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. mike,Iowa

    Exactly! and if people are too manipulated to see that then thanks for being a part of the problem with our country. We will never get anything done fighting with each other. At least Obama can brush his shoulders off and move on the McClintons who are acting more like republicans then McCain are doing there part to make this race worse for the DNC and for the General election all together. The more we fight and complain the worse it will be for whoever wins the democratic nomination.

    April 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. Eric-PA

    Oh please! Hillary complained one time after 4 months of daily media bias against her. You have one bad night at a debate and you whine like a little baby. You haven't been tame at all. Give it up!

    April 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Jon in Atlanta

    We really have a chance to turn around our bad rep with the world. We have a chance to better our country. We have a chance at a leader that wont lie to us.

    We have a chance to bring people of different creeds, and colors together.

    We have ONE person who would do this for us. But we bash him drag him into the muckraking. If you do not support Barack for President then you just might be evil.

    I'm pretty much positive cnn wont post this, but its non offensive. I have seen very questionable even racist posts on these boards..So @cnn please let my harmless comment/opinion through.

    April 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Will

    He doesn't attack her on hardly all the scandals he could touch on.

    She goes for everything she can against Obama even things she promises she will not.

    April 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. SLO Bear

    The Clintons should be deeply ashamed of themselves, as should the superdelegates for not showing more courage in protecting the party, and therefore Democrats' families and our country, from the potentially tragic price of the Clintons' amoral selfishness.

    April 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. Vince Los Angeles, CA

    AMEN!!! It's time we start pointing out ALL of the Clinton lies.....

    April 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. CM

    Thank you!

    April 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. Fitz

    Senator Obama is 100% right. Do you remember a speech Bill Clinton gave about the GOP using an Ad with Bin Laden to smear a democrat who had lost his limbs in the military and how he was so upset about that. How dare they? Then his wife turns around and does the same thing to Barack Obama. The 1st democrat ( I think) to use bin Laden in an attack AD. People just won't open their eyes and see Hillary for what she actually is. She is against Nafta and Cafta and jobs being sent overseas.............but Bill honey, why don't you go and deposit that $800K you just made from them.

    They are married, it's THEIR money.

    April 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. Betsy

    LOL!! Whatever, dude!

    April 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. Bayou Joe

    When it gets tough the tough get going. Stop whining and take your losses like a man. This is not Illinois where you can intimidate your opposition and use your lawyers to suppress the votes.

    April 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. John Smith

    Personally, I do not have any problem with Hillary. As I understand "personality disorders," she strongly believes that "there is nothing wrong with her." I work with these kinds of folks everyday- they abuse their spouses and blame their spouses for all the problems in the relationship.

    My problem is with those who "fail" to see or recognize the psychopathology (a mental health issue) in this family! They continue to support the Clintons, totally blind to their "history" in this nation. Or probably blinded by wealth or the "image of a "fighter" and not a "peace-maker." God bless us all!!

    April 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. kayln

    Obama...please STAY POSITIVE

    Don't act like Hillary

    Stay positive ...you are our nominee..even if she tries to steal your nomination- media will not let that happen..PERIOD

    April 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Eye Opener - Las Vegas

    Well, Senator, maybe it's because the media has treated you with kid gloves right from the get-go. Or perhaps, it's because everyone is cautious and wary of being branded a "RACIST" everytime they question you and challenge your campaign. Or maybe, it's because people do not know a lot of things about you.

    You can't have your cake and eat it too and this political exercise between you and Senator Clinton is nothing compared to what's going to be thrown at you if ever you become the democratic nominee.

    The Clintons have a lot to complain about, and your turn is yet to come.

    April 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. Vanessa

    Amen!!! Keep it coming Barack!! You don't have to stoop to her level just point out the facts and expose the lies of the Clintons!!

    April 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    ATTENTION ALL DEMOCRATS: Everyone needs to realize the Democratic Party belongs to the Bill and Hillary Clinton. Stop fighting they can do and say what ever they want and when they want. They can change the rules when it’s necessary, they can lie, cheat, steal and commit election fraud as long as they are alive and in control. I repeat the Democratic Party belongs to them and know one I mean know one can stop them.

    Nobody has power or strength to stop them nobody. All other democrats have to do what they say when they say. The journalism in this country is horrible they are paid for and bought by the Clintons and the GOP. The media tells you how to vote and why you should vote a certain way. They get e-mails from the Clinton staff and give the media there talking points and just like puppets the media goes on the air and perform for her.

    April 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. Susan

    Hillary Clinton will do anything and say anything to win. She would sleep with Rev Wright and toot coke along with her shot of whiskey if it meant the White House. Unfortunately so many in PA were too stupid to get that. They give new meaning to the label uneducated and uninformed. Bill is senile and wants to be a Republican id it meant winning. So here we have it..the process continues because of Hillary always will place her selfish interests above the party and the country..keep it up Hillary..you confirm daily exactly what half the country thinks. Unfit and untrustworthy from Day 1.

    April 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. Jen Levine

    Mr. Obama,
    YOU ROCK! The Clintons ARE complainers. I just don't see why people are voting for this bitter woman. Hilary can't take the heat, that's why she immediately resorted to negative attacks. I was disappointed to see that Obama did too the last week or so, but I guess you have to defend yourself. Obama is the candidate of young Americans. I'm 27 and tired of having old people as the president. Could you older Americans please just give this young man a chance? Young Americans deserve to have a president that can relate to them too. I can not relate to Clinton or McCain because they are staind by wealth and too many years in politics. Lets have a fresh face America. New ideas. Hey, that's what America was founded on right? New ideas?? Why is the older generation so afraid of this? Aren't you concerned about how your decisions will affect your children and grandchildren? Mr. Obama may not have experience, but that's just what the doctor ordered for America! He can help us heal!!

    Love you Obama!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Every American needs to understand one thing. It seems to me that the media will do and say anything that will keep Hillary Clinton in the race. The media will cow tow, step and fetch it to insure Hillary gets her say. I am so disgusted with the media on all the networks. The journalism in this country is horrible they are paid for and bought by the Clintons and the GOP. The media tells you how to vote and why you should vote a certain way. America needs to understand they can not trust television news they can not trust ABC, FOX NEWS, CNN and MSNBC. They never and I mean never do any substantive journalism or investigations any more. They get e-mails from the Clinton staff and give the media there talking points and just like puppets the media goes on the air and perform for her.

    When John McCain or Hillary Clinton wins the White House and the country is still falling apart the media are the ones to blame. So when our country goes to war un-justifiably, or when PACS and lobbyist still have control of our country. Blame it on the media they are public enemy #1 as far as I am concerned. Instead of the war terror it should be the war on the media they are the real terrorist. They are the true enemies of America and can not be trusted.

    April 23, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. Venus

    Obama – please just stay focus!

    This is the news media and the Clintons game!

    Hillary should have blown you out of this race a long time ago!

    She can't win!

    April 23, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. Whiskey

    I think it is SO ridiculous that so many of you people keep INSISTING that Obama can't win this state or that one. If you are a Democrat, GET A CLUE! Do you HONESTLY think that his competing against a Democratic institution like "Clinton" is the same as competing against a Republican one — Maverick or not — like McCain? Tell you what, once the "dust" settles, and Obama has been named the Democratic nominee and the blue-collar or senior voters decide NOT to back him, they do so at their own peril! If they think they've had heard times under Bush, let them IMAGINE another four years of it! You can't wage a war for another 100 years and have money at home. You can't be AGAINST universal health care and HAVE healthcare. You can SUPPORT NAFTA in its present form and create jobs, you can't set up private trust funds for seniors (or would be seniors) and sustain social security, you can't have a LACK OF KNOWLEDGE about the economy and yet improve it, etc., etc., etc. Say what you will about what you will, but those people that SOME may worry about not supporting Obama in a general election more by Hillary fans, but they BETTER NOT BECOME McCain FOOLS! We all know, the other nonessential "smut" aside, there's but a hair's worth of difference between Obama and Hillary's policy proposals. If you don't get what you NEED (and want) with one, you BETTER get it with the other. One thing is certain, you CERTAINLY won't get it with McCain!!!! You better believe, if it's a state that Hillary WOULD HAVE CARRIED, it's a state Obama WILL CARRY. And you can TAKE THAT TO THE BANK! People may be loyal … but they're NOT fools!! Self-preservation is STILL a very strong instinct, regardless of who you "like" in the primary.

    April 23, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. typicalAmerican

    But now, that people are finding out about Nobama's ways.....who is whining?

    April 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. Julie MN

    Oh my gosh he is toooo funny, I KNOW he has no idea how arrogant and childish he sounds..

    April 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  23. Ric

    So said the loser. Shame Obama just lost the popular vote.
    Clinton will be screaming from the roofs that she was robbed of the nomination ... just like Gore back in 2000.
    Democrats for Mc Cain '08

    April 23, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  24. Jerry in Boston

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

    That's because, until recently, the shots have been pretty tame. The second it started to get unconfortable for you, you started whinging.

    April 23, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. kim janics

    i think your wrong i think you complain more and whin like alittle child and if you can not stand the heat get out of the kitchen.this is not a game it is campiganing for the highest job in the world you are showing who will be the president of united states of america not a school pricipal .

    April 23, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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