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Bachmann plans to pick up bar tab for 11,000 CPAC attendees Thursday evening

In her Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) speech, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, told event attendees she’s picking up a bar tab for a party at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. She said she’s holding it because conservatives deserve time to “party hardy” after the major victories in the recent midterm elections.

After recounting how conservatives “took that big gavel away” from former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as well as the use of the taxpayer-funded Air Force plane and the “national credit card with no limit or ATM fees,” Bachmann thanked CPAC attendees for victories in the midterm elections. But, she said, 2012 might be the last window of opportunity to repeal Obamacare.

Her speech, the opening keynote at the conservative conference, injected energy into the CPAC crowd as she joked about President Barack Obama’s recent meeting with Chinese president Hu Jintao by saying the American people should really be asking him,  “Hu’s your daddy?” She also poked fun at herself, joking that she checked which camera to look into before her speech, referencing how she accidentally looked into the wrong camera during her Tea Party response to Obama’s recent State of the Union address.

“Someone told me I needed to find the right camera,” Bachmann joked. “Let me see. All you SNL fans, I know where it is and I’m good to go.”

Bachmann also took jabs at former President Bill Clinton, too, when talking about Obamacare.

“President Clinton came out last night and told me that I live in a parallel universe when it comes to my understanding of Obamacare,” Bachmann said. “Do we want to talk about parallel universes? Socialism kills job creation everywhere.”