CHAPPAQUA N.Y. – President-elect Hillary Clinton greeted reporters outside of her Chappaqua, New York home on Sunday with a message for the millions of supporters who have organized themselves under the label of ‘Pantsuit Nation.’ “To those women and men who gave so tirelessly to help secure our victory, I hear that you’re thirsty for more opportunities to help heal our country.” Clinton’s famously astute digital team simultaneously sent a graphical call-to-action to reporters’ phones, which began buzzing as the President-elect spoke.
“Without spending one dollar of federal money, we are organizing the largest volunteer initiative in our nation’s history, and we will use the strong Pantsuit Nation networks that formed during the election season to create person-to-person activism that can heal the divides in our communities and rebuild our nation’s promise,” she said. In the weeks before Clinton’s blowout victory over Republican Donald J. Trump, millions of Clinton supporters joined a ‘secret’ Facebook group called Pantsuit Nation, that has since spawned state and local chapters and prompted a fresh wave of grassroots activism.
“My campaign was predicated on the idea that we should do all the good we can, by all the means we can, in all the ways we can, in all the places we can, and in the age of the internet, it’s never been easier to connect energetic Americans to their own communities in ways that maximize everyone’s potential. What happens in Washington is important, but what happens down the street is so much more impactful. Pantsuit Posse will give interested people an opportunity to channel that potential and deploy their talents where it counts.”
President-elect Clinton declined to share specifics about how the group would be organized, telling reporters that in the midst of a busy transition, Pantsuit Posse is one of many elements being developed to ensure her administration is able to hit the ground running. “Every president staffs a cabinet,” she remarked, “but we’re looking at Pantsuit Posse as a way of staffing the whole country.” After the brief session, she and future First Gentleman Bill Clinton departed the estate to finish some last-minute Christmas shopping. “Aidan and Charlotte are at that prime Christmas age,” she joked. “We have to make sure to give them all the magic while they’re still young enough to feel it.”
(Cover photo by Flickr user Nathania Johnson)