May 15th, 2010
07:52 AM ET
4 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. Julia

    What a surprise. Where are this woman's children? She's knee deep in politics, yet she resigns her own position as a sitting governor a year and a half before the term ends to tell everyone else how to vote and run this country. And, of course, she's trying to sell books.

    May 14, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  2. Allie

    The Republican Party has become a circus with Palin its clown and Limbaugh its freak. And yet she talks about being a "real American" ... duh. Obviously she hasn't the slightest inkling of what redneck means to people of color. She thinks it's funny. It isn't. America needs her like the Gulf needs another hole in the pipe.

    May 14, 2010 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  3. Golden Girl

    Very well then!

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

    ya really think so, Sarah? you betcha!

    May 14, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  5. NA

    As if anyone is surprise by any ignorant comment that come from Palin. She is getting rich on saying stupid things. Without fact or reason all she does promote racial tention and criticize the president. This is the same person that said she can see Russia from her back yard. What joke

    May 14, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  6. john in Cal

    She wants to court the rednecks in this country. Who's next? hey dufus here comes Palin.

    May 14, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  7. Keith

    hah, no kidding.

    May 14, 2010 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  8. SaRa

    So unimpressive and not funny !!!

    May 14, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  9. Sarah + CNN = True Love

    If that was THE single plank in her platform, she'd probably take the south. The repubs, er.. Tea Party, should look into endorsing her.

    May 14, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  10. Arturo

    Palin is giving herself way too much credit, by calling herself a "redneck"

    May 14, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  11. fpalin

    So sick of silly sarah

    May 14, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  12. Susie

    You're right, Sarah. the jokes weren't funny and neither are you. You are a narcissistic, lying, gold digger. One day soon the Republicans will realize that while you can draw a crowd, you really don't say anything of substance, and "reload," "take our country back," and "Obama is taking away your guns," are nothing more than bumper sticker rhetoric that mean nothing. As in Alaska, you talk a good game, but have no solutions to anything. Good luck raking in those speaking fees when Dems retain and add seats in November. Why don't you just go home and raise those kids you reportedly love so much. Don't you miss them?

    May 14, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  13. SaRa

    She is SO STUPID ! !

    May 14, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  14. jeff george

    Everything she says, including this comment, is designed to pander. It's what she does. She panders shamelessly.

    May 14, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  15. ltl lulu

    oh Sarah, you really didn't even have to tell that to us. Unfortunately I think you are insulting rednecks everywhere. Please try to tame your ego Sarah. The last time I saw an ego this big, well lets just say only seen it in a man.

    May 14, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  16. gino

    Surprise! She's a redneck! Somehow I just knew it.

    May 14, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  17. RO

    Palin sure does love the limelight. IF she isn't in the news for a few days, she will say something ridiculous or something that is NOT newsworthy. .

    May 14, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  18. amazed

    aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh....... you think?

    May 14, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  19. Crownnoble

    I had a co-worker always calling me a redneck and I called him a city slicker and it was fun. We defined each other on the mistakes we would make. The best was when he drove his car for three (3) weeks with his oil light on and the car froze up on the highway.

    May 14, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  20. normajean

    Sarah Palin is not a "rogue",a "redneck", nor a " maverick".She picked these terms because she thought they had a bit of glamour to them. They don't and neither does she. ". She is a "phony",an opportunist", a user and a monstrous lier..I don't hate her. I feel sorry for her. She is trying so hard to have everyone think she is the" greatest thing since sliced bread 'and because she's good looking, with a gift of gab, she's fooled a lot of people but the truth is, she hasn't fooled herself and the steam is running out.She's gone too far. She has herself entangled in so many directions that up is no longer an option. She has only one way to go and that's down.She's running out of control and won't know it until she hits the wall.{and she will}. What a waste.

    May 14, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  21. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Palin speaks to a crowd of rabid, NRA folks in North Carolina, and you "wonder" if she's a red-neck?

    Really?!?!?!?!?!?!

    May 14, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  22. George B from Ohio

    If you think Africa is a country ... you may be a redneck.
    If you like shooting animals from a plane ... you may be a redneck.
    If your 17 year old unwed daughter gets pregnant ... you may be a redneck.
    If your idea of good literature is "Guns and Ammo" ... you may be a redneck.
    If you often say "you betcha" ... you may be a redneck.
    If your minister performs rituals to protect against witches ... you may be a redneck.
    If you think only white republicans are "real Americans" ... you may be a redneck.

    May 14, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  23. Mike

    I can't believe she's proud of this. Now all she has to do is admit to the violent and racist part and she might actually have said something honest.

    May 14, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  24. Susan L.

    Redneck? Doesn't that imply that one works in the field? Mrs. Palin quits everything she begins, so she couldn't possibly stay in a field long enough to get that Red Neck. She is, however, definitely a total and complete moron. And her followers are stupider still.

    May 14, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  25. shade

    Sorry, but we rednecks have enough to overcome...We dont not Sara Palin tryin to identify with us too.

    May 14, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
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