November 12th, 2007
04:25 PM ET
2 years ago

When flag poles attack

Clinton had to contend with falling flag poles at a press conference Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - She has come under increased heat recently from her Democratic presidential rivals, but on Sunday Sen. Hillary Clinton was on the receiving end of a different kind of attack - falling flag poles.

The Democratic presidential frontrunner was wrapping up a press conference in Waterloo, Iowa when several large flag poles directly behind her started to fall down, as shown on a video posted by ABC News.

Aides came rushing to the stage as Clinton herself tried to handle the falling flags crashing around her.

"I think the bases are not weighted enough," the New York senator can be heard saying on video captured by ABC.

After a couple minutes, the flags were successfully stabilized.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (201 Responses)
  1. Don, Denver CO

    Anyone else see the irony of this? If you elect Hillary this is what you can expect. The falling down of America even further than it is today.

    November 12, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. Brian, Olympia, WA

    Thank you, CNN, for hard-hitting political stories like this one. Keep on doing your part to keep the electorate informed enough to make educated decisions at the polls.

    You worthless sods.

    November 12, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Sophie, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    Haha. About the same thing that would happen to this country if she made it in office.

    November 12, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. Ron, TX

    Coincidence?! I think not! She really just can't catch a break. She's been crashing and fumbling the past two weeks. She really should just go ahead and give up. A 3rd place finish in Iowa is going to be very embarassing.

    November 12, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. AJ, IL

    See, even the flag poles don't want Hillary on the presidential stage...He He He!

    I'm glad no one was not hurt.

    November 12, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. EE

    HAHAHAHAHA

    Even the flags wants truth.They just said , Hilary you just finished from telling some lies there!

    November 12, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    This is not news

    November 12, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Mark Columbus, Ohio

    An omen if Hillary becomes Prez.??? Me thinks so.

    WatchingHillary.com

    November 12, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. Paul C., Palmetto Bay, FL

    I am surprised that the right wing did not claim this as a character defect showing she is soft of terrorism.

    November 12, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. Joe Ossai, Bedford, NH

    Sign of things to come. This fraud is coming downn fast.

    November 12, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Pepe

    There is a sign for you.

    November 12, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Lee, syracuse, ny

    These are Obama/Edwards flag poles with weak bases. You should see them fall starting in January 2008.

    November 12, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. demwit

    American flags attack Hillary on the day before Veterns day. Isn't it ironic...

    November 12, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. Phil Chicago, Ill

    How apropo – the stage around Hillary falling apart.

    Immediately my mind hears Hillary citing a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and her husband Bill blaming her opponents for another swiftboat moment.

    November 12, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. NANDO MIAMI,FL

    I guess they Couldn't take it anymore either. Just give us straight answers.

    November 12, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. BCNU purple state, usa

    She's so polarizing, even the metal in the flagpoles was repelled!

    November 12, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. Pamela Nelson, Schaumburg, IL

    Did this happen on Sunday, as indicated in the text, or Monday, as indicated in the photo caption?

    Either way, I'm glad that Hillary wasn't injured, and the opportunity to help right the flags.

    November 12, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. Larry / Covington, Louisiana

    Could there possibly be a clearer sign? Rather an ominous warning, I would say.

    November 12, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. J Houston, TX

    Any Republican should be praying she gets the nomination. Any Democrat should know better.

    Frankly, the 90s were terrible and I don't want them back

    November 12, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. josh, akron, oh

    HILLARY '08!

    November 12, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. David J. Ft Collins, CO

    It seems sort of prophetic. Clinton speaks, the American flags fall. Very chilling symbolism...

    November 12, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. Wayne, Silver Spring, MD

    CNN?

    So, you guys are not really siding anyone, it's just you report tabloid news, huh?

    Amazing to "the trusted name in news"

    lol

    November 12, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. Jack

    Teeeheheeee, haaahahaha.

    How very symbolic.

    November 12, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Mark Columbus, Ohio

    Paul from Florida writes: I am surprised that the right wing did not claim this as a character defect showing she is soft of terrorism.

    Hey Paul. Your comment doesn't make sense and it only shows that you are supporting a very, very shallow politican.

    WatchingHillary.com

    November 12, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. George, Indianapolis, IN

    Didn't the television lights come crashing down around Bill & Hillary Clinton during a 60 minutes interview in a hotel somewhere in the 1990s? I remember seeing the clip once on television and from the look of panic on their faces it was evident they didn't know what was happening but thought it was an attack of some sort.

    November 12, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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