Probably Hillary's most celebrated asset, over Barack Obama, is her experience, especially in foreign hot spots when she traveled as Bill Clinton's trouble-shooting emissary. Has Obama ever been to Bosnia? said Clinton spokesman Phil Singer recently. Ouch, but have any of you?
Hillary on the stump in Iowa, 2007: "We used to say in the White House that if a place is too dangerous, too small or too poor, send the First Lady."
Her most dangerous experience, by her own admission, was when she touched down in Tuzla Airport, Bosnia, in March, 1996 with comedian Sinbad, in tow. Hillary, using the vocabulary of a general, has frequently remarked on that turbulent C17 arrival, landing under enemy sniper fire, that befits the battle-hardened prestige of someone aspiring to to be our next commander-in-chief.
Sinbad in reply, said "Say what?" As Sinbad put it: What kind of president would say, 'Hey, man, I can't go 'cause I might get shot so I'm going to send my wife (and 16 year old daughter)..oh, and take a guitar player (Sheryl Crow) and a comedian with you. He said the "scariest" part of the trip was wondering where he'd eat next".
Singer, Clinton's aide, taken aback by Sinbad's disrespect, shot back, that Hillary's trip to Bosnia marked the first time since Roosevelt that a first lady had voyaged to a potential combat zone.
Hillary recalls vivdly, "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."
--Hillary Clinton, speech at George Washington University, March 17, 2008.
It sounds like a 'Bad day at Black Hawk' adventure, by our brave First Lady. Before you ask who has the film rights for this C17 landing, I think we should look at the nemesis of all politicians- youtube and also the newly released First Lady/ Clinton records, so we can have a closer look at this dramatic arrival which Hillary, not the camp of Obama has been pushing.
First, the records, the First Lady's schedule, released on Wednesday, confirms that she arrived in Tuzla airport at 8.45 am. Monday March 25, 1996 and was greeted by...Well, let's look at the youvideo and see if it was sniper fire that she was greeted by or what ?....You be the judge
According to Washington Post's John Pomfret, who covered her trip... the Tuzla airport was "one of the safest places in Bosnia" in March 1996, and "firmly under the control" of the 1st Armored Division.
"There is peace now," Emina, the eight year old Bosnian girl in the video, told Clinton, according to Pomfret's report in the Washington Post the following day, "because Mr. Clinton signed it. All this peace. I love it."
Four PInocchios from the Washington Post fact checker for Hillary's version..first time I've seen that..
Update: Hillary now says she may have "misspoke":
"No, I went to 80 countries, you know. I gave contemporaneous accounts, I wrote about a lot of this in my book. you know, I think that, a minor blip, you know, if I said something that, you know, I say a lot of things -- millions of words a day -- so if I misspoke, that was just a misstatement."
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