Palin to keynote Reagan celebration
January 27th, 2011
05:23 PM ET
12 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. S. In California

    One loser to another...

    January 27, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. keeth in cali

    She is soooo unworthy.

    January 27, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. JB

    Oh my, can't think of any place I'll wouldn't rather be!

    January 27, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. Ren

    Why in the world would Palin be the keynote speaker? That only makes sense in a 'twisted' political world.

    January 27, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. Video Guy

    What a way to dis-honor the memory of President Reagan. His memory deserves better than Sarah.

    January 27, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. MM

    I am sure Reagan just rolled in his grave. Could they be any more disrespectful to one of our nation's greatest Presidents?? Feel bad for nancy too!

    January 27, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. Barry

    Did Nancy Reagan agree to this?

    January 27, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. PalmReader

    Oh, my God. Am laughing so hard can barely type. WHATEVER is the Reagan family thinking to allow Palin to make a mockery of the memory of Ronald Reagan in a way only Palin herself will manage to do . . . btw, what is (or was) the Reagan Revolution that Palin is promoting on behalf of his memory? I doubt it's his compassionate conservative ideology - Palin is anything BUT compassionate.

    January 27, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. Bergie

    I think if Ronald Reagan were alive today he'd select himself a nice switch stick and escort Sarah to the woodshed.

    January 27, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. JR, San Diego

    Reagan must be spinning in his Alzheimer filled grave, but then a brain dead speaker for a real dead Reagan.

    January 27, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. Jacob

    why? someone owes the Reagan family an apology...

    January 27, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. Mikey

    OMG. I was no fan of Ronald Reagan, but she is not in his class. There are so many qualified speakers who would have been honored at the opportunity. I may not have know Reagan, but this I can tell you, Sarah Palin is no Ronald Reagan.

    The memory of Ronald Reagan is to be dishonored by having opportunistic trailer trash as the keynote speaker for his 100th birthday. Wow!

    January 27, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. cf

    Reagan increased the size of government more than any other President. We would be no tea partier.

    January 27, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. JR, San Diego

    You know, they would get a more intelligent speech if they propped Reagan up at the podium, LOL.

    January 27, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. Lance Cordill

    Totally appropriate. Way to go Sarah!!!!

    January 27, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I am not a Reagan fan, but it just seems plain wrong and insulting to have this THING be the keynote speaker at anything honoring an ex-President.

    Did anybody even ask Nancy if she thought this was appropriate?

    January 27, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  17. willie floyd

    Unbelievable!! Can Nancy possibly approve of this??

    January 27, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  18. Robert

    Must be getting hard up for speakers

    January 27, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  19. Jim

    Keynote speaker? Too funny!! She can't put a coherent sentence together. I can see her comments beginning with WTF.

    January 27, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  20. Lori Bowser

    What a disgrace.She has no right to even speak his name little lone give a speech about this great man.Is this what it has come to?I am in shock.Surely the Reagan family could have done better then this.I had planned on watching every single event dealing with his Birthday,but I won't watch this one!!

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

    Palin should not be allowed to speak, she will use the opportunity turn a celebration of Reagan in to something about her. It is not right.

    January 27, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  22. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Do they really want Reagan to become a laughingstock by associating him with Palin?

    January 27, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    I am no fan of Reagan's, but I do know this much about the man: He is SPINNING in his grave at the thought of this airhead religious zealot speaking at this event!

    Reagan raised taxes; signed the START treaty; backed legislation that resulted in the influx of millions of illegal aliens; and never, NEVER wore his faith on his sleeve!

    If Reagan were around today, he wouldn't even be considered a CONSERVATIVE by today's GOP crowd of ignoramuses!

    January 27, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. TPF

    Even Ronald Regan himself would not approve. She does not know one thing about Reagan, except he was an actor.

    January 27, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  25. Just me

    Are her hands even large enough to hold an entire speech?

    January 27, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
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