In her Iowa stump speech, Clinton ... said, "We used to say in the White House that if a place is too dangerous, too small or too poor, send the First Lady."
Clinton, during a late December campaign appearance in Iowa, described a hair-raising corkscrew landing in war-torn Bosnia, a trip she took with her then-teenage daughter, Chelsea. "They said there might be sniper fire," Clinton said.
Well one of those on the trip, beside Sheryl Crow, was comedian Sinbad. And, unsurprisingly, he remembers the trip slightly differently than does Ms. Clinton:
In an interview with the Sleuth Monday, he said the "scariest" part of the trip was wondering where he'd eat next. "I think the only 'red-phone' moment was: 'Do we eat here or at the next place.'"
As for the first Clinton quote, Sinbad says:
"What kind of president would say, 'Hey, man, I can't go 'cause I might get shot so I'm going to send my wife...oh, and take a guitar player and a comedian with you.'"
Don't forget sending the daughter too.
And the second quote?
Threat of bullets? Sinbad doesn't remember that, either.
"I never felt that I was in a dangerous position. I never felt being in a sense of peril, or 'Oh, God, I hope I'm going to be OK when I get out of this helicopter or when I get out of his tank.'"
So wasn't it at least harrowing?
Harrowing? Not that Sinbad recalls. He just remembers it being a USO tour to buck up the troops amid a much worse situation than he had imagined between the Bosnians and Serbs.
Of course the Clinton campaign doesn't let these sorts of things go unanswered, and espeically from an Obama supporter:
Defending Clinton's characterization of her Bosnia mission, campaign spokesman Phil Singer kindly provided experts from news stories written about the trip at the time, including a Washington Post story from May 26, 1996, that said, "This trip to Bosnia marks the first time since Roosevelt that a first lady has voyaged to a potential combat zone."
Singer also cited a Kansas City Star article from September 2000 that quoted Sinbad as describing the situation in Bosnia as "so tense. It was Crips and Bloods." (And that's how Sinbad continued to characterize the situation in our interview Monday. He said, "At the time, we didn't realize how crazy it was between the Bosnians and the Serbs. I didn't realize how much hate was going on.")
Oooo ... "potential" combat zone. "So tense". Like gangs.
And this counts for foreign policy experience in what way?
But then we got to the really important stuff from Singer:
Still, defending Clinton against Sinbad the refuter, Singer said, "The sad reality of what was going on in Bosnia at the time Senator Clinton traveled there as first lady has been well documented. It appears that Sinbad's experience in Bosnia goes back further than Senator Obama's does. In fact, has Senator Obama ever been to Bosnia?"
Biff! Bop! POW!
Has Senator Obama ever been to Bosnia? Hell, Senator Obama barely knows how to find the Senate, he's been there such a short time.
I wonder though, given Singer's reaction, whether Sen. Obama would consider his answer to be "Republican tactics?"
“When in the midst of a campaign you decide to throw the kitchen sink at your opponent because you’re behind,” he said, “and your campaign starts leaking photographs of me when I’m traveling overseas wearing the native clothes of those folks to make people afraid, and then you run an ad talking about who’s going to answer the phone at three in the morning, an ad straight out of the Republican playbook, that’s not real change.”
Huh. And all this time they've reminded me of tactics I've seen for years, mostly deployed by the Clintons. Go figure.
appears that Sinbad’s experience in Bosnia goes back further than Senator Obama’s does. In fact, has Senator Obama ever been to Bosnia
So Clinton is tapping Sinbad for her Veep? This is all very confusing.
Still, defending Clinton against Sinbad the refuter
So now he’s trying to become a 2nd rate Cedric the Entertainer???
The funniest part of all of this is Sinbad- not the commedian, he’s actually unfunny, but the fact he’s even mentioned at all is hysterical. This must constitute the most press he’s had since elevator pants went mercifully out of fashion.
In her Iowa stump speech, Clinton ... said, "We used to say in the White House that if a place is too dangerous, too small or too poor, send Sinbad!
Somehow I doubt that the Secret Service would have allowed the aircraft to land there if there were any significant risk. These are the people, remember, that bring water along rather than allow the President to use the local water. I will admit, however, that I too would like to send Hillary to someplace dangerous, small, and poor. One of the few things Bill Clinton and I agree on.