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.
I think she deserves her privacy.
Where ever you are I wish you the best in life for you and for your family.
and i hope you back to us again to try to fix the GAS PRICES.
I support Obama 100% and feel he has the character to be a great President.
Leave Hilliary alone.
Let her come to terms with her dissapointment.
Check all the bars in Kentucky and West Virginia where she was promised a shot and beer on the house.
R E S P E C T
Hillary should be VP!!
Clinton democrats for McCain
its your choice Obama, dont make a grave mistake and choose some looser!! we alredy have one looser on the ticket..
Who Cares? Let her be
Enjoy a much-needed rest Hillary. Let the media drive in circles looking for you - maybe they will realize they should be looking for real news instead.
Hillary will be back – and how!!!
She is sitting back waiting on Obama to mess up and fall in the polls. She is waiting to see if he can obtain her supporters, if he cannot, she will not be seen for some time, but if he can obtain her supporters she will be back out in the spotlight soon pretending to want to help. I truly do not think Obama needs her for anything. I believe he is capable of pulling this off on his own by stayinig on message and the issues and he will do just fine.
i hope hillary emerges with a full beard too!
Clinton Is Taking A Well Deserted Rest! Mccain Is Begging For A Town Hall Meeting! Obama Is Taking Care Of Business! Now That We Know Where Everyone Is Can We Talk About Important Issues?
Leave her alone. You wanted her gone and out of the race.
Let her be.
I should hope Hilary will soon start campaigning for Obama. If she is truly for a unified party, she has to put in work to ensure Obama's campaign picks up momentum. If she doesn't it shows some people's views on her are true. That she was out for self and would destroy the democratic party to get her way.
Good for her – let's keep it repectful people.
It's time to untie against policies that have taken this country to new lows.
As an Obama supporter I don't mind if Hillary takes a few weeks off before she gets to helping Obama.
To all the Hillary or McWar people:
Stop the BS. You might or might not be for Obama, most of the topics Obama and Hillay had are almost the same, BUT if you were truly for Hillary then the LAST thing you would do is support McWar.
Look at Hillary's three top issues.
Hillary: Pro-choice, Pro-Gov health care, Anti-war
McWar: anti-choice, anti-universial health care, PRO-WAR
Wherever Hillary is I hope she's getting rested...I was beginning to believe she was having a meltdown there toward the end.
I'm an avid Obama supporter but I must say that I am shocked that CNN would cover such a story. For goodness sake, the woman just lost her Presidential bid and has to come to reality that while it was so close to her fingertips, it will NEVER happen for her again (for so many obvious reasons including some of those by her own fault). Let the woman "rest in peace". I can imagine how heartbroken she must be to know that she lost to a "no-name black man". My heart goes out to her and I wish her nothing more than the best throughout the "remainder" of her political career (whatever that might be).
She suspended her campaign.
She has a right to a vacation. She worked hard and did an excellent job.
She deserves it.
Hillary For President
Maybe she's getting a divorce.
are we to infer from this outstanding piece of journalism that we should look for Hillary to emerge around December with a full beard?
Just as long as she's not cooking up anything nefarious then she can have all the time she needs.
Well I certainly hope Hillary doesn't re-emerge with a beard!
She's getting fired up and ready to go.
Lets Go Dems!!!!
She's just allowing the winner (Obama) room to shine.