April 19th, 2008
06:12 PM ET
7 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. Harvey

    Obama is to blame for all of the attacks on him of late-from Hillary, from McCain, ABC, etc., and he needs to stop blaming Hillary for it all.

    It's interesting that it is often difficult for one to see what we as individuals create in our own lives and then blame others.

    Obama simply hasn't adequately answered all of those questions that he's been hit with lately-and it seems that these self-inflicted wounds won't go away .... until Obama explains it away. He has no one to blame .... except HIMSELF.

    Cry baby, cry.

    April 19, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  2. Justin

    What a load of bull. Clinton started the negative crap right after her nice third place finish in Iowa.

    April 19, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  3. Smeon

    HILLARY IS THE BIGGEST HYPOCRITE AND ONE OF AN UNSTABLE MINDED WOMAN I KNOW.
    I AM A WOMAN WHO WAS READY TO VOTE FOR HER BUT "GOD FOR BIDE" SHE IS VERY UNTRUSTWORTHY, UNPREDICTABLE, SHREWD AND DEFINITELY "NOT THE TYPE OF WOMAN WHO CAN BE A COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF."
    THERE ARE SEVERAL WOMEN OUT HERE WHO CAN DO A BETTER JOB FROM NY STATE...SHE REALLY GOT AN EASY RIDE TO THE SENATE IN NY.
    I AM NOT VOTING FOR A WOMAN WHO WAS HUMILIATED BY HER HUSBAND AND YET, STAYED FOR A FREE RIDE AND AT THE SAME TIME WAS SEEKING SYMPATHY FROM WOMEN.
    I WISH SHE HAD FLEXED HER MUSCLES AT BILL DURING THE LEWINSKY SCANDAL, LIKE SHE IS TRYING TO DO IT ON OBAMA, RIGHT NOW. THEN, MOST WOMEN WOULD HAVE BEEN 200% BEHIND HER, RIGHT NOW BUT THAT IS WHAT YOU CALL WANTING IT ALL...NEVER WORKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 19, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  4. The Freedom Gnome

    Wow, will the the Clinton camp shush. Yes I supported Hillary long ago, but if my state was voting soon, she would not get my vote. It's not that Obama's policies are better if not mostly similar, but the aura of the Clinton madness is making me despise politics again. There is no way she could win the election and it is important to keep McCain out. Nobody should vote out of spite.

    April 19, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  5. Richard

    Is this a new season of Desperate (house)wifes or what?

    April 19, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  6. harriett

    Billary should know hyprocrites because she is one. she is trying to destroy the democratic party because she has a deal with the republican and the media. She is going to help the republican win this election and then she will run in 2012.

    April 19, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  7. EX supporter of Hillary

    it’s simply further evidence that Hillary Clinton cares about nothing other than her own power(not that that’s surprising.) So, not only did Hillary lie, she falsely accused her opponent of the very thing she did. Non-factual hypocrisy at it’s finest.

    There’s also the old matter of the e-mails slandering Senator Obama by calling him a Muslim. Hillary’ campaign may have had the person who sent the e-mails resign, but Hillary’s not so committed to the truth that she’ll correct an accusation she knows to be false as shown on 60 Minutes.

    April 19, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  8. Korean War Veteran's Daughter

    Senator Hillary Clinton does not admit she made a MISTAKE voting YES for the Iraq War!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yet she will joke about sniper fire in BOSNIA instead of offering her sympathies for the 4,000 PLUS deceased soldiers of Iraq!!!!!

    PBS shows acknowledge the soldiers deceased from the Iraq War!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bosnia, closed doors to the public for Healh Insurance Planning during TWO presidential terms of the "Clinton Administration", the first First Lady ordered to appear in court, said she will GARNISH WAGES for Health Insurance.......

    Vote OUT the "Clinton Dynasty"!

    April 19, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  9. Amy

    What is the big deal?! Both parties have done things to the each other..again...STOP THE WHINING and get on with the business of saying what the American people would like to hear. We have had enough of this mess!

    April 19, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  10. Carl from Pa

    There is a big difference between attacking and being truthful. Obama has reminded us all about the truth while you seem to forget the truth. Also, how many "experts" are saying 15 million will be without health care? I wonder if you would site your sources on this matter.

    April 19, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  11. beck from tn

    Hillary it takes one to know one!! Please go away!!

    April 19, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  12. Jen

    Clinton camp needs help. They are bringing up the bosnia fire again? They are only proving themselves untrustworthy.

    April 19, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  13. Bubba

    all politicians are hypocrites, but I won't vote for a pathological liar.

    April 19, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  14. Dingo

    IS the Clinton Camp calling the Kettle Black?(ya sure youbetcha)
    Hillary IS a proven Liar!
    This was from day one for sure.
    Her day one started even before she was once in the White House.
    Opps Duck /Quick / Incomeing fire/ *****************************
    Hillary is finding out the fighting fire with fire is dangerous and she got burnt. She even claims to know more than our Generals.
    Glad when she departs from this campain.

    April 19, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  15. Registered Independent

    Just because he would rather not engage in that sort of politics doesnt mean he cant give Clinton a swift backhand when she needs one. With the way she is attacking him, its a necessary evil.

    In all actuallity nobody is going after the skeletons in Hillary's closet. She is in for a rude awakening if she thinks she is "vetted". Barack isn't running a negative campaign as she states, though he does have to go negative from time to time when he needs to shut her up.

    If anyone thinks he has thrown any real attacks at her is sadly mistaken. The republicans will rip her up.

    April 19, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  16. John Adkisson

    This has got to stop. Voters of Pennsylvania, put the rest of us out of our misery and vote for Obama - even by one vote - we can't stand listening to Hillary Clinton's destructive anti-progressive tripe for another moment.

    April 19, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  17. Ron R

    Obama is a hypocrite????? HILLARY YOU AND YOUR CAMPAIGN HAVE TRULY LOST IT.......

    April 19, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  18. Nazi Party for Obama

    The NAZI PARTY and the FOURTH REICH endorses OBAMA today. Along with HAMAS of the middle east the FOURTH REICH today voted to endorse Obama. They claim he is the most likely candidate that can destroy America. He is so good at, deceiving, lieing and being able to take U.S. welfare money to spend on his campaign. What could be better than to have the U.S. taxes go to pay for his campaign. He will not wear the U.S. Flag; will not salute the U.S. Flag and turns his back to it when it is raised. The Nazi party feels he is a perfect candidate for the U.S. and to the benefit of their rising party.

    April 19, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  19. lenny

    hillary clinton will win big on 22nd this week go on and win next nc hit big say anything want thats hillary .

    April 19, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  20. craig kasnoff

    The level of Hillary's personal attacks on Obama has gone beyond any level of acceptable politics or common dencency.

    I can't even imagine what Bill has to deal with on a daily basis having her for a wife.

    She is just a mean spirited person. Period.

    April 19, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  21. Jazzie

    Hillary Clinton is the 'hypocrite from day one' how is it that you circulated negative campaign tactics and then when the tables are turned on her she can't handle it so like she said if you can't take the heat then get out the kitchen so Hillary get out the race because if you don't you will feel the wrath of GOD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and he don't like ugly.

    April 19, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  22. Tim Rivers

    What part of the fact that MANY people find it offensive that she can lie to the nation – REPEATEDLY – and then, when caught with her hand in the cookie jar, she makes jokes about it...Ha ha ha...I lied to everyone...Isn't that funny???

    NEXT!

    Go Obama!

    April 19, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  23. Michael

    Wait...

    Who called whom a hypocrite?

    Whatever else is said and done, at least this presidential campaign keeps being good for a laugh.

    April 19, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  24. fred

    Hillary is 100% correct.

    Obama is as dirty as they get. He is a evil, evil man!!

    April 19, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  25. heardit already

    Wouldn't it be amazing if they would just talk about themselves and not each other 24/7. Last time i checked it was the pres race, not a race to see who can slander the most before nov. Shut up or get on celeb boxing already.

    April 19, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
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