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Sinbad's Vindication

Even if she wasn't dodging snipers' bullets in Bosnia, Hillary Rodham Clinton is still taking incoming fire from Barack Obama's campaign over a decade-old trip to the Balkans.

The Obama camp gleefully fired away Tuesday with e-mails exposing Clinton's self-admittedly false version of events upon landing at the Tuzla airport in 1996. (What, does Obama think Clinton's Bosnia boo-boo will trump his "pastor disaster" and win him Pennsylvania?)

"First time in 12 years she misspoke?" the subject line of the Obama campaign e-mail blared, referring to Clinton's characterization of her Bosnia gaffe as "the first time in 12 or so years I misspoke."

It seemed like the umpteenth day in a row that the Obama folks had sent out an e-mail questioning Clinton's memory of the '96 trip. Only this time, Team Obama was able to cite Clinton's own acknowledgment that things simply didn't go down the way she had previously stated.

Obama's main artillery in battling Clinton's memory of Bosnia has been a comedian named Sinbad, who, along with singer Sheryl Crow, accompanied Clinton on the trip to visit U.S. trips in Bosnia in March of 1996. In an exclusive interview with the Sleuth published on March 11, Sinbad said he didn't remember sniper fire, just the harrowing experience of wondering where he'd eat next.

Clinton then spent time and energy refuting Sinbad's varying account, insisting there was sniper fire and saying, "There was supposed to be some sort of greeting ceremony, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles."

But at a Tuesday press conference, after CBS News video of the 1996 Bosnia trip surfaced showing no bullets but lots of smiles on the faces of the first lady and her then teenage daughter Chelsea, Clinton said she "made a mistake."

"I had a different memory. My staff and others all kind of come together trying to sort it out, so I made a mistake, that happens," Clinton said. "It proves I'm human, which for some people is a revelation."

It's a revelation that the Obama campaign, as it continues struggling to rebound from Rev. Jeremiah Wright's fire-and-brimstone videos, is reveling in.

"Senator Clinton said that a planned welcoming ceremony was cancelled because they needed to avoid sniper fire, but news footage shows that she was met by a small child who read her a poem," Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt tells us. "Contrary to the latest spin from the Clinton campaign, when you repeat a demonstrably false claim again and again, it's not misspeaking, it's misleading, and it's part of a troubling pattern of Senator Clinton inflating her foreign policy experience."

If Obama is banking on Sinbad to be his ace in the hole for Pennsylvania's delegate-rich primary on April 22, Clinton is counting on Reverend Wright. As she said Tuesday, "I think, given all we have heard and seen, he would not have been my pastor."

Nor would Sinbad have been her comedian on the Bosnia trip.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 26, 2008; 9:19 AM ET
 
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Obama sits around for 20 years listening to comspiracy theories proffered by a Red Fox impersonator and Hillary is upholding the Clinton family tradition of lying through her teeth. How can the Dems wonder whats wrong when they put people like these two in the spotlight of modern politics? They are just old school losers.

Posted by: billybob4 | March 26, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

And yet those "old school losers" look positively radiant when compared to the thought of 4 more years of Republican misrule. What a place we're in.

Posted by: Tim B | March 26, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I seems apparent to me as well as other that Senator Clinton was out right lying to inflate her importance. How can she blast Senator Obama for Rev. Wright's message. Senator Obama did not say racist things. But....Senator did say " we had to run and hurry to avoid sniper fire. Not true. she says Rev. Wright would not be my pastor. Well... Senator Clinton would not be my president

Posted by: del | March 26, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Now perhaps you all see what we independent voters have already seen. That the biggest difference between the two parties in power is the size of your Government and how creative they can be in finding ways to play dirty tricks and air the filthy laundry of opposing candidates. IMHO, creating media feeding frenzies is not exactly a shining endorsement of either parties' leadership skills. This is why for the last 20 plus years we independents vote for the lesser of the evils or place our checkmark in the much maligned and often misunderstood "protest" vote. Here's hoping that common sense and the independent constituency continues to grow!

Posted by: Lew | March 26, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Race is the 800 pound gorilla!
I thank Rev. Wright for his work and dedication to building a community that can try to look beyond the damage done to it by generations of "whites".
And, I want to thank those who are using Rev. Wright's words to attack Obama. Thank you for exposing the reality that we don't understand and which we (those who consider ourselves whites)even refuse to acknowledge exists.
Seems to me that, at its core, the problem with Rev. Wright's comments, other than that they most certainly have been used out of context, relate to the reality that most white americans have never really understood the angst and struggle of the african american community. When was the last time you had a real discussion with your african american friend about race? Do you think it is possible to actually have such discussion?

The stark truth is that most of us "whites" don't get it, don't want to "linger in misdeads of the past", and we are fine with pointing out our black friends as proof that we understand.

Don't feel bad about not being able to relate across the parallel universe of race. It is now apparent that not even the "first black president" did't get it. If he had he would have jumped to the defense of Rev. Wright. And, furthermore, he would have stepped outside his personal biases and focussed on the attributes of the candidates I know he would be supporting Obama.

Time to stop the kabuki dance around race and speak truth to power.

God bless all the nameless Rev. Wrights in America who do the hard work in repairing and lifting spirits that had been methodically broken.

Posted by: Kostas Alexakis | March 26, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I would like to comment on the unfair characterization of the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. and the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. The church and Rev. Wright have been portrayed as on the fringe, unpatriotic and racist. It has been implied the Barack Obama should disown the church and his pastor and that the church has somehow been "hidden" from the mainstream (white) public.

Given the media's desire to sensationalize Rev. Wright's comments (out of context); it ignores the fact that Rev. Wright and the church services of Trinity UCC have been on radio and television for all to hear for many, many years. The church's services have not only been broadcast locally in Chicago but in other major cities including Philadelphia and nationally as well Trinity's church services have been broadcast on the Hallmark channel! There are many citizens who schedule their activities to make certain they hear or watch the church's services. Should the communities that support him by listening to his broadcasts be condemned too; or have they listened to the entire churches message including the complete sermons?

If Rev. Wright and Trinity's services were truly hate filled, racist and unpatriotic; I am certain he and the church would not have received the acclaim, adoration and support in the many communities who supported him. To the contrary, Rev. Wright and Trinity UCC would have been summarily drummed from the airwaves. Point in fact is that Trinity has over 8,000 members. It is the largest church in and is supported by the United Church of Christ which is 90% white. It is also one of the largest churches in America. In addition to its membership, thousands of others listen to and watch him on TV, radio and via web casts. Parishioners come from across the country and around the world to attend the church services. And oh, that "radical" Ophra Winfrey belongs to Trinity UCC. (I guess we'll now hear how she should have known better and that somehow she must be a closet racist also).

If we are to denounce Trinity UCC and Rev. Wright, should all of his supporters be denounced? What about President Clinton who invited him to the White House for counseling during his scandal with Monica Lewinski? Did anyone take the time to listen to Rev. Wright's sermon after meeting with and counseling President Clinton? I think not. It would be my guess that those that who have very negative opinions have never listen to an entire Trinity UCC sermon or church service. And, that is why many that have listened to him respect him so much; because in many cases, we all know what the real truth but are afraid to speak on it or to write and/or broadcast it.

It also appears very discriminatory that the media and the public have not condemned the hateful and wrong headed words and the preaching of ministers such as Hage, Robertson and Farwell. Should we consider this a biased (or racist) "pass" by those that have not expressed similar outrage as has been given to Rev. Wright? Or, are we staring at racism and it is looking right back at us.

I know that much of the controversy over Rev. Wright stems from politics; but a great deal of it also stems from the ignorance and guilt related to racism and white supremacy.
Many so called Christians are ignorant of the history (and current) struggles in the minority community. They are equally ignorant of the true character, courage, teachings and philosophy of Jesus Christ. So, when someone as brilliant as Rev. Wright illustrates through his sermons the comparisons between the problems in Jesus' day and today in its historical perspective; many get upset because the many truths about our country's history are painful to hear; so Rev. Wright is branded as racist and unpatriotic. Unless and until we can admit to our past mistakes as a country we will never end the pain and fear related to race in our country.

Trinity UCC had for many years a sign on its front lawn that said "Free South Africa." That was "controversial" 20 years ago, but was prophetic and the right position to take. It took courage to speak the truth; just as it does today. Trinity UCC and Rev. Wright have always tried to stand for justice and against injustice.

Rev. Wright has four (4) earned degrees and eight (8) honorary doctorial degrees. He gives over a 150 sermons a year in addition to other lectures and teachings; and is highly sought after speaker at colleges and Universities ... and he speaks five (5) languages. Rev. Wright is part of the University of Chicago's Theological Seminary's doctorial program staff and has written four (4) books; so let's give him some credit beyond a 15 second sound bite. He is a renowned scholar and Theologian; one who is not afraid to speak truth to power and about injustice despite what may be perceived as politically correct at the time.

I know most people will not listen to his entire sermons let alone listen to entire church services (especially the media). But, I would urge you to do so because to listen to them will give you a much better understanding of how a large portion of the Black community sees the society and its treatment of them. It's no wonder that there is so much pain and fear involving race. If you want to start a dialog on race; listen to the (entire) sermons and they will provide you with a place to start. As a minimum, it will provide you with a cultural understanding of what many black churches are all about.

I know that a "fair and balanced" in context image of Trinity UCC and Rev. Wright will never be done in the media because of the lack of sensationalism and the need to move on to the next story; however, in my opinion, (I) this needed to be expressed even though not politically popular at this time. My only hope is that some day we will (all) have the wisdom and courage to do the right thing!

Posted by: Milton Payton | March 26, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Milton!

Posted by: TONEYE | March 26, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Milton!

Posted by: TONEYE | March 26, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

http://truthabouttrinity.blogspot.com

Hannity sheeple need not click.

Posted by: flarrfan | March 26, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

What's most troubling about the "snipers in Bosnia" affair is not that Clinton lied about it---I suspect she lies all the time, or certainly misleads. Not a surprise. This, however, was a repeated bald-faced lie about an important issue (her claims of foreign policy expertise) that was CERTAIN to be discovered, especially in a hotly contested race.

This episode reveals her to be either recklessly deceitful or astoundingly delusional.

Posted by: Lawrence | March 26, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Truth be told, neither one of these "duds" deserve to be President.

Posted by: rgtalam01@att.net | March 26, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I am surprised at the media's response to Hillary's acknowledgement of her misleading statement.

Hillary said "I had a different memory. My staff and others all kind of come together trying to sort it out, so I made a mistake, that happens".

A DIFFERENT MEMORY?!?!?! What other memory does Hillary have of being shot at?!?! When someone is trying to kill you or the people around you, you don't forget something like that. What other "Different Memories" have Hillary "misspoke" about?

Posted by: ajtiger92 | March 26, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

This lie is so stupid she should get a stupid helmet award. She lied about an event that was videotaped and broadcast to many TV network. How stupid can you be to think you can get away with it and you know what she almost did.

That the most disturbing part this is not a new statement by Hillary. The Bosnia lie is more than a month old and all that was done by all those so call serious journalist was talking to Sinbad about it. It took a youtuber to blow this thing wide open with the video of her heroic visit. A video that most serious newsroom have in their archive yet nobody took five minutes to check their own video archive. Why do I have a feeling some peoples sit on this news fully knowing the video was five feet away from their desk. Am not that cynic most of the time but this campaign is starting to get to me.
A journalist could sit on a news 20 years ago but this is the age of the Internet and the Clintons should have know better.

Posted by: johnupnorth | March 26, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

The notion that the vile B.S. being spewed during this campaign is HELPING the Democratic party is ludicrous and ANYONE who believes it is STUPID.

Can ANYONE explain to me how SPENDING TRUCKLOADS of money fighting each other IMPROVES our chances in November?? It's ludicrous!!

MONEY is IMPORTANT in politics and SPENDING it to fight the REPUBLICANS is what SMART Democrats do.

If the superdelegates DO NOT put an END to this, they will be held accountable for that decision during their own re-election.

Posted by: democraticvoter | March 27, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton is "dullusional"....she doesn't tell the truth and I don't think she can deal with the truth (Bill's infidelity throughout the marriage, and the magical appearance of those billing records to name a couple). When caught in one of her lies, she makes up another lie. This country doesn't need another liar in the White House.

Posted by: helen smith | March 27, 2008 7:27 AM | Report abuse

I just want to say thankyou to Kostas Alexakis and Milton Payton! :-D Finally someone on here gets it, and it is very refreshing and reassuring to all of the people who see the big picture. Reading these blogs, articles and comments from the narrow minded morons who wouldn't have voted for Barack anyway. And those who wouldn't know racism if it walked up and smacked them in the face is enough to drive a person batty. There are so many people who are in such denial that racism exists, institutionalized or otherwise. Just because you are a person who has never experienced it does not mean that it doesn't exist. And just because slavery ended 145 years ago does not mean life was a cake walk for black people in this country ever since. Most of these ignorant fools don't even realize that the Emancipation Proclamation was only signed 145 years ago in 1863. They love to say it was hundreds of years ago. And what about the Reconstruction years after when they were forced to sharecrop for pennies. People were lynched, burned, killed, mamed, raped and robbed but when anyone tried to report it to the authorities they were laughed away. For years and years afterwards any crimes committed against black people were not even recognized and no punishment was dealt. All the way into the 60's and 70's one hundred years after slavery black people had to fight and die to be recognized as equals. People just don't realize or care to realize that these things did not happen all that long ago and there are people living with the scars physical and emotional that have been passed down over the few generations since.

Posted by: Cami_B | March 27, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

If BO supporters think Hillary is misleading,then what must they think of BO.His commercials in PA claim he has not taken any money from lobbyist.when in reality $$ may not directly exchange hands but there are lobbyists working his campaign.They must be expecting something in return.

Posted by: NE PHilly | March 27, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

The Rev. Dr. Wright spoke truth to power. Now imagine the potential impact he could have on American politics if he had access to the President. Even though most of the former Presidents professed to having spiritual advisors, I cannot remember hearing the spiritual advisors voices. Maybe it's because they did not dare speak truth to power. My study of Western religion reminds me that whenever spiritual leaders denounce injustice from a national platform, many political leaders, the media, and miss informed citizens across society cry out against the messenger. I do not recall the evangelical leaders speaking truth to power. They were embraced by the Republican Party because, unlike a Rev Wright, their politics would not threaten the status quo. Rev Wright is not unique. There are many kindred souls speaking truth to power. He is so frightful because he might have the ear of the next President of the U. S.

Posted by: Terron | March 27, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: votenic | March 27, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

What is with this" out of context" argument? When you make a statement like , "God Damn America" there is no context that makes this less than a degrading statement with the possible exception of the way I am using it now. It is easy to say"out of context' . It is quite another to describe the context that is relevant. I'm waiting for that to be presented.

Posted by: Dale Netherton | March 27, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Cami_B | March 27, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Also, take into consideration that fire and brimstone preachers preach of damnation for being disobedient to God's will and word. He was simply saying due to all of the sins the U.S. Government has inflicted on it's own citizens God should judge them accordingly and not bless them but the opposite which is to be damned. And if you doubt that the United States of America has committed numerous atrocities to it's own citizens you are in denial. But I digress, maybe you are not looking at the word 'damn' as a verb in the Christian sense.

Posted by: Cami_B | March 27, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton,when she was "helping to bring peace to Northern Ireland" chipped off a piece of the Blarney Stone to be used in the future. Then on St. Patrick Day 2008 with shamrocks draped around her neck she kissed the Blarney Stone before her rally,and then told the tale of what happened on her Bosnia Trip.
The Blarney Stone is a block of blue stone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, Blarney about 8 km from Cork, Ireland. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery). The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. The castle is a popular tourist site in Ireland, attracting visitors from all over the world to kiss the Stone and tour the castle and its charming gardens.
The word blarney has come to mean clever, flattering, or coaxing talk. I guess she kissed the old Blarney Stone more than once.

Posted by: Gregory Beas. | March 27, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

To Payton, thank you for speaking truth and logic.

Where are all the reporters on the sniper-lying story?

Where were all the reporters when Bill Clinton called on Rev. Wright for spiritual guidance and support in the Monica Lewinsky scandal. So Mrs. Clinton has spoken that he would not have been her pastor, she's stooping to any level to win, won't happen Hillary, pack up go home , save yourself time and energy and embarrassing moments for Chelsea. She is so not deserving of having to defend the actions of her parents.

I don't think that Rev. Wright's comments bothered most Americans that feel compelled to speak about it day after day after day. Rev. Wright spoke to the core of racism in America, and still today many want that to remain in the dark and under the table. Rev. Wright turned the lights on and than he placed everything on the table.

To judge Barack or any other American on the words of someone else is sad, really sad and proves just how far we've gotten.

Posted by: Tae | March 27, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Good Reading, Good Comments from Kostas.

Well written. Thank you for being of the other race and truly understanding.

Posted by: Tae | March 27, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Good Reading, Good Comments from Kostas.

Well written. Thank you for being of the other race and truly understanding.

Posted by: Tae | March 27, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

@Kostas
thanks for shedding light on this issue... What else could be said from any "race" point of view. The time has come for all of God's children to stand up for justice.

Posted by: Darren | March 27, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone read the essay entitled: "Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama, and the Unacceptability of Truth of National Lies and Racial America" by Tim Wise. If not, I would recommend you take a look at it if you want insight into why African Americans attend Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and adore Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. - Retired. The essay can be found if you GOGGLE the title.

Posted by: APauline | March 27, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

The writer of this article seems to critize the Obama camp for exposing Hillary's lie. She DID NOT MISSPOKE, SHE LIED. But yet, the writer is lambasting Obama for exposing it, yet she said nothing of Hillary's lie. Come on, Obama did NOT give the speech at Trinity; it was Rev Wright, yet he had the courage to face the issue thrown at him by HTE CLINTO CAMPAIGN.

Posted by: Gusto | March 27, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

we need a news blackout on religion -race -abortion- gay marriage and teh other emotional topics

and focus on jobs /economy /vets /health /the war/

who can talk us though negotiations nad smart enough not to get using to more bankrupting wars and actions.. and

how does a broke america stop becomming the inhumane to multi disabeld and vets leaving us out in the road to die.
and that slippery path already been on..

.need help? go live in hell- shouldn't be the american way

sorry ondyslexic typos

Posted by: dc matthews | March 28, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Do black americans really believe that the government invented HIV to kill them? How would that even be possible... do you think that white people hold such hatred for black americans that they would engage in a huge conspiracy to conduct hitlerian genocide against black americans?

do you think it could really be kept secret if such a terrible deed was even planed, let alone executed? The government can't keep its most important secrets off the front of the NY times, much less a plan for genocide.

Rev. Wright's talk about the government trying to kill blacks with HIV should be offensive to everyone, regardless of their heritage. It's a lie that's been repeated so often some people may start believing it.

Posted by: Paul L. | March 28, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

To all the white people out there who thinks that Rev. Wright speaking the truth will cause Obama to against McCain, I say to them: that's a hole heap of B.S.

Obama will lose to McCain because white people will not want a black man to be there leader. They will walk into that voting booth in November, and will say "HELL NO"! vote for McCain and vote more years of Bush's Misery, and wait for a viable white democratic to become available in 2012. That's just how it is, that's just life in America...Too bad!

Posted by: Jcanstar | March 28, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse


I must have gotten on the wrong page because this is by all appearances praise, Obama and down with Hillary.
I can't understand why you call her a liar, and not Obama. He's lied about his relationship with Ayers,Rezko, Wright the lobbyists who give to his campaign by using surroqates, and using race when that wasn't the question brought up about his church but of disrespect for our country.
All of her trips were not blarney, check out this youtube just the other day includes Nancy Pelosi and George Bush. How can you trust Obama and his poor judgement?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qA_LBieb8PQ&feature

Posted by: jcless | March 28, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Please tell me we will not end up with a new word in our vocabulary. Lier is still good enough for me - misspoker just does not seem to fit!

Posted by: DAlnB | March 28, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Please tell me we will not end up with a new word in our vocabulary. Lier is still good enough for me - misspoker just does not seem to fit!

Posted by: DAlnB | March 28, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I am not at all surprised by Hillary Clinton's lying about her dangerous trip to Bosnia, nothing about this woman would surprise me except her showing who she really is. I detest her belief that she is entitled to be the Democratic nominee, because she has been around for 25 years. There are plenty of mushroom that have been around that long and I wouldn't want them as President either. The only thing that this proves is that the Clinton's will do anything to win, whether it means hurting the Democratic party, or anyone else.
She should withdraw from the campaign, and go home and write another book. It's time for the next generation to try and clean up the mess that the last generation has left this country and much of the world in.
Instead of an economic stimulus package that will do nothing more than give people a few hundred dollars to catch up on past due bills, we should instead;
Choose the top 1000 renewable energy companies in this country. We should then give each of the $500 million dollars each, and have a set of rules for their spending of this money. A certain amount for research, more plants and the hiring of a new manufacturing class. We need a new industrial revolution for renewable energy, and should go about it like the Manhattan Project. This if done correctly would create hundres of thousands of new jobs, that would pay a livable wage. We would also at the same time reduce our need to purchase oil from our enemies, who use our own money to fund the terrorists that we are spending billions of dollars and lives fighting. If put to the American people in the right way they will I think agree with my plan for the stimulus of this country, through an energy independence plan that would really make a difference over the next five years.
They could certainly take the $600 I might get and use it for a real energy independance plan. The solution is really so simple, why have I not heard more about what I am suggesting?

Posted by: Michael Cohen | March 28, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I am not at all surprised by Hillary Clinton's lying about her dangerous trip to Bosnia, nothing about this woman would surprise me except her showing who she really is. I detest her belief that she is entitled to be the Democratic nominee, because she has been around for 25 years. There are plenty of mushroom that have been around that long and I wouldn't want them as President either. The only thing that this proves is that the Clinton's will do anything to win, whether it means hurting the Democratic party, or anyone else.
She should withdraw from the campaign, and go home and write another book. It's time for the next generation to try and clean up the mess that the last generation has left this country and much of the world in.
Instead of an economic stimulus package that will do nothing more than give people a few hundred dollars to catch up on past due bills, we should instead;
Choose the top 1000 renewable energy companies in this country. We should then give each of the $500 million dollars each, and have a set of rules for their spending of this money. A certain amount for research, more plants and the hiring of a new manufacturing class. We need a new industrial revolution for renewable energy, and should go about it like the Manhattan Project. This if done correctly would create hundres of thousands of new jobs, that would pay a livable wage. We would also at the same time reduce our need to purchase oil from our enemies, who use our own money to fund the terrorists that we are spending billions of dollars and lives fighting. If put to the American people in the right way they will I think agree with my plan for the stimulus of this country, through an energy independence plan that would really make a difference over the next five years.
They could certainly take the $600 I might get and use it for a real energy independance plan. The solution is really so simple, why have I not heard more about what I am suggesting?

Posted by: Michael Cohen | March 28, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

People!!
Go here for the ACTUAL footage of of Hillary Clinton ducking sniper fire in Bosnia.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdrvcLyB6-I&feature=related

Posted by: getreal | March 28, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I support Hillary's belief that she is entitled to be the Democratic nominee, because Democrats ARE all about entitlement!

Posted by: Doble | March 28, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

The Demmies' race to the White House:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfXf0VOV0Oc

Posted by: mansman | March 28, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

This "democratic" election for the democratic nomination is a total disaster!!!

You have one candidate who surrounds himself with a bigot, and on the otherside you have another candidate who can't help herself but spew out lies after lies. How wonderful to see America shine with filth! Oh how must the world be laughing at us for this ridiculous fiasco. Neither of these candidates deserve the nomination.

Only the democrats can destroy a "sure thing" as winning the national election. The bloodbath will continue because chaos and confusion love each other more than life. What a bitter end to silliness!!!

Posted by: JD | March 29, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

First of all: Hillary Clinton did not tell the TRUTH about her landing at Tuzla Airpot in Bosnia.

Secondly: Barack Obama has stated he does NOT share the extreme views of his FORMER pastor, Rev Wright.

Thirdly: The African-Americans of Wright's generation had many cruel "Jim Crow" type experiences that stoked intensely negative feelings.

As Dr. Martin Luther KIng Jr. said, people should be judged by strength of their character, Not the color of their skin.

Posted by: luise1 | March 29, 2008 5:16 AM | Report abuse

luise1...

Very well put! I was ready to post something, but you hit it on the nose!
Great summary!!!!!!

Posted by: Greg | March 29, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse


MYTH: Barack Obama is running a positive campaign that will unite Americans.
FACT: Barack Obama and his advisers have conducted a divisive "full assault" on Hillary's character.
While talking a lot about the politics of hope, change and unity, Sen. Obama and his campaign have been conducting a relentless and singularly personal assault on Hillary's character. They have blanketed big states with false negative mailers and radio ads and have described Hillary and her campaign as "disingenuous," "divisive," "untruthful," "dishonest," "polarizing," "calculating," "saying whatever it takes to win," "attempting to deceive the American people," "one of the most secretive in America," "deliberately misleading," "literally willing to do anything to win," and "playing politics with war."
This "full assault" on Hillary's integrity and character has reached a new peak since Hillary's victories on March 4th. One of Sen. Obama's top surrogates equated President Clinton with Joe McCarthy; another called Hillary a "monster;" and his campaign manager held an angry conference call claiming that Hillary is "deeply flawed" and has "character issues." That's neither unifying nor hopeful. If Sen. Obama really is the prohibitive favorite some say he is, these negative attacks make absolutely no sense. Why would a frontrunner seek to attack and divide? If Sen. Obama can't unify Democrats in a primary, how can he unify Americans in a general election?

The WashigntonPost Fact Checker
Obama CAUGHT LYING about Kennedys' Role in Helping His Father
Contrary to Obama's claims in speeches in January at American University and in Selma last year, the Kennedy family did not provide the funding for a September 1959 airlift of 81 Kenyan students to the United States that included Obama's father. According to historical records and interviews with participants, the Kennedys were approached for support for the program a year later, July 1960. family responded with a $100,000 donation, which went to pay for a second airlift in September 1960.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 30, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I think you all should do some research on the Bosnia issue, seems that Sinbad and Sheryl Crow didn't go with her that day when she visited the other areas where there was sniper fire reported. There was also an article in 2000 where Sinbad was talking about fear while being there, not food.

Regarding the "sniper fire" issue, a review of the news stories at the time suggests that, twelve years after the events took place, Sen. Clinton was perhaps conflating her C-17 landing at the US base in Tuzla that day with her helicopter landing at an off-base post outside Tuzla later that same day where, I gather from reports, "Riflemen rushed to the brush line as the helicopter landed and surrounded her as she walked into the post," and where, apparently, "sniper fire had been reported in the hills behind the post several days earlier" [as reported in the Charleston Gazette, 3/26/96]

More information is available at:
http://www.mydd.com/story/2008/3/25/224531/594

For all of you who think Hillary lied about Bosnia - Maybe it was a mix up of events:

Associated Press, March 25, 1996:

MARKOVICI, Bosnia-Herzegovina - PROTECTED BY SHARPSHOOTERS, Hillary Rodham Clinton swooped into a military zone by BLACKHAWK HELICOPTER
Monday to deliver a personal "thank you, thank you, thank you" to U.S.
troops.

"They're making a difference," the first lady said of the 18,500
Americans working as peacekeepers in Bosnia. Mrs. Clinton became the
first presidential spouse since Eleanor Roosevelt to make such an
extensive trip into what can be considered a hostile area, though others
have visited hot spots. . . .

But the highlight of her trip were visits to TWO FORTIFIED POSTS OUTSIDE
THE U.S. BASE IN TUZLA
. Even President Clinton, restricted to the base
by bad weather in January, did not see as much of this war-wracked
region as Mrs. Clinton did Monday.

The troops seemed to appreciate it: cameras chirped like a thousand
crickets as she chatted with mine-disposal experts, examined huge tanks
and met a hero or two. Chelsea, 16, kept her usual low profile but
remained constantly at her mother's side, posing for soldiers or talking
softly with them.

Watching the first lady troop around in muted trench coat and pants,
Sgt. Michael Tucker of Miami said, "She's a very important person. For
her to take time to come and see us means a lot."

And in another account:

Another contemporaneous account:

At a second outpost, Camp Bedrock, Mrs. Clinton visited a M.A.S.H.
unit, the only full-service U.S. Army hospital in Bosnia. The three-hour
tour of the FRONTLINES of the international peacekeeping mission were
filled with the gritty reality of a military operation, a far cry from
traditional first lady photo opportunities, and Mrs. Clinton seemed more
than comfortable with that. CNN, 3/25/96

Protected by sharpshooters, Hillary Rodham Clinton swooped into a
military zone by Black Hawk helicopter
Monday to deliver a personal
"thank you, thank you, thank you" to U.S. troops.
...
RIFLEMEN RUSHED TO THE BRUSH LINE as the helicopter landed AND
SURROUNDED HER AS SHE walked into the post
. Located in a "separation
zone," the U.S. outpost nestles between two tree lines. Just months ago,
one was Serbian territory, the other Bosnian.

Security was tight - fighter jets accompanied her C-17 cargo plane to
Tuzla - but officials said the first lady took no extraordinary risks on
the trip.
Lexis - By Ron Fournier,, Associated Press, March 25, 1996

Posted by: Danielle | March 31, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I didn't need Sinbad to help me spot a fabrication. I find it hard to believe that a plane carrying the first lady of the US would land under ANY kind of fire. It just doesn't pass the smell test.

Of course I would accept this as an honest mistake if she could point out how the incident she remembers actually happened two weeks later in a different city. That's not going to happen. The lesson, when you hear politicians speak, assume everything is an outright lie until they can back it up.

Posted by: LA_Nerd | March 31, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

I was glad to see Danielle post the truth about Hillary's recollection of what happened that day. After so many years and so many different landings it certainly is plausible she would confuse one with another. I am very disappointed in the media for not bring this out themselves since their reportings are there for all to see. I am especially disappointed in CNN going along with the "lie" story since they are one source that reported on an attack. I hope this puts this lie story to bed once and for all.

Posted by: Andi | March 31, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I am not surprised about the many comments against Barack Obama and the Rev. Wright incident. Many of those comments come from whites who know nothing about the treatment of blacks in this country. They have been raised in a white educational system that has all but cleansed the treatment of slavery, segregation and Jim and Jane Crow out of its history. I know for I am a black educator who worked in an all white environment for most of my 37 years in education. Whites not blacks do not want to talk about Race. Again I know a lot about this because I was subjected to White racism and Power and eventually had to retire early because my health suffered from the treatment. I was told by one white 7th grader in the early nineties that she was told by her mother that if blacks and whites got married their children would be polkadot. Since I am married to a white man and my children are not polkadot,I told her to look at my childrens pictures and tell me if they are polkadot. She came in the next day and told me her mother told her not to talk to me again. Instead of using my experience of combating racism all my life to help erase many of these same kind of prejudices ,I was attacked verbally , untrue rumors passed along by whites to each other on all the campuses in the district in which I worked and was treated like a leaper. If whites wanted to advance racial relations in this country they would ask themselves why is there so much time in the mainstream media spent on the numbers of blacks voting for Barack and not time spent on why so many whites are still voting white. Blacks have voted for white Presidents as long as they(blacks) have been able to vote without been killed, castrated, homes burned and being subjected to having to pay a poll tax in some southern states as well as being asked to recite parts of the constitution. So my question is why is it that white women feel it is their turn? I seem to remember that it was white women as well as white men who lived off the fruits of black slave labor and it was white women too who helped to keep blacks in degrading positions and the majority did not speak up to end slavery or segregation or Jim Crow. So would someone tell me why white women who are very wealthy and have profited more from the civil rights struggle than blacks can feel entitled to have a white woman as President? I as an African don't get it.
White women and the mainstream media have also helped to continue to spread misinformation about it being easier to elect a black man than a (white )my insertion) woman. What they (whites) leave out is that they are talking about a white woman not a black woman . You see, in my experience black women are not even in the equation.
If it is so easy to elect a black to anything in this country---Why is it that there are more white women television anchors, more white women in leading roles in movies, more white women models, more white women in the Board Rooms in coporate America,more white women in Congress and on and on . Yet it was said by Campbell Brown on CNN that a Poll they took proved that it was easier to elect a black man than a (white)(my insertion) woman. Then Geraldine Farraro came out with her Big Doozie about Barack being luck to be born who he is. Have you ,any of you looked at Pat Buchanan's Blog ? Check it out? And Buchanan is rewarded for his views by being a contributor to many of the mainstream networks while Rev. Wright is vilified by the mainstream media.
Strom Thurmond who was a racist and fathered a black child was never asked to explain his racist views and he was in the Senate for years. Jesse Helms was a avowed racist and he was in the Senate for years. Did all the white Senator's like John McCain and the other Senators ever distance themselves from them ? They didn't have to because whites control everything in America and that is because they (whites the government) legalized slavery for hundreds of years and then legalized segregation for years. All the time this country was suppossedly founded on "all people are created equal" but only if you are white, my words.

Posted by: Letha Barrett | April 1, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

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