Hillary Clinton Seattle Capitol Hill What Happened

On the Streets: Clinton on (the other) Capitol Hill

Hillary Clinton received an enthusiastic, warm welcome (and good weather) on 12 December 2017 at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Company. Clinton was in town to promote her book What Happened, a look back at the 2016 election.

I walked over to Elliott Bay Book Company towards the end of Clinton’s book signing. The long lines of people were gone, but there were still a lot of people waiting out front of the bookstore to catch a last glimpse of Clinton before she left. When Clinton stepped out of a side entrance heading for her motorcade the crowd erupted with enthusiastic cheers.

Hillary Clinton Capitol Hill Seattle Elliott Bay Book Company What Happened
People waited outside Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Company to get a final view of Hillary Clinton before she left to continue her book tour. Capitol Hill, Seattle, 12 December 2017.
Hillary Clinton Seattle Capitol Hill What Happened
Hillary Clinton leaving a book signing event at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Company on 12 December 2017.
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Fans, supporters, and police wrap things up after watching Hillary Clinton depart Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Company.
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Fans, supporters, and police wrap things up after watching Hillary Clinton depart Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Company.
Hillary Clinton on the Hill (8 of 8)
Fans, supporters, and police wrap things up after watching Hillary Clinton depart Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Company.

I recommend visiting the Seattle PI to check out Grant Hindsley’s photos and comments about the visit.

 

 

4 thoughts on “On the Streets: Clinton on (the other) Capitol Hill

  1. That’s awfully neat you got a glimpse of a former First Lady, too bad it was for her miserable book tour. I’m being kind of tongue in cheek (about the miserable book part) but I digress, lol! Wasn’t President Clinton in the bookstore sometime the past year or two or is time getting away from me?

    From your perspective, what kind of secret service presence was around the bookstore?

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    • It was cool. I love that bookstore, so it was great to have her in the neighborhood. I think they’ve visited a few times over the years. I read somewhere that the Clintons have called it their favorite bookstore. I spent a good chunk of time in the State Department, so I’ve seen her a few times, but that seems ages ago already.

      I wasn’t an enthusiastic supporter of Clinton, but I definitely wanted her to win the election.

      I walked up moments before I took that photo, so I didn’t have a lot of time to take in the surroundings, but there was definitely a big security presence. They blocked the street off to traffic, and there were police everywhere. As there should be, I think. There is so much hatred directed at her. It’s still hard to believe that people were circulating that ridiculous story that she was involved in a human trafficking plot at a pizza restaurant in DC. The things people will believe and share…frightening.

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      • I’m not very internet savvy, I need to be a little more careful or I’ll make myself seem like a troll. Pretty much the same here about Clinton (lukewarm supporter), my fuzzy dig was a sloppy observation as to the fairly polarized reaction from her own supporters and colleagues who are still “traumatized” from the election aftermath of 2016, to her writing the book. You’re absolutely correct about the hatred directed at her, she has been a convenient punching bag for years. It’s a despicable thing!

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      • Oh, no trolling suspicions here. I knew what you were getting at! I have some thoughts on that, too. I thought it was a little soon to make a grand reflection on what happened in that election, but I clearly don’t have very good political instincts. I think the big wig Dem donors wanted an assessment, a reckoning. That may have been the best means of doing it I guess.

        I really did want her to win, though. Intelligent, capable, knows policy inside and out. I didn’t like her hawkish tendencies. I have somewhat sarcastically complained that she’s never seen a war she didn’t like. I also got annoyed with the “but her emails” chorus. I did about 10 years with the USG. At best I’d have been fired. She was around the USG long enough to know how ill-advised that was. I think it’s reasonable to acknowledge the bad judgment there and still support her. She was the best candidate. But we can do that without just writing it off as no big deal.

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