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Hillary Clinton speaks at the Society of Irish Women's annual dinner on St. Patrick's Day in her late father's hometown in Scranton, Pa., Friday, March 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Hillary Clinton came out of the woods to sell a message of unity to a divided country


Since Election Day, former Democratic presidential committee has embraced a low profile, but now she said she's "ready to come out of the woods" and help America unite. She inched her way back into the public spotlight on St. Patrick's Day in her late father's hometown of Scranton, Penn.

I'm like a lot of my friends right now, I have a hard time watching the news," Clinton told an Irish women's group on Friday.

Clinton urged a divided country to come together by recalling a trip she took to Northern Ireland as first lady.

"I do not believe that we can let political divides harden into personal divides. And we can't just ignore, or turn a cold shoulder to someone because they disagree with us politically," she said.

She also told the Society of Irish Women that it's up to ordinary citizens, not a polarized Washington,  to bridge the political divide.

"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 continued.

Her Friday remarks are a preview of future public engagements to come. She'll deliver a commencement speech at her alma water, Wellesley College in Massachusetts, and she's also working on a book of personal essays that will include some reflections on her loss to Donald Trump.

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