Remember in middle school when some hapless kid in your class would get in trouble for, like, jotting down Spanish verb parts on his or her hand before a scheduled quiz? Well, it’s 2010, and that kid is now former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Or something like that. At a Q&A session during the first “National Tea Party Convention” in Nashville this weekend, Palin blatantly consulted some words scribbled on her palm. Hilariously, The Huffington Post says the crib phrases in question were “Energy,” “Tax,” and “Lift American Spirits.” I guess that message is just too important to risk forgetting at a big moment like this.

Check out the clip below to see Palin checking the notes on her palm. I’ll tell you one thing, seeing this ridiculousness has certainly lifted this American’s spirits. How about yours?