Sarah Palin Got Her First Passport in 2006.

To further highlight the ongoing exaggeration of her foreign affairs background and inappropriateness of her status as McCain’s VP, Sarah Palin got her first passport in 2006, reports the Boston Globe. Read that again. 2006. And has visited exactly 4 countries, Canada, Iraq, Kuwait, and Germany. Earlier the Alaska governor’s spokesperson included Ireland in that list, a claim that was retracted yesterday by McCain’s campaign spokeswoman Maria Comella who admitted that Ireland was just a refueling stop last July.

What no Russia? Even though it’s so close?

Same article underscores the thinness of her somehow special role as the head of the Alaska National Guard. While Alaska has a formidable military and staff presence those are under the direct command of the president, not the governor or any other state official, and “while the Alaska National Guard operates a launch site for a US anti-missile system at Fort Greely, about 100 miles south of Fairbanks, the Alaskan governor is not in the site’s chain of command and has no authority over its operations, according to Maj. Gen. Craig E. Campbell, the adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard who commands the roughly 3,800 state militia members.”

“The notion that she is experienced because she is commander-in-chief of the Alaska National Guard is not going to get you very far,” said John Pike, a military specialist at, a nonpartisan think tank in Alexandria, Virginia. “It’s awfully thin.”

Again, she got her FIRST passport just two years ago in 2006.

Read more here.


13 responses to “Sarah Palin Got Her First Passport in 2006.

  1. come on dude.
    don’t tell me you’re buying into the sexist left-wing media’s thorough vetting of the potential leader of the free world, are you?

    besides, canada shouldn’t count.

  2. “When he entered the White House, George W. Bush didn’t have a valid passport and, a few excursions into Mexico aside, had only been abroad twice. Many Americans don’t feel the necessity of knowing the world because for them, the world is America—a multicolored planet that in the last two centuries has attracted millions of people of every race and creed.”

    I’m not saying this justifies anything. I’m just mentioning that maybe this is a G.O.P. thing.

  3. I think it is great that Palin has at least been to Iraq and Kuwait and Germany to visit US troups in the hospital. The point to be made here is that Palin has absolutely no experience in international diplomacy and does not even have the benefit of having experienced various parts of the world through travel for work and/or pleasure. I don’t think she is an inferior person because she is from a small town and a relatively small city, but I do think that given that background and the fact that she is not an experienced traveller, she is at a great disadvantage as a national political leader and diplomat.

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  5. We can’t afford 4 more years of the same. Grampie McSame and Caribu Barbie have got to go!

  6. wideawakeinwonderland

    Not to be contrary (because everything I’ve read about the woman scares me. Check this out –
    but how are the exact countries visited known ? To clarify, I am currently on a three-month solo backpacking trip through Europe. I started in Iceland, am typing this from Czechoslovakia, and have stayed in eight other countries in between…but I have only been ‘recorded’ three times (and have just three wee stamps.) When flying from Ireland to Portugal I just walked through a “nothing to declare” doorway – no processing, nothing.) Border crossings by train result in…nothing. Again, just curious as much as anything?
    Meanwhile, thanks for the info. It can be tough to keep up with all the news from over here since (as a typical American), I’m not exactly a hyperpolyglot (or even multilingual, unfortunately!) and can’t read the papers! I’m like a kid…reduced to studying the pictures and wondering what’s going on!

  7. I just heard about Sarah Palin’s never having a passport until last year this morning and thought I must have misheard something. So I got on the Internet to check. I am stunned. A couple years ago, I was in the UK and someone there mentioned that a British television show had reported the startling statistic about the incredibly low percentage of U.S. citizens with passports. It is really embarrassing the lack of interest in the world of our citizenry. This lack of perspective on the part of our nation leads to ultra-nationalism and arrogance, which is turn heightens anti-American sentiment throughout the world at a time when we need other nations of the world to join us as partners. And is also causing us to fall further and further behind as an economic and political world power. I guess Ms. Palin, like George W. Bush, falls into this “typical American” category — no intellectual curiosity, no world perspective — but it is surely at our peril. When is this nation going to wake up to the fact that we need as leaders individuals who are exceptional, not typical? People with a broad range of experiences that can fully understand and appreciate the complexities of the world, and even of our very diverse nation. From what I’ve learned about Ms. Palin, it seems she’s spent her entire life in small, almost all-white towns in the West. How can she possibly fully appreciate the challenges of our urban areas, the cultural differences between the North and the South, the East and the West, and the issues and challenges within our many ethnic communities, much less understand political and cultural world issues and diplomacy?

    Palin does come anywhere close to being the most qualified Republican candidate for Vice President (particularly given the heightened stakes: a 72 year-old presidential candidate who’s already had several bouts with cancer, and whose own father and grandfather never made it past their mid 70s). This is the most obvious case of voter pandering I can remember, and anyone who suggests otherwise is delusional. These are serious times and the stakes are extremely high. I wish our nation could muster the wisdom to treat it as such.

  8. I love the elitism of the idea that there are “typical” Americans and “exceptional” Americans. Apparently typical Americans tend to be Republicans and exceptional Americans obviously tend to be Democrats.

    Why don’t we Americans understand that the President shouldn’t represent or be representative of the American people. He needs to be someone that Europeans, who know so much better than us, can look up to, or at least tolerate as an almost-equal.

    Almost all Europeans, after all, have passports. They travel frequently to other countries (not difficult even with gas at $9.00 a gallon, because you can’t fart in one country without smelling it in five others) so they can pat each other on the back and remind each other how superior they all are to Americans.

    Living in the UK, all my colleagues and acquaintances think I’m an exceptional American until they learn that I’m a Republican. Then passport (and European domicile) or not, they realise I’m just typical. I suppose that even though I’ve lived in urban areas and worked in inner city America (both charitably and professionally), I’m just too small town. I guess that’s why I don’t mind that Sarah Palin hasn’t lived in the North, South, East and West – that she hasn’t been an urban community organiser instead of small town mayor – that she hasn’t used her passport to talk down about America to sycophantic crowds in Berlin.

    I’m just so typical.

  9. Until just the past few years, the following countries did not require a U.S. passport for tourist entry by a U.S. citizen:

    * Antigua and Barbuda
    * Aruba
    * The Bahamas
    * Bermuda
    * The British Virgin Islands (islands include Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, Tortola, and Virgin Gorda)
    * The British West Indies (islands include Anguilla, Montserrat, Cayman Islands, Turks, and Caicos)
    * Canada
    * Costa Rica
    * Dominica
    * The Dominican Republic
    * The Federated States of Micronesia (islands include Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnei, and Yap)
    * Grenada
    * Jamaica
    * Mexico
    * The Netherlands Antilles (islands include Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Statia, and Saint Maarten)
    * Panama
    * The Republic of Palau
    * Saint Kitts and Nevis
    * Saint Lucia
    * Saint Pierre and Miquelon Island

    This is the USA and not the USSR we are talking about

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  11. to j smith…
    of the list you just spouted…did it ever dawn on you that almost all those “countries” that you listed as having a “no-passport required” clause for americans….all of them are little ISLANDS whose main source of income is tourism?
    when we talk of sarah palins limited world view, we’re talking about a woman who is potentially going to be dealing with political heavyweights from all over the globe on issue of global importance and vitality….and she didnt have a passport till 2006!!!
    god save the queen and god save the world…

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