May 15th, 2010
07:52 AM ET
5 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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soundoff (289 Responses)
  1. ATL Guy

    This woman is an idiot!!! And she's the pride and joy of the Republican Party.

    May 14, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. Patty Patriot

    I would rather be called a redneck any day of the week then to be called a liberal or a democrat. Call me anything but a liberal – nastiest word in the English language.

    May 14, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  3. demonfeed

    I think it's great that Sarah admitted shes a redneck. Now if she would just admit that she is manipulating ignorant religeous nuts for some spending money, we would be cool.

    May 14, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  4. cassamandra

    now that she's a multi-millionaire who has cashed in after leaving her electorate in the lurch, she's "happy to be called a redneck." yurks.

    May 14, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  5. dale

    Although she probably doesn't know the history of where the term came from, I say that in common terminology where redneck is generally used to describe white trash I say she definately fits the bill

    May 14, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  6. Eric

    Well, at least she was reading from a handheld rather than her hand. Pity that the poor dear couldn't figure out how to scroll down far enough to address the violence and racism issues.

    May 14, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  7. beccainBH

    –noun
    1.an uneducated white farm laborer, esp. from the South.
    2.a bigot or reactionary, esp. from the rural working class.
    –adjective
    3.Also, red-necked. narrow, prejudiced, or reactionary: a redneck attitude.

    She finally said something true.

    May 14, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  8. helpplease

    palin is too obnoxious to be a redneck, too sleazy (need a better word)

    rednecks are upfront people... I'll agree that Palin is more like Paris

    Hilton ... again with the exception that Paris Hilton is honest with who she is ... palin comes across like a country bumpkin hitting the city lights for the first time ... again minus the upright morals of a country soul

    May 14, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  9. Peter Tuths

    Please, please

    Stop glorifying stupidity.

    May 14, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  10. Jane

    Ah yeh, like we didn't know she's a red necker. It's something we cool lefties have known all along! Ha, ha, and what laughter she has provided us with! Thanks Redneck Sarah! For all the laughs. That's what your whole public life has been to us! A long series of laughs. Well, that's worth somethin, guess. (hic) get yor hand off that trigger, man.

    May 14, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  11. Mark Ferbet, KCMO

    You might be a Redneck, if you can see Russia from your House....

    May 14, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  12. linda

    The first true statement from that woman's mouth.

    May 14, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  13. chris

    I cannot believe a state elected this woman to lead them as their governor.

    I cannot believe thousands of people gather around the country to listen to this woman. .

    If she grew up in an educated community somebody would have discouraged her from public speaking at a young age because she is an embarrassment and makes absolutely no sense.

    May 14, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  14. keith in Austin

    I love the way liberal elitists always trash Sarah. The remarkable thing is that she has more common sense in her little finger than most left wing wimps put together!

    Keep on judging. We'll cya in November!

    May 14, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  15. Dean in PA

    As always, just a total moron. No brains. Nothing but fluff. It still amazes me that people are stupid enough to take this imbecile seriously.

    May 14, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  16. Mr. Trueman

    What a suprise.

    May 14, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  17. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Redneck would be a step up for this imbecile.

    May 14, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  18. Tony

    She's a muppet. Zingers, is all she has. Go home Quitter!!

    May 14, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  19. Michelle

    Thats awesome,, good for her.
    finally a common person,,,,,,

    May 14, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  20. Micky

    I love Sarah Palin, God Blass Her!

    May 14, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  21. vwrtb

    Just because we bash Bush, Sarah and republican policy doesn't make it any less true...

    May 14, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  22. JR

    Let's see:
    ignorant check
    uneducated check
    illegitimate family members check
    lives in a backwater check
    quits her job and lives off of charity from others check

    Yeah, I agree she a redneck "you betcha"

    May 14, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  23. Joe Mahma

    Great... dumb and proud of it.

    May 14, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  24. marylandvoter

    I was looking at the above photo of the Latter-Day Saint, the Joan of Arc of the United States of America, AKA: Sarah Palin, and what do I see: Teleprompters? OMG! It must be a conspiracy of the elite liberal politicians in Washington, DC, who are not subject to term limits and the left-wing news media, such as, CNN, among others! It must have been forced upon, sweet Sarah, against her will or perhaps the photo has been falsified through digital wizardry? Only, President Obama, uses teleprompters, never Republican politicians, especially, Sarah!

    And, then, I discovered, even more biased, left-wing conspiracies, by the Liberal, America-hating, demonic, aliens from outer-space, conspirators!

    Granted, Sarah, without question, is God’s emissary on Earth, God’s answer and call to all of our Job-like woes and sufferings, in order to take America back from the precipice of the Biblical Scourge: Of the vast evil socialism/communism, medical death panels, the global warming hoax conspiracy, and the birth certificate conspiracy, and the endless, other unnamable conspiracies, now and later, when indentified by Sarah, that lie waste to “Our America”, like the clouds of locust descending upon Egypt in the Old Testament!

    Now, the Liberals (the anti-American Communists, although born in the USA, who, truly, somehow, are secret agents of “Our America” destruction, like the birth-seed pods in the movie: “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”), along with the Pharaoh of Egypt (obviously, Obama), have come to take away your assault rifles and your machine guns; plus all of your other unnamed Liberties, while shoving it, cramming it down your throats, after Midnight, while you sleep innocently, in your homes!

    Verily, like a Prophet of the Testament Old, I say unto all of you, that the darkening, angry skies of Heaven will descend upon us, blackening the Earth, with rage-filled lightning bolts! In the words of Joseph McCarthy: “It is a conspiracy so immense…)!

    Vigilante action, by the so-called “People”, the “Real Americans” is, obviously, warranted and justified, because everything and anything that we dislike and/or hate is, obviously, an evil conspiracy! Only “commie”, “pinko” liberals, think about public policy implications and complications.

    It is absolutely imperative, that we make the United States of America safe for the angry white folks driving huge pick-up trucks, the size of semi-tractor trailer trucks, and/or driving RV’s the size of Greyhound buses, while in retirement, from their government and/or private corporation jobs. And, yes, we have the constitutional right to run around in the woods, in camouflage and assault rifles, awaiting Armageddon, or the End-Times with the Satanic Federal Government!

    If not, America will go to Hell in a hand-basket, without question, and in an instant!

    God save “Real” America!

    May 14, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  25. Tracy-Oakley

    Duh!! No surprise there.

    You're not smart enough to do research and make your own assessment in issues. You can't make a cohesive sentence. You're jealous of all minorities group that look like they're getting ahead. You think whites are the only true American's; when this land was stolen from Indians and the Mexicans. You don't mind that your daughter was having sex in your home and now she's a teen mom. Yes you are most definitely a dumb redneck!!

    May 14, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
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