Young Hillary tried to enlist in the Marines

posted at 11:31 am on March 26, 2007 by Allahpundit

Turns out this is old — really old — news, but it was new to me when I saw it at Politico.

I’m surprised they didn’t take her. She certainly looked the part.

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Anyone out there a subscriber to TNR? I’m intrigued by the claims of her hawkishness during the Clinton administration, but alas the article is behind a firewall. If you’ve got a copy, I’d be grateful if you sent it along.

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R. Lee Ermey would’ve ran her into the ground. Hell, he still could (and IMHO, should).

steveegg on March 26, 2007 at 11:33 AM

News to me, too. Thanks for the chuckle.

AtomicAmish on March 26, 2007 at 11:40 AM

I dunno. Sounds like more of the “I always had a dream of being an Olympic athlete” and “I was named for Sir Edmund Percival Hillary” crap she delivers from time to time. She was speaking at a luncheon to honor women in the military. She just re-packages herself to try to fit into whatever crowd is in front of her. I would have to see documentation before I would even believe a word of it. I think it’s a load of hooey.

lan astaslem on March 26, 2007 at 11:43 AM

I blogged about it, a while back, but this is more information than I’d ever seen about it.

amerpundit on March 26, 2007 at 11:45 AM

Way back when Bill was running for President or maybe right after he got elected when some disparging things about his draft dodging came up this story came out. It was debunked back then also since Madame Hillary seems to be a bit fuzzy on the details and couldn’t even remember where the supposed recruiting station was that she went to talk to a recruiter. It is a phony story like so much of what makes up the Clintons. It never happened and if you go back to some news stories circa 1990 give or take a year or two, but it was the early 90′s I believe. you will probably find some mention of it. I lived through it and I don’t care how “hawkish” or proe military she tries to appear the only role she has found for the military is to be her servants.

LakeRuins on March 26, 2007 at 11:46 AM

The ACLU was looking to plant a mole! That is the ONLY explainantion that makes any sense.

dallas94 on March 26, 2007 at 11:49 AM

And I’m the great great great great great great great grandson of Jesus.

tomk59 on March 26, 2007 at 11:51 AM

Aww I should have read the article you linked to. Yes it appears that the purpose of the Marine story was to A) Use the military as the villian and B) Promote a feminist viewpoint.
1994 huh, I thought it was earlier then that oh well that’s what happens when you get older.

LakeRuins on March 26, 2007 at 11:55 AM

I’m skeptical of this whole story and it reminds me of her Olympic athlete tale, but her line about the conversation with the Marine recruiter not being an “encouraging” one is good for a laugh. It’s so like a liberal’s way of thinking. If you stop by a Marine’s office looking for encouragement, you’ve stopped by the wrong office.

Bryan on March 26, 2007 at 12:00 PM

Bryan, I couldn’t agree with you more.

Catie96706 on March 26, 2007 at 12:03 PM

Bryan on March 26, 2007 at 12:00 PM

In my beloved Corps, it is often said that “sympathy” can only be found in the dictionary; somewhere in-between “$h!+” and “syphilis”. Ooo-raaaahhhh!!!

Kid from Brooklyn on March 26, 2007 at 12:04 PM

lt. watada.

jummy on March 26, 2007 at 12:05 PM

Don’t completely discount the story. I’ve heard that- believe it or not- she actually worked in the 1964 Goldwater campaign. If so, it is the only thing she and I have in common. She ‘cut and ran’ then, for sure; probably- like now- being on the winning side is all that mattered to her.

Mike O on March 26, 2007 at 12:11 PM

Lot’s of folks aspire to be Marines, few try, fewer more make it. I’m glad she isn’t one of us.

End Note: She was born that way.

Alden Pyle on March 26, 2007 at 12:16 PM

She might have been a great Marine. Not because of any skills she has or the work it takes, but simply because of that face Allah always attaches to the Hillary! posts… I see that thing landing on a beach near me, and I retreat for higher ground. Of course, other Marines would run too. So you would have a Sauron effect… a circle of no man’s land around her, people running out of the way, and every so often some men flying in the air (why, I don’t know, but it completes the effect).

Wineaholic on March 26, 2007 at 12:21 PM

I see that thing landing on a beach near me, and I retreat for higher ground. Of course, other Marines would run too. So you would have a Sauron effect… a circle of no man’s land around her, people running out of the way, and every so often some men flying in the air (why, I don’t know, but it completes the effect).

LMAO!!!!

budorob on March 26, 2007 at 12:23 PM

Damn, Wineaholic beat me to it. I was coming in to make say about the same.

Well played…

Bad Candy on March 26, 2007 at 12:32 PM

Being a member of the military is a lot like being a virgin. Either you are or you aren’t. No one cares to hear the particulars of you situation. By the way I was almost a (insert occupation here), just couldn’t (insert excuse here).

SPIFF1669 on March 26, 2007 at 12:32 PM

So what happened to the thick glasses or were they just a prop to make her more like her idols in the Weathermen?
Now that is a research project. Glasses in 1974 and then they disappear and apparentely long before laser eye surgery was available.

LakeRuins on March 26, 2007 at 12:33 PM

Hillary didn’t try to join the Marines… she smeared the Marines with an anecdotal lecture about how they wouldn’t take her because she was a woman.

DANEgerus on March 26, 2007 at 12:40 PM

Hillary didn’t try to join the Marines… she smeared the Marines with an anecdotal lecture about how they wouldn’t take her because she was a woman.

Well they do try to discourage lesbians from joining the Corps.
Maybe that is what she is refering to.

1sttofight on March 26, 2007 at 12:47 PM

I was almost a Dr but did not have enough patience.

Wade on March 26, 2007 at 12:47 PM

Hillary, tried to join the Marines, a move prompted by the former first couple’s “love” of the military, the duo claimed in 1994.

“Gee, now it was probably 19 years ago – 1975,” Hillary told a network TV interviewer in June 1994, according to a transcript of her comments as they were rebroadcast on the old Rush Limbaugh TV show.

“I decided that I was very interested in having some experience in serving in some capacity in the military,” she explained.

Her husband then interjected helpfully, “Because we all love the military so much.”

Mrs. Clinton proceeded to detail the story of the day she tried to enlist:

“So I walked into our local recruiting office, and I think it was just my bad luck that the person who happened to be there on duty could not have been older than 21, was in perfect physical shape.

“So I sat down and I said, you know, I wanted to explore. I didn’t know whether I thought active duty would be a good idea, reserve – you know, maybe National Guard, something along those lines.

“I was already a lawyer. I thought there were some roles I could perform, and I was going on and on, you know, trying to justify my existence. And this young man looked at me and he said, ‘How old are you?’

“I said, Well, 27.”

Hillary then described his reaction:

“He looked at me, and in those days that was before I learned how to wear contact lenses. I had these really thick glasses on.

“He said, ‘How bad’s your eyesight?’ I said, ‘It’s pretty bad’. … And he said, ‘How bad?’ So I told him. He said, ‘That’s pretty bad.’

“And he finally said to me – he said, ‘You’re too old. You can’t see. And you’re a woman.’ And then he went on – and since this is the birthday of the Army, I will tell you what the rest that he said was – this man – young man was a Marine. He said, ‘But maybe the dogs would take you.’”

The former first lady says she then thought, “This is not a very encouraging conversation, so maybe I’ll look for another way to serve my country.”

DANEgerus on March 26, 2007 at 12:48 PM

Yeah, I’m agreeing with DANEgerus. I’ll bet it was a political stunt… sort of like a gay couple applying for a wedding license in a state where it is known to be illegal.

DaveS on March 26, 2007 at 12:49 PM

Can Der Hilderbeast open her mouth without lying?

No, I mean this seriously.

She couldn’t pick the Navy or the Air Force, especially not the Coast Guard, all three being services where a serious woman in the postion depicted would have a serious chance of serving her country, no, she picke the US Marine Corps.

Well, when she wasn’t marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, who was not exactly a supporter of our military.

The fact that there are so many who cannot see through this obvious and blatant pathological liar is the worrisome part of the equation.

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The Machine on March 26, 2007 at 12:52 PM

“Hungering for greatness, nourished only by the gruel of mediocrity…”

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The Machine on March 26, 2007 at 12:54 PM

Maybe a Marine can answer this for me. Doesn’t every recruit have to be expert at the range? Therefore if her eyes were “that bad”, then that recruiter did her a favor by telling her to take a hike. On the other hand if did she become a Marine, then maybe, just maybe, she wouldn’t be the weasel and liar she is today.

JohnnyD on March 26, 2007 at 1:02 PM

Albany Times Union reported

Police unit was spit at and called names as they carried flags at Democratic convention

Members of the Albany Police Department Honor Guard were harassed and spit on by a few people as they carried flags into Tuesday’s Democratic state convention at Pepsi Arena, officials said.

President Bill Clinton attended the ceremony as state Democrats unanimously nominated Hillary Rodham Clinton as their U.S. Senate candidate.

The five-member honor guard, which is made up of Albany police officers, told authorities that some people in the crowd of 11,500 Democratic supporters called them “Nazis” and “members of (New York City Mayor Rudolph) Giuliani’s ‘Third Reich.’ ”

The incidents allegedly took place on the floor of the arena, where only delegates carrying passes were allowed access, officials said.

Yeah… Hillary wanted to be a Marine… just like she wanted to be an Astronaut

Newsday reported “Politics wasn’t first on list of NY Sen. Clinton’s career picks”

“So I wrote to NASA and said, ‘How do I sign up to be an astronaut?”‘ she said. “And they wrote back very politely and said, ‘We don’t take girls.”

Different institution… same lie.

DANEgerus on March 26, 2007 at 1:04 PM

Oh yeah, and Allah…that is one hideous picture. Thanks.

JohnnyD on March 26, 2007 at 1:05 PM

The other point is since she was already a lawyer a lot of the other requirements required of an average Joe walking in off the street is waived. Doctors and lawyers are handled differently by the services. One big difference I know is the height and weight requirement. Her eye sight would have been no issue for somebody who wanted to practice law in the military.

LakeRuins on March 26, 2007 at 1:06 PM

Okay, big guy, that’s enough of your bullsh*t, UGLY stereotypes. MOST of my fellow WM’s (‘Women Marines’, for the uninitiated) were pretty damn fine lookin’ Jarheads in addition to being pretty damn smart. (one needs to hit an elevated intelligence score to even qualify for Marine Corps aviation electronics training) Tim Blair was even kind enough to nickname me ‘Military Spice’ (I *heart* Tim) when he posted this pic of me and major dad on the tarmac at El Toro. (loading CH-53E’s into C-5′s headed to Saudi for Gulf War I)

So back off the bulldog mugshot analogies, or I’ll kick your ass. And then let all my girlfriends know what you said.

::sniff::

tree hugging sister on March 26, 2007 at 1:10 PM

Hillary had considered joining the Marines back in high school, but a quick focus group showed it wouldn’t help her one day be elected President.

saint kansas on March 26, 2007 at 1:11 PM

This woman is so full of it.

I saw this story years ago and didn’t believe it for a second.

She also claimed she was named after Sir Edmund Hillary, who scaled Mount Everest about eight years after she was born.

JammieWearingFool on March 26, 2007 at 1:16 PM

Do we have any evidence of this incident actually happening besides Hillary and Bill saying that it did? Because you’d have a hard time coming up with two less credible witnesses. I call bullsh*t.

ReubenJCogburn on March 26, 2007 at 1:19 PM

Amen,TreeHuggingSister. During my time in the Corps, I myself dated many “fine lookin’WM’s “– although we were just as likely to refer to them as BAM’s,heh,heh .Besides being good-looking, they had the added advantage of having character and brains.

By the way, checked out your picture.You look pretty fine yourself, Sister. Semper Fi.

tomk59 on March 26, 2007 at 1:29 PM

Hillary tried to join the armed forces. (She was in China at the time.)

Picture of it here.

petefrt on March 26, 2007 at 1:40 PM

Was she wearing pant suits at that time also?
Were they even invented?

Kini on March 26, 2007 at 2:06 PM

You are a gentleman and a scholar, tomk9. Thanks! (But that cheesecake pic comes with a disclaimer: many years and many cheesecakes ago {8^P)
Semper fi, Leatherneck!

tree hugging sister on March 26, 2007 at 2:08 PM

And she was a yankies fan too

Gwillie on March 26, 2007 at 2:09 PM

By the way I was almost a (insert occupation here), just couldn’t (insert excuse here).

SPIFF1669 on March 26, 2007 at 12:32 PM

I was almost Morgan Fairchilds husband I just couldn’t get her to answer any of my lettes.

Gwillie on March 26, 2007 at 2:16 PM

She’s probably lying, but then again recruiters are trained to weed out commies trying to infiltrate my beloved Corps.

Aldo on March 26, 2007 at 2:33 PM

By the way I was almost a (insert occupation here), just couldn’t (insert excuse here).

SPIFF1669 on March 26, 2007 at 12:32 PM

By the way, I was almost a Bond girl, but just couldn’t stand the thought of touching a man.

thomashton on March 26, 2007 at 2:53 PM

And I’m the great great great great great great great grandson of Jesus.

tomk59 on March 26, 2007 at 11:51 AM

You too?!?! WoW! We are related.

Tim Burton on March 26, 2007 at 3:37 PM

I was *this close* to marrying Kelly Hu and playing 3rd base for the Red Sox. I for one, believe her!

Malpaso on March 26, 2007 at 4:27 PM

The Military and the CIA were never more neutered and less respected than under the ‘two for one’ presidency in the 90s. The consequences were/are obvious, for those not blind/blinded.

She was named after Sir Edmund Hillary, has Jewish heritage, is a Yankee fan, wanted to be an astronaut, a Marine, can speak with a Black accent, heck, she is Black…What’s next is that she’ll claim to have had eco-therapy in Santa Fe.

Though, her shrilly voice might have had applications in the Marines, who’ll ever know…

Her eye sight would have been no issue for somebody who wanted to practice law in the military.

LakeRuins on March 26, 2007 at 1:06 PM

Incontestable. Don’t let the media know.

Entelechy on March 26, 2007 at 4:36 PM

Heh, forgot…I wanted to file to run for president of the U.S.A. and they told me that I’m a naturalized citizen, a woman, and waaaaay too blunt. I’m calling the ACLU and NOW, now :)

Entelechy on March 26, 2007 at 4:39 PM

Though, her shrilly voice might have had applications in the Marines, who’ll ever know…

Entelechy on March 26, 2007 at 4:36 PM

Using it to disperse crowds and jam enemy radar seems pretty feasible.

ReubenJCogburn on March 26, 2007 at 4:42 PM

Guffaw!

I love this thread!

georgej on March 26, 2007 at 5:49 PM

Entelechy,you are a women???I thought you were too blunt for that. Heh.

tomk59 on March 26, 2007 at 9:55 PM

tomk59, only when provoked. I have a very sensitive side too (blunt from dad, softie/can blush from mom :)

Just read on Drudge that “Hillary, in effect, has been practicing her salute”.

The image of that makes me laugh uncontrollably. That it’s all in vain, is even sweeter.

Entelechy on March 26, 2007 at 10:05 PM

Hey Entelechy. Good to see someone besides me cruisin’ in the waters close to shore at this hour.I enjoy your posts, keep ‘em coming. And Hillary always makes me laugh — except when she pisses me off.

tomk59 on March 26, 2007 at 10:49 PM

tomk59, thank you. I’m in North San Diego and most of HA sleeps when the evening is new here – evenings are best mostly for video-viewing, in-depth reading/analyzing…often the only time to hotair :)

Is there any time when she doesn’t “piss” you off? The lady might be smart but her aloofness will ‘kill’ her chances.

2008 will be an incredibly interesting year. I’m actually very excited and optimistic. I even think the 2006 loss was not a bad thing at all – it exposes the Left for the nothingness and emptiness of ideas that they are. Leadership? The joke of this new century. The righties have much work ahead of them too. They need to regroup and fight really hard.

This fight is very much worth fighting for because very much is at stake, way beyond the desk/carpet in the Oval Office and who sleeps upstairs…and with whom/what, I might add.

Entelechy on March 26, 2007 at 11:33 PM

More on the young Hillary that I stumbled across at HuffPo: Hillary’s First Encounter with a U.S. Black Senator — She Came Out Swinging and Strident in 1969.

I’ve heard about her angry commencement speech, but didn’t know the details. She spoke after Mass Republican Senator Edward W. Brooke and unleashed on him. Brooke has just come out with a biography in which he retells the tale, and not to Hillary’s advantage.

I guess what goes around, really does come around, even if it does take almost 40 years.

INC on March 26, 2007 at 11:37 PM

Entelechy-sorry it took so long to get back to this thread to see your reply, but someone on the “McConnell won’t filibuster” thread decided to take some unwarranted and unnecessary shots at me,which alwayspisses me off .

While I agree with you that 2008 will be interesting,I don’t know that I share your optimism. A nation whose people face as many challenges as we do, yet can’t get 40% to show up to the polls, and those who do put the Democrats in, well, hard to get too excited about them.

Been to San Diego from my early days in the Corps –ITS at Camp Pendleton — and loved it. Beautiful place.

Back to your earlier point; you’re absolutely right, it is worth the fight. Keep pluggin’.

tomk59 on March 27, 2007 at 12:09 AM

P.S. Entelechy — if after all this time people can’t see how vacuous Hillary is, and if the Republicans needed to lose an election for everybody to figure out how out of touch the Democrats are, then there wasn’t much point trying to explain it to them to begin with, was there?

tomk59 on March 27, 2007 at 12:25 AM

tomk59, my flight instructor was an officer from Camp Pendleton and his name was also Tom. I work just a bit South of there and drive by a lot, going to LA for work.

I’m not happy that the election was lost in Nov. but it turns out that I don’t feel bad about it. The conservatives need to wake up, the voters and those who run. I believe the spectacle being put on by the children in power now will wake the public at large up too. Self-preservation/survival are strong instincts.

Fred Thompson inspires strength, looks/acts/speaks presidential and I think the independents will vote for him in droves (self being one of them). Nice chatting with you and thank you for your service. Regards,

Entelechy on March 27, 2007 at 1:42 AM

First time………….

“I’d put some ice on that………..”

PinkyBigglesworth on March 27, 2007 at 2:44 AM