Hillary the risktaker

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s SuperHill! In response to Barack Obama’s jab at her time as First Lady being nothing more than a “glorified tea party,” here’s what she had to say (h/t: ST reader NC Cop):

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.”

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.

What’s not clear is whether Sinbad or Crow were invited to the cockpit or had to brave it out in the unprotected rear.

She wants us to pull out of Iraq, regardless of the very real possibility that genocide would follow, yet she’s fearless when going on “goodwill missions” to small countries.

Sounds brave and strong to me.

Dean Barnett wonders:

1) Does it jeopardize Bill Clinton’s legacy that he so cavalierly put his beloved bride in harm’s way?

2) What does it say about Hillary that, by her own (admittedly fanciful) telling, she knowingly put her daughter in harm’s way, taking a special Mom-and-daughter (and Sinbad) trip to a place that was “too dangerous?”

3) Can America forgive Hillary for jeopardizing the life of national treasure Sheryl Crow?

Here’s a 4th question: Did Ms. Crow suggest they use only one square of toilet paper per bathroom visit on that harrowing plane ride? Enquiring minds wanna know!

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