Sarah Palin thrilled a crowd of evangelical women Friday night, speaking for nearly an hour in the main event of the Women of Joy conference's opening night in the Alamo City, according to a write up in the left-leaning San Antonio Express-News.
Instead of delving into the conservative, tea party-tinged politics she is known for, Palin largely focused on the themes of religious faith and family. The GOP's 2008 vice presidential candidate offered no hint of whether she is looking to run for president in 2012.Gov. Palin also discussed how her faith in God empowered her to cope with the challenges of having a son with Down syndrome:
Still, she took a veiled swipe at President Barack Obama, telling the audience, “All of you (are) just proudly clinging to your guns and religion.” She was referring to comments Obama made during a fundraiser in 2008.
Palin then turned to the idea of American exceptionalism.
“Being an American means being exceptional because God shed his grace on this country,” Palin said, drawing a burst of applause. “Being an American is nothing to apologize for.”
But she won some of her most boisterous cheers when she turned her sights on the media. Directly addressing a cluster of television cameramen and reporters, she complained about her treatment at the hands of journalists and said: “May you be touched, may you be blessed with God's spirit.”Predicting that some in the media would take her words out of context, the first woman to be both Alaska's governor and the Republican party's vice presidential candidate said she looked to the audience for support:
“I've got 4,000 Christian women who have my back.”The San Antonio event is the second Women of Joy conference to feature Gov. Palin as the keynote speaker. She spoke to a crowd of 16,000 in Louisville at a similar gathering of Christian women in April.