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. JG

    Fool me once: shame on you. Fool me twice: shame on me.

    February 4, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. Michael

    Do you report on emotional moments from all the candidates? And come on, what is wrong with the bloggers? She gets touched and reacts and it's all calculated? Is it any less calculated than the emotional mob-mentality rallies from Obama, all designed so he doesn't have to field questions?

    February 4, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. Parlan

    The return to fake tears means that Bill will probably start race baiting again.

    February 4, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. anthony


    February 4, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. Mike

    Again? Really? Are we going to do this every time the race is close?

    February 4, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. Shannel Ryan

    Obama 08!- HOWEVER, all things that happen the day before a big event are definitely calculated- that goes for both sides-careful candidates, it would be best to play it safe today-no BIG moments-just steady campaigning.

    February 4, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. Jaime from Ojai

    You must be kidding me. There is no tearing up in this video, there is no emotional outburst. There is nothing of the sort. CNN is ratcheting up its favorite anti-Clinton narrative once again, with absolutely no factual basis whatsoever. Shame on you, you are a bunch of corporate media charlatans.

    February 4, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. Joe

    Just let people be people. My god can nobody show emotion ever in their life without getting blasted by it. Grow up people.

    February 4, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. Dan S

    The tears in this context are different from the emotion she showed in New Hampshire. I do believe they are a genuine reflection of the emotion she feels on the campaign trail.

    I'm willing to cut her a break on this. Displays of emotion are not entirely a bad thing in politics.

    February 4, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. Richard

    It would've been funny if it wasn't so sad!

    February 4, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. FemaleVoter

    Go, Hillary! She is just what we need in the White House. I've been hearing all these people talk about change. Well, this is the change we need. We don't need more testosterone in the White House. We need a woman; we need a mother; we need someone with a heart, someone who can be touched by words from an old friend or the plight of a child. Good luck tomorrow, Hillary! I, for one, will be voting for a change, a woman!

    February 4, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. Rebecca

    So obviously scripted, she makes me sick.

    OBAMA '08!

    February 4, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Claudius [an American abroad]

    Did anyone actually watch the video? I have no idea what you people are talking about. I couldn't spot a single tear or hint of a tear.

    Well, if this wins her votes, more power to her. The Clintons are master politicians and besides: "It's her party and she'll cry if she wants to."

    February 4, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. Bob

    I guess, heaven forbid, if Hillary gets elected on the night before a summit with a world leader she will cry thinking it may soften them up. She should be running for President of SAG (screen actors guild) not the US with all her drama.

    February 4, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. John McCain

    Hillary "Boo Hoo Hoo" Clinton

    February 4, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. Joy

    To see a Presidential Nominee cry is not enduring! It's set a tone, weakness. I don't want think of my Comandar in Chief sitting in the oval office crying while making decisions for our Country. Stand strong, be decisive and do it without crying!

    February 4, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. EP

    Nice try Hillarious! Won't work this time.

    February 4, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. AC

    Hillary Clinton is acting on the same game as she did in New Hampshire primary by trying to persuade voters with one of the oldest trick women have done for years!!! It does raise the question weather she is strong enough or witty enough to lead a country. Crying game is not a prerequisite of a leader.AC

    February 4, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. Hillary

    Think about it. If Hillary were as cold and calculating as you think, she would not try the same stunt again. I honestly think that was the last thing she wanted to do because people would say "here we go again." The woman is not stupid.

    However, the guy introducing her was just gushing on and on about her. You can't help but feel moved when someone says that about you I guess you all have never had anyone complement you ad nauseum, but it really gets overwhelming.

    February 4, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. Mrs.Mason

    This is trully a mazing!!! I was a hillary supporter and beacuse of all her lies and he r mandated health care planc in wich she was cought off guard by a reporter fro the Washington post. The reporter ask how she was going to mandate her health plan ans she answer " WE MAY HAVE TO GARNISH WAGES" if people where not willing to join. Im sorry I dont need no Fidel Castro mandate. I like the idea of Universal Health care, but not a mandate. You can research this information by going to the wahsington Post or AP news. Im sorry everry time she knows she has been dis-hosnest here comes the tear!! I just dont buy it, Hillary Im a women who will not vote for you

    February 4, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. Bill

    Is this what we really want in the whitehouse? Someone who cries when she doesnt get her way?

    February 4, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. Too

    De Ja vous!! She's trying to pull a NH on us again. It is unfair to the legitimate female candidates that aspire to and can handle the office of the commander in chief.

    February 4, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. Democrat

    Oh no, not again. Please do not fall for that.
    She should be back at the Kodak Theater. For the Oscars ...

    February 4, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. MIke

    This is gonna hurt. How many of you would you like to see your president cry at a world summit??

    February 4, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Brian

    When is someone in the media going to call Senator Clinton's bluff. This happened before when she discovered that Mr. Obama might actually beat her in New Hampshire. She turned on the "waterworks" and people felt sorry for her. I don't buy it. She will not be able to cry her self out of a discussion with another foreign power. Suck it up Senator! If you want to be president you better start acting like one.

    February 4, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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