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. DENNA

    Sarah, you aren't even good enough to be a red neck. No publication in America would print a full accounting of what decent people think you are. Seriously, I hope you run for president in 2010. President Obama won't even have to campaign, unless the entire country goes insane.

    May 14, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  2. one voice

    No one with any "common sense" would be proud to be called a redneck.

    May 14, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  3. forwardgal

    This is too good to be true...Palin actually DIDN'T lie about something!!!! Did she think we didn't already know this? She's dumber than I thought. Bush started this mess with rednecks who wanted to 'have a beer' with him and the NASCAR bunch and Texass and their gun-happy cowboys. Now, they've planted themselves all over the country. Somebody let them out of their cages and they're running wild. Get the girl back to Alaska and keep her there, for crying out loud! Let the normal people run the country and get these yahoos out of sight.

    May 14, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  4. Wayne Witherspoon

    And she wants to be President of the United States?!!!!!!

    May 14, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  5. Lisa

    You give Rednecks a really, really bad name!

    May 14, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  6. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Ignorant, meet backwoods and inbred. Yall go GREAT together!! Dang..I sure hope her brother don't have dibs on her...

    Sigh..stupid and uneducated meet brainless and clueless... I could do this forever and never run out of platitudes for Palin and the ignorant Southern redneck states.

    May 14, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. Rich

    YEP and a dumb one too, you betcha

    May 14, 2010 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  8. Duane Bernard, Tucson, Az

    Sarah Palin said during a speech Friday that President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies would ban guns and ammunition if they could get away with it.

    I say ..... Sarah Palin would blow up the USA if she could get away with it.

    People can say anything about anyone .... BUT .... it doesn't make it TRUE!

    Sarah Palin seems to say alot of things that aren't TRUE!
    Alot of Republicans seem to have that problem !!!!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    and this woman would have been vice president....awesome

    May 14, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  10. Sam Zuraw

    Sarah, you're just an idiot and probably proud of that too.

    May 14, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  11. lovable liberal

    She can only aspire to be an authentic redneck. Instead, she's a vacuous insincere fake poser.

    May 14, 2010 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  12. Ellis Island

    At least she has this self-knowledge about herself. Nothing wrong, unless part of being a redneck means being racist, homophobic, anti-semitic...or anti-anything that stands for fairness, justice and peace. OK, I am a liberal. I know that about myself, too. Go Sarah. Just go.

    May 14, 2010 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  13. whybs

    Whether you are a redneck or not is immaterial!

    Your attractiveness doesn't negate your stupidity! :(

    May 14, 2010 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  14. Aware

    Thank God for our president.
    This woman is a fraud.

    May 14, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    All fine and well, but:

    – our country wasn’t founded by rednecks
    – the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights weren't written by rednecks
    – a redneck didn't write The Gettysburg Address
    – our National Parks weren't founded by a redneck
    – our leader during World War II wasn't a redneck (and our generals weren't rednecks)
    – the Rural Electrification Project wasn’t designed and implemented by rednecks
    – the folks who got us to and walked on the moon weren't rednecks
    – our country’s myriad inventions and scientific/medical/technological innovations weren't made by rednecks

    Fodder for jokes? Fine by me – but in this challenging world, we need more than rednecks; we need educated, intelligent, wise leaders and workers to take us into the future.

    And Palin doesn’t fit THAT definition by a long shot.

    May 14, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  16. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Sarah ...baby girl...why don't you run down to the Piggly Wiggly and get us a couple of 40's while I change the tire on the house...

    May 14, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  17. Russ in Benton AR

    Idon't think Palin is a redneck she was just plain trailer trash and now that she has money she is WHITE TRASH WITH MONEY

    May 14, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  18. GODZILLA1

    WILD ALASKAN DINGBAT! Not an endanged species – in fact, not a species at all – a MUTANT!

    May 14, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  19. Not A Redneck

    The fact that Palin is trying to be a comedian is by itself a comedy. Almost anything she does is comic. She does not have to try hard. Her candidacy was a big joke as well.

    May 14, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  20. proud dem in nc

    What a loser!!!! How many rednecks shop at Nieman Marcus. She is the biggest hypocrite on this planet.. She changes her spots to suit her audience. She goes wherever there is a paycheck. Please Please go away Sarah.

    May 14, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  21. E-Socrates

    Palin a Redneck? Nooo.. you are a manipulator, phony, moron, greedy, and you lack integrity and brains.. that is all what you are.

    May 14, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  22. leftyavenger

    No kidding!

    May 14, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  23. John

    No Sarah, you're just goofey.

    May 14, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  24. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Jeff Foxworthy please sue her....

    May 14, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  25. D. Reid

    She doesn't mind being called "violent, racist or redneck" or a MILF.

    May 14, 2010 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
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