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Sarah Palin’s Gridiron Speech Transcript….Very Funny!

With thanks to Greta Van Susteren for providing the transcript while the media is still fact checking the speech 🙂

Good evening. It’s great to be in Washington and I am loving the weather.

I braved the elements and went out for a jog! Or, as Newsweek calls it, a cover-shoot.

It’s a privilege to be here tonight at the Washington DC Barnes & Noble.

Tonight, I’ll be reading excerpts from my new book.

Perhaps you’ve heard of it?

“Going Rogue”

Yukon wasn’t sure if I’d go with that title and somebody suggested I follow the East Coast selfhelp

trend and go with, “How To Look Like A Million Bucks…For Only 150 Grand.”

Todd liked, “The Audacity of North Slope.”

Hey, I considered not having a title at all.

I’ve said it before, but you Beltway types just don’t seem to get it. You don’t need a title to

make an impact.

But anyway, let’s get started.

I’ll begin my first reading on Page 209.

It was pitch black when we touched down in Arizona late on August 27, 2008. The next

morning we drove to John McCain’s ranch in Sedona. John was waiting on the porch. Before he

can say a word, I tell him,

I’m quoting now.

I know why I’m here, and I’m ready. But, I’m worried.

The cost of credit protection for the largest U.S. banks is rising precipitously. Have you given

any thought to the run on the entities in the parallel banking system? Do you realize the

vulnerability created when these institutions borrow short term in liquid markets to invest long

term in illiquid assets?

John said, “you betcha!”

I thought, “you betcha?”

Who talks that way?

Well, sometimes you just have to trust your instincts.

When you don’t, you end up in places like this.

Who would have guessed that I’d be palling around with this group?

At least now I can put a face to all the newspapers I read.

It is good to be here and in front of this audience of leading journalists and intellectuals. Or, as I

call it, a death panel.

To be honest, I had some serious reservations about coming to visit your cozy little club. The

Gridiron still hasn’t offered membership to anyone from my hometown paper in Wasilla, the

Matanuska-Susitna Valley Frontiersman.

And my dad thought it was just a plain bad idea to leave the book tour for some football game.

He might have a point!

I’ve been touring this great, great land of ours over the last few weeks. I have to say, the view is

much better from inside the bus, than under it!

But really, I am thrilled to be with you. And I’d like to thank the Gridiron for the invitation and

Dick Cooper for his introduction.

To paraphrase John F. Kennedy, this has to be the most extraordinary collection of people who

have gathered to viciously attack me since the last corporate gathering at CBS.

Despite what you have read, or more likely, despite what you have written, I do feel a real bond

with all of you. I studied journalism, earned a communications degree and for a time only

wanted to be a journalist. I was even a television sportscaster back home.

I’m guessing some of you probably got your start the exact same way… once there was

television.

Let me get back to the book.

I know that many of you are still upset because I wouldn’t play that silly Washington game. You

know, the one where all of you read a book in its entirety, from the first page of the index to the

last.

But think about it, because you actually had to read the whole book in the vein hope of finding

your name, you now know all about Denali, mom, dad, ungulate eyeballs, slaying salmon on the

Nushagak and Ugashik near Alegnigak, where we make AGOOTAK and moose chili!

You’re welcome.

Still, I want to do something very special for this audience of Washington elite. So, I’ll read

from the index–which I chose not to include in the hardback.

Would you believe me if I said I didn’t include it because we wanted to save trees?

Under A we have…

Alaska, media not understanding. Pages 1-432.

Under B…

Biased media. Pages 1-432

And under C…

Conservative media. See acknowledgments.

I’ll stop there.

I know this can be a long night, and as I understand it, we’re going to break with a Gridiron

tradition. Normally, the Democrat speaker would deliver a speech after me. But instead, John

McCain’s campaign staff asked if they could use that time for a rebuttal.

A lot has been made of a few campaign relationships. The closeness. The warm fuzzy feelings.

John and I both agree all those staffers should just move past it. It’s history.

Let’s just say, if I ever need a bald campaign manager, it appears all I’m left with is James

Carville.

I don’t want to say that I’ve burned a bridge, but I know all about cancelling a bridge to

nowhere.

That Democrat speaker I referred to is, of course, the one-and-only Barney Frank.

And I’m the controversial one?

Barney, the nation owes you and the government a debt. A huge, historic, unbelievable debt.

But, it’s good to be here with you, Mr. Chairman.

Because by Chairman, I don’t just mean the House Financial Services Committee. As far as I

can tell, Barney’s also the Chair of AIG, CITI, and the Bank of America.

I don’t want to say that the U.S. Government is taking over the role of the private sector, but I

have to admit, on the flight here, thumbing through a magazine and looking at a photo of

President Obama with the President of China, the person next to me pointed at it and said, “Hu’s

a communist.”

I thought they were asking a question.

Still, when I see this administration in action, I can’t help think of what might have been.

I could be the Vice President overseeing the signing of bailout checks. And Joe Biden would be

on the road, selling his new book, Going Rogaine.

Speaking of books….

Did I mention mine?

“Going Rogue”

Makes a great stocking stuffer. Available now at a bookstore near you.

Hey, I have to pay for my campaign vetting bill somehow.

Really, the response has been great. So I’ll close by reading a final passage.

Page 403:

I’ve been asked a lot lately, “Where are you going next?’

Good question!

Wherever I go I know that, as with anyone in the public eye, I’ll continue to have my share of

disagreements with those in the media. Maybe even more than my share. It will come as no

surprise that I don’t think I was always treated fairly, or equally.

But despite that, I respect the media very much. It’s important. A free press allows for vigorous

debate! And that debate is absolutely vital for our democracy.

So as hard as it can sometimes be, we must all look past personal grievances. We must move

beyond petty politics. And we must allow these incredibly talented and hard-working women

and men to ask the hard questions and hold us, and our government, accountable.

Because their mission is as true as the sun rising over the Talkeetna and Susitna Mountains.

Okay – so none of that is actually in the book. Not a word.

But I do believe it!

And I believe we live in a beautiful country blessed with so many different people who want the

best for their children, families and for our great nation. I’m so proud to be an American.

And that is what I’ll be talking about when I travel to, really where I’m headed.

No better place than here to announce where I’m going. I’m going to Iowa!

I’ll be there tomorrow from noon to 3:00 pm at the Barnes & Noble on Sergeant Road in Sioux

City.

Come early. Long lines are expected.

Thank you everyone. God Bless the U.S.A!

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Cruising Along the Bloggy Highway 6/4/09

Notes from my rest stops…….

Conservative Hot Air liked Obama’s Cairo speech by reviewing the entire speech and not depending on sound bytes and youtube clips. Also, I never miss peeking at the Obamateurism of the Day and today’s is a doozy of O’hypocrisy…..Obama not wanting to ask people for money (during a recession!) to help Hillary retire her campaign debt, but flies to Vegas to help Reid raise funds for his campaign during this very same recession!

Over at The Daily Beast, Mark McKinnon handicaps 11 Republicans for 2012—and explains why Obama might not be a lock for two terms.

Not Your Sweetie reads the tabloids so we don’t have to !

Greta Van Susteren’s Gretawire has a new format. Let her know what you think! I love when she liveblogs from the road and sends photos of behind the scenes of her show. No wonder she’s beating the ratings pants off AC360, her show’s “on” 24/7 !

RedState’s James Richardson reports that almost 3,000 “dead” Minnesota voters cast ballots for Coleman or Franken last fall. Developing…….uh huh, ACORN is mentioned in the article too.

NYT’s blog, The Caucus, reports that while the President was taping his formal interview with NBC news anchor Brian Williams, Obama also fit in a “spoof interview” for The Tonight Show’s Conan O’Brien. Will we be able to tell which is which?

Alegre’s Corner discusses Obama’s “gaping hole” in his Cairo speech and a missed opportunity to bring up violence against women and girls in Muslim countries and stand up for women’s rights. Heartbreaking.

myiq2xu at The Confluence takes us on The Low Road 2008 pointing out the ten lowest points of fauxrage of the 2008 Democratic Primary. We must never forget.

Are you outraged by waterboarding as torture? Then don’t click here. You might change your mind.

Stray Yellar Dog does a kick ass radio interview about Independents-formerly-known-as-Democrats , Pumas, The New Agenda and her Hillary Supporters for Sarah Palin group at Team Sarah. About 15 minutes, so grab a cuppa and enjoy.

I had no idea Fox News ratings were better than ALL the other news channels COMBINED TOTAL. Here’s proof.

This was fun! Obviously, I much rather read blogs than write them 🙂

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As Greta would say “What do you think?”…amazing story about Greta!

So, buried in the gossipy Washington Whispers section of US News and World Reports I see this heartwarming story. It could have easily read “Fox News Saves Air America’s Life”. So it must not be true? Enjoy….because it has a happy ending 🙂

Greta Van Susteren Saves Ana Marie Cox’s Life
May 15, 2009 04:57 PM ET | Paul Bedard, Nikki Schwab
By Nikki Schwab, Washington Whispers

Although CNN’s Sanjay Gupta rejected his offer of the surgeon general’s job, President Obama shouldn’t give up looking at TV news personalities for inspiration. May we suggest Fox’s Greta Van Susteren? She doesn’t play a doctor on TV, but she recently did in real life, potentially saving the life of Washington blogger and Air America Radio host Ana Marie Cox.

Cox, sitting alone, and Van Susteren, with her hubby, John Coale, were aboard a New York-to-Washington Amtrak train last month when Cox suddenly fell ill, her throat tightening from an allergic reaction. “They have this lentil salad on the train, and it happened almost immediately after that,” recalled Cox, who is not sure what caused the “indescribably terrifying” attack.

Alarmed, Van Susteren’s husband nudged Greta, who moved in on Cox. “She was like ‘I think I know what is happening to you. Don’t worry about it. We’re going to get you a Benadryl,’ ” Cox remembered a calming Van Susteren saying. A food allergy sufferer herself, Greta was ready with a backup plan: She carries an EpiPen epinephrine shot for her own emergencies. “If she hadn’t been there, I don’t know what would have happened. It would have been a thousand times worse,” says Cox.

The two didn’t see each other afterward until last weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, when the star of On the Record With Greta Van Susteren and the host of Air America’s The Inside Story bumped into each other in the ladies’ room. Cox offered a very sincere “thank you for saving my life.” Later, Van Susteren told us, “I didn’t do anything heroic. I did what anyone would have done.” And she had a suggestion for Amtrak: Keep Benadryl onboard.

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(Update)”Note to GretaWire bloggers”

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Posted to Greta’s blog today:

January 31st, 2009 11:40 AM Eastern
Note to GretaWire bloggers
by Greta Van Susteren
Because I promised you the behind the scenes, I figure I should alert you to the fact there is a good chance that I will shut down GretaWire soon. As you might have guessed, it is really time consuming (I do it alone) and I am trying to think what else I can do on the web. I would like to expand into other areas. It has been lots of fun blogging and building GretaWire with all of you but I, probably like you, like to dream about doing other things – whatever that may be. You know I love technology, and I love to learn — and thus I may want to try something completely different on the web. I am reaching out for new ideas. If you have some ideas, post them as I am open for ideas (and actually seeking them.)

For media junkies, like me, she has the best blog that keeps up with the news of the day in a casual and very friendly way. If you feel the same way, please drop her a note at her blog.

After almost 2800 responses, Greta added:

Another update — 7:04pm — I have been told that some think there is some big reason behind me thinking of closing down GretaWire. There really is no big reason other than that we have been doing this for years and I think there might be other fun things to do on the web for me to do and frankly for you to do. Technology is moving at lightening speed and I would like to think about doing other things. I want to investigate other things to do. You all know how much I like gadgets and like to try new ideas..there is no other or sinister reason and I am just thinking about it and giving you the heads up.

Another update 8:14pm – I see that many of you want me to keep GretaWire …and maybe I will…I will think about it. There are reasons to keep it, reasons to close it down and move on. To keep it going I need to figure out how to make it more fun, do things differently. I was worried it was just getting old (it has been up and running for years)……and I also see lots of nasty comments here. I really don’t feel like blogging with the haters. I realize there are always a few jerks – haters – but because I am committed to the First Amendment I did not want to censor GretaWire (within some reason.) I sort of hoped that the sickos would get bored and go away. I know many of you want a registration system but that creates some headaches…. I might have to take GretaWire to another service to get that feature. I really don’t know much about registration (in fact I know nothing about it.) So let me think about all this including your comments…Fox has talked to me about making GretaWire into a website instead of a blog but that is fun only if I can devote the time I need to make it really fun.

Told ya she was kewl 🙂

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CNN quietly scrubs Palin’s name from article

RedState reports:

CNN must have felt the love. The cable news network had included Sarah Palin with the likes of Rod Blagojevich, Elliot Spitzer, John Edwards, Ted Stevens and others in a year-end political review titled “Politicians who fell from grace in 2008.” As frequent RedState contributor Warner Todd Huston had pointed out at NewsBusters.com, every person named in the article, with the exception of Sarah Palin:

“have either been convicted of criminal actions, are indicted for corruption, lost their positions, been drummed out of their party, or are soon to face jail time.”

That there was no reason for Gov. Palin’s name to be associated with those of the seven criminals featured in the article seems to have been clear to everyone except the anonymous author of the CNN smear job.

Soon after CNN’s competitor, Greta Van Susteren at Fox News voiced her objection, the CNN article was updated. without Sarah Palin.

Josh Painter also acknowledges, and I agree with him….

Such “scrubbing” is a familiar tactic employed by the left, as they take their cue from the Communist Party style book. The damage has already been done, so a retraction wouldn’t mean much, except to demonstrate that CNN has at least a modicum of journalistic integrity left.

Apparently it does not.

If you remember CNN’s Drew Griffin “oopsie” misquote attack on Governor Palin last October during a live interview, I think there is a disturbing pattern continuing with that, um, news network.

h/t Women In Politics

UPDATE: From Gretawire

I just talked to a source who told me that CNN, from its Political Director, through a Wolf Blitzer producer Jill Chappell emailed a PRIVATE apology to the Governor of Alaska for putting her (unfairly trashing her) on the list with Senator John (”my wife is in cancer remission so I figured it was ok to cheat on her”), Governor Elliott (” has anyone seen my other black sock? the dryer again?”) and others….and then blasting the unfair trashing around the world ! The producer emailed that she did not know about the trashing and neither did Wolf nor the Political Director.

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“Wait until you read this one about CNN !”

Greta knows

Well, our Greta Van Susteren starts out just peachy here:

Wait until you read this one about CNN!! (and yes, I will continue to defend women who are gratuitously insulted! I hope you will, too. You should not agree with all their positions on issues because they are women..but you sure should defend the jerks who just want to trash them – whether it be Senator Clinton or Governor Palin – for ratings.)

Read more at the link, I’m too verklempt to snip and post the CNN details right now.

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