Video: Sarah Palin reads crib notes off her hand

Oh my, this doesn’t look good for someone who criticized Obama for being a “Charismatic guy with a teleprompter.”


30 Responses to “Video: Sarah Palin reads crib notes off her hand”

  1. Paul M Says:

    Ya, whatever. Crib notes implies more than 2 or 3 characters.

    Keep trying.

  2. potvin Says:

    Obama is barely coherent without a teleprompter.

  3. FredfromBC Says:

    Ya, whatever. Crib notes implies more than 2 or 3 characters.

    Keep trying.

    I thought the same thing. Even if this picture isn’t Photoshopped, there is a huge difference between reading 3 or 4 words off your hand (topic titles like ‘taxes’ and ‘health care’) and reading and entire speech off a teleprompter.

  4. NeilD Says:

    You actually think this looks bad on her?
    I’ve given lectures to many groups and I’ve always had a page of talking points to refer to. The fact that she had three points inked on her hand is sort of… down to earth.
    The further fact that most of what she said was off the top of her head would indicate to me that she’s been well briefed and retains information well.

    A talking head on CNN this morning outrageously likened it to needing ‘crib notes to breathe’. Another couple of pundits said that it would hurt her.
    If CNN is saying that about Sarah Palin then you just know she’s done something right and it will go over well with her base.

    Using a three word crib note doesn’t compare to reading speech after speech from a teleprompter.

  5. Bec Says:

    I don’t have a problem with either but I do have a problem with being obvious and not looking natural. Obama, does not look natural, where our Prime Minister does, knowingly speaking of things that he is obviously well versed and up to speed on.
    Sarah, has been set up on this one, imo although I would agree, she does look rather bad if this isn’t doctored. If I had seen this in real time, I would have thought she was simply gathering her thoughts before she answered.
    I see nothing wrong with a memory jog and especially with her. She has been hammered by the media and now as we see, someone will YouTube anything if it means they can humiliate her.

  6. NeilD Says:

    I’m sure she uses a teleprompter, or at least reads from pages in front of her, but I’ve never been inclined to watch her give a speech so I don’t really know. The clip they showed on CNN had her sitting on a sofa in an informal setting speaking with an interviewer on stage at a convention and she was answering questions from both him and the audience.
    No prepared speech there but she did on one occasion glance at her left hand that had the inked notes.

    My wife will send me to the store for groceries and if she doesn’t list the items I can pretty much guarantee that I’ll forget some of them. Even if there’s only four or five items to begin with. That’s what makes this seem so down-to-earth to me.

    • BC Blue Says:

      It was a friendly setting with what looked like predetermined questions from the “interviewer”. You were running to the store not for VP of the USA.

  7. Aviator Says:

    Doesn’t look good? You’re comparing a couple of words to a @#$%^ teleprompter. I suggest that you change your blog title and drop off Blogging Tories if you are going to play stupid liberal games! The obscene fetish displayed by the left with every aspect of Sarah Palen’s life is just plain sick. Get a life and stop watching stupid ‘gotcha’ YouTubes.

  8. Rob C Says:

    Can you imagine what a wonderful world we would have if everyone was as brilliant as BC Blue? Or maybe he just craves attention and gets it by making a big deal out of a bullshit little thing. One of those things that make you go Hmmmmmm.

  9. matt Says:

    Asswipe….you can’t see the difference between full speeches and a couple of words??????

  10. matt Says:

    Is it any wonder that with “thinkers” like you, that the bc conservatives get nowhere?

  11. mat'iibn Says:

    …you might also ask about that wad of papers she dropped on the podium before her speech…that would have been her grocery list no doubt…no need for a teleprompter there.

  12. Kate Says:

    BC, you’ve hit the nail on the head.

    There is nothing, absolutely nothing, wrong with using notes or a teleprompter when you are making a speech or presentation.

    The left is picking on Sarah Palin only because of her comments in regards to Barack Obama’s use of a teleprompter when making a long speech, which has opened her up to ridicule for what appears to be her inability to remember three basic talking points during a soft-balled question, all three of which are fairly prominent points in the conservative agenda.

    Finally, Palin is facing a great deal of ridicule for her chosen method of note taking. Most professionals would agree, I think, that it is incredibly *unprofessional* to write on one’s own hand. It’s the kind of thing people usually see their small children do, not grown women who want to run the United States.

    A suggestion for Sarah Palin: Many stationers carry lovely little leather things that look like very fashionable wallets and hold 30 to 50 little cards, larger than a business card, on which you can take notes using the enclosed pen. Very proper, very fashionable and quite smart.

  13. Stan Says:

    One word, corpsman.

  14. Ted Says:

    I’m not sure why so many Palin defenders are comparing her cheat notes to the use of a teleprompter or claiming she gave a 45 minute speech without a teleprompter.

    She read a 45 minute speech directly from a written paper in front of her – paper, the old fashioned teleprompter – barely looking up and then was given a scripted interview where she knew the questions and still needed to write down some cheat notes.

    And what did she write down? Some budget numbers or deficit numbers one might easily forget or misstate? No. She had to remind herself what her most fundamental priorities are! What a joke.

  15. Acer Says:

    Stan Says:
    February 9, 2010 at 6:32 AM

    One word, corpsman.



  16. Joe Says:

    If we are going to be this shallow in picking our leaders then we deserve the leaders we get. I’m no fan of Palin but I am even less a fan of Obama. At least with Palin you get the impression that she is on topic when asked a question. When Obama addressed the nation after Fort Hood I thought the network had the wrong video feed. I’ve said it of Carter, Regan, Bush 1, Clinton, Bush 2 and now Obama that the US has to develop a better method of picking candidates.

  17. JJ Says:

    Hi BC Blue
    Congrats, you seem to get it. Wish I could say the same for some of your commenters, especially those under the impression that Palin used her handoprompter for her 45-minute speech. So allow me to clarify. The reason people are mocking Palin is because:

    (a) She needed notes to remind her what the answer should be to an extremely basic question about conservatism; it’s like a cop going to work with “break ins & drugs = bad” written on his hand.

    (b) It means the Q&A was scripted, not “natural” as they’d led the audience to believe, and Palin was trying to hide this by writing on her hand instead of using a card.

    (c) During her speech, Palin mocked Obama for using a teleprompter (teleprompters or notes are the norm for most speeches) while she herself was reading from several pages of notes. After that, it was hard to resist mocking her “talk to the hand” routine.

    I hope your reality-based observations about Sister Sarah won’t get you booted from the Blogging Tories for being ideologically impure. Goodnight, and good luck. 😉

  18. Lee Says:

    Well, heres something to consider.
    Those who work with Palin say she has a photographic memory. Would you think a person with that talent would have to make notes on her hand?
    In her rally for Rick Perry in Texas the next day, she had “HI MOM” written on her hand.
    At the loggers convention yesterday in California she had “LOGGERS ROCK” printed on her hand.
    I think shes messing with the heads of her detractors.
    By the way, when she was making her acceptance speech at the GOP convention in 2008, she was using a teleprompter. Mid way through the speech, the prompter broke down, she continued with the speech and never missed a beat.
    Youve all been pwnd

  19. CouchMaster Says:

    Stephen Colbert was right.

    Sarah Palin Is a F***ing Retard and anyone who ca’t see that shouldn’t be commentating on politics.

    /seriously people

    • BC Blue Says:

      Way too harsh, especially when used against a parent with a disabled child

      • FredfromBC Says:

        A perfect example of how terrified the liberals are of Sarah Palin. Better still, the Republican establishment is equally afraid of her. See, it doesn’t matter whether she ever runs for President or not…it’s what she is doing for her party *right now* that matters. How’s Barack Obama working out for you so far?

        If the left wing really thought Sarah Palin was a ‘retard’ they would keep their mouths shut and pray for her to be nominated as the next Republican Party candidate for president. Instead, they are too busy pissing their pants with fear to mount an effective counter-strategy. Good luck with that, boys…you’re going to need it…

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: