Laura Bush Signs Book in Dallas

More than 500 people in North Dallas got to meet former first lady Laura Bush Saturday morning at Borders on Preston Road at Royal Lane.

Of course, Bush was also autographing copies of her new book, Spoken from the Heart.

The line wrapped around the entire shopping center, but it wasn't until sunrise that most people arrived. Teresa Boullion knows, since she was the first to arrive at 9:30 p.m. Friday.

"Where else do you get the opportunity to come and meet the first lady?" said Boullion.

The next person showed up an hour and a half later, and they kept each other company with stories about the Bush family. They couldn't wait to meet Bush.

"I think I'm just going to tell her thank you. I mean, I just admire somebody that is willing to take that role, because imagine having your face every day in the news," said Boullion.

It's those news-making moments, and the ones in private, that Bush writes about in Spoken from the Heart.

"She's very open, very real, and I'm honored to just get her to sign a book," said Linda Walters, second in line.

Fans were limited to only two autographed copies per person, but there was no limit on the number of pictures they could take to get their own little piece of history. One of the last people in line even learned some news from the former first lady.

"I spoke about someone that we knew from Dallas, and she told me that she just had a grandbaby, and she's just very down to Earth," said Clarissa Clarke, of Dallas.

While some ultimately waited 12 hours to meet the former first lady, those who arrived within the last half-hour of the signing were able to walk up with little waiting.

After this trip back to Dallas, Bush will continue her book tour with stops in California, Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, and Florida with two stops in Houston and Austin along the way.  In all, she will make 22 apperances to promote her book.

NBCDFW's Frank Heinz contributed to this report.

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