Hillary Rodham Clinton fans got a few moments with the former Secretary of State in Philadelphia today. Clinton is in town signing copies of her new memoir "Hard Choices," which outlines her 4-year tenure as Secretary of State. Supporters stood in a long line that went from the front door of the Free Library to 20th and Callowhill Streets.
"I really hope she's going to be our next president," said Marie Fritzinger, a semi-retired attorney from Roxborough. "If she runs, I will work for her."
Hundreds forked over $35 a pop to get Clinton's signature on their copy of Hard Choices at an event Friday. A handful of fans already lined up -- standing out in the rain -- hours before the event.
The full allotment of 1,000 tickets for Clinton's two-hour book signing planned for 11:30 a.m. at the 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.
Three close friends sat outside the library with Clinton pins, posters and stickers clinging to their signed books like they'd just won the lottery. Jill Schneider, Arlene Bennett and Janie Smith were smiling and giggling as they showed off their Clinton trinkets and posed for photos.
"It's so exciting. She's going to be the next president," said Jill Schneider of Berwyn.
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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.
Toward the back of the line Al Green stood in the shade under a tree with his wife Trudy and 8th grade granddaughter Katherine Green who plans to write an essay about her experience standing in line to meet the former first lady.
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.
Ahead of a visit to the City of Brotherly Love, 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. 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."
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.
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.
Clinton 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.