Sarah Palin fans by the hundreds flooded Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington Wednesday night to meet the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate who visited the store to sign copies of her new book America By Heart:
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.Thursday, Gov. Palin will make book signing stops in Spirit Lake, Iowa and Carmel, Indiana. The first leg of her book tour -- she's hinted that additional signings may be announced at a later date -- wraps up Friday with signing events in Cincinnati, Ohio and Columbia, South Carolina.
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.
Update: Coverage from WTVQ-TV here.