Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin met her very first world leaders Tuesday, embarking on a crash course on foreign policy.
ABC News reports that she met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and that she sat down with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger for insights on Georgia, Russia, China and Iran.
No doubt there will be a pop quiz if John McCain wins and she becomes vice president.
McCain’s camp has put a force field around the Alaska governor in recent weeks, and some in the media speculate that this is to keep her from dealing with unscripted questions from voters and reporters.
And it was even worse during these diplomacy sessions. Reporters were actually banned from the start of the meetings to stop them from asking questions of Palin.
Before Palin’s first meeting with Karzai, campaign aides told the pool reporters that followed her they could not go into meetings but that photographers and a video camera crew would be let in for pictures.
President Bush and members of Congress routinely allow reporters to attend photo ops, and the reporters often ask questions at the beginning of private meetings before they’re ushered out.
Not this time. Two or more news organizations, including the Associated Press, objected to their reporters’ exclusion and were told that the decision was not subject to discussion. When aides backed down, campaign spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt said the reporter ban was a "miscommunication."
Finally, one reporter was let in.
Why so secret? Are you suspicious? Is the media just being nosy? Wouldn’t you like to know what Sarah Palin says to foreign leaders?
The closest we may come to knowing what their conversations were like is in another "Saturday Night Live" skit.