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. Pinga

    Wasn't it two seconds ago on Meet the press she was saying that Obama was playing the race card for distorting her comments on MLK and now that she's amid black folks in a church in South Carolina she's ... wait ... I'm sorry ... just a minute ... I think I'm gona HULR !!!!!!!!!

    January 13, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Thanks Grandma and Grandpa – I don't know what I would do if you weren't proud of me.

    January 13, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. Bee

    WOW! I have never seen the most dishonest politician like Hillary Clinton. I can't believe this!!! During meet the press she castigate Obama has a nonentity and some that cannot be trusted. Now, she is proud of him.

    This woman scare me to death.

    January 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. Jose Card - Independent

    I think Kerry will be a better V.P. for Obama than Hillary is.
    This has nothing to do with their he said and she said or Bill said.

    If you can't fight him, join him.
    But Hillary will weaken Obama's chance.

    January 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. Ray

    Why can't she be proud of him? Just because she is trying to set the record straight that he started in the first place, doesnt mean she doesnt have respect for him?

    Wake up America!!!

    January 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Dr. G.J. Ekpo

    If the Clintons are sincere to themselves and to the USA i think they should know that Obama is the right candidate for the Democrats.

    January 13, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. Prayu

    Wow, who didn't see this coming?

    Reports say she's cold and impersonal, she gets teary in a room full of women while attacking Obama in the same breath. Controversy over racial comments? Just wax eloquent about the Civil Rights movement in a room full of black people a few hours after trying to slam and shift blame to Obama.

    I'm just amazed that there are people who don't see her patterns and fall for such nonsense.

    January 13, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. Lisa

    Hillary's remarks were not distorted – they were felt by many people of all races across America. Obama didn't cause people to believe things that Hillary didn't say. Hillary's backpedaling shouldn't have been to attack Obama and blame him for other people hearing what she didn't mean to imply. She should have accepted the fact that SHE offended people by her words. If she didn't mean to, she should have apologized to those who were offended and then to explain herself better. Instead she uses the opportunity to blame Obama for her lack of clarity.

    January 13, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Alan

    Wow, talk about talking out both sides of your mouth.

    January 13, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. dd

    Sen. Obama candidacy is inspiring to people of all races. policy wise, both obama and clinton are similar.
    the main difference is that with obama president every american can dream of being president one day.

    January 13, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. Danny Campbell

    I am fond of both Obama and Clinton (although I prefer Clinton, because I think she has a far better grasp on the many well-rounded issues). However, I think Obama needs to do the same thing Clinton did when one of her campaign staffers made an inappropriate comment about [Obama's] former drug use. She denounced the tact and cut him lose.

    Obama's silence and his smug allowance of playing the race card against the Clinton's is very upsetting to me as a Democrat. There are long term implications with a divisive issue like this, and I hope he does the right thing here.

    January 13, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. Donne

    Mrs Clinton I believe you know that you met human beings and not animals in the church. O yes may be you thought that Black people are not intelligent ,

    You have lost touch of the time and reason. Stop think like the past. Those you met in the church are intelligent and very understanding of your evil strategies, get behind us.

    You can never win Obama with all your hide and seek game. Out of this journey.Its not your time.

    Long live Obama. You are the great president that will be change and with your nomination the whole world will write- off racism in the first of the earth.

    Change started in an American soil and will successfully come to be completed in an American soil.with your nomination.

    January 13, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. James

    I didnt know that white women were discrimated against to the extent that blacks were and had "nightsticks crushed on their skulls" and faced "dogs and tear gas" , Hitlery is just trying to pander and act like she can identify. She came from priveledge and cant relate to the average American.

    January 13, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Connie, Richmond, CA

    She's really going to be proud of Obama when he wins in SC. But she'll forget about that pride and trash SC the way she did Iowa.

    January 13, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. James D.

    This is shocking. This gives new meaning to the term "duplicitious".

    OFFENSIVE.

    January 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. darrell

    I am sure your approval is appreciated. but not needed. This adds more insult and fuel to the fire. After You and Bill’s blanket of personal attacks (not about issues, but his kindergarten record). It is apparent Desperation is the apparent driving force behind your hopeless Campaign.

    As you stated on many occasions, (hope) does not bring change. I disagree. That’s all most people had when arriving in the United States. Hope and Dreams!

    Now, new tactic patronize him – Not the right way to move forward

    This is the Democratic Party splitting in all direction.

    America is ready to turn the page on this.

    We are tired of gambling with the same old fixed Dice.

    Obama is about hope, a vision people want to be a part of this movement.

    Americas’ hope for Change is to great than sticking with more of the same.

    January 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. Mark, NC

    Clinton is so fake it's disgusting.

    We don't need four years of this woman. Clinton is too polarizing. She claims that she has been "fighting the Republicans for 15 years." Well if she is President, all we are going to get is four more years of "fighting" without anything actually getting accomplished.

    It's time to move on America.

    Obama '08.

    January 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. porcha2121

    wow...... that means alot.....

    January 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. CJ

    and the Clintons wonder why nobody thinks they are genuine....please!

    January 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. larry

    It is possible to be proud of the fact that the democratic party is the party of diversity and to be proud of a rival – and still want to beat them in an election.

    Martin Luther King was a catalyst for change and it is also true to pass the necessary legislation he needed a political champion. Having a proven Champion for civil rights in the white house is a big plus.

    January 13, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Candace

    Another instance of Hillary pandering to the polls and trying to undo the damage done w/ remarks that Obama's life is a fairy tale and that Lyndon Johnson was really the one who effected civil rights for African Americans, not Martin Luther King.

    Many other examples of what the Clintons will do to get back to the White House. Another one of the latest: comments in the British paper The Guardian by an anonymous Clinton adviser that the only white voters supporting Obama are those wanting a "cool black friend" (as opposed to those voters wanting social change, presumably, Clintonistas). This is but the latest of a series of comments by the Clinton campaign seeking to inject race into this election. This appears to be consistent with a past prediction made by Dick Morris - a Republican spin-meister who was a previous personal political adviser to Slick Willy, until Morris scandalously had a telephone conference with the Oval Office while Morris was in his office on speaker phone with a prostitute. The prostitute later went public, leading to an acrimonious breakup with then sitting President Clinton. Morris, who knows the Clintons and their scorched earth political tactics, predicted that Hillary would seed stores drawing attention to the topic of Race. Each story could be individually spun, but collectively would create a media story focusing on this divisive issue. She and her team hope - according to Morris - both that her complicity in the incitement will be sufficiently measured to avoid detection or blame, and for Obama to overreact.

    January 13, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. Doreen Augusta Maine

    You are one disgustingly dishonesty person, Hillary Clinton. My goodness, you need serious psychological help.

    January 13, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. Hi! Flint, MI

    I don't remember too many white women protesters getting beaten and dogs released on them... Don't compare the feminist plight to that of the black–feminists were treated far more humanely than their black counterparts.

    January 13, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. Jeff "Wild Turkey" Mitchell

    "so utterly hypocritical and patronizing. It makes me want to puke."

    "Pander, pander, pander"

    "Most blatantly disingenuous politician ever."

    "Does this woman have no shame in her quest for the presidency???"

    BINGO! BANGO"

    January 13, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. aware

    Obama – just another politician – no high road here! How arrogant to compare himself to MLK or JFK . :(

    January 13, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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