Skip to comments.Bill Clinton defends wife's Bosnia remarks
Posted on 04/11/2008 5:25:11 AM PDT by COUNTrecount
Former President Bill Clinton gave a passionate defense Thursday of his wifes claim about landing under sniper fire just as the damaging controversy was dying down.
Bill Clinton said the news media treated her like shed robbed a bank and claimed she was experiencing end-of-day fatigue, even though she had made the claim in morning speeches.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) acknowledged two weeks ago that she misspoke and made a mistake in her overly vivid account of the 1996 landing in Tuzla, Bosnia, during a goodwill mission as first lady.
Video of a tranquil arrival ceremony refuted the claim, and her comments hurt her struggling campaign by reviving questions about her candor.
Now, her husband has revived the issue by claiming the comments were true during a Solutions for America campaign event in at Boonville High School in Boonville, Ind. Here are his comments, recorded by networks and reported by CBS News:
"You know, I got tickled the other day. 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 [sic]. 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 flak 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. And you woulda thought, you know, that she'd robbed a bank the way they carried on about this. And some of them, when they're 60, they'll forget something when they're tired at 11 at night, too.
CBS News producer Ryan Corsaro, who covers Senator Clinton, reports she made the claim in mid-morning on St. Patricks Day.
CBS also has aired videotape of the senator making the claim on at least two other occasions. The Eleanor Roosevelt claim also has been questioned, since Pat Nixon traveled to Vietnam in 1969. Indiana holds its Democratic primary on May 6.
Bill is a worse liar than Hillary. But nevertheless “uncommonly good” at it.
Wow, these folks ARE self destructive. Just as the controversy was dying down, BJ steps up and brings it back up.
I know what it is. It’s not stupidity, it’s ARROGANCE.
Pretty much “HOW DARE YOU QUESTION US!”
Even though it was a blatant lie, BJ is stepping forward defending their RIGHT TO LIE.
“Bill is a worse liar than Hillary. But nevertheless uncommonly good at it.”
That’s because he always points his finger when he lies.
Well, she has “robbed a bank” the blank minds of her following probably still believe her dribble.
A lie is a lie is a lie....
Just when the msm had dropped the subject of her lying about her Bosnian landing, he brings it up again. Doesn’t he know that there are at least three videos of her telling this same whopper and “fatigue” won’t fly as an excuse for her lying?
Watching his performance on her campaign trail, one would almost suspect he is trying to sabotage her.
This is probably the “word of the day” that you’re intending:
> Former President Bill Clinton gave a passionate defense Thursday of his wifes claim about landing under sniper fire just as the damaging controversy was dying down.
Classic! Go Billy! Keep the pot boiling, mate! The world had just about forgotten about your wife’s lies — thanks for reminding everyone, ay!
Heh heh heh.
Remind me of a couple of scorpions is a bottle, those two do.
My take is that it isn’t sabotage, it’s an insistence that they have a right to lie.
People actually thought that this man was a political genius. Go figure
Yep. I hope that the Chinese don’t nuke us late in the day. She’d probably just turn on CBS so that she could watch it on the news.
I stand corrected!
The controversey was just about over til this. He just can’t keep his mouth shut.
Keep yakkin Bill...
How about at 3 AM, Bill?
She didn’t misspeak, she didn’t distort the truth, she didn’t just get the facts wrong.
She told an outright lie that she fabricated herself.
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