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Fans brave near-freezing temperatures to get Palin’s autograph in Little Rock

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 1, 2010

Governor Palin signed copies of her new book, America by Heart, at Sam’s Club in Little Rock last night.  Enthusiastic fans braved the cold to stand in line for hours to get her autograph.

Britney Johnson at Arkansas Matters reports:

Hundreds of Arkansans waited hours in what felt like below-freezing temperatures for a chance to have popular Republican Sarah Palin autograph copies of her latest book, “America by Heart.”

With her new book out and her new reality show on television, many wonder if this will lead up to another run for the White House.

[…]

The book cover for “America by Heart” says it’s about Sarah Palin’s take on what it’s like to be an American. Today’s long line was full of people who came out because they say they identify with Palin and her emphasis on faith and family.

The chilly temperatures and long line couldn’t keep these Arkansans from Sarah Palin.  They came bundled up, and started  lining up before the sun came up.

Palin fan Richard Caster said,     “Got here at 5 am, left the house in Mountain Home at 2 am.”

Caster drove nearly three hours from Baxter County and was the first person in line at Sam’s Club. But the line was filled with people equally as anxious to shake Palin’s hand and get her John Handcock on her latest book.

Palin supporter Ben Jiles  said, “I came down here to see Sarah Palin cause to me, she is a true American.  She’s connected with so many people not through everyday politics, but through the ideals we all live by.”

After the long wait, once they made it through security, it was the moment they’d been waiting for.

While signing books, Sarah Palin talked with a supporter, saying, “hi there, how are you? What’s your name.”

Each person got a few seconds with the former governor of Alaska. She made small talk as she routinely autographed book after book, signing her name only on a predetermined page.  People waited hours for 10 seconds, but say it was all worth it.

Alice Dyess said, “It was a little cold, but we just kind of visited and had a real good time and everything. She’s just really really nice, she even asked us our name and talked to us, she’s a great lady.”

While many were there for themselves, some got books signed as gifts for their grandchildren.  Only 500 people were guaranteed signed books, but Sarah Palin signed a few dozen more than that and wrapped up around 8 o’clock.

FOX16 TV also wrote (see video on website):

Waiting in the cold for hours was completely worth it for hundreds of Sarah Palin’s fans who turned out for the former Vice Presidential candidate’s book signing at Sam’s Club in Little Rock.

The former Alaskan Governor’s signature meant so much to the nearly 500 people who braved the cold to get a wristband at 10am, and then have Sarah Palin sign a copy of her new book at 5:30pm.

Richard Caster and his friend got up at 2:00 in the morning to drive to Little Rock and be in line by 5am to get a wristband, just so they would be guaranteed a signed copy of Sarah Palin’s new book, “America By Heart.”

Caster says, “We have blankets and chairs and sleeping bags so we were prepared with everything. I’m here to say thank you to her for leading us, giving us courage to fight in our local communities, and leading the way. She’s unafraid and I love it. I love her, and we’re excited to see her!”

For many Palin fans, this isn’t the first time they’ve waited in line to see her. They say they’re willing to wait because they can relate to her. McKinzie Lambert came all the way from Hot Springs. “She just has those hardcore American values that the country needs in a struggling economy.”

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