In her first public appearance after after her concession speech following her shocking election loss last week, Hillary Clinton admitted that she was extremely disappointed with the election results and had wanted to 'curl up' with a good book and 'never leave the house again'.
Speaking at the Children's Defense Fund's Beat The Odds Celebration in Washington last night, Clinton emotionally reflected about the loss and how she wished she could tell her late mother - who was abandoned as a child - that her struggles were worth it because of what her daughter had accomplished.
"I will admit coming here...wasn't the easiest thing for me," the former secretary of state said.
"There have been a few times this past week when all I've wanted to do was just to curl up with a good book or our dogs and never leave the house ever again," the 69-year-old Democrat said.
She asked her supporters not to give up despite deep divisions prior to the November 8 elections. "The divisions laid bare by this election run deep, but please listen to me when I say this: America is worth it. Our children are worth it. Believe in our country, fight for our values and never, ever give up," she added.
"I know many of you are deeply disappointed about the results of the election. I am too, more than I can ever express. But .. our campaign was never about one person or even one election, it was about the country and about building America as a hopeful, inclusive and big-hearted country." Clinton said.
Recalling the struggle her mother, Dorothy Howell Rodham, went through as a child, an emotional Clinton concluded, saying "I dream of going up to her, and sitting next to her and taking her in my arms and saying, 'Look, look at me and listen. You will survive. You will have a family of your own: three children.' And as hard as it might be to imagine, your daughter will grow up to be a United States senator, represent our country as secretary of state, and win more than 62 million votes for president of the United States."
(Feature image source: Reuters)