[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/23/art.palinkarzai1.ap.jpg caption="The media was allowed to observe Palin and Karzai for less than 30 seconds."](CNN) - McCain-Palin campaign officials shifted course Tuesday after being informed by television news organizations that they would not broadcast footage of Sarah Palin’s meeting with Afghan leader Hamid Karzai Tuesday in New York - the Republican VP nominee’s first with a foreign leader - if a reporter was not allowed in to observe the pair.
CNN, which was the pool network for the event, informed the campaign of its decision. The network was then told a CNN producer would be allowed in the room to act as a media representative, just minutes before the photo op was scheduled to take place. However, print reporters and wire services were not allowed to observe the meeting, as they have been able to do at similar McCain events in the past.
The press only caught a brief glimpse of the vice presidential nominee. Palin was seated in a large chair a few feet from Karzai, with a table in between them. Seated slightly behind Palin were campaign foreign policy advisers Steve Biegun and Randy Scheunemann, who are accompanying the governor in her motorcade today.
As the pool entered, the Afghan president appeared to be telling Palin about his young son, who was born in January 2007.
Palin, her legs crossed and at one point patting her heart, was leaning in eagerly and smiling. Karzai, wearing his traditional clothes but without his trademark karakul hat, was also grinning while discussing the child. His remarks were mostly unintelligible as the noise from the clicking cameras drowned them out.
“What is his name?,” Palin asked.
“Mirwais,” Karzai responded. “Mirwais, which means, ‘The Light of the House.’”
“Oh nice,” Palin responded.
“He is the only one we have,” remarked Karzai.
After 29 seconds observing the meeting, CNN and other photographers covering the meeting were escorted out of the room.
Later, McCain-Palin press representatives chalked up the restrictions to a “mix-up, a miscommunication among staff.” The full pool — a print and wires reporter, along with a television producer — was then allowed in to observe Palin’s meeting with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe for 15-20 seconds.
Now THAT'S foreign policy – Repub style!!!!
Is it REALLY worth reporting on?
Women want to be equal to men but do not want to be held to the same standards. Pallin, u suck. You are not the Woman I want to be the first female VP? McDonalds manager is better than you.
Wow, The Republican's are trying to make this VP look like she has foreign policy experience by having her chat with heads of states, but did you notice that their foreign policy advisers are sitting right behind her while she chats.
This is such a joke. Obviously there is something to hide. McCain is speaking out of both sides of his mouth. She is ready to be President, but she can't take questions from the media? Hello, don't you have to do that in order to be President. I know she isn't running for President, but no one told McCain. He thinks they can both be President. No minority would be able to steer clear of the media, parade their preganant teenager on stage commenting "how proud we are as parents". Only in white America!!!!!!!!!!!
why am i not surprised? mccain himself haven't had a press conference in over a month, (though i hear he's planning one today), so why should we expect that palin, who's even less capable of facing the press without a teleprompter, would want to expose her first meetings with international leaders to reporters? the risk of her showing her total ignorance in front of the whole nation is too great, gibson interview notwithstanding...
It's funny how every time McCain and Palin censor the press it is later chalked up to a "mistake" or "miscommunication among staff". That's fine if they want to use that as an excuse, but do Americans really want an administration that is obviously so challenged in maintaining communications among even their own staff, lt alone the rest of the country?
And anyone who thinks that talking to a world leader makes you have foreign policy experience is an idiot. Smoke and mirrors on the worst VP pick in U.S. history.
So two days of meetings with foreign heads make her efficient in foreign policy? She is a joke and mccain shows his true colors for picking her.
Well ; Peter I see you delete anyones blogg that is not pro- Obama . That is alright , you cannot change my vote. You cannot also make me watch CNn.
So sad, so comical, so superficial...these meetings are nothing more than playing doll with Palin. The more they think the voter can be fooled, the more the McCain/Palin campaign is floating further and deeper into la-la-land... My friends, it is bedtime for McBozo and pals.
This is INSANITY!!!
"Palin, her legs crossed and at one point patting her heart, was leaning in eagerly and smiling": Yay, she can seduce the heads of state of all them nasty A-rab countries! Way to report on this pointless meeting. No kidding, Gretchen.
And this is supposed to give her foreign policy credentials? hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hehe haw haw
IF I were Republican, I would be highly insulted that mccain thought so low of my intelligence.
mccain/palin = proven pathological liars
This brings to mind the time that Obama cancelled a trip to visit injured American soldiers in Iraq because no television cameras would be allowed to follow him around and use these brave men and women as photo opportunities. At least McCain was trying not to use this as a photo-op and treated it as a serious and important matter, which it is.
Just another photo op with no questions from the media again. I hope she had her cheat sheet with her.
This woman is an idiot she has nothing to report anyways, I bet all she all she said “Oh nice,” to everything the guy says.
She is a joke.
The media should not cover her or McCain until she stands in front of 50 reporters and does a press conference. They need to grow a spine and call there bluff and say on public tv that until the McCain campaign stops ducking the press they will not be covered. Not their foreign policy, economics, or anything else.
This really is a joke.
She is a total joke !!!!....
Don't let this woman into the White House..
Sarah Palin IS John McCain's Vanna White.
The McCain-Palin complete and utter contempt for Democracy, Freedom, Transparency and the Truth is truly stunning. Its starting to make Bush look like a teenager.
HAHAHA 15-20 seconds was all the reporters were allowed to observe? I wonder what these "world leaders" think of being used as pawns by the McCain camp in the American Presidential Race. What a shame.
Are they actually talking about any issues or is it all fluff? Guess we will never know.
Anyone planning on voting for this ticket should really question their reasoning for not allowing the press to talk to this woman.
People have to be crazy to vote for someone they don't know. What is it McCain campaign is afraid of. The American people are not stupid
Don't want to expose her to the media, but of course she will be ready to lead on day one. Does that mean she'll be ready to talk to the media on day one or lead the country? I seriously doubt she'll be ready for either. If she's found guilty of the allegations against her in Alaska, she may be sent to jail anyway. Wishful thinking, but anything is possible, I guess.