2017 is starting out as a challenging year for Hillary Clinton, but she seems to be slowly but surely recovering from her gut-wrenching 2016 loss.
On Tuesday, New York Magazine reported Bill and Hillary Clinton announced that they’ve decided to attend Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States.
‘Two well-placed sources tell New York that over the past few weeks Hillary Clinton discussed with trusted advisers and friends whether or not she should attend the inaugural. She and President Clinton, the sources said, decided to do so out of a sense of duty and respect for the American democratic process.’
NBC’s Hallie Jackson tweeted that former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura also plan on coming, and added that they’re “pleased” to “witness the peaceful transfer of power.”
NPR adds that while watching Donald Trump’s inauguration may be painful, she’s not the first White House hopeful to go through this.
‘While it may make for an awkward few moments for Mrs. Clinton, she is hardly the first to watch the candidate she lost to being sworn in. In 2008, Republican Sen. John McCain had a ringside seat as Barack Obama took the oath, and in 2000, outgoing Vice President Al Gore looked on as as George W. Bush was sworn in.’
Former President Jimmy Carter is also expected to attend. That leaves Barack Obama — who’ll be taking a back seat during the inauguration for obvious reasons — and George H.W. Bush who is in his 90’s and having major health issues.
‘That leaves only President George H.W. Bush absent. A spokesman tells NPR that “at ages 92 and 91— and all that entails — President and Mrs. Bush will be unable to attend.” Bush has had serious health issues in recent years.’
The Senate.Gov page explains how the “departure of the outgoing president” and the Obama family works. By tradition, the new president and first lady quietly escort the outgoing ones out of D.C. after the swearing-in ceremony. According to an 1889 “Handbook of Official and Social Etiquette and Public Ceremonies at Washington”:
‘His departure from the Capital is attended with no ceremony, other than the presence of the members of his late Cabinet and a few officials and personal friends. The President leaves the Capital as soon as practicable after the inauguration of his successor.’
Although some have said losing a presidential election looks a lot like getting dumped by your ex, and Hillary Clinton was recently photographed at a resort looking sad (or, perhaps, merely engrossed with something she was reading on her phone), we’ve also had plenty of more cheerful Hillary Clinton sightings.
Hillary Clinton has mostly stayed out of the public eye, though she did drop in to give a speech for Katy Perry, who’d been honored with a humanitarian award at UNICEF’s annual Snowflake Ball.
— Hollywood Reporter Style (@thrstyle) November 30, 2016
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s former colleague also came by for his retirement party.
— Mezome (@mezomefans) December 13, 2016
Other than the above two photos, Hillary Clinton has laid low, and what little we’ve seen of her have been sightings by neighbors in and around her home in Chappaqua, N.Y.
— MaggieMaePupReporter (@MaggieMae10514) December 27, 2016
She was also seen at a Christmas Eve service at the United Methodist Church in Mount Kisco, where Hillary’s husband, former President Bill Clinton said, “This is a blessing in our lives, this night every year in this church.” According to Rare News, the Clintons have worshiped there for over a decade.
Merry Christmas to 66M! If this woman can wear a smile, then we can wear one as well! Hillary Clinton strength is a case study within itself pic.twitter.com/zlnqHrzHXz
— Mr. Weeks ?? (@MrDane1982) December 25, 2016
Hillary Clinton also seems to get a lot of love from the customers at her local grocery store.
— Jimmy!!✨ (@kyriakoutsakos) December 2, 2016
— Bipartisan Report (@Bipartisanism) November 24, 2016
When neighbors realized the Clintons would be home for Thanksgiving, they welcomed Hillary with a heartwarming display of thanks.
I was greeted by this heartwarming display on the corner of my street today. Thank you to all of you who did this. Happy Thanksgiving. -H pic.twitter.com/b69mW3Oqbf
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 24, 2016
Shortly after the election, Hillary Clinton likely thought no one could possibly feel more miserable about the election’s outcome…Until she met this depressed mom while hiking in the woods and cheered her up.
Although Hillary Clinton often seemed off-putting and secretive on the campaign trail, she seems warm, open, and well-loved by her staff, colleagues, and neighbors. If only more of that appeal had come across on the campaign trail.
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