Reports that Sarah Palin has earned $12 million
2009, mostly through speaking fees, has drawn fresh attention to Palin's
lucrative new career. So when students at California State
University discovered a copy
of her speaking contract in a trash bin,
critics were eager to pick out the many odd provision. The list of
requirements, called a hospitality rider
, is similar to those of
music acts. Van Halen's famously demands a bowl of M&Ms with the
brown candies removed. Here are the four strangest--or most outrageous--provisions in
- (1) The Lear Jet A.P.'s Robin Hindery reports, "Among other
perks, Palin will fly first class - if she flies commercial. If not,
'the private aircraft MUST BE a Lear 60 or larger ...,' the contract
- (2) The Bendy Straws Politico's Glenn Thrush pithily
summarizes, "Palin demands first class, bendable straws." Wherever
she speaks, bendable straws must await her at the lectern.
All Questions & Guests Pre-Screened Hotline pulls out the big
news-worthy detail: Palin "requires that any questions she gets from the
audience be pre-screened. In fact, even questions from a moderator are
to be pre-screened, according to the document." Additionally, "Any
guests at private receptions must be pre-screened."
- (4) The Three
Hotel Rooms The rider stipulates, "Customer agrees to provide the
Speaker and party with accommodations of a pre-registered one-bedroom
suite and two single rooms in a deluxe hotel." What constitutes a
"deluxe hotel" is not clear.
- Shows She'll Never Run For President?
Liberal blogger Duncan "Atrios" Black
sighs at the thought of her massive salary and cushy job, "I guess I'm being part
of the problem here, but one day I do hope our media stops obsessing
about reality TV star Palin, who will never hold elected office again."
She Did, This Proves She'd Fail Balloon Juice's DougJ shakes his head.
"Lazy, spoiled divas do not do well in presidential elections, no matter
how much airtime they get."
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