"Non-political"? Palin uses Beck rally speaking slot to attack Obama

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Today, speaking at Glenn Beck's purportedly "nonpolitical" "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, D.C., Sarah Palin took a shot at President Obama.

On August 26, Time reported that Special Operations Warrior Foundation, the charity to which the proceeds from the rally will go, had "required speakers at the event, who will include Sarah Palin, to sign an agreement promising not to talk politics."

Nonetheless, during her speech, Palin said: "I must assume that you too, knowing that, no, we must not fundamentally transform America as some would want, we must restore America and restore her honor."

Palin's audience of Beck fans were well aware that she was referencing comments Obama made during his presidential campaign about "fundamentally transforming the United States of America." Over the past year and a half, Beck has repeatedly used Obama's remark to featmonger about Obama's purportedly radical goals, going so far as to claim that Obama is "fundamentally transforming" the country to make it "look more like ACORN."

There's no question at all what Sarah Palin meant by her comment. In the past, she has explicitly used it to attack Obama. On the August 4 edition of Fox News' Hannity, asked by Obama is pursuing certain policies, Palin said, "It's ideology and it's a commitment to what he had set out to do as a candidate. Barack Obama. And that was to fundamentally transform country." She later added that "People are sending a message to President Obama and Congress that we do not support that fundamental transformation of America, that they are hell bent on kind of cramming it down our throats."

Likewise, in the "Mama Grizzlies" video produced by her political action committee, SarahPAC, Palin says that "these policies coming out of D.C. now, this fundamental transformation of America, well, a lot of women who are very concerned about their kids future are say, 'We don't like this fundamental transformation and we're going to do something about it."

Last week, we pointed out that Palin's presence on the rally's program called into question Beck's claim that the rally would be "non-political" due to her inextricable links to GOP politics. Today, Palin proved our point.

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