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. Michael McClain

    Oh you've got to be kidding me.

    February 4, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Elizabeth

    Well, it is about that time. . . we'll see if it works this time.

    February 4, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Dero

    Cryin' again... 2 days before another primary? Never change a winning habit, Hillary! 🙂
    By any means necessary, The Presidency!

    February 4, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. Ellery

    I hate people who always try to belittle Hillary:

    If she is strong..she is a B*** who is hungry for power
    If she shows emotion, she is not a strong commander-in-chief

    Give me a break....She is human and she is a good person, who is really a champion for children's causes. If you do not want to vote for her, atleast do not belittle her. She is anice person.

    As for me, she has my vote

    February 4, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. stan pitts pa

    Another shameless attempt to confuse female voters.....remeber the saying fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice........American women are strong and independent and want to see a female president just not her!

    February 4, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Veronica Ward

    I think she was honestly shaken, she has done a lot for children. Most of the tearing up was probably because Yale is begging Obama to come and speak to them. maybe Hillary feels that they do like and appreciate her, finally.

    She went to Yale, yet they are chasing Obama to make a sppech there, that has got to hurt.


    February 4, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. David

    bOOO wHOOO hooo.

    What a crybaby!

    February 4, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. Ron, TX

    Let's put it in perspective CNN. The last time it happened (and the ONLY time it's happened), Obama was surging in the polls, and she was losing.

    This time, guess what? Obama is surging in the polls, and she is losing.

    Cry me a river. If you don't think it's calculated, you've been drinking too much kool-aid. You want a fact? She worked for her holier-than-thou Children's Defense Fund LESS than -one year-. She worked as a corporate attorney at a powerful corporate law firm for -15 years-.

    February 4, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. Stacy Clarks, Texas

    Here we go again, Clinton sees the polls are closing in on her, and there comes the calculated tears....PLEASE QUIT CLINTON!! WE'RE NOT GOING TO BUY IT A SECOND TIME!!!

    OBAMA/EDWARDS 08!!!!!!!

    February 4, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. Melissa in CA

    This is just shameless.

    Everytime she is losing, she starts crying to get a sympathy vote.

    When she is winning, the knives come out.

    Go away, you fake lying Clintons!! The only tears you have are for your own ego.

    February 4, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. anne

    Desperate times, desperate measures, no surprise, she will do anything to win, sad sad sad, maybe she should shed some tears about her husband's dealings in the mining industry. At least Americans can she her for what she is......
    Obama 08

    February 4, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Eric

    She also is suffering from the flu or a cold very bad...just listen to her voice. Some of this welling up could be due to lack of sleep and being ill.

    February 4, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Andre

    another sign...this is the second time she has cried.....when was the last time anyone saw a presidential candidate cry.....twice......is this the strength we need for the country?

    Go Obama!

    February 4, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. Christiaan, Norman, OK

    Has anyone else noticed that Hillary Clinton never shows a speck of emotion until the day before a critical primary?

    People accuse Obama of being without substance, or proffering kool-aide for all of us idiots to drink up. But at least he's not trying to emotionally manipulate the entire country.

    February 4, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. Not Buying It

    This may have worked in NH, but not this time...you are going to lose HRC

    February 4, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Trokon

    CNN.com, I do not want you to show such a shameful cry of inexperience on either the Tv or internet. As Hillary Clinton declear herself to be an experience woman with a good eigth year of her husband presidency and her 35 years jobs, She must not be asking for mercy or sympathy. It is not her first time. She not capable to lead the World Supper Power, and I request her to conceed to Barack Obama, the next president of America. I this hot she will be crying at World meetings or in the state house of other leaders. It is a disgrace for the Clitons. Barack, yes we can!!

    February 4, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. tears of a clown

    oh. come on!!! really!!! not calculated?

    February 4, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. Adams





    February 4, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. Smile

    Awww come on, not again Hillary.

    February 4, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. artseafartsea

    The woman is human. Hillary has been through a lot. And she will win the nomination and the election for president! It would be nice if the white male press were not consistently putting her down and elevating Obama to the highest. Wonder what that is about?

    February 4, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. FJ

    Didn't she tear up the day before the NH primary also? Sounds a litttle too coincidental to be sincere.

    February 4, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. Faiza, Los Angeles, CA

    wow right on cue before Super Tuesday and in a state that is voting tomorrow, ugh.

    February 4, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  23. NickNas

    C'Mon!!!! On the eve of yet ANOTHER Primary??? Is this timeing just a little suspicious to ANYONE???????

    February 4, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |

    Hillary's audience may have been under the weather

    February 4, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. Honestlady

    Not this mess again!!!!!!

    February 4, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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