Palin rolls into Washington on a motorcycle, with a message
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin rides on the back of a motorcycle before participating in "Rolling Thunder" rally May 29, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia.
May 29th, 2011
02:00 PM ET
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Palin rolls into Washington on a motorcycle, with a message

Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin rode into Washington, D.C. on the back of a motorcycle Sunday, kicking off what is expected to be a week of stops to educate America about its founding principles.

She delivered her message on the National Mall as part of the "Rolling Thunder" rally in honor of Memorial Day. "Rolling Thunder" is a non-profit organization dedicated to the search for American military personnel who are prisoners of war or missing in action.

The former Alaska governor and potential 2012 presidential candidate thanked "Rolling Thunder" for making sure Americans "don't forget it's our vets whom we owe a debt of gratitude."

"I'm an American. I have no title. I have no office," Palin told CNN's Sandra Endo. "To be an American citizen with the freedom to come out here and assemble to thank you veterans, I can't tell you how honored I am to be invited to participate."

After driving on a motorcycle and walking on the Mall with her husband Todd and daughters Bristol and Piper, Palin met with veterans and families associated with the "Rolling Thunder" organization.

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soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Doglover

    YAY! Palin found the ultimate bumpit.

    May 29, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    She "barged in" where there were a lot of supporters for the bikers, and I'm sure she will LIE and say they came to seee her.

    She makes me sick in my stomach.

    And all you haters that think that is fear - you don't know squat.

    May 29, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. toad

    The real american woman on a american made motorcycle! You can't beat that!

    May 29, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. The Clear Thinking Independent

    All this woman has are empty platitudes, stagecrafted photo ops and fake interviews such as the rehearsed exchanges with Fox`s Sean Hannity.

    As far as these "bus tours" are concerned, I`l bet she doesn`t even ride the bus around the country. She hopes on Gulfstream jets to get where she wants to go and then has the bus meet her at the airfield or the hotel wher she gets onboard.

    She wants to play up the image of someone with the wind in her hair that is "in-touch" and experiences a rural/ wilderness lifestyle.

    It`s Madison avenue branding to help her exploit her flock and tke more cash from them.

    May 29, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    Palin palling around with bikers! Leave it to Sarah to just hang around with the "real Americans".

    May 29, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Chandler

    Such a great lady! Love it!

    May 29, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. linda bowman

    Well now I can sleep better ....sarah can ride on a motorcycle! she is as phony as a three dollar bill......when she can answer real questions..have solutions not rhetoric, not sarcasm, not oh woe is me, not the victim card...not saying any outrageous thing that comes to her mind and if she actually announces she is running maybe then she will be worthy of the media following her every word like a bunch of puppy dogs.....otherwise she is just a private citizen .....all the declared runners would like to get the free air time she gets...and u got to know she will await making her "announcement" to the last second possible geting all the free air time she needs and the ability to mstill use fox news as a campaign office......otherwise she would have to step down from that post....but she has played u for so long u do not even know it anymore...the victim, the long suffering sarah is playing a game and has sucked u all in.....

    May 29, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    IF they allow her to speak her vile hatred at this gathering, I'll pull all of my support for them away.

    She is only in it for the money, and if they're fooled by her, they're too foolish to manage my donations.

    May 29, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. MSHMiami

    Palin's new image: Biker Bimbo. Classic.

    May 29, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Real women ride their own bike! Clearly, Sarah Palin realizes the only way she's going to get anywhere is to ride on the coat tails of smarter, better qualified people.

    May 29, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. every1knows

    She just looks so Presidential! lol

    May 29, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. FM

    I have never seen any pompous person like this woman!

    May 29, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. linell, former republican, now NPA, Winter Park, FL

    Does the picture of Dukakis riding in the tank come to mind to anyone else?

    May 29, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Nothing new here!

    May 29, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. Anthony DeBottis

    Run Sarah Run. Now is the time don't hesitate to throw your hat in to the ring. Woman need to take over this political system and straighten it out.

    May 29, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. jo mama

    Ok, not a fan, but that's kind of hot.

    May 29, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. LGT

    She could probably forgo the helmet.

    May 29, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. Yonni

    Palin upstaging the American war veterans

    May 29, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. CBR

    Sarah Palin's participation in "rolling thunder" is another in a series of political moves that Ms. Palin makes to get people to support her. I have always respected the Rolling Thunmder for their unwavering support for veterans of the War in VietNam and their compassion for those who were killed. We have met many of them returning home after Memorial Day. They represented all of us even those who did not support the soldiers or who did not appreciate their efforts on our behalf. I am sorry that they have succumbed to politics even as they encourage all of us to remember those who served and were injured or died for their country..

    May 29, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. glarn skleebleman

    Rolling blunder......

    May 29, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. David Reston, VA

    I'm tired of the high gas prices, high unemployment and Obama's high rhetoric. I hope Sarah Palin runs and beats Obama in 2012!

    May 29, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. tom

    Thats exactly where she belongs! She is really a brilliant politician in her own mind,and the reputation of a "Moron" Embarrass America Palin, your good at that? You make us "Belly Laugh" lol

    May 29, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. Peter

    Yup, real presidential material there. A babe on the back of a bike who admits that she does not read.

    May 29, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. Jim Dorton

    If there's a gathering of 500,000 people she'll try to take credit and ham it up. Sorry vets for the "cheap distraction". Can you imagine her as president and when she had a whim, she would quit. It's loser=quitter. She didn't care anything for Alaska's people and why woud she care about the rest of us. WHAT A JOKE.

    May 29, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. S. K. Palmer

    What a pathetic attempt to garner attention – showing up where she wasn't invited.

    May 29, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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