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. Belle

    Why do you want to know? She deserves some peace and quiet.

    June 13, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. After further review,Texas.

    Better yet,ask me if I care where the closet Republican went.

    June 13, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Josie

    Leave her alone. Let her re-group. Good grief.

    June 13, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Dave, East Aurora NY

    Hopefully she's taking some time to realize that she is one of two US Senators from New York and she needs to start acting like one, not just saying she is one. She's the first to demand accountability of others while denouncing those who criticize her performance.

    June 13, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. The Truth

    Shes probably exhausted from all the campaigning and is somewhere taking a long nap and just being away from all of the press and everything else out there.

    Even if I'm an Obama supporter, she ran a good campaign and she deserves the rest

    June 13, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Savvy

    She deserves to rest for a while. I'm sure she'll be up and at 'em soon, campaigning her heart our for Obama and democrats. I'm an Obama supporter but it's a major adjustment and switching of gears to help someone else get what you want!

    Obama '08 baby!

    June 13, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. Les-Wa

    Hillary is taking a vacation after a long hard months of campaigning. Because of Hillary, many Americans have now seen the corruption within the Democratic Party. Many Democrats now are calling themselves "PUMA DEMOCRATS", for that they should be commended. These people are so courageous for standing up and be counted and fight the corrupt primary system of the Democratic Party.

    As for Hillary, she'll be written in our history, a QUALIFIED candidate for Presidential election was shafted simply because of her GENDER. Sexism is worse in this country than racism. She would be a very powerful woman in the Senate. Have a good holiday Hillary, you deserve it after a grueling campaign and nastiness spewed by Obama Campaigners and supporters. This lifelong democrat will NEVER vote for Obama, my vote goes to McCain.


    June 13, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. Xavier, Saint Louis, MO

    Everybody needs a break from time to time and so does Hillary. She lost a hard fought race. Give Hillary her space.


    June 13, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    She does need to stay away for awhile, since she has managed to cause a serious division within the DNC...

    June 13, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Travis (in the real world)

    She's somewhat a smart lady...now maybe she will disappear forever.

    June 13, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Beverly, NYC

    Wherever she is please stay there until November 5th. It's been lovely not hearing about your popular vote and how everyone done you wrong. Obama is doing just fine without your imput.

    June 13, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Ralph

    The downtime will do everyone a lot of good. She will be back in a big way when she is ready.

    June 13, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. 52 year old Baltimore ,CPA, Black Women

    Home resting give me a break- Let me see you work that hard and not take a rest.....Please news,news, your are news men!!!!

    June 13, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Enjoy--HILLARY !!

    Hope you enjoy your rest where-you-are. Stay there until November 5/08 and then come and say hello to your supporters....

    June 13, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. Tim

    She's probably still plotting ways of overthrowing Obama.

    June 13, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. Betsy

    Thank you Hillary. Thanks for all you've done to break barriers for women all over the country.

    You may have lost the primaries, but you will not be forgotten.

    Enjoy your break, then get back to work on Capital Hill and continue to make us proud.

    June 13, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. oil rules

    Once again, why do these politicians get to return to their old jobs that they have deserted for so long to run for another office? This happens on the federal and state level. I know if I wanted to run for an office it would be good-bye job. They should have to resign their post if they are not going to do the work. That would certainly change some minds before they get in to a race. Just feels like a further fleecing of the people and our tax dollars. I know some folks think that the government has plenty of money to spend, just think about where it comes from every now and then.

    June 13, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. Where's the beef?

    Good question. Where is all the support she promised?
    Why isn't she backing Obama as promised? Why isn't she joining in the battle against the GOP like she should have been during the primarys? Inquiring minds want to know!

    June 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Sante

    She is definitely the more qualified candidate, to bad what has happened!
    I personally suggest, OBAMA to leave her alone.
    Let him finally earn something on his own!
    VP or NO HELP! That is fare!

    18 mil . love you Hillary!

    June 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. Charley

    How boring without her. Obama and McCain have neither the depth of understanding on issues and everday people to make it interesting or profound. Even Hillary's critics must admit the General election campaign is now a fairly traditional Dem vs Rep snoozefest .- The boyz economic speeches could be Dukkais vs. Bush1 – Obama sounds more like Mondale than some savior –

    Oh well – wake me when it's over

    June 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. Eric

    Maybe she just needs some much needed R&R. Let this woman breathe more a moment, and caught her breath.

    June 13, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. Carla ON,Canada

    Hope Hillary gets some need rest after her hard fought campaign.
    The DNC basically stole the election from her by giving Obama delegates in MI. I hope she challenges it and makes a comeback in Denver...

    June 13, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. Dems be dopes

    She will be back.

    Suspend does not mean end.

    June 13, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. tj

    CNN. plz post this,
    Hillary & Bill. remember we love you.
    Hillary, plz drop this DNC – they are traitor left wing radicals.
    They betrayed their core to embrace completely unexperienced phony candidate and are very happy with young people he brought to them.
    Let's they stay happy with them. The way how this party treated both of you after you put your life on democratic issues is disgusting.
    Shame on Pelosi, Dean, Kerry, Brazille.
    Please drop this party and set a new party – moderate democrats.
    Millions of people don't have representation now, because they are not republicans in their heart but at the same time they cannot deal with current DNC anymore.
    And plz don't agree on any position in Obama's administration.
    He is phony and will have the same results as Carter.
    We love you

    June 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. Emily

    Gone for good, let's hope. American doesn't need any more Clinton crap going on.

    June 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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