You want a candidate with experience!? Well, here's "experience":
Ever since Barack Obama suggested Hillary Clinton's eight years as first lady were a glorified tea party a few days back, she's looked for an opening to strike back.
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.
"I don't remember anyone offering me tea," she quipped.
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."
Well there you go. So does Chelsea get combat pay for that day as well?
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."
A trip on which a normal mother would have taken her 15 year old daughter on? Probably not. A trip, if as advertised, we'd risk the first family on? Uh, no.
Seems that perhaps the voters of Iowa are being treated to the equivalent of a "war story" which has, over time (or in the right situation) been a bit exaggerated.
The New York senator also highlighted a chapter in her book, "It Takes a Village," that talks about every child needing a champion. She said most children have someone in that role and she'd like to fulfill it for the whole country.
"I think the American people need a president who is their champion. And I've been running to be that champion—to get up every single day and do all that I can to make sure I provide the tools that every single American is entitled to receive and make the most out of their own lives," Clinton said.
Apparently unaware that every American of voting age is an adult, Mrs. Clinton seeks to infantalize the entire country. True, the sentiment is less horrid by virtue of its likely insincerity, but still, it ought to stand one's hair on end that Mrs. Clinton thought voters would find it appealing.
Trust me, the chills are still running down my back. But remember, it is Iowans who, according to Jessica Yellin, "really take this process as a legitimate experience and feel entitled to ask "how are you going to fix my life?"
UPDATE:Sweetness and Light carries a snippet from Clinton's autobiography describing the incident she related in Iowa:
As a reminder of the dangers that remained despite the official cease-fire, each of us was required to wear a flak jacket on the plane, and the Secret Service moved Chelsea and me up to the armored cockpit for the landing. Above the airstrip, the captain dipped a wing and made a near-perpendicular landing to evade possible ground fire.
Security conditions were constantly changing in the former Yugoslavia, and they had recently deteriorated again. Due to reports of snipers in the hills around the airstrip, we were forced to cut short an event on the tarmac with local children, though we did have time to meet them and their teachers and to learn how hard they had worked during the war to continue classes in any safe spot they could find.
"Cork-screw" landing? A "sprint" off of the tarmac to "dodge snipers".
I still have to wonder if some politicians yet realize that there are records, archives, books, recordings and video of just about everything they've said and done previously and they're just not that hard to find.