Video: CBS News Exposes Hillary’s 1996 Trip to Bosnia – Updated

Apparently CBS News believes it has found some inconsistencies in Hillary Clinton’s account of her 1996 trip to Bosnia. This is falling in line with Michael’s post earlier on how the media has become more critical of Hillary Clinton.

Here’s the report on it all from CBS News:

(CBS) It was supposed to be an example of Hillary Clinton’s battle-tested experience:

“I remember landing under sniper fire,” Clinton said at a recent campaign event.

It started when, in a recent speech, Clinton spoke of her visit to Tuzla, Bosnia, in 1996 as first lady.

The brutal war was over, but hostilities continued. And though the trip was exactly 12 years ago Tuesday, the memories seemed etched in Clinton’s mind.

“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,” she said.

Problem is: that’s not how it happened at all. And we should know: CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson and a CBS News crew accompanied the First Lady on that Bosnia trip.

A photograph shows Clinton talking to Attkisson on the military flight into Tuzla.

And pictures CBS News recorded show the greeting ceremony when the plane landed.

Compare that to Clinton’s account…

“I remember landing under sniper fire,” she said. “There was no greeting ceremony and we were basically told to run to our cars. That is what happened.”

But there was no sniper fire either when Clinton visited two army outposts, where she posed for photos. And no sniper fire back at the base, where she sang in a USO show starring Sinbad and Sheryl Crowe.

Referring to the CBS News video, Clinton aides said Monday, it “was not quite as dramatic as Clinton put it.”

“She meant that there was fire on the hillside around the area when we landed, which was the case,” said Clinton campaign aid Lissa Muscatine.

Mike Allen of said: “Who knows if she misremembered, misspoke, exaggerated, whatever. It makes the case for Sen. Obama that all this experience that she’s been talking about is at least partly in her imagination.”

Hundreds of thousands have viewed the video online in just the past few days.

There’s a saying: Never let your memories be greater than your dreams.

Plus, here’s the video report on it:

Next question, does anyone believe this matters? Hillary clearly embellished some of the story, so it appears. I will reserve judgment until more comes out on the issue.

Clinton herself and the campaign have responded:

Asked about the issue during a meeting with the Philadelphia Daily News’ editorial board on Monday, Clinton said she “misspoke.”

“I went to 80 countries, you know. I gave contemporaneous accounts, I wrote about a lot of this in my book. You know, I think that, a minor blip, you know, if I said something that, you know, I say a lot of things — millions of words a day — so if I misspoke, that was just a misstatement,” she said.

The Obama campaign was also quick to respond:

A spokesman for rival Barack Obama’s campaign questioned whether Clinton misspoke, saying her comments came in what appeared to be prepared remarks for the Iraq speech. His campaign’s statement included a link to the speech on Clinton’s campaign Web site with her account of running to the cars. Clinton’s campaign said what is on the Web site is not the prepared text, but a transcript of her remarks, including comments before the speech in which she talked about the trip to Bosnia.

Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a written statement that Clinton’s Bosnia story “joins a growing list of instances in which Senator Clinton has exaggerated her role in foreign and domestic policymaking.”

I really don’t think this merits headline status. It doesn’t speak to issues, it’s more of a minor snipe by the media and something the Obama campaign will also jump on.

However, you tell me, does this matter in the overall scheme of things?


Here’s Clinton responding earlier today:

No doubt the Obama camp is hoping this will derail her in Pennsylvania. She’s been doing damage control all day on local Pennsylvania media outlets.

  • bailey

    How can you say it doesn’t merit headline status?!!

    If discuss policies that you may not keep because you lie about your position on the issues. then what will be of those issues when you are elected.

    I think everyone should do their research rather than vote by everything they hear on the news.

    You need to watch Hillary: The Movie

  • Well the only reason I said that is because it isn’t anything new with the Clinton’s. Hillary has a history of stretching the truth, so to speak.

    Look back at her story about Chelsea Clinton on September 11th, that is something that’s been brought up from time to time:
    (best link I could find)

    Her story and Chelsea’s story didn’t match either.

    Is this story going to sway people, I doubt it unless you’re already skeptical, in which case, you probably aren’t voting for Hillary anyway.

    My point here was that this is yet another story coming out of this election that doesn’t speak to the issues facing the country, just a headline for the press.

    It’s definitely news, but is it a headline? I don’t know.

  • Babs

    Nate, it probably shouldn’t be a headline, and Obama should wish it isn’t. If he jumps on Hillary’s “misspeak”, then she is open to jump on ALL of his “misspeaks” in his books where his “memories” and “dreams” definitely don’t match. This didn’t concern her policies or politics in any significant way, bailey. It simply respresents her story telling abilities, same as Obama’s. The expression “two peas in a pod” comes to mind here.

  • Jared

    Well this definitely isn’t headline news but it does speak towards her character or perhaps how far she’s willing to go. You know I’m used to hearing tall tales from my Grandfather about how he caught a 15ft fish in a pond behind the shed, but hearing one from a candidate running for the presidency is a little offsetting. What exactly does a Clinton have to do to simply admit to lying. But really though, she embellished a story, who hasn’t. If anything, I think this says more about how far she’s willing to go at this point cause she really did hand this one over to the press.

  • Bob

    The CBS Evening News story broadcast last night that proves once and for all that Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton indeed continues to suffer from Partzheimer’s (a.k.a., Convenient Memory-Loss Syndrome) as first highlighted in a Bob McCarty Writes post one year ago this month and reiterated in posts March 27, 2007 and Sept. 12, 2007.

    Now the question is “Why did it take CBS, the New York Times and others in the mainstream media so long to report on the former first lady’s affliction?”

  • kberly7568

    Her comment is really going to come back and get her in the general election. check out this video.

  • Don

    Clearly a lie from Hillary. But I don’t mind it to much. Common sense told me that it could never be true in the first place. I’m not going to drag Hillary down on this issue. Everybody twists the truth sometimes. I’m not shocked that Hillary is no exception to the rule.

    I do think the Obama camp have the right to say something about this issue. It is a fact now that she told a lie and this could shed a different light on her experiences during her period as the first lady.

    Is it headline news? Don’t know. People seem to like it when someone lies. They even seem shocked. What people like is what you will probably see in the headlines.

    Obama ’08!

  • Dem ’08

    Hillary is a liar! WOW did anyone expect this? It’s unbelievable!
    Really people….she lied about being shot at, who gives a damn? They all lie…OH WAIT! Sorry Obama supporters but it does happen. I guess you knew this already though being an Obama supporter.
    She did say she would have got up and walked out of a racist church like Obama failed to do. Sure she lied. Get on her for it, but it is nothing compared to Obama’s close friends.

  • Dreadsen

    It’s true they all lie. But don’t you think that in the political game that it’s a score card race? Who ever has the most lies loses? lol In the long run between the two which ones are going to have the most lies? Right now Hilary is behind. The more lies they come up with the more damaging it is for her.

    (off topic. Do you think McCain using the term “gook” is going to come back up again?)

  • Don

    They all lie. Hillary has lied more since she has been in politics longer than Obama. Haha, just joking. They all lie.

    And racist church? I disagree with that view. She just brought up the issue because she was under pressure. But that is politics. And if it doesn’t matter that you lie, then why was it such an issue when Obama lied? By the way, I disagree with that view as well. He misspoke, hahaha.

    I do believe Obama has lied before. Because, as I said before, they all lie.

    Obama ’08!

  • IndiMinded

    Lies seem to have become a real focus of this election year. Oddly enough this isn’t because candidates get caught in major scandles or anything, they just keep getting caught telling a variety of what basically amount to dumb fibs.

    Obama sort of waffled about what he knew about his pastor and how long he had known it, before declaring on no uncertain terms that yes, of course he knew. But people aren’t really going to forget that initial uncertain stammering response by the campaign, that “yes, well uh… about that” delay tactic, as they tried to think up what to tell us.

    And clearly Hillary Clinton lied. But what did she lie about? NAFTA! Well yeah, her first lady records make it look like she mislead a few voters about that too. But in this case, she completely fabricated some story to impress us all with her experiences as first lady.

    Now this may be because Obama has increasingly questioned how much of an asset the experience of being first lady actually is to her, but personally I think she just wanted to look like a badass for the McCain crowd. And who can blame her? When you’re competing with a war hero, don’t you want to be one too?

  • Bob Borquez

    So now Hillary says she told the Bosnia story wrong because she was sleep deprived; and she wants us to believe that she is going to make the right decision at 3 AM when the phone rings?

  • Don

    Hahahaha good one Bob.

  • Michelle

    I kind of find it wrong that everyone wants to go back and forth on Hillary and Obama, call it lies, misspeaking or whatever, but John McCain has publicly said some of the most upsetting misspeaks or lies, and no one want to talk about them.

    Take some time to check this out:

  • Dreadsen

    thanks for that video Michelle that was very disturbing info. But do you think that they are aware of these things and are sitting on this until the General Election?

  • Babs

    There a huge difference in misspeaking – which is a slip of the tongue to be corrected later – and diliberately concocting a false story that you defend later or back down on under pressure.

  • Babs

    This from Cindy Adams of the New York Post this morning:

    March 28, 2008 — LISA Caputo, Hillary’s then White House press chief, remembers “exactly” that now famous we-had/ we- didn’t-have snipers Bosnia trip. “We were briefed this area could have random sniper fire at any moment,” she said yesterday. “In fact, as we approached a landing we were told, ‘Sit on your flak jackets. There could be an outbreak of random sniper fire.’ For security reasons, not just because it was Mrs. Clinton but for any plane coming in, the landing was rapid. Like it seemed one moment we were overhead and the next we were down. That’s because it was a dangerous area. So did we experience snipers – no. But could we and were we thus mindful of it – yes.”