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Fan at Lexington Book Signing: “I came to meet the 45th president”

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 2, 2010

Governor Palin signed copies of her new book America by Heart at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington, Kentucky last night.   Hundreds of fans showed up for the event.  For one of them, this was about the 10th book signing of Governor Palin’s that he had attended.

Laura Butler at the Lexington Herald-Leader reports:

Hundreds of people flooded Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington on Wednesday night to meet Sarah Palin, who visited the store to sign copies of her book America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag.

The book, Palin’s thoughts about the future of the United States and words from those she finds most inspiring, was released Nov. 23, about a year after her best-selling memoir, Going Rogue.

To get one of the 500 vouchers available for places in line, customers had to buy a copy of the book from Joseph-Beth. Each person could bring two copies of the book for Palin to sign, Joseph-Beth employees said.

The vouchers, labeled with letters A through W, were gone long before the event.


Kaye Hughes of Lexington brought her daughter Kacie, a fourth-grader. The two secured their two books, which they will give to Kaye’s mother and sister for Christmas, on Nov. 16, the first day they were made available. Even though the meet-and-greet was short, the Hugheses said meeting Palin and her daughter Piper made for an exciting evening.

“They were really trying to keep the line moving, but she shook both our hands and asked Kacie about school and just held onto her hand while she talked,” Kaye said. “It was cool to meet Piper, too. They’re both just very nice.”

Tammy Pickett and Jennifer Cross’s smiles and neon green sweatshirts shone across the store as they waited for their turn. Pickett embroidered both shirts, which read, “I came to meet the 45th president.” She said she made similar sweatshirts when she met President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on their campaign trails.

Pickett said Palin liked the shirts so much she made an exception to her normal rule of signing only books; Palin signed both sweatshirts and had the women pose with her for a photo.

Gary Chiero, 59, from Columbus, Ohio, also dressed for the occasion — in a red track suit; red, white and blue T-shirt; backpack and baseball cap, all embroidered with the phrase “Palin Man.” He said he’s worn the outfit to about 10 of her book signings.

Tim Moss of Nicholasville planned to give one of his signed books as a gift, but he said the experience was a present to himself as he spent his birthday evening waiting with fellow ticket-holders.

“I teased my wife and told her when I got the tickets that I was going to spend my birthday with another woman, but she was OK with it when she found out who it was,” Moss said. “It’s definitely going near the top of the list of memorable birthdays.”

Jacqueline Sprague at WTVQ Channel 36 writes (view video on website):

Hundreds of people, of all ages, packed Joseph-Beth Booksellers at Lexington Green Wednesday night to see Sarah Palin who was signing copies of her latest book America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag.”She’s a big role model of mine and I just love all the things she supports. My husband’s in the Marine Corp and I’m just a very strong Republican and I’m glad to be here to see her,” says Kayla Lee of Richmond.

“We like Sarah a lot. We’ve been to Alaska four times and we like Alaska,” explains Mary Kay & Frank Weymouth of Nicholasville.

“I’m a fan of Sarah’s. I saw her over at Women of Joy in Louisville and was really inspired,” comments Dian Watz of Winchester.

600 tickets were handed out to the event and some people drove hours and even came from different states to meet Palin.

“It took us probably 2 and a half hours to get here. We’re very excited. We’re very big Sarah Palin Fans.We just really like her. We think that she’s down to earth, she’s a mother and she’s very intelligent no matter what others may say,” comments Jennifer Cross of Jamestown, KY.

“I’ve been following her book signing tour. I followed the first one, Going Rogue in American and I did like 7 stops there and have got to know her and her organization and I believe in what they’re doing,” says Greg Chiero of Columbus, OH.

And Palin’s supporters hope she decides to run for President in 2012.

“We’re for it. We’ll give her our vote, just like we did when she was the VP candidate,” explains the Weymouths.

“I wasn’t able to vote when she was running in the election with John McCain. I’m looking forward to hopefully voting for her in 2012,” says Lee.


One Response to “Fan at Lexington Book Signing: “I came to meet the 45th president””

  1. Jennifer said

    My mom and I saw Gov. Palin the day after Thanksgiving at Mardels in Tulsa. We traveled to Tulsa late Thanksgiving night and got there just a little after midnight. It was so cold but we are so glad that we had the opportunity to meet Gov. Palin. She signed a book for my grandma who registered to vote just to vote for her in 2008. She has recently been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. I know she would have just loved to be there but with her health she just couldn’t. She loves the book so much. I couldn’t believe how focused Gov. Palin was on connecting with each person through the line; I was so shocked to meet her in person I was speechless! It was a wonderful experience. If you get the chance to attend a signing; do it.

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