GLENN: She was fantastic! I challenge you to name the speech given by any politician of a conservative bent you know what, let's make it any politician, that was that good since Ronald Reagan. I watched it with a group of people last night and I said that about halfway through. I said, I'm watching Ronald Reagan in a skirt. It's fantastic. And I don't think I've ever thought of watching Ronald Reagan in a skirt would be fantastic, but last night it was. Here's a woman who let me tell you something. A lot of people try to give speeches and they can't. Rudy Giuliani, oh, please, sit down. Was anybody else going, okay, Rudy, we got it, move on. I like Rudy Giuliani. You know, he's a good guy. He did a lot of great things for New York. He is America's mayor, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Why do I have to say that? It's like John McCain. "Well, he is a war hero." We know. Has anybody else gotten to the point with John McCain to where if they tell the story one more time, I don't need the story. I get it. I get it. I mean, the guy is a legitimate hero. There are very few people that have done what he has done, but I get it already. The same thing with Rudy Giuliani. You know what? We had money riding on if he was going to say, "You know I was there for 9/11." We get it. We know, we know. Rudy Giuliani, I mean, he tried to give a speech. That's what he was doing. Sarah Palin didn't try to give a speech. She gave one.
Do you notice that you know what, it's exactly what I told you yesterday. She doesn't have to get up and say, "I'm like you. I like Amtrak." I like Amtrak? That's not like me. I don't know anybody who likes Amtrak except Joe Biden. "I'm like you. That's why I spent $97 going to work and $97 coming home from work." Oh, yeah. Me, too... not so much. All these politicians on both sides of the aisle. John McCain, "How many houses do you have?" "I have to have somebody from my office get..." you don't know how many houses you have? I do. One. Most of America does. One. I mean, what is the number? You know it's kind of like the Tootsie pop. How many licks does it take to get to how many houses do you have to have before you forget, stop counting? You know, is it two, is it three? Is it over five? I want to know what the number is when you start saying, "Yeah, man, I can't even count them anymore. Oh, I stopped counting a long time ago." Seven is the number. But you know what? I don't have a problem if you have seven houses. You want to have seventeen houses, I don't care. Just don't try to come out and say, "Hang on, just calculating, calculating. That doesn't make me like the average person." You're not the average person! Have you heard the story about how you used to give the thumbs up as they drag you out of the bamboo cage and beat you for 48 hours? You're not the average person! You're not like me! I've never done that! I don't know if I could ever do that! It's okay to be different.
So yesterday I said to you Sarah Palin needs to show you that she is just like you without ever saying "I'm just like you." You know when it happened for me last night with Sarah Palin? I remember my first Palin experience. The first time it happened with me with Sarah Palin was last night when she said, "Fellow citizens..." oh, my gosh. I'm turning into Chris Matthews! I got a chill going up my leg! No, sorry. Just wet myself. Glad we weren't watching at my house. When she said "Fellow citizens," I recognized that I felt different. I felt different. When she said it, it was like a friend. It was like she was one of us. You know what I mean? She was she's me there. She's you there. She wasn't somebody who is, "Fellow citizens." When John McCain says "My friends," does that ring true to you at all? He's not my friend. I mean, I like him, I respect him, but he's not my friend. And when he says it over and over and over again, "My friend." When Governor Palin said "Fellow citizens," it felt right to me. She felt like me when she and I don't know about anybody else who has if you have a child of special needs, I would love to hear from you today. I would love to know if you felt like I did, and I know this is a small section of society. Well, how much do we know, Joe? Did you look that number up? How many people are affected with a child of special needs? I'd like to know that number because I never saw this one coming. First of all, when her daughter was sitting there holding Trig and she licked her hand to put Trig's hair down, a rush came to me. These people are like my family. When she licked her hand and did that, you know what it made me think of? Where did she learn that? Mom. And suddenly I saw mom licking, you know, licking her fingers and then doing that to my head. My mother used to do that. When I was a kid, we would be out some place and she would say, why didn't you comb your hair. And then she would lick her hand and she would try to make the little cowlicks stay down on my did anybody else's mom do that? So all of a sudden Sarah Palin, I saw her with her children just as I could see my mother with her children, except my mom wasn't nearly as smoking hot as Sarah Palin. I'm just sayin'. Not that I've ever thought of my mother or wanted I mean, this is going down a really creepy road. So maybe we should stick to politics.
When she stood up and she said about children can be I don't know if she actually said children can be nightmares. Did she say that? Did she say that, Stu, last night? Did she say something like, boy, children can just, you want to kill yourself on children. Was that just something I heard when she started talking about children? It was just me? Okay. But then she said, you know, they can be your greatest joy, and I thought she was going to go into our daughter and then she went into Trig, her son with Down Syndrome. And when she said, "You have an advocate in the White House," I cried. I didn't see that coming. I've never felt like I needed an advocate in the White House. I've never I'm not somebody for the you know, I'm not for or against the American you know, the disabilities act, the Americans with Disabilities Act. I mean, look. You know, whatever. I want to make sure you can get to work and everything else, but I haven't felt like I needed an advocate for the government, and I still don't want an advocate in the government fighting for my special interest I don't want that. I don't need it. Thank you. We're doing just fine. However, to be able to have somebody in the White House who not only can relate to it but also sees it as the blessing that it truly is, I guess maybe that's why I don't need an advocate. Because kids with special needs, it's a privilege. It's an honor. It's a remarkable responsibility. But we've been entrusted with these gifts.
That's what first attracted me to Sarah Palin was the story about the birth of her son Trig, the way she spoke. I had never heard anybody who didn't have any experience with special needs children express it that way, about what a gift they are. When she said that, that touched me. And then the end, and maybe it's just because of my personal thing. I don't know if anybody else that doesn't have special needs child felt this way. But when she stood there at the end with her newborn child with Down Syndrome, the same child that the media has drug through the mud and said it's not her child, boy. She's just like me.