Over the last month, Sarah Palin has been roundly criticized for her lack of foreign policy experience. During the Charlie Gibson interview, she told Gibson that she had never met a foreign leader. However, Bill McAllister, Palin’s press secretary, has confirmed that Palin met Iceland President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson in Anchorage last year. The pair talked about geothermal issues, in which Iceland is a world leader.
McAllister explained away the forgotten meeting by suggesting that Palin and Gibson were talking about major countries, not Iceland, which has a population of only 300,000.
That is fair enough, but the opportunity to mention meeting Grissom carries a lot more weight than the assertion that Palin has foreign policy experience because Alaska is next to Russia. Maybe Palin did not realize that Iceland was a foreign nation and still does not.
Since the Gibson interview, Palin has met several world leaders.