February 4th, 2008
04:50 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton holds emotional meeting at Yale


Watch Clinton get emotional at a campaign stop.

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (CNN) - Hillary Clinton became teary-eyed during an event at Yale University Monday - a moment that harkened back to her much talked-about display of emotion on the eve of the New Hampshire Primary.

Holding a campaign meeting at the Yale Child Study Center, the New York senator welled up as she was introduced by Penn Rhodeen, a public interest lawyer who worked with Clinton when she was in college.

Rhodeen praised Clinton's efforts as a college student and said, "Here is the abiding truth we know - you have always been a champion for children. Welcome home, dear friend. We are so proud of you."

Though it is difficult to see her reaction in footage of the event (see her reaction by clicking the play button on the right), Clinton's eyes appeared to grow misty during the introduction, according to CNN producer Sasha Johnson. When it was the senator's turn to speak she said, "Well, I said I would not tear up; already we're not exactly on the path."

Clinton's last teary moment on the trail occurred after an undecided voter asked how she was holding up. The moment instantly became the most-covered event on the campaign trail on the day before the critical New Hampshire primary, drawing both praise from some who said Clinton had finally bared her true self to voters, and criticism from those who thought the moment was calculated.

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- CNN Producers Alexander Mooney and Sasha Johnson

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (1,203 Responses)
  1. Erin, New York, NY

    Boooooring. I am SO touched by the fact that she elects to cry for the public right before big campaign days. Sorry, Hill, but a few tears aren't enough to sway my vote...

    OBAMA '08

    February 4, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. erika

    her tears seem awfully calculated. they always seem to miraculously appear on the eve of an important election.

    February 4, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Randolph Monroe, Chicago

    Here we go again, she always times those tears perfectly.

    February 4, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. stella & Charles Pope

    Finally, we are seeing and hearing, here in Texas, where CNN is leaning toward giving equal media treatment to both Hillary Rodaham Clinton & Barack Hussein Obama. When you are heavy toward Obam, we simply switch the station. And ALL of our extended family members are doing the same. We know that it is not the Chappaquiddicks or the Cape Fears that will instill trust in the voter, but rather the intelligent voter will search his inner soul and look at the facts. You will probably choose NOT to print this message, but again, we will send a copy to Hillary Clinton's campaign. Thank you for the coverage on the Republican Party as well. AND when are you going to keep Carl Bernstein off and get someone else that is not pushing his book. Another man who actually wants a Republican win in November by pushing for the Democrat who is not likely to win! That is what CNN is all about, really.

    February 4, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Wallace, Chicago, IL

    How convenient.
    On the Monday before Super Tuesday she "wells up", yet again.

    I have to give it up to them, they try everything.
    So, let me get this straight. She hasn't welled up since the eve of the New Hampshisre primary. Now on the eve of Super Tuesday, we once again see an "emotional" Clinton. How convenient.

    C'mon Hillary. Seriously though.
    (shaking my head).

    February 4, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. Di

    Meant to say when you click on politics from the main page...there's Obama!!!


    February 4, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. Jennie


    Does this mean we shouldn't vote for her? Does this mean we should?

    I am an Obama supporter, but this type of reporting bugs the daylights out of me. I'm not quite sure what the point is. She is a human being who gets emotional at times. Find me one human being that does not.

    She was at her Alma Mater. Perhaps she was tearing up over the amount of warmth and support she was feeling. She has every right to do so.

    February 4, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Jen, NYC, NY

    Oh no, not again; using tears as a weapon.

    February 4, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. John

    Some of you ask how Obama will be able to stand up against the republican attack before the election... well what about this?? Do you want to nominate somebody who will cry every time the big meanies pick on her? She will NEVER win the general election... wake up people!!!

    February 4, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. krk, MN

    Not again...

    February 4, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. JB

    That's emotion? She didn't seem that emotional at all. Is this another desperate act to get attention when her campaign is floundering, lacking the excitement of Barack Obama, or the inspiration.

    The first time it may work, the second time it seems staged.

    I hope the media doesn't make such a big deal of this as they did in New Hampshire.

    There is not allot here.

    February 4, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. Stewart/Colbert 08

    This is sooooo frustrating! The MEDIA is trying to make this an issue! Can't anyone see this? The media puts this out and sits back while everyone jumps on and exclaims, "She's so fake!" or "So calculated!" etc. This is not reporting news- this is sensationalism and makes you-CNN-lose credibility and respect!!! STICK TO THE ISSUES. Hillary has the best plans and UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE. Read the article today in the NY Times (Paul Krugman)- "If Mr. Obama gets the nomination, it (universal health care) just won't happen." BE INFORMED.

    February 4, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. Kimberly Marshall

    This story is ridiculous. The video does not merit the headline. Why is CNN so eager to label Senator Clinton as emotional? CNN is clearly insinuating that women are too emotional to serve as President. This is an important election, and voters should decide based upon issues rather than personalities. Yet, the news media really seem to prefer covering the personalities. Give the public some credit, and give us some real news.

    February 4, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Viola

    Work thos tear ducts.....

    February 4, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. Suziku

    Fool me once shame on you, Fool me twice shame on me!

    Tears apparently worked once so obviously she's hoping they'll work for her again, Obama is still the right choice!

    February 4, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. Geoff

    Oh not, not yet another 'staged' teary delivery. This is getting old. This is a woman of steel; not sensitivity. I liken this to Margaret Thatcher or the Queen of England, crying. Think that will happen? No, these women are of steel and so is HC. She plays to the fiddle, whenever the fiddle plays and it will get her a dance. The 1st may get votes and empathy; this will wake up the dead for the fakeness.

    February 4, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Shelby

    Hillary is crying because she is upset that things are getting close. All she cares about is winning. Did you hear that she wants to garnish wages if we don't pay into her healthcare system.

    February 4, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. C.E., Minnesota

    Oh god help us...........

    February 4, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. Lisa

    Mrs. Clinton is being ridiculous. As a woman I find it very odd that these little "outbursts" come just hours before a national primary. This is calculated and is despicable.

    I'm now on the Obama bandwagon.

    Mama's 4 Obama!


    February 4, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. brad

    well. there goes the obama campaign. kidding. sure it is sincere.

    February 4, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Demo

    The weak can't run U.S. I will vote for Obama

    February 4, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. Tal

    Wow. There she goes again. Conveniently on the eve of Super Tuesdays. Great show Hildog

    February 4, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. Obama-man

    File this article under : NOT NEWS-WORTHY.

    February 4, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. BSR-Houston

    Ok, enough is enough! Hiliary tuning up to cry must STOP! It definitely shows signs of weakness. The Presidency is not a job for a cry baby. There are going to be many reasons to cry; but what we need is a proactive, strong individual who can take the heat in any situation and be rational rather than emotional.

    February 4, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. Angie, Charlotte NC

    So predictable.....

    February 4, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
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