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Hillary says she’s ‘ready to come out of the woods’ in ironic St. Patrick’s Day speech

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Hillary Clinton is easing her way back into the public eye and said she’s “ready to come out of the woods” to help Americans find common ground.

The former Democratic presidential candidate made a St. Patrick’s Day speech in Pennsylvania on Friday, as the keynote speaker at the Society of Irish Women’s annual dinner, the New York Post reported.

“I’m like a lot of my friends right now, I have a hard time watching the news,” Clinton said at the event held in her late father’s hometown of Scranton. Some might say her visit was a little too late.

“What can we do to try to bring people together and to try to find that common ground, even higher ground, sister, so that we listen to each other again and we know that we can make a difference? I’m not sure it will come out of Washington yet, but I think it can come out of Scranton. Let’s find ways to do that,” she told the women’s group.

“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, to help draw strength that will enable everybody to keep going,” she said, in an apparent reference to when she was spotted walking her dogs in the woods near her Chappaqua, New York home days after the election.

Just hours before her speech urging “common ground” and even “higher ground,” the former secretary of state had taken to Twitter to mock President Trump and his administration.

“Things I learned today,” she tweeted Friday, adding a previous tweet from her former aide Philippe Reines.

The jabs were apparently aimed at her former rival who commented a few weeks ago that “nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.”

The remark about diplomacy appeared to point to a report that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson  was suffering “fatigue” and cut his trip to South Korea short, according to Fox News.

Clinton’s speech Friday is one of several she is set to deliver in the coming months, including a commencement address at her alma mater, Wellesley College in Massachusetts on May 26. She is also reportedly working on a book of personal essays including reflections on her election loss to Trump, according to the Post.

She recalled childhood memories in Scranton, where her grandfather had worked at a lace mill. The Great Depression forced her father to move to Chicago in search of work but he often returned to the Pennsylvania town where Clinton  recalled spending summers at the family’s cottage on Lake Winola.

The cottage, she told the women Friday,  had a toilet but no shower or tub.

“Don’t tell anybody this, but we’d go down to the lake,” she revealed.

Clinton was seen the day before the speech with longtime aide Huma Abedin, in public together for the first time in months.

The duo had spent the day at a Bergdorf Goodman salon in New York City.

Clinton has reportedly been recently considering running for mayor of New York City.

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Frieda Powers

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