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Hillary Clinton admits it's been very difficult

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Hillary Clinton places her hand over her heart as she walks to the podium to address the Children's Defense Fund's Beat the Odds celebration at the Newseum in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) Hillary Clinton places her hand over her heart as she walks to the podium to address the Children's Defense Fund's Beat the Odds celebration at the Newseum in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Hillary Clinton made her first public appearance Wednesday night after conceding the election to Donald Trump.

In remarks that were equal parts pep talk and funeral dirge, Clinton encouraged her backers to "never, ever give up."

"I know this isn't easy. I know that over the past week a lot of people have asked themselves whether America is the country we thought it was," Clinton said at the annual gala of the Children's Defense Fund, the child advocacy organization where she started her legal career. "But please listen to me when I say this: America is worth it."

Clinton gets emotional when discussing her own mother who was abandoned by her parents at the age of eight. She said she wished she could tell her mother at that age "you will survive." "Your daughter will grow up to be a United States Senator, represent our country as secretary of state, and win more than 62 million votes for president of United States."

Clinton's speech at the Children's Defense Fun Gala drew quick reaction on social media.

"There have been a few times this past week when all I wanted to do was just curl up with a good book or our dogs and never leave the house again," she ruefully admitted.

She chose friendly ground to make her first public appearance since her emotional concession speech in New York City last Wednesday. Her first job out of law school in the 1970s was for Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman.

She later became a staff attorney and chairman of the group's board.

Wednesday's event had been scheduled before the campaign came to an end.

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