March 1st, 2008
09:02 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama mocks Clinton... mocking Obama

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (CNN) - It was one week ago Sunday that Hillary Clinton stood in the rec center at Rhode Island College and mocked fellow presidential candidate Barack Obama for his campaign's theme of hope, saying Obama can't just "wave a magic wand and have the special interests disappear."

Now, this Saturday, the Illinois senator took that same stage and couldn't resist bringing up her comments, now immortalized on Web sites like YouTube.

"I think she was here, right?" Obama said toward the end of his stump speech. "She was saying 'Oh, you know, he thinks that the clouds will part and… [that] he's so naïve.'"

The room quickly erupted in "boos."

"Wait, wait, wait," he said.

"He thinks he can wave a magic wand," he continued, mocking Clinton's impression, "and suddenly everything will be great."

Obama then went in to his standard stump lines, saying it's true he "talks about hope a lot." He then defended his rationale in doing so.

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–CNN Political Producer Chris Welch

soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. Texas 4 Obama

    On March 4th we will wave our magic wands and make Hillary disappear!

    We are behind you all the way to the White House!

    March 1, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  2. Real Hope

    Real hope is what we all most need. You can mock, promise and stake your campaign on the promise of change, but that will not produce real change. When Obama is frustrated and angry he unfortunately falls back on rhetoric rather than substantive remarks. I hope the Obama supporters will remember that those of us supporting Clinton care deeply about change too and that we are far from being cynical.

    March 1, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  3. Penny in California

    I am proud to say, I have always supported Hillary Rodham Clinton. She is exactly what our country needs, a Woman to clean up the mess that this country is in, which men have created. We will be in a bigger mess, if Barach Hussein Obama is the Democratic nominee. Poor judgement, and we will only have ourselves to blame.

    March 1, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  4. Janet

    (Where did my comment go?)

    The "Clinton News Network" continues to use misleading titles to put Barack Obama in a negative light. He did not mock her at all in that video. In fact he was very positive and told the crowd to stop booing Hillary Clinton. He actually used her words to tell the truth about himself.

    If Hillary wants to be hopeless, that is her problem. There are several videos of her husband using hopeful language during his campaigns and also during his 2004 endorsement of John Kerry,

    March 1, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  5. Brit Denise

    ...Also the boos were against Hillary!!

    March 1, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  6. 4 Obama all the way

    It would have been special if you would have had a scene todo just that. HAve the sky open up with the sun come down and a choir start singing. ANy who Obama this race is not won yet, stay focused.

    March 1, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  7. donna

    He's rude.

    March 1, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  8. AZDem

    When are all you Obama supporters going to realize that this character is a completely ordinary politician who has fully utilized all the usual campaign tactics and whose primary strength is the ability to craftily exploit a national mood?
    Any by the way, all this name calling and ranting I see on the blogs from these Obama followers does nothing to attract the rest of us to their candidate's ostensible 'Politics of Hope'.

    March 1, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  9. Buddy

    He should be good at it. He mocks other everyones speeches. I'm waiting for four score and seven years. Go Hillary

    March 1, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  10. Rozanne

    Hillary Clinton mocks Barack Obama because she wishes that she had the oratory skills that Barack has. Hillary, Don't be a hater because you didn't have your finger on America's pulse to know that people are looking for a CHANGE and that the message of HOPE gives people inspiration.

    March 1, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  11. Angela

    She did not say "HE" in her comments so this is bull!!!!!!!!!

    March 1, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  12. eddie

    Wait, this is the same obama who is the head chair of the nati committee yet hasn't held one meeting on afghanistan, but goes in his speeches and says we have to do something in afghanistan. The same guy who was an armchair quarterback on the war in iraq then later on said he agreed with bush.
    This guy should look in the mirror, because he's flopped more than john kerry

    March 1, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  13. Hamilton

    The title of this story is misleading and ethically corrupt. Barack Obama did not mock Hillary at all. In fact he stopped the boos in the crowd. This type of journalism is a disgrace. CNN is expected to be a leader in national and world news coverage, but I have been thoroughly disappointed in the election coverage thus far. Where is your journalistic integrity Chris Welch?

    March 1, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  14. Buddy

    He should be good at it. He mocks everyones speeches. I'm waiting for four score and seven years. Go Hillary

    March 1, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  15. LL

    Obama is growingly tasteless. It looks like he has so much fear that he had to bring up the mock thing.

    March 1, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  16. Joan W

    I llike Obama's message of hope and change, but I prefer Hillary as the one who can do a better job effecting the changes that we want and need. I think Obama is a bit 'pie-in-the-sky.' He seems to be promising everything from stopping all wars to overcoming global warming; a bit of a big bite to chew for a newbie. He's more of a preacher and a dreamer in the mode of Martin Luther King - all good stuff, but MLK did not have make good on such big promises. His was a message of hope - an ideal - that raised peoples' hopes; he did not have to lead the country.

    March 1, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  17. John

    It's over Hillary. It's time for you and the rest of America to bow down to Obama and accept him as the second coming of our Messiah.

    March 1, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  18. Liz

    Obama needs to get real. You really think that you have this nomination locked up? Don't be surpirsed if you fall flat on your face. You are showing how arrogant you are and I hope the american people can see that you are just like another slick used car salesman with the gift of the gab who will say anything to get you to buy the car and when you get home you find out that its a lemon. It looks good but its just a piece of junk.

    Clinton will be the next democratic nomination and we will see her as president in November.

    March 1, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  19. Fundamental Question

    "Change" Question: What has Obama done while in Senate to bring Democrats and Republicans together?

    March 1, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
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