Sarah Palin's Safari Club Speech: 'We Eat Organic -- We Just Have To Shoot It
The Huffington Post
Sarah Palin loves animals... next to her mashed potatoes. This was just one
of many revelatory proclamations that the former Republican vice-presidential
candidate offered this past weekend at the Safari Club International (SCI)
Convention in Reno.
SCI holds an annual convention where tens of thousands of hunters gather to
discuss trophy rooms, rifles, and trips to Mozambique -- past speakers have
included George H.W. Bush and Tom Ridge. Newsweek recently release an article,
originally reported by The Daily Beast, covering this year's event.
The report reveals that this past Saturday, Palin addressed the eager crowd in a
room filled with 315 deer, 87 elk, 11 moose, 132 other antlered species, 38
lions, 27 leopards, 15 wolves, and 48 bears. All stuffed.
Palin provided zinger after zinger to a cheering audience. Speaking about
organic food, she proclaimed, "We eat organic--we just have to shoot it first.
And it comes wrapped in fur, not cellophane."
Regarding her TLC reality show, Palin admitted that her documented trip to the
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was politically motivated. She intended to show
that the refuge is a "barren, desolate, less-than-pristine place." Apparently,
this "barren" place, home to polar bears, wolves, caribou, and sheep, is a place
"desolate" enough to drill for oil. Yet, Palin also stated, "I personally
understand the importance of protecting the environment." Just not the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge, apparently.
Palin continued by offering a bizarre suggestion: "If a caribou needs to be
sacrificed for the sake of energy independence... I say, 'Mr. Caribou, maybe you
need to take one for the team.'" It seems highly unlikely that the Refuge's 42
fish species, 37 land mammals, eight marine mammals, and over 200 bird species
would want to take one for the team. This also seems unlikely for the caribou
Palin killed on her reality show, in an act that prompted screenwriter Aaron
Sorkin to state, "I can't make a distinction between what you get paid to do and
what Michael Vick went to prison for doing."
Palin pulled out the big guns to demonstrate her support for hunting -- her
children. In explaining the origin of her children's names, she described:
"Piper was named after Todd's airplane, the Piper Cub, which gets us to the
hunting grounds... Bristol, Bristol Bay fishing grounds. Willow, a local
sport-fishing stream. Trig, I pull the TRIG-ger. Track... I remember when we
told my dad that his grandson was named Track, he said, 'Like TRACKing an
While Palin spoke largely about hunting and the wilderness, she also
addressed recent current events, from the Tucson tragedy and second amendment
rights to a proposed media boycott saving her from blame for Egypt protests.
Overall, reports show that Palin's speech was met with praise at the convention
- the crowd jumped to their feet before her name was even spoken, and a Fox News
headline reads "Palin Knocks 'em Dead..." Dave Tofte, a speech attendee, told
The Reno Gazette-Journal that he was impressed with Palin because "She's very
pro-American." Carol Kjorstad, another speech attendee was reportedly impressed
with Palin's conservation focus, but for an unusual reason. Klorstad explained
that she supports protecting animals because "Everyone knows that hunting won't
survive without animals being protected."
But for those who prefer organic food without fur, value the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge's terrain, or prefer to name their children after non-violent
acts, Palin's speech was perhaps not so impressive.