Jennifer Taylor's 11-year-old son insisted on a trip to Hillary Clinton's book signing Monday morning.
"He wanted to see possibly the next president," she said.
Thousands turned out at the Tattered Cover on East Colfax Avenue for a chance to have Clinton sign a copy of her new book "Hard Choices"— released June 10 — and to maybe shake hands and share some light banter with the former Secretary of State.
The signing began at 11:30 a.m. with free tickets going to anyone who had purchased a copy of the book at one of the Tattered Cover locations ahead of time.
Clinton planned to sign 1,000 copies. The book — which Clinton has been promoting through a tour — covers Clinton's time as Secretary of State for President Barack Obama.
Hillary and President Bill Clinton, as well as their daughter Chelsea, are in Denver for the Clinton Global Initiative America conference being held at the Sheraton downtown from Monday to Wednesday. The conference promises to draw both the political and business elite for talks on socioeconomic issues.
Roughly 20 protestors from different groups, including Occupy Denver, were gathered outside the bookstore holding signs and speaking through a bullhorn.
James Duncan, of Boulder, held a handmade sign reading "Hard Choices and she blew it!" Duncan said he made the trip to the book signing to voice concerns over the military, fossil fuels and corporate power, among other topics.
"I want to make a presence known and alert people to the side of the story not being spoken in the corporate media so people are aware of the issues that are imminent and catastrophic," he said.
Inside the Tattered Cover, nervous jitters and excitement were plentiful.
Ellen Buffington nabbed the number five spot in line to have her book signed. She was ecstatic.
"As soon as we saw she was coming, we wanted to be here," she said, clutching a copy of the hard cover book to her chest.
For Julane Powell, Hillary Clinton represents a chance to be heard and an opportunity for women to succeed, she said while waiting to have her book signed.
"I'm hoping Hillary hears the small woman," Powell said. "The little woman."
Chelsea Clinton spent Sunday leading volunteer efforts across Denver.
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Staff reporters Laura Keeney and Rex Santus contributed to this article.