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EXCLUSIVE: Palin’s Tea Party Crib Notes

February 7, 2010

As I originally reported on the Huffington Post. Sarah Palin had the following notes written on her hand during a Tea Party Convention speech in which she mocked President Obama for his use of a teleprompter:


Budget cuts


Lift American Spirits

The notes most likely weren’t for her speech, for which she used prepared remarks, but for the Q&A session that followed, during which she glanced at the hand in question.

Apparently this presidential contender can’t remember her core principles and needs a cheat-sheet. Good grief.



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11 Comments leave one →
  1. mary ann frenking permalink
    February 7, 2010 3:57 pm

    As a teacher, I am appalled and would like Sarah Palin to apologize to teachers all over the world who encourage integrity and honesty from students, and give student consequences from writng on their hands to cheat. Teachers have difficult jobs, and when people like Sarah Palin cheat and undermine our hard work by promoting “writing on your hand” rather than “studying up”, it is very discouraging–to say the least.
    Mary Ann Frenking
    Fifth Grade teacher

    • February 7, 2010 6:59 pm

      Hi Mary,

      A great deal of the comments on the post made a similar point: “This reminds me of third grade.” I think people are in turns amused or indignant that a so-called “leader” would make such a childish move. Your observation is interesting – I hadn’t considered the implications of Palin as a role-model.


  2. Dorian Melton permalink
    February 7, 2010 4:23 pm

    youtube clip: “did Palin have crib notes on her hand?”

    Question (0:33 seconds)”…what do you think are the top 3 things that have got to be done?”

    Palin begins her response : “We’ve got to reign in the spending…”, next adds the “energy” topic. The clip ends there, but is it possible she went on to mention something about “lift American spirits”?

    Is it a coincidence that the question was “top 3 things” and the palm notes were 3 points? It appears to me like the question was known and prepared for before it was asked.

    If that is true; I wonder why she mixed up the order of the 3 subjects…could it be they were someone else’s notes; not hers?

  3. troy permalink
    February 7, 2010 6:09 pm

    Wow great find, we nailed her! Hint to Stefan Sirucek: those notes weren’t for her, they were for you, so you’d give her some more free press and by proxy insult the millions of her followers who already think the liberal media is a bunch of elitists.

    • February 7, 2010 6:56 pm

      That the notes were “planted” to generate controversy is a possibility, but I think it’s a fairly remote one. I agree with you that the press coverage of this will probably only make her supporters leap to her defense, but they do that whenever she’s criticized…does that mean we shouldn’t criticize her?

      • troy permalink
        February 7, 2010 7:09 pm

        her critics are have been fairly well justified in their objections for a year and a half now… few or none of her supporters have been convinced by the verdicts. Hi-def shots of her hand notes speak more to her ability to manipulate the media than they do to her reliance on them as talking points. Sarah Palin can hold five talking points in her working memory, I am willing to acknowledge this. The press seemingly cannot however remember to resist the temptation to treat her as a person of import when in fact she’s a nobody who happened to be chosen as a hail mary VP candidate. Hasn’t anyone in the press ever had a kid sister who baited them to incriminate themselves?

  4. karin permalink
    February 7, 2010 11:14 pm

    just donated. keep up the good work. thank you for unmasking the palin hand.

    • February 7, 2010 11:20 pm

      woo! thank you Karin! i’ve now recouped $12.00 of the $75.00 that I spent to get the high-res pic. 16% and counting!

      But beyond money, it’s really heartening to know that people are reading and that so many people care about the quality of their leaders.

  5. February 8, 2010 1:44 am

    $15 now and $60 to go.

    Good work.

    Have a great week. 🙂

  6. Ephraim permalink
    February 8, 2010 1:56 pm

    You said “This would: ….” The notes also imply that she or someone else thinks that she can read.

  7. Peter permalink
    March 10, 2010 10:41 pm

    Hello Stefan, nice blog. I wish there were more witty writing like yours. I am an artist and while I won’t be donating anything monetary, I will say that you are welcome to this;

    Although it is a little old and tired, I still find it rather funny.

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