Monday, March 24, 2008

Hillary under sniper fire?

Maybe Hillary was simply obsessing over how the Obama campaign has been treating her, but I myself was a little suspicious when I was reading Hillary's speech on her plan for Iraq and I read in her introductory comments before diving into her prepared remarks:

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.

People with better memories and some video from 12 years ago pointed out that Hillary's recalled account was simply not how it was. What can we say... Hillary had an Al Gore moment last week. Sigh. This kind of thing happens on occasion, even with the best of politicians. It provides us with a little amusement, embarrasses the politician a little, and we all move on. In fact, if the Obama campaign were to focus too much attention on it, they themselves would be accused of not focusing on issues.

You could say this was an example of "dishonesty" by Hillary, but it clearly falls into the Al Gore "tall tale" category, a "white" lie at worst.

I don't know why Hillary would have said such a thing. Maybe she just wanted to add a little color to her dry speech. Maybe that is what she in fact remembered or just how she remembered it. It did not really add any significant value to her speech. Maybe she is just jealous of how impressive Barack's speeches are.

Anyway, let's get back to the real sniping, the political kind that packs some punch and sting.

-- Jack Krupansky


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