The story: Sarah Palin has chimed in on President Obama's State of the Union address with a dig at his "Win the Future" slogan. Writing on her Facebook page, the former Alaska governor noted wryly that "the title's acronym [WTF] seemed more accurate than much of the content"; she took issue, for instance with Obama's "big government" plan to finance high-speed trains, saying it would leave America on a "bullet train to bankruptcy." The Tea Party favorite repeated her acronym observation on Greta van Susteren's Fox News show, seemingly trying to underscore it as her new catchphrase, and her conservative fans have already made "WTF" into a placard-ready logo.
The reaction: "This woman is a soundbite genius," marvels Glynnis MacNicol at Business Insider. Way to steal the "Tea Party response thunder" from Michele Bachmann. It's just a shame Palin immediately undermined her new catchphrase with a WTF moment of her own, says Jed Lewison at The Daily Kos. In speaking with van Susteren, she blamed the Sputnik for "resulting in the inevitable collapse of the Soviet Union." Well, it didn't — and anyway, Obama's point was that America should be emulating its own response to Sputnik. The interview was "quite possibly the stupidest 45 seconds of babbling by a potential presidential candidate in American history." Watch Palin talk to Van Susteren here:
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