Former presidential candidates — they're just like us! Or in this case, just like Margot Gerster, who ran into Hillary Clinton walking her dog in upstate New York just two days after losing the election to Donald Trump.
Gerster told BuzzFeed News that Bill Clinton took the photo of her and Hillary on Thursday after she serendipitously ran into them while hiking with her 13-month-old daughter, Phoebe, in Chappaqua, New York.
"Hillary Clinton and Bill with their dogs doing exactly the same thing as I was," she wrote on Facebook.
“It felt crazy, but amazing," Gerster said of running into the Clintons, who own a home in the area. "I take my daughter hiking almost every day, so you don’t expect to run into Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton" two days after the election.
"It felt really nice to speak to her and to tell her how nice it was for me as a woman and a mother to vote for her," said Gerster, who had taken her daughter to vote with her on Election Day. "She couldn’t have been any kinder or more welcoming."
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"I shared it on Facebook," Gerster told BuzzFeed News, "because I found it to be a very encouraging moment and I hope that people who felt heartbroken by the election that this is some sort of comfort — or at least puts a smile on their face for however brief a moment."
"That’s how I felt," she continued. "I couldn’t stop smiling afterwards. Considering that there were a lot of tears, it was pretty wonderful to go from that to this."
People on social media were also excited to see that Hillary Clinton was doing A-OK and finally able to have a moment of calm, after a raucous election.
Some people were particularly touched by the fact that Gerster's daughter Phoebe had been able to meet the first woman to run for president on a major party's ticket.
Other people described the photo as exactly what they needed.
Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a breaking news reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Honolulu.
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