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Did James Glassman/State Department mock Sarah Palin?

An anonymous commenter at yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2008/10/simmons_mocks_palin.php says:
James Glassman, the Undersecretay of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, was just introduced on C-Span at the National Press Club. As he approached the speaker's platform he said: "Thank you Donna. May I call you Donna?" Then he went immediately into "a shout out" to the school his daughter(s) go to. I thought those were pretty amusing considering he was in front of such a staid institution. He got a few chuckles too!
I'm not about to fully take the word of some random commenter and I'd like to see video. I also don't trust the interesting writing style of the commenter.

However, Glassman's bio is at state.gov/r/pa/ei/biog/105829.htm. Note that he's a co-founder of TechCentralStation.com, a site that publishes articles from such worthies as Instapundit, Arnold Kling, etc.:
James K. Glassman leads America’s public diplomacy outreach, which includes communications with international audiences, cultural programming, academic grants, educational exchanges, international visitor programs, and U.S. government efforts to confront ideological support for terrorism. He oversees the bureaus of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Public Affairs and International Information Programs, and participates in foreign policy development.

Mr. Glassman previously served as chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the independent federal agency that oversees all U.S. government non-military international broadcasting, including the Voice of America (VOA), Alhurra, Radio Sawa, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Radio Free Asia (RFA), and Radio and TV Martí...

Prior to assuming his position as Under Secretary, Mr. Glassman was a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington public policy think tank...

He is the former president of The Atlantic Monthly Co., publisher of The New Republic, Executive Vice President of U.S. News & World Report, and editor-in-chief and co-owner of Roll Call, the congressional newspaper.

...He was also formerly host of Capital Gang Sunday on CNN and TechnoPolitics on PBS and has been a frequent guest on television public affairs programs. In 2000, he co-founded Tech Central Station.com, a technology and policy website...

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Politics · Fri, 10/03/2008 - 15:17 · Importance: 1