Icelandic president Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson had many kind words to say about former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin’s political ability.
The president, visiting Alaska, was met by a journalist from the Alaska Dispatch for an interview. On the subject of politics, talked turned to Tea Party frontrunner Sarah Palin.
“At the time (we met), she was a new governor and not talked about on the national level,” the president said. “We talked constructively about the geothermal potential of Alaska and about many of the same issues that I discussed with [former Alaskan governor and Richard Nixon cabinet member Wally] Hickel … I sensed in her a fundamental political capability, a political nature that you either have or you don’t. It’s like a musical quality. Whether people are for or against (her) that she has taken herself from an elected official in Alaska to become one of the most influential forces in politics in a matter of years demonstrates her ability.”
When asked what he thinks about Palin’s politics, the president avoided the question, saying, “Let’s not talk about that.”
The Icelandic president was the only foreign leader Palin had met before being picked as John McCain’s running mate in 2008.