April 19th, 2008
06:12 PM ET
10 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. Willy


    April 19, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. bernj

    Yeah yeah yeah.

    The fat lady is tuning up Hillary.....hear her?

    April 19, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. Clinton for President

    Obama is just the opposite of what he speaks about. Huge double standard and the same washington politics. Obama has lost my vote in November. He has proven that he will go to the lowest level to get a nomination. Well he just lost one.

    April 19, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  4. mjaber

    Another one of Hillary's lies...

    April 19, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  5. Hillary Lies!

    Look look, he's just a bad as me!!! Except Hillary, there's a big difference between a surrogate bringing up and the candidate himself rubbing your flaws in your face as you like to do whenever the opportunity arises. I'm so glad your race is almost over!

    April 19, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. HH

    Cant take the heat get out of the kitchen.

    Times up BILLARY its time for you to go.

    April 19, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. Will

    Uhm yea...pretending someone may be a terrorists, worse than Bush on no real grounds... is just as bad is pointing out a straight up lie in which a person is joking about is comparable?

    April 19, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  8. Cody

    . . .Blame it on Bill.

    April 19, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  9. kai joe

    I am not american .I am a democrat and supporter of Obama . but let me say one thing very loudly: I prefer McCain to Hillary.If you hear the name of McCain , you know whom you have to do with. Hillary is a very dangerous person .She is unfair , she has been lying the whole time, she behaves like an enemy to Obama,she is personely and politicaly unbalanced and off of her balance ,she is power addicted ,she is mentaly sick , she unfairly abuses every single word in order to make an enemy of Obama, she does everything regardless of the demages she sets up to the party and the country in order to win the election.
    I don't know why Dems like Gore , Carter, Pelosi have been waiting so long? they have to interfer and brusch away the ´whole Clinton era .Clintons are disused.
    Obama and his ideas are the only hope we have in this epoch of time.He will surely change a lot of things.You know why? because he has already changed some important things.look at young people , look at the new hope that people have, look at the amazing interests that people show for the future of their country .All these will be ended if Hillary has the wheels. God, don't let it happen please.
    I think the future of our world will be decided in this election.It is very important for people all around the world that Barack Obama should be the next president of the USA.All people who want to have a world in peace , in equality , in freedom, in liberty are on Barack's side .The rest are more or less on the side of Hillary or McCain. That is the truth that Hillary belongs to the old establishment. She have been trying to win no matter on whose cost and how .Yes , she is experienced but in what? She is experienced in hushing up , in sending innocent soldiers to a war which has helped to strengthen the terrorists and spread terrorism in many countries. Hillary will lie much more in order to put Barack and his movement into affliction and distress. She is a master of doing so. She learnt it in the old establishment.
    Please be careful.

    April 19, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  10. Grif

    Go Girl... Hit him where it Hurt's the most...When you Love Yourself, as much, Has he doe's. "Strutting His Stuff"..... Elite.... Boy! Don't the rest of you Black's, wish you were up here with me?????

    April 19, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. Ooooo Ouch!

    The FACT is, Clinton is a LIAR and the GOP will use "sniper fire" against her in the general.

    Good news, Hillary has no chance at this point of winning the democratic nomination. So this won't be an issue.

    April 19, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  12. I used to be a Democrat

    There is no doubt that Obama is a hipocrite and there is no doubt that Obama won't be the next President.

    April 19, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. Amanda

    What is the tv ad I seen on tv this morning. Hillary was putting down the people in Pennsylvania. I thought she was with the people and yet she is doing the same thing that she claimed Barack Obama was doing. After seeing this commercial, I am now voting for Obama. She is a real hypocrite.

    April 19, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |

    oh Obama....you are running such a clean campaign.

    he IS a hypocrite.

    if you dont want to run a clean campaign – just own up to it.

    April 19, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  15. Independent from VA

    Everybody knows Obama talks out of both sides of his mouth so why is this news?

    April 19, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. Bernie Moore-Knowles

    By all means – tell the voters, HRC why you felt to make light of your lie in a comedy skit – particurlarly with regard to the substance of it? Or your own small, closed door comments in a fundraiser regarding "Democratic activists?" Activists that until they endorsed Obama – you actively went after their endorsement? Or tell us, HRC – could you explain your "Screw 'em" statement? Or better yet, HRC?

    Peter Paul vs Clinton?

    You have the audicity to call Obama a hypocrite?

    Bernie Moore-Knowles
    Papa'aloa, Hawai'i

    April 19, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  17. Justin

    Thankyou for finally saying this. BO is as much a politian as the next. Some one please stop these people from drinking the fruit punch, so they can wake up and see this man for what he is, or is not. A true leader!!!!

    April 19, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. Jacques, Palm Springs

    It is past time that Senator Obama ignore Hillary and focus on campaigning on his great message. Hillary is only a fly at a picnic at this
    point. She has lost.

    April 19, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  19. carrie

    hes a hypocate??? Garsh lady u have ur nerve!!!! didnt u say if u cant take the heat??etc etc uhuh, now how do u feel when someone quotes what u said and its truth where as u have done nothing but lie sense the start,, If the shoe fit,,,,ya know lolol..Id say its about time he started putting u in ur place..
    thank you senator obama

    April 19, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  20. Louise

    Can you say McCain for President?

    April 19, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  21. Desiree

    Obama complains about "distractions" that take away from the issues that the American people face and yet he does what he brings up "distractions".
    What do we really know about Obama when he says one thing then does something else?

    April 19, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  22. Michael,Ms

    I guess when your losing you grab at anything you can get a hold of, only problem nothing is sticking and Clinton is beside herself.

    April 19, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  23. Desperado

    Sore looser..........hillary is.....

    April 19, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  24. Ben

    You are despicable, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    April 19, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  25. Roger

    That's funny! I just got through telling someone on another blog how Obama was such a hypocrit. A lot of people are just now starting to see Obama for what he really is. His momentum has stalled and it may be too late for Hillary to beat him, but he won't be able to beat McCain.

    April 19, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
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