September 23rd, 2008
05:31 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin briefed by Director of National Intelligence

Sarah Palin was briefed by the Director of National Intelligence prior to her meeting heads of state today.
Sarah Palin was briefed by the Director of National Intelligence prior to her meeting heads of state today.

NEW YORK (CNN) – Before heading out for a trio of well-publicized meetings with foreign dignitaries on Tuesday, Sarah Palin received a national security briefing from the Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Michael McConnell, who met with the governor this morning in her New York hotel.

Palin’s top foreign policy adviser informed reporters of the meeting at a small briefing following Palin’s visits with Afghan president Hamid Karzai, Colombian president Alvaro Uribe and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

The adviser, Stephen Biegun, formerly a senior official on the National Security Council under President Bush, characterized the intelligence briefing as “routine” and said it was the sort of meeting that “is standard for candidates for the vice president and president.” Biegun said several officials were present to brief Palin.

Palin then departed her hotel for a series of motorcade trips around Manhattan, visiting with foreign leaders for the first time in her career.

“These are relationships that she intuitively understands are very important for the next President and Vice President of the United States,” Biegun said of the meetings.

In those get-togethers, Palin kept the focus primarily on energy issues and the growing influence of Russia, according to Biegun. Palin found Kissinger particularly engrossing - their meeting had been scheduled to last 30 minutes, but the two met for nearly an hour and a half.

“In talking to Dr. Kissinger,” Biegun said, “she certainly had a lot of questions about how the United States can develop a cooperative relationship with Russia, what are some of the unique challenges to the current state of Russia's political development, and having been in particular, some of the recent developments we've seen with Russia - backsliding democracy, Russia’s incursion into Georgia.”

Asked about her meetings with Karzai and Uribe, Biegun said Palin “liked them very much” and “established a great personal rapport.”

With Karzai, Palin chatted for half an hour about John McCain’s desire to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. With Uribe, she listened for about 20 minutes as the president discussed the country’s security situation and its handling of the FARC guerillas.

According to Biegun, “rather than make specific policy prescriptions, she was largely listening, having an exchange of views, and also very interested in forming a relationship with people she met with today.”

Biegun, who is helping prepare Palin for her debate with Sen. Joseph Biden on October 2 in St. Louis, would not say what specific topics the governor was concentrating on in her study sessions.


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  1. Leimomi Matunding

    I am dismayed that Palin is getting some kind of treatment because of her lack of Foreign Experience. To have her meet Karzai and Uribe, you might say does not count for "Foreign experience." She has never left United States yet!

    Who are they kidding? DOES NOT COUNT!

    September 23, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. Kim

    Why aren't more women up in arms? They want to be treated as equal to men, yet she is not expected to take the hard questions men are when campaigning. She is hiden behind the men who control her and have no faith in her abilities. How can she be expected to run the country should something happen to McCain when she can't even answer unfiltered questions from reporters

    September 23, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. Paradep

    American morans for McMoran & McPatheticl
    Morans for morans . racists for republicans.
    Baracudas for the Bafoons
    Sadits for Grumpy and Moose
    Loosers for McLooser & Mrs.Liar
    Arkansa and Alaska – Laughing stock

    September 23, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. John Smith

    I like this blog because it reflects the intellect of America:

    “Only in Republican America would a black man with a law degree from Harvard, 12 years in politics, four years on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and manager of one of the most impressively flawless and forward thinking presidential campaigns ever not be ready for the presidency while a white female evangelical with 19 months in national politics and a bachelors in journalism is considered ‘ready on day one’.”

    John McCain has actually downplayed the quality of the presidency by chosing a VP with LEGS but no substance beneath!

    John McCain has again insulted the intellectual abilities of the American people. How can any one trust such high powered information to this woman– Palin!

    September 23, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  5. McHoover Would Destroy What's Left of America

    This attempt is so transparent.

    Bush called in a couple of favors in an attempt to make her look worldly.

    Another circus was the result.

    September 23, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  6. Paradep

    American morans for McMoran & McPatheticl
    Morans for morans . racists for republicans.
    Baracudas for the Bafoons
    Sadits for Grumpy and Moose
    Loosers for McLooser & Mrs.Liar
    Arizona and Alaska – Laughing stock

    September 23, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    The US of Stupid just loves them some Sarah. Who cares if she has not any foreign policy experience. At least she is not a muslim.

    God help us...

    September 23, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  8. Steve

    Darko: "When will CNN report on Obama pleading with the Iraqis to delay the troop withdrawals until after the election so he can look good if he wins."

    When this "news" is reported by someone besides a discredited pseudo-journalist, in something other than a right-wing.

    I love how the wingnuts get all huffy when their rumors aren't published as fact.

    September 23, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  9. Susan

    Now that she met the world leaders for the first time, she's now ready to beat Joe on their foreign policy debate. Look out Joe!

    September 23, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  10. Shelly

    The United States is Now the laughing stock of the World.

    Good going !!

    September 23, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. Ken in Dallas

    When we talk about Obama's qualifications, we should keep in mind that in addition to the community organizer thing and the state Senate and the US Senate, this is a professor of Constitutional law. After the current example in office, with qualifications very comparable to Palin's, it would be a good change to elect somebody who understands and RESPECTS the US Constitution, as Bush as routinely proven to us he does not.

    September 23, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  12. Marcus

    What's the matter folks? Jealous that Obambi can't talk with any heads of state about having any executive experience running anything, like a STATE. Oh right, he "ran" thru millions on his Chicago "projects" with no benefit to anyone (except Ayers, Rezko, etc). Bet these guys liked her – someone with looks AND brains.

    September 23, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  13. Carol

    Well now, we knnow what Sarah is doing, – what has Joe been doing beside putting his foot in his mouth? Sarah is doing what she is suppose to be doing. Joe is looking and speaking like he wants OUT. That is REAL scarey, considering he is the only one on that "team" with (?) some experience. At least Sarah will have an adjustment period, a time to get the precise feel of her position. Everyone knows that the position does not call for precise experience on day one, however she has all the experience she needs to start. She knows where to look for the answers and facts she when & where needed. Experience counts, big time.

    September 23, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  14. Alice

    I hope the rest of the media follows CNN's lead and refuses to post the photos without the access.

    September 23, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  15. Larry B.

    Why waste the time briefing her? Her 15 minutes are almost over.

    September 23, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  16. prairieguy

    The hated leader of Iran sat down for a press conference with USA press this afternoon...yet a candidate for USA Vcie President cannot...what is wrong with this picture??????????

    September 23, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  17. bob

    Hey Chuck, Sarah may be going to a study session but did you read how Obama is going to a study camp to bone up on issues for the debates?? Camp sounds like it will be a lot more intense than session(probably because Obama needs more intense lessons) , He has to memorize Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid's answers to the questions

    September 23, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  18. jeremy

    can somebody tell me why on earth is this lady being briefed by the director of national intelligence?????

    September 23, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  19. Shannon

    I can't even believe this is america. She can talk forgein leaders but not the press. People want answers and this is America I guss were going to have to demand it!! She's not qualifies to nor do I thikn she has the judgement to help lead our country..Its just scary.. SHe and John Mccain are scary!
    Obama/ Biden 08 for peace again!!

    September 23, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  20. E.C.Coleman

    Obama fights like a teenage girl and is highly unqualified to serve as President of this great Nation. On the other hand, Palin fights like a highly intelligent man, is a great communicator and is a beautiful, highly experienced, naturally gifted politician and FEMALE! Obama isn't going to win anyway..........so make up some More Bogus Polls...CNN and give out some more DIRE PREDICITIONS about Republicans.

    September 23, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  21. MK

    I don't care that meets the leaders, she HAS GOT TO STOP KISSING AND HUGGING THEM! Ridiculous. And was Todd missing today? Where was he? Taking measurments for the window treatments in their potential new home?

    September 23, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  22. Kathryn, MI

    Bet these guys liked her – someone with looks AND brains.
    ------------------------------

    Dear Marcus,

    If you think Sarah has brains, then you must not have any.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 23, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  23. Zion

    Why does this woman make all women look....LESS THAN QUALIFIED?

    September 23, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  24. E.C.Coleman

    TO: EDW
    SORRY...........CAN'T ARGUE WITH GREAT GENES! JUST BECAUSE PALIN IS A FEMALE, DON'T FAULT HER SUPERIOR BRAIN AND NATURAL INTELLIGENCE. OBAMA HAS DONE NOTHING TO EQUAL PALIN'S EXPERIENCE AND HE'S RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT..........OR DID YOU KNOW?

    September 23, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  25. the other jd

    actual it is spelled "moron"
    that being said, Palin is a whiney little baby

    September 23, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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