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 March, 2008


 Hillary Clinton Caught Telling a Fib

Hillary Throws Herself Under the Bus
By Al Owens

“There I was,” Hillary Clinton said breathlessly, “I had to make a split second decision. I’d either face heavy artillery fire, or run to the nearest bunker and call for air support. Instead, I opted to slap a fully loaded magazine into my M-16, and head straight for the enemy’s position, so I could take out their machine gun nest. That’s why I’m ready to be president on day one.”

That was such a juicy dilemma Clinton had to recite it during a campaign speech on March 17th.
Well, maybe that’s an overstatement. (Not hers, mine)

What she really said of her March 1996 visit to Bosnia was that, "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."

Now that, as it turns out, is HER overstatement - which really wasn’t less over stated than my overstatement.

Right after that speech a few reporters started to unravel Hillary’s exciting “Rambo” adventure. They implied it had more resembled a scene from “The Little Mermaid.”

One of those reporters told Clinton that Sinbad (a comedian who accompanied her on that Bosnia trip) had claimed the most dangerous part of it had been “remembering he was going to eat next.” (That, by the way, would make Clinton best suited to order lunch on day one – if she gets elected)

Clinton, who wasn’t going to let some stand-up comic ruin her day, shot back, “There was no greeting ceremony and we were told basically to run to our cars. Now that is what happened.”

Well that should have ended Sinbad’s career, and boosted Hillary’s military credentials, but it didn’t.

Instead, somebody cracked open some cobwebbed CBS News archives and found video of Clinton sauntering blissfully from a cargo plane, and in of all places Bosnia in March of 1996.

It’s not particularly exciting video. In fact, that’s the problem. Clinton isn’t ducking and running for awaiting getaway vehicles. She’d been greeted like she was Tiger Woods walking onto the 18th green at the Masters – with a 10 shot lead.

Not only that, the reporter who filed the CBS News coverage the day of Clinton’s supposed harrowing experience, Sharyl Attkisson, later weighed in with her decidedly Sinbadlike remembrances of that day.
“The mood upon first landing at the Tuzla airport was light. Children were there on the tarmac to greet the first lady, Chelsea was by her side, Bosnian dignitaries had gathered: It felt safe,” she wrote on the Couric & Co. blog at cbsnews.com.

With the undeniable proof that Clinton hadn’t exactly engaged in hand to hand combat during her “mission,” her campaign finally relented and offered the explanation that she really “misspoke” when she’d made her original statements.

Of course she’d made those statements twice. Wait a minute. There are still enterprising reporters out there who now claim she’s made similar statements four times. In fact, I’m not even an enterprising reporter and I always knew she’d made similar claims in her book “Living History,” which I’m told she can now rename “Living Revisionist History.”

Well, it’s official. She’s THROWN HERSELF UNDER THE BUS. And that’s a mighty difficult thing to accomplish.
Personally, I don’t care much when pundits keep using the phrase, “Throw (insert the public figure) under the bus.” That’s because it’s become the Official Cliché’ of Campaign 2008.

Yet, there’s something rather refreshing knowing that Hillary threw HERSELF “under the bus,” after all of those pundit’s calls for Barack Obama to “throw his minister under the bus.”
But that was after there had been claims that Hillary Clinton had “thrown Geraldine (Obama is lucky he’s a black man) Ferraro under the bus,” and Barack Obama threw one of his own campaign staffers (Hillary is a monster) “under the bus.”

Enough with the bus throwing thing please. America is running out of buses in which to throw people under.

Ok, I’ll admit that I’ve decried the use of the bus throwing thing and then I used that particular vehicular punishment to highlight Sen. Clinton’s missive.

So throw me under the bus.