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. alto

    There are a variety of polls – that reflect different outcomes according to NPR. It's discouraging to continue to see the media bias against Clinton. Two specific examples:

    Florida primary results – Quite simply, she won. However, there was extremely limited coverage of an overwhelming victory. Let the Democratic Party sort out later wehther to seat the delegates. It's the media's job, though, to report when lartge numbers of voters in a critical state turn out and give the victory to Clinton. When the media did report the results, they made sure to mention that Obama hadn't campaigned – well, neither had Clinton. But Obama was fresh off his victory in South Carolina and had gotten so much press following his big name endorsements the prior 2 days. What, the people in Florida don't watch T.V.?

    Obama and his campaign are lamenting that over 1 million Californians have already voted – perhaps a few weeks ago. Translation: if there's been a surge, these voters missed the boat – their votes were already cast. He implies that the support of the people who already voted was shallow and subject to change (one they'd gotten to know him better). How arrogant and insulting to those how cast absentee ballots as well as those voters who have already made up their minds. Mr. Obama, my vote has been solidly with Clinton for over a year despite your mega Hollywood rallies and "stream of consciousness" endorsements from Shriver, et al.

    February 4, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  2. ashshell

    It seems as though if you defend issues or state facts you don't get posted. If you bash Hillary then you do. Another attempt to make it seem as though more people are voting for Obama than actually are.

    February 4, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  3. D.L.

    Stop the madness over this!
    Get a grip!
    Please start reporting as a credible news agent.
    Have you no "Old Time Pride".
    Where are the adults that work for your station??

    February 4, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. A IL


    Here is where Obama stands on abortion – Disagreed with Supreme Court ruling to uphold the "Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act." Did not cast a vote on Prohibiting Funds for Groups that Perform Abortions amendment in 2007.

    Please do your research before making your choice of the candidates.

    February 4, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  5. UpstateNY

    Madeline Alrbight and Margaret Thatcher were both exceptional female politicians. I do not remember in any instance of them "tearing up." This is just Hillary playing the woman card. This happens a week ago, not a big deal. The timing is very suspect.

    Dont get me wrong, I dont think she is a bad person. Just will do anything and everything to get the presidency.

    Tomorrow looks to be a free for all.

    February 4, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  6. Greg, CA

    Is she still running for a commader in chief? McCain would eat her for breakfast.

    Only OBAMA!

    February 4, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  7. Juanito, Washington, DC

    Lawdy....here we go again with the pre-election day tears...sheesh.

    February 4, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  8. go hillary!

    it's very sad that readers don't see what CNN is trying to do. It is obvious that this writer is a big Obama fan. Every time CNN writes about Hillary, it is negative. What about all the Obama crap that is going on. He's just a great talker. CNN should be ashamed of their biased articles.

    GO HILLARY!!!!!

    February 4, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  9. nashua

    O come on! not again!When will she stop!Its not going to work...twice

    February 4, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  10. stan pitts pa

    ha yes they are more people gonna be voting for obama tomorrow, Americans want real change in washington, we need to end the war, obama 08!

    February 4, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  11. Adriana S

    Great! Now the first woman with a good shot at becoming president will be known to have cried her way into it, if she gets there. Thanks, Hillary, for turning a potentially great moment in history into a confirmation of all misogynistic things ever said about women. I wasn't one of her supporters but I didn't particularly dislike her either. Well, now I do.

    February 4, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  12. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    Some bloggers here, especially the Obama supporters, appear totally without heart.

    Senator Clinton, in spite of the hate press to the contrary, is as human as any voter in America. And like any of us, she is subject to emotions from time to time.

    This isn't a weakness or calculated, it is normal.

    February 4, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  13. ChicoSez

    first, Hillary never actually cried. So you right wing water carriers are lying to make your opponent look bad. So thats the politics of hope, trash your fellow democrats and split the party cause your precious candidate might not get the nomination. So if Will and Sal and Annette are the new face of the dem party, I guess theres no room for people like me in it anymore. I know why republicans hate the Clintons, the republicans can't beat them. But I don't know why these alledged dems hate Hillary so much. All you've done is succeed in uniting me with a different party, that really uniting America. Grow up.

    February 4, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  14. Marla

    It is sad to read the comments of so many folks who must never have been physically and emotionally exhausted and received a kind word from a friend that brought tears to their eyes. Do you honestly believe the woman's comment was scripted or that HIllary's reaction was feigned? Seeing an old friend who was providing support during a grueling political race would make anyone with a heart cry.

    February 4, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  15. John William

    Really........ And all the HRC attack mail being sent by Obama is genuinely "politics of hope"?

    The Obama attack ads on a universal healthcare ,a democratic value, is not embracing the divisive politics that you proclaim to do away with?

    Or, the fact that he bought his home hundreds of thousand under market value does not make him a "typical politician" that is funded by special interests?

    You can not unite a country if HOPE is used as a guise to divide your own constituency..........

    Get Real.........come down from cloud 9..................

    February 4, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  16. Silvestre

    Oh, come on.... will everybody just stop with the pro-Obama conspiracy theories? Learn how to read first and then you'll find your share of anti-Obama comments on these boards.

    February 4, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  17. Emily

    It's interesting to read how everyone wants change and how everyone magically knows that Hillary's tears are fake.
    Hillary proposes change, but she goes one step further and explains them in details in person. Obama proposes change. He denounces the current administration. He gets lots of applause. His grasp of details does not hold a candle to Hillary's.
    But people love him anyway because of the charisma. They think he must know what he is talking about because we all want change.
    I want change too. I want to see universal health care. I want a stronger economy. I want to see a greener environment. I think Hillary Clinton is the best person to give the country that change. Why? Because she is the only one capable of talking about the hard, cold details. She is the only one who does not go for cheap applause every 5 seconds.
    Yes–the country needs change, but for Obama supporters, are you sure you know if it will be change for the better or worse?

    February 4, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  18. sandra longley

    obama supporters are notable in that they do'nt show up for any stories of substance they only post for stories like this,and say the same old things."what are you going to do if you win the Presidency Obama? I'm going to Disneyland, I'm living the dream" Hey tell me something about your candidate that really matters, like HOW is he going to get the jobs back, How is he going to get out of Iraq, HOW is he going to get rid of the Trillions in debt We never hear his plan. I did hear him say he wants to give drivers licenses to illegal aliens as payment for their vote of couse i did'nt think illegale could vote, but i guess if you have a drivers license you could-oh yeah does that mean the illegale terrorists get a license too, or just certain illegals? Did'nt he teach constitutional law? Uphold our laws and all that.

    February 5, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  19. nicole, WI

    I am soooooooooooooooooo sick of CNN! And you Clinton haters!! Stick to the issues and care what really matters about our country!!!

    February 5, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  20. John Smith

    Hillary (and Bill) supporters are "either incredibly loyal or incredibly stupid as well" because you can't really vote for someone who CLAIMS to have any experience who LIES, CRIES like a sissy on the job, and brings along a spouse who is likely to ABUSE young interns in the White House again. No VP will have NO ROOM!!!

    When you apply for a job, the employer always looks for someone with experience and GOOD REFERENCES: Unfortunately, with all her years of failed EXPERIENCES at healthcare reform, the inabaility to control her man, and lots of scandals plus dangerous enemies, you DO NOT want to hire such an experienced person.

    The present Senators and House members have NOT been effective references for Hillary BECAUSE of her poor performance and limited INTERPERSONAL QUALITIES. You need someone, regardless of experience, to have Effective interpersonal qualities; Hillary lacks this quality among others. That is, I do not care about the experiece of MY BOSS as much as I care about his/her quality of interpersonal interaction with me on the job!!!!!

    Talking about EXPERIENCE, I hope Hillary can challenge McCain with this type of "false hope;" McCain has better years of EXPERIENCE than Hillary and both Hillary and McCain lack the basic interpersnal skills NEEDED to bring great people TOGETHER to solve our problems!!!

    Even for those who cannot do bsic research about these candidates, watching the recent debates make it clear: As constitutional professr, Hillary is NO match for Obama. This is reflected in the fact that Hillary NO longer lead in double digits in any of the States. Given the level of education from the folks in Iowa, their decision to initially support Obama speaks volumes!!!!

    No President can suceed, if she/he lacks the skill to bring together the best and brightest in this Nation!!!!!! So, do not waste your vote on Hillary..

    February 5, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |

    Right. More manufactured propaganda from the Cro-Magnon News Network.

    I love all these starry-eyed Obama idealists who are so closed-hearted, cynical, unforgiving, and petty. You who project your own nastiness onto Senator Clinton and then dare to call HER divisive. It's YOU who are divisive. You are NOT the change we need in this world.

    February 5, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  22. Michele

    As a 40year old American woman i would like first to congratulate my home team "the NY GIANTS" for their victorious win…"SUPER GIANTS"….I was born in Portugal but came to the US at the age of 10 and have been an American citizen for 20 years, I am proud to call myself an AMERICAN, not a "Portuguese-American" not a "European-American but just an AMERICAN because that's what i am, that's how i feel, and for the first time in my life i will vote. Im from Newark, New Jersey , a real melting pot in the US, and my vote without a doubt goes to Hillary Clinton, and in November if Hillary is not in the race then i will have to vote republican.

    "Miracles happen, just believe…………………..

    GO GIANTS !!!!

    GO HILLARY!!!!

    February 5, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  23. Joe, Austin, TX

    I think it's kind of sick to hear women say that crying is "weak". Of course, these posts are only from people proporting to be women, and are just as likely to be mere Clinton-haters.

    February 5, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  24. tomdavie

    And yet Obama fans really THINK we Hillary voters are going to give Obama our vote if he wins the nomination.

    I for one am NOT voting in a media invention, empty suit, corporate controlled meat puppet.

    I will vote for John Mc cain. He is liberal enough for democrats to vote for.

    February 5, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  25. Obama 08

    According to the U.S. Constitution, you have to be 35 years of age and a natural born citizen of the U.S.A. to qualify to become president.

    Hillary Clinton’s claim of experience is nothing more than a red herring argument. If you really think about her experience argument, it is an argument that diminishes millions of honest and loyal citizens. This is why I do not trust or like Hillary Clinton. She is a divisive person.

    February 5, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
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