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. Sarah

    Please America, don't be dumb enough to fall for it again! Then again, we did elect Bush twice, so I shouldn't have high expectations.....

    February 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. JG

    "Clinton gets teary eyed again".
    Have all of you commenting on this actually watched the video clip? CNN is creating a story where there is not one. There is also an obvious bias in the wording of the title. I am disappointed in CNN in using an obvious sexist bias any time Clinton shows any amount of emotion. I guess CNN likes the Obama story best and wants to promote that one.

    This is NOT news.

    February 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. unconcerned

    maybe she is just playing to the voters, but the last time this happened was exactly 28 days ago! not trying to be narrow-minded, but our next president should be able to keep their emotions in check regards of circumstance or biology! i'd be in complete support of hillary if these teary public displays were not occurring.

    February 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |

    you go Hillary 2008 you are the best to run this counrty!

    February 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. Rajendra Patel

    I am a first gebneration Immigrant from India and a US citizen for last 25 years. I am an independent voter. Regaredless, I have a difficulty understanding why people have so much hate towards Hilary. I thought, the Clintons are the true symbol of United States, where you can achieve your highest potential with your God given skills/abilities. You can be an average (not rich) citizen, but can rise to to be the president of the United States if you work hard for it. The Clinotn's achieved this via thier life long commitments and contributions in public service. Why is this so wrong? At least the presidency is not bought to Clintons by their rich parents similar to many past presidents. Are we now telling our children that life-long career in public service is a wrong career path? Who will then provide public service to the democratic population?

    February 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. Sublime Dialectic

    What a shame that those who have become accustomed to the lowest common denominator in politics and life, seek relevence in the insubstantial!! So what that she cried?!! Does it show that the machine is human because it is pre-programmed to show emotion before its political demise?!

    God Bless America!!!

    Move forward with Barack Obama!!

    February 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Diane Morris


    February 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. Alice


    February 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. Wake up america

    J. Miller that in itself it racist. As white male...even i am offended by that comment and I am possibly voting Republican. I belive since he is running for president in the US..I believe he IS talking about the US....I mean I am voting for Mccain and he isn't my friend...

    J. Miller Bad politics decisions....!

    February 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. Steve TX

    I love the hypocrisy...If she did this same thing against a Republican and republicans were saying she's fake there is NO WAY you'd be making these comments against her. You would support her as being human and caring, unlike those cold, heartless republicans...hypocrites!! Support ISSUES...not people!!!

    p.s. Where have all the links to this blog gone! It was not on CNNs homepage anymore to popular article! Hmm!

    February 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. philadelphia pa

    I am afraid it took a bush to bring a clinton. Now, it might take another clinton to bring another bush ======oh nooooooo W SAD

    February 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. ryguy79

    Even if this WEREN'T a tactic, I'd say we need a president who cries less. But that's just me and my nuclear launch code-protecting pessimism.

    February 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. Vista

    Hei people! You are all crazy to think that a man or woman has no right to FEEL EMOTIONAL! She met a tutor not seen for years and she can't be emotional? Then you folks deserve stone harted Bush or Obama or McCain whatever you call these masculine war-tyrkeys!

    February 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. JimInFl

    Why do all you republicans hate Hillary......Can't we all just get along????

    February 4, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. john williams san diego, ca.

    NO CRYING in POLITICS, show your cajones Hillary

    February 4, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  16. Carol G

    Have anyone of you even watched the video clip? Nowhere she's tearing or anything like that. She just showed some (minimal) emotion and joked about "tearing up" again, and CNN is spinning as "teary-eyed".

    Shame on you, CNN! Please just show the news and get rid of all those biased comments and let people themselves to judge.

    February 4, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  17. Mike

    You people are complaining about that...? I didn't even see any crying. Gimme a break.

    February 4, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. Siena

    one word: CALCULATION

    it offends me that she continues to play to women's emotional attachment for votes. AND to throw in a focus on children? was she SO focused on the future of the children when we gave Bush the authority for pre-emptive war?! nope. she was and has always been focused on fostering her own power. shame on hillary. for shame.

    we need to move away from this kind of mockery.

    yes we can!!!

    February 4, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  19. Amy, Kazoo

    People can be so cruel to one another, especially women. It's a shame that when a person, regardless of gender, shows emotion, comments like you read here are the majority. It's also proof to me that OBLAHma is not the POSITIVE uniter at all. All of the Obama supporters here seem so full of hate. It seems he brings out the worst in people. And for all the comments here made about how Obama brings people to tears in his speeches, moves people in their core, you sure have little to no respect or regard for someone else who becomes moved as well. Shame on you, you bunch of hypocritical sheep.

    February 4, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  20. Ayyub, Richmond, Va

    J Miller February 4, 2008 5:05 pm ET

    I love the fact she shows emotion, it means she is a real person with a heart!. All Obama can say is " Its our time" which i take as a all black theme and for that I am offended. He should be saying Its Americas time. Does he have an agenda?

    You're really foolish dude.

    It' our time because WE are America. You sound alittle racist dude. Obama is for All American not like Hillary who has proven time and time again she's for only American women.

    February 4, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  21. Jim

    It's not about the crying - nobody with half an ounce of sense expects her (or anyone) to be an android. It's about the TIMING of the crying. Anyone defending this obviosuly manipulative and insincere display is seriously delusional! She is without shame and I don't think that there's a line that she won't cross to get what she wants.

    When the crocodile tears don't work, watch for the desperate attempt to re-seat the Michigan and Florida delegates after Super Tuesday. I hope someone (either the press, or Obama's campaign itself) calls her to the carpet on this. What do you do when someone tries to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge (even if they're pseudo-carpetbagger-New Yorkers)? Don't buy it!!!

    February 4, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  22. Joe, Wilmington DE

    Hey, Wow the Haters.

    I cannot speak for anyone else, but it's hard for me to believe the sincerity of folks who have, for so many years, taken lying and subterfuge to a high art form. Some of us are just sick to death of the Clinton BS machine and are not necessarily attached to another candidate's campaign.


    February 4, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. aliou salam

    well, well!!! here she goes again on the newhamshire trick.

    Don't be fooled America, this lady will pull all the tricks in the book to win.

    Is that the commander in chief or the commander in handkerchief?

    I want to see her cry to soften bin laden.

    We need a man of character not a man of charades.It lookd like she found a new tool to trick us.

    February 4, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. Wow

    Anyone who falls for this again should have their right to vote taken away. Ridiculous.

    February 4, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. Above the Fray

    I was really struck by something Oprah has said: "When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time." It is also true that "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. " I beileve what I saw of the Clintons in South Carolina and looking to the future, we cannot afford that condemnation.

    February 4, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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