Sarah Palin’s Speaking Contract Demands: Bendable Straws!
The former Alaska governor has a lengthy and detailed contract for speaking at any public event.
When celebrities are booked for gigs and appearances, they usually come with a list of demands for their accomodation — J. Lo requests only Egyptian cotton bed sheets, while Mariah Carey sometimes likes a box of puppies on hand to play with. We giggle at these demands (“Aren’t pop stars silly?”), but we’d never think Sarah Palin would have her own list of requirements as well.
But yes, the Tea Partier has a 5-page long speaking contract, which students at California State University found in the trash on campus where Palin is scheduled to speak this summer.
Aside from reportedly pocketing $100,000 per speaking appearance, Palin also expects star treatment throughout the duration of the event. In her contract, it states that whoever books Palin to speak is responsible for paying for two round-trip first class tickets to and from the event. And, if it’s a private plane it “MUST BE a Lear 60 or larger.”
For hotel accomodations, Palin requests a “one-bedroom suite and two single rooms in a deluxe hotel.” All meals, hotel charges and expenses are billed to the customer (that means any chocolate she takes from the mini fridge), and there better be a computer and printer in the room!
At the actual speaking event, Palin requests a “Wooden lecturn with lip and fixed microphones… no Plexiglas or thin lecterns please.” She also requests that tables must have skirts on them (worried about people staring at your legs, Sarah?).
The lighting must be perfect, shining directly over Palin’s head but shouldn’t be blinding her, and there should be two unopened bottles of still water, “and bendable straws are to be placed in or near the wooden lectern.”
If there’s a Q&A session, don’t think you’ll be able to ask Palin a question yourself. “The questions are to be collected from the audience in advance, pre-screened and a designated representative shall ask questions directly of the Speaker to avoid delay time with a roving microphone in the audience.”
And, if audience members would like to get their picture taken with the former Vice Presidential candidate, there is a detailed illustration at the end of the 5-page contract for how the picture-taking station should be set-up. The diagrams “are the most effective set-up,” claims the contract. Yes, because organizing these types of events is like performing brain surgery. Thank goodness we have a diagram! (Politics Daily)