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Hillary Clinton "Misspoke" About Bosnia

Hillary Meets "Misspoke," "Misstatement," and "Minor Blip"

Hillary Clinton is having to explain remarks she made at her speech on Iraq last Monday. During the event she described the trip in 1996 like this: "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." It appears as though that's not quite the case — according to videos of the event, and of all people, Sinbad the comedian who accompanied her.

Clinton launched into full explaining mode yesterday, saying that she "misspoke" and that,

"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,"

The official account of the event in her books says there were "reports of snipers in the hills around the airstrip, we were forced to cut short an event on the tarmac with local children." Same tune, just a little softer than the one she played on Monday. It almost breaks my heart. While I don't agree with all of the candidates' positions, deep down I want them all to do well. To run impeccable and discourse-elevating campaigns. To make us embarrassed by the wealth of choices we have.

It gets a little worse. To see how, with video,

. In response to the Obama campaign posting a video of the actual event, a Clinton spokesman said, "This is something that the Obama campaign wants to push 'cause they have nothing positive to say about their candidate."

Are you as troubled by this snafu as I am? What troubles you the most? That she embellished the event, or that her campaign is just not what it could and should be?

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flutterpie flutterpie 8 years
im a size 0...sorry i misspoke i wear the big girl sizes. my bad.
foxie foxie 8 years
Um. Misspeaking is stuttering or saying the wrong word (ahem, LYNCH, for instance). Lying is when she said this entire story, all false, and then tops it off with "..and THAT'S what happened." Excuses excuses.
smp7328 smp7328 8 years
I am just sitting back watching the implosion of the democratic party as we know it with a smile on my face. But I wish i had a Wii and could play super smash bros. like mymellowman. That might be a little more fun. Either way - Loves it!
LoraEOraL LoraEOraL 8 years
So many people say "Oh, she's human, she makes mistakes"...repeatedly. So, she lies to us, she makes mistakes, we all make mistakes, but when you are running for President of the United States or any other position in any other country, you don't really have room for mistakes. Like "Oh! I accidentally pushed the blue button instead of the red button!" or "i accidentally pulled the trigger but remember I'm human, i make mistakes"...OH PLEASE!
Tinseltoe Tinseltoe 8 years
Well, this isn't the first time she embellished her stories but this one is a bit wrong. I don't know if I trust someone who seems to be a habitual liar.
siren6 siren6 8 years
People seem to want to hold Obama accountable for his preacher's statements, why shouldn't we hold Clinton accountable for her own gaffes? The weird sliding standards in this process baffle me. "I am fearful of her. Of what she is willing to do for this nomination, what parts of her soul and her future decisionmaking she is willing to sell and what parts of the story she is willing to spin to make this happen." Very well put, megmccoy.
lula29 lula29 8 years
Was her lie about NAFTA a mistake too?
LOVE-ANGELINA LOVE-ANGELINA 8 years
Oh give me a break. It was a mistake and she didn't repeatedly tell this story. She misspoke. It happens. It was a mistake.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
No need to apologize, I really enjoyed reading your thoughts! This part struck a chord with me, especially: "I am fearful of her. Of what she is willing to do for this nomination, what parts of her soul and her future decisionmaking she is willing to sell and what parts of the story she is willing to spin to make this happen."
megnmac megnmac 8 years
I'm sorry, I keep writing too long. I just... have a lot to say after all those comments.
megnmac megnmac 8 years
"...it would be very hard for me to vote for someone who outright lies to ME." "For dozens of reasons Obama won me over long ago, and the longer this drags out the less confidence I have that I could ever vote for Clinton if that scenario indeed came to pass. It's a sad state of affairs." "We really need to send a message to our elected officials that we want to be informed not manipulated." I feel the exact same way. At the beginning of this primary season, I made the toughest decision I've ever had to make in a presidential election, and that was the ultimate decision to support Obama. I have all my own reasons, but the decision was so difficult because I have been a raging woman-supporter my whole life, and nothing about this election excited me like a viable female candidate. A viable female candidate who wasn't playing the gender card - but then she did. And she is showing again and again why I'm not. There are the pragmatic reasons (I don't think she'd win) and the personal reasons (I don't want her to win). I also can't say I'm ever going to support anyone simply based on gender, otherwise it would be missing the point of promoting EQUALITY. I'm supporting the candidate I trust - to come forward boldly and honestly and make our country face our issues. I am fearful of her. Of what she is willing to do for this nomination, what parts of her soul and her future decisionmaking she is willing to sell and what parts of the story she is willing to spin to make this happen. I am considering the possibility that she gets the nomination, and while I won't say now I'd vote for McCain, at least I feel like I know my senator and what he is looking to do. I can't say the same for her. I also feel that McCain's entire career has been promoting transparency and accountability in government, worthy qualities that Senator Clinton has not shown. If for no other reason, I hope this election is historic in its election of a president who can honestly address the citizens, and promote our needs. Not that this hasn't happened before, but when was the last time we were proud of our leader? As a country? It has been a while....
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
i dont like hillary because she is a general run of the mill Tool, whatever gender she is.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 8 years
I don't step all over Clinton because she is a woman, and this type of statement stupefies any attempt at a constructive discussion. You want a politician that lies? Fine. I don't. If you think it will help the cause of equal rights between men and women I can tell you right now that it will do quite the opposite.
piper23 piper23 8 years
"I just hate that people step all over Clinton's words because she is a woman." - She's not just a woman, she's a vindicative, lying woman. "What about John McCain pretending that Iraq was all safe on his visit there... surrounded by Marines in flak jackets and staging a "safe haven"?" - At least he's been to Iraq lately. I'm sure the troops appreciated a visit (staged or not staged) from a candidate who hopes to be their Commander and Chief. It gives the impression that the candidate actually gives a damn about them.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"I just hate that people step all over Clinton's words because she is a woman." Where did you get this from??? Please support such a insulting statement, please. "she can tell me any story she likes" It is sad how low expectations have come for our elected officials. How can you expect to make an educated decision about what policies or candidates you support if you can't trust what they are saying? Do you have any thoughts about her pattern of lies, or is this the first one that you have noticed?
stephley stephley 8 years
No one's picking on Clinton because she's a woman. She's a liar. I've heard plenty about McCain's staged visit-and if Clinton was just exaggerating for the audience, can't the same be said of McCain. Neither lie is acceptable. And don't convince yourself that someone who'll lie to you about facing danger in Bosnia wouldn't lie to you about WMDs in Iraq as well. Apparently she wasn't smart or experienced enough in Washington b.s. to recognize that lie when Bush told it.
khutchinson khutchinson 8 years
Every politician lies. We all know that. I just hate that people step all over Clinton's words because she is a woman. What about John McCain pretending that Iraq was all safe on his visit there... surrounded by Marines in flak jackets and staging a "safe haven"? What haven't we jumped all over that? Because John McCain is an old white man. He is the ESTABLISHMENT. At least Clinton had some basis in what she said, she did *hear* sniper fire. And who hasn't exaggerated a story for better play for an audience. As long as she's not lying about WMD and how many Iraqis have died in a pointless war, she can tell me any story she likes.
Matdredalia Matdredalia 8 years
hypnotic - Amen. Jillness - RIGHT ON!! I completely agree with everything that you've said. MMM - I almost fell out of my chair laughing at that one. Nice way to "misspeak".
inmyjuicysweats inmyjuicysweats 8 years
you know? no i dont know hil. she should have just said "i exaggerated". she still did an impressive thing touring all 80 countries but now it really doesn't matter. i mispoke..who does she expect to beelvie that. when hilary peppers her speech with 'you knows' it means she is trying to make a lie something else.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 8 years
Here is a picture of the landing in Bosnia, where Chelsea is by her side: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/03/25/clinton-says-she-misspoke-about-sniper-fire/
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
:rotfl: 3M
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
:rotfl: 3M
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
she also didnt write her book, a ghost writer did, in fact three ghostwriters did, so it must be hard for her to keep up with whatever they wrote about her....
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 8 years
I couldn't agree more, hypno.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
One thing that I find I am insulted by when it comes to politicians across the board not just Hillary. Is this ingrained perception that they must play on our ignorance rather than our intelligence. The only presidential candidate in my life time to genuinely try to rise above this line and enlighten us rather than have a field day with what we don't know is Sen. Obama. Now there have been some issues with him as well but I find in his case it's more a power struggle between him and a campaign staff that's used to doing it another way. We really need to send a message to our elected officials that we want to be informed not manipulated.
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