Palin: Obama's an 'Opium Addict'

Speech at real estate convention does not fly

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted May 24, 2010 10:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – If only what happens in Vegas really did stay in Vegas: Sarah Palin brought her act to a retail Realtors' convention this weekend, but instead of giving a leadership speech, she delivered her stump speech, slammed Obama as an "opium addict" (Other People's Money, get it?), and stuck in an awkward reference about being able to replace lost luggage at an Idaho mall. “What would our communities be without our shopping centers?” the Las Vegas Sun quotes her as saying. “Meeting our needs is what it is that you do.”

The whole routine went over like a lead balloon, reports Joe Weisenthal at Business Insider, acknowledging that while star power is the main draw, "you kind of expect the speaker to tailor their speech a little bit to the crowd." Not the case. Complains a cohort over at the Dirt Lawyer's Blog, "All Palin had to do was add in a paragraph about the pending disaster of carried interest and she would have not only won over the crowd but gotten significant fundraiser cash from the industry if she runs in 2012. As it stands, I do not know if she knows what carried interest is."

Sarah Palin speaks at RECon 2010, the International Council of Shopping Centers' annual convention, at the Las Vegas Convention Center May 23, 2010.
Sarah Palin speaks at RECon 2010, the International Council of Shopping Centers' annual convention, at the Las Vegas Convention Center May 23, 2010.   (Getty Images)
Next time, Sarah Palin might want to tailor her stump speech a bit to the group she's giving it to.
Next time, Sarah Palin might want to tailor her stump speech a bit to the group she's giving it to.   (Getty Images)
Sarah Palin enters RECon 2010, the International Council of Shopping Centers' annual convention, at the Las Vegas Convention Center May 23, 2010.
Sarah Palin enters RECon 2010, the International Council of Shopping Centers' annual convention, at the Las Vegas Convention Center May 23, 2010.   (Getty Images)
Sarah Palin speaks at RECon 2010, the International Council of Shopping Centers' annual convention, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, May 23, 2010.
Sarah Palin speaks at RECon 2010, the International Council of Shopping Centers' annual convention, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, May 23, 2010.   (Getty Images)
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