Day 6 (November 18th) of Sarah Palin's "Good Tidings and Great Joy" book tour took her to The Villages in the morning and to Pensacola in the evening. Gov. Palin posted the following to message of thanks to the good people of The Villages and Barnes and Noble on her Facebook page:
Met some awesome Floridians and inspiring members of our Greatest Generation yesterday at The Villages. We’ve been to The Villages a number of times now – including during the 2008 campaign and with the “Going Rogue” book tour – and it’s always great to reconnect with the good folks there. One of my most favorite individuals in the area is my former basketball coach, Coach Yates. Everything I ever needed to know I learned on the basketball court, and Coach Yates has been instrumental. Thank you so much to everyone who came out and to the staff at Barnes & Noble!
Gov. Palin also shared a photo album with 11 pictures from The Villages here.
After The Villages it was on to Pensacola where Gov. Palin was welcomed by Books-A-Million and "hundreds of supporters". PNJ.com published a great photo gallery as well as the following where the manager cited it as the "largest turnout her store had ever seen for a book signing.":
It was a hectic night at Books-A-Million.
Hundreds of people gathered outside the entrance of the Pensacola book store early Monday evening, spilling into the parking lot. Most clutched copies of a white hardback book, many wore matching pins, and all were waiting for their number to be called so they could come inside.
A lone barista from the Joe Mugs Coffee Shop was all that stood between the crowd and the threshold of another lengthy wait, this one snaking from the magazine section, past a life-size standup of Duck Dynasty’s Si Robertson and through aisles of business paperbacks, inspirational gifts and Brain Quest workbooks.
Rhett English, a 24-year-old Chumuckla resident, approached the gatekeeper.
“Can I go in and buy a book?” he asked.
“You can buy ‘the’ book,” replied the barista before letting English in.
The book of course was Sarah Palin’s “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.” The people gathered at the store were waiting for a chance to meet the former vice-presidential candidate and Governor of Alaska, who made a stop in Pensacola for her book-signing tour.
Susan Haas, general manager of Books-A-Million, said it was the largest turnout her store had ever seen for a book signing. More
Gov. Palin says thank you to Pensacola via her Facebook page:
Had a great time meeting Floridians in the Panhandle last night! Thank you, Pensacola, for sharing your Sunshine State Christmas spirit with us! Thank you to everyone who came last night, and a special thank you to the great staff at Books-A-Million. Now on to Texas!
Here's a gallery of 11 great photos from Pensacola as shared by Gov. Palin along with my favorite from the signing.