February 4th, 2008
04:50 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton holds emotional meeting at Yale

CNN

Watch Clinton get emotional at a campaign stop.

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (CNN) – Hillary Clinton became teary-eyed during an event at Yale University Monday - a moment that harkened back to her much talked-about display of emotion on the eve of the New Hampshire Primary.

Holding a campaign meeting at the Yale Child Study Center, the New York senator welled up as she was introduced by Penn Rhodeen, a public interest lawyer who worked with Clinton when she was in college.

Rhodeen praised Clinton's efforts as a college student and said, "Here is the abiding truth we know - you have always been a champion for children. Welcome home, dear friend. We are so proud of you."

Though it is difficult to see her reaction in footage of the event (see her reaction by clicking the play button on the right), Clinton's eyes appeared to grow misty during the introduction, according to CNN producer Sasha Johnson. When it was the senator's turn to speak she said, "Well, I said I would not tear up; already we're not exactly on the path."

Clinton's last teary moment on the trail occurred after an undecided voter asked how she was holding up. The moment instantly became the most-covered event on the campaign trail on the day before the critical New Hampshire primary, drawing both praise from some who said Clinton had finally bared her true self to voters, and criticism from those who thought the moment was calculated.

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– CNN Producers Alexander Mooney and Sasha Johnson


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soundoff (1,203 Responses)
  1. alex@uga.edu

    fooled you once...fooled you twice

    February 4, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. nicole

    Simply Too Convenient.

    why are people bashing CNN? whether it was fake or not, it is apparent that the Clintons set up this event/moment, so that they could have a good reason for Hillary to cry.

    I am starting to believe that the female vote is being manipulated.

    February 4, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. Ryan

    Here we go again! Just what America needs.....A woman crying in the White House every 2 weeks. Give me a break!

    February 4, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. mike

    well, i doubt that she cries just as much when she hears the news about all the soldiers who are dying in IRAQ because of her decision to vote to send them to an unecessary war.......many of them have left behind orphans(children) who will never get to know or feel the love of their fathers. CRY ABOUT THAT HILLARY!!!

    February 4, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. bret Jennings

    Completely calculated. But just in case anybody didn't notice the tears, she brings it up in her initial statement. 100 percent phoney.

    February 4, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Andante Dente

    Teary eye again! This is a very, very tough woman. She is a very , very good actress. Too faky for me. She can't be trusted, would do anything to win.
    Vote for a real man-Obama.

    February 4, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. Jeff, Plainfield, IL

    I thought I lost all faith in either the intelligence of the electorate, or the electronic voting machines after the past two presidential elections, but it turned out, there was a shred of faith remaining.

    If Hillary even puts on a decent showing tomorrow, I will have lost all faith.

    February 4, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. ERICA

    WHAT SHE'S NOT SUPPOSED TO HAVE EMOTIONS? GIVE ME A BREAK. SENATOR CLINTON IS NOT A ROBOT. WHY DONT YOU TRY RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT AND HAVE PEOPLE PICK YOU APART EVERY MOMENT OF YOUR LIFE AND SEE HOW YOU FEEL. IF SHE TO FIRM SHES MEAN IF SHES CRY'S SHE'S A CRYBABY. GO AHAEAD AND VOTE FOR OBAMA WHO DOES NOTHING BUT CONGER UP MLK AND JFK'S DREAM. A DREAM DOESNT MAKE YOU QUALIFIED TO BE THE PRESIDENT. IT TAKES LEADERSHIP AND EXPERIENCE WHICH HE HAS ZERO OF. IF THIS MAN BECOMES PRESIDENT I'LL BE THE FIRST PERSON TO HAVE THE "DONT BLAME ME I VOTED FOR HILLARY STICKER"

    February 4, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Weez

    Gloria Steinem, do you still support this woman? She's making a fool of us all!

    February 4, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. Nancy TC

    I have never seen such hateful people before. The Obama supporters are showing their true colors and the colors of their leader.

    Why don't you all grow up? Just because you are supporting Obama does not mean you have to attack a woman who has not done one thing against you.

    Hillary Clinton did not break down. She only stated that what her former boss said to her brought tears to her eyes.

    Again, the Obama supporters don't know how to listen or react correctly.

    February 4, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Gnomepark

    There's no crying in baseball...er' ...politics!

    February 4, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. Liam

    Pace yourself Hillary! It is a going to be a long campaign year, and at this rate, you are going to run out of nose hairs to pull.

    February 4, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. Natalie

    Well, obviously using Barack's slogan "Si, se puede" was not enough to her Hispanic audience. When in doubt… CRY.

    We get it Hillary!! You'll do any and everything to win

    February 4, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Alessandro

    It WILL work again.

    But not because (some) women will feel sympathetic about her crying.

    Because (some) women will feel angry at all the men who are criticizing her for being calculating.

    All Hillary needs is for one out of every 20 women who was on the fence to think "you know, just 'cause men are socialized to be tough and never express emotion is not a good reason to lash at her for getting emotional when being introduced with such praise"

    It's perfect.

    She will accompish her goal and the *duped* voters will never realize they were duped.

    Brilliant, simply brilliant.

    February 4, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. kim portland, oregon

    umm, people, in case you havent read your own words, the vast majority of people lambaste her for her tears. she's far too savvy to keep doing something that doesnt work, if it was fake she would have never done it again. like i said, we should ALL be in tears!

    February 4, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. exasperasted with politicians

    The US's image in the world is not great as it is, do we really want someone who will tear up at every stressful situation? I am sure there have been many Presidents who have cried- they just don't do it in the public eye. You'd have to be stupid to do that- it makes the US look weak and whiny. I'm not going to say it's because she is a woman, I'm not even going to say she actually cried- but how sad is it that the night befor "Super Tuesday," THIS is what people are worrying about? Pick a candidate based on the issues- this is not a popularity contest! This is the person who is going to run the country for the next 4 years, which will have a huge impact on every US citizen's life. People all over (US and the world) make fun of Bush, yet he's been in for 8 years- please don't follow it up with a person who either 1. cries every time she gets stressed or something doesn't go her way or 2. uses tears as a political tool. I'm a 23-year-old woman from a swing state (OH) and i'm an independent- and I'm sure not going to swing my vote her way.

    February 4, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Helen in PA

    Can't a woman show some emotion? I don't think it's an act, but maybe I'm wrong. I really think that she is just being human like the rest of us. I don't think crying is a sign of weakness even if she is running for President. Just my opinion!!

    February 4, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Mark, Louisiana

    Can you say bye-bye to all the progress made in the "women's movement."

    February 4, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Chris from NY

    Seems odd, based on earlier words and actions I wonder... given all of this still consider the baggage she brings with her (not all of her making). The Democrats could still lose this election. Obama clears the air, resets the arguements... is electable.

    February 4, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Lulu

    Everyone has to always think that people do things for a reason, that everything is calculated. Maybe, it was a very emotional time for her and that's why there were tears. Yes, this is politics but we are talking about human beings and not robots that are programmed to do things to succeed.

    February 4, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. IA

    AMEN BENJAMIN...................AMEN!!!! You summed that up very nicely!

    February 4, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. Kristin

    Give me a break, how long is the shrade of anti-Clinton going to last. CNN has nothing positive to say about the woman, even when your addressing her strengths you bring up some of Obama's. Give us a fair fight. As a woman I'm sick of this. People get emotional when the visit somewhere they used to go to school, where they grew up, or had history at. Big deal she had a tear in her eye, she'd rip Blitzer a new one with her hands tied behind her back if need be.

    February 4, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. Jennifer

    Maybe all you Obama people should actually watch the video before commenting. There's a big difference between tearing up and crying. I would barely call that tearing up. And if you're basing your vote on this you are a tool.

    February 4, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. sudh

    Clinton. do anything, say anything to win....OBAMA again 100% correct in his judgement..

    Just Immagine a man is always right in his judgement as president

    February 4, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. MDA

    Thank you Hillary I just won a $100 bet that you would do the "crying bit" again when Obama would get too close....... I don't think it will work this time. I couldn't decide for whom to vote, now it will be definately for MR. OBAMA.

    February 4, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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