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Sinbad Unloads on Hillary Clinton

Finally, the Barack Obama campaign has found a big gun to help shoot down Hillary Rodham Clinton's self-proclaimed foreign policy experience. And he may be the wackiest gun of all: Sinbad, the actor, who has come out from under a rock to defend Obama in the war over foreign policy credentials.

Sinbad, along with singer Sheryl Crow, was on that 1996 trip to Bosnia that Clinton has described as a harrowing international experience that makes her tested and ready to answer a 3 a.m. phone call at the White House on day one, a claim for which she's taking much grief on the campaign trail.

Sinbad
Sinbad, performing in 2007 for shareholders of Wal-Mart. Hillary Rodham Clinton served on the board of Wal-Mart from 1986 to 1992. (Spencer Tirey -- The Associated Press)

Harrowing? Not that Sinbad recalls. He just remembers it being a USO tour to buck up the troops amid a much worse situation than he had imagined between the Bosnians and Serbs.

In an interview with the Sleuth Monday, he said the "scariest" part of the trip was wondering where he'd eat next. "I think the only 'red-phone' moment was: 'Do we eat here or at the next place.'"

Clinton, during a late December campaign appearance in Iowa, described a hair-raising corkscrew landing in war-torn Bosnia, a trip she took with her then-teenage daughter, Chelsea. "They said there might be sniper fire," Clinton said.

Threat of bullets? Sinbad doesn't remember that, either.

"I never felt that I was in a dangerous position. I never felt being in a sense of peril, or 'Oh, God, I hope I'm going to be OK when I get out of this helicopter or when I get out of his tank.'"

In her Iowa stump speech, Clinton also said, "We used to say in the White House that if a place is too dangerous, too small or too poor, send the First Lady."

Say what? As Sinbad put it: "What kind of president would say, 'Hey, man, I can't go 'cause I might get shot so I'm going to send my wife...oh, and take a guitar player and a comedian with you.'"

As you may have guessed by now, Sinbad isn't supporting Clinton for president. He's an Obama guy. All because of Clinton.

"What got me about Hillary was her attitude of entitlement, like he messed up her plan, like he had no reason to be there," Sinbad said. "I got angry. I actually got angry! I said, 'I will be for Obama like never before.'"

But he's less ticked off with the Clinton campaign than he is with Saturday Night Live for its Hillary-loving sketches that portray Obama as an unqualified nervous Nelly. What really bothers him is SNL's choice of actor (Fred Armisen) to play Obama.

"My problem is -- you couldn't just temporarily hire a black man to play Obama? You had to put a white man in a black face? You couldn't find a light-skinned brother to play Obama?"

The Clinton campaign doesn't seem amused by Sinbad's commentary or his recollection of the 1996 Bosnia trip as more depressing than harrowing.

Defending Clinton's characterization of her Bosnia mission, campaign spokesman Phil Singer kindly provided experts from news stories written about the trip at the time, including a Washington Post story from May 26, 1996, that said, "This trip to Bosnia marks the first time since Roosevelt that a first lady has voyaged to a potential combat zone."

Singer also cited a Kansas City Star article from September 2000 that quoted Sinbad as describing the situation in Bosnia as "so tense. It was Crips and Bloods." (And that's how Sinbad continued to characterize the situation in our interview Monday. He said, "At the time, we didn't realize how crazy it was between the Bosnians and the Serbs. I didn't realize how much hate was going on.")

Still, defending Clinton against Sinbad the refuter, Singer said, "The sad reality of what was going on in Bosnia at the time Senator Clinton traveled there as first lady has been well documented. It appears that Sinbad's experience in Bosnia goes back further than Senator Obama's does. In fact, has Senator Obama ever been to Bosnia?"

Snarky, snarky!

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 11, 2008; 1:14 PM ET
 
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Sinbad for president - 2008. He has the experience that America needs.

Posted by: piper | March 11, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Experience cheering up troops in war torn countries? Sounds like Hillary could best be used in Iraq.

Sinbad, you rock on TPM!

Obama/Sinbad '08!

Posted by: platy | March 11, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

LOL!! And Sinbad was there. Sinbad should be Obama's VP.

Posted by: LOL | March 11, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Ha ha ha. Sinbad's going to make Hillary regret bragging about "corkscrew landings" and "incoming sniper fire." Perfect material for a standup routine.

Posted by: John | March 11, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Clin/bad 08!

Posted by: carrie hussein | March 11, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"In fact, has Senator Obama ever been to Bosnia?"

Oh Christ. I've been to countries that Hillary Clinton has never been to, so am I more qualified than she is?

Posted by: HowardsJohnson | March 11, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Sinbad: Experienced. Tested. Ready.
This is priceless.

Posted by: Kev | March 11, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Give me a break Hillary. Please. Your lie has been outed. Who are we now going to believe the Kansas City Paper which took the press statement the White House put out or the comments from Sinbad who was there? As for the "Crips and Blood" comment, Sinbad was talking about the effects of the fighting between the two groups, not an actual war zone. Your spin team is great at spinning bull, but this time I think it has caught up with them.

Posted by: Bill | March 11, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

" It appears that Sinbad's experience in Bosnia goes back further than Senator Obama's does. In fact, has Senator Obama ever been to Bosnia?"

lmao...the lows the Clinton campaign will stoop to...suggesting Sinbad's trip to Bosnia makes him qualified than Obama is remarkably absurd. Every time they make a snarky comment they just make themselves look like bigger a-holes.

Posted by: UCLAdy04 | March 11, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

No, Phil Singer, the real question is: Has Senator Obama ever lied about his experience in Bosnia?

Posted by: OAmerican | March 11, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

How long before we start seeing Sinbad introduce Obama at campaign rallies? Gold, baby, gold!

Posted by: John | March 11, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Well, okay. Sinbad's word against Hillary's. Let's ask Sheryl Crow. If I were President, I don't think I would send my wife and daughter to a place where there could be sniper fire. Was Bill secretly trying to get rid of them???

Posted by: Harold in NC | March 11, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Rumor has it Hillary's ready to roll out her "Big Gun" Pauly Shore in Pennslyvania.

Sinbad/Crow 2008

Posted by: brevaldo | March 11, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Hillary to Iraq.

Posted by: Ryan | March 11, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Evidently things in Northern Ireland weren't as described either:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/03/08/wuspols108.xml

That is the story from David Trimble, Lord Trimble of Lisnagarvey, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former First Minister of Northern Ireland.

Posted by: Lynne | March 11, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

vote obama end the drama.

Posted by: no billart | March 11, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Greg Craig just released this memo a little while ago countering Northern Ireland, Bosnia, etc. claims that Hillary's made:

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/03/11/753881.aspx

Posted by: Lynne | March 11, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

A potential combat zone? Freakin Compton California and Tiajuana Mexico are potential combat zones. Every day of the year for years and years with no UN intervention and not too many First Ladys' exposing themselves to the danger of a drive by or a failed drug deal.
The vetted forign policy she touts and her aids tout is less dangerous than many places in America.
Do you think perhaps the Chicago Ghetto and Projects that Senator Obama worked so hard in were not potential war zones?
How about we get over our hate and fear and smear. That is the real change we need as a Nation.

Posted by: mark musselman | March 11, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

And also, Sinbad, thanks for the OJ song! I even laugh to this day when thinking of that show! You had the same childhood as myself and my 3 boys. Even if we were in different class' of poverty and skin color. We are all the same if we take the time to listen to and respect the thoughts of others. We do not have to agree with everyone on each thought but we do have the ability to listen and reason.
I love my country but do not trust my government.

Posted by: mark musselman | March 11, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe that this Singer guy is criticizing Obama because he's never been to Bosnia.

Well I have been to Bosnia (1994, medical relief work). And guess what? Just because you've been somewhere does not mean you know anything at all about foreign policy.

Clinton's biggest foreign policy decision was a total failure- her Iraq vote. She flunked the Presidential entrance exam big time - please keep her far way from that red phone.

Posted by: Doug M | March 11, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I would help fund the new campaign ad showing the 3 AM phone call.

The receiver rings. A hand reaches out and picks it up.

Cut to Sinbad yelling "Wassssup!"

Then grinning widely.

Posted by: steveboyington | March 11, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Love it! HILARIOUS. Yes, we realize you went there Hill, we got that!

Posted by: Jonathan | March 11, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't Sinbad on "A Different World."? Maybe he could get Obama to start wearing the "Dwayne Wayne" flip-up glasses. Those were soooooo cool.

Too funny.

Hillary can counter with another washed-up comedian to help her. Maybe someone with a less grating voice. Gilbert Gottfried? Bobcat Goldthwait?

Posted by: steveboyington | March 11, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

This:

In her Iowa stump speech, Clinton also said, "We used to say in the White House that if a place is too dangerous, too small or too poor, send the First Lady."

Say what? As Sinbad put it: "What kind of president would say, 'Hey, man, I can't go 'cause I might get shot so I'm going to send my wife...oh, and take a guitar player and a comedian with you.'"

...is perhaps the funniest thing any comedian anywhere has ever said. Every time I read it I laugh, and now colleagues are getting nervous.

Posted by: Majorajam | March 11, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

This is the sort of article that the media needs to publish. And not just because it's funny, but because it actually investigates the claims of campaigns, rather than mindlessly repeating whatever you're told without taking any steps to verify it. Kudos to you, Mary Ann Akers!

Posted by: davestickler | March 11, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Provided "experts" (sic).

Shouldn't that be "excerpts?"

That kind of mistake decreases the credibility of the writer.

Posted by: Dr. Kevorkian | March 11, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Made up heroics are GREAT NEWS FOR HILLARY!!!

Posted by: Scott Templeton | March 11, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Most people don't read the whole article:
He said, "At the time, we didn't realize how crazy it was between the Bosnians and the Serbs. I didn't realize how much hate was going on."

Posted by: Robert | March 11, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Olbermann should be booking him right now.

Posted by: The Zug | March 11, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Say what? As Sinbad put it: "What kind of president would say, 'Hey, man, I can't go 'cause I might get shot so I'm going to send my wife...oh, and take a guitar player and a comedian with you.'"


HAHahahahaHAaha ....

Go Sinbad!

Posted by: jen m | March 11, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Sinbad/Clinton

Ready to eat from day one!!!!

Posted by: TennGurl | March 11, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Majorajam,

I'm with you. I was laughing so hard at that line, I had to go to the rest room so my co-workers wouldn't notice.

Posted by: Gail | March 11, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

There's nothing quite as refreshing as running a 90's-style campaign in 2008. Give it up Hillary - you probably are nice in person as many people say, but your campaign image is that of a shrill, anachronistic throwback to days that are better left behind us. Your repeated attacks against Obama from the right - at a time when this country is absolutely sick of the right - are shameful and play right into the hands of Republicans.

Posted by: Tim B | March 11, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Sinbad's revelations are EXCELLENT NEWS!!! FOR HILLARY!!!

Posted by: danger | March 11, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Love it. Sinbad should start opening for Obama on the campaign trail....

Posted by: Andy | March 11, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

"What kind of president would say, 'Hey, man, I can't go 'cause I might get shot so I'm going to send my wife...oh, and take a guitar player and a comedian with you.'"

....Somehow, I can see Hillary doing something like this with Bill ;)

Posted by: Karen | March 11, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Lord know dreams are hard to follow
But don't anyone....
TEAR THEM AWAY (EEE-AY_YEE_AY_HEE-YAY)
Hold on!
There will be tomorrow
In time
You'll find the way!

Posted by: Roger Clinton | March 11, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I've been to France and Spain. I don't speak a single word of French or Spanish, not even enough to ask where the restroom is. But I've BEEN there. I believe I pass the commander-in-chief standardized test, Mr. Singer.

Posted by: Todd | March 11, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Gee, if only Sinbad had slept with Bill Clinton, then he'd have the same "experience" as Hillary and could be running for president.

Posted by: Joey | March 11, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

wait, it's even better- Bill was also sending his young daughter into war zones as well. it seems she was on that same trip with mom and the comedian... yep, the DANGEROUS missions of Chelsea and Hills-- a new fantasy series starting this spring.

Posted by: JaKi | March 11, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Hillary-

Go home to NY before you make even a bigger fool of your self and your family than Bill did in the 90's. You start to lose respect for someone that sets themselves up to look like an idiot. When is silly season over?

Posted by: Robin Laurain | March 11, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Under a rock -- how dare you. Did you learn to "disrespect" individuals in journalist school. You should spend more time writing about all the things the Bush Administration has done to ruin this country instead of your insult to an individual that went overseas to entertain the troops (how much time did you spend with the troops). No wonder more and more people are getting their news from the internet.

Posted by: Hazel | March 11, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Hey, has Phil Singer ever been to Bosnia? I rest my case. And if it was a dangerous war zone, what kind of President would have dispatched his wife and his only child there? Was Bill Clinton tired of the whole family thing?

I think Sinbad nailed it. When an area is too dangerous for a President to visit, send your wife, your daughter, a comedian and a singer. Is that why Hillary wants to be President, so she can get even by dispatching Bill to dangerous areas?

Posted by: Arthur | March 11, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Okay this is getting silly now. I am really surprised at Hilary. I thought she was a better politician than this. This is the first real campaign that she has run and I am just totally disappointed. I wanted to be for her so bad because it would have been nice to see a female president, just not this one. She is not qualified.

It seems the only way she can get people to vote for her is to be extremely negative and then after that they have buyers remorse. If she is the nominee you will have a lot of that come this November. They were just not prepared. When you go into something thinking that you won before the game begins you don't work as hard as you should then you spend the whole time playing catch-up.

The problem with the kitchen sink theory is once you have thrown all of that at him and you still have several races left there is nothing else to do but examine everything that you said.

Now her so called experience is being exposed.

Posted by: mona1209 | March 11, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama hasn't been to Bosnia, but he's been to Kenya. Which one is in the crisis right now. Which presidential candidate took time out from his campaign to see if there was anything he could help out with during the election crisis there? And now he's finding himself in much the same crisis as Kenya - a party incumbant determined not to lose power to the opposition no matter what it takes. If anything, Obama's foreign policy experience makes him MORE qualified to tackle the issues facing the white house today.

Posted by: Cathy | March 11, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

If this had really been a dangerous trip and there was genuine threat of sniper fire, does anyone really believe that Clinton would have sent his wife AND CHILD into it? No matter what you may think of the ex-president, there's simply no way that he'd have done that.

Hillary = fabulist.

Posted by: Howard B. | March 11, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Hey, where did all the Clintonites go? No response?

Posted by: Steve Charb | March 11, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Provided "experts" (sic).

"Shouldn't that be "excerpts? That kind of mistake decreases the credibility of the writer" - Dr. Kevorkian

Yeah, like you've never made that kind of mistake when you're in a rush. Everyone does it from time to time, including you.

Posted by: Ken | March 11, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

ha ha hah ha ha ha ha oh hillary you really are SHAMELESS

Posted by: FLORIDA FOR OBAMA | March 11, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

"Still, defending Clinton against Sinbad the refuter, Singer said, "The sad reality of what was going on in Bosnia at the time Senator Clinton traveled there as first lady has been well documented. It appears that Sinbad's experience in Bosnia goes back further than Senator Obama's does. In fact, has Senator Obama ever been to Bosnia?"

No, I don't believe Senator Obama has visited Bosnia yet. Perhaps he can get Chris Rock and Lauryn Hill to accompany him. That'll make him fit for C in C!

Posted by: Ayana Flowers | March 11, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Mary Ann Akers should 'resign' too? Nah! I am absolutely certain that your choice of words were not meant to offend; however, a little care might bode well as the new journalistic standard where objective writing is far more important than word acrobatics. Cheers!

Posted by: Athena | March 11, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I see all sorts of possible Obama campaign commercials out of this. Just put snippets of Sinbad and the Irish PM's debunking of Hillary foreign policy claims. Add to it, the girl who was in the 3am commercial used by the Clinton's, who is now grown up and a precinct captain for Obama, and we have the makings of an Ad that will put all sorts of holes in Hillary's supposed Foreign policy expertise

Posted by: Wale | March 11, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

"mona1209: Okay this is getting silly now. I am really surprised at Hilary. I thought she was a better politician than this."

I really think the Hillary Campaign thought they could present such an tremendous facade of inevitability that she'd walk away with the nomination. They stretched the truth a bit to bulk her up as much as possible, but when it didn't work, she's left scrambling.

To their credit, though, the one thing the Clintons mastered was the idea that the electorate has a very short attention span. If it had worked, few people would have looked back to check if what she said a year before the general election was true, especially if she was able to control the debate, which Team Clinton is very adept at....

Posted by: BABucher | March 11, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

The Bosnian War ended in November 1995, so there wasn't much of a "potential combat zone" in May of 1996.

On that note, Obama's take on Kosovo's independence was downright bizarre. He only acknowledged the suffering of the Serbian people over the past few decades, when they were actually the aggressor, and didn't actually welcome the declaration of independence, although Clinton did.

Posted by: Andy | March 11, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Hillary-Sinbad '08!!!!!

Posted by: Mark F | March 11, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Clinton Playbook, Rule No.1: PERCEPTION TRUMPS REALITY. For the uninitiated, this is perhaps the most essential precept to living a double-life. Case in point, one Mr. Eliot Spitzer, governor of the State of New York. By day, Mr. Spitzer rooted out criminal activity and, was paid handsomely for it. By night, Mr. Spitzer himself indulged in those selfsame activities. For which he paid handsomely. It doesn't help that just about every photo of Eliot Spitzer, includes a certain New York Senator. However, I shouldn't be surprised by all the cross-pollination between Hillary Clinton and the Democratic super delegate, governor. Perhaps not surprisingly, Rule No.1. (otherwise known as living a lie) may also be the sole rationalization for Hillary's vast experience. Although one thing's for certain, neither New York politician likes having his or her bubble burst.

If appearing on Saturday Night Live is any indicator of experience, Hillary Clinton is a shoe in, as the Democratic nominee. Still and all, one might think Saturday Night would learn after the ill timed and irresponsible "Branch Dav-idiots" spoof, it made during the Waco standoff. Of course, SNL couldn't foresee the Clintons calling Attorney General Janet Reno to the White House the following day, Sunday. SNL couldn't know that only days later the situation would end badly. Of course SNL knows better in 2008, but few in 1995 knew the thin-skinned, volatile and incendiary nature of either Clinton, or the grasping synergy between them. As for Hillary, "Her experience speaks for itself," says former U.N. ambassador Richard Holbrooke, who is advising her campaign: http://theseedsof9-11.com

Posted by: Peggy McGilligan | March 11, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

hilarious. not only is the article hilarious, so are many of the comments. hope for america. we're still funny.....

Posted by: frieda406 | March 11, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Seriously. Sinbad?

Posted by: Frank | March 11, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Sinbad has the experience to answer the phone at 3 AM. He and Hillary saved Bosnia.

Posted by: Kwaku Azar | March 11, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

This is just too funny. Anyone want to wonder why the first lady papers won't be released? Here's part of the reason, most of what she claims to have done was nothing more than smoke in mirrors b.s.

Posted by: Dreggas | March 11, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

You know, with all of these conflicting stories about Hillary's involvement in the Kosovo conflict and foreign affairs in general, I just don't know who to trust. I wish there was some resource out there like an archives or a library all of the records, travel schedules, and itineraries of the former President and First Lady. That sure would be useful right now.

Posted by: Don in NC | March 11, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

BREAKING NEWS:

Pauly Shore to endorse Clinton. Says Sinbad weaseled the juice and can't be trusted.

Posted by: John | March 11, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Did you know that Hillary Clinton was a tail-gunner during World War II?

I also hear that she tore down the Berlin Wall with her bare hands while being fired on by Soviet tanks.

Clinton '08!

Posted by: Mark Penn | March 11, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

funniest thing i've read in a while. ha ha ha

Posted by: Chris | March 11, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Why would an Illinois Senator need to go to Bosnia? Why would the people of Illinois that he represents benefit from Senator Obama going to Bosnia? Would Senator Clinton have gone if she was not married to Bill? Would she have any notable experiences if she wasn't associating and exaggerating her role in Bill's presidency?

This is just as bad, if not worse, the GWB's statement of his military experience in the Air National Guard.

Hillary your 15 minutes has lasted way too long!

Posted by: Nick | March 11, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I love how Sinbad has become involved in this campaign. Truth is stranger and more hilarious than fiction.

I hope it gives him a boost in ratings, and gets more people to read his book!

"Sinbad's Guide to Life: Because I know everything."

I think Obama should put this guy in an ad immediately.

Posted by: Phil | March 11, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Is this going to put Hillary in the "I invented the Internet" category?

Posted by: Andy | March 11, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

if the measure of whether a person is qualified to be C in C is the number of countries that they have been to then I imagine there are lots of pilots and flight attendants who are more imminently qualified.

It seems to me that just because you have a million frequent flier miles doesn't qualify you to be the pilot!!!

Posted by: CRAZYV | March 11, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

"Gee, if only Sinbad had slept with Bill Clinton, then he'd have the same "experience" as Hillary and could be running for president."

Has Sinbad said he hasn't?

Posted by: CJColucci | March 11, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

"We used to say in the White House that if a place is too dangerous, too small or too poor, send the First Lady."

Yeah, RIGHT. Good job on shoving this back down her throat Sinbad!

Posted by: Anonymous | March 11, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Hillary's got more experience than Forrest Gump!

Posted by: David | March 11, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Hillary worked on key flower arrangements and table settings at the white house that paved the way for peace
in north ireland and kosovo. She took that tough 3am call. but it wasn't from a head of state it was from the manager of the florist on pennsylvania ave.

Posted by: fj | March 11, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

"We used to say in the White House that if a place is too dangerous, too small or too poor, send the First Lady."

If this is true then why wasn't Hillary sent to Cuba. With her successes in Northern Ireland...Cuba should be no sweat.

Posted by: B | March 11, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is very amateurish. Who in the world counts a photo-op trip with comedians and musicians as foreign policy experience?
Does she think she's running for high school president?

Posted by: JustinA | March 11, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I still insist that Monica Lewinski has more Oval Office experience than Hillary.

Posted by: Tre' | March 11, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Sinbad isn't supporting Clinton for president, what a surprise.
He's an Obama guy, let's not kis ourselves, we all know why.
But that's all beside the point, the real point is who is Sinbad. I can't remember the last time I saw him but I'll bet it was on a late night show or in one of those money looser movies.
Can we keep this race to the Whitehouse at a Prime Time Level.

Posted by: dras | March 11, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

By Hillary's definition of 'qualified', there was nobody better than Bob Hope to answer the 3:00 am call given the number of USO shows he had under his belt.

Posted by: Big Daddy | March 11, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Anyone see any resemblance to Hillary's advisor's and those of Britney Spears?

Hillary just release your tax returns, release your white house papers and let America evaluate your ability to be President based on facts not color, black, white, red, blue, gender, age...just facts. Until you do, a vote for you is a vote based on "speeches and words"

Posted by: CC | March 11, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this hilarious? A trip to Bosnia qualifies her to be Commander-in-Chief. How wrong she was with Iraq and Iran. The Centcom General who resigned today just show how good Senator Clinton's judgement on both Iraq and Iran were. I cannot trust her with anything let alone be Commander-in-Chief.

Posted by: Matt | March 11, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Why would someone bring their daughter on a "harrowing" trip? And why would the president ALLOW his daughter to go???

The trip was obviously a PR trip. Not one U.S. soldier was killed there - and as dangerous as the situation was - they were not in any real danger at all.

Posted by: Ginger M. | March 11, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

"If this is true then why wasn't Hillary sent to Cuba. With her successes in Northern Ireland...Cuba should be no sweat".

Michael Moore's been to Cuba and he has a better health care plan than Hillary's!

Moore/Sinbad 2008!!!
Secretary of State: Sheryl Crow!

Posted by: Henry | March 11, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Hillary cannot be trusted with this country and why does she need Obama as her VP Bill Clinton will do that job just fine, you remember two for one.

Posted by: Bill Clinton | March 11, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

This needs to go to FOX NEWS, MSMBC and CNN. TODAY. He can tell his jokes on National television. The girl in the 3:00 video was not happy about how she was used and no one told her that she was making a commercial for Hillary. So she came out and said that was me but I support OBAMA! I said what elese could happen to make Hillary look like she crazy.

Need I say more SINBAD LMAO!

Posted by: msrita | March 11, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Incredible! I started off this primary season with a high regard for Hillary and Bill Clinton but now ...... I'm thoroughly disgusted by the mention of their names.

Steward of the economy? She had to lend $5 million dollars to her own campaign.

Leader? Sen. Obama has run a campaign that puts the Clinton political machine to shame.

Commander in Chief? What? By osmosis?

Experience? Sen. Obama has more legislative experience than Sen. Clinton.

Judgment? She and every other presidential candidate agreed to the DNC rules prior to the primaries but now that those rules don't suit her objective she wants to ignore that agreement and seat MI and FL. And, since that is obviously not going to happen she is a champion of voters' rights and supports a re-do?? Did she not consider these issues prior to signing the initial agreement? Wouldn't someone with good judgment have thought about disenfranchising millions in MI and FL before agreeing to do it and not after?

Accountability? Sen. Clinton is stalling on releasing her tax returns, her White House documents and hides the fact that she too is linked to Rezko....and what about Paul v. Clinton?

The Clintons are bad news.

OBAMA '08
Yes We Can!!

Posted by: Just Capri | March 11, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Governor Ed Rendell a Hillary supporter and superdelegate got money from the mob.

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/penn-officials-won-t-part-tainted-cash

Posted by: Anonymous | March 11, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Hey Hillaryous(pun),you dont look too good exposed.Let me throw you a wet blanket.wha ha ha ha ha(gasp gasp).What??? you can walk on water too?.Thats amazing.Well I already know you can f.lie. Keep it coming,we need the laughter.

Posted by: marlon | March 11, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse


Frankly I find most of the comments offensive deriding Senator Clinton's (and Sinbad's) visit to
Kosovo. Given people were being burned alive - babies being gutted in front of their mother's;
babies being picked up by the feet and having their heads smashed against the walls - in front of
their mothers, followed by the mothers being gang raped directly thereafter...whole villages and towns
young men being gutted and more atrocities than can ever be listed.. Sinbad, trivializing that visit as a literal walk in the park.... is as about as offensive as it gets!

The writer of this article is either too young and certainly not one who does his/her research... to remember,
or your paper is beyond belief.
I wrote an article at that time - that told one woman's story. She lost 21 members of her family in that
horror of a war. She to this day does not know what happened to her parents!

I also remember, that the ONLY world leader who stepped in to stop this ethnic cleansing nightmare was Bill Clinton.
And once he did.it was over in a week!

Shame on you all for trivializing the horrific deaths of so many in your zeal to have Obama elected.

Didi Miesen

Posted by: Didi47 | March 11, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

What do the three have in common Governor Jon S. Corzine (D), Governor Ed Rendell (D), Governor Eliot Spitzer (D). They are all superdelegates supporting Hillary Clinton and all of them had extramarital affairs and all are aduterers. I wonder why women voted for Hillary? Is it because of sympathy. It seems that Hillary's Cabinet will consist of adulterers and feminists.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 11, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is a legend in her own (and apparently MSNBC's) mind.

Anyone notice that these delusions of grandeur manifested themselves AFTER she wrote her book in which she sings a whole different tune?

For example, her experience with the Irish Peace Talks as described in her book focuses on a teapot that she discussed with the ladies.

Seems to me the pressure is getting to her, as her grasp on reality is slipping away.

What else will she imagine as real?

Not exactly someone anyone should want answering that phone at 3:00 AM, 3:00 PM or any other time for that matter.

Posted by: Lorraine | March 11, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

It would figure you Obamanites would listen to someone of the political backround and well respected as SINBAD. Keep drinking the sand people, ridiculous.

Posted by: Amazed | March 11, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Did, nobody's trivializing the conflict. It was a really awful time for people living in the Balkans. But what we're laughing about is the idea that Hillary's experience singing for the troops somehow qualifies her to be leader of the free world.

Posted by: davestickler | March 11, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Bringing up Sinbad, who's not even on the D-List in Hollywood as an Obama supporter or Clinton critic is just a joke. Is this still the Washington Post we're reading?

Posted by: BattleStates.com | March 11, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

This is Sinbad we're talking about. SINBAD!. Not Denzel or Morgan Freeman, please let's not take this so seriously.

Posted by: rigo | March 11, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

No Shame on you for defending a woman who claims to have done so much for the people of this "ethnic cleansing nightmare" like you so put it. I was there in the Army, were you? Dont talk about what you dont know. Stories from a third party are all nice and great, but if its not first person then shut up!!!!!

Posted by: tony | March 11, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

"What do the three have in common Governor Jon S. Corzine (D), Governor Ed Rendell (D), Governor Eliot Spitzer (D). They are all superdelegates supporting Hillary Clinton and all of them had extramarital affairs and all are aduterers. I wonder why women voted for Hillary? Is it because of sympathy. It seems that Hillary's Cabinet will consist of adulterers and feminists".

How about that biggest superdelegate of them all - Bill Clinton - and his adulterous tendencies? Imagine what he will be doing with all his 'free' time at the White House? .. And what happened to Vince Foster? Anyone wonder why?

Posted by: Seeker | March 11, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

---writing this from Sarajevo.

The memories here (people living in Sarajevo in 1996) seem closer to Sinbad's recollection.

Posted by: Ann | March 11, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Florida Re-Do?? Bring it on.
"Elian Gonzalez - Reunited with Father in Cuba" - I do know how many remember this sad story. A poor little Cuban boy swam the ocean to freedom with his mother who unfortunately died in the escape to the US was returned back to Cuba by Bill Clinton. Smart old Bill thought it was politically correct to haunt a young boy. In order to appease Fidel Castro, Bill Clinton ordered the FBI to use force to drag a poor Cuban boy for the hands of his relatives at gun point in the wee hours of the morning. Poor little boy Elian Gonzalez who hid in the closet in fear was dragged out without pity, thrown inside an FBI waiting van, put on a plane and deported to Cuba. Clinton did this to appease and pacify an angry old Fidel Castro. This ugly incident reminds us of the extent the Clintons will go and do to please the Communist Regime in Cuba. This pathetic incident also reminds the Cuban Americans in Florida what Janet Reno did to them on April 22, 2000. For those who are not aware, Janet Reno was hand picked by Hillary Clinton as Attorney General for Bill Clinton. The Cuban Americans in Florida have not forgotten the wounds inflicted by the Clintons. We need a re-do primary in Florida and we will remind the Clintons and Cuban Americans what happened in 2000. We will remind what Clinton stands for to the Cuban American community. To the Cuban Americans the Clintons stand for oppression and injustice.

Posted by: sbgamatt | March 11, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

This is a fantastic piece!
If you want to see more on Hillary Clinton's "EXPERIENCE", the below copied link will take you to the most damning thing I have yet seen. It's chilling. Just proof that experience means nothing if one has unrestrained ambition and no judgement.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwLaCb07lAs

Posted by: JakeLA | March 11, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

What Bill Clinton did in Sarajevo was too little too late. Clinton's assertion about for her foreign ploicy experience in Sarajevo is demeaning, insulting and a travesty. She should be ashamed of herself given the destruction of lives in the Balkans. It was too little too late.

Posted by: sbgamatt | March 11, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Has Obama ever been to Bosnia? No. But then again, he's never been first lady, either.

Posted by: Riva | March 11, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Meurs | March 11, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Something strange is happening. Obama has increased his superdelegate count by 2 a day. Are CNN, Reuters and the Assocaiated Press manufacturing these increases. We need to investigate. Something is really strange when Hillary's number are decreasing by one a day. Is this media bias or reality?

Posted by: sbgamatt | March 11, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't Sinbad understand how SNL works? They have a CREW each season and THEY perform the skits along with the guest host. They do not hire "temps". Especially not ones to satisfy a politically correct race baiter's demands.

Last time I checked Obama's mother was white, by the way. I guess we need to adopt apartheid rules of race to make sense of things huh?

The sad fact is neither Democratic candidate has foreign policy experience but if I had to choose the least worst between them it would be Hillary who has occasionally said responsible things (though usually reversed herself later depending on polls).

McCain is the only responsible alternative as bad as he is. Sad situation America finds itself in.

Posted by: Sam | March 11, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Hillary was on the front lines in Bosnia, and also brokered the peace in Ireland. Gimme a break!

Posted by: Anonymous | March 11, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

She's a legend in her own mind.

Posted by: Derek | March 11, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

It is 3 am.

There is a phone ringing in the White House.

Something has gone wrong somewhere and important decisions need to be made.


I want Sinbad to answer that phone!

Posted by: Room 12 | March 11, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Well, you did hear the rumor about the 50 super delagates that supposedly have swung to Obama. Maybe this is what you are seeing?

Posted by: Jason | March 11, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

To: Interested Parties

From: Greg Craig, former director, Policy Planning Office, U.S. State Department

RE: Senator Clinton's claim to be experienced in foreign policy: Just words?

DA: March 11, 2008

When your entire campaign is based upon a claim of experience, it is important that you have evidence to support that claim. Hillary Clinton's argument that she has passed "the Commander- in-Chief test" is simply not supported by her record.

There is no doubt that Hillary Clinton played an important domestic policy role when she was First Lady. It is well known, for example, that she led the failed effort to pass universal health insurance. There is no reason to believe, however, that she was a key player in foreign policy at any time during the Clinton Administration. She did not sit in on National Security Council meetings. She did not have a security clearance. She did not attend meetings in the Situation Room. She did not manage any part of the national security bureaucracy, nor did she have her own national security staff. She did not do any heavy-lifting with foreign governments, whether they were friendly or not. She never managed a foreign policy crisis, and there is no evidence to suggest that she participated in the decision-making that occurred in connection with any such crisis. As far as the record shows, Senator Clinton never answered the phone either to make a decision on any pressing national security issue - not at 3 AM or at any other time of day.

When asked to describe her experience, Senator Clinton has cited a handful of international incidents where she says she played a central role. But any fair-minded and objective judge of these claims - i.e., by someone not affiliated with the Clinton campaign - would conclude that Senator Clinton's claims of foreign policy experience are exaggerated.

Northern Ireland:

Senator Clinton has said, "I helped to bring peace to Northern Ireland." It is a gross overstatement of the facts for her to claim even partial credit for bringing peace to Northern Ireland. She did travel to Northern Ireland, it is true. First Ladies often travel to places that are a focus of U.S. foreign policy. But at no time did she play any role in the critical negotiations that ultimately produced the peace. As the Associated Press recently reported, "[S]he was not directly involved in negotiating the Good Friday peace accord." With regard to her main claim that she helped bring women together, she did participate in a meeting with women, but, according to those who know best, she did not play a pivotal role. The person in charge of the negotiations, former Senator George Mitchell, said that "[The First Lady] was one of many people who participated in encouraging women to get involved, not the only one."

News of Senator Clinton's claims has raised eyebrows across the ocean. Her reference to an important meeting at the Belfast town hall was debunked. Her only appearance at the Belfast City Hall was to see Christmas lights turned on. She also attended a 50-minute meeting which, according to the Belfast Daily Telegraph's report at the time, "[was] a little bit stilted, a little prepared at times." Brian Feeney, an Irish author and former politician, sums it up: "The road to peace was carefully documented, and she wasn’t on it."

Bosnia:

Senator Clinton has pointed to a March 1996 trip to Bosnia as proof that her foreign travel involved a life-risking mission into a war zone. She has described dodging sniper fire. While she did travel to Bosnia in March 1996, the visit was not a high-stakes mission to a war zone. On March 26, 1996, the New York Times reported that "Hillary Rodham Clinton charmed American troops at a U.S.O. show here, but it didn't hurt that the singer Sheryl Crow and the comedian Sinbad were also on the stage."

Kosovo:

Senator Clinton has said, "I negotiated open borders to let fleeing refugees into safety from Kosovo." It is true that, as First Lady, she traveled to Macedonia and visited a Kosovar refugee camp. It is also true that she met with government officials while she was there. First Ladies frequently meet with government officials. Her claim to have "negotiated open borders to let fleeing refugees into safety from Kosovo," however, is not true. Her trip to Macedonia took place on May 14, 1999. The borders were opened the day before, on May 13, 1999.

The negotiations that led to the opening of the borders were accomplished by the people who ordinarily conduct negotiations with foreign governments - U.S. diplomats. President Clinton's top envoy to the Balkans, former Ambassador Robert Gelbard, said, "I cannot recall any involvement by Senator Clinton in this issue." Ivo Daalder worked on the Clinton Administration's National Security Council and wrote a definitive history of the Kosovo conflict. He recalls that "she had absolutely no role in the dirty work of negotiations."

Rwanda:

Last year, former President Clinton asserted that his wife pressed him to intervene with U.S. troops to stop the Rwandan genocide. When asked about this assertion, Hillary Clinton said it was true. There is no evidence, however, to suggest that this ever happened. Even those individuals who were advocating a much more robust U.S. effort to stop the genocide did not argue for the use of U.S. troops. No one recalls hearing that Hillary Clinton had any interest in this course of action. Based on a fair and thorough review of National Security Council deliberations during those tragic months, there is no evidence to suggest that U.S. military intervention was ever discussed. Prudence Bushnell, the Assistant Secretary of State with responsibility for Africa, has recalled that there was no consideration of U.S. military intervention.

At no time prior to her campaign for the presidency did Senator Clinton ever make the claim that she supported intervening militarily to stop the Rwandan genocide. It is noteworthy that she failed to mention this anecdote - urging President Clinton to intervene militarily in Rwanda - in her memoirs. President Clinton makes no mention of such a conversation with his wife in his memoirs. And Madeline Albright, who was Ambassador to the United Nations at the time, makes no mention of any such event in her memoirs.

Hillary Clinton did visit Rwanda in March 1998 and, during that visit, her husband apologized for America's failure to do more to prevent the genocide.

China:

Senator Clinton also points to a speech that she delivered in Beijing in 1995 as proof of her ability to answer a 3 AM crisis phone call. It is strange that Senator Clinton would base her own foreign policy experience on a speech that she gave over a decade ago, since she so frequently belittles Barack Obama’s speeches opposing the Iraq War six years ago. Let there be no doubt: she gave a good speech in Beijing, and she stood up for women's rights. But Senator Obama's opposition to the War in Iraq in 2002 is relevant to the question of whether he, as Commander-in-Chief, will make wise judgments about the use of military force. Senator Clinton's speech in Beijing is not.

Senator Obama's speech opposing the war in Iraq shows independence and courage as well as good judgment. In the speech that Senator Clinton says does not qualify him to be Commander in Chief, Obama criticized what he called "a rash war . . . a war based not on reason, but on passion, not on principle, but on politics." In that speech, he said prophetically: "[E]ven a successful war against Iraq will require a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences." He predicted that a U.S. invasion of Iraq would "fan the flames of the Middle East," and "strengthen the recruitment arm of al Qaeda." He urged the United States first to "finish the fight with Bin Laden and al Qaeda."

If the U.S. government had followed Barack Obama's advice in 2002, we would have avoided one of the greatest foreign policy catastrophes in our nation's history. Some of the most "experienced" men in national security affairs - Vice President Cheney and Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and others - led this nation into that catastrophe. That lesson should teach us something about the value of judgment over experience. Longevity in Washington, D.C. does not guarantee either wisdom of judgment.

Conclusion:

The Clinton campaign's argument is nothing more than mere assertion, dramatized in a scary television commercial with a telephone ringing in the middle of the night. There is no support for or substance in the claim that Senator Clinton has passed "the Commander-in-Chief test." That claim - as the TV ad - consists of nothing more than making the assertion, repeating it frequently to the voters and hoping that they will believe it.

On the most critical foreign policy judgment of our generation - the War in Iraq - Senator Clinton voted in support of a resolution entitled "The Joint Resolution to Authorize the Use of U.S. Military Force Against Iraq." As she cast that vote, she said: "This is probably the hardest decision I have ever had to make - any vote that may lead to war should be hard - but I cast it with conviction." In this campaign, Senator Clinton has argued - remarkably - that she wasn't actually voting for war, she was voting for diplomacy. That claim is no more credible than her other claims of foreign policy experience. The real tragedy is that we are still living with the terrible consequences of her misjudgment. The Bush Administration continues to cite that resolution as its authorization - like a blank check - to fight on with no end in sight.

Barack Obama has a very simple case. On the most important commander in chief test of our generation, he got it right, and Senator Clinton got it wrong. In truth, Senator Obama has much more foreign policy experience than either Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan had when they were elected. Senator Obama has worked to confront 21st century challenges like proliferation and genocide on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He possesses the personal attributes of a great leader - an even temperament, an open-minded approach to even the most challenging problems, a willingness to listen to all views, clarity of vision, the ability to inspire, conviction and courage.

And Barack Obama does not use false charges and exaggerated claims to play politics with national security.

Posted by: KAM3 | March 11, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

From another post on WaPo. A devastating indictment of Hillary's fabricated claims.

Posted by: KAM3 | March 11, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Sinbad's comments on the trip are not less valuable because he is a C-list celebrity these days. They are valuable because he was a FIRST-HAND WITNESS! I don't care whether it was Sinbad, Don Johnson, or Gary Coleman. If he was *there*, what he has to say about it is important.

Posted by: Aaron | March 11, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Was this the same Bosnia where Muslims were getting sniped and mortored by the Serbs for well over a year before Clinton (Bill)seemed to take notice. His big thing at the time was smoking...reducing smoking in the US.

Yeah, if the phone rings at 3AM in the White House with HRC as president, they will probably transfer the call to Bill's bedroom..."Excuse me sir, it's Monica."

Posted by: Mark | March 11, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Didi47 | March 11, 2008 04:49 PM
Wrote:
Frankly I find most of the comments offensive deriding Senator Clinton's (and Sinbad's) visit to
Kosovo. Given people were being burned alive - babies being gutted in front of their mother's;
babies being picked up by the feet and having their heads smashed against the walls - in front of
their mothers, followed by the mothers being gang raped directly thereafter...whole villages and towns
young men being gutted and more atrocities than can ever be listed.. Sinbad, trivializing that visit as a literal walk in the park.... is as about as offensive as it gets!

didi I love Hillary but you seem to be mixing apples with oranges. There is no effort to minimize the horror of that Bosnian conflict. We dont even need to dbate that. We ALL know it was an atrocity. The crux of this article is the calim that Hillary makes that she was instrumental in the peace effort there. The only thing that seemed to be instrumntal was the music on the stage in her USO efforts. Just because the conflict was real didnt mean Hillary came within a miles distance from the conflict nor does it mean she did anything to alleviate the situation diplomatically. The argment that the conflict was real is as strange as McCain going to Iraq guarded hy attack Helicopters and a large contingancy of soldiers gaurding him, then proclaing Iraq as "safe to walk the streets" is the same as thinking Hillary would be put in harms way AT ALL as first lady. I love Hillary but on this point she got bit in the rear. As for some other poster dengrating Sinbad, go ahead. His comedy sucks. But as far as i can tell his eyesight is excellent.

Posted by: feastorafamine | March 11, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

For every story I hear about either candidate there is another story to contradict it. If Sinbad were backing Hillary Clinton the same people on this post who are praising him would be saying his opinion was flawed, or attacking him with insults.
I have never seen a group of people who supported a candidate so angry and meanspirited. Most of his supporters say Hillary Clinton has done nothing of any worth, and Obama is perfect. They are both just people. How can people who support someone who says he is a uniter be so divisive.

To dismiss Hillary Clinton's experience with foriegn governments is the height of ignorance. This woman has worked for the rights of people her whole life.

I bet there is not one person on this post who can claim to have accomplished 1/10 of what either of these people have.

If you have information to share you should post it with a link to the source, a reliable source. Not the opinion of a supporter of the candidate.

I would not vote for Barrack especially when I consider they type of following he seems to inspire.

Posted by: cheryl | March 11, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Joey, if Sinbad had been sleeping with Bill Clinton, there would have been no bimbo eruptions.

Posted by: huma | March 11, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Blatantly caught in another deception from a long string of so many deceptions over the years. What I can't figure out is how she remains a serious candidate for President of the United States. It baffles me.

I honestly think an impeached and shamed Tricky Dick had more integrity, substance and intelligence ... and I couldn't stand the man.

Posted by: N Jams | March 11, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

What a yuk. Clinton sent his wife to a combat zone? I'd believe he is cowardly enough to do it, but I don't believe she was in danger. Apparently the other comedian on the trip thought so too.
More Clinton lies. If her lips move, she's either cursing or lying.

Posted by: LarryG62 | March 11, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

experts? ...campaign spokesman Phil Singer kindly provided experts from news stories...

You mean excerpts right?

Posted by: Dilbert | March 11, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

KAM3

CAN YOU PROVIDE THE LINK TO THE INFORMATION YOU PROVIDED?

Posted by: cheryl | March 11, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Seems like every attempt to corroborate a Clinton claim to "experience" ends in embarassment for her. Liar liar pants on fire! Send this hack back to NY!

Posted by: Dahveed | March 11, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: cheryl | March 11, 2008 06:24 PM
Wrote:
I have never seen a group of people who supported a candidate so angry and meanspirited. Most of his supporters say Hillary Clinton has done nothing of any worth, and Obama is perfect. They are both just people. How can people who support someone who says he is a uniter be so divisive.
And....
I would not vote for Barrack especially when I consider they type of following he seems to inspire.
----------------------------------------
Cheryl...I love Hillary as well but really. Do you think her supporters havent been equally as devisive? We are talking about BLOG supporters here NOT the actual candidates. Yes you are right they ARE people, that being said know that PEOPLE will say the most vile mean spirited things about Hillary OR Obama. You act as if Obama supporters have a monopoly in the realm of negative politics. I think that is far from the truth. Each candidate has a healthy portion of supporters tearing the opposition apart. (sad)
Onto a way more important note..You state
"I would not vote for Barrack especially when I consider they type of following he seems to inspire." That being said who would you vote for IF Hillary didnt get the Nomination? McCain? Nobody? How about realizing that Hillary's and Obama's policies are virtually identical. 99% of all this Hate is generated by the Media and bloggers. If you would support McCain How do you feel about the appointment of conservative judges to the bench to overturn Roe V Wade? How do you feel about the Privatization of Social Security? How do you feel about the prospect of a war with Iran? How do you feel about stringing the Iraq war out for years and years on end? How do you feel about even greater corporate and special interest control of our democracy? I could go ON and On with this list. POLICIES people. Stop the Hating and start finding some UNITY

Posted by: feastorafamine | March 11, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

So now Barrack Obama is employing fear tactics in trying to get the vote of the hispanic voters.
Saying people are going to round them up and ship them out. He outright Lied In His Speeches in Mississippi. He said that people said things they didn't and tonight Lou Dobbs called on him to offer an apology for lying about statements he said Lou Dobbs made. I can't wait to hear how Obama supporters twist this to make it into, Barrack didn't lie and he is being unfairly attacked.

Posted by: cheryl | March 11, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

f|_|ck Clinton and f|_|ck Obama and f|_|ck the Democratic party.

Posted by: Just say No | March 11, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

You go, Sinbad. Only, don't be upset by the SNL skit. How could anyone miss the whole tongue-and-cheek aspect?! They were poking fun at Hillary's claims of how Obama is supposedly not ready. Does nobody appreciate irony anymore?

This is almost as bad as people thinking that the hilarious second No You Can't YouTube spoof was mocking the Yes We Can video. Sigh.

Posted by: atwl | March 11, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Senator Clinton has pointed to a March 1996 trip to Bosnia as proof that her foreign travel involved a life-risking mission into a war zone. She has described dodging sniper fire. While she did travel to Bosnia in March 1996, the visit was not a high-stakes mission to a war zone. On March 26, 1996, the New York Times reported that "Hillary Rodham Clinton charmed American troops at a U.S.O. show here, but it didn't hurt that the singer Sheryl Crow and the comedian Sinbad were also on the stage."

Posted by: Judy | March 11, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Sinbad owes over 2 million in taxes. What a great American.
http://www.ftb.ca.gov/individuals/txdlnqnt.shtml

Posted by: thetoaster | March 11, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

I never, ever comment on these things, but I just had to say that the comment copied below was freaking HILARIOUS! Genius!

"I would help fund the new campaign ad showing the 3 AM phone call.

The receiver rings. A hand reaches out and picks it up.

Cut to Sinbad yelling "Wassssup!"

Then grinning widely.

Posted by: steveboyington | March 11, 2008 02:13 PM "

Posted by: Anonymous | March 11, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

feastorfamine

I do realize that there are insults on both sides but it has been my experience that Obama supporters are the majority in this area.

As for your questions about if Hillary doesn't win the nominatiion, who will I vote for. I really don't know. I know that the positions are supposed to be very similar but I really don't think Barrack Obama is being honest about his positions.

I have read his book and read whatever I could find about the man and I really find myself unable to take him seriously, I just think he is too much like a minister, and I do not think he is honest. I mean I really think he is dishonest beyond most politicians. I think he is very smart and very calculating. He plays people against themselves and each other.

I don't like McCain or any of his positions but I believe he is honest about what he believes. I just don't know what Obama is really about. Anyone who holds themselves out as so far above everyone else makes me uncomfortable. I really don't know what I will do but I don't think I could in bring myself to cast a vote for Obama. I may for the first time in my life, just not vote.

Posted by: cheryl | March 11, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

"It appears that Sinbad's experience in Bosnia goes back further than Senator Obama's does. In fact, has Senator Obama ever been to Bosnia?"

Does the Clinton campaign really want to have a debate with Obama on foreign/multi-cultural experience?

He has more multicultural experience coursing through his veins than Hillary has from being parachuted into all of the foreign countries she's visited for a few days at a time. Just release the White House records and put it to rest already. You started this debate, Hillary, just show us your hand so your proselyte bloggers can shut the rest of us discriminating voters up!

Don't hold your breath....

Posted by: Dee | March 11, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Cheryl-
Thanks for your candor. i respect your position although i do disagree about Obama. It sounds as if you "suspect" him of being something else. (Which is fear based)I woukld also respectfully diagree about the negativity war. Most pundets beleive that Hillarys campaign has been more negative, in fact many point to wins recently as a result of that negativity. I dont know where people get this notion that Obama thinks he is above people. I dont get it. Is it because he gives sweeping speeches that make people think he is a preacher? His style is reminiscent of the blustering speakers of the civil rights movement but he is no preacher. I think its the combonation of a meassage of hope, in tandem with his oration style that makes some folks think he is somehow "preaching" or thinks he is above them. I dont find that to be accurate. Ask yourself this...isnt the slam on Obama that he is a "risk?" Well i would rather risk a man with the right policies and sound judgement than a guy who supports nothing in common with me, that being McCain. I urge you and all proggresives to find some unity and vote for policies. I understand these primaries are heated, they have energized the electorate, and because of this voter turnout is 2 to 1 in favor of the Dems through the entire election cycle. However the ONLY way the Dems could lose the general election is if people get turned off simply because their candidate didnt get the nomination. thats why i continue to stress voting for policies. I would gladly vote for either Hillary OR Obama for this reason.

Posted by: Penny k | March 11, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

has anyone else ever had their post disappear. I spent quite a while typing a reply to someone and when I hit post, it disappeared, this is the second time this has happened

Posted by: cheryl | March 11, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Hillary:
He dropped a Bomb on you!

Posted by: tanaS | March 11, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Copy and paste Cheryl..copy and paste. Bummer. I know how ya feel.

Posted by: feastorafamine | March 11, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

If it was so bad why would Hillary take Chelsea? I personally believe Sinbads account.Hillary needs to back out now.She cannot win in any way that wont destroy her party and guarantee a victory for McCain.If she wasn't Bill Clintons wife she wouldn't be here.

Posted by: Joeysdadjoe | March 11, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Unless Clinton and Obama declare and implement a cease-fire between their respective camps, they will be handing Senator McCain the victory in November. Both candidates and both their campaign officials must rein in themselves and their reporters.
For more, read:
http://www.reflectivepundit.com/reflectivepundit/2008/03/clinton-obama-c.html

Posted by: bn1123 | March 11, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

swzr
He didn't donate the half of his property that Rezko bought for him to charity

Posted by: cheryl | March 11, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Nobody made a fuss when Darryll Hammond plays/ed Jesse Jackson, so why the big deal over Armisen playing Obama?

Posted by: Ben S. | March 11, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama should from now on totally compare Hillary's foreign policy experience to that of Sinbad. A simple slogan like that sticks, is funny and gives Hillary a taste of her own medicine (and the positive non mudlinging Barrack could pull it off if he does it funny enough).

Posted by: MCG | March 11, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Sinbad is funny. He also speaks truth. Check out his series of posts on TPM.

Posted by: 2d3sky | March 11, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

SWZR

He did not donate the property Rezko bought for his use to charity.

Posted by: cheryl | March 11, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

I just skimmed the article, and what irks me the most is not the Obama/Clinton silliness, but that Sinbad, and a lot of other blacks, think Saturday Night Live has to go out and hire someone else to play Obama.

No one complains when Rachel Dratch played Harry Potter. Did they have to hire a kid and a boy for that. When Will Ferrel played Janet Reno, which is actually much more insulting considering that she is a woman and he is not, no one got upset. Hell, Reno herself had a sense of humor about it. But, having a white guy play a black guy (who is really half black/half white) is forbidden?

And as for "blackface," it's not like Obama is Samuel L. Jackson, having just returned from a month in Mexico.

The whole SNL is racially insensitive or downright racist is just stupid.

Posted by: dma10014 | March 11, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

As an experienced politician and parent, why take your daughter into a war zone, then attempt to reap benefits from it a decade later.

Score one for Obama; ironic given he didn't initiate this salvo.

Posted by: Marc Feldstein | March 11, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I think its bizarre to say "if its too dangerous, poor, etc....send the first lady." Were they trying to get rid of her? What kind of philosophy is that?!

As for Hillary, I really think her hypocrisy is LEGEND.

She criticizes Obama and summarizes his experience as one 2002 speech on the Iraq war. Then she says this (from Wash Post site (AP):

"Asked what foreign policy crisis had tested her and showed she possesses the skills to be commander in chief, she cited her advocacy for the peace process in Northern Ireland and her speech at the 1995 U.S. Conference on Women in Beijing defending human rights.

"To this day, I will have people stop me or come to see me who talk about that speech and what it meant to them and how it set sort of a framework for American foreign policy," she said.

Former officials in her husband's administration who were active in foreign policy have said Clinton is taking credit for accomplishing more than some recall during those years."

Just dwell on that for a while.

So, advocating for peace in Ireland and a 1995 SPEECH account for her red-phone training and all her so-called experience?!

ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME?!

How is Obama NOT going to chew her up over this and spit her out? She gave him a gift. If she ever, God forbid, did get to the general election, McCain would tear her to shreds.

I can't believe she cited a SPEECH as experience, given all her railing against Obama for his 2002 speech. At least his was more recent and actually on Iraq!

Sorry so livid, don't want to be one of THOSE posters....its just this recent turn of events has incensed me.

I can't believe this is all her campaign could come up with. So SAD.

Posted by: Hillmannic | March 11, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

My take is that Hillary is just really good at shooting herself in the foot, she is a terrible lier. To say "We used to say in the White House that if a place is too dangerous, too small or too poor, send the First Lady."

Really Hillary? That sounds absolutely preposterous! Who could possibly believe something like that? It's just stupid... Maybe someone joked about that, but it could in no way be taken as a serious statement. You would have to suspend all senses of logic and reasoning to believe that any White House Officials would send Hillary and a young teenage Chelsea into a life threatening environment that was too dangerous for the President.

The real problem this country faces is the matter of people believing the BS that Hillary is throwing out there. There are people who will believe just about everything she says, even though she has lied under oath during some of the investigations into her criminal acts. Folks, they really did find fingerprints on papers she said she had never seen before and did not know their whereabouts... that is in itself a criminal offense. HRC is a criminal, but she has Bill and political clout to keep her head above the law. That is part of the reason she is fighting so hard to stay relevant these days.

The politics of fear have put our country in this dire situation where we need to educate our fellow Americans and to be understanding of the fact that they have been mislead terribly.

Sinbad is not the best example of why HRC is such a symbol of hypocrisy, but her voting record as the NY senator sure is...Look it up and check out all that fluffy legislation...

-Healthy food week at public schools.

-Recommendations instead of laws.

-A Woodstock museum that cost New Yorkers a few million of their tax dollars...

-More attempts at recognizing new holidays, still with no cosponsors... sad really.

And all people have on Obama is that he tried to buy a home for his family. Realistically a bad move only at face value for political reasons, but consider the FACT that he did nothing criminal, and what have you left yourself with for a talking point here? He donated any Rezko contributions to charities... and by the way, the cosigner on his land purchase was Rezko's wife, not Mr. Rezko.

Facts are what's truly hurting Hillary, nothing more.

Posted by: SWZR | March 11, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Please, really, aren't you suppose to be an objective reporter? Seriously, "come out from under a rock"? That is WAY beyond the pale for a "serious" reporter. Perhaps, I am mistaken you for a paritan political hack If so, Well Done!

Posted by: Michael Johnson | March 11, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Since when is Fred Armison white?

Posted by: ese | March 11, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the best choice for US President.

Coincidentally; Clinton is the worst!

Posted by: Scott | March 11, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Obama said at the start of his campaign "My greatest foreign policy experience is the fact that I lived overseas", he did from age 6 to 10. Obama lacks the experience that Hillary gained being in the White House inner circle for 8 years, not to mention her years on the Armed Services Committee. He has no record in life to point to, but he loves to tell us all about that Speech he gave in 2002.

Posted by: Jim Aaron | March 12, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

I'm so sick and tired of all these famous black celebrities and their loving of Obama. These are people that when the deal drops on the economy they won't be the first hit. I never realized just how low the self-esteem is among black Americans. And I'm an AA... so don't even start. It's pathetic. Obama is not qualified. Period!!!!

And for Sinbad to carry on about SNL not hiring a black actor. He knows better than that. SNL works with their repertoire of actors. It's all about unions and budget, he knows this. (Is Obama against unions, now?) And this is not a precedent. Where was the outrage when Billy Crystal imitated Sammy Davis for years? Oh... and I guess Eddie Murphy needs to stop his dual roles in movies and his Jewish sthtick?

But the real deal: OBAMA IS HALF-WHITE!!! So it certainly isn't beyond the pale (no pun intended) for a white or black actor to be able to play him.

Oh Sinbad... you're such a disappointment. Even if your recollection of the trip is accurate, Hillary is still way ahead of the trips that Obama has taken abroad. Ah now let's see.... he's been to Europe how many times as a senator?.... NONE.... And how many times before that?....NONE!!!

Actually, Sinbad is a more travelled than Obama. Maybe he should be running for president. I'd certainly vote for him before I'd vote for the senator from Illinois who's been in the senate only 3 years, and spent one whole year running for president. I wonder what that translates into work hours? I wonder if I could get away with that on my job? Naaah!!!!!

Posted by: mimi | March 12, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Sinbad - I've always been a fan but you have really lost perspective when you dictate that it takes a black man to portray a black man. Perhaps SNL wished to carry the sketch based upon the abilities of the comic instead of creating a caricature of the man. The white man had to create a presence to be Obama; a black could have just sat there to be Obama. You may not like the "joke", but, give credit to the comic for not leaving any doubt as to who he was portraying. Suggestion: WATCH Obama speak WITHOUT the sound on and you will see just how good the guy on SNL is!

Posted by: glosski | March 12, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

I was there working for NGOs both during and after the war. The biggest problem in '96 when the Clinton Entourage was there was that the rest of us had to wait on an entry road in the snow until the SUVs (1 for each of the Clintons, we joked) rolled by...

Posted by: da Square Wheelman | March 12, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: KAM3 | March 12, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Lorne Michaels - SNL should give Sinbad the next available guest host shot ASAP. He'd be a riot plus he could write half the skits if not all of them.

Posted by: FutureMedia | March 12, 2008 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Look, we all know HRCs claims of experience are a crock. We just won't call her on it because it would seem too insensitve or sexist. Is there anyone out there who really, really believes that she played some kind of pivotal role in Northern Ireland or Bosnia? If she wants to be judged fairly on her 'experience' why doesn't she just release the records of things that she really did have something to do with - like the healthcare task force?

Posted by: Ian | March 12, 2008 1:29 AM | Report abuse

Thank god somebody said something. I was wondering when somebody was gonna expose Hillary.

On the issue of that dumb 3am commercial and her "experience" in bringing peace to Ireland, Fact Check said she was accurate in her statement about that. Strange that the main players one of whom is a Nobel Peace Prize winner said that she wasn't. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/03/08/wuspols108.xml
Somebody needs to fact check fact check. If you read that article, notice that one of her "peace talk meetings" was actually just a get together for a lighting of a Christmas tree. She needs to be called out.

Posted by: tks1 | March 12, 2008 2:02 AM | Report abuse

If Sen. Obama had ever been to Bosnia and dressed in native garb, the Clinton Campaign would have leaked them to their old pals over at The Sludge Report.

A Nobel Peace Prize winner debunked her claims of participation in the Irish Peace process.

How does she not get nauseous from all of that spinning?

Posted by: DanielleInIndiana | March 12, 2008 2:42 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm, there MAY have been some sniper fire huh?

Sen. Clinton, Obama, meet John McCain. He's been shot at. He had to ditch a fighter over the ocean, survived a horrific accident on the U.S.S. Forrestal that ignited the munitions on his plane, and got shot out of the sky over North Vietnam after hundreds of bombing runs. He was captured and tortured, until they found out who he was (the son of the commander of the Navy in the Pacific) so they tortured him worse for FIVE YEARS because he refused to agree to an early release before his fellow prisoners.

I don't know though, that Bosnia trip sounds really hairy in comparison.

Posted by: Mark | March 12, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

A lot has been written and I have read all of these blogs.Wow, Sinbad really hit the nail on the head with this bit of info about the Bosnia trip.
I think it warrants a little more attention from the media than it got. I wish it could be played in PA and NC. It is worth paying to have it as a PSA on all the networks at least 3 times a day in PA.
That would help fry her.

Posted by: anama | March 12, 2008 4:00 AM | Report abuse

lordy, lordy...with clinton..its politics as usual..anything, anyway..just as long as we win...i wish it were november so all this would be over..what in the world has our country come to?

Posted by: grannie | March 12, 2008 4:53 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe how many folks are nothing more than sheep, following a man, whose only real credentuals are his ability to deliver a good speech, right over the cliff. Can anyone of you tell me what he has done that makes you think he can lead this great country of ours out of the mess she's in? I have yet to hear anyone list any of his accomplishments. Does organizing communities at as a young man mean he can run a country? He was in the Illinois Senate and it's been stated that it was difficult for a Democrat to get anything passed because the majority party was Republican. So what did he accomplish there? And what bills did he just vote "present" for that have never been checked by the press or anyone else? And what has he done in the Senate? Head of a committee that oversees NATO and has never held one single meeting??? And as far as Hillary and her foreign experience check out more than information from a Barack suppoter...ask Senator Mitchell how helpful she was in Ireland...and check out the facts about China and the other places that she's given her support. Baa Baa Baa that stands for Barack's sheep!!!!!

Posted by: cindy sue | March 12, 2008 5:33 AM | Report abuse

"meet John McCain. He's been shot at. He had to ditch a fighter over the ocean, survived a horrific accident on the U.S.S. Forrestal that ignited the munitions on his plane, and got shot out of the sky over North Vietnam after hundreds of bombing runs."

Hundreds? Fact-check needed here.

Would any Navy pilot with that record of aircraft loss be allowed to continue flying if he weren't an admiral's son? Just speaking of "affirmative action," military-style, ya know...

Posted by: flarrfan | March 12, 2008 6:30 AM | Report abuse

Why do you say Sinbad came out "from under a rock"? Is the intended inference that he is sleazy or somehow untrustworthy? That struck me as a very gratuitous crack unless you'd like to elaborate. Who else do you deign to have climbed out from under rocks?

Posted by: Jim | March 12, 2008 7:40 AM | Report abuse

I think that the problem with Clinton's foreign policy claims is not whether she appeared in Northern Ireland or was in Bosnia or did tour a refugee camp or did make a speech in China. I think that the problem is that she is exaggerating the claim of what she did do. For instance she claimed she negotiated an open border when that happened the day before she went to the camp. She did go to Northern Ireland, but her part was more ceremonial than anything, making a few appearances and putting in a few calls. She really did not do the hard work of bringing peace to Northern Ireland. She was only in a supportive role as First Lady. I think there was another candidate for President who got clobbered by the press for making more minimal claims of grandiosity... Al Gore. Clinton's claims are more serious exaggerations, yet the press is being very closed mouth about them. It is a shame, she does have those experiences but she is degrading them by spinning tales to make them seem like more than they were. And she can't discount Obama's speech on Iraq and then count her speech in China. I think Hillary shows that she is making very poor decisions about how to conduct her campaign, which makes me worry about how she will conduct foreign policy.

Posted by: Goldie | March 12, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

maybe bill clinton did do a lot of great things as the president, but how does that relate to hillary?

i think hillary is a decent human being, but i don't doubt for a minute that she would do anything to win the election. including getting her cronies to insinuate that obama is muslim (and what's wrong with that? ever hear of the first amendment?) or hint at the race card to try to get him to call them out.

Posted by: amused | March 12, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I have to agree with the posters above who took you to task, Mary Ann, regarding your pretentious remark about Sinbad's career.

It's more attractive to be gracious and maybe even a little grateful to Sinbad for providing you with some very funny material.

Maybe if you had just said nothing it would have been an even better column.

Posted by: P | March 12, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Dras, you said "Sinbad isn't supporting Clinton for president, what a surprise.
He's an Obama guy, let's not kis ourselves, we all know why."

Really Dras? Do we all know why? I'm a 55 year old white woman and I'm for Obama and as much as I'm for Obama, I'm against the b.s. tactics of the Clintons. Yes, that's probably EXACTLY why Sinbad is for Obama. He's a white woman who despises racism.

I'll say this, no one can mobilize republicans to get out to vote like Hillary being the nominee and no one can mobilize more democrats that might not have voted otherwise - to vote for Barack Obama than Hillary and the racist remarks that slip from the lips of her, her husband and her supporters.

(Yes Hillary, we NOTICED when you wouldn't say Obama is not a muslim. You know he isn't and never has been. But you refused to say it. Tactics like that make it impossible for anyone but racists to vote for you.)

Posted by: Lollie Com | March 12, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Sinbad's angry that a white man is playing Obama? why? Obama is half white. besides, was Sinbad angry all those times Eddie Murphy played a WOMAN? That's no different. When a man puts on makeup, a wig, a dress and heels, and then caricatures a female's voice and gesture, that is a minstrel show too.

Posted by: ohbrother | March 12, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Sinbad's the man. Dude, I was still LIVING IN BOSNIA in 1996 and I can tell you for first hand experience that as far as getting shot by a sniper or killed by a mortar shell was very unlikely at that time. The war officially ended in 1995 after the Dayton Peace Accord was signed and all the armies were disassembled. If Hillary was worried of getting shot, that's because of a potential assassination attempt. Bosnia did NOT have the adequate security forces at that time to protect someone from sniper fire. Sinbad and Cheryl, on the other hand, had NOTHING to fear whatsoever.

Go Obama!

Posted by: Foreign Dude | March 12, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

If all the Hillary spinners (not the entertainers) can come back with is whether or not Obama went to Bosnia before Sinbad is SAD. It would appear that while Obama is willing to prepare the ground for serious talks Rodham-Clinton is only willing to 'HIDE' behind HALF-TRUTHS.

Posted by: bahamasconservation4obama | March 12, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Cindy Sue, You asked for a list of accomplishments. You obviously haven't taken the time to find out. Here's an excellent comparison of Senators Clinton and Obama's work in the Senate: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/2/20/201332/807/36/458633

I don't have the Illinois senate record at hand, but it contained such things as getting health care for kids.

It strikes me as odd that someone who doesn't do her own research portrays a whole group of people as sheep.

Posted by: Nancie | March 12, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Not that I really care.
Has anyone asked if Sinbad would have been told anything of what was going on?
I can just see the briefing as the secret service sits everyone down and tells them what is going to happen.
"Mr. Sinbad, you take point in case the bullets start flying"
"okay.? Do I get a flack jacket? some crazed fan might want to shoot me."
"No jacket. We might give you a target for your chest. That is our deal with the Bosnians. It seems that they would prefer to shoot you that the First Lady."
Sinbad needs to get over himself. No one cares what he says or does. Big gun? Big dud!

Posted by: Rodney | March 12, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

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I do not like your stance on immigration.

I do not like your stance on work visa guest worker programs.

I do not like your stance at all on the free trade policies.

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Posted by: William Landers | March 12, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

swzr

That is the whole problem, there is nothing to look at for Obama.
That was why Daschle and Kennedy told him to run. Because he had done nothing in the senate and so had no record for anyone to question him on.

Anyone who has been in the public eye for as many years as Hillary Clinton has a record and of course there will be things that people find about her that are negative. She is not perfect, but she was willing to take a stand and fight for what she believed in. Barrack Obama was described by Senator Lindey Graham as follows "He folded like a cheap suit". This was on a bill that was bipartisan and that Barrack Obama a joined in the group worked on this bill. When it reached to floor where it faced challenges from interest groups, he distanced himself. Many on the committee said his move showed an unwillingness to take a tough stand.

Once he decided he might get to run for president he did as little as possible so that there was nothing he had commited to.

Anyone who votes for him would be willing to get in a plane with someone just becuase they had signed up for flying lessons but before they had actually had a lesson.

Posted by: cheryl | March 12, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

KAM3

The link you provided is from the Obama web site. I would like information from a source that is a little more unbiased.

I found it interesting that on his page Barrack had a note written to the person who's name is at the top of the article telling him. You have to continue to fight against Hillary. Now I see why his followers, not all but some that I have dealt with are so confrontational on these blogs. He doesn't say try to inform or communicate or unite. He says FIGHT.

Anyway, I would prefer information from a more reliable source. That would be like me posting a reply from Hillary's web page.

Posted by: cheryl | March 12, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I copy and pasted the following post because I think it is worth reading.


Also: here is a link on Obama's great rise in the Senate.

Obama in Senate: Star power, minor role

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23540579/from/ET/

Hands-off First Lady"?

Instead of bringing up things about her husband to discredit her and refusing to give her any credit for her time as First Lady, you may wish to pause and check the facts. She took the initiative to reform health care although she was not an elected official at that time. The last time we saw that in a First Lady was Eleanor Roosevelt.

Eleanor Roosevelt supported the New Deal policies of her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and assumed a role as an advocate for civil rights. She worked to enhance the status of working women although she opposed the Equal Rights Amendment because she believed it would adversely affect women. She supported the formation of the United Nations. Can you imagine the criticism she might have received for defying stereotype of women? Years later the only things we remember are her accomplishments and contribution to the World. This is what we will remember abot Hillary down the road: strong, intelligent, determined to do things for the American people, fought for human rights, children's issues, never backing down from criticism and insults. I saw the 3 a.m. ad. If it was done by McCain, you would still call him a fear-mongering candidate. I think the ad brought up a very valid point: we want someone who has solid experience to answer the phone call, not someone who is all talk and no action. I think people were upset because they don't like to be reminded of things they would rather not think about. But it's reality. People can't sweep it under the rug and pretend Obama can do everything and get it right the first time.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 12, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone considered the possibility that Sinbad didn't have the sense to be scared while he was in Bosnia? Then there is the possibility that he spent some time living on some of our nation's wilder areas and had become immune to the sound of random gunfire. Unless it sounds to close or is actually to close you do become immune to the sound of gunfire in some neighborhoods. I know this from my own experience in living in a area with the almost daily sound of random gunfire.

Posted by: akahidden | March 12, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Cheryl/Mimi/Cindy Sue:

Listing his LEADERSHIP and JUDGEMENT qualities (necessary for POTUS of course):

1. Does organizing communities at as a young man mean he can run a country?
Answer: YES; the fact that he has run his Presidential campaign so brilliantly speaks for itself. When the naysayers said he couldn't, he did with the help of voters who 'get' him and his message of hope.

2. He was in the Illinois Senate and it's been stated that it was difficult for a Democrat to get anything passed because the majority party was Republican. So what did he accomplish there?
Answer: LEADERSHIP - he proved that fighting for justice and equality was worth the struggle as a young Senator. He did not see the GOP as his enemies, but worked very hard to build bi-partisan relationships with them, and to unite on matters of importance to the people of Chicago.

3. And what bills did he just vote "present" for that have never been checked by the press or anyone else?
Answer: The 'present' votes Senator Obama made were a part of a process in the Chicago senate, a normal practice that is not the same as a 'yes/no' vote. You do yourself grave injustice by not trying to understand the facts regarding the Chicago Senate voting process. The 'present' vote is merely a tactical one (one of many) used in the Chicago Senate in the event portions of a proposed bill has not met the 'litmus equality' test; or that certain criteria within the bill itself have not met certain deadlines; or that certain details within the bill are erroneous, vague or unethical. Unless the proposed bill has met the requirements, presiding Senators will vote 'present' until such time that they could vote 'yes/no'. I will revert the precise legislation to you asap.

4. And what has he done in the Senate?
Answer: PROVIDED COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS to
a) reduce poverty
b) improve schools
c) voting rights for minorities
d) 2007 ethics reform
e) immigration reform
f) revitalize urban areas
g) empowered disenfranchised AAs
h) establish a public database to examine government spending after Hurricane Katrina
i) Legislation to prevent terrorists from obtaining WMDs
j) increasing U.S. investment in alternative energy
k) improving services for our troops and veterans
l) public funding reform
m) lobbyists to disclose their bundling activity
n) passed law requiring comprehensive nuclear threat reduction strategy to secure weapons and usable nuclear material

I can go on, but the list of his accomplishment is just too long. May I refer you to his website at www.barackobama.com, click on Learn, then Know The Facts; the details are listed therein.

5. Head of a committee that oversees NATO and has never held one single meeting?
Answer: NO he has not due to the fact that he was appointed during the time of his Presidential campaign, which anyone with common sense can understand in the circumstances. Senator Dodd, a member of that Committee (and an avid supporter I might add) has confirmed that the committee has met once in his absence with several scheduled meetings to take place in the near future. It was all in the timing of the appointment.

Senator Barack Obama will have been a U.S. Senator for 4 years and served 7 years in the Illinois State Senate. Large-scale: 4 years, small-scale: 7 years, Total: 11 years. He has a slightly below average amount of large-scale experience compared to the 10 greatest U.S. presidents. Perhaps more importantly, he has more large-scale experience than the median of these presidents. That means he has more large-scale experience than half of the greatest presidents in our history including Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Wilson, Jackson, and Eisenhower. Meanwhile he has a greater than average amount of total experience whether calculated as an average or a median. This number is greater than Lincoln, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, Wilson, Truman, Jackson, or Eisenhower.

Senator Obama offers a fresh and positive message. He is charming in a down-home sort of way. Voters view him as a strong, serious, honest and compassionate leader with a rock-solid plan for a better America.

I trust you will be persuaded to be more enlightened going forward. Cheers!

Posted by: Athena | March 12, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Sinbad delivers a really funny line. The thing about good comedy is it holds some truth for the audience. As a parent, I could never send my children to some place I felt was truly dangerous, my wife.. maybe (drum hit).
The one thing I've noticed about supporters of either camp is the vitriol. My theory is we've all been so polarized by the current administration, this is the current state of political discourse. It may not be healthy, but reasonable voices just don't seem very loud. Let's face it, either senator would be a far better choice than the current administration and their heir apparent.

Posted by: O. Puhleez | March 12, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I do not count information posted from either candidates web site as unbiased information.

As for the present vote, You said it exactly right, the present vote is a tactical one. He has used it over and over for the tactical reason that he wanted to avoid having a record he could be called on.

Having no record, he was told by Senator's Kennedy and Daschle would be benificial in his run for president which is why they encouraged him to run now instead of in 8 years. Daschle was quoted as saying in reference to this. "I told him that he has a window to do this. He should never count on that window staying open"

In the Illinois legislature once he had backers who wanted to push him up the political ladder many of them added his name to things he had not worked on to build him some kind of record there. Which is also when he was recieving his backing from Rezko.

I could cut and paste from Clintons web site on issues like you have from Senator Obama, but it would not be offering unbiased information.

Finally, you should not insult people by saying they don't understand the process.
If you really were so open to real information you would realize that the media bias has been so strong that it has given Barrack Obama a free ride.

Please read the following article before you respond.

http://www.sptimes.com/2008/03/09/Opinion/Media_tainted_by_anti.shtml

Posted by: cheryl | March 12, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

athena

I do not count information posted from either candidates web site as unbiased information.

As for the present vote, You said it exactly right, the present vote is a tactical one. He has used it over and over for the tactical reason that he wanted to avoid having a record he could be called on.

Having no record, he was told by Senator's Kennedy and Daschle would be benificial in his run for president which is why they encouraged him to run now instead of in 8 years. Daschle was quoted as saying in reference to this. "I told him that he has a window to do this. He should never count on that window staying open"

In the Illinois legislature once he had backers who wanted to push him up the political ladder many of them added his name to things he had not worked on to build him some kind of record there. Which is also when he was recieving his backing from Rezko.

I could cut and paste from Clintons web site on issues like you have from Senator Obama, but it would not be offering unbiased information.

Finally, you should not insult people by saying they don't understand the process.
If you really were so open to real information you would realize that the media bias has been so strong that it has given Barrack Obama a free ride.

Please read the following article before you respond.

http://www.sptimes.com/2008/03/09/Opinion/Media_tainted_by_anti.shtml

Posted by: cheryl | March 12, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Well, I've never been to Bosnia. . .but I've been to Oklahoma.

Posted by: rcrtr | March 12, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

All I can hope is that the public gets to see Obama supporter's posts all over the net, before it's too late.

I also pray they recognize the viciousness Obama supporters spew is always (cleaned up a bit) and Headlined on CNN, MSNBC, etc... the same day, the same way - with just as many lies and spins and of course the anti Hillary bias that's become a media worldwide scandal. It seems the only ones swallowing this anti Hillary garbage and are not outraged over it... are the unsuspecting voters... who still seem to believe that American news networks are to be trusted.

Sadly it's quite the contrary... and having to witness Senator Clinton's media controlled witch hunt - turn Obama supporters into rabid hyena like packs - ready to tear her limb from limb... and laughing with glee about it - is very sickening.

Here's a person who spent her entire life working for the same people who 3 months ago were standing firmly behind her, boasting about all she had done for them, praising her accomplishments and her decades long friendship and loyalty to them etc.. etc..

And here are those same people now - foaming at the mouth - ready to skin her alive... Is that what American friendship means? I guess it is and it's beyond disgusting.

Posted by: Didi/Canada | March 12, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

It is interesting to note the similaries in Eleanor Roosevelt and Hillary Clinton; they both 'fought', 'assumed' and 'supported' - great SUPPORTING roles BTW. :-D

Posted by: Athena | March 12, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

So great to see someone as funny and honest as Sinbad back on the scene.

Keep telling the truth, Sinbad. The Clintons can't handle the truth.

http://www.barackfacts.blogspot.com
http://www.kitchensink08.blogspot.com

Posted by: Elise in NH | March 12, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

so where's monica? give her the phone. she's got oval office experience. Has anyone thought that she might be the reason why Hillary and daughter were sent abroad to...save the world?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 12, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Actually, kids, if a situation is too dangerous, you always send someone other than the president. You send a vice-president, but the Clinton's didn't trust Gore, or you send a senior administration official; the military does the same thing, generals don't serve on the front line. And how gullible do you have to be to believe that Sinbad was sent on the same mission as the first lady? What was she there for, to dance? I'm guessing they had different stops on their itineraries. This isn't hard to research - Clinton was universally recognized as doing more foreign policy work than any former first lady. In fact, she was constantly vilified for it in the right-wing media. I guess people who didn't know how to read yet forget that stuff...no matter, go look it up. It's funny that you can criticize someone ruthlessly for doing one thing, then turn around and claim that they never did it at all. I guess you can fool stupid people twice!

Posted by: ACK | March 12, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

One more thing - so now the Obama campaign will have to come out and defend itself because some moron said stupid crap on their behalf right? Or do those rules only apply to the Clinton campaign?

Posted by: ACK | March 12, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse


I guess that is what 35 years of experience get you

Posted by: rawdawgbuffalo | March 12, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Didi/Canada,

Who are those people that you are referring to? Could it people who have watched HRC become more and more bitter over the campain? Could it be the people who are feeling alienated by the comments made by the Clinton campaign? I understand that running for political office is not a pretty thing, but don't start pouting and lashing out at others who see that the emporer has no clothes, and are willing to point it out.

Posted by: cherylmccall | March 12, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

didi/Canada

I agree, I am very disheartened by the bias that has been shown for Barack Obama and the bais against Senator Clinton.

I think that Hillary Clinton has served her country and the people of this country for most of her adult life. I think that she is respected in many foreign countries and would be an asset to foreign relations for our country. I am so very disappointed at the way people are Blindly following Barrack Obama and the way the media refuses to scrutinize him.

I appreciate your post. It is interesting to know what someone outside the country thinks since they can look at it much more objectively.

Posted by: cheryl | March 12, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I can't understand why people are contiously referring to Bill Clinton as the first black president. I find it replusive and saddening that people can see him as such.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 12, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

The war in Bosnia ended in December 1995. After that, there was no fighting or sniper fire in the country, especially not in March 1996.

I know this; I lived through the entire war as a child. I should put this on my resume, it seems it's a great qualification for important positions.

If the trip was so dangerous, do you think they would send Presidents wife and daughter there?


SAVO HELETA
Author of "Not My Turn to Die:
Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia"
http://savoheleta.livejournal.com

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Posted by: zxevil160 | March 12, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

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You can cry racist, and whine, but it's what's going to happen. Deal with it.

Posted by: so much yelling | March 12, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Well I guess that HRC's foreign policy experience of travelling to Bosnia makes her qualified to be president of Bosnia.

Posted by: Jonny | March 12, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Sounds to me like Hillary has the experience to be tourist-in-chief.

Posted by: JJ | March 12, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

pauly shore should have his head drilled open and filled with cement

Posted by: sasquatch | March 12, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

WHAT AN IDIOT. OH YA HE'S HALF WHITE. OH WOW THE MEDIA NEVER SAYS THAT.

Posted by: OBAMA THE APEMAN | March 12, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

The longer this campaign goes on the less I like Hillary. I'm female, white and 61 years old. I've exaggerated my own experience on resumes. Ms. Clinton is trying to paint a picture of herself, one she thinks she could grow into. But that doesn't make her ready for day one. Her campaign tactics seem downright sleazy compared to Barack's. Her feathers all get ruffled, but he stays cool. No doubt she's a smart cookie, I always thought that. But she's looking more and more to me like a power hungry biatch who wants to perpetuate the Bush-Clinton ruling dynasty thing, and frankly, that's the last damn thing I think this country needs.

Posted by: Ennealogic | March 12, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Phil Singer said 'potential' combat zone???

Just reinforces the impression that Sinbad's playing it straight and Team Clinton is spinning like mad.

Posted by: Tom J | March 12, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

REPLY TO Cheryl et. al

If you sincerely want to know what Senator Obama has done in the Senate, I can cite 2 pieces of legislation as examples, one that works to make the world a safer place, and the other, that encourages more transparency in government.

First, the Lugar-Obama Nonproliferation Legislation, which was signed into law in Jan 2007. Authored by U.S. Sens. Dick Lugar (R-IN) and Barack Obama (D-IL), the Lugar-Obama initiative expands U.S. cooperation to destroy conventional weapons. It also expands the State Department's ability to detect and interdict weapons and materials of mass destruction.

The second bill is the Coburn-Obama "Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act," which was introduced by Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Obama(D-IL) and signed into law in Sept 2006.

The Coburn-Obama bill will create a Google-like search engine and database to track approximately $1 trillion in federal grants, contracts, earmarks and loans.

This should help the average citizen monitor how our taxpayer dollars are being spent, or misspent--yes, finally!

In 2005 and 2006, Obama took an active role in the Senate's drive for improved border security and immigration reform. In 2005, he co-sponsored the "Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act" introduced by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). He later added three amendments to the "Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act", which passed the Senate in May 2006, but failed to gain majority support in the U.S. House of Representatives. In September 2006, Obama supported a related bill, the Secure Fence Act, authorizing construction of fencing and other security improvements along the United States-Mexico border. President Bush signed the Secure Fence Act into law in October 2006, calling it "an important step toward immigration reform.

In December 2006, President Bush signed into law the "Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act," marking the first federal legislation to be enacted with Obama as its primary sponsor.

As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Obama made official trips to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In August 2005, he traveled to Russia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan. The trip focused on strategies to control the world's supply of conventional weapons, biological weapons, and weapons of mass destruction as a first defense against potential terrorist attacks. Following meetings with U.S. military in Kuwait and Iraq in January 2006, Obama visited Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian territories. At a meeting with Palestinian students two weeks before Hamas won the legislative election, Obama warned that "the U.S. will never recognize winning Hamas candidates unless the group renounces its fundamental mission to eliminate Israel." He left for his third official trip in August 2006, traveling to South Africa, Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Chad. In a nationally televised speech at the University of Nairobi, he spoke forcefully on the influence of ethnic rivalries and corruption in Kenya. The speech touched off a public debate among rival leaders, some formally challenging Obama's remarks as unfair and improper, others defending his positions.


Also, it seems Obama has has captured support from around the globe, which I think is an enormous advantage in forging better foreign relations. Take a look at this piece called "Obama wins over hearts and minds in Europe"
http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSL057546920080306?pageNumber=3&virtualBrandChannel=0

If you'd like to know what else Obama has to offer, please take a look at these sites.

This one culls information from the Library of Congress website, and lists Clinton's and Obama's 2007
Senate work, respectively.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/2/20/201332/807/36/458633

Or you could go to the Library of Congress site directly and do the research yourself: http://thomas.loc.gov/

Hope that's helpful.

Posted by: None-So-Blind | March 12, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Sinbad needs any kind of publicity he can get to get his career going. He's no different than most blacks who think a black president is going to make all their problems go away.

Oh - I can't say that because it might be construed as racist. Never mind, I'm black, so I can't be racist. Therefore, it's okay if I express my opinions about race. Well, that's what Jackson, Sharpton, and Farrakhan tell me.

www.unfilteredopinion.com

Posted by: Marques | March 12, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Yea, because it's so much more impressive that Obama is going to Europe now to get some experience.......that he doesn't have now. And yea, I'm really sure Sinbad was as imformed about everything as the First Lady was....um, no. Do the bit players get all the intel and info? No they don't...and why in the world would they tell a comic anything classified. He was there to make it look better than it was. Was he privy to what the Secret Service knew....no, he wasn't.
Oh, and has Obama cleared up that stuff where he played the racist card in SC .....um, no, he hasn't. Obama is an idjit and so are you.

Posted by: Ginger | March 12, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Obama is absolutely in favor in my country, the Netherlands. Two thirds of Dutch people would choose Obama, if you look at the results from the StemWijzer (voting guide) on www.stemwijzer.nl. 13,000 people voted.
I therefore certainly don't buy Clinton followers' rhetoric that the Obama wins are only the result of huge support from black US citizens.
Besides, I think that one cannot convincingly be a Clinton supporter anymore with the farce that the Clinton campaign now is (and, actually for some time already, was). Her personality is definitely not one I would like to see for a US president.

Koen Zagers
The Netherlands

link to news article (in Dutch) about StemWijzer results:
http://www.nu.nl/news/1463259/2030/rss/Nederlander_krijgt_stemadvies_Obama.html

Posted by: Anonymous | March 12, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Sinbad, Sinbad. I thought you had fallen off the face of the earth. Is this suppose to be your comeback?? Are you so desperate in trying to revive your dead career? that you are resorting to riding on Obama's coat tails? I remember when you got back from Bosnia and went on the tonight show and Letterman show and talked your head off on how dangerous and scary things were for everybody on that particular trip. You talked about how brave the brave the First Lady was to be over there. How hard a time you had getting to sleep cause of the artillery fire going on at night. You need to take some Aracept to help your dementia.

Posted by: lola espanola | March 13, 2008 2:41 AM | Report abuse

Dear Koen Zagers: i truly truly LOVE your country. And so, without further ado, I hearby grant you your wish: YOU MAY HAVE OBAMA. You heard right. He's yours. Please take him away from here as soon as possible, with my blessings and the blessings of a grateful nation.

Posted by: Josie Ortez | March 13, 2008 4:40 AM | Report abuse

Didi/Canada: Word! The media has always been favoring Sillary; in fact, they assumed she was not going to have any competition at all, and dubbed her the 'presumptive' nominee in January 2007. It (MSM) is most unfair in covering Senator Obama - especially since the Wyoming and Mississipi victories and military support press coverage yesterday - but it is all good because he is still WINNING! That must really smack, huh?

On the other hand, Sillary's supporters have been far more negative on her blog than Senator Obama's have - and I blog on them both. The clear difference is that Senator Obama's supporters are very involved, more informed about all the candidates and extremely supportive of the 'Change Movement.'

ACK: Sillary did nothing substantial in her overseas trips; it was all a public relations/photo op stunt, and so those 'in-the-know' rightly vilified her (and her husband) for it (a waste of tax payers money). And so her (stupid/fool) supporters will to believe the lies she continues to spew because coming from her it just has to be true. Right?

Lola: Lay off Sinbad for heaven's sake; he's cute and funny!

Marquez: Being black doesn't mean you won't make racist (stupid) comments either.

Apeman: Sadly, you sound like another one that got left behind.

So Much Yellin: It is clear you are a xenophobic. (look it up) Many politically savvy whites have and will continue to vote for Senator Obama.

Ginger: Just because someone is more objective than you are does not make them an idiot. Besides, your claim that Senator Obama made some racist comment is so totally like Sillary - ridiculous!

Cheryl: What about being objective? I suppose you did not 'cut and paste' because you knew them to be lies. What about Sillary's ties with Resko, Peter Paul and other undesirables? Oh yeah, it is all a big joke about BC being the 'first black' anything around here, my friend. We all know what his mojo is and it ain't nothing to be proud about.

The majority of Americas is looking for a leader with a sterling character - one who will tell them the truth, one who will make sound judgments based on all the facts, one people can look up to and be proud of when they travel around the world. Senator Obama was never given a 'pass' (according to Sillary anyway who manipulated the media into believing that crap); in fact, he has conducted the best campaign in US history. He has been consistently positive and on-message throughout his career, he will win the nomination and there is nothing you can do about it.

Besides, the entire world is supporting his candidacy; that is what we call MONEY - GOLD - DIAMOND - OIL - WEALTH!

Posted by: Athena | March 13, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Josie Ortez: Be careful what you wish for; you may regret it (and I will be reminding you of it too!)

Posted by: Athena | March 13, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

It seems like Hillary hosted a tea party in Northern Ireland. She had to decide if it would be Early Gray or Constant Comment.

Posted by: George | March 13, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Hillary and Bill Clinton have made a significant issue about how the press is treating Hillary unfairly in their hyper-critical reporting on her and their "softball" reporting on Barak Obama. Hillary maintains she has been fully investigated by the media and Barak hasn't! As the Tony Rezko trial begins in Chicago, Clinton and her surrogates are linking Obama to Rezko and the media is speculating about whether Obama will be called to testify as a witness in the case. Obama has always admitted he received $85,000 in contributions from Rezko which Obama has now donated to charity rather than keep. Yet the civil fraud trial of Bill Clinton for defrauduing Hillary's largest donor in 2000 into giving her campaign more than $1.2 million, pending in Los Angeles courts since 2003, is now preparing for a November, 2008 trial. The discovery that is now proceeding after a February 21 hearing, and the pending trial, have NEVER been announced by the mainstream media. Hillary was able to extricate herself as a co-defendant in the case in January, 2008 after years of appeals to be protected by the First Amendment from tort claims arising out of federal campaign solicitations she made. Her abuse of the intent of California's anti-SLAPP law after the California Supreme Court refused to dismiss her from the case in 2004 is emblematic of her contempt for the Rule of Law. Hillary will be called as a witness in both discovery and the trial according to the trial court Judge who so-advised Hillary's attorney David Kendall when he dismissed Hillary as a co-defendant in 2007. A subpoena is being prepared this month and will be served personally on Hillary, along with Chelsea, Pa Gov. Ed Rendell, Al Gore and other well known political and media figures. Yet the media has refused to report about this landmark civil fraud case- brought by Hillary's biggest 2000 donor to her Senate race, regarding allegations that were corroborated by the Department of Justice in the criminal trial of Hillary's finance director David Rosen in May, 2005. That indictment and trial was credited as resulting from the civil suit's allegations by Peter Paul, the Hollywood dot com millionaire Bill Clinton convinced to donate more than $1.2 million (according to the DOJ prosecutors and the FBI) to Hillary's Senate campaign as part of a post White House business deal with Bill. The media - except for World Net Daily- has also suspiciously refused to report on Hillary's last FEC report regarding her 2000 Senate campaign, filed in January 30, 2006. In a secret settlement of an FEC complaint by the plaintiff in Paul v Clinton, Peter Paul, the FEC fined Hillary's campaign $35,000 for hiding more than $720,000 in donations from Paul, and it required Hillary's campaign to file a 4th amended FEC report. In that report Hillary and her campaign again hid Paul's $1.2 million contribution to her campaign and falsely attributed $250,000 as being donated by Paul's partner, Spider Man creator Stan Lee, who swore in a video taped deposition he never gave Hillary or her campaign any money. Lee did testify to trading $100,000 checks with Paul to make it appear he gave $100,000 to Hillary's campaign (admission of a felony) but none of that has been reported by the "overly critical" media! Where is the outrage from Obama that the press is engaging in a double standard relating to his possible role in the Rezko trial and his refunding the $85,000 contributed to his campaign by Rezko- which Obama has always admitted taking. The media makes no mention of Hillary's role as a witness in Bill's fraud trial for defrauding Hillary's largest donor- and Hillary's refusal to refund the $1.2 million she illegally received from Paul, which she has denied taking from Paul ever since the Washington Post asked her about Paul and his felony convictions from the 1970's before her first Senate election in 2000? Visit Hillcap.org for videos and info.

Posted by: Pedro | March 13, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I support Barack Obama because he reminds me of President John F. Kennedy.

I don't care how many countries Obama has been to. He is totally qualified because he has shown, throughout his entire life, that he has good judgment. I trust Obama will have good judgment in picking his advisors for Foreign Policy.

I trust, if that red phone rings - at any time of day, Barack Obama will use the same good judgment President Kennedy used during the Cuban Missle Crisis and, like Kennedy, surround himself with advisors and they will, as a group, discuss, analize and come up with what's in America's best interest.

Look, anyone that thinks the President is the sole decider on Foreign Policy are wrong. The Presidents have advisors that advise them on Foreign Policy. Then there is Congress who put in their 2 cents.

And anyone that thinks the President answers the red phone and at that same time comes up with a solution to whatever "crisis" is on the other end of the phone is dead wrong. The President listens, says ok, then calls all key aides, no matter what time of day, and they ALL discuss, analize and come up with a solution, as a group, to the "crisis."

So, again I say,
I support Barack Obama because he reminds me of President John F. Kennedy.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 13, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I was there. I saw Sinbad near a small town called Vlasenica. Hillary never made it out of Tuzla. There were tensions, but I heard two shots in 5 months there. One when my tentmate accidentally discharged a weapon and another in Serbian celebration as we left Srebrenica with the first mission there. The reality is that all planes did a "combat landing"...it was just a safeguard. But I got the impression that both sides enjoyed being forced to stand down. They were tired of fighting and the Dayton Accord gave them all a way to save face.

It was such a "combat zone" that I am NOT authorized to wear a combat patch on my uniform despite living in Serb territory for 5 monthes (January to May 1996).

The reason it was considered so dangerous is Hillary's husband and his cohorts said it was. Every other nation moved around the country freely, enjoyed going to local shops and restaurants, and lived freely among the locals. US forces had to wear flak vests at all times, travel in 4 vehicle convoys and were confined to their own lodgement areas. As a civil affairs officer I was one of the few who got to spend much time in the community. I found that rather that being dangerous, most were curious, respectful, and thoughtful in their relationships with us.

Posted by: jbeee | March 13, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh, (a few thoughts) Bless us all because we all need help! I missed Sinbad--haven't seen him in a dog's age. Too bad it's for politics AND he isn't quite honest about it either (see other comments).

I think the superdelegate idea is a crock--too much power to too many people that don't have to justify anything. Is this a fair system --?

At 3:00 am, I keep seeing Obama picking up a red phone (in the oval office) with shaking knees and wondering --what will he do?

I apologize to Senator McCain: I was going to vote for you 8 years ago and in the Fall. Unfortunately you have your evil twin running instead.I didn't recognize any of your speeches. So I changed party.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 13, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Man, so much hate towards poor Sinbad! Dregding up his taxes? I bet that poster came up with that all by himself, not with any help from the KKKlinton KKKampaign!

Well, facts are facts are facts. Like someone else said, just cause his career's tanking doesn't mean his eyesight's bad. (Oh, and I think a Tina Fey wannabe should ease off the career cracks.) "What kind of president would say, 'Hey, man, I can't go 'cause I might get shot so I'm going to send my wife...oh, and take a guitar player and a comedian with you'" has the irrefutable ring of truth.

I eagerly await the KKKlinton supporter rebuttal, where we are reminded yet again of Obama's middle name. Or his mother's race. Or that black people are for him, it's so unfair! Or some other retort typical of KKKlinton backers that has no relevance whatsoever regarding Sen. Obama's suitability to be the Democratic nominee, as opposed to Mrs. KKKlinton's proclivity towards prevarication.

Posted by: RL | March 13, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Obama is going to be the end of the US.

Posted by: reese | March 13, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Sniper fire in May of 1996? Folks, the Dayton Peace Agreement signed in November of 1995 ended the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Not to mention the fact that the Secret Service probably secured the whole perimeter from the landing corridor of the plane to the airstrip to Hillary and Chelsea's planned routes.

For God's sake, use the tools at your disposal, especially when they are free like Wikipedia which contains little "factoids" perfect for settling arguments whether or not WWII ended in 1945 or 1946, ditto for all other conflicts as well...

So much for Hillary's Foreign Policy Experience

Posted by: Igor | March 13, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Hillary did not have a security clearance when she was First Lady. She, just like Sinbad, had no access to classified information. Only a very naive person would believe that the First Lady and the First Daughter were sent into a war zone. Corkscew landing? Maybe. But not a war zone. In fact, the shooting war ended four months before Hillary's imaginary heroic journey began. And FYI, the term is "race card" not "racist card".

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Posted by: tobyogon7n | March 14, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

well i think stinkbad need to sit his fat azz down . he has no room to talk when he dont even pay his taxes to the state of cali , he's on the deadbeat tax list .owe the state a few million dollars .so sick of folks jumping on the bama wagon . just because he's black . heck the man aint realy say one thing yet to make me want to vote for him in nov .,i feel like this with mrs clinton we know what we are getting .a strong woman who can clean up 8 yrs of mess . heck her man clean up 12 yrs of crap . and the digaling we have now took only 1 yr to mess up all mr clinton hard work

Posted by: mrvinson | March 14, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Are we talking about the same time/year?....surely you have seen this (and can we see a correction from the Post):

Statement of Richard Holbrooke, architect of the Dayton Accords, and former permanent representative to the United Nations.
"It was dire in May 1999 when Hillary Clinton arrived in Macedonia. The government of Macedonia had slowed the flow of refugees from Kosovo to a trickle. After visiting refugees and gaining a first-hand assessment of the situation, the First Lady had intense talks with President Gligorov and Prime Minister Georgievski. In these talks, one in the Presidential Palace, another in the residence of the American Ambassador, Christopher Hill, Mrs. Clinton pressed the Macedonian government to fully open the border so that Kosovar Albanian refugees could flee the war zone to safety. She also committed herself to work with the government and people of Macedonia who also faced an emergency because of the threat to their own safety and stability. Hillary Clinton promised to take action to help the Macedonian economy. Returning to Washington, she pressed hard in the administration for action to support the Macedonians. She even contacted American business executives to ensure that American textile contracts in Macedonia were not canceled. There is no doubt in my mind, nor in the minds of those people I worked with in the Balkans at the time - that her intense efforts resulted in easing a crisis of significant dimensions and contributed to saving many lives."

Posted by: D2 | March 15, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Talking about Hillary's foreign experience, you may want to hear what the Irish have to say.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/03/08/wuspols108.xml

Nobel winner: Hillary Clinton's 'silly' Irish peace claims

By Toby Harnden in Washington
Last Updated: 9:30am GMT 08/03/2008
Page 1 of 2

"Hillary Clinton had no direct role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland and is a "wee bit silly" for exaggerating the part she played, according to Lord Trimble of Lisnagarvey, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former First Minister of the province."

I think a 'wee bit silly' is a nice way of calling Hillary a liar.

How can we present to the world a liar as our leader?

Posted by: dummy4peace | March 15, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Nobel winner: Hillary Clinton's 'silly' Irish peace claims

By Toby Harnden in Washington
Last Updated: 9:30am GMT 08/03/2008
Page 1 of 2

"Hillary Clinton had no direct role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland and is a "wee bit silly" for exaggerating the part she played, according to Lord Trimble of Lisnagarvey, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former First Minister of the province."

Posted by: dummy4peace | March 15, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Olbermann is an even bigger joke than Hillary.

Posted by: Montrose | March 16, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

If SNL is not preparing a skit with Hillary and Chelsea in battle fatigues and helmets they're missing a great opportunity.

Posted by: pmc617 | March 17, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA/EDWARDS 2008
OBAMA/EDWARDS 2008
OBAMA/EDWARDS 2008

Posted by: savedbygrace | March 17, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

heck yea, i can live with an obama-edwards ticket. i left the republican party to vote for obama. no way would i ever vote for hillary clinton. read where obama is going to north carolina tomorrow.. lets hope he is meeting with john edwards..awesome winning ticket!!!!!!!!

Posted by: prouddemocrat | March 17, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

WOW, so Sinbad has more foreign experience than Obama.....not surprising....Obama does not have experience in many areas.

Posted by: Lance Manion | March 17, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama is traveling to North Carolina this week. I was thinking today what a wonderful team Barack Obama and John Edwards would make. These two wonderful, honest, and dedicated Americans in the White House. Sounds very refreshing and not stagnated and stinky.
(Sinbad, thank you! The truth is always the best!)

Posted by: marilyn42 | March 17, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse


Sinbad is right, except about SNL's use of Fred Armisen. Since Obama is every bit as white as he is black, use of an actor of either race would seem appropriate.

Posted by: RS | March 17, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

i've watched my husband ride bulls hundreds of times. does this mean i am a qualified, bonafied bull rider?
hillary clinton's whole claim of foreign policy is bull. who actually was beliveing that bull?hehehehe
i like the Obama.Edwards 2008 ticket, also

Posted by: rodeoqueen | March 17, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

As a soldier who was in Bosnia at that time frame and I was in Iraq at the time frame that Hillary made it as far as Kuwait and would not go across the border to visit the troops. She stayed in lovley Kuwait city and said a ladi da di thanksgiving day speech but all she had to do was get on a helecopter and travel over to motivate the troops but of course she was too busy anwsering the 3:00 AM Phone call. Not sure who was calling but it must have been monica cause it show was not about Business. oh and Bosnia being dangerous at the time she came and the locations she visited. LMAO. Thinking back how many U.S. Soldiers died from gunshot wounds or at the hands of any combat related wounds while she was in Iraq. LMAO

Posted by: Corrice | March 17, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I find it interesting the Clinton campaign is relying on the "more experience" platform.

Foreign policy "experience", in my mind, relies on negotiating trade deals, peace treaties and other high impact situations. Hence the term foreign "policy" experience, for which Clinton has none.

If experience means visiting other countries, then I should be able to negotiate with England because I changed planes there once.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 17, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

To: Corrice, I could never get any motivation from seeing Hilary Clinton. I could get a bad case of hives from looking at her. Send Monica, now that's motivation. Glad you are home safe.where you belong.

Posted by: warren | March 17, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

When i was in high school i worked at Walmart as a cart wrangler, my boss called me on the walkie talkie and asked that i help load a tv into a customers car..., turned out it was Sinbad. He was in town doing a movie about being a secret service agent and having to watch kids or something..., I'm 5'11" and he was shorter than me by a few inches and i thought it was weird..., he offered me an autograph, i said ok, but only to be nice, but we didn't have a pen or paper, he scrounged around and found a Bic in his SUV and signed my name tag. i felt embarrassed.
I never saw him on television, in a movie or in person again. This is the first time I have heard any reference to the man...,
Beautiful!

Posted by: RJ Amort | March 17, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

mrvinson the Clinton's did nothing to clean up the country the whole corporate crime NEO-CON economic and legal framework was set up by the Clinton's and their corporate crime
network money. The Clinton's not only had the Glass-Stegal act repealed which provided protection against a speculative boom bust cycle which created in part the great depression, they pushed Nafta which destroyed our domestic manufacturing. People think the Clinton's are champions of the poor and the underprivileged yet Bill Clinton was convicted by the Supreme court as a racist redistricting Arkansas to prevent black votes from counting or holding office, see Jeffers V. Clinton.

Strip away the gay rights, feminist, racial equality propaganda and judge the current group of traitors by actual deeds and they have the same big government big spending agenda. The Clinton's did far more to set up the corporate crime Fascists agenda than any Republican could have gotten away with and the Bush admin has done far more to promote big government, high debt socialist/communist central and even multinational government agenda than any Democrat progressive of even flat out communists could have gotten away with.

We all have our pet issues and they may be of extreme religious, moral, security but if we are so obsessed with a single issue
or handful of issues we are willing to accept extreme criminals as Congressman, Senators or President just to see our own pet issue promoted we may soon find our whole country has fallen into a pit it is very difficult to get out of.

Of course someone like Bush or Hillary will tell us we can just dig out of the hole and the majority will follow like lemmings, or blame the bad guys flavor of the month be it gays, Christians or Islamic extremists.

Divide and conquer is the oldest strategy in the world it would be wise to do some research and check actual funding sources, and the real results of legislation not just the titles. For example Hillary's brainstorm idea of solving the sub-prime crises caused by laundering money, making loans that should not have been made and high risk investments by giving immunity to those who created the mess and also happen to be Her and Bills largest donors and provide the Clinton's with their "personal"
money when they give speeches for these groups.

Posted by: Bankslay | March 17, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

All the erm "top tier" candidates are bought and paid for. If you vote for them expecting change, you need to change your brand of kool-aid - cause it isn't going to happen.

Expect some long hard times of war for the foreseeable future. Over 1/3 of America works for some department of the military and it's rising. A standing army that massive only encourage war.

How can you ever have peace if your country depends on war to survive?

O well, most will just never get it. Go put your elephant or donkey horse blinders on and get a made in china US flag to wave and forget you get this.

Ignorance is bliss...but only temporarily. Reality is going to stop down on your face like a military issue steel-toe boot.

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Posted by: votenic | March 17, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Nobody should be surprised that Sinbad can't back up Hilary here. Her own book refutes her story. So much of her "experience" has been shown to be fabrication, not only by those who were actually there but by her own previously written accounts. Her inability to be truthful shouldn't suprise anyone,though. Remember, she is married to Bill "I did not have sexual relations with that woman" Clinton. Truth, in their world, is subjective, and wholly dependant upon how expedient it is to their goals.

Posted by: Rowanna Darkwolf | March 18, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like two chihuahuas fighting over who the biggest dog is.

Posted by: Neill C. | March 18, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

why wont she just stop lying? She must think the American people are stupid!

Posted by: tracy | March 19, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I like to know the truth --- even when it proves me wrong.

So, when people claimed Hillary Clinton didn't have Military or Foreign Affairs experience, I researched it. And I was floored!!!

She is the only Senator the Defense Department asked to serve on TAG ---a multi-national joint-task force that plans for countering global terrorism and war. She has sponsored more bills for the Military than ANY OTHER SENATOR. She has many bipartisan bills and has brought more than 2600 bills to the Senate floor--many for education, children, and the economy. I found it interesting she never puts her own name on the title of the bill. Rather than call it Clinton- ____, like others do, she names them "Provide for the Common Defense" which provided $7 Billion to protect US cities and potential targets from Terrorists, or "National Sex Offender Database" also known as Dru's Law that lets parents know if a sexual predator has just become your neighbor.

But you never hear about her work. Are we so anti-Clinton that we won't give someone the credit they deserve simply because we don't like their personality? I've served Commanding Officers and bosses I hated, but they sure knew their job and they kept us safe. I don't choose a surgeon or a general for their charm. I don't choose a President for theirs either.


Here's her Military/foreign affairs history sourced from the encyclopedia, government docs and old press releases---not her website.

Like her or hate her, here are the facts.


Hillary Clinton----military and foreign affairs

1997 Pushed to investigate reports of an illness affecting veterans of the Gulf War, later known as the Gulf War Syndrome.

1992 - 2000 ---Traveled to 80 countries, solidifying alliances with Foreign Leaders and fulfilling President Clinton's orders. She has stayed friends with many of them, specifically Former Prime Minister Tony and Cherie Blair of Great Britain, Prime Minister Ian Paisley and Sinn Fein (former IRA head) of Ireland, The Royal Family of Jordan especially Queen Nor, Israel, The Arab League, Chirac of France, etc. This is an important asset considering the deteriorating reputation of the US abroad. The Clinton Roladex is famous for its World Leaders who respect the Clintons and could be relied on to help in negotiations with Palestine - Israel and other hotspots. Yes, the US was liked in the 90's.

Spoke out against the treatment of Afghan women by the Taliban that had seized control of Afghanistan when few did.

Along with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, she helped create Vital Voices, an international initiative sponsored by the United States to promote the participation of women in the political processes in all countries. As General Mac Arthur said, when women vote there is less chance that country will engage in war.

Clinton traveled to Ireland on 7 official trips, giving speeches and meeting with leaders, including John Hume, Sinn Fein, Ian Paisley, Tony Blair and their wives, both English and Irish, in their native countries and in the United States, pushing women to stand for peace in Northern Ireland and get involved in the political process, who, prior to Hillary, had been more passive in the political system. Some proponents claim it was that new women's movement that enabled Northern Ireland to become more receptive to the acceptance of the Good Friday Agreement which ended up passing with 52% of the vote, including many newly registered female voters. Each year, Hillary Clinton meets with the Taoiseach and other party leaders from Ireland and continues to take calls from all parties to provide help behind the scenes and to keep the process moving forward. She has held meetings in her office at the request of Northern Irish officials on job creation, trade, agriculture, autism, policing, economic development. Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume, PM Ian Paisley, Sinn Fein (IRA) and Tony Blair all confirm Hillary Clinton's involvement in the Irish Peace Process. Ted Kennedy--who denied her help since supporting Obama---was confronted by CNN who had him on tape many times stating Clinton's invaluable and critical efforts. His assistant called her a "One woman army" and whenever talks were stalled, they went to Hillary.

Arrived in Macedonia on May 14, 1999 during the war over Kosova and visited refugees. She met with Prime Minister Georgievski and Pres. Gligorov, with Amassador to Macedonia Christopher Hill, emphasized America's support for the stability, offered $2 Billion and jobs incentives for peace and discussed refugee policy to open borders. Macedonian border policy severely restricted refugees trying to escape the war zone. After talks, the government kept its borders open. As a Senator, Hillary Clinton championed recognition of Kosovo's independence in the context of full protection of minority rights, especially for Serbs and supported full integration of the Western Balkans into Europe and the transatlantic community. Time Magazine confirmed negotiations, especially Clinton's role in jobs as incentives ---Liz Claireborne, etc

Welcomed hundreds of foreign dignitaries and World Leaders to the White House, many remain friends.


Hillary Clinton is the only member of the Senate to serve on U.S. Joint Forces Command's (USJFCOM) Transformation Advisory Group (TAG). A division of the Department of Defense, the TAG force provides the USJFCOM independent advice and recommendations on strategic, scientific, technical, intelligence and policy-related issues, with emphasis on how these issues relate to the command's efforts to develop battle and disaster ready, multi-national joint-force capabilities to combat global terrorism, urban warfare and multi-national operations today and in the future. USJFCOM holds large scale terrorist-disaster joint-training missions. Hillary Clinton is the only Senator the Pentagon asked to serve on the TAG force. 2004 - Present.


2001 - Present Commissioner of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe also known as the Helsinki Commission, which monitors compliance with the 1975 Helsinki Accords of national sovereignty. The Helsinki Accords include 10 points: I. Sovereign equality, respect for the rights inherent in sovereignty, II. Refraining from the threat or use of force, III. Inviolability of frontiers, IV. Territorial integrity of States , V. Peaceful settlement of disputes, VI. Non-intervention in internal affairs , VII. Respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief , VIII. Equal rights and self determination of peoples, IX. Co-operation among States, X. Fulfillment in good faith of obligations under international law

2001 - Present Committee on Environment and Public Works oversees environment and infrastructure issues Global Warming, Nuclear Safety and Infrastructure Security with a special emphasis on terrorism vulnerability.

2003 - Present Committee on Armed Services is empowered with legislative oversight of the nation's military, including the Department of Defense, military research and development, nuclear energy (as pertaining to national security), benefits for members of the military, the Selective Service System and other military matters. Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Carl Levin noted Hillary Clinton introduced more legislation to address problems facing wounded service members than any other Senator

2001 Clinton was Senator from NY during September 11, 2001 bombing of World Trade Center and was involved in recovery issues for years following the national disaster that devastated New York, especially in helping 1st Responders, including the National Guard, get the help they needed.

2001 Sought and obtained funding for the recovery efforts in New York City and security improvements in her state. Working with New York's senior Senator, Charles Schumer, she was instrumental in securing $21 billion in funding for the World Trade Center's redevelopment.

2001 Leading role in investigating the health issues faced by 9/11 first responders, including National Guard, and was instrumental in getting them healthcare benefits after the government refused to honor their coverage

2002 Petitioned the US postal service to create a commemorative stamp to pay tribute to the "Order of the Purple Heart for Military Merit". The proceeds provide funding for the Veterans' Health Care Administration.

2002 Co-sponsored, with Senator Chuck Hagel (NE), "National Purple Heart Recognition Day", honoring all soldiers who were severely injured while serving their country and who were awarded a Purple Heart

2002 Co-sponsored the Chemical Security Act S.1602 which regulates manufacturing plants and distribution centers that handle particular chemicals that could be used in manufacturing explosives. Co-sponsored with Senators Jeffords, Corzine and Boxer

2003 With Senator Carl Levin, Clinton called on the Bush Administration to propose a U.N. Security Council resolution which would formally reject Iraq's conditions on U-2 flights over Iraq, demand that Iraq not endanger or impede the operation of the U-2, and put Iraq on notice that any action by Iraq that is intended to harm or interfere with the operation of the U-2 would be considered a material breach of U.N. Security Council resolution 1441 and would be considered an act of war against the United Nations

2003 Unveiled bipartisan bill, the Sunshine in Iraq Reconstruction Contracting Act, to explain any decision by federal agencies to award Iraqi reconstruction contracts without a fully open, competitive bidding process. Co-sponsored by Senators Ron Wyden, Susan Collins, Robert Byrd and Joe Lieberman

2003 Introduced "Provide for the Common Defense Act" , a domestic defense fund to provide $7 billion to support homeland security for cities including $5 billion to communities with base level funding for first responders for equipment, training and infrastructure, $1 billion in an emergency Reserve Fund for cities and states during a high profile terrorist trial, or similar emergency situations, $1 billion for "High Threat Areas" areas considered potential terrorist targets such as ports and tunnels

2003 Introduced amendment and co-sponsored another to enforce fiscal accountability to the Iraq and Afghanistan Supplemental Appropriations bill which provides the General Accounting Office with the ability to conduct a detailed review of how American taxpayer money is spent in Iraq and Afghanistan

2003 Traveled to Ireland, then Pakistan where Clinton and Sen. Harry Reed were briefed by U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, Nancy Powell, and the embassy staff

2003 Spent Thanksgiving in Afghanistan with U.S. troops. In Bagram, briefed by Ambassador Khalilzad and his team, met with a group of Afghan women leaders to learn about challenges they face. Met with U.S. Marines then met with President Karzai in Kabul and were briefed on the current situation in Afghanistan from General Austin and his team

2003 Traveled with Reed and Kandahar to Islamabad meeting with President Musharaff of Pakistan

2003 Traveled to Iraq and was briefed by Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, the head of the CPA, and Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq. Later met with Brigade commander, Colonel Fuller, and discussed with U.S. troops challenges they face. Met with representatives of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), who provide assistance to Iraqis and discussed challenges they face. Visited Iraqi women leaders to discuss greater protections for women's rights in Iraq. Met with General John Abizaid, commander of Central Command and discussed both Afghanistan and Iraq. In Kirkuk, in Northern Iraq was briefed by Major General Raymond Odierno of the 4th Infantry Division and then went to downtown Kirkuk and met with a group of local Iraqi leaders including the provisional Governor

2003 Announced a spending bill of approximately $1 billion in direct aid to the City and State to cover costs related to September 11 and within that, $90 million for baseline screenings and long term health monitoring of thousands of Ground Zero workers and volunteers.

2004 Chairwoman for TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) which helps military widows receive grief counseling and assistance for their children after the death of a soldier

2004 Awarded the Intrepid Freedom Award for distinguished action in promoting and defending the values of freedom and democracy which are the core beliefs of our nation. The only other women to receive this award are Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

2004 Co-sponsored the DREAM Act which fast tracks immigrants honorably serving in the U.S. military towards citizenship. Co-sponsored with Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

2004 Traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan to visit American troop and meet with military and government leaders.

2004 Secured, with Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC), expansion of Department of Defense Authorization bill to provide one additional year of TRICARE eligibility to National Guard and Reserve Members for every 90 days of active duty.

2004 Co-sponsored an amendment to the Dept. of Defense Appropriations Act of
2005, increasing funding for humanitarian operations in Sudan and Chad.

2004 Visited Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, NY with Brig. Gen. Dana Demand

2005 Co-introduced legislation to increase the size of the regular United States Army by 80,000 soldiers to ease the strain on soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan forced to do multiple tours of duty

2005 Visited Jordan, met with her friend Queen Nor and King Hussein and discussed issues facing the middle east and the situation in Jordan and Iraq.

2005 Visited Israel and discussed the shared security challenges that Israel and the US face, visited the fence, held a series of meetings with Israeli officials and discussed challenges and shared interests. Met with Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom about threat posed by potential of a nuclear Iran - not only to Israel, but to Palestine, Europe and Russia. Met privately with Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz then both of them attended panel discussion hosted by the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, answered questions from the audience and discussed strategic challenges and opportunities facing Israel and the US.

2005 Offered amendment to the Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act (S.852) which protects workers, National Guard and residents of New York that were exposed to more than 2,000 tons of asbestos on September 11th and in the days and weeks after the collapse of the World Trade Center.

2005 Visited Israel again in November to attend memorial ceremonies for Yitzhak Rabin. Met with several Israeli leaders and participated in a conference on Middle East policy issues and discussed security challenges for both Israel and the US. Had meeting with Prime Minister Sharon and continued discussion when Sderot was attacked.

2005 Spoke at NATO centered meetings at Munich Conference on Security with United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and other World Leaders, suggested an expansion of NATO, assistance to the African Union Mission in Darfur and a restructuring of the United Nations and their role in world conflict.

2005 Awarded, along with Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC), The Military Coalition's Award of Merit in recognition of tireless bipartisan work to expand access to TRICARE military health care for all drilling members of the National Guard and Reserve and their families regardless of activation status. The award is the Military Coalition's highest honor. The Military Coalition is comprised of 36 military and veterans organizations representing more than six million members around the world, including active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retired members and veterans, as well as their families and survivors.

2005 Visited New Orleans, Louisiana and Mississippi Katrina victims and met with local leaders, residents and rescue workers

2005 Visited Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) facility in Rome, and the Stratton Air National Guard Station in Scotia, NY.

2005 Pushed for retaining and improving health benefits for veterans, and lobbied against the closure of several military bases, including Fort Drum, Fort Hamilton, West Point and Watervliet Arsenal; Air National Guard installations such as Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, the Northeast Air Defense Sector (NEADS) in Rome, Stratton Air National Guard base in Scotia, Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, and Gabreski Air National Guard base in Westhampton.

2005 Introduced the Military Personnel Financial Services Education Act against predatory lending practices which instruct military members on financial information they and their families need to make informed decisions about their future. Requires the Department of Defense to provide consumer education, a trained counselor in financial issues, and make counseling services available, not only to service members, but also to their spouses in order to allow decisions to be made as a family and to ensure spouses have access when a service member is deployed.

2005 Helped pass the Military Death Benefit Improvement Act which raises the military survivor benefit, or "death gratuity," paid to the families of military personnel killed in the line of duty.

2005 Awarded National President's Award from Reserve Officers Association

2005 Secured $200 million to secure Northern Border with Canada for the Northern Border Air Wing for five new installations to provide critical surveillance, interdiction and investigative capability along the Northern Border.

2005 Met with Israeli Prime Minister Sharon at American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference

2005 Joined Sen. Diane Feinstein at conference with Women Leaders from Iraq and Afghanistan to discuss the status of women in both countries.

2005 Fought for military widows over the age of 57 to retain their survivor benefits even if they remarry

2005 Fought for healthcare benefits for families of the National Guard and Reserve, for which she was given the Military Coalition Award of Merit, their highest civilian honor.

2005 Introduced legislation to ensure the National Guard, who responded to New York's security needs following the 9/11 attacks, receive military retirement credit for that service regardless if they were serving under federal or state active duty.

2005 Joined with other Senators to push Secretary Rice to aggressively address Darfur by pushing to strengthen the African Union, give force to existing U.N. resolutions, ensure proper care for affected women and children, hold accountable human rights violators, and appoint a new envoy to Sudan.

2006 Visited Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station with General T. Michael Moseley, the Air Force Chief of Staff, and met with troops and Air Reserve Leaders

2006 Called on Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to testify in public at open hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He declined.

2006 Questioned Sec. Rumsfeld in closed session of Senate Armed Services Committee on the Bush Administration's handling of the war in Iraq. Emphasized common sense overwhelmingly does not either understand or approve of the way Secretary Rumsfeld and the Administration are handling Iraq and underscored the Administration's errors in judgment, strategic blunders and record of incompetence that have led to the current situation in Iraq.

2006 Public hearings of Senate Armed Services Committee received testimony on Iraq, Afghanistan and the global war on terrorism. General Peter Pace, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and General John Abizaid, the Commander of Central Command, testified.

2006 Authored legislation to support Zimbabwe in their efforts to promote democracy and human rights in their country, despite years of repression and violence under the government of Robert Mugabe

2006 Honored with National Appreciation Award by the Gold Star Wives of America for outstanding leadership and tireless efforts to secure legislation that would allow widowed military spouses who chose to remarry after age 57 to continue receiving survivor benefits.

2006 Co-sponsored with Senators Durbin and Salazar the Federal Interoperable Communication and Safety Act S.3172 to establish a federal Office of Emergency Communications to develop, manage, operate and coordinate an interoperable public alert and warning system

2006 Requested with other Senators that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) examine Pentagon hiring practices following reports that partisan affiliations shaped the personnel decisions for reconstruction effort in Iraq and investigate reports that qualified applicants with language skills and experience in post-conflict reconstruction were rejected in favor of unqualified Republican Party loyalists. Individuals with political connections and little or no professional experience were placed in key positions to rebuild Iraq, including a 24-yr-old with no financial experience who was charged with opening the stock exchange.

2006 Announced the SAFE Port Act with Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), which includes a provision to protect the health and safety of rescue workers, residents, and volunteers that may be negatively impacted in the aftermath of a disaster

2006 Awarded the Inspirational Leadership Award from the Military Order of the Purple Heart, "In recognition of her inspirational leadership and dedicated service to America's military service members and America's veterans. Senator Clinton was an early advocate and co-sponsor of legislation to provide guaranteed funding for the VA health care administration." One Member of Congress is chosen for this award each year. Senator Clinton is the first woman to receive this honor.

2006 Outlined three national security principles that should underlie American foreign policy in a major policy address at the Council on Foreign Relations, calling for increased diplomacy, balancing our idealism with realism to reduce American isolation and succeed in the war on terror

2006 Met privately with Tzipi Livni, Israel's Foreign Minister where they discussed Israel's security and the status of the kidnapped Israeli soldiers

2007 Original Sponsor of the Nuclear Terrorism Prevention Act which seeks to prevent nuclear terrorism by eliminating and securing nuclear material around the world. Increases funding to convert research reactors around the world from highly enriched uranium to low enriched uranium and remove highly enriched uranium from such facilities; invests in forensic measures to advance capability to identify the origins of a nuclear weapon in event of a nuclear terrorist attack; creates international guidelines to raise security standards at nuclear sites worldwide. Requires the President to develop a comprehensive plan with the international community to secure nuclear weapons and materials all around the world and to create a new post of Senior Advisor to the President for Preventing Nuclear Terrorism to prioritize and coordinate these efforts and report back to Congress. Elements of the Nuclear Terrorism Prevention Act were approved by both houses of Congress as part of the FY 2008 Defense Authorization Act in December 2007

2007 Joined Sen. Christopher Dodd and a bipartisan coalition of Senators to introduce amendment to extend Family and Medical Leave Act to family members of wounded soldiers to six months as part of the CHIP bill

2007 Co-Sponsored Legislation with Sen. Webb Prohibiting the Use of Funds for Military Operations in Iran that prohibits the use of funds for military operations against Iran without explicit Congressional authorization (S. 759).

2007 Visited troops and meet with military leaders in Iraq and Afghanistan

2007 Co-sponsored, with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), a bill to help soldiers with Traumatic Brain Injury to improve detection, assessment and treatment of traumatic brain injury and expand support systems to former members of the Armed Services with traumatic brain injury and their families, and to ensure they receive the proper disability benefits

2007 Co-sponsored the Aviation Security Act S.1447 which increases monitoring and security of civil aviation and railways

2007 Co-sponsored legislation to improve protection at U.S. Embassies

2007 Co-sponsored legislation to improve bomb scanning technology

2007 Co-sponsored legislation to identify potential terror sites and targets in the US and conduct annual inspections for security vulnerabilities

2007 Released Plan to Start Phased Redeployment and Involving Other Countries in the Region in the Future of Iraq. These are the basic points of the plan which require the U.S. military begin transitioning to a phased redeployment of U.S. troops in 90 days or the authority of the Use of Force in Iraq would cease. Phased redeployment would concentrate on:
• Training Iraqi security forces to take over protecting Iraq
• Providing logistic support and guidance of Iraqi security forces but reduce the number of US troops in combat situations
• Protecting United States personnel and infrastructure
• Participating in targeted counter-terrorism activities.
The legislation requires the United States convene an International Conference to:
• Actively involve the international community and Iraq's neighbors in improving Iraq's situation
• Promote a durable political settlement among Iraqis
• Reduce regional interference in the internal affairs of Iraq
• Encourage more countries to contribute to the extensive needs in Iraq
• Ensure that funds pledged for Iraq are forthcoming.

2007 Released legislation for Protecting Troops Sent into Iraq which prohibits funds from being spent to send troops to Iraq unless the Secretary of Defense certifies to Congress that the troops are adequately equipped and trained for their mission prior to departure

2007 Co-sponsored, with Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Protecting Military Family Financial Benefits Act, the Restoring Guaranteed Bonuses for Wounded Veterans Act and the Military Personnel Financial Services Education Act to ensure that service members and their families receive financial support and benefits they have earned, especially bonuses owed to soldiers who are medically retired or discharged due to combat-related injuries and to require financial audit to determine how many service members were affected by the practice of not paying out, and recouping bonus payments.

2007 Introduced the 21st Century GI Bill of Rights Act to reward the veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by providing them with education, housing and entrepreneurial benefits commensurate with their needs. Veterans serving at least two years on active-duty since September 11, 2001, or deployed overseas in support of a combat operation since September 11, would be eligible for 8 college semesters of tuition, fees, books, room and board and other related education costs. Active Duty service members, National Guard, and Reservists would have equal footing and access to benefits. Education assistance would be on a level consistent with undergraduate education costs paid by non-veterans, and assistance could be used for specialized trade or technical training, and certification and licensing programs. Unlike under the current Montgomery GI Bill, promotes new entrepreneurial opportunities for veterans by establishing a low-interest, no collateral Veterans' Micro-loan Program.

2007 Called, with Sen. Jim Webb, for Investigation into the Effectiveness of Body Armor Issued to Our Troops, to research which particular body armor system offers the best protection for effectiveness and reliability against the threats facing different troops in combat with specific needs.

2007 Sponsored legislation to provide vouchers for families of service members deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan to cover the cost of shipping a package of up to 10 pounds or a letter up to 13 ounces. Funds for vouchers would be provided every two months and transferred from the Department of Defense. Legislation was originally introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Vito Fossella.

2007 Called on Pentagon to brief Congress on any existing plans for withdrawal from Iraq, or provide explanation as to why such plans have not been properly created, both a letter to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and in a private meeting with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace.

2007 Co-introduced legislation with John Kerry (Mass) requiring the Pentagon to prepare a report and briefing for Iraq Redeployment to be given to the appropriate oversight committees on current contingency plans or explain why they decided not to engage in such planning.

2007 Called for Armed Services Hearing to Focus on Redeployment of U.S. Forces from Iraq with Senators Jim Webb (D-VA), Robert Byrd (D-WV), and Evan Bayh (D-IN) who, along with Hillary Clinton (D-NY), are on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Possible closed door session would allow Administration to testify on status of withdrawal planning, but also could solicit the views of outside experts experienced in redeployment of large numbers of troops. If necessary, portions of the hearing could be held in closed session

2007 Helped to pass a resolution condemning Hamas and Hezbollah for kidnapping three Israeli soldiers and demands their unconditional and immediate release

2007 Called on President Bush & Defense Secretary Gates to Clarify Administration Policy on Resuming the Military Draft, and Affirm Their Commitment to an All-volunteer Force in light of White House Deputy National Security Adviser, Lt. General Douglas Lute, saying the draft "has always been an option on the table" - which contradicts Administration statements

2007 Sponsored Amendment to Increase Temporary Lodging Expenses for Service members from 20 days to 60 days for service members moving to a military base and experiencing a housing shortage as part of the FY 2008 National Defense Authorization

2007 Co-sponsored with Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) the Support for Injured Service members Act which allows the family of wounded military personnel to take up to 6 months of unpaid leave. The legislation expands the benefits provided under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which currently allows 12 weeks of unpaid leave.

2007 Joined bipartisan group of Senators to introduce bill to Require Report on Iraq Redeployment Planning from Administration from the Department of Defense within 60 days to congressional defense committees, with updated reports every 90 days thereafter. Co-sponsored by Senators Ken Salazar (D-CO), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Susan Collins (R-ME) George Voinovich (R-OH), Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) and Jim Webb (D-VA)

2007 Co-introduced Legislation to Require Congressional Approval for Extending U.S. military commitment to Iraq. Also sent letter warning the President against rushing the United States into long-term security commitments to the Iraqi government and urging him to seek Congressional consent. This was in response to President Bush's signing a Declaration of Principles for a Long-term Relationship of Cooperation and Friendship with Iraq. Co-sponsored by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Robert Byrd (D-WV), Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Carl Levin (D-MI), and Jim Webb (D-VA).

2007 Called for Investigation of Reported Rape and Detention of American Contractor in Iraq after allegations by Jamie Leigh Jones that she was brutally raped and forcibly detained while serving as a contractor in Iraq. According to news reports, more than two years later, no United States government agency or department has undertaken a proper investigation of the incident. In a letter, Senator Clinton urged Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Attorney General Michael Mukasey to take swift and immediate action to investigate rape charges.

2007 Introduced amendments to the National Security Strategy, a National Defense Strategy and Quadrennial Defense Review, key documents that guide national security policy, to consider strategies regarding Natural Disasters and Mass Migration issues that could be caused by Global Warming and Climate Change and how they would impact National Security, add to global tensions, and increase conflict over resources.

2007 Joined colleagues in calling for pay raise for wartime troops to 3.5 percent and to ask Bush not to cut a proposed benefit for grieving spouses, which would provide $40 a month to help these military families cover expenses when a loved one is killed in action. Co-sponsored by Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) and House members Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill. 5th District), Tim Walz (D-Minn. 1st District) and Patrick Murphy (D-Penn. 8th District)

2007 Fought to include a provision requiring the Army audit the pay accounts of 1,216 wounded soldiers in the FY 2007 Defense Authorization bill. The audit, which the Army completed in 2007, found 24% of the wounded soldiers had underpayment issues totaling nearly $400,000.

2007 Introduced the Protecting Military Family Financial Benefits Act to close gaps in the death gratuity and other survivor benefits intended for family members of active-duty military personnel and protecting children of single parents by allowing guardians of the surviving minor children to access the benefits.

2007 Introduced the Restoring Disability Benefits for Injured and Wounded Warriors to fix the flawed disability benefits evaluation process to be more efficient and make sure wounded service members are treated fairly including an independent review of disability benefit ratings below 20 percent and an increase in disability benefits when warranted.

2008 Co-sponsored with Senator Dodd the Family and Medical Leave Act which was incorporated into the Defense Authorization Act, extending to the loved ones of wounded service members the right to take time extra time off to care for an injured spouse or child.

2008 Joined colleagues to introduce the Civil Rights Act of 2008 which strengthens accountability when civil rights and workers' rights are violated. Legislation ensures accountability for violations of our civil rights and fair labor laws, gives individuals the right to challenge practices that have unjustified discriminatory effect based on race, color, national origin, disability, age or gender. Gives students the same protection from harassment in school that workers have on the job, and holds employers fully accountable for age discrimination and discrimination against our men and women in the armed services. Co-sponsored by Congressman Lewis, Senators Kennedy, Leahy, Dodd, Lautenberg, Bingaman, Kerry, Harkin, Mikulski, Akaka, Boxer, Feingold, Murray, Durbin, Schumer, Cantwell, Obama, Menendez, Cardin and Brown.

2008 Introduced with bi-partisan group Casey, Sessions, an Amendment to Protect Bonuses for Wounded Veterans that would create a reserve fund to guarantee that veterans who are wounded in combat are able to receive full payment of bonuses and incentives so that Medically-Discharged troops are not penalized

2008 Sponsored Bridging the Gap bill to ensure that active duty and veterans' health care services are available to all current and former service members injured after October 7, 2001, and another amendment to require that the development of a DOD-VA electronic medical records system is compatible with efforts to develop a nationwide health IT infrastructure. Senate Armed Services Committee and both houses of Congress adopted these measures of bill

2008 Called for needed focus and funds to the BioWatch program, to develop bio-weapons sensors to detect the early stages
of a biological attack

2008 Met with Irish Peace Agreement architects, Ian Paisley and Sinn Fein, who only requested meetings with two Americans when they visited from Ireland: One with President Bush and the other with Senator Hillary Clinton.

2008 Met with British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Shaun Woodward, during his visit to Washington, DC

2008 Called on Senate Armed Services Committee to hold oversight hearings on circumstances surrounding resignation of Admiral William Fallon as Commander, U.S. Central Command, voicing concern that Admiral Fallon may have been coerced to resign because of his willingness to offer unfiltered, independent advice

2008 Defense Authorization Act included additional amendment from Clinton to expand burial travel allowances for military families to minor, dependent siblings of deceased service members who currently have to pay out of pocket to travel to their brother's or sister's funeral services.

2008 Called on the Pentagon to implement an aggressive suicide prevention program for military, including a targeted outreach for soldiers at risk of harming themselves. According to recent news reports, more active duty soldiers committed suicide in 2007 than in any other year on record.


Here's some info about Generals supporting Hillary. Maybe you'll find someone you know.

General Henry Hugh Shelton has endorsed her to be the Nation's next Commander-in- Chief. One of our nation's top military figures, General Shelton served two terms as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush. In announcing his endorsement, General Shelton said, "I've been with Senator Clinton when she has been with our military men and women. I know from those experiences that she understands the demands and sacrifice of military life. I am confident she will always put the readiness and well being of our troops first. She is ready to be Commander-in- Chief."

General Shelton joins General John Shalikashvili as the second former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to have endorsed Senator Clinton. General Shelton is the fourth flag officer to endorse Senator Clinton this week.

The first Green Beret to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Shelton served our Nation with distinction over a career that spanned 38 years. General Shelton served two tours of duty in Vietnam , and was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He was assistant commander of the 101st Airborne Division during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq , and later commanded the 82nd Airborne Division. Prior to serving as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Shelton commanded U.S. Special Operations Forces.
He served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation's highest ranking military office, from 1997-2001.
General Shelton joins a distinguished group of 28 retired flag officers who have endorsed Senator Clinton to be our nation's next Commander-in- Chief. In addition, more than 2,000 veterans and military retirees are members of Senator Clinton's national and state veterans' steering committees.

"I am so proud to have the endorsement of General Shelton. He has spent his career commanding our country's elite military units. He commanded at the highest level of our nation's armed forces, while always remaining dedicated to the effectiveness of their combat capabilities and the well-being of their families."


Generals Endorsing Hillary Clinton for President and Commander-in- Chief

1. General Wesley Clark
2. General John M. Shalikashvili
3. General Henry Hugh Shelton
4. General Johnnie E. Wilson
5. Admiral William Owens
6. Lt. Gen. Joe Ballard
7. Lt. Gen. Robert Gard
8. Lt. Gen. Claudia J. Kennedy
9. Lt. Gen. Donald L. Kerrick
10. Lt. Gen. Frederick E. Vollrath
11. Vice Admiral Joseph A. Sestak
12. Major General Roger R. Blunt
13. Major General George A. Buskirk, Jr.
14. Major General Edward L. Correa, Jr.
15. Major General Paul D. Eaton
16. Major General Paul D. Monroe, Jr.
17. Major General Antonio M. Taguba
18. Rear Admiral Connie Mariano
19. Rear Admiral Alan M. Steinman
20. Rear Admiral David Stone
21. Brigadier General Michael Dunn
22. Brigadier General Belisario Flores
23. Brigadier General Evelyn "Pat" Foote
24. Brigadier General Keith H. Kerr
25. Brigadier General Virgil A. Richard
26. Brigadier General Preston Taylor
27. Brigadier General John M. Watkins, Jr.
28. Brigadier General Jack Yeager

Posted by: Farrell | March 21, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

HERE IS AN IMAGE OF HILLARY LANDING UNDER SNIPERFIRE IN BOSNIA.

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2008/03/hillarys_balkan_adventures_par.html

Posted by: Hillary4Prez | March 21, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

This Aikers "sleuth" column belongs in the National Enquirer, not the WaPo. Aikers makes the snide comment that Sinbad has "come out from under a rock to defend Obama." Not exactly. Sinbad is refuting Hillary's "war story." Aikers then uses quotes from Hillary's campaign spokesman Singer to refute Sinbad. Was Singer there?

I AM SO SICK AND TIRED OF CLINTONS' LIES!!! Haven't we had enough of "what is is" followed by GW Bush who lied us into this Iraq war. I wish all the BUSH/CLINTON/BUSH'S would crawl under A rock and let our country move on.

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Posted by: Aleksiu | March 22, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

The lie is so sad I FEEL sorry for Hillary. Why would she continue to lie about things - especially those that can be verified?

And I will bet my house that if there were bullets we would have known. Sinbad would have let the world know

Posted by: Ingrid | March 22, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Sinbad may have been there, but so was Gen. Nash. . . . and he was in commmand. His comments are in the update to the article everyone's discussing. http://blog.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2008/03/hillarys_balkan_adventures_par.html.

Posted by: pdq | March 22, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Sinbad is telling the truth!
VIDEO!
Actual video of the greeting ceremony! NO SHOOTING--Lots of hand shaking, kissing hugging, cameras, press!

Hillary Clinton Lies About Her Trip To Bosnia

www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2rtBUfc6YA

Posted by: MJ Schultz | March 22, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Did Hillary Clinton lie or is she being completely honest about the events in Bosnia? If she's lying there's probably nothing left for me to say. If she is telling the truth, I have to question why she would have taken Chelsea with her to such a "dangerous war zone." My child is the last person in the world I would want in any dangerous situation. If she cannot put the well being of her daughter first, I question if she can put the well being of our troops or our country first.

Posted by: cew134 | March 23, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Farrell: Your post makes an excellent argument to keep Hillary Clinton in the Senate, where she is doing so much good. She would make a great Senate Majority Leader, provided Democrats are the majority party. But she would, unfortunately, lose badly to McCain if she were the Democratic nominee for President.

Posted by: jen | March 23, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I read with fascination Michael Dobbs' "The Fact Checker" (Saturday, 3/22/08) regarding Sen. Clinton's ascertain that she took "enemy sniper fire" while visiting Tuzla Air Base in Bosnia in March '96. As an Air Force journalist out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, I was in Tuzla that week to cover Air Force stories. I also happened to be on the tarmac that cold Tuzla morning standing on the back of a flatbed pick-up truck, with tripod and camera, to cover the Air Force's new (at the time) massive cargo aircraft, the C-17. First Lady Clinton was, as it were, what we called "a side-bar" story. Mrs. Clinton arrived to a flight line full of well-wishers, both military and civilian, accompanied by her staff as well as comedian, Sinbad, and singer Sheryl Crow who were there to entertain troops. But just to set the record straight, there was no enemy fire, and no imminent danger. If there had been any danger, "well-wishers" would not have been allowed on the tarmac, to include me much less allowing me to stand above everyone else on the back of a truck. And Sinbad and Sheryl Crow would've been running for their lives instead of taking the time to be interviewed, on the tarmac, by your's truly. Mrs. Clinton's ascertain is a lie, plain and simple. And I have the video taped story to prove it.

Posted by: Don Jackson | March 23, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I read with fascination Michael Dobbs' "The Fact Checker" (Saturday, 3/22/08) regarding Sen. Clinton's ascertain that she took "enemy sniper fire" while visiting Tuzla Air Base in Bosnia in March '96. As an Air Force journalist out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, I was in Tuzla that week to cover Air Force stories. I also happened to be on the tarmac that cold Tuzla morning standing on the back of a flatbed pick-up truck, with tripod and camera, to cover the Air Force's new (at the time) massive cargo aircraft, the C-17. First Lady Clinton was, as it were, what we called "a side-bar" story. Mrs. Clinton arrived to a flight line full of well-wishers, both military and civilian, accompanied by her staff as well as comedian, Sinbad, and singer Sheryl Crow who were there to entertain troops. But just to set the record straight, there was no enemy fire, and no imminent danger. If there had been any danger, "well-wishers" would not have been allowed on the tarmac, to include me much less allowing me to stand above everyone else on the back of a truck. And Sinbad and Sheryl Crow would've been running for their lives instead of taking the time to be interviewed, on the tarmac, by your's truly. Mrs. Clinton's ascertain is a lie, plain and simple. And I have the video taped story to prove it.

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Posted by: rl557ur406 | March 24, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

Remember Sinbad's old "McRib" commercial for McDonalds?? That was hilarious too.

Posted by: gibo | March 24, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

The point, Mr. Singer, is that it was, as you pointed out, "a potential combat zone." The word "POTENTIAL" makes all the difference when Hillary claims that she landed under sniper fire and ran for the cars when she really walked out to a peaceful greeting ceremony. Factcheck.org (a non-partisan site) has an analysis of this and more of "Hillary's adventures abroad."

Posted by: Byron | March 24, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Was Sinbad the Bob Hope of the Clinton era?
If he is; the joke is on them! But then again, what should you expect from a woman who hates the U.S. Military and worked non-stop to see the U.S. lose in Vietnam.

Hillary's campaign is dead, and it needs to
be buried soon because it is starting to stink.

Posted by: Rick Aztlan | March 24, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Now let me get this straight; the trip was
too risky for the President, so he sends
his wife and teenage daughter.

Is that the way a coward who dodged the draft and let others serve and die in his
place thinks? After what the Clintons did
to this country many wish they had one more
chance to vote against Bill. If Hillary is
the candidate we will get that chance.


Posted by: lorica | March 24, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

The Clinton's never stop with the fabrications. Remember during another tense moments in New York at 9/11 Hillary's story didn't jive with her's daughters account. The woman is a loon and if the press would have reported on the Clinton's honestly it is for sure Hillary would have never been a senator and we wouldn't have to listen to her horn dog old man yapping. The Clinton's should be erased from history and forgotten. The media created these monsters by covering up for them.

Posted by: Walter | March 24, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Sinbad can use this material for his next standup routine.

Posted by: laughingmyselfsilly | March 24, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

LIAR LIAR - PANTIES ON FIRE!

SINBAD FOR HILLARY'S VP

Posted by: Randle Bate | March 24, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Some say that I, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, should have spent Easter weekend in Chappaqua, writing my withdrawal speech and preparing for my return to the Senate. They ask why I stay in the '08 race when Obama has an insurmountable lead in states, delegates, and popular vote. My strategy is for victory in the 2012 presidential election. I will continue to pursue several lines of attack on Obama including denouncing his experience, blaming him for the fiascos in Michigan & Florida, and even praising our Republican rival Senator John McCain as more patriotic and experienced than Obama. My goal is to do extensive damage to Obama to ensure that he looses the general election in '08 and pave the way for my eventual election in 2012! It's a HILLARIOUS strategy, but I will be president by any means necessary.

Posted by: HILLARY CLINTON 2012 | March 24, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Fred Armisen is part Venezuelan and part Japanese. Sinbad is all racist.

Posted by: Matt Matlock | March 24, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

When Willie committed perjury and lost his law license for 5 years wouldn't that apply to Hillary also when she spews out a whoopers like the Bosnia stories? What court could trust either one to defend a client if the media attention drifted away form them. If they had to cut the poor jerk's throat to get back into the limelight the unfortunate sucker is dead meat.... Again, they're ability to lie and have it covered up by the MSM is why they are still up to doing it today. Just think about the lives they've ruined....

Posted by: Walter | March 24, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

"..has come out from under under a rock"? The writer must live under a rock, because I just saw Sinbad's live performance at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey just a few months ago. I saw him last year as well at the same venue during his stand-up tour. What rock is this reporter speaking of? Sinbad is owed an apology. What kind of Journalism School teaches this disrespect?

Posted by: Melanie | March 24, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

It is sad how Hilary Clinton has lied about an event that cannot be mistaken or forgotton. To me it appears that many red neck whites and prejustice whites do not want blacks in the "White house". They really want to keep it white. I guess Bill Clinton coined as the "first black president" has to be taken back. On the surface he is really prejustice. He wants back in the White House to turn it into a hoar house. I do not see how people like the Governor of New York and Condid get out of their scandal. They target Obama for what someone said and is ready to hang him. Even if they had nothing on him they would plant a lie. On 610 radio in Columbus, Ohio, i listened to Bill Cunningham call Mr. Obama a Big Ear monkey. One of his cllers called him a niger. Rush Limbaugh is very prejustice and said he hopes there will be riots over Obama not making President.

Posted by: Jerry | March 25, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

HIllary has no shame.
Her color changes by day and night, depending on her mood, agenda or desperation.
Her track record is as corrupt as a mafia.
She, who has no integrity or morals, will do anything in desperate measures to fulfill the empty gap she has been longing for 60 years: to be the first female president.
It's her personal agenda, you see. We, Americans, are not in her horizon.

Hillary scares many of us....

Posted by: nora nyc | March 25, 2008 3:21 AM | Report abuse

Hillary! who do u think u are fooling? STOP LYING!!! ex-croatian soldier

Posted by: chris Filipovic | March 25, 2008 4:46 AM | Report abuse

Hillary! who do u think u are fooling? STOP LYING!!! ex-croatian soldier

Posted by: Chris Filipovic | March 25, 2008 4:47 AM | Report abuse

I got the Bosnia thing - Glad she was able to make it - But.........

When are we going to hear about the poor White House travel office slobs who were fired over her unhappiness with them.

I could never work for this woman knowing I could be fired for a slip or disagreement!

Posted by: Tim | March 25, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

I understand that Mrs. Clinton will star in the re-make of the 1996 film "Courage Under Fire" and will play the part of the Helicopter pilot originally played by Meg Ryan.

Posted by: Don Jackson | March 25, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

All of the candidates have baggage. One of them is not any better than the other in the personal. Hillary lies, Obama sometimes doesn't think before he speaks, and McCain can't remember who is fighting who overseas. But which one is best for our country. Obama, without a doubt.

Posted by: Redphilly | March 25, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

What do expect. She is just like her husband, a twister of facts and manipulator of words. A liar. In other words a C.M.B. Ha. That's what I call my ex-wife.

Posted by: Steve Powell | March 25, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

What do expect. She is just like her husband, a twister of facts and manipulator of words. A liar. In other words a C.M.B. Ha. That's what I call my ex-wife.

Posted by: Steve Powell | March 25, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I learned this morning that the Obama campaign released the Bosnia tape to the media; just like they released the irrelevant picture of Bill Clinton posing with Obama's pastor.
Obama has referred to the Clinton campaign as the "Clinton attack machine". This is like the pot calling the kettle black. Oh, maybe I should retract this idiom because it might be misconstrued as racist.
Obama has done his share of embellishing his resume. Take a look at his bragging rights as a community organizer. People that worked with him remember it quite differently. What about his claims that his father from Kenya was a "goat herder" when in reality he was a rich farmer. What about his outright dishonesty during a debate regarding his long history with REZKO? These matters won't be brought up during the primary but they will be pounced on during the primary GE.

Posted by: MJG | March 25, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I did not have sniper fire with that Sinbad, in Bosnia

Posted by: gunseller | March 25, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

One only has to watch the video to see Hillary lied. Lots of laughing and smiling going on. We don't need to interview anyone, the video speaks for itself. This wasn't a "mis-speak", it was written on paper as a speach. Downright blatent lie! Clintons will do or say anything ot get the power they crave. Disgusting.

Posted by: D | March 25, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton gets dissed by Sinbad. How cool is that?

Posted by: Hello Hilary | March 25, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Vote Obama, end the Drama.

Posted by: Kiah | March 25, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

By the way, Sinbad is great.

"WASSSUUUUPPPPPPP!?"

Posted by: Anonymous | March 25, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

By the way, Sinbad is great.

"WASSSUUUUPPPPPPP!?"

Posted by: Kiah, again. | March 25, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

By the way, Sinbad is great.

"WASSSUUUUPPPPPPP!?"

Posted by: Kiah, again. | March 25, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Why would someone go to such an extent to make them sound like they've had more experience?

I could care less about how much experience you've had, I don't want to know that the leader of my country is a liar.

It makes you wonder, what else is she lying about? Not everything can be caught on camera.

Posted by: Someone. | March 25, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

It is a Big Shame on fellow Hilarry Supporters, who strogly believed that a Bogus Liar Should be A Commander in Chief. I have got No worries about these Irrate supportrs, who can be easily fooled, but Not Many of us , who know when to call the short. Again Hillary and his Bil are Bogus Liars.

It is becoming increasingly possible now for the DNC to DRAW the Final Curtain on Her. What we have known now, is becoming increasingly High Risk to allow Hillary to continue Her Deceitful, Desperate campaign draging the Democrats All together into the Gutter.

Thank you Mr. Bill Richardson who refused to go into the Gutter with one of Hillary's surrogates last time. It is therefore as demanded By the Obama's Girl. it is High Time the Clintons call it Quit.

Hillary, you definitely has No Substance left, Your Lie is a Big SHAME on the Democrats and Another Worse case scenairo. while the Presidency is not for you. PLs, Pls Go Now Hillary. Enough is Enough.

Posted by: Roy Sulyl;y | March 25, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

****** Say what? As Sinbad put it: "What kind of president would say, 'Hey, man, I can't go 'cause I might get shot so I'm going to send my wife...oh, and take a guitar player and a comedian with you.'" *****

**** In her Iowa stump speech, Clinton also said, "We used to say in the White House that if a place is too dangerous, too small or too poor, send the First Lady." ****

MY COMMENT: Maybe Bill told Hillary this because he needed more time with Monica Lewinsky...the more Hillary travel to different countries...the more he could enjoy himself...with Monica that is. Chuckle

Posted by: G | March 25, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

****** Say what? As Sinbad put it: "What kind of president would say, 'Hey, man, I can't go 'cause I might get shot so I'm going to send my wife...oh, and take a guitar player and a comedian with you.'" *****

**** In her Iowa stump speech, Clinton also said, "We used to say in the White House that if a place is too dangerous, too small or too poor, send the First Lady." ****

MY COMMENT: Maybe Bill told Hillary this because he needed more time with Monica Lewinsky...the more Hillary travel to different countries...the more he could enjoy himself...with Monica that is. Chuckle

Posted by: G | March 25, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I can't imagine going to Bosnia at that time wouldn't have been hair-raising even under the best of circumstances. So she said it was dangerous and she kept her head down.....who's to say that was meant literally or figuratively. Dang...everyone loves to jump on every word of both Clinton and Obama and make a stink about anything they can find!!!!

Posted by: THINK | March 25, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Keep crying outrage Obama supporters. It's rather funny how someone's 20 year old relationship with a Black racist is somehow less important than someone misrepresenting their visit to an obscure country 12 years ago.

Your attempted attacks are rather amusing!

Posted by: Reader | March 25, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

I Like Hillary, Hillary funnier than you.

Posted by: Sinbad | March 25, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

We love it! Hillary and Bill could not solve their own problems let alone bring resolve and peace and keep us safe in the good ole United States of America. God Bless our troops and keep them out of harm's way! And, I am thankful that Obama and Clinton are at each other's throats and making complete fools out of themselves. Hopefully, the american people can see that change IS GOOD, but WHAT CHANGE? What does Obama intend to change? Does anyone know? Does anyone want Hillary "the Clintons" to decide for the american people that the government would automatically deduct insurance payments out of their small paychecks? Does anyone remember when the "Clintons" were in office and our troops went into Semalia and our Blackhawk helicopters were gunned down and our troops were slaughtered? And, how about when "the Clintons" okayed our troops to go into Irac and bomb the crap out of the aspirin factories there because they thought there were weapons of mass distruction? Several years ago, we both changed our affiliations. We are tired of the Democrats dictating what we should do that THEY DO NOT HAVE TO DO! We are now Republicans and we will vote Republican. Maybe, if God willing, the Republican party wins, we could send Obama and "the Clintons" over to Irac on a peace mission to end the war. They may then gain the experience that John McCain has, first hand, and be qualified to run in the next general election. God Bless America!

Posted by: Mike & Donna Rauser | March 25, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Reader, you said:

"Keep crying outrage Obama supporters. It's rather funny how someone's 20 year old relationship with a Black racist is somehow less important than someone misrepresenting their visit to an obscure country 12 years ago.

Your attempted attacks are rather amusing!"

At least Obama has been mostly honest and it helps that he's disclosed his tax records. Can Hillary or McCain say that? All they know how to do is deny, deny, deny until faced with the facts!

Posted by: Anonymous | March 25, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

HILLARY-OUS!!! I've heard of misquote, but MISSPOKE? Yes, Miss Poking around for dirt on her opponent and poking the people with lies about her experiences.

Thank goodness Sinbad was there to put the experience into its proper perspective. Mrs. Clinton is really is HILLARY-OUS!

Posted by: HILLARY-OUS! | March 25, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

HILLARY-OUS!!! I've heard of misquote, but MISSPOKE? Yes, Miss Poking around for dirt on her opponent and poking the people with lies about her experiences.

Thank goodness Sinbad was there to put the experience into its proper perspective. Mrs. Clinton is really is HILLARY-OUS!

Posted by: HILLARY-OUS! | March 25, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Reader, you said:

"Keep crying outrage Obama supporters. It's rather funny how someone's 20 year old relationship with a Black racist is somehow less important than someone misrepresenting their visit to an obscure country 12 years ago.

Your attempted attacks are rather amusing!"

Clinton didn't just misrepresent that event; she made the very same account in her book "Living History". It's one thing to have a 20 year relationship with a pastor who supposedly made anti-American and racist comments, but this woman has repeatedly told and cultivated a 12 year lie! At least Obama has been "straight" and most honest with us about his relationship with Rev. Wright and with Tony Rezko. What can you say about Hillary? And if she was misspoken about that event, what other things was she misspoken about? Can it be that all of that "experience" she was crowing about was just within her imagination?!

Posted by: Gerald Shields | March 25, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

"...I was a member of the security team (military) providing escort to Mrs. Clinton and Chelsea that day. True, a sniper shot would have been difficult. However, it was a concern at that time, particulary when new bullet strikes could be found almost daily. As General Nash stated, there was a reported threat of a truck bomb. Also, there was heightened activity just outside the airfield near the time of their landing. Am I a Clintonite, uh, no. However, given the heightened level of security that day, I would have to say that danger from sniper fire was a real concern.IFOR, ya'll.
Posted by: John | March 24, 2008 09:40 PM

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2008/03/hillarys_balkan_adventures_par.html


Beware Of the Obama Con Being Forced Down Our Throats...I hope It's Not Too Late

Posted by: chris mrosko | March 25, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Want to know more about the charismatic mystery man?

See;http://noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/03/24/barack-i-didnt-know-obama/#more-1919

Posted by: chris mrosko | March 25, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: chris mrosko | March 25, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I am a professional comedian, and In the circle of comedians, Sinbad is the joke in a joke. Nobody looks to Sinbad for any insight or comedic inspiration. He is lame. He is has always been considered "black light". He never had the guts to go where Pryor or Murphy went. Suddenly he is so "black". He was not smart or opened minded enough, which for a good comedian, that is a must. I don't know why his name is even still around today. Calling himself a comedian and being upset by Obama, a man who is even more white then he is black, being portrayed pretty accurately, by a white guy. What galls this guy has! Hillary went to Bosnia during a time when a Holocaust was going on, and nobody knew how bad it actually was. I had family friends from there, and they would phone me to say that women and children were getting raped and killed everyday. Hillary does not need to apologize, she went to a dangerous country, and had a reason for fear. Both Obama and Sinbad are the liars here.

Posted by: Joan | March 25, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Hey Phil Singer, you asked "has Senator Obama ever been to Bosnia?". I have a question for you: has Hillary ever been to Indonasia?

Posted by: Dave | March 25, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

As per Joan | March 25, 2008 06:45 PM,
anyone who is not being worshipped by all others in theie business do not have the right to stand up and speak to straingten out the facts? He/she do not have the right to point out a blatant lie when he/she sees one? Because sinbad is not a top comedian, Hillary "liar" Clinton is automatically becomes a saint? Give me a break.

Posted by: Dave | March 25, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

As per Joan | March 25, 2008 06:45 PM,
anyone who is not being worshipped by all others in theie business do not have the right to stand up and speak to straingten out the facts? He/she do not have the right to point out a blatant lie when he/she sees one? Because sinbad is not a top comedian, Hillary "liar" Clinton automatically becomes a saint? Give me a break.

Posted by: Dave | March 25, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

So Hillary says that her husband sent her to poor, small, dangerous places because he was afraid?

STRIKE 1

Then she was such a good decision maker, that she said... okay Bill. I'll go get shot and you stay here with Monica.

STRIKE 2

So... she agrees to go where no man will go. How do you seal it off, TAKE YOUR TEENAGE DAUGHTER with you. Nothing since good judgement and Presidential like someone dragging their kid into "sniper" fire.

STRIKE 3... get out of the race.

Posted by: Tyler | March 25, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

From today: Clinton said she was "sleep-deprived" and "misspoke" when she was made these comments.

HOLD IT! Isn't this the same person that told us she was best suited to answer an emergency call at 3 AM??? I hope she isn't "sleep-deprived" and misspeaks.

I can only imagine who she will order snipers on or nuke under such cool, rational thinking.

Posted by: Ian | March 25, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Dear Joan,

If you're a comedian, I'm the next President of The United States. Sinbad has ALWAYS been considered one of the greatest black comedians in our community! There are people that quote some of his routine even today! The fact that he doesn't curse doesn't make him "black enough"?? Are you serious? So we're supposed to curse, shuffle and coon in order to be considered "real black people"? At the time Sinbad went to Bosnia, he was the biggest comedian selling out concert halls, HBO specials, TV shows and he even had his own short-lived talk show. Ask any black person who Sinbad is and they could tell you without blinking an eye. It's amazing how some folks think that unless white people know you, you aren't a success. Still searching for acceptance from the dominant race I guess.

To insue that he wasn't successful is the only joke you've made. The fact you even want to call yourself a "comedian" in the same group as Sinbad, Pryor and Murphy is even more dillusion and I think you need to refill your Prozac.

You're a typical ______ person, who thinks someone is "more or less black" is so ludicrous that my eyes are rolling as we speak. How in the hell can you be "more black" or "more white"? Stupid!

Posted by: April | March 25, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Just a quick question...has she ever been under sniper fire? I mean maybe she just got the situation wrong. Surely she's been under fire somewhere and, since she's traveled so much, she just got the countries confused? No? She lied? Because, how can you "Misspeak", if this type of event never happened? Ah well. Just trying to give her the benefit of the doubt.

Posted by: Go Bruins | March 25, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

I have heard of embellishing your resume a little but this was clearly an outright lie. However, I think that the worse part of this was the attempt to discredit Sinbad who was there and told the truth about what happened in Bosnia. Lucky for him he was vindicated by the video. I have to give her credit for best performance in lying in a political campaign, because her story about the sniper fire was so authentic and vivid.

Posted by: Stephanie Woods Miller | March 25, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Obama is as white as he is black. Does Sinbad not comprehend the word HALF.

A white or a black man can play Obama and it's fine.

Posted by: mik | March 25, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Senator Hillary Clinton describes her recent trip on the campaign trail.

"I walked off my helicopter this morning in New Hampshire to be greeted by hailing bullets...oops, sorry, I meant to say hailing Girl Scouts. I just misspoke. Kinda like Bosnia.
It was different in Bosnia. I'd just spent several hours on a plane with a folksinger and a comedian. My face was hurting from trying to smile at them during the trip, so I may have been a bit disoriented when we landed in Bosnia.
I have already said I made a mistake, OK? So, I forgot that nobody shot at me at a Bosnian airport? If, like me, you have NEVER been shot at, how could you possibly remember all the times that there was no sniper fire directed your way?
I rest my case."

Posted by: Ron | March 26, 2008 4:31 AM | Report abuse

To Didi Miesen and any other fatally ill-informed readers, it WAS NOT Kosovo where Ms. Clinton and Sinbad visited in March '96....it was Bosnia. So, different war, different country, different ethic group, different year. Inform yourself...get facts straight before you shoot off your painfully uninformed opinions for all the world to see.


Posted by: Don Jackson | March 26, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

I respect Sinbad. Yes, he is very funny. While I wouldn't put him in the league with Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor, I would liken him to Bill Cosby. I appreciated his clean acts. He did made me laugh so hard that I had tears in my eyes. To me, he is a success in a society that says you have to be offensive to be funny.

If Hillary can't get her facts straight from lack of sleep, God knows how she'll lead if a situation like teh Cuban missile crises arises. No, I do not want her answering the phone at 3am. Not after she "misspoke" from lack of sleep.

Posted by: Adelphi_Sky | March 26, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

"We used to say in the White House that if a place is too dangerous, too small or too poor, send the First Lady."

That space under the Bill's desk was 2 safe, 2 big, and 2 rich..... I guess thats why we sent MONICA!

Posted by: D Wizzle | March 26, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I just have one question here:
I want to know if Hillary would answer the phone at 3 am if she was encountering incoming sniper fire at her residence?

Posted by: Jimi J | March 26, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I saw the video, and it looked anything but safe to me. I could see Hillary's recollection to being the way it was.

Posted by: Jason D | March 26, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Seinfeld's George Costanza famously quipped: "It's not a lie if you believe it."

This is how a Clinton--take your pick: Hillary, Bill, or Chelsea-makes it through the day. Better living through self-delusion. Seeking to burnish her foreign policy leadership credentials, Sen. Clinton has repeatedly peddled a harrowing anecdote about dodging sniper fire during a trip to Tuzla, Bosnia in 1996. She brought her then-teenage daughter Chelsea on the dangerous mission. And entertainer Sinbad. And singer Sheryl Crow. And, oh yeah, there was eight-year-old Bosnian girl Emina Bikakcic, who calmly embraced the intrepid First Lady and read her a poem on the tarmac--while a huge contingent of children and parents and other onlookers surrounded them with not the least bit of concern about flying bullets.

When Sinbad, the Washington Post, and every fact-checker on the Internet and under the sun debunked her tall tale, Sen. Clinton doubled down. She dissed Sinbad as a mere "comedian." (He just tells jokes. She is a joke.) She asserted that she and her compatriots ran for safety with "our heads down." She clung to her story that she "had to be moved inside because of sniper fire." And she embellished further: "There was no greeting ceremony, and we were basically told to run to our cars. Now, that is what happened."

When video of the cheery greeting ceremony surfaced this week showing no such thing, Hillary's Truth Deficit Disorder kicked in and the symptomatic excuses poured forth. She "misspoke." Besides, she pooh-poohed: "I say a lot of things -- millions of words a day -- so if I misspoke, that was just a misstatement."

Priceless campaign slogan: The more she speaks, the more she "mis"-speaks. Finally, truth in Clinton advertising! (In our family, by the way, we call this condition "diarrhea of the mouth.")

And Hillary's not done. She sniffed that her Tuzla hustle was just a "minor blip." A "minor blip" that she just happened to tell, retell, and adorn in her 2003 autobiography, in Dubuque Iowa, in Waco, Texas, and in Washington, D.C., over the past three months to illustrate her bravery, fortitude, expertise, and massive foreign policy experience edge over Barack Obama.

In a radio interview Tuesday, Hillary blamed her congenital dissembling on being "sleep-deprived." If that is so, then Hillary has been a walking zombie for years.

This is the woman who insisted for more than a decade that she was named after the late, great mountain-climber Sir Edmund Hilary--never mind that she was born six years before he scaled Mount Everest in 1953.

This is the woman who told Dateline NBC that daughter Chelsea was on a jog in New York City when the jihadists struck on 9/11--never mind that Chelsea later wrote a magazine essay revealing that she watched the attacks on television from a friend's apartment.

This is the woman who claimed to have "helped start" the federal Children Health Insurance Program--never mind that the program's original sponsors noted that Sen. Clinton fought the initial bill and had no role in writing the legislation.

This is the woman (echoed by her husband and daughter) who bragged that she was the "first" to call the disaster in Darfur "genocide"--never mind that several other senators had done so in 2004, while her first press statement referring to Darfur as "genocide" wasn't until March 2006.

This is the woman who claimed to have organized "instrumental" meetings in Belfast and baldly asserted that she "helped to bring peace to Northern Ireland"--never mind that key negotiators dismissed her as "totally invisible," "cheerleading," and "a wee bit silly."

And we haven't even gotten to the Whitewater era yet, which not coincidentally, is when her Tuzla imaginary bullet-dodging adventure took place--timed to distract from all of her and her husband's dishonest, dirty dealings.

Lies, Lies and more Lies....

Posted by: Lies, Lies and more Lies.... | March 26, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

It'd be nice for 'lies, lies and more lies' to credit Michelle Malkin for her great column. Good for Sinbad! Sheryl Crow though will never speak out against Hillary. She's the liberal lunatic that insists we all use one square of toilet paper after going #2 in the bathroom.

Posted by: Steven Fallon | March 26, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Dear Presidential Candidates and Fellow Americans,

Can't anyone tell the truth? Is any aware or does anyone care that American's are fed up with the bickering, name calling, card pulling, mud slinging antics of all of the candidates? Do American's know or care that we are being treated as monkeys prodded to react by polls and media fodder. One candidate is discovered to have said or done something debatable and they defend themselves like children, "Oh yeah? What about them, look at what they did?"

No wonder American's are disillusioned with government. Much like some television sitcoms, politics are an act with a poorly written script. You would think that with the Actor's Guild's new contract they could contrive better material for the caricature candidates.

Do you want my vote? Grow up! Tell me the truth! I'm a big boy now. Don't lie to me and say you're going to fix healthcare when you can't. Don't tell me that you're going to cut taxes when you won't. Don't tell me about your foreign policy experience and then say you "misspoke" about it. Don't ask me to believe in change unless you're absolutely sure that you can deliver. Don't cover up your flaws by attacking your opponents flaws.

You have turned politics is the epitome of childish high school student government elections. Voting based on popularity and character bashing.

Tell me that we are in a recession. Tell me that taxes may increase in order to get us out of out the hundred trillion dollar debt to countries like China. Tell me that healthcare will continue to get more expensive because lobbyist and their imbedded government representatives along with money thirsty hospitals, doctors, and HMO's will never allow inexpensive healthcare. Tell me that we are stuck in Iraq because the international community will rebuke us for abandoning something we started and pulling out all of our troops will without doubt induce an unconventional civil war and spill into surrounding nations.

Tell me the truth! Then and only then will you get my vote!

Respectfully Submitted

Nathan J. Lugo

Posted by: Nathan Lugo | March 26, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

So yes Hillary Clinton is a liar, or at least desperate. But let's not forget about Obama's lie which if unchecked, can really turn this country upside down if he gets to be in the most powerful position on earth!
Senator Obama has defended his attendance at Reverend Wright's Trinity Church. He has been going there for 20 years. He was aware of his inflamatory comments and views. Per Reverend Wright, the church's foundation is based on Liberation theology. Liberation theology caused havoc in Latin America in the 1970's and 80's. It was one of the main causes of the long civil wars that devastated Central America due to the social class hatred promoted by it and by the Catholic clergymen who brainwashed the people. Similar to the racial hatred that Mr. Wright has promoted, for 20 years!
And Obama lies about not knowing about these remarks? Well he even included some of them in his book which made him so rich!

So ok HIllary Clinto wants to bring this controversy back to light. I don't care what her intentions are. The fact is this story cannot be forgotten! It is too important for us to understand the character and beliefs of who could become the next President of the United States.

I don't trust Senator Obama one bit. The fact that he can make people fall in love with him via his Sermons is even scarier. That's what Liberation Theologists do!

Posted by: Latino Voter | March 26, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

I only heard rev. wright say those awful things once. He must have misspoken then huh? He said them with conviction though. Oh wait! So did Hillary. I'm kinda confused. Check out this cartoon analysis of Hillary landing in Bosnia with Sinbad.

http://www.236.com/blog/w/lee_camp/a_detailed_analysis_of_hillary_5440.php

Posted by: TseeBaeng | March 26, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Earth to Simbad, Earth to Simbad, are you there? Do you copy? Obama is half white. I repeat, Obama is half white. This means that he's 50% white. Yes, that's 50% white. Do you read me? If white people shouldn't portray Obama because of his ethnic make-up, then black people shouldn't portray him either. Do the math. It's really simple!

Captain Video
Ranger Third Class

Posted by: Uh, hello in there... | March 27, 2008 1:33 AM | Report abuse

Hillary under fire. Corkscrewing in. Sent to danger zones. What a load of BS. That is bad enough.

What is worse is her whole campign is built on the "I was involved in governance, I didn't make cookies like the traditional first lady" message.

Her diaries show, for the most part, ribbon cutting, photo ops and the like.

The one thing she did lead, a plan for expanded health care, was a political liability.

Scarry.

Posted by: Carlo Dante | March 27, 2008 1:36 AM | Report abuse

I also heard that she helped Heather Mills get Paul McCartney to start touring again!

I am so disappointed with Hillary. At the start, I thought, this is great, two really good candidates. I know many very recently thought, what a dream ticket: Hillary/Obama or Obama/Hillary, either way unbeatable.

I can't believe how quickly she has imploded.

As far as Rev. Wright, I also can't believe how naive (or self-absorbed) people are about race based churches. You can walk into any predominately white churches and hear some offensive remarks as well as any predominately Hispanic churches and have the same experience.

And most all Christian churches condemn those who are pro-choice or who do not consider homosexuality a sin damned to hell for eternity. At least Rev. Wright's church actively provided real acts of Christian help to the poor and forgotten.

But, I'm sorry, you cannot "misspeak" about sniper fire on four different occasions. And then "innocently" try to deflect the focus to something that everyone else had placed on the back burner. Really cheap and incredibly stupid stunts.

If she wins the nomination, I will vote for her because we cannot have McCain, who has gone to great pains to agree with Bush' policies win the white house, but I won't be celebrating. Our country really needs Obama.

Posted by: Another Latino Voter | March 27, 2008 7:10 AM | Report abuse

Nice, Sinbad is the next Samuel L. Jackson. Hillary totally would have gotten away with it if it weren't for you meddling kids:
http://www.236.com/news/2008/03/27/ask_236_hillarys_sleep_depriva_5467.php

Posted by: Alyssa | March 27, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Hah, looks like Hillary's been seeking "outside help" for resolving the matter: http://www.236.com/news/2008/03/27/ask_236_hillarys_sleep_depriva_5467.php

Posted by: Eliana | March 27, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Let's say we give Clinton the benefit of the doubt that she "misspoke" regarding the incident (even though she repeated this same story over 8 times in the last 6 months).

Here is my question: If you are "briefed" that the area is dangerous, full of sniper fire, and that you are going to have to run into an armored vehicle due to the incredible dangers.....why in g-d's name would you take your only child on the trip with you and expose her to potential harm. You either completely lack common sense and judgement OR you were consciously misleading the public on what truly occurred. As a parent, I suspect Clinton would not expose her child to significant dangers which leads me to conclude that she knew what she was saying.

Her mistake.....she got caught!

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Posted by: 3o77kvr4vg | March 29, 2008 4:05 AM | Report abuse

Why didn't we get the headlines up here that "Sinbad Exposes cork Screw-Gate"? I guess that we wouldn't know which of the Clintons he was referring to!

Posted by: Duncan from Canada | March 30, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Mainly for Latino Voter and your comments about Liberation Theology (and secondly to everyone else),

You should read a Chicago Tribune article that puts the sound bites chosen from Rev. Wright's sermon into context. I've read it, and it gives you a larger perspective on the purpose of his words. Agree, disagree, but please read the article.

Posted by: A PA Voter | March 31, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Plain and simple. Hillary lied about the trip. How can a person not remember correctly about being shot at? To me that is just one of the important facts that will remain with you. Duh

Posted by: Jerry | March 31, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

She's like the U.S. getting a bad case of the clap, I wish she'd just go away!!! her sense of "ME!" "ME!" "ME!" as though we owe her the presidency makes me want to vomit... I wish she'd just please do us all a favor and drop out... With this self imposed forced upon the American people attitude I will never EVER back her as president!!! The whole weak running back to the "experience" quip is such crap. If she had enough experience in other depts, maybe her home life wouldn't be such a sham...

If she wants to know what its like to"put oneself in harms way." Why don't she personally go out and find some of the IEDs that are killing and mamming the men and women that are serving this country. Maybe then, she'd gain some "experience."


Posted by: mgicmrker | April 2, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton is looking and acting like the late Ronald Regan and Hilary is just looking out for herself

Posted by: Glenn | April 5, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Crw134: "Did Hillary Clinton lie or is she being completely honest about the events in Bosnia? If she's lying there's probably nothing left for me to say. If she is telling the truth, I have to question why she would have taken Chelsea with her to such a "dangerous war zone." My child is the last person in the world I would want in any dangerous situation. If she cannot put the well being of her daughter first, I question if she can put the well being of our troops or our country first."
-I COMPLETELY AGREE!!!

Posted by: maxx | April 11, 2008 3:08 AM | Report abuse

Hillary is one person who cannot accept defeat. Every campaign, every speech is worth the oscar award.
Remember the "tears" in New Hampshire?
The Northern Ireland peace talks
The daring Bosnia visit
The tattle tale of the pregnant woman denied of heath care
All of these acts: four stars!

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We shouldn't forget that Bill Cclinton had the opportunity to take out Osama Bin Laden before 911 but neither Bill or Hillary knew what each other were doing at 3am.

Bill Clinton passed the Telecommunications Bill which allowed the broadcast, newspaper and billboard media to be controlled by fewer and fewer people.

Bill Clinton passed the nickel gas tax, did not see any road improvement in my state but Arkansas looks well paved.

I'm voting for Barack Obama.

Posted by: lmwtulsaok | May 5, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

We can always count on overgeneralization, making assumptions, jumping to conclusions, all or nothing thinking, magnification and minimization and emotional reasoning when some people form a perspective. These are all considered cognitive distortions.

In all-or-nothing thinking things are placed in absolute, black and white categories.

In overgeneralization negative events are viewed as a never ending pattern or defeat.

Negatives are the objects of fixation and
and positives are ignored.

In jumping to conclusions things are considered bad when there is no definite evidence.

Things are blown out of proportion or the important things are minimized.

Emotional reasoning is used instead of finding the facts, relying on "feelings" instead of thinking and getting to the heart of the matter.

Then there is labeling and blame.

I think that is what has happened here. A statement has been taken out of context and blown out of proportion and much disrespect is shown here.

Many people are following Obama because he is black. When something as serious as the Presidency is being considered much thought should go into who will be a better president and not focus on gender and race.

We should believe nothing we hear and half we see because things are not always what they appear to be.

Statements about Hillary have been blown out of proportion and overshadowed her experience and what she could contribute.

The importance of Obama's background has been minimized and overlooked. (Have you forgotten his Muslim upbringing and the fact that his mother was an atheist. This is scary to me. I believe many people are allowing themselves to be deceived because of "distorted thinking". He doesn't have enough experience to be president. If he gets nominated, I imagine I will vote Republican for the first time.

I am afraid people are hearing what they want to hear and not really listening.

Ref: 10 Cognitive Distortions, David Burns, M.D., author of "the Feeling Good Handbook"

Posted by: antrez | May 9, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse

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