Monday, December 07, 2009

Sarah Palin at Mall of America

Sarah Palin arrived at the Mall of America in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington on a cold, brilliantly sunny (once the sun rose) December 7. According to Tweets from Mall of America spokesperson Erica Dao, Going Rogue readers began lining up outside the East Entrance to MOA by 4:30 a.m., for the distribution of the autograph-entitling wrist bands at 5:00 a.m. By 1:14 p.m., Dao reported about 1400 at the event.

The event enjoyed considerable local media coverage, from television reporters Pat Kessler, Tom Hauser, Eric Eskola, John Croman, to a dapperly-dressed James Lileks and Star Trib gossip columnist C.J., complete with camcorder.

Palin, with son Trig and "her guy," husband Todd, suddenly appeared out of nowhere about twenty minutes before noon, causing the crowd to cheer and those of us in the media to scramble for a spot on the too-small photography platform for a few seconds of precious "b-roll" and still photos.

Gov. Palin seemed energized by each individual person who shook her hand. She signed each book with gusto and a smile. Many passersby not in the autograph line stopped to gawk and take a few cell phone photos.

1 comment:

Maureen said...

Thanks for the article and great video showing Sarah signing books. I saw you at the book signing and am glad I found your site.