March 24th, 2008
02:46 PM ET

Why would Clinton not tell the truth about her 1996 Bosnia trip?

First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton kisses Emina Bicakcic, 8, from Sarajevo who dedicated a poem to her shortly after her arrival at the Tuzla Air Base, Monday March 25, 1996.  Click the Play Button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

On two different occasions, Senator Hillary Clinton has described a trip she took as first lady to Bosnia in March of 1996.

To hear her tell it, she was lucky to escape with her life, landing in a hail of sniper fire. She said they were forced to cut short the greeting ceremony at the airport and, "run with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base."

But apparently there was time to stop and visit at the airport with an 8-year-old girl who greeted Mrs. Clinton on the tarmac when she landed and read her a poem.

The military commander on hand to greet Clinton at the time, Major General William Nash, told the Washington Post he was unaware of any sniper threat to Clinton during her 8-hour stay.

Also traveling with the first lady was her daughter Chelsea, the singer Sheryl Crow and the comedian Sinbad, who said the scariest part of the trip was deciding where to eat.

Hillary Clinton claims that she was sent to places that her husband, President Clinton, could not go because they were "too dangerous."

Back to Sinbad... When commenting on Clinton's version of events, he said, "What kind of president would say, 'Hey man, I can't go because I might get shot… but I'm gonna send my wife and daughter. Oh and take a guitar player and a comedian with you.'"

The Washington Post has awarded Senator Clinton "4 Pinnochios" for her story about Bosnia, which it gives for major "whoppers."

Now that all this has come to light, Clinton's campaign is allowing as how she may have "misspoke" about her 1996 trip.

Here’s my question to you: Why would Hillary Clinton not tell the truth about her trip to Bosnia in March of 1996?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Marie from Charleston, South Carolina writes:
We know the reason: to bolster her "foreign policy experience" credentials. The sad thing to me is that she has plenty of legitimate credentials to recommend her. This type of resume padding makes people question everything else she touts as experience, which is the crux of her campaign.

Bob from Richmond, Virginia writes:
Jack, She was just using a common resume-building technique, citing experience if you are in the general vicinity of a job requirement. She also ignored the number one resume fudging rule: don't lie if there are witnesses!

Dennis from Spokane, Washington writes:
Misspoke. Sure, I always imagine sniper fire when my plane lands. Good that Chelsea survived the trauma of listening to that poem while her mom was getting those scary flowers.

Alexa from Lovettsville, Virginia writes:
For the same reason as Obama lied about being in church when Wright was on one of his rants, and when Obama lied about Rezko, and when Obama lied about his campaign advisor meeting with the Canadians, and when Obama lied about how much money Rezko donated to him, etc., etc., etc. It's called politics.

Stephen from New Jersey writes:
She wouldn't lie about that to get elected anymore than she and Bill would look into the cameras of 60 Minutes and lie about extramarital affairs to get him elected president.

Garnet from Corning, Ohio writes:
Jack, If she was as qualified as she says she is on day one, she wouldn't have to stretch the truth. After this one, I ask America, what else is she stretching the truth about? My boys are dying and being injured for life for one lie, do we really want another one? One more thing, what about your tax records, Hillary?

Dan from Texas writes:
Besides dodging sniper fire, Hillary single-handedly saves her fellow travelers by frisking down a suspected suicide bomber dressed as an 8-year-old girl! Too funny! Hillary and Chelsea to the rescue!

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soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. Natalie New Jersey

    Do you have to ask??
    Truth and CLinton's ??

    March 24, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  2. Larry - Fulton, Ill.

    For the same reason Bush and Cheney won"t tell anyone about the secret meetings with OPEC. They're all locked up in that big safe Cheney has in his office. I hope there's still room in it for Hillary to take up residence.

    March 24, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  3. Harry

    She can't come up with the facts to support her contention that she is experienced. So in the tradition of G.W. Bush et al and the Iraq war, just make up stuff and tell it with a straight face.

    Hey it works, as no one seems to question it, until it is to late. Then we are expected to forget the past and to move on and "focus on the future".

    The only question is the age old which came first.... the chicken or the egg? Did Bush learn to lie from the Clintons, or vice versa? (If your're thinking "I did not have sex with that woman" don't forget "read my lips".)


    March 24, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  4. IFEANYI AZUBIKE Houston, Texas

    Simply because she has a problem with honesty and reality. You might as well have asked why she is still desparately fighting a nomination that commonsense predicts that she can never really win. Or do you believe she is already battling senility at her age. I don't think so.

    March 24, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  5. Mike

    Jack, The better question might be, "Do any of the Clinton's ever tell the truth"?

    March 24, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  6. Bill in St. Cloud, FL

    Because the Clintons are pathological liars who will do anything to get elected.

    March 24, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  7. J.C. from Raleigh, NC

    She doesn't want us to know that her most important decision was where to have a meal. The Clintons rewrite history more than they make it. Did Albright give Hillary credit in her book for doing anything great in Bosnia?

    March 24, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  8. Mike S., New Orleans

    Both candidates have embellished their foreign policy experience.
    However, Hillary seems to do it with such ease it is scary.

    March 24, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  9. Martin (La Paz, Bolivia)

    If one were charitable, one could suggest amnesia, or some other medical condition. A less charitable explanation would be that, being in power for so long and so used to political expediencies, she cannot distinguish fact from fiction or thinks she is above the truth. Either way, it questions her capacity to be President and, in the words of a close member of her family, her Bosnia account is just a "fairytale".

    March 24, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  10. Nora. South Texas

    It is called Embellishing, kind of like the truth but mostly it is a lot of frill(an ornamental addition) Kind of like the idea that living in the white house for 8 years counts as Experience.

    March 24, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  11. Tina

    Politics as usual. Same verse, second page. This is why we either need a new party or a new direction as in Obama.

    March 24, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  12. Jawan, University of Arizona

    Because her name is Hillary Clinton. Listen: Clinton Clinton Clinton Clinton.

    March 24, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  13. Brian - Trinidad

    Same reason that Obama doesn't want anyone to see his passport files.It's nobody's business!Clinton is a public figure and if you want to find out about her Bosnia trip,earn your pay for a change,Jack! Go back into the records and news reports.Ask other people who were there.Go to Bosnia and ask the people over there!But to insinuate that she is hiding something because she hasn't told everything is bogus.Earn your pay as a journalist and find out for yourself!

    March 24, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  14. Chuck in Eugene Oregon

    Good question Jack. Maybe Hillary Clinton took her lead from Bill. He seemed to come out of his Presidential Lies and mistruths unscathed. Either way, her mistruths, embellishments, and lies are clear examples of why this country is in the pickle it is in. She does a good job of hammering the Bush Administration of misleading the American public, yet she does the same thing herself and obviously does it quite well. Sen Clintons campaign like President Bush, has does a good job of shoveling out lies, half truths, misleading statements and over embellishments of facts.

    March 24, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  15. Martha Lynne -- Los Angeles, CA

    She probably does feel she was shot at by snipers. In Clinton World, everyone is out to get her. Why not the Bosnians - or her husband, who sent her there? Why not Sinbad? Who knows his political leanings?

    March 24, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  16. Ron Richmond, VA

    What is this, have you started negative campaigning against Clinton so Obama doesn't have to? Wow Jack, a new low! Bush hasn't told the truth in 8 years, it must not be important if you wouldn't report that.

    The fact that she has been to Bosnia is in itself a plus over Obama! I can't remember a lot of 1996, Roberto Gonzales never could remember anything, nor Nixon, I even remember Reagon not recalling important events. And Bush, nuff said! from time to time stuff slips out. Is it important, doesn't seem to be!

    Jack are you asking me if politicians lie, really? Do you think Obama is a saint? Come on, Jack!

    March 24, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  17. jim

    rhetorical question

    March 24, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  18. Gary D Rhodes

    As with the scorpion, she's a Clinton.


    March 24, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  19. Johnny 5

    Jack, the Clintons history of truthfullness is not exactly hindered by the truth. Their campaigning style is simple. Tell any and all lies, half truths and misinformation to everybody that they can, and when the press calls them on it, complain that the press is gender bashing and being unfair. The sad thing is that it works. I gues it depends on what the definition of "is" is. Oak Lawn, IL

    March 24, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  20. Mike

    Hey Jack. Was it not just a few weeks ago that Prez. Bush berated a reported that suggested that gas could hit $4! Is this guy informed about anything...

    March 24, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  21. Bill in St. Cloud, FL

    She hadn't found her voice yet.

    March 24, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  22. Will from Corpus Christi, Tx

    Did she think her tall tale wouldn't be verified by journalists? It just seems so pathological. Obama doesn't need to be on the attack when it is clear Clinton will mastermind her own demise. I would love to hear her answer a direct question about her manufactured story now that it has met the light of day.

    March 24, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  23. David - Las Colinas,Texas

    Her story would be dramatic if true. Perhaps, Hillary wants to compete with McCain as a war hero.

    March 24, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  24. Karl in CA

    It's just another of her lies. 35 years of WHAT experience. She wasn't even in Little Rock yet, 35 years ago. Now she's the world master foreign policy queen. Yeah right. Read MY lips, Hillary. You ain't gonna be the nominee, so shut up with the lies and go home and quit embarrassing true Democrats. Remember, we used to be the party that told the truth and most of us still do.

    March 24, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  25. Bob from Traverse city Michigan

    The Clintons must think to run against a war hero like John McCain they'll need to have some war stories of their own. Thankfully she isn't running against Jesus Christ cause no doubt we would hear about the time she walked on water. There is no limit to the audacity of the Clinton Campaign!

    March 24, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  26. April in texas

    Jack, Simple answer is to exagerate her visits as well as her experience. Win at any and all cost......

    Obama 08
    Austin Texas

    March 24, 2008 at 3:06 pm |

    ho hum–yawwwwwwwwn. because she is a politician and lawyer. that says it all. at least she has some experience in her past to hide while obama has only a mouthy pastor to try and explain away. john mccain should have warned col. custer about fishing near the little big horn but didn't. everyone has events in their past that are not flattering.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  28. Lori Iowa

    WHY doesn't Obama want all peoples votes to Count!! Why is his wife not proud of America. Why does his church HATE america?

    March 24, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  29. jean


    Why don't you just admit you are an unabashed Clinton hater? Your biased commentary does a disservice to the thousands of Clinton supporters who have voted in this primary. Yes, Obama may be in the lead now, but that does not discount that many, many people view Clinton as the best candidate and have yet to vote. There is nothing balanced about your views. It is too bad that CNN chooses to hire people with such mean spirited and closed minded opinions. I for one am turned off of your network. I don't need to pay to watch CNN provide nothing but biased opinions. The network shold return to reporting facts, not opinions.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  30. kb in iowa

    Clinton was certainly padding her experience resume...but what bothers me the most is the audacity in her thinking she wouldn't get caught. Surely she is not so naive to believe in this youtube world, that video of her actual trip wouldn't have surfaced. So is she just not in touch with the actual world around her...or does she think she can't be touched by it?

    March 24, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  31. Veronica in Richmaond, VA.

    Jack, if the truth ever hit the Clinton's we would know it, they's stop talking. I'm still waiting for you to bash the clinton's about the trial between them & Peter F. Paul, the took that man's money, they should both be in jail.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  32. dennis north carolina

    truth, that word is not in hillary's dictionary and is just slang when she uses it for I got you.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  33. Kim in Texas (an independant)

    Senator Clinton is so determined to claim her entitlement that she is willing to destroy Senator Obama, the Democratic Party and tell any and every lie she can to get her what she wants...and she can count on the media to not call her on it....they are to busy running and re-running the whole Pastor-disaster.

    Senator Clinton will lie to serve her own very selfish needs, while helping McCain to victory in November.

    Superdelegates, please stop the madness and get behind the person with the most won states, the most pledged delegates and the popular vote, asap and start on the road to victory in November….not the road of destruction.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  34. Waltie in Ma.

    Mr. Jack:

    Why Jack ??? That is so easy. She will do anything at all, anything to get the Dem nod, including lying, being decieptful, do the "Half Truth" thing, which she has time and time again so far. in this election.

    History repeats itself Jack and there is nothing that anyone can do with it, except learn from it. HillBill's track record speaks for itself, volumes. The "American People" need to wake up here and quickly. I was a "Hillary" supporter, until I really started to listen to what she was saying and it made me sick. (Reminded me of Bush) Enough is enough. We deserve better in this country.

    Waltie in Ma.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  35. Bob from Richmond VA

    She was just using a common resume building technique, citing experience if you are in the general vicinity of a job requirement. She also ignored the number one resume fudging rule – don't lie if there are WITNESSES!

    March 24, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  36. kenny

    Jack because like Mr Rove and the rest of the GOP she understand that the media in order to appear fair and balance will allow her and her spokes people to reshape what ever lie they previously lied about.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  37. Evan from Roseburg, OR

    This is just another step in her plan to give the illusion of experience. She's trying to award herself a purple heart so she can say that she can compete with McCain's military service. Somehow, she didn't expect anyone to go back and look at the footage of her landing, exposing her blatent lie. If this is the best lie she can make up, her campaign really is desperate.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  38. Matt

    Clinton Political play book:
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    Please check your spelling and try again.


    March 24, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  39. sali from memphis tennessee

    Why? Common Jack! This woman has been lying to the American people since the down of time. It tells you how inaccurate her resume is. She been bragging about her experience but in reality she was making ceremonial visit. I will never trust the Clinton because what is important to them is their personal ambition.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  40. tim from Ravenna, OH

    If I were the Clinton's I would simply pack up my belongings and move somewhere that has people that actually appreciate what is done for their betterment. I am continually disappointed in the people of this country. As far as I can tell the Clinton's work tirelessly in support of others and people seem to want only to tear them down. Rush and his crew must just love the fact that Americans can be led to rip apart those that work for them most. Of course, the same people that attack the Clintons are most likely responsible for what we have had for the last 7 or so years.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  41. Connie - Minnesota

    Can you spell d-e-l-u-s-i-o-n-a-l??

    March 24, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  42. Tochukwu from Houston TX

    Common Jack ,
    you know the answer like i do. the clintons dont care about telling the truth and morality. why would she tell us the truth to contradict her foreign policy experience LOL...

    March 24, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  43. Eugene in Northern California

    Jack, along with many other inaccurate references listed, on her resume' Hillary's 1996 trip, to Bosnia was nothing more than a vacation, of Eastern Europe courtesy, of the American tax payer. Thirty one years, of political experience. Give me a break. How about six and we'll call it even.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  44. Mary

    Jack, this question is way too simple – she's Hillary! The scariest thing about Hillary is that she actually comes to believe what ever comes out of her mouth. I would put money on this – Bin Laden would vote for Clinton, reason – she would fold if the phone rang at 3 AM

    March 24, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  45. Patti Powell

    I am so disappointed in Hillary, I used to hold both her and her husback at such high esteem, they have really let the people of this country down with the lies. She just needs to get out of the race and let the party began to heal. I could just cry for her, Hillary please stop the maddness and do the right thing if not you and only you will hand the White House to McCain all by your self

    March 24, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  46. Lynn Gottlob, Ohio

    Dear Jack, Clinton is a fairytale and fairytales are told with all the pomp and glamour of the king and queen in never never land; Even children can tell the difference between image/imaginary and real humility and honesty. And her fairy tale is truly Grimm.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  47. Ryan, Champaign IL

    Jack, psychology tells us that memory is based far more on convenience than experience. Her campaign has become so delusional as to right and wrong, image and reality, that they are good candidates for deep therapy. Sign me up too.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  48. Seth

    I suppose it's the same reason some people pad their resume, so they can fool us the employer that they are more qualified than they really are.

    Resume padding is a bad thing for a President or a nuclear plant operator.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  49. Carol Quinley

    sadly ,,,it's a mental problem symptom affecting many people,,It is called "Delusions of Grandeur" She needs help at this point, reality is drifting away from her along with the nomination.
    Carol from A. A. Mi

    March 24, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  50. Nicki

    Well, apparently there was sniper fire, the passengers were informed of gunfire, and the crew took extra precautions to protect her and Chelsea. However, it appears she embellished the danger at the airport. No matter, Obama is also embellishing his legislative record in the Senate. Tis the election season.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  51. Theresa - Mississippi

    Gee, if Sinbad disagrees with her then it must be true! Was that the last gig he played or what?

    March 24, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  52. Mike in St. Pete, Florida

    Because she's a politician. It's her job.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  53. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    When scrambling head low from snipers firing from rooftops; when running heart in throat from zinging and pinging lead hail; when death has you in his sights and is repeatedly pulling the trigger – remember to always stop and smell the flowers.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  54. Dave

    At the very least Clinton showed that she honored and respected our troops that can't be said for all the Republicans in the congress. She should be proud to have been able to show our troops that the Clinton administration did appreciate their efforts in the name of our country.

    Besides she tipped her hat at the troops who served to save thousands of Bosnians from ethnic cleaning, their detail was an act of compassion by our country which led the effort to stop the killing in Bosnia.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  55. Mark - Asheville, NC

    You know, I don't know and I don't care! This is a trivial story, but the media will use it anyway.

    Instead of continuing to bash Hillary, why don't you ask, Why would Obama not tell the truth about not knowing that Pastor Wright was making radical sermons during his 20 years in that church???

    March 24, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  56. onenibble

    Well Jack, it's kinda like Obama doesn't fully explain his association with his crooked friend, Rezco or his racist pastor, Rev. Wright. Politicians don't like to explain these things. Sometimes they just give a speech to distract the voters from the facts.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  57. Richard Sternagel

    Jack, Clinton lied to substantiate her claim that she is ready to be Commander-In-Chief! Talk about "fairy tales."

    March 24, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  58. Fred Dawson

    What famous author is it who recently wrote of HIllary's brilliance at rewriting the truth? Between her Pinocchio nose and already-swelled head, it's a wonder how she can fit through the door of the campaign bus.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  59. Josh Davis Toronto Canada

    Jack, since when does the Clinton's ever tell the truth, she always has a secret agenda and mislead voters and the sad part is you Americans buy it. She shouldn't be in this race because shes just another dirty politician playing her dirty political games. Hillary and Bush make our Prime minister look like the Mother Teresa of the world.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  60. Dave

    There is no doubt that Clinton needn't exaggerate her credentials as our First Lady as we all know of her involvement in government from those days. The Republicans certainly did their best to expose her machinations in her attempt to help foster "Health Care Reform", etc...

    It sure would be better for Clinton to re-acquaint us about her activities as NY Senator for over 8 years, her record in the Senate is more than enough to commend her for high office including the presidency. After all she has been a Senator as long as John Kennedy was before he ran for the presidency. The same cannot be said of Senator Obama.

    The current issue of this blog, her visit to Bosnia, is small potatoes compared to what Obama said to us in one of the debates where he said that his relationship with Rezko was merely as an advocate for the law firm he was with in a transaction dealing with a church group.

    As it turned out Obama had many more dealings with Rezko and it is still to come out exactly what all of those were.

    Is a mistake on what happened on a trip of the same seriousness as statements made about a relationship with Rezko, a person indicted for fraud?

    I think that Clinton's mistake is not of the same ilk as Obama's misstatements of fact including how by omission he forgot to mention his personal dealings with Rezko, etc...

    March 24, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  61. XME

    Because the Clinton hate losing and she'll do whatever it takes. I believe she says whatever she wants, if she thinks it will appeal to the people she's talking to at that moment. HRC relies on the fact that some of the people who hear her lies will never hear the follow-up news that what she said is untrue, and that's probably fair to bet since many people don't really follow the news closely.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  62. Davis - Minneapolis

    she has not told the truth about this trip because she wants to stay consistent about the way she talks about the things she talks about...

    March 24, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  63. Bill

    why wouldn't she tell the truth?!...her name is hillary clinton, right? i don't think she has a clear definition on what 'truth' exactly is...she hasn't learned that skill yet...she only knows how to spin...

    March 24, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  64. Vinnie Vino

    She had to jazz up the borring trip to make it more interesting and excitable.

    C.I., New York

    March 24, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  65. A.F. Cook, Arlington, VA

    The silly thing is that Clinton didn't NEED to exaggerate her story. I mean, she was in BOSNIA; which is already pretty gutsy. This just makes her look really opportunistic - a characteristic that has become all too apparent over the past few months. Did she "misremember" the details of her trip? When etched against the backdrop of bigger issues - and bigger "whoppers" - by Bush administration officials and others, does it matter? I think it's an item for hairsplitting journalists on a slow newsday.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  66. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    If you go back in time and investigate every candidate,you will find that they all embellished certain stories in their past. I can tell you for a fact that I have embellished my own Vietnam war stories to make them more interesting. Every story-teller there has ever been makes their stories more interesting than they really were. This is a non-issue and non-story. Give it up. Next!

    March 24, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  67. DeniseGA

    Because she lies so much, she actually believes her lies......

    Maybe she actually believe, the public will not seek out the truth, considering she still has support from some, that defend her to the end!

    March 24, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  68. Ron Christman


    Actually, Samantha Powers had it right. Billary has two heads, each with a wide mouth that can spew a lie from one side while saying “sorry” or “Obama did it” from the other. Add to that the little heads of Carville, Penn, Wolfson, Ferraro, and the others that are attached to the “monster” just below the tail and you get enough lying BS to keep the pundits busy 24/7.

    Washington, Pennsylvania

    March 24, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  69. Edward Nelson, NY


    If you watched your spouse tell material lies as President and get away with it, wouldn't you believe that lying is simply a prerequisite to being President? What's extraordinary is that the attack on her flight never happened, however, she maintains that it did in light of witnesses and evidence that proves otherwise. But then again Jack, she believes she's winning the presidential race too. As a spectator, Hillary Clinton appears delusional and John McCain can't remember if the Sunni or Shiite Muslims are crossing into Iraq to train terrorists. With these deficiencies I would trust Hillary or McCain to run this country. Barack Obama was right, it all comes down to judgment. Since Barack Obama hasn't appeared to have lost his mind, I'm voting for him Jack.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  70. Jordan Fitzpatrick

    Because she sees her "inevitable candidacy" slipping away, and will do anything to keep that from happening. Because, simply, she is without real integrity.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  71. Katherine Heckman

    Embellishments are made every day, but who is to say she did not tell the truth? Some may question your declaration of being an impartial and informed newsperson. These last few weeks, I certainly have! Does it make you a liar to assert those claims? The reason Obama does not make assertions of foreign policy experience is BECAUSE HE DOESN'T HAVE ANY, REAL OR IMAGINARY!!! Could it be that maybe Sinbad is promoting Obama at the expense of Senator Clinton? Just a thought.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  72. Dee in Omaha

    It can't be Obama. When the Wright story broke, Obama's first instinct was to lie about it. "I didn't hear those....". When he figured out that it could be proven that he knew what Wright was saying, he came out with his race speech. He whines whenever anyone says anything that could be considered as to referring to race but now this is supposed to be the central issue. His campaign went out of their way to dig up the information on Geraldine Ferraro from some obscure paper in California and they crucified her. How is that the high ground? I guess I am just a typical white person but he is playing the race card for sympathy from his supporters that is undeserved.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  73. Lamin

    jack ask another question because hillary has not been truthful about any think in her campaign from the get go, why would this one be different. were are the task records. All she is Good at is playing with peoples mines and hope that Americans are still stupid enough not to see through her endless effort to blind fold the people of this nation.
    The people of this conutry need change to a different direction, and are hungry for unity and economic development, we cannot aford to have comminist china to be the next super power.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  74. Tiffany, Chicago

    Because her whole campaign is based on fabrications and out right lies, if we judge her for her separate from Bill and based on her own qualifications...she has none. Glad to see someone in the mainstream media has the balls to report this instead of trying to keep it a horse race, she can't win. This is worse than the Wright "fiasco" because this came from her own mouth. Every person who has backed up her story is an ardant Clinton supporter. No shame.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  75. JimM

    Jack, when are you guys going to stop your bashing of Hillary? Why don't you ask the following question instead? Do the people of America want CNN to do an interview with Pastor Wright?
    When you find him_wherever he is__he should be proud to do this since CNN will be conducting it. Afterall, are you not "the most trusted name in the news?" Well at one time anyway.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  76. Медведев

    Jack, it is so simple, she lies! Why oh why won't people see this? Flip the 2nd and third letters of her name and you have LIAR embedded in her own name, just like her campaign. She lied about Wal-Mart, Whitewater, Peter Paul, Travelgate, and Bosnia. Keep on digging, there is so much more to find on this cruel wicked woman.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  77. Nick

    Because she WILL say and do ANYthing to get the nomination. After all, she is a cLIEnton.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  78. Scotto, Brooklyn, NY

    What, this another part of her "35 years of experience" that's been fabricated?! Say it ain't so Jack.

    Clearly she has a problem with reality. The idea that she can win the nomination without resorting to dirty tricks is a case-in-point. That she would lie about something so well documented also raises some serious questions about her judgment ... Does she think we are idiots?!

    March 24, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  79. Preyear- Mobile, AL


    Sen Clinton's entire presidential platform has been based upon her "experience." She has been proclaiming "vote for me because I have the experience needed to be the next President." In all fairness, she never did say that it would be actual "experience."

    F. Preyear
    Mobile, AL

    March 24, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  80. Cyn

    Because she is so desperate to become President, she'll say or do anything, even going so far as destroying the party.. If Obama becomes the Democratic nominee – I envision Clinton becoming McCain’s vice presidential running mate as an Independent – both running on a bi-partisan ticket against Obama and whom ever he chooses as his running mate. Clinton is so determined to become president - or get as close to it as she can - because of McCain’s age; this scenario may not be as crazy as it sounds. Ironically, the Republicans voting for Clinton in the primaries to hurt Obama would get to vote for her again. How funny would that be?
    Philadelphia, Pa.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  81. evans o.oseki, norway

    Easy Jack, She started on a lie and had to keep on with the lies. She figured she had to stay on that course since a lot of Americans with all due respect, hardly understand what goes on outside of that great country. Thanks to the modern media, no lies now stay in the dark before it`s brought to light. What goes around, comes around. Even NAFTA and the meeting with the Canadian diplomats by her folks and not Obama`s folks as she made us believe, has also come to light. See why she rates low with the majority of the demacrats? Heaven help us!!!

    March 24, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  82. Carol

    Because the Clintons don't know how to tell the truth. She lies with a straight face, then when she's caught, she has to come up with another lie to explain the first lie. It's like a disease to them, they just continue to lie. What other truths will come out? To say that she "misspoke" is a joke. She's trying to embellish her foreign experience with lies. Keep checking her schedule...what's the story with all those "priviate meetings" with any descriptions blanked out. They definitely don't want the American people to know the truth.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  83. Janice, Aberdeen, SD

    Do you really need to ask this question, Jack? Because it proves she had much less experience in foreign relations than she claims and it's likely she's exaggerating about other things as well that she wants to take credit for that actually were accomplishments of her husband and others in his administration.

    I really would like to vote for an accomplished woman for President. There are plenty. Maybe one of them will finally gain the name recognition needed to run for President. Maybe one will be nominated as Obama's VP. I hope so.

    For now, Senator Obama, will have my vote for President. His judgement argument make sense to me. It's how you decide even when you have no experience that matters.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  84. mikeytherhino

    Everyone tells tales Jack, and I'm guessing she did this because she is a politician, and is playing up the situation to make it sound much worse than it was, to try and sound like she knows more than she does about the big bad world out there. Both Her and Obama have exaggerated and outright lied to us throughout the campaign.

    Both of these lunkheads will do and say anything to get elected. And this is the choice we get as democrats. Just great.

    Mike, From Staten Island, New York

    March 24, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  85. Dennis in Spokane

    Sinbad for Sec of Defense and Sheryl Crow for Sec of State....experience matters doesn't it?

    March 24, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  86. MickyD10

    Remember, she also said that she went because it was too dangerous for the President to go. Except for the truth is he was there just a month or so prior. Who in their right mind would send his wife into danger, who in turn then decided their 16 year old daughter should go as well. Were they expendable in Bills eyes?? Must have been.

    When Hillary says "I have the experience" all I hear is Bill saying "That depends on what your definition of is, is" or" "I did not have sexual relations with that woman". Lies, all lies. She and Bill are two peas in a pod.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  87. yx


    You, Mathews and Obermann can make a circus show. Don’t forget to invite Bill O’Reiley. You guys are like quadruplets.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  88. lee

    Oh Jack Thank God for people like you WHO REPORT THE TRUTH
    Now...your next assignment
    Get her taxes returns
    Get the Library donor list
    and I wanna see that Hillary The Movie...I've had enough of the media showing Rev. Wright... I think "Hillary the Movie' deserves equal time!
    oh a weekend, even the mornings without you are hell.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  89. Bill Enuff

    Jack Cafferty.

    Is it possible to for you to go 5 minutes without bashing one of the Clintons?

    Now, tell us what Obama did in Bosnia? Rezkos? The "blue dress" comment? Joseph McCarthy comment?

    Please make a small effort to at least to be fair.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  90. Steve in Idaho

    Sounds like Hillary W. Rove is at it again !!

    March 24, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  91. jack. jacksonville, fl


    I think this story opens up serious questions about her integrity. Does anyone believe this is the only thing she has lied to us about?!? I wouldn't want Hillary Clinton to be my President anymore than I'd want my mechanic's wife working on my car.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  92. John


    Hillary Clinton feels entitled to becoming the next President. She has based her whole campaign on her having more experience. After the release of records along with all the evidence it is clear to me that she is a liar. She is counting on the fact that most people have short memories.
    She lied about Bosnia, Macedonia, Northern Ireland, NAFTA, MI and FL revote, passing FMLA etc.

    This where journalists come in. I am surprised by the fact that media has not caught on. In polls about honesty Hillary got 44% of votes. I am shocked that with all the documented evidence she got 44% votes.

    Thank your Jack for asking these questions. You are the only reason why I watch CNN these days.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  93. Andy

    The absurdity of Mrs. Clinton going out with this story is just staggering. The past eight years the media has been pumping up this obvious moron to be our next president, I just don't get it when something like this (and so many other whoppers) can easily be checked, I mean Sinbad was there!! What gall. The Clinton's really think we are that stupid and believe anything they put out there.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  94. Heather Seattle, WA

    ..............I am speechless...............

    March 24, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  95. maria

    great story, that story is very strange, does anyone have more information???
    if this is true it's a big mistake for Hillary, I hope it's not true :(((((

    March 24, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  96. Nadeem, PA

    The Clintons have gotten so used to lying at this stage they cannot tell the difference. To Hillary it is not a lie, just a story she needs to get elected. This say anything do anything candidate is a far cry from the character and judgement of Obama.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  97. armod

    Entitlement! The Clintons apparently believe that no matter what they say it is to be believed. They have not yet figured out the Americans can really think for themselves and do.

    To date we have been 7 ways to changed the results of the Democratic Nomination to give her the nomination even though she's in second place.

    Today we have a new methodology thrown in the bag, "Electoral votes" which has never been used to decide a presidential nomination, NAFTA yes I supported it though I did not like it to now It's not a good idea and is hurting hard working Americans in Ohio and Penn, acknowledging publicy that FL & MI did not count, then saying no it was a fair race either give me my votes or less do a revote. This in the face of knowing that the FL & MI Dems are responsible for changing the primaries in the face of warnings from the DNC that they would not be seated, Resolution of the mortgage crisis to pay for a Panel however, she fails to realize that it was Congress' job to prevent this disaster the very Congress that she basis her significant experience on and has been part of for many years. But let's have the Tax Payers pay more to have a Panel figure out a solution while hard working Americans are paying congress DAILY to not only prevent this type of economic downturn but now that they missed the boat, resolve it. It's always let's spend the very tax payers money who are loosing their homes to solve the crisis.

    Perhaps giving back the $384M she received in Pork Barrell Spending that is not yet spent and which she refuses to disclose what she is planning to spend the money on would be a very generous start that will show a true commitment on behalf of Sen. Clinton to truly helping to solve the mortgage crisis. After all every little bit helps.

    Finally the trillion dollars spent in the war that she voted for could have certainly not only prevented this crisis but help with gas prices, and the many other adverse economic woes we are now facing. Just what is Congress' job responsibility?

    March 24, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
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    March 24, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  99. Katiec

    Dear Jack,
    How can we expect the truth from Hillary on one subject when
    she has distorted so many other issues. Their campaign has
    ventered away from truth and integrity and they seem to be
    at the point of no return.
    It is so sad that they resorted to the level they have. Once
    admired and respected them, but no more.
    We need Hillary to conduct a campaign with merit, not
    politics as usual. Is this what experience gets you?
    Pekin, IL

    March 24, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  100. Tracy in Fort Mill

    Because she is a BIG FAT LIAR.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  101. Carrie in Colorado

    Why would she not tell the truth? Maybe she thought that 8-year-old girl was a sniper...

    I don't believe anything Hillary Clinton says anymore...does anyone?

    March 24, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  102. Auburn McCanta

    Jack, It seems Hillary's trying to shore up her silly assertion that she'll be a grand Commander-in-Chief on "day one," with a red phone in one hand and an alarm clock set for 3:00 a.m. in the other. If I claimed that my husband's job made me qualified to do his work just by virtue of our marriage, I'd be laughed out of town. Now we're to believe that Hillary and her young daughter were sent to sites that were too dangerous for her husband? Ridiculous! She deserves those four Pinnochios, plus an extra one for that horrid red phone TV ad. She's making us Dems look bad!

    Peoria, AZ

    March 24, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  103. Katie Hampton Roads VA

    I think Hillary believes her own mythology...and that is scary.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  104. Paul

    Maybe the on-flight movie showing that day was "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty". You know, the one where Danny Kaye daydreams about being a hero.....

    March 24, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  105. Lynne

    Sen. Clinton has every reason to lie about the trip. She has finally realized, in a campaign she has based solely on experience, that she has no more experience in her 8 years in the white house and two terms in the Senate than Sen. Obama has in only his first term.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  106. nader

    Even if Hillary is caught in a lie, at least it is not about sitting in a "God d*mn America" church!!!

    March 24, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
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    March 24, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  108. Paul

    Why would Hillary lie? Because she's good at it.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  109. Ron, Ft. Hood Texas


    Mrs. Clinton needs to hire that movie announcer guy when telling stories about her "experiance". That way the lies are more entertaining.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  110. Jack

    she does not know what truth is.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  111. Brian


    Hillary won't tell the truth because the truth doesn't benefit her campaign. it's that simple...really.


    March 24, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  112. Barbara

    I remember listening to NPR and Hillary was speaking to refugees in Bosnia. She said "I know your plight!" I'm sure you've seen "Sohpie's choice"..good grief. This is a third world country, these people don't have movie theaters, let alone American movies.

    Hillary is the true "Wag the Dog" presidental candidate. I am so demoralized..

    March 24, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  113. Sven in Council Bluffs, Iowa

    Liar Liar, pantsuit on fire!

    Obviously, with no real foreign policy experience, Hillary has resorted to conjuring up Tom Clancy-esque tales of bravado. To watch the demise of the Clintons is truly sad to watch.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  114. George, Dallas, Texas

    How could she validate and legitimize her 35 years of experience and being ready on day one without lying about the content or substance of that experience? To be vetted to Commander-in-Chief on day one, Sen. Hillary Clinton must be sensational in her lies.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  115. sean

    She was secretly dating Milosevic. They would rendevous in Croatia. Bill had Monica and she had her little 'slobby'.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  116. joy adams, austin, tx

    anybody can lie, when the media is always focused on what other people say instead of the candidates themselves, why don't cnn keep showing this picture right next to her saying how dangerous bosnia was, no because they are showing jeremiah wright 24/7

    March 24, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  117. Robert from Jacksonville, FL

    Because Jack, she's pathological in her approach to the primaries. First – "we all know Michigan and Florida won't count," then – "we cannot disenfranchise voters in Michigan and Florida!" Lately, apparently because the voters in Michigan and Florida won't count, it's about the electoral college votes. . . give me a break! This candidate will say, do, and lie about anything to achieve her goal. We have had 7 years of that, enough already. Her account of the Bosnia trip parallels George Bush's account of WMDs in Iraq – we just don't need that kind of politics again. Shame on you Hillary Clinton!

    March 24, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  118. Cindy

    And she has the audacity to call Obama a liar?????

    She's single handedly pulling the democratice party apart!!!!!! All the polls and expert strategists have been saying that she's living a fantasy! And that the only way she could win is to bring Obama down! So guess what she's going for???? To destroy him, of course. If that's the kind of person people of this country want in power its a very sorry statement for us all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 24, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  119. Robert in Toronto, ON

    How bout we pose this questions to the Hillary Clinton backers, as they are so quick to demonize Barack Obama about church goings and unpatriotism – yet are unsurprisingly not so quick when it comes to the huge piles of dirty laundry this candidate has!

    March 24, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  120. TF

    A Clinton telling the american people a lie. Where have I heard this story before. Oh, yeah the '90's.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  121. jeff in AL

    I believe she may have exaggerated the circumstances.
    How many of us have gotten caught up and exaggerated a story or circumstances? The situation and events she described may very well have occured at some other time during the visit. It is one question and one answer. I would not make my voting decision on the basis of it.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  122. Jean

    Jack , you can't miss a chance to put Hillary down . We all know you are one of the Obama fanatics. I have heard Obama on CNN until I despise that name. What is wrong with Hillary's campaign is simply the media. The media has been against her from the beginning. Being against Hillary is the same as being against The United States of America.

    March 24, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  123. Sejal from Iowa City

    She must be hiding something.

    March 24, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  124. Andrew

    This is an example of something that should have never even been a story... but for some unexplainable reason Sen. Clinton felt the need to "misspeak".

    Show of hands: Who respects the Howard Wolfson's and Mark Penn's of the world? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

    March 24, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  125. Video Guy

    I think she needs to go and talk to her pastor. If she does not have one, I'm sure Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign advisors could recommend one.

    March 24, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  126. Andrew R, Wellesley Mass

    Cafferty: Why would Clinton not tell the truth about her 1996 Bosnia trip?
    Posted: 02:39 PM ET

    First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton kisses Emina Bicakcic, aged eight, from Sarajevo who dedicated a poem to her shortly after her arrival at the Tuzla Air Base, Monday March 25, 1996.
    FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

    On two different occasions, Senator Hillary Clinton has described a trip she took as first lady to Bosnia in March of 1996.

    To hear her tell it, she was lucky to escape with her life, landing in a hail of sniper fire. She said they were forced to cut short the greeting ceremony at the airport and, "run with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base."

    But apparently there was time to stop and visit at the airport with an 8-year-old girl who greeted Mrs. Clinton on the tarmac when she landed and read her a poem.

    The military commander on hand to greet Clinton at the time, Major General William Nash, told the Washington Post he was unaware of any sniper threat to Clinton during her 8-hour stay.

    Also traveling with the first lady was her daughter Chelsea, the singer Sheryl Crow and the comedian Sinbad, who said the scariest part of the trip was deciding where to eat.

    March 24, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  127. Jessica Ottumwa iowa

    Hillary seems to have forgotten, that in this day and age of technology, everyone has everything right at their fingertips. Every story can be searched, Dugg, and shown on Youtube in the blink of an eye.

    Fabricating stories and telling “whoppers” come easy for the Clintons, but they must still be living in the 90’s if they think they can get away with it.

    March 24, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  128. joanne

    well there is no doubt now that no one supports Hillary at cnn. baggy eyes cafferty just makes it more obvious with stupid stories like this.

    March 24, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  129. Brad, Amarillo TX.

    Why? Because she is power hungry, dishonest and feels she is owed the presidency. She has a lot in common with George W Bush in that she feels she has the right to lie to the American Public. They both believe that the end justifies the end. At least Bush thinks he is Lying for a higher purpose "God and Country" Hillary is just lying for herself. This is just another reason to fear for America under Hillary Clinton, Just like her and Bill's tendency to take their share of the cash off the top. I bet G Bush doesn't leave the Whitehouse with government owned historical artifacts.

    March 24, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  130. Arnold,WV

    Hillary has based her whole fantasy campaing on lies.The Pinnociios are well deserved.She probably has to grind her nose nightly.Obama is running on the ability to show good judgement on foriegn affairs.She couldn't even control family affairs.

    March 24, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  131. Lori from Muscoda, WI

    I think that Sen.Obama summed it up very nicely on his Larry King appearance, " I don't think Senator Clinton or her husband like losing very much."

    I am not voting on "past experience" in this election anyway. Where has gotten us? Rather I am looking for someone new who is willing to look at the whole situation from a new angle. Since no one could make it much worse, I feel that Sen Obama at least can give us a fresh take and "uncluttered by Washington" approach.

    March 24, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  132. Frank

    Truth is a casuality of politics, it has been mass murdered in every race for decades. Those running for office don't care if it is the truth so long as the quote gets print and airtime they believe someone will hear it and believe. Mrs. Clinton feels she can get away with it; after all is anyone really suprised that a Clinton is caught telling another lie?
    Connellsville, PA

    March 24, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  133. Joan Bull

    I don't think her misspeaking compares at all to a man who would sit in a church for 20 yrs and listen to his "mentor and friend" trash our country. How do you think our soldiers must feel to hear that Obama sat by and listened to the anti American rhetoric that Rev Wright handed out in his sermons. Good speeches do not erase the fact that Obama used very poor judgement in continuing to go to that church and even use him on his campaign committee until very, very recently.

    March 24, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  134. Ben, College Park, MD

    After several unfair and distracting posts on CNN about Sen. Obama, finally one fair question.

    When the Irish Peace Noble Prize winner called Sen. Clinton's comments on her role in North Ireland "a wee bit silly," Sen. Clinton needs to stick to another role she fabricated for herself in her campaign.

    She is tearing our party apart, just look recently how many hateful comments are posted on CNN and MSNBC from her supporters toward Sen. Obama. She is spreading hate, this is not going to work for in the general election no matter which one gets the nomination. She should stop lying and spreading hate.

    March 24, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  135. BarackObama44thPresident

    It's been reported many times over that Clinton will do anything to win even if that means damaging the Democratic Party. So is anyone really surprise that lying and exaggerating her experience is in that category.

    Listen even Clinton's close friend Gov. Bill Richardson endorsed Obama as our next Commander in Chief. He said, "Barack Obama will make a great and historic president. [It] is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our nation and you [Barack Obama] are a once-in-a-lifetime leader." Now certainly this sheds much light on the situation and should help the America people in deciding the nominee.

    It's time for REAL change in America, it's time for Barack Obama for President!

    A proud American and Democrat in New York

    March 24, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  136. JWN from SC


    March 24, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  137. Seeker of truth

    Lets see – HIllary not honest (resume and spouse issues), Obama not honest (radical racist issues), McCain not honest (blonde lobbyist issues). Doesnt leave us much else now does it? Sad state of affairs. Can someone please teach me how to sing the Canadian anthem?

    March 24, 2008 at 6:44 pm |