March 25, 2008

I Said I Wouldn't Get into Politics . . .

. . . but . . .

There are some things that have been frustrating me about the political situation here in the States right now.

I'm not going to talk about those things.

It's "politics as usual."

But I found this funny. So this I'm going to talk about. Because it's funny to me.

During a speech about Iraq, Ms. Clinton said about a trip to Bosnia: "I remember landing under sniper fire. 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."

Now, the video I'm posting here contains graphic footage of that landing in Bosnia.

It is not for the faint of heart. Nor for those who value things like honesty or, at the least, good memory.

Okay, okay. I know. I know. While she was giving that speech she found herself exaggerating to make her point, whatever that point may have been. Her campaign people later said she misspoke and she said: "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."

While the Obama people said it was a deliberate exaggeration.

I just find it very amusing how different the exaggeration and the video footage actually were:

It's politics. Use your words to manipulate/persuade the people. If you can show me a politician who has never done this, I'll be amazed. So there's no surprise. This one just happened to be caught on tape.

~ Ben

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