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. nick, houston

    Enough. I am a Democrat...It's getting old.

    Clinton can't beat Obama in pledged delegates-delegates that represent the votes counted.
    We should support him now and there should be no more negative attacks in OUR PARTY!!!

    Democrats Unite NOW!!

    How can McCain say he wants to cut millions in taxes and at the same time say he wants to continue the EXPENSIVE WAR in Iraq?

    How much more will we deficit spend, Mr. McCain? -or is that proposition for cutting taxes an empty promise just to get out the base that HATES YOU for not being conservative enough.

    Poor, Poor McBush.
    Good man, Bad policies

    April 19, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  2. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Obama is such a low and immatured politician. He doesn't know how to respect colleagues, he treated Hillary very bad, I don't think Americans will respect Obama who treated lady badly. Obama is hypocrite, his words are copied and his action is hypocritical, he lied so many times, but media praised him every single minute. Voters will prove Hillary is a real leader for the next President. Pennsylvania will show Americans who is ready for Preisident. Hillary Clinton.

    April 19, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  3. Jim Johnson

    The Clintons are so dishonest and liars I am amazed people in Pennsylvania ahve not figured this out. The fact that Obama has gotten many more superdelegates (senators, congressman,..) the past few months shows how mistrusted the CLintons are with their peers.

    April 19, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  4. Jean

    What in the world are they listening to Obama's campaign's conference call for? Be busy about doing your own thing. Build up your own case, I say. But the truth is, NOTHING his campaign can say can possibly hurt Clinton as much as her own behavior. It was ludicrous and she must kick herself for it every few minutes.

    What was she THINKING? She always says she wants her supporters to be thinking [rather than emoting,] then this! I feel she is losing it or just getting a tad too many senior moments for leadership.

    April 19, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  5. vince - phoenix

    again... straight from the republican playbook...

    confuse, confound, distort and divide...

    Hillary and Bush do this:

    accuse the other party of doing EXACTLY what it is that YOU are doing!

    April 19, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  6. JMarie

    The Obama team has shown incredible restraint in not highlighting the huge games and manipulations the Clinton camp has been running. While I respect Obama et al for this leadership, I hate to see the deceit that Clinton's engage in. Oh, how I long to see the list of Pres Clinton's former pardons...do one wants Clinton II back in the W house for this kind of garbage. They are the worst of a democracy.

    April 19, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  7. Bob Stephens

    Hillary, you are looking more and more like the pathetic person that everyone knows you are. Please do the Democrats and all the people in the US a big favor, and just go away..

    April 19, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  8. Ohio for Obama

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA....CLINTON...called OBAMA a hypocrite hahahahaha

    whew, good times...that statement is almost as ludicrous as her campaign.

    April 19, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  9. Alan Boyer

    There is no depth that the Clinton Campaign won't go to try to win the nomination. Obama already knows that her campaign really is the Clinton Farewell Tour. She just doesn't know it.

    April 19, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  10. vince - phoenix

    again... straight from the republican playbook...

    confuse, confound, distort and divide...

    Hillary and Bush do this:

    accuse the other party of doing EXACTLY what it is that YOU are doing!

    April 19, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  11. TK, Dallas, TX

    After reading this all I could do was laugh and laugh and laugh. hillary trying to call someone a hypoctie is laughable very laughable.

    April 19, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  12. Dolly,

    For someone who states he doesn't wear a flag pin in his lapel because "I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest. Instead, I'm going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great" is extremely arrogant and elitist.

    For a candidate for the Presidency of the United States to be uncomfortable with wearing a symbol of his country is not only disturbing but also gives him no room to speak about the unknown solider who in wearing a flag on his uniform died to create the country that the Senator aspires to lead.

    Where is the conversation and discussion regarding Senator' Obama's voting record? Surely this will give us an insight into " his beliefs that will help to make this country great."

    I'm tired of hearing about change, I want to hear something substantive from him.

    "Listen to your heart. Never stop listening."
    Henry Quick Bear, LAKOTA

    April 19, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  13. Obama mama, Grayslake IL

    Clinton is the one who was a hypocrite from day one. She came to the campaign with extra wings hoping that her husband's 8 years in White House will help her sweep the campaign with a clean broom.
    Hillary forgot that her husband time was 20 years ago, of which as today it is history. Obama has brought a type of movement which envoked the spirits of the young people in American and through out the whole world like a whirl wind.

    The Clinton days are over with the history of lies and lies as well as some dubious deals. America needs a man like Obama who can unite and bringthe economy back as well as hope to the HELPLESS people here and abroad. He is young fresh and very smart for the liking of the Clintons. We all have turns, when it was Bill's turn it was nice and sweet when people embraced him. Now the focus is on Obama it is not nice. Grapes are now sour.

    How can Hillary say she can feel for the American people? How does feel the way we feel when we go to pump gas at the gas station it is expensive? She has her home, some people lost their homes, husbands have no jobs. Hillary is really arrogant. Let her go and enjoy her $110million dollars peaceful.

    When things are not going the way she wants she cries. When things are getting tough she brings a kitchen sink. The kitchen sink is taking her to the drainage.
    When she is losing she snaps. When she wins she finds her voice.

    April 19, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  14. Florida democrat

    Hillary is the hypocrite!!!

    Soon it will not matter, she will be a figure from the past soon enough.

    Obama 08!

    April 19, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  15. Tell It Like It Is

    I haven't "got a dog in this hunt", but Clinton has done more damage to herself than Obama's camp has inflicted. Her exagerations, lies, "misrememberances" and conflicts of interest are abnormally numerous and as reprehhensible as Ted Kennedy's political platform. "Hold everyone to higher standard and expectation for the good of the nation", just not the Clintons and Kennedys.

    She has become an insult to women who work for their advancement in this nation and in this world. I am sickened

    April 19, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  16. Sandra Bankhead Guinn

    To the Clinton Campaign staff why are you so negative?. Can't you find issues to discuss? Please cease with the negatives.

    April 19, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  17. Angel Sacramento ca

    The only Hypocrite is Hillary .......
    "Tusla "..... strike one
    "baby that died that didnt "....... strike two
    "I wont give illegal Immigrants Id ...maybe i will .....uh what i meant ...was really ".... strike 3
    " i miss spoke " Your out hillary

    Desperation smells and Voters can tell
    Pennsylvannia will go for Hillary ..... But that wont be enough to wreslte away the nomination ...... the case for Obama is Clear if we continue the desperate Clinton Power Grab and allow it to Dems Lose in 08 !

    April 19, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  18. R.O.B.

    The more they try to make Obama look bad , the more support he's getting. The more Hillary talks down on Obama, the more desperate she seems. She need to just quit whining and go ahead and drop out, it's over, let it go.

    April 19, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  19. Umpire

    How petty it has all become! The DNC needs to close this one down, soon by confirming its earlier decision on Florida and Michigan. Doing so effectively ends the Clinton campaign. How regretable that a bright and talented woman has chosen to engage in such extensive negative campaigning. She is leaving party leaders little choice as it continues. That will cost her the nomination and undermine her position in the party in future years. What a pity!

    April 19, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  20. Menopause

    Hillary need to run this country. PERIOD!!!!

    April 19, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  21. vince - phoenix

    The thing that gets me... is that alomst no one followed up on that FACT, THAT SHE "ADMITTED" TO LYING about it!!!

    yeah... tell me again how the media is so agains Obama

    April 19, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  22. bob

    The word juxtaposition isn't used correctly. I think I'll go Obama for president

    April 19, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  23. 2012

    "In America, we have this strong bias toward individual action. You know, we idolize the John Wayne hero who comes in to correct things with both guns blazing. But individual actions, individual dreams, are not sufficient. We must unite in collective action, build collective institutions and organizations." — Barack Obama, Chicago Reader, Dec. 8, 1995.

    Karl Marx couldn't have said it any better himself.....WAKE UP, PEOPLE!!!!!!

    April 19, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  24. Bob Morrow, Everett WA

    Could they just plain shut up?

    Every little snip has to be commented on, exaggerating what was said. I've about had it with BOTH sides. Clinton and Obama need to teel their camps to keep their traps shut...and then follow their own advice.

    This has gone past ridiculous...

    April 19, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  25. Dancing on the head of a pin

    Wow not this is getting heated. Clinton is called on the carpet and she's saying Obama camp is wrong. Please she did it to herself. He tried to play fair. The gloves are off now. I hate to see it but, she allowed that mess to go on on Wednesday at the debate and now she wants to cry foul. Talk about Hypocrisy, Geesh.

    April 19, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
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