew the question would be asked ahead of time, yet she couldn't remember 3 core themes as an answer to a question her own people likely provided?

Posted by: jrlombardo | February 7, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

She's trying to give the impression that she is taking questions when in fact she knew them before hand and prepared a cheat sheet for answers.

It speaks volumes when the "leader" of a movement can't even answer soft, scripted questions without a cheat sheet.

How laughable it is that she has to make notes on her hand like a 5th grader to remember what she thinks!

Tancredo needs to give Sarah Palin his Jim Crowe literacy test before she gets to vote. Check her palms first though!

Posted by: yetanotherpassword | February 7, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I’ve heard of speaking off the cuff, but….

Now we know why with Palin the gloves are always off.

No wonder Sarah Palin quit the governorship of Alaska, it was cold there and she had to wear gloves.

Ok, I have to ask. Is it allowed to put answers to "literacy test" on #telepalmer when voting?

Really, if you need notes to answer "what are your top 3 agenda items"...

Sarah knows politics like the back.. uh, palm of her hand.

teabaggers pay Palin $100,000 for a hand job.


http://twitter.com/search?q=%23telepalmer

Posted by: graybeard_58 | February 7, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

It is funny, given that Palin and all wing nuts tend to make fun of tele-prompters, but using notes, on one's hand, on paper or projected on a screen during a speech is as old as oratory. Abraham Lincoln read from his notes at Gettysburg.

The real silliness here is not Palin's use of notes, but criticism of Obama for using teleprompters. Where have these myopic critics been for the past 30 years? All presidents, even the conservative dolt god Reagan used them.

Posted by: oxhead1 | February 7, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Why would Saint Sarah not be able to memorize the answer to the question, "What would be your priorities if you were POTUS?" That is the question that was asked when she read the answer off her palm.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | February 7, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

EowynR,
If Obama is as stupid as you say, why are senate republicans afraid to debate with him about policy? He didn't use crib notes or a telepromter and he still embarassed them with their own lack of ideas obvious unseriousness. But we can go back to todays Rucker article for the details on how she's lost weight looks good and wore some nice clothes although she didn't sit in chris wallaces lap which must have been awfully disappointing.

Posted by: charliechocks2000 | February 7, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

thehamptons1
"Who would you vote for to run this country?
1 - community organizer.
or
2 - former mayor, energy commissioner and
governor."

DC Sage 1 wrote: The question is a dumb question because no one has the chance to vote for the made characters in the question. President Obama is President of the United States who won the election so calling him a "community organizer" is just racist drivel and disrespect from one of his enemies who burn with hate.

Sarah Palin quit as Governor of Alaska when she knew her performance was under a microscrope and today she is a flim-flam artist bilking white hate groups, like the Tea-Baggers, out of their money.

Posted by: DCSage1 | February 7, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Boy what a hick. She was only the Governor of Alaska. I'm sure all of us could've been Governor of a much more sophisticated state.

Posted by: HughJassPhD | February 7, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

The Hamptons1 wrote that they would like to compare Obama's school records to Palin's, but Obama's are not available.

Obama's school achievement's , like his birth certificate are available in many forms.

President Obama was born in Hawaii, his birth certificate ,as everyone else born in Hawaii, is protected under the state law. President Obama has a U.S. citizen passport, which he applied for and his birth certificate accompanied the application. The U. S. Senate (R&D) confirmed his citizenship when he was sworn in as a U. S. Senator. Enough on that.

The President has a law degree from Harvard and headed the Harvard Law Review. Not an assignment for a poor student. The President submitted his academic records when he was admitted to the federal and state law bar. His academic records are on file at the UI 'where he taught constitutional law. Enough said on that, because you refuse to believe that a black man could be intelligent and be President of the U.S.A.

Sarah Palin attended 5 different colleges in 6 1/2 years before she received her B/S. in Journalism. Over 62% of her higher education was on internet classes, and she had a c average.

Writing notes on her hand at the tea bag brew just illustrates how intellectually dishonest she is. The note's are okay,but trying to act so super intelligent and informed when you are not (sneaking looks at notes on your hand).

The President is the defender of the constitution, that is part of the Presidential Oath of Office. His and the country's national security has to be more than "they loose, we win". Not that simple to get to the end game.

When you don't know the answers reach to divine intervention, like the Taliban and the Islam radicals?

Sorry this woman is still not and will never be ready for prime time.

She has lied to the American people from day one (airplane sold on e-bay,all of them), politics will be very interesting in our country-she will be Obama's dream candidate if she would be the opposition candidate in 2012. Elections are so close, 10% of American voters are gay and lesbian, add afro-Americans and Hispanics,
quicker than you can say "youbetcha"Obama wins a second term easily-as he should.

Great Country America.

Posted by: COWENS99 | February 7, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

regarding the comments of the first poster....

would I vote for a former editor of the Harvard Law Review who turned down a Supreme Court clerkship to become a community organizer, who was then elected an Illinois State Senator representing 200,000 voters and sponsored laws that were noted for their bipartisan nature, and then was elected a U. S. Senator....

and so impressed those he met and worked with at every level that they urged him to run for higher office

or would I vote for the mayor of a town of 6,000 people, most of whose government services were provided by the county, but who was apparently not able to handle the minimal town administration left to her and so appointed a town manager, who was appointed to a state energy commission but QUIT, who was elected to the governorship of Alaska at a time when oil prices were sky-high and was able to send checks totalling $3000 to each resident of the state (which sent her approval ratings sky-high as well - duh!), who sacrificed her daughter's privacy (and happiness) to her political ambition by accepting the nomination for VP, who QUIT the governorship as oil prices plunged and she might actually be required to make some serious decisions about the direction of her "beloved" state...

...and has continued to bite the hand of every single politician who has assisted her, from Senator McCain to every Alaska Republican from the state assembly down to the Wasilla city government (if you don't believe me, check the archives of the Anchorage Daily News) - she ain't so popular in Alaska now!

there's no contest - I voted for and continue to support the smart pragmatist who has the best interests of the country at heart - and that would be Barack Obama

Posted by: mhd51 | February 7, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

John has a "tingle up his leg", but there's not much of a story here.

However, it is proof positive in the bias of the mainstream media who failed to vet our Teleprompter in Chief, Barry Soetoro.

The mainstream media will be unable to stop the electorate who have caught on that our President is a Marxist thug.

We're keeping score, brother.

Posted by: thinker16 | February 7, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a flim-flam artist and a grifter who just bilked the Tea-Partiers out of $100,000 for a poorly given speech. Palin quit her job as Governor of Alaska to cash in on the Fox Faked News hatefest and to bilk hapless hate groups like the all-white Tea Partiers out of evrything that they are worth.

Palin should make a bundle off of the white hate groups who want to hear her trash the President and evade any discussion of what she would do if she was in his place. To Palin, the Tea-Partiers are just marks looking to be separated from their money. She's crossing her legs, winking and walking wide-legger all the way to the bank with the right winger's loot.

Posted by: DCSage1 | February 7, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Just for a minute, forget political party, forget names, race and gender. Answer this question:

Who would you vote for to run this country?

1 - community organizer.
or
2 - former mayor, energy commissioner and
governor.

NUFF SAID!

Posted by: thehamptons1 |
__________________________________________

I would vote for the community organizer or a dog-catcher, not for the mayor of a hillbilly town called Wasilla or the governor of the state that has more moose than people. Looks like the teaparty guys are fantasizing about teabagging Sarah. What else can be the explanation for this crazy infatuation with this silly woman?

Posted by: sonnypitchumani | February 7, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

she is totally hot. i would rather look at her than ugly skinny long legged purple lipped obama anyday. plus she hates liberals. so we need her for president. and put the liberals in prison.

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | February 7, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Non-classical liberals

making fun of written notes

when your hero

is so stupid he has to read words off of a teleprompter.

If he's so intelligent, where are his grades reported?

Posted by: EowynR | February 7, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Sarah leave her job as Governor after two years? It appears that Todd was to busy to continue to help her out.

Posted by: Judy_L | February 7, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Man, it sounds like Palin could run for being the new Taliban leader in Afghanistan. Palin's views fall right in line with the Taliban. That's just what we need here another crazy leader, starting wars in our own country with our people fighting each other. Palin needs to crawl back under that slimy rock Mccain found her under. Anything Mccain ever did for this country is gone with bringing the crazy lady Palin into mainstream politics. The real sad part is Palin getting rich for being stupid. What's this country come to when we reward people like her. Make no mistake, Palin is in it for the money and nothing else. She could not wait till her governor's term was over as greed was eating her up. Why is this joke still around and why don't people see her for waht she is, is the real scary part. wake up America and send this leech back to her slimy rock.

Posted by: joedamico34yahoocom | February 7, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why she would have to write on her hands -- she had the written speech there and was clearly reading from the paper ( a couple of times she seemed to have lost her place and once seemed to say "Alaska" when she meant "America". As for the teleprompter, I doubt that there is a person speaking on TV who does not use one. Do you think for a minute that the Fox hosts who constantly refer to this memorize their hour long diatribes? If so, there is a bridge in Brooklyn I would like to sell you. Watch their eyes as they look into the camera which has the text rolling right with it. I have watched TV shows in person. They all have some form of this if only cue cards. I have no problem with this, but I do with the hypocrisy. Incidently, the thing that REALLY impressed me was the time they fed the wrong speech into the teleprompter for Clinton and he recited the original from memory until they got the right one in. Even people with advanced copies couldn't tell.

Posted by: TomfromNJ1 | February 7, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"I don't see the slightest evidence that there was any 'crib' notes there or anything at all..."

Here's a clear picture of it:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stefan-sirucek/did-palin-use-crib-notes_b_452458.html

Sarah Palin never fails to astound.
============
I would say that Democrats never fail to astound. It is widely admitted that Obama uses a teleprompter. Palin by contrast
had all of six words written on her palm.
And yet is is Palin who comes in for a bashing.

Personally, I think it is wise to use some notes when you give a major address. No one knows by heart every detail of the speech they are going to give, and if the speech is going to be at least partly spontaneous, then a few sketchy notes are far better than a teleprompter.

Don't YOU use a list when you send cards to your friends and relatives? Would it make sense for someone to complain that you are too stupid to remember your own friends? The fact is that being human, we can easily leave someone out and omitting the name of one friend can cost a friendship.

So lighten up Democrats! All this Palin bashing makes YOU look bad.

Posted by: rohitcuny | February 7, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

To John Amick,

You remind me of the typical, cooler-than-thou high school social jock, who with their snittiness, self-inflated egos, and cheerleaders on each arm, made themselves into bullies and wasted their lives looking for ways to poke fun at and mock those whom they considered beneath themselves. Their one daily thrill was drawing cruel caricatures of others.

Your cheap shot at Sarah Palin is a sad reminder of this, and just another example of east coast Washington elite journalistic snobbery.

Your personality attacks on Sarah Palin remind us of Margaret Thatcher's comment: "They only attack you personally when they haven't got a single legitimate political argument left."

Posted by: FreedomFirst2 | February 7, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Just for a minute, forget political party, forget names, race and gender. Answer this question:

Who would you vote for to run this country?

1 - community organizer.
or
2 - former mayor, energy commissioner and
governor.

NUFF SAID!

Posted by: thehamptons1 | February 7, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

The hamptons wants to see side by side resumes of the President and Sarah. What a great idea. Sarah did go to more colleges after all. Can we include grades with that? How about SAT scores? Would that actually satisfy you?
The Huffington Post has a close up of the notes.

Posted by: Judy_L | February 7, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

"I don't see the slightest evidence that there was any 'crib' notes there or anything at all..."

Here's a clear picture of it:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stefan-sirucek/did-palin-use-crib-notes_b_452458.html

Sarah Palin never fails to astound.
============
I would say that Democrats never fail to astound. It is widely admitted that Obama uses a teleprompter. Palin by contrast
had all of six words written on her palm.
And yet is is Palin who comes in for a bashing.

Personally, I think it is wise to use some notes when you give a major address. No one knows by heart every detail of the speech they are going to give, and if the speech is going to be at least partly spontaneous, then a few sketchy notes are far better than a teleprompter.

Don't YOU use a list when you send cards to your friends and relatives? Would it make sense for someone to complain that you are too stupid to remember your own friends? The fact is that being human, we can easily leave someone out and omitting the name of one friend can cost a friendship.

So lighten up Democrats! All this Palin bashing makes YOU look bad.

Posted by: rohitcuny | February 7, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

"People that refer to the Tea Party as a bunch of right wing conservatives have a surprise coming. A large percentage are independents like me, and there's a significant group of traditional liberals who think country and constitution come first."

I agree. I'm very impressed by Governor Palin. She's certainly allowed to make fun of teleprompters if she could remember her whole speech from a few words written on her hand.

She was practically in tears by the end, and I just can't shake the feeling that Sarah Palin really cares and a big group of people are listening.

Posted by: michaelniland | February 7, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious. After yesterday's set-up - "Liberals Condescending
Tea Party Ascending!" - we get this.

Pssst. Hey Sarah, grownups use a teleprompter!

Posted by: vinyl45 | February 7, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

You can see exactly what this moron palm-reader had on her hands here

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stefan-sirucek/did-palin-use-crib-notes_b_452458.html

Posted by: hayden1 | February 7, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Anyone expecting to hear anything of substance from the wannabe from Wasilla was in for a major disappointment. Palin is interested in providing sound bites (you know, the type that can fit on the palm of your hand), not solutions.

Another typical Palin speech -- long on snark, short on insight.

Posted by: labman57 | February 7, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I would love to see Palin and Obama resumes' side by side. Other than Chicago community organizer, Obama's is a blank sheet. He won't even verify his education.

Palin has been a mayor, governor and an energy commissioner. She's prepared budgets and succeeded in meeting them. She's a practical, no bs, person who actually attempts to fulfill promises.

Many people now, and future historians, will be truly amazed as to how such and unqualified person ever got elected. It's like our country went into a coma.

Posted by: thehamptons1 | February 7, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Palming and regurgitating the same old attacks After bashing Obama for using a Tele-Prompter? Five bucks says she uses a teleprompter next time. Priceless!

Posted by: 2mtsenie | February 7, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

People that refer to the Tea Party as a bunch of right wing conservatives have a surprise coming. A large percentage are independents like me, and there's a significant group of traditional liberals who think country and constitution come first.

But, it's a good thing for the Tea Party movement to be mis-judged. Surprise, surprise in November!

Posted by: thehamptons1 | February 7, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Your Attention please. The followings are not about Democrats/ Republicans. It’s about the safety of our loved ones, including our safety and the security our country.

New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/07/nyregion/07crime.html?ref=nyregion) February 7, 2010:

Police “Retired Officers Question Integrity of Crime Reports”

“More than a hundred retired Police Department captains and higher-ranking officers said in a survey that the intense pressure to produce annual crime reductions led supervisors and precinct commanders to manipulate crime statistics…”

Police crimes far exceed what is being reported, and these crimes infiltrated Federal agencies such as the FBI. Complaints regarding domestic acts of terrorism (food tainting at supermarkets catering to thousand of people… terrorizing threats to murder children and women, and much more) were manipulated by Police and the FBI for political/personal gains.

A Jewish newspaper reporter, a New York Post reporter and an ABC producer contacted us, wanting to do a story about serious public safety and security breaches by Police, the FBI… and the cover-ups that follow, and were ordered by their editors/news executives NOT to touch the story, even though these misconducts were caught on tape and witnesses were willing to testify. These stories were not brought to the public’s attention, though public lives were at stake.

We will commit $50,000 to tackle these issues and attempt to bring these (police/FBI) criminals, including Bloomberg and his gang to court, if, we could only find a reliable professional law firm to represent us.


Want to help protect your family’s safety, your safety and our country’s security? Be in touch. Post your thoughts and what are you willing to do about it on the news/web… and let the White House know about these concerns. And, if the White House does nothing about it, you know what to do come elections times. When it comes to the safety of our loved ones, and our country’s security, we fear them not, whoever they are.

Posted by: Shanan1 | February 7, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I guess there just weren't enough notes to justify a teleprompter. Oh that's right, the teleprompter has Obama's speeches on them, word for word.

Make fun people. Just like you made fun of Chris Christie, Scott Brown and Bob McDonnell.

Enjoy it while it lasts. January 19, 2010 - the day the Obama Administration died. November 2, 2010. The day the Democrats went back under their rocks.

Posted by: bandmom22 | February 7, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

The youtube of Sarah actually reading off her palm--http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUnaW_SWc6w

Asked to name three things the conservatives will do if they take over, she can't remember three talking points--Gee, I'd like to have her negotiating with foreign leaders.

Posted by: jandmward | February 7, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

The "Tee" party appeals to many who don't have money to waste.

To pay for Simple Sarah to give your keynote address is about as stupid as asking a cheerleader to defend your life in a murder trial. Bad results!

Posted by: jcpublicmedia | February 7, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

That's hilarious! Palin has crib notes written on her hands and her defenders pretend they can't see it LOL.

And hey all you defenders - can you explain why Palin says it's "indecent" for Rahm to call people "retards" but when Limbaugh calls the exact same people "retards," it's just A-OK?

Posted by: solsticebelle | February 7, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

"I don't see the slightest evidence that there was any 'crib' notes there or anything at all..."

Here's a clear picture of it:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stefan-sirucek/did-palin-use-crib-notes_b_452458.html

Sarah Palin never fails to astound.

Posted by: jandmward | February 7, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

The stupidity level in the Washington Post's coverage of Palin is reaching critical levels. First, her weight, now an ink stain on her hand. Who pays for this crap?

Posted by: WashingtonDame | February 7, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Nashville Scene blew up an HDTV image and found the words "Energy", "Taxes", and "Lift Americans Spirits [sic]". Of course, I actually don't mind that except for the part where she and her supporters have reportedly complained about the president using teleprompters. Shall we see how she would do spending 90 minutes in front of the Democratic Congressional Caucus as a fair comparison?

Posted by: gavinindenver | February 7, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

So now the great debater begins... Which is more "elitist"; reading off of a teleprompter or writing answers to softball Q&A's on your palm?

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 7, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Yes it was!

Now she needs to be "FIRED" by the Teaparty she just duped them for 100 g's with a scripted speech written that she couldn't follow and then the prepped Q&A session with a few notes written so she could remember what to tell the people she just duped!

Posted by: 2mtsenie | February 7, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Sara will be the republican prop. She can be president as they tell her what to do and say. You know the Stepford politician.

Posted by: mac7 | February 7, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Sarah has old lady hands. Maybe she's having premature memory issues?

Posted by: korm | February 7, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Also - John Amick - you KNOW that Republicans would be howling and screaming (along with Fox News) if this were a Democratic Party leader who was so stupid he/she had to write crib notes of really basic talking points on her hands. Is the Post going to report this like the real story this is, or keep pretending that this is a serious politician and a potential Presidential candidate? When is some real journalist going to stand up and say that (notwithstanding her purchases during the 2008 campaign), Sarah Palin is an Empress with no clothes?

Posted by: dhbecker | February 7, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

So where's the beef? I don't see the slightest evidence that there are any "crib notes" there or anything at all. That does not stop the Post from making a story of a question with no answer. It will no doubt take on a life in the media as alleged crib notes that do not exist.

By the way, after the President spoke here during the 2008 campaign,someone from the local paper found a note left on the podium that said

"Make sure your fly is up
Make sure you pronounce the city name Wilkes-Barry."

Posted by: buccojoe | February 7, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

When this goes viral, even the brain-dead will know sarah accurately.

Posted by: socomfy | February 7, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

She should have used her entire arm. I'd also recommend to her that next time she writes "United States" on her palm.

Posted by: jryan758 | February 7, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Right on, Saving Grace...who needs a Harvard lawyer when you can have...?

Posted by: srogers11 | February 7, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

It is amazing that "being Palin-stupid" can be an asset in politics...but given the average intelligence of the typical high school class, sadly it is possible.

"I can think of two words right now that scare liberals," Phillips said. "President Palin."

Everybody should be afraid of such a thing. At least Bush knew he was stupid and brought Cheney along to tell him what to do. Palin actually think she knows.

Posted by: RainyDayIntern | February 7, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

SavingGrace: did you watch President Obama go toe-to-toe with the Republican caucus last week, answering questions for over an hour without a script or a teleprompter? You would rather have someone who has to write "tax" and "energy" on her hand so she can remember her talking points?? Have you lost all touch with reality???

Posted by: dhbecker | February 7, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

What a maroon...LOL. This woman is ill equipped to be Pres. of the local PTA much less POTUS. And I don't think Obama used a teleprompter when he kicked GOP arse all over the convention floor in Baltimore. This idiot couldn't even respond to simple questions from an adoring interviewer in front of an adoring audience without crib notes. Will she have crib note tatooed on her hand to be preparted to deal with an attack from Osama?

Posted by: FiddleDeeDee | February 7, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

IS THIS NOT THE WHITE PANTHER PARTY

Posted by: BRITEYES51 | February 7, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

SavingGrace, please. President Obama walked right into the Republicans retreat with no teleprompter in sight and proceeded to wreck every one of the their stale, self-contradicting talking points without breaking a sweat. Can we at least try look at the same reality? The last thing we need in this country is take advice from a person who needs to be reminded of "American Spirit" by reading it on her palm. Check the photos, they're hysterical.

Posted by: Northshore | February 7, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Cute. Silly, but cute.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 7, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I'd rather take Palin with crib notes on her palm than the Teleprompter-in-Chief who can't string two spontaneous words together without help.

Posted by: SavingGrace | February 7, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: merelymyopinion | February 7, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I hope you take a look at her during her speech to see whether she read her palm. It'd be pretty funny. I did that around 5th grade.

Posted by: DGSPAMMAIL | February 7, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Ladies and Gentleman, your Conservative Savior. lol.

Posted by: ChimRichalds059 | February 7, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Ignorance has a large following but thank goodness it hasn't formed a majority.

Posted by: fasm7700 | February 7, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

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