So shamelessly, in fact, that you’ll spot the lie immediately if you followed the story with any degree of closeness. This sort of thing simply has to be compulsive for him. In no rational world does it make sense to reintroduce this subject, lie about it, and lie about it so clumsily that the press would have to rub his face in it even if they didn’t want to. Which, thanks to Obamania, they do.
A lot of the way this whole campaign has been covered has amused me. But there was a lot of fulminating because Hillary, one time late at night when she was exhausted, misstated and immediately apologized for it, what happened to her in Bosnia in 1995. Did y’all see all that. Oh, they blew it up. Let me just tell you. The president of Bosnia and General Wesley Clark — who was there making peace where we’d lost three peacekeepers who had to ride on a dangerous mountain road because it was too dangerous to go the regular, safe way — both defended her because they pointed out that when her plane landed in Bosnia, she had to go up to the bulletproof part of the plane, in the front. Everybody else had to put their flack jackets underneath the seat in case they got shot at. And everywhere they went they were covered by Apache helicopters. So they just abbreviated the arrival ceremony. Now I say that because, what really has mattered is that even then she was interested in our troops. And I think she was the first first lady since Eleanor Roosevelt to go into a combat zone.
He’s wrong about that Eleanor Roosevelt bit, too, but never mind. HA readers already know the bold part is an egregious lie three times over. In fact, she opened a major speech on foreign policy on the 17th with the Tuzla story; the transcript is still posted on her website. That’s what kicked off the media feeding frenzy over it, a fact BJ surely must know. In which case, how do we explain this? Is lying genuinely compulsive for him? Or is Mike Pechar right in theorizing that he secretly wants her to lose? I’ve never seriously entertained that idea but I don’t know what to think anymore.
Oh, and she didn’t “immediately apologize,” either. But ABC deserves some traffic for this so follow the link up top for more on that.
Update: Jake Tapper went through his whole statement line by line. Two mistakes, one possible misinterpretation, and five — count ’em, five — clear lies.