NEW YORK — Sean Brennan didn’t intend to become the lead of this story, nor the dozens of other articles he will appear in on Tuesday. He didn’t even care about being first, he just wanted a copy of Hillary Clinton’s book and to get together with a group of fellow Clinton fans who have made a tradition out of getting in line early for Hillary and Bill’s books.
But when he showed up at 2:30 Monday afternoon outside the Barnes and Nobel in Union Square in Manhattan, he found himself at the beginning of a line that didn’t yet exist for the first stop of Clinton’s book tour, which would kick off the next morning.
Armed with apples, peanut butter, a sandwich, and some bottled water, the questions from the press came quickly, with Business Insider calling him ” the first harbinger of 2016” in a post published late Monday evening.
By 7:30 the next morning, when I talk to him (after waiting for interviews with two foreign reporters to conclude), he says he’s lost track of the number of interviews he’s given. More than 30? “Oh, definitely,” he says. “Japan, Germany, UK, I’ve been around the world.” Most New Yorkers probably haven’t even had their morning coffee yet.
The questions are mostly the same. Yes, he realizes he’ll only have “four seconds” with Clinton. He’ll tell her he hopes she runs. He dozed off in line for about 25 minutes. He’s feeling good, but will probably crash after getting the book. He’s from Queens. He’s volunteered for her past campaigns. Yes, of course, he’s excited to be “the first one to get the book,” though it was sort of an accident.
There’s no consolation prize for second or third, however, who sit feet away unmolested as two more reporters behind me queue to ask Brennan the same questions.