Sinbad’s a comedian, Hillary’s a clown

posted at 2:18 pm on March 21, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Remember that story Hillary Clinton told about taking two performers and her own daughter into a free-fire zone in Tuzla? Recall that she claimed that she had to run from the airplane to the building after avoiding sniper fire during the landing? The Washington Post doesn’t recall it that way at all, and a review of the reporting from the trip shows no evidence of any threat to Hillary at all. Here’s her claim:

“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.”

And here’s the picture of the greeting ceremony that the Post discovered, and that Hillary claims never happened:

Tuzla greeting ceremony

Notice the smiles all around as Hillary bends down to give a local girl an embrace. Or does Hillary want to argue that she grabbed the girl to use as a human shield?

The Post gives Hillary four Pinocchios for insisting that she flew into the teeth of potential death with her 15-year-old daughter in tow:

As a reporter who visited Bosnia soon after the December 1995 Dayton Peace agreement, I can attest that the physical risks were minimal during this period, particularly at a heavily fortified U.S. Air Force base, such as Tuzla. Contrary to the claims of Hillary Clinton and former Army secretary Togo West, Bosnia was not “too dangerous” a place for President Clinton to visit in early 1996. In fact, the first Clinton to visit the Tuzla Air Force base was not Hillary, but Bill, on January 13, 1996.

Had Hillary Clinton’s plane come “under sniper fire” in March 1996, we would certainly have heard about it long before now. Numerous reporters, including the Washington Post’s John Pomfret, covered her trip. A review of nearly 100 news accounts of her visit shows that not a single newspaper or television station reported any security threat to the First Lady. “As a former AP wire service hack, I can safely say that it would have been in my lead had anything like that happened,” said Pomfret. …

Far from running to an airport building with their heads down, Clinton and her party were greeted on the tarmac by smiling U.S. and Bosnian officials. An eight-year-old Moslem girl, Emina Bicakcic, read a poem in English. An Associated Press photograph of the greeting ceremony, above, shows a smiling Clinton bending down to receive a kiss.

When Sinbad tried to tell the truth about this trip, Hillary sneeringly referred to him as a mere “comedian” whose word could not be trusted. As the evidence shows, the comedian in this case told a lot more truth than the lying clown who’s running for President.


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LIAR!!!

geminicontender on March 21, 2008 at 2:20 PM

I guess Hillary, at least, did inhale.

Laura on March 21, 2008 at 2:21 PM

Ed, you have been a great addition to this site, but don’t degrade clowns like this. Clowns make me smile. Hillary makes me ill.

PappaMac on March 21, 2008 at 2:25 PM

Well, we now know that TYPICAL WHITE PEOPLE have certain things “bred” into them…

DfDeportation on March 21, 2008 at 2:26 PM

Coulrophobia. Maybe that’s why she scares me.

Squarestate on March 21, 2008 at 2:31 PM

I trust the star of the hilarious romp “House Guest” more than Hillary any day of the week.

LT Nixon on March 21, 2008 at 2:31 PM

Hmmmm…. Credibility Gap?

but… but… that little girl aint wearin a Bhurka!

Romeo13 on March 21, 2008 at 2:31 PM

do bote of ‘em are liars!

jimmer on March 21, 2008 at 2:33 PM

BO and HRC, dat is.

jimmer on March 21, 2008 at 2:34 PM

She’s not kissing her – she’s about to scoop up the poor little waif in their run for the hanger.

eeyore on March 21, 2008 at 2:35 PM

Yet another of the many many many many many many reasons why not to trust or believe a single damned thing that comes out from between her teeth.

pilamaye on March 21, 2008 at 2:35 PM

OH! I’m LOL over this latest in the very long string of gaffes where Hillary Clinton’s recollections are “faulty” and easily disproved- like the idea she was named after the famous New Zealand mountain climber who was several years off from doing anything notable.

This one’s better because of the picture to juxtapose with her cowering in a car because of snipers statement. Turns out the only one in terror was probably that little girl being forced to hug Hillary Clinton! You just made my Friday!

highhopes on March 21, 2008 at 2:35 PM

What do you expect from someone who said she’d do anything to be elected president?

TooTall on March 21, 2008 at 2:37 PM

And about the nice little back and forth pictured above?

Compliments of Sinbad clearing the perimeter.

Chuck Schick on March 21, 2008 at 2:38 PM

Or does Hillary want to argue that she grabbed the girl to use as a human shield?

More probable.

carbon_footprint on March 21, 2008 at 2:39 PM

The poor little girl has the same frozen look of Mr. Tumnus in the Queen’s courtyard.

Squarestate on March 21, 2008 at 2:43 PM

Hey, mix her pant-suits with his awesome 1991 parachute pants and you’ve got a fashion revolution!

Tzetzes on March 21, 2008 at 2:43 PM

Hillary is BINGO!

Brat on March 21, 2008 at 2:46 PM

Score: Sinbad 1, Hillary 0

ReubenJCogburn on March 21, 2008 at 2:47 PM

Good thing the pantsuits are flame retardant.

Dubn8tr on March 21, 2008 at 2:48 PM

Danm don’t you hate it when the evidence doesn’t support your carefully crafted story…Mrs. Clinton…Mrs. Clinton?

HawaiiLwyr on March 21, 2008 at 2:49 PM

Hillary is ducking so her daughter takes the head shot instead.

Hening on March 21, 2008 at 2:51 PM

Rest assured that the following people, all claiming to be journalists, will never ask Hillary Clinton about her pathetic lies about her trip to Bosnia: George Stephanopolous (a.k.a. Hillary’s punching bag), Wolf Blitzer, Larry Kingm Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer.

Larraby on March 21, 2008 at 2:52 PM

Notice the smiles all around as Hillary bends down to give a local girl an embrace. Or does Hillary want to argue that she grabbed the girl to use as a human shield?

We’re talking about Hillary Clinton here? In that case, the “human shield” thing is definitely a possibility.

amerpundit on March 21, 2008 at 2:58 PM

Rest assured that the following people, all claiming to be journalists, will never ask Hillary Clinton about her pathetic lies about her trip to Bosnia: George Stephanopolous (a.k.a. Hillary’s punching bag), Wolf Blitzer, Larry Kingm Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer.

Ah, but that was BEFORE the MSM became infected with the B.O. FeeVuh! Since then, even Georgie the Steph is getting down on Shillary’s case more often than not.

pilamaye on March 21, 2008 at 2:59 PM

I just went to the Post’s article and it has CBS News footgage of the landing in Bosnia. Hillary Clinton told such an amazing lie that it really makes one think that the Clintons are almost sociopathic in their lies. The Clintons tell lies that are so easily disprove that only a lousy liar or a person with zero conscience could tell them. There is her “I am named after Sir Edmund Hillary” lie. When caught in that lie, Hillary blamed her mother. Then there was the lie that she always was a New York Yankees fan. Then out came the video of her from years before saying she always was a Cubs fan. Gosh this woman could keep psyciatrists busy for days. The Bosnia video should be put on video along with Hillary’s bogus claims.

Larraby on March 21, 2008 at 3:00 PM

That depends on what your definition of “sniper” is.

exhelodrvr on March 21, 2008 at 3:07 PM

Jeez, between Obama and Clinton — this is the best the Democrats could do?

Never mind. Their whole field at the start of the primaries was a joke. The nominee will just be the punch line.

irishspy on March 21, 2008 at 3:07 PM

Sinbad’s a comedian, Hillary’s a clown, and if it hasn’t been said enough… Obama’s a racist.

Kini on March 21, 2008 at 3:09 PM

Did I mention the irony of the Washington Post fact-checking someone? The same WaPo that said Iran wouldn’t be training Al Qaeda because they’re from different sects, said John McCain was wrong, and has thus far not corrected itself? Also the same WaPo whose columnist completely fabricated a quote of Brit Hume?

amerpundit on March 21, 2008 at 3:11 PM

And Sir Edmund Hillary piloted the plane into Tuzla.

Cicero43 on March 21, 2008 at 3:12 PM

Another Klinton, another lie. Anybody else notice a trend here?

Tony737 on March 21, 2008 at 3:21 PM

We only knew about this trip because of the “breachng of her passport files”!!! ha ha ha

DfDeportation on March 21, 2008 at 3:22 PM

Didn’t her husband “witness” burning churches? Or was that Gore (Gore and Love Story I know), I just can’t keep track of these fables…they all become a blur.
They have quite an imagination those Clintons…Wait didn’t Obama say he never heard anything untoward America from Wright…Let me revise that statement above…
They have quite an imagination those Clintons liberals.

right2bright on March 21, 2008 at 3:32 PM

Tzetzes on March 21, 2008 at 2:43 PM

Those aren’t parachute pants. These are parachute pants!

srhoades on March 21, 2008 at 3:37 PM

It’s gotta be the l’eau d’hubris in the air…. Why on earth would somebody in such a position, aspiring to the Presidency, make such a sloppy, dumb claim?! OK, so maybe she thought there were no photos around…an amateur (NObama) flub; surprises me to hear it from her camp.

Lockstein13 on March 21, 2008 at 3:38 PM

Hillary lied????? Noooo.

tickleddragon on March 21, 2008 at 3:57 PM

Um..sidebar…Parachute pants were called that, not because they puffed out, but because they were made of parachute material. The puffed out pants are not parachute pants. FYI from an 80s teen who’s folks would never buy her parachute pants OR checkered Vans. *pout*

(yes, I know…they did me a favor.)

tickleddragon on March 21, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Give the poor girl a break will ya. Just look at how well her memory has improved from her days before the Senate investigation committee where she couldn’t remember a thing. At least now she remembers she was in Tuzla. She’s just a wee bit sketchy on the finer details – that’s all.

I see this as great progress of a very fragile brain. Who knows what she’ll remember (or who done her wrong)when she is our fearless come 2009.

Catfish on March 21, 2008 at 4:01 PM

er…fearless leader come 2009

Catfish on March 21, 2008 at 4:03 PM

At least she knows that an eight year old Muslim girl is better then a Kevlar vest as a shield…give her credit for that.

right2bright on March 21, 2008 at 4:32 PM

What a daydreamer. And she want to be president. Wow.

Zorro on March 21, 2008 at 4:42 PM

To borrow a phrase:

The sniper fire was seared – SEARED into her brain.

(and no inane assination wise cracks – rise above it, people)

fargo_pete on March 21, 2008 at 4:52 PM

Hillary lied about her trip to Tuzla.

In other news, the sun is setting in the west today.

Oh yeah, about parachute pants- another 80s teen here. I had a pair of parachute pants, and tried breakdancing. No good at it, just a “typical white guy.”

cs89 on March 21, 2008 at 5:03 PM

The democrat primary just one clown short of a circus.

dhunter on March 21, 2008 at 5:12 PM

What? Look at the picture. She’s got her head down.

oakpack on March 21, 2008 at 5:23 PM

And Sir Edmund Hillary piloted the plane into Tuzla.

Cicero43 on March 21, 2008 at 3:12 PM

I also heard that Hillary and Jean-Claude Kerry climbed Mt. Everest together, on their way to Cambodia. Sir Ed was their personal guide.

Del Dolemonte on March 21, 2008 at 6:06 PM

On the subject of Hillary’s foreign policy experience I had tears rolling down my cheeks by the time I got half way through this article:

I loved this bit in particular- regarding a trip to Northern Ireland…

Her schedule records that she and Cherie Blair, the then Prime Minister’s wife, were to “proceed to the children’s play area, where children are creating playground models”. They were then to “proceed down the path where they are joined by 25 children with balloons” and go “to the top of the hill and release the balloons”.

I swear I almost wet myself…

schiehallion on March 21, 2008 at 6:09 PM

Hillary was probably keeping her head down while John Kerry crawled on his hands and knees with a double barrel shotgun through the forest, hunting deer! Come on now, Hilary would never lie to make political hay! Who do you think she is, BJ?

flytier on March 21, 2008 at 6:43 PM

“I remember landing under sniper fire the sound of Togo farting. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony photo op at the airport to meet the little people, but instead we just ran waddled as fast as my fat little cankles would carry me with our heads down, not in shame since I have none, to get into the vehicles to get to our base where those loathsome military heathens were sent.”

What really happened, and what the Cankle thought.

91Veteran on March 21, 2008 at 8:40 PM

PappaMac on March 21, 2008 at 2:25 PM

Perhaps he meant ‘clown’ in the horrifying, Pennywise sense of the word.

Gerard on March 21, 2008 at 8:40 PM

Then out came the video of her from years before saying she always was a Cubs fan. Gosh this woman could keep psyciatrists busy for days. The Bosnia video should be put on video along with Hillary’s bogus claims.

Larraby on March 21, 2008 at 3:00 PM

Wasn’t there a lie about being sung to sleep…something about only the union label? or was that Bubber?

91Veteran on March 21, 2008 at 8:51 PM

They have quite an imagination those Clintons liberals.

right2bright on March 21, 2008 at 3:32 PM

Well, they are after all, the ones who kept mentioning their imaginary friends.

91Veteran on March 21, 2008 at 8:54 PM

Oh Ed, who can top you? Hilarious work.

leftnomore on March 21, 2008 at 9:55 PM

She was prophesying about Ron Brown’s flight to Croatia, a week and a half later, that came under sniper fire…from inside the plane.

labrat on March 22, 2008 at 2:02 AM

I see Chelsea’s running with her head down too. Avoiding the same sniper fire as moms.

Heh, same White House experience too, only Chelsea would have made the more electable candidate.

petefrt on March 22, 2008 at 9:52 AM