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Thousands cheer Palin during Bragg book-signing

Posted November 23, 2009
Updated October 12, 2011

— Thousands of people braved a cold, drizzly Monday for a chance to meet former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who was signing copies of her memoir at a Fort Bragg store.

Some people camped out overnight, and the line snaked around the North Post-Exchange by the time Palin arrived at 11:15 a.m. The crowd chanted Palin's name when her "Going Rogue" tour bus pulled up outside the PX.

Sarah Palin at Fort Bragg Palin visit brings throngs to Fort Bragg

"We love Sarah because she's a woman and she's smart," Sandra Harvath said.

"She loves this country. I voted for her last time, and I'd vote for her (next) time if she ran again," Barbara Lewis said.

"She's a real down-to-earth woman – she's a classy woman when she needs to be – and she hunts moose," Henrietta Forsyth said.

Tony McGhee of Wilmington said he had waited outside the PX since about 10 p.m. Sunday.

"Look at it this way: You only have a limited amount of time to get the book signed. If you're in the front of the line, you're guaranteed to get the book signed," McGhee said.

Palin wasn't allowed to make a speech, pose for photos or personalize notes in the books she signed because the Army didn't want her appearance to prompt political grandstanding against President Barack Obama.

That fear initially led post commanders to limit news organizations interested in covering Palin, though the restrictions were later dropped. News coverage of her Fort Bragg stop included celebrity television shows "Entertainment Tonight" and "Insider."

Sixty-three-year-old Rosemary Haney of Fayetteville said she arrived nearly 24 hours before Palin's visit. Haney said she wanted to make sure she could meet Palin, adding that she hopes the former Alaska governor will run for president in 2012.

Palin's father, Chuck Heath, accompanied her to the event, and reporters asked him whether his daughter would be campaigning in 2012.

"I honestly don't know. All I can say is you haven't seen the last of her," Heath said. “When I’m with Sarah, believe it or not, we don’t talk politics. We talk family, we talk sports, we talk hunting, we talk fishing.”

Heath called "Going Rogue" very upfront and candid.

"She tells it the way it is. I haven't found any falsehoods or fallacies in there yet. She's a very honest person," he said.

Fort Bragg spokesman Tom McCollum estimated that 4,000 people showed up for the event, although many left without getting their books signed during Palin's three-hour visit.

Malan Heidenreich got more than an autographed book. She stood for four hours to get the cast on her leg signed.

"Actually, I asked, and she said, 'Absolutely.' So I stuck it up there," Heidenreich said.


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  • 6079 SMITH W Nov 24, 2009

    Search YOUTUBE for "Palin book rallies"...You'll know when you go, it is not even POSSIBLE to explain the "Paliniacs" responses as to why they love her so...."She supports freedom" or these gems: "She solved some border issues with Russia" or "When you are right, you don't have to compromise" or better still "She makes me proud to be a woman" (all this in Ohio, BTW) You just can't make this stuff up!! I challenge anyone to watch this stuff and explain how "The liberal,state owned media(insert your own nutty catchphrase here) has anything to do with these genius responses! The truth hurts, but don't blame the other side for is self-inflicted!!

  • freedomdiddy Nov 24, 2009

    Palin is a big hit with the crowd who thinks the moon landing was fake and wrestling is real. She is selling snake oil and the mindless masses are helping her laugh all the way to the bank.

  • George Costanza Nov 24, 2009

    Pappy they dont pay good money to read lies. they just isten to them for free. Obama Lies: 1 In 2008 he stated he would ot use private funding for his campaign 2: Any bill will be available for viewing on the internet for 5 days before it goes to congress. Lie.the omnibus spending bill (ie bailout bill was never on the internet). Lie #3 "there will be no lobbyists in my cabinet" there are at least 6. Lie Number 4 " I will bring the troops home" Hasn't happened and unlikely it will happen n the 1 year he promised. Yep them libs sure dont like reading lies..... just telling them.

  • pappy1 Nov 24, 2009

    None of what any of you say or think makes a difference to anyone inside the Beltway.

    Hate Palin or love her. Hate the President or love him. None of it will make any difference to those in power.

    Thanks to the greed and avarice of career politicians - and the court jesters they are all surrounded by - I am afraid this country is doomed.

    Once the masses realize, that without any real work or effort on their part, they can be supported by the hard work of the relative few who actually produce ... a society is bound to fall into decay.

    This country passed that point long ago.

    Welcome to the 3rd world.

  • pappy1 Nov 24, 2009

    IKEBOY Said - "It is because we liberals do not pay good money to read lies and fabrications."

    HAHAHAHAHAH...hopefully, he was being sarcastic.

  • mystica131 Nov 24, 2009

    I think she's a selfish, single-minded twit. She complains about how the media "attacked" her family, but let's face it - if she had any intelligence to begin with she would have known how candidate families are treated in the media. And yet, with a pregnant teenager at home, she agreed to run. If she had cared about her family, she would have stayed home and done her job as Governor of Alaska. But no, she quit that too, didn't she?

  • mwilliams2 Nov 23, 2009

    "Dems are scared of Palin, if not, why all the fuss. Keep it up guys, I really get a kick out of these comments."

    Actually, I'm a bit scared of ALL people who don't believe in science and think the earth is 6000 years old. It's not just limited to Palin. That's pretty crazy, and there's no telling when people like that are going to snap. Plus they're all hoping they can help bring about the second coming. Now what could be wrong with electing someone who hopes the end of the world is near and would like to help bring it about?

  • 3forme Nov 23, 2009

    enjoy your time won't last long far as lies in the book did we fact check pres obamas book for errors..hmmm

  • ikeyboy Nov 23, 2009

    roadbrnr: you are listening to the far right and not reading about our economy. Everyone has said for some time that high unemployment was expected to last for some time. You are looking for immediate results, which is pretty stupid.

  • 3forme Nov 23, 2009

    you reap what you sow and the result is not going to be pretty..dems and reps can argue all day about policy but they both have had plenty of opportunity to fix this over the years and are still more focused on pork and getting re-elected. i'm with 6079 about providing for myself and my family by living off the land..