December 5th, 2009
04:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Virginia welcomes Sarah Palin

Fairfax, Virginia (CNN)– "It feels like home!" That's what Sarah Palin remarked about the snow falling in Fairfax, Virginia - the latest stop on her book signing tour. Several hundred people waited patiently in line Saturday for a chance to meet the former Republican vice presidential candidate.

"It was absolutely worth it," said Billie Jo Melting of Hampton Roads, Virginia. "With Sarah Palin, it's all about family. She talks to the normal person," she said.

Palin's book "Going Rogue" is a best seller and supporters of the former Alaska governor said they did not want to miss the chance to meet her. "She's like Reagan in heels." That's how Chris Bradford of Manassas, Virginia views Palin. "We need somebody like her to get conservatism going again," he said.

Palin was accompanied by her husband Todd and her infant son Trig as she walked into BJ's Wholesale Club in Fairfax. Once inside, Palin signed copies of her book and posed for pictures with fans.

"She's got everything, said Ron Wolfe of Sterling, Virginia."She's just fantastic."

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  1. Jobs?

    Gov. Sarah Palin would have been a great president. It’s to bad uniformed Americans bought into the myth that sarah palin was unqualified, and did not bother to research her record PALIN 2012

    December 5, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. jim

    @ LIBERALS FAIL curiously, NONE of the virtues you list are apparent in sarah palin.

    December 5, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. Tom

    As someone that lives in Fairfax VA I will tell you that to the VAST majority of the population this was a big yawn. Yes she drew crowds but what they don't tell you is how many came from outside northern Va and what a incredibly small % of the population here think she is even worth a 2 second thought.

    To most of us here Palin's tour was "Circus Comes to Town." someone told me, "The meeting of the idiots and their leader."

    December 5, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    "All about family?" Is that why she went back to work within one week of giving birth to Trig, and hopped on the VP nomination faster than you can say "Quitter?"

    Palin's family is just another prop in her egocentric ride ... And just how "middle America" is someone who quits, lies, mooches her way to the top?

    She's a joke – and the only people she fools are those who are as shallow and calculating as she is!

    Palin = Quitter, Liar, Mooch

    December 5, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. Bassman

    I have the took day off Monday and hoping to get 2 books signed in Minneapolis. She is, was, and will always be the people's candidate.

    December 5, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    Palin/Backmann 2012 PLEASE!!! I'm begging of you and make Joe the Plumber the Sec of State!!

    December 5, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. Tom

    Lastly... to "Sarah's Awesome"..

    So you love Todd Palin too? How wonderful that you'd love a man that was a vocal member of a group that supports Alaska seceding from the nation. (Alaska First)

    Yes... the patriotism of the Palin's.

    How's your bank account now Sarah Take-the-Money-and Run-Palin?

    December 5, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    Where's the courage in quitting her job as governor halfway through her term?

    Where's the integrity in charging the State of Alaska for her family's travel expenses?

    Where's the honesty in claiming that you said No to the Bridge to Nowhere, when you originally said Yes?

    Where's the inner strength when you blame everyone else for your own failings?

    Where's the knowledge about energy when you think spending 10 year's time, money and effort for 6 months of oil is a smart decision?

    Where's the poise when you obviously enjoy making mean-spirited, completely false, misleading and divisive comments, all for the sake of a little publicity?

    I'll admit Palin does have charm; she appeals to loser victims everywhere who run from a challenge, rationalize and blame everyone for their mistakes instead of taking personal responsibility, and use their supposed "faith" as an excuse for all their bad behavior.

    December 5, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. Bill

    Maggody, looks like you were trying to pick a fight. Now you complain because they didn't like you. Go figure.

    December 5, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. slp


    I am truly sorry that happened to you. I agree that it was rude and obnoxious for those people to shout at you and say those ugly things. However, conservatives have been enduring this for a long time. Because we don't support this president's agenda, we have been called racists, natzis, unpatriotic, haters of poor people, etc. That is wrong also. Why haven't you spoke out against that? Wrong is wrong and should be condemned no matter who is committing the offense.

    December 5, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. CNN Ticker for Sarah


    THREE Ticker articles on Sarah Palin? CNN... did FOX buy you out?

    It is very LOW BROWE for you to carry a SINGLE word of these idiots' defense of of the crazies looking into Obama's birth.

    Not a WORD about the newly launched offensive in Afghanistan. Instead... Sarah...Sarah...Sarah.

    Time for me to find a new web site for news. real news.

    Shame on your CNN.


    December 5, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. Bill from CA

    She's still on this book tour? I thought she would have quit by now.

    December 5, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. ina

    Beauty at pagents for beauty. Brains m'dear Sarah..are a ..whole'nuther thing' have someone ..'splain it to ya!

    December 5, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    "Sarah is awesome because she worked her way to the top with the little money she had , and not through some rich big wig family."

    You mean like GW Bush?

    BTW, she made it to the top in Alaska because she's an attractive woman (on the outside) in a state where lonely men outnumber women by about 8 to 1.

    December 5, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. Oh Please

    There are numerous reasons to admire Sarah Palin:
    courage to try and be vice president and barely be a governor
    strength answer questions from katie couric she doesn't understand
    her honesty – "i can see russia from my house LMAO
    integrity – im just a hockey mom from wasilla that kills moose from a plane ,
    her poise- "i don't know what that is"
    her charm – dontcha see my pretty face and DD's
    , her knowledge about energy- i.e. she takes money from oil companies
    her leadership ability – she has lead.....well she was governor..for a bit

    December 5, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. once upon a horse

    yes Sarah Palin is awesome a middle America family we can all respect and look up to, yet I guess if you
    work your way out of a middle class family and a single parent family to go to an Ivy League school

    write several books on your own, not have anyone write them for you

    have two children in a double parent family and stress education for both of them

    preach education and equal opportunity for all Americans

    succede in spite of the obstacles of sterotypes put in front of you
    that makes you un-American?

    well from what I can see and hear from some on the right about our president I guess it does!

    December 5, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. Eddie

    She's got everything alright... in particular, STUPIDITY.

    December 5, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. Former Republican now proud Dem! Obama 2 Termer!

    A quitter should never be allowed to run the United States! She may be a half decent person but her work ethic sucks!

    December 5, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. Ken

    If Sarah is "middle America", I feel sorry for the country and its future.

    December 5, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. me

    Hey Maggooty
    You LIE so bad it's not even funny.

    December 5, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  21. jerseylou

    I guess i won't be spending my money in Fairfax ,Virginia anymore.Because the people in that city must be infected by now.With all the hate and insanity coming out of her mouth it must have some type of adverse on them.I know it does on me ,she's like a laxative when i see or here her.I have to run and sit on the toilet.By golly she is good for something.

    December 5, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. S M R

    Sorry folks but Trickle down economics got us where we are today. It hasn't worked and will NEVER work!!!

    December 5, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  23. me - the real one

    Palin looks you in the eye, asks your name, answers all questions, is interested in each and every person that shows up, and thanks everyone for coming and sacrificing their time to meet her. Bo could learn a thing or two from her......face it, she connects with people like no other.

    December 5, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. me - the real one

    Maggotty – YOU LIE

    December 5, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  25. me - the real one

    All of the liberal hate just makes her stronger. This is getting very fun 🙂

    December 5, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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