Some 489 Glenn Beck fans waited in line at the Camp Hill Barnes & Noble bookstore up to nine hours Thursday to have the conservative firebrand sign $18.20 copies of his latest treatise, “Being George Washington: The Indispensable Man, As You’ve Never Seen Him.”
Other Beck-penned books were also on offer, and the eager supporters of the long-running radio, television, and internet talk show host patiently carried stacked copies for signing, even though Beck arrived an hour late for the scheduled 4:30 p.m. event.
“Traffic is awful,” he said grinning, after rolling into the spacious store to a quick burst of applause, and making a quick pit stop before greeting his fans and signing his books.
Mary Russek, 17, a senior at Harrisburg Academy next year, was still visibly moved moments after having her five books signed.
“I told Glenn that because of him I will make a difference,” Russek said with tears still welling up in her eyes. “He looked me in the eye, and I knew he believed me.”
Gisela McBride, an 85-year-old Carlisle resident who immigrated to the U.S. in 1957 after surviving Nazi Germany as a child, was eager to encourage Beck to continue pushing to save America.
“I’m very concerned about this country,” McBride said, a copy of her own book “Memoirs of a 1000-Year-Old Woman: Berlin 1925 to 1945” in tow. “No one listens to prophets, but they really have to if they want to save this country.”
James Renwick Manship Sr. drove from Mount Vernon, Va., dressed as George Washington to get his book signed.
“I am so grateful at what he’s doing to promote George Washington,” said Manship, 58, who’s regularly impersonated the nation’s first president since 1997. “If we follow (Washington’s) example, America will be a better nation, and that’s what (Beck) is saying.”
Randy Billman, a Carlisle real estate agent who makes a point of supporting Beck whenever he’s in town, praised Beck for inspiring him to analyze current events more critically.
“He looks at everything in a different light,” Billman said. “And he’s one of the few talk show hosts that keeps religion in the conversation.”
Despite a clear dedication to Beck, most fans were reserving judgment on their choice for president.
Still, Sue Lovette, who made trek from Johnstown and was among Beck’s first audience when he began his new online talk show earlier this year, said she had ruled out former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
“They have to have integrity and honor,” said Lovette. “Whoever that is will have my vote.”
Michael Zoll, who drove from Manassas, Va. to see Beck, was also undecided.
“Right now there are too many candidates,” said Zoll, eager to get on the road to return home with his prize. Beck’s opinion “will have some influence, but I’ll make up my own mind.”
I cannot believe these people are rill. I don't even have words so I will let Glenn express my feelings for me: