January 13th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Clinton: 'I am so proud of Obama'

 Clinton mingles with church-goers after services at the Northminster Presbyterian Church.
Clinton mingles with church-goers after services at the Northminster Presbyterian Church.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) – Hours after Democrat Hillary Clinton was sharply critical of rival Barack Obama in an interview on NBC's Meet The Press, the New York senator struck a different tone on his candidacy in a predominantly African-American church in South Carolina.

"Probably many of us thought we would never see the day when an African-American and a woman were competing for the presidency of the United States," Clinton said at the Northminster Presbyterian Church in Columbia. "I am so proud of my party I am so proud of my country and I am so proud of Sen. Barack Obama, because together we have presented our cases to the people."

"I am standing here, Senator Obama stands before you as a result of the generations of men and women who protested and picketed, faced dogs and tear gas," she continued. "Who were beaten and jailed who had night sticks crush their skulls. Some who lost their very lives. They risked their lives because they looked into the eyes of their children and saw the promise of a better future. We stand here today because of their sacrifice."

Clinton's comments followed her hour-long appearance on Meet The Press, in which she accused Obama's campaign of distorting remarks that she and her husband have made in recent days which touched off concerns among some African-American voters. Obama later rejected Clinton's complaints as "ludicrous."

Both Democrats are in a heated fight for the support of black voters, particularly in the South Carolina Democratic primary on January 26.

– CNN's Sasha Johnson and Alexander Mooney

soundoff (289 Responses)
  1. David Linger

    I do not understand how much more proof it will take for black to wake up.

    January 14, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Viet Vet battle ground WA

    Hillary, did you ever toke on a joint? Did you inhale?

    Edwards '08

    January 14, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. andy

    Im Latino in california and my friends , brothers , sisters, cousin, aunts , uncles and I will support Mr. Clinton. why you ask ? It seems that Mr. Obama spoke about what his thoughts where on Illegal immigration which offended a lot of latinos ! We are not just people that are illegal immigrants and mexican american we are people who have very strong family values and when people speak of my brothers and sister and family as if they are criminals ! It brings back memories of how they wanted to deny are children anything in the state of california if they where undocumented! so latinos will go with Mr. Clinton at least we trust her because she has already spoke out in public about the immigration issue! and pro-postion 187 is still so fresh in mexican americans minds in california ! Oh check the exit polls and you will see why that prop past and who helped pass it !

    January 14, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Jeff, San Antonio, TX

    If Jessie is for Obama then I have to vote for Hillary!

    I can not support someone with "all black all the time" views...and I am not voting for anyone with a name that they are not proud to display out front--his name is Hussein Obama.

    I have taken the time to look past the clean and fresh image and research his church and what it stands for....not pretty.

    My prediction is that at some point in the very near future someone is going to disclose the truth on this smooth character.....and he'll fade from view.

    January 14, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. Amos _ Mnpls

    Oh Clintons!!!! Oh Clintons!! This country does not belong to the Royal Clintons!!
    Wake up democrats. If she wins the nominations, then we have lost the presidency, McCain wll be in.

    January 14, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  6. Scotty P

    I'm not a republican but all the democrats in this post are so full of hate and back stabbing I feel like I'm in some sort of sowing circle. What's the flavor of the week Dummycraps, Hitlery or Osamba? PLEASE SOME 3rd PARTY RISE UP! Ron Paul needs to run as a Libertarian, drop the republican hacks and save this country. We as a people need to understand too that we can always hand write our ballots and don't have to eat what's being served from either party. Freedom of choice is all we got.

    January 15, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  7. BP

    It's amazing how many people out there continue to support the Clintons as if they've done something so spectacular for our country. Oh, he balanced the budget; it's a mute point now that we're in a deficit. I can't think of anything else Clinton's have done besides filtrated the media outlets with there failed Health Care plans, sex scandals and let's not forget he was almost impeached. It time for the Clinton's to exit stage left and let some new blood have a stake at transforming our country. As the saying goes, "you can't teach old dog new tricks". And Hillary sure is heck is not interested in changing nothing but political parties.

    America need now move than every a President who's honest and will try to put our country back on a pathway towards finally getting something done in Washington. We can't tolerate another Presidential candidate whose hidden agenda is to just occupy the White House and tries to feed us manure policies.

    January 15, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Margaret

    Why does Hilary Clinton want to go back to the White House? I would run away from the White House when I remember the scandal Does she want to say she doesn't care because of power?

    January 15, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  9. Leslie, SC

    What is funny is that people on here slam the Clintons as some kind of disgusting people, and for one, Bill is the most popular president in my lifetime since Ronald Reagan. If he could run right now, he'd blow every Republican candidate right out of the water. AND, Hillary, no matter how much stuff you hateful people sling at her and have slung at her for 16+ years, she's still standing strong, and is favored by most Americans over ALL the candidates to be our next President. So, by all accounts, both of them are loved and admired by MANY MANY Americans. In FACT, Hillary is America's "Most Admired Woman" this year.

    January 15, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  10. Disappointed reader in Ireland

    Normally I don't engage in blogging but I'm finding these forums extremely interesting right now. Outside the US, coverage of US politics is sparse, so the internet is a useful tool in terms of trying to understand US public opinion.

    Several things are clear:
    * Americans have now got wise to Dubya and the GOP – that's a superb starting point!
    * A change of direction for America is crucial
    * Public opinion is deeply divided in terms of where America's new direction should take her and who should be steering the ship. Again, that's good – it shows that the American public is more politically aware/astute than in 2000 and 2004. People are no longer swallowing every line of codswallop dished up by self-serving politicians.
    * Voter turnout is increasing with every election. This indicates an historic change in American politics. People whom had probably never considered voting before now realise that political participation is CRUCIAL to their wellbeing. Real political influence is being reclaimed by the ever increasing electorate and being taken out of the hands of self-serving politicians.

    However, Americans seem to be missing a few points that others whom are not directly involved in the situation can see.
    * Several times on this blog I have read that America is "the most powerful country in the world". This is no longer true. The Bush administration has sacrificed America's global credibility and much of the international community now considers America to be arrogant with a hugely inflated sense of its own importance. Without the respect that it once had in the international community America has lost much of its power and influence. America is no longer the most powerful nation in the world.
    * America is in bad shape right now! The Bush administration's behaviour has isolated her from her old allies and many people outside the US hold the American people directly responsible for the war in Iraq and rocketing oil prices. After all, issues such as these are a by-product of the Bush presidency – and it was the American people who choose to elect him tooffice. America is financially bereft with a multi-billion dollar budget deficit, high unemployment – and she's teetering on the edge of a recession too.
    * Americans now talk of the need for "change". The American people – not politicians – must ultimately identify what needs to be changed and how it should be done,and then vote for the candidate whom can best deliver those aspirations. This can only happen if people are honest with themselves. It takes a lot of soul-searching and ultimately some personal sacrifices. If you do this you may just find that the candidate whom is most likely to be deliver on your hopes is the one whom you had initially refuted. You may just surprise yourself.

    Politics is not a game.

    January 15, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  11. rodger

    there is a question that should be asked of all canidates. what do you see in the future for the people who made it possible to run for president, the veterans of the past,present, and future veterans of the united states of america.

    thanks rodger

    January 24, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Dante

    I dare compare Obama to Kennedy or Reagan.American Presidents over the years,have lacked the ability to be good communicators and idealists.Obama is both.But William Jefferson Clinton still remains the best President since Thomas "Woodrow" Wilson.Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have ideas and look presidential,but the republicans are as usual without ideas,boring and very unpresidential.Lest I forget,am a clean shaven conservative man.

    January 29, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. carlo

    Americans in the southern states should wise up and stop being racists.Obama shall be President.

    January 29, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  14. CAR

    Man she knows what she is talking about! Can we handle another president who doesn't know what is going on?

    January 31, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
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