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. I can see Canada from my house!

    Maybe she's there to sell polar bear body parts to Chinese apothacaries...you betcha!

    How do you say " you betcha!" in Mandarin Chinese?

    August 31, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. RAG

    Will all of the Palinistas who cried foul when she was accused by her ex-future-son-in-law of quitting her elected office in order to cash in please apologize now? Hmmmmm?

    August 31, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. gl, From Pittsburgh

    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.

    Hey, CLSA she is no longer the Governor of Alaska remember she is a quit.

    August 31, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. SlowGun

    "The former governor's spokesman was not immediately available to confirm the speaking engagment..."

    What is the over / under at that she pulls out...again?

    August 31, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. normajean

    This is truly hard to believe. Sarah Palin speaking anywhere following the likes of Bill Clinton and Alan Greenspan.. Now I know she's nuts. This is a personality , good looking but with so little brain power as to make herself a joke. This person has NO intellectual curiosity, little real knowledge and makes up half of what she says. I resent her as a representative of the U.S. any time and any place.

    August 31, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. bdr529

    can she see Hong Kong from Alaska? If not that could be a problem

    August 31, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Jeff Brown

    Please stay there!

    August 31, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. bella

    I'll bet Sara will speak on "HOW TO SEE RUSSIA FROM HONG KONG"!!! And in the alternative - SARA WON'T SHOW UP!!!! One way or the other, it's plain and simple - MONEY WASTED!!!

    August 31, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Andre S.

    Why? Why? Why? Keep her there!

    August 31, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. Larry

    Great photo of Sarah Palin. Lucky her if she is telling the truth about her husband.

    August 31, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. sensi johnson

    What's the significance of this?

    August 31, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. Edgar

    Go Sarah!

    August 31, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Ken in NC

    If she is going to China this could be good for Alaskans and the US. They might keep her at least until they can figure out the content of the text of her speech after a 15 or 20 speech in short incomplete phrases. This could take years. THe Hong Kong brokerage firm of CLSA might want to check everyday with Palin and all her people to confirm and re-confirm that she is going to speak to them otherwise they may find themselves holding the "Green Tea Bag".

    August 31, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. Gary

    Sounds like a fun gig...how much are they paying her? I wanna run for VP and then even if I lose I can go on a speaking tour to cool places.

    It is always very interesting to me to seen lots of medicore politicians (both Republicans or Democrats) with no business experience or success get invited to speak to business leaders. What a waste of shareholders money....I don't want to just pick on Palin here because I feel the same way everytime I hear Al Gore or Jimmy Carter speaks for big cash at a business event to.

    August 31, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. jc

    Please, oh pretty please, will the good folks of Hong Kong promise to keep her? We're done with her over here, you betcha.

    August 31, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. howie

    Way to go Sarah, show them how the voters missed out on your vice presidency bid.

    August 31, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. Obama 2.0

    Slow boat to...

    August 31, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. jwrother

    Then why does she keep saying she's going to 'King Kong' ?

    August 31, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. Lola

    Let us all just hope that they keep her. The only thing that she has invested in is herself. If she wants to speak with the other speakers, rest assured she will really look and sound stupid next to them. Then maybe we won't have to listen to her. Once again everything is just about her. Hard for me to believe someone would pay her to speak. Anyway, that is just something I think is funny.

    August 31, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. yuri

    God bless Hong Kong denizens, if those Chinese, in there, believe in Almighty!

    August 31, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. ch

    Let's hope it's a one way ticket.

    August 31, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. ROFL

    What will she be speaking about? Her vast knowledge on Geopolitics and Global business, or the intricacies of being Governor of Alaska? I'd love to be there for this upcoming foot in mouth session. Any bets that she is unaware that Hong Kong is now part of China?

    August 31, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  23. Will in Waco, TX

    Can she see Hong Kong from her house in AK???????

    August 31, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. Concern Citizen

    Oh please, Sarah, don't you dare to embarass us in Hongkong. With your stupid brain, I don't think you can score a point there.

    August 31, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. tee

    Why do they want Sarah........she is clearly out of her league.

    August 31, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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