On the Des Moines Register's Iowa Politics Insider blog, Tom Beaumont reports that Gov. Sarah Palin was on a pace to sign more than 1,000 copies of her new book today in a Walmart store in the northwest Iowa resort community of Spirit Lake:
Palin, making her second trip to Iowa in the past week to promote “America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag,” arrived shortly before 11 a.m. at the store. Palin, who overnighted in the area, was delayed briefly when a small crowd of fans showed up in the morning at the hotel where she was staying.In a separate story, Beaumont said this Iowa event also drew fans from nearby South Dakota and Minnesota, "judging by the license plates in the crowded parking lot."
Inside the back room where Palin was signing the books, country music played loudly while Palin feverishly signed stacks of books while making small talk with fans, like Julie Swanson, 32, of nearby Harris.
“I just love what she stands for. I love her values,” said Swanson, a stay-at-home mother of two-year-old son Luke. “I hope she runs for president.”
Two of Palin’s daughters, Piper and Willow, were with her, as they have been throughout the 16-city book tour, which wraps up tomorrow. At one point, Piper asked her mother if she could shop in the store. “Piper, look for a scarf, honey,” Palin said as the girl left the room.
Sioux City television station KITV has a few photos posted here.
Next stop on the book tour is this evening in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel, Indiana.
From the Guv via Twitter:
"Awesome Iowa!Thank u! & just heard America by Heart is #2 NYT bestseller list behind Pres.Bush's good book,so thanks for sharing inspiration"The Iowa Independent also covered the event here.