April 19th, 2008
06:12 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton camp: Obama was a 'hypocrite from day one'

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton’s campaign accused surrogates for Barack Obama of resurrecting her controversial comments over Bosnian sniper fire Saturday.

"One of the inherent duties of the president of the United States is to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day,” said Gen. Walter Stewart on an Obama campaign conference call on the issue of Bosnia - remarks circulated by the Clinton campaign Saturday afternoon.

“Now we can assume, and let's keep in mind that Senator Clinton has said she was under sniper fire, or she joked about, which to me was the cruelest part of all this, she joked about it with Jay Leno. … Imagine the lack of moral authority she has now to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day.”

Clinton had faced criticism for claiming that her plane landed under sniper fire during a trip to Bosnia she made as First Lady.

The Clinton campaign pointed to Obama’s statement at Wednesday night’s debate that his campaign only commented on the Bosnia incident when asked. "When it comes to negative campaign tactics, Senator Obama has been a hypocrite from day one, decrying attack politics from one side of his mouth while he and his campaign wage a character assassination effort from the other,” said Clinton spokesman Phil Singer. “The juxtaposition of Senator Obama’s comments in the debate and the remarks made on his campaign conference call this afternoon prove the point."

soundoff (495 Responses)
  1. cbvc

    Barack Obama is a fake.

    April 19, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  2. judi

    Obama has always been a FAKE!

    April 19, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  3. Frustrated

    Wow. I'm glad Senator Clinton's not accusing Barack for the exact thing she's doing....I used to support her, and now I can't stand her. She is honestly unbelievable.

    And what's with this stupid stuff about some democrats threatening to vote for McCain if Barack/Hillary doesn't get the nomination? Even if she gets it, I'd still vote for her. You have to realize anything is better than 4 to 8 more years of Bush. Come on!

    April 19, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Hillary, you are not fooling anyone. Everyone can see difference between your attacks and Obama's. You insult our intelligence with your whining.

    Obama simply shines a spotlight on the fact that you LIED.

    If you don't like it, then simple... quit LYING.

    Illuminating the fact that you LIED to voters is NOT the same as SMEARING you in the way you have done to him like a REPUBLICAN.

    April 19, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  5. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    No, Obama like Hillary have not been hypcrits, they have both been "Lawyers" who use "Lawyer Truth" to convince America that their European Style Socialism on health care, crime, social norms, and the welfare state is right for the USA.

    April 19, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  6. Daniel

    Clinton did this to herself.

    And to joke about it IS MORALLY REPREHENSIBLE.

    April 19, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  7. Markus

    Hillary, you are not fooling anyone. Everyone can see difference between your attacks and Obama's. You insult our intelligence with your whining.

    Obama simply shines a spotlight on the fact that you LIED.

    If you don't like it, then simple... quit LYING.

    Illuminating the fact that you LIED to voters is NOT the same as SMEARING you in the way you have done to him like a REPUBLICAN.

    April 19, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  8. Jeff

    I've been saying it all along. I signed up to Obama's web site and while he spoke of hope, positive change and politics NOT as usual, his campaign was being misleading, negative, and offering up politics as usual. The hypocracy was too much for me. Bill Clinton was right early on when he called the Obama campaign a fairy tale. I became a Democrat after the 2000 election was stolen, but if Obama wins I will vote for McCain or not at all.

    April 19, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  9. George Z

    Obama’s logic was that if there was anything he did wrong it was because politics was a game, his opponents tried to tear him down, and they were doing the same things (there were no prefect men). Personally, he was always better than every body else. When Obama was accusing his opponents he would make himself like a saint.
    It was always other people should be blamed for whatever wrongs he did and he would mock whoever pointed out his wrongdoings.

    I always wonder why some young Americans are as crazy to Obama as to rock stars. I saw this kind fanaticism to political leaders in some other countries but never here. It may not be a good thing for people to look political leaders as rock stars.

    April 19, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  10. stefan, Barstow, Ca

    Didn't she and Bill complain about the boys picking on her just a few months back? Get her down the road as the worse female ever to run a national campaign,in this countrys history.
    Next she'll run as John Mcwar's bipartisian campaign vice president shortly thereafter she'll tell the citizens of this nation Obama is a communist plant, an illegal alien, and a vietnam war dodger.

    April 19, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  11. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    Finally... put Hillary to rest. She would be as cruel a joke as Bush has been. Imagine another 4 years with an egotistical, deceitful, psychopath as commander in chief.

    April 19, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  12. judi

    LET'S SEE WHAT THE OBAMA WORSHIPERS SAY ABOUT THAT!

    April 19, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  13. Chris in Texas

    Hillary, can you and your camp please just keep your negative 'gotcha' tactics to yourself! We all know Obama is going to be the nominee and eventually the the President. Afterall, it's inevitable!

    Obama 2008 and 2012

    April 19, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  14. cubs fan

    She has been negative since the surprising lose in IA. She and her puppets keep bringing up the same crap and Obama is finally fighting back which I don't think he needs to do at all. She and her campaign, (don't forget Billary) have self distructed as time has went on. Her and McBush would make a good ticket along with the turn-goat Lieberman. They are already putting a spin on PA. because they were outspent. She may win PA., but it won't be by much. Hillary you are destroying the Democratic party. Get out and support the winner (Obama)... It would seem to me like people in the U.S. would be sick of the same old Washington spin. Why not try something new. Get a clue voters....... Somebody new, young and with new ideals... Didn't see him whimpering after any of the primaries or caucauses. Get out while the getting is good Hill and you can save some sort of face in all the lies and deceit you and your morons have spread.... Go Obama

    April 19, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  15. one of a generation of steel workers

    Chill- Hill (as in over) You & Bil are the hypocrits .The 2 of you have resurrected dead non-issues over & over again. You are also a hypocritical mother as join forces w / McSame in effort to taint a fellow Democrat even after McSame made a farce of your only child calling her ugly. It's clear you'd do anything to get back in the Whitehouse . You lack values ,are a pathalogical liar & selfserving back stabber.Not vaues I want to see in the leader of this country.

    April 19, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  16. rebecca

    How is bringing up the Bosnia sniper comment attacking Clinton's character? She's the one who said it in the first place. She's the one who LIED about it in the first place. She should feel ashamed of this blatant lie and her disrespect of our armed forces who put themselves in harm's way everyday. It is almost as if she is mocking our armed forces, hence the general's comment that she is not fit to lay the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day. She is not taking this election seriously and she will not take this office seriously, as evidenced by her joking on Jay Leno. I want a serious president who is serious about change and the needs of the American people. I want Barack Obama as my commander in chief! He won my respect a long long time ago.

    April 19, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  17. QuietStormX

    She and they must be smoking something? Hillary said during the last so-called debate she knew she lied before and during her words and story. Remember (Yes, Yes, Yes) after saying and telling superdelegates No Barack can't WIN the General Election or take Senator McCain.

    April 19, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  18. Marie

    Okay Im shocked Obama must be really deperate to keep coming up with these comments about hillary yet his hands are not cleaned with his so called ex pastor and ex friend/ employer who is in federal prison ...first he said he didnt hear the sermon and then he did and was in shock. and last tuesday he said he didnt hear hear the sermon..OMG make up your mind Obama
    once again....he is a liar and uncover muslim.. a friend of a man who hates whites and blames the United States for the worlds problems and he said we deserved 911... the guy is crazy and if you vote for obama you vote for what his so called ex pastor and obama beleives or he wouldnt still go to that church the pastor who is there now said he didnt like how everyone teamed up on wright when his views are the truth..why isnt anyone including CNN telling everyone Obama pastor beleives in what the ex pastor believes in ......Instead of sugar coating it you should let the truth be known ...maybe we dont want hillary well what is better a man having a idenity crisis in america pushed by muslims to succee and saying they will celebrate in the streets if obama is selected ..hmmmmmm what is that about ..Think......and even his wife didnt feel like a real american ..you see the pattern here compared to someone who had to tackle the real world head on and fight to do what was right like Hillary...I may be wasting my breath but if your voting for Obama ..It just proved you gave us 8 years of Bush as well....Good luck
    cnn you guys are so full of hatred for hillary that you can not even see what mistakes your making hard on her but not him ..if this doesnt get on that just seals the deal for me.....Best Regards

    April 19, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  19. So true

    The media seems afraid to mention and report the disconnect between Obama's words and his actions.

    He doesn't want the old politics- but he sure played the race card early in the campaign to ensure that no one would ever DARE to criticize or question him.

    The uniter that divided.

    Bragging that he would be able to bring back the Hillary democrats- when clearly he can't and won't.

    The honest politician that is a more polished and skilled liar than any other candidate. Always shaping and reshaping his words to suit his purposes and to blunt any scrutiny. This trick- being able to be what people needed/wanted him to be, depending on the circumstances- is described in his book.

    The crying foul- unfair, I'm the victim... while in reality he is the one going negative and running smear ads and getting digs in.

    Hypocritically criticizing others for pandering to voters- when he is the one doing rock concerts, bowling, drinking beer, playing basketball etc etc. He is the one that will do ANYthing to buy a vote.

    This man is insincere. He does not know HOW to be genuine. He has spent his whole life manipulating people as he juggled personas in his struggle to fit in.

    April 19, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  20. Tony, Miami

    Hillary stop the whining whining otherwise you will make people believe Bill is a liar. You should be happy since you are in your elements in the kitchen sink. The next President of the United States has been vetted by you. Dont you ever dare calling our President an hypocrite.
    "The Clinton campaign pointed to Obama’s statement at Wednesday night’s debate that his campaign only commented on the Bosnia incident when asked."

    This was yesterday. It took him quite some times to realize you will never understand being treated with fair play and courtesy. He reluctantly decided for once to get to your level. You have been a great teacher.

    Don't worry he won't be able to stay too long at this level.

    April 19, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
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