Meet (everybody except) the Press

From The Boston Globe:

NEW YORK – Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin threw herself into a crash course in diplomacy at the United Nations yesterday, beginning her first of two days of meetings with foreign leaders, including Afghan president Hamid Karzai, Colombian president Álvaro Uribe, Pakistani president Ali Asif Zardari, and Iraqi president Jalal Talabani.

The meetings with Palin, who had never met a foreign head of state before and who traveled outside North America for the first time last year, were designed to bolster her foreign policy credentials and introduce her to close US allies with whom she would work if she became vice president.

But the carefully orchestrated visits also highlighted the degree to which John McCain’s presidential campaign will go to shield the first-term Alaska governor from the press. Until CNN threatened to withdraw its pool camera crew, Palin’s aides initially banned reporters, who are traditionally allowed to briefly view private diplomatic meetings that are being photographed, and are sometimes allowed to ask questions.

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Palin – who was escorted by Randy Scheunemann, John McCain’s top foreign policy adviser, and Steve Biegun, a former National Security Council member – met with Karzai yesterday for about a half hour.


Reporters were allowed in for less than a minute, and heard the self-proclaimed “hockey mom” of five discussing Karzai’s only child, who was born in January 2007.


After meeting with Karzai, during which aides said she discussed the need for more troops in Afghanistan, Palin traveled by motorcade to the Colombian mission to the UN, where she met with Uribe and talked about a proposed US-Colombian Free Trade Agreement, which McCain and Palin support but Obama opposes, according to Biegun.

Then Palin met with former secretary of state Henry Kissinger at his consulting firm’s offices for what was perhaps her most substantive meeting of the day. Palin talked for more than an hour with Kissinger, who tutored President Bush during his first White House campaign and has kept in close contact with him through his presidency.

Kissinger and Palin spoke about Russia, Iran, and China, Biegun said. In recent weeks, Kissinger has stated that he believes the United States should meet with Iranian leaders without preconditions – the position that has been taken by Democratic nominee Barack Obama and that McCain has repeatedly ridiculed.

Diplomacy has been replaced by speed dating. Good thing she has lots of people behind her who have real diplomacy chops, like the one who put out this press release:

We regret the mix-up and were happy that the pool had access to the Governor’s meetings with President Uribe and Dr. Henry Kissenger.

Oy vey.


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25 responses to “Meet (everybody except) the Press

  1. Got a Grip

    I’m sure Ms. Palin impressed the he!! out of all the world leaders she met, what with her cosmopolitan airs, her deep knowledge of world issues and her sparkling intellect.

    I’ve had cows who were more knowledgeable about the issues the world is facing.

    And now we’ve got this new and exciting maneuver by McPalin to avoid debating. What, exactly, are these two afraid of? Wait, don’t answer that.


  2. gotta,
    i think the underpants campaign is throwing any $hit they can think of against the wall just to see if anything will stick. bad strategery, though, as i believe capt underpants forgot to duck, and now he’s $hitfaced.

  3. jlms qkw - jenn

    six weeks minus two days. we must persevere and fight for the democratic party, or i will loose my mind.

  4. jlms qkw - jenn

    not only do i have kids smarter than and more traveled than ms. palin, i have stuffed animals that have been to more countries. more experienced stuffed animals than the vp candidate. zomg.

  5. nightowl724

    Personally, I think we should skip the debates (and interviews, press conferences, town hall meetings, etc.) entirely. Don’t you? I mean, CU was a POW! So what if he’s a PU now? Sister Sarah, protected from witchcraft as she is, can just learn on the fly. Right?

    Geez… Howard Hughes gave more access to the press than Sarah Palin has! As far as McCain goes, now who wants to cut and run?

    If you read any of the foreign press, you’ll find them both laughing and crying that such a dangerous dope has been nominated for veep. Hmmm… Just like us.

    nonnie, that pic of Palin with her hands on her hips… She reminds me of Angelica on Rug Rats or Cera in Land Before Time!

  6. jenn,
    for me, it’s not a matter of her not having traveled. it’s a matter of intelligence. i think she’s an airhead.

  7. nightowl,
    i don’t know what capt underpants’s advisers are thinking. they have now admitted that capt u can’t handle a crisis and a debate at the same time. and this is the guy who is supposed to be ready when the phone rings at 3 a.m.? he won’t be ready at noon!
    when i look at the pic of princess sarah with her hand on her hip, i am reminded of nelly olsen from little house on the prairie. that same screechy voice, too.

  8. Got a Grip

    Man, she does have an awful voice, doesn’t she? It’s like fingernails on a blackboard.

    And I think calling her an airhead is too generous. I don’t think there’s even air in there.

  9. what can i say, gotta, i guess i’m just too fu¢kin’ nice! 😀

  10. nightowl724

    Palin is emerging as a living caricature!


  11. i think she carries around a book of madlibs, inserts ‘maverick’, ‘hockey mom’, or ‘reformer’ in the spaces and then reads it aloud.

  12. Natasha from Moosylvania doesn’t have normal air in her head; it’s filled with helium. That’s why her voice squeaks.

  13. you are a scientist, so i totally believe you, neon vincent. 😉

  14. Palin’s wall of silence makes it look like Putin is running her campaign.
    This is unAmerican.
    She’s worse than Cheney.

  15. Yes, CU can’t handle a crisis and it’s not even his yet.

    He doesn’t know what kind of car he drives (that one really bugs me), and seems to have a bunch of ‘Bush’ league players running the campaign. Do they ever think before they act or speak? Canceling the debate stinks like he doesn’t want to do it, even if (a big if) it was something genuine to cause it to be skipped. Guilty until proven innocent is how people think. It seems a common theme (or is that error) in the CU campaign.

    Speed Dating… this smells more like cramming for a test you didn’t know you were going to have to take. The Grade often C- Just passing.

  16. jeb

    Gee, an untested leader who knows diddly and cares less about international affairs and is quickly being schooled on the fly while being driven through Potemkin Village for an adoring press can’t really be a disaster can it? I mean it’s not like we’ve been through this before in oh say, 2000, is it?

  17. Got a Grip

    Sandy, Captain Underpants doesn’t know what kind of car he drives because he doesn’t know which one you’re talking about. Like his houses, there are just too many to keep track of…..

  18. karen,
    that’s why i call her vagina cheney.

  19. sandy,
    capt u is holding his breath until he turns blue (which might be good, as he needs some color, even if it is a shade of cyan) like a big ugly petulant baby. of course, it’s an excuse not to debate. he want to finagle it so that princess sarah doesn’t have to debate. he figures that if he scratches this debate, they can move it to october 2nd, when the veep debate is supposed to be. capt u had no urgency whatsoever about the financial crisis and hadn’t been in warshington (drives me crazy the way he sticks that R in there! 🙄 ) since something like april. all of a sudden, what’s left of his hair is on fire. it is just a big show, because princess sarah looks increasingly stupid with each interview she does. instead of getting better, she is making a fool of herself on a daily basis.
    i think it’s rather funny that capt u is screaming that the $700 billion deal has to be done by tomorrow night. hmmmmm, is he calling for a timetable, or is it just a time horizon?

  20. jeb,
    just when you thought they couldn’t lower the bar any more, they surprise us. 😯

  21. gotta,
    cut capt u some slack. he doesn’t have to be able to count his houses and cars. i am sure he has hired someone to do that for him.

  22. I met someone on the street who said wasn’t it great that we’re going to have a movie star for president, that it was so Pop, and (laughs) when you think about it like that, it is great, it’s so American.AndyWarholAndy Warhol, on Ronald Reagan as president, The Andy Warhol Diaries, 1989

  23. nightowl724

    Keith Olbermann must read HR, nonnie. He used your mad lib analogy on his show today when describing Sister Sarah.

    nonnie9999 ’08!

  24. watching ko now. he will get a letter from my lawyers.

  25. nightowl724