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. Philip

    Didn't even notice! To focused on more important issues to care.

    June 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. Democrat AGAINST Obama

    She has every right to every free moment she can get. CNN as well as other media outlets have kicked her down these last several months.

    I will never vote Obama.

    CLINTON 2013

    June 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. James

    I think where ever she is is right where she needs to be , it aint` about Hillary anymore. She needs to just do what ever she wants from here. Barack can handle McCain .

    June 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. Julian M.

    Dear CNN,

    If you insist upon being considered a well respected news organization, please screen your articles for grammatical errors. This is the umpteenth instance where one of your online authors has written with a third grade student's grasp of the English language.

    It is commendable, however, that he or she used his dictionary.com widget to find the word "ubiquitous".

    June 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. If not Hillary....then McCain

    Must be a slow news day, you couldn't wait to get rid of her....now you wonder where she is....

    I hope she is enjoying herself away from the mainsteam media piranhas.

    June 13, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. Bob Stephens

    She is probably meeting with John McSame looking for a VP slot on his ticket.

    June 13, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Vig

    Clinton supporters have under taken a write-in campaign for her endorsement on the November ballot. Clinton was the victim of a "disappearance" campaign by the controlling media, similar to what dictators do to individuals who threaten the status quo – they make them disappear. B.O. was the beneficiary of HRC's degrading treatment – never said a word -actually seemed to be enjoying it. How can anyone endorse someone who benefits off the degradation of someone else?

    June 13, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    Hillary or Mc Cain no bama !!

    We will remember in november !

    June 13, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. Carl in Westchester NY

    I agree, CNN and the rest of the press pretty much destroyed Mrs Clintons campaign, now just leave her alone.

    This liberal democrat is sick of the liberal bias press! Especially CNN and NBC.

    June 13, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. Bob From Pittsburgh

    Well deserved vacation..

    Oh...!!! Ken take a pill...

    June 13, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. sacto joe

    BEWARE!!!
    A lot of NEOCONS posing as Clinton or Obama supporters are posting hate mail. They're trying to drive a wedge between us!
    RESIST THE NEOCON HATE MACHINE!

    June 13, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. John

    Maybe she's packing and has moved to Canada. I've given thought to following her there!!!

    June 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. DEX

    Its only 7 Days. I'll start getting worried if its at least 6 months Plus, breaking Al's record. She has fought valiantly, Withstanding the behemoths like cnn, times, oprah and yes, Bill. Allow her to recoup!

    OBAMA/HILLARY 08

    June 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. WILLIS, Texas

    PLEASE, let sleeping dogs ly!

    June 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. Tim

    We're now have 95 years to go till we leave Iraq per Senator McCain’s 100 year prediction.

    June 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. Selina

    she's probably afraid to get stoned by CNN...and a FOOL beard like Richardson: I don't think so.

    June 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. CNN must have a comment limit they stop posting my stuff

    I'm sorry I thought she lost the race. Why are we concerned about Hillary’s whereabouts? Let her take a breather gosh. How about the media focus on the two actual candidates, Obama and McCain.

    June 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. Ted R. from NYC

    Hillary Clinton may be flying under the radar right now, but she hasn't gone anywhere. Has anyone noticed that it's been almost one week since her "concession" speech and not one word has been uttered by her in support of Obama? The reason is probably that, behind closed doors, she is still trying to convince the superdelegates to change their minds and select her for the nomination at the convention.

    By the way, did anyone else take note that she was the only healthy non-campainging Senator not to be present for the vote on oil drilling earlier in the week?

    June 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. Gideon

    I certainly hope she's enjoying her vacation while all her unpaid vendors are losing their businesses.

    June 13, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Cynthia

    I hope that she is somewhere getting some much needed rest after a hard fought campaign.

    June 13, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Steve

    Who cares ! Maybe she will just fade away. Just remember, the Dems will raise your taxes, then watch you complain.

    June 13, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. Mike

    WHO IN THE HELL CARES WHERE HILLARY IS...I'M JUST GLAD SHE'S GONE....THIS POLITICAL PROCESS FROM THE START WAS SO EXCITING FOR ALL AMERICAS, PEOPLE WERE TALK ABOUT POLITICS, EVERYWHERE YOU WENT WITH EXCITEMENT.

    HILLARY TOOK ALL THAT AWAY, SHE PLAYED DIRTY POLITICS, USED THE WOMAN GENDER TO SUIT HER, SHE BROUGHT RACE IN THE VENUE, SHE JUST DESTROYED THAT JOY THAT EVERYONE HAD, NOW THE PARTY IS AT ODDS, HER SUPPORTERS ARE DECALRING THAT THEY WILL VOTE FOR THE OTHER PARTY, FOR SURE HILLARY DESTROYED IT ALL...THIS ELECTION HAS LOST IT'S EXCITEMENT THANKS TO HILLARY..

    SO I SAY GOODRIDDENS, YOU DIVIDED THIS COUNTRY AND THE PARTY IN A MATTER OF TWO WEEKS...IT IS OBVIOUS THAT HILLARY IS NOT A PERSON WHO COULC UNITE PEOPLE, SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN A GOOD PRESIDENT....NO WAY...

    June 13, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. Happy in CT

    Just Kidding.... She needs a rest in Hawaii....

    But to be honest I'm not sure How the Obama campaign treated her so bad. I think it was Definately the Media(FOX "news")... & the Republicans... I saw the Obama camp playing more defense than anything.

    Why "HATE" Obama... disagree w/him okay... But HATE him?

    You guys should see how law works... it sucks most of the time but If you can recognize where the red-tape & pitfalls are you'll be okay in this government. that was the only key differences in their campaigns.

    I still Love Clinton,,,,

    June 13, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. Pappu

    You mean you want her back so you can continue to beat up on her? Shame on you CNN and the rest of the media.

    June 13, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. Matt CO

    I am an Obama supporter, Give her some space she will be back. . . .
    As VP or just a big supporter. Let see how long you need to decompress after fighting for a job for 18 months and not getting it by relatively small margin. Come Dems lets collect our selves and get the republicans out of the white house! If you need time to unite . . . take it, but please come back to the party and lets start righting some wrongs

    June 13, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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