May 12th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama backer compares Clinton to 'Fatal Attraction' character

An Obama supporter and Tennessee congressman is comparing Clinton to Glenn Close in 'Fatal Attraction.'

An Obama supporter and Tennessee congressman is comparing Clinton to Glenn Close in 'Fatal Attraction.'

(CNN) - Several of Barack Obama's supporters have publicly urged Hillary Clinton to withdraw from the presidential race, but Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen was especially blunt.

Speaking to a Memphis TV station over the weekend, Cohen compared Clinton to Glenn Close’s character in the movie "Fatal Attraction."

Close played an obsessed and mentally unstable woman who refused to end an affair with a married man, despite his repeated urgings. In the movie’s final scene, Close's character appears to have drowned in a bathtub, but re-emerged before getting fatally shot.

"Glenn Close should have stayed in that tub, and Sen. Clinton has had a remarkable career and needs to move to the next step, which is helping elect the Democratic nominee," Cohen said.

Cohen's office released an apology from the congressman soon after he made the comments.

"I sincerely apologize for the comments I made about Senator Clinton's campaign," he said in the statement. "I have great respect for Senator Clinton as a US Senator. She has waged an historic campaign which has done much to break the glass ceiling. My comments obviously do not reflect the sentiments of Senator Obama or the Obama campaign. Nor do they reflect my opinion of Senator Clinton whom I have known for years and admire. My hope is that our party will come together to work to defeat John McCain."

Cohen endorsed Obama on February 4, one day before the Super Tuesday contests.

soundoff (285 Responses)
  1. Maria

    That is pathetic. The kinds of comments that have been made against Senator Clinton during this campaign by members of the Democratic Party and supporters of Barack Obama are APPALLING. I no longer want anythig to do with this 'party' and wouldn't blame Bill and Hillary Clinton if they had no loyalty to any of these so-called Democrats. It is clear who have been the dicisove and destructive factors in this primary. I will gladly cast my vote for McCain, who is at least a man with some respect and a true patriot than these trash-talking, condescneding, hostile 'haters' that worship Obama. You are all on your own.

    May 12, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Tempered

    Even as an Obama supporter, I find this really sexist and offensive. Glad the guy apologized immediately afterwards. (He could have at least gone with a comparison to the Terminator or something else less insulting to women.)

    May 12, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. Veterans For Obama

    Geez...kinda harsh. Its time to stop bickering and unite. Hillary will bow out once all the states have spoken. That is best for all parties.

    May 12, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Low blow

    This is really low. I am not a HIllary supporter but she deserves respect. This isivery sexist and gives the impression that strong capable women are mentally ill. Shame on this man.

    May 12, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. C.G

    After reading this disrespectul and hateful comment – as a lifetime Democrat – I WILL NOT BE VOTING FOR OBAMA!
    This was just the icing on the cake, after Rev Wright's hateful comments about America & "whites".

    How could Obama claim innocence on knowing what this man is after knowing him for all these years?? I don't believe it!

    May 12, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. Michigan

    Hmmm... a little harsh but the point is made. She needs to be graceful and bow out......

    May 12, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. Rob

    the comparison was a bit extreme though the sentiment perhaps fitting in that HRC could use a bit of a reality check. Mind you she probably has but still hasn't figured out how to bow out in a graceful manner, if that is something she has the capacity to accomplish?

    May 12, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    Unfortunate, but nowhere near the level of the racist, elitist, manipulative, divisive comments from Clinton surrogates.

    Voters don't care about this stuff.

    May 12, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. Susan Missouri

    Here we go again with the negative remarks.

    May 12, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. Brian

    It's only funny because its true!

    May 12, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Update...

    Today's Gallup tracking polls (because I know CNN can't get enough polls!)

    Among Democrats: Obama 50%, Hillary 43%

    Among all voters: Obama 47%, McCain 43%

    May 12, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. David, Paducah, Kentucky

    He was right to apologize for the comment. While many people may share the view, it is not appropriate to say it publicly. Senator Obama and most of his supporters (like myself) respect Senator Clinton's right to remain in the race until she decides to end her participation. There is no doubt that if she is allowed to end her candidacy on her own terms that she will work hard for Senator Obama's election and rally her supporters behind the Democratic nominee. She, like all of us Obama supporters know that we cannot allow another Republican to replace George W. Bush in the White House.

    May 12, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Honestlady

    I'm sorry...but that's hillarious!!!!

    May 12, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. AZM

    Typical Obama type....

    Say something vile... and then back up later... standard Obama playbook.

    Didn't win any swing states... no shot at Florida... little chance of Michigan...

    Obama will not win the GE.... too many Hillary supporters will turn on him... or not show at all. He can't win with the standard Dem states.

    NOBAMA NO WAY... Clinton or McCain 08

    May 12, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. OBAMA 08!

    United States of America

    See that first word? UNITED? Is it just me or are we as far away from being UNITED as we can be?????????

    Democrats-vote democrat no matter what, other wise you are voting for another Bush in the white house....

    Obama 08– Democrats 08!!

    May 12, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. louie

    AND OBAMA REMINDS ME OF THE TITLE CHARACTER IN BORAT WHO DOESNT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT AMERICA OR ITS PEOPLE WHO HUSSAIN SAYS US SMALL TOWN CITIES ARE BITTER AND CLING TO THEIR GUNS AND RELIGION OH I WISH THAT MR. PRISS LOSES THE GENERAL ELECTION AND GETS DEPORTED BACK TO AFRICA HILLARY 08 BECAUSE SHE IS THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN CLEAN UP THE MESS BUSH PUT US IN

    May 12, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. John

    Does anyone really believe the Clintons will go out and campain for Obama? Really?? They keep saying it but those two know her best chance is to run against McCain in 2012 not a Democratic incumbent. We'll see but I would bet the farm they are remarkably quiet after the nomination.

    May 12, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. Linda

    Senator Cohen should be ashamed of himself. This is a case of sexism at it's most venal. Can you imagine if someone compared McCain or Obama to the Jack Nicholson character in "The Shining?" While everyone is walking on eggshells afraid to criticize Obama for fear of it being interpreted as racism, no one seems at all troubled by the sexism exhibited towards Senator Clinton nor by Wright's obvious anti-semitims. Are we to believe that only some forms of prejudice are bad? The senate should censure Senator Cohen!

    May 12, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. Choice

    Glenn Close loves...Hillary hate and divide

    May 12, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. Maria

    If Hillary is Professor Umbridge, then Obama is no less than Voldemort himself. I'll vote for Dumbledore McCain.

    May 12, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. Teri

    Obama better try to reel in some of his supporters. He's going to need Hillary's supporters if he expects to win in November. The country is basically 50-50 Republican/Democrat and Obama is only just over half of the Democratic vote. If he only gets half of Hillary's supporters vote – in the general election – he loses. I voted for Hillary and I'm leaning toward McCain myself.

    May 12, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. George

    If the shoe fits. And when Barack finds his bunny in a pot of boiling water...

    May 12, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. Independent

    It may not have been nice to say so, but By God it is true!!

    May 12, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  24. James

    AMERICA

    AMERICA

    BEWARE OF OBAMA

    I AM SAYING MY OWN NOW

    May 12, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. Shelly

    Michelle Obama just put her foot down, and said there is no way in hell Hillary will be vice presinent. This according to Robert Novak.
    What a great day, Obama all the way.

    May 12, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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