"It Was A Fan Frenzy" for Sarah Palin in Naples, FL
Day 5 of Sarah Palin's "Good Tidings and Great Joy" book tour took her to Naples, FL. According to this report from NBC2, people seeking to buy copies of her book started getting in line at 10:00 p.m. on Friday evening.
Naples News published their account of Palin's visit as follows:
Was Sarah Palin a hit in Naples?
Several hundred supporters of the GOP firebrand and former vice presidential nominee snaked around a North Naples Barnes & Noble on Saturday, collecting signatures in Palin’s new holiday book. The crowed craned for views of the former Alaska governor, with some getting in line at 6 a.m., four hours before Palin started signing copies of “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.”
“It’s a great crowd. We kept looking outside and saw the line getting longer and longer,” said North Naples resident Ken Goodwich, who got in early after arriving with his grandson at 8:15 a.m. “People would stay here all day to get to see her.”
The Fox News commentator ushered her fans through quickly, offering a handshake, smile and brief question to people in line, flashing the smile and congeniality that launched the Palin phenomenon. Her Naples stop is the seventh on an 11-day, 17-city tour.
Palin’s book “defends the importance of preserving Jesus Christ in Christmas — whether in public displays, school concerts, and pageants, or in our hearts — and delivers a sharp rebuke to today’s society for the homogenization of the holiday season,” according to the publisher.
“It’s ridiculous that America is excluding the term ‘Merry Christmas’ from certain situations,” said Brenda Seiple, of North Naples, who arrived shortly before doors opened. “It’s part of our core. Everything else is OK, but for some reason these days Christianity isn’t.”
While the 256-page stocking stuffer flew out of the store by the hundreds, Palin’s political message remains her calling card. Those in line lauded Palin’s conservative credentials, particularly as some in the Republican Party call for a moderate movement in light of back-to-back presidential election losses.
“I think her emphasis on the American values is very important,” said Sandra Cerutti, of Marco Island. “Our freedoms are being taken away from us. Even our young people, they don’t have to think anymore. They don’t even have to go look for a job. Everything is taken care of for them.”
Palin’s political clout has lessened in recent years, yet her popularity remains. Several supporters came decked out in Alaska T-shirts. One teenage girl dressed as a Lipton Tea bag. North Naples resident Anne Brown, who said Palin still carries significant weight in GOP circles, proudly displayed her shirt reading “Palin Power” for the former governor.
“She does a lot behind the scenes, I think, that we’re not aware of,” Brown said. “She’s definitely a figure.” More
Not related to Palin's stop in Naples but a noteworthy addition to today's entry is a review of "Good Tidings and Great Joy, Protecting the Heart of Christmas" from Don Surber of the Charleston Daily Mail. In it he writes:
UPON learning that their daughter Bristol was pregnant in the spring of 2008, Sarah and Todd Palin got into a heated argument over whether she should marry "that boy," according to a new book.
The author is Sarah Palin.
She expected Bristol to marry the father. Her husband didn't. After a heated discussion, which she described over four pages in her new book, Gov. Palin apologized.
"When I finally realized I needed to take the blame on that day, Todd's face instantly softened toward me," she wrote. "There's something remarkable that happens when one person bridges the ever-widening gap by taking the blame and becoming vulnerable. The relationship suddenly has a chance. Both people can let their defenses down. That one sentence, 'Yeah, I'm to blame,' even makes the relationship stronger."
Washington should try that.
Her candor also contrasts with the air-brushed bios of all the insiders in Washington. She cannot hide. The Associated Press assigned 11 reporters to "fact check" her memoir, "Going Rogue." Palin also has to be the cleanest politician in America because that same AP and other news groups subpoenaed 24,000 emails from her when she was governor and found nothing — other than a keen sense of humor.
"Good Tidings and Great Joy" is her third book and the best of the lot as she relaxed and showed her chops as a writer.
The book centers on the secularization of Christmas. How odd it is that in preaching multicultural diversity, some people want to exclude from society Christianity and its culture, which covers most Americans. More
It should be noted that there is information in the review that is incorrect. On page two the author states "Brody alludes to her running as a reformer against Gov. Frank Murkowski, whom she defeated in the Republican primary in 2010." The primary between Palin and Murkowski occurred in 2006, not 2010.
The next stops on the book tour will take Gov. Palin to The Villages and Pensacola on Monday, November 18th.
Gov. Palin posted this Facebook update on the Naples book signing earlier today (11/17/13).
Great enthusiasm and insistence on a united team effort to protect the heart of America was in Naples! By the way, on this day in history in 1968, NBC cut away from the final minutes of the big New York Jets vs. Oakland Raiders game to begin the TV special, "Heidi," so the movie would start on schedule. Meanwhile, the Raiders came from behind to beat the Jets 43-32! Now, as I mention in “Good Tidings and Great Joy” we didn't have live TV in Alaska back then because of our young state’s unique location and rugged conditions, so that traumatic media distraction didn’t affect our day (we wouldn’t know of it until proceeding radio reports). But lesson learned.
We can apply this story to today’s political and economic climate with all the distractions and interruptions to what’s really going on behind the scenes as our freedoms are diminished day by day with the march towards socialized medicine, our government spying on us, the IRS targeting patriotic Americans, and the bloated federal bureaucracy and our exploding national debt hurtling out of control. But unanticipated outcomes do occur. The underdog does win!
Well that’s America today! We the People aren’t giving up; we “come from behind” and we win over this out of control government and political correctness run amok... all while attempts to distract ensue. Also, ironically on this day in history in 1800 Congress met for first time in the partially completed Capitol building. Look how far we’ve strayed since then from the Constitutional balance of power with Obama's actions today.
So, on this fine football day, consider this day in history. Don’t let your guard down, America; don’t let their distractions take your eye off ball. As big government fumbles and penalizes us with broken policies and false promises, we must focus on the goal line and push for a come from behind victory! With a united team effort in 2014, we’ll win! It starts with great patriots like those we met yesterday in Naples, Florida, at the book signing and SarahPAC event.
A great gallery of 10 photos was also posted to Facebook. Again, it's easy to see how much people just love interacting with Gov. Palin. Here's my favorite one from the Naples book signing.