Ted Amoruso of Mount Vernon said he wouldn't miss a visit by a president, even if it meant lining up at 5 a.m. for a book signing 14 hours later.
"I waited in line for Ringo in 2003. How often do you meet a Beatle? I've never met a president."
And Amoruso said he has always been a fan of Bill Clinton of Chappaqua, Al Gore and Hillary Clinton, whom he did meet during her 2016 campaign against President Donald Trump, who owns an estate in Bedford.
Amid heavy Secret Service security and a sweep by dogs, former President Clinton stopped by the Barnes & Noble in Scarsdale on Tuesday, June 19 to sign the book he co-wrote with best-selling author James Patterson of Scarborough.
Patterson, a native of Newburgh, said the books are selling faster than he expected.
The Westchester writing duo signed more than 500 copies of their new novel, "The President is Missing" on Tuesday night.
Clinton headlined news recently after his NBC "Today" show comments about Monica Lewinsky, as reported here by Daily Voice.
"The President Is Missing" is a fictional thriller about a president who disappears as he tries to prevent an apocalyptic cyber attack. Clinton and Patterson believe it can happen.
Clinton told news reporters, "We started talking about doing the book in the middle of 2016. ... Anything that's electronic can be hacked."
The 500-page novel topped Amazon's best-seller list before publication.
A limited number of wristbands for access were distributed beginning at 9 a.m. at the Barnes & Noble store, 680 White Plains Post Road in the Vernon Hills Shopping Center.
The event was "sold out" within two hours, and visitors --some with umbrellas -- braved sun and 80-plus degree heat for hours before snaking through security lines longer than those at JFK Airport within the bookstore.
"I was here at 5 a.m. this morning and I've been here ever since,'' Amoruso said. "It was the thrill of a lifetime."
He ended up having to wait even longer as a few dozen "special guests" got their books signed before the early birds with bracelets.
"I knew somebody who knew somebody, so I got in free," said Bobby Williamson of Manhattan. "It's my first time meeting a president. James Patterson was lovely."
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