April 23rd, 2008
03:50 PM ET
6 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. Ross in MD

    There's nothing to understand – Clintons will say or do anything to get elected.

    April 23, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. theresa

    He's right. They came out complaining long before now. Hillary needs to sit her old 60 year old body down. AND WEAR IS HER SKIRT OUTFITS. OH SHE'S A LESBIAN. MY BAD.

    April 23, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Sharon

    OMG the Clinton's make me sick with as much complaining as they do. Thay have to always blame other people.

    April 23, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Bit, Alabama

    Obama-

    Just run a non-attack campaign the way you begin in the past and keep focusing on the main issues that we the people are interested in. Our party is divided and the people need someone to balance it out without the attacks. I know it's hard not to go on the attact as it was in the remaining days of the PA primary. But keep the "change & hope" alive and stay focused on the issues.

    April 23, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Real Change

    THANK YOU!

    Now can the media please start covering this right way please!

    The Clintons ability to alter reality is amazing.

    April 23, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. fred

    Is he still whinning????? Cry Baby Obama!!!

    April 23, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. John, PA

    PREACH!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. chris

    'Cause the MSM has been in the tank for you. As have the debate moderators.

    April 23, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. David; Richmond,VA

    Very True. But of course all the Hillary supporters are going to get fussy because you said that...

    haha... Complaining about the complaint record. Let's see it.

    April 23, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. RealityKing

    And what about all that complaining after the ABC debate???

    Obviously Obama is counting on the corrupt media covering FOR his campaign yet again...

    April 23, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Ratgurl

    ... and Barack is handling himself quite well! I find it hard to believe that the election process hasn't been corrupted.

    April 23, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. jeremy

    they cant take the heat, cause when the heat is on Bill explodes and Hillary Cries! Yes THEY won PA but it must be nice to ride on the coat tails of your husband, cause thats what people know is Bill Clinton, I know that Indiana, North carolina and the remaining primaries will get it right, and get Barack and the Democratic party to where they need to be!

    April 23, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. sue

    absolutely correct.

    she complained live on national tv more than once!

    She is a liar!

    April 23, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. Jan in Virginia

    Maybe that's because until just recently, you hadn't really gotten many shots Barack!

    I think the Clintons have pretty reserved. They have directly addressed what has been so obvious to many of us – unfair media bias – on a couple of occasions but not to a point that I would consider whining. Dan Abrams was the first reporter who I saw that raised the issue abbout media bias over a month ago – long before the rest of the media took note of what they were doing and before the SNL and Daily show parodys of it.

    But in all fairness to Obama, it's finally changed and I see more of an equal bashing vs. one-sided.

    Now is that a good thing? Not necessarily. I would much prefer to see the media concentrate on both of the candidates strengths and not their weaknesses but that's a pipe-dream and doesn't make news!

    April 23, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  15. Anthony 02

    Hillary Clinton is a baby. She can dish it out but just can not take it.

    April 23, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. Mike

    THANK YOU!!! I AM SOOOOO GLAD YOU SEE IT.....
    THEY SCREAM
    "THEY ARE ATTACKING ME BECAUSE I AM A WOMAN"
    BECAUSE I AM LOSING
    BECAUSE I AM OLD
    BECAUSE I AM A LIAR,
    BECAUSE I MIS-SPOKE AT 11PM AT NIGHT (WHEN IT WAS ACTUALLY 2 IN THE AFTERNOON)

    SHE WON PENN....GOOD, BUT UH....SHE REALLY NEEDS TO CATCH UP. YOUR NOT FIT TO BE PRESIDENT IF YOU CAN ONLY KEEP UP WITH THE COMPETITION : )

    OBAMA 08

    AND I ALREADY KNOW IF SHE DOES GET THE NOMINATION THEN ALMOST HALF OF OBAMA SUPPORTERS WILL GO TO MCCAIN OR NADER SO NEITHER DEMOCRAT WILL WIN THE ELECTION

    April 23, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. An Agnostic Democrat

    Yes, but that would mean Hill and Bill would have to progress out of training pants and put on their big girl and big boy underwear. I don't see that happening anytime soon. They both have acted like nursery school miscreants that keep wetting themselves and lying about everything on tape or film.

    April 23, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. Kevin

    "seems to me like I'm always getting the first question..." HRC whine whine whine. "Beating up on a girl," WJC...whine whine what an appeal to emotions.

    April 23, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. Dustin

    Right on. Clinton has complained from day one that the media was too hard on her, and almost suddenly it seems that it shifted. It's either a shameful act by the media by listening to Clinton and shifting the spot light on Obama exclusively, or it is true that the front runner simply gets all of the heat.

    That being said, Obama has rarely compained of late, and never to the level that Clinton did. The Clinton's are simply trying to ruin his character, and it seems to be sticking. I love how the Clinton camp asks how come Obama can't close the deal yesterday, and then CNN runs an exact same blog response today.

    The thing is that Obama supporters are the crying babies that many of the Clinton supporters come across as, because like our man, we know that the business as usual approach is what is killing this country, and a Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton monopoly of the White House is not the answer.

    April 23, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. Apaul

    Amen, now let's get back to helping the American people.

    April 23, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. Susan MO

    Obama has no one to blame but himself. He need to knock her out in N.C and Indiana and stop this MADNESS.

    I know it hard for a black man to hit hard at a white woman, but we are giving you permission to knock her out.

    The tide is turning for Hillary … Oh no it’s a Tsunami to wash her away.

    Go away Hillary!!! You will not have Rendell and Strickland in N.C and Indiana. What will you do?

    Barack Obama 08

    April 23, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. Rosie

    Obama, keep going and make your case. Have you read what's the matter with Kansas? by Thomas Frank?

    April 23, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. Sara Jane from Pa

    Obama would you like you some cheese with your "Whine" He is starting to sound like a broken record. Hillary is our new president.. go hillary

    April 23, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. Jeff in CA

    Wow. More complaining from Barak...

    whats happening to his bright and cheerful demeanor?

    April 23, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. Joshua College Station Texas

    Saying it like it is.

    April 23, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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