June 13th, 2008
08:41 PM ET
10 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. mark

    and nobody cares either...

    June 13, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |

    CNN , please report on something else happening.

    June 13, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. Nina

    What do you care? You could 'nt wait to get rid of her. leave her alone.

    June 13, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Aza

    I wish Hillary all of best.Hope she will have some rest and then campaign for our Democratic nominee.
    And the best thing she can do for democrats now is critisize McSame
    same way she was critisizing Obama,even harder.That will help her supporters who is considering stay home or even vote for warmonger reconsider their position.
    In her historic speach endorsing Obama she never said a word about McSame.I will love to see some fight between Obama-Hillary and McSame.

    June 13, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. aware

    Hillary would do joint-town halls with McCain in a heart beat! 🙂

    Obama doesn't excel in this format to put it nicely! 🙂

    Obama's best format is a speech written by a 26 year old, read from a teleprompter and delivered in Jeremiah Wright style in front of a large crowd!

    He is not good one on one or in small groups. He bumbles, stumbles and thinks out loud with long awkward pauses!

    But, town hall type gatherings with off the cuff questions and answers are the only way people can really know the candidate up front and personal!

    McCain is the only wise choice for 08 since Hillary was canabalised by her extreme left-wing party and the extreme left-wing media. So, vote for the American hero who is in touch with mainstream America!

    Oh, I am not a Republican but I will vote for the best candidate to be president of the Unites States of America. 🙂

    June 13, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. Phil, FL

    Leave them alone – they deserve a vacation.

    Maybe you all should take a vacation from pushing the Clintons down our throats day after day after day (Blitzer, Brown, Dobbs)

    June 13, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. ckh

    Thank god there's she's gone! I am really enjoying watching the news without seeing her!

    June 13, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. David

    I hope she's somewhere getting lots of rest and laughs as she sits back and watches Obama sink himself.

    June 13, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. Chris

    I hope Hillary doesn't come back in 6 months with a full beard.

    June 13, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. Eric

    Hillary your true supporters understand why you are entitled to some rest and relaxation after such a vigorous campaign. Now watch Obama's supporters start with the "Why isn't she stumping for Obama?" rehtoric.

    June 13, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. A Hillary Supporter

    Heck i would hide to if I was Hillary. She don't want people calling her to pay the 30millions she owes.

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

    She's probably taking a much needed nap! Is she not allowed to do even that without media scrutiny?

    June 13, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Bill is in Torrance, California attending his nephew's eight grade graduation......Hillary is home reading the latest edition of the National Enquirer.....no more to be said.

    June 13, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Psbro

    Leave her alone, she deserves a break. It's not like you really care.

    June 13, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    GOOD... we were all sick to death of her whiny mouth anyway.

    June 13, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. Michelle D. Atlanta, GA

    Best of Luck, Hillary. You stood toe to toe, took the hits and still stood tall and I'm proud of what you did. Would love to see you as VP or in some sort of high cabinet position.

    People like you have integrity, good leadership skills and a real desire to see only good things for our country – and Lord knows we need all the help we can get right now after 8 years of Bush destroying our economy and international reputation.

    Still have to wonder how things would have turned out if Gore were president. Perhaps things wouldn't be as bad as they are now. Really wish "W" had listened to the people instead of Cheny, Rove and Rumsfield. Oh well, I blame the idiots who voted for him (twice).

    June 13, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Madison

    Where has Hillary gone and more importantly, can she stay there for a long time?

    June 13, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. jen

    I am very concerned how the media coverage has gone during basically what is the first week of the general election. I had always heard that for some unexplained reason McCain was always considered the "media darling". Be it CNN, ABC, CBS or MSNBC (Fox isn't news) It seems that every article is questioning Obama, and how everything outside his control affects his chances in the fall. For example a Representative in OK will not endorse yet no mention of the many Reps that do not support McCain. Next you have story after story about how Michelle Obama is going to be attacked which basically serves the pupose of the sleezballs planning to do the attacking. Next more talk about how Clinton supporters are not going to support Obama with no mention of how many of McCains opponents wont vote for him. Next the headline Obama struggles with Jewish voters, even though he is doing very well with other groups and in fact is not doing that poorly with Jewish voters.Then there is story after story about Jim Johnson and no mention of the person heading up McCains VP search. Then when McCain makes a mistake you search and search to equalize that story with an anti Obama headline. The first week of the media coverage has been crapppppppppp.

    June 13, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. KateyGreen

    If Hillary is smart, she'll lie low. Obama doesn't need her, and Obama's supporters don't want to hear from her.

    June 13, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. I HEARD

    I heard that Hilary was retiring to Florida and she is going to open up a theme park and call it HILLARYLAND.

    The main attraction will be "Dodging Sniper Fire" a fast paced thrilling adventure that whirls you through imagined sniper fire.

    There will be an arcade game entitled "Spin, spin till you win" Narrated by Terry McAuliffe and Lanny Davis.

    There will also be a village called Fantasyland, where you will the presidency

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

    With 7 months until the election, how important is this? She did say she was taking a little break folks. Taking a break means "not doing something" that you were doing. Let's talk about some issues like the new inflation number!

    Obama – 08

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

    Rest well Hillary...you deserve it. Then get back in the saddle and start your plans for 2012.

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

    It hard to run for president i bet let her have time . When president wins in November they take some time of yes no . just give her time

    June 13, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Matt Canoga Park

    Who Cares??? She can leave and never come back and that would make over 60% of the US happy never to see her again. But I know we won't get that lucky. But anytime she is not around is a good time.

    June 13, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. DD, New York

    Despite how everyone else might feel, I love Hillary! If she ran as an independent, I would vote for her. But I really don't think she would break away from the Party.

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