Palin Quits in Fiery Speech

By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2009 6:25 PM CDT

(Newser) – Sarah Palin resigned as Alaska's governor in a feisty speech today, ducking details about her future but promising to fight for conservative ideals, the Anchorage Daily News reports. "I will be able to fight even harder for you, for what is right, and for truth. And I have never felt that you need a title to do that." She also warned America of "accepting government largess" and told the media to "quit makin' things up" about the US military.

Facing "Quit, Baby, Quit" signs from protesters, Palin explained why she resigned, Politico reports: "Because I love Alaska this much ... that I feel it is my duty to avoid the unproductive, typical, politics as usual, lame duck session." She said Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, who was signed in as governor, "has a very nice family, too, so leave his kids alone." She closed by saying simply, "Let's all enjoy the ride.”