Making a pit stop during the Obama Administration’s Blonde Ambition tour of Asia, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid a visit to the 2010 Expo site earlier today. Secretary Clinton addressed a squadron of journalists in front of the site for the future United States pavilion, among other things asking for increased contributions from American businesses, as the U.S. had raised two-thirds of the expo participation cost as of September.
“We were grateful for your generosity and steadfast belief in the importance of the expo, in American role here [in Shanghai] and what this U.S. pavilion can do to strengthen the cooperation and partnership between the American people and people of China,” Clinton said.
Clearly the US 2009 Pavilion paraphernalia aren’t selling as well as one might hope, which might explain why news about the funding for the USA pavilion hasn’t changed in the past few weeks. Despite reports that an influx of sponsorship was underway in late September, Secretary Clinton made it clear that businesses that had previously been considering a donation were still doing just that – considering:
“I know there are some audience[s] still contemplating sponsorship and maybe in negotiation with the U.S. pavilion team,” she said. “Now [is] the time to join this effort. We want to assemble the strongest team of partners possible.”
Guess we’ll have to wait until next summer to see whether the USA pavilion is a glamorous spectacle or a pile of well-placed cardboard and glue.