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. Allison Marie

    What do you mean you don't understand! I thought you were going to cry at the debate.............Go home Obama, you can't win in a general, do the party a favor go home!

    Uncounted in Florida

    Boycotted by Obama camp!

    Count all the votes!

    April 23, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. josh good NYC

    Nobody had been scrutinized more than the Clintons. Obama is whining that he has to answer the questions that do mean something to the American people like his racist preacher and his ties with Ayers. Why shouldn't the American people know about that. Who Obama surrounds himself with is equally important as what he will do about Iraq. It says something about who he will have on his cabinet. Will he get Tony Rezko to be his Joint Chief. I want to know. You can't just turn on the garbage disposal of your kitchen sink and expect this to just (poof) go away. It is still looming in the minds of Americans.

    April 23, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. E

    Obama is a joke.

    April 23, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. Great

    Absolutely. Clinton is the #1 cry baby when things are going against her. I sure as hell don't want her as My President.

    April 23, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. Cnn For Me

    Very Well put Mr. President.

    I am tired of grwon people keeping there eyes close. This race is about race. If Barak was a white man, this primary would be over by now. Older white women want vote for him why??? is it because of experience? NO
    Mybe his bitter comment? NO
    could be his relationship with Mr Wright? Cant be (because there is not a single white person in America who does not have a relationship with somebody who has racial anger) so NO

    It's because he is black, and there are millions of blind Americans who will wiling let some women continue to lie in their face and reverse her stance, tell you she would do anything to win, and you will let her...

    Why because hell will freeze over before you let a black man into the office.

    Lets before real.

    Hate in 08 and 12 because that's the way YA'LL want it.

    I dream of a better America... too bad I will die before I see it.

    April 23, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. Teron

    Senator Obama is tremendously disillusioned to state that "Nobody comlains more than Senator Clinton. In truth, he has complained so much about Hillary that even during his rally speech last night he subjected the people and viewers to underlying, nasty statements about her. He comparedvoting for Hillary tovoting for a third Bush term. Seriously!!!! Again, he complains and states negatives towrads Hilaary but as usual the media will spin it into...NOTHING!! He gets away with way too much and while he does this the Times has the nerve to talk about Hillary Clinton!! They should probably start reviewing more media footage of discussions and rallies..perhaps they may get it right!!

    April 23, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. kaye

    LAIR LAIR pants on fire.His campaign has been whining from the first debate.
    You do take money from lobbist thru bundlers ( this includes people that work for the oil and gas co.).

    April 23, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  8. Jimmy169

    Very well said Obama!

    April 23, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. Dr Hubert, Lt Col, USAF Retired (2005)

    Sen. Barak Obama paid for negative ads 3 to 1 yet cable news are saying Clinton did more negative ads in Pennsylvania. Sen. Obama made sexist (Annie Oakley) and gender comments against Sen. Clinton yet Sen. Clinton went more negative. The facts don't support cables news reporting although Americans know that few cable networks (Fox Networks most of the time) report news.

    Cable news believes that they can make up any news and Americans have seen this new type of reporting the past 18 months. Had the news network done a mediocre reporting the truth about Obama, he would have been out of the Presidential race months ago. Now the media is calling older women bitter because they are voting for Sen. Clinton. It is obvious that cable news have no decency.

    April 23, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. Democrat for Hillary

    Shut up Obama you whinner!! America is not stupid, we see right through you empty suit!!

    April 23, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. Franklin

    Complaining about complaining about complaining. The meta-narrative of the Dem campaign is becoming as rarefied as the conversation at a San Francisco millionaire cocktail dinner fund raiser.

    April 23, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. Monica

    Who's complaining now Senator Obama? Can't take the heat?

    Hillary '08

    April 23, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. Luis Mejia

    Is he serious?

    What a tool

    April 23, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. Noah

    Only Obama and his supporters have complained more..

    The spin is silly today. I hope evryone is taking notes.

    First, three days ago, the Obama camp claimed that the turn over in republicans switcing to democrats was because they were coming to him, today his surrogates are claiming they came out to vote for Hillary because they are scared of Obama...whatever

    Then, his surrogates on all channels quickly making this victory about race..Funny how no one questions the obvious racial vote of AA..Maybe it has nothing to do with race, but those voters did not buy Obama's retoric...Funny how the media does not just say that, instead lets stir up something and blame it on race or age.

    Now, I want all to remember who is now making this about race, the Obama surrogates who are blaming everyone and everything but themselves for this loss. I do not want to hear how the Clinton's play the race card, its obvious now whats going on.

    April 23, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. Karin

    And yes you have Obama.......Not only that but .......she has a problem with seeing the truth........Like she needs to be asking herself why she could not closed the deal in PA with her 33% lead she had going into PA...... if she is such a strong person for the Dem party to win the Nov 08 president .......She also need to ask herself how could Obama a man without a big name come on my grounds and lower my lead for 33% to 8.6% .....O.... I got the answer for you Hillary.....He out spend you to do just that....Something you said you dont understand......So I hope now you do understand Hillary why Obama out spend you in PA......and to tell you the truth The Dem party what someone who can come in a move numbers like Obama is doing to you.....because to tell you the truth Obama have enough pull to win the USA 08 President spot.....This man have pulled your numbers down in Ohia Taxas, and PA......and McCain cant change that no matter what he try to pull.......because we as America have already said we dont want a Rep back in the white house.....and to tell you the truth again I feel voting for Hillary I will be putting a Rep in the white house.......and America needs to wake before we end up with another 4 yrs of Bush

    April 23, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. P, CA

    I agree, Obama. You point out things that you've found to be fairly true.

    But let's see how Hillary responds. And Bill. And the MSM. Instead of following your lead on this, they've been... dare I say?... blustering. And snapping... like d*** catfish. And finger-pointing.

    C'mon, people. You know it's been like that. Asking if Obama needs another pillow, saying "Shame on you"... learn to stand on your own two feet instead of pi55ing and moaning, Clintons! Obama's addressed each thing in turn (even Wright, to those who care to listen) and even been cool enough to get some sun on the beach in the meantime... that's charisma, and YES, it means something. I'll take that long before someone who can't even stay financially afloat.

    April 23, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. get real

    BLAH.. BLAH... BLAH...

    When are you Obama supporters going to realize this guy is not electable? Obama, simply put, cannot win moderate democrats in the general election.

    He wonders why seniors aren't supporting him. They remember the last left wing, inexperienced, democrat they voted for who had no idea of how to run this country... President Carter. Ask a senior how many people filed bankruptcy or how many people lost every thing they own during Carter's adminstration or as a result of his administration.

    Honestly, Obama supporters, you cannot win the general election with Obama. Poll after poll shows that Reagan Democrats will not support Obama.

    As one democrat to another, you need to vote for Hillary. I have a feeling if she gets the nomination, she will still invite Obama to be the Vice President to unify the party.

    Hillary 08

    April 23, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  18. EX Clinton Supporter

    The polls showed people without a collage degree and the old voters mostly supported Hillary.
    So its fair to say:
    No wonder some people DONT GET IT or SEE IT they lack education therefore they are easily led kinda like cattles on a farm.
    It's fair to say:
    'YA CANT TEACH OLD DOGS NEW TRICKS' thats why Hillary can Lie Lie Lie and these 'old dogs' will still vote for her cuz they want the same 'old politics'
    Its the same 'old politics' why Gas is through the roof now $4/gal, your children will go to WAR in Iran (HILLARY SAID IT), the lobbyist and special interest groups will control the white house cuz the 'old politics' candidate (Hillary) is bought ($800,000.00) and you will lose your homes and your jobs shipped overseas!
    Dont Come Crying!

    No More Drama Vote Obama!!

    April 23, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. For Hillary 08

    obama-"i-have-a-problem-with-seniors" wah.

    Obama Disputes Clinton's Popular Vote Count wah

    Obama says counting Michigan and Florida is an 'abstract measure.' wah

    The candidate says he's in the race to overcome the "smallness of our politics."
    wah
    Boo Hoo!

    Keep crying!

    April 23, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. Angel

    Yes this I do agree with Obama Camp has been tame with this. The Clintons just need to step out.

    Obama 08 enough said.

    April 23, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  21. Ellen, Oregon

    Wow. What is so disconcerting is that I keep 'hearing' and reading Obama behaving quite like Bush–if you say it enough it's true, and what you do yourself you blame your target for. I would just like to hear him describe what his specific plans for our country, our children, and our world are . . .?!

    April 23, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. Kay-Arizona

    Actually every debate up until the last one had Hillary on the hot seat and she did a very professional job of keeping her cool and plugging along.

    Barack Obama ends up on the receiving end for once and he and his campaign had a melt down. No wonder he wont debate again, he is afraid to be shown up by Hillary again.

    April 23, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. bernj

    1st....Obama can handle anything little Miss Hillary can dish out. 2nd....It is a shame that the only way Hillary can stay in the race is to demonize Obama. 3nd...well...HILLARY GO HOME!!!!

    April 23, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. Rosemary Storaska

    Obama's new name..........NEGATIVEOBAMAMAN

    April 23, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. Monte

    BO can't understand? He whines all the time! He got his clocked cleaned by a female and doesn't know how to handle. Looks like the "gold star" of the media is nothing but cheap metal and the gold is flaking.

    April 23, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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