With Governor Palin's amazing speech in India, her facebook page has added over 18,000 friends in the past 24 hours and as of this writing sits at 2,817,890 people who have signed on to follow her.
The speech has received rave reviews and has garnered some surprisingly positive press here in the states.
You can view her speech in it's entirety here: Governor Palin’s Speech at the India Today Conclave
You can view her amazing question and answer session here: Sarah Palin Q&A at India Today Conclave
From CNN: TRENDING: If Palin were president
From The Hill: Palin rips Obama energy policy as 'social engineering'
From Hot Air: Palin’s energy on display in India
Here is an example of what is being said about her brilliant performance from The Washington Post.
On first trip to India, Palin talks tough on China, other topics
The Washington Post
By Rama Lakshmi, Saturday, March 19, 8:12 PM
New Delhi — On her first trip to India, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin said she is still thinking about running for president, voiced concerns about China’s military rise, criticized green investment and vowed to see the Taj Mahal during her next trip.
“I am thinking about it,” said Palin, who fielded at least three questions on the subject. “I don’t think there needs to be a rush . . . I want to find out who else is going to put their name forward in service.”
But Palin was not so cautious when she spoke of China and surprised everybody by her unexpected candor about India’s neighbor to the north.
In fact, she encouraged her questioner to ask her about China.
“I personally have huge military concerns about what is going on in China,” she said. ”What’s with the buildup? You don’t see a tangible outside threat . . . to that country. Is that just for a defensive posture? How can that be? Stockpiling ballistic missiles, submarines, new-age ultramodern fighter aircrafts. It certainly means America needs to be vigilant looking at what China is doing.”
Palin, who flew to New Delhi from Taiwan, added that America’s economic reliance on China constituted “a dangerous place to be.”
Palin’s speech, titled “My Vision of America,” was the gala event at the end of a two-day conference organized by an Indian weekly magazine. Other international speakers included the feminist writer Germaine Greer, hacker Josh Klein, Pakistani politician Aitzaz Ahsan, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei.
“I am surprised at her openness when speaking about the Chinese threat, especially when she is on Indian soil,” said Kanwal Sibal, a former diplomat and a foreign policy columnist. “China will not fail to notice this.”
Palin’s two-day trip to India came about five months after President Obama’s state visit. While Obama and his wife, Michelle, danced and charmed their way into Indian hearts, Palin impressed her audience with strong views on energy security, terrorism, free trade, bailouts and the India-U.S. partnership.
“Sarah Palin held her own very well,” said Sachin Pilot, India’s deputy minister for communications and information technology. “She came out as an independent thinker. She answered all complicated questions reasonably well,”“Anybody who is looking to perform a major role in American politics today does need to engage with India.”
But many in the audience felt her lengthy written speech, with its remarks about free markets, small governments and the “beautiful,” “vibrant” tea party movement, was directed more at a domestic audience back home than at Indians.
After Palin finished her speech, she sat down to answer a host of questions to laughter, cheers and applause from the audience.
Palin criticized the emphasis on green jobs as a “false, utopian fairy tale” said it is not necessary to put troops on the ground in Libya, advocated more decisiveness on American foreign policy, and compared Mahatma Gandhi’s agitation against the salt tax to the American movement against the British tea tax.
On her next visit, she promised, she and husband Todd would visit the Taj Mahal to “reinforce our teamwork and commitment before that monument of eternal love.”
Palin got the most applause when she spoke of her relationship with the mainstream American media.
“You can’t necessarily trust the mainstream media to accurately report. You can’t rely anymore on mainstream media to set the record straight, not in the U.S.,” she said to loud cheers.
“Women who choose to enter public life unfairly often become target of the media. She has been a victim too,” said Ranjana Kumari, who trains women for political leadership in India. “The way Sarah Palin spelled out her position on crucial issues today, I feel she will throw her hat in the ring.”
Soon after arriving in New Delhi, the Palins were taken to a luxury mall called Emporio, which generally sells costly international brands.