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. pokerekere.

    Go! Hillary you're only human...that okay to show your emotion we will be voting for you...

    February 4, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. JoeC

    The President is more than just Commander in Chief. He/She is also supposed to represent our national resolve and strength. Do we really want to have our leader displaying the water works the next time our nation is faced with an emotional crisis?

    Some of the harshest criticism of Jimmy Carter's presidncy was due to what appeared to be his showing defeatism and woe when we needed an inspirational leader. Ronald Regan's campaign against him was based on a rejection of this appearance of a national malaise.

    The Republicans will pull out all the stops. Are you ready for a Ronald Regan II campaign?

    February 4, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. new guy

    Jasmin and Allison,

    Honestly if you think CNN is not a biased, tell me honestly.....in last 2 months........... a single negative news about barak(not as single spin)...all the reporting you see is complete positive.......
    2nd...tell me single positive reporting on clinton ...if you seen in last 2 months...every media is just highlighting and reporting..and framing her....fake and negative....

    Media has planned this campained by playing all the independent voters...puppet...funny thing is everyone is falling in the trap of media...

    If you have guts...compare the issues and experience and discuss them....don't whine about small thing ...she cried...he fall from stage...stupid things....

    barak...stumble in speech on friday..did anyone report...NOOOOO....

    i like both candidate.....i just expect media to be fair and balance to both candidate

    February 4, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. Ross

    Yes, Patricia McDonald, EVERYTHING WITH HILLARY IS A CALCULATED MOVE! This is more fakery! Enough! Let's help the country, not her political moves.

    February 4, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. Anne-Los Angeles

    Well, the Obama campaign just released a memo to rein in such expectations. "Senator Clinton is certainly the favorite on February 5, given the huge leads she has held in many of these contests throughout the course of the campaign and the political, historical and geographic advantages she enjoys in many of these states," Obama manager David Plouffe said in the memo.....

    This is from MSNBC.....just to give a little even handedness to the story.

    February 4, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. Vintelligent

    It is an insult to the voting public that the Clinton campaign has turned to tears again. Do they really believe that lightning will strike twice?

    And to J Miller, are you serious? By "our" Obama clearly means Americans.

    February 4, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. AISHA


    February 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. justin

    That's the reason Hillary Clinton won't be elected President. Anytime she cries it supports the idea that women are too emotionally prone to be in office. The other reason is her election is essentially a Clinton third term.

    February 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. AC

    I was going to say something about crocodile tears, and good acting...but it's all been said already!

    Lame that CNN covers it though...

    However, it did get all of us to click and respond!

    Obama or McCain. At least I think they try to talk straight with people and won't do anything to get in power again.

    February 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  10. Amy, Kazoo

    Jennifer- I'd MUCH rather have a president who gives PAUSE to the thought of bombing a crucial facility near children than the cowboy we have in office now who drops bombs willy nilly like he's Santa Freaking Claus. People act different in all sorts of situations and I firmly believe that just because one shows emotion that is rooted in SENTIMENT, it does not mean they are not going to be able to do an effective job. Even Mike Huckabee said leave her alone, they're all exhausted and human. and everyone acts different. So show a little human kindness.

    February 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. Greg Johnson

    o great, is this the individual were going to have running the country?? What is she gonna do if the economy goes into recession?? Cry about it?? Is her campaign argument really that she is more ready for the job than Obama?? This is clearly a display of a weak personality and someone clearly not ready for the most important and most difficult and demanding job in the world.

    OBAMA '08

    February 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. Rick

    Once elected(?), will Hillary's tears make it easier for everyone who voted for her when she makes her statement a reality? Hillary said about universal coverage "I think there are a number of mechanisms" that are possible, including "going after people's wages, automatic enrollment."

    February 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. Alex

    I'd cry too if I were married to Bill.

    February 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. Sully

    Go Hillary Go!! We love you!

    HILLARY 2008!!!!

    February 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  15. Joe Black

    Campaign advisors say that a waterworks is good for at least a 5-point jump in the polls.

    Should be just the thing to put her over the top.

    Not sure it will work on Bin Laden, though.

    Cry me a river, Hillary, Cry me a river!

    February 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  16. frank

    An Oscar is in order.

    February 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  17. Michael

    And stop using the "Yes, We Can" moniker. That was created by Cesar Chavez – who is supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton, not Obama. Obama has "borrowed" from many great Americans – Dr. King, JFK, Cesar Chavez, to name a few. When will he get his own message?

    And it goes, Si Se Puede! For Hillary !

    Latinos will come out in RECORD numbers for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    Lets see if "Obama Central"has the courage to post this. I doubt it.

    February 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  18. V from St. Louis, Mo

    i think it hit her then, what kind of pressures she will face as president...

    Obama 08!!

    February 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  19. SC Native

    Showing emotions show that you have a heart. I with you all the way Hillary. To all of you Obama supporter PLEASE STOP WITH THE NEGATIVE COMMENT. You all talk about change but you all are the same people. Hillary you have my support.

    Hillary 2008

    February 4, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. bob , bronx

    j miller you are a joke ,i am a black man a young black man ,and i take it that he is talking to the younger generation, not the black race because did you forget his mother is white joker, at least he is not crying for votes. what is she going to do when other male leaders perseive our leader as weak for crying everytime the going gets tough. now get out of the kitchen oh now i'll be the bad guy to say that where she belongs but i won't

    February 4, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  21. Eric, California

    Thank goodness for REAL news reporting here in Los Angeles by ABC which reported today that "Survey U.S.A. has Clinton beating Barack Obama 53 percent to 41 percent. With John Edwards out of the race, Clinton has gained four points since last week's poll and Obama is up another three points."

    That's a 12 point lead for Hillary! CNN, apparently your sources are a bit skewed!

    Hillary '08

    February 4, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  22. Ron

    Here we go again. Let's lube the old campaign machine with a few tears. It worked in NH, why not now.
    And now, with abosolutley nothing up my sleeve, I will pull a tazmainian devil out of my.....er....hat.
    PT Barum, " a fool is born every minute".

    Let's hope they all aren't voting!!!!!!

    February 4, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  23. Jeff lorton VA

    Has anyone seen the vid? She does not tear up!! what the heck.

    February 4, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |

    Just what we need – a President who bursts into tears in front of the whole world when things go wrong. Hardly the image of a great nation.

    February 4, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. Owen Lewis

    Emotions are build-in characters of a real person, not a pretender

    February 4, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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