Stephen Colbert on Palin’s second coming

He is delighted with her re-entrance to the political limelight and points out that like all revival acts, she hauled out her greatest hits in her endorsement of Donald Trump. He then does a dead-on impression of her speaking style.

Trevor Noah also is happy about her re-appearance.

(This clip aired on January 19, 2016. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Nightly Show outside the US, please see this earlier post. If the videos autoplay, please see here for a diagnosis and possible solutions.)


  1. lorn says

    I had a vision of an english teacher diagramming the sentence structure of a Sarah Palin speech while the kids look on in disbelief.

    I’ve seen someone talking like that, they were on a wild mix of what was assumed to be Adderall and meth. Moments of near lucidity with wild jags into entirely new trains of thought. Like an MP3 player playing tracks for fifteen seconds before moving on to the next track in an endless random shuffle. Over about an hour she kept shuffling tracks faster, and faster and each shift get stranger and stranger.

    After an hour she was alternately subbing uncontrollably in a pile and laughing maniacally while bouncing off walls, and it was still accelerating. At that point we tackled her, wrapped her in a sheet for her own protection and hauled her off to the crisis stabilization unit.

    After twelve hours of what they described as agitated delirium she came down and slept for about thirty hours.

  2. OverlappingMagisteria says

    Did she say at 1:41 of the Colbert video that when Obama is going to leave the White House he is going to pack up his “Greek columns”? I remember the teleprompter being a supposed issue, but what are the Greek columns about? Or is that just Palin babbling?

  3. Mano Singham says


    Yes, she did say Greek columns. This harks back to the 2008 Democratic convention in Denver when for Obama’s acceptance speech on the final night, the venue was shifted to the city’s football stadium and the main stage was designed to look like some kind of Greek temple and had such columns as the backdrop.

    I thought it looked a little tacky but the right wing had a field day treating it as a sign that Obama saw himself in grandiose terms, as a successor to Caesar or something.

  4. OverlappingMagisteria says

    Ahh ha. Thanks Mano. I guess I might not have thought it was that big of a deal to remember it for 8 years. Palin must have a better mind than me!

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