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Hundreds of East Texans line up early to catch Sarah Palin in Tyler

Palin’s book is called 'Good Tidings and Great Joy.' It’s message is the importance of keeping religion in the Christmas holidays. Palin’s book is called 'Good Tidings and Great Joy.' It’s message is the importance of keeping religion in the Christmas holidays.
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Hundreds of East Texans lined up for hours Wednesday morning for their shot at meeting former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Palin was in Tyler Wednesday, a pit stop that is part of her nationwide tour promoting her new book.

Many people in line drove or even flew in for a chance to meet the former Alaskan governor.

One of those men was Michael Jenkins, who was first in line for the book-signing frenzy. Jenkins arrived just after 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

“This is my third time to see her,” Jenkins said. “The first time we made it over 20 hours before and we were not even close to the front of the line and I just wanted to make sure I got a spot in line.”

That meant braving low overnight temperatures in the 40s.

“I stayed in my car,” Jenkins said. “I had a blanket wrapped up right here, and then the rest of the time I was in my car. It was too cold.”

Marilyn Mcneely hit the road from Jefferson at 3 a.m. Wednesday morning.

“I expected a long line this morning,” Mcneely said. “I almost jumped for joy when I saw I was number six.”

Number six in a line filled with hundreds, all waiting for a few brief seconds with the former governor. But it was all worth it for people like Shirley Greene, who is actually from Idaho.

“I had a trip planned to visit a friend in the Dallas area,” Green said. “So I rented a car and got up early this morning and drove down.”

Greene thinks of Palin as somewhat of a family friend.

“Sarah Palin's grandmother was my teacher at Hope School in Hope, Idaho in 5th and 6th grades,” Greene said. “I love her. I think she's an amazing, amazing woman.”

Palin’s book is called 'Good Tidings and Great Joy.' It’s message is the importance of keeping religion in the Christmas holidays.

1,100 signed books later, Palin hit the road once again.

Palin’s hometown made its own announcement Wednesday. Wasilla, AK put the SUV driven by Palin when she was the town’s mayor up on the auction block. The minimum bid for that vehicle is $10,000 dollars. So far, there is no word on if any bids have been submitted yet.

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