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
10 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. Christopher

    I will tell you where she is. She is at the stupid store getting a refill.

    May 30, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  2. Kenny

    Sarah Palin doesn't even know where she is. The "DingBat" is lost and can't find herself and she leaves her supporters burning up in the hot days sun. YES Sarah, run Sarah run.

    May 30, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  3. MJ1

    How far over the edge do you have to be to think this woman is at all qualified to be President of the United States? The most important, most powerful single individual in the world? Sara Palin? Really? This is not a Disney movie! This is real life!
    It is truly amazing how many stupid, ignorant, brain dead people live in this country.....

    I know, lets vote for the hot, retarded Megalomaniac reality TV star! "Intellectuals? We don't need no stinking intellectuals!

    May 30, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    Silly Rabbits....Sarah has these folks wrapped around her finger.

    May 30, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  5. Joey2009girl

    Who really cares where she is?

    May 30, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  6. Tired of the nonsense

    Just 100? Ooooookay.

    Some just wanted to get a glimpse? Same thing happens at traffic accidents.

    May 30, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  7. mary

    Make all the excuses you want for HER behavior. You Palin followers better get used to the disappointments. You might have a few "ups" but you are going to have a lot of "downs".Just remember in the end –don't drink the kool aid. I cant for the life of me figure out why all of you can't figure out this womans' deceit. Please do your homework on this wanna be President and get yourselves off her merry-go round while you can and still have some money left–Sarah is NOT!!!!! who you think she is- I'm a Christian woman in my 60's and I have used my good mind to do the research.You can too! Also– Pleeeease look up Narcissistic personalities!

    May 30, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  8. GL

    She is Donald Trump and a dress. and you just got played by her.

    May 30, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  9. mercfan

    It's a DISGRACE that Palin turned a day for morning our courageous heroes into a circus. I can't believe all these fools waited all day for her to show up. She is not running. She only wants to be able to influence the GOP selection. If she were seriously going to run, she would have remained as Governor until her term was up. Instead she cashed in and is not going to give that up for a 200K a year gig now.

    May 30, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  10. Peter

    I can't imagine why these people are such fans of this lightweight quitter who does not hold a major degree, who admitted that she does not read, and had no idea what The Bush Doctrine was. American celebrity culture at its worst.

    May 30, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  11. jk

    That's nice – don't be on time for your own event. And remind me why people are interested in seeing her? Sideshow attraction???"

    May 30, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  12. Robrob

    Run Sarah, run! LOL, she's Obama's best bet yet!

    May 30, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  13. Indy

    100 people, Wow I did not think she could get that many people to see her.Pretty good for an ex mayor of a small town in Alaska, too bad her million dollar a day security team tied her up from the massive crowd of 100.

    May 30, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  14. mercfan

    I admire what the Rolling Thunder group has done to bring home the MIAs, but I'm really surprised that they would let Palin ride in with them. She has done nothing for our Vets. This is pure self-promotion for her financial interests, the movie, the books, and the lecture circuit. Total BS.

    May 30, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  15. keith oberdick

    Why would anyone cook their brains and stand in this intense heat all day to wait on dizzy miss lizzy??? There is no way on God's green earth this woman could get elected President of anything.

    May 30, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  16. Pdawg

    Did she quit already?

    May 30, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    Wow! All of 100 people waiting for the queen of ho. That's quite a contrast to the thousands who used to be able to sit through hours of screeding from this witch. It's amazing that there are so many stupid people in this country that actually want this airhead to have the most powerful and important job in the world with her education, or lack of education. It's pathetic that this country is so stupid at times!
    I am glad folks have so much time to waste on a nobody who has done nothing in the past (ask the folks of AK) and will do nothing in the future.
    Another family vacation? I know that rethugs don't want to educate the masses because that would mean smart people would see them for what they are, but aren't this woman's kids ever in school? No wonder an unwed pregnant high school dropout who will live with two men for reality TV is the norm for thisfamily of trash. Great presidential family! 🙁

    May 30, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  18. mia anderson

    Gawd CNN, go find a story. Are you trying to get momentum going for Palin or what gives? no ONE cares! you are making a joke of yourselves.

    May 30, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  19. me

    It's said there are three sections of Pennsylvania - Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Alabama elsewhere.

    May 30, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  20. chuck

    WOW a crowd of over 100-what a mob, pathetic.

    May 30, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  21. Apeman

    Tourists who would have been there anyway, 60, local residents 30 , news people probably 5, and including the couple of dummies that drove there, a crowd of 5, lol too much

    May 30, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  22. mary

    Sarah Palin is already on the record saying she supports Paul Ryans budget and the gutting of Medicare... You followers can't be serious in trusting Medicare and Medicaid (a program we seniors have to turn to when our money runs out) to this woman! USE YOUR BRAINS!

    May 30, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  23. james

    I'm all for Palin as our 51st state, out in space somewhere.

    May 30, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    She looks like a dweeb in that helmet ... then again, she IS a dweeb, so I guess it makes sense ...

    May 30, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    "A crowd of more than 100" wow, such numbers! She's got her opponents shaking in their Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    May 30, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
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