Sarah Palin’s rambling resignation speech in July 2009 had many ready to write her off as an incoherent train wreck. But late-night television host Conan O’Brien wondered if the joke was actually on the naysayers. Maybe, he suggested, Palin’s made-up words and erratic delivery shouldn’t be interpreted as mundane political speak, but as profound poetry. To test his hypothesis, O’Brien invited William Shatner to deliver Palin’s speech verbatim. The legendary actor didn’t disappoint, peppering Palin’s punches with mock seriousness and dramatic pauses. The segment was a huge hit, and Shatner later returned to The Tonight Show to read her tweets as well as an excerpt from her autobiography, Going Rogue.
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