An Evening with Sarah ‘You Betcha’ Palin should have been called ‘An Invigorating Evening with Sarah Palin!’ She has more charisma than any politician out there today. For over an hour, she spoke her often unique, always conservative views in a most-engaging style to a packed Rosemont Theatre on May 12, 2010.
Opening with a call to ‘Love Your Freedom,’ Palin immediately asked American Servicemen and Servicewomen to stand with the always-popular ‘thanks for your service’ message. As a gracious guest, she praised talk radio for its important part in the conservative movement and thanked Chicago’s WIND-AM radio, specifically, for hosting the evening. Then, without pause, she began her attacks on the defenseless-for-the-evening liberals.
Her first attack was commenting on the ridiculousness of punishing all of Arizona for the controversial immigration law, citing a local high school in Highland Park in the northern suburbs of Chicago because it is refusing to let its winning team of girls travel to Arizona in a form of immigration law protest. She continued with crowd-pleasing themes by giving the double-entendre: ‘Come November, we will show (the Democrats) just how grateful we are (for all they’ve done).’ Later in the evening, she repeated that theme several times with such statements as ‘We’re going to put the government back on the side of the people!’ ‘Last year, we took protests to the streets and townhalls – this year, take them to the voting booths!’ and ‘Take the gavel away from Harry and Nancy!’
Of the local references made, Palin advised, ‘Chicago! Fight the corruption!!’ and ‘This (upcoming) election is a turning point in our nation, and Chicago can show us how to do it right,’ which produced some of her most explosively positive responses.
Hitting the recent liberal moves of Obama’s borrow-and-spend ways, Palin made the point that people aren’t working, and furthermore, some people don’t want to work because they can have everything for nothing. She firmly told the receptive audience, ‘Every able-bodied person needs to be out there working!’ Thunderous applause followed.
Mindful that she was in the Land of Reagan, as she called Illinois, she referenced Reagan during her speech. In this segment, she said we learned much from Reagan – much that we can use today. In one of numerous slaps at President Obama, she said that Reagan spoke ‘with’ us – not ‘down to us.’
Parts of the speech were true to her unique style and personality, such as the two times she made mention of Obama’s policies by conversationally saying in her down-to-earth style: “This hopie-changie thing isn’t working!”
After her talk, radio talkers Big John Howell and Amy Jacobson of WIND-AM asked several questions that were supposedly emailed to the station. Those topics included Palin’s views on working moms, the Gulf Coast oil spill, and how she relaxes. Lastly, Howell asked Palin which politician she would give some of her charisma to, if she could. Palin responded, “What a great question!” and after her first non-stop talking pause of the evening, she indicated that there were so many that she admires. Of those she specifically named as Republican heavy-weights, Michelle Bachmann’s name received the most enthusiastic response.
Prior to Palin’s speech, Guy Benson of WIND-AM did a crowd-pleasing warm-up of sorts by giving some Midwest state-by-state political news statistics and received his greatest response when he said, from a national perspective, that by the latest figures, 58% of Americans want Obamacare repealed. Needless to say, that set the stage for Palin and she took the microphone at her podium from there.
From the on-going camera light flashes to the constant interruptions of her speech by enthusiastic applause and hollars, it’s safe to say that Palin’s performance was much better received by the audience than Obama’s ‘Hopie-Changie Thing!’