June 17th, 2014
07:13 PM ET
1 month ago

Hillary Clinton shakes stalking squirrel’s hand, gives him book

(CNN) – About eight minutes before the start of CNN’s town hall meeting Tuesday, Hillary Clinton’s motorcade pulled off to the side of the street and the former secretary of state stepped out to greet a giant orange squirrel.

"Hello, Mr. Squirrel, how are you?" she said as she walked toward him and handed him a signed copy of her book “Hard Choices.”

The squirrel mascot — who’s actually an intern with the Republican National Committee - has been following Clinton around to recent events and wears a shirt that says “Another Clinton in the White House is NUTS.”

The RNC has been a leading group in attacking Clinton's record as she considers making another presidential bid.

"I wanted you to get you a copy of my book,” Clinton said, smiling.

“I hope that you will make the hard choice and read my book," she added. "But you bring a smile to a lot of people's face."

"Thank you, Mr. Squirrel," she continued, as she shook his hand. "Thank you so much."

As bystanders cheered, she started walking back to her car and gave a big wave. "Thanks, everybody."

She got back into the car with just over six minutes to spare before the start of the event.

The squirrel's Twitter account later stated: "Thank you, @HillaryClinton! I love fiction!"


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • RNC
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Joe

    Why cancel Cross fire if only to silence Hillary's critics?

    June 17, 2014 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  2. Joe

    Do you feel the hour+ is balanced journalism? It is like CNN has a vested interest in her book sales and her running?

    June 17, 2014 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. Hillary Izexi

    "Hard Choices" fiction?! More like a horror story.

    June 17, 2014 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    Well, if it had been confronting a Republican, the squirrel would have been shot, and skinned alive amid peals of laughter.. However, since the squirrel received a book, it may have the effect of turning the person wearing the squirrel suit into a thinking voter ( in other words, a Democrat). That is based, however, on the assumption the wearer of the suit can read something that does not have pictures or require coloring: given the abysmal level of ignorance routinely displayed by conservatives( Is someone reading this to you, Donna?), don't hold out much hope. I guess this is how they hope to inspire a new generation of even more intellectually challenged Conservatives to demonstrate how incapable they are of taking our nation seriously.

    June 17, 2014 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  5. Dave

    Perhaps the dumbest stunt Republicans have ever pulled.

    June 17, 2014 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  6. GOP Block Party continue

    Classy move by Hillary. Checkmate!

    June 17, 2014 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  7. Pander Bear

    This is what passes for political discourse (and humor) in the minds of the GOP.

    June 17, 2014 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  8. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    This really shouldn't surprise me. After all, just a few months ago they had a Slap-A-Hillary game.

    These people will do ANYTHING to regain the White House.

    Nope. No war on women...

    June 17, 2014 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  9. Tampa Tim

    The Fox News squirrel who has been the crazies spokes animal against ACORN in 2008, is now the RWNJs Hillary stalker. You nut jobs are getting crazier every day.

    June 17, 2014 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  10. Chris-E...al

    Oh my more pretend and roll playing with just great re gur gi tates .
    And hind sites . Heres a buck .

    June 17, 2014 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  11. Winston Smith

    If this were a person from a democratic position making appearances at a republican event, the republicans would first get physical and assault said person, or at the very least call authorities and have the person arrested for trespass. But since it's a republican stunt, albeit a childish one, it's considered appropriate. This is just another reason to view all republicans with a lot of distrust.

    June 17, 2014 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  12. plain & simple

    When people or a political party continue to turn a blind eye to anything positive an opponent or adversary has done at anytime in their lives.... doesn't that person or party lose ALL CREDIBILITY? When do we as humans say enough is enough? Really let's stop the nonsense and build our country the way our forefathers intended. There is common ground to be found, but we have to be willing to stand up to blind hatred and intolerance! Grow up America.

    June 18, 2014 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  13. CALiberal

    Pretty squirrely.

    June 18, 2014 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  14. bassman

    If the rumors of weak sales of her book are true, Mrs. Clinton my resort to giving away her book to the rest of us.

    June 18, 2014 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  15. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    And these people actually believe they should be leading this country.... Smh.

    June 18, 2014 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  16. it must be said

    A nice picture of a squirrel and a rat!

    June 18, 2014 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  17. Ali

    That's how you treat ignorants..give them a book. Well Done Madam Clinton.

    June 18, 2014 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  18. salty dog

    Sorry gop, out classed again.

    June 18, 2014 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  19. salty dog

    Nuts, but another bush would be the exception, right, you guys just don't hear yourselves do you. How ignorant is your target audiance?

    June 18, 2014 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  20. salty dog

    Odd how appropriate that was, she's giving an opportunity to inform people, and the gop would rather plays games, with evil intent, and pass it off as clever, very symbolic .

    June 18, 2014 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  21. Tampa Tim

    Since they are nuts, it is good to see the GOP change their mascot to a tree rodent.

    June 18, 2014 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  22. Tampa Tim

    Good to see Prince Reibus trading the party elephant symbol for a tree rat. Now that's change you can believe in.

    June 18, 2014 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  23. Norma Vessels

    I suppose the squirrel thinks he is being original. I suppose the squirrel thinks he's quite cute and getting his message across. I suppose the squirrel thinks people are on his side. Nope. He's just another nut in the Republican basket of nuts. The thing is, those nuts have been sitting out in the sun too long .. all dried up and useless.

    June 18, 2014 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  24. Tampa Tim

    Republicans dressing up as rodents is change you can believe in.

    June 18, 2014 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  25. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Norma Vessels says:
    June 18, 2014 08:39 am at 8:39 am
    I suppose the squirrel thinks he is being original. I suppose the squirrel thinks he’s quite cute and getting his message across. I suppose the squirrel thinks people are on his side. Nope. He’s just another nut in the Republican basket of nuts. The thing is, those nuts have been sitting out in the sun too long .. all dried up and useless.

    Not fair Norma!!!😄😄😄 coffee all over my work monitor!!!
    Dried up and useless!!!😆😆😆

    June 18, 2014 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
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