Palin stops in Alaska to sign books

Plans in the works for a public book signing

Posted: Tuesday, December 15, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Sarah Palin returned to Alaska to begin wrapping up her national "Going Rogue" book tour, signing copies of her memoir Sunday for adoring fans in her home state.

Rob Stapleton / The Associated Press
Rob Stapleton / The Associated Press

The former Alaska governor, who gained instant fame with her run last year as the Republican vice presidential candidate, signed copies of her best-selling book, "Going Rogue," in the afternoon at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage. She signed books at Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks in the evening.

The signings were closed to the public, but Palin said on an Anchorage radio show Friday that plans were in the works for a public book signing.

The Sunday events are the first book signings in Alaska for Palin, who resigned as governor in July, about 17 months before the end of her first term. As with other stops in her tour, Palin made no public remarks and did not speak to reporters.

Her book has sold more than 1 million copies. Her tour kicked off around the time of its November release, hitting some of the political battleground states from the 2008 election and drawing thousands of fans.

A little more than 2,000 people, many of them clutching copies of the book, waited in line at Elmendorf's shopping complex to get Palin's autograph and shake her hand. Some people had other things for Palin to sign, including one woman who brought a cutout photo of her husband in uniform.

Daniel Rutan, a retired master sergeant with the Alaska Air National Guard, wanted his photograph taken with Palin. And he wanted to give her a Christmas card and show her five photographs, including some of him in Afghanistan and one taken in September 2008 that shows Rutan in front of a sign saying "Palin 4 Pres."

Rutan said Palin asked him if he wanted her to sign the photos.

"I said, 'I would love for you to sign them,"' Rutan said. His voice broke and tears came to his eyes as he spoke of Palin, describing her as "an outstanding person."

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