Fans Get Just ‘Four Seconds’ with Hillary at Book Signing

by Andrew Johnson

Hillary Clinton’s new memoir, Hard Choices, hit bookshelves on Tuesday, and those eager to have the former secretary of state sign their copies at the Union Square Barnes & Noble in New York had to follow more than a few guidelines.

Clinton-philes, including those who camped outside the bookstore, were handed a list of rules that had to be followed before approaching her, according to a tweet from Politico’s Maggie Haberman:

The rules included a warning that requests for personalized messages and photographs with Clinton would not be granted. NBC New York reports that attendees were told they would be given just four seconds with her.

Despite the demands from the Clinton camp, the fanfare was not “particularly unusual,” a Barnes & Noble spokeswoman told the New York Times, saying other public figures and authors have attracted similarly sized crowds. In fact, Clinton failed to generate the same level of enthusiasm as teenage pop trio, the Jonas Brothers, who brought “bigger crowds.”