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, read more. 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?