March 1st, 2008
09:02 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama mocks Clinton... mocking Obama

Obama stopped in Rhode Island Saturday.

Obama stopped in Rhode Island Saturday.

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (CNN) - It was one week ago Sunday that Hillary Clinton stood in the rec center at Rhode Island College and mocked fellow presidential candidate Barack Obama for his campaign's theme of hope, saying Obama can't just "wave a magic wand and have the special interests disappear."

Now, this Saturday, the Illinois senator took that same stage and couldn't resist bringing up her comments, now immortalized on Web sites like YouTube.

"I think she was here, right?" Obama said toward the end of his stump speech. "She was saying 'Oh, you know, he thinks that the clouds will part and… [that] he's so naïve.'"

The room quickly erupted in "boos."

"Wait, wait, wait," he said.

"He thinks he can wave a magic wand," he continued, mocking Clinton's impression, "and suddenly everything will be great."

Obama then went in to his standard stump lines, saying it's true he "talks about hope a lot." He then defended his rationale in doing so.

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–CNN Political Producer Chris Welch

soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. Mike

    The clouds might not part, though the ground will, and if elected Obama certainly will lead us into the pits of hell.

    Go Hillary!

    March 1, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  2. D.

    I turn obama off as much as i turn obush off. Oh what kind of drugs did obama like to do ? So obush so obama so off the cliff we go!

    March 1, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  3. former hillary voter

    It didn't seem like much of a mock to me, more addressing her negativism with hope and honesty. Now wouldn't that be a nice change in the white house?

    March 1, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  4. Clown Obama

    booooooooooooo Obama, Whiner. At this tough time we need a President with Experience not a child like you. What did you do other than saying no to war? nothing you voted against partial abortion, nuclear water leak and sex offenders bills. Enough we need some body who is Mental strong, liberal and little conservative not a whiner like you. bye bye obama you will loose on 4th

    March 1, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  5. aware

    Give it up guy. Hillary was funny but you are just a copy-cat.

    Hillary the HOPE of 2008 and 2012. We will overcome! 🙂

    March 1, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  6. Bob G.

    BO will wave the wand and the waters will part and he will lead his people across the sea! He'll wave his wand and stop the war. He'll wave his wand and send them right back after the Iranians walk into Iraq. He'll wave his wand and gasoline will go down to $1.00. He'll wave his wand and eveything will be right with the world and then he can run to be Emperor of the World. Wow I'm impressed!

    March 1, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  7. Ron

    How much does Hillary weigh, If she will not fit into the oval chair will the American taxpayers have to buy her a park bench to sit on?

    March 1, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |

    We love our Obama!!!!!!! Bill and Hillary's behavior has only further tarnished them.

    March 1, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  9. mattie, CA

    Yeah, she say something like it that, but all will end on Tuesday, then, Obama will be able to concentrate on J.McCain. OBAMA 2008 :O)

    March 1, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  10. Kyle

    It clearly shows one thing, he has no originality, he cant even get his own words to attack clinton just like he uses her ad ...

    this man is all talk and no action ....

    barack, we are not all fools and the circus ends here, and you can take back your elephant home ....

    March 1, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  11. Ms Rita

    Who Cares we will se what happens on tuesday.

    March 1, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  12. Ms Rita

    You and your left the dirtiest White House ever. Hoping we wont have to go throght all the sex scandles again.

    Just a thought

    March 1, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  13. aware

    You need some real dialogue Barack. Try reading "Suprised by Hope" by N. T. Wright, an historian who is authentic and transparent.

    Hillary the HOPE of 2008 and 2012. We will overcome! 🙂

    March 1, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  14. mjc

    CNN you GOSSIP QUEENS... for shame!

    SHAME ON YOU CNN! (HILLARY STYLE, pointing the finger!)

    HILLARY 08!

    March 1, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  15. Bill

    Obama is all talk, with little action as his record shows. Clinton is can walk the walk. Hillary is the right choice.

    Hillary 08

    March 1, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  16. Daniel

    Hope is the best thing we can have. I get up everyday because of hope. With all the economic hardship and the souring gas prices, the best thing I have left is hope that there is a better tomorrow. For Hillary to mock the notion of Hope tells a lot about what kind of person she is, a very naive and selfish individual. She is just like Bush not even knowing the projections that gas prices could hit $4 a gallon.
    Obama has my vote. Hope is better.

    March 1, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  17. Judith Briggs

    Children sleeping believe in child-like hope. Adults know it takes a lot of work and intelligence, experience and team contacts, and you pick your battles and priorities. I know enough about sweet talk. It's lovely. Reality is something different than sweet talk about hope promising the world.

    March 1, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  18. Lisa Salt Lake City, Utah

    Obama gives hope to America. Please TX, OH, RI, and Vermont – vote for Obama! Lets us reclaim the pride we had in our country.

    March 1, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  19. RobNSF

    Yep, he's so much more prepared.

    March 1, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  20. Rechi

    Obama, you are such an arrogrant man, where is the talk of uniting and hope and blah blah? Instead of uniting the country, you become the divider of your own party. Shame on you. United States will become the third world country under your real world experience does matter a lot.

    March 1, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  21. SAM - CommonSense

    Hillary has no hope left in her... she is the same old.. same old kinda senator. All the good in her went to die in Washington.. We need something really new in this crucial times in American history. We want Hope! Yes We Can! Vote OBAMA 08!

    March 1, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  22. Micahel Guinn, Ventura, CA

    Barack Rocks! We NEED a President with a sense of humor and one who doesn't polarize the citizens. Out with the Old Ways- in with the New wave of HOPE.

    March 1, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  23. Cosmic Comedy Queen - Hillary is the Change!

    Promise her anything but give her Arpege, are you prepared choir boy?

    March 1, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  24. everistus etafo

    way to go to obama! hillary did not deliver 20,000 jobs as promised in newyork and she blames al gore not being president for that !who is she going to blame when she looses this race! the rules? the same area is now negative 30,000 jobs is that what america needs no!no!
    obama yes we all can make america great thanks for the insiprition!

    March 1, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  25. lglaw (Oregon)

    Why is this news? Mockery is a poor excuse for nothing to say about the opponent's stand on issues. Could we leave this sort of tabloid story for the grocery store lines? When did journalists become "political producers"? This does not advance "the most trusted name in news" claim.

    P.S: please learn how to spell "true" and proofread before posting again....

    March 1, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
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