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. donna4hillary

    obama is a whiner. hes still a baby who thinks that the people of this great country are not entitled to know anything about him. he NEVERanswers the questions, hes mean, his wife is even meaner, they are bothe snobs and he doesnt care about the people in the USA. he is so afraid that we are going to find out about his cousin who kills christains, his brother (MArk) who he actually did disown, the million man march that he marched in and that was arranged by an anti white and anti jew leader named farrakan. he is afraid that we might really consider that he does believe in rev wright and his message of hate. he cant stand the heat and needs to get out of the kitchen. by the way, is it fair to say that when mccain beats the sh** out of obama in the general, that i can personally blame all black people and college kids for giving our country back to the republicans?

    April 18, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. John Smith

    How any American can ever vote to return
    an "impeched family and president" back to our White House amazes me!!! What nation are we living in these days?

    April 18, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Real people for real man.


    \that is the right way to throw it back at her and the reporters.
    Nice job Barry Obama.
    Barry is nicer you know after ready an acticle about Obama that someone paste on the policicalticker.
    This guys is tougher than I expected, having to go through that rough life is tough.

    April 18, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. JF Las Vegas

    Hillalry is accusing Obama of complaining – what about her whining and turning on the fake tears just before major primaries?

    I am curious to see what takes place in the Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, April 25. I have not seen anything in the news covereage regarding the fraud case against Bill and Hillary Clinton. Why hasn't either CNN or Fox News said anything about this incident? Is it true or is it false? Come on news channels, give it to us. The news media sure can dredged it up on Obama, but certainly not Clinton. What a shame and disgrace this is to the American voters. We deserve to know everything about Hillary, just like she feels we need to know everything about Obama!

    April 18, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. Maxine

    I have watched every debate that the dems have had; and I am sorry this was the worst......One question to Clinton on her lie and that was it. She had several things they could of asked her and they didn't. The only time I have seen a good debate and that was with Tim Russet.

    CNN UTubes were okay, but please let's get real.

    April 18, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. kelly WI

    Hillary got 3 supers today.
    Reich endorsing Obama on policy issues make Obama scarier yet.
    Reich is waaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy left. We all would be pecking dirt with the chickens if he had his way.
    Hamas wants Obama!!!did you see that paper?
    Obama flips off Hillary. Cant the dems come up with some one more mature than a 10 year old.?
    Bloomberg said an adult would win the presidentsy. He sure couldn't be talking about OB. The more we learn the worse it gets. Hope there are enough people out there with an IQ over 50 and have common sense to get that guy back to Ill or Kenya or where-ever.

    April 18, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. annie

    Could anyone with even just one brain cell left believe anything this lying evil person says?

    April 18, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. Anonymous




    April 18, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. neessy

    The ABC Presidential "debate" was a farce and both moderators absolutely attacked Obama, argued with him over his answers and pushed hard to get answers that would "trap" him. While Hillary laughed like a teenager at his answers and his annoyance that the moderators cut him off at each explanation. Hillary and Bill later derided Obama on not being able to "take the heat." This is strange due to the fact that Hillary recently sent letters to MSNBC complaining bitterly that these networks were "attacking" her and they should cease and desist at once! as they were not treating her as well as Fox News and some of the other Clinton supporting media. She talked about how tough it was for she & Bill in the white house, but did not mention why the media and congress was so hard on them. It was because they were found to be liars and crooks who scammed the American people. Obama has no such record or experience and will not bring disgrace to Americans, by acting like Bill Clinton did as president.

    April 18, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  10. Femi in minneapolis

    take the Pillow Hillary! infact do whatever you want with the pillow....but by all means exit the house! this is democratic property! closset republicans not welcomed!

    April 18, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. Connie

    Hillary is TOAST and Barack is THE MAN!

    Obama '08 and '12

    April 18, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  12. Mark G

    Obama wasn't complaining about having a tough debate, he was complaining that yet again, everyone wants to focus on the fluff and no one wants to debate the issues. If people want to rehash the same old comments that have already been addressed over and over again, because somehow the 47th time they are brought up will make a difference, then go ahead. That's not what I want to watch in a debate, and that's not what Senator Obama wants to participate in. Who could blame him.

    April 18, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  13. AZM

    Susan, MO

    You call it like you see it... Don't let anyone tell you different... and don't let Dean take your rights away either... because it suits him!

    Democracy means every vote should count... Cry about that Obama!

    April 18, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14. Joe

    Educated by CNN ... how many of you are watching John Adams on HBO? Clearly only a few ... so sad! Every bit of this is nonsense! How many of you think you know how much in taxes you paid in 2007? If you think you know the answer to that then you're either uneducated or you just aren't smart enough to read into the actual question! Unless you keep receipts on all the goods you buy and calculate the taxes referenced on all those receipts over the entire year ... then you really have no idea how much money you give to your government! That's not America! Why any of you would vote for either of these buffoons (whom have convinced you that we should pay more in taxes to try to make life fair for everyone ... which will never happen anyway) is beyond me! It's not fair ... Mr. President make life fair for me ... boo hoo ... ALL LIBERALS ARE WHINERS!

    April 18, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  15. John Smith


    Hillary cries a lot (recall NH votes)?

    Hillary wines and complains more than my daughter ("Meet me in Texas," "Shame on you ..." "Bill, please leave this snpier stuff to me..."). "She is a disgrace to women" my daughter often reminds me.

    Hillary cannot afford to return a man who has been "impeached" and one who publicly lied with his pointing fingers to our White House. I cannot live with such a nightmare for this nation. "I never made to that woman.."

    April 18, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. Dave

    Clinton lie? Never!

    April 18, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  17. Tom,des moines



    April 18, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  18. Carlos

    Good God!!!

    The comments that I am reading here are nothing short of baffling. It is that nature of pretisansim to hold to your beliefs regardless evidence and truth. Partisan opinions and commentary, therefore are meaningless. Unfortunately for thos individuals wishing to make an educated and meaningful decision, the pervasiveness of partisanizm in this campaign has completely obscured any vestage of truth.

    As an outsider, a fellow citizen of this planet, who is as excited about the prospects implicit in this campaign and who has suffered,to the same degree as every other human being on Earth, under the destabilizing policies of the Bush administration, it pains me greatly to see the level of division and discord in both the Democratic party and -worse perhaps – among the Democratic supporters.

    I can not help but believe that partisans on on bothe sides of the party will have the ultimate effect of making McCain look like the best alternative of the three. He seems to have elevated himself above this rediculous fray.

    A not to die-hard partisans: SHUT UP!!!

    April 18, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  19. Ann

    Ok, the angry man again. Look at his face for God's sake.

    April 18, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  20. Connie

    Judging from these blogs, it's evident from both a train-of-thought and spelling/grammar perspective that Hillary supporters have completed third grade and not much more. Her base of voters is the less educated? Duh...

    April 18, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  21. Peter of Oregon

    Wasn't George S., one of the ABC moderators part of Bill Clinton's Administration when he was President?

    This is the same George S. that was apologetic to Hillary before asking her a question he felt she wouldn't want to answer.

    That debate was rigged, and it was apparent to everyone.

    Obama '08

    April 18, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  22. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    April 18, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  23. johnd

    Read the comments and understand why politicians are such lying dirtbags. People search for evidence to support their candidate rather than looking at the evidence and then choosing a cadidate. People on this blog are saying things like "time to examine character "(in regards to Obama). But you dems said you didn't want character to be debated during Clinton's first run (let's debate the issues, not character because our guy is an obvious dirtbag). Women are supporting Hillary because she is a woman (which is wrong, she is a politician and they aren't human), and blacks support Obama because he is black. Most of you are complete losers who shouldn't be allowed to vote. If you wanted the world to be flat you would look for evidence to support. Nobody who is thinking at all cannot know that Hillary lies at the drop of a hat, and she clearly doesn't care about her constituents. If she did care, she would have dropped out long ago. But Hillary figures she can run again in 4 years if she trashes Obama now. How do any of you figure she cares about you when she behaves this way? How can you be such lemmings? How can you go through life deciding what to believe and then looking for evidence to support that belief? Do any of you realize that if you grew up in Saudi or Jordan you would be willing to kill women and children to get your 70 virgins? If you still suppport Hillary, you are ignoring the vast evidence against her and holding up grains of sand in her support. To the person who wrote that character should be examined in this race, open your mind and your eyes. Hillary is proven liar who will say anything (like "its a vast right-wing conspiracy" after her husband abused his power to have sex with a young girl) to get and keep power. She doesn't care about you. She cares about Hillary only. Get a clue people.

    April 18, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  24. Jan, Pa

    I don't heat her complaining about her husband making millions from free trade deals. Where's the outrage!

    Obama no Drama 08!

    April 18, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  25. Retired Navy Veteran

    Senator Clinton did not win Texas. The Delegates spoke and Obama WON Texas!!!!!!!!!

    I love Hillary Clinton supporters I have reserve chair at the table.

    They are IMPORTANT to our victory in November

    Good Luck in the future Senator Clinton.

    PS Your Job in New York is at Risk.......

    April 18, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
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