““TRENDING: Palin takes jab at first lady
CNN's Alison Harding
(CNN) – Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin seemed to have the 2008 election – and, specifically, first lady Michelle Obama – on her mind during a speech at a conservative forum Thursday night.
"You know, when I hear people say, or had said during the campaign that they've never been proud of America, haven't they met anybody in uniform yet?" Palin opined during her remarks at a Liberty and Freedom Foundation forum in San Jose, California.
"I get tears in my eyes when I see that young man, that young woman, walking through the airport in uniform – you too – so proud to be American," Palin said to enthusiastic applause”
Michele Obama’s comment in 2008 was dissected and over-analyzed during the election campaign. Any American with an eighth grade equivalent education should understand the reasons for her comment and the honest expressed in the comment.
Enter Palin, stage far-right with her usual lack of interest in facts and her usual inability to frame a complete sentence without avoiding any connection to grammar. Ms. Obama seems to be broadly popular in America. She is well-educated, well-spoken, and has thrown the power of her unofficial office toward improving the lives of military families. Ms. Palin’s primary awareness of military life began when her older son was allowed to enlist to avoid a prison sentence for vandalizing the brakes of a school bus. When asked during the 2008 campaign why he was serving in Iraq she showed no acquaintance with the Bush Doctrine or with any other reason for U.S. military presence in Iraq beyond essentially proclaiming it a holy war directed by God.
If Palin has her way, those nice young men and women in uniform will return from duty to find no Veterans Administration health benefits, no education benefits, and no jobs. The only tears in her eyes are artificial.
This wonderful bit of daytime television talk show rhetoric is all too suggestive of Palin’s jealousy of Ms. Obama, who knows how to wield power graciously, who attended accredited schools and earned her degrees in the usual time, and who has not used her children as campaign props. Is Palin bothered because Ms. Angel and Ms. O’Donnell are getting more attention in the media than the badly aging, widely considered unqualified to hold public office former secessionist from Alaska? Are the Palin clones not providing enough praise? How does belonging to the Alaska secessionist party square with her attack on Ms. Obama? Anyone who buys her patriotism as extending beyond her bathroom mirror is badly deluded. Junior high school déjà vu?