Sarah Palin has accepted an invitation to be the keynote speaker at a high profile Asian investment conference later this month.
CLSA, the brokerage research firm that invited Palin, is well known for playing elaborate jokes. One year, they polled Asian fortune tellers to help determine financial index targets. Another time, they invited anime cartoonists to draw Japanese financial research.
On the other hand, they are a legitimate research firm, and Palin may relish to opportunity to burnish her foreign policy and finance credentials.
Note that this will be her first-ever commercial speaking engagement. Her speaking fees were not disclosed. This will also be her first trip to Asia. She received her first passport in 2007 in order to visit Alaska National Guard members serving in Kuwait and Germany.
Other speakers at this conference have included Alan Greenspan, Bill Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu (winner of the Nobel Peace Prize), and rocker turned anti-poverty activist Bob Geldof.
So what do you think? Is CLSA playing a joke on Palin? And if so, does Palin realize it? Or is she laughing all the way to the bank with her speaker’s fees?