April 18th, 2008
04:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama: Clinton's the one complaining

Obama says Clinton’s criticism is off-base.
Obama says Clinton’s criticism is off-base.

WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Defending himself against criticism from Hillary Clinton that he's been "complaining about the hard questions he was asked" during Wednesday's debate, Barack Obama said Friday he's not the one who's been griping.

Upon exiting his plane on the tarmac in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the Illinois senator was asked by a reporter at he thought of Clinton's comments.

"Did you hear me complain?" he responded, adding: "You tell me who's been complaining about the press over the last six months."

Clinton told an interviewer Friday morning that Obama "spent all day (Thursday)" complaining over tough debate queries. "Being asked tough questions in a debate is nothing like the pressures you face inside the White House," she said.

At a previous debate in Ohio, Clinton had criticized the moderators for always asking her the first question and for appearing to favor Obama.

"Maybe we should ask Barack if he's comfortable and needs another pillow," she added then.

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  1. Barbara Querrie

    There she goes again twisting words.Did Obama mention anything like tough questions?If anything he just laughed off the attacks that she subjected him to.Hillary always potraying herslef as the tough no nonsnse woman of the chair,but i can a sure you that is not gonna help you this time.Voters need the good side of a candidate despite the promises that you are all capable of promising.Be atleast polite

    April 18, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  2. Kay-Arizona

    If you have so much disdain for arguing on the internet Jason, why are you doing it? Oh, that just means everyone but you, eh? How like Obama you are.

    April 18, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  3. NickSanDiego

    If you give this NUT long enough she is going to FORGET her own NAME and Start slamming HERSELF.. She " forgets" everything that she does or says. Do you know what you call that. AL LIAR!!! I would call her one to her face!

    April 18, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. Lynn D

    Senator Clinton was stating a fact. She appeared to receive the first question at previous debates which allowed Senator Obama extra time to think of a response and in addition it permitted him to say he agreed with Senator Clinton when he maybe did not know the answer to a question. No one can argue that senator Clinton's responses to questions are detailed and she has a wealth of knowledge on issues and solutions to the problems that affect this nation. I beleive Senator Obama was ticked because he was not used to being grilled so harshly. Senator Clinton has been tested again and again in the last 18 years and she has been able to handle herself with ease and efficiency.

    April 18, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  5. Mike in Houston

    Welcome to the real world Barack. This is just the beginning. Best get prepared on the issues. Change, change change doesn't hold up under scrutinity. Clinton trounced you in the debate and showed how shallow and without merit your campaign is.

    Ask Rezko and Wright for pointers next time.

    April 18, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  6. Lady in SC

    You know what's funny? People are making this a black and white issue...and Obama is both! Although I am a registered Republican, I really think Obama is a wonderful choice. He inspires US to make the change...not just himself. He knows that he can't do it alone. Don't even get me started on Hillary. I've never liked her. I do respect what she has tried to do for children and healthcare, but I just can't stomach her. I am voting Obama...

    April 18, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  7. Tony

    Really? Consider the source! Wha Wha Obama. Hillary in 08!!!

    April 18, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  8. Edith Stafford

    We cannot afford a President like Hillary Clinton she is sadly good at twisting everything Barack Obama say or do. She is in big time denial if she call questions about Obama wearing the China made flag on his lapel,the bitter issue that was no issue at all that she spinned out of context, question about someone he knew when he was 8 years old and all the other nonsense questions that have nothing to do with the real life issues that effect everyones daily living. We as Obama has said lets talk about issues on the economy, how to bring our troops home from Iraq safely, things that really matter down with the shallow nonsense, mountian out of a mold hill that is being taking out of context in the worse way just for power as Hillary and John McCann is doing I have none what so ever for any of these people who so unfairly bash Barack Obama as if he is doing something wrong when he isn't doing anything worse than any one else. Hillary also made comment that one can pick their pastor. I say to her one also can pick their husband and she picked a cheater for a husband and has choose to stay with him in all the cheating he has done and one can't help but wonder if this is a marriage of convenience what other reason would someone stay with a cheater???? I turn to religion and pray in the name of Jesus that their conscious if they have one will disturb them to repentance. I continue to pray for Barack Obama to hold on to God unchanging hand surf on in strentgh God knows your heart and he DAME those that would curse you unfairly. Remember Jesus DAMED all evil look what he did to the hipocrites in the temple the sauducees,the pharasees, Jesus DAMED them all. He said CURSE BE UNTO YOU YOU HIPOCRITES. I am finding out that there must be many hipocrites out there seeing what is being done to Barack Obama.

    April 18, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  9. female grad student, NYC

    Karen C – Hillary supporters believe that you are SHEEP. so whatever it is we're smoking must help us see through the obvious media bias and realize that the person with the ideas, proven capability, and detailed knowledge of the issues is the better candidate. maybe you should join us.

    April 18, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  10. sidney53

    OBAMA IS NOT THE COMPLAINER..........HILLARY IS!!! POOR ME YOU ALWAYS ASK ME THE FIRST QUESTION.STOP PICKING ON ME. AND "SENIOR MOMENTS" TO QUOTE HER HUSBAND.DO YOU WANT A PERSON W/ SENIOR MOMENTS ANSWERING THE 3AM PHONE CALL?

    WHY ISN'T ANYONE TALKING ABOUT HOW HILLARY WAS GIVING THE QUESTIONS AHEAD OF TIME BY GEORGE STEFO????. SO SHE COULD REHEARSE HER ANSWERS. TO TRY AND LOOK PRESIDENTAL.

    WHY ISN'T ANYONE TALKING ABOUT SEAN HANNITY GIVING GEORGE STEFO????? THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE VIETNAM WAR HATER TO ATTACK OBAMA WITH. WHY IS HANNITY INVOLVED IN THIS AT ALL.THEY HAVE IT ON TAPE,I HEARD IT ON A HONEST NEWS SHOW.

    BESIDES THE FACT THE "BAD GUY" DID THE BOMBINGS WHEN OBAMA WAS 8.***WOW HILLARY YOU ARE REALLY DESPERATE**** IF THIS "BOMBER" IS SO BAD WHY IS HE A PROFESSOR AT A UNITIED STATES UNIVERISITY? YOU SCREWED UP AGAIN HILLARY. IT IS A NON-ISSUE.

    SOMEONE NEEDS TO ASK HILLARY ABOUT THE SKELATONS IN HER CLOSET. TELLING BILL IN THE 90's "SCREW PENNSYLVANIA YOU DON'T NEED THEM". WELL....HILLARY NEEDS THEM NOW. SHE IS FOR NAFTA TILL IT IS NOT GOOD FOR HER CAMPAIGN. SHE CHANGED HER HEALTH CARE PLAN TO LOOK MORE LIKE OBAMA'S IN THE BEGINING.SHE LIED ABOUT SNIPER FIRE. THE CLINTONS TOOK $700,000 FROM NAFTA RECENTLY. THEY ARE BANKROLLED BY SPECIAL INTEREST & BIG BUSINESS. LIES ABOUT FORIEGN POLICY EXPERIENCE. CLINTON ALSO A FRIEND OF OBAMA'S EX-PASTOR, THERE ARE PICTURES TO PROVE IT.

    ALL AMERICANS NEED TO KNOW HILLARY WAS A REPUBLICAN UNTIL SHE MARRIED BILL. AND SHE SAID EARLY IN THIS CAMPAIGN THAT SHE WOULD RATHER HAVE JOHN MC CAIN AS A RUNNING MATE THAN ANY OF THE DEMOCRATS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. DOES THAT SOUND LIKE A PRESIDENT FOR CHANGE?

    SHE TOOK UP THE "CHANGE" BANNER CUS IT WAS WORKING FOR OBAMA..........THE ONLY TRUE CHANGE CANIDATE.

    AND FURTHER MORE WHY IS AN EX-EMPLOYEE OF THE CLINTONS ONE OF THE MODERATORS OF THIS FEASCOE? GEORGE STEF??? WAS A LONG TIME EMPLOYEE OF BILL & HILLARY.

    HILLARY CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT OF BEING ASKED QUESTIONS FIRST IN A REAL DEBATE HOW IS SHE GOING TO REACT WHEN FACED W/O LIFE OR DEATH OF AMERICAN CITIZENS?

    SHE SCARES ME TO DEATH PEOPLE........AND I VOTED FOR HER HUSBAND TWICE. ALSO I AM ONE OF THOSE LOW INCOME, MIDDLE AGED WHITE WOMEN THEY SAY OBAMA CAN'T GET..........BELIEVE HE CAN GET THEM AND THEIR HUSBANDS TOO. I HAVE HEARD MORE DEMS SAY IF GOD FORBID SHE DOES BECOME ARE NOMINEE THEY WILL VOTE FOR MC CAIN OR NOT AT ALL. SO THAT MEANS WE WOULD HAVE 4 MORE YRS OF BUSH. WHICH I DON'T THINK HILLARY WOULD MIND CUS SHE IS A REPUBLICAN AT HEART........WE CAN SEE THAT IN HER WORDS AND ACTIONS.

    OBAMA 08 & 12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    April 18, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  11. L MIAMI FLORIDA

    NO WIMPY IN OUR WHITE HOUSE !

    OBAMA GO AWAY !

    ENOUGH ! BE A MAN !

    STOP YOUR GIRLY MAN GOSSIPING NOW !

    April 18, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  12. Isabeau

    All you Hillary supporters are wearing blinders, when the first 45 minutes of a debate consists of accusations and idiocracy, then they finally get to the meat of it, Hillary is disappointed because she thrives on backbiting, and they call Obama a whiner because he wanted to get into the important things like issues that define our situation in the world, instead of wasting time on stuff that should have been left at the door for this one. CRYBABY? WHINER? Oh Please!! All of you are so mesmerized and brainwashed by Hillary and by the media that you can't see the man in front of your faces is the one who stands for freedom and justice and a new and honest White House. You want the same old thing for the next 8 years? Shame on all of you. Shame!!! Maybe Obama refuses to sling mud at Hillary even though he has plenty to swing, maybe he is a good man who won't stoop to her tactics, but it looks like that is all you Hillary people understand. You are all just as dirty as she is. Clinton will shame and destroy our country... you think people aren't bitter? Let her run the country, and in the first 3 months everyone will understand bitter better! OBAMA ALL THE WAY. OBAMA 08

    April 18, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  13. Debra

    Thank god for all the whining! If there was no whining people might have noticed Charles Gibbson had to explain to Obama how capital gains tax rate affects the economy, twice! Please let's talk about issues if your for Clinton or Mccain, Obama keep whining maybe no one will notice.

    April 18, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  14. sidney53

    TO PAUL:
    "CATHOLICS FOR HILLARY" WELL I GUESS YOU APPROVE OF A CHURCH THAT LETS THEIR PREIST MOLEST CHILDREN AND GET AWAY WITH IT. YOUR POPE SAYS IT IS WRONG BUT YET THEY ARE STILL PREACHING. LOOKING AT THIS I WOULD SAY WHAT REVARND WRIGHT SAID THE SUNDAY AFTER 9/11 IS NOT ALL THAT BAD.

    YOU WILL STICK W/ HILLARY "ALL THE WAY". DON'T WORRY YOUR JOB WILL SOON BE OVER. SHE WILL BE OUT BY JUNE AND OBAMA WILL GO ON TO BEAT MC CAIN IN NOV.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA GOD BLESS OBAMA

    OBAMA 08' & 12'

    April 18, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  15. An American in Canada

    NO OBAMA, MIDDLE FINGER MAN, YOU ARE THE ONE WHO HAS BEEN WHINING EVER SINCE THAT LAST DEBATE, WHERE THE MODERATORS ACTUALLY DID THEIR JOB FOR THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, AND WHERE THEY DID NOT TREAT YOU LIKE YOU WERE SOME KIND OF BLACK MESSIAH.

    YOUR SUBTLE GUTTER JESTURE FOR YOUR FOLLOWERS ON YOUTUBE WAS NOT MISSED BY HILLARY CLINTON SUPPORTERS.

    WE LISTEN TO EVERY EMPTY STATEMENT YOU UTTER AND EVERY JESTURE YOU MAKE TO YOU FAITHFUL.

    YOU ARE NOT READY FOR THE MOST POWERFUL JOB IN AMERICAN AND IN 20 YEARS YOU WILL NOT BE READY...

    April 18, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  16. Cathy

    Obama you have not complained so far because you had it easy.Do you want another pillow?CNN is so biased for obama.

    April 18, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  17. Dori in AZ

    Folks are worried about McCain tearing into Obama. I'm sure they will, as they would any opposition. Personally, I think Obama can handle it.

    Hillary getting the nomination makes it easy for the McCain camp. They have many areas to chose from. To keep it simple, they can play one reoccurring theme: her dishonesty.

    For one example, they can focus on the sniper fire tale. Over and over again, they can show the video of Hillary's account about her terrifying landing in Bosnia and her run for cover from snipers.

    They can show the video of the actual "meet and greet" ceremony that discounts the story about being under duress and under actual attack. Hillary and Chelsea both look like they're enjoying themselves. No bullets are whizzing by. No one's running for cover.

    They can play the tape of Hillary dismissing her lies as something that she misspoke on one occasion, and her explanation of it happening late at night and she was tired. And, hey, she's human.

    They can play her ads about who we want answering the 3 AM phone call....

    They can play the tape of Bill reminding everyone that it was only one time late at night, and that Hillary was tired, and that at 60, others might not remember well either.... Okay. Maybe they'll leave that one out since it will remind everyone that McCain is even older....

    They can give site the multiple times that Hillary stated the same elaborate lie, the dates and times of day, as well as the various locations.... Just the facts, Ma'am.

    Then, to the tune of some favorite patriotic tune, they can show footage of McCain as a young POW who really did have to deal with sniper fire and being shot down.

    If I can come up with that stuff, you can bet the highly paid and professional McCain strategists will have that and much more.

    Enough said.

    Obama 2008!

    April 18, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  18. reason

    Obama whining about tough questions? Every day we find out more negative character traits about this "man". He hasn't even seen what the republicans will do to him and he is already crying.. Hillary is more of a man than Obama it seems.

    This undemocratic primary has shown just how badly the system needs to be fixed. It does not represent the will of the people. The undemocratic party is run by hypocrits. If michigan and florida voters were allowed to be heard then Clinton would be ahead. Punishing the voters is wrong no matter what the reason.

    I have had it with the undemocratic party. This primary is a farce. If Obama steals this nomination I am voting for McCain.

    April 18, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  19. sidney53

    HILLARY + BILL + CLINTON=LIES, WHINNING, SENIOR MOMENTS, FAIRY TALES, CRUPT MONEY, DIRTY POLITICS, UNPAID CAMPAGIN BILLS, CAMPAGIN WORKERS JUMPING SHIP, BILL STICKING HIS FOOT IN HIS MOUTH AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN......OH YES AND WHINNING.................WHINNING.........BILL & HILLARY.............WHINNING.ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK WITH THEIR $700,000 FROM NAFTA PLUS ALL THE OTHER SPECIAL INTEREST MONEY FAVORS THEY WILL NEED TO REPAY. IT IS GOOD FOR THECOUNTRY SHE WON'T BE IN THE WHITE HOUSE TO USE OUR MONEY,LIVES AND FUTURES TO PAY IT BACK.

    April 18, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  20. lois

    Has anyone else received these calls from the Obama campaign where the lady says I was a Hillary supporter and am now Obama supporter because Hillary got negative and continues to go on about Hillary. I had this on my answer machine this evening and called back the number on my caller ID and got a volunteer. I said this is ridiculous. You say Hillary is negative and your call is negative. Right? She said you have a point. I do have a POINT. All the people for Obama that say Hillary is negative if you don't realize that Obama is as well then something is really wrong and I am not Annie Oakley!

    April 18, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  21. annie

    It was about time someone ask him about at least one of his friends. They didn't ask about his cocaine dealer, Larry Sinclair or his muslem buddy Rezko and the list could go on and on. Every reporter out there has asked Hillary about her husband's extra marital affair, but no one asked Obama if there was any truth to his affair with Larry Sinclair.

    April 18, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  22. MyObama

    Are you kidding me!! Lets check the facts:
    1) Hill: the media is baised against me...
    2) Hill: why do I keep getting all the first questions....
    3) Hill: can we get barack another pillow...
    4) Hill: I mispoke (lied) about Bosnia...
    There is just not enough room to write all the C**p she's said over the last 15 months.

    April 18, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  23. David

    Obama is becoming unhinged. Is this the person you want leading the free world?

    April 18, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  24. Danny

    Where's your flip-flop brother John Kerry let call him for help crybaby, maybe you against Rev. Wright comment before you agree huh.....Mr. liar.

    Oh....by the way how about your cousin JWB and Dick call them for help.
    If you need help call Card Rove he is good adviser.

    April 18, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  25. francis

    Senator Clinton is the one who have been complaining for months. She claims she has the experience and can take the heat, yet for months she has complained about gettting the first question all the time in debates, the media favors Barack, and whatever else she wanted to throw out there...Barack has taken it all and notes it is part of politics. If she is so ready and have been through all this during her husband's years in the office, she wouldn't have griped and complained about anything.

    Instead of dealing with the real issues, ABC wanted to continue to address silly issues that do not even matter and Clinton delighted in it because she could continue to be the divisive, character-lacking person she has shown herself to be. I am glad that Obama does not come down to her level because he had many chances to address her baggage, but he remains true to himself and go the high road. In the debate he could have addressed her "misspeaking" about Bosnia but he didn't pursue that opportunity, yet every chance she get she tries to use her kitchen tactics, but they just don't work for her and Bill because people are smarter than they think. It is a new day and I hope the people in PA join the movement for change.

    Obama 08

    April 18, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
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