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

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soundoff (1,203 Responses)
  1. Incredulous in 08

    Everyone please keep this in mind when you vote tomorrow: The MOST important thing is to win the White House in November. Obama can do that. Hillary CAN NOT. The Republicans have a huge playbook of scandals and dirty politics that they are waiting to unleash the DAY she gets nominated. They do not have a playbook on Obama because they weren’t paying attention to him until a month ago and there aren’t any scandals there to attack him on. Also—right or wrong, 40-50 percent of Americans will vote AGAINST Hillary in November regardless of who the other nominee is. She will also cause a conservative backlash that will lose CONGRESS back to the Republicans. This will keep anything from getting done in Washington anyway. I’m so tired of seeing Democrats lose elections because of bad decisions. Let’s change that… Above all, we need to take back the White House! OBAMA can do this! OBAMA CAN UNITE THIS COUNTRY! Please keep November in mind when you vote tomorrow. I’m not saying it is fair to her, I’m saying it is what it is. She won’t win in the General. OBAMA WILL WIN IN NOVEMBER.

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

    I'm sure the emotion was genuine, but I continue to be amazed that it shows up the day before the voters go to the polls.

    February 4, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Joe

    For me, it's NOT phony at all. People, why you are so against her whatever she says or does, she is a human being, I'm so sick and tired to the all of the media is so gang up against her.

    February 4, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. wale azeez

    if she wins she'll go in guiness book of records as america's teariest president!!!

    February 4, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Aaron.

    women generally get more emotional.
    but still, everyone cries.
    That's pretty harsh to condemn her for tears.

    Experience matters.
    Hillary, you'll get my vote.

    February 4, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. Paula in Virginia

    I am so sick of that yellow suit! The American people don't want to see their president crying all the time.

    February 4, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. Ken

    I have to most outstanding agree with her critics because I sincerely believe her tearing up has been well calculated to win sympathy votes as well as making women look weak. It is extremely disrespectful and she should not deserve any votes this scheme.

    February 4, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. Sean

    Wow – it worked once – but twice??? I doubt it. Not very Presidential is it. She is so obvious in her tactics...

    February 4, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. rbroglia

    HILBILL ......... she and he ................are a joke
    tears and bite your lip

    February 4, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. Ray

    Obama and his cult members are heartless freaks. This is why he will NEVER win the general election. He thinks he has all of Hillary's votes if he wins the nomination , THINK AGAIN!!!

    February 4, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Danny

    Looks like she "Tears Up" whenever she FEELS (?) like Obama is getting the best of her in the polls!!!!!!!

    February 4, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. BobinDC

    Why does CNN keep exaggerating negative stories about Hillary Clinton? I didn't see any tears in her eyes in this video. This is the same pro-Obama reporting from CNN that says the two candidates are in a dead heat, when in fact most of the non-CNN polls show her winning in most of the Super Tuesday states (i.e., other than Illinois, Georgia and Connecticut). Seriously, this flagrant bias is very FoxNews-like.

    February 4, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. DeeDee

    So what if she gets emotional. Remember if any of you should shed a tear,I hope no one believes you. Then see how you feel. It just shows how much she wants to get her message out. What a great lady you are, Go Hillary!

    February 4, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. andy

    If it ain't broke don't fix it. Go HIlary!

    February 4, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. Gerald in NYC



    February 4, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. Jay

    She's picked an interesting time to have a good cry...
    Tears may have worked wonders in New Hampshire, but this tactic won't pay off again.
    Looks like the polls are making her nervous and she's pulling out all the stops (which means pulling out a hankie again).

    February 4, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. Raphael, Los Angeles, CA

    Wouldn't you cry if you had to clean up after Bush? I'd freakin sob if I had to clean up after W's mess...

    See the video, she's not really emotional, it's just CNN bashing her.

    February 4, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. Robert M. Reidy N.Y.

    Boo hoo !

    February 4, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. PT

    OBAMPRAH in the White House????? How scary. GO REPUBLICANS!!!!

    February 4, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Hillary, stay in the kitchen

    Republicans dont cry, were stronger people.

    February 4, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Ben

    It's not that she cried that bothers me, but when she cried.

    February 4, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Sue

    I had to laugh when I saw CNN baiting Hillary once again. Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.

    February 4, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Glen, Boston, MA

    This is just baiting the Clinton haters. Come on, CNN.

    1. Her campaign is too savvy to not know that if she cried the day before an election again, it would backfire as calculated.

    2. I am a masculine man and I break down in tears regularly – at the drop of a hat. Emotion is a sign of strength, not weakness.

    February 4, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. Sharon

    All you Hillary haters – why don't you get a life or find someone else to hate. Your hatred began when Bill Clinton won the presidency and you haven't stopped hating her. Most of you can't even remember why you hate her other than that you just do. Your lives filled with such hatred for no good reason is pathetic.

    February 4, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. Beren

    Average age of bloggers on this site = 19. Total percentage of demographics it speaks for = 12%.

    February 4, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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