Sarah Palin received a rock star’s welcome at the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference where she spoke before the first of two sold-out shows at the Redding Convention Center this afternoon.
That’s 4,000 people who paid between $54 for a balcony seat to $74 for a floor seat. I had a floor seat - second row, so near the tower of speakers that I followed the example of people around me and wadded tissue in my right ear to reduce the volume.
Even so, I heard every word and felt the crowd’s jostling adoration as they cheered and applauded throughout Palin’s speech.
She endeared herself to the logging conference crowd by holding her hand up to
show what was written on her palm: “Loggers rock!” - an apparent dig at
“lame-stream media” who recently ridiculed her for writing memory prompts on her
hand. And toward the end of her talk she complimented logging industry folks when she referred to an administration that talks about green jobs.
“You guys were doing green jobs before green jobs were even cool!”
Wild applause followed many of her points, including:
- “Washington needs to stop lecturing and start listening.”
- “We need basic common-sense government with fiscal restraint and limited control.”
- “We need to stand up and tell government to back off.”
- “Sometimes I wonder if anyone in Washington has ever run a business.”
- “Washington wants us to think this is all over our head. Obviously, they want us to sit down and shut up.”
- “Washington needs to walk the walk.”
- “We need an all-of-the-above approach to drilling, digging and mining, and support for nuclear energy.”
- “A lot of green is wishful thinking … in the meantime we have to drill here now and tap into our plentiful supplies.”
- “I named my daughter Willow. Isn’t that granola enough for ya?” (Regarding forest preservation.)
She concluded her talk by sitting down with Nadine Bailey, executive director of the conference, who asked questions posed by some members about topics like clear-cutting on private property “California is tough … maybe California is behind the times,” and the drive for national health care, “… we need a robust economy so people can afford health care.”
A standing ovation greeted Palin’s goodbye amid some shouts of “We love you, Sarah!” and ”Run, Sarah, run,” to which she replied, “Well, bless your heart.”
Some fans rushed the stage waving copies of Palin’s newly released book, “Going Rogue,” a few of which Palin stooped from the stage to sign as her daughter Piper watched on. And then Palin was gone, off to prepare for the next showing at 7
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010
After giving an early-morning speech at the Get Motivated seminar in Houston yesterday, Governor Palin flew to Redding, California, where she spoke at the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference. Doni Greenberg from anewscafe.com reports from the first of two sessions:
Read the entire article here.