November 12th, 2007
04:25 PM ET
9 years ago

When flag poles attack

Clinton had to contend with falling flag poles at a press conference Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - She has come under increased heat recently from her Democratic presidential rivals, but on Sunday Sen. Hillary Clinton was on the receiving end of a different kind of attack - falling flag poles.

The Democratic presidential frontrunner was wrapping up a press conference in Waterloo, Iowa when several large flag poles directly behind her started to fall down, as shown on a video posted by ABC News.

Aides came rushing to the stage as Clinton herself tried to handle the falling flags crashing around her.

"I think the bases are not weighted enough," the New York senator can be heard saying on video captured by ABC.

After a couple minutes, the flags were successfully stabilized.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (201 Responses)
  1. Hank Carnesseca Boise Idaho

    cackle cackle cackle, loved the story


    November 13, 2007 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  2. Anonymous

    looks like she is making a "strong" effort there.

    November 13, 2007 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  3. jo foxworth ms

    Even the flags dont want her as pres. take a clue and vote Romney. Flags love him! LOL

    November 13, 2007 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  4. SandMan, Half Moon Bay, CA

    I just wasted 5 minutes of my life reading this tripe.

    And another 5 minutes posting this response.

    Come on CNN, how is this relevant to the political situation in our country?

    November 13, 2007 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  5. Kristy Sanborn

    during a wedding ceremony, the curtain behind the minister fell. Someone said, like my mother, "thats a sign" and I didn't listen for years later. It was a sign alright! Just like these fallen flags.
    On another ticker subject, I had just posted about the producer saying Hillary as our president is nuts, that the producer was thinking ahead for a movie if she is elected. Called "The Day America Went Down"
    Then I see this article.

    November 13, 2007 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  6. MM, Denver, CO

    Hillary supporters are whining and wondering why this made on as a story. The reason this is a story is that her campaign is collapsing because she has been exposed as someone with no depth – the metaphor of the flags coming down because the bases were not weighted is too good to miss. To spell it out for the Hil supporters – if someone with no substance(the flag bases) gets elected, this nation(the flags) will collapse. Can't you appreciate the poetry here?

    November 13, 2007 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  7. Alyssa, Chino Hills, California

    that's what she gets for being a socialist XD oh the irony.

    November 13, 2007 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  8. Sam, IA

    Doesn't take much to entertain these rightwing lemmings. A shiny piece of foil will keep them entertained for hours.Is this an example of the biased liberal media to which you eggheads elude constantly?

    November 13, 2007 03:56 am at 3:56 am |
  9. S~ Brunswick ME

    You would think that as a presidential frontrunner she would have some idea of what to do IF A U.S. FLAG HITS THE GROUND!!!! The first sign of a poor leader is one who cannot surround themselves with effective people. Even if you wouldn't expect HER to know it, you would at least expect that someone in her squad of hangers on would have a clue. If she gets elected I am moving.

    Posted By P-Portland Maine : November 12, 2007 3:46 pm

    Hey P-Portland, ever been surprised by something and been caught dumbstruck?

    This doesn't say ANYTHING about Clinton. It was a simple human goof (the equivalent of stubbing your toe), and doesnt mean any more then that. Her staff responded as quickly as anyone could.

    If you want to talk about slow-responding, inneffective people, you lets talk about Bush.

    November 13, 2007 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  10. Robert Cadalso NYC, NY

    Is this CNN or Fox Noise? I am increasingly turning to MSNBC for news.

    November 13, 2007 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  11. Mark, Steamboat Springs, Co

    After actually taking the time to read about 50 comments... all I have to say is.......

    What does a flag pole have to do with the election... even the Irony, as some have pointed out... is a reach.

    REALITY FOLKS... vote for another Republican... and our rights, our nation, and our democracy will be danger... not only from without... but from within...

    I'd also like to add... CNN... why are you wasting our time with this?

    November 13, 2007 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  12. David

    If elected, the end of freedom, the end of America. The beginning of tyranny. God help us all.

    November 13, 2007 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  13. Ryan, Baltimore, Maryland

    How is this news? When did the media go from the primary goal of reporting the news to trivial, ridiculous snippets that look good in a photo but mean absolutely nothing? I remember when you read the news to get the news, not to see a poorly managed platform fall down...

    Thompson 08!

    November 13, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. Anonymous

    i agree with two comments before; cnn wastes so much space with fluff stories online these days. honestly...

    November 13, 2007 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. Nathan, Columbus Ga

    This is really a non news stupid storey! Hillary for PRES YAY!!!!

    November 13, 2007 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. Chicago

    Not a very important story. Next.

    November 13, 2007 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Matt Nashville, TN

    Dang, even the flag poles hate her! And to think some people want to vote for her.

    November 13, 2007 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  18. zach, Lincoln, Nebraska

    these are Obama flags and do you see what happened?

    November 13, 2007 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. zach, Lincoln Nebraska

    This is not news! Hillary will be the next President!!!!! YEAH!!

    November 13, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  20. shelly richmond va


    November 13, 2007 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. ano to

    Hillary their is a higher power.

    November 13, 2007 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. dineen, springfield virginia

    Hillary is faltering , the flagpoles are faltering . Anyone see a parallel here?

    November 13, 2007 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  23. Matthew Frantz, Poulsbo Wa

    As a voter I was unsure how to vote on the upcoming election. I am a Republican but do not like the course my party has taken this country. I considered voting for Mrs Clinton but after seeing this video I have decided against that. My reasons are this:
    When I was a child in elementery school, a general assembly was called to announce the honor students. One teacher was in the auditorium with his leg in a knee brace. When the main doors opened with the honor students entering, the California State flag and U.S flag started to fall, and this teacher dashed across the stage and caught the flags before they fell to the ground. Everyone clapped and cheered him, and it is something I never forgot. After spending 20 yrs serving in the military I still appreciate and respect the reasons why he dove for those flags.
    Had Mrs. Clinton made at least a modest effert to catch those flags, or showed the same concern after they touched the ground, she would have had my vote, and Im sure the vote of the country. It is the smallest of things to sacrifice for, to show genuine concern for the largest responsibility of all.

    December 3, 2007 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  24. Lawrence

    God shows us some things if we just listen and watch. Putting a cheating Man (Bill) and his power hungry, wife (Hillary) back in our nation's White house is morrally disgusting. How can the you feel good about what they are doing? Mess it up for real this time Huh! How can anyone vote for this crap. Wher are our Morales? Soooooo Funny!

    January 26, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. Lawrence, San Diego, Ca.

    God shows us some things if we just listen and watch. Putting a cheating Man (Bill) and his power hungry, wife (Hillary) back in our nation's White house is morrally disgusting. How can the you feel good about what they are doing? Mess it up for real this time Huh! How can anyone vote for this crap. Wher are our Morales? Soooooo Funny!

    January 26, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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