June 17th, 2014
07:13 PM ET
9 years 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.”

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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!"

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Anthony

    The Republicans have gone NUTS. After Bush, another Republican in the White House is CUCKOO.

    June 18, 2014 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    I wonder which gauleiter at the RNC thought this showed them in a positive, responsible, forward-thinking light?

    Answer: none, since there are no positive, responsible forward-thinking people anywhere in the Conservative movement, much less the RNC.

    June 18, 2014 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  3. patNY

    This whole squirrel thing just sums up the grade school mentality of the RNC.

    June 18, 2014 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  4. Anthony

    Go to the RNC, Mr. Squirrel. You will find plenty of NUTS there.

    June 18, 2014 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  5. mikeVa

    The intern definitely doesn't get minimum wage or health care. I doubt they even pay it. But they wasted everyone's time and money on #Benghazi. I wonder how that turned-out. Not only did President Obama bag another international criminal, but he also answered all the GOP's phony questions.

    June 18, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    This must be the new mascot of the new and bold reinvented Republican Party, a giant orange squirrel. Much better than an old wet tea bag.

    June 18, 2014 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  7. rob

    Another story in a long line of CNN"s love affair with Hillary Clinton. At least some in the liberal media are asking some hard questions in interviews, but don't look for any follow up to her well rehearsed half answers on these questions. I predict Secretary Clinton will declare that she has answered all the tough questions and it's old news and move on.

    Of course the supine liberal media will agree while condemning Republicans and other fairer media outlets for daring to question the next POTUS.

    June 18, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  8. Anthony

    All squirrels agree: NUTS are better than BENGHAZI. They are real, and they are spectacular.

    June 18, 2014 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. Malory Archer

    I wonder when Disney is going to demand the reds STOP using Chip in their disinformation campaigns!

    June 18, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. Robert Camacho

    I love this, she has a great sense of humor.

    I can't say the same for Republicans.

    Go Hillary, we are READY FOR HILLARY!

    June 18, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. Lisa P

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


    And that's the GOP's problem in a nutshell: they've gone squirrely because they can no longer tell truth from fiction. All they do is follow the real leaders and dodge the real issues.

    June 18, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. a little sad

    This is up there with when Tucker Carlson promised to eat his shoe if Hillary sold over a million copies of her previous book, Ms Clinton showed up with a cake in the shape of a shoe to get him off the hook.

    Well played again, Madame Secretary.

    June 18, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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