Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Hillary's Royal Book Tour

Hillary Clinton’s upcoming book tour for Hard Choices,” which is a memoir of her years as Secretary of State during the first Obama administration, resembles more of a royal expedition than a politician stumping for votes. It is quite the contrast from then Senator Obama’s book tour for "Audacity of Hope" that he effectively utilized to win the Democratic nomination for president in 2008.

Clinton, who has been practically anointed the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, has deigned to stop in Philadelphia on June 13, 2014 at the main branch of the Free Library in Philadelphia. She will only sign books although visiting authors typically talk, read from their book, or are interviewed while hawking books.

Those who want to have the possible future president sign their book must purchase a $35 ticket, which includes the price of the book. The tickets, which are one ticket/book per person, go on sale Wednesday, June 4, 2014 on a first come, first served basis. Ticket holders must then come to the Library ahead of time to pick up their books and wristbands.

Perhaps, the most stringent Hillary imposed rule is –There shall be no selfies with Hillary! On the day of signing, no one will be allowed to stand in line with any personal items, including bags, cameras, and phones. All items must be checked. Hillary has already states she will not be signing any campaign memorabilia or previous books.

A book tour is not a campaign. But the stringent rules for Clinton's book signing cause one to wonder if her aura of inevitability will defeat her in 2016 like it did in 2008. Will her fans who leave the book tour disappointed decide not to show up on election day? Clinton should have approached this book tour as if she missed her voters and wants to reconnect.

Go here to buy tickets for the book signing at the Free Library of Philadelphia. 

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