Michelle Obama Responds to Palin's Pokes

Sarah Palin Goes on the Attack

The former Alaska governor took a dig at the Obama administration at every opportunity during her keynote speech at the Tea Party convention this weekend.

"A special hello to the C-Span viewers. You may not be welcome in those health care negotiations, but you have an invitation to the Tea Party," she said, referring to Obama's promise that all health care talks would be open to the public, which did not turn out to be true.

That attack against the Obama administration continued on "Fox News Sunday," when Palin panned the president on all issues, ranging from the economy to health care.

"When he is up there and he is telling us, basically, 'I know best. My people here in the White House know best, and we are going to tell you that yes, you do want this essentially nationalized health care system.' And we're saying, 'No, we don't,'" Palin said. "And the messages are not being received by Barack Obama. So I think instead of lecturing, he needs to stop and he needs to listen on health care issues, on national security."

Palin took some heat on the Web after pictures emerged of speaking pointers written on her hand at her keynote speech: Energy, cut taxes and lift America's spirits. The word "budget" was slashed out. Some critics charged Palin with double standards after she made fun of Obama using a teleprompter.

"This is about the people," Palin said Saturday, referring to the Tea Party convention. "This is about the people, and it's bigger than any king or queen of a Tea Party. And it's a lot bigger than any charismatic guy with a teleprompter."

In retaliation, Palin the next day wrote a different kind of message on her hand while campaigning for Texas Gov. Rick Perry: "Hi Mom."

Health Care Summit

When Republicans and Democrats meet later this month for the bipartisan health care meeting, the president can expect some tough negotiations.

House Republican leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement that he was "obviously" pleased that the president "finally seems interested in a real, bipartisan conversation on health care." A House Republican alternative bill, he said, "would lower premiums by up to 10 percent while increasing access for Americans without health insurance," which he called "a solid starting point."

"The American people have overwhelmingly rejected both of the job-killing trillion-dollar government takeover of health care bills passed by the House and Senate," Boehner said, suggesting that the "best way to start on real, bipartisan reform would be to scrap those bills and focus on the kind of step-by-step improvements that will lower health care costs and expand access."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., also issued a supportive statement, saying that Senate Democrats "have promoted the pursuit of a bipartisan approach to health reform from day one."

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