June 13th, 2008
08:41 PM ET
7 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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soundoff (258 Responses)
  1. Matt, Chico, CA

    who cares?

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

    You the media kills me...one minute they wanted nothing more than for her to disappear. Now everyone wants to know where she is!

    She's vacationing and relaxing. Preparing to alleviate her campaign debt and hit the trail for Senator Obama. She deserved a rest and some R&R away from this fickle media. I'm GLAD she's no longer taking attention away from Obama. She needed to take a step back and allow the country time to distance themselves from her candidacy and it's loss while warming up to Obama.

    And that is what she has been doing! So please give it a rest!

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

    Has Hilary gone to join Waldo or something? Where in the world is Hillary Clinton...sing with me now. I thought she would be working tirelessly with Senator Obama to bring over her voters to him...Actions speaks louder than words, senator Hill.

    June 13, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. robert breault

    It's over for you Hillary. Back to New York for you.
    The question now is " what are you going to do with Bill?

    June 13, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. Mark, Berwyn, PA

    She's taking much needed time with her family? But her "husband" is in CA talking to children. So is she away with her girlfriend on a cozy vacation island somewhere? Whatever, come out of the closet and be honest for once in your life Hillary. But if not, then please, please, just stay away. Far far away. It's so much nicer not reading anything about you these days. What a breathe of fresh air!!!!

    June 13, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Glad to be an Independent

    After a lengthy primary season, she is taking a break. After traveling to so many states and going to all of those events, she is most likely staying away for a little while. Obama should consider her not for the VP but rather the Supreme Court. She could do far more on the Supreme Court than as VP.

    June 13, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Pat-Pittsburgh

    Do ya think, just maybe, we could give the lady a break and a little down time.

    What, there isn't enough news out there for CNN.

    Hillary is going to be just fine, go find someone else to stalk for awhile.

    June 13, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Nick, Texas

    "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."

    I think the odds are pretty low that we'll see a bearded Hillary emerge from obscurity any time soon.

    June 13, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Swalker327

    She's chillin' - leave her alone.

    OBAMA MAMA '08

    June 13, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. jenn in Cape Cod

    She is:
    –on a well-deserved vacation
    –writing a new book about the campaign and the Obama-biased media coverage of it
    –plotting to divorce her less-than-bright husband who lost the nomination for her with his big stupid mouth
    Jenn in Cape Cod–Hillary 2012

    June 13, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. Linda

    For a much needed rest.

    June 13, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. Susan

    I feel for Hillary. She should have got the nomination. Millions know that.

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

    After the way the media sabotaged her campaign, it's none of their business where she is!!!

    June 13, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. Independent for Obama

    Well, she deserves some time to recover – I hope she's having an island vacation and resting. It was a hard-fought campaign, she worked incredibly hard, and I hope the press gives her some PRIVACY!!!

    June 13, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. scottaesmith

    I wonder if Mrs. Clinton will emerge six months from today with a full beard...

    Seriously, though, she deserves to take some time off and relax. I know that's what I would do.

    June 13, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. ck

    Where has she gone??

    WHO CARES!!

    Just enjoying not having to see her!!!

    June 13, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. DeadEye

    17 months campaigning is enough to burn anyone out. IMHO, she has earned the next 12 months off. We here in NY are accustomed to not having a senator of any value working for the state. Maybe Chuck can run for a presidential nomination too – please, take them both.

    June 13, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. Sheila

    Can't the woman take a few days off? For God's sake why is the media so obsessed with Hilary laying low for a while. The woman has worked her butt off for the last 17 months. Leave her alone. She's licking her wounds and relaxing. Who's looking for her anyway? Who cares?

    June 13, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. Gadissa

    good for her.

    June 13, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. RT

    Good, I have been witing for this day a long time. In fact, I thought this was going to happen over 10 weeks ago.

    June 13, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Jot

    The clintons don't need to work to live. CNN and other media after trushing her are now wondering where she is.What do you care. You elected Obama in the primaries it's not going to happen in the general election. The 18millions who voted for Clinton at least 3/4 of them will vote McCain. The democtratic party and the media will lose this time

    June 13, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. Linda

    The poor woman needs a well deserved rest. But she's a fighter, and the best person the Democratic party has to offer, so she will be back We still need her!

    June 13, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. Angelina

    I see. You treat her like dirt all throughout her campaign, showing biased in favor of Obama, and NOW you wonder where she is.
    Leave her alone, CNN!! I'm not even a Democrat and I KNOW she should have been the Democratic nominee. What the DNC did to this woman by pushing superdelegate unity against Clinton was reprehensible. I hope you lose the election because of it.
    But you won't print this, because you never print anything truthful or against Obama.

    June 13, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. Ryuken

    She needs the R&R because Obama is going to have to beg her to win this election for him.

    June 13, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. Yak

    The race got boring when she left. It got so boring, I'm sitting this one out on November.

    June 13, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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