Hillary, Serial Fabulist?

posted at 9:50 am on March 26, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Has Hillary Clinton’s Tuzla fantasy opened a bigger can of worms for the presidential aspirant? Jake Tapper at ABC News wonders whether the press should take a look at earlier Hillary anecdotes to determine whether a pattern of fabulism exists. Sure enough, he discovers an old chestnut from 1994 that Hillary has not bothered to dust off for the current campaign:

In light of Tuzla-gate (catchy, no?), reporters are going over past statements by Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, (and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois) to see if others don’t stand more rigorous examination.

One that may get renewed scrutiny is a story she told “Women in Military Service” in 1994 — that shortly after the end of the Vietnam war, she looked into joining the Marines.

In June 1994, Clinton told an organization trying to build a memorial for women who had served in the armed forces, that while living in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in 1975, “I decided that I was very interested in having some experience in serving in some capacity in the military. So I walked into our local recruiting office…”

And the rest may not be history, at least not in the sense of, well, it actually happening. Hillary married Bill Clinton in 1975, and his political career looked very, very bright; as Tapper notes, he was considered a shoo-in for the Attorney General election the next year. Even Maureen Dowd in 1994 questioned the notion that Hillary intended to dump Bill and his political future for a stint as a jarhead.

The story gets pretty strange. She claims that the Marine recruiter told her she was too old (27), her eyesight was too poor, and … she had one too many X chromosomes. Now, in 1975, the military services were struggling for recruits. The draft had ended, the Vietnam War had left a generation of potential recruits looking elsewhere, and Congress was pressing the recruiters to find more women. It’s not impossible that a Marine recruiter would chase a 27-year-old woman out of his office, but it certainly seems highly unlikely, especially one with a law degree and some experience in the field.

Unlike the Tuzla episode, no witnesses to this transaction have appeared, nor are any likely to do so. However, the collapse of her credibility this week, after repeating the story at least four times during the campaign, calls into question her personal anecdotes, especially those that paint her in the kind of crusading light as this does. Hillary can expect greater scrutiny of her claims, especially since the media got burned by its credulity on Tuzla.

Addendum: Can we stop with the “-gate” scandal names? It’s not “catchy”; it shows an incredible lack of creativity. I don’t know how to break it to the media, but the Watergate scandal didn’t actually have anything to do with water. Instead of mindlessly applying the same hackneyed and inappropriate suffix to every scandal, why not come up with something interesting and original? Here are a few we can offer for free to our friends in the media:

  • Tuzla Dawn
  • The Tuzla Gauntlet
  • The Tuzla Dodge
  • The Tuzla Dash
  • Her Own Private Tuzla
  • Tuzla Two-Step

Feel free to add your suggestions in the comments.

Update: I suppose it won’t be long before we get to the fabulist tale of how Hillary got her name, as some of our commenters suggest. Snopes delivers the bad news to Hillary, even if the news media hasn’t exactly caught up to this bit of fabulism:

Hillary Clinton said her mother, Dorothy Rodham, “had read an article about the intrepid Edmund Hillary, a one-time beekeeper who had taken to mountain climbing, when she was pregnant in 1947 and liked the name.” Although it is true that Edmund Hillary did not perform the feat that made him a household name throughout the English-speaking world until 1953 (by which time Hillary Rodham was already six years old), it is not true, as many skeptics have asserted, that Edmund Hillary was nothing more than an obscure Auckland beekeeper until then. Even before World War II he was already a serious mountain climber who boasted to a friend that “some day I’m going to climb Everest,” and by 1947 he was honing the necessary skills on the peaks of the Southern Alps. It’s certainly possible young Edmund was profiled in some periodical as far back in 1947.

However, how likely was Dorothy Rodham, a Chicago housewife, to have seen an article about a New Zealand mountain climber? We performed a comprehensive search of several major American newspapers (including the Chicago Tribune) and found that none of them made any mention of Edmund Hillary whatsoever prior to June 1953, so it’s fair to say that the American media paid him little note prior to his successful assault on Mt. Everest that year.

That little bit of fabulism didn’t hurt anyone except Hillary herself when people did the obvious math.  It did indicate a relationship between Hillary and Truth that seems rather distant and entirely self-serving.


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How about: Two-Tuzla Face

HotAirJosef on March 26, 2008 at 9:53 AM

The one thing the press knows how to do…pile on.
Pardon me, but your Tuzla is showing.
Nothing worse then a women showing her Tuzla in public.

right2bright on March 26, 2008 at 9:55 AM

Tuzla Shuffle

rightside on March 26, 2008 at 9:58 AM

How about… Tuzla Polooza!

kcd on March 26, 2008 at 9:59 AM

The big Tuzlie.

pistolero on March 26, 2008 at 9:59 AM

Wow. Once again only two people run for President, Obama and Clinton. I guess investigating claims that McCain is a Republican is not necessary since he’s not running.

Neo on March 26, 2008 at 10:00 AM

All politicians lie, but the disturbing thing about the Clintons has always been that they lie even when they know that we know they’re lying. That’s really spooky.

Labamigo on March 26, 2008 at 10:02 AM

The Tuzla Puzzla

ynot4tony2 on March 26, 2008 at 10:02 AM

Liberals will lie, when the truth would serve them better.

kcd on March 26, 2008 at 10:03 AM

This morning I heard Quinn rattle off a list of her fables. Seems our girl Hillary is the biggest fable teller since Aesop.

petefrt on March 26, 2008 at 10:05 AM

A lie too far
Apocalypse Not

TheBigOldDog on March 26, 2008 at 10:05 AM

It’s a Tuzla Tale!

JohnTant on March 26, 2008 at 10:06 AM

Ed, there’s a typo in the headline: the question mark.

/snark

MamaAJ on March 26, 2008 at 10:06 AM

Oh, and wasn’t Hillary Clinton named after Sir Edmund Hillary?

JohnTant on March 26, 2008 at 10:06 AM

The Tuzla Syndrome.

saltydogg14 on March 26, 2008 at 10:08 AM

Oh, and wasn’t Hillary Clinton named after Sir Edmund Hillary?

JohnTant on March 26, 2008 at 10:06 AM

She lies so much, how do we know her name is ‘Hillary’?

petefrt on March 26, 2008 at 10:08 AM

You’ve got to give old Hillary credit . . . at least she’s staying engaged and is out telling whoppers while her opponent remains holed up on a small island. Ah those Democrats, they really know how to pick them.

rplat on March 26, 2008 at 10:08 AM

So I walked into our local recruiting office…

Did the “Captain” wear a white suit, gold watch, and have two female “Drill Seargants” by his side?

(Sorry, couldn’t resist. I just don’t think that Hillary ’75 knew how to distinguish a recruiting center.)

Niko on March 26, 2008 at 10:09 AM

♫Tu-tu-tu-Tuzla, goodbye♫

Or

♫Goodbye, Ruby Tuzla♫

Bigfoot on March 26, 2008 at 10:10 AM

Proudly published in Obama’s church bulletin in 2007:

I must tell you that Israel was the closest ally to the White Supremacists of South Africa. In fact, South Africa allowed Israel to test its nuclear weapons in the ocean off South Africa. The Israelis were given a blank check: they could test whenever they desired and did not even have to ask permission. Both worked on an ethnic bomb that kills Blacks and Arabs.

Arabs have always supported the dismantling of this racist government. In 1962, African-Arab Sudan granted Mandela a passport to travel with to gain international support in his struggle to free his people. Libya, among other Arab states, provided Mandela and other African liberation movements, political as well as material support. As a result, Libya was designated by the White House as a terrorist rogue state. What a great honor!

A few days ago, Amnesty International’s annual report was released. The report slams Israel’s conduct in the occupied territories. It documents some of the “serious human rights abuses” Israel commits daily. It also spoke of the “war crimes” that Israel had committed in Lebanon.

Arnold Toynbee, the world renowned historian, stated that what the Zionist Jews did to the Palestinians is worse than what the Nazis did to the Jews, because, as he stated, Jews should have learned from their tragic experience.

Dear Oprah, I do understand the enormous pressure you are subjected to. But I am encouraged by your speech to Howard University graduates. “My integrity is not for sale.… Do not be a slave to any form of selling out”, you remarked.

When you return, may God of the Universe grant you the courage to tell the world of what you actually witnessed. Judging from the terrible attacks and insults former President Jimmy Carter has recently experienced for his book, Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, I do not claim that the task is easy. However, it would be an unforgivable crime for those who have suffered from slavery and are still suffering from discrimination, to ignore the suffering of others.

With Peace and Love,

Ali Baghdadi

(arabjournl@aol.com)

(An Arab-American activist, writer, columnist; worked with several African-American groups on civil and human rights issues since the mid sixties; acted as a Middle East advisor to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad the founder of the Nation of Islam, as well as Minister Louis Farrakhan; visited more than 80 countries throughout the world and met with many of their leaders, including Mandela, Castro, Saddam Hussein, Hafez Assad, Qathafi, Abdallah ibn Abdel-Aziz, Rafsanjani, Ayatollah Khamenei, among many others.)

And how is it possible that Mr. Obama could belong to a church that would take such a letter seriously enough to publish it?

His lies are more dangerous to the nation than Hillary’s.

funky chicken on March 26, 2008 at 10:13 AM

I believe that Tuzla Bankhead’s last role was as a villian on the old “Batman” series.

radjah shelduck on March 26, 2008 at 10:14 AM

“Liar In Chief”.

shaken on March 26, 2008 at 10:15 AM

Was Hillary telling a lie? In the immortal words of Chelsea Clinton…It’s none of your business!

Vntnrse on March 26, 2008 at 10:15 AM

Tuzla Coil
Tuzla Foolzya

AYNBLAND on March 26, 2008 at 10:17 AM

I suppose we should all be happy for any little burst of clarity from the big media outlets, and Jake Tapper has been better than I expected, based on his past writings, when he joined ABC News. But does he really think he’s doing breakthrough journalism here by reporting on Hillary’s Semper Fi fantasy or on other dubious clams over the year’s by the missus? What’s next — breaking news that Mrs. Clinton’s parents really didn’t name her after Sir Edmund Hillary?

There is a little fun in seeing the Clintons suddenly being treated as if they both had Rs next to their name, just so – after 16 years of thinking they were being treated unfairly by the big media outlets – they can finally see what real obsessive and vindictive media scrutiny look like. The bad part is knowing the only reason this is being done is because the Obama fanatics in the press really do think the Clintons now have Rs next to their names, and that neither they nor the media are going to learn any lessons from this come the general election.

jon1979 on March 26, 2008 at 10:19 AM

Note that she claims to have wanted to join the military to get some experience (for her future White House plans) not that she gave a damn about her country. She doesn’t want to anger the left with that!

PattyJ on March 26, 2008 at 10:24 AM

Tuzla Two-Step

Feel free to add your suggestions

Nobody will top THAT one!

But I’ll try … (to the tune of “Tuesday Afternoon”).

“Tuuuuuuuuzlaaaaaa lyyyyyyying witch”

Tony737 on March 26, 2008 at 10:24 AM

Tuzla-heimers.
or…
The Frightening Gauntlet of Poems and Small Children.

James on March 26, 2008 at 10:26 AM

Did she invent the Internet, too?

Only if she were running against Gore.

eeyore on March 26, 2008 at 10:28 AM

The old Irish lullaby:

“Tuzla-loozla-LIE”

And, along with the -gate thing, how about the -holic suffix? Shopaholic, workaholic… It’s using the end of the word “alcohol”.

mikeyboss on March 26, 2008 at 10:28 AM

Heh, that picture of her is probably as close to “peaking” as she is going to get this election year.

leanright on March 26, 2008 at 10:30 AM

Waterb*tch

Buddahpundit on March 26, 2008 at 10:31 AM

Bosnia Balderdash.

mikeyboss on March 26, 2008 at 10:32 AM

Is the story that the MSM is holding a Democrat responsible for the truth, or that the MSM has hit an unending bonanza of Clinton lies that they just can’t stop parading in front of a hungry for blood, thumbs down Colosseum crowd?

Hening on March 26, 2008 at 10:35 AM

We all know she also climbed Mt. Everest, along with Jean-Claude Kerry, with Sir Ed as their guide, before they all went to Cambodia for Christmas.

She got caught in another one-apparently she claimed to have applied to NASA to be an astronaut. Nothing wrong with that, but as with the Ed Hillary fable, she was off by several years.

Del Dolemonte on March 26, 2008 at 10:36 AM

Judging from the terrible attacks and insults former President Jimmy Carter has recently experienced for his book

Jimmy Carter is a traitor to our country and should be tried and hanged for such.

kcd on March 26, 2008 at 10:38 AM

If all this “misspeaking” has to do with being sleep deprived, what sorts of decisions will she make during some extended national emergency, the pressures of which might affect her daily routines?

eeyore on March 26, 2008 at 10:39 AM

Jake Tapper at ABC News wonders whether the press should take a look at earlier Hillary anecdotes to determine whether a pattern of fabulism exists

Note to Jake – most of us determined this about 16 years ago about Czarina Cankles and Czar Bubba. Gee, a pattern of lies with the Clintons? Didn’t see this “pattern” when you were “in the tank” for them? BWaahhhhaaaa

Wow, the ABC ‘journalists’ are so insightful. Next grass is green? Sky is blue? What a bunch of hucksters….

Branch Rickey on March 26, 2008 at 10:41 AM

If all this “misspeaking” has to do with being sleep deprived, what sorts of decisions will she make during some extended national emergency, the pressures of which might affect her daily routines?

eeyore on March 26, 2008 at 10:39 AM

Good point.
Hillary: Uhm,*yawn…uh…sure, sure, take all of the nuclear material you need….just let me get some sleep…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz snorezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

kcd on March 26, 2008 at 10:41 AM

For all the Conan fans out there:
Tuzla Doom

wahhaw on March 26, 2008 at 10:44 AM

If all this “misspeaking” has to do with being sleep deprived, what sorts of decisions will she make during some extended national emergency, the pressures of which might affect her daily routines?

eeyore on March 26, 2008 at 10:39 AM

Good point.

Hillary: uhmmm…what?..who?…oh..*yawn..sure…take all the nuclear material you need….just let me get some sleep……zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

kcd on March 26, 2008 at 10:44 AM

Sorry! did’nt mean to double post!

kcd on March 26, 2008 at 10:45 AM

Fuzzy Tuzla

swami on March 26, 2008 at 10:46 AM

A few days ago, Amnesty International’s annual report was released.

Is this the same Amnesty International would NEVER put Mandela on it’s list because he was a terrorist and not a ‘freedom fighter’?

Branch Rickey on March 26, 2008 at 10:53 AM

If all this “misspeaking” has to do with being sleep deprived, what sorts of decisions will she make during some extended national emergency, the pressures of which might affect her daily routines?

eeyore on March 26, 2008 at 10:39 AM

That 3:00 a.m. ad is not looking like such a good idea right now….

Branch Rickey on March 26, 2008 at 10:56 AM

I would say that Thanks to Hillary’s “prevarications”, Obama is just a hop, skip and a Tuzla from the oval office. ;)

evilned on March 26, 2008 at 10:58 AM

Tuzla Hsuzla

RushBaby on March 26, 2008 at 10:58 AM

re. funky chicken
Proudly published in Obamas church bulletin in 2007

I also read that bulletin from the Corners link. I also read the part where Ali Baghdadi claimed Jesus was born a Palistinian. No complaint from Rev. Wright. By the way, didn’t Rev. Wright claim Jesus was black at some point in a church bulletin ?

2theright on March 26, 2008 at 11:01 AM

Now that the MSM has figured out that the Clintons are despicable liars I wonder what the last 16 years would have turned out had we had a press equally split between Democrats, Republicans and Independents instead of operating like the propaganda arm of the Democratic Party.

So let us imagine a world magically transformed beginning in…

1992: George H. W. Bush reelected; or
1996: If Clinton was elected in 1992 then he would have been defeated in 1996; or
1998: Clinton resigns Presidency under shadow of sex and perjury scandal. Al Gore goes on to server two terms in the White House; or
2000: Al Gore acts like the statesman Richard Nixon in 1960 and accepts the outcome of a disputed election; 2002: Al Gore makes an unsuccessful run for the Governor of Tennessee and announces that you won’t have Al Gore to kick around anymore; 2008: Gore wins the Presidency; or
2003-2007: After many mistakes the Bush Administration gets it right and wins the war in Iraq; then in 2008: The country tired after the long but successful war against Al Qaeda elects Al Gore President of the United States.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful? (Well maybe not because in both post 1998 scenarios we get ALGORE in the White House)

jerryofva on March 26, 2008 at 11:02 AM

I recall knowing a kid back in high school who spun the most outlandish yarns about his accomplishments. I suppose he was trying to gain attention and possibly self-esteem, but people just rolled their eyes and blew him off. Still, the kid lied reflexively, as if he had no choice. Maybe he didn’t. I wonder if Hillary, an adult version of the same syndrome, really believes her stories. How else could she expect to tell lies that anyone can check and refute unless she actually believes them in her head? The woman may have a psychological disorder.

NNtrancer on March 26, 2008 at 11:04 AM

The Tuzla Tumble?

exhelodrvr on March 26, 2008 at 11:26 AM

Actually, I think there’s a Russian aircraft whose name fits Hillary: The Backfire Bomber.

NNtrancer on March 26, 2008 at 11:32 AM

Travelgate &c. are examples of portmanteaus, such as chocoholic (there’s no such thing a “holic”). The Wikipedia article even mentions Watergate.

(You must admit though, Whitewatergate is nice.)

Tzetzes on March 26, 2008 at 1:04 PM

I’m in favor of using the word “-Lewinsky” as a suffix for ALL Clinton related scandals… If only to embarrass the Clintons and their seemingly stupid, Kool-Aid addicted daughter.

The Tuzla-Lewinsky Scandal
The Pardon-Lewinsky Scandal
The Whitewater-Lewinsky Scandal

I like the way it slips from the tongue. And it makes about as much sense as the habit of defaming a perfectly innocent hotel in DC.

Gartrip on March 26, 2008 at 1:06 PM

Tzetzes on March 26, 2008 at 1:04 PM

We could use all or part of ‘addict’ instead…like anyone obsessed with whether or not Mary Jo Kopechne is available for comment could be a ‘Chappaquaddict.’

Others:

Chocoladdict.
Alcoholaddict.
Tobaccoddict/Nicoddict.
Caffeiddict.
Pornograddict.

Gartrip on March 26, 2008 at 1:06 PM

I prefer calling any scandal a ‘Clinton.’ For example:

“Did you hear the latest Clinton? Hillary completely lied about Tuzla!”

“Oh, that’s nothing…Obama stuck his foot right into a Clinton himself by claiming he was conceived as a result of the Selma marches.”

“Yeah, but what about the question Chelsea was asked? That was positively Clintonous!”

James on March 26, 2008 at 1:23 PM

A Tale of Two Tuzlas.

The Tuzla Tale.

Tuzzle Wuzzle.

Poetry to Snipe by.

Children and Choppers and Guns, oh my.

cs89 on March 26, 2008 at 2:04 PM

A female with a law degree getting kicked out of a recruiting office? Are you kidding me? Any Marine Officer Selection Officer (aka recruiter for officers) would LOVE to have one of those walk into his office. Believe it or not there are “quotas” (aka “missions”) to find qualified applicants that fall into certain sex/race/ethnicity categories.

Mack08 on March 26, 2008 at 2:45 PM

Mack08,
Yes, and recruiters get more “points” if they can fill an “hard-to-fill” quota.

And how would the recruiter know that she had an extra X chromosome, anyway, unless she went pretty far into the process?

exhelodrvr on March 26, 2008 at 2:58 PM