Obama aide backhands Palin over crib notes

February 9, 2010

OBAMAWhite House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs mocked former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin for writing notes on her hand at last weekend’s Tea Party convention.

At his daily briefing, Gibbs jokingly showed the White House press corps his left palm where scrawled in black ink was a grocery list of items to buy in case he and his family were snowed in.

“Eggs, milk and bread,” Gibbs read to laughter. “But I crossed out bread … And then I wrote down ‘hope and change,’ just in case I forgot,” he quipped, referring to President Barack Obama’s  slogan during the 2008 campaign.

Gibbs, who took the podium after an impromptu news conference by Obama, was taking a jab at Palin, who was caught using her hand for crib notes during an appearance before the conservative Tea Party movement in Nashville on Saturday. USA/

The former Alaska governor was shown to have written “Energy,” “Budget cuts” (which was crossed out), “Tax,” and “Lift Americans Spirits” on her palm, for which she was widely ridiculed by liberal bloggers. This came after Palin had taken a swipe at Obama as overly reliant on teleprompters.

Palin, who has gained a right-wing following, later poked fun at herself during the convention by writing “Hi, Mom!” on the same hand .

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Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Gibbs hand shows shopping list), Reuters/Josh Anderson (Palin speaks during National Tea Party Convention)

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Gibbs is such a child.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive

Who’s a child? Who can’t take a joke?

Posted by getplaning | Report as abusive

I think the comparisons to Obama and his telepromter are unfair. Main ideas are very different than the entire speech.

Posted by drewbie | Report as abusive