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. Totoro


    April 19, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. Lisa from TN

    After Obama helped Clinton get her butt out of that mess about her Bosnia lie during the debate, is now being pounded on. She told the lie, he didn't. It seems like a bunch of kids is running her campaign accusing Obama of whining. And look at who's whining again. She's the hypocrite.

    April 19, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. Mr. C

    To the Clinton Camp.

    You guys are very Sad and Weak. Can we talk about the issues and by you calling the Obama camp hypocrites on this issue, have you forgotten how many times your camp recurrected alot of things that has to do with the Obama camp. Wow so much of a Pot calling the kettle black.

    April 19, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  4. Sérgio, Porto, Portugal

    "Obama was a hypocrite from day one"

    Are you kidding me? So now Obama is the hypocrite, the liar, the negative-minded candidate, the "status quo" and the corrupt?

    If that ain't a spin, I do not know what it is one....

    April 19, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. The O

    Oh little miss divider, if you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen is'nt that what you said. you have critizied Obama on every little petty issue, but when a genaral who has credibillty with the millitary says some thing it carries a lot weight. I live in Germany and work for the millitary over here, and there is a 4 to 1 vote in favor for Obama. there are not that many people here who want you to beome their commander in cheif. they would rather have McCain. Bcause honor means a whole lot around here and they think you have none.

    OBAMA 08

    April 19, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  6. Tyler

    I guess it doesn't matter if she lies though. These people need to wake up.

    April 19, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |


    April 19, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. Kenneth M.

    That is a straw.

    April 19, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  9. WISW

    cinton should shut up! and campaign about important issues. i dont know why cnn keeps reminding us of this whole saga of political brickering and flip-flop

    April 19, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  10. David, Kentucky

    Hillary, don't try to blame Obama for the fallout over your bold faced lie to the American public. You and your campaign have harped on every controversy that has come up regarding Obama and you don't get a free ride. It works both ways. If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen!

    April 19, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. txgal44

    The Clinton camp can't blame anyone but themselves for their poorly run campaign. I like to think of it as karma.

    April 19, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  12. Bitter & Proud of it

    What's he supposed to do - let her walk all over him?

    April 19, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  13. Chut Pata

    Hypocritus was the father of healing and hypocrites were his students and healers. Probably that is what Billary means when she calls Obama a hypocrite i.e. a healer. Probably she gave him this name after his speech on healing.

    April 19, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  14. al

    How HILLARIOUS Clinton complaining about Obama playing dirty politics about her outright LIES on the Bosnia sniper fire. Clinton has the one who has been throwing mud for month. Grow up Hillary and face the music the fat lady is singing. your not goint to get the endorsement.

    April 19, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  15. James

    and the american media this time will be blamed for not doing there job.

    April 19, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  16. JZ

    I am gald that someone finally pointed it out that what a hypoctite Obama is. While he claimed positive campaign, he has been running a negative campaign right after Iowa.

    April 19, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  17. Tejano

    If he was only a hypocrite I could deal with that. My problem is that he and his supporters have a hidden agenda. They have been slowing taking over the Democratic party and now they smell victory.

    The traditional Democrats are being driven out by the Party Activists.

    Clinton is right when she says that Moveon.org and others such as Greenpeace, and the Sierra Club control the money within the party and they give to Radicals like Obama.

    April 19, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  18. Jerry A Eckert

    If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen....
    Who's whining now...OR who's sorry now... you know the tune
    KY dem

    April 19, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  19. bos123

    where is the beef? clinton cam. should keep their mouth shut.

    April 19, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  20. Walt, Belton,TX

    Considering "Selma got me born" is a lie just as big if not bigger than all that sniper fire, I'd say they were both unworthy of being the Commander-in-Chief. By the way, Selma happened in 1965, I was there and Obama was four years old already.

    April 19, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  21. Eric

    I don't think this is really news CNN. Everyone knows Obama's a hypocrite and liar. But thanks for the reminder. 😛

    April 19, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  22. Pat

    Everybody knows that Hillary is a liar. We didn't need anybody else to tell us that.

    April 19, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. Jack Tracey

    Of course, Hillabean' s camp has used and bragged about attack-dog politics from day-one, including during the debate, when she could and should have insisted on a return to normalcy, but instead incited the round of stupid questions.

    Then on Thursday, she said "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."

    Who's whining now?

    Obama 2008 - Yes, WE CAN!!!

    April 19, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  24. Ruth

    I'm SO tired of Hillary's whining. How dare she talk about anyone else's criticisms when they are only in response to her initial sillinesses?

    But I wish Barack would return to lifting up and living his vision fully instead of getting caught in these traps of hers to retaliate...and I wish the media would stop making the news rather than reporting it. Will this seemingly endless nightmare ever be over?

    April 19, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  25. Silly Season

    Hil LIAR y is almost done. Her and Bill have lost alot of respect. It is the end of the Clintons by their own doing. The Repubs couldn't even knock them down. Finally the Dem party is waking up and putting the Clintons out to pasture.

    April 19, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
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