Clinton: 'I Would End Up on the Mall Sometimes, Walking Around,' Snapping Photos for Tourists

By Susan Jones | February 4, 2016 | 5:23am EST
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, stands to answer a question from the audience alongside host Anderson Cooper during a Democratic primary town hall sponsored by CNN, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Derry, N.H. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

( - At the end of her town hall meeting in New Hampshire Tuesday night, CNN's Anderson Cooper asked Hillary Clinton "if you could be anonymous for just one day, what would you do?"

"I used to do this in the White House," Hillary said. "And, um, you know, I would put on a baseball cap and sunglasses and, you know, sweat pants and a sweat shirt, and pull my hair back, and I would go walk.

"And I would tell the Secret Service they had to wear casual clothes, they had to take the things out of their ears -- they had to look like they were just tourists.

"I had the best time. You know, I would end up over on the Mall sometimes, walking around and a family would come up, and say, 'Would you mind taking our picture in front of the White House? I'd be happy to, here, why don't you--'

"Um, so, you know, there's nothing I like better than to be anonymous, as hard as that is to achieve.

"So, I would spend the day out in nature, taking a long walk, walking through one of the beautiful towns here in New Hampshire, stopping in a cafe, stopping in a bookstore, you know, maybe calling some of  my friends, some of whom are here tonight, and saying, don't tell anybody, but meet me, you know, there.

"That's what I want to do and it's what I get the great joy out of.

"I am so fortunate that I still have my friends from grade school and every other phase of my life. And they keep me grounded, they keep me honest..."

Clinton has a history of telling stories that strain credulity, such as her desire as a young law school graduate to join the Marines; and her claim that on a visit to Bosnia in 1996, she and her entourage took sniper fire and had to run “with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”

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