NEW YORK (CNN) – Sarah Palin and the foreign leaders she has met with in New York have said very little to reporters over the last two days, but the press happened to be in the room on Wednesday for one eyebrow-raising exchange, as the new president of Pakistan lavished praise on Palin's looks.
On entering a room filled with several Pakistani officials this afternoon, Palin was immediately greeted by Sherry Rehman, the country's Information Minister.
"And how does one keep looking that good when one is that busy?," Rehman asked, drawing friendly laughter from the room when she complimented Palin.
"Oh, thank you," Palin said.
Pakistan's recently-elected president, Asif Ali Zardari, entered the room seconds later. Palin rose to shake his hand, saying she was “honored” to meet him.
Zardari then called her "gorgeous" and said: "Now I know why the whole of America is crazy about you."
"You are so nice," Palin said, smiling. "Thank you."
A handler from Zardari's entourage then told the two politicians to keep shaking hands for the cameras.
"If he's insisting, I might hug," Zardari said. Palin smiled politely.
The Alaska governor did not answer questions from reporters at her first two appearances on Wednesday, when she joined McCain in meetings with Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili and Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko, and then traveled downtown to meet with Iraqi president Jalal Talabani.
But she did offer brief remarks to a reporter at the Zardari meeting who asked about her day.
"It's going great," Palin said. "These meetings are very informative and helpful, and a lot of good people sharing appreciation for America."
McCain wants to show leadership, FACE Obama, FACE the people, FACE the questions, FACE the cameras. Dont be McRun. Fake leadership is not real leadership
Are you kidding me! Is America really going to elect a vice-president who wows foreign leaders with her looks? How about her intellect and knowledge of foreign affairs?
The only sensible choice
I'm appaled that you are covering this farce. Have some media scruples and refuse to cover this dog and pony show unless the press can witness the whole process and Palin holds a confernece instead of going through her advisors
You can bring her to Pakistan nobody in America will be bothered
Oh good...she can go to Pakistan and become President there.
This would be great if we were looking for eye candy but we are looking for a VP that can do their job. Thanks but no thanks to Palin.
Why aren't women outraged about this exchange? All Palin can say is thanks, you are nice!! How pathetic!! This lady is a joke?
great, we need someone to tackle foreign leaders and they just want to tackle her! yikes, this is adding discomfort on top of discomfort for me. She does not belong in "these positions" so to speak. How creepy. Stuff like this makes me think Palin is not the best pick at this time.
Oh God, gag me with a spoon.
AMERICA RESPECTS JOHN McCAIN.
AMERICA LOVES SARAH PALIN.
And the obamabots need to get over it.
So why aren't McCain's people screaming sexism on that?
You suck CNN. I just lost my lunch.
Are you telling me that the McCain campaign didn't say what a "SEXIST" remark he made? I can't believe that they did not comment. After all, doesn't Palin have brains and that is the issue, not her looks.
Shame on the McCain Campaign......................I smell double standards!
Is it just me, or does this sound like an underhanded insult? Honestly, I can see where it's coming from.
Ha, ha....did anyone catch this..."Zardari then called her "gorgeous" and said: "Now I know why the whole of America is crazy about you."
So American aren't crazy about her due to all of her executive experience and abilities??? Ha,ha......
I guess Sarah Palin's one qualification for being a heartbeat away from the presidency is that she is gorgeous.
One word of the conversation really stuck out for me........"Crazy".
Thank you sir! That makes her an even STRONGER candidate for Vice Presidency.
Sorry first Dud,
What do you expect from miss Alaska?
I guess its more important to judge someone by their looks.
Hey McCain. Why don't you tell the Pakistani president that was sexist? He wouldn't say that to a man right? Go ahead! I dare you! you can say anything Obama says about Palin is sexist. C'mon...grow a pair.
Yes, she is so nice and as smart as two rocks.
Oh this is terribly, TERRIBLY important. Thank you.
the only qualifying aspect needed by nascar fans.
He sounds like a dirty old man! Poor Palin, why must she be subjected to such treatment. She wants to be appreciated for her brains not her beauty.
What an airhead bimbo. Does she really think comments like this will actually help her? You have gotta be kidding me, is that the extent of the conversation?? He tells her she is gorgeous and she gushes...oh thank you, you're so nice!! This is utterly ridiculous. She can't run a country by batting her eyelashes and smiling. She is an insult to American women, a horrible representation of American women, we are so much more than that!
Take her with you, our way to say congratulations on your recent nomination.