September 23rd, 2009
11:57 AM ET
5 years ago

Some early exits as Palin woos Hong Kong investors

Sarah Palin's speech at CLSA Investors' Forum appeared to be largely well received.
Sarah Palin's speech at CLSA Investors' Forum appeared to be largely well received.

HONG KONG, China (CNN) -- Sarah Palin touched on a host of topics - including Reaganomics, China and human rights, Tibet, the Asian and U.S. economies, family and moose in Alaska - as she delivered a speech to investors Wednesday in Hong Kong, according to audience members.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate was the keynote speaker at the 16th CLSA Investors' Forum, in what was billed as her first speech outside North America. She recently stepped down as Alaska's governor.

Her 90-minute address, which was closed to the media, was heard by 1,100 people, according to CLSA head of communications Simone Wheeler.

Those who attended her speech said she did well, though some could be seen leaving early on. A few of those people said they were heading to other forum offerings. Most people declined to speak with the media about the speech.

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  1. Amy Nix

    The more I learn about the woman, the less and less I like her. Never really liked her much to begin with. She can deliver a speech so that's something I guess. But, now, I just see her as a festering wound that won't go away. Please, can we fixate on someone who has some common sense and integrity and intelligence.

    September 23, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    this woman does not represent america ..the word IDIOT comes to mind from most americans . so please drop the media on this IDIOT

    September 23, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. kimberly

    haha, what a joke! 1000 people went? haha, and some left? hahaha...Palin talking about Tibet? Now that is NOT funny, this loon should not be able to even SPEAK about Tibet, she is such a loser!!!!! Glad to see her trip was a bust

    September 23, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. Susan

    Hmm, I wonder what "did well" means when referring to a Palin speech...she didn't didn't lose her place on the teleprompter; she didn't throw in too many winks; or she looked really good in that short tight skirt and 3" heels? If I had to listen to and try to decipher her for 90 minutes, I'd be out the door as well!

    September 23, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. PJ

    Most people declined to speak with the media about the speech. So, they don't mind being stupid in private? Okaaaayyyy.... I'd put my money elsewhere if I were you guys....

    September 23, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. Media Villians

    The media would villianize her even if it was the best speech ever given in the history of planet earth. They don't like her because she is a Christian that doesn't like to kill babies so in their world whe is bad.

    September 23, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. Tired of Sarah

    This woman is an embarrasement to the US. Why do people think she has anything to say? She is beyond stupid. My God I hope no one thinks speaks for the people of this country. She can't even speak for the people of Alaska because she dumped them! When will she go away? We finally got rid of Joe the Plumber in the media. Why can't we get rid of this crack pot?

    September 23, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. joe

    Off course, the report didn't focus on the 99.9999% who stayed and listened to the talk.

    Typical reporting Joe Stalin would be proud of.

    September 23, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. russell

    And why is CNN posting a story about a village idiot ?

    September 23, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Ron

    Why is this person still around? What does she really know about much of anything, and why is she "wooing" Hong Kong investors?
    Go away!!

    September 23, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. CitizenAJ

    Ah, the media. It makes a story out of anything and nothing. Are now tracking FORMER Governor Palin's every move? Gees!!!! It seems so pointless and ridiculous.

    September 23, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Big Ed

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. She's a piece of work. Like the cliche goes, "There's a fool born every minute."

    September 23, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. DonnieJ

    Gee – d'ya think she's pallin' around with any communists over there? You betcha!

    September 23, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. John

    Why would anyone stay to hear a speech from someone who can see Russia from her house. Palin has nothing to offer. She is unskilled, poorly educated and badly informed. She is merely the darling of the far right and will use her limited abilities to stir up troubles for good people everywhere who are working to solve problems. Unlike her they cannot quit when the going gets tough or requires honesty and hard work to get things done that helps the majority.

    September 23, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. feel the heat

    You betcha wink wink

    September 23, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  16. Michele

    Tell me again why a bunch of financial geeks wanted to hear from this woman? Was her minor economics? Nope. Did she leave Wasilla in a financial hole. Yes. Is Alaska also in trouble financially right now? Yes. So what expertise could she possibly share for 90 minutes? No wonder she was in seclusion...her speechwriters must have been up for weeks coming up with this speech that she doesn't want the rest of the world to hear. She sure is lookin' Presidential...of the Wasilla anti-witch society, maybe.

    September 23, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. Tom in Delaware

    Ahh, the Minute of Hate...brought to you by CNN.

    September 23, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. MIKE

    Who want's to hear brainless thing in this planet. The guys behind her are just nuts like her and with something to gain, you need to understand todays world economy and trade that is out of balance, we need people with real credential and wide experience in topic that affect the entire world, is waist of time and we just look very sick in the eyes of the other countries around the world, we need to stop this thing called Sarah and keep her in Alaska taking care of her disfunctional family.

    September 23, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. AP in Illinois

    This is interesting. Sarah Palin trying to boost her 'foreign policy credentials' and the media is not allowed to see exactly what that is. Wouldn't you want the world to see how much of an expert on foreign policy you have become? Not unless you have something to hide. We all know that she is not exactly the brightest bulb in the room and I think her handlers were afraid to show the rest of the world that.

    September 23, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  20. Mary

    GOOD GRIEF, who would listen to her?

    September 23, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. Steph

    Does she use the Bump It hair inserts?

    September 23, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. sifto77

    CNN's daily Sara-bashing stories are getting old–CNN is losing credibility–seem to be inviting vitrolic, anti-American nastiness against a very patriotic lady. No wonder ratings are hitting bottom.

    September 23, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Concerned in North Carolina

    Does it occur to anyone that this uneducated, uninformed ideologue has absolutely no right to speak FOR the United States ANYWHERE?? It's utterly appalling!!!!!

    September 23, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. tonyt

    still hiding from the............... closed to the media!

    September 23, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. Tommy

    I'm sure her presenation was very colorful and expertly done with crayons and colored paper.

    September 23, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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