Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had some harsh words for President Barack Obama on Saturday, accusing the POTUS of “just making noise.”
“Remember no drama Obama?” she asked. “If only. Now it’s all drama Obama.”
But Palin also had the jokes.
“You all need to do more thinking Sam Adams and less drinking Sam Adams,” she instructed the College Republicans in the crowd, garnering hearty laughs.
And that was just the beginning. Palin’s entire speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference was show-stopping, frequently resulting in loud applause, hoots and standing ovations from the audience.
The former Governor took shots at President Obama throughout her speech, joking that she didn’t leave reporters stranded on her bus, like the POTUS did during a recent golfing trip. She condemned his attacks on the Second Amendment, including his push for universal background checks.
“Dandy idea, Mr. President,” she joked. “We should have started with yours.”
Palin also told the President to stop campaigning and get to work. She accused him of lying to the American people about being the most transparent administration in history. But it wasn’t just the President that Palin condemned.
“Never before have our challenges been so big and our leaders so small,” she said.
She railed against the career politicians in Washington, calling them out for their lack of leadership and inability to connect with average Americans. Palin said that conservatives should fight to put normal people in office, instead of letting Washington vet their candidates.
Palin stressed the GOP doesn’t need to focus on rebranding, but instead on rebuilding the middle class. She condemned some Republicans for reading scripts instead of speaking honestly and openly.
Always the comedienne, Palin’s finest moment came mid-speech, when she whipped out a Big Gulp from the lectern and took a long sip. Her stunt sent the audience members almost immediately to their feet with raucous cheers and applause.
“Shoot, it’s just pop!” she said, pointing out that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wasn’t around to prevent anyone from drinking the large soda. She noted that students involved in the Greek system probably put more than just pop in their Big Gulp cups.
Palin also joked about the Christmas gifts she exchanged with her husband Todd.
“He’s got the rifle, I got the rack,” she quipped cheekily.
At the end of her speech, Palin left the stage raising her Big Gulp to the crowd and waving like the conservative royalty she is. She is officially out of politics, but it’s no doubt that Palin is still a force to be reckoned with in the GOP.
Just ask Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who made a special, unscripted introduction of Palin, saying, “I would not be in the U.S. Senate today if it were not for Gov. Sarah Palin.”