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.

Photo Credit: WBEZ/Sam Hudzik


9 Responses to “Palin Brings Nine Personal Bodyguards to GOP Fundraiser”

  1. Alyssa on May 13th, 2010 1:52 pm

    I am so sick of Sarah Palin. Can we all wake up and stop listening to the ridiculous things that come out of this half term Governors mouth? She does realize that most people only watch her to see what stupid remark she is going to make next doesnt she? i dont watch her at all. i only see whats going on with her by whats in the news (AND NOT FOX NEWS. I DONT WATCH THAT GARBAGE EITHER). what a joke

  2. LeeLee on May 13th, 2010 2:06 pm

    Sarah sweetie, it’s time to get a stylist.

  3. Gene on May 13th, 2010 2:28 pm

    Alyssa: what “ridiculous things” did Gov. Pailn say in her speech?

    Self reliance on oi, is that a bad thing? did you know we buy oil from our enemies, thus the more we buy abroad, the more we support our enemy, an irony isn’t it? what do you think?

    Do you really think keeping the girls from going to a tournament in AZ is going help the illegal alien cause in AZ? it hurts everyone, the girls and any illegals who works at the hotel where they will stay, or restaurants where they will eat, etc……… what a shame, don’t you think?

    Yes she criticizes Obama about his spending. GW left us with a 1 trillion dollar deficit, it took GW 8 years to do that, Obama quadrupled the deficit in his firs 9 months, not to mention the unknown costs of the health care.

    So Alyssa: what “ridiculous things” did she say in her speech?

    You should watch FOX as well as all the other networks, you’ll get a better picture of what is really going on. If you are open minded you will eventually see how bias the main stream media really is…
    Take care,

  4. Clara on May 13th, 2010 4:22 pm

    So now the truth comes out and we learn why Sarah Palin has such difficulty with the English language. She never was a very good student, even though both of her parents worked for the school systems. Her college grades were poor, and she bounced from small college to small college. She says she got her degree in journalism from Idaho, but none of the professors there remembered her. Actually, her BA degree was in general studies–she wasn’t accepted for a major in journalism but she did take a few journalism classes there. So let’s call it her minor. One of those little fibs Sarah Palin gets caught up in all the time–questionable ethics. Kind of like whether she claims and pays taxes on all these PAC money she makes. She is being investigated for conversion of campaign money to personal family use.

  5. Handsome on May 13th, 2010 4:36 pm

    Sarah Palin again shows her lack of depth of any issue. While Greece and Spain have had debt crises, they go well beyond her simple bumper sticker slogan explanations. Spain, as a matter of fact, adopted in some form American style dergulation, allowing for asset bubbles and busts and Greece’s issues are in part tied to the fact that most EU nations adopted the Euro, meaning nations cannot devalue their own currency in order to address domestic issues. She fails to note that the Nordic countries and Canada, which practice policies she constantly decries, did NOT have a banking crisis.

    Her advocacy of drilling as a road to energy security also does not hold up to elementary economic examination. Any oil captured is not by default earmarked for domestic consumption. It goes on same world market that Hugo Chavez’s oil or Saudi and Iranian oil goes on. The only way to prevent this is if U.S. adopted Peron style import substitution/export limitation rules, which, if anyone has read about the Peron era in Argentina, brought short term improvements but long term
    adverse impact. So, her drill baby drill matra does not add up.

    Additionally, her push to open ANWR or OCS drilling does not equal energy security either. ANWAR only has 10.4 billion recoverable barrels of oil ( and Alaska’s Outer Continental Shelf estimates of 27 billion barrels would, once extracted, only provide energy for a 3-4 year period, based on the CIA factbook regarding U.S oil consumption of 19.5 million barrels per day.

    Her claim that Alaska produces 20% of total domestic energy has been debunked several times by FactCheck; recent estimates by Energy Information Administration show that AK’s energy production was less than2.9 percent of total U.S. energy. Oil production was highest energy output; 14.3% in 2007, most recent year EIA has information on.:

    All Palin offers are snark attacks on President Obama and buzzwords anyone can catch on any AM right wing talk show or on a cursory glance at . She refuses to address any news forum other than Fox. Her appearances on Oprah Winrey and Barbara Walters were fluff pieces, designed to promote her book and most likely ABC News had to negotiate with her reps that Walters or the Good Morning America team would not ask her tough questions, such as claims by persons within McCain campaign (Steve Schmidt, Nicole Wallace) that her account was revisionist history. While I disagree with Mike Huckabee on many of his conclusions, I find him to be an engaged conservative, versed in issues; completing both of his terms as Arkansas governor and willing to be interviewed by outlets other than his current employer. Palin made a veiled attack on Mr. Huckabee in November after a man he approved for parole killed 4 Washington State police officers. In that matter, her lack of inquisitiveness was glaring, just as it is in many other instances. At the most basic level, she never had to deal with executions or clemency matters. Huckabee signed 14 execution orders. Also, she ignored fact that Maurice Clemmons had committed parole violations well after the initial decision by Huckabee and only errors by prosecutors in those individual matters allowed him to go to Washington State. Those errors were quite removed by time and locale from Huckabee. Yet, Palin, without the facts, made judgments on matters she knows nothing about and it can be said she shamelessly exploited the officers’ deaths to promote her own agenda.

    As far as the basketball team boycott, that is a knejerk reaction similar to U.S boycott of 1980 Moscow Olympics as a response to Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The Red Army did not vacate Afghanistan because Jimmy Carter held the Olympic team home and the only ones hurt were the athletes who were depending on the Games for sponsorships or opportunities to transition into professional athletics. However, Palin needs to understand that part of illegal immigration problem is her beloved private sector seeking to outsource jobs within the United States; pay low wages; violate OSHA, EPA and IRS rules and increase profits. She fails to see the adverse effects of incessant deregulation:
    increased illegal immigration; increased job outsourcing to low wage nations with no labor or environmental standards; an economy increasingly prone to asset bubbles and busts, caused by unregulated speculation and risk taking by corporate institutions and the ultimate socialism: the taxpayers socialize the losses caused by industry yet industry privatizes and concentrates profits.

    A cursory glance at FactCheck, PolitiFact and even papers in Palin’s home state will show she at best has a fleeting acquaintance with the facts.

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  7. Benito on May 13th, 2010 11:24 pm

    I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. All of us ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated, but this is not the case.

    I know the proponents of this law say that the majority approves of this law, but the majority is not always right. Would women or non-whites have the vote if we listen to the majority of the day, would the non-whites have equal rights (and equal access to churches, housing, restaurants, hotels, retail stores, schools, colleges and yes water fountains) if we listen to the majority of the day? We all know the answer, a resounding, NO!

    Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics and do what is right, not what is just popular with the majority. Some men comprehend discrimination by never have experiencing it in their lives, but the majority will only understand after it happens to them.

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