(ORLANDO, Fla.) Now we know why Sarah Palin has had so much downtime lately. She's been taking a crash course on planet earth.
Over the course of just 30 hours in New York City starting on Tuesday, the Republican vice-presidential nominee is scheduled to meet with seven world leaders, the face of American foreign policy during the Nixon and Ford administrations, and the most famous social activist in the world. The meetings are being held in conjunction with the opening of the United Nations General Assembly.
Besides her previously reported meetings with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and former secretary of state Henry Kissinger, Palin will hold separate private talks with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Pakistani President Ali Zardari, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and U2's Bono.
Palin, who didn't own a passport until 2007, will spend Tuesday and Wednesday in New York juggling issues ranging from fighting in Kashmir and the Caucuses to AIDS in Africa and free trade in Latin America.
When her meetings come to an end, Palin will have just one week to prepare to debate Democratic vice-presidential nominee Joe Biden, who has traveled the world on Congressional delegations throughout his 35 years in the Senate and chairs the Foreign Relations Committee. If Palin finds Bono to be verbose when it comes to his foreign policy views, just wait until she meets Biden.