August 31st, 2009
06:51 PM ET
11 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. Lee

    She's ready to cash in and make money and this is a no-brainer (excuse the pun).

    If Mitt Romney buys her a new wardrobe and throws in a few million more as pocket change, she'll stand aside for him in 2012. That would be the best use for Romney's millions, since she would destroy him with the republican "base", no matter what he spends on advertising, since the republican "base" is now borderline insane.

    August 31, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |

    I guess she's going to show the Chinese how to make Alaskan style Chicken wings....

    August 31, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. Mike, Albany

    Great, now she can embarrass us abroad in person.

    August 31, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. Expat American

    What in the world would she have to contribute at a brokerage conference in Hong Kong? She won't have a room full of slack jaw cross burners to whip up into a bigoted frenzy. Her new set of handlers had better prepare her well.

    August 31, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Mitch

    Wow, so based on her criteria of education and world knowledge...ANYONE can speak at this thing. She has NOTHING to contribute to anything....what is this fascination of an uneducated, unskilled and moronic woman to the uneducated, unskilled moronic right?

    August 31, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Barb

    Does this mean she'll be "Palin" around with communists?

    August 31, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. j

    You gotta be kidding ?????? She is probably trying to build her defense fund, if this is true.

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

    Tomorrow they will be saying she never confirmed it

    August 31, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. Linda

    What in the world does she have to say to anyone ? Certainly she will know little about investment banking, the economies of the world or anything else of any substance! She will simply embarrass herself and the US, I believe. I doubt she will take the time to learn anything about Hong Kong and its history so what in the world does she have to say that anyone cares to hear?

    I'd like to never read about her again.

    August 31, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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