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. Ellen

    Just maybe the news people know what phonies the Clintons are. They can't stand them either. I saw through the Clintons when they came to the White House 16 years ago with their 2 for 1 show. Phonies. Crooks. With all the info on their scandals and backdoor dealings and laughing at the American people who still support them, why can't all people see through them. Many have recently and I pray that others will wake up before it is too late. Anyone but a Clinton in the highest office of the land. She has calculated this election for years. This is what she has lived for for years. Don't be fooled. Wake up people. This is our country we are talking about.

    February 5, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. Here In Britain

    "JohnS February 5, 2008 1:39 am ET

    How can a Professor of Constitutional Law have no experience with National Politics?"

    An old saying.

    Those who can, do.

    Those who can't, teach.

    And those who can't teach, lecture.

    Most Professors in my experience have absolutely no knowledge of the real world – it's all theoretical what-ifs and no solidity – a bit like Obama himself.

    February 5, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. catherine

    I'll take Hillary's tear duct leaks anyday over Exelon's radioactive nuclear leaks that Obama overlooks to protect his friend and major donor.

    CNN, please stop censoring my comments. I know you're biased against Hillary Clinton and refuse to report how Obama's voting record contradicts his message but Censorship is really un-American.

    GO HILLARY '08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 5, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
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