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Read: Hilary Clinton Makes First Official Appearance And Speech (Photos)

Hillary Clinton attended the Children's Defense Fund's gala in Washington, D.C on Wednesday evening.

It was the failed presidential candidate's first public appearance since she conceded to Donald Trump a week ago.

She considered cancelling her speech, saying she 'wanted to curl up with a book or our dogs and never leave the house again'
Said she drew inspiration from the organization's founder and her mentor Marian Wright Edelman, who introduced tonight as the 'people's president'.

Clinton also talked about her mother, Dorothy, who died before her daughter became the Democratic nominee for president .

She tip-toed around her opponent as she delivered her address blocks away from his recently opened hotel and his new home.

Donald Trump did not come up, though she appeared to make reference to him when she speculated about the nation's 'uncertain future'

'I will admit coming here tonight wasn't the easiest thing for me,' she said at the Children's Defense Fund's gala in Washington, D.C.

The failed presidential candidate said 'there have been a few times this past week when all I wanted to do is just to curl up with a good book or our dogs and never leave the house again.'

ting the organization's founder, Marian Wright Edelman, Clinton said, 'Service is the rent we pay for living.'

'You don't get to stop paying rent just because things don't g

Clinton said she drew inspiration Edelman as she prepared for the speaking engagement she agreed to before her stunning defeat in the presidential election.

'If there's anyone who knows how to pick yourself up, and get back on your feet and get to work, it is Marian,' Clinton said. 'She has been doing it all of her life, and she has been helping the rest of us do it, too.'

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