April 18th, 2008
04:15 PM ET
10 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. Tex-Gal

    Excuse me, but how can Hillary be anti-American? Has she ever been confused of her national sovereignty or ethnic race? I vividly remember her physical involvement in helping the minorities, and the oppressed, through her political activities for decades. How soon people forget . She knows the ins and outs of Washington politics.

    I know that Obama got endorsed by two former very notable Democratic senators, but find out which corporate boards they represent, is it oil companies, etc.? Did one of them endorse a Republican for supreme court justice? The Columbia $800,000 issue is irrelevant. The monies paid to the former president for his speeches, and their income is personal, and is not tied to the election, as is Obama's loan and real estate deal from Rezko, if no illegality is involved.

    Hillary will be ready on day one, she has potitics in her blood, a natural-born politician.

    April 18, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  2. LT for Obama

    She is losing and so anything goes.

    As an admitted liar, I have no desire to see her win this nomination. She needs to step back and really look at how this campaign has turned around on her.

    I would have had far more respect for her had she not continued to attack Barack during the debate and supported him trying to get back on the issues like he supported her "misspeaking", oh that's right, she admitted to actually, knowingly lying about Bosnia and other things she "misspoke" about.

    April 18, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. Janice

    Hillary honey, take your meds, shut up and retire to a little island somewhere.

    April 18, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. Charlotte

    Obama is spending, what was it, 3 or 4 times the money and can't knock her out? I think it is amazing how much he is spending to even make a dent? Wait until he has a general election to compete in, if that happens? I still think Hillary needs to run as an Independent in November, the Obama-bots are going to blame her anyway. They have to have someone to blame for everything he says that comes back to haunt him. It is like a parent who cannot believe their child is capable of any wrong doing. LMAO

    April 18, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. WHAT?

    To Hillary Clinton supporters; are you trying to tell America your candidate does not complain? Because there is a lot of proof. We all know Hillary has a lot of skeletons in her closet, Obama just chooses not to go there. And to those who are going to vote for McCain if Obama wins the nomination, go ahead, the party will not miss you; you are not a true DEMOCRAT anyway. Maybe Hillary should run as McCain's VP. Just saying!

    April 18, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  6. Joe

    Jude, I am a total Clitonite ... being a fairly perverted male! and "another words" to you too ... please God help us all if Jude is really planning to vote!

    April 18, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  7. MJG, Colorado

    The cry baby Billary is complaining once again!

    April 18, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  8. Giselle, Atlanta

    From my perspective, Barack handled himself very well during the debate. Although much time was wasted in rehashing issues that had already been discussed ad nauseum, he remained poised and positive. In fact, he is the one who cut short a discussion of Hillary's admitted lie regarding the Bosnia trip. And when she very disingenuously criticized Barack for his connection to Roy Ayers, Barack's response that Bill Clinton actually pardoned two of those terrorists was the pinnacle of the evening, IMO. Hillary lost any chance of getting a vote from me with that one. Not only was her critique of Barack disingenuous...it just wasn't that bright to bring that up, IMO. Not very impressive at all for anyoe who was actually LISTENING to the responses rather than being enraptured by the questions.

    Those who say that Hillary won the debate are biased and clueless.

    April 18, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  9. JAZZ

    Has he forgotten his NC rally already? It must be the smoking. He's only smoking tobacco,right? Or drinking his own Kool Aid.
    Take a chill pill Doug Whiner. It will last longer.

    April 18, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  10. Joe

    Dang guys ... you surprise me ... it's a bit trippy to see you liberals attack even the great computer boom president Bill Clinton!

    April 18, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  11. nicholas

    Wasn't it Hilary that complained to the media " it's so hard" and cried before the New Hampshire vote.
    Wasn't it Hilary that complains about getting the first question

    I wonder what the people in Bosnia thinks about her "sniper fire" comment.

    April 18, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  12. Jason

    Just donated to Obama!

    Go Obama. Yes We Can.

    Hillary supporter have a bad BAd memory and do not discuss facts. the facts are laid out. Obama, what a guy!

    April 18, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  13. James

    Who are the people complaining now? I will say all you bloggers. Stop... stop... stop. It's about time that we all come together to defeat McCain in November.

    April 18, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  14. Tim , Seattle

    Charlotte.....dont be a fool. I am responding to this cut-and-paste post you keep dropping everywhere.
    An independant run by either Hillary or Barack would just end up a 45-25-25 split favoring McCain. She still loses!!
    Just admit your candidate is losing and move on with your life (or get one).
    You will feel better, I promise!

    April 18, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  15. Barbara

    At a small closed-door fundraiser after Super Tuesday, Sen. Hillary Clinton blamed what she called the "activist base" of the Democratic Party - and MoveOn.org in particular - for many of her electoral defeats, saying activists had "flooded" state caucuses and "intimidated" her supporters, according to an audio recording of the event obtained by The Huffington Post.

    "Moveon.org endorsed - which is like a gusher of money that never seems to slow down," Clinton said to a meeting of donors. "We have been less successful in caucuses because it brings out the activist base of the Democratic Party. MoveOn didn't even want us to go into Afghanistan. I mean, that's what we're dealing with. And you know they turn out in great numbers. And they are very driven by their view of our positions, and It's primarily national security and foreign policy that drives them. I don't agree with them. They know I don't agree with them. So they flood into these caucuses and dominate them and really intimidate people who actually show up to support me."

    April 18, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  16. Liz

    I agree with Sen. John McCain. Furthermore,he did not vote for the the Iraqi war because at that time he was not a U.S. senator. Just Speech!

    April 18, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  17. MD

    I just read the news that McCain has reached the 200,000 donor mark. Obama is on his way to 1,500,000 mark.

    Does that tell you anything, McCain?

    April 18, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. Ralph Spyer

    You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows You can be the first one on your block,to have your boy come home in a box. My country,right or wrong is a thing that no patriot would think of saying, except in a desperate case . It is like saying My mother,drunk or sober. G.K. CHERSTERTON. PS GW Bush is a drunk

    April 18, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. Jason

    You Clinton supporters are ijn complete denials.

    Denial if history

    Denial of facts

    Denial of true vote lead

    Denial of delegate lead

    Sorry if you have buyers remourse, but you are starting to look pathetic. America doesn't fall for your old-politic nonsense anymore.

    Give it up already

    Barack Obama, the once-in-a-lifetime American dream.

    Barack Obama for President

    Yes WE can

    April 18, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. William

    Obama is a whiner, pardon us for now bowing down to the cult leader. Go Hillary or McCain!

    April 18, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  21. Dem Nuts





    April 18, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  22. Tab

    The press may believe that Obama lost the debate because he did not resort to old politics and lies. But he actually showed that he is not willing to play those same games. Of course Hillary is. As Obama stated, the GOP did it to her so it is what she know. Hopefully people will get past these old politics and take a stand for change.

    How can Hill change washington when she has internalized washington?

    Obama is not perfect, but he is the best option out there.

    April 18, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  23. Curious

    Bill Clinton Lies ," I did not have sexual relationship with that woman"
    Hilary Clinton Lies, " I was under sniper fire"

    Family of LIARS, why is she still there ?

    April 18, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  24. Paul

    Obama isn't complaining about hard questions. He's complaining about fluffy nonsense questions. There's a difference.

    Obama '08

    April 18, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  25. Jason

    I think hillary Clinton has some megalomania ego mental illness or something. This is truly pathetic.

    And, judging from the complete lies posted here by Clinton supporters, anything goes.

    You people do realize all yuo lies are easily discredited with a 2 minutes internet search. This IS the internet. there are quotes and proof and history you know, we all can see it.

    GIVE IT UP Hillary....it's pathetic

    April 18, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
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