Palin Greets Hundreds, But Not Everyone Leaves Happy

Crowd Flocks To Noblesville Bookstore For Book Signing

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was met by a cheering crowd of more than 1,000 people when she arrived in Noblesville Thursday night, but not everyone left happy.

Palin stepped off her tour bus, holding her youngest son, Trig, just after 5:30 p.m. at the Borders store at Hamilton Town Center, 6News' Rick Hightower reported.


Palin waved to members of the crowd, who were shouting her name, before taking to a stage to welcome her Hoosier supporters.

"We had a great time a year ago in Indiana but I think I'm having even more fun now, though," Palin said. "You guys, thank you very much from the bottom of my heart for being out here and for just being great residents of this wonderful state, and, even more importantly, great Americans who care about our country and care about those people who want to fight for what is right."

The store handed out 1,000 wristbands for Thursday night's book signing, which wrapped up just before 9 p.m. Those who got to meet a woman they consider an idol walked away happy.

"I said, 'Sarah, thanks for hearing our voices,'" said Nancy Rourke of Greenwood.

"She's just selling what she is: good policy, good values for our country," said Margie Kimes.

Before getting back on her bus just after 9 p.m., Palin thanked the crowd one more time.

"Noblesville, this was so great. You guys are hardcore patriots. Thank you so much for being here," she said.

But not everyone went away happy. Several dozen people who had wristbands were turned away.

"They didn't have this organized well enough," said Sue Hendricks. "It was just not done right."

"I'm very disappointed. I think it was very rude. She could have at least apologized, and she didn't even do that," said Teresa Hedrick.

Many of the unhappy people stood in the rain all day, bought the book from Borders and clutched their wristbands for their opportunity to meet Palin.

"We bought two books from Borders to have our receipt and our wristband to get it signed tonight," said one woman. "My books are going back to Borders tomorrow."

"We gave up our entire workday, stayed in the cold. My kids were crying," said one man. "They went home with my wife. She was out here in the freezing cold all day. I feel like I don't want to support Sarah."

For those who did get to meet Palin, no personal signatures or pictures were allowed. Those who didn't get their books signed went home only with a piece of paper with Palin's signature.

Palin's book, "Going Rogue," went on sale Tuesday, but it has topped best-seller lists for weeks.

Palin also signed books in Fort Wayne earlier in the day.