Sarah Palin to Speak at Hong Kong Investor Forum

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on August 31, 2009

Bill Clinton. Al Gore. Alan Greenspan. Sarah Palin? CLSA, the Hong Kong-based brokerage, announced today that the hockey mom who quit her job as Alaska governor last month will be the keynote speaker at its annual investor conference in September. The CLSA forum is a big deal, having attracted not only Clinton, Gore and Greenspan in the past but also heavyweights like Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former Walt Disney boss Michael Eisner and scientist Craig Venter (who founded the Institute for Genomic Research and led the team that sequenced the human genome). In a press release, CLSA (in which France’s Credit Agricole is the major shareholder) boasts that it “consistently sets the benchmark for original and thought-provoking content.”

The press release from CLSA also has this surprising bit of news: The trip to Hong Kong will be Palin’s first trip to this part of the world. “We are delighted that she will make her first visit to Asia to speak at the CLSA Investors’ Forum,” the statement quoted CLSA chairman and CEO Jonathan Slone saying. During last year’s campaign, the governor touted her state’s proximity to (the Asian part of) Russia as proof of her foreign-policy bona fides, so I’m surprised to read that she has never actually been here.

It’s great that Palin finally plans on making it to Asia. However, a word of caution to people hoping to attend CLSA’s forum: According to this story in the Anchorage Daily News, people counting on Palin to be their keynote speaker sometimes get stood up. “Organizers of an Anchorage event that has been billing Sarah Palin for weeks as a star speaker were left scrambling Wednesday after learning that the former governor won’t be there for tonight’s event and claims to have never been asked,” the newspaper reported last Wednesday. “It would be at least the fourth time in recent months that an anticipated Palin speech has fallen through after Palin and her camp disputed they had ever confirmed it. That includes the brouhaha over whether she’d speak at the annual congressional Republican fundraising dinner in Washington, D.C., this summer.”

Might the same thing happen to CLSA? The press release from the brokerage announcing its plans to host Palin doesn’t include any statement from the former veep candidate herself, and there’s no word yet on her Facebook page or her PAC’s website about the Hong Kong gig. Still, CLSA says there’s no reason to be worried. “It’s confirmed,” says Mandy Ho, a CLSA spokesperson. “She will be a speaker at our forum.”

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Reader Comments

Firozali A. Mulla

August 31, 2009 08:02 AM

“She will be a speaker at our forum.”
After Obama, She comes as a president so why not. All neeed the USA $$$$
I am glad there seems to be a move away from the commitment-phobic narcissistic wittering of the Joneses (Bridget and Liz). There is more to life than shopping and chardonnay. God knows I like handbags and Martinis as much as the next woman, but motherhood is the most interesting and rewarding thing I have ever done.
Of course, you can be a good mother at any age but it really doesn’t hurt to have time on your side.
I thank you
Firozali A Mulla

Firozali A. Mulla

August 31, 2009 08:03 AM

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin missed a great opportunity to personally kick off an issue of enormous importance to her state and to the nation.

She was scheduled to appear with me at an Alaska Family Council event in Anchorage to launch Alaska's Parental Involvement Initiative, which will require parental notification of teenage girls under age 18 before they can get an abortion. But, the schedules of we mortals cannot retard the imperatives of history, so, despite Mrs. Palin's absence, we've gone to war with the army we have.

Currently 35 states have laws that require either parental consent or notification in order for a teenage girl to receive an abortion. Alaska passed one in 1997.

However, after ten years on the books, in 2007 the Alaska Supreme Court, arguing that sharing this information with parents violated the privacy of their teenage daughters, found the law unconstitutional. So now a 13 year old can get an abortion without the knowledge of her parents.
I thank you
Firozali A Mulla

WriteWinger

August 31, 2009 08:21 AM

Hey BrucieBoy, maybe you could stop repeating nonsense. If SHE didn't confirm those other engagements, it doesn't matter how many times you and other lazy journalists quote any groups touting her as a speaker when they knew it was never confirmed. I could say she's going to be the speaker at my birthday party and when she doesn't come I can cry to the media that she didn't show up and dolts like you will just write it as gospel because of your personal feelings about her. How transparent.

Jean

August 31, 2009 08:31 AM

Bruce,

Little bit jealousy there? For one thing Gov. Palin isn't even in Alaska. As far as the ADN they are a bunch of liberal clowns that have nothing to write about now that Gov. Palin is not longer there. When you say Gov. Palin may speak at your event you sell tickets. Then you have to make up a story why she won't be there. After reading your post, you also sound like a liberal moron. One sided way of thinking.

Gov. Palin went to Germany to visit the wounded troops. Obamaweeweed during the campaign went to Germany to give a speech before adoring fans and didn't see a need to visit the wounded troops.

Brucy, Tell me something, when was the last time somebody paid you 6 figures for a speech?

MO Inkslinger

August 31, 2009 09:16 AM

I am sure these folks will be awed by the Betchas, dropping of the "g," pitbull in lipstick, winks and Naughty Monkeys. Palin should feel like a real pig out of place with these folks. These folks could buy and sell her state with their petty cash funds. She probably misread the invitation and thought she was being invited to meet King Kong not go to Hong Kong.

seirav

August 31, 2009 09:52 AM

Dear Asia:
We're REALLY, REALLY sorry.
Signed,
Rational America

Sonia Vivar

August 31, 2009 10:37 AM

As important as Asia is to the USA, why would the State Dept Allow Palin, to represent the American people, that is an image headed for disaster.

svivar9087

Koon Chan

August 31, 2009 11:37 AM

Please do not play such joke on people in Hong Kong... she's not in the league of Clinton, Al Gore, nor Greenspan. Besides, people in Hong Kong do not like elected officials abusing their power. So please don't worry much about her reputation of fallen through her commitments, she is definitely not that welcomed here in Hong Kong

Karl

August 31, 2009 11:46 AM

Not ONE of the people mentioned in this article saw the COLLAPSE of our economy, & the COLLAPSE of other economies coming in 2006 or 2007, correct? So WHY are they, especially Sarah Palin, speaking at an 'Investor Forum'? What do they REALLY know about INVESTING? No wonder the U.S. economy collapsed last year! We have people in charge that don't have a CLUE!!!!!!!!!!

jean

August 31, 2009 12:02 PM

Who cares? Please, please go away and don't come back another day.

GOOD GRIEF!

August 31, 2009 12:28 PM

Since she couldn't SEE Hong Kong from Alaska, how does she know IF it's THERE? ALL those heavy weights, and now, the creme puff, that's gone 'OFF'? Oh CLSA....have you eaten bad ha gow?

Jana Peterson

August 31, 2009 12:40 PM

What on earth is she going to talk about? Face it she is hardly an intellectual heavyweight.

sarahRocks

August 31, 2009 01:09 PM

She should become a VP of Public Relations for one of the oil giants and vex the liberals even more with her great speeches! Sarah is the best!!

Alton Drew

August 31, 2009 01:09 PM

If there is any indication that Palin is considering a run in 2012, then this could be it. By the time we hear about how well she did, it will literally be yesterday's news. She'll have the advantage of misspeaking while most of us are asleep. If, however, she delivers a coherent, thoughtful economic and financial policy message, especially on an international stage, she will score much needed points in the argument regarding her intellectual capacity and policy acumen. It still would not be time for us to take her seriously but she will demonstrate that she is taking herself seriously.

Chuck Gaffney

August 31, 2009 01:22 PM

oh dear god. Talk about somebody who doesn't belong there. I'm pretty sure anyone from Japan who might be there will be uttering the term, "baka gaijin" under their breath many times during her speech. I hope William Shatner turns this one into a poem too.

flabbergasted

August 31, 2009 01:33 PM

Sarah Palin speaking at an INTERNATIONAL investors convention? What are those people THINKING that they are willing to PAY her to read someone else's words and opinions from a Teleprompter?
If they had even vetted her a TINY little bit better than McCain had, they would know by now that her brain is empty, and that she has NO idea about investments at all (except into her own pockets)

Mant

August 31, 2009 01:44 PM

Do they let people with negative IQ speak at these type of conferences?

Sally C.

August 31, 2009 02:57 PM

CLSA is actually inviting Palin to speak? I thought they were a reputable firm .......

I'd better check to see if any of my investements go through there, in any way. I am only 5 yrs away from retirement so I can't afford to lose any more of my portfolio so I want to make sure I am not invested through CLSA in any way.

Thanks for the heads up.

Big Ben

August 31, 2009 02:59 PM

Well, CLSA will do anything to get a little attention. Will Asian pay attention to Sarah Palin? I doubt it.

MCC

August 31, 2009 03:29 PM

This is definitely for PR

Harold

August 31, 2009 04:56 PM

These "groups" all assumed Palin was going to show giving fodder to the state run media to brand her a no show. Palin or her lawyer never agreed to any of them.

Peter Vander Arend

August 31, 2009 05:00 PM

sarah palin can finally say with great certainty, "I looked out my hotel window and saw Peoples Republic of China". It's very appropriate Ms. Ho made the announcement. For what else is Sarah Palin other than a narcissic attention mongerer who puts her mouth in gear befor e thinking about what is uttered. Maybe Ms. Palin will tell the Chinese about US death panels or other drivel that characterizes hate-filled speaking engagements where she plays loose and fast with facts, eschews "fact checking", and provides comic relief. Tina fay, maybe you will get a last minute call from the seminar to provide the "real" Sarah chronicles.

carly

August 31, 2009 06:29 PM

If I was an investor who was paying to attend this conference I would be ticked off. Who wants to see a quitter like Palin? she is not even in the same ballpark as the speakers they had invited in previous years. there is a related post at http://iamsoannoyed.com/?page_id=588

DOn

August 31, 2009 08:01 PM

I just had to laugh ....why would they invite her? I would be very impressed and shocked if she had to say anything worth listening in this kind of conference besides bulls***t about difference between pitbull and her )))))))))))))))))) they need somebody who actualy knows something about investing and economy...

kelli

August 31, 2009 08:15 PM

snarky post. snort, snort. now maybe 5 readers will know who bruce einhorn is. yeah!

jeff darbee

August 31, 2009 09:13 PM

Can Sarah see Kowloon from her house?

buff manly

September 1, 2009 03:52 AM

You go girl. Clinton? Gore? Heavy weights? Yeah, if you mean poundage. Her accent is indicative of where she grew up. You don't condemn Clinton because of his southern accent.Or his White House escapades. Gore's only claim to fame is his tirade on global warming. They can't get an extended forcast right for a week and he decides there is global warming.She is one smart cookie and, whether you like it or not, a celeb of the first kind. Too bad you weren't that demanding of the current president. What were his credentials? A teleprompter? He did nothing as a Senator (name one thing) yet you think he is so intelligent. He is now making a mess of this country. She stands for what made us great: Less government, lower taxes, strong defense. Obama is undermining everything we stand for. I would rather have common sense people in Washington and not crafty lawyers. By the way, if she was wrong about the death panels, why,a week afterwards, did the Democrats say they removed it from the health bill? Dah!

SARAH PALIN

September 1, 2009 12:26 PM

Sarah Palin is writing a book? She is trying to get that fat check, becoming Richie Rich. You evil monster Sarah Palin. I hope no one buy your filthy book.

To the world,

Sarah Palin

AnnBerhkoudt

September 1, 2009 01:38 PM

This is entirely a PR stunt. And, if she speaks, she will give a well prepared speech, NOT written by her but rather by whoever is now her official handler and the talking points will push forward the needs and agenda of the fringe, extreme right wing.

She will look good, recite well and no one will be the wiser UNLESS! they open her up to questions. She cannot stand on her own.

This is a joke, and not a good one, because she will be a rep of the U.S. Not funny, at all.

martha

September 1, 2009 02:46 PM

Since I am not an American liberal, you can believe me that nobody in Europe takes this "lady" seriously. She is the laughing stock here and the joke only turns slightly sour when we consider that also Bush managed to get elected. She would never be respected and considered an equal by any of the other leaders. Whatever she is going to speak about in HongKong will be used in lots of comedy shows. Hard but true : she does not have a chance of being taken seriously. She would do herself a favor by staying away and not expose her to a lot of curious gawking and obvious or not so obvious snickers. She is just serving as entertainment to a lot of highly paid investment bankers, who decided to hire her instead of the next table dancer.

Swift Eddie

September 1, 2009 05:02 PM

Alton Drew
August 31, 2009 01:09 PM
If there is any indication that Palin is considering a run in 2012, then this could be it. By the time we hear about how well she did, it will literally be yesterday's news. She'll have the advantage of misspeaking while most of us are asleep. If, however, she delivers a coherent, thoughtful economic and financial policy message, especially on an international stage, she will score much needed points in the argument regarding her intellectual capacity and policy acumen. It still would not be time for us to take her seriously but she will demonstrate that she is taking herself seriously.


Your kidding me, right?

Tracy

September 1, 2009 05:09 PM

She's an idiot and anyone who denies such is just a right wing bigot. You think that loving guns, the bible, and saying you are patriotic (how about Todd's seccessionist involvement - how patriotic was that??) makes you a better US citizen you are wrong. You can say all you want about Obama but he knows a great deal more about every single important issue than Ms. Palin. And, the fact that she never once spoke up at some of the racists at her rally's makes her a CRAPPY AMERICAN. She has a down syndrome baby and we all have to give her an award and bestow the presidency upon her .. yeah right. My mother raised 7 children with very little means and no one is giving her an award. I know parents who have down syndrome children and they don't play upon the sympathy of others. The day Palin runs is the day I make the BIGGEST contribution to her opponents. What a moron.

sheryn hall

September 1, 2009 06:11 PM

I guess the main thing we should be concerned about is whether Palin says she represents current US thinking--like she is an expert and speaking for the Treasury Department or economists, etc. I pity the poor interpreter--as she rambles on and on and doesn't know what she is talking about. The sad thing is that she will blame the interpreter for any problems she has with the speech or its contents--and I betcha she chose a foreign language speech just to cover up her inadequacies.

Ballet Mom

September 2, 2009 04:44 PM

Sarah Palin is going to be happily visiting the place wih the highest abortion rate in the developed world. For money. Where she will speak about something of which she has no knowledge or experience. And confound interpreters with a word salad.

I couldn't be less shocked.

RW

September 2, 2009 11:01 PM

Hong Kong was ranked 5th on the Global Cities ranking behind NYC, London, Paris, and Tokyo.

I think it's pretty much a huge jump going from Wasilla, Alaska to an international global hedge fund conference in a major finance hub of Asia.

LOL. Does she even know the History of Hong Kong or that HK even existed? lololol.

Hockey Mom

September 4, 2009 01:46 AM

Is Sara Palin also going to get baby Trig to HK? Hope not. She didn't hesitate to parade the sleeping tot and even hold him aloft to win brownie points from voters. Finally, it was her dumb act that did McCain in, didn't it? Any mother who leverage's her kid's shortcomings to her advantage is a disgrace to the nation. I pity baby Trig for having a mom like Sarah. I guess, he had no choice.

Lynne Schappert

September 5, 2009 08:05 PM

Apparently the United States needs additional support to prove that its cumulative intellect is fading fast. I guess the ludicrous town hall meetings and conspiracy theorists (from Birthers to Deathers) have not done the trick. Next logical step ...send Sarah Palin as an emissary of knowledge and logic to infiltrate an important international forum. If that doesn't do it, what will? The great thing about Sarah is (provided she shows) that she will not disappoint. We can fully expect consistent and absolute stupidity.

Terry

September 8, 2009 12:55 AM

Sarah.
Iam so proud of you to accept this speaking engagement in Hongkong. The asian people will show you a great deal of respect and honor. Now is the time for the world to see a true patriot and leader as you are. Sarah, the world needs to have Hope of a true leader not another politician. GO

John

September 9, 2009 06:57 AM

"True patriot and leader"??? Is that the description of someone who quits her governorship in the midst of a brewing scandal?

Now that she is out of government and a private citizen, she can do whatever she wants and the State department has no responsibility for what she says.

Enjoy, CLSA, but be aware... Sarah Palin only represents only a fraction of people in the United States.

A

September 11, 2009 07:22 AM

Mr. O'Reilly: I just viewed youtube of you and fox reporter. Your stance regarding Sarah Palin is so low that you don't even merit the classic "What could you have been thinking?" I pity your fans. Fox report was on planet earth. I don't where you were broadcasting from in that encounter with Fox news. Sarah Palin is a fake, a sad, even tragically misplaced public figure. I would never want her thumb on the A bomb and H bomb button. May she retire to private life. May God help us with her and apologiists numb skulls like you. oreilly@foxnews.com

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