Palin to keynote Reagan celebration
January 27th, 2011
05:23 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin to keynote Reagan celebration

(CNN) - Former Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will give the keynote address in February at the Reagan Ranch Center honoring the 100th anniversary of the former president's birthday.

The two days of events in Santa Barbara, California are sponsored by the conservative Young America's Foundation.

"Young America's Foundation has been sharing the values of President Reagan with young people for over 40 years, and there is no organization more committed to preserving freedom's future," Palin said in a statement.

Her speech on February 4th will "draw parallels to today while calling for young people to continue the Reagan revolution into 2012 and beyond," according to the release.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney will speak at the end of the celebrations on Saturday February 5th.

The festivities will include panel discussions with Reagan authors, former Reagan administration officials and leaders of the Young America's Foundation.


Filed under: Ronald Reagan • Sarah Palin
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Louise

    I didn't care much for Reagan as a politician, but for Palin to speak at a memorial for him is pretty crass.

    January 27, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  2. JDinTexas

    I wonder if her staff is giving her the Cliff notes on who, exactly, Ronald Reagan was.

    January 27, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  3. Mickey, NY

    Reagan is turning over in his grave...

    January 27, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  4. Palin: Like Coulter ... Minus the Manparts

    Let's hope she knocks in outta the park like she did during her recent "Tuscon Tumble" video debut. I'm no fan of Reagan's, but even I consider this an insult to his memory and surviving family members. The only thing she has in common with Ronald Reagan is her current intellect is lower than his was at his the end of his life.

    January 27, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  5. Malia

    Who thought that one up, Fox News? Certainly not Nancy. Palin is an idiot.

    January 27, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  6. Jeanie

    Way to go Sarah and I know you'll will give a wonderful speech. What I'm most proud of you for is that you have stood tall in the face of all the terrible bashing that you have received from the uneducated, nasty individuals that like to just sit on their behinds and put forth hate. Stand Tall Sarah because for everyone that dislikes you and your message there are 3 people that think you are a pretty decent and sincere. Just go forward knowing that there are some that have your back and you have our prayers!

    January 27, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  7. ABM

    Is this a joke? There are too many to name that should do the keynote. She is given too much credit for doing NOTHING for this country. This action is a total discredit to the man's legacy.

    January 27, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  8. Shari from Madison

    Great, she and Nancy Reagn probably saw the same fortune teller.

    January 27, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    The Young American Fascists (we called them that back in 1980 at The University of Texas – they were nerds on right wing steroids...) picked Sarah for speaker??? Ronnie must be spinning in his grave. Or burning the 11th Commandment...

    January 27, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  10. MAUDE

    My god "wtf" is wrong with these people. I rather have Bonzo, Regan's Monkey, making some chimp like noise at this speaking engagement.

    January 27, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Wait until somebody tells her Ronnie was president of a union, worked for a living, got a real degree in 4 years, and was a Democrat.

    January 27, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  12. T

    Only in the US.......what a joke..........what is this country coming to?????????

    January 27, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. johnrj08

    Oh brother! This woman knows less about Ronald Reagan than she does about the Constitution. What a joke.

    January 27, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I hoped she's learned what college Reagan attended, the last speech she gave Palin named a college that never existed. She should speak about the leader of Alaskan Independent Party, I'm sure she knows more about him and if not she can always ask her husband Todd.

    January 27, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  15. Pretzel Logic

    This is hilarious on so many levels.

    January 27, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  16. Chris A

    Reagan would have despised this woman. She should not be allowed to speak on his B-day.

    January 27, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  17. Big_D

    Deficits prove Reagan didn't matter.

    January 27, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  18. CBR

    The question is why Sarah Palin would be the keynote speaker for a celebration of Ronald Reagan's life. President Reagan was surrounded by people who could keep him well-informed. He spoke to everyone and used his charisma and charm to get people on his side. He never relied on the type of rhetoric which Sarah Palin or even Dick Cheney use. I did not vote for Reagan because I differed with him on policy. However I do not think the speakers chosen can hold a candle to the man.

    January 27, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  19. Russ

    Reagan will roll over in his grave with the first "how's the hopey changey thing going fer ya now" reference. I was never a big Reagan fan, but I feel sorry for the Reagans that this is the best they could do in his honor. You betcha!!

    January 27, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  20. anagram_kid

    Someone had better explain to her that ‘keynote’ does not mean she should write the speech on her car keys.

    January 27, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  21. michaelam

    I have never been a fan of the "Gipper" EVER! In fact, his policies caused our country to collapse! But, this just takes the cake! Sarah Pailin? Really? Wow! This solidifies the fact that the GOP is completely upside down!

    January 27, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  22. Bill P

    The "Reagan Revolution" gutted the Unions that provided good jobs for our middle class.
    The "Reagan Revolution" cut taxes on the wealthy.
    The "Reagan Revolution" was the begining of the end of good manufacturing jobs in this country as companies outsourced their manufacturing.
    Reagan was a joke!
    A pitchman for the corporations, bought and paid for, who destroyed the middle class with a big dumb smile on his face!

    January 27, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  23. MC

    Is it fair to describe Palin's effort as a "speech?" Seems like the bar is set very high for her.

    By the way, I think "WTF" is what Gabby Giffords said when she saw Palin's map and "surveyor symbol" on her name and district. After Ms. Giffords was shot through the brain, she didn't say anything.

    January 27, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  24. Chuck

    I can't believe she will be the key speaker at 'The Ranch'. I remember just a week ago Ron Jr said there is absolutely no comparison of Pain and his father. He also sounded discussed just hearing her name. Surely Nancy didn't haven't a say in 'that thing' beiing the speaker. I swear the broad would go to the opening of a door. Makes one kind of sick.

    January 27, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  25. Steve in Denver

    Sarah Palin . . . something about her being selected to praise a man who had alzheimers for the last half of his presidency. He was still brighter than she is.

    January 27, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
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