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. Michael

    Just another example of Sen. Clinton taking cheap shots, instead of talking about the real issues in this country!

    April 18, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. Marla

    HILLARY is the one "Complaining" what else is she going to do she is not going to get the Nomination!!... that is all she does is cry and talks about her EXPERINCE in which SHE DOES NOT HAVE! that Debate was for HILLARY not OBAMA.... it would have been a Different and a GOOD debate if the Questions were more on the ISSUES America is dealing with. I WAS SOOO GLAD to see OBAMA "DUST OFF" his shoulder and his Feet to HILLARY! im tired of Washington same ole' stuff and Hillary will play and ride on it all the way if AMERICA lets her BUT AMERICA see's right Thru her we no her we have been dealing with the CLINTONS for A LONG LONG TIME now. and all i can say is GOOD BYE and SO LONG!.....

    OBAMA 08' "YES WE CAN"

    April 18, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. John c WA

    Lots of people are complaining about the debate, not because the questions were tough for Obama but because it was like a right -wing attack. This was not a general election debate. If it were Obama would have blasted McCain. Unlike, Clinton he is trying to not permamently damage his opponate, a difficult task when she is on the McCain ticket. Obama and the thinking people of America wanted a debate about core issues. That is the well founded debate.

    April 18, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. LD

    Obama, I like to see you acting over Clintons. Keep going. I strongly support you because Clintons are too much dishonest and untrustworthy.

    April 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. Jessica

    McCain and Clinton know they are loosing this battle for presidency, so they are taking any stabs at Obama that they can – including using false or misleading information. What a shame that they are stooping so low. Doesn't this just prove who deserves to be elected president?

    April 18, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. Corey

    I herd Bill Clinton make the commet that the run for being president is a contact sport ( SPORT!!!????). We have 2 wars going on atm, people are dieing every day. How can any1 trivilize the importance of the presidency to a sport? To me that says how unfit the Clinton house-hold is to lead our country.
    The job of president is the most important job in our country and should be taken serously and not treated as some GAME.
    Our loved ones are dieing in iraq and elsewhere, We need some1 who will lead our country, not some1 who wants to play sports with our familys lives.

    shame shame on you clinton ( and you 2 clintons can decide who im talking about, but i expect Hillary will blame Bill. she is good at that)

    April 18, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. Ovitshio Branco from Scranton (PA)

    Shame on we all America, you see why all differents Countries aredoing well because they understand a lot off things better than we here, who is the real Racist in America?, you will never know, we took this Country from the native Americans (Indians), we are Europeans and Africans Americans are from Africa,we have also Asian Americans, why we can not came together and build the U.S.A inside of discrimination, where is writen that only White person must,should or can be the President here in U.S.A. everyone of us should stand in front of a Mirror and ask yourself if you are a Racist or no?
    God bless America

    April 18, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. Stephen

    This is the kind of distraction or manufactured issue that Obama talks about distracting from the real issues and problems in the USA.

    During such a competitive campaign as this has been – and continues to be – it isn't surprising that even Obama is firing back at Hillary. He cannot let her go on with her vitriolic attackes without responding.

    However, once he is nominated as the democratic candidate, I think that it is only McCain and his thugs that will be manufacturing (non) issues issues and complaining. Obama wants only to get the work done for the country.

    April 18, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. Sue

    Hand tough Obama. I thought it was funny when she was making that charge, she tried to make it sound like she was the President! This woman is ridiculous. I have never been so ashamed of a woman in my entire life. She should change her name to Hillary Whining Clinton.

    April 18, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. levi

    Obama is the one complaining if you can't take, get out of the kitchen for a long time you have been pampered by CNN and MSNBC now finally there is a network that was not willing to give you extra pillow at the debate, you are crying like a baby, grow up Obimi.

    April 18, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. The Truth

    Barack needs to focus on McCain. Hillary is done. He needs to ignore her for the rest of the primary.

    April 18, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. Elaine

    You know where I wish BO would put the finger he is always pointing.

    April 18, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  13. AZM

    This is the guy who should represent our country?

    Someone get him a tissue!

    April 18, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. Chris in Va.

    Hillary Clinton....ready to lie on day one!

    April 18, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  15. Voter wants to know

    Hillary just cannot stop trashing Obama. Doesn't she have anything positive to offer to the country other than all the negativity about Obama that spews out of her mouth?

    Hillary - WE WANT TO SEE YOUR 2007 TAXES PLEASE!!!!





    April 18, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. chaki

    I am really disappointed in my party. I have not decided yet, but this is not good. I am REALLY leaning toward McCain because of all of this. I don't think either side has and their supporters have a clue.

    April 18, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. Grif

    He couldn't be more Wrong...

    April 18, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. GoHillary

    Barack you and your thug supporters have dragged American politics to the lowest levels ever. You are far from a uniter and there is no chance you can go all the way to the Whitehouse.

    April 18, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. Carol

    McCain = No Country for Old Men

    Hillary = Twilight Zone

    Obama = American Dream

    Obama '08

    April 18, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. odera

    It's official, Hillary and Bill Clinton have a short term memory, They've had it since the beginning of their campaign, hello anyone!!! Ca super tues, winning TX, Ohhhh and my fav the whole 'Bosnia' story

    –this whole time Hillary has complained about the media and how unfairly she's been treated, now she has the audacity to say Obama should leave the kitchen...Hillary go back to all your debates, take a second look @ all your speeches–make sure you don't shoot yourself in the foot when you critics someone for the very thing you are a master off (complaing)

    April 18, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. LD

    I know Hillary is Republican. What does she need in the Democratic Party ? She needs to be removed from this Party and goes back where she was from.

    April 18, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  22. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Hillary is a monster?

    April 18, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  23. alice2

    Hillary, Hillary, Now Shame On You, Your telling MORE LIES AGAIN.

    April 18, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. Chris

    I am donating to Senator Clinton today. TAKE THAT SPYTURTLE!!!!!!!!

    April 18, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  25. Bit, Alabama

    Ask Hillary who REALLY knows "Ayers." That will shut her and Bill up. Oh yeah, don't forget, while you're at it, ask about the "Rose Law Firm," the White Water Scandal & it's players."........I can go on and on.

    We need a different President. We don't need the Presidents from the past: Bush/Clinton/Bush/Clinton................


    April 18, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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