(originally posted on Washington Times Communities)
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is always a favorite at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). She was introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as her influence and endorsement were the catalysts behind Cruz’s successful race.
Palin instantly fired up the crowd as attendees rushed to snap pictures of “Mama Grizzly,” as she is affectionately known by conservatives. “I can spot those liberal media folk here to write their annual ‘conservatives in crisis’ story!” she began. “Raise your hands!”
Palin jumped right in to attacking Obama’s performance and the state of America’s economy. “[Obama] is considered a good politician – which is like saying that Bernie Madoff was a good salesman,” she said. Citing a lower median income, poor growth, and a stagnant economy, she lamented the failure of Obama’s leadership.
After acknowledging the lack of government transparency, Palin looked directly at the camera and shouted, “Barack Obama, you lied!” Her direct criticism of Obama did not stop there. “Step away from the teleprompter and do your job!” she commanded.
Peppered with dogsled references, “Amen, sista'”, and words like “ain’t”, her speech continuously drew shouts and applause. The biggest cheer of the day, however, came when Palin pulled out a “Big Gulp” full of soda from behind the podium and proceeded to drink it defiantly in opposition to New York Mayor Bloomberg’s new ban on the large drinks.
Palin discussed the 2nd amendment and her Christmas presents to her husband, humorously remarking, “My husband’s got the gun, I’ve got the rack.” She continued with the jokes, addressing Republicans on college campuses: “You’ve gotta be thinking Sam Adams, not drinking Sam Adams.”
Palin argued against an expanding government that supports the Washington elites. Unless you’re well-connected, you’re not “at the table” in Washington. “You’re on the menu,” she said.
Shake off the culture of consultants and pollsters, Palin advocated. “If we truly know what we believe, we don’t need professionals to tell us.” The message she wants to send to Washington? “Get over yourself.”