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. jason

    Oh, Boy... Looks Like another Clinton stunt to get all of you Liberal voters to feel better about voting for someone how is running on her Husbands name and no other qualifications, other than that she know how to look the other way....WOW!! looks like she watches the polls like her husband.. If I cry I get votes so I better cry

    February 4, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. Chris

    I can't wait until (and hopefully she doesn't get the chance) to cry in the fall leading up to November

    The Republicans will TEAR HER APART.

    February 4, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Marisa

    Well, I gave her the benefit of the doubt when this happened in New Hampshire. But a second time, also right before an election day? It doesn't seem so genuine anymore...

    February 4, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Rachael

    Also, what angers me even more than the coverage of such a non-story is the hue and cry about how "calculated" it is because of tomorrow. You mean to tell me that there is/was a day during this campaign where she could have gotten a little misty and she wouldn't be lambasted for it? Every day "counts" for her as a politician right now. She's no fool-

    I've seen many speeches given by male politicians where they had a bit of trouble keeping their composure (most notably, Bush- he has trouble sometimes and it's visible). Whether or not it makes someone weak as a politician is up for debate, but I just find it insulting that what seems to be a somewhat genuine moment is trumped up by CNN as soon as humanly possible just to create some sort of buzz. Are you guys just ticked that you can't start backing a horse for super Tuesday yet since it's such a close race? It seems like you've been skewed towards Obama for a while and it's starting to become offensive.

    February 4, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. justme

    I agree with you Kathy- CNN is a joke.
    Every positive comment about Hillary is being deleted while Obama comment stays. They seem to want people think everybody is voting for Obama. This is so wrong CNN should not be bias but is shows biiiig time.

    Go Hillary.

    February 4, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. AppeaseThis

    I'm an Obama supporter, but I'm tired of all this sexist BS. Bush cries, Romney cries, Huckabee tears up, and so does Obama, but you don't see anybody talking about them being weak. Give me a break. All this unfair Hillary bashing and these obvious knee-jerk misogynistic remarks almost make me want to vote for Hillary.

    February 4, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. Roger

    All actors know that timing is everything. The, sniff sniff, tears worked before, so why not again? You must think we're really stupid.

    February 4, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. JAM

    Based on many of the comments I read here I thought I was going to see some hysterical crying spell. In fact, there was very little emotion displayed.

    This is a perfect example of what the Obama hysteria is all about. If you tell people with less than half a brain that they are going to see or feel or hear something before they do they will comply.

    The Obama campaign reminds me so much of a group of unpopular mindless high school kids who want so desperately to be part of what they perceive to be the "in crowd" no matter what that "in crowd" represents.

    I have a terrible feeling we are going to relive that "How Can 59,054,087 Be So Dumb?" moment again.

    February 4, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. tonia

    CNN used to be my favorite channel – but not anymore, they don't show events as they supposed to – not taking any sides. As soon as you switch to the channelel – , all the time – Obama, Obama, Obama some type of psyhosys, and crows of people behave as psyhos.

    He can speak talking well , but no real accomplishments are begind him

    I am a democrat but if Hillary not wins the primaries I'll state home for general elections in order to not to be among all those psyhos

    February 4, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. Boyddollar

    Hold on Hillary...Doc Phil is standing by with handkerchief.

    February 4, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. John

    Obama is a dirty silly politician. No my vote!!!!

    February 4, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. Mario

    We don't need a president that cry every she see fit we need a strong woman/man leave that #$%^ at home i'm switching.

    OBAMA 08


    February 4, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Michael (Independant)

    No Hillary NO!!!

    February 4, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Andrew


    I'm not quite sure where your thinking comes from but if you vote to win, then you vote Obama. If it's Hillary and McCain, she has no argument against him except for some flip flopping he's done. She can't play the experience card. If she did, McCain would probably look at her and laugh. She can't touch the Iraq War because, GUESS WHAT?, she voted for it (and still can't admit it was a mistake). She pretty much has nothing to run on against him except for her healthcare plan. Now, thats great for SOME Democrats who think it's the better proposal. That leaves out a whole bunch of other possible voters. Also, in a recent CNN poll (in a Head-to Head General Election poll) Hillary only led McCain by 3 points while Obama led McCain by 8 points.

    So, I will VOTE TO WIN.

    OBAMA 08

    February 4, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. Leniere

    The manner in which Sen. Clinton has been mischaracterized is disturbing to me. There are some things that have been said that are malicious and simply not true. If she cries, it's fake and only for political purposes, if she doesn't cry she is unfeeling and lacking emotion.

    I don't have an opinion on the cry, as I haven't seen a video. However, I did read the article, and considering the circumstance, it would seem legitimate that being introduced in the context of a historic, and thus far strong run for the White House by someone who "knew you when" is legitimate.

    Where are the comments that challenge her healthcare plan or her Iraq exit strategy. Give ME a break.

    February 4, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. Darryl

    How about those moments where Obama got teary eyed when he was snorting that coke? How about you stop being so bias against Clinton, CNN?

    February 4, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Leslie Somerville, Seattle, Washington

    You know, most of you bloggers must have very tiny lives if all you do is sit around and ridicule Hillary Clinton-do you all live on welfare or something and don't have a job–or are you interneting this site from prison somewhere-get a life-oh, and an education on why people express feelings, even people you may not like.

    February 4, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. open your eyes - FL

    Mind blowing... simply mind blowing that she would even attempt to try this again. Even more shocking is that people really believe it. The day before the NH primary and now the day before Super Tuesday...?

    Astounding. They really will stop at nothing to get the nomination. She's making a complete mockery of the election system and Americans' intelligence. If she really believes this kind of tactic will win her the election then she truly believes in the stupidity and gullibility of the population. Don't prove her right, sheeple.

    February 4, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. John

    New slogan;

    Ready to break down on Day 1.

    February 4, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. Kay

    Anyone bring popcorn for this DRAMA?

    February 4, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. Steven in CA

    I think it's surprising both of them haven't cried more often. They are in a grueling campaign. The lack of empathy of some posters here is appalling. Are we now "No Country for Old Men?"

    Obama has the entertainers. Hillary has the economists and the Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

    February 4, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. Ana

    Hillary tearing up is NOT a sign of weakness. She's human- flesh, blood, emotion, elation and exhaustion like we all are. People- Focus on the important stuff and stop being so eager to jump on this silly bandwagon. CNN is TOO good at sparking stuff like this!

    February 4, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. Mr Barney

    What a PHONY....Clinton is so power hungry. we can smell her.
    OBAMA 2008

    February 4, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. Frank

    OIh, come on! Hillary AGAIN? What a timing baby.

    February 4, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  25. bdc, phila, pa

    going to cry in middle east negotiations too? .... that's a lot more important than this..

    February 4, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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