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

Palin briefed by Director of National Intelligence

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Debra

    Sarah Palin looked scared and very unsure of herself in the photo's today in her meeting. This was all so staged and she can't handle meeting with foreign leaders unless she is prepped???? OMG This is all so unreal

    September 23, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  2. the other jd

    Um...God isn't voting for Sarah Palin. It kills me how people try to make politics about religion. God is neither dem nor republican. In fact you might say that God is the ultimate independent.

    September 23, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. Lou R

    Today the U.N. served as a backdrop for a Republican photo-op and primmer for their wannabe VP Sarah Paulin. Previously, through John Bolton, the Republicans have worked to destroy the U.N. organization. More of the same, Hypocrisy!

    By the way, who is caring for the 5 month old while mama is hobnobbing her way to diminished stardom?

    September 23, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  4. KofTX

    You can't learn what you need to lead the most powerful country in the world in 2 matter who you have lunch with.

    The Executive Office of the United States provides no on-the-job training as the Republicans so often like to remind us.


    Obama/Biden '08

    September 23, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  5. T.

    Did she bring her Todd, the kids and the shotgun son-in-law to be with her to the meetings?
    Perhaps they can give us some professional insight into the workings of the world. We are in good hands indeed.

    September 23, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  6. Sarah for Iraq but not the American People


    She can get interviewed by Karzi but not the American public!

    And imagine this, people will still vote for the ticket? Some of us are real simple minded. Not me!

    September 23, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  7. Dee

    The rest of the world must be laughing at us. Either in sorrow or joy. If he had to choose a women there are many qualified women in Congress and in other areas of government. I just do not understand how John McCain could do this to the country he says he loves. I would be just as unhappy if he had chosen a numbskull male. But he was able to pander to all the extremes of the Republican Party in one person by choosing Ms. Palin. As well as pandering to women who do not look for quality and honor in choosing a candidate but only to their status as female. So very sad what John McCain has become. Exactly what he was against for so many years. A man who wants to be President more than anything else and we do anything, say anything, to reach his goal. Sad...sad....sad.

    September 23, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. maurice

    Obama blew his chance by leaving Hilary behind.

    September 23, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |

    Why??? This is like cramming for an exam!!! National security is not a weekend study and boom you have all of the answers over night.

    September 23, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. Barack & Roll

    haha what a funny joke!

    September 23, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. Arthur James

    Attention uneducated Obama supporters: There are three words that sound like "there" (there, their and they're). All three have different meanings and usages. When you use the wrong one, and mostly the same one for every instance, it makes you look ignorant.

    How do people get diplomas these days? Do they still make Crackerjacks?

    Or in the words of Barack Obama: "Uh... uh... uh...uhm."

    September 23, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  12. dd







    September 23, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  13. ObamaFan

    When McPalin becomes V.P. let's put her face on Money, you know the new currency of The Alaskan Independent Party she supported.

    September 23, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. mitchell

    republicans have brought us to the brink of destruction, and we have to talk about the woman that will finish the deed? maybe we should be discussing what we're going to do if the republican economy collapses?

    September 23, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. Roni

    You good girl! Glad you have the guts to call the "liberal media" out! Do your thing your way....

    Some easily forget that Obama just went to Middle East for his first visit a few short months ago.

    So democrats say that "change in washington" needs to happen with a super liberal, or "most liberal" senator with about 2 years of national experience (other half the overly ambious son of a gun was runing for Prez)......coincedentally the same amount of governor experience Sarah Palin has....oh but wait she has more government experence with a total of 16 years.


    September 23, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  16. Roger


    September 23, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. Never obama

    Obama is quite the actor. He always waits a couple of days to get his lines straight. "Seeing" which way the wind blows,so to speak.reads up on all the commentaries and steals the words and thoughts of others to make up his own platform or responce.
    Obama has cheated all his life. He has lied all his life. He has conducted himself with disgrace during this election while hiding behind other people and putting the blame elsewhere.
    How sad that so many people want to reward this clown.
    When he tells you to bend over,please remember that you voted for him.

    September 23, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. Danel

    GOP operatives exactly knew what they are doing. They are treating this as a fishing expedition. They're dangling a bait (Palin) to the media (fish) with the fishing line short enough to make the fish salivate. If I were them (media) I'll find another tastier bait. Joe Biden anyone?

    September 23, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  19. Adam

    Where does Obama have any more experience than Palin. She is just the VP nominee he wants to be President. Man you people blow my mind with your leftist jibberish maybe if Obama gets elected and in a year or so thousands more Americans are dead from radical islamic terroist's bombs you will figure out you were wrong. He is even weaker than you could ever imagine in a world few of you understand.


    September 23, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. Helene

    If you want 4 more years of the same and more chaos than we already have, vote republicans. But you will get what you deserve.

    September 23, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  21. sue

    Mary from Texas...are you serious?
    Surprise Mary, your country is already going down the tubes...and guess what-Obama had nothing to do with it.
    But really glad that you are proud of your Sarah-because that is way more important then where your country is headed.
    It seems to me that the president of Iran is not the only nut job!

    September 23, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  22. Obama is REAL Change

    This is getting ridiculous.

    WE should believe THEM, the SAME people of the Republican camp who have LIED the ENTIRE time since Palin was hired….ops….used…ops…..shut…..I mean picked as VP.

    September 23, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  23. Maddie, Hartford, Ct.

    Exactly, what is Lou Dobb's infatuation with Sara Palin? I very rarely watch him....but I find his "unbiased opinion" totally amazing. If he keeps supporting this mindless hockey mom, his show will be following the same route as John McCain's political future..

    September 23, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  24. Tori Ashland Oregon

    To Mary (Texas):

    Where do you think we are with our Banking situation?

    September 23, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  25. Shocked

    Sarah Palin may be a fine and intelligent individual, but after almost buying the premise of the McCain campaign that experience matters, my vote was completely changed by the hypocrisy of selecting someone as his running mate with even less experience than Obama. Character counts and John McCain has demonstrated that he puts politics above what is best for the country.

    September 23, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
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