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. Mary

    You should have people confirm if they are a republician or democrat when submitting comments. I could be you all the nay sayers are mainly republicians *wolves" in sheeps (democratic) clothing.

    Keep up the good work Hiliary.

    February 4, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  2. John Greensboro NC

    There is another put on. Do we want a put on president?

    February 4, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. Kat, Huntington, West Virginia

    Yes SHE Can!
    And so will we all if voters get past the smoke and mirrors and look at who the best, most experienced person is for this very important job...Hillary!

    February 4, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. Ex-Hillary Supporter

    As a woman I have to reject this kind of campaigning!

    It's 'ok' to show emotions – for a man and a woman.

    However, this is clearly calculated and I finally have to admit that Hillary Clinton is doing indeed whatever it takes to win.

    I am looking for an honest leader – more than for a particular gender preference.

    Enough is enough ... she is giving women in politics a bad reputation ! My guess is that Condoleezza Rice would not break out in tears before each crucial election. Women are MUCH STRONGER than that . She is not the last woman running for president !

    My vote will go to Barack Obama tomorrow.

    February 4, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  5. Joanna

    Oh, for crying out loud, no pun intended! Bush's father cries all the time! And who wouldn't get misty eyed at such a warm welcome? Get off it, CNN. You go Hillary!

    You just go girl!

    February 4, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  6. mark

    It's quite funny reading through the comments. There are really so few actual valid points against Hillary as opposed to personal attacks. I can certainly see where you call 200 negative stories on Hillary to 2 on Obama "balanced coverage, but come on, do Obama supporters really think that running against the Republicans is going to be a cake walk? Michelle and Barack would be the ones crying at the end of the day if the Republicans get their way with them. Lines of cocaine and slumlord supporters will be the LEAST of the Obama campaign's worries if he gets the nod. His "Dream" would shortly change into a nightmare. The fact that he is so blind to what may be ahead of him 3 months from now underscores that he is just not ready for leading a country for four years.

    February 4, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  7. Robert

    Look a the introduction she was given, take into account what she has done for children, and realize that she is, in fact, a real human being.

    I'd probably tear up as well.

    Just because an individual shows emotion doesn't mean they're weak. The media is using her as tiger bait and it's completely unfair. I have yet to see any "weak" moment reported for Obama, Edwards, Romney, McCain, or even Huckabee.

    It's getting a little ridiculous. She's a person, plain and simple. Let her feel how she feels, stop attacking her because it's the cool thing to do, and look into things a little deeper and stop listening to what peers, the media or any outside source is telling you what to say, think, or feel.

    February 4, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  8. Kris

    Please Obama supporters. You want the truth. You're voting for speeches, not policies. That's fine if you like generalities. I vote on issues and policy. The fact is in Obama's short time he has voted present more than 100 times, pushed the wrong button 6 times, was in bed with Rezko, bought his house $300,000 under the market price during a housing boom, lied to Iowa voters about his Exelon deal, etc. Now, why don't any of you mention that?

    Go ahead CNN, keep me in moderation.

    February 4, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. Independent

    Think about it – a time when you revist your past, are honored by past mentors for your work over 35 years – a heartfelt reaction.
    You all need therapy!

    February 4, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. Dem08

    Why is it that everyone is obssessed with Hillary. Does she scare you? If you look at the other blogs on here, this is by far the most popular. Is it not strange that the republican threads only have 14 to 50 post. Maybe its because all the republicans are here trashing Clinton.

    Hillary will come out on top tommorow.

    come on CNN. Real news please.

    Hillary 08

    February 4, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. Danielle, Philadelphia PA

    Yes, we get it CNN – you are pro-Obama, so you keep running these ridiculous stories to try to put down Hillary.
    So her eyes welled with tears – so what? Another non-news item.
    How about some objective journalism for a change?

    February 4, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. Chevalier

    Ok people, she was NOT crying. Anyone says such good things about you with such vehemance, you will feel emotional too.

    It speaks to the emotional intelligence of all the Hillary-bashing comments on this board that you think these 'tears' are 'false again'. You're projecting yourselves onto Hillary.....

    February 4, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  13. Marlin Galde

    Good grief Hillary, you need to rain in Bill, he is also running for another spot in the White House. This country does not need another Clinton promising everthing to gullible voters. Aw shucks I wonder what it would be like to have two Presidents in the White House Hillary and Bill or Bill and Hillary? this is really scary.
    Obama save this country for all.

    February 4, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  14. M., NY

    You just shot yourself in the foot, Mrs. Clinton.

    The first time in New Hampshire nearly everybody believed you. Now people don't even believe the first crying anymore. The timing is too good.
    You just hurt – if not destroyed – your credibility.

    Voters won't reward phoniness.

    PS: I really thought you were the best choice. Now you proved me wrong. When experience becomes willingness to do anything to get elected, we really need some change. Change we can believe in.

    February 4, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  15. get truth guy

    Go Hillary! You are our next President! Empty Change guy will never get my vote!

    February 4, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  16. tonia

    Completely agree with all participants who indicated on shameless unobjectives of CNN
    There is psyhosys with Obamants crowds – yes we can, yes we can.
    Jus nice slogans and nothing begind this.
    Being democrat I'll stay home if Obama wins primaries

    Hillary 08!

    February 4, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  17. Danielle, Philadelphia PA

    Not only is this biased reporting, it is also inaccurate. If you watch the video, it is clear that Hillary is not crying – you also can't see tears in her eyes. She simply made a flippant remark about promising not to "well up."

    She speaks in a very calm and controlled manner, and really doesn't show any emotion except poise.

    Shame on you CNN for running blatantly distorted versions of the truth!

    February 4, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  18. BlackHouse

    Lets make real change to the White House!
    Don't be fooled by the eye drops. This Change OB started will forever change the color of the White House! That even JFK can not dream of it!

    February 4, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  19. Outsider

    I am not an American and have read with disappointment that Obama seems to have catch up in the polls. Not saying that Obama is not good, but he is just lacking of true experience, and with the state America is in now (Iraq war, economy slowing down etc), the country needs someone with experience, not just someone who can talk well (talk is cheap by the way and Obama can be a good salesman).

    Hillary does have the experience, and regardless of what tactics she is using (tears, getting Bill to speak for her etc), is just part and parcel of campaiging (Obama is getting women to speak for him too). At the end of the day, America needs someone who can do the job not someone who can only talk but with no solid background (e.g experience) to back him up.

    America, please do everyone a favour – vote wisely, vote Hillary. You guys have put the wrong man in the office, not once but twice. So now here is a chance to put the right person in, don't squander it away.

    February 4, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  20. Lynne Kieper

    It's sad that some find it hateful that a political candidate is capable of real feelings. Hillary Clinton is an extremely bright person who has all the qualities I want to see in a president, and besides, she has access to arguably the best political mind of our generation. I would urge everyone to try to avoid being swept away on this tide of emotion that Obama's speeches seem to produce, and instead, try to find the real substance in what he says

    February 4, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  21. d

    Obama will have the tears tomorrow......

    we will have a leader – GO HILLIARY !!

    February 4, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  22. Andrea

    A champion for children who believes its OK to murder them? Hmmmmm...Curious.

    February 4, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  23. Vic

    I think I'M the one who is going to cry. I just heard that the reason the Kennedy family members endorsed Obama is that Hillary did NOT mention that JFK was really the author of the Civil Rights Bill! I say it's because the Kennedys haven't been in the spotlight in a few years and need a fix. All the more reason our vote will go to the nice lady, Hillary Clinton.

    February 4, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  24. Dewitt

    I like senator Clinton, but I am getting uncofortable seen her tearing up everytime some thing big event comes up. Come on Hillary, you can shake your head and smile when you hear comments like that not teary eyes.

    February 4, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  25. Miguel, Florida

    Stop the false comments,
    Have any of you realize, you will do the same thing when goint to your old beloved scjool or college. Therefore think about this, her oponent is getting circled by the oldest and greedest of the democrats, who wanst to control the young, inexperienced senator, who also thinks he will make a change by selling his soul to those people.
    Meanwhile, you got a candidate (Hillary) that knows how to control/manuever the people in Washington, so she will not be manipulated by the special interest and the wolf/shark minded individuals, like (Kerry and others).
    It's insane to see that the media also see more the defects in one candidate and not the other.
    Grow Up!!! Vote for your convictions, policies of the candidate and not for the fashion of the moment, that only will guide us to another George W. Bush, but controlled like a puppet by others.

    February 4, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
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