Palin Fans Get Star Treatment at Book Signing

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Monday, December 07, 2009 at 1:37 am
A crowd braved inclement weather at a Sarah Palin book signing on Dec. 5, 2008 in Farifax, Va. (Photo by: David Weigel)

A crowd braved inclement weather at a Sarah Palin book signing on Dec. 5 in Fairfax, Va. (Photo by: David Weigel)

FAIRFAX, Va. – The people who snagged the first spaces in line for Sarah Palin’s book-signing appearance had arrived at the parking lot of BJ’s, a members-only retail store, on Friday afternoon. They opened up folding chairs and draped themselves with blankets, camping out overnight. At 11 a.m. Saturday, they were shepherded inside by determined BJ’s staffers and given a few precious minutes with the Palin family. And when they were done they walked outside into a scrum of national and local media, cameras and microphones pointed out them, reporters shouting out the same questions: What did she say? What did you say? What does she mean to you? Do you want her to run for president?

[GOP1]“I think Sarah represents the majority values in this country,” said Peggy Fallon, pausing for reporters as her father Ron Wolf — he had been first in line — did interview after interview. “I want her to break up the corruption in Washington. I want her to bring her common sense good judgment, and do what she started in Alaska and take it into Washington.”

More Palin supporters started to exit into a scene that not unlike the one outside the audition room of an American Idol cattle call. Joseph Knowles, a Georgetown University freshman, walked up to the cameras as if conducting a press conference. “I came out of my last class at 11:30, which was an international relations class, and I came straight here,” said Knowles. “I got to meet Sarah, and Todd, their wonderful parents, their wonderful kids. It was a wonderful experience.”

An estimated 2,200 people, according to staff, showed up to get their copies of “Going Rogue” signed by Palin. Store employees offered mini-muffins to those who waited, although the food, like shopping carts full of lemon-flavored Snapple iced tea, sat untouched as the weather grew colder. As they huddled, the fans abided by strict guidelines. They needed to be members of BJ’s. They needed to have copies of the book purchased from the store (at $16.75). They needed wristbands, which gave them access to the event. When inside, they were to get their books signed quickly. They were not to bug the former governor for photos, although Theresa Danner and her daughter Maria — who has Down syndrome — got a group photo after the elder Danner hugged Palin’s son Trig.

At every stop on her national book tour, Palin’s handlers have managed to box out political reporters while granting exclusive access to fans. In Fairfax, the effect was enhanced. Palin eschewed the decked-out “campaign” bus that had spirited her to some earlier events on the tour. She arrived quietly and stayed at a signing table that only some reporters were allowed to see, and only then to take a few photos or B-roll before heading back into the falling snow.

The fans, huddling outside, appreciated the arrangement. Some were veterans of other excruciatingly long book-signings from conservatives who’d called foul on the press. Lonnie Robertson told TWI that she’d attended a legendary March signing event a few miles to the east, where radio host Mark Levin signed copies of his manifesto “Liberty and Tyranny” for five hours. She’d just finished Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged,” which she said had eerie resonances to what was happening in Barack Obama’s America. Having gotten an early start on “Going Rogue,” she was struck by how many people Palin “called out” for their corruption or personnel failures, people like former Gov. Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska) or Palin’s old legislative aide.

“It makes sense,” said Robertson. “Why deal with incompetence? She’s a nice person overall, though — good standards, good morals, fiscal responsibility.”

Some Palin fans declined to give their first names; one approached a woman being interviewed by TWI to pull her aside and inform her that (as she had been told) she was talking to a reporter. Reporters, who had descended on the event with Flip cameras and notebooks, pulled Palin fans aside, largely trying to figure out and report what they liked so much about her. The most excitable fans left with their signed books and milled around with the people still in line, psyching them up.

“Your toes are frozen now, but they won’t be anymore!” said one fan who didn’t give her name. She wore four buttons of Palin’s face; her husband had three, one with Palin’s image next to Ronald Reagan’s. “She’s gorgeous, guys! She’s gorgeous!”

The less attention-craving Palin fans, people who’d brought books to get signed as Christmas presents, had more to say about why, exactly, the former governor of Alaska was so appealing to them. Al Geunot, a consultant who said he couldn’t really talk about politics with his clients, said that he was less interested in Palin’s.

“Getting elected governor of Alaska isn’t that impressive,” said Geunot. “She’s a regular person now. I’d be more interested to read the book she writes in 10 years, after dealing with all of this.”

Geunot was one of several attendees at the signing who connected with Palin not on social issues, but on economic angst. He was happy about Friday’s labor report that showed the unemployment rate dropping to 10 percent: “Any good news is welcome.” But he worried that both parties in power were shoveling money to powerful corporations, which weren’t interested or able in bringing back prosperity.

“Bank of America gets $45 billion and cuts $200 billion in credits,” said Geunot. (Palin supported the September 2009 passage of the bailout but has occasionally criticized it since.) “When we were giving them $45 billion to keep them from going bankrupt, the whole point was to keep the lines of credit flowing!”

Joe Sargent, a conservative activist who’d spent the year attending conferences and Tea Parties, was fired from his job on Friday. Immediately thereafter, he drove to BJ’s to line up for Palin with his daughter. He got to spend a few minutes with the former governor and her family, “probably the only chance I’ll ever have.” The media were missing the point when they suggested that Palin’s fans didn’t understand the issues, he said; they understood that the government couldn’t fix the economy, as did she.

“God always has a plan,” said Sargent. “He took me out of an uncomfortable situation I was in and got me into a better job. And then that company went south, but I’m not worried.”

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Comment posted December 7, 2009 @ 12:59 pm

“God always has a plan,” said Sargent. “He took me out of an uncomfortable situation I was in and got me into a better job. And then that company went south, but I’m not worried.”

Who knew that neoliberalism in general and NAFTA specifically was part of God's plan all along…


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“I came out of my last class at 11:30, which was an international relations class, and I came straight here,” said Knowles. “I got to meet Sarah, and Todd, their wonderful parents, their wonderful kids. It was a wonderful experience.”

It's wonderful to know Georgetown undergrads have such a wonderfully diverse vocabulary these days. Or perhaps this is limited to the Palin fans among them?


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I soooooooo want to throw handfuls of pennies at these people from the window of a Maybach.


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THESE UNSUSPECTING PALIN LOYALISTS & RUSH LIMBAUGH LOYALISTS ARE MANY OF THE STRAIGHT FAMILIES THAT NEED THEIR FAMILY VALUES RESPECTED BY OUR AMERICAN U.S.CONGRESS IN AMERICAN FAMILY COURTS ACROSS THE USA…

MR.DAMON DUVAL OF THE CITY OF SANTA MONICA CALIFORNIA WHO COULD NOT AFFORD PROPER LEGAL REPRESENTATION IN HIS FAMILY COURT LEGAL CASE HAS NOW BEEN SEPERATED FROM HIS TWO BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN(MAYA AND JAZZ DUVAL)FOR 1 YR. BECAUSE HIS ASSIGNED GAY FAMILY COURT COMMISSIONER (DAVID J.COWAN) HAS BIASED AND CRUEL FAMILY VALUES. (Family Court Commissioners & Judges That Never Have Raised Children And Never Desired To Have Children Themselves Are Just As Offensive As Gay Family Court COMMISSIONERS AND JUDGES Deciding Family Values For Straight U.S Families.)

**TROY DAVIS(OF GEORGIA)AND MUMIA ABU~JAMAL OF PENNSYLVANIA ARE ON THE VERGE OF POSSIBLY BEING FALSELY EXECUTED BECAUSE THEY NEVER WERE AFFORDED PROPER LEGAL DEFENSE OR INVESTIGATIVE DEFENSE IN THEIR INITIAL CRIMINAL TRIALS

** JUST 3 SAD AND TRAGIC EXAMPLES OF TENS OF THOUSANDS NATION~WIDE IN WHICH OUR AMERICAN WEALTHY ELITE WHO CONTROL OUR U.S. CONGRESS WITH THEIR CORPORATE AND FOUNDATIONAL TRUST LOBBY $$$~CONTINUE DENYING MILLIONS OF OUR POORER U.S.CITIZENS EVEN REASONABLE OPPORTUNITIES IN THEIR ATTEMPT TO CONTINUE LIVING NORMAL LIVES IN THE WEALTHIEST COUNTRY OF THE WORLD.

HARD TO UNDERSTAND WHY SO MANY AMERICANS ARE IN SUCH NEED IN OUR GREAT COUNTRY AND THESE WEALTHY ELITE AMERICANS KEEP THEIR LOBBYISTS PUSHING THE PEOPLES U.S.CONGRESS TO CONTINUE SENDING BILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS TO THE INTERNATIONAL WORLD. EXAMPLE~(50 billion $$$ over the next 5 years to fight AIDS,when poorer Americans are having our governments financial assistance for their AIDS medications reduced ?)

MANY BELIEVE THAT THESE ARE SIGNS THAT ARE RELATED TO THE CONTINUED FORMATION OF THE SO CALLED FUTURE ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT. IT HAS TO MAKE ONE LAUGH AT THE THOUGHT OF OUR WEALTHY ELITE AMERICANS RUNNING OR EVEN BEING PART OF A ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT WHEN THEY CAN NOT EVEN GET OUR OWN COUNTRY STRAIGHTENED OUT.

** HEY WHO KNOWS, MAYBE OUR WEALTHY ELITE AMERICANS TRULY BELIEVE THEY ARE ON TRACK WITH THE WAY THEY ARE GOVERNING AMERICA AND THAT 45 MILLION MIDDLE~CLASS & WORKING POOR AMERICANS WITHOUT PROPER HEALTH~CARE FOR THEMSELVES, THEIR FAMILIES & (kids) IS A MODERN DAY REALITY THAT ALL OF US LITTLE PEOPLE SHOULD JUST HAVE TO ACCEPT.

** JUST MAYBE ALL OF OUR U.S. WEALTHY ELITE COULD CARE LESS THAT 45,000 LITTLE PEOPLE AND THEIR (kids) HERE IN AMERICA DIE EVERY YEAR WITHOUT PROPER HEALTH~CARE ???

JUST MAYBE OUR BILLIONAIRE WEALTHY ELITE RULERS AND THEIR FAMILIES COULD CARE LESS ABOUT OUR AMERICAN POORER MIDDLE~CLASS AND WORKING POOR AMERICANS AND ARE MORE INTERESTED IN CHANGE FOR THE NEW WORLDS ORDER POOR INSTEAD ???

WHY DO OUR BILLIONAIRE (BEHIND THE SCENE) RULERS OF OURS WANT TO PREVENT OUR U.S. JUSTICE SYSTEM FROM PROVIDING THE PROPER FINANCING IN OUR CIVIL COURTS,FAMILY COURTS, ETC…

SCARY THAT MANY OF THESE ELITE AMERICANS AND THEIR INTERNATIONAL PARTNER PLAYERS ARE EVEN ABLE TO REMAIN HIDDEN FROM PUBLIC EXPOSURE FOR ALL THEIR MISDEEDS BEING INFLICTED ON OUR POORER AMERICANS.

LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS REFERS TO THESE MISDEEDS AS CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY ISSUES BECAUSE THEY ARE SO HORRIFIC AND AFFECTING SO MANY MILLIONS OF OUR POORER AMERICANS.

IT'S LIKE TAKING CAKE FROM A BABY WHAT OUR WEALTHY ELITE ARE DOING TO ALL THE LITTLE PEOPLE IN AMERICA.THESE GREEDY SELFISH SATANIC MINDS CONTROL THE PURSE OF THE PEOPLES U.S. CONGRESS AND PLAY HARDBALL WITH EVERYONE BUT THEIR OWN CABAL OF BUDDIES…

*** THE BEST WE CAN ALL HOPE FOR IS THAT OUR AMERICAN HONEST AND CARING WEALTHY ELITE BILLIONAIRES WHO ARE NOT PART OF THIS DEMONIC CABAL OF EVIL BEGIN TO PUT THEIR EXTRA EFFORT AND RESOURCES INTO MAKING POOR AMERICA (Not The International World) MORE OF A SAFER & FAIRER PLACE FOR ALL US LITTLE PEOPLE TO RESIDE IN.

LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS IS A WWW LOBBY THAT SINGS OUT FOR MIDDLE~CLASS AND WORKING POOR AMERICANS THAT CAN BE FOUND WITH ANY WEB SEARCH ENGINE.

~ WE BRING THE GOOD LIFE TO THE WWW~ (424-247-2013)

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1)MANNY GONZALES THE KID THAT EVERYONE FORGOT IN THE CA PRISON SYSTEM

2) TROY DAVIS, PLEASE REMEMBER THAT AMERICA IS NOT THE OLD SOUTH ~ AFRICA.

3) PRESIDENT OBAMA YOU TUBES 4 U.S. KIDS .

4) LAWYER AMY NEIMAN OF SANTA MONICA CA IS THE MOST DANGEROUS CHILDRENS COUNSEL IN AMERICA.

5) MODEL BEVERLY JOHNSON COMMITS HARI ~CARI PERJURY.

6) ACTOR CHRIS NOTH AND MARK BURK SLANDERED BY MODEL BEVERLY JOHNSON.

7) POORER INNOCENT AMERICANS HAVE NO CHANCE IN U.S.COURTS WITHOUT LAWYERS.

8)BIGDADDYJAZZANDMAYA.COM~SLICE OF POORER AMERICAS ABUSE IN FAMILY COURTS ACROSS OUR NATION.

9) MR. PRESIDENT ~ TEAR DOWN THAT WALL OF U.S.CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY INFLICTED ON POORER AMERICANS HEALTH.

10) TROY DAVIS AND MUMIA ABU ~ JAMAL 2 GREAT EXAMPLES OF CHANGE IN AMERICA.

11) INTERNATIONAL PROTEST WITH GOOGLE NEWS STORY NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT TO SAVE 2 AMERICANS.

12) PRESIDENT OBAMA DID NOT CREATE THIS JUDICIAL MESS, BUT LETS ALL PRAY FOR HIS SUCCESS.

13) MODEL BEVERLY JOHNSON HAS A SECRET HISTORY OF ASSAULT.

14) THE POPE AND PRESIDENT OBAMA BOTH RESPECT INNOCENT LIFE.

15) U.S.CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS HAD TO BEG OUR U.S.CONGRESS !!!


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Comment posted December 9, 2009 @ 11:58 pm

They have a Gay Family Court?

Really?


saltcity
Comment posted December 10, 2009 @ 8:41 am

yeah and God created the WTO and GATT on the 8th day….it's what all powerful beings do: export jobs (sounds like leviticus maybe….)


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Comment posted December 17, 2009 @ 5:29 pm

Yep… Who knew that neoliberalism in general and NAFTA specifically was part of God's plan all along…


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