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September 23rd, 2008
04:46 PM ET

Gov. Palin: Have a seat

From Network Pool report

Gov. Sarah Palin met with Henry Kissinger on Tuesday afternoon at his office for nearly 90 minutes. Both sat on separate, perpendicular blue couches, with Palin to Kissinger's left. Framed maps hung above Palin's head. On the end table between the pair was a photo of Nixon and another of Reagan.

We heard this part of the conversation:

KISSINGER: "And I'm going to give him a lot of credit for what he did in Georgia.

"PALIN: "Good, good. And you'll give me more insight on that, also, huh? Good."

Kissinger was referring to NICOLAS SARKOZY, who is apparently receiving an award at a ceremony where Kissinger is speaking

Palin emerged from the building at 3p, making this by far her longest meeting (others were roughly half an hour). She was accompanied by Kissinger and the two hugged and she gave him a peck on the cheek. CNN's Peter Hamby (the star of today) yelled, "Governor, how was your meeting?" and she mouthed "It was great."
Motorcade back was a mob scene. Tourists pulled out video cameras to get a shot of the governor, prompting several police vehicles to drive up on the sidewalk and protect the SUV she was in. We backed up traffic at 5th Ave. and 46th Street and caused quite a stir. We arrived back at the Millennium at 3:15p.

Additional color: Crowds gathered behind the barricades and someone yelled "We love you Sarah!" There was also a lone protestor nestled in among the local photographers.

The office of Kissinger Associates looked like a typical Manhattan space, with a reception desk behind glass and a pile of newspapers that looked like they had been read (the WSJ, the WaPo, the Financial Times, the NYTimes, etc.).

As the reporters and photographers scrambled to get into the room, an old man in a bow tie asked, "Is this really worth it?"


Filed under: Raw Politics • Sarah Palin
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Gilby-HI

    All Politics is local. This is now Gov. Palin's world. If you don't think that she has impressed these guys just ask Former Pres. Clinton.

    September 23, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  2. Steve

    Why do you show pictures of her meeting if she won't talk to reporters?

    September 23, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    Kissinger is a master and I think he is the first Secretary of State I think of – he was a grand master of it when he had the position under Richard Nixon. I would love to meet him and listen to him talk on foreign relations. Just think how much you would learn!

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    September 23, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  4. Jsly

    Why is it that every word Palin says is analyzed for anything that can be put on the front page to portray her as naive, inexperienced, sheltered, needing to be tutored etc....

    Yet Biden says FDR was president when the stock market of 1929 happened and that he went on TV to discuss it (neither of which is true) and it doesn't get mentioned at all???

    Hmmm....oh I get it Biden is experienced and so therefore a mistake is just a mistake – yet Palin making the same mistake would have been plastered everywhere.

    I'm extremelly tired of the Palin is not taking questions from reporters, Palin is trying to be brought up to speed, Palin is prepping for the debates, McCain is protecting Palin etc etc etc

    Stop painting Palin as naive and inexperienced and Biden as someone who is presidential.

    Trying to be fairer in your coverage.

    PLEASE!!

    September 23, 2008 at 9:51 pm |
  5. AJ

    There is no point in getting a crash course. McCain's and Palin's foreign policy is based on scaring us out of our wits by creating phantom extremeist islamic jihadist terrorists who will magically land on our shores and destroy our way of life. They want to go to war with Iran and may be Russia. They don't care about what happens in the day to day life on main street, They want to lie about Obama's economic, healthcare, foreign relations policy and since their policies will be not only continuation of Bush's (and probably more extreme), they think they can win by fear and scare tactics.

    September 23, 2008 at 9:49 pm |
  6. Keith

    When HRC was running, she was torn apart by women, same is holding true for palin. Guess that women don't think that women belong in politics. Hey woman! What's for dinner?

    September 23, 2008 at 9:35 pm |
  7. Mjean

    Why no recordings of the meetings with the dignitaries? These were just photo-ops! Again, no substance. If she is not ragging on Sen. Obama, she has nothing to say that meets her party"s approval.

    September 23, 2008 at 8:59 pm |
  8. Nick

    Look it was only a meeting. Really do we sit down with our stop watches and cound the minutes and try to analyze the angle of the couches and talk about the pathetic guy with the bow tie... Get real people. Hopefully we can get back to doing the math on this $700 billion bailout. divided into the 300+ million people that's over $2000 per person man women and child in the US of A. Ouch!

    September 23, 2008 at 8:19 pm |
  9. Lisa

    The McCain people doesn't have alot of respect for the average American. How stupid do they think we are? Why should we vote for him? Palin was just another one of his bad judgement calls and then giving someone who "can see Russia from her house" crash course on international affairs? He's a old man who's out of touch.

    September 23, 2008 at 7:51 pm |
  10. Anthony

    This is ridiculous. To say, all the sudden she has some sort of foreign policy experience because she has met with Henry Kissinger and the leader of Afghanistan is very naive. If i meet these people does that give me some foreign policy experience? Just wondering... What did she talk about with them anyway? their kids? what a joke the republican party has on their ticket.

    September 23, 2008 at 7:46 pm |
  11. George

    Hey, GREAT "SCOOP" CNN !!
    I'll simply ask the same question i asked MSNBC...
    (i didn't bother with FOX- NOISE, its no time for nonsence)
    When is the press core going to express the JUST outrage, over
    the Palin "handling" of all of us? I mean...can you make believe,
    you have some guts..."reportors, correspondents...ANYBODY???
    Thanks Guys n Gals...your doing a great job.

    September 23, 2008 at 7:44 pm |
  12. tony, nyc

    what an insult to the american public,mcain could have chosen much more qulified woman, there are other women in the gop?

    September 23, 2008 at 7:37 pm |
  13. Heather,Ca,US

    What an obvious photo op. She is a joke. Does she actually think by coming to the UN to meet various heads of state that the voters will somehow view that as foreign policy experience, the cliffs note version. I dont think so. Meeting with these people for a few minutes of small talk is one thing having a true understanding and knowledge of the issues in these countries.

    September 23, 2008 at 7:20 pm |
  14. John, Fort Bragg

    Palin’s ‘foreign policy’ experience is one of firing any and all employees, collages, or in-laws, who divorce her sister, or otherwise voice any opposing thoughts or other ‘foreign policies’ different than her own self-serving, extremist positions and views.

    Palin’s ‘foreign policy’ experience has been well demonstrated to be one in which she basically SENDS PEOPLE IN TO KILL ANY and ALL OPPONENTS, falsely and crazily claimed to be done in JESUS’ NAME; simply cutting off or destroying these relationship, ignoring all views but her own misguided, radically conservative agenda!

    Palin’s other ‘foreign policy’ experience basically comprise living remotely close to frozen, uninhabited parts of mother Russia!

    Palin, if she was qualified to be President or VP, she would be speaking openly to the American press, not foreigners!

    September 23, 2008 at 7:13 pm |
  15. Mary V., Salt Lake City, UT

    With all the hullabaloo the GOP stirred up with Sen. Obama's few years in the Senate (FOUR YEARS). I am still amazed that the GOP choose a governor with 20 MONTHS in office, and a former-TINY-town mayor. A person who has not traveled nor has advanced education!

    Call me old-fashion...... but a mother of an infant, needs to raise that infant, and then go on with her ambitions. As a mother of four grown ups, I am amazed........ that the FAR-RIGHT-FAMILY-FIRST-TYPES ARE NOT COMPLAINING.

    September 23, 2008 at 7:12 pm |
  16. paula Gallo

    I hold the press responsible for letting these candidates dictate to you what to cover. We need leadership, we need answers to very difficult questions. WE DONT NEED ANYMORE PHOTO OPS! The press has a job to do. You are reporters, you need to question these candidates & not let them lie or not answer the questions directly. It's absurd what these candidates get away with. YOU NEED TO HOLD THEIR FEET TO THE FIRE!

    September 23, 2008 at 7:12 pm |
  17. Garnette---NC

    To send Sarah Palin to the United Nations to get several introductions to world leaders will do as much good as sending a 10 year old girl to the opera and expecting her to be able to sing opera. The thing that worries me about Palin is that she does not realize the limits to her abilities. Also, I understand her husband helped her in her governing of Alaska. Are the Republicans offering a "twofer"? I have not heard him speak one word on TV. As they say, Keep your mouth shut and make people think you are stupid, open your mout and remove all doubt !!! Wake up people and elect OBAMA/BIDEN in 2008 !!!

    September 23, 2008 at 6:59 pm |
  18. nate

    This meeting with Kissinger was an important piece to solidifying her foreign relations credentials. Kissinger has tremendous insight into stabilizing the middle east and bringing about peace in that region. Hopefully, Palin got to see John Stewart's interview with Former Prime Minister Blair. Blair highlighted the complexity of the decision to go to war with Iraq and underscored its importance!

    September 23, 2008 at 6:54 pm |
  19. Dan Stewart

    She is so utterly ill-quiped to be Vice President its staggering.
    Oh well at least it lives up to the Republican moto of "Country Last"

    September 23, 2008 at 6:51 pm |
  20. Jean - Dallas

    When is the news media going to boycott her appearances the same way she is boycotting the press and will answer NO questions?

    Why is the press still showing up for her activities when you know she is not going to answer any questions about who she is........?????

    September 23, 2008 at 6:51 pm |
  21. Trish

    Peter respectfully, I think you have that backwards. It's not the Leaders who want to meet with Palin for a photo op, it's Palin and McCain who want Sarah to meet with the Leaders for a Photo Op. As if we, the people McCain's Camp think are dumb, are so past dumb that we don't know it"s all just grandstanding and a make believe Sarah has experience show! Yawnnnnnn The Republicans' masquerade is putting me to sleep. If Sarah could dance better I might stay awake through the boring rendition of "Sarah is experienced, watch, we can show you." On to Dancing With The Stars I go. Now that's real experience and entertainment!

    September 23, 2008 at 6:45 pm |
  22. Larry Robinson

    Let's stay focused here. Palin may have left with a nice pic or two for the manipulators on Fox News, but nothing more was gained. Does the RNC really believe that a pic without words will appeal to a desperate audience? Will a few meetings near/in the UN really combat Biden's statement to the European ex-pres he directly called a "war criminal?" And, since Palin can see her house from Alaska, do her meetings mean that now she understands what she is looking at?

    September 23, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  23. Keith

    Senator Obama, would you like a cushion to sit on?

    September 23, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  24. Betty

    ENOUGH ALREADY....stop wasting time on this stupid woman...don't you have more important things to cover...like the economy.

    September 23, 2008 at 6:08 pm |
  25. Dee from CT

    She gave him a peck on the cheek ... really?!?!?!?! What happened to handshakes? Are those out? Did I miss something, was there a memo passed around saying that this is the proper way to say goodbye to Henry Kissinger? Can we next expect to see Bush, McCain, Biden and Obama to start doing the same?

    On a side note, kudos to Peter Hamby – way to go, you got Gov Palin to answer an impromptu question.

    September 23, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  26. Nate

    Who Cares, I have more experience than Palin, having meet both Kissenger and Putan . This Palin thing is just a ploy .. to get a photo, and build her resuma with unsubstanciated experiance. America needs to come clean with the political squabaling and propaganda attacts on other nations like Russia , who only want to be included as a power broker in the good things that this world produces, and not known as a war mongering bully. But if you treat a dog, like america treated slaves, you should expect the people to be resistant, violent, and all the other demeaning things we say about them

    September 23, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  27. Rose from San Bernardino, Calif

    Well, if Republicans can make Sarah Palin a person like (Henry Kissinger) less then 8 weeks before the ELECTION go for it! But you can't change the PITBULL knowledge in that short of time, but can change the color of lipstick thou.

    September 23, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  28. c,ca

    Can anyone out there tell me where I can get actual news? I'm tired of staged events; photo ops; spins; and outright lies.

    September 23, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  29. Sue, Billerica, MA

    This is why Hillary is the one that deserves this chance to break this barrier, for she wouldn't have to have Kissenger give her a 101 course on foreign policy (which by the way 90 minutes won't get you that knowledge any more than just say no without sex ed will keep your teenage daughter from getting pregnant!). And I wouldn't be surprised if all those half hour talk even the oh my gosh whole 90 minutes with Kissenger, were spent mostly with them chatting about kids and asking about Alaska and being charmed with each other. How do you spell lightweight! Why doesn't she read up on all these issues or have been reading them over the decade she has pursued her church's prophecy of her ascension to political heights (charm the world with her speeches... which by the way, to me seem more like low blow digs mostly). I get the feeling will will have another Dan Quayle ignorance or worse Bush who brags about never reading the paper or books etc.. for she didn't even get enough education to understand the science behind global warming, evolution, and it seems even sex education for her daughter!

    September 23, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  30. Emmerentia

    Well, I reckon after her whirlwind rounds with foreign dignatories,she is now ready to take on the world as well?? Hope her memory card is not too full and crashes during her debate with Joe Biden, after all she apparently was not the brightest of students. How pathetic that Americans are enthralled with such an empty headed fibber!!

    September 23, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  31. Lesley

    A peck on the cheek? How VP-like. I hope she didn't have her lipstick on too thick.

    September 23, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  32. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    Looks like hers is a better run for foreign policy experience than the Obama rock tour and speech complete with German beer for the audience. Apparently there are more Palin haters on this blog any given day than at her actual events. It's good to know most of America isn't so simple-minded and petty.

    September 23, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  33. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    Yes, Gov. Palin have a seat and please don't get up! Sit, stay, and roll over~

    September 23, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  34. Kate, NV

    Is this a joke? Come on... we are in a financial crisis and you are covering Palin meeting with UN people so she can get a crash course on foreign policy before the debate? You must have more important news to cover ... I hope.

    September 23, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  35. Andy - Atlanta, GA

    C'mon CNN, you didn't get a picture of Kissinger kissing 'er?

    September 23, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  36. EJ (USA)

    As the reporters and photographers scrambled to get into the room, an old man in a bow tie asked, “Is this really worth it?”

    Ha! Good question.

    September 23, 2008 at 4:49 pm |