October 3rd, 2007
06:20 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama vs. screaming baby

Watch Sen. Barack Obama's run-in with a noisy baby during a foreign policy speech.

(CNN) – A day after Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, stole the spotlight from her Democratic rival, Barack Obama, for out-fundraising him in the third quarter, the Illinois senator was upstaged again Wednesday – this time by a baby during a speech in Iowa City, Iowa.

In the foreign policy speech, the Democratic White House hopeful was discussing how he would reform the U.S. use and regulation of security contractors. Hear what one baby had to say in response to the proposal.

- CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Carl, Dallas, TX

    So who was dumb enough to take a screaming baby to see Obama...

    October 3, 2007 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. teez

    Two Babies in One room! One is, and the other thinks like!

    October 3, 2007 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  3. Henry Tucker, Ga

    Are they certain that wasn't just a Hill-Praiser??

    October 3, 2007 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  4. Rich

    off topic but Obamba missed a golden opportunity to seperate himself from the crowd by not voting against the Lieberman bill to give Bush authority to invade Iran. Had he voted against it he would have really showen a difference between him and Hillary. By not having done this he has given an away what could have been something that he truely did stand for change. Sorry to say but he is just like the others and really reresents no change
    at all.

    October 3, 2007 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  5. Mike, Cleveland, Ohio

    I'm sure Brianna from Tennesee will be leaving another lame comment about why not to vote for Obama because Hillary helped her brother...blah blah.

    Please Brianna come up with an objective link or story before you post

    October 3, 2007 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. Truth Teller

    The Lieberman-Kyl vote had been removed "indefinitely" from the docket by Harry Reid on the day prior to the vote. To the surprise of most, he called for the vote the next day. Senator Obama was in New Hampshire, unable to get back in time to place his "no" vote. Interestingly, Senator Reid's son works for Hillary. Coincidence? You decide.

    Senator Obama has issued a statement regarding his opposition to the amendment, and spoke out against aggressive posturing toward Iran weeks before the vote.

    October 3, 2007 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. The McEwens, wherever, US

    Did Senator Obama reach out to help that screaming baby? No! Just like he wouldn't reach out to help my poor sailor boy son in boot camp.

    October 3, 2007 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. Sybil,ny


    October 3, 2007 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  9. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    More babies, please, to drown out the "keep hope alive" blather.

    October 3, 2007 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  10. Mike, Cleveland, Ohio

    Did Senator Obama reach out to help that screaming baby? No! Just like he wouldn't reach out to help my poor sailor boy son in boot camp.
    The McEwens, wherever, US

    There it is folks, Brianna and her "supposed family" strikes again with more empty rhetoric and no link to the story

    October 3, 2007 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  11. lavelle Rochester,ny

    To me I think CNN is really trying to make a joke out of Obama's campaign.

    October 3, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  12. dawn -- Gaithersburg, MD.

    There is plenty of time to get from New Hampshire to Washington in a day if you really want to, especially when you're a Senator running for president. After the fact, Sen. Obama very lamely said that he WOULD HAVE voted against the resolution. The vote was a chance for him to put his money where his mouth was, but he ducked it.
    Finally, without evidence, I refuse to jump to the conclusion that Sen. Reid would have let his son's support of Sen. Clinton determine the Senate's calendar.

    October 3, 2007 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  13. ronnie - knoxville, tn.

    this guy's a joke ! what the hell is he talking about "undermining our mission?" I thought Dems wanted out of Iraq ! What's he talking about?

    And you notice how he glombs onto the topic du jour – blackwater contractors – that's because obama has no credentials to fall back on, no experience that qualifies him for the Presidency, nothing else to talk about.

    October 3, 2007 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  14. dlake, machesney park, IL

    Too bad this is not widely known by people about Reid pulling it for a time when Obama could not get there.
    Seeing how the #2 is fellow Illinois senator and Obama cheerleader, Durbin, I wonder what riff this caused. Durbin sees Obama like his little brother and is very close to him.
    I hope you post this everytime you can and maybe it will spread for those who now lambast Obama for missing it to know the truth.
    Brianna can post all she wants about the wonders of the corrupt Hillary and I will just post about the real Hillary – corrupt, evil and nasty.
    And then post about who the best candidate really is: Obama

    October 3, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  15. Ian, Las Vegas

    What a hilarious coincidence. When I saw him at a town hall meeting back in August, in Nevada, I was placed near a screaming baby throughout the whole campaign stop.

    I, too, wondered why in the heck anyone would bring their child that uncontrollably screams to these things. I mean, think of the other people you're subjecting this to!

    Every candidate probably has to deal this more than once, apparently.

    October 3, 2007 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  16. Antony

    The McEwens
    Brack Obama does not work for The McEwens. You always post this ridiculous item everytime. What, you wanted him to get you some food stamps?Seems like your brother is a wuss and cannot stand up for himself. You are also a family of selfseekers and good riddance to your"bveggar" brother who cannot stand on his own two feet. I am not surprised that you would bring such pettiness on this post and I have seen Brianna so faithfully do. Tell your brother to get som work or something

    October 3, 2007 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  17. Maria, Houston

    Truth Teller,
    thanks for your explanation... I was wondering what happened, I had feeling there was something like that going on.

    October 4, 2007 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  18. JimmieFromDayton

    Thought he handle that pretty well myself. This week the pacs, special interests and the misguided few were heard. In Nov of 08, the silent majority will be heard.

    Obama 08!

    October 4, 2007 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  19. laurinda,ny

    I know why there was a screaming baby in the audience. The baby's mother doesn't have the money to hire a sitter. The way the economy is going under Republican mis-leadership we are all looking in the couch cushions for change.

    October 4, 2007 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  20. Mark. Shreveport, LA

    Obama pledged NOT to campaign in Florida because of its early primary, but what did he do: campaigned in Florida at fund-raisers!

    You can't trust him!

    October 4, 2007 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  21. LoserLarry

    Screaming baby, cackling wife, what's the difference?

    October 4, 2007 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. Sabi Kanani, Dallas TX

    More great CNN coverage of Obama.

    Keep up the good work!!


    October 4, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. Grovin, Darnassus, IL

    CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart is a friggin' idiot for thinking that what a candidate actually had to say during a public appearance was less newsworthy than a crying baby.

    Go back to journalism school and don't come back until you can tell instinctively what's newsworthy and what isn't.

    October 4, 2007 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. RuthieM

    Who is this 'poor sailor boy son' in boot camp that Obama didn't help and that Hillary did, according to the (constant) post? Was Obama and Hillary in this boot camp with this poor sailor boy that Obama didn't help and Hillary got to him first or something? What help did the poor sailor boy need? Did he get it? I hope since Hillary got to him, he is now helped so his sister here can heal. The other thing is, does Senator Obama know he didn't help this poor sailor boy? The sister might be remedied if she contacted the campaign and vented, get some answers, so she can draw closure.
    About the crying baby, Obama handled it terrificly, knowing it wasn't a detrimental moment and that a baby wasn't just wandering aimlessly without an adult, that this child was in the arms of a parent! Strange, a baby was there anyway.

    October 4, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    First of all, Obama is a MAN (spell it with me: M-A-N), so don't go calling him or his ideas infantile or childish.

    Secondly, could all the Obama haters get over the whole stupid sailor story? We don't need to go sinking Louisiana again with your tears.

    Thirdly, what was Obama supposed to do, act like nothing was happening? He's infuriated by Blackwater, I'm infuriated by Blackwater, and I'm sure the baby is infuriated by Blackwater. Plus, he got a few laughs for playing along with the situation (in other words, watch the video BEFORE you comment.

    If you think Obama is bad, please read the news every few hours. That's how often the Republicans are screwing up (as of this blog, Craig vows to stay in office against his statement to resign failing to eradicate his guilty plea).

    October 4, 2007 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
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