Sarah Palin's 'hillbilly' palm prompts draw howls of ridicule
US Republican superstar Sarah Palin has become the subject of widespread scorn in the US after being seen referring to notes scribbled on her hand during a major speech.
Video footage showed Mrs Palin — who frequently criticises President Obama’s use of the teleprompter — glancing down at the palm of her left hand on which the words “energy”, “budget cuts”, “tax” and “lift American spirits” had been written in ink .
The former governor of Alaska was pictured during a Q & A session at the grassroots Tea Party. Mrs Palin was ex-Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2008 and has maintained a high profile ever since.
Mrs Palin's detractors have ridiculed the crib notes -- already being called the "Hillbilly Palm Pilot" -- noting that basic conservative principles are something she should surely know like the back of her hand.
Minutes before she used the notes she had castigated President Obama in a prepared speech as a "charismatic guy with a teleprompter". As John McCain's running-mate in 2008, Mrs Palin struggled in interviews when asked about current events and world affairs -- a lack of knowledge that hurt the Republican ticket.