March 1st, 2008
09:02 PM ET
7 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. catmom

    Oh wow! I wonder why this isn't being bill as Obama going negative about Clinton

    March 1, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  2. ferdz

    see, he will twist the speech of clinton...this is hope or change...yah change easily change the speech in his favor...no mas to clinton actually...even he got the nomination no mas...she is very intellegent woman...no offence to obama.

    March 1, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. Darrell

    Sen. Clinton is throwing out the experience card and throwing it out hard thinking that experience is the important factor, so does that mean Sen McCain should be president because he has the most experience over Sen. Clinton?

    March 1, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  4. Mainstream America

    I am so floored (understatement) that the American people are latching onto the "hope" cry of a preacher. I think Mr. Obama is talented and charismatic and has leadership qualities – but PLEASE cut me a BIG break. He does NOT have what we need now. He is a SPEAKER. I watched the company where I worked sunk by replacing the "old with the new". Tall, slim and you can speak? You got the job. The after math was: one of seven AAA rated companies is now a 2nd rate company. Hillary is not as charasmatic as Barack. In fact, I do not like her that much – BUT she DESERVES this more than he. Obama as VP now. P later.

    March 1, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  5. lois

    'I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!'" This media bias for Obama is ridiculous!

    March 1, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  6. Hopeful

    I wonder how Ghandi, Martin Luther, Martin Luther King, Kennedy and Lincoln would feel if they were alive and hearing a presidential candidate bash a rival over hope. Hope is what has bridge many gaps since 1965 when we were still dealing with racism, and on all sides. Obama's message of hope is what is needed NOW. McCain and HIllary's bashing of this hope, will cause me not to vote for either one of them if they make it, cause they both seem to be quite Hopeless.

    March 1, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  7. Trev

    So, he repeated everything that Hillary said.... Again! I'm suprised he is not in Canada right now telling the government that his anti-NAFTA speech was "just talk." Still can't believe his people tried to pull that.

    Hillary 08

    March 1, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  8. Vig

    This seems to be Mr. Obama's forte – reactive – not pro-active. We need someone in the White House who is pro-active and that is Hillary Clinton. Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 1, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  9. Claire, Austin, TX

    How is this mocking? He was repeating what she said, word for word.

    March 1, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  10. Lisa Baltimore, MD

    Obama 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 1, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  11. Jeff

    How is that mocking Clinton? He quoted her.

    March 1, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  12. Omar

    What is america thinking? Senator Clinton for president? I was right about Bush and I'm certain I am right about Hillary. I've been watching these debates and these traded attacks between Borac and Hillary, and im certain that She truly dislikes the man. She is a moody indivdual who can't decide weather to be happy or angry. Watching her lately she appears to be trying to emulate Obamas manurisms but she comes across as being pretenious. She will stop at nothing to get what she wants this woman scares me. She is not good for America and she is not good for the rest of the world. America needs to restructure It's economy, build its friendship...Hillary Clinton is not a likable person. She is a Flip Flopper, she doesn't know weather she is a Republican or a Democrat. She changes eveyday. make up your mind Hillary.

    March 1, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  13. bo

    and the purpose of this story was.....?

    March 1, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  14. Ken Austin, TX

    This article is very empty. After I finished reading it, I didn't know what to think.

    March 1, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  15. Eugene Miller,Arlington Texas

    In order to restore the value of the US Dollar, America must stop spending and pay off our debts.

    Increase Immigration enforcement – to many Employers are paying illegals in cash this is hurt our economy.

    To manny earmarks .

    End the War this is what broke Russia Economy now is it draining ours.

    A Balance Budget Bill.

    Sue Bush and Chaney for GP.

    March 1, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  16. Mike

    Obama I hope your magic wand goes, because this is all you got!!!
    Hillarry has great experience, but you talk the talk!

    March 1, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  17. Info

    Hitem up with da 4 4 BO

    March 1, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  18. lori altoona Iowa

    Another news worthy CNN story. Women will make sure that Hillary wins Tuesday!! We cannot let what has happened to our country the last 7 years happen again. Rise Hillary Rise!!!!!

    March 1, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  19. Rich

    This is the guy who is supposed to change the way politics is conducted? What a hypocrite! Peel away the rhetoric and you've got nothing but a fraud. Hope Hillary cleans his clock in Texas and Ohio on the way to the presidency.

    March 1, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  20. James

    Who were the boos for? Him.......

    I think the boos were for him in the last CNN debate. They started after he mumbled something under his breath. Not after she called him on verbatim dialogue.

    March 1, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  21. Jess Agergaard

    Why hasn't CNN or any other news station shown the relationship between Tony Rezko and Barack Obama with whom he claimed not to have any interaction? We'd like to know more about the Rezko-tainted donations Barack Obama is quickly giving to Charity?

    Isn't it time we evened the score?

    Hey, even in our part of the world we can see the biasness of the news, and to our dismay, of CNN.

    March 1, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  22. Jenny MA

    I have to say: This guy + his stupid and rude wife are perfect match who may go to Heaven(hell)? someday!

    Hillary-2008! Obama---Never in his life! Come on, Do not fool around American people any more!

    March 1, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  23. Lucas

    BaRezko Obama !!! Still mimicking Hillary!

    Yes We can agree with Hillary!!!

    March 1, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  24. Hillary 4 president 2008

    Obama be careful what wish for... you may lose on november... dont get too hype up

    March 1, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  25. Brit Denise

    This is so much gossip. Anybody who saw this can see that he was not mocking her in bad taste.

    He was reminding us of what HRC had done. CNN get it right ok.

    Why dont you go after McCain: Haggie affair?

    March 1, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
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