February 4th, 2008
04:50 PM ET
6 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. Corey Sinnott

    How sad is our society that this story is flooded with such negative comments over a display of emotion.

    She got teary-eyed, she didn't sob. She's running for President of the United States, the greatest nation in the world, and she's doing well. And she's a she. Don't you think she's allowed to get emotional? Don't you think she's human? Imagine the experience of running for President. Imagine! As a woman the fact that she could break through the proud curtain of European-American men who have served this position is no less than an emotional ride. Surely she's allowed to display how she feels about such an amazing feat of our time. Be proud that misty eyes can even be seen.

    We've come a long way, America!

    February 4, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. Watson, Louisiana

    I love the fact that she shows emotion. I will vote for her any day of the week instead of Barack Hussein Obama. I don't think I could handle him, Oprah and all the Kennedy's in the White House. People need to wake up!!!!

    Hillary is the only way to go!!
    If he gets the Democratic nod–I VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 4, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. Patricia

    Hillary is too smart and you and your men can not handle her. All of the attitudes are so mean spirited towards her it's sad to see. But she is a strong women with a heart. I can not wait to vote for her in April.

    February 4, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. Ryan

    It's amazing how many people, feel as though everything this woman does is calculated! If Hillary Clinton teared up at a funeral service, I'm sure people would say it's calculated! If she teared up at her daughter's wedding, I'm sure it would be viewed as being calculated! I mean she's is human, contrary to the belief of some people, and she is putting her heart into this campaign and it's showing. leave Mrs. Clinton's tears alone and focus on the issues!

    February 4, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  5. Jim

    I think that she has these moments in a semi-scripted fashion, and then her own campaign publicizes it, then criticizes anyone who makes an issue out of it. Can she win without having to be manipulative?

    February 4, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  6. Caitlin

    This is the most negative article and blog ever posted on any website. CNN has lost all credibility as an unbiased news source. Your website has become a combination of yellow jounalism and tabloid news. Time to chage your motto to "The Most Inflamatory News That Is Fit To Print." Good Lord, please bring us some news that people actually care about and not news that ingnites negativity. I am sure this will never be posted on CNN blog.

    February 4, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. OBAMA4EVER

    Will she cry when the Republicans rip her one?

    February 4, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  8. nicole

    February 4, 2008 5:19 pm ET

    "Clinton gets teary eyed again".
    Have all of you commenting on this actually watched the video clip? CNN is creating a story where there is not one. There is also an obvious bias in the wording of the title. I am disappointed in CNN in using an obvious sexist bias any time Clinton shows any amount of emotion. I guess CNN likes the Obama story best and wants to promote that one.

    This is NOT news.

    February 4, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  9. Steve

    What? That was supposed to be a teary moment? Are you serious? I couldn't even tell. Compared to Plaxico Burress of the New York Giants, she was as emotional as Venus de Milo.

    Don't forget–what helped her the last time wasn't her emotions, it was the ridiculous overreaction to them. It's good to see her enemies haven't learned their lesson.

    February 4, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  10. OBAMA4EVER

    SC TYLER BOOHOO obama doesn't need your vote....go vote for McCain who wants to put our troops in iraq for a 100 years.

    February 4, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  11. Rebecca - CA

    Hmmmm....how ironic....in all of the years that Hillary has been in the public eye, I can't remember any of these "tender moments".... until now!

    February 4, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  12. MARIA

    SHE HAS MY VOTE.

    THE OBAMA FANS SEEMS TO BE ENAMORED BECAUSE HE IS INSPIRATIONAL. GIVE ME A BREAK. he can sell you brooklyn bridge and you will bite it just because he can talk

    February 4, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  13. NY'er for Obama

    I don't HATE Hillary. I voted her into the senate. But enough of the Bushes and Clintons already!!

    February 4, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  14. Annie

    I am a Hillary supporter, but I have a feeling that because of the way this episode is being portrayed in the national media ("Hillary Crying Again Before Big Vote"), this could have the opposite effect as in New Hampshire. The group of women who were moved to vote for Hillary because of tears before are probably already in her column. This will only motivate the anti-Hillary vote to get out and prevent what happened in New Hampshire from happening again. Not good.

    February 4, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  15. Jim

    Don't forget: Some of the most offensive comments posted here are posted by Clinton supporters trying to garner sympathy. Can you say "Karl Rove?": When all else fails, attack yourself and blame the attacks on your opponent. It would've been nice if this election was about issues, ideas and policies rather than unethical attacks and manipulation of opinion by the Clintons. Go Obama!

    February 4, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  16. Lawrence, Orange County, CA

    Unreal how intensely critical everyone is when it comes to a little emotion. Honestly, Clinton reveals a bit of herself and it's time for the axe? My gracious, give her a break! It's not as though her misty-eyed response to this particular introduction is in some way worse that a president that says things like...

    "All I can tell you is when the governor calls, I answer his phone."—San Diego, Calif., Oct. 25, 2007

    "I feel strongly that there ought to be fair justice."—Washington, D.C., Sept. 20, 2007

    "There is no question that there is some unsettling times in the housing market."—Washington, D.C., Sept. 20, 2007

    February 4, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  17. Leah DiMarco, TX

    Hillary seems to always cry when things are not going her way.
    Our first woman president needs to be strong in public and able to control her feelings at all times.
    This woman without integrity and a closet full of scandals is NOT the one that should be our first woman president of the U.S.

    Obama '08

    February 4, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  18. RDL

    You can cry....but if you somehow get the nomination Hilary, I will vote for a Republican for the first time in 40 years. God what I'd give to be rid of the Clinton
    stigma!!!

    February 4, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  19. chris

    ohhhhhhhhh please let me be pleased one more time, oh my god, i just want to show everybody of you that woman tactics, but it gonna still be fake, so it's now back new hampshire tactics again, to take up women vote, no this time people understand her, we wanna change, we don't wanna somebody who were with republican's position to send troops in iraq, everybody now knows, who's right and wrong, everybody just find out , who's gonna bring people together, which kind of president the amrican people need, the america is strong, and america don't need a president who's gonna cry infront of russia, we don't wanna a president who's gonna share her emotion on t.v when something getting worse, oooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh people let's now see , the true leader of united state of america, and that true leader is Barack Obama, a charisma, an ispiring and a dreamer leader who's gonna change evrythinf and american policy even in the world, my god what i know that , this tactic can't work this time, women understand her, we wanna change and with Obama , we believe in, YES WE CAN, YES WE CAN , YES WE CAN, YES WE CAN , YES WE CAN, GOD BLESS UNITED STATE OF AMERICA............

    February 4, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  20. enomisa

    PEOPLE- PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO BEFORE YOU CRITICISE BASED ON CNNs BOGUS HEADLINES. THERE WAS NO TEARING UP. THERE WAS NO CRYING. IT IS A FALSE STORY. PLEASE, ALL OF YOU WATCH THE VIDEO. YOU ARE BEING LED BY LIARS TO A WRONG CONCLUSION. IT IS A HATEFUL LIE. LOOK AT THE VIDEO, DECIDE FOR YOURSELF.
    FURTHERMORE, EVEN IF IT WERE SO...SO WHAT? EMOTIONS ARE WHAT MAKE US ALL HUMAN AND BETTER LEADERS.

    February 4, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  21. Myrna

    PLEASE, HILLARY STOP WITH THE CRODILE TEARS! YOU ARE NOT FOOLING ANYONE.. LIKE ONE READER SAID, YOU MAKE US WOMEN LOOK WEAK AND VUNERABLE WHICH WE ARE NOT... KNOCK IT OFF, MOST VOTERS HAVE SEEN THROUGH THIS FACADE, AND TRUST ME WE ARE NOT BUYING IT... ENOUGH ALLREADY... GRAN FOR CHANGE IN WISCONSIN

    February 4, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  22. margie

    Awaiting moderation. AGAIN. Go figure.

    February 4, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  23. OBAMA4EVER

    HILLARY TROLLS STOP BLAMING CNN FOR THEIR BALANCED COVERAGE...IT'S NOT CNNS FAULT THAT HILLARY CREATES NEGATIVE NEWS FOR HERSELF!

    I SWEAR THIS IS THE ONLY DEFENSE HILLARY TROLLS CAN COME UP WITH!

    February 4, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  24. demo from GA

    CNN is bias because it needs ratings not facts. Clinton shows much more substance and leadership than Obama, but calling it a draw keeps interest and ratings going. There is also a fear factor of media show bias against a black canidate, not that Clinton is better just he can not look not as good. Sad journalism but that is the sad reality. Clinton should beat Obama by a significant margin, then maybe he those his support to her, if not, the republican are back in just as the national media want.

    February 4, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  25. Paul GA

    CNN is bias because it needs ratings not facts. Clinton shows much more substance and leadership than Obama, but calling it a draw keeps interest and ratings going. There is also a fear factor of media show bias against a black canidate, not that Clinton is better just he can not look not as good. Sad journalism but that is the sad reality. Clinton should beat Obama by a significant margin, then maybe he those his support to her, if not, the republican are back in just as the national media want.

    February 4, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
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