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Sarah Palin Slams Obama During Chicagoland Visit, Criticizes School Backing Out Of Arizona Trip

Posted by on May. 13, 2010 at 11:21 AM
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Sarah Palin Slams Obama During Chicagoland Visit, Criticizes School Backing Out Of Arizona Trip


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Not surprisingly, Sarah Palin had no problem dissing President Obama on his home turf Wednesday night, as she spoke to 4,000 Chicagoland fans about the Tea Party, patriotism and a local school's decision to prevent its girls basketball team from traveling to Arizona due to its new immigration law.

The event, in suburban Rosemont, followed a GOP fundraiser nearby.

Palin told the cheering crowd that she was "glad to be here on the president's home turf," adding: "Somebody told me, 'You know you're going into enemy territory.' I said, 'It's Chicago -- it's not MSNBC."

The Chicago Tribune reports:

With a huge U.S. flag behind her and a podium in front of her, Palin criticized the "hopey, changey thing" in mocking Obama's campaign pledge of hope and change. 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."

She also weighed in on some local issues.

On Wednesday, Highland Park High School made headlines for canceling a trip to Arizona by its girls' basketball team because of opposition to the state's controversial new immigration law. The school said the decision is not a political statement, but for the safety of students.

Palin disagreed.

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"I said, 'Wait, I thought it was already a crime for an illegal alien [to be here]," Palin said to raucous cheers, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. 


Noting that the Highland Park girls held 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 High School District 113's decision to keep the girls home this winter.

She also ripped the school for sponsoring a trip to China.

"You know how they treat girls in China?" Palin said. "It makes no sense."

Palin told the crowd that "the eyes of America are on this state," speaking of the upcoming elections. But Republican Senate candidate Mark Kirk, who sat out the Palin fundraiser, was also mocked by the audience during one portion of the event.

The Sun-Times reports: 


"Some Republicans apparently thought they'd have to move to the middle to win. I said, 'No, no, no, no, no. You win by letting the middle move to you. You let the folks in the middle of the road know that your ideas are the right ones."

When she mentioned "Republicans In Name Only" or "RINO's," a member of this very participatory crowd yelled out "Mark Kirk" -- the self-styled moderate GOP Senate candidate who did not attend Wednesday night's event so he could vote in Washington, D.C. Kirk has equivocated on whether he is seeking Palin's endorsement in his campaign for Obama's old Senate seat.

As for the Gulf oil spill? Not surprisingly, Palin's "Drill, baby, drill" mantra remained, according to the Tribune:

She said oil companies must be held accountable through strict standards, citing laws in her home state."We do have to drill. We cannot stall. We do need oil," she said.

While Palin certainly has her enemies, her fans seemed pleased Wednesday night. Those who made it to the pricey GOP fundraiser before the Rosemont Theater event seemed pleased as well:

"We talked about the situation in Illinois -- the deficit, the high taxes, job creation," Republican nominee for governor, State Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington told the Sun-Times. "I told her, 'Your being here is helping rally the troops and get the message out.'"

WBEZ reports that just 35 percent of Illinois voters view Palin favorably, but state Republicans appreciate that she gets a some of the conservative base fired up.

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by on May. 13, 2010 at 11:21 AM
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LauraKW
by "Dude!" on May. 13, 2010 at 11:25 AM

She is like a mosquito that you can't get out of your bedroom.  Annoys the crap out of you when you don't expect it, but otherwise is no serious threat.

BleedinHeartMom
by on May. 13, 2010 at 11:27 AM

No substance..bashing adds nothing to the table...

stormcris
by Christy on May. 13, 2010 at 11:28 AM

 Well maybe people will follow suit and cancel her visits.

rella8672
by on May. 13, 2010 at 11:32 AM

If someone will hold her down,I will apply the duct tape to her mouth.I am so disgusted that she thinks she stands for the Teabagger movement.Her beliefs are so far away from the most basic foundations the movement was built on.She makes me want to stick pointy objects in my ears.


rella8672
by on May. 13, 2010 at 11:34 AM

That's what I always thought,but I swear I come across more and more people everyday that REALLY like her...so scary

Quoting LauraKW:

She is like a mosquito that you can't get out of your bedroom.  Annoys the crap out of you when you don't expect it, but otherwise is no serious threat.



katy_kay
by on May. 13, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Maybe Palin could circle the wagons and move her fans to Arizona.  I mean if she really wanted to help them she could hold these meetings there. 

Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on May. 13, 2010 at 2:08 PM

I agree with the team not going to Arizona.  Why go somewhere where your students will be scared?  Read the interviews with the Basketball team members... many of them said they didn't want to go because they were scared of everything going on there right now.

Mandipants
by on May. 13, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Sarah Palin is AWESOME. She's so pretty--she must be valid.

rella8672
by on May. 13, 2010 at 2:28 PM

That made me sort out loud...

Quoting Mandipants:

Sarah Palin is AWESOME. She's so pretty--she must be valid.



FUZMOM
by New Member on May. 14, 2010 at 9:10 AM

This is for sure a duct tape thing. She has no brains what so ever, but for some reason people like her. I don't understand, so if you are stupid you can become a national icon. Because that is what she is, everyone knows her and knows that she has the IQ of a 6 year old on steroids!!! Well, us as the American people need to put a stop to letting people like her get this far in life and not realize that they are not the brightest crayon in the box!!!

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