February 14th, 2008
04:01 PM ET
10 years ago

Valentine's Day with Hillary Clinton

Valentine’s Day on the Clinton campaign plane.

Valentine’s Day on the Clinton campaign plane.

VIENNA, Ohio (CNN) - With Bill Clinton nowhere in sight this Valentine's Day, Hillary Clinton stole a few saccharine moments with the men and women of the traveling press who see her much more often, day and night.

As her plane prepared for takeoff from Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, Clinton played stewardess, sauntering back to meet the press corps with a tray of chocolates and Valentine's Day wishes.

"I apologize to all of you who are not spending valentine's day with your significant others," she told them, as reporters each took chocolates and said, "Thank you, senator."

Clinton said this was first time in 37 years that she and her husband hadn't been together on Valentine's Day. The former president is campaigning in Wisconsin today as she travels across Ohio.

But, she said, he hadn't dropped the ball: "When I got in last night there were a dozen roses and some chocolates."

A TV producer, CBS' Fernando Suarez, handed Clinton his cell phone so she could help console his lonely girlfriend back in Washington.

"I am happy to be Fernando's second choice on Valentine's Day," Clinton told Suarez' girlfriend Michelle as reporters laughed out loud and pool photographers snapped away. For good measure, she also made nice with the girlfriend of Politico's Ken Vogel.

Clinton then walked back to first class, while the assembled reporters hustled back to their seats for takeoff.

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Dex Dean

    I would not want to walk in a light ally that Hillary walks in let alone a dark one.

    February 14, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. Sam

    At least Barack was romantic enough to spend time with his wife and family for Valentines Day. But we do know about Bill and Hills marriage.

    February 14, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  3. Susan

    Of course Bill Clinton is nowhere in sight..the marriage is a sham.The first time in 37 they haven't been together on Valentine's Day..GAG! I think that's a lie... It's all about the power...just because you slept with a president mean you are qualified to be one.

    February 14, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  4. Craig

    icy undertones, much? this "report" is awfully similar to when Hillary visited the press corps bus in Iowa and the "let's go outside to warm up" comment. you guys are ridiculous.

    February 14, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. EDW

    She may want to see exactly where Bill is today, just to make sure...

    February 14, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. Female Boomer for Obama 08

    ...and Obama took the day off to spend Valentine's Day with his wife.......

    ...these silly stories on CNN are really getting tiresome...this has ceased to be a political blog and has become a seesaw series of "gossip trivia" in an attempt to keep the battles alive. I no longer use this site to gather information about policy, issues or stands by candidates...

    February 14, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. Hope in Detroit and I am white

    Of course he is no where in sight he is making love to Monique instead of this beast in a suit

    February 14, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  8. Karyn

    A few "saccharine" moments?!? Don't you "reporters" ever tire of inserting your own editorial comments. I bet you ate the chocolates,didn't you? Shut up and just report the news. Jerk!!

    February 14, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. Jake, California

    Good sense of humor Hillary, from an Obama supporter!

    February 14, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. Christian, Tampa FL

    It's these sorts of moments that work best for Hillary. However, when she makes big speeches filled with attacks on Obama that aren't completely honest or true, she has moments that are definitely NOT her best.

    February 14, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. GoHil

    Hilary is wasting her time making such statements. As we move further along into this election year it becomes more apparent that the Clinton credibility factor rises to the surface. Basically most everyone I talk to or have contact agree that the Clintons are nor credible people and anything they state publicly should be held suspect. I truly think the majority of Americans feel that way. The only reason she was strong and way out in from at the beginning of the year was the Iraq issue. The public is war weary and George W. should have never said “Mission Accomplished” when in fact it had only started. Invading Iraq, Iran, or Afghanistan is long term regardless of how modern our powerful the military force. The public should have been advised accordingly either before or at least immediately after we went intro Iraq. This is not much different than Lyndon Johnson in 1964 stating he would not involve us in Vietnam and within a year of his election we had 500,000 troops over there. The public does not like being lied to especially when the lives of its sons and daughters are on the line which leads up to another Clinton lie. She has stated she will have our troops out of Iraq within 60 days of being elected. Hilary should know we are there for the long term and there is no getting out especially since we are beginning to see some real progress. No getting out Hilary – just like the Sopranos. Stop with the lies.

    February 14, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  12. Edd


    February 14, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. Michael

    Hillary is standing strong against all odds even with CNN not reporting what all other media outlets are... Hillary leads Obama with double digits in PA and OH according to recent polls. Go Hillary! I can't wait to see you president.

    February 14, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. Susie

    She's human and kind. No matter what hateful stuff Obama supporters have been spewing lately. She's also the most qualified candidate for the White House.

    February 14, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  15. Viktoriya

    Hillary is remarkable person.

    February 14, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  16. ann

    We love you Hillary! You're the one we want to be Commander in Chief. You don't lose your composure or your heart during the ups and downs of campaigning or governing.

    Congrats on the NM win. And, don't think we don't realize that if the people of FL and MI were counted you'd be ahead right now. They try to say your down, but you're not.

    February 14, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. Michael

    I just clicked with me why neither Sen Obama or his wife Michelle are campaigning today. They are spending Valentines Day together. Very sweet.

    February 14, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  18. Kev

    Is she out of money again?

    February 14, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  19. Kathy S.

    Hillary...go home and bake cookies and keep an eye on your husband, Bill, so he is not with any woman.

    February 14, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  20. California Voter

    You know, I think Clinton has done amazingly well considering the media's pandering for Obama. I sincerely hope that BOTH candidates will be asked meaningful questions and push for answers not just a regurgitation of a stump speech in the upcoming debates.

    Come on Obama accept the challenge to debate Clinton in Wisconsin, I double dare you!

    February 14, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |

    Happy Valentin Hillary and her staff we love you keep going at the end the win is going to feel GREAT!

    February 14, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  22. tina

    but obama took time off to be with his wife,she is so obssessed with winning.

    February 14, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  23. CJ

    I think CNN is biased in favor of Barack Obama, and that disturbs me. No news network as a whole should be biased for or against any candidate. I would rather have Hillary than Obama, who doesn't have the experience necessary.

    February 14, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  24. LISA

    I am trusting the voters to see through the rhetorical speeches of Obama. Senator CLINTON ACTUALLY GETS SPECIFIC with real plans. It's in your hands people; it's your responsibility to pay attention voters! I know we will do the right thing in picking Hillary Clinton as our Democratic nominee.

    February 14, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  25. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Clap, clap; point, point; lose, lose; bye, bye.

    February 14, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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