Via the Tampa News-Press:
She had lunch in New Delhi on Saturday and dinner in Jerusalem on Monday. And on Wednesday, Sarah Palin was in Naples, bringing her conservative message to a gathering of about 1,000 at the Ritz-Carlton.
The one-time vice presidential candidate and self-described Mama Grizzly from Alaska talked about her visit last week to India and Israel, recounted how her daughter wound up on “Dancing With the Stars” last year and gushed over the fine residents of Naples.
But mostly, she hammered away at President Barack Obama, especially his administration’s economic and foreign policies.
It sounded a whole lot like a campaign speech for the 2012 presidential race, which Palin said was not the case — at this point.
“Tonight,” she said before delivering her prepared speech at the Naples Distinguished Speakers Series Town Hall event, “I will call it like I see it. I will be blunt and candid.”
She didn’t disappoint.
“The occupants of the White House do not have the concerns of Israel in their best interest,” Palin said 48 hours after having dinner with Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister.
And then she got rolling around the globe … Iran, Libya, Brazil, China.
Obama’s recent trip to South America had her riled up over America’s current energy policy.
“We have tens of billions of barrels of oil warehoused underground in Alaska,” Palin said. “But the president goes to Brazil. It’s gone from ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’ to ‘Drill, Brazil, Drill.’”
Regarding Iran, she said the White House had a chance to make an impact there earlier this year during a student uprising, but passed.
More here. She’s on Greta tonight at 10:00 PM.
Update: More from NaplesNews.com here.
UPDATE II: Via Fox4
“We are excited to see Sarah Palin tonight,” said Linda Loomis.
“That’s why I am here. I think that she is wonderful,” said Dixie Wegy.
More than a thousand people heading to the Ritz Carlton to hear from former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. She’s here for the Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speaker Series.
“I feel that she is a very capable woman, she has a great deal to offer and that she continues to be actively involved,” Linda Loomis.
Palin, recently returning from Israel, where she met with the prime minister discussing the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East, but her focus tonight: The changes our country needs to make starting with the Obama administration.
“I think that is one of the questions that everyone is waiting to hear is, will she run for president or not? And we will see if she answers that or not,” said Jack Serfass.
“I think that she would be a really good president because she has a lot of common sense,” said Richard Jay.
“I would hope that she wouldn’t run. I wouldn’t want her to divide the party,” Linda Loomis.
While Governor Palin did not confirm or deny whether she would be running for president in 2012 she touched on a wide range of topics from her reality show “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” and experiences with her family to political issues such as the country’s budget and domestically drilling to ease our dependence on foreign oil.
“You learn much more than lets say a Sunday talk show. It is much more revealing. You get to know the person on a much deeper level,” said Jack Serfass.