Crowds wait and wait and wait for Palin
Sarah Palin rides a motorcycle during the 'Rolling Thunder' Memorial Day event Sunday in Washington on the first day of her 'One Nation' bus tour.
May 30th, 2011
06:56 PM ET
3 years ago

Crowds wait and wait and wait for Palin

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (CNN) - A crowd of more than 100 waited and waited throughout a hot and humid Memorial Day at one of the Gettysburg battlefield's major monuments hoping Sarah Palin would show up. As evening broke they were still waiting.

The crowd, made up of both tourists and local citizens, had different reasons for showing up - some wanted to urge her to run for president, others just wanted a glimpse.

Temperatures were well into the 90s throughout the day as they waited.

Some of them said they understood why she could not provide more details of when and where she was stopping because she might run late and because of security concerns.

One woman drove three hours and got to the Pennsylvania monument at 11 a.m. She was still there as of 5 p.m.

"In for a penny, in for a pound," she told CNN.

Gettysburg resident Brigid Goode got to the park at noon.

"I wanted to see if she was running, see if she would make the announcement," she told CNN.

Goode said she had been following Palin's bus trip on her website.

Her friend Pam Spicnall said, "If we were the last standing we'll be here to support her."

Mark Allen sported a hat urging Palin to run for president. "We know she is going to be here on a family vacation," he said, adding he was excited at the prospect of her mounting a presidential campaign.

There were also several television crews and satellite trucks, including one from CNN, waiting for a possible Palin appearance. Some of those waiting said they were there because they saw the media.

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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Howard

    If the Obama worshipers posting here weren't threatened by the prospects of Sara Palin beating their messiah, they wouldn't continually be tripping over themselves to demonize her. Unlike Obama, Palin is a patriot, who truly loves America, and our constitution. Contrary to your baseless rants, Palin is an extremely competent person, having successfully governed a state, while raising a family. Obama's credentials consist of voting present 125 times, and attending an anti-American, racist church for TWENTY YEARS. The American people are sick and tired of Obama's failed policies, which have resulted in a ruined economy, skyrocketing prices for everything, home values dropping, massive inflation, and sending billions of OUR dollars to Islamic countries who hate us. Sarah Palin would make a much better President than the empty suit, know as Barack Obama.

    SAVE AMERICA ... DUMP OBAMA IN 2012 !!!

    May 30, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  2. marty

    Sarah Palin on the back of a motorcycle looks like a replay of Michael Dukakis traveling in a tank complete with helmet.

    May 30, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. roscoe

    Waiting hours for Palin? Who are these people? Has this portion of America become so stupid that they really worship this idiot? I wouldn't waste my time opening the door if she was knocking on it let alone stand around waiting for her to spout ignorance.

    May 30, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  4. JasonP

    Yes. Go Palin! Please run! I am totally up for two years of sketch comedy followed by the reelection of Obama!

    May 30, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  5. jerseylou

    Looking at palin is like watching or listening too paint dry or grass grow.And lunatics just keep throwing tons of cash at her,unbelievable just unbelievable.

    May 30, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. wakeupamerica

    Yet another example of Palin's smoke and mirrors. All talk and no action. Can't understand how anyone would want her representing the U.S. on anything – as a no show to her own event what would she do for our country in crisis? Obama '12

    May 30, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  7. lynn

    Her loyal followers deserve her nomination if they wait in the heat for hours. Would they still vote for the no show, probably. That's the wildest, people still lick her boots no matter how she proves herself a moron over and over again..

    May 30, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  8. Connie

    Her plane must have been late. We all know she wouldn't stoop so low as to ride a bus...............you know..........like she did NOT ride the bus on her book tour, but took private jets. Come on CNN stop wasting the bandwidth on that twit! She's a quitter, nothing more.

    May 30, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  9. labman57

    So what is the real motivation behind Palin's little bus ride along the East Coast?

    She's gotta keep up appearances, lest her foolish fan base come to their collective senses and recognize that Sarah only cares about the popular and financial success of Sarah.
    For Palin, it’s always all about self-promotion in an effort to paint herself as God’s gift to patriotism.

    Of course, even Sarah isn't stupid enough to seriously contemplate an actual run for the presidency, for then she would have to move beyond her banal, snark-filled shout outs and have a substantive, intelligent conversation on the important domestic and foreign policy issues concerning most Americans.

    Not gonna happen ... ever. Palin lacks the intestinal fortitude to leave her FOX News comfort zone and participate in a serious, in-depth interview or discussion. Could you imagine her performance on "Meet the Press"?

    May 30, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  10. EddyL

    A "crowd" of more than 100??? WOWEE

    May 30, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
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