April 23rd, 2008
03:50 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama: Nobody's complained more than the Clintons

Obama held a press conference with reporters Wednesday.
Obama held a press conference with reporters Wednesday.

NEW ALBANY, Indiana (CNN) – Facing reporters for the first time since his loss in the Pennsylvania primary, Democrat Barack Obama said he "doesn't really understand" Hillary Clinton's attack line that he "can't stand the heat."

"This is sort of the kitchen sink strategy, and the argument about not being able to stand the heat - that I don't really understand," Obama said, responding to a question on recent attacks aimed at him.

He went on to turn the argument on them.

"Nobody has complained more about the press, about questions at debates, about being mistreated than Sen. Clinton has, or President Clinton," he said.

"We have been pretty tame in terms of taking our shots and just rolling with them."

soundoff (408 Responses)
  1. BJ in Idaho

    This statement is so true. I can't take anymore of Hillary's negative, hateful, vindictive attitude and words. Looking at her is like looking at a porcelain doll, there is no substance there.

    I am a senior who is taking part in politics for the first time in over 20 years. Obama is the reason I began gluing myself to the television, internet, blogs, debates, etc. But the negativeness has become so depressing I have decided to discontinue all television whether it be the news show, debates, articles, blogs or whatever. The Clintons have made watching the news so depressing, if she is elected nothing will change and we once again will have no interest in american politics.

    We will continue our prayers and monetary support for Obama. We will pray that Americans wake up and see that if Hillary is nominated, America is doomed. There will be no unity, no change, no progress. American politics will only see what the Clintons want, need and if you oppose either of them you will be doomed from the get go. And the same racial divisions we have seen in the psat and see now will continue because of the Clintons. God help us all!!!

    April 23, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. Shotta Nic

    It is quite entertaining how the Clintons feel a sense of entitlement.

    As soon as she begins losing, and the media is not praising her as much as Obama, she complains about it, but as long as Obama is being attacked, he "can't take the heat".

    One thing about Hillary, she is definitely amusing. She never ceases to amaze me how deperate she is to win: do anything, say anything, no matter the consequences.

    On the issue of electability, how can a person who is so polarizing, bring people together. Its a mystery to me.

    April 23, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. Los Angeles ca

    Senator Obama needs to humble himself. You have got it made with the media. The clintons have every right to complain when the attention is always on you, what happens to fair and balance news. The media has already given the crown to Obama. Guess what! if Obama wins the nomination lam going for PAPA McCain.

    April 23, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. Sure

    You forgot about yourself!

    April 23, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. Amazed

    He is so right, I guess this is all a part of her strategy. It amazes me how they keep trying to change the game and people think it is ok.

    April 23, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. linda hemmingsen canada

    obama, you have started the race divide in this election. you leaned well from your minister to play they are against us over and over again. you are the whinner. you couldn't take the abc debate because they asked you questions that need to be cleared up if you become president. every one running has to be clear of their background and who they have befriended over the years. Yours is exceptional to have one friend who is crooked can be a boneheaded idea but to continually have bad judgement on who you work , socialize with etc is not acceptable. to lie about it and look at the public straight into the camera and say i don't recall being at someones place who is fundraising for you and find out you toasted him there is not acceptable.

    April 23, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Cat, Costa Mesa, CA

    Obama is abandoning the only thing that seemed to work for him...Change and hope. He's now going just as negitive as everyone else. Can't you see this isn't working for you Obama?...Not that I care.

    April 23, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Vig

    This guy is a wuss.

    April 23, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. lol

    poor obama since his poor debate performance, he has really been attacking hillary. for someone who is tired of old politics, he sure uses them when he is down in the polls. drop out now obama, you are splintering the democratic party. you will never beat mccain, even though its doubtful you will be the nominee after hillary's blowout in PA.

    April 23, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. Baracking In the Free World

    We all remember the debate where Hillary made a fool out of herself complaining about having to answer the first question.

    April 23, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    To preserve, uphold, and defend the Constitution...

    The hegemony of parties...

    Electors for the officer of the President are selected by a law of pledged choice based on the delegate count of each state found in the Parties Primaries.
    The Electors can not be a Senator, an elected Member of Congress, or under an officer of Federal employ.
    Yet the Superdelegates are able to choose in place of the electors via the party thus by the law of the pledge.

    Just one more way the party method has subverted the constitution to preserve their political hegemony.

    April 23, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. LindaGR

    Hillary has never complain about the tough questions. She complain about going first. And only because every time Obama does not know how to answer a question he copies hers.

    Obama is a sleazy, whining, negative Candidate. He has been negative from the start. Oh....and he never complain when his supporters CNN and MSNBC went tough on Hillary on each and every debate held with them. It was not even brought out to the public until Saturday Night Life did.

    I commend ABC for going tough on Obama in this last debate.

    April 23, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Robert in Fayetteville, Ar.

    That is the truth! The fighter/victim tries to play both sides of every issue. She hits Obama in the back of the head , then runs around in front of him and says "stop hitting me!".

    April 23, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. Brian Granada Hills California

    OBAMA or CLINTON = HIGHER TAXES + BIGGER GOV'T

    MCCAIN = LOWER TAXES + SMALLER GOV'T

    QUESTION , WHICH OF THE THREE CANDIDATES IS BETTER FOR YOUR POCKETBOOK?

    ANSWER: MCCAIN 2008

    April 23, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. Chris11

    Except...... YOU Obama!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. PDM

    As a 56 year old WHITE FEMALE (widow) and below the $23,000 a year income (duh....) I have followed the campaigns dilligently everyday on CNN, MSNBC, Fox and online. Barack is correct. Hillary started the throwing the garbage and when he corrected the garbage and the press picked it up, she started whining and whines EVERYTIME anyone goes against her, her husband and/or campaign. Nothing has changed with the Clintons since Arkansas – and before. Obama CAN STAND THE HEAT, he is trying to handle his campaign by his beliefs and not by the same destructive polictical crap that has been in our government since I can remember. I wish him well because our Country needs all the HOPE and FAITH that has been diminished throughout the years. This "bitter" female is hoping and praying for the BEST. Very well said Obama!

    April 23, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. Lisa

    Lair, lair? Is Hillary coming out of her lair for more attack ads against Sen. Obama? (Kaye – be careful with your spelling when you're making silly attacks!) Clinton (and her supporters) are doing everything possible to make sure we have another four years of a Republican president.

    April 23, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  18. mike

    Obama is all smoke and mirrors. His campaign is nothing but hipocracy. I am amazed when I hear Obama tell us that Sen Clinton will do anything to get electede and then turns around and does the same thing. Wake up Obama supporters. Your candidate can not and will not be able to deliver on his promises. He is a man with little to no experience that is living in a fantasy land. He is not saint he is nothing special.George Bush said the sme things to us that Obama promises and we bought it. What a great eight years this has been. He lost in Pynn because older voters do not buy his retoric. You think he has stuff to complain about now just wait until the GOP starts in. This election is ours to loose and Obama is the way to do it. .

    April 23, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. ObamaRama08

    I could not agree anymore with Obama. It has been pretty evident that the Clintons are the ones that have whinned and complained during debates, interviews and speeches – myself as an avid follower of the political process and quote Hillary's whinning moments. All the Obama campaign has done is complain about the Clintons 'win-at-all-means-possible' tactics. I also have a laundry list of all those attacks from the Clintons. The worst came when yesterday when Bill Clinton said that the Obama campaing called him a racist in the S. Carolina primary and that he has memos to prove it and as he hang up the phone with the radio station he said "I will not take s**t from these people...." Well President Clinton, I don't think we can take yours or your wife's either. Can't wait for you to be out of the race.

    I once admired the work you did as a president, ignoring your short coming and nearly being impeached. Then I admired the work you had done for the poor around the world – which I think you are better at – stick to that – we don't need you back in the white house running around with more time on your hands.....we know what happend last time, when u should have not had any time on your hands......

    April 23, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. Ms B

    Thanks right Obama. You should be telling her that she can dish it out but she can't take it.

    Mohandas K. Gandhi said,
    "First they ignore you,
    then they laugh at you,
    then they fight you,
    then you win."

    Obama for CHANGE!! 08

    Yes we CAN!! Yes we CAN!!

    April 23, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. Scott

    Kaye; What are yo babling about? Bankers & multinationals? think you have the wrong story as your response doesn't go with the story. Hillary has consistently lied, which shows her lack of moral fibre.

    April 23, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. Ana in L.A.

    Oh dear- more Obama whining and excuses!!

    April 23, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. CLARE SANCHEZ

    Obama wonders why he doesn't resonate with older voters, but he once said that Hillary Clinton couldn't be a positive leader because she was part of the Baby Boom era. He has been arrogant and has no clue about people in Pennsylvania small towns. He threw his own grandmother to the wolves. Maybe he should listen more instead of his fiery oratory. Great speeches are uplifting but they don't put bread on the table, a major issue of the day. He has been whining a lot lately.

    April 23, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. Willy

    and you too Obama....

    April 23, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  25. Ms Brown

    Mohandas K. Gandhi said,
    "First they ignore you, t
    hen they laugh at you, t
    hen they fight you,
    then you win."
    Obama- 08

    Yes We Can!!

    April 23, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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