“Sarah’s Surprise: Palin to meet world leaders at U.N. next week”
From LAT Top of the Ticket:
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will meet in New York next week with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, among other world leaders scheduled to visit the United Nations annual autumn General Assembly Session.
A spokesman for the McCain campaign confirmed the surprise visit tonight as well as hinted at as yet unannounced sessions between the Republican Party’s surprise vice presidential pick and other leaders.
[insert: photo of Palin in Kuwait last year, evidently taken with a midget soldier -- or else conveniently cropped to hide the fact that Palin is standing on an apple crate and being pulled on a dogsled - ed]
The pick of Palin, a 44-year-old mother of five and popular head of the nation’s largest state, and her well-received speech to a St. Paul audience and another 37+ million Americans watching on TV gave the GOP campaign a much-needed autumn boost.
The past week, however, much media attention shifted from the Palin hockey mom phenomenon to focus on the nation’s troubled financial institutions.
Introductions by the well-traveled McCain of his running mate to numerous world leaders, they hope, is clearly designed to help draw voter’s attention back to her, as well as establish some photographic foreign policy creds, much the way their Democratic opponent Barack Obama traveled all the way to Paris to be photographed patting the French president on the back.
Well now. If nothing else, this surprise penetration into diplomat central will give the Western Europeans a chance to critique her shoes over wine and fine chocolates.
Prediction: Gov Palin does NOT try to negotiate with Iraqi leaders a delayed withdrawal schedule for US soldiers in order to be able to take credit for a troop draw down that, in reality, would be a prolongation of troop presence.
Because, like, that would be totally uncool.