Obama And The 8 Other Sobbing Celebrities You Have To See

Obama isn't the only one who has shed a tear during a speech

The Internet is divided over President Obama’s crying incident while discussing gun crime this week with supporters applauding his outward show of emotion and critics criticizing his ‘crocodile tears’. The President, who was surrounded by gun crime survivors and the families of victims was clearly moved by emotion and openly broke down, wiping away tears as he spoke.

During a speech at the White House about tighter restrictions on the purchasing of weapons, Obama wept as he spoke about the deaths of 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Connecticut in 2012.

‘Each time I think about all these kids it makes me mad,’ he said. ‘And by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day.’

Some may have slated him for his display of emotion, but the support for his heartfelt speech far outweighed the haters. And anyway, he’s in pretty good company.

We bring you, our top 8 mid-speech breakdowns of all time.

Gwyneth Paltrow

1999 – The star sobbed right the way through her entire Oscar acceptance for Shakespeare in Love prompting criticism and jibes about her being over the top the following day in the press.


Hilary Clinton


George W Bush


Margaret Thatcher


Tom Hanks


Angelina Jolie


Ben Affleck


Charlize Theron

2004 – The actress struggled to hold it together during her Oscars acceptances speech film Monster.

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