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. Cindy, PA

    Hillary I thought you said if you can't handle the heat get out of the kitchen-right....well.

    It's alright for you to deal dirt, along as it don't sling back.

    April 19, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  2. David in Illinois

    I always find it funny when Hillary starts calling name. Because I'm always tempted to respond with something I used to say back in grammar school: "Takes one to know one!!" First she calls Obama a "complainer," referencing his supposed reaction to the last debate. Of course, SHE was the first one to complain MONTHS ago that the press was giving Obama preferential treatment. Another one of her lies.
    Now Obama is a "hypocrite." Hah! When Obama makes a misstatement it's the end of the civilized world as we know it. When Hillary is caught in "Snipergate," aw, come on, she was tired, she simply misspoke one time. Hardly! She repeated that farce over and over again to highlight her "experience."
    She has no experience. She has weak "solutions for America." She is a compulsive liar. She doesn't give a darn about this country or the Democratic Party. All she cares about, ladies and gentlemen, is that she HAS TO HAVE THE NOMINATION for president of the United States no matter what the cost. She's ENTITLED to it.
    It's time the voters, once again, show her the exit door. The end of the Clinton era cannot come fast enough for the good of our country.

    April 19, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  3. Tully, San Leandro , CA

    Right on.

    April 19, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  4. Brian

    The debate appeared to show Obama offering peace and Hillary relentlessly attacking him. He deserves the right to jab once in a while.

    April 19, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  5. Daniel

    Who cares??????????????????

    April 19, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  6. disappointed

    Does that mean that Hillary has been a LIER since day one, YEP

    April 19, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  7. JohnLee

    Hillary – are you listening? We're getting tired of your petty attacks and bickering! Give it a rest. No one out here wants to hear it! Hopefully the people of PA will send you that message loud and clear.

    April 19, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  8. Kelvin

    The Clinton's have lied for years and their approval rating reflects it!

    Obama 08'

    April 19, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  9. Phillip, PA



    April 19, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  10. nmt

    ooo...phil singer, just give up and join the Obama train like many of your supporters who are seriously switching at a rate too fast to keep up with....join the train.....

    April 19, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  11. Angela C

    I guess if people are going to hold Hillary accountable for everything her campaign says, they also need to hold Obama accountable for what is campaign says and does. Obama's campaign has led more attack ads on Hillary. People like to blame Hillary for everything that comes out about Obama and that is wrong, because the media has proven where the information has came from or where it hasn't came from.
    Obama is a hypocrite. And, he is all those things he has called Hillary. He has called her alot of things and mocked her. He is so childish.

    April 19, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  12. Jeremy from TX

    I am sure Hillary "misspoke" about the sniper fire....perhaps, it was the fire-crackers the had set up in Whitehouse for Monica Lewinsky's birthday celebration...:)

    April 19, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  13. Jake Jamahl, Atlanta

    The cries of a desperate candidate. Show some dignity Hillary! Oh wait, the time for dignity is over with your napalm America tactics to get the nomination. After all Hillary, it’s not about America or the American people or the Democratic party....
    It's about YOU, always has been, always will be.

    The politics of the past are over. Clintons and Bushes are history!

    Obama is the future of America!

    God Bless America!

    April 19, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  14. Hal from Lincoln

    White Pennsylvania wake up! While you are going 50/50 on Hillary and Obama in the white living room as you usually do on all matters like football games, abortion rights etc, in this case the blacks in the garage will come out and swing the vote for Obama on Tuesday. While my daughter who is for Obama thinks she is declaring her independence from Dad she is enabling the black community to decide the results. RULE OF THE DIFFERENCE: If an ethnic community votes as a block they will decide all elections if the majority is split by less than the % of this ethnic community. Blacks are 24% of the democratic vote. If whites are less than 24% for hillary in PA, Obama will win. Think about this! You have not realized the math have you? It is no wonder Obama rallies do not have many blacks. They do not want you to get the picture (the blacks in the garage that is).

    April 19, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  15. Iamalsohypo

    I am not a hypocrat because i am only asking my collegue to quit though he leads by 150 deligates...

    I am not a hypcrat because I am truthful all the time ...

    I am not a hypocrat becayse me and my husband would harras the other candidate if I had even one deligate lead ...

    April 19, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  16. Susie

    Anyone who does not see Obama's hypocritical ways by now never will. There are none so blind as he who will not see.

    April 19, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |

    Hillary I would love to have a female president one day! Just not you. You are the biggest hypocrite that exists, and you are evil to boot!

    I will be so glad when this nightmare of a democratic campaign war that you have waged is over, and we have a nominee of substance to represent us in the General Elections.

    Obama for President!! "Yes We Can" to Positivity, and "No We Can't" to the Negativity and Ugly Politics of Hillary!

    Obama '08

    April 19, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  18. Frances

    Hillary, he's just sick of you and so is the rest of us. Please drop out so the democrats can get their dignity and respect back.

    April 19, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  19. Robert

    Will someone tell this women and her people to shut up. Once agian she has put herself before her own party. Hillary makes me sick to my stomach. The GOP wants her to win, because it will be a blood bath. Her dirt will air like bad fart in a cool breeze. Her and Bill are nothing short as modern day political crooks who will steal, lie, and takes bribes. Do you every wounder how their daughter landed a job paying 130k plus for be a consultant? Even though her under grad degree was history. Oh ya the firm that hired her also donated to both her father's and mother's political events.... Dirty crooks

    April 19, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  20. dave

    This guy Obama didn't rise through Chicago politics by being a "HOPE AND CHANGE" Candidate. He's as dirty as they come.

    April 19, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  21. Erik

    Senator Clinton, this is what was bound to happen when you and your campaign opened Karl Rove's playbook.

    April 19, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  22. David Kraus

    So, Obama is a hyprocrite because Gen. Walter Stewart makes a comment about Bosnia. The Clinton campaign staff is a joke! But, I am sure they don't care if its ridiculous. They hope that if they throw enough cr*p against the wall, that some of it will stick.

    April 19, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  23. Kaci

    Senator Clinton, we continue to laugh at you. You are spiraling. You should be deeply ashamed for lying about being under sniper fire. I have friends who have actually been under sniper fire in the service of this country. And some who have died. But you seem to think it's some big joke. How could you possibly call anyone else a hypocrite? I come from a family with a long line of military service service to this country, starting with my greatgrandfather in WW1 and my own father in WW2. Your lack of respect for those men and women who put their lives on the line for this country by "joking" about sniper fire and then shrugging it off like it was no big deal, is reprehensible. There is not a single fiber in my body that will cast a vote if your name is on the ballot.

    April 19, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  24. Catherine

    This woman is not fit to be Commander in Chief. As a woman myself, I am mortified by her constant whining and bickering.
    Every time something doesn't go her way or her campaign hits a hurdle, she overreacts and comes across as the stereotypical hysterical woman. I hope to see a woman in the White House soon. Just not HRC. She will single handedly set women in politics back 50 years.

    April 19, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  25. QG

    Hillary's desperation is really unbecoming! Please, for the sake of the entire country just leave. It is obvious that Hillary is only in the race to help solidify the Clinton legacy. Bill was a great president, Hillary was a great first lady, but being first lady is not a position that provides you with all this "Experience" that you claim to have.

    Hillary supporters, if you want to talk about hyprocritical.... Investigate why Hillary is so determined to win.... The answer may be found in all the promises she made so donors (Including China) of the Clinton Libraray. Make Hillary list where the Clinton Library donations really come from and what did she promise to the donors in return.

    I know negative responses will come, but before you respond please research the source of her donations.

    April 19, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
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