Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tonight, Governor Palin spoke to a sold-out crowd in Naples, Florida.
She had lunch in New Delhi on Saturday and dinner in Jerusalem on Monday. And on Wednesday, she was in Naples, bringing her conservative message to a gathering of about 1,000 at the Ritz-Carlton.
The one-time vice presidential candidate and self-described Mama Grizzly from Alaska talked about her visit last week to India and Israel, recounted how her daughter wound up on “Dancing With the Stars” last year and gushed over the fine residents of Naples.
But mostly, she hammered away at President Barack Obama, especially his administration's economic and foreign policies.
It sounded a whole lot like a campaign speech for the 2012 presidential race, which Palin said was not the case — at this point.
“Tonight,” she said before delivering her speech at the Naples Distinguished Speakers Series Town Hall event, “I will call it like I see it. I will be blunt and candid.”
She didn't disappoint.
“The occupants of the White House do not have the concerns of Israel in their best interest,” Palin said 48 hours after having dinner with Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister.
And then she got rolling around the globe ... Iran, Libya, Brazil, China.
Obama's recent trip to South America had her riled up over America's current energy policy.
“We have tens of billions of barrels of oil warehoused underground in Alaska,” Palin said. “But the president goes to Brazil. It's gone from ‘Drill, Baby, Drill' to ‘Drill, Brazil, Drill.’”
Regarding Iran, she said the White House had a chance to make an impact there earlier this year during a student uprising, but passed.
She said the United States’ policy on Libya is inconsistent, and that she's concerned that China is building a vast arsenal of sophisticated submarines and aircraft.
Palin said the right foreign policy ought to be, “If you're in it, win it. If there's doubt, get out.”
Read more here.
The question on everyone’s mind loomed throughout Sarah Palin’s hour-long appearance in North Naples on Wednesday: Will Floridians see more of the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate in 2012?
The answer was simple: You betcha.
“I’m thinking about it and praying about it,” Palin said when asked whether she’d run for president in 2012. “(But) whether I’m a candidate or not … I’m going to stay engaged.”
Palin spoke to a sold-out audience Wednesday as part of the Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speakers Series at the Ritz Carlton Naples Beach Resort. Her speech focused on issues facing the United States as the country enters what is expected to be a heated election season.
“America faces real threats, and to face these threats we need unapologetic leadership,” she said. “(People say) there’s a lack of leadership, but that’s nothing another election can’t turn around. My faith is not in big government. It’s in the people. And the people will turn it around.”