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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soundoff (258 Responses)
  1. Janet, American via Canada

    The secret padded room! Sometimes one just has to vent and where better!

    June 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. X Democrat

    What's the matter CNN? No one to abuse? Get over it...you don't deserve to breathe her name.

    June 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. Michelletheracist

    You people Obama supporters and the biased Media wanted her out and now your talking trash about where she is!!
    Let Obama do this by himself.
    Didn't you guys say Obama didn't need her?
    It was more exciting when she was in the picture. Now it's so boring.

    June 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Abby

    She has every right to a long vacation. She has earned a break and a time to mourn her losses. …now if she’s till missing in August, then good luck to her in resurrecting her career.

    June 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. DANIEL-go John Mccain


    June 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Election Watcher

    Hillary was royally shafted by the DNC and the press.
    I would've been enthusiastic over her presidency, but am afraid Obama will turn into the next Jimmy Carter.

    June 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. R

    you guys couldn't WAIT for her to get out. Now that she is you guys asking foe her? That's right. Obama needs her and NOW you're realizing this.

    June 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Hyapathia Lee

    Hillary is laying low as she should be ... she fought a tough fight and needs to recharge.

    Cnn, why are you insisting on trying to keep her on the radar screen?

    Obama's stamina is the one being tested. Unlike McCain, he hasn't had a 2 month rest period after the primary .

    June 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. Elenadia from New york

    Give her a break, she needs to decompress! She has been giving huge amounts of time and energy to the primary campaign for a long , long time.

    Anyone would need a little family time off. Even though I'm an Obama supporter, I've always liked Hillary as my Senator, and I want her to take sme time to recoup and come out swinging on Obama's behalf, on the behalf of the Democratic Pary, and on behalf of New York state.

    That is a lot on her plate, so, I say leave her alone for a couple of weeks.

    June 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Connie

    Clinton needs to "Repent" and turn from sin...her load is heavy before GOD. Obama and John McCain also need to repent. Clinton is one of the worst of all. She plays angel of light but she is full of deception.

    June 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. John Anson

    Its about time she got back to NY and started earning her salary as our junior Senator ! she,s been missing for quite a while.

    June 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. Olivia

    I don't believe anything the media or polls say. I writing Hillary Clinton in come November or vote for McCain. Haven't decided – one thing I know for sure is that I will not vote for Obama. Christy Adkins said it best – the media (or whatever) to decide her vote. Hillary Clinton was the strongest candiate and he was robbed.

    June 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Rahni, Connecticut

    Hillary Clinton has a jealous heart although, she said that she support Barack Obama the speech gave was lie and her fake smile told the truth. I voted for Hillary Clinton in our state primary but I will not give my vote to John McCain or a Republican who ran down our economy.

    Rahni, Connecticut

    June 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. tinsel town

    She needs some time off! Geez. she ran herself ragged during the campaign. Of course she is going to take some time off away from all the press, etc..... Good for her! She is taking care of herself!

    June 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. Mr Brown

    THANK YOU!!!!

    June 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Jim

    Does anyone really expect Hillary Clinton to step forward and work hard to rally support around Barack Obama? Seriously folks, don't you get it? Bill and Hillary are so much about The Clinton Machine. I don't see that we'll be getting too much help from them to beat McBush in the fall. We've gotta do it for ourselves. Bill and Hillary fight for The Clintons, not the Democratic Party. Wake up.

    June 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Go Girl!

    HRC deserves some much needed rest. She was working so hard on the campaign trail. We'll see her shining star soon enough. Sending lots of love and support to you, HRC.

    June 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Sal in Phoenix

    Why does anybody need to find her?..she just went through a grueling and disappointing experience...she deserves a rest without media or anybody else around..she'll be seen when she wants to be seen..give it a rest!

    June 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. Mike, Las vegas, NV

    Regardless of your feelings for Mrs. Clinton, she needs to get away from the media for a while and get some much need Rest. Good for her.

    June 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Jan from Boca Raton, Fl.

    Sen. Clinton ran amazing race. Her goal was to fight for the American people as she has over the years.

    I think she and Bill should take a vacation for about 6 months so they
    don't have to campaign for Obama. The way they were treated by the
    media and the Obama campaign was a disgrace. Obama can't
    hold a candle to Bill Clinton's butt. He will never be the President
    Clinton was or the President Hillary would have been.

    The Clinton's are good Christian people, they wear the flag pin,
    put their hand over their heart for our National Anthum, and they have been proud of their country their entire lives.

    People are sick to death of Obama's "Yes We Can" speeches and to be perfectly honest we are sick of him.

    A democrat for 30 years, I will NEVER vote for Obama. I will not vote for someone I don't believe in. I will vote for McCain , he will be a better
    President than Obama. I don't want to hear the BS of staying in Iraq
    for 100 years, wake up folks, Obama cannot bring our troops home
    in 6 months, he's a lair.

    June 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Kathy

    aw leave hillary alone!
    Let her rest some and get back to what she needs to do. Give the poor woman a break. This whole process was unfair and things did not go the way it she has expected and it's not her fault.

    June 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. Henrietta Johnson

    I would like to share this information about Senator John McCain and his wife after announcing how proud they are to be an America Citizen, and implies that Michelle Obama is not. When Shaun Kennedy interviewed John McCain on Memorial Day, and John McCain stated, he was not proud to an American until after he was captured in the war. I was surprise that Shaun did not follow up on the statement. I would like for someone to investigate this story. I am positive that he made the statement. Afterward my sister and I looked at each other, and said “we can not believe he made that comment and Shaun did not follow it up”!

    June 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. The Bush Twins : George and John

    After the long run on the campaign trail she's probably taking a break. Who wouldn't ?. Let's not speculate, just give her time to unwind, will you ?. I do hope she will keep her word and come out and support Sen. Obama as she said she would, but for the time being, let her relax.

    June 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. BC

    OMG will you guys stop talking about Hillary Clinton...OMG enough already. Let that woman go.

    CNN post this

    June 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. Jos/TN

    Any sane person would need time off after a grueling campaign. She will be back on the scene.

    June 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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