What is Sarah Palin Doing During State of the Union?

Jan 20, 2011 11:29am

ABC's John Berman reports:

While President Obama will be delivering the State of the Union Address to Congress next Tuesday, Sarah Palin will be speaking to a hunting group in Reno, NV. 

She will deliver the keynote address to 54th Annual Weatherby Hunting and Conservation Award Dinner.  According to its website, the Weatherby Foundation “exists to help preserve ethical sport hunting on a global basis.”  It was created in honor of Roy Weatherby who was a major figure in the gun industry.  His official bio says he, “championed the benefits of ultra high velocity by creating proprietary Weatherby Magnum cartridges. He also developed the legendary Mark V® rifle action.”

The speech to this hunting group will be the first of two that Palin will deliver next week in Reno.  On Saturday January 29th, she will address the annual convention for Safari Club International.  Anyone who has watched “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” on TLC knows that Palin is an avid hunter who relishes delivering “organic sources of protein” to her family.  The show pictured her shooting a variety of different guns. 

In trumpeting her appearance, The Weatherby Foundation website says, “Sarah Palin’s influence is the most obvious manifestation of the trend toward the rise of the conservative woman in politics. These women are not only a force unto themselves, they represent an immense constituency that establishment feminism forgot – or at the least, disdained.”

Both speeches in Nevada have been Palin’s calendar for some time.  She is a highly paid orator represented by the Washington Speaker’s Bureau which says, “Sarah Palin is a ground breaker who speaks on her vision for energy independence, national security, fiscal responsibility, health care and small government.”

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