Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Governor Palin Takes On Obama in Rosemont (Update: Hillbuzz weighs in)

The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

Former Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin brought 4,000 Chicago-area fans to their feet Wednesday night, attacking President Obama, corrupt Illinois politicians and a Highland Park school that told its girl's basketball team it could not go to the play-offs in Arizona.

"Them are fighting words when you say a girl can't play in the basketball tournament, so were going to see about that," she said. Noting that the girls had bake sales to pay their way to the national finals for the first time in 26 years, Palin suggested conservatives could get the girls to Arizona despite the school board which opposes Arizona's strict new laws against illegal aliens.

Palin noted the school is still sponsoring a trip to China.

"You know how they treat girls in China?" Palin said. "It makes no sense. Even if they have to do this on our own... If the kids have to 'Go Rogue' girls."

Palin led off by saying, "I'm really glad to be here on the president's home turf... The eyes of America are on this state, watching what will come out of th political process and the 2012 elections: If it can be done in Illinois, it can be done anywhere."

She thanked Illinois for giving the world Ronald Reagan and the Tea Party movement.

"The 21st Century Tea Party movement, it starts right here in Chicago," Palin said to cheers. "This is where it starts. So Illinois, your place in the history of this grass movement has been instrumental.

Also from the Associated Press:
Sarah Palin aimed a few zingers at President Barack Obama during a speech in a Chicago suburb.

Palin said Wednesday evening that what she called the nation's "recent hookup with hope and change" is not a long-term relationship.

The former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee addressed a sold-out crowd of about 4,300 people in Rosemont.

She said Obama buffaloed people to win by trying to sound more conservative than he really was.

Palin said Obama and the Democrats wrongly think Americans should be grateful for what they've done - including passing a massive health care overhaul.

She said Americans will show how grateful they are in November by voting people out of office.

More Here, Here and Here

Update: Here's the Bloomberg article.

Update #2: Hillbuzz was in attendance and thought it "was very much a presidential campaign speech by Palin."

Update #3: The Chicago Daily Herald has a write-up.

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