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First Lady: Palin Lacks Foreign Policy Experience

By Dan Eggen
First lady Laura Bush said today that while Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin does not have any significant foreign policy background, the GOP vice presidential candidate is "a very quick study" and can rely on Sen. John McCain.

In an interview with CNN, Bush was asked whether Palin, who is McCain's running mate, had sufficient foreign policy experience.

"Of course she doesn't have that," the first lady said, adding: "You know, that's not been her role. But I think she is a very quick study, and fortunately John McCain does have that sort of experience."

Nonetheless, Bush said that she had "a lot of confidence" in Palin, and cited her "executive experience" as a governor and a mayor. "She's got a lot of really good common sense, and I think that's very important," Bush said.

Bush, who was interviewed in New York while advocating for global literacy at the United Nations, also said she felt Palin has been treated unfairly because she is a woman. "I do think there's a little bit of that going on, and I think it's to be expected," she said.

Palin, who has been Alaska governor for less than two years, has cited her state's proximity to Russia and her role as head of the state national guard as evidence of foreign policy experience. Palin has also been in New York this week making introductions to a handful of world leaders in town for the opening of the U.N. General Assembly.

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First Lady: Palin Lacks Foreign Policy Experience
This headline is an outright lie! Whats happened to this newspaper? Is this what the great Washington Post has fallen to?

Posted by: fly66 | September 26, 2008 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin as Vice President or President of the United States..I can throw a small rock and find a woman more qualified right now, and she wouldn't scare me as much as this woman. This is not a person who recognizes the anti-life consequences of war, the devastation that the Iraq war has brought to innocent children and families. She calls it God's task, her God, a witch hunting God, a vengeful God. She is already talking about more wars. Whose lives and money is she so callously talking about? This is not a person who understands that the resources of our land and planet are a gift, not to be squandered, this is not a person whose patriotism is above reproach, given she applauded her states effort to secede from the Union. This is a small minded person who wants to get even with those who disagree with her and wants to use God's name in vain to conquer enemies she perceives. This is a woman who in the 21st century wants to ban books and education and charge women a fee if they are raped. She barely got through college, transferring five times..and now she is taking a "crash course" in running the United States of America. Her plan so far, if elected, is to lead the way with torches and pitchforks into the volitile abyss that will be our future.

Posted by: Barbara08 | September 25, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I suppose that there are many state and local politicians that are intelligent enough and are "quick studies" who could learn enough about foreign afairs to be president, given time, a lot of time, certainly more than three and one half months. But that isn't the issue; Palin has to be ready come January. McCain could drop dead the day after an election victory. Laura said Palin is not experienced enough now, and that is the issue that McCain and his advisers cintinually duck and dodge. She isn't ready now. Gazing across the Bearing Strait towards Siberia makes you an expert on nothing of consequence. Did Laura know she was cutting Palin's feet from under her when she spoke? Now the Republican rep. from Alaska has said the Trooper Gate probe should continue. It seems as if Sarah is getting payback for her Maveric ways of stabbing friends and supporters in the back.

Posted by: csintala79 | September 25, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I suppose that there are many state and local politicians that are intelligent enough and are "quick studies" who could learn enough about foreign afairs to be president, given time, a lot of time, certainly more than three and one half months. But that isn't the issue; Palin has to be ready come January. McCain could drop dead the day after an election victory. Laura said Palin is not experienced enough now, and that is the issue that McCain and his advisers cintinually duck and dodge. She isn't ready now. Gazing across the Bearing Strait towards Siberia makes you an expert on nothing of consequence. Did Laura know she was cutting Palin's feet from under her when she spoke? Now the Republican rep. from Alaska has said the Trooper Gate probe should continue. It seems as if Sarah is getting payback for her Maveric ways of stabbing friends and supporters in the back.

Posted by: csintala79 | September 25, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I suppose that there are many state and local politicians that are intelligent enough and are "quick studies" who could learn enough about foreign afairs to be president, given time, a lot of time, certainly more than three and one half months. But that isn't the issue; Palin has to be ready come January. McCain could drop dead the day after an election victory. Laura said Palin is not experienced enough now, and that is the issue that McCain and his advisers cintinually duck and dodge. She isn't ready now. Gazing across the Bearing Strait towards Siberia makes you an expert on nothing of consequence. Did Laura know she was cutting Palin's feet from under her when she spoke? Now the Republican rep. from Alaska has said the Trooper Gate probe should continue. It seems as if Sarah is getting payback for her Maveric ways of stabbing friends and supporters in the back.

Posted by: csintala79 | September 25, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I suppose that there are many state and local politicians that are intelligent enough and are "quick studies" who could learn enough about foreign afairs to be president, given time, a lot of time, certainly more than three and one half months. But that isn't the issue; Palin has to be ready come January. McCain could drop dead the day after an election victory. Laura said Palin is not experienced enough now, and that is the issue that McCain and his advisers cintinually duck and dodge. She isn't ready now. Gazing across the Bearing Strait towards Siberia makes you an expert on nothing of consequence. Did Laura know she was cutting Palin's feet from under her when she spoke? Now the Republican rep. from Alaska has said the Trooper Gate probe should continue. It seems as if Sarah is getting payback for her Maveric ways of stabbing friends and supporters in the back.

Posted by: csintala79 | September 25, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

In listening to Obama over the past months & McCain/Palin (the latter who says very little)... pretty obvious who understands technical details & who is a "quick study".

By whose standards is someone a "quick study"? Given a blackboard full of physics or economic formulas, who would lead the discussion? Put Gov. Palin in a room of thinkers on economics or political science, who would steer the discussion?

Bad things fears the light. For what other reason does Gov. Palin fear reporter's questions? Pretty obvious, that she wants to slide by without testing the waters. Perhaps adopting the principle, words are silver, silence is gold?

Problem is, in politics communication is essential. A politician that shies away from the light, from questions deflates his/her own raison d'etre ... which is to communicate with voters.

What is Palin's goal: to speak only about herself & subjects dear to her heart? Being a politician is just the opposite of this. A politician has to deal with the concerns of others.

In this respect, Palin's silence is not golden.

Posted by: hchiba | September 25, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Why do reporters constantly imply Palin is lacking experience because her governorship is 2 years while Obama's days in the Senate are only 143 days (and he's running for the Presidency while she is only veeping it)?
The hypocrisy as well as the extremely false headline are why the MSM is shedding readers and staff while blowhards like Limbaugh are getting $400MM contracts. If the WaPO rebounded from being a tabloid to an actual news source, it might find it could command a loyal subscription base.

Posted by: mobileclem | September 25, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Watching Bush read his "rescue package" speech, I asked myself how this man functions?

Nothing seems to affect him personally. Image a J.F.Kennedy or Bill Clinton in the monumental mess that Bush&Cheney have created.

Would Kennedy not show more human feelings? Here is a Republican President who has 3 wars under way: Irak, Afghanistan & Pakistan (which today began to fire on US troops), Georgie has gone Russian, the economy in limbo or worse, Americans indebted to the point where the US Dollar is teetering towards free-fall, millions of repossessed homes, 50 million citizens have no universal health care, none ...

yet, yet this man shows nothing of all this suffering. Bush speaks calmly for 12 minutes to the second, as if he were announcing calm fall weather to 300 million.

Where is reality? What is real? It's like waking up in a nightmare & unable to return to the real world. Bush's world is some weird plastic (republican) madness, mad, madder than madness - watching him one enters frozen insanity.

Posted by: hchiba | September 25, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I believe on another comment that JakeD "suspended" his posts until certain economic legislation is signed into law. Let me see if I can help in the meanwhile.

Katie Couric slipped in lots of false premises about the "Great Depression" and "foreign policy experience" during her interview. That does not mean that Palin agrees with those premises. Listen closely to the actual questions asked and the answers. I have to agree with JakeD that Palin, herself, has never claimed that her pre-nomination "actions" are official "foreign policy experiences." She didn't in this interview either.

Palin correctly noted there are trade missions between her State and foreign countries. Unless someone can prove that there's no trade between Alaska and Canada or Russia. Also, keep in mind that "credentials" are much different than actual face-to-face "experience."

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 25, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

You still out there, JakeD?

Couric also asked Palin why she cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part of her foreign policy experience.

"It's funny that a comment like that was -- kind of made to -- cari -- I don't know, you know? Reporters --"

"Mock?" Couric said.

"Yeah, mocked, I guess that's the word, yeah."

Asked why the location of her state enhances her foreign policy credentials, Palin said: "Well, it certainly does because our-- our next-door neighbors are foreign countries. They're in the state that I am the executive of."

Couric followed up: "Have you ever been involved with any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?"

"We have trade missions back and forth," Palin said. "We -- we do-- it's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where -- where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is -- from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to -- to our state."

Posted by: jps78 | September 25, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

And did CNN ask Mrs. Bush if she thinks Obama has the experience/credentials to be President?

Posted by: mftill | September 25, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I for one appreciate Laura Bush's candor! A few short weeks ago Sarah Palin was all new car smell...Now it's just smell!

Posted by: Italia Fan | September 25, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

the title is not what's important here. the important aspect is the fact that the rupublicans have said that she has more foreign policy experience than Obama when in fact, the first lady has just said that she doesn 't. She's right, and in addition to this, she is a top ranking republican by default, so whatever she says about Palin will be considered a critique of McCain's choice. Whenever you see world leaders coming to America to meet with our officials, you always see either the president or his cabinet members. What you don't see are governors and mayors, because frankly, they aren't needed. So, when did she get this experience before meeting with some for P.R. reasons in NY? She had none, and still doesn't.

Posted by: ty | September 25, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

"The headline is ... lying. It says Laura Bush questions Palin's credentials. That's the complete opposite of what Laura Bush says in the article. Laura is not questioning Palin's credentials; she clearly says that Palin's lack of foreign policy experience is not an issue due to Sarah's perceived acumen and executive experience. The media's role in this election is shameless."
Hat-tip to DCP for the quote. It's great to be in the same company as DCP, Cincinnattus, et al., who find incredible the inaccuracies foisted on the reading public by self-styled journalists who are suffering from Catch-22 syndrome: they can't see their bias because they are biased.

Posted by: DoTheRightThing | September 25, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is Dan Quayle in a bra.

Posted by: PJ | September 25, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

If Palin is a "Quick Study" than Laura Bush too could be a "Quick Study" for president. I am sure she could do a better job as president than her husband. If fact almost anybody off the street could do a better job than her loser husband. Even if somebody lacks the qualifications, a brainless person
can do the failing job Bush is doing.

Posted by: Frida | September 25, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

synk -- same thing happened with Katie Couric yesterday asking about a "Great Depression" and then implying to McCain that she brought it up.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

That's a pretty misleading headline. And the link from the Post homepage, "Laura Bush Questions Palin's Credentials," was blatantly false.

I'm an Obama supporter, and I will happily question Palin's credentials. Laura Bush was doing no such thing, and there's no need for that kind of irresponsible journalism.

Posted by: synk | September 25, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

If MCcain had Huckabee or Mitt Romney as Vice -Pres yes! Sarah Palin NO!She doesn't have sufficient intellectual,foreign policy,economic,business experience.

Posted by: pheasantfriend | September 25, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Cincinnatus wholeheartedly. The headline is not misleading; it's lying. It says Laura Bush questions Palin's credentials. That's the complete opposite of what Laura Bush says in the article. Laura is not questioning Palin's credentials; she clearly says that Palin's lack of foreign policy experience is not an issue due to Sarah's perceived acumen and executive experience. The media's role in this election is shameless.

Posted by: dcp | September 25, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Mark: I am sure now that she has sat across from those world leaders, she's qualified now...I mean she can see them from her chair

Posted by: jyyang23 | September 25, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

So Laura Bush thinks Palin has been treated "unfairly" because she is a woman! We, the people, have been treated unfairly because Palin has been sequestered and hidden away by McCain and his campaign and treated with kid gloves. I can't remember any VP candidate who has not given interviews and answered questions in many, not one or two, meetings with the press. How can we get answers if no questions are allowed?

Yes - sexism is alive and well in this campaign. No other candidate has had his/her handlers insist on "deference". If this is the pit bull (I consider that an insult to the breeds), the hockey mom, the fearless hunter, then why won't she grant interviews with reporters and the media? Guess this is McCain's plan - no questions, no answers.

Posted by: AZrebel | September 25, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

So Laura Bush thinks Palin has been treated "unfairly" because she is a woman! We, the people, have been treated unfairly because Palin has been sequestered and hidden away by McCain and his campaign and treated with kid gloves. I can't remember any VP candidate who has not given interviews and answered questions in many, not one or two, meetings with the press. How can we get answers if no questions are allowed?

Yes - sexism is alive and well in this campaign. No other candidate has had his/her handlers insist on "deference". If this is the pit bull (I consider that an insult to the breeds), the hockey mom, the fearless hunter, then why won't she grant interviews with reporters and the media? Guess this is McCain's plan - no questions, no answers.

Posted by: AZrebel | September 25, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Palin has as much foreign policy experience as Barack Obama.

I remember when Bill Clinton was first running for President in '92. When asked about his foreign policy experience, all Bill Clinton could mention was his command of the Arkansas National Guard. This, from a man who was running for President!

Palin is running for Vice President.

By the way, Palin is exceeding expectations in her meetings with foreign leaders this week. They love everything about her.

Posted by: Mark | September 25, 2008 2:24 AM
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LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

Posted by: R U Serious | September 25, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: boo | September 24, 2008 11:21 PM

Duh!Duh! I'm a "cracker" Duh!

Posted by: JAC | September 25, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Paul, I think boo's post was a joke... At least I hope it was.

Posted by: bug | September 25, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Barak Obama is a godless, Muslim, black liberation theology Christian who wants to describe lewd sexual acts to kindergarteners while watching movies made by Hollywood celebrities and raising your taxes! Then, he'll take your guns away and give them all to foreigners (who have been the biggest contributors to his campaign - I read that in an email) while calling your hard-working mother a pig! He's an elitist, too, with his Harvard education and his passport that he's had for more than a year. McCain/Palin 2008!!

Posted by: boo | September 24, 2008 11:21 PM
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I see why you don't like him. He's Harvard educated, you, probably only a G.E.D from the sounds of you. You have got to be the dumbest person on her to post this! Your ignorance knows no bound. You read some dumb email and you come on here and post like you know something about whats going on but you sound like a moron. What are you trying to be the posterchild for legal abortions? Please don't pro-create, we need no more idiots like you.

Posted by: cast out the g.o.p | September 25, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Why is McCain talking about curing milaria right now on CNN, when millions of children died in one sweep of a unneccacary war. Food and hunger, health care. Look in your own Country. My oh my, what have your leaders done for you, and how did you the people let this happen. May your God Bless you. From Canada, and may I note, if I cut off five fingers accidently, all will be paid for and not priced per finger. Good luck.

Posted by: justada55+ | September 25, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

melanie:

"Colleagues"?

Posted by: JakeD | September 25, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Re:
Reagan and Clinton had no foreign policy experience when they became president. Seems they did pretty well. And if Palin DOES succeed to the top job, it will likely be well down the road after she has acquired the experience Bill & Ron were without.

That's always the dilemma with prospective presidents: choose someone from Congress, you get someone with no executive experience. Choose a governor, they have no foreign policy experience. Very few have both: Bill Richardson, Bob Kerrey come to mind, but the voters didn't think they had what it took.

Posted by: Threedy | September 25, 2008 4:42 AM

Well put.

Posted by: pete | September 25, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

to BOO, yours is the dumbest reply here. Go get some facts, not just read emails from whoever.

You are an idiot who don't know how to think for yourself, who rely on what others tell you through what you read or hear.

Eat dung.

Posted by: paul | September 25, 2008 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Wapo states - Palin, who has been Alaska governor for less than two years, has cited her state's proximity to Russia and her role as head of the state national guard as evidence of foreign policy experience.

When did she state that? Why do you partisan hacks feel the need to make stuff up all the time? She cited her role as Mayor, then Governor, head of the National Guard, and finalizing a bi partisan natural gas pipeline as 'Executive Experience'. Theres a difference.

Just like there is a difference between giving a speech in Berlin at a rock concert to a bunch of Germans who don't speak English, and meeting foreign leaders as an Executive Head of State.

Remind me..all this harping about Palins lack of foreign policy experience as an Executive...exactly which candidate, presidential or vice presidential has that past experience? Oh yeah, none of them. Key word dingle berries, Executive. You leftards are such hypocrites

Posted by: Homunculis | September 25, 2008 6:37 AM | Report abuse

At some point today could the Pashington Post have an epiphany and stop this drivel
and report on the news which is now reached worldwide importance.

take all the nonsense about movie stars and similar inconsequential people off the front page and put it on a special trash page.

enough

Posted by: JohnAdams1 | September 25, 2008 5:56 AM | Report abuse

Reagan and Clinton had no foreign policy experience when they became president. Seems they did pretty well. And if Palin DOES succeed to the top job, it will likely be well down the road after she has acquired the experience Bill & Ron were without.

That's always the dilemma with prospective presidents: choose someone from Congress, you get someone with no executive experience. Choose a governor, they have no foreign policy experience. Very few have both: Bill Richardson, Bob Kerrey come to mind, but the voters didn't think they had what it took.

Posted by: Threedy | September 25, 2008 4:42 AM | Report abuse

bla bla bla bla bla! It's those of you who are on here that are for Palin that make me want to make sure and vote the other way. If you are what she represents then God help us all!!!

Posted by: c | September 25, 2008 3:38 AM | Report abuse

I do not really believe she is that quick a study. If she needed 5 colleagues before she could pass, she can not really be a good student.

Anyway it is too late now to study - studying time is over. Now we need the best, most intelligent people, no apprentices.

Posted by: melanie | September 25, 2008 3:10 AM | Report abuse

Palin has as much foreign policy experience as Barack Obama.

I remember when Bill Clinton was first running for President in '92. When asked about his foreign policy experience, all Bill Clinton could mention was his command of the Arkansas National Guard. This, from a man who was running for President!

Palin is running for Vice President.

By the way, Palin is exceeding expectations in her meetings with foreign leaders this week. They love everything about her.

Posted by: Mark | September 25, 2008 2:24 AM | Report abuse

When will we let our better angels guide us? Why do we demonize Obama simply because he is half-black and half-white? Isn't he like all of us, made in God's loving image? Has he not proven over long months his steady leadership, his humanity, his brilliance? Hasn't McCain-Pain proven to be liars, power and warmongers, fearmongers--a man who calls his wife a "CU*T," who divorces his disabled first wife for a hottie heiress and who selects an ill-educated powergrabbing lying unprepared beauty queen to be our first woman president? Let us put country first and McCain last!

Posted by: lin | September 25, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

When will we let our better angels guide us? Why do we demonize Obama simply because he is half-black and half-white? Isn't he like all of us, made in God's loving image? Has he not proven over long months his steady leadership, his humanity, his brilliance? Hasn't McCain-Pain proven to be liars, power and warmongers, fearmongers--a man who calls his wife a "CU*T," who divorces his disabled first wife for a hottie heiress and who selects an ill-educated powergrabbing lying unprepared beauty queen to be our first woman president? Let us put country first and McCain last!

Posted by: lin | September 25, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

Palin's foreign policy credentials are so thin that she lied about having been to Iraq, claimed to have visited Ireland when her plane stopped to refuel, and said she "visted Mexico" but won't say where or when. She visited with various diplomats at the UN, but her staff threw out all the reporters. They then relented, allowed one photographer in, and threw him out in under 30 seconds.

Expect her to spend the next six weeks with Cheney in his underground bunker in Cheyenne Mountain, or whereever it is.

Posted by: Frank | September 25, 2008 1:28 AM | Report abuse

Famous Quotes:

"When's the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the senate before he started running?"
--Bill Clinton

"When that phone rings, whether it's 3pm or 3am, in the white house, there is no time for speeches or on-the-job training."
--Hillary Clinton

"I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is, the presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."
--Joe Biden

Asked in a second interview days later...
"I stand by my statement."
--Joe Biden

"Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience. I will bring a lifetime of experience. And senator Obama will bring a speech that he gave in 2002."
--Hillary Clinton

"I am a believer in knowing what you're doing when you apply for a job. And I think that if I were to seriously consider running on the national ticket I would essentially have to start now, before having served a day in the senate. Now there are some people that might be comfortable doing that, but I'm not one of them."
--Barack Obama

Posted by: Jeramiah Wright | September 25, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Lifetime likelihood of going to State or Federal prison

If recent incarceration rates remain unchanged, an estimated 1 of every 15 persons (6.6%) will serve time in a prison during their lifetime.


Lifetime chances of a person going to prison are higher for
-- men (11.3%) than for women (1.8%)
-- blacks (18.6%) and Hispanics (10%) than for whites (3.4%)


Based on current rates of first incarceration, an estimated 32% of black males (one out of every three) will enter State or Federal prison during their lifetime, compared to 17% of Hispanic males and 5.9% of white males.

Source: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/crimoff.htm#prevalence

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 25, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

So she has "a lot of confidence" in Palin. She had a lot of confidence in George, too, and look where that got us.

Posted by: drossless | September 24, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

When will Palin release her tax returns as a tax payer , I would like to see who I am hiring.

Posted by: whynot | September 24, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Barak Obama is a godless, Muslim, black liberation theology Christian who wants to describe lewd sexual acts to kindergarteners while watching movies made by Hollywood celebrities and raising your taxes! Then, he'll take your guns away and give them all to foreigners (who have been the biggest contributors to his campaign - I read that in an email) while calling your hard-working mother a pig! He's an elitist, too, with his Harvard education and his passport that he's had for more than a year. McCain/Palin 2008!!

Posted by: boo | September 24, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

You are right, she doesn't have foreign affairs experience. However, she does have energy experience and "oil" is the main reason we are having so much trouble in the mideast.
For the record, just exactly what experience does Obama have. He met some leaders this summer. Whoop!!!!

Posted by: concerned08 | September 24, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

What foreign policy experience does Obama have??? May i ask all you Dem's here....what experience does he have??? He is running for President, yet everyone are throwin up their arms and saying What about Sarah Palin she has no foreign policy experience...she is running for VP not President....only experience OBama has is going to the Middle East, quick stop in UK and a speech in Berlin....great foreign experience he has got....junior senator wanting to run the worlds most power country...YEAH right....

Posted by: Daniel | September 24, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

What foreign policy experience does Obama have??? May i ask all you Dem's here....what experience does he have??? He is running for President, yet everyone are throwin up their arms and saying What about Sarah Palin she has no foreign policy experience...she is running for VP not President....only experience OBama has is going to the Middle East, quick stop in UK and a speech in Berlin....great foreign experience he has got....junior senator wanting to run the worlds most power country...YEAH right....

Posted by: Daniel | September 24, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

I was very excited to Sara Palin, and I am still excited to vote for her, and McCain. I am a mother of 5 children and working mother at that. It is us mothers who worry about money, education and our husbands jobs. We stay up a night thinking about bills, and the stress on our husbands. We love our country, and I get that from her. Someone needs to represent us and, she is that person.

If any of my Sisters in Jesus read this - lets pray for our sister Palin. She has a big job to do, and huge call from our Lord.

Posted by: Christine | September 24, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

HOW CAN THEY OFFER A 'SOLUTION' WITHOUT KNOWING THE CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM?

TARGETING OF AMERICANS BY GOV'T AGENCIES
A ROOT CAUSE OF WALL STREET MELTDOWN?

Once again, Congress is being asked to rush through emergency legislation -- to cede effective control of the economy to the government.

Officials continue to blame lax lending policies on the part of the mortgage industry for spawning this crisis. But were lenders ORDERED to offer "easy credit" to people "targeted" by government agencies?

Is government "targeting" of American citizens a root cause of the mortgage meltdown that spawned the broader financial crisis?

Consider this:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/targeting-u-s-citizens-govt-agencies-root-cause-wall-street-financial-crisis OR
members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener | September 24, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I read these post every day and they give me a headache sometimes. But who in the "H" is JakeD? Does the D stand for Democrat? I can't spell troll with a D. I have a hard time following him some nights.

That said, http://www.boppoll.com

Team Obama! Organize and let's push McCain's number over 1,000,000. We shoudl be able to get cyberspace to go viral on this! Pass on the link!!!!!

Posted by: Who the "H" is JakeD? | September 24, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

They would have campaigned with an emphasis of experience and fiscal responsibility, so McCain might have won if he had picked Romney. Given the current economic news, that choice might have been a winner. After only a couple of weeks, his choice of Palin makes McCain look stupid. She's a loser. Most significantly, McCain reached out to the social conservative "base" with the Palin pick rather than the fiscal conservative "base" with a Romney pick. That was a mistake for McCain, the Republican Party, and our country. Even if McCain/Romney hadn't won, they would have re-galvanized the role of the Republican Party as fiscally responsible. Our country needs that message and it would help everyone a lot more than the family values garbage, which people like Palin peddle but seem to inevitably fail to live up to even in their personal lives. McCain/Palin: The Bridge to Nowhere

Posted by: thoren58 | September 24, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

THE SWIFT BOAT INBRED HICKS TOLD AMERICAN CHILLEN THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE KERRY RAN DOWN A VIETNAMESE TEENAGER AND SHOT HIM DEAD IN THE BACK A MONTH BEFORE THE 2004 ELECTION. NOW THEY WANT US TO BE SWEET TO SICK, SICK, SICK LITTLE INBRED SARAH WHO HAS NO EVOLVE FOR HER REVOLVER, NO EVOLUTION IN HER BOOK OF MORON. SARAH PALIN IS A WOLF SLAUGHTERING HICK CREATIONIST WHO DOESN'T BELEIVE IN EVOLUTION, DOESN'T EDUCATE HER CHILLEN IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, DOESN'T BELIEVE IN SCIENCE AND WANTS TO CONTROL MULTI-WARHEADED, NUCLEAR TIPPED MISSILE SYTEMS, NOT UNLIKE HANGING A HICK FROM A ROPE ON A SIDE OF A CHOPPER MACHINE GUNNING FEDERALLY PROTECTED WOLVES TO PIECES BY SPRAYING AMMO INTO NATIONAL FORESTS, FOR JESUS AND THE AMERICAN WAY. BRING THE BLOODY SEVERED FRONT LEG OF A WOLF AND SICK SARAH WILL GIVE YOU $150. MAYBE SHE HANGS THEM IN HER TROPHY ROOM. JUST HOW STUPID ARE YOU AMERICA? STUPID ENOUGH TO MURDER YOUR OWN CHILDREN FOR RAY HUNT AND DICK CHENEY OIL CONTRACTS? WELL, SARAH THE SATAN SLAYER IS YOUR NEANDERTHAL OF THE WEEK AND HAS MADE THE COVER OF THE RECENT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FOR FURTHER AMERICAN ANALYSIS!

Posted by: bob II | September 24, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Quit worrying, guys.

I stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night!

Posted by: Sarah Palin | September 24, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Well, on the debate thread, liberals are screaming bloody murder at the thought of the Palin-Biden debate being postponed. There must be SOMEONE out there who wants to listen to her.

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

JakeD,

Oh, I'm sorry, we're you trying to say Sarah McOldNews is going to get some attention in the coming weeks? No one of any importance will bother to watch these marginalized moments. What with her squeaky voice, bitter bite, short-bus intellect and twisted immorality... She's just too creepy (Besides, the only appeal she had is gone - I can't even muster up a half-decent naughty librarian fantasy about her anymore).

You'll have to fogive me, but I had to step out on the back porch and fire off a few celebratory rounds off into the back woods. Just had to after seeing Barack and Roll mop the floor with pasty-old-wrinkly-guy's limp soul.(As it was a special occasion - I had to use the dangerously over-loaded .45s my wife so generously made for me). Priceless.

POW!

Posted by: Colorado Liberal | September 24, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

So, the Democrats are like little rabid Chihuahuas going after Sarah Palin but nobody seems to be talking about Biden's recent gaffes-- did not know who was president during the Great Depression and thought TV was invented then, lol. Check the vid clip in my blog:

http://www.mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

No, I'm saying there's another, rational explanation besides Gov. Palin claiming she has foreign policy experience when she very clearly does not. That's all. I'm sure Gwen will ask her about it (someday), don't you worry.

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

JakeD,

So you can guess what it is that she doesn't mean to say, but you can't guess what it is she does mean?

A man says that he is lying; is what he says true or false?

I'm going mad...MAD, I TELLS YA!! ha, ha...ha...HA HA HA...ha...wheeeeeeeeee!!!

Posted by: jps | September 24, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Cinncinnatus:

I agree. At least Obama is not accusing McCain of having sex with his 16-year old African slave yet (although I heard Whoopi Goldberg actually ask McCain: "Are you going to make me a slave again?" Simply amazing )

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

jps:

I'm not an "expert". I can guess, if you want me too, but it's just speculation. If there's any other reasonable explanation, I think we at least owe it to her to give the benefit of the doubt. I'm sure that either Gwen Ifill or Joe Biden are qualified to seek clarification on October 2nd, if needed.

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

I am an independent voter.

The headline on this item, "First Lady: Palin Lacks Foreign Policy Experience" is in the typically misleading style we have come to expect from the MSM.

The treatment of Ms. Palin by the left is enough to make me puke. The hideously hate-filled invective and anything goes attacks are simply beyond the pale.

I'm leaning toward McCain for this reason.

The left has been completely taken over by the Moveon/DailyKos wing of the party. It is sad that all moderation and civility have been excised from the party.

Posted by: Cinncinnatus | September 24, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

To anyone else (besides "Anonymous" or fake "JakeD"):

I have searched Google News for Palin + "I have foreign policy experience ..." and surprise, surprise = ZERO hits.

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&safe=off&q=Palin%20%22I%20have%20foreign%20policy%20experience%20...%22&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wn

If you have a (different) quote you think fits the bill, please let me know.

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, this is fun! Here's another peanut for you, my little dancing friend:

PALIN: I do believe unprovoked and we have got to keep our eyes on Russia, under the leadership there. I think it was unfortunate. That manifestation that we saw with that invasion of Georgia shows us some steps backwards that Russia has recently taken away from the race toward a more democratic nation with democratic ideals. That’s why we have to keep an eye on Russia.

And, Charlie, you’re in Alaska. We have that very narrow maritime border between the United States, and the 49th state, Alaska, and Russia. They are our next door neighbors.We need to have a good relationship with them. They’re very, very important to us and they are our next door neighbor.

So, JakeD, if Palin doesn't think that Alaska's proximity to Russia has anything to do with Russia's invasion of Georgia (i.e., foreign policy), then why did she bring it up? What is it that she is talking about then, since you are the expert? I'm curious...

Posted by: jps | September 24, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Colorado Liberal:

You are aware that interviews of Gov. Palin by Katie Couric and Maria Bartiromo are broadcasting tonight, right? Pending more upheavals with our financial markets, Gov. Palin and Sen. Biden's debate is scheduled for October 2nd. I think she's going to be in the news a little more than you desire ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Don't need to prove what she's said in interviews. Go read the web, you Troll.

Posted by: To JakeD | September 24, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

So what...

Sarah McPalin simply has NO experience (other than taking revenge on her sister's ex) in anything, let alone "Foreign Policy"...

Who cares "what she said"?

Sara is a "delicate flower" who can't be disturbed by the rest of us (While she stabs us in the back). Please, thank the gods she has fallen off the radar already (other than facts about more bad news, scandals, prurience, vengeance etc).

Too much candy causes a tummy ache...

Posted by: Colorado Liberal | September 24, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else want to try and prove that Gov. Palin ever said she had FOREIGN POLICY experience?

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

That's fine, ManUnitdFan. I've recently decided even I don't have time to waste on "Anonymous" or fake "JakeD" posts. See you around.

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Russian "actions" could refer to seals!?!?!?!

I'm now refusing to respond to any of your posts until you decide to think logically. It's pointless to have a conversation if you're going to think like a toddler.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | September 24, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

jps:

In that interview, Mr. Gibson specifically EXCLUDED Gov. Palin meeting with trade representatives, etc. (i.e. "good relationship" on any level lower than personally meeting any HEADS OF STATE). And, to that question, Gov. Palin answered: "No, I have not."

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

ManUnitdFan:

As I understand it, the closest point between Russia and Alaska is uninhabited, so "actions" could have just as easily referred to seals than Russian policies. Look, I am not arguing that "foreign policies" include some "words on paper" and "actions". My point is that all "actions" are not necessarily "foreign policies". If someone had forced me to answer "Yes or no, does Gov. Palin lack foreign policy experience" (before her UN trip), I would have said "yes". I think she would have to ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

*sigh*, I can't resist JakeD:

PALIN: And, Charlie, you’re in Alaska. We have that very narrow maritime border between the United States, and the 49th state, Alaska, and Russia. They are our next door neighbors.We need to have a good relationship with them. They’re very, very important to us and they are our next door neighbor.

JakeD, I suppose you'll say having "a good relationship" with Russia has nothing to do with foreign policy? Dance some more for me, monkey!

Posted by: jps | September 24, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Jesus, Jake. I like arguing and debating as much as the next guy, but sometimes your Devil's advocacy really pushes the limits.

Foreign policy is frequently comprised of actions, i.e. the invasion of another country. Policies are nothing without actions. They're just words printed on paper. The actions are what carry out those policies. No one gives a crap what a nation's foreign policy is, they just care how those policies are carried out in the real world.

Please stop. I can only keep my kindergarten teacher hat on for so long.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | September 24, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

And just to pile on Palin a little more, here's a fun fact:

Distance from Anchorage, AK to Moscow: 4351 miles
Distance from New York, NY to Moscow: 4668 miles

Since very few people actually live in Eastern Russia, and all of the relevant actions/POLICIES (looking at you, Jake) take place in the Western part of the country.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | September 24, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

ManUnitdFan:

Are you saying that "actions" are the same as "policies"?

utube:

MITT Romeny will do better as Secretary of the Treasury rather than VP ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Split that hair a little finer, Jake. I think there might be room left for one more...

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | September 24, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Mitt would look good right now. Just like hillary supporters. I thiink John will pay for not picking an expert on the economy. Now he want more time to help the american people. He don't know d/ck about the economy, and he pick a skank from alaska that don't know jack. they don't want her to answer any questions. How can the public form an opinion.

Posted by: utube | September 24, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

ManUnitdFan:

"Actions" are a different question than "policies". Next quote?

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

P.S. to Ann Carlson, per the Constitution, we only need someone ready on January 20, 2009 ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Jake, here's the transcript:

GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?

PALIN: They're our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.

Translation for you: I can see Russia from Alaska, so I have insight into Russian actions.

How is that not saying being near Russia gives her foreign policy experience?

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | September 24, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

jps and Jill Smith:

Neither Gov. Palin, nor I, have said proximity or her position as commander-in-chief gave her any foreign policy experience. That's the topic of THIS thread. "Actions" are a different question than "policies".

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Sarah has used her proximity to Russia; she has used her "command" of the state's nat'l guard in an attempt to prove she has foreign policy experience. (Maybe JakeD missed the first week of her nomination.)

Posted by: Jill Smith | September 24, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Sarah has used her proximity to Russia; she has used her "command" of the state's nat'l guard in an attempt to prove she has foreign policy experience. (Maybe JakeD missed the first week of her nomination.)

Posted by: Jill Smith | September 24, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

uh, JakeD...this is from the Charlie Gibson interview:

Gibson: What insight into Russian actions particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of this state give you?

Palin: They’re our next door neighbors. And you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.

Posted by: jps | September 24, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I can't wait for the right-wing jackals to tear into Laura Bush!

Posted by: Peter | September 24, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I think Laura Bush is the first Republican to speak the truth about Sarah Palin. Thank you Mrs. Bush!

Palin is a "quick study". Unfortunately, the leadership of the United States is a little too big for a "quick study". We need someone who is capable of taking that 3am phone call TODAY.

Posted by: Ann Carlson | September 24, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

No, Gov. Palin has not "cited her state's proximity to Russia and her role as head of the state national guard as evidence of foreign policy experience." That was Tina Fey on SNL. Please, try to keep up, Dan.

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Just show her a world map, then she can "See" every country. Instant Expert/Quick Study! LOL

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

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