November 12th, 2007
04:25 PM ET
6 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. Terry, Tazewell VA

    This is a sign of what will happen to this country if she is elected. When she tries to court people of faith, I hope no one gets hurt when the church roof falls!!

    November 12, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. Larry

    this is as newsworthy as the current headline article on rappers mother dies. Pathetic.

    November 12, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Brian


    November 12, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Thomas

    This is news? My god, I think a few journalist need to ask their college for their money back. You're losing it...CNN

    November 12, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |

    Just what Hillary Clinton needs in her life 'a little more drama'. This is not really a news story but since Hillary is the soon-to-be next President of the USA I guess her every move and nuance is a big news story. As always Hillary handle the situation with affable poise..

    November 12, 2007 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. John New York, NY

    If this had happened to Obama, people who are supporting Clinton would have made snide, unnecessary comments, like "it's not just the flags that are falling down- ha ha ha."

    November 12, 2007 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Joe, Southwest Vermont

    Well, I guess we need to look at the positive side. At least it wasn't a white flag. Jeez, when you're on a roll, you're on a roll.

    November 12, 2007 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Chuckles, Sacramento, Calif.

    Those darn flag poles...don't they know that if you don't stand for anything you you'll fall down. Maybe Mark Penn didn't do a good enough job with these polls, er, poles. More evidence that the weight of Hillary's base is eroding...and I'm not talking about her cankles.

    November 12, 2007 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. banko

    This is a bad sign for Hillary. Cut your losses and bow out before the wind of change takes it natural. You can not foul the people all the time.

    November 12, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. Carter, Flint MI

    The symbolism here is just as profound as the day when President Ronald Reagan received a gift of a stallion on the white house lawn. Said stallion made his equine excitement very evident. The President chuckled about the reproductive potential while the First Lady blushed and covered her mouth.

    November 12, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. Drew Moody, San Antonio, Texas

    Why is this even being posted?

    November 12, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. BCNU purple state, usa

    New campaign chant...Hillary? Oh Wait! (08)

    November 12, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Portland

    If this would have been Obama, he would be un-American and a terrorist. Kind of like the not wearing a lapel pin, and a picture of him without his hand over his heart.

    OBAMA 08

    November 12, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. Adam, Boise, ID

    Besides the sudden foreshadowing of events to come for Hillary, this is news because...........????

    November 12, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Jacqueline, Defiance, Ohio

    What i find amusing, is all the people that write in here, "oh this is not news, thanks CNN" blah blah blah. Why are u reading it then u idiots!! if u dont care about it so much why take the time to even read it, my goodness. But i think i agree with the concensus that this is an omen of what will happen if that woman gets elected.

    November 12, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. Nat, NYC

    Did Hillary sponsored the amendment about American flag in Senate? Even Flags can't tolerate her.

    November 12, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. anonymous

    this makes me giggle like a schoolgirl

    November 12, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. Paul Conley, Palmetto Bay, Florida

    Only the idiotic Republican right can read symbolism in this. Kind of reminds me of Bush tugging on a locked door..locked down and can't get out...

    November 12, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    This is so silly!!! Someone opens the curtains and knocks over the flags. They all rush to catch them before they hit the ground. What's the big deal?

    This would have been just as much of a non issue if it had happened to any other candidate. How is this news?

    November 12, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. BUSH, LA.


    November 12, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Thanks so much for posting this important piece of information, I'm sure our voters are so much more educated now!!!

    November 12, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. dark side of the funny farm

    It's a sign from God.

    Disclaimer: note, not the God from any major religion. Jerks, how you like me now!

    November 12, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. amy, Seattle, WA

    And you are all idiots! yes, sure, it was God's sign answering your prayers.

    Just look at the image: She helped herself to handle the falling flags.

    November 12, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. M. Lou Madison, WI

    Lighten up, people.

    This could have happened to ANY of the candidates, and it still would be funny.

    November 12, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. Daniel, NY

    In more relevant news, Hillary Clinton is not hurting at all in the latest poll of Florida out yesterday. SHe dominates the primary, and does slightly better than Edwards and Obama in the general election. Link

    November 12, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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