VINTON, Iowa - ...On Saturday night in Dubuque she pounced, arguing she risked her life* on White House missions in the 1990s, including a hair-raising flight into Bosnia that ended in a "corkscrew" landing and a sprint off the tarmac to dodge snipers...Dude, I was in a tornado drill once. Elect me!
It turns out that Clinton wasn't quite flying solo into harm's way that day.
She was, in fact, leading a goodwill entourage that included baggy-pants funnyman Sinbad, singer Sheryl Crow and Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, then 15, according to an account of the March 1995 trip in her autobiography "Living History."
As the plane approached the runway, the pilot ordered the Clintons into the armored front of the plane, Clinton writes.
This is actually one of Senator McBragg's dumber yarns, not even in the same league with the one that had her named for Sir Edmund Hilary - at least that was a little creative - or the one where she said that Chelsea was jogging around the twin towers on 9/11 and was saved by diving into a coffee shop.
The only thing interesting about this one is the claim that she willingly** brought her young daughter into a war zone that was crawling with snipers - if the world's smartest life was at risk, then so was Chelsea's***. If a place is too dangerous for a man, send a teenage girl? Good idea, Mom.
Unlike the big lies for which her husband is justly famous, her lies are almost all petty and unnecessary. She seems to be out of practice as well. But to her credit, she's been getting a lot of reps in recently, so if she's as smart as we all know she is we can look forward to more than our share of really creative whoppers over the next 8 years.
* "The dictum around the Oval Office in the '90s, she added, was: 'If a place was too dangerous, too poor or too small, send the first lady.'" That's rich. More likely such trips were arranged around the President's dating schedule.
** And I might add, unnecessarily. I mean what was she going to accomplish? Goodwill Ambassatrix to the Sarajevo junior prom?
*** Not to mention Sinbad's. That guy was great in "Jingle all the way." It would have been a waste to see him blown away by that decade's Hitler. Sheryl Crow, otoh, I wonder how many squares of TP she used?