God sometimes gives us unexpected gifts. Our gift has been a grandson who enlivens our lives and makes retirement very different than the one we anticipated. He is a special joy. And that's "Casey." In 2006 we fulfilled our dream of living in Italy for a year. It was every bit as wonderful as anticipated. This blog begins in 2005 as we prepared for that experience. Since then we have explored many places together. That's the "Travel." And finally, I am a person of opinions--spiritually, politically, on just about anything and that's the "Other Stuff." Welcome to my blog.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Palin bans reporters from meetings with leaders

NEW YORK (AP) — Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is banning reporters from her first meetings with world leaders, allowing access only to photographers and a television crew.

Palin plans to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe in New York on Tuesday.

The TV producer, print and wire reporters in the press pool that follows the Alaska governor were told at the start of the day they would not be admitted with the photographers and camera crew when they are taken in to photograph the meetings.

At least two news organizations, including The Associated Press, objected and were told that the decision had already been made and was not subject to discussion.

Even FOX News condemns this shielding of sarah: Link

If McCain and crew are so frightened of making sarah available to public scrutiny as all politicians are in the tradition of our political process, it can only be because they, in their heart of hearts, know how woefully inadequate she is. This is the ultimate shame of McCain--win at whatever the cost to the citizens of the United States and the future of our country.

Also, the audacity of sarah to believe that she can call the shots for world leaders in terms of whom can be allowed into a room is mind boggling. These men allowed the little lady her courtesies, but, is it not necessary that our leaders be seen and treated as equals by world leaders rather than someone to condescend to and humor? Sara is an embarrassment.


Barbara said...

Oh Jane, don't go soft on us now! "her courtesies"??? PULEEZ! This is a woman used to getting her way at all costs, used to being able to hire those who agree with her and fire those who don't. A woman who uses private email to hide business that should be conducted on state email. "courtesies"? No...more like business as usual for good ol sarah.

You are right about McCain tho....certainly he and his advisors know that the more she's exposed to real scrutiny the more she'll crumble.

Jane said...

Oh Barb--I guess my sarcasm was a little too subtle! My point was that she was not treated as any other important person would be with respect as an equal but with disrespect as the "little woman who needed to be humored." I certainly am not going soft--no way!

Texas Espresso said...

yeah i could not BELIEVE the nerve! i shouldn't be surprised, but i always am. I just don't understand why people don't see the problem here.

Just what we need - the $400 billion dollar bail out which we taxpayers will have to pay for while CEOs of problem companies get millions in "golden parachutes" and the McCain/Palin ticket. GRR (I know one doesn't necessarily have to do with the other, but I am mad about both!) lol

Terry (teaberry) said...

Even George Will, today in the Washington Post, has gone sour on McCain. I think that Palin's actions are becoming a res ipsa iquitor - it speaks for itself.

Zero press conferences and 2 interviews. Who is this woman?

Jane said...

Terry, it is funny that you would comment right now as I am trying to figure out how to post Will's column on this blog. I don't want just a link. It is unbelievable when George Will speaks favorably about a democrat. People should sit up and take notice!

girasoli said...

Well let's see, I have been to 11 foreign countries, although only as far as Tijuana in Mexico...WAIT I think that counts more than the airport in Irelend!! I guess I could have done the same job Sarah did today in those "top secret" meetings, especially with the cameras off. I can talk about babies. I'm a quick study. I am even a member of the PTA at my school!

I think you hit it on the nail, they know how woefully inadequate she is. Now why isn't the country seeing the light on this fact??