1,000 wristbands were handed out on Saturday at the Brookfield Costco, where 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton signed copies of her book "What Happened.” The former Secretary of State launched a national book tour a few days before, at a Barnes & Noble in New York City’s Union Square. The event in Brookfield, from noon to 2pm, was only open to Costco members, on a first-come, first-served basis.
The first people in line, Tony and Eric Bosco-Schmidt and their two children, arrived around 6:30pm Friday.
Brookfield police, Secret Service members and Costco security kept an orderly crowd outside the warehouse. The parking lot filled to capacity before the event began and was closed to shoppers. As cars left, new ones were allowed in, but it was an unusually light shopping day during the signing.
Brookfield Police Chief James Purcell was on hand for the event. He said everything ran smoothly. Costco employees distributed water bottles and cookies as people waited in line.
Many people in line shared stories with one another about meeting Clinton, voting for her and working on her campaigns. Those in attendance went through an airport-style checkpoint with metal detectors in a backroom of the warehouse.
Clinton spent about a minute or so with people as she signed their books. Longtime aide Huma Abedin helped moved people through the line and direct them where to pick up the signed books. Abedin is the estranged wife of disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner.
A small group of protestors were kept across the street.