"I'll enjoy [fried food] in honor of those who'd rather make us just 'eat our peas,'" she jokes

By Alison Schwartz Sandra Sobieraj Westfall
August 11, 2011 01:00 PM
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Will Sarah Palin put caloric caution on the backburner to take a bite of fried butter? You betcha!

Hitting the road Friday to resume her One Nation bus tour, America’s best-known hockey mom will be stopping at the Iowa State Fair, where she says she’s going to chow down on some not-so-nutritious grub.

What’s on the menu? “I’m excited to try some of that famous fried butter-on-a-stick, fried cheesecake-on-a-stick, fried Twinkies, etc.,” Palin, 47, wrote in an email to her supporters.”

But Palin’s fair plans come with a side of sass. The former Republican vice presidential candidate says the fried food is a tongue-in-cheek jab at President Barack Obama, who made a reference to a certain green veggy when explaining the debt crisis at a White House press conference in July.

“It’s not going to get easier. It’s going to get harder,” he said. “So we might as well do it now: Pull off the Band-Aid, eat our peas. Now is the time to do it.”

In the email she joked, “I’ll enjoy [the fried food] in honor of those who’d rather make us just ‘eat our peas.’ ”

Though she’ll be in the neighborhood, the possible presidential candidate – she continues to play coy – has no plans to attend the historic pre-caucus Ames Straw Poll on Saturday. She will also miss Thursday’s debate among Republican presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.