Hockey Moms, Luxury Jets, and More: Sarah Palin’s Speech

September 4, 2008

Source: Yahoo!
Last night, Sarah Palin stepped up to the microphone and let loose a rip-roaring speech that thrilled the Republican convention and (dare we say it) impressed the media. The Alaska governor also clearly excited watchers at home—a huge number of people seemed to leap for their laptops as soon as the talk ended. Here’s a rundown of the parts of the speech that sparked the most buzz online.

Hockey Moms
Palin had special smiles for the conventioneers waving “Hockey Moms for Palin” signs. “I gotta love the hockey moms,” the first-term governor said. “You know what they say about the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.”

And just like that, the mothers of stick-and-puck-playing kids made soccer moms seem so last decade. Lookups for “hockey moms” have been scoring goals all morning. But is the lipsticked Alaskan more “Power Play Hockey Mom” or “X-treme Hockey Mom”? Read up on the distinctions in this Baltimore Sun blog post and decide for yourself.

The eBay Jet
Palin talked about her cost-cutting measures as governor, saying “While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor’s office that I didn’t believe our citizens should have to pay for. That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay.”

Yes, searchers, it’s true. She did, indeed, list the previous governor’s Westwind II plane on the popular auction site—three times. But no buyer ever made the minimum bid. According to, she eventually sold the machine through a broker for a cool $2.1 mil, “at a loss of around half a million dollars.”

Snow Machine Race
Palin spoke glowingly of her family, reserving special words for her husband of two decades, Todd Palin. “He’s a lifelong commercial fisherman, a production operator in the oil fields of Alaska’s North Slope, a proud member of the United Steel Workers’ Union, and world champion snow machine racer,” she boasted. That last detail set off a flurry of “snow machine race” queries. The contest in question is the Tesoro Iron Dog, “a grueling, 2,000-mile race over ice and snow.” The “first dude” has won it a remarkable four times.

Now here’s one term making its Buzz debut. At one point during the evening, Palin referenced “a young farmer and haberdasher from Missouri” who “followed an unlikely path to the vice presidency.” Haber-what? The term means “a dealer in men’s clothing and accessories.” And the man? Harry S. Truman.

Community Organizer
For all that Barack Obama has talked about his roots as a community organizer in Chicago, it was Palin who boosted the term sky high in Search last night. “I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities,” she quipped. The stinging barb brought out an equally sarcastic post from The Huffington Post (“Shorter RNC Convention Day Three: “Death to Community Organizers!”), while a blogger at The Dallas Morning News offered a quick description of what Obama actually did as a community organizer.

John McCain’s Middle Name
Palin didn’t say her running mate’s middle name last night, but she and other speakers praised the virtues of “John S. McCain.” The inclusion of the middle initial caused many people to turn to the Web for “john mccain’s middle name.” Answer: The “s” stands for “Sidney.” Watch for more from John Sidney McCain tonight, as the Arizona senator closes the four-day convention with his acceptance of the Republican presidential nomination and, we’re sure, a few buzzworthy phrases himself.

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