America

Palin Writes On Her Hand, Obama Uses A Teleprompter: Big Deal?

So, there's been some buzz in the liberal blogosphere and on CNN over photos and video that show Sarah Palin had some notes written in the palm of her left hand when she was on stage Saturday evening at the Tea Party Convention in Nashville.

As the liberal Huffington Post shows, the words were "energy","tax", "lift American spirits" and "budget cuts" with the word "budget" crossed out.

And as this video clip posted by the equally liberal Think Progress highlights, during the Q&A the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee certainly seems to take a glance at her hand just before mentioning some of those points:

OK, so she did something that millions of Americans probably do when they've got something they need to remember. Is it as odd as what President Barack Obama did last month when he spoke to an elementary school class in Falls Church, Va.? As The Daily Show's Jon Stewart so skillfully skewered, the president brought along a teleprompter (note: there is one bleeped Stewart expletive):

Here's a question:

We'll hold that unscientific inquiry open until Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET.

Update at 10:25 a.m. ET: I've tweaked the headline to ask "Big Deal?" rather than "Any Difference?" I think that gets at the subject a little better.

Update at 9:45 a.m. ET: Online questions like this aren't scientific surveys in part because advocates can mount campaigns to affect the "results". As "Froward America" points out in the comments thread, the conservative Free Republic has called on its fans to weigh in on our question here.

As always, the "other" side is free to do the same. And all are welcome to debate the issue in the comments thread.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.