Ahead of Philly Book Signing, Hillary Clinton Draws Hundreds for Short Meeting

The potential 2016 presidential candidate's book, "Hard Choices" was released Tuesday

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    Ahead of a visit to the City of Brotherly Love, former Secretary of State U.S. senator and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton got the rock star treatment as fans lined up to get a few seconds with her on the day her book was released.

    Hundreds of people lined up at a Manhattan bookstore to meet Clinton for a few seconds seconds and have the potential 2016 presidential candidate sign a copy of her new book being released Tuesday.

    The Barnes & Noble store in Union Square had wristbands to give out to the first 1,000 people in line, who were told they'd get four seconds with Clinton and could not pose for photos with her. She was expected to sign copies of her book, Hard Choices, for about two hours.

    Sean Brennan, of Queens, said he stood in line because he wants to tell her to run for president again.

    "I know it's selfish but please, please give us eight more years," he told NBC News.

    The former Democratic senator from New York says she has not decided whether to run again.

    Tell that to the hundreds of supporters who forked over $35 a pop to get Clinton's signature on their book.

    The full allotment of 1,000 tickets for Clinton's two-hour book signing planned for Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Free Library Philadelphia Main Branch sold out in just about a day, according to Philadelphia Library author events director Andy Kahan.

    The only other author event that came close to selling out that fast was when Tina Fey came to the library, said Kahan.

    If you do the math, each of Clinton's fans will get only 7.2 seconds with her if she doesn't take any breaks during the two-hour event and no photos with the former first lady will be allowed. Clinton supporters don't seem to care about the brevity of the encounter.

    Before sitting down for the New York signing, Clinton told her fans, "it's really about the hard choices everybody has to make in life."

    Clinton's book was released Tuesday amid a media blitz of television interviews that touched on a wide range of topics, including the tough 2008 campaign.

    The former secretary of state told NBC's Cynthia McFadden for an interview airing Tuesday on Nightly News that her advice for a younger version of herself would be to not take everything so personally.

    "I would say that what I have learned and really incorporated since – to take criticism seriously, but not personally, not to be so anxious and worried about everything that everybody says and try to figure out how to incorporate that into your thinking," she said.

    Clinton said the White House reviewed the book before it was published but did not ask for any changes.