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. DJ

    Man here goes Hillary again. Didn't know the commander and chief cried so much.

    April 19, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  2. barry

    the mo is clearly in hillary's favor. just look at today gallup poll that shows her with a 1 pt lead over obama....yes he can give good speeches but he can not think on his feet....

    April 19, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  3. MLW - NM

    If Clinton did not want this to happen, she should have not even joked about it in the first place. If I were Obama, I wouldn't let her hear the end of it.

    April 19, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  4. tyler

    There's no bigger hypocrite in the world than Hillary Clinton.


    April 19, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  5. wendy

    Hillary can dish it out but she can't take it.

    April 19, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  6. Patricia P. in Austin, TX

    “There is clearly a high frustration level among campaign types and from the Clintons themselves,” said Leon Panetta, a White House chief of staff under Mr. Clinton, who is backing Mrs. Clinton’s campaign.

    April 19, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  7. Joe

    This country gets what is deserves if it votes in Obama. My family and I will be moving to another country if we sink this low!!

    April 19, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  8. FL


    April 19, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  9. Arkansas Undertaker

    "If you cant take the heat, Hillary, get out!" now you know what it feels like when the press and surrogates wont let something die.

    Obama 08

    April 19, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  10. jesse sturkens

    Shil Singer,it has not been sen.Obama complianing it's been you.and you have the nerves to try and make it look like it's sen.Obama how low can you get.dirty politicing is over,are you hearing the peoples of this country.it's people like you are making this campain a ugle mess so just chill out.

    April 19, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  11. paul

    I don't necessary like the name calling but I do have to agree with the Clinton camp for calling Obama and his camp out doing the exact thing that they say the Clinton camp does. Everyday you hear Obama claim to be a candidate of change and a NEW sort of politician but everyday he does the complete opposite.

    Not only does he bring out all the OLD guard of the democratic party from Ted Kennedy to John Kerry, but with one hand he claims to not want to take part in attack politics but with the other does exactly taht, attack politics.

    I don't think that Obama is any different than the rest. He is a man who is truly buying this election with all the money he has raised. If he has such support than he truly would not need to spend 3 to 4 times more than Hillary ... who though she has been losing has been able to get her message out there with less money and has only been losing by small margins, albeit losing. (Remember, Edwards was losing by 20 to 30 points whereas in most races Hillary is down by an average of 5-10 if not extremely close).

    It saddens me that Obama, a man who says he is about CHANGE does not want to stick with his pledge of taking the public finance money but would rather and against his OWN promise, would rather use millions and millions of dollars to win. Make it a true race about ideas and about plan and not about who was able to raise the most money.

    To spend close to and over a billion dollars already on this race by all the candidates while people starve and struggle with money in this country and the world is disgusting. Obama will never be able to run as a true candidate of change. Because he never was one.

    April 19, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  12. A Democrat

    When you lie, usually it's your own fault. Hill, you have no one to blame but yourself for knowingly deceiving the public. Sorry.

    April 19, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  13. Smiley from Conyers, GA

    This is getting ridiculous. I am tired of both sides slinging mud and ignoring the issues. This bitter American is annoyed by this. What needs to be discussed how to get the gas prices down to reasonable levels.

    Enough with the name calling and let's get back to trying to win the White House before we end up paying $5/gal for gas!

    April 19, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  14. Leila

    Obama is nothing like he talks himself up to be. He says he is not going to run things the same old way and he is doing just that and more. He is as negative as any candidate.
    That ridiculous rapper thing he did of "brushing his shoulder" when he talked about Clinton was childish and made him look like a joke. We don't need the leader of our country copying rapper moves.
    He also criticized Clinton for having a drink and then we saw he had done the same thing a week prior as he mugged for the camera.
    And the Annie Oakley was another comment he should be ashamed of. The president of theUnited States should be an adult, not a silly teenager. The way he whined about the last debate questions was more like a preteenager.


    Vote NO = Not Obama

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

    Jimmy Carter is an idiot! Get him out of here!

    April 19, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  16. Mike

    Clinton is such a dumb lair....didn't she think someone had video taped the incident...silly mongul

    April 19, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  17. Obama 's surprise

    Obama is a grinning idiot.

    April 19, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  18. Watson

    It hurts doesn't it? To be caught out there with your foot in your mouth. Do us all a favor HRC, quit. Obama 08!

    April 19, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  19. Rohit Singh

    like they say....fire with fire

    Obama 08

    April 19, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  20. Lance

    A theft tried to get into a house. He stepped on the skylight in the kitchen, fell, and broke his leg. He later sued the home owner for not putting light in the kitchen with skylight.

    Clinton's next move is to blame Obama for her Bosnia lies. Her reason is simply because Obama put too much pressure on her, forcing her to lie.

    PATHETIC is the word. She is horrible. Her campaign people are even worse. They have no shame.

    April 19, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  21. Luke

    Who cares what the Clinton Camp says? They need to quit whining. AND I'm tired of everyone calling Sen. Clinton "a fighter". That title was proposed by the news media and picked up by the genius Clinton Camp. What a bunch of losers.

    April 19, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  22. kobi

    This is just stupid. Focus on the issues. The economy, Iraq, Health Insurance, jobs,

    April 19, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  23. Illinois

    Obama always say old tactics of the same Washington. That we need to change. Now to his turn, he use the same tactic. I wonder that he is telling lies to the Americans people?

    April 19, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  24. OhPlease

    Sounds like the "pot calling the kettle black" kind of comment. Clinton has brought up Reverend Wright repeatedly. She can dish it out but she can't take it


    April 19, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  25. Dave

    How is he not to go into attack mode when her entire campaign has been about attacking him on every statement he makes. She's the hypocrite.

    April 19, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
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