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. RP

    I don't know, but this is truly frustrating to see. Although I support Obama, I would have supported Hillary if she had become the Dems candidate (anyone of them is better than the Republican candidates). But this is just too much. I am all for human emotions and I felt sympathy for her first tears, but if this continues, she will not be able to represent the US on the international platform. It is fine to have emotions anywhere, but I expect the president and commander in chief to keep those emotions in check. I am now not so sure anymore whether Hillary desrves any support from anyone... Too bad. I these tears are genuine, then she is weak, if they were calculated, she's got a flawed character. Either way, this is not good for our country.

    February 4, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Cali Voter

    I'm really not sure why this one made the ticker; Hillary got a little misty eyed during a beautiful introduction from an old professor of hers. I saw a few thousand men crying last night when the Patriots lost as well as quite a few Giants crying over their victory! C'mon folks let's focus on the issues here this isn't American Idol.

    February 4, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Steve

    So first she cries the day before the NH primary and now she cries again the day before Super Tuesday?

    February 4, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |


    February 4, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. Ann

    Here we go again!

    February 4, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. c

    In the future, please check with Michelle, Maria, Oprah, Caroline, Claire, Kathleen, and Janet but most of all the real women of this country who never got the invitation to Yale. And I bet if they did get to Yale they would be crying out of joy for the future, not sadness.

    February 4, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. Joe

    Hillary forever. What a great startergy. Right thing at the right moment! Good Bye Obama! Hillary '08.

    February 4, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. Carol, NH

    I hope the women of the rest of the nation are smarter than the women of new hampshire who fell for this staged act last time. It is clearly an attempt to lure in sexist voting,

    Yes, we should have a woman president
    But not the divider that Hillary Clinton is.

    Obama 2008

    February 4, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Sam

    When Hillary wins, she wins over Obama, NBC, MSNBC, ABC, FOX, and all the pundits (or anti Hillary bunch). Hillary is holding up remarkably well given the one sided coverage in this campaign.
    The coverage of this primaries will be remembered in history as one where the media did all they could to stop Hillary. I should add that, the media is not really interested in seeing Democrats do well in the general election. All it would take to take down Obama is just the first "swiftboat" the Republicans will surely shoot his way.

    The only way Democrats win in the general election is with Hillary. She has withstood any fire the Republicans can shoot her way for the past 16 years. Nothing new they can drum up against her. They are scared "###" of HRC because they she is the only one that can beat them.

    Democrats, do not fall into the traps that the national media is setting up for you. Clinton/Obama ticket is the only way to go.

    February 4, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. ACT

    Hillary is going to cry again, let us see whether she can fool us twice

    February 4, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. gg

    Hillary has been endorsed by the National AFSCME (union of state, county, municipal employees)-yet you will never hear about it on CNN because Cnn is discriminating against her on the basis of gender. If Obama were endorsed by this large national union, we would never hear the end of it on CNN because Obama is a man-get it? Where is the NOW. They should confront CNN.

    Sick of those nasty Wolf Blitzer comments also. e.g., "naive" etc.

    Hillary has a law degree from Yale. But all we hear about is Obama's degree from Harvard. Well Mitt Romney also has a law degree from Harvard (as well as MBA)- something else we don't hear much about on CNN.

    February 4, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. Not Hillary

    You've got to be kidding me!
    Will people see her games finally?

    February 4, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. PJ

    Do we really need a president who cries at the drop of the hat? It always seems to happen the day before a big vote and she is probably going to lose.

    February 4, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. linda, OKC OK

    here comes the waterworks AGAIN............

    February 4, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. Joe

    YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING ME! If this works again, I may lose my mind.

    February 4, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. Kamuzangaza

    Why is it that whenever the polls show that Hillary might loose she becomes teary? I never saw her become teary on the eve of the Nevada caucuses when she was far ahead in polls. In New Hampshire when the polls were tight, she cried, and this time around her lead in polls is fast disappearing, and she is crying. Does she only become emotional when polls are tight?? This time I do not think the New Hampshire trick will work

    February 4, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  17. Dana

    I don't think that's fake so CNN just stop it. I seriously think Senator Clinton is dedicated to children and the poor as evidenced by her 1992 healthcare initatives. Everyone is jumping on her for mistakes but every last one of those candidates has made mistakes. However, when Clinton makes a mistake it's public headlines and she is tarred and feathered for it. This is not right. People need to stop jumping on the Obama bandwagon and vote with their minds and hearts. Sure OBama is a nice guy with a great message, but what has he done. Nothing! Hillary has done a lot of good legislative work. She knows what works in D.C. and what doesn't. Obama is just feeding the people what they want to hear. He is charming people with a message of hope. At the end of the day though whoever gets in the white house has an enormous task to do. This is not American Idol. This is the Presidency of the U.S. Obama will not be able to accomplish what he is alleging he is gonna do. Senator Clinton has done so and is still trying.

    I can understand why she got emotional because this campaign has been trying on her and it is testing her. She is genuine and the real deal. She has worked hard for children and the poor and she is dedicated to making a better America. Obama is not right for this country right now. He will be right in 8 years. He can't do what Hillary Clinton will be able to do and that is turn these last past years of the Bush administration around and put America back on track to a positive road. Obama I believe will make huge mistakes because of his naivety about how Washington works. People he can not wave a magic wand over D.C. and change it. That won't happen D.C. is never gonna work like that. Yes you have to work with people but clearly Clinton has been doing that because she wouldn't have been a U.S. Senator and making positive changes for the past 8 years. All these endorsements that OBama are getting are unwarranted. People are just jumping on the bandwagon because he is considered a rock star and because it's the in thing to do. These are celebrities who will not suffer if Obama makes mistakes. This is serious though people. This is about the war, our economy, our healthcare, our security, our children, our future. Please think about what you are doing before you cast your vote.

    February 4, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. Shawn Smith, Kansas City, MO

    how could anyone find her atrocious? the woman has done so much for health care, much more than obama has, yet everyone thinks he is the viable candidate?

    vote smart people, not with the hype of hollywood endorsement of a 'likeable' candidate...

    February 4, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. CHERYL

    *****************GO HILLARY*************************

    February 4, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. Tom

    I think she has this ability to cry at will! Women across america are being taken for a ride.

    Now,Super Tuesday eat that!

    February 4, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. Voter 08

    Here we go again, she is at it again with the calculated tears. Somebody tell her to stop. It worked the first time, it wont work again

    February 4, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. Stephen- Independent

    Not Again!!! Can she win by crying her way to the presidency? This is really deceptive!!!

    February 4, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  23. ErikS

    Oh, ok, it must be the day before voting AGAIN. Time for "misty eyes" once again . This woman is a disgrace.

    February 4, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  24. EE

    This is really Silly for Sen Clinton with teary eyes. Emotions are good but when emotions become political tools they can become demotions

    February 4, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. Alex, VA

    After the way the media has been hammering her, I'm sure a friendly comment was extremely welcome. Keep going Hillary, we love you out here, and we want you to succeed!

    February 4, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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