June 13th, 2008
08:41 PM ET
6 years ago

Where has Clinton gone?

 Clinton hasn't made a public appearance since she dropped her White House bid in Saturday.
Clinton hasn't made a public appearance since she dropped her White House bid in Saturday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Her every step over the last 17 months was captured by a legion of cameramen and a press corps of journalists from around the world.

But for the last seven days, Hillary Clinton has been nowhere to seen, and Washington is speculating about where exactly the ubiquitous New York senator has gone.

WATCH: What will Clinton do now?

Is she camping out in her Georgetown home or is the former presidential candidate back at her Chappaqua estate? Perhaps she ventured to an isolated vacation spot, far removed from cable news and the political chattering class.

Members of her formal presidential campaign and her Senate staff aren't saying.

"She's enjoying some much-needed time with her family," said a staff member for her former campaign who asked not to be identified.

The two-term senator has a day job to return to, though no public events have yet to be scheduled and Clinton's Senate office is giving few clues on when she might return to the Hill.

"She'll be back before you know it," Philippe Reines, a senior adviser to Clinton said.

Laying low after a hard-fought presidential campaign is not exactly out of the ordinary.

After the 2000 presidential election, former Vice President Al Gore largely dodged the public eye, only to emerge six months later with a full beard. In 2004, John Kerry too took some down time after his loss to President Bush, though the Massachusetts Democrat was back in the Senate just over a week later.

Meanwhile, Bill Clinton on Thursday made his first public appearance since his wife formally dropped her presidential bid, speaking at the eighth grade graduation of his nephew in Torrance, California.

WATCH: Clinton formally ends her campaign

According to the local paper, the Daily Breeze, the former president spoke for about 10 minutes and avoided any mention of the presidential campaign.


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  1. Kenneth M

    CLINTON WOULD MAKE A GREAT SEC. OF STATE. IT WOULD BE GREAT IF THEY CAN WORK TOGETHER.

    June 13, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Her new slogan is:

    "I'll Be Back!"

    The Clintonator! :)

    June 13, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. Loretta from California

    Well, I would think that she is back doing was she does best. Working on behalf of the American people.

    June 13, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. David in Chicago

    Hillary, please get your people away from Mr. Dark Ages... we don't need to go back to woman going to Canada/mexico to abort.. we don't need to take away Gay people's rights as they finally are starting to make progress.. we need to bring those KIDS home from Iraq.. they don't want us there, were just getting in the way now!! Please talk some sense into your people, how can you vote Mccain if you are in line with Hilary!!!??? It's blowing my mind!! lol

    June 13, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. mike

    Have a good a blessed time.

    June 13, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. Why try 08

    As an Obama supporter I say let her rest. She deserves it. Best wishes Hillary.

    June 13, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. Peggy - Tx

    If Hillary can pull Penn. Democrats together to enthusiastically support Obama , then she will have redeemed herself and would be well positioned for the VP role or Secretary of Health position where she can fulfill her vision for America.

    June 13, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. MAX

    I wonder if Hilary will come back (like Al Gore) with a full beard?

    June 13, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. sidney nyc

    who care where she is.

    June 13, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. Shelby Y.

    Are you guys serious? She's gone home, where she needs to be!!!! Stop pushing her agenda, SHE LOST, SHE'S OUT OF THE RACE, SHE HAS NOT BEEN PICKED AS A RUNNING MATE!!!!!! In case you haven't noticed the general election has started, why dont you try reporting something of value to the American people regarding the candidates who DID win their parties nomination.

    Try reporting how McCain has voted aginst raising the minium wage 8 times,or how he has voted AGAINST every woman's issue he has had a chance to and how he treats his wife.

    June 13, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    give the lady some time. she will emerge back and campaign for obama maybe even run as vp. gosh,she is a woman and we do get tired just like men. she was on the go constantly and deserves a break
    HILLARY GET SOME REST. IF YOU BECOME VP YOU WILL NEED IT. WE ARE PULLING FOR YOU

    June 13, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. Herman in LA

    Well we know where Bill Clinton is, he in CA he was in the news paper today attending a graduation for a relative.

    June 13, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. Sherri

    Give her the time she needs to rest. I did not support her, but I do admire her. It was a tough campaign. She will be back to work in no time.

    June 13, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. DK of CA

    I hope she is getting rest and preparing to get her supporters to back Barack, and help the Democrats win in November.

    Obama '08

    June 13, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Kelley

    I am an Obama supporter, but I respect Hillary and hope she enjoys her much needed time off.

    June 13, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. Linda31

    Leave her alone to rest!

    June 13, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. sidney nyc

    she might be pinned down by SNIPER FIRE.
    LOL

    June 13, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. The Corp

    She's at McCain 's campaign HQs formulating a strategy to put the insane liberal genie back into the bottle.

    June 13, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. Canad

    Quote John McCain

    June 13, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. tidho

    probably sleeping.

    June 13, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. Robert

    We Love you Hillary! We support you!

    June 13, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    She needs it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 13, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. Karen from Charlottesville

    I'm not a huge fan of Hillary, but she worked very, very hard and deserves a nice, relaxing vacation. Let's show her a little respect and let her have a rest. She deserves it.

    June 13, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  24. Reuben Samuel

    Why the hell any one wants to know about Hillary? Guess do not have any more scoop on no good Obama and that old guy McCain!!!

    June 13, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. Abe Schenck

    I do not mean any disrespect, but I would be pretty sick of my family after 17 months of intense campaigning with them. If I were HRC, I'd be all like "peace, out yo" and get drunk with some cabana boys somewhere in the tropics.

    June 13, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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