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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soundoff (1,203 Responses)
  1. Jim Belvidere, IL

    What a phoney....just what I want...a world leader that cries all the time. Next you will see Skeletor Bill out wagging his stick fingers in everyones faces telling them how wonderful his wife is and reminding people once again how much of a turd he is. Arghhhh.

    February 4, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. c ilivuziman

    We don't need to cry to win an election. Do we? Not when the election is about to become the President of USA! Please – OBAMA 2008

    February 4, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. Dietrich

    Douglas M said it best and it's up right up there with, "I did not have sexual relations, with that woman." Right before he admitted the opposite. I'm just waiting for Hillary to admit she did mean to cry. This Kleenex is for you Hillary.

    February 4, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Sweets

    Since when did tears become a political candidate? Politicians are–believe or not–humans, humans are emotional. She teared up, big deal. She did not have a breakdown or an outburst. At most, her eyes were a little red and slightly misty. You criticize her for being cold and callous and then you criticize her for being emotional. I think she has displayed considerable and appropriate self control. If the fact that she has "teared up" twice during her entire 35-year career is what you hold against her, then I must ask what are the important issues in your opinion? People get so caught up in personal attacks that the real issues are ignored. Frankly, I would not care if the next president cries everyday as long as he or she gets the job done. We need a strong leader and strong leaders show emotion. There is nothing wrong with having a woman for president–we would actually be on par with the rest of the world for once. It's fine if you don't like her politics, but holding her misty eyes against her is absurd.

    February 4, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. new guy

    does any single media reported Obama chocked up during speach on the weekend?
    does anyone news media mentioned that she got teary eye because she didn't sleep for two nights as she was fighting hard for herself all by herself ?
    obama has all the celebrity volunteers campaining for him, he can take as much rest he wants, but she is doing all by herself ?

    any one notice all the news media , both from democrat and rebulican are doing nothing but bringing all negative news from clinton tent and all positive from obama....
    all media was able to spin the election...and like allways...all democrats supporter are again falling into the trap of media...
    i cannot believe reading all this comments and feedback....everyone fell into this.....not sure if democrat can ever go with their guts....or as always..going to be the puppet in the hands of media....

    February 4, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. juju

    i agree with benjamin. she was touched, that's all. CNN: let's see some more headlines about the male candidates tearing up.

    Americans: why not pay attention to the freakin ISSUES? that's what will matter when you're getting reamed by the next doofus you elect whose only emotion was pure glee as he prepared to take all your hardwon rights and privacies away.

    GO HILLARY!

    February 4, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. Joe, Wilmington DE

    Oh please! What a load of calculated crap.

    February 4, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. Niko

    DID ANY OF YOU WATCH THE CLIP? SHE DIDNT BREAK DOWN AND CRY AND GET "EMTIONAL". SHE WAS TOUCHED AS ANY HUMAN WOULD BE BY THE INTRODCUTION SHE WAS GIVEN. SHE WAS VERY POISED, ARTICULATE, AND DIDNT SHOW ANY SIGNS OF WEAKNESS. You guys are really reaching here to get a vote for Obama. If a man gets emtional he is stronger, if a woman does she is weaker...whatever. I just hope that all of you are addressing every second of Obama's reactions the same way you do Clinton's. That is if you can get around all THE TREES AND BUSHES HE TALKS AROUND .....

    February 4, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. Manfred

    What was there to tear up about? She's a phony-again.

    February 4, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. Jonathan N

    "shes a real persn thats wh i lve her"

    Josh you do realize that a good actor can turn it on and off at a whim as can a child looking to get their way? Right? This is no different. Someone as seasoned as Hillary has the ability to keep the waterworks at bay, but is choosing to either intentionally turn them on or let them flow. In either case this is a stunt. Period. This doesn't show that she is a real person. It doesn't show that she is willing to show us the real Hillary. It shows that she is once again trying to manipulate the voters via a stunt, pure and simple. Sadly Bush has shown us that voters don't listen to what the person says, but what they look like, how they act.

    Personally I would love to see all televised debates banned. Take us back to the day of radio debates where what you say matter more then what you look like or how you act in front of the world.

    February 4, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. Elizabeth

    OMG! Not again! I rolled my eyes the last time that happened not because I didn't believe Hillary's sincerity but because so many people suddenly saw her as "real" for doing it. Why in post-feminist America does a strong woman need to cry in order to be seen as "real" and caring about people and why aren't we expecting the same thing of the men in this race?

    February 4, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Justin

    That's just what I want.
    A President who cries at the drop of a hat !

    February 4, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. PHONEY TEARS

    I AM A WOMAN A FORMER STRONG LEADER IN MY ROLL. I HAD A REASON TO CRY AND I DID, WHEN TRUE EMOTION HIT ME. BUT HILLARY THINKS SHE HAS FOUND A SOFT TOUCH IN WOMEN. IT'S AN INSULT. STOP IT HILLARY . YOU ARE DOING YOURSELF MORE HARM.

    WE LOVE OPRAH, SHE CRIES, BUT SHE DOES NOT PLAY ON US. P.S. LEAVE OPRAH ALONE. ALL YOU FOLKS FIGHT TO GET ON HER SHOW TO GET ALL HER GIFTS, BUT WHEN SHE SHOWS WHO SHE WANTS TO ENDORSE, THE VENOM COMES OUT, SO ALL YOU FAKE FANS OF OPRAH, YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHO YOU ARE! YOU ARE SO COLORLESS. WE LOVE YOU OPRAH,
    YOU KOW WHAT STRUGGLE IS BUT AS LONG AS YOU TAKE A STAND ,PEOPLE WILL COMPLAIN ABOUT YOU... HANG IN THERE SISTER

    February 4, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. wow the haters

    Could it just possibly be that someone who was potentially a mentor to her having some kind words stirred up a little emotion? I could hardly call this a cry. And shame on you CNN for making this the big news .... you have given absolutely no coverage regarding the reasons why we should not elect Obama or anyone for that matter ... maybe CNN needs to go negative instead of hyping up someone base don what Oprah says. Seems to me CNN is more of the same ... censorship of truth .. no freedom of speech here

    By the way for all of those reading this .. the haters here posting are probably from Obama's campaign .. especially all the ones who "claim" to have been for hillary but now have "seen the light" .. you all deserve an academy award.

    February 4, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Jasmine

    Do you guys realize that CNN is the most respected news channel of all time...Why do you think they are bias...COME ON!!!! They are simply reporting the news..

    Hilary crying is not CNN's fault, all they're doing is reporting the news...Get over it Hillary supporters, shes a SALESMAN, and shes trying to pull on our heart strings to win our vote....

    Just understand that Obama is what OUR country needs.. A FRESH START!!

    February 4, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. Fed up woman

    Yep, those are wise ole alligator tears. You can see the teeth showing under the gums. Another ploy to get the women to jump on the bandwagon. She's like us you know...NOT!!

    February 4, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. Bobbi

    Big deal ,she cried. She is human. That dosn't make her anymore or anyless qualified to run the country. Lets stick to the issues people.

    Hillary Clinton '08

    February 4, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. J Miller

    I love the fact she shows emotion, it means she is a real person with a heart!. All Obama can say is " Its our time" which i take as a all black theme and for that I am offended. He should be saying Its Americas time. Does he have an agenda?

    February 4, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. Tim

    This is like that last ditch attempt to gain a few points in the polls, kinda like when you watch a dying TV show that introduces a new character in a last-ditch attempt to shore up the slow bleed!

    Cry me a river!... seriously! After reading the entries for most people on this comment, its interesting to read that this won't work again. But I can bet that most of the Joe-society will see this painted on the news, feel bad for her, and vote for her. Mark my words!

    Great tactic, Hill-Billy.... but you can't cry in front of everyone when you are president. It only works a few times before people catch on and don't believe your tears.

    February 4, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. Brian

    she's not crying... watch the clip. I don't support Hillary but I don't think she did any acting here at all. Unlike most people leaving comments, I watched the video. She just made a joke about how she teared up a little. If one of your friends/mentors/former colleagues from decades ago delivered that kind of speech about you and you don't show some appreciation you're a robot.

    February 4, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. William

    Cie (2/4/08 @ 4:23)....Your comment of:
    "She is not for the hardworking common man. She wants to turn this country into a socialist state."

    If you are going to state that, then you tell me with definitive facts how you think Obama will help the hardworking common 'person'.

    Hillary Clinton has done more for people than Obama has ever done. Obama was the one in Chicago taking credit for removing asbestos from units in the projects, when in fact it was the women of the projects who did it on their own.

    Before stating negatives, you should always provide real facts as to your negatives.

    Also, why don't you watch the video before slamming Hillary? It is sad that people use this site to slander. Hillary Clinton did not lose her composure, she clearly stated that what her former boss stated about her, had brought tears to her eyes. It is a very natural statement.

    Maybe supporters of Obama should state; where are his emotions? He is the most cardboard person I have ever seen. Is it a pull string or wind up?

    February 4, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  22. Kyle

    Matthew: When male presidential candidates cry, the electorate does not vote for them because they are seemingly not up to the task of being president. Holding women candidates to a different standard just because they are female is itself sexist.

    February 4, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. joan schweitzer lund

    BUSH wars Clintons immorale ways Bush wars no more this one that one we need a new Face a new attitude I'm a independent and Obama has my vote he's a breath of fresh air. We need some fresh air OBAMA the person for the white house.

    February 4, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. iris mariani

    I watch cnn all the time and most of the time you are either interviewing obama or speaking negative about Hilary. We are not privilage to the same amount of interviews with Hillary explaing her ideas. Is cnn endorsing obama and against Hilary or is it that iam reading it wrong. Please explained this to me because even my friends that are voting for Obama must of them feel the same way as I do.

    February 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. Marcy Spencer

    I used to think of Hillary as Tracy Flick in "Election." Today, I realized she's playing another role: Hillary is Tom Grunick – the tv reporter (portrayed by William Hurt) in 1987's "Broadcast News."

    While filming a victim interview, Tom genuinely tears up. A woman on the film crew tells him how moved she was by his response and what a shame they didn't catch it on film. Tom asks for a moment, turns away, concentrating, then looks up at the now-rolling camera, tears streaming. Cut! Print! Viewer response to Tom's contrived news spot jettisons Tom to network stardom.

    Can any actress worth her salt psych herself into crying on cue? Of course. Can we look forward to a replay of Hillary's tears on the eve of every upcoming primary vote? It worked before. She's at it again. Need I say more?

    Can you imagine the effect on the electorate if Barack Obama began weeping on camera at rallies? Feminists should be up in arms and the rest of us should run not walk from the drama that is The Clintons!

    February 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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