April 18th, 2008
04:15 PM ET
7 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.

soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. George from Minneapolis

    We wont have to worry about Hillary too much longer, her time is running out and she knows it.

    April 18, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. Grif

    You're going down Obama... This is the "Tenth Round of a Twelve Round" Bout.. So you win the next round? Maybe even this fight....
    But then you have to take on the Champ...... Then You Go in ONE!!!!

    April 18, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Walter A.

    Obama lets his "thugs" do the complaining for him. Case in point, Rev. Wright!!

    April 18, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. AZM

    Aren't you complaining right now?

    Oh the Hypocracy!

    April 18, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. Sharon

    BO whines and complains about everything....he cannot handle the job of President....he can't handle 4-5 tough questions without getting upset.....I almost hope he gets the nomination, just to watch him fall apart...should be fun :)

    April 18, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. jyh1920

    EXACTLY! I didn't hear Obama complain at all! I heard him making light of the situation!

    I think the Clintons were going to say he was complaining whether he did or not. They are desperate and need something to work.......
    Because nothing else is working for them thus far.

    April 18, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Paul

    Obama, why don't you stop whining about everything that is said, you are just about words that have been proven to be false. Thanks, we need an adult in the White House and not a crying baby

    Now a quick note for the best candidate:

    Hillary you are the best and you can count on us.

    We are with you all the way!!!

    Catholics for Hillary!!!

    Hillary President of The United States of America!

    April 18, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. kayla

    BILLARY YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT. YOU DISGUSS
    ME EVERYTIME YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH.

    April 18, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  9. Ardnuas

    The Clintons just CAN'T tell the TRUTH about anything.... it is scary the way they lie with ease.... this is why the superdelegates that worked for the Clintons are endorsing Obama!
    Obama/Edwards08 Si Se Puede

    April 18, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. Adam, Plano, TX

    this is exactly what i thought about when i first read the hillary story, and i'm sure its what 90% of the people who have heard the story thought as well. keep it up Obama, you'll lock this nomination down very shortly.

    April 18, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. Gary, Toronto, ON

    Barack pointed out that the questions were stupid and useless. That's not whining. That's making an observation pretty much everyone who watched the debate could agree with.

    Does Hillary think every

    April 18, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. Grif

    I Wan't Hillary to walk away, and let you carry on this Fight, all on you're own Mr.. Smarty Pants... "Dagger's Drawn". How Dare you look at a Woman that way.....

    April 18, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. Peter, Houston Tx

    I think the debate between Senators Clinton and Obama ended when Senator Clinton admitted "yes, yes yes" that she believed Senator Obama could defeat Senator John McCain. What else is there to debate?

    April 18, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. Vince - Phoenix

    no.. the did NOT hear Obama complain. What they did hear was a statement of FACT, that it took 45 minutes before a question outside of scuttlebut was asked.

    Truth is always the best weapon...

    April 18, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  15. Abbey

    Hillary is such a hypocrite!!!! She's been crying for months about the media. I haven't heard Obama complaining about the debate. However, about 16,000 other people did to ABC. It was a ridiculous "debate" that didn't answer critical questions that people need to know. I used to have respect for Hillary and thought that I would vote democrat regardless of who won the nomination but she plays so dirty that I can't bring myself to do it. If it's not Obama, I will leave that part of the ballot blank.

    April 18, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. Boston for OBAMA

    Obama has moved beyond the bickering and is trying to unite the party to prepare for the real fight. He is going to win the nomination and the election. Hillary .......Please get on board.

    April 18, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  17. Theresa

    When we think of Hillary we must always remember that what is "Good for the goose is not necessarily what's good for the gander".

    LOL... Double speak, mis-speak, exaggarations, and flat out lies are what we should be prepared for when listening to her.

    Obama is... what did McCain say??? Recklessly honest. I'm still having trouble figuring out how honesty is a bad thing.

    Obama 08

    April 18, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  18. nick

    No, you are!

    April 18, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. Gary, Toronto, ON

    oops got cut off

    Does Hillary think that every person who complained about that debate is a whiner? She should come out and say that.

    April 18, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  20. CLK

    Clinton is a liar. Of course she complains when it doesn't go her way. WAAAAAAA. Go away Hillary.

    Obama '08!

    April 18, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. honkey white guy from cali

    Good answer back to her lies and then move on take the high road and leave here in the gutter were she belongs! Obama has been more than gracious to Sen Clinton and She has time after time Shot herself in the foot trying to take out a fellow democrat. She should be removed from the party and sent back to the republicans were she belongs they seem to have like values, win at all cost, lie when the truth would do better.

    Obama 08 Yes We Can

    April 18, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. Rashane Kansas

    HOW COME IM THE ONE WHO ALWAYS GOES FIRST? DOESN'T THIS SOUND LIKE SOMEONE =??? ..... MMMMM BILIARY ? THATS RIGHT OBAMA CALL HER OUT

    April 18, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. mitch from ark.

    keep telling it like it is,barack!honesty works better than lying,and it shows!what a great president you will make!finally,something to believe in!

    April 18, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. Buddy

    Hillary is not Anti American. Obama needs some tar and what come's out of the pillow. Go Hillary!

    April 18, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. TN

    HILLARY IS FULL OF CRAP... IT'S KIND OF SCARY B/C NOW I FEEL THAT SHE MIGHT REALLY BELIEVE HALF THE STUFF THAT COMES OUT HER MOUTH AND THAT'S SCARY!!!! :[

    I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR HER!!! SHE LIES... AND WITH A STRAIGHT FACE.... SHE'S A SNAKE!!!!! REMINDS ME OF BUSH TOO MUCH!!! AT LEAST BUSH WAS FUNNY!!!

    GO OBAMA!!!!

    April 18, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
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