(New York-NY) Sarah Palin took time off from a book signing for "Going Rogue" to make a comment on Santa Clause and Barack Obama. "I wouldn't be surprised if Santa starts chanting "Ho-Ho-Obama. I mean they're both socialists."
The comment came last week at a midtown Manhattan Barnes & Noble. It would have remained there if Denise Bissell hadn't captured the moment on her new Motorola Droid phone, then sent it to her son who sent it to TMZ.
"I'm really a fan of Sarah, especially her new shade of lipstick," said Bissell. But upon offering her book to be signed, the 57 year-old homemaker from Suffolk, Long Island was totally unprepared for what came out of the former Alaska governor's mouth. "I said, 'Sarah, how do you like our city during the holidays?'"
The video then shows Palin saying, "Gosh, it's busy with Santas. I expect one of them just to yell out 'Ho-Ho-Obama'. I mean they're both socialists." Bissell then asks Palin if she actually means Santa is a socialist? Palin responds, "Well, he wears red. I'll let you connect the dots. Though it may be a bit difficult for you. Bissell sounds like a Jewish name."
Bissell had just figured out how to send video by the Droid. She sent it to her son, who immediately forwarded it to all his friends. "This was the most repugnant yet intriguing bit of video I'd seen since "Two Girls One Cup", said Bissell's son, Ethan, a sophomore at Oberlin College. "I had to get the word out." He then sent it to TMZ, who aired it.
Palin reacted swiftly, posting on her Facebook page. "I want to categorically say that neither Christmas nor Jesus is a socialist. I believe there was some misunderstanding because the person I directed that to was Jewish, so the distinction between Santa Claus and Jesus may be confusing."
Palin also addressed the charge of both Santa and Obama being socialist. "Now do I think Santa Claus and Barack Obama are socialists? Well, they both don't seem to have a problem with giving things away, and both claim to represent the American point of view but aren't native to this great land."
Noted Republican conservative Rush Limbaugh came to Palin's defense on his show. "Sarah, tell it like it is. I have yet to see a birth certificate from either Santa Claus or Barack Obama. What I do see is a bunch drunk with power lefties giving free handouts to anyone with a sob story. You call that the spirit of Christmas? And while we're at it, why does Rudolph have a red nose?"