Hillary’s gaffe-filled week continues

posted at 4:01 pm on June 11, 2014 by Noah Rothman

As Hillary Clinton’s book tour continues, what many believe to be her unofficial presidential campaign roll out has been marred by gaffes and misstatements.

In an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer on Monday, Clinton committed two classic Kinsley gaffes. First, she asserted that she and her husband left the White House “dead broke.” This statement earned Clinton a “mostly false” rating from Politifact and prompted her to clarify that she knows that her family is “obviously blessed.”

The second gaffe related to her response to the Benghazi attack. Clinton’s clumsy defense of her actions leading up to and following that attack allowed her opponents to cast her as callous and indifferent to an assault which resulted in the deaths of four Americans.

The former secretary of state committed yet another fumble on Wednesday in an appearance with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. At that speaking event, Clinton made a noble but failed attempt to link her place in history to those who served in a more influential administration.


“I actually write about Rahm in the book,” Clinton said. “I asked him not to read it before we sat and did our interview! But it was in the very first chapter, the chapter I rightly call ‘Team of Rivals’ because that’s what it was in the beginning. A senator from Illinois ran against a senator from New York just as had happened way back with a senator from Illinois named Lincoln and a senator from New York named Seward. And it turned out the same way.”

Lincoln was never a senator, as WLS’s Bill Cameron explained. “He lost that election to Stephen A. Douglas after the Lincoln-Douglas debates.”

Let the excuse making begin! Of course, Clinton was probably simply overtired, misspoke, suffered from indigestion, has never read Doris Kearns Goodwin, etc., etc.

No doubt, Clinton will be extended the benefit of the doubt rarely reserved for her Republican counterparts. This is precisely the kind of material that would be perfect for a list similar to what the Associated Press complied at the close of “verbal gaffe master” George W. Bush’s presidency – presuming that crafting such a list would even occur to AP’s editors.

All we can do, I suppose, is push the press in the right direction. Feel free to add today’s misstatement from Clinton to others she has made in the past. Like that time when Clinton mispronounced former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s name in a 2008 presidential debate and recovered with the supremely artful “Medavedeva … whatever.”

Surely there are a few other misstatements to add to that list…

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Look this is simple. One has to care about a subject enough to study it and learn the facts.

Hillary is living off of negative celebrity status, a vampire.

dogsoldier on June 11, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Dane bramage is a ugly thing. Witness the prime example. Yeah let’s let the one with a closed head injury lead us, by all means. It removes a lot of the veneer off of the personality that is displayed. Her “filter” is damaged. Her PR team is pulling their hair out. Each time she goes in front of the camera they wonder if she is gonna pull the pin on the mental grenade she has become. It will happen. If you have any experience with people who have a CHI you know what I’m talking about. Moved this from the 5 guys thread, seemed more appropriate here.

Cliff by the Ford on June 11, 2014 at 6:40 PM

She stinks.

ncinca on June 11, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Her transformation to Bea Arthur is nearly complete.

Chuck Schick on June 11, 2014 at 6:47 PM

She’s c-r-a-z-y. I don’t see the attraction politically or otherwise.

CW on June 11, 2014 at 6:50 PM

She’s an incompetent idiot, what more is there to say? Well, she’s also a murdering b1tch, but that goes without saying, just ask Vince Foster.

Diluculo on June 11, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Bea Arthur was a competent actress. And she didn’t live a lie for the past forty years. Give a closed head injured person, with a trunk full of grudges, the enormous power of the Presidency. She was already an incompetent, lying grifter. Wait till she has that power In her brain damaged hands.

Cliff by the Ford on June 11, 2014 at 7:02 PM

I do hope Dan Rather is going to hoist himself out of retirement to carefully and thoroughly examine the Whitewater files Hilary just happened to find on the WH closet shelf. Or maybe a microscopic document comparison of the various versions of Vince Foster’s death certificate. With just as much attention to detail as he afforded GW Bush’s National Guard service records.
But then again, Whitewater was oh so very long ago, and far away.

peck on June 11, 2014 at 7:22 PM

When she gets nominated, then elected, what will real Americans do?
I don’t know, but it’s gonna be bad, kids!

Tard on June 11, 2014 at 7:50 PM

And all of this is coming from the smartest woman in the world. Doesn’t say much for the rest of the women in the world, does it.

savage24 on June 11, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Hillary: “These five guys are not a threat to the United States. These five guys are a threat to Afghanistan.”

Amazing. Even if we are leaving, we don’t want to make things tougher on the Afghans. And if the Taliban take over, perhaps in part thanks to the release of these 5 top Taliban leaders for 1 American, then Afghanistan will become a training ground again for terrorism against America. Remember, that’s why went to war against them in the first place.

anotherJoe on June 11, 2014 at 8:54 PM

But… but… she has a vagina and it’s her turn…

dpduq on June 11, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Hello, pants.
John the Libertarian on June 11, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Almost choked on my morning coffee.

Closet Optimist on June 12, 2014 at 7:17 AM