After partaking in the public spectacle that is the Iowa State Fair, Hillary Rodham Clinton spent the weekend away from the prying eyes and ears of the national press corps at a familiar getaway -- Martha's Vineyard.
Or at least that was the goal.
Instead, two events Clinton intended to be private become somewhat public Monday, offering a glimpse of the Democratic presidential candidate's pitch to campaign donors and her cutting it up at a party for longtime family friend.
On Saturday, Clinton joined her husband as well as President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, who are vacationing again here this August, to celebrate Vernon Jordan's 80th birthday party.
The White House that night issued what's referred to as a “readout” of the affair, noting the presence of President Bill Clinton, the Obamas, among others, but not the potential future president. But Monday the band that played at the party posted a two-minute video clip of both Clintons dancing along to the music.
On Sunday, Hillary Clinton attended two fundraisers for her campaign, one on Martha's Vineyard and the other on nearby Nantucket, attended by a combined 555 on both vacation islands. Again, the events were designed to be closed to the press, but a reporter from Politico overheard some of the presidential hopeful's remarks.
According to the report, the thrust of her remarks were about early childhood education, at one point invoking her granddaughter, Charlotte, as she joked about how often the family reads, talks and sings to her -- steps that research shows will benefit her down the road. “She's a Clinton, she's talking too much, probably,” she joked.
What's notable about what the reporter overheard -- particularly given the fallout of Mitt Romney's “47 percent” comments that leaked out from a similarly closed fundraiser -- was how similar it is to her regular stump speech on the campaign trail.