The writing on the hand

The Sarah Palin controversy is strange to me. I don’t understand the uproar.

‘Photographs posted to blogs after Ms. Palin’s speech to the National Tea Party Convention on Saturday night captured several words scribbled seventh-grade style on her left palm: “energy,” “tax cuts” (with “budget” crossed out in front of cuts) and “lift American spirits.”
‘Ms. Palin read from a prepared text for the initial portion of her appearance, so it appeared that the notes scribbled on her hand were in preparation for the subsequent 15-minute question-and-answer session she did with Judson Phillips, the founder of Tea Party Nation, the social networking site that organized the convention. Pictures captured her glancing at her palm while she answered the questions.
‘During her speech, Ms. Palin had savaged President Obama as a “charismatic guy with a teleprompter” — a line that got one of several cheering ovations from the audience.’ – New York Times Feb 9, 2010

I don’t see the correlation between a teleprompter and a note. Teleprompters tell an orator what to say, word for word. Having a note with key points to address requires the orator to do more then say words with emotion. It requires them to express thoughts at appropriate times and in their own words.

I don’t like Sarah Palin. I think she’s dangerous. But, getting on her case over this issue is unfair and unintelligent.


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