[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/23/art.palin.kissinger2.jpg caption="Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin meets former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in New York City, Tuesday."]Ed Henry
CNN White House Correspondent
As she breezed through the vice presidential version of Foreign Policy 101 on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meetings, Sarah Palin seemed to be enjoying her first big test on the international stage.
"It went great!" she told reporters after a meeting with Republican foreign policy guru Henry Kissinger here in Manhattan on Tuesday.
During their actual one-on-one, the microphones picked up only one little snippet of subtance when Kissinger spoke briefly about last month's crisis in Georgia.
"And you'll give me more insight on that, also, huh?" Palin told Kissinger. "Good."
It was even lighter when Hamid Karzai sat down with Palin and she patted her heart as Afghanistan's president told her about his relatively-new baby boy.
"What's his name?" asked Palin.
"Mirwais," said Karzai. "Mirwais, which means, 'The Light of the House.'"
"Oh nice," she replied.
Pretty low-risk for Palin and yet the McCain campaign had tried to make it no risk for her by refusing to allow reporters to join cameras in the Karzai meeting. But the five U.S. television networks said they wouldn't air the video if a reporter couldn't be there - a standard policy. So the McCain camp gave in and allowed a reporter in.
Did the brief flap reveal that perhaps the Republican ticket is more concerned about the questions over Palin's experience than they're letting on publicly?
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