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. Nickberry

    I think Obama should call off his military surrogates... When it comes to Hillary they tend to make way over the top comments. The Bosnia "fish" story has already been discussed ad nauseum... and Hillary already paid a price for it. She was very forthcoming about her being wrong and she sincerely apologized on Wednesday night... Now the Obama campaign looks like it is piling on, which in fact helps Hillary.

    And of course, Obama did get caught flat-footed at the debate Wednesday night with his own issues... including being called out on his statements that he did not go after Hillary on the Bosnia story... yet having to admit that his campaign did.. and that they are indeed one in the same.

    April 19, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  2. gpr

    Obama and his campaign team as a whole is an utterly hypocrytic bunch. While they go preaching about all the morals they dont follow any. may be they think they dont have to practice what they preach.

    April 19, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  3. sophia nyc

    If I recall correctly, Hillary "misspoke" in Texas just last year about the Bosnia sniper fire.

    April 19, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  4. Leigh in N.C.

    I find it interesting that Obama continues trying to set himself apart from the comments of his own people in order to try and convince us that he is above this type of mud slinging. Yet, I have witnessed several very petty remarks directly from him that tells me that he is not above this. If Senator Clinton gets under his skin so much, imagine what 4 years in the White House with the whole world watching and commenting will be intolerable for him. I also find it interesting that a commercial running in N.C. has him "removin" the "g's" from some of his words as if we are ignorant hicks.

    April 19, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  5. Mike in Westchester

    Wow, no wonder her negatives are through the roof. If I were her, I would start worrying about her Senate seat. Her legacy (along with President Clinton's) is being soiled with the mud they are slinging.

    I hope we're in the final 17 days of this mess.

    April 19, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  6. Becky in In.

    My goodness folks he is just like all politicians. Maybe a little cuter but still just the same.

    April 19, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  7. JEFF

    Mrs.Clinton she is not trustworth and she admits it when she said during the debate that her past comments about landing in Bosnia with sniper fire was not true and she is embarrased by the comments.Therefore I dont see any wrongdoing calling her fake and aliar .I think she should apologize to the entire nation and give a speech about her many lies

    April 19, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  8. Jeff

    Why is it when Obama gets asked the "hard" and "annoying" questions that aren't related to the issues he can deflect saying that it's irrelevant and made up controversy and implies that he's above the questioning as demonstrated on the most recent debate .. BUT .. he (over the course of his campaign) and his surrogates get to take an ACTIVE part in doing what he's now claiming to be bad politics and no one is bothered by it?

    BTW... In the first several debates with just him and Hillary they both acknowledged that they are alike on almost 90-95% of the issues... So why wouldn't we want to find out about these character influencing issues that reflect how decisions are made without pressure, during pressure and when being forced to interact with people who have conflicting agendas and not showing off how annoyed you are but participating with the prime minister, president, leader that you are conversing with... If he's this annoyed with Charles Gibson how will he respond to leaders who have different agenda's then his own?

    April 19, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  9. Jane

    Hillary dominated the debate. We know their answers to the issues.
    We don't know about Obama NOW WE DO.

    Please vote for Hillary, she is a winner. She will fight for US to the end.

    I saw Obama brush his shoulders and also give the bird. If anyone says that is not what he did, they do not live in the real world of the streets.

    Don't need that Pimp in the White House.

    April 19, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  10. camen

    "Liar from Day One" Hil_LIAR-y. Liar, Liar Pant-suits on Fire. Taste of the truth is "bitter" when it comes from an "Elitist"? What's the matter, she's can't take her own medicine? Voters on to her from "Day One"

    April 19, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  11. Dan

    The irony here is that Singer is decrying Obama's supposed attack politics, while at the same time trying to damage Obama's credibility.

    But, really, can we please focus on the issues?

    April 19, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. Kmp;

    Yeah okay whatever Clinton. Look in the mirror and you will see the definition of what a hypocrite is.

    Let me see NAFTA flip-flop, CAFTA, Bosnia oh and so many more. So please before you start calling someone a hypocrite look back on many of your own statements.

    April 19, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  13. Brian

    We have real problems in this country that need to be fixed and all the Clinton camp can do is continue to engage in the worst kind of negative smear campaign against Obama... a fellow senator who should be a political ally.

    If this country was smart, we'd all ditch Clinton immediately. How more clear can it be to you Clinton supporters that she isn't in this for the country, the people or her party... she's in this for herself.

    She's lost the game already and simply refuses to leave the field. It's pathetic.

    April 19, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  14. Ron Nebraska

    Oh Hillary, please give it up! You know you have been a hypocrite every day for 40 years.

    April 19, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  15. Vivian

    Waaaaa, waaaaa.....dig your hole girl, dig your hole!


    April 19, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |

    That's priceless. The Clintons are the most dishonest people in the world. Maybe she was clipped by sniper fire and has brain-damage. This could explain everything. THE HAG ISN'T RIGHT IN THE HEAD.

    April 19, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  17. Obama '08

    And Hillary was a liar from day one.


    April 19, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  18. Cora Portland, Oregon

    Stick her in the butt with a Bosnian-made fork.

    April 19, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  19. alexblack

    I've learned to dislike Hillary, but her campaign is dead right here. At least when she plays hardball, she says she's playing hardball. The saga of Obama playing the "new uniter" who would never play the "old politics" while knifing it out in the gutter just like everyone else is nauseating. I prefer an honest fighter to a lying fighter.

    April 19, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  20. JCollins of Riverview

    I caught a fish and it was thiiiiiiiiiiiis big!

    -Hillary Clinton

    April 19, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  21. qualquan

    Not really worth a comment since Hillary is a habitual liar.

    April 19, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  22. Richard Moore

    It's about time. I didn't think he had it in him. I'm glad Obama is finally ripping this witch to shreads. She deserves no less. While it is unfortunate that Obama had to do this, as an Obama supporter, I feel he had to. And besides, when it comes to mudslinging, the Clinton's are masters at it. Heck, they both have doctorate degrees in it. Obama is nowhere near as good at it, I have to admit, but that is part of his appeal. He's tried to keep the democratic part of this fight on the high road, unlike Billary. He pointedly said that it will be a whole different story when it comes to fighting the McSame in November.

    April 19, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  23. LaTreetha E. Sharpley

    Everyone that saw the video knows that Senator Clinton lied. Lets get over that, because this is not the first time that she has misspoke and will not be the last.
    If you think she is not to be trusted, then do not vote for her its that simple.

    April 19, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  24. I AM

    On the contrary, Obama has not "touched the sanctity" of the
    Clinton legacy. He had to ask the keeper of all those files to present them to the public. Y'all did. He has been vindicated. Now, you call him a hypocrite.
    Vascilation has not been Obama's style during this campaign. It has been the trademark of the Clintons.
    The most recent debate has given the Obama campaign the green light – Go Forward. Now she wants to undo what she has said. Unfortunately, that's in the file called "Yesterday" and has become "history."
    Ole Girl it looks like the handwriting is on the wall for You and Billary. You should be packing your bags. If not you, then Chelsea is the best candidate. He hands are very clean. She has not wavered in her interactions with the public.
    OBAMA in 2008

    April 19, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  25. T M Oak Creek,

    The Clinton camp follows what H. saids do. She has no honor. And most of cnn talk show hosts. You people can't understand what bitterness is. You've been in your positions so long you can't relate to every day people. Sen. Obama did not refer to the people,he was speaking in general, people are bitter and angry. They angry for the,job lose,taxes,war, troop lose,the way the media turns his positives in to negatives. It really seems that the media,fox,cnn,and other are'nt ready for a person of color to be President.

    April 19, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
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