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. Tjaye

    Hillary is delusional and apparently, so are her supporters. Its like they are Stepford Citizens.

    April 18, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. AZM


    You nailed it... right on the mark!

    April 18, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. D.Kimbro OHIO

    Let's be honest he could complain until the end of his first year in office, and not catch up with the Clinton's. Bill Clinton is a hypocrite

    April 18, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. Go Home Obama


    Do you not see Obama's true colors now?? He is nothng but full of crap!! YOu are delegated to be superdelegates, maybe because you have more political wisdom than the general public? Apparently not since most of you guys are endorsing Obama!!! It is either you guys are playing blind, or you are in it with Obama's shannanigans and corrupt acts!!!

    April 18, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. Doug, Florida

    Susan, MO

    Keep the crap for yourself. Please take your Med. You are all over the place.

    I guess your bitter for backing a LOSER.

    Jump on theTRAIN is leaving the station.

    OBAMA all the way

    April 18, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. Rosemary Storaka

    WHAT A CRY BABY! Thank God there are too many women who get him and he will be toast if nominated. Hillary, '08, '12. What intelligent well read person could get duped by this snake oil salesman. Where is his wagon and donkey.

    April 18, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. Michael

    What's America without the Clintons?

    A better country.

    April 18, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  8. Bernice

    Sen. Obama not only did you not complain you spoke with great confidence in a sound and firm voice unlike Hilly she on the other hand I found to be a pesky fly swarming all over the place in search for any person she could irritate. She went from you to Bush switching back and forth so i her infamous efforts to deflect her listens from her lack of substance and half lies and to do as she has become known to do not answer directly any answer she chooses not to answer, it is for this reason after long drawn out spins and attacks she was repeatedly asked to answer the question that had been asked.

    This put more focus on her lack and a greater sense of desperation. There were at least three times she had to shut her mouth after Obama came back with the truth that she was trying to put her infamous spins on,

    This woman has no morals she is shady in all she does even when her i giving her best efforts of being sincere.

    April 18, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  9. mark

    Ask hillary about the southern white workers. hillary is a selfish candidate. she said to bill that screw them all because they have down nothing for you, bill. hillary cannot win the south.

    April 18, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  10. Tim

    From his radical stance on abortion to his prominence in the corruption scandals that has been virtually ignored by the mainstream media, Barack Obama is not fit to be Senator - not to mention the next President of the United States.
    Obama has declared his presidential intentions, but it is up to well-informed and energetic conservatives like you to spare our nation from the scourge of a far-left President Barack H. Obama

    MCCAIN 08

    April 18, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  11. Texas

    Hillary knows how to put an ugly spin on everything. Please leave, Hillary. My head hurts from all of your lies, complaints, (yes, you are the one constantly complaining!) and negativity.

    April 18, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  12. Peter of Oregon

    Wasn't George, one of the ABC commentators part of Bill Clinton's adminstration?

    This is the same George that apologized to Hillary before asking her a question he knew she wouldn't want to answer.

    That debate was rigged.

    Obama '08

    April 18, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  13. Mikey

    Obama is hyper-sensitive – a poor quality to have if you want to be President. He was exposed in the debate – Great job, ABC. Hillary wiped the floor with him. Obama and his cult members may want to start a riot if either Clinton or McCain defeat their idol, but don't worry – the police will take care of them. They are used to spending time behind bars anyway. Ask the Weather Underground radical.

    Hillary or McCain for President!

    April 18, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. Kara C

    I have decided that Hillary supporters are living on another planet, or are smoking the wacky you-know-what!

    Are you kidding me?

    April 18, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  15. Dugan

    From every news show I've watched since the debates, no one has said Senator Obama was complaining, though a number of them commented on the foolishly relentless questioning about non-issues.

    Senator Clinton is not going to win the nomination, she will loose this election. It's high time that the Democratic Party put it's full weight and strength behind the only canidate we have that can win, Senator Barack Obama.

    April 18, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. rachel

    Barrack you not only complained, you dusted off your shoulders and flicked Hillary off get over yourself barrack, you will be begging for her help campaigning when the republicans get at you.

    April 18, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  17. Tim

    Why does CNN block the truth about Obama?

    April 18, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  18. Joe D. in Wayland, NY

    I seem to remember Hillary Clinton whining in a recent debate about always having to answer the first question....oh, she's such a phoney. If almost 60% of American's don't trust the woman, how could she possibly believe she could be elected President? Dream on! (The sure way to make sure the GOP keep control of the White House is to nominate Clinton for the Democratic nod....!)

    April 18, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  19. A.J.

    We have news for all of those in love with Mr. Obama's oratory qualities. We are in the presence of the "GREAT IMPOSTOR " Do not get fooled by words and please wake up to reality now rather than be sorry later on. Here is our challenge; ( no matter who becomes our President )" A person making $ 18.000.- during January 2009 will be making no more than $ 21.000.- in January 2013, people that do not have health insurence in January 2009 will remain without it in January 2013 and the level of military interventionm in Iraq today will be just about the same in January 2013. Guess what will be the situation in January 2017...!!!!!

    April 18, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  20. Eddie

    I cannot stand Obama the fake! Actually, I want Obama to be the nominee just to see the look on his face when Republicans wash the floor with him. I refuse to vote for a man with no experience, who spews alot of rethoric, and plans to make "change" into "change" that will bring us "change"

    No to Barack "full of crap" Obama
    Hillary or McCain 2008!

    April 18, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  21. John Smith

    How interesting to read all these blogs.

    April 18, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  22. MC

    Wow . . . he is unbelievable . . . always spinning the story . . . talk about double standards !!! This guy makes me sick !!

    April 18, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. mama for obama

    McClinton keep it up, the more you show your true colors, the more the super delegates will see who you are and what you will do to them and say about them............
    keep it up , after all that is all you can do well, go negative on everything........... sad sad sad

    April 18, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. Gregory

    Didn't Hillary complain during a debate about getting all of the hard questions first?

    Didn't she appeal to SNL's skit about her getting all of the tough questions?

    At least the tough questions she got were about policy and her positions. They were not about who she knew and what they did 40 years ago.

    April 18, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  25. Patricia

    Hil-liar-ry... Hil-liar-y... Hil-liar-y... Shame on you. This 'claim' is just another of your long list of distractions..... Obama didn't 'whine'.. He DID want to answer questions that "matter" to us.... it took 40 minutes to get the first one...... who the heck cares about the people we know... He doesn't ' hang' with them...... who doesn't 'know' a jerk? everybody knows at least 1..... that stuff was totally ridiculous. Flag pin!??!! Give me a break! Bitter?!!? I'm bitter! That is NOT an insult..... pu..leeze! You and your pathetic supporters need to 'grow up' and get out of the way of the real adults in this race.....

    April 18, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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