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. Ev

    If this is news, it's no wonder America's in the state it is. Stay strong, Hil. Don't let national idiocy get you down!

    February 5, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |


    And the oscar goes to Hillary.

    February 5, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  3. davidvoter08

    Mr. Barack Hussain Obama is all hype, not substance!!! I finally understand why Americans elected Gorege W.Bush twice! They want a nice guy they can have a beer with

    February 5, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  4. Miles

    Go Hllary President 2008!! No one left behind!

    February 5, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  5. Michelle Matthews

    Another attempt by your network to bias voters against Hillary! What has happened here? This might as well be called the Obama Network how about BHN? Go Hillary!!! Voters show the media who speaks to your needs and concerns and who has the experience to lead. Vote Hillary!

    February 5, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  6. Eric S

    What's wrong with being emotional when you return to your alma mater? That's where you spent the most valuable time of your life. Give her a break.

    February 5, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  7. Willie

    I can't believe it; but then again, I absolutely can believe it. The timing once again is perfect . . . if it doesn't backfire and blow up in her face as it should. I always figured that if Hillary Clinton ever wanted to go out on that limb and use her crocodile tears one more time in an attempt to win votes, she would probably try to do it immediately before the Super Tuesday Primaries/Caucuses where so many delegates will be at stake. Here's hoping that voters have wised up and won't let her make a laughing stock out of them yet again with that same old ploy.

    Hillary has clearly added to the historical aspect of the 2008 Primary season with her shedding of tears. Not only will this year go down in history as the first time that a woman was ever a very viable threat to win the nomination of a major political party, and an African American would also be a very viable candidate for nomination for the very first time as well; but if Hillary manages to win enough votes to salvage wins on Super Tuesday, 2008 will definitely mark the first time that a Presidential candidate has cried (real or not) twice in one campaign and survived (let alone won). Talk about your double standard and playing under a different set of rules! To borrow the words of former President William Jefferson Clinton, "GIVE ME A BREAK!"

    February 5, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  8. Amber

    Why can't someone show emotions towards someone or something I think it shows that see is human. So she teared up who cares this is about what she can do for use little people. I think its great that she shows that much emotion when she is dealing with all of all life's and trying to make us all have a little bit more money in our pockets.

    Hillary you have my vote

    February 5, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  9. deb m.

    I'm so sick of Obama going withi his one note campaign of Change, and I heard his speech today always plugging the point he was against the war...geeze guy get a new speech! I find the commercials so interesting too, that Romney is the only guy attacking an opponent and of course, it's Hillary. I guess we know who the Republicans are most afraid of running against. Why is it in the dozens of commercials I've seen for all the candidates only Hillary is slammed? Is it me or, or isall the positive press skewed towards Obama? It sure helps he can trot all his little attention getting supporters out for him. Let's hope they hold his hand all the way to and through the White House...he's going to need alot of help with his on the job training. It's so nice to see Hillary get out there without the help of high profile types propping her up and she doesn't need to screem and holler. We know who the smarter more qualified Democrat is...GO HILLARY!

    February 5, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  10. Sky

    Hilary was endorsed by Jack Nicholson, Madeline Albright, Bobbie Kennedy, Jr. the New York Times just to name a few. It isn't getting much air time however. Go figure.She has my support !

    February 5, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  11. Sky

    After we are all united does anybody know where we are going?

    February 5, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  12. mike, Columbus ohio

    The day before Super Tuesday. Very well planned camp Clinton

    February 5, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  13. artisticmisfit

    Why would anyone care if she cries. That is so unfair.

    February 5, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  14. JohnS

    How can a Professor of Constitutional Law have no experience with National Politics? Hillary supporters are really "uneducated." It is like saying a general MD has no experience with screening for simple stomach pain!!! How dumb can some of these voters really be; it makes it difficult to give some CREDIT to a fellow citizen!!!

    If you think the Dems are tough or critical of Hillary, wait until the Republicans take on the lead for this!!! For those who think the Dems are fussy about Hillary, wait until the war machine of the Republicans start!!!

    How short-minded can some of the Dems really be? Have you already forgotten what the Republican machine did to
    a) the Clintons before they left office?
    b) Al Gore?
    c) John Kerry?

    The Dems better start CRYING now, they think Hillary is only presenting with "teary eyes."

    As some one just reminded us: other nations do not look upon this as any form of strength, especially nations that have NO REGARD for women or have had stronger women as leaders. I think our Models should include Michele, Condi, Elizabeth Dole, Thatcher and so on– strong, very strong women leaders!!!

    February 5, 2008 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  15. emmy.

    My God, this was not a big deal people...she felt a human emotion, she's living on no sleep and had a moment where I never saw "tears". Get over it and don't subject her to scrutiny you'd never put her opponents under. This is a non-news event and it won't matter much when she is the Democratic nominee...or go ahead and get Obama nominated and we'll see McCain in the White House...yeah! I have faith when push comes to shove...intelligence, experience, and hard work to really MAKE CHANGE will be the things crossing American's minds in the primary...not just a new face with a loud voice. Hillary is the Change this country needs...just listen to her at any of their debates...SUPERIOR!!!! In LA, all you had to do was hear the rousing cheers when she said "It took a Clinton to clean up after the last Bush, it may take another Clinton to clean up after this one."
    Face reality...it's Hillary, or another Republican.

    February 5, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  16. Macunaima

    Something is really wrong when there are 600 comments about this. What else can the media orchestrate. Have you noticed that the Media has NEVER said anything against OBAMA. Of course, there is nothing to say because he has not done anything.

    It is amazing that he needed all this women on stage (Matria Shiver, Carolyn Kennedy, Oprah and Michele Obama). It looked like a circus.

    The media only wants to bash Hillary. That gives them momentum.

    All this talk of Obama can unite us. Have you heard how he will do this? So far I have not heard one specific thing that he will do. He never gives any specifics only generalities. Those of you voting for him are voting for his charisma and on his promises. You don't have any evidence that he will be able to deliver what he is promising. This is so dangerous. George Bush also was elected because people liked to have a beer with him.

    February 5, 2008 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  17. cb

    Diana, if you are so pathetic that you base your vote on whether someone cried or not, your vote is not worth anything so go ahead and please do join the Obama movement to nowhere. Plus, you are so gullible as to continue to fall for CNN I mean ObamaNN network ploys, she teared up because a good friend introduced her and that was her response...read her book, the man who introduced her is the man she interned for in college knocking on doors to find disabled children who couldn't go to school. The woman is for real, you are just threatened by her because she is a beautiful balance of intelligence and humanity. Get a life.

    February 5, 2008 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  18. emmy.

    I guess the Republicans take Hillary seriously, despite CNN and all the other news channels that love to spin the Obama momentum. Romney mentions her in his commercials because he (they) know they can kick Obummer's @#*. Here in California he is the only candidate to mention an opponent and of course, it's Hillary. It's amazing there are almost as many postings for Hillary's emotional moment as there were for Obummer's rude snub of Hillary at the State of the Union. Obama is arrogant, does look down his noes at her during debates, and can't hold a candle to her in debates. Let's have another one so we can watch him stutter and stammer. As for all his endorsements...alcolholic Ted Kennedy, homemaker Caroline, they didn't get Gore, Kerry, or Ted into the White House did they? Maybe Oprah can buy cars for all the super delegates. HILLARY'S SUPERIOR INTELLLIGENCE, EXPERIENCE, AND QUIET LEADERSHIP IS WHAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS. Not a yelling, one note CHANGE puppet. What has he the ever done...tell us please. Hope doesn't make change...and I'm tired of hearing his schpiel. I'LL BE VOTING HILLARY '08!

    February 5, 2008 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  19. Definitely Hillary

    CNN exposed Hillary's emotional moment on purpose. So if Hillary win they can conclude it 's because of the tears. You're just plain wrong CNN. Hillary will win because she's the best candidate, as the sensibles among us know. Of course Obama supporters disagree because they're still in the state of denial.
    Go HIllary go go go!!!

    February 5, 2008 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  20. anonymous

    Marcelo, how is it that you know for a fact that "the world is pulling for Barack?" Just more of the absurd claims of Obama camp. You all have learned well under Bush/Rove and 8 years of Republican rule, that if you just say something it is true especially if you say it over and over, things like Obama's positions are more well thought out than Hillary's. No one has thought through these issues more carefully and thougtfully than Hillary so just don't say this kind of stuff. You claim Barack is so above politics and the tactics, that is just false. He is the one who started the race issue – he and Oprah – and a true leader would have called out the black community and recognized that of course Bill Clinton is not a racist and never made a single comment that was offensive, actually. it was all twisted by the media and Barack himself. Some uniter.

    February 5, 2008 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  21. Los Angeles

    I feel that those who endorsed Barack Obama are totally selfish and only in their best (self-) interest. It's so obvious….why can't voter see this! I am voting Clinton for a real change and for a better future!!

    February 5, 2008 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  22. Patricia

    as a woman, I sure wish there was a woman running I COULD support. Hillary is not the one. I know too much about her, she'll never get my vote.

    February 5, 2008 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  23. joy


    February 5, 2008 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  24. shirls

    THE WOMAN DIDN'T CRY...SHE CHUCKLED WITH EMOTION!!! It wasn't staged like Obama's rock star rallys. She and Bill have been going out on their own with their brillilant political minds and they don't need the Ted/Oprah/Caroline/Maria/DeflippinNiro endorsements. He needs EVERYBODY to prop him up, huh? When you have the goods you can quietly lead...no need to get everybody to scream for you. I wish the media (CNN, MSNBC, etc.) would give her the same positive air time. Her stuff's played down (unless it's this nonsense) and his little victories are blown up way out of proportion. Endorsements have historically not mattered...people use their own brains and the smart choice is HILLARY.

    February 5, 2008 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  25. Dan Campbell

    I am shocked by the behavior of fellow Americans when it comes to Hillary. A man gives her a very warm welcome at a reunion - recognizing her deep devotion to the advancement of families and children - and look how cruel some of you are? You should be ashamed of yourselves.

    Whether you support her or not, you can't deny that she has spent a great deal of her life dedicated to protecting children. It was a nice greeting – it moved her. What's wrong with that? More importantly, what's wrong with people when they can't see it for what it is? Maybe America is NOT ready for a woman president, but I know I am (and I'm a guy).

    February 5, 2008 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
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