(AP Photo, 10-29-08)
Had I known Joe the Plumber's book signing at Border's yesterday would be such a quiet, uncrowded, unattended affair, heck, I would have gone! The Washington Post's write-up and accompanying photo is hilarious: 11 people showed up, at least one of whom was already there for other reasons:
It's fair to say Joe's appearance at Borders at 18th and L streets wasn't eagerly anticipated. People just kind of shuffled over when Joe strode in with Thomas N. Tabback, the co-author of "Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream." Annie Hickman, a young woman whom Wurzelbacher called "sweetie" during a brief Q&A, was browsing when the PA announced that Joe was in the house. "I'm missing pottery class for this," she said.
Lawyer Alana Hecht was curious. "I was upstairs reading 'Dreams From My Father,' " Obama's memoir. "It's just fate. Who could leave when this is happening?" She and Hickman laughed. Washington, such a weird town.
Weird and fickle! In the end, Joe sold a whole five books, so I'm sure his trip to town was totally worth it. Bonus points to reporter Paul Farhi, exceptionally mean-spirited and amusing, for using the phrase the audacity of hype.
UPDATE! From Wonkette, we learn that even at CPAC, nobody cares much about Joe:
Joe-the-Plumber spoke to 1/4 full room. It was pathetic. I got video of how fucking empty the room was. I tried to make an echo off the walls but I got yelled at.