May 15th, 2010
07:52 AM ET
8 years ago

Palin does a bit of stand up

(CNN) – She's a politician, an author, cable news contributor and sought-after speaker. But perhaps former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is interested in a new title: comedienne.

In what can only be described as a bit of a schtick, Palin had some fun Friday with the notion that she and her family might be rednecks.

Speaking at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, Palin claimed that some in the media have tried to portray members of the Tea Party movement as "violent or racist or rednecks."

"And I don't really have a problem with the redneck part of it, to tell you the truth. I don't," the former vice presidential candidate told the crowd. "That's fine with me."

Palin told the gun rights supporters how she recently searched online for the best redneck jokes to prepare for an appearance in Alabama where she was introduced by a radio personality named "Bubba."

"But, I'm reading them [thinking] these aren't funny, these are me," Palin said to laughter. "They really are."

Holding what looked like a BlackBerry, Palin told some of the jokes to the NRA crowd.

"'You're a redneck if directions to your house include turn off the paved road.'" "Yep," Palin said rhetorically, "Go to Wasilla, turn off the paved road. That's where we are."

"'You may be a redneck if you're ever involved in a custody fight over a hunting dog.'" "Todd and I? No. But, we have friends – yep, truly – a custody fight over their hunting dog."

" – 'If you yell at your husband, come move this transmission so I can take a bath.'" "I thought that one was funny," Palin told the crowd.

"-'If you use your fishing license as a form of i.d.'" "Well, I do that all the time in Dillingham," Palin said. "That's how you cash your checks."

Palin also told jokes about having steel toes in your "best shoes," going hunting on your honeymoon, getting the septic tank pumped as an anniversary present, having Thanksgiving dinner served on a ping-pong table, thinking Wal-Mart is expensive, and spending the night in the bed of your truck rather than paying for a hotel room.

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  1. Paul H

    Okay this is CNN Political Ticker........... Out of all the things Palin probably said at this event that pertained to the day's current event's, or anything dealing with politics, our media outlet has to pick this comment to do a headline on.
    Do you have to look any farther to see why people are disenfranchised with media in this country? Do you really think that talk radio could conjure this kind of stuff up?

    May 14, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  2. Palin is a quitter

    Sara Palin quit only half way through her Governorship of Alaska that she was elected to by the people of Alaska. That by itself trumps everything else that is Sara Palin, period. How can anyone who calls themselves a true American stand behind a person who doesn’t fulfill their duty that they were sworn in to do?

    May 14, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  3. SD

    Plain and simple're just a GOOF!

    May 14, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  4. Discernment

    Hey Sarah, what about all that talk regarding "Obama pals around with terrorist"? Have you proved that yet?

    May 14, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  5. Chris_VA

    She left out the word "Dumb" in front of redneck...

    May 14, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  6. Northeast

    Gaining popular support by acknowledging and showcasing your ignorance. Sarah Palin is George Bush with boobs.

    May 14, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  7. Mandy

    Wow...what a hypocrite...she's using Teleprompters. Better than reading from your ashy palm, ha Palin?

    May 14, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |

    Drill Baby Drill just keeps running her mouth with nothing to say and cnn keeps reporting it. How about getting some real news to report no wonder your losing the top spot of news coverage.

    May 14, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  9. Tom

    May God have mercy on each one of us !!

    May 14, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  10. 8 Years of "Trickle Down" Economics has only left a wet spot on working America's shoes!

    You might be a redneck, if you go into labor in Houston with a special needs baby, hop on 2 plane flights for 8 hours and then a long auto drive to get to the only facility in Alaska that has a pediatrician that accepts "chickens" for payment!

    May 14, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  11. Doug Carr

    Note to Sarah-

    Honey, the only thing you are missing is the three legged dog tied up to the porch of the trailer. No need to state the obvious.....

    May 14, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  12. emma

    This is empty news.

    May 14, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  13. Annie, Atlanta

    This woman is toxic. And in this environment, with people hurting like never before, that toxicity becomes dangerous.

    And by the way, a real redneck is a farmer. I come from a long line of them. Sarah Palin is no redneck. Opportunistic, divisive, hateful, yes.

    May 14, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  14. Rick

    I am sure Mrs. Palin does not even know that redneck actually stems from early coal mining when a specific group was identifiable through their red neckerchiefs. Back woods perhaps? Hick maybe?

    May 14, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  15. Discernment


    Because rednecks "don't quit" their publicly elected leadership commitments halfway through their term; just so they can make more money outside of state government. Especially after taking an oath to serve the people at government salary.


    May 14, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  16. byron

    oh we already knew you were a redneck... and I am fine with the fact that you are fine to be one too.

    May 14, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  17. floydfix69

    Omg ,is this woman, For real she has no clue. please vote for her and hope hell fire follows behind four year has more brains.

    May 14, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  18. KO

    That's fine for her to be a redneck, as long as she's considered a comedienne or entertainer. It's not okay if she wants to think of herself as a serious political figure or, God forbid, presidential candidate.

    May 14, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. Mike

    Quite the insult to rednecks!!

    May 14, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  20. Eli

    Nothing to be proud of, least educated in the country are those who identify as a red neck.

    May 14, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  21. Leah

    We do NOT need a 'redneck' president, we already had Bush.
    We need presidents that INTELLIGENCE, manners, diplomacy, compassion, wisdom, and grace.
    Obama 2012

    May 14, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  22. chris24

    What an idiot.....

    I pray to God she goes away soon!

    May 14, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  23. Bill

    I don't doubt she is ignorant, but the term actually references folks who work in the sun and get a burn. Sarah Palin just flies around on private jets or in first class to collect a few hundred grand for a "speech". Certainly not working class anymore.

    I love the way the wealthy try to hoodwink the ignorant poor by pretending to be one of them. George W. Bush did it to just about perfection. And Sarah Palin, who will pull in more than $10 million this year, is now in on this nonsense.

    May 14, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  24. Travis

    As a redneck, I'm a bit embarassed that you associate yourself with us however, you manage to make rednecks look smart in comparison.

    May 14, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  25. Not Republican

    It's not what she said, it's what she didn't say..

    She happily embraced the rednecks in the crowd, but didn't disclaim that violent bigots were also part of the mix... after all, the GOP can't win an election without biggots.

    May 14, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
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