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. Melissa, NJ

    HOW many times will she do this? Seriously, enough is enough. She's making me ashamed to be a woman.

    February 4, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Taylor

    Mike, you say Hillary has to cry to get her votes, well Obama has to have Oprah get his for him.

    February 4, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. JDC

    And they referred to Ronald Reagan as the "actor."

    February 4, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Bonnie Baker


    February 4, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. Mian

    Well the word around here is that a lot of Republicans are voting for Obama to push him past Hillary since they won't vote for McCain either. They know Obama can never stand up to the Republicans. If he can't take a little razzing by Bill Clinton, he will never be able to take what the Republican would dish out to him. Hillary is the best choice. Her skeletons were brought out of the closet a long time ago and she can handle anything they throw at her. It's a shame that the media gives Obama so much positive air time and only reports on the negatives when it comes to Hillary. Where is the hour long news media coverage for her endorsement from Robert Kennedy that Obama got when slimmy ole Ted Kennedy endorsed him? How soon we forgot about Chapaquitic!

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!

    February 4, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. Erich

    Yale Daily News Endorses Obama:

    “It would seem natural for us to endorse Hillary Clinton for president,” the editors wrote, noting that Mrs. Clinton graduated from Yale Law School in 1973. But “to endorse her would be to endorse intelligence and preparedness, but also divisiveness and the politics of manipulation.”


    February 4, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. David

    Aligator tears.

    February 4, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. Nicole

    t'was a tear of joy. i felt that same happiness everytime i visited my alma mater.

    February 4, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. Mike

    And none of you have teared up twice in the last couple of weeks? Remember she has a camera on her almost 24/7. You are all so righteous! ADIOS brethren, you will get what you asked for!

    February 4, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. David Giguere - Germantown MD

    I guess Hillary's scheme going forward will be to cry the day before a primary in an attempt to get the sympathy vote. Please tell her there is no crying in running the most powerful country in the world. She's a joke!

    February 4, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Susan

    Have any of you noticed that CNN only publishes positive stories about Obama and negative stories about Clinton? Maybe you should be a little more critical of the media delivering the story before you are critical of the person the story is about.

    February 4, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. Melissa in CA

    I once liked the Clintons, but over the past month , with all the sleaze, deceit and cheating, fakeness ... I have grown to hate them.

    I voted for them twice but never again!!

    February 4, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Lynn in NM

    What a surprise! She was losing her lead in NH when she teared up and pulled that primary out of her hat. Now she's in a dead heat in CA coming up on Super Tuesday and she tears up again. BIg shock!

    February 4, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Kristy

    I agree with RJ: It wasn't the tearing up so much as her pointing out that she was tearing up. It's interesting to me that she made sure everyone knew she was tearing up. Come on.
    As a woman I know when to hold back the tears and I know when to use them–yes we can cry when an officer pulls us over for a traffic ticket; I guess we can cry if we're running for president and we're losing our momentum, too.

    February 4, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. Jessica

    Come on people! Can she not have feelings? I would have done the same thing. Shoot my mother cries watching movies. Does that make her weak? Does that make her a bad person? We need to give Hillary a break and actually listen to what she has to say America! GO HILLARY!!! I will be hoping for a big win tomorrow!

    February 4, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Gobama


    Please, Maria, wake up! A husband does not desert a so-called 'warm woman' for the other WOMEN!
    Unless of course, 'tom boy', Hilary, is warmer to a female than to the husband?

    Hilary is obviously not a woman of principle/integrity; she'll go wherever the strongest wind (good or bad) is blowing. Dangerous for a family/nation

    One can't fault a female for timidity/ vacillation; but such a female has no place seeking to lead ANY nation of 300m people. Can't handle one man; can't handle 150m men!

    February 4, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. reality check, please learn how to write


    February 4, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Baracker

    The results tomorrow night will give her something real to cry about.

    booooooooooooooo hoooooooooooooooo hoooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    God help this country.

    February 4, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. ft

    Oh, come on, folks. She was at her motherschool, a place easily let you recall your youth time. It's ok to have a little emotion.

    February 4, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. OB WIN

    The year of Change! Lets change the WhiteHouse to BlackHouse!

    February 4, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Nathan

    Is this the kind of reaction that comes from experience?

    Is this the kind of reaction we expect from a President on day 1?

    Is this how we unite our voters and our citizens?

    Grow up, Hillary.

    February 4, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. Joe

    I have great respect for the intelligence of Latino women in California. I think they know a bad telenovela when they see one !

    February 4, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Jorge - SF, CA

    Despite the tears, I'm still voting for Hillary.

    Hillary isn't afraid to confront the contentious issues.

    Hillary won't vote "present" for an issue.

    The GOP will pick Obama apart before November. Hillary has suffered from the GOP onslaught, and has come out on top.

    I'm voting for the person who can get our party back in the White House.

    February 4, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. Bryan

    Presidential material does not (publicly) brake down into tears... especially twice. A teary-eyed President does not create a strong impression and would entice potent adversaries to strike on visual weakness.

    February 4, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. Ben

    You've got to be effing kidding me! Why does tears have to roll exactly 24 hrs before an election when her opponent is gaining on her or pulling away from her? I'd have to renounce my citizenship and move to some banana republic if people actually buy this theatrical act nonsense and hand her a 'pity-vote' victory.

    I'm tired of this manipulative woman and her finger-wagging lying husband! Away with the Clintons!!!

    February 4, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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