Hillary Clinton Big Draw at Costco

Washington — The former secretary of state appeared through a screen of black curtains, smiled to the wraparound crowd, and then sat down behind a table draped with a Costco Wholesale banner and buttressed by large blockades of Kirkland-brand paper towels.

“Okay, let’s do it,” she said, grabbing a pen to sign the 1,000 books she was scheduled to inscribe on Saturday morning.

The fans/discount shoppers applauded, and the delirious mania over the release of her political memoir Hard Choices culminated with Hillary Clinton in Aisle 130.

The signing was open only to card-carrying Costco members, who were wanded down at a security checkpoint and then led circuitously through the store and to a cordoned-off portion near the household goods section.

There, an efficient throng of security personnel propelled fans toward the former New York senator and discouraged the taking of selfies.

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., wove through the line, as did Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Costco co-founder and Democratic supporter Jim Sinegal was there too, informing the onlookers who couldn’t quite place him that he was just another shopper.