August 31st, 2009
06:51 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin to Hong Kong

Palin is headed to Hong Kong.
Palin is headed to Hong Kong.

(CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's first major speaking engagement after leaving office won't be in Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina.

Instead, she's apparently headed to Hong Kong.

According to the Hong Kong-based brokerage firm CLSA, Palin will be the keynote speaker at their 16th annual investor's conference in September. The conference of financial heavy-hitters brings together hundreds of CEOs, CIOs and fund managers from around the world. In agreeing to speak, Palin's joining some esteemed company: past speakers at the conference have included Bill Clinton, Alan Greenspan, Al Gore and Desmond Tutu.

The former governor's spokesman was not immediately available to confirm the speaking engagment, which was announced in a press release Monday by CLSA. Palin's team hasn't always been on the same page as event organizers who have billed her as as a headline speaker. Over the last four months, organizers at conservative events in Alaska and in Washington, D.C. have announced appearances by the GOP star, only to discover at the last minute she would not attend.


CLSA appeared firm in their plans Monday, telling reporters that Palin is making her first trip to Asia. "As the first female governor of Alaska and the youngest person ever elected governor of that state, Palin has broken new ground in U.S. politics and we are delighted that she will make her first visit to Asia to present at the CLSA Investors' Forum," CLSA chairman Jonathan Sloane said in a statement.

Since departing office in July, Palin has been busy writing her book, a memoir set to be published in spring 2010 by HarperCollins. Her father Chuck Heath told The (Spokane, Washington) Spokesman-Review Friday that his daughter "has been out of town for almost a month now" working on the draft.

"I don't know exactly where she is, but she's writing her book," Heath said. "She e-mails me quite frequently. She asks, 'Oh, what happened on June 13, 1978?' This is material for her book."

Heath said Palin asks him about "trivial things like maybe a basketball game, 'How many points did I score here?' 'When did we go to the Boston Marathon?' Mainly sports."


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soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. Willow

    Guess Palin has been laughed out,uninvited to speak for, any further engagements in the US and now takes the only thing left–speaking out of country.....Maybe there will be someone in attendace who she plans on teaching her "fuzzy math" to.

    Sure hope the CLSA does't hold their collective breath waiting for her to "show"!

    August 31, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. AP in Illinois

    We all eagerly await the forthcoming cancellation announcement.

    August 31, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. george in alaska

    ps. and ifin we had palin as our comandeer in chef we wud be glory to god almoghty in the highest!

    August 31, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. The Reasonable Man

    Thank god for a Palin story on the ticker, I was about to start thinking about the failures of the Obama administration and his plumeting approval ratings. Now, thankfully, I can focus on a non-elected public citizen instead of all the problems our country faces.

    Thanks CNN, I don't know where we'd be without you!

    August 31, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. cfoster

    Here is a person who does ot like socialism speaking i a communist nation. She is a liar and loser. I guess it is okay to pal around with communist.

    August 31, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. Moderate Democrat

    "Palin's joining some esteemed company: past speakers at the conference have included Bill Clinton, Alan Greenspan, Al Gore and Desmond Tutu."
    --------------
    I guess they want to know what NOT to do. Look at the other names, people that didn't quit their cause or job. People that stayed through the length of their terms and THEN went into public speaking. People that raised families, dealt with media...but still found the ability to go to work with out quiting.

    Obviously they want to know how the other half lives for a change. Hence, here comes Sarah. Hope she makes it actually...that would be a big thing...for her to actually show up once in her lifetime.

    August 31, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Buddy in Pa

    Gee I didn't know that the Hong Kong Group would be interested in gutting a moose.

    But who knows maybe she's gonna tell the group about carving up Whale Blubber.

    One thing for sure it will be all Blubbering from Ms Blubber-Mouth herself !!!

    August 31, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Get a Life !!

    Did CLSA do any research before asking Palin to speak????
    They must be really desperate for a speaker.

    August 31, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. Tim

    Democrats and the MSM don't like her because she so effectively insulted the One during her Republican convention speach. They can't believe she had the gaul to call Obama out on the carpet like she did. She of little experience, had far more experience than Obama, and therefore had the credibility to call him out on his lack of experience and rightfully pointed out the MSM's complicity in the whole deal.

    And low and behold, she was right on both counts. That's why you hate her.

    August 31, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Republicans are the American Taliban

    She can speak on how much she loves Chinese take out and how the Chinese own America as she does here....and make sure she quits in the middle of the speech....

    August 31, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. Anthony

    Who is this woman and why is she relevant?

    August 31, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. Kevin in Ohio

    What would this ticker be without the daily Sarah Palin story to raise the ire of the left-wing hatemongers? Keep it up, CNN....you are making her a hero to mainstream America.

    August 31, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. Jean 2

    The things we export!!

    August 31, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. Peoples Voice

    Maybe, just maybe she'll have a crowd that can understand what the hell she's saying. I pity the poor translator.

    August 31, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Milk these 15 minutes for all you can, Sarah. Since abandoning your office, it's probably all you are going to get.

    August 31, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. katiec

    OMG.
    A senator who quit and left her state in shambles. An illiterate on economy, foreign affairs etc. What were they thinking of?
    Just hope they realize this woman does not represent the United
    States, the citizens or any intelligent view.

    August 31, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. a little sad

    Will she show up, or will there be another "scheduling conflict"?

    August 31, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. TangledThorns

    Sarah Palin has over one thousand speaking requests. It's highly doubtful she'll make them all though it proves one major point... she is immensely popular. Go Sarah 2012!!

    August 31, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Joe

    You have to be kidding???????

    August 31, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. John Black Hills/SD

    The CLSA hired her as a hostess, who they thought would bringing Salmon from Alaska for their dinners. Jonathon Sloane probably believes that he'll get some booty from with the invitation. What's that fishy smell.......

    August 31, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. russell

    I hope that her idiot thinking and that schrill of a voice gets her in hot water with the chinese , then they could take her to the Great Wall of China and put her out of her devisive misery.......OMG , what could she possibly talk about with her fifth grade education !!

    August 31, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. Independent Liberal

    Obviously she there for pure entertainment. No one can possibly take her seriously.

    August 31, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. Nick

    Keep her.

    August 31, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. RR in AZ

    The Chinese Investors are definitely not interested in her business strategies....They want something pretty to look at and shes qualified for that....

    August 31, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Alan in Marietta, GA

    I bet that within a few days of the conference, Palin will claim she didn't know anything about it and didn't commit.

    August 31, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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