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The lonely wait for Chelsea Clinton book signing tickets

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I woke at the crack of dawn Tuesday in a cold sweat because I thought I'd missed my big chance of the week – to get a ticket for the much vaunted Chelsea Clinton book signing event at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square, New York City, not far from my apartment.

I wanted to go to make a video for TheBlaze (that was a success) but I've also had a few pleasant encounters with Clinton during my years on Capitol Hill, and I was interested in what she had to say. 

The Barnes & Noble in Union Square is their flagship and a go-to spot on the book-signing circuit for celebrities. I often pass by on the way home from work to see hundreds in line, camped out, waiting to get tickets which become available at 9 a.m., the next morning.

That's why I was anxious Tuesday morning. It was only natural, I thought, that because Clinton makes few public appearances, and because she was speaking alongside teenage fashion sensation Tavi Gevinson, during fashion week, there would be a massive crowd to get the free tickets.

I couldn't have been more wrong. When I arrived at 9 a.m., I was shocked to discover I the first person in line and the only person in line. Apparently, I was not the only one surprise. Barnes & Noble had security lined-up down the block ready to receive the influx of Clinton fans.

But there I stood, man alone.

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