In a blistering CPAC speech on Saturday in which she sipped a Big Gulp soda to mock Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s soda cup ban–and the liberal nanny state, in general–former Alaska Gov. and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin reserved her harshest words for President Barack Obama regarding gun control, the budget, and leadership.
Palin said Obama promised the most transparent administration ever but has been mired in crony capitalism and has not even passed a budget. She said refusing to pass a budget is not “just bureaucratic bungling,” it is “refusing to declare what” Obama intends to do with the people’s money.
“Barack Obama, you lie!” Palin said of Obama’s transparency claims.
On background checks for guns, Palin said, “Dandy idea, Mr. President. Should have started with yours.”
She said “bad guys who ignore the laws” will not follow new laws when it comes to gun control legislation Democrats want enacted. She blistered liberals for over-simplifying the causes of gun-related crimes.
“Saying a chunk of metal did the crime is like saying the fork made me fat,” Palin said.
She mocked the mainstream media for gathering again to write their “conservatives in crisis” stories.
Palin had some harsh words Obama’s lack of leadership and the lack of leaders in Washington.
She said there is a “direct correlation between the Senate’s stubbornly refusing to pass a budget and selfishly agreeing to spend our children’s and our grandchildren’s money.”
“No budget is no leadership,” Palin said. “It’s time for America to be more outraged about this.”
She said America faces challenges “so big” while its leaders are so small.
Palin called Obama a campaigner who makes promises he can’t keep and seeks to divide and conquer while orchestrating crisis after crisis to exploit for political gain.
“We don’t have leadership coming out of Washington, we have reality television,” Palin said.
Palin said everything coming out of Washington, D.C. feels put-on and every event feels calculated to fool Americans.
She blistered the permanent political class for focusing too much on the process of politics instead of the purpose of politics, which is to lead and serve. She resoundingly mocked Obama as a permanent campaigner even though he is not up for reelection anymore.
“Now step away from the Teleprompter, and do your job,” Palin said to Obama.