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

Clinton holds emotional meeting at Yale


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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  1. Ron

    You go girl! Crocodile tears-are a go! So now I am picturing the next four years with Hillary Clinton:

    1. She cries when she's unable to bring any troops home.
    2. She cries when she's unable to fix the economy.
    3. Then she cries again when her health care plan is bulldozed.

    Vote Obama and stop the bloodclot cryin!

    February 4, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Christy

    I did my research for months now. Reading books by and on Hillary Clinton. To think of a white house run by her is just as discouraging as the white house run by George Bush. If Hillary is the candidate I will note vote in November. She is as corrupt as are all these politicians. There could be nothing good to come out of a Clinton Presidency.

    The Clinton's let us down once and now America wants to be let down again. Her failed attempt at healthcare the first time should give you a look into her proven record. She cause deception, devisivness, and was closed minded. She held closed door meetings and was scandalous in firing the entire Travel Staff of Clinton's presidency to hire her friends and family.

    She had her people ransack the office of Vince Foster when he died...what is it that you suppose she was hiding???More scandal more corruption and tommorrow people are heading to the polls for more of the same.

    Barack Obama is our hope right now and if we want change we must elect Obama.

    Don't be fooled people!!! Please VOTE tommorrow!!

    February 4, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Robert

    I would accept the crying if it was after Hillary said she was wrong to vote for the Iraq war and the crying was for all the war related deaths and casualties on both sides. But that is not why she is crying is it.

    The biggest mistake this country can make is putting another Clinton in office, Time for change, time to move on. Say goodbye to the old guard they messed up big time.

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

    what else can i say.
    we need a strong leader.
    GO OBAMA 08.

    February 4, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. Robert

    I guess the Clinton News Network (CNN) is keeping it real on Hilary

    February 4, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. pete


    "During the roundtable discussion at Yale University, Clinton became TEARY EYED - a moment that harkened back to her much talked-about display of emotion on the EVE of the NEW HAMPSHIRE primary"





    February 4, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. demwit

    I wonder if this is her "foreign diplomacy" face too...

    February 4, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. Jake NY

    So what? I'm glad we have somebody with some feelings and emotions. Maybe if we had more people like that in government we would not be sending our sons, daughters, husbands, and fathers to die in a needless so-called war.

    Maybe we need somebody that will think of the all the consequences of war before jumping into it like it was a recreational sport as too many men have.

    Yes, maybe it's time for a woman to lead us back onto the path of peace and not war.

    February 4, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. Vinanguyen

    I am a foreigner born in America and accepted this country as my own. Just wonder how Clinton can run the country if she kept having teared eyed. I personally, believed that Bill Clinton is the one who is going to run the county again

    February 4, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. Richard S

    The tears are not a big deal to me, the timing though is...and a day before election ( reminds me of something...).Who's going to buy this one???
    For criticizing Reagan, she sure is a good actor!!!


    February 4, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. MT

    Someone noticed a bag of pilled onions once she was done with her show:)!!! I am allergic though but good job Hillary on pulling that off!!! Seriously, we should dedicate this week to Hillary as the "Crying week"!!!. Let me join in .....Bah bah..........

    February 4, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. Dem08

    This is once again an unfair story about Hillary Clinton.

    February 4, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. mty

    good-bye cnn, I used to like you when you weren't so bias. Go Hillary!

    February 4, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. chris-seattle

    the tears i am sure are real. but we dont need tears real or fake right now. move over mrs. clinton. obama will not cry when making tough choices and moving this country forward.

    February 4, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. angelina_

    Comm'on she is crying again???? here we go again. SHe is crying because she the people are talking and are voting for who they want and not matter what she says or does now, Americans are smart enough to think for themselves, and they are choosing change vs old status quo and want a better future.
    What else next?

    February 4, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. American

    At least shes got a heart.

    February 4, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. Picabo, San Diego, CA

    To all of the people who think that it won't work this time: I'm sorry to say it will. Some people are so gullible and stupid when it comes to picking a president it's pathetic.

    I keep hoping someone else will join the race.

    Obama's too inexperienced and too wimpy to be president (when given the choice between making a tough vote and voting "present" he voted "present").

    Hillary is too sleazy to be president.

    The Republican candidates are falling all over themselves trying to prove who's the most "conservative" (which is a nicer way of saying "self-righteous bigot")

    Please, anybody, somebody else run for president!

    If not, I think I'll write in "Stewie Griffin"

    February 4, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. come on now

    this is pathetic.
    the end.
    end of story.
    STOP, hillary.

    February 4, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. Fidel Debash

    Bill clinton will definately become the first four term president in american history.

    February 4, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. Margaret

    this past week end I meet both Obama and Hilary and the one who got my vote is Hilary, she is warm , personable, she looked on my eye and 'nice to meet you', that's what I want from a candidate to knowledge you took you time to see her. on the other hand, Obama did not have time to shake hand eventhough I was few steps next to him. He seems very full of himself and arrogant.

    February 4, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. Sam, Dallas TX

    "And the Oscar goes to......" HILLARY CLINTON for "Crying during an Election"

    February 4, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Annette

    I don't believe Hillary becoming emotional is real. Its all a act. She has never shown emotions before in all her years... not even when her Husband cheated on her in the Oval office, that's when she should of been emotional, not now since she THINKS it will her win CAL. We need a strong person that we can depend on and my vote is for Obama.

    February 4, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. Meeral

    An excerpt from MSNBC.
    Do Read.

    Penn Rhodeen, a New Haven public interest lawyer who worked with Clinton as a student, recalled her showing up on his doorstep wearing purple bellbottoms.

    "It was so 1972," he recalled, praising Clinton for her longtime interest in helping children.

    "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," he said.

    Clinton responded emotionally to Rhodeen's praise, at one point wiping her eyes with her hand. But unlike her teary-eyed moment in Portsmouth, N.H., her voice never broke and she tried make light of her emotion.

    "I said I would not tear up. Already we're not on that path," Clinton replied to laughs.

    Talk about manipulation by CNN the official Obama Chanel.
    Please do a little research before you believe every thing you read. And by the way I couldn't even play the video.......suprise suprise.

    Watch Obama sob on Oprah's shoulder one day soon....

    February 4, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. Bev, Houston

    TO: Josh and Cris

    You two must be the uneducated followers of Hilary Clinton, which I have read about, because if you even had a 9th. grade education, you would know the tears are calculated, like so many of Hill/Billy's moves have always been.

    February 4, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. Papa Max

    Hey, Enomisa, I have news for you. Obama was not born rich. His mother and him had suffered terribly as he was growing up. He worked his way up the ladder of success and did not have to ride the tail of a lying, immoral spouse to get their. I have more news for you, Hillary has never been a hard-working woman and she is using hard-working ladies like yourself to lie her way through your ignorant hearts and right into the white house. You think she has no money? You need to do your home-work girl!

    February 4, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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