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Hillary Clinton's first TV interview since her 2016 presidential election defeat aired on Sunday's edition of “CBS News Sunday Morning.”

Conducted by Jane Pauley, it got right down to business with a blunt admission from the former U.S. senator and secretary of state: Her concession speech came a day late in large part because she hadn't written one.

“I just kind of went in the bedroom, laid down on the bed, just thought 'OK, I just have to wait this out,'” she said. “But then, midnight, I decided, 'Well, looks like it's not gonna work.'” That was when she called Donald Trump to officially concede, followed by a call to then-President Barack Obama. By sunrise, though, the public still hadn't heard from her.

“I had not drafted a concession speech,” Clinton explained. “I had been working on a victory speech!” she added, laughing as she recounted the memory. “I just felt this enormous letdown, this kind of loss of feeling and direction and sadness. And you know, Bill just kept saying, 'Oh, you know, that was a terrific speech,' just kind of [trying to] bolster me a little bit.”

She then described how she tried to calm herself down with everything from closet cleaning to hiking, including “my share of Chardonnay,” describing it as a “very hard transition” where “I really struggled” because she was so “wiped out.”

The segment moved to a shot outside a house owned by the Clintons in Chappaqua, New York, but it's not the house they've lived in for several years. Instead, it's one they bought before the election with the idea that White House staff and security could stay there whenever Hillary returned home during her expected presidency.

“I know a lot about what it takes to move a president, and I thought I was going to win,” she told Pauley. “I'm very happy we did it.” Presumably, that's because she says she ended up writing her new book, “What Happened,” which comes out Tuesday, at the second house's kitchen table.

Watch the clip below, courtesy of CBS News.

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tutu(31 likes)Well you know the news and polls are always right.  So why would she even plan to lose?  You know the same ones that tell us that Trump is the least popular, lowest appeciated,  most disparaged president in history.  I think they might be polling the same people they polled for the elections.  Nothing but haters.  I think they are going to be flabbergasted when many incumbants on both side of the isle are ousted for people who will help with the agenda in 2018.  And even more flabbergasted in 2020 when we go another Trump round.  In Hillary's defense they only let her go coast to coast in places that people liked her.  She assumed that by hanging out with the rich and Hollywood, that everyone felt like them.  I guess she did not understand how deplorable it was to disparage those that vote.  It does not matter how poor on unfamous we are, our votes count equally to the rich and famous ones.  
@Otisamsonite(23 likes)That's indicative of an overblown ego. She could not concieve of losing. How smug, arrogant and irritating.
Margaret O'Brien(21 likes)Watched this interview out of morbid curIosity. She is STILL blaming everyone else for her pathetic campaign! And of course, she had to throw in that Trumps' inauguration speech was tailored to the white supremacist crowd. In her mind, she was working so hard to be a leader, and all Trump did was act like it was a reality show. She wouldn't campaign!!!! She wouldn't give interviews, unless she could controll the whole thing, while Donald Trump would campaign in several states a day, nearly every day! He did the hard work, while she sat back and figured she already had it wrapped up. He statement of people not being ready for a woman commander-in- chief because of a stereotype they had in their heads is absurd. I think America would welcome a woman as president; what they don't want is a lying, arrogant, condescending witch holding that office; in other words, Hillary!