Sarah Palin, who has never been out of the country until last year, whose foreign experience has been touted by John McCain, Cindy McCain, Steve Doocy and others, as being so close to Russia she can see it, met with foreign leaders yesterday. In a rare move, when the McCain camp barred reporters from the meeting, they rose up against the kind of politics played more in the areas of Syria and Pakistan than the United States of America.
Palin met with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and upon entering the room where President Zardari was, was met by Pakastan’s Information Ministor and had the following exchange with Ms. Palin:
“And how does one keep looking that good when one is that busy?,” Rehman asked, drawing friendly laughter from the room when she complimented Palin.
“Oh, thank you,” Palin said.
Palin then met with the Pakistani President. They shook hands and Palin said that she was honored to meet him. Their exchange consisted of:
Zardari then called her “gorgeous” and said: “Now I know why the whole of America is crazy about you.”
“You are so nice,” Palin said, smiling. “Thank you.”
A handler from Zardari’s entourage then told the two politicians to keep shaking hands for the cameras.
“If he’s insisting, I might hug,” Zardari said. Palin smiled politely.
As she was leaving, a reporter asked how the conversation went, Palin answered:
“It’s going great. These meetings are very informative and helpful, and a lot of good people sharing appreciation for America.”
Later, Palin and McCain met with Georgian President President Mikheil Saakashvilli and Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko. Reporters were allowed in the room briefly, and one reporter managed to ask:
Governor, what have you learned from your meetings?
McCain aide Brooke Buchanan intervened and shepherded everybody out of the room.
Palin looked surprised, leaned over to McCain and asked him a question, to which your pooler thinks he shook his head as if to say “No.”
Steve Benen adds:
Look, “What have you learned from your meetings?” is an easy one. It’s not a trick question, or a “gotcha” question, or even a question intended to do test Palin’s limited understand of international affairs. She could have easily said something like, “I’ve been encouraged by how much support the United States continues to enjoy around the world.” No muss, no fuss. It’s not rocket science.
But, no. The McCain campaign apparently believes the Republican vice presidential nominee is some kind of child, under strict instructions not to speak. Palin has no doubt been receiving extensive briefings on a variety of subjects, and could probably handle a random question or two, but the McCain gang is so convinced of her incompetence, they’re just not willing to take the risk — even after a genuine media backlash has begun in earnest in response to the campaign’s heavy-handed approach.
How is that foreign policy experience working so far? Do YOU feel confident in her ability to deal with a major crisis, one possibly involving the massive nuclear arsenal the US is in possession of? Along with her beliefs in the End Times and that her state, Alaska, will play a big part when the world ends, should make any thinking person wary of there ever being the possibilitiy of a President Palin.
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