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. No Incumbents 2010

    No one can stand her speeches. Even the people who are paying her $100,000. Those sure are expensive Moose stories.

    September 23, 2009 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  2. TCM

    haha...CNN, you're kidding right? Printing that some people are "leaving early..." When millions in this country refused to even turn the TV on when Obama's embarked on yet another campaigning infommericial about healthcare...? Where's the balance? Picking at Palin just furthers the lack of credibility toward your organization

    September 23, 2009 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  3. T'SAH from Virginia

    OK – so she learned how to read a SCRIPT well. She did a little homework and now know a few things... ASK her some questions and then it all gets FUZZY...

    She could learn how to be a PAGEANT speaker and win a few admirers over BUT she could never be president of the United States.

    September 23, 2009 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  4. Shucks

    Some were seen laughing hysterically, and actually looked like they had urinated themselves. Others ran hysterically, banging into walls and falling over each other in the mayhem. Those who stayed to listen were treated for severe psychiatric ailments from depression to suicide attempts. Others just sat their stunned, unable to move because of some unknown paralysis like affliction. There were a few that applauded at the end of the speech, but they were looking in the wrong direction toward the exits. Some with Yak hats on looked bewildered and puzzled as they kept asking the interpretors what was said, and the interpretors had no answers for them. All in all it was a great success.

    September 23, 2009 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  5. Anonymous

    i loved how it was stated....the speech was well scripted but the questions and answer period was more like the days she was running for VP,,,hum, that says she was an idiot!!!

    September 23, 2009 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  6. Terry from Texas

    Listening to Sarah Palin is like eating cotton candy. The more you hear the less substance there seems to be. After a while, you get sick.

    The bizarre preference of Conservatives for leaders of mediocre intelligence (mediocre is the kindest word I could think of) is baffling to me. For every George Will or William Buckley (both brilliant, first class intellects) there are a hundred Sarah Palins, twenty-five Mark Sanfords, ten Tom Delays, five Ronald Reagans, and one Larry Craig.

    What is up with that?

    September 23, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  7. Greg

    I like her she is a down to Earth person , that the left hates because they fear the message

    September 23, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  8. Sam Sixpack

    Its lets-bash-Palin day again today.

    Whenever anyone says, "how are we going to yank $500 billion out of Medicare without pulling the plug on Grandma?" you can say Sarah Palin is stupid.

    When President Obama’s new Special Advisor for Health Policy, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, says, "services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia," you can say Sarah Palin is stupid.

    When, after you've paid all you can "afford" to some fat, greedy insurance exec for a healthcare policy with a sky-high deductable, you discover you can't afford actual healthcare for your kids, you can say Sarah Palin is stupid.

    September 23, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  9. Monrob

    Can one imagine sitting for 90 minutes, listening to that woman?

    September 23, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  10. RRRUSA

    How is a talk about Tibet, moose and family life going to help an audience of investors in Hong Kong? For the life of me, I can think of no other reason Sarah Palin would be invited to this investor-palooza other than to give foreign audiences a chance to again laugh at Americans as backwards, behind the times, and technology-challenged. Any credibility here was overshadowed by some macabre entertainment value to this convention.
    The fact that EVERY speech or gathering Palin goes to is 1) closed to the media or 2) subject to background checks for anyone who meets her (for dinner!) can only support this theory.
    It is obvious that any transcript of a 90 minute Palin speech would be circus fodder to newpapers around the world and would probably make the GOP itself shudder. Perhaps she was reading from her new 'book'.

    September 23, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  11. kkst2004

    Sarah "Divisive" Palin!

    September 23, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  12. Sarah "death panel" palin=Osama bin ladden, they both use their influence to fuel extremism

    Sarah "death panel" is now officially a communist

    September 23, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  13. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    How can the Chinese understand her when she makes no sense to people who speak English?

    September 23, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  14. Andy

    Two US diplomats in the Obama administration were interviewed and said the speech was awful. If you believe that someone in the Obama administration would actually praise the speech, then you are either naive, an ideologue or a moron.

    September 23, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  15. A.B.

    I guess some of the potential investors who left early may very well be the result of the possibility that Palin's speech did not inspire them to invest in Alaska. She isn't a good public speaker nor is she a good leader. Palin lacks credibility, judgement and knowledge and I think that she is the wrong person to represent and sell Alaska, which is a beautiful place to visit and enjoy. The current governor should be the person to sell Alaska, not Palin.

    September 23, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  16. John Canada

    Nice Headline CNN.... So it was a great speech but people left early but you dont really know because the media was not allowed in. This is horrible journalism PERIOD.This is so slanted left it is almost comical. No wonder FOX NEWS beats you week after week in the ratings because you people here try to CREATE the News instead of reporting it.

    September 23, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  17. Aunt Bea and Opie

    I guess not everyone was stupid enough to believe that the trickledown theory works for anyone but the top 2%.The people leaving were probably going to a comedy show for real info.

    September 23, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  18. HBO

    90 MINUTES? That is an all-time record! Isn't it? Who would want to listen to a bimbo babbling ... for 90 minutes? 90 MINUTES! Really?

    September 23, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  19. James

    Go Sarah!

    September 23, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  20. roy

    sure wish she had stayed there.

    September 23, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  21. sara

    Please tell me what qualification does she have on 'any' topic, especially economics. She is....... oops, WAS the governor of an extremely small state, and didn't serve out her term. She should not be speaking for AMERICA in any country, let along Hong Kong. She should be censured, because she is so "stupid", she may attempt to "indoctrinate" small countries to start a rebellion against the U.S.

    September 23, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  22. RealityKing

    America clearly has a progressively corrupt media., that few can trust in.

    September 23, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  23. Lynne

    So now CNN is "reporting" on a speech they weren't permitted to be present for?? No wondewr people don't trust the media anymore. Where is the journalistic indignation...and some integrity!

    September 23, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  24. mjm

    "though some could be seen leaving early on. "

    CNN never misses an opportunity to take a cheap shot at Palin.

    September 23, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  25. The Sam

    Eat you hearts out lefties.

    September 23, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
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