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. skinny dog

    What do you expect, after "losing" to a phony hypocrite. Take some well deserved rest, and wait for 2012. We will make sure to voter for her in 2012 by not voting for BHO.

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

    How pathetic you are, CNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You make me sick!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 13, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. McCrazy

    Give her a break. The DNC basically bullied her into quitting and backing Obama, so the least people can do is back off. They are lucky she is even agreeing to support Obama.

    June 13, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Sara from Arizona

    Bought an RV, retired and took Bill with her.

    June 13, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. donna

    She is taking a much deserved break...let her rest!!!

    June 13, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. Jaime

    Who cares? McCain can't post here.

    McCain is computer illiterate he can not possibly relate to technological advances.

    June 13, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Who cares? She has had a long campaign and is exhausted. Leave her alone already!

    June 13, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. Alex in TX

    The woman just went through a grueling ordeal...give her some time and peace and quiet.

    Good lord we don't need everyone under a microscope 24/7 do we?

    June 13, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. BobFV1

    Hard to imagine anything I could possibly care less about than Hillary Clinton's whereabouts.

    June 13, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Dan-Virginia

    Is it so wrong for her to take a break and collect her thoughts? She has a wide array of potential paths open to her to continue to work for her ideals. It is only right that she take some time to contemplate where she wants to go next.

    June 13, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. Franky, New York, NY

    It's just not the same without Her. Obama vs. McCain...what a sleeper...

    June 13, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. shelley

    SHE'S TIRED! LEAVE HER ALONE!!!

    June 13, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. RSP

    Hillary will be appointed to a cabinet post under President McCain. You heard it here first, folks.

    June 13, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. Ted

    Give HIllary a break...She's lost her entitlement. She needs to rest a bit. I also believe she will be formally announcing her decision not to be considered for VP. There are far better and more productive posts she can hold that would not only benefit her political career, but better serve our Nation. I believe she has far more vision in that regard than her supporters.

    She is a good Senator and a feisty leader, maybe she can get in a position to replace Harry Reid and be a cheerleader for common sense in the Senate.

    June 13, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. lidred

    who cares

    June 13, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. FactCheck

    Why is everyone so fascinated with the runner-up? No Charlie Black, professional lobbyist, storied to be dug up? Or do we now have to do your job for you CNN?

    June 13, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. don from canada

    She is off CRYING & feeling sorry for herself and Bill. Boo Hoo Hillary !!

    June 13, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. Mike D

    shes on vacation!

    June 13, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Donj, NJ

    DUH...

    June 13, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. Bob

    Hillary? A full beard? Now that would be something;)

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

    Can the lady take a much needed break... why dont you try doing this for 17months and then get insulted by everything you do. I THINK YOU WILL WANT A VACATION. Cnn can you just let her be and leave her alone after all your negative comments what else do you want to say now. Its not your business where she is

    June 13, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. Justme WV

    Hillary is probably somewhere digging up dirt on Barack and Michelle Obama....where ever she is...I hope she stays put.

    June 13, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. George, Los Angeles

    I hope that she comes back in 2012. I know McCain is winning 2008. The Clintons are the only ones in present-day that can beat the Republicans. I can't wait for the Democrats to eat crow this November.

    June 13, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. j

    I think she needs time to go through the process of accepting her defeat. It's only been a short period of time since the primaries ended. Give her some space. She'll come out swinging when she's ready to do so.

    June 13, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. STILL FOR HILL

    Republicans better wake up, or we are going to end up with a socialist president who will bankrupt this country and probably get us into WWIII with his Jimmy Carter style foreign policy.

    Hillary 08 or McCain if necessary

    June 13, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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