December 11th, 2007
03:57 PM ET
7 years ago

Bill Clinton heckled by 'robot'

Watch Bill Clinton's speech get interrupted.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Bill Clinton has dealt with his fair share of hecklers over the years, but on Monday night he faced off with his first robot.

Or, more specifically, a man dressed like a robot.

In the middle of a speech on behalf of wife Hillary Clinton in Iowa City, Iowa, a young man clad in a dark metallic-like suit - with a helmet to boot - stood on a chair and interrupted the former president’s remarks.

"Bill Clinton, I want you to apologize to Sister Souljah," the man yelled in a robot-like voice. "Robots of the world want you to apologize to Sister Souljah. We want you to apologize."

The would-be robot’s act didn't end there. He started throwing colored pieces of paper around the room, prompting the former president to respond, "You need to find more environmentally responsible ways to protest than throwing grafiiti around."

The heckler's comment was referring to then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton's 1992 public criticism of black rapper Sister Souljah for saying "If black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people." In a now-famous campaign moment, Clinton called the comments racist during a speech before the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition.


Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Gabriel, Washington, DC

    "Why is it that all the loony protesters and plants come from the left?"

    Two words: Pat Robertson. Explain that one to me.

    December 11, 2007 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. Omar, Phoenix, AZ

    All the loonies I've met are on the right. The loonies define the Iraq war as a success. The loonies have no clue about foreign policy and just cry about the "liberal media". The loonies want to strike Iran. The loonies speak with loud voices with fake New York accents on Fox News.

    On another note, why would CNN post this story? Sista Souljah? Who cares.

    December 11, 2007 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Mac, Severn, Md

    Sounds like Sir Robot has had a Y2K breakdown. He's in the wrong century.
    :)

    December 11, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. jw, canadian,ok

    C'mon CNN this is not news – it was a racist comment and it was 15 years ago – got anything more current?

    December 11, 2007 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Are you certain the robot wasn't Fred Thompson made up to look like a human being?

    December 11, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  6. Jo McKanna, San Diego, CA

    I wonder if tasering the "robot" would have simply recharged its batteries? They should have at least tried...several times!

    December 11, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. LULU KNOX, IN

    GEE A ROBOT CALLING OUT A FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON !!!!! i DO NOT SEE THAT ANY AMERICAN WAS KILLED OVER ANYTHING MR CLINTON DID !!!!!i DO NOT THINK ANYONE WAS TORCHERED !!!!!!!! ROBOT RECALL OUT THE REAL PROBLEM THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION !!!!!!! WIN HILLARY WIN. EVERYONE USES HILLARYS FULL NAME; HOW ABOUT USING THE FULL NAME OF THE GOP FROM IL?? I THINK HE IS ASHAMED OF HIS MIDDLE NAME !!!!!!!

    December 11, 2007 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. sean,boston,ma

    As NH is next door, I have a lot of experience and friends in that state. My conversations confirm the recent polls that Clinton’s lead is evaporating. The “negative” campaigning has taken its toll, to be sure, but the perception that Obama represents a true change in course is a big fator in the changing numbers. Edwards, for whatever reason, remains a “blip” on the NH radar screen. Call a winner? No way as Iowa’s results will have a big impact in NH as will a huge pool of still undecideds. We got ourselves a horse race in both parties primaries.

    what else to focus on apart from change!

    December 11, 2007 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. Sue, Baltimore, MD

    CNN: Way to encourage more stupid nut-job behavior as this. Give them a forum on CNN. Who wants to talk about the real issues, anyway–right? That would just be boring and make us think too hard about who we should vote for.

    December 11, 2007 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. Oscar A., Alhambra, CA

    Those rightwing nutjobs find the most creative ways to harass the Clintons don't they? Notice the heckler was disguised? I suspect either Matt Drudge, Ann Coulter or Karl Rove underneath the costume.

    December 11, 2007 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  11. D. Elwood Cook

    His name is Kembrew McLeod, he's an assosciate prof. at the University of Iowa.

    December 11, 2007 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  12. D. Elwood Cook

    The flyers he tossed out included this website: http://mr-ifobca.org/

    December 11, 2007 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  13. Mark, Springfield, MO

    THE WORLD IS LAUGING AT THIS COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!
    Posted By Nando, Palm Coast,FL : December 11, 2007 4:53 pm

    The world has been laughing and disgusted at the US since the braindead re-elected Bush and a Republican Majority.

    The world actually though we were a great country when Bill Clinton was president. Though they did think the country was a little screwed up when the Republican Moronic Right spent all that time and money on Clinton getting busy with an Intern when there were more important things they should have been working on.

    President Bush and Republican Congress has done the most to make the United States the laughing stock of the world.

    December 11, 2007 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  14. Paul, New York, NY

    I think he means "confetti", not graffiti. I'm pretty certain you can't throw graffiti in the air. Although, if you could it would probably be harmful to the environment.

    December 11, 2007 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  15. Nolan, Sacramento,CA

    "Why would Clinton need to apologize for calling a racist comment racist?"

    Couldnt agree more...this article made me want to post a comment to that exact effect. Thanks for doing it for me.

    December 11, 2007 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. Steve, NY

    Yeah, because people are going to take you seriously if you throw pieces of paper around and heckle Bill Clinton while dressed as a robot.

    December 11, 2007 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  17. Carolyn Lake, Monterey, CA

    C'mon CNN, do your job and report the substantive remarks made by Pres. Clinton at this appearance. You have reported two frivolous stories, and I'm story, but I'm not amused by this type of media circus programming. Our country is in big trouble and faces serious issues on every side. Please shape up and give us reporting that will help a serious decision.

    December 11, 2007 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  18. Jimenez - Texas

    Oscar A., Alhambra, CA – God Sir you made me laugh and hard. What was really funny is that you're probably right.

    December 11, 2007 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  19. BUTCH POSEY RAEFORD,NC

    I TRUST THE ROBOT MORE THAN I WOULD TRUST ANY OF THE CLINTON'S.THE SAME FOR THE LIBERALS.

    December 11, 2007 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  20. G. Andrew Maness, Cape Cod, MA

    If that was a robot, it was a robot with gender-identity problems.

    December 11, 2007 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  21. Jack, Atlanta, GA

    Bill needs to lighten up. He's so intent on putting people down these days. I could understand when he dumped on that last guy talking about the Bohemian Grove, but come on.

    December 12, 2007 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  22. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Richard Lee, Nevada, it is true, he did so much for our Country, he is one of the best President, Hillary will be a better President than any of candidates right now. I love Hillary and The Clinton's.

    December 12, 2007 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  23. Max, NYC NY

    Please STOP SHOUTING – it's generally considered rude to type in all capital letters.
    Also please consider learning the proper use of the apostrophe; the plural of "Clinton" is "Clintons".
    Thanks Butch.

    December 12, 2007 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  24. Michelle D. - Atlanta, GA

    What the heck???

    Someone should be following up with that guy...he's a candidate for some high school or mall shooting.

    Get help, dude.

    December 12, 2007 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  25. Opportuniac

    FINALLY someone has the sprockets to voice the concerns of Robots, America's most loved minority.

    Sistah Souljah was a very supportive of the robot-wars of 2067. Or rather, she will be...

    December 12, 2007 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
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