Hundreds Line the Street for Hillary Clinton's Return to NH
CONCORD — Hundreds of Granite Staters welcomed the return of Hillary Clinton to New Hampshire on Tuesday for the first time since before the 2016 presidential election.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared in Concord on Dec. 5 at the Gibson’s Bookstore to promote her new book, “What Happened.” About 1,000 people were expected to attend the ticketed event.
In between signing a maximum of two copies for each attendee, she reflected on the passing of New Hampshire political icon Mary Louise Hancock, who died Monday at the age of 97.
“What an amazing person; a life that was lived with energy, intensity, and real concern for our country,” Clinton said.
Hancock was the first woman from Concord to be elected to state Senate in 1975. She was also the first female state planning director in the country. Over the years, Hancock became a respected political giant of New Hampshire Democratic politics.
Clinton also said it’s great to be back in the Granite State after over a year.
“I love coming to New Hampshire, and I love the friends that I’ve made over 25 years now,” Clinton said. “So any chance that I have to come back I’m anxious to take it.”
Rain and cold weather didn’t stop attendees from lining up for the book signing as early as five hours before the event started, which ran from 1-3 p.m.
Hundreds of Clinton admirers crowed together down South Main Street waiting for their chance to meet the former presidential candidate and shake her hand.
Photo Caption: Attendees fought the cold and rain for a chance to meet Hillary Clinton.
An attendant of the event, Molly McCrum, said this was a great opportunity for her daughter to meet a powerful and impactful woman. McCrum said she didn’t have to wait long with her 4-year-old daughter, Caroline, because coordinators of the event allowed people with younger children to enter before others.
When Caroline met Clinton, Clinton gave the little girl a high-five.
“Caroline will be able to look back one day and thank me,” McCrum said of her daughter meeting the first female presidential candidate nominated by a major party.
McCrum teaches Spanish at Pembroke Academy, and she talked of her experience of being a teacher during the 2016 presidential election.
“The day after the election, (the school) was very somber and there were rough vibes,” McCrum said. “It was like a day of mourning.”
The Pembroke Academy teacher said that her Spanish classes discuss the topic of illegal immigration, and that the talks can often get intense. She said she always hears both sides of the arguments to keep the discussions positive.
Photo Caption: McCrum and her daughter Caroline meeting Hillary Clinton
Photo Caption: McCrum meeting and shaking hands with Hillary Clinton with her daughter Caroline beside her.
Along with the hundreds of Clinton supporters, protesters of all shapes and sizes lined the street across from Gibson’s Bookstore.
Vermin Supreme, who was a brief 2016 presidential candidate for the Democratic Party, protested Clinton’s book signing and promoted his own platform that every U.S. citizen should have a pony. He even brought a pony, named Gracie, to attend the event.
According to Supreme, everyone having a pony will help “reverse the effects of climate change.”
Clinton will continue to travel the country promoting her memoir that discusses her experience of the controversial 2016 presidential election.
Photo Caption: Vermin Supreme promoting his pony platform
Photo Caption: Various protesters lined the street with signs saying "pony power."
Photo Caption: NH1's Avalon Lustick gets up close and personal with the protesting pony, Gracie.