November 12th, 2007
04:25 PM ET
3 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. Dave Michaels, Howe, Indiana

    My thought is that Hillary (or is it Billary) has our fore fathers spinning in their graves. I'm surprised that the flags didn't grow legs and run off of the stage....

    November 12, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. rusty schackle

    I love it!clinton got hit by a flag pole!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 12, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. Chelsea Garen, Vista, California

    I don't think that it is a big deal for the news regarding to the flag's incident. If someone really wants to make a big deal for this incident, supportors of Hillary Clinton would like to tell you that she will make history with the powerful wind force, even the static objects around her would salute to her strength !
    In short, this nation needs to change the course, she is the right one who can lead the country to the strong in the world !

    November 12, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. DefendTheConstitution

    That was the ghosts of our founding fathers attacking Hillary before she takes control and destroys the final remnants of America.

    November 12, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. Larry / Covington, Louisiana

    You do have to admit that no one will ever accuse the die-hard liberals of ever having a sense of humor. Many of us other folks can have a good chuckle at our own stumblings, and learn from them. When a person cannot find some amusement in his or her own flaws and not be so self-absorbed, then this greatly concerns me. For the die-hard Hillary fans, she has a great opportunity to use this in a comical way to her credit if they can write her the appropriate words soon enough. Dan Quayle misspelled potato and it was used mercilessly on him for months when he was running for VP with Bush senior. That was of course a news story. If you think I’m kidding, do a Google search for “Quayle potato”. It was fair to use this to bring him down? Hypocrisy, thy name is agenda.

    November 12, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. Michel, Los Angeles, CA.

    What’s more fascinating than this story is the number of morons who've read meaning into it.

    November 12, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Sounds like a slow-news day....

    November 12, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. Chris, Pensacola FL

    It's funny when I look at the different "tickers". You have some people saying right wing nuts on liberal boards. Then you have some people saying liberal nuts on convservative boards.

    I think you ALL are nuts and have too much hatred in your hearts. There is a reason Russia fell and we are well on our way by calling each other out and turning brother against brother. You people need to embrace each other. You'll need it soon enough.

    November 12, 2007 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Emma Morrow, Urbana, IL

    Oh my, the irony!

    November 12, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. Ryan Indianapolis

    Instant Karma is going to get you Hillary....

    November 12, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. Airborne C.

    I see Monica L is behind that right flag!

    November 12, 2007 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. steve,Cl,Ohio

    May be this is a sign of what would happen if she become the president of united state. Certainly, don't wanna fall with her... Get me another person to lead this country...

    November 12, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. Jessica, worcester,ma

    American flogs come down crashing on hillary? I guess no comment needed, they say it all!

    November 12, 2007 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. saygizz,NYC,NY

    What a bad Omen for this coutry if headed by Clintons again?

    November 12, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. Terry Tazewell,VA

    Why are we talking Bush? We need to look forward. Do we want another unethical Clinton to impeach? Bring her on. Maybe she will get a stain on her suit!!

    November 12, 2007 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. James,ks,mo

    If people don't say it is enough of these cronies, American flags are ready to take a stand!!

    November 12, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Ropper,mass

    What does Bill has to say this time :)
    Did he come to your rescue?

    November 12, 2007 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. Adam in Ohio

    Yes, you group of stupid posters, there can't be a clearer sign of ... something ... than gravity doing what it does.

    November 12, 2007 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. P-Portland Maine

    You would think that as a presidential frontrunner she would have some idea of what to do IF A U.S. FLAG HITS THE GROUND!!!! The first sign of a poor leader is one who cannot surround themselves with effective people. Even if you wouldn't expect HER to know it, you would at least expect that someone in her squad of hangers on would have a clue. If she gets elected I am moving.

    November 12, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. Karen, NYC

    Dayum shame! Not even the flags want her as President.

    SAY NO to BILLARY! The American FLAGS DID!

    November 12, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. Jay, Knoxville, TN

    The gentleman who said "The 90's were awful" must have slept through most of them......no deficit, no war, America actually had a surplus!

    November 12, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. Scott, Knoxville, TN

    My news goes like this: a Republican candidate was giving a speech when all of a sudden, the sun started shining bright, along came a flock of doves, and then it happened... a big fat pile of bird poo smacked him right in the mouth!

    Get a life, people. It's a sign you people are crazy. I suppose the bird poo smells like roses, though.

    November 12, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. Dave, Atlanta, GA

    When stories like these show up in the ticker people always chastise CNN for printing worthless news, and yet, this particular story has more comments than any other story in the ticker. If CNN is wrong for printing worthless news, what does this say about the people giving this "worthless" news more attention than more worthy stories?

    November 12, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Robert, Shelton, CT

    I'm a Clinton supporter, but how is this news?

    November 12, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. S. Alexander

    How is it that so many HATE Hillary. You all don't know her. All you know is what you read and hear. You don't know her.
    Like it or not she is the most experienced of the 3 Democratic frontrunners.
    I want an experienced bright competent person in the white house.
    I want experience and competency over inexperience and likeability, I want a German Shepard not a warm puppy.

    November 12, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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