In a sign that she hopes to shed the low profile she’s kept since losing the presidential election last fall, Chappaqua’s Hillary Clinton says she’s “ready to come out of the woods."
Clinton spoke Friday to the Society of Irish Women in Scranton, Pa., where her father and grandfather grew up and where she spent many happy times with her family.
According to a YouTube video of the St. Patrick’s Day event, Clinton admitted that she was having a “hard time watching the news.”
But, the former secretary of state, senator, and first lady said, political divisions shouldn’t be allowed to turn into personal ones.
Everyone needs to listen to and learn from each other, Clinton urged the crowd of 700 plus.
“I am ready to come out of the woods and to help shine a light on what is already happening around kitchen tables, at dinners like this,” Clinton said.
Clinton, who has lived in Chappaqua with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, since the late 1990s, had been taking long, contemplative strolls in the nearby woods after being beaten by billionaire real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald J. Trump, who owns an estate in nearby Bedford.
Those walks in the woods became comedy fodder for the folks at Saturday Night Live.
A video of Clinton meeting another hiker went viral on social media as well.
Also after her election loss, Clinton spoke at the Children's Defense Fund's "Beat The Odds" Gala in Washington, D.C., and was seen browsing at a bookstore in Rhode Island as well as attending a Brooklyn Nets game.
Clinton’s stepping back into the spotlight may mean she is testing the political waters for future posts, such as mayor of New York City, multiple media reports said.
According to thehill.com, a political journalism website, a Quinnipiac University poll conducted in January found that Clinton would beat current mayor Bill de Blasio, who is also a Democrat, if she ran on the independent line.