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. Olivier

    A winner need to know how to loose!

    April 19, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  2. Steven

    Now, I could have read this article wrong, but does it not say that a general made these comments? So according to the Clinton campaign that makes Obama a hyprocrite because the general supports him. If it came from his mouth it would be one thing but as it has been proven neither of them can control their campaign staff 100 percent of the time.

    April 19, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. Mandy, California

    Amazing! The only reason that HRC is accusing Obama of hypocrisy is she can trash talk him but since he wants to keep a clean campaign anything he says that is negative, even if it is true, is "dirty politics". Ironic, since that is the name of her game.

    April 19, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  4. Elizabeth

    If she had really been under sniper fire in Bosnia and knew what it was like, maybe she wouldn't have authorized Bush to send our sons and daughters in uniform into harms way in Iraq. I have 4 nephews in military service who have served in Iraq. Their stories would make you cry and cry.

    April 19, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. Rob in Sacramento

    Someone named Clinton accusing hypocrisy, thats rich. Hillary, if you would quit telling lies no one would have to comment on them.

    April 19, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  6. Nora

    " and let`s keep in mind that Senator Clinton "/ hypocrite /....brought Obama`s pastor comments back.

    April 19, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  7. Sean, Detroit MI

    It's sounds to me like Clinton is just late for her nap. she's getting more crabby by the hour. how is what this General says on a conference call something that Obama is responsible for? And how does thois relate to what's been said or daone since "day one"? I read it twice and still cant sort out the logic.

    April 19, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  8. Geo

    Who's whining now? Just go home. Nobody wants you here anymore. C'mon PA voters. Show Clinton the door. Let's move on to the battle vs McCain.

    April 19, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  9. Liz

    She was laughing at her mental lapses not the death of soldiers. Do Obama's people think America is stupid, too?

    April 19, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  10. Matt

    They can't possibly be serious can they?

    April 19, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  11. StarxZilla

    The fork in her tongue grows more and more prongs.

    April 19, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  12. maya

    EXACTLY. Hypocrite on Day One- perfect.

    April 19, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  13. Bridget

    Grasping. For. Straws.

    April 19, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  14. Tracy

    Is this news, CNN?

    April 19, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. Jesse

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    Just quit now for everyones sake!

    When your former friends are backing your opponent it says a ton!

    If people you have known for 20 years are saying that they have more faith in a guy they've only known for 1 year ...

    Well it means that they know a hell of a lot more then we do about the Clintons

    April 19, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  16. Cyndi

    BUHUU, cry me a river will ya. This is the same woman and her corporate-run campaign managers who have attacked Obama and tried their best to demonize him.

    April 19, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  17. JfromNC

    I hadn't thought about that. The General makes a good point. BTW, after Hillary joined in the pile-on in the debate, and then called Obama weak afterwards, he and his surrogates need to start hitting her hard.

    PA, please end this!

    April 19, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  18. sc dem

    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!! Hey if you can't stay out of the fire, stay out of the kitchen! Didn't you just say that this week Billary? Hypocrisy says what?

    April 19, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  19. GoHillary

    Barack is like a salamander – he is so sleazy. You can tell he is lying when his lips move.

    April 19, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  20. Florida voter

    Seriously, people open your eyes! I Hope the people of Pennsylvania make the right choice: Hillary Clinton! And ur right, Obama is a hypocrite.

    April 19, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  21. olakunle lawrence

    Hillary should stop whining! those are her words not mine!

    April 19, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  22. Tom Lites

    hillary is right, obama is a huge hypocrite. He needs to get out of the race.

    April 19, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  23. mark

    so... some "General" made some comments – and now the Clinton camp is somehow saying that these comments define Obama? Is this just the most amazing stretch of reasoning ever, or am I missing something? BO has had plenty of chances to bury H & B over the Bosnia and Bosnia-revisited debacles – and he hasn't. There is your character. Defined.

    April 19, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  24. Johnny Oneshoe

    I can't believe this. How could anyone in their right mind vote for Clinton, who has the nerve joking about her lies? I don't care how many policy initiatives she claims to be able to push forward or how entitled she feels she is for the presidency; if she is elected, the American government would once again lack moral authority. And even now she's spinning this story. What a snake! Obama 08.

    April 19, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  25. Beth

    LOL! Now she's whining over him using Bosnia, a direct lie by her, against her? After she laughed it off on Jay Leno? Huh, seems she doesn't like the heat in the kitchen when it comes to something that is the truth.

    April 19, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
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