Hillary Clinton said of her recent bout of pneumonia, "This is an ailment that many people power through and that's what I thought could do too"

By Tierney McAfee
Updated September 15, 2016 05:15 PM
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Hillary Clinton was back on the campaign trail Thursday after three days of rest to recover from pneumonia.

Taking the stage to James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good),” Clinton told supporters at a rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, “As you may know, I recently had a cough that turned out to be pneumonia. I tried to power through it but even I had to admit that maybe a few days of rest would do me good.”

“I’m not great at taking it easy even under ordinary circumstances, but with just two months to go until Election Day, sitting at home was pretty much the last place I wanted to be,” she added.

“This is an ailment that many people power through and that’s what I thought could do too.”

Clinton found the silver lining in her sickness, saying she spent the past three days reflecting at home. “It turns out, having a few days to myself was actually a gift,” said the former secretary of state.

Asked aboard her campaign plane whether her sick days included binge-watching The Good Wife, Clinton said she was “sad” the series ended but was looking forward to Madam Secretary coming back with new episodes.

In her speech in the battleground state of North Carolina, Clinton spoke in measured tones, but Brown’s wailed strains of “I Feel Good” rang out again as Clinton shook hands and posed for selfies along the rope line following her remarks. Long criticized for not giving regular press conferences, Clinton then stood at a lectern and fielded questions from her traveling press corps for the second time in a week.

Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri said in a statement before the speech, “One upside to Hillary Clinton’s break from the trail was having time to sharpen the final argument she will present to voters in these closing weeks.”

After the Democratic nominee nearly fainted at a 9/11 memorial in New York City on Sunday, Clinton’s doctor revealed that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia days earlier. The belated revelation renewed concerns over Clinton’s health and the transparency of her campaign.

Clinton’s doctor declared her “fit to serve” as president in a letter released on Wednesday along with other details on Clinton’s health.