Palin Brings Nine Personal Bodyguards to GOP Fundraiser
May 13, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Half governor Sarah Palin stormed into Chicago for a GOP fundraiser and speech on Wednesday, accompanied by nine personal body guards, to apparently guard her beehive updo and the black leather jacket she was sporting. Her shrill talking points, included attacks on President Obama’s “hope-y, change-y thing” and his “European-style socialism.”
The sold out 4,300 seat event billed, as “An Evening with Sarah Palin,” was held at the Rosemont Theatre, with ticket prices ranging from $54 to $297. Palin’s speech was sponsored by talk radio station WIND-AM and a sump pump company.
An earlier GOP fundraiser carried ticket prices from $500-per-person, up to $25,000. Both events imposed extreme restrictions on media coverage, including a ban on video taping.
As reported by the Chicago Tribune:
“With a huge U.S. flag behind her and a podium in front of her, Palin criticized the “hope-y, change-y thing” in mocking Democratic President Barack Obama’s campaign pledge of hope and change even as she acknowledged being on the president’s “home turf.” She contended Obama’s domestic agenda was expanding government and “leading us to European-style socialism with a European-style debt crisis right around the corner.”‘
The former Republican vice presidential candidate and current Fox News contributor, also offered her support for offshore drilling, even as an unprecedented ecological disaster is taking place in the Gulf from an oil rig explosion. “We do have to drill. We cannot stall. We do need oil,” she said.
And she attacked Illinois Highland Park High School officials for canceling a girls basketball game in Arizona, to protest the harsh anti-immigration law. School officials condemned the “show your papers” law, as not “aligned with our beliefs and values.”
Palin encouraged the girls to “go rogue” in showing their opposition to the canceled Arizona trip:
“Keeping the girls basketball team off the court for political reasons? Those are fighting words,” Palin said. Noting the school has allowed student trips to China, Palin questioned whether school officials knew “how they treat women in China.”
‘”An economic and political boycott of one of our sister states is not a way to secure our borders,” Palin said, using the title of her first book to encourage the team members to “go rogue, girls.”‘
Her Chicago appearance was the second of three planned speeches for this week. At a reported $100,000 per speech, Palin raked in a hefty haul for her incoherent ramblings.
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