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Palin fans come early, stay late for book signing in Bethlehem Township
The Morning Call ^ | November 12, 2013 | JD Malone

Posted on 11/13/2013 1:43:26 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

It was everything red-blooded Americans love: politics, Christmas and 20 percent off.

There was a hum of anticipation Tuesday evening at the Barnes & Noble at Southmont Center in Bethlehem Township. It was too early for Black Friday. Stephen King's new thriller was already out. Bill O'Reilly's latest effort was old news.

The buzz centered on Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate, and her new book, "Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas."

Bethlehem being the Christmas City, it was a fitting kickoff for Palin's new book.

The Fox News pundit met her fans — at least 600 of them — shook hands and emitted a million-watt smile behind a table strung with ornaments and beside a lighted tree. The men and women, babies and great-grandmothers swooned and giggled.

"She is the embodiment of American exceptionalism," said Ronnie DelBacco of Easton.

DelBacco was first in line to see Palin. He arrived at the store at 5 a.m. to secure his spot. As he approached Palin at 6 p.m., gripping two copies of her new book, he shook hands with her and her husband, Todd Palin. Sarah Palin then complimented DelBacco on the eagle and American flag tattoo on his left forearm.

"I love your ink," Palin said. "Wonderful."

Siera Leighton Scott and her mother, Judy Scott, left their Huntingdon County home at 12:45 a.m. to ensure their spot in line. The bubbly pair were just behind DelBacco. Siera Scott said Palin's Christian values and outspokenness resonate with her.

Palin, something of a sensation every time she's asked her take on politics or Republican presidential hopefuls, didn't draw any visible detractors to the store — and those waiting in line were profuse with their praise. Several people said they like that she speaks her mind....

(Excerpt) Read more at mcall.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: books; christmas; palin; pennsylvania

1 posted on 11/13/2013 1:43:27 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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A nostalgic, pleasant area especially during the Christmas season.

Go Bethlehem!
Go Sarah!


2 posted on 11/13/2013 2:28:50 AM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
For those lucky people who live close.


3 posted on 11/13/2013 2:46:18 AM PST by McGruff (Obama lied. Period!)
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LehighValleyLive in nearby Easton has also been covering this story in their newspaper. They allow comments after their articles, & people are trashing Sarah. (Express-Times) I’ve been wondering if they’re deleting favorable comments. They endorsed Obama.


4 posted on 11/13/2013 4:53:41 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“She is the embodiment of American exceptionalism,” said Ronnie DelBacco of Easton.

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Excellent assessment, Mr. DelBacco!


5 posted on 11/13/2013 5:41:34 AM PST by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We are 20 minutes from Grand Rapids and are heading down there today. Listened to her interview with Mark Levin on his show Friday night. A great chance to see her!


6 posted on 11/13/2013 6:33:53 AM PST by MomwithHope (Let's make Mark Levin's The Liberty Amendments a reality!)
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Great, my brother lives in Bethlehem and most of my family is in the Lehigh Valley... and I read about this after the fact? Sadface.


7 posted on 11/13/2013 8:38:02 AM PST by Rodamala
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