Palin Reads Palm for America’s Future at Tea Party Convention (Video)

The following is an exclusive posted today on the Huffington Post:

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin addresses attendees at the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010 with talking points clearly written on the palm of her left hand.

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin addresses attendees at the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010 with talking points for what appears to be the Questions & Answer session clearly written on the palm of her left hand.

Closer inspection of a photo of Sarah Palin, during a speech in which she mocked President Obama for his use of a teleprompter, reveals several notes written on her left hand. The words “Energy”, “Tax” and “Lift American Spirits” are clearly visible. There’s also what appears to read as “Budget cuts” with the word Budget crossed out.

Closeup photo of Sarah Palin's left hand, complete with notes.

Closeup photo of Sarah Palin's left hand, complete with notes.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Just to be clear: The notes most likely weren’t for her speech, for which she used prepared remarks, but for the Q&A session that followed, during which she glanced at the hand in question.

But in my opinion that’s even worse.

There were no specifics on there, just general concepts and things she supports.

The takeaway is that this presidential contender apparently can’t remember her supposed core principles and needs a cheat-sheet when simply asked about her beliefs.

To quote Charlie Brown:
Good grief.

-Stefan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (8 PM CST)

Ahh sweet Earl Grey Revolution! Sarah Palin knew that speech like the back of her hand. The Q&A answers, however, were on the front of her hand.

Or so it appeared.

During the Q&A following her speech at the Tea Party Convention, Ms. Palin appeared to read from her hand in answering.

The following image was caught by some sharp-eyed Twitter users, notably @jryanlaw

Sarah Palin studying her 'crib notes' on the palm of her left hand during the Question & Answer session at this weekend's Tea Party Convention.

Sarah Palin studying her 'crib notes' on the palm of her left hand during the Question & Answer session at this weekend's Tea Party Convention.

UPDATE #2: A high-quality video on youtube seems to prove that something was indeed on the palm of Palin’s hand. The question is what.

Crib Notes? This potential presidential candidate and “movement” leader was using crib notes to answer basic questions?

This would mean:

A) That she knew the questions beforehand and the whole thing was a farce. (Likely.)

and

B) That she still couldn’t answer the previously agreed-upon questions without a little extra help.

If true, this is supremely rich coming immediately after a speech in which Palin took a shot at President Obama for using a teleprompter to read his prepared speeches.

You can bet that the President wasn’t reading scribbles off his extremities while he sparred with Republicans and Democrats in an unscripted format in his recent Q&As.

Palin, on the other hand, seems to need a cheat-sheet just to get through a contrived lovefest with a smitten interviewer and an adoring audience.

I’m no fan of the Tea Party movement – if it can be called such – but if this is their leader I actually sympathize with them.

Stefan Sirucek
The Huffington Post

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