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. Nathan Hussein Bryson

    kitchen sink , toilet bowl, amd the spare tire of an unpaid rental.... signs of desperation. undecided can undecidedly not remain so. this is shamelss behavoir. i hope we can still count on her to work for a unified tolerant agenda when she goes back to the senate.

    April 19, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  2. Objectivity

    Hillary must think that Americans are really stupid and all they do is listen to her and not think and reach an opinion of their own!

    If anyone is a hypocrite, it is Hillary, go get a dictionary and you will find Hillary's name just on the same line! How do you blame Obama for your lies about being under Sniper fire? He had so many opportunities to go after you, but he took the high ground! Yet, you think we don't know he spared your 'campaign life' when he could have gone negative and torn you to pieces like you always do!

    Now, you have been found to be a liar, driven by a selfish and crazy ambition to be president by all means, indebted and broke, cannot be trusted, very negative, have very poor judgement, divisive and conceited!

    PA, please send this woman to wherever she came from already! I am tired and going to lose it now!

    April 19, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  3. Jon

    I completely agree. This man will be a disgrace to our nation if he wins the nomination and as a Hillary supporter, I hope that Senator McCain absolutely blows him out of the water! Oh and by the way, I'm glad Obummer is "PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN" What a joke! Bye Bye Barack!

    April 19, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  4. Bibek Bhattarai

    Who is hypocrite? Obama? Are you kidding me? Even a 2 yr old kid can tell you who is a bigger hypocrite- i don't think i need to mention her name!

    Obama -'08

    April 19, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  5. JC

    The Clinton campaign's hypocrisy leaves me scratching my head yet again...

    April 19, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  6. Dayahka

    Hillary as president would make George W., Nixon, Mugabe, or Papa Doc look like boy scouts. She is definitely something else. How can scum like this even be considered for the presidency?

    April 19, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |

    You know what? I wish all you Clinton backers would show some decency and be honest.You know the real reason you are backing her and if you have to ask or think about it....................your message is clear 'COLOR MATTERS"

    April 19, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  8. ferdz

    OBAMA...twister....Hurricane...Tornado...This is all the same.

    April 19, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  9. poor baby Hilly Boo Hoo

    Sorry about that Hillary. NOT!!! You lied to people, you got nailed for it. You want to cry foul after all of the underhanded crap you have pulled.
    I sure don't feel sorry for you. You made your bed with tellings lies. Now you have to lay in the mess you made.

    Get over yourself and get lost..Go Hillare, go. Far away I hope!!

    Obama 08

    April 19, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  10. Chris

    Look – I'm a new yorker (live in NYC), 39 years old, sick of Bushs and Clintons .... Senator Clinton has rode the senior to Obama senator thingy and former first lady stuff enough – I and many others do not want her to be president .... she is out of touch, an insider elitist (too close to the center versus out-side of the box progressive). Former Clinton administration folks (and I'm not talking about Richardson) don't even support her (b/c they want a clean slate of fresh ideas and change too) .... Senator Clinton, please, get out of this race and support some real change and hope for this country w/ Barack Obama – enough of this nonsense of detracting from real campaiging. Yours is not the cause we want – we want "turn the corner" change – a whole generation wants what you had a chance to work on "40 years ago". Accept that spirit and recognize that we want Senator Obama to lead us in these times.

    April 19, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  11. Sarah

    Coming from the Queen of Negative. What a joke!!! Obama 08'

    April 19, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  12. Steven

    Just trying to get any negative word to stick that she can. Pitiful – I hope that one sticks to her.

    April 19, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  13. pc

    Clinton is the hypocrit. How can Hillary fix her mouth to say Obama is negative. Clinton drips with disdain. That's her character and that's all she knows. There would never have been any negativity against anyone in this campaign if the Clintons hadn't pursued it. They drew first blood. That's all the Clintons know. They don't know how to be decent. AMERICA WANTS CHANGE. NOT THE CLINTONS STATUS QUO!!!


    April 19, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  14. Lee

    I think Obama offers a fresh perspective and an idealism that is needed among politicians. Senator Clinton consistently confirms her willingness to do whatever it takes to win. Also, she trivializes blatant lies, Bosnia being her latest.

    April 19, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |

    The power to protect the history of the First Lady was in Mrs. Clintons hands when she spoke about sniper fire in Bosnia. Can Mrs. Clinton unite the DNC Party today? Do America need time to heal? Our Military need the truth. America will walk with truth!

    April 19, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  16. DRS

    The source of the quote which follows the general's comment is unclear... Who is saying that Clinton joked with Leno about her Bosnia "mis-statement"? And what does that have to do with laying a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns? This doesn't even appear to be a "news" story; just more stirring the pot... But who is doing the stirring?

    April 19, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  17. Singh

    Its called "Garbage in Garbage out", you throw blows on Obama camp so they are just giving back to you friend.

    April 19, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  18. Jackie

    Reich has been an Obama attack dog from the beginning of the campaign. The fact that you you put him up as an endorsement is an indication of your continued biased coverage of this campaign. I don't watch you anymore and it was a mistake to drop by this site.

    Did you cover the superdelegates that went to Hillary this week? There really are no excuses for CNN. I have been watching you since the first gulf war and it's a big disappointment.

    April 19, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  19. Shannon from Washington

    Sounds like she is whining. . . . I thought she didn't do this, hmmm.... sort of like the sniper fire.

    April 19, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  20. Woman Voter4 Obmama

    Senator Hillary Clinton CLOSED THE DOORS TO THE PUBLIC planning her Health Care Insurance plan with THE INSURANCE COMPANIES and still did not deliver a Medical Insurance Plan for the AVERAGE family during TWO terrms of the Clinton Administration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Senator Clinton said she would GARNISH WAGES AND MAKE IT MANDATORY ( Can you afford this MANDATORY CLINTON GOVERNMENT TACTIC...........................)????????????????

    Vote OUT The "Cinton Dynasty"!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 19, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  21. Linda of Atlanta

    I thought Hillary didn't whine! Obama should slam her lies at every opportunity. She is proud of her attacks on him. She says attacking is just being a fighter and that is the only way to win! So what's up with her trying to switch off any effort of his campaign to enter "the kitchen" where she has been from day one?
    She has not been fully vetted. The mainstream press has not reported her 1992 tirade in which she said "screw em" , referring to southern blue collar Democrats. Should PA blue collar voters think she doesn't want to screw them too?
    Clinton has serious character issues and she has successfully hidden them by historically claiming that there was a "vast right wing conspiracy", or now by claiming that Obama is dishonest every time his campaign points out her lies, and her apparent willingness to say anything or do anything to get what she wants.
    A Hillary Clinton Presidency will paralyze economic or any other progress for America becasue she will be mired down by her lies and slash and burn operating style. People should not forget that she will be our representative to the world, and I suspect the world doesn't trust her anymore than we do (58 percent of Americans don't think she is honest). PA, PLEASE SEND THIS WOWAM HOME WITH A RESOUNDING DEFEAT! It is a matter of National Security!

    April 19, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  22. Itoldyouso

    You can bet your bottom dollar that no Clinton has been or will ever be a member of any military unit. Too much cowardice there.

    April 19, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  23. carolsullivan


    April 19, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  24. Peg

    Hillary's campaign has it wrong. He is no hypocrite! What Obama said in the debate (and admitted to) was that HE did not participate in negative campaign attacks (himself), but acknowledged his surrogates did. He was very transparent about it.

    And am I to believe that the Hillary campaign surrogates don't!! HA HA HA What a big joke.

    The real tragedy here is her lack of seriousness in this situation. Even when she was lying, she was smiling, like it was an amusing situation she was in with her daughter. I couldn't believe it. Guess when you're a pathological liar, the stories take on an amusing tone.

    April 19, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  25. shaun

    If you pay attention to the candor of the clinton campaigns recent attacks on obama then you'd see that there in total desperation. Hillary has done nothing but lie the entire nomination process, and since obama has run a clean campaign she can only take her negatives and make them look like obama is negative for exposing them. I've never seen a politician try to benefit off of there own mistakes, but the clintons are masters at it.

    April 19, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
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