RADNOR, PA.—Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) is continuing to needle—maybe even mock-- since this is the second time Friday she has chided Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for complaining about his grilling in the Wednesday debate. She just used the Truman line, “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”
She is jabbing Obama here in a packed gym at Radnor High School in a Philadelphia suburb. In the few hours that has elapsed since Clinton started on Obama complaining about the debate, the Obama rapid response team jumped all over it. Obama spokesmen Bill Burton and Tommy Vietor are reminding all that it was Clinton awhile back who was grumbling about getting the first question at debates and harder ones at that. Vietor quickly assembled a “flashback” video clip packet of Clinton groaning about her treatment at debates.
With all this coming early Friday, there is plenty of time for Saturday Night Live writers to absorb, reflect and turn into a cutting political skit.
At the top of her talk her, Clinton mentioned that Obama was “kind of complaining about the hard questions.’’
“Well, having been in the White House for eight years, and seeing what happens in terms of the pressures and the stresses on a president, that was nothing.
“I’m with Harry Truman on this. “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Just speaking for myself, I’m very comfortable in the kitchen. So if the heat goes up its okay with me, because we’ve got a lot of tough problems.’’
Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said, “considering the fact that Senator Clinton sat on stage at the last debate and complained to all of America that she always gets the first question, her blatant hypocrisy here is stunning. But if she'd rather spend her time talking about the same distractions and divisions that Washington is obsessed with, that's her business. Barack Obama believes the American people deserve a real debate issues that actually matter like health care, the economy, bringing this war to an end.”
from the Obama campaign.
FLASHBACK: Senator Clinton complains about always getting the first question LINK
ABC - Complainin' Clintons Fault Obama for Complaining
April 18, 2008 10:14 AM
--The former first couple is amused with the fact that Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, and his supporters were chagrined at the line of questions coming his way during Wednesday night's debate.
On Fox 29 in Philadelphia this morning, ABC News' Eloise Harper reports, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, said of Obama, "I know he spent all day yesterday complaining about the hard questions he was asked. Being asked tough questions in a debate is nothing like the pressures you face inside the White House. In fact, when the going gets tough, you just can’t walk away because we’re going to have some very tough decisions that we have to make. I think we need a president who can take whatever comes your way. ...When the going gets tough you can’t run away."
And ABC News' Sarah Amos reports that from front porch of an American Legion Hall in St. Mary's, Penn., Thursday, former President Bill Clinton said, "When I watched that debate last night, I got kinda tickled when the other guy's – after the [debate], her opponents', oh, the people working were saying, 'Oh this is so negative, why are they doing this.' Well they've been beatin' up on her for 15 months. I didn't hear her whining when he said she was untruthful in Iowa."
If you haven't heard whining from your wife or from the Clinton campaign, Mr. President, then with all due respect, you haven't been paying attention.
The Clintons and the Clinton campaign have been complaining about the media and tough questions and the like for months. It's one of their talking points, for the love of Pete.
After a November debate when Clinton -- then the clear frontrunner -- was attacked by the many other Democrats on stage, the Clinton campaign even put together a youtube video complaining of the "Politics of Pile-on."
And at the Cleveland debate seven weeks ago, Clinton complained that she always got the first question, and about the media coverage in general.
Bill Clinton has whined about the media coverage so much and often it would be difficult to list every example. In a February interview with WMAL radio in Washington DC, the former president griped that "the political press has avowedly played a role in this election. I've never seen this before...they’ve been active participants in this election, and you know what the objective studies done."