February 25th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
9 years ago

Clinton gets sarcastic, mocks Obama


Watch Clinton campaign in Rhode Island Sunday and make light of Obama's message (starting at 0:40).

(CNN) - A day after Hillary Clinton angrily called on Barack Obama to stop mailing campaign literature she said misrepresented her positions, the New York senator adopted a more sarcastic tone toward her rival on a campaign swing through Rhode Island Sunday.

Speaking to a crowd at Rhode Island College, Clinton said, "None of the problems we face will be easily solved," and then went on to mock Obama's message of unity.

“Now, I could stand up here and say, ‘Let’s just get everybody together. Let’s get unified,'" Clinton said to laughter of the crowd.

"The skies will open, the light will come down, celestial choirs will be singing and everyone will know we should do the right thing and the world will be perfect,” she said dryly as the crowd erupted.

“Maybe I’ve just lived a little long, but I have no illusions about how hard this is going to be," Clinton continued. "You are not going to wave a magic wand to make special interests disappear."

Clinton spent much of Sunday in Rhode Island, a state that has long supported both Clintons and votes on March 4, along with Texas, Ohio, and Vermont. With polls showing tight races in Ohio and Texas, and an overwhelming lead for Obama in Vermont, Clinton is hoping for a big win there.

“This little state has a big voice on March 4 to help choose the next president,” she added.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (160 Responses)
  1. tc

    WOW! Hilary mocking Obama! It must be something that people see in him that they are not seeing in her. To mock him and make fun of his deisre to have hope is disappointing. People need hope. After the Bush adminstration, people have to hope for a change. Not the same old, same old. Obama= Change, Hilary= Same old, same old...

    February 25, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. B. Smart

    Its like another episode of "The Lucy Show".
    OBAMA 08.

    February 25, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. Carlos, MD

    I think that Obama supporters get even more fired up when they hear Hillary’s increasing negative attacks. It is clear that Hillary's campaign is sinking, and she's drowning in her own words.

    February 25, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Dan

    Please leave the stage- please please please. Enough already. When this is over she can either become the lefts version of Rush or start her own church. The Church of St Hillary. All her followers can come and contribute and worship at her feet. Bill can continue (as she put it during the scandle) minstering to young people. The best part of this is she will then have a way to launder all her ill gotten gain. So let's all hear it for St. Hillary's Methodical Church.

    February 25, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. anonymous

    Hillary shows once again just how low she can go.

    She needs to step aside. If she can't see or appreciate a message of hope and unity, she should let someone else take the lead. Oh...wait...someone else HAS taken the lead.

    Her message of her supposed "experience" as first lady will mean little if she comes up against McCain.

    Enough already.

    February 25, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Davis

    I guess the debate on when she will go negative is over. The pic circulated by her campaign with him dressed in the native African clothing is pretty good as well, portraying him as a muslim (again!). Does this mean the gloves have come off, or the ignorance is pouring in?

    February 25, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Paul from Kissimmee

    I thought it was funny!

    February 25, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. stinger

    Hillary "double tongue" Clinton

    February 25, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. Danny in Pittsburgh

    On Thursday she's gracious and conciliatory. Uplifting, even.

    On Friday, she's business as usual, "ready from day 1"

    On Saturday she's scolding and derogatory–"shame on you" for doing exactly the same kind of things I"VE been doing...(the do-as-I-say argument of all parents)

    And on Sunday? Mocking and sarcastic and dismissive of the idea that hope and inspiration play a role in human/voter motivation–mocking not only Obama...but the 20 or so million folks who'd rather find a way to move the mountain, or navigate the mountain, rather than blow it up.

    Is a Hillary Clinton presidency going to change day-by-day based on what seem to be major mood swings over minor issues? If so, lets hope the really bad days ahead for America...coincide with one of Hillary's "good" days.

    February 25, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. Falconnetti

    And there you have it!! This is the real Hillary Clinton. On one hand, she said she was "honored to be on the same stage as Barack Obama". And now she is mocking the foundation of what millions of Americans have adopted as their mantra for creating change in the way Washington does business. The question Hillary has to ask herself is, how well is the most experienced candidate on day one slogan thing working for me? Not very well, I guess because she is resorting to making Sen. Obama and his supporters out to be delusional. Well Hillary, you should take the words to Bill's campaign song to heart. "Don't stop thinking about TOMORROW, don't stop, it will SOON be here, it will BE here, BETTER than BEFORE, YESTERDAY'S GONE, YESTERDAY'S GONE. You are yesterday, Hillary. Barack is tomorrow.

    February 25, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. Kareem from Hampton VA

    Guess what....she just killed her campaign!!

    February 25, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. Gigi

    We can understand that no action coming out of desperation brings good result. It is quite understable that Hillary is in a desperate state, after loosing eleven primaries, however, if she indeed found her true voice, we can judge for ourselves that it is umpleasant, maybe that's why she never displayed it publicly. Sarcasm is a double-edge sword, she may believe that she's getting even with her opponent, but is a bad taste mockery that only few can get away with, unfortunately, she is not one of them.

    February 25, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. JT

    She is desperate.

    Obama has said repeatedly. "I know how hard this will be." "This will not be easy." "We've got a real fight ahead" etc etc etc.


    He is inspiring people to WORK FOR HIM. That is how he's winning.

    When is the last time you were inspired by a sarcastic grouch, a sore loser? It won't work.

    February 25, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. BJE

    I guess Clinton wasn't there in Texas when Obama fed 5000

    February 25, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. Marko, Chicago IL

    She has become a disgrace over this campaign season. We might as well have Mike Gravel participate in tomorrow's debate. He's sounding more sane and viable than Clinton.

    February 25, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Vote2008

    That's just what this country needs, Hillary, is more negativism and sarcasm. Yes, let's crucify Senator Obama for his positive, can-do attitude – that will get you the votes of America's nay-sayers. However, I believe that Barack Obama can lead our country out of its terrible slump. He is smart (at least as bright as Hillary, and Hillary is very bright), hard-working, at least as ethical as any politician I have come across, and has a real gift for oratory. Hillary, I do give you some credit for helping Senator Obama hone his debating skills which will serve him well in the coming debates with Senator McCain.


    February 25, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. Melissa

    Every time I start to feel a little empathy for Hillary Clinton, she sinks a little lower. This type of mockery is outright insulting, belittling, and disingeneous. At first I understood how people would doubt the substance behind Obama's words, but at some point, people have to let go of the Clinton hype and listen (and read, and think) for themselves. Obama has described very clearly the difficulties of getting where it is that he wants to go. He explained very clearly that it was not nearly just MLK's words, but the actions behind the words (that included, sometimes, being killed), that led to change. How many times does Obama have to say that it is not blind optimism, but work, along with unity and hope, for people to hear?

    I am beginning to think that it is the Clinton followers that are being duped. As Hillary said, actions speak louder than words... am I really to believe how honored she is about running with Obama? Do I believe a great moment on stage at a Democratic debate, or her performance here?

    February 25, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. C

    This is why I prefer Clinton. Call a spade a spade. Obama supporters are just simply delusional. They think he is the answer to all their problems. Ha! Just wait till he wins because then reality will set in, he will have to work with the lobbyists, he won't make special interests groups disappear, he'll have to work within the political machine, and at the end of the day, he's just another slick politican.

    Go Hillary '08!

    February 25, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. unconvinced, NY, NY

    “This little state has a big voice on March 4 to help choose the next president,” she added.

    Really, Hillary? You don't seem to think the voice of every "little" state that has voted for Barack Obama thus far has been raised loud enough to determine the next Democratic Nominee, despite his clear victories. They were "just caucuses" or "not representative of the Democratic Party." Yet suddenly Rhode Island is different? Your blatant desperation at this point in the race grows more baffling by the second. Voters, beware. She will only count your vote if she comes out victorious on the 4th in Rhode Island. Is that the type of duplicitous, fickle and powermonger of a candidate you want on the ballot in November?

    February 25, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. chris the independendent

    She has lost it! And has lost my vote! What is she doing???

    February 25, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. Sarah

    enough already sheesh!

    February 25, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. J from DAHOUSE


    February 25, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. Steve, Austin, Texas

    I'm sorry she feels the need to ridicule Obama and his supporters like this. I finally found a reason to be proud of U.S. politics again and I find it sad that some people are willing to inject this type of cynisism into the White House another four years. Shame on you Clinton!

    Obama 08!

    February 25, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. Lori - Austin, TX

    Once again – Thank you Hillary for reminding me why I am NOT voting for you!!!

    February 25, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  25. LC


    I know for certain now that I WOULD NEVER vote for HILLARY!

    February 25, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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