Saturday, September 26, 2009

Where's Palin? Big bucks for speech in Hong Kong


“You gotta have it up here, you betcha! You try making over $100,000 per hour by just talking smart like me. Now, I’m on my way to Fifth Avenue to buy my own fancy clothes!”

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin emerged from a two-month absence from public view with a private talk, heavy on foreign policy, to a group of investors in Hong Kong with no media allowed.

Her 90-minute speech Wednesday at an investment conference touched on issues from financial markets to health care, Afghanistan and U.S-China relations.

"The assertion that the United States is ignoring areas of disagreement with China is flat wrong," said Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The administration regularly discusses a range of issues with Chinese officials, Berman said.

Palin was paid an undisclosed amount, said to be in the low six figures, for the 90-minute speech.

She has said one of the reasons she resigned was to pay legal bills that have topped $500,000.

"This speech had very little to do with advancing her political career and more to do with advancing her financial career," said former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer.

Palin operates from behind a veil. Her spokeswoman won't even say what state she's in.

The Washington Post reported that Palin spent a month in California working on her book but has since left.

Spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton declined to comment.


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