Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Oh Hillary...

I usually leave the politics talk to Tim, mainly because I could care less, but one thing that does bug me is Hillary Clinton overstating her political experience.

She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000, basically on name recognition, and as a carpetbagger. Before that, she was first lady from 1992-2000. (She actually held both positions concurrently for a brief time). Clinton is widely regarded as the most politically influential first ladies (along with Elanor Roosevelt) but it was a position which she was not elected.

Being in the White House as first lady does count for something, but I think if people knew at the time that Hillary had that much influence on the presidency, they would have been disappointed in the political system and the idea of Co-Presidents.

Barack Obama's political experience is a little shady as well. He was a state senator. He gave a speech at the 2004 DNC, and based on that became a U.S. Senator. The difference between the two is that Obama is not touting his experience the way Clinton does.

Official Experience

Hillary Clinton: Eight years as U.S. Senator
Barack Obama: Eight years as an Illinois State Senator, Four years as a U.S. Senator

The issue that made me bring this up is Hillary's statement regarding her trip to Bosnia. In a speech in Washington on March 17 Clinton said of the Bosnia trip: "I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base." CBS News was kind enough to pull the video of this trip and its now on YouTube.

She claims to have made a mistake and mis-remembered this. However, if I was under sniper fire, I think I might remember that.

It is another case of Hillary overstating her experience, especially her foreign policy experience.

P.S. - John McCain's political experience: Four years as a U.S. Representative, 22 years as a U.S. Senator. In addition, Captain John McCain was in the Navy for 23 years, and was a POW from 1967-1973.

1 comment:

Tim said...

Welcome to the party, Bill. =)

Another thing Hillary's folks are trying to recover from...she has made the "I came in under sniper fire" on three different occasions. And the military is pissed at her for this, too.