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Has Sarah Palin fallen for a practical joke?

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?



  1. DEO wrote:

    Palin is a dolt….Remember the SARKOZY fiasco? She never gotthat joke and her FOLLOWERS just played it down as if it weren´t a major thing to get PUNKED! Palin is a moron.

    Sarah Palin-Tonya Harding 2012

    Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 12:29 am | Permalink
  2. Sammy wrote:

    Palin may be a dim bulb, but inviting someone to speak at a conference halfway around the world would be more than a practical joke. It would be an expensive, cruel joke.

    By the way, I wonder of Sarah used her passport to see Russia from her home in Alaska. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

    Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 9:46 am | Permalink
  3. Iron Knee wrote:

    DEO is talking about the prank phone call placed by a Canadian comedy duo, who pretended to be French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

    You can see it here:

    Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 10:11 am | Permalink
  4. Americandust wrote:

    As long as the check clears it’ll be twenty grand more to go into the election campaign for 2012.

    Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 12:39 pm | Permalink