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. Debra R

    why is this news? the woman has every right to earn a living...leave her alone....

    September 23, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. Kyle from MN

    Start the spin Machine CNN,

    I love the headline which is obviously a play to diminish Palin's speech even as latter in the article you state these people were simply leaving for other engagements.

    Love the slant on this, and this is why you continually get trounced in the ratings by Fox.

    Keep up the biased and sensationalistic news reporting, I'm sure it will continue to fail for you.

    September 23, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. John, Brooklyn, New York

    I find it absurd that the Republican Party billed Sara Palin last November as being fully prepared to lead this country's foreign policy when, in fact, THIS was her first speech delivered to an international audience EVER.

    Further, its remarkable that the public's standards for her are so low that simply getting through the speech without any major gaffes is seen as an accomplishment. Its clear that we fully expect her to crash and burn at every turn (because she has so many times) and that NOT FAILING becomes the new standard of success for her.

    Frankly, America deserves leaders who consider getting an "A" as constituting excellence, not a "C".

    September 23, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. Norm

    So, Palin rambled on about topics ranging from Tibet to Moose? At an investors meeting? Moose she may know about, Tibet I'm not so sure. Can we not make this person fade into obscurity? Please?

    September 23, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. William

    Except for a lunatic fringe, no one cares.....

    September 23, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. von shizzle

    reaganomics in 2009 after the collapse of the housing market ?? really !!!? no wonder investors walked out of her 'forum'

    September 23, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. Debra Nadrchal

    Every time Palin downgrades the president she just lowers herself. I thought she had more intelligence than that but i suppose it's better we find out now just what kind of person she really is! No solutions.... just trash talk!!!!!

    September 23, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. Doug, New Jersey

    It is sad that for the sake of Alaska and its people, she had to resign due to the Democrats trying to bankrupt the state and interfere with her duties as Governor. However, it is the best joke of the year, Democrats filling ethics charges, that's classic, what's next maybe Octomom going after people who have more than one kid.

    I feel bad for the people of Alaska, they were ignorant to just how nasty, mean, evil, and closed-mind many Americans are, but in the long run the more people who know about who and what Democrats are, the better.

    September 23, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. Tina, NC

    Hope she enjoyed Hong Kong enough to stay there.

    September 23, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. Dave

    I feel bad for whoever had to translate her. Ever try to diagram one of Palin's sentences? Yikes! Hopefully she's getting someone else to write everything for her and she's just reading it. She may be capable of that, but left to her own devices, she's a disaster.

    September 23, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. daniel

    it's because she sucks!!!! That's why they left!

    September 23, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. CNN stinks

    What a disgusting, biased headline, CNN - is that the best you could do - featuring "early exits" re. Palin's speech? And she "woos" them? Were any of you there? How is one "wooed," anyway - isn't that a totally subjective description?

    What a stinkin', sick bunch of hypocrites you are at CNN!

    September 23, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. katiec

    90 minutes of Palin??
    Would feel sorry for the attendees if they not been so unthinking to
    invite her in the first place.
    Do hope she did not embarress us and our country too much.

    September 23, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. Maria - Proud Democrat

    Although I might not support her political views, I certainly support the efforts of ANY female to succeed in the business world.

    Good for her!!

    September 23, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Blah, blah, blah.

    September 23, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Obama fan...not!

    This your headline?....and you claim to not be a propaganda network

    September 23, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. Ivy

    Wow, does this mean she will claim experience in international affairs?

    September 23, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  18. Keefe

    Sarah Palin has to be the political joke of the century...

    Republicans and most all Americans should be very embarrassed by this woman...

    I mean WHO can actually take her serious......?

    September 23, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  19. Mary

    Wise men seek her! Is it too late to buy stock in Alaskan exports? Palin gets stronger every day. For all you who hate her, there are thousands to your one who just love watching her. She is a breathe of honesty, integrity and hard work. Go SARAH!

    September 23, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. Keeth in California

    Any investment opportunity with any sort of ties to Sarah Palin would make me run in the opposite direction with my money.

    September 23, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. Robert - Ohio

    Palin is very divisive and going around sprouting out the talking points of someone else's isn't a good thing when you don't research the facts first. I want to hear her respond to the question "who's writing your material, Sarah?"

    September 23, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. Charlene

    Peggy Hill goes to HONG KONG.
    Palin is dumber than a pile of bricks! Sorry Bricks!!

    September 23, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. jm for sc

    Palin is very much over exposed.

    September 23, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  24. Jessie

    The woman is a big enough of an insult to this country as it is. For her to travel across international waters to spew her blabbering to others is unpatriotic on her part. It's like the family that wishes to keep their drunk uncle under wraps while their boss is at their home for a Christmas party. Why do we let her out? Better yet, why do we allow her to come back?

    September 23, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. CHANGE.COM

    90 minutes? No wonder some left midway into the speech because it was just that: a speech without substance to it.

    September 23, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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