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.

soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. DJ, LA, CA

    Enough of Clinton's scorched earth negativity towards Obama. All she does is attack him.

    The reason is that in case people haven't noticed...she is LOSING!

    Please Hillary drop-out. You can attack him all you want but it won't change the fact that you are losing by a lot and have no chance.

    Unless of course you CHEAT by changing the party rules that were decided upon and agreed to (you signed the papers) before the election even started.

    April 18, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  2. Chris, Silicon Valley, CA, USA

    Question for Obama supporters: What would he actually change?

    April 18, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. Joe

    Media hype nonsense. The real story is that they're both socialists ... as it appears much of our nation is. So fat dumb and happy that we're too blind to see that federal power (high taxes) has eroded our true strength ... freedom! We're just another socialist nation riding on the coattails of our past success (which existed in the first place due to individual freedom). We want life to be fair ... yet it never has been ... is nature fair? Freedom = Power = Money ... Higher taxes = Power to government ... Lower taxes = Power to the People! Do you really think the government will make your life fair? All liberals are Whiners!

    April 18, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  4. Vivian

    Keep those lies a com'in Hillary....that hole is getting deeper!

    April 18, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  5. spencer

    Obama needs to drop out, I don't agree with his "kind" of politics. He knows how to make someone look bad whether they are or not. Mr. Obama has not fairly played the campaign and everyone knows this. I like a good fight in the process. This sissy stuff he is doing is bad for the party. I would never vote for this sissy. Give me the Old time political compaigns any day. Drop out Obama. Hillary '08 all the way, she has backbone. Not a yellow streak.

    April 18, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  6. Chipo

    Nothing but sour grapes for BHO. Talk about someone who feels entitled..

    Hey CNN Why nothing about HRC picking up three SD's today? only good news about Barry allowed?

    April 18, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  7. Venus

    Keep going Obama! Hilary has lost this race!!!!!!!!!!!! It's killing her and Bill that you are a rookie and that if Hillary was as great as she think she is-----– then why is she fighting so hard to win Penn? Do what you did yesterday – just brush her and Bill off!

    Let the people see how Hillary is going to answer how her and Bill get
    $ million of dollars from all the Americans jobs that they have sold!

    April 18, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  8. victor owens

    The debate was a Washington staged all to favour their candidate Hilary. Obviosly the Abc debate was sponsored by the Clitons it was all evident by the manner of questioning etc Hilary knew inadvance the mode and type of questions to expect so she was all smiling; A nd even at that, Obama was Presidential in answering all the tough questions to the disappiontment of all. Hilary belives Americans owns her not only the right to be president but also to be crowned asQUEEN HILARY OF AMERICA. I have never seen such a proud and arrogant woman in all my life my view reflects the views of many people around the world.

    April 18, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  9. Now for Obama

    If Hillary can't even beat, what she likes to call a "rookie" like Obama, then how in the world does she think she can take on the GOP?

    P.S.
    Hillary's dysfunctional campaign (campaign debt, Mark Penn and husband) is an example of her future Presidency

    April 18, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  10. Caryle -

    What was the O for Sen Edwards? A peak at who you support? Please do not support a person that can't even remember if they were shot at. Yes, you can choose who you are around but you can also choose who you MARRY or stay with.
    We want/need HOPE. My wish is that you will endorse Sen. Obama BEFORE the Penn primaries. Don't let your former supporters down by waiting it out. The writing is on the wall and he will be the nominee.

    impoverished woman from Oregon / 40ish / just now going to school as it wasn't an option before, no one in my family has been there / not an option now to have no education if you want to make a living wage.

    April 18, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  11. spencer

    Hillary actually released her tax returns first, then Obama and McCain, in that order. So get over yourself already..............................

    April 18, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  12. Dori in AZ

    Hillary doesn't answer tough questions, so that means she can't handle pressure. She evades (as Chelsea has learned to do) and lies, attempting to create a stronger image of herself and to cover for her severe inadequacies. Instead, that shatters it except for her most ardent supporters.

    The woman can't handle a debate, much less real life. Under stress, she sounds whiny and almost stutters. Her eyes widen and her mouth gapes dramatically like some cartoon caricature.

    After telling elaborate lies that she thinks will benefit her (as long as no one notices. . .), Hillary comes up with lame excuses that wouldn't hold in any court room, and refers to them as having misspoken. Or that, gee, by golly, that just goes to show she's only human and that that may surprise people. . . .

    Surprise people to learn that Hillary is human? How condescending! What did she think I thought she was? A deity?

    No thanks. This woman is voting Obama 2008!

    April 18, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  13. Brett Albert

    wow, he said he didn't want to debate after this past debate was over. someone's well informed.

    April 18, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. Robin

    Ever notice how the Clintonistas lie and distort everything? Now tell me-what exactly is the difference between Hillary and the Republicans. I haven't heard one clip about him complaining. He dusted it off his shoulders-the only really appropriate response. Hillary's the one that whines and complains. Good thing she's on her way out!

    April 18, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. jerry

    good job ABC if CNN was a real news lookout they would have been checking out Obama background along time ago The best team on TV need to take some reporting lessons

    April 18, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  16. Justification

    He must be joking.

    April 18, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  17. Julie

    Obama, you are so disgusting. Get off your own pedestal and stop crying like a baby. Is this an example of your attitude (in case you get to be President) whenever you get criticized – throw a tantrum?

    April 18, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  18. George

    After a small taste of what Hillary has been going through for the past few months, Obama is already whining. Hillary is a stronger person and can get along on her own. Obama is weak and too new at this game. He finally started getting the tougher questions, and he couldn't answer them. I don't remember Hillary struggling...

    HILLARY 08
    We need a fighter

    April 18, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  19. Charles

    CNN you should be ashame of yourself. At first I was against Fox News for bragging about being "fair and balanced", however, now they are far more "fair and balanced" than you and MSNBC. I perceive CNN and MSNBC trying to select Senator Obama instead of letting the people elect a candidate, SHAME ON YOU. I am so fed up with you investigating everything about Senator Clinton and giving Senator Obama a free ride. No one really knows too much about Senator Obama because everyone is afraid of being called racist. Senator Obama really knows how to play the race card. I have never seen a black politician play the race card as effective as this senator. No one has even mentioned the name LARRY SINCLAIR, I had to go to the internet to get information about that situation. SHAME ON YOU if it was something like that on Senator Clinton you guys would have been all over it. If Senator Obama wins for the Democrats I will vote for Senator McCain. I am not a bitter white man, I am an angry black man who believe in fairness. Wolf and Cooper you truly disappoint me but it doesn't matter because I am just the average guy.

    April 18, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  20. vic nashville,Tn

    Wake Up
    Obama you are typical Washington
    She didn’t whining and crying in front of the voters
    She talk in the debate
    Cheap shot
    Hillary 08

    April 18, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  21. Jim from Missouri

    Hey Independent Butler.... wait, how can you be an independent Butler?

    Oh, I get it... You're an independent... (really) ... from Butler..

    If you're really independent. I have a few questions for you. How many times have you voted Democrat in a national election?

    How many times have you voted.... period?

    On what basis do you make your voting decisions?

    I've voted over 40 years in national elections, most of the time for Republican candidates. I consider myself a conservative ... with libertarian leanings, but I will be voting for Obama in November.... and not because he is the lesser of two evils.

    Look at the facts:
    1. Our country is by far the strongest in the world.... yet we cannot defend ourselves against a small group of wacked out terrorists... why?
    2. Our infrastructure continues to deteriorate... our roads and bridges are literally falling apart.... why?
    3. We've allowed ourselves to be virtually extorted for our energy needs.... i.e.: despite a very clear understanding over the last 35 years that we need to become energy independent... we have become more and more energy dependent.... at an increasingly high cost..... Why?
    4. We've allowed our educational system to deteriorate over the last 35 years to the point where 25% of our young people drop out short of a high school diploma.... and an additional 20 to 25% border on functional illiteracy.... Why?

    The reality is that we have become more interested in pointing the finger at the other guy than we are in solving our problems. Barack Obama has the potential to motivate enough of us.... to join together to address these issues. Look at what he's done so far. He's brought a huge number of young people into the political process. He's reached out across the political spectrum to (real) independents and Republicans because he does not speak down to them... or minimize their concerns and views.

    Wake up .... it is long past time for a change ..... and Barack Obama is the President who can bring us together to achieve it!

    April 18, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  22. jerry

    What is moderation ?? is that the same as editing the truth

    April 18, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  23. Margeaux

    If Obama wins the nomination, the debates with McCain will get high ratings as people always like to watch someone get ripped apart. I may even feel sorry for the pompus jerk, Obama, as he makes a total fool out of himself. He is out of his league. Stick to bowling.

    April 18, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  24. sacto joe

    Senator Clinton and Senator McCain are desperate. You really ARE the "teflon candidate"!

    And what is your teflon shield? The truth, and a calm demeanor. All the garbage they and Big Media hurl at you just sluces right off, like water off a duck's back.

    Keep up the good work, Senator Obama!

    April 18, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  25. John

    Why wony Cnn tell the American people who obama met with, and the Info that the press has never said where in San Francesco Obama put his foot in his mouth:

    April 18, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
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