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. Sepo

    Now thats the pot calling the kettle black........the best thing the clinton campaign should do now is stay quiet, because every time they open their mouth they are hurting their candidate............that includes Bill and Hillary staying on track also. those who are going to vote for her need no more distractions and reasons to change their minds.

    April 19, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  2. whatever Hillary

    Obama tried to play it clean, but ever since Billary's comments on South Carolina, Obama has been forced to get in the mud again and again. It's not his fault he had to fight fire with fire, because Hillary's fire of attacks overwhelmed the cool mist of Obama's character. Although I disapprove of Obama playing into Hillary's negativity, i can hardly blame him!!!

    April 19, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. Andrew

    HER people are calling HIM a hypocrite? She, who's recently gotten big on God? She, the sportswoman with her guns? She, who drinks like a man in a workingman's bar? WHAT A CROCK!

    April 19, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  4. Texan For The Truth!!!

    OBAMA HAS A LOT OF NERVE saying anything negative about Hillary's comments on Bosnia. At least she went there. HE ON THE OTHER HAND has run his campaign with one main issue. She voted for the Iraq war. I WONDER WHICH DIRECTION HE WOULD HAVE MADE IF HE'D HAD THE CHANCE TO VOTE? WHICH HE DID NOT!!! So you tell me how do we know one way or another whether he was for the war or he was not. WHAT A DECEIVER>LIAR>AND MIDDLE EAST BACKER OF MUSLIM's. The truth is coming out now that Hamas is backing him. It now makes sense why he had a prolonged stay in Pakistan. Was he getting his orders and making final plans. Why would Hama be backing him if this was do thue. Their one desire is to destroy Israel and America. Anyone who can vote for this man has to have a loose bolt and nut in their brain. HILLARY OR McCAIN 08 but never Obama.

    April 19, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  5. Sam

    This is not about our current presidential candidates..... but about a Past President. What is Jimmy Peanut Carter doing? He is killing us! Get him out of here and let our leaders do what they need to do with foreign countries!! I can't believe this moron!!! Please, America, do something!!!

    April 19, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  6. ian

    Well, if by "Hypocrite" they mean "more qualified to be commander in chief" then I completely agree!

    Lies have a way of coming back to haunt one. Beware of Peter Paul vs. the Clinton Empire . . .

    April 19, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  7. Wesley

    Gen. Walter Stewart is absolutely right. She sat that and laughed about it on Leno as though it were just some simple slip of the tongue. It wasn't. It was a lie, plain and simple. She laughs about lying about being under sniper fire while our troops are in foreign lands actually under real sniper fire. Shame on you Hillary Clinton, shame on you.

    Obama '08

    April 19, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  8. E. C., Houston, Texas

    When I was the age of most Obama supporters, i.e., the age of 18-26, Obama would have been called a 'Loser.' Where did his popularity stem from? And where did the 400 Million come from? This man is NOT Presidential, nor does the American Public know anything about Obama, or his background. We know ONLY what Obama wants us to know, and that is very, very miniscule amount of information. Obama strolled through the Senate and has Nothing Whatsoever to Show for his position as Senator in the short amount of Time that he has been a Senator. And Obama is now running for President? PLEASE! Obama's entire Campaign is a CHARADE!

    April 19, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  9. Suzie Applebee

    Name-calling is apperently all that Hillary is good at. Just terrible!! So let me get this straight. She can call Senator Obama every name in the book while Obama just sits there quietly? lol. NOT! When Obama says anything about Hillary, he's being negative. When she says anything it's the gospel? Haa Haaaa! She is such a loser!

    OBAMA '08

    April 19, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  10. Lynn in NM

    Hypocrite? You must be looking in the mirror Hillary. She has the same moral authority to lay the wreath at the sacred Tomb of the Unknown Soldier that her draft dodging husband did.

    April 19, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  11. JN

    Billary, it's over...hang it up...I don't think you should be calling Barak Obama a hypocrite without looking at yourself in the mirror first. And Howard Wolfson, that goes to you too!!!!

    April 19, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  12. Gino

    Absolutely Right. Obama is hippocrat from Day 1. When facing any question about his own integrity, his connections to radicals, his ties to those who bombed places in this country, his lackluster pledge and raising no hand to the chest on national pledge or prayers, his response his : "My campaign is about issues and not these old time politics" Well Mr. Obama – it is time you quit. Every person in the United States has solution to this country's problems, but it is your patriotim we are looking for. If you can not bow to a flag, then go to places you have friends and bury your face – We need national hero and not an elitist who is out of touch with Americans. Get out of the race completely and save this democratic party or we are loosing in November again.

    April 19, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  13. Jim Richmond

    I agree but I think the young souls are mesmerized by Obama. It's almost cult following. I think we should do a program on why is it so easy to brain wash Americans. Right now they want to cling to hope and change. The sky is not falling and Obama can't change anything anyway. As I always advocated, without government's intervention, we would do far better. Obama's socialism is not the answer.

    April 19, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  14. JA Cook

    Of course, we know anything Hillary says is probably untrue or exaggerated anyway. In this case it's the kitchen sink full of pots calling a new kettle black.

    April 19, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  15. Joseph Adewole

    Please, please stop this for the sake of The Dems . Hillary only mis-spoke and she realised it ; her husband too mis-spoke when he re-defined 'sexual relation'; we need to face the fact and wait till May 6th when all this will end; we should be thinking of uniting The Dems now.

    April 19, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  16. Blerinda

    Obama is a hypocrite and the entire campaing he has run is totally unethical. America should be prepared for few more hard years if he wins. One may not agree with Clinton's policies but she does have policies. Obama is the preacher, the name caller, the dreamer of a soap bubble.

    He promised a different campaign, however, he himself and his advisors have dwelled on derogatory remarks well below the standards he so loudly preaches. Unbelievable for someone who went to Harvard! Harvard take note: Probably, in the future you should consider lecturing on good manners above all subjects!
    To Obama: May God save America from you and the abysmal misery you are dragging America to! Sure, we the rest of the world will be better without you and your New Bushisms!

    April 19, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  17. suzanne

    Sounds like Hilly is whining!

    April 19, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  18. Ron L

    TALK ABOUT NERVE!!! The Clinton campaign have used just about EVERY one school political trick in the book and they are OUTRIGHT LIARS!!! I will be so glad when this is over. If Hillary wins the nomination it is going to be VERY HARD to vote for her. When it comes to CHARACTER...John McCann has her BEAT...and it isn't even close!!!

    April 19, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  19. Elwood

    Hillary decrying dirty politics? Talk about hypocritical...

    Anyone else tired of her crying?

    April 19, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  20. Jake

    Oh, for heaven's sake. Why is this news? Talk about whining. Gen. Stewart needs to get a life.

    April 19, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  21. JN

    and another thing Billary, if these statements that your campaign made about him being a hypocrite are true "since day one" then please explain to me why your negative ratings grow higher and higher each day..and what about your "kitchen sink" strategy...Who's going negative here??

    April 19, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  22. Anna

    Excuse me....wasn't it her husband Bill Clinton that brought the subject of Bosnia up again when he talked about when you are tired and 60 years old you forget stuff or don't get things right.......of course, they don't agree about NAFTA.....Colombia but she sure is glad to accept her part of that big money he earns pushing those ideas.

    April 19, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  23. Jeanne

    Isn't that the pot calling the kettle black? The Clintons really don't smell like roses after all (more like decay).

    I'd like to hear the politicians talk about what they plan to do to strengthen the economy and bring jobs to America so that people can raise their children without worrying about how they're going to make ends meet. I'll take a few character flaws to get a government that works to bring prosperity to the people. That's the type of leadership I'm looking for. Unfortunately I don't believe any of the 3 candidates qualify.

    April 19, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  24. James, Wichita, KS

    Are you kidding? "Hypocrite" in the dictionary has a picture of Hillary next to it.

    What a joke.

    April 19, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  25. FL

    Well, perhaps Sen. Clinton should stop loading his rifle with political ammunition...oh and another thing if I may – why are we still discussing seating FL delegates. I've heard "How can you have a democracy if you deny 2 states their votes". Well...GUESS WHAT MR. DEAN WAS VERY CLEAR ABOUT THE RULES – HOW CAN WE HAVE A DEMOCRACY IF WE CANNOT FOLLOW RULES? SHOULD'VE WAITED FL...NOW SUCK IT UP AND SIT DOWN.

    April 19, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
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