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. Vig

    Yeah, and Obama is the whiner.

    April 18, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. Keyon

    Yes, obama need to focus on McCain and not worry about Clinton, she is done and don't even know it.

    April 18, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. Jim

    I thought he wanted to campaign, not debate. Speak, contradict, repeat.

    April 18, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. Brett

    Haha. Is this the politics that Obama represents? "He said, she said" politics?

    People are starting to see through him...look at the latest Rasmussen and Gallup tracking polls!

    Real eyes see real lies, Mr. Obama!

    April 18, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. Rashane Kansas

    wow and the hilltics still find something to say!!! Wasn't she the one complaining AT the debate!!! ??? and yet you guys still find a way to complain**funny funny funny .....

    April 18, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  6. Sue

    Forgot somethin- did anybody read that Bill has been paid 1.5 million over the past six years by the Chines to talk about free trade? How much of that went to your campaign? Still haven't answered about columbia money wither. No run whine to bill that we are picking on you and yoour childish supporters!

    April 18, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Hillary doesn't know the difference between a "tough" question and a trite, irrelevant, disingenuous one.

    Not a very promising indication of what our public discourse would become under a second Clinton presidency.

    April 18, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. tonytony

    hillary is a perfect example of that old saying"desperate people do desperate things"...lol..please!!!"let's get to the issues lady" and stop "derailing this compain...please tell tell me you've got something up your sleaves...and stop playing the"twisting words game"..it's getting old...if you can't beat the man,just say it...the AMERICAN people's issues are at stake and have been brutally mishandled for the last 8 years..and you're talking about "how someone should word his words"..that's for the voters to deal with...just say you're running of of gas lady..
    obama..you go babe 2008 is yours

    April 18, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. Love Barack, but not this stuff

    I'm with Sen Obama all the way. But I don't want to see his campaign degrade into misleading half quotes, sound bites, and inuendo. He'll lose credibility if he cheapens his campaign that way. He should defend the attacks against him, send his opponents' misleading attacks back at them, but avoid the OLD SCHOOL tactics. WE'RE TIRED OF IT, WE'RE SMARTER THAN THAT. WE CAN SEE THROUGH THE SPINS. Just keep spreading the message of hope and change. THAT'S why Obama is my President. I'm voting FOR Obama, not against Hillary or McCain.

    Yes We Can!
    Barack '08

    April 18, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. levi

    Obama is the one complaining, if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen, did you see Obama flipping Hillary, that's a low blow Obama.

    April 18, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. Emma CA

    Surely we are smart enough to know that the last debate will not determine the election? Although it may have been influential to strengthen Obama's image. We don't all believe what negative campaigners want us to believe.

    Did Clinton supporters want Obama to say, "You are right. Thank you for making that decision for the American voters?

    April 18, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  12. Ben

    Is Hillary a chronic liar?

    April 18, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  13. Leroy

    Obama, you are a cry boy.
    The question of ABC moderators are all new issues on your mistake and srew up. This is the first time those question come up on any of 19 debate with H. Clinton.

    April 18, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. CHERYL FOR HILLARY

    MY GODDESS WAS THE ONE COMPLAINTING ABOUT GETTING THE QUESTIONS FIRST

    ALL ABOARD! ALL ABOARD! ALL BOARD!

    TRAIN LEAVING THE STATON
    LAST CALL FOR HILLARY'S SUPPORTER TO JUMP ON
    OBAMA ALL THE WAY

    April 18, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. Cowboy Jack

    The difference is Hillary can complain and fight it to overcome it....

    Obama complains and complains and complains..... b/c he thinks that being president will be easier than questions from a liberal moderator in a Democratic primary

    April 18, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. Cheryll

    It is time for everyone to get involved with the Peter Paul vs Clintons and Ed Rendell then talk to us that are smart about what is going on with Hillary. It will shock you and it is true. I will say an amount of $5 mil. was mentioned. mmm I wonder where she really got that money from. Plus this took place in California involving Hollywood. You better wake up America.

    April 18, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  17. Leila

    I watched BO during the debate. He was annoyed, frustrated and squirming. Sorry, Barack, this is what you can expect from now on. If you can't handle the questions, you can't handle the presidency. You need to know that you can't vote "Present" if you are in the White House!
    His new act of "brushing his shoulder" reminds me of a middle school kid. It is supposed to be something he copied from some rapper....sorry, I'm not familiar with rap so it just looked childish and silly to me.
    Now he is whining about how he is not whining. Good grief!

    April 18, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  18. Phillip-Little Rock

    What vitriol I see here. All you Hillary supporters are like someone that's about to get fired but don't see it coming: you're in denial, even when the boss says 'you're just not cutting it'.

    Face this: Hillary is finished. The only reason she's still around is due to her own ego. Barack Obama should begin to craft his argument against McCain. Stop racing with someone that's 50 laps behind you.

    Oh, and by the way, no hate yet from that idiot who always posts here, Susan MO?? She hates Obama because deep down she really wants him, I think.

    April 18, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. MJ

    "Whine, Whine, They told me this was going to be a cakewalk to the Presidency" says Obama, I want my blankee!

    April 18, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  20. Brian

    You want to see complaining? Go Ahead and elect Hillary and watch her polarize both parties for the next 4 lame duck years as she still has many opponents who simply don't like her or her agenda. She is a career politician who is jaded by the smattering of political debris that continues to follow her around from her years in the public eye and political stage in as many years past. Obama is the path of least travel but also is the canvas through which we may be able to paint ourselves out of the corner our country finds itself in locally and globally.

    April 18, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. Susan MO

    Obama.........you contradict yourself.

    "Campaign, no more debates'...........and now you are complaining about Clinton.......again.

    YOU are the one who insulted the America people in Pennsylvania.......and then 'made light of it'.

    This indicates you are too inexperienced to be the leader of our country. Insulting & critical.

    Obama lost our vote.

    April 18, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. FRED Atlanta, GA

    To: An Agnostic Democrat I agree with your statements 110% couldn't have said it better myself some clinton supporter are so blind they only see what they want to see, they can't see the TRUTH in anything regarding BILLARY!!!

    Obama 08/12 YES WE CAN and YES WE WILL!!!

    April 18, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  23. Jiddy

    It sadden me how foolish and misunderstanding Clinton supporters are getting. I think they've started swimming in the same hypocrite and stupidity of the Clintons.

    Imagine someone that went to national debate to complaining that the media are unfair to her, even her loud mouth after 11pm husband confirmed that the press are too negative to his wife. It is the same Clintons that are now twisting and lieing about Barack's statement.

    Why don't you Clinton supports just keep your dirty mouth shut that making same useless speeches as Billary.

    April 18, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  24. pablo

    Who was that crying in New Hampshire?

    April 18, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  25. MW Los Angeles

    I totally agree with Obama...no compaints just facts. Debate the issues not tabloids and petty crap. She came at him like he was Bill or something. I wonder was she that aggressive with Bill when he was busted, and I aint talking Monica...I'm talking about the many others we haven't heard of!!!

    April 18, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
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