Hillary Clinton: I am ready to come out of the woods.

Hillary Clinton: “I Am Ready to Come Out of the Woods”

Hillary Clinton: “I Am Ready to Come Out of the Woods”

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March 18 2017 4:30 PM

Hillary Clinton: “I Am Ready to Come Out of the Woods”

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards at the Kennedy Center on March 8 in Washington.

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Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gave a strong hint she’ll be making a return to the public stage soon during a rare speech Friday night. "I'm like a lot of my friends right now, I have a hard time watching the news," Clinton said at the Society of Irish Women's 19th Annual St Patrick's Day dinner in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Speaking to a friendly audience from her father’s hometown, Clinton made clear she understands the temptation to stay away from the spotlight.

"I am ready to come out of the woods and to shine a light on what's already happening around kitchen tables at dinners like this to help draw strength to enable everyone to keep going, that's the spirit of Scranton," she said at the dinner. Clinton’s reference to coming “out of the woods” appeared to be a reference to the viral photo of the former presidential candidate hiking near her home in New York shortly after the election.

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Even though Clinton made it pretty clear that she doesn’t like what’s going on in the country, she also said it was necessary to talk with those who hold different political ideals. “I do not believe that we can let political divides harden into personal divides,” Clinton said. “We can’t just ignore or turn a cold shoulder because we disagree politically. We have to listen to each other and learn from each other.”

Clinton is already scheduled to make several public appearances in the coming months, including giving the commencement address at her alma matter, Wellesley College, on May 26. And the former secretary of state spoke of increasing her public profile mere days after TMZ reported Clinton is “thinking” about running for mayor of New York City.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the Today’s Papers column from 2006 to 2009. Follow him on Twitter.