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. Larry in TX

    Again, the audacity of hype.

    April 19, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  2. David, Charlotte, NC

    Obama is the worst kind of hypocrite....one with charisma and promises lined with lies. It is time people begin calling him what he is and stop dancing around like he is something special. He is not - he embodies the worse of humanity. and if elected we will all pay a dreadful price.

    April 19, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  3. State College PA

    Obama is not qualified to be President. I encourage him to run for block captain in his Chicago elitist neighborhood.

    Obama is nuts to think he will be President.

    This is not a popularity contest, we're not talking about the election for student body president.

    Hillary Clinton, we know about her (the good and the bad).

    Hillary Clinton '08 & '12

    April 19, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  4. PA Voter

    Hillary has to be the biggest hypocrite and liar of them all. I can no longer stand to hear her speak on television. Her voice makes me cringe.

    April 19, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  5. Susan

    It sounds like the Obama campaign is now into swiftboating. I guess he is the same kind of politician he claims he isn't.

    April 19, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  6. curtis in WI

    Clinton calling Obama a 'hypocrite' is as hypocritical as it would be if Mitt Romney called Obama an 'elitist' - oh, wait.......

    April 19, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  7. michael

    Wow, why is the Clinton campaign still talking about being negative? Hillary spent 52 minutes of the debate helping dig into Obama about flag pins. Her campaign really needs to stop talking about this pont. They had a chance to over come the same old politics we are use to be Hillary. What she did in that debate is exactly why she will lose the nomination. Some of the stuff she has tried to stick on Obama has come back to haunt her. More issues of her advisors telling Canada don't worry about the nafta campaign talk. Awesome. way to go Hillary keep talking.

    April 19, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  8. elaine


    April 19, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  9. Mark Diplomat

    Hillary – the "truth will set you free...."

    And in this instance, you did not tell the truth; the American people are well aware of this tendency – throughout the Clinton years and legacy... and fortunately, want to move beyond the old politics to a more forthright, transparent and decent set of values.

    You would do the nation a great service to return to the Senate to marshall the democratic agenda and leave room for Mr. Obama to usher in a new and invigorated agenda to recapture the luster of what America was, and is meant to be.

    April 19, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  10. moeen

    You can't even see the knife covered by blood......as result of it's over use by Clinton Campaign....that is how much Clinton's-wolf-n-son has been busy attacking.....
    ...and so a complain about being attack by someone with such a knife is UNFITTING....and gives the ultimate meaning to the word HYPOCRISY...that I would point to my child Hillay's campaign as a perfect example what HYPOCRISY means.....when he is mature enough to ask me "DAD WHAT IS A HYPOCRITE?"

    April 19, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  11. dilmont


    Just smell the desperation!!!!

    April 19, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  12. Jake

    Oh please!! The Clinton camp are masters of taking Hillary's traits and projecting them on Obama. Who lied about sniper fire? And when this is pointed out, she says it's negative campaigning. Yet, she can say Obama hasn't past an imaginary presidential threshold. Please just stop with the games Hillary and campaign on the issues!!

    Obama '08

    April 19, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  13. Hari

    Thanks Hillary. Can you resign now?

    April 19, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  14. jones

    It doesn't matter what this man says, nor does it matter about the company he keeps – the people that are "for Obama" are allowing themselves to have blinders on. Obama is not about change and his wife is about "old time" thoughts of prejudice....does it really matter what color the racist is? A racist is just that and that is what Michelle Obama is all about...even her attitude and facial expression reflect the chip upon her shoulder. I so wish Lou Dobbs would run, or at least let's have a real debate...allow Lou to ask the questions and maybe, just maybe we'll hear an issue or two.

    April 19, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  15. HE HE HE


    April 19, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  16. Pat Allen

    Hillary and supporters: You should no better than to use the word hypocrite against someone. It is like the playground bully crying wolf. It has such a hollow ring and despite the fact that I am voting for Barack Obama, I still am deeply disappointed in Hillary and her campaign when they stoop to such childish rhetoric. It simply leaves them sounding silly.

    April 19, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  17. Steve

    For crying out loud; the Clinton camp can't have it both ways. If she engages in mud slinging, it's good politics. If he responds to her lies, he's being a hypocrite. This is the wailing and gnashing of a dying beast, named the Clinton Campaign.

    April 19, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  18. Katie


    April 19, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  19. Taj, Philadelphia

    The statement is true. Clinton has it completely backwards. It is okay for her to stir Obama pot of controversy, but he cannot highlight a character flaw of hers. It is over on Tuesday.

    April 19, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  20. Alyn

    Hillary calling ANYONE a hypocrite....THAT'S RICH!!

    Face it Hill, you told an outright lie. You were caught. And you want it to go away.
    Unfortunately, YOU don't allow sleeping dogs to lie.....so why should Obama keep playing nice to you.
    You made your bed.
    Deal with it.

    April 19, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  21. anonymous in arizona

    She's right. He is Old Washington, he plays the same politics. Watching one of his recent speeches his sarcasm to Clinton is patronizing and negative campaigning. The problem is, none of this really matters anymore. I am a Clinton supporter, I realize the situation are nation is in and I would rather have her BUT, it is time to unify the Democratic party behind one candidate. Obama with his hypocracies and all is going to be that candidate and is more electable than Clinton. We don't need continued controversy.

    Also I'd like to know why CNN never announced Clinton's two new endorsements or the commentary from the New Yorker and other papers that she did so well in the debate? Unbiased news would really help this election (hint hint).

    April 19, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  22. DFoster Georgia

    Is the Clinton camp serious? This is the dumbest thing to talk about. She really hates when anyone tells the truth about her wrong doings, misspeakings ... LIES! She can't even unite the democratic party without tearing it apart. What will happen if she were the President of our United States of America!! I am so afread of this!! We would be at war with Iran, Broke at home, and laughed at around the world!

    April 19, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  23. Tee

    Hiiary, get over it. YOU LIED, YOU LIED YOU LIED.

    April 19, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  24. Adolph Wald

    I was just watching CNN and they just gave Obama nearly 10 minutes to speak and then gave Hillary 3 minutes. How unfair can CNN get. The greatest polictical team should just declare for Obama as you have been doing this for months noiw. Disgusting to say the least.

    April 19, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  25. lanae

    Yawwwwwwwwwwwn. When is she going to drop out?

    April 19, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
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