Sarah Palin gave her first speech outside the US, to the CLSA Investors Forum, in Tokyo, on Reqaganomics, China and Human Rights, Tibet, and the economices of the United States and Asia. She apparently also covered Alaskan Moose. The speech was 90 minutes long. Several people left early, there was apparently some kind of non-disclosure agreement because the press could not get most people to issue any kind of opinion, and those who did opine were generally non-committal with some mildly positive, some mildly negative. Opinions gleaned from the CNN story:
“I can’t say I was actually impressed,” said Mel Goode, a business developer from New York who lives in Hong Kong. “She speaks well — a broad spectrum of what her beliefs are, family views.
“She didn’t get (into) anything too harsh … just kept it, five children, my husband’s here, we believe in what Asia’s doing, America has a way to go to get itself back together, Reaganism.”
“She did speak about the political implications of China’s rise on Asia and the region, and China with America,” he said. “I was quite impressed by her knowledge. It seemed like she did her homework now, this time around.”
One of the most interesting features of the speech was the fact that it and the entire visit were kept in secrecy. People involved in the process generally declined interviews, or fi they were interviewed, they claimed ignorance. Apparently this secrecy was a condition of Palin giving the speech. “She has chosen to come here to speak to our clients on the condition that it would be closed to media so she could therefore have a candid conversation with investors as opposed to using this as a PR trip to promote herself globally.”
But seriously, folks….