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Shocker: Hillary ‘Misspoke’ About Bosnia Trip

From the always-last-to-know reporters at the New York Times:

Greeting ceremony, Tuzla military airport, Bosnia, March 25, 1996.

Clinton ‘Misspoke’ About Bosnia Trip, Campaign Says

By Katharine Q. Seelye

The Clinton campaign says Senator Hillary Clinton may have “misspoke” recently when she said she had to evade sniper fire when she was visiting Bosnia in 1996 as first lady.

She has been using the episode as an example of her foreign policy bona fides.

“I certainly do remember that trip to Bosnia,” she said last week. “There was a saying around the White House that if a place was too small, too poor, or too dangerous, the president couldn’t go, so send the First Lady.

“I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”

But her account has been challenged, first by Sinbad, the comedian, who traveled with her, and then by news organizations, most notably the Washington Post, which awarded her four “Pinnochios” which it gives for major “whoppers.” …

Asked today to square her recent descriptions with these accounts, Howard Wolfson, her spokesman, referred to several contemporaneous news accounts that described the region as hostile. He then added: “It is possible in the most recent instance in which she discussed this that she misspoke in regard to the exit from the plane, but there is no question if you look at contemporaneous accounts that she was going to a potential combat zone, that she was on the front lines.”

Asked at a later point in the call to clarify his comment, Mr. Wolfson said that news accounts at the time made clear that the area in which she was landing was “a potential combat zone and was hazardous.”

He said that in her memoir, “Living History,” she wrote about sniper fire in the hills and “clearly meant to say that” when she brought it up last week. He said she had described the event many times the same way and that “in one instance she said it slightly differently.”

A third reporter then asked about it, prompting Mr. Howard to read the relevant passage from her book, in which she wrote: “Due to reports of snipers in the hills around the airstrip, we were forced to cut short an event on the tarmac with local children.” He repeated that this was the one time in which she misspoke.

But this formulation was at least the second time in recent weeks that she described the sniper fire. She mentioned it on Feb. 29 in Waco, Tex., when she was rolling out her “red phone” commercial, recalling the trip to Bosnia and saying that the welcoming ceremony “had to be moved inside because of sniper fire.”

Of course by “misspoke” the Hillary camp means she got caught.

And leave it to the New York Times to try to pretend that this is just a recent claim.

The Clinton campaign says Senator Hillary Clinton may have “misspoke” recently…

But this formulation was at least the second time in recent weeks that she described the sniper fire.

The truth, however, is that Mrs. Clinton has been lying about this event — in practically the same exact words — since at least before the Iowa caucus, back in December.

From the Des Moines Register:

Clinton touts electability, readiness for ‘unexpected’

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Dubuque, Ia. – Democrat Hillary Clinton on Saturday tried to drive home her belief that she is electable – and that she is best person to deal with “the unexpected.”

“We look at all of the problems that await,” she said in the town of Clinton. “And yet even with all of that, we do not know all of the difficulties the next president will face. It’s the unpredictable. It’s the unexpected as well as what we believe will happen.”

In a rare move, Clinton took questions from reporters in Eldridge.

A reporter told her that rival Democrat Barack Obama has suggested that her foreign policy experience amounts to having tea with foreign leaders and that Democrat Christopher Dodd said her experience is akin to first lady Laura Bush’s: witnessing experience, not having it.

Clinton responded that she’s happy to talk about her experience in 80 countries, from working for peace in Northern Ireland to standing up for women’s rights in Beijing.

Later in Dubuque, Clinton told a crowd of about 600 that as first lady, she represented America in “places that oftentimes were not necessarily a place a president could go.”

“We used to say in the White House that if a place was too dangerous, too small or too poor, send the first lady,” she said.

She said she was the first high-profile American to go into Bosnia after the peace accord was signed.

“We landed in one of those corkscrew landings and ran out because they said there might be sniper fire. I don’t remember anyone offering me tea on the tarmac there.”

Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said Obama’s tea comment was not a critique of another candidate…

And it is a lie we disproved and mocked the very next day. We even cited the very passage from Hillary’s ghostwritten autobiography, Living History.

But, again, it is nice to see the New York Times and the Washington Post finally catching up.

Now that it doesn’t matter one bit, since Mr. Obama has already wrapped up the nomination for all intents and purposes.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, March 24th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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