She was asked to speak on American veterans. It was a striking speech. It's hard to speak on the American military and veterans without slumping into platitude after platitude. Palin didn't do that.
Governor Palin wove together history (George Washington's farewell speech to his officers), current needs in domestic and foreign policy relating to veterans, and the tie between honoring veterans, defeating ISIS and ensuring peace at home.
Here's one of the barn burner parts of Palin's speech (at the 14:50 mark in the video below).
The world that they [radical Islamists] want is a world that would submit. We will never submit to evil. We will consign radical Islam to the ash heap of history, just like the Nazis before them.
Oh, the naive Obama State Department. Oh, they say we can’t kill our way out of war? Really? Tell that to the Nazis. Oh wait, you can’t, because they’re dead. We killed them.
History proves the destruction of an enemy’s military apparatus–that is the victory. And from victory to peace.In the questioning afterward, Palin showed showed both self-deprecating humor and cheerful understated restraint.
Her answer to "Barack Obama" in a lightning round calling for one word answers: "Sorry." Then, as further explanation: "Hey, we came in second" then with a pause to underline the humor "--out of two."
When asked if the media has a double standard for Republican women who run for office compared to treatment of Democrat women who run for office, her one word, good-natured understatement: "Yes." No further explanation. None was needed.
Here's the full speech.