-- Anchorage Daily News gallery of 34 photos available HERE.
-- Conservative Girl With A Voice provides some photos HERE.
The events were closed to the general public by the commanders of both military installations, and NOT at the behest of Sarah Palin. Only those authorized access to the installations could attend. KTUU news video embedded below:
Some reaction from the Elmendorf event. Daniel Rutan, a retired master sergeant with the Alaska Air National Guard, wanted his photograph taken with Palin. And he wanted to give her a Christmas card and show her five photographs, including some of him in Afghanistan and one taken in September 2008 - soon after Palin was named John McCain's running mate - that shows Rutan in front of a sign saying "Palin 4 Pres." Rutan said Palin asked him if he wanted her to sign the photos. "I said, 'I would love for you to sign them,'" Rutan said. His voice broke and tears came to his eyes as he spoke of his admiration for Palin, describing her as an outstanding person.
Air Force Capt. Brian Clark, his wife and two young daughters were among the scores of people waiting in line outside the building where temperatures hovered around 20 degrees. Clark, who is based at Elmendorf, said he would like to see Palin run for president in 2012. "I think she's got plenty of experience," he said. "She's plenty smart enough and surrounded by the right people, I know she would do a good job." Whether Meghan Stapleton is still one of those people who surround her is being questioned by Alaska Ear, who is hinting the two may have had a falling-out because Stapleton has not been seen with the entourage during the book tour. But this may prove to be nothing more than gutter gossip.
Update: The News-Miner is now reporting that around 500 people showed up for the book signing at Eielson AFB. The base set a quota of two books per person, and most people standing in line held two books. Some bought folding chairs from the store to ease the wait.
However, in response to complaints about the book signings being closed to the general public, Palin has said she'll hold another book signing in Alaska open to the general public, perhaps in Anchorage and even the Mat-Su Valley sometime before Christmas. But specifics have yet to be determined.
Palin supporters are now fighting back more vigorously against the tide of slanderous sludge unleashed by anti-Palin hatemongers. Here's an excellent letter to the editor in support of Palin from Richard Rhyner, published in ADN on December 14th:
'Going Rogue' is a must-read
I just finished reading Sarah Palin's book, "Going Rogue." Those critical of it are wrong. After all the garbage that has been said about her it was refreshing to hear her perspective on everything. Those people who hate her will never change their minds. However, this book is a must-read for Alaskans with open minds who have questioned some of her decisions. You will then understand why she did what she did, every step of the way. She saves the best for last in her final chapter, The Way Forward. She gives all Americans hope for the future. While she doesn't say it, to me there is no doubt she will run for president in 2012. America will be lucky to have her, and all Alaskans should be proud.
-- Richard Rhyner, Anchorage