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. lorraine

    I agree Obama is a hypocrite – I just finished watching him on TV calling Hillary down for being petty and not talking about the issues and there he was doing so much worse, Hillary has had to defend her every word and action as he is ready to pounce and turn it around into something negative, I think he is too cocky and smart alecy to be the president, same goes for his wife. Everyone please think once then twice and vote for Hillary.

    April 19, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. Info

    Dear Hillary,

    Shut your mouth up please.

    Thank you

    April 19, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  3. Gail

    Can you spell...whinning?????

    April 19, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  4. Donna

    HRC has no right to call anyone down for repeating the lie that she told, not once, but 3 times. Yes, a "misspeak" can happen, but not the same "misspeak" 3 times. With her negative campaigning and throwing the "kitchen sink" at Obama, I don't blame them for reviving the Bosnia airfield lie for not only Pennsylvanians to reconsider, but for all of us.

    We all know she's a liar.

    April 19, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  5. NickNas

    Is this the same Clinton who was just on TV a few days ago trying to dredge up 40 year old things on Obama???? Was it not just this MORNING you Pansies we crying about someone COMPLAINING???

    And you WONDER WHY people are SICK of HER??

    April 19, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  6. Obama 08

    Just how delusional the Clinton campaign could be? Just let it go dude, it's over

    April 19, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  7. Ilona Proud Canadian

    I guess this is what makes news for you, right cnn?

    April 19, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  8. gary


    April 19, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  9. Gary, Toronto, ON

    Wow – sure blame Obama for setting the tone. Anybody who buys that one might be interested in a bridge I'm selling.

    I also wouldn't blame a military person in Obama's camp for particularly taking umbrage at Clinton's Bosnia lie.

    After all she only "apologized" during the debate and even then gave a bizarre statement of "not saying what I knew to be the facts." Prefaced by "Well, I'm not dumb". ????

    April 19, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  10. vanchava

    Why would she joke about such an act

    How many people have died under sniper fire or injured

    And she jokes about it?

    How low can you go?

    April 19, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  11. NickSanDiego


    We were expecting that this weekend. Hillary is soooo predictable.

    April 19, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  12. McBomb

    i'm just so sick of her..........
    can she for once do the right thing and endorce my man ,sen obama?

    billary u r the worst person for this job...

    April 19, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  13. jfz

    Hillary Clinton definitely has more "experience" than Senator Obama (when it comes to being a hypocrite). You go girly!

    April 19, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  14. Unshrub

    Years from now the Clinton's will be remembered as the joke of the 08' campaign.

    April 19, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  15. Cowboy Jack

    I don't understand how Sen. Obama talks about changing politics and then allows his campaign to engage in the type of dirty tactics he claims to be against....

    I don't like this double standard.... I may have to rethink my vote for Obama

    April 19, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  16. Gale

    This is so sad! Clinton campaign name calling? Grow up please our future is at stake!

    I am beginning to think Hillary is a good canidate but has hired horrible campaign staff and advisors. Therefore she will lose the nomination. Maybe its best she is not the President if she does not have the judgement to hire good staff.

    In life we are all hyprocrites on one subject or another. No one is perfect.

    April 19, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  17. Ilona Proud Canadian

    I guess this is one of those cases where "what's sauce for the goose is not sauce for the gander"?.

    Please anybody, save us from this woman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 19, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  18. sam

    Hillary can keep spitting out more of the same crap we've been hearing from day one!! keep going Hill you're digging yourself into an even larger whole, hopefully one big enough to smother your voice!!

    April 19, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  19. voter Arizona

    Totally agree he is hypocrit. He has done nothing but go negative all weekend. His ads are negative too. Mr. I am above negative politics. RIGHT!

    April 19, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  20. Cathy

    I wish the Clinton campaign would just stop creating unnecessary drama.

    It's madding and is pushing more and more Obama supporters to McCain, if she were to be the nominee. Although, I think it is ludicrous that any Obama OR Clinton supporter would vote for McCain if their nominee of choices doesn't win...that is what is happening because of all this playground bickering!!!

    Supporting the Democrats All The Way To The Oval Office!!!

    April 19, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  21. Ratgurl

    I'm curious... why is CNN giving Clinton free advertising?

    April 19, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  22. EX-Obama supporter

    I won't be fooled by his words that mask his dirty-trick actions anymore. Hillary puts out solutions and he is just attacking like he shouldn't be bothered with the voting process anymore. He isn't even near having the job and he has already CHANGEd his tune to being just another politician that gives our process a bad name

    April 19, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  23. Carolyn C

    I guess the Clinton campaign has adopted the Karl Rove tactic of calling the opponent the thing you are most guilty of. She's quite a student! Gutter ball at it's best!

    April 19, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  24. Steve

    HRC your done. Give it up!

    April 19, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  25. cettel

    I fear that Hillary's having adopted the Rove approach is working.

    Any Democrat who votes for her should immediately switch Party registration to Republican, because that's what she has become - she has returned to the Goldwater Republican she was when she entered Wellesley.

    What's worse is that she now combines that authoritarianism with liberal policies, so as to fool voters who don't even know that even a liberal top-down (dictatorial) approach is disastrous for America.

    Barack is bottom-up, and Hillary can't stand his success with an authentic bottom-up approach. He is a true progressive, and Hillary is only a liberal Republican. That's why (as was headlined in today's huffingtonpost.com) “Clinton Slams Democratic Activists At Private Fundraiser” in which Hillary condemned moveon.org and other online activist groups, saying, “they flood into these caucuses and dominate them.” She also accused moveon.org specifically, saying “MoveOn didn’t even want us to go into Afghanistan.” MoveOn promptly responded to that lie by saying, “MoveOn never opposed the war in Afghanistan, and we set the record straight years ago when Karl Rove made the same claim.”

    All she is is one lie after another, and anybody who votes for her is just one of her millions of fools.

    April 19, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
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