Palin at CPAC: “Mr. President, you lie!”

Sarah Palin's speech was all Washington-bashing and crowd-pleasing one-liners

Topics: Sarah Palin, CPAC, Barack Obama, Republicans, Washington, D.C.,

In her big CPAC speech on Saturday, Sarah Palin threw out her usual snappy one-liners (like giving Margaret Thatcher an “Amen Sistah!”) and crowd-pleasing gags (like when she pulled out a giant cup of soda and took a dig at Michael Bloomberg: ”Bloomberg’s not around, my Big Gulp’s safe.”).

On gun control, Palin was of course against it, arguing that saying that “that chunk of metal did the crime, is like saying that fork made me fat.” She added: “Background checks: A dandy idea Mr. President, should have started with yours!”

“We don’t have leadership coming out of Washington, we have reality television,” she continued, saying that “they’re being too scripted, too calculated. They’re talking about rebuilding the party, how about rebuilding the middle class?”



“We’re not here to re-brand a party, we’re here to rebuild a country,” Palin added.

On Obama, Palin said: “Barack Obama promised the most transparent administration ever: Barack Obama, you lie!” And no Palin speech these days is complete without a teleprompter joke: ”Mr. President: We admit it. You won. Accept it. Now step away from the teleprompter and do your job.”

She wrapped up the speech with: “If we the people have one message to send to Washington, it’s this: Get over yourself.”

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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