Now that we know Sarah Palin is raking in the dough of a pop diva, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that her demands at speaking engagements are about as ridiculous as those of a Mariah or J.Lo. A few industrious Cal State Stanislaus students scrounged up a contract detailing Palin’s bizarrely specific demands for an upcoming speech at the university: She requires two bottles of water at her lectern, not just one; straws must be "bendable," not straight; and, the document specifies, "no Plexiglas or thin lecterns."
Additionally, Palin’s “rider” demands first-class airfare for two. Or, if that’s too much of a hassle, a private jet is just fine, though it “MUST BE a Lear 60 or larger for West Coast Events; or, a Hawker 800 or larger.” And if you’re transporting the former governor by car, it must be via SUV, though a “black Town Car” will suffice.
After the students (who had heard “rumors” that the school might be shredding documents relating to the speech) found the five-page document in a campus trash bin, California state senator Leland Yee released a copy today, calling the incident “our little Watergate” at a news conference. Palin is reportedly being paid $75,000 to speak at the “cash-strapped university.”
We can understand the “no Plexiglas” stipulation (all the better to shield hand-reading), but we’re having trouble envisioning Sarah Palin adjusting a bendy straw.