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. HH

    It is the polls stupid.

    Every time the polls show that she is falling then she tears up.

    February 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. Independent

    Does she cry everyday when she looks at Bill and remembers all of the affairs he’s had? Or do you not consider that being an emotional moment? The fact that while sitting on the Board of Directors of Wal-mart she didn’t bother to fight for those employee’s right to health care? Or that the fact of her vote on the Iraq war caused thousands of deaths and critically wounded men and woman. I don’t see her getting emotional when talking about the war. Spin it any way you want, the fact is she is a liar and will stoop to any level to get the one thing she cares about the most and that is power. So if you think reliving your childhood are more of an emotional moment then our men and woman dying everyday then you are no different then those who continue to defend her theatrics.

    February 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. jack

    TO MIKE
    PLEASE THINK IT OVER
    OBAMA JUST GIVES EMPTY SPEACHES WITH NO IDEAS OR ISSUES,
    SHE IS WORT IT,

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

    I am so sick of some steriotype chauvanistic opinions, downing a woman for being a woman, Please spare us all the ignorant cheap little insults on the eve before a very important time. We all cry at some point during happy emotional times and if you dont there is something downright cold and inhuman in you. Spare us all!!!!

    February 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. Are you people are crazy?

    Have any of you looked at the video?

    SHE DOES N O T CRY!!!! NOT EVEN CLOSE!!!!

    It's pathetic how media tries to slant this, and even more pathetic how a lot of Hillary haters out there believes it to be true – and jumps on it straight away...

    February 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. west palm beach, Hawk

    You ladies need to stop defending this type of behavior. If Obama was to cry over the silly questions and comments she's crying over. His political career would be over with. Ladies lets get real about the issue. I know you want a female president but it wont be Hillary and I'm thankful for it.

    February 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. JC, Hot Springs, Arkansas

    I'd like to see anyone keep her current schedule and NOT cry.

    February 4, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Deb - IL

    I have never seen so many mean spirited, cold hearted responses come in on any story like I have on this one. This just reinforces my decision to jump off of the Obama bandwagon weeks ago if these type of comments represent the type of supporters who believe in him! HOPEfully, there aren't as many stone hearted, cynical Americans out there as this post would suggest. I can't believe the people singing hope and change are so mean... At least David's post represents reason when he admits other people are often moved by the words of others. Anyone who has actually lived life and made friendships over the years could react under similar circumstances, I know I have. Again, it seems perfectly fine for male Presidents like Ronald Reagan to "tear up", just not a woman. Maybe this just shows why Hillary SHOULD be President, if we had a President over the past 7 years who was genuinely touched by feelings and cared for the people instead of playing cowboy, maybe our troops would already have been brought home, health insurance for all would at least have been discussed, and the current economic mess averted. Criticize Hillary if you must on substantive issues, but don't feed into the CNN feeding frenzy over nonsensical reporting such as this.....

    February 4, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. pam,s.c.

    more evidence she is not ready to be our next president. she's running on bill's coattails and she's too emotional. what happens if she is elected and throws a fit at some leader and presses the nuclear button no she's to unstable . what happens if she gets in a catfight with a leader of a foreign government ? what happens if that do nothing congress will not work with her? what is she to do then? cry go ballistic throw things grab a secret service guys gun and shoots up the oval office. no go home and drop out of sight and take that no good two-timing racist slim bag you are married to with you.

    February 4, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. anthony

    KEEP CRYING HILLARY. IF YOU THINK PEOPLE WILL BUY INTO THIS CRAP A SECOND TIME AROUND, YOU ARE UTTERLY MISTAKEN. AND JUST BEWARE YOU MAYBE DOING A DISSERVICE TO YOURSELF. YOU MAYBE SELLING YOUR VOTES TO OBAMA. CAUSE THIS ONE WILL CERTAINLY BACKFIRE. PEOPLE WILL NOT BE FOOLED TWICE..

    February 4, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. Sue Z

    If she becomes President, I guess she could always cry before a summit meeting and hope that sways the other leaders to see her humanity and side with her!

    Please, please, please, everyone...let's not put Bill and Hillary back in the White House. I want to see a woman President, too, but let's make sure it is the right woman who will stand as an independent thinker and leader. In this situation, what we will really be doing is putting Bill back in the White House as a sneaky way of getting around the two term law. Based upon his campaign activities, do you really think he will stand back and keep out of things? Ha.

    February 4, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. Dan

    Oh Pleeeeease! Enough of the crocodile tears. How can she lead the strongest nation in the world if she weeps all the time. She's not running for 6th grade president, she's running for the Presidency of the United States of America! Now all those male chauvinist would preach about how a woman cannot lead a country such as the United States.

    February 4, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. LINDA

    YOU GO HILLARY! YOU ARE THE BEST! THE COUNTRY NEEDS YOU.
    FORGET OBAMA OR SHOULD I SAY OPRAH/OBAMA TICKET WE ALL KNOW THATS WHAT SHE WANTS THE GLORY AGAIN AND AGAIN MONEY MONEY!
    WISE UP COUNRTY CAN'T YOU SEE THE PICTURE!

    HILLARY IN 2008 !! ALL THE WAY!

    February 4, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. Lili

    "I can't criticize HRC on this. I sometimes get teary-eyed listening to Barack Obama speak and thinking about how much better off the country would be with him as our president."

    Yup I cry too as we will become the United State of Hope instead of the United States of America

    February 4, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Tiffany G

    No Matthew. (4:19 pm)

    We are offended too.

    February 4, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. Howler8

    Personally, I believe she truly did get emotional.

    But her getting teary-eyed should NOT be given media coverage? What does it matter? All it means is that she cares, and I believe that for all the Democratic candidates.

    I do think the timing is suspicious, though. It just seems too coincidental.

    February 4, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. Give me a break...

    Did anyone commenting here actually watch the video?

    She's not crying. She's not even emotional.

    I just heard NPR report on Hillary at Yale. No mention whatsoever of her being "misty eyed". The reason? NPR is a reputable news source, and tells the truth.

    This is CNN at its worst. Trying to influence the American public by posting this crap. Shame on you.

    February 4, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. BrienneZ

    This is news?

    February 4, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. Cherish

    I don't think the people of California are stupid enough to buy this strategy.

    If anything this proves that she can't handle the pursuit of the position, and definitely wouldn't be able to handle the position.

    OBAMA '08 FOR HONESTY!!!

    February 4, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. Manuel, Pearland, TX

    It looks like all the Obamabots commenting on this story did not actually even bother to look at the video. Hillary is not "crying".

    The distortions and venom thrown out by all the Hillary haters is sad. It confirms in my mind that we only chose to see what we want to see. Still, it won't change my vote at all.

    February 4, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. Vince

    HILARY FOR PRESIDENT 2008

    SHE IS THE BEST CANDIDATE, WITH THE BEST RECORD AND THE MOST EXPERIENCE TO FIX THIS ECONOMY AND OUR HEALTH CARE PROBLEMS!

    February 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. mulher

    Tears are on people's eyes all the time, men or women. It is appaling that another woman suggests that tears are a sign of weakness. Are emotions forbidden? That is why American women (known around the world as cold, distant, unsexy and undesirable...) are not on the top of any man's list. American women need to cry more and criticize less. Being educated and ambitious does not mean you will never be allowed to cry again. Our tears makes us human. I have seen grown men crying and it was a relief for them to finally be allowed to show their emotions. Emotions are good. Tears are good. Being human is good. Maybe her emotions will end up making the difference between starting another war or changing health care system. Do you want another ruthless cowboy there? By the way, have you seen the picture where Bush is crying? It struck me as the most genuine picture of him I have ever seen. He was almost saying, "I am sorry." He not even looked sensitive and repented, but intelligent.

    February 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. Grey in Tennessee

    Hillary was being recognized and praised for her dedicated work of behalf of children, something dear to her. Someone praised her and it touched her heart. What the hell is wrong with that! GO HILLARY! I mean...Good job Madam President!

    February 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  24. Nancy

    I dont trust Clinton and so how is america suppose to trust her when there was the white water scandal when Bill was president. hmmmm....i dont care who wins as long as Clinton doesnt get in....they have been in the white house already...give someone else a fair go.

    February 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. A.Macaulay

    At this point the only thing I know that Hillary can do based on past experience on Day One in the Oval Office is cry.

    February 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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