After weeks of embarrassing displays of political incompetence and general ignorance of current events, Sarah Palin participated in a daylong tour de force of international relations at the United Nations. Henry Kissinger, Hamid Karzai and Alvaro Uribe were among the officials she encountered on a day during which she “largely listened.”


On a whirlwind day in Manhattan yesterday, Sarah Palin had her first national security briefing, met her first heads of state and got her first foreign policy tutorial from Henry Kissinger — but she still has not held her first news conference.

Palin came to New York City as the United Nations convened its annual General Assembly so she could acquire foreign policy knowledge and connections — and the pictures of her with foreign leaders — that she needs as GOP presidential candidate John McCain’s running mate.

But in the news media capital of the world, Palin dodged reporters and their questions. She’s given two TV interviews but hasn’t held a news conference since McCain tapped her on Aug. 29.

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