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- November 12, 2015

Clinton's Campaign Clams Up As The Candidate Continues Her Pattern Of Questionable Comments About Her Biography And History

CLINTON RE-REMEMBERS HER PAST AS SHE SEES FIT

Clinton Is "Haunted By Memories" Of Experiences That Are "Sincerely Remembered But Actually Fictional." "Yet, these are her wilderness months. She received a mere $14 million as a book advance. And she remains haunted by memories of coming 'out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt,' a memory in the same category of her undergoing sniper fire in Bosnia in 1996, which is to say sincerely remembered but actually fictional." (Roger Simon, "Hillary Should Stop Dithering," Politico, 12/3/14)

As Clinton Found In 2008, Her Habit Of Embellishing Is "So Damaging" Because She Portrays Herself As A Candidate And Leader With Experience. "What makes Clinton's situation unique - and the Bosnia embellishments so damaging - is the fact that the New York senator has built her candidacy on the illusion of experience. Any attack on her credentials is a potential Achilles heel." (Ron Fournier, "Hillary's Flight Of Fancy," The Associated Press, 3/25/08)

  • Clinton Has "A Pattern Of Embellishment" And "Yes, She Does Exaggerate Her Credentials." "Two others: Is there a pattern of embellishment? And is she held to a higher standard than her rival, Barack Obama? The answers: Yes, she's held to a higher standard and, yes, she does exaggerate her credentials." (Ron Fournier, "Hillary's Flight Of Fancy," The Associated Press, 3/25/08)

THIS WEEK, CLINTON HAS "DUSTED OFF" A CLAIM THAT SHE TRIED TO JOIN THE MARINES IN 1975, BUT WAS REJECTED

Clinton "Dusted Off" Her Tale Of When She Tried To Join The Marines In 1975, "An Old Story That Has Previously Been Met With Skepticism." "As the U.S. Marine Corps turns 240 years old this week, Hillary Clinton dusted off an old story that has previously been met with skepticism: When the Yale-educated lawyer moved to Arkansas in 1975, she says she tried to join the Marines." (Jeff Zeleny and Dan Merica, "Hillary Clinton Revives Story Of Trying To Join The Marines," CNN, 11/11/15)

  • Clinton: "'He Looks At Me And Goes, 'Um, How Old Are You'… 'And I Said, 'Well I Am 26, I Will Be 27.' And He Goes, 'Well, That Is Kind Of Old For Us.'" "She laughed Tuesday, the day before Veterans Day, as she recalled being turned away by a recruiter. 'He looks at me and goes, 'Um, how old are you,'' Clinton said at an event in New Hampshire. 'And I said, 'Well I am 26, I will be 27.' And he goes, 'Well, that is kind of old for us.' And then he says to me, and this is what gets me, 'Maybe the dogs will take you,' meaning the Army.'" (Jeff Zeleny and Dan Merica, "Hillary Clinton Revives Story Of Trying To Join The Marines," CNN, 11/11/15)

Clinton's Claim That She Tried To Join The Marines Doesn't Add Up

The Washington Post 's Fact Checker: "This Story Doesn't Really Add Up…" "At first glance, this story doesn't really add up, for the reasons that Dowd initially outlined." (Glenn Kessler, "Hillary Clinton's Claim That She Tried To Join The Marines," The Washington Post , 11/12/15)

  • "The Circumstances Are In Question." "But the circumstances are in question. She pitches it as a matter of public service, but her friends suggest it was something different. So at this point Clinton's story is worthy of Two Pinocchios, subject to change if more information becomes available." (Glenn Kessler, "Hillary Clinton's Claim That She Tried To Join The Marines," The Washington Post , 11/12/15)
  • "There Are Enough Holes Here That Clinton Has An Obligation To Address The Circumstances Under Which She Approached The Marines, Now That She Had Once Again Raised It In A Campaign Context." (Glenn Kessler, "Hillary Clinton's Claim That She Tried To Join The Marines," The Washington Post , 11/12/15)

CNN's Jeff Zeleny: "It Seems So Unusual" That Clinton Would Have Wanted To Join The Marines When She Had Just Moved To Arkansas And Bill Clinton Was About To Become The Attorney General. ZELENY: "So we asked her campaign for just a few more details on this because it seems so unusual that a Yale-educated lawyer who worked on the anti-war campaigns of McCarthy and McGovern, who had just moved to Arkansas, whose husband was about to become the attorney general of the state would decide to want to join the marines. But the campaign said they're not going to add any more comment on to this, so the questions are left to discuss here." (CNN's " New Day," 11/12/15)

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In 1994, The New York Times' Maureen Dowd Pointed Out That The Idea Of Clinton Wanting To Join The Marines In 1975 "Did Not Seem To Fit In" With Her Persona. "And it did not seem to fit in with the First Lady's own persona. After all, Hillary Rodham was an up-and-coming legal star involved with an up-and-coming political star. She had made a celebrated appearance in Life magazine as an anti-establishment commencement speaker at Wellesley College, where, as president of the student government, she had organized teach-ins on her opposition to the Vietnam War." (Maureen Dowd, "Hillary Clinton Says She Once Tried To Be Marine," The New York Times, 6/15/94)

  • At The Time, Clinton "Was An Up-And-Coming Legal Star Involved With An Up-And-Coming Political Star." "And it did not seem to fit in with the First Lady's own persona. After all, Hillary Rodham was an up-and-coming legal star involved with an up-and-coming political star. She had made a celebrated appearance in Life magazine as an anti-establishment commencement speaker at Wellesley College, where, as president of the student government, she had organized teach-ins on her opposition to the Vietnam War." (Maureen Dowd, "Hillary Clinton Says She Once Tried To Be Marine," The New York Times, 6/15/94)
  • "She Had Made A Celebrated Appearance In Life Magazine As An Anti-Establishment Commencement Speaker At Wellesley College, Where, As President Of The Student Government, She Had Organized Teach-Ins On Her Opposition To The Vietnam War." "She had made a celebrated appearance in Life magazine as an anti-establishment commencement speaker at Wellesley College, where, as president of the student government, she had organized teach-ins on her opposition to the Vietnam War." (Maureen Dowd, "Hillary Clinton Says She Once Tried To Be Marine," The New York Times, 6/15/94)
  • "She Was A Yale Law School Graduate Who Had Worked On The Anti-War Presidential Campaigns Of Eugene J. McCarthy And George McGovern." (Maureen Dowd, "Hillary Clinton Says She Once Tried To Be Marine,"The New York Times, 6/15/94)

NOT EVEN A WEEK INTO HER CAMPAIGN KICKOFF, CLINTON WAS CAUGHT TELLING A FALSEHOOD ABOUT HER FAMILY HISTORY IN IOWA

In Iowa, Clinton Claimed "All Her Grandparents Had Immigrated To The United States, A Story That Conflicts With Public Census And Other Records Related To Her Maternal And Paternal Grandparents." "Speaking in Iowa Wednesday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that all her grandparents had immigrated to the United States, a story that conflicts with public census and other records related to her maternal and paternal grandparents. The story of her grandmother specifically immigrating is one Clinton has told before. Clinton's sole foreign-born grandparent, Hugh Rodham Sr., immigrated as a child." (Andrew Kaczynski, "Hillary Clinton Wrong On Family's Immigration History, Records Show," BuzzFeed, 4/15/15)

  • "Clinton's Sole Foreign-Born Grandparent, Hugh Rodham Sr., Immigrated As A Child." "The story of her grandmother specifically immigrating is one Clinton has told before. Clinton's sole foreign-born grandparent, Hugh Rodham Sr., immigrated as a child." (Andrew Kaczynski, "Hillary Clinton Wrong On Family's Immigration History, Records Show," BuzzFeed, 4/15/15)

PolitiFact Rated Clinton's Comments On Her Grandparents As "False." "Talking about immigration in Iowa, Clinton said, 'All my grandparents, you know, came over here.' It's very clear from the evidence that not all of Hillary Clinton's grandparents were immigrants. In fact, only one was. It's possible she misspoke, but it doesn't make her comment more accurate. We rate her claim False." (Katie Sanders, "In Iowa, Hillary Clinton Claims 'All My Grandparents' Came To The U.S. From Foreign Countries," PolitiFact , 4/16/15)

  • With Her False Claim About Her Grandparents, Clinton's Campaign Suffered A "Hitch" Similar To Her Embellishments On The 2008 Campaign Trail. "(The rollout was not without a hitch: Mrs. Clinton, who was criticized in the 2008 campaign for claiming, inaccurately, that she had dodged sniper fire in Bosnia, said on the second day of her Iowa visit that all of her grandparents were immigrants. According to a BuzzFeed report, only one of them was - her grandfather Hugh Rodham Sr.)" (Patrick Healy and Maggie Haberman, "Hillary Clinton Re-Emerges, By Design (But Also By Surprise)," The New York Times , 4/16/15)

PANDERING TO VOTERS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, CLINTON CLAIMED THE FIRST TIME SHE EVER CAMPAIGNED FOR ANYONE WAS IN THAT STATE IN 1991

Clinton Told New Hampshire Voters "The First Place I Ever Came For Any Political Campaign Was In" New Hampshire In 1991. CLINTON: "The first place I ever came for any political campaign was in 1991, when I was here campaigning for my husband, in October of 1991." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At A Campaign Event, 4/20/15)

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But Clinton Was Actively Campaigning For Candidates Since The 1960s

In Her Memoir Living History, Clinton Said She Campaigned For Senator Edward Brooke (R-MA) In 1966. "President Adams asked me what I was going to say, and I told her it was still percolating. She introduced me to Senator Edward Brooke, our official commencement speaker and the Senate's only African American member, for whom I had campaigned in 1966 when I was still a Young Republican." (Hillary Clinton, "Living History," 2003)

In 1968, Hillary Clinton Worked On The Presidential Campaign Of Senator Eugene McCarthy In "New Hampshire That Winter." "Her political itinerary that year resembles a frenzied travelogue of youthful contradiction. She might have been the only 20-year-old in America who worked on the antiwar presidential campaign of Senator Eugene McCarthy in New Hampshire that winter and for the hawkish Republican congressman Melvin Laird in Washington that summer." (Mark Leibovich, "In Turmoil Of '68, Clinton Found A New Voice," The New York Times , 9/5/07)

Clinton Worked On George McGovern's Campaign For President In Texas In 1972. "The McGovern campaign set up shop in an empty store front on West Sixth Street. I had a small cubicle that I rarely occupied because I spent most of my time in the field, trying to register the newly enfranchised eighteen-to-twenty-one-year-olds and driving around South Texas working to register black and Hispanic voters." (Hillary Clinton, "Living History," 2003)

DURING THE 2008 CAMPAIGN, CLINTON'S FOREIGN POLICY EMBELLLISHMENTS ROSE TO THE ABSURD

On The 2008 Campaign Trail, Clinton Not Only Embellished Her Accomplishments, But Claimed She Came Under Sniper Fire In Bosnia

On March 17, 2008, Clinton Recounted A 1996 Trip To Bosnia, Noting "I Remember Landing Under Sniper Fire. There Was Supposed To Be Some Kind Of Greeting Ceremony At The Airport, But Instead We Just Ran With Our Heads Down." CLINTON: "I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base. But it was a moment of great pride for me to visit our troops, not only in our main base as Tuzla, but also at two outposts where they were serving in so many capacities to deactivate and remove landmines, to hunt and seek out those who had not complied with the Dayton Accords and put down their arms, and to build relationships with the people that might lead to a peace for them and their children." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks, Washington, D.C., 3/17/08)

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When Pressed On Her Account Of The Bosnia Trip By Reporters, Clinton Initially Responded: "There Was No Greeting Ceremony, And We Basically Were Told To Run To Our Cars. Now, That Is What Happened." "Immediately after the speech that day, a reporter asked Clinton about remarks from others on the trip who suggested the trip was for photo opportunities rather than foreign policy and she stood by her account of sniper fire. 'There was no greeting ceremony, and we basically were told to run to our cars. Now, that is what happened,' she said." (Angie Drobnic Holan, "Video Shows Tarmac Welcome, No Snipers," PolitiFact, 3/25/08)

PolitiFact: "But That's Not What Happened, As Demonstrated By CBS News Video That Shows Clinton Arriving On The Tarmac Under No Visible Duress, And Greeting A Child Who Offers Her A Copy Of A Poem." "During an introduction to a foreign policy speech on Iraq on March 17, 2008, Sen. Hillary Clinton reminisced about her days as first lady and a trip to Tuzla, Bosnia, she made in March 1996. 'I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.' But that's not what happened, as demonstrated by CBS News video that shows Clinton arriving on the tarmac under no visible duress, and greeting a child who offers her a copy of a poem."(Angie Drobnic Holan, "Video Shows Tarmac Welcome, No Snipers," PolitiFact, 3/25/08)

  • Clinton Was In Fact "Greeted By A Group Of Bosnian Children In Colorful Native Dress" Who Presented Her With "Bright Bouquets Of Spring Flowers…While The First Lady Patted The Children On The Head." "There of course were no snipers, and as the nervous passengers exited from the rear of the aircraft off an enormous steel ramp that could handle tanks and other tactical vehicles, we were greeted by a group of Bosnian children in colorful native dress. Hope none of them is a sniper, I thought. They presented Mrs. Clinton with bright bouquets of spring flowers that were quickly gathered up by aides while the first lady patted the children on the head." (Christopher R. Hill, Outpost, 2014)

Clinton Embellished Her Role During Northern Ireland's Peace Negotiations

In 2008, Clinton Listed Her Role In Bringing "Peace To Northern Ireland" As A Foreign Policy Credential. CLINTON: "You know, I was involved for 15 years in, you know, foreign policy and security policy. You know, I helped to bring peace to Northern Ireland." (CNN's "American Morning," 3/5/08)

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Clinton's Account Of Her Role In Northern Ireland Grew "More Dramatic With Each Retelling" On The 2008 Campaign Trail. "As the Boston Globe recently noted, her stories of bringing Protestant and Catholic women together have become more dramatic with each retelling. The claim that she brought Catholics and Protestants together 'for the first time' seems dubious." (Michael Dobbs, "Clinton And Northern Ireland," The Washington Post's Fact Checker, 12/31/07)

While Clinton Did Play A Role In Encouraging Women To Become Involved In The Process, She Was Not Directly Involved In The Peace Negotiations. "Clinton has taken an interest in the Northern Ireland peace process, visiting the area seven times between 1995 and 2004 - making five of those trips as first lady. Clinton has said that she 'helped bring peace to Northern Ireland.' Of course, 'helped' is a fairly weak claim, one that could be made by nearly anyone who contributed in a way that didn't actively hinder the process. Clinton was not directly involved in the peace negotiations that eventually led to the Good Friday Agreement. Her work focused on encouraging Irish women to take a more active role in the male-dominated peace talks. There is universal agreement that Clinton 'helped.' The dispute is about how much she helped." ("Hillary's Adventures Abroad," FactCheck.Org, 3/25/08)

  • Sen. George Mitchell, Who Led The Negotiations: Clinton Was "Not Involved Directly" In The Conversations That Led To The Peace Agreement. "I just spoke to Senator George Mitchell, the Clinton administration's leading Northern Ireland peace negotiator, who said that Hillary was 'not involved directly' in the diplomatic negotiations that led to the landmark April 1998 Good Friday agreement on power-sharing." (Michael Dobbs, "Clinton And Northern Ireland," The Washington Post's Fact Checker, 12/31/07)
  • Northern Ireland Leader David Trimble - Who Shared A Nobel Peace Prize For The Settlement - Said Clinton's Claims About Her Role Were A "Wee Bit Silly." "David Trimble, the leader of the Ulster Unionist Party in Northern Ireland who shared a Nobel Peace Prize for the settlement, last week told the Daily Telegraph, a British newspaper, that Clinton's claim was 'a wee bit silly.' He said, 'I don't want to rain on the thing for her, but being a cheerleader for something is slightly different from being a principal player.'" (Bill Adair, "I Helped To Bring Peace To Northern Ireland," PolitiFact, 3/10/08)

Clinton Took Liberties When Describing A Trip To Macedonia She Made As First Lady

In 2008, Clinton Listed A Trip To Macedonia To Negotiate Opening Its Borders For Refugees Fleeing From Kosovo As A Specific Example Of An Occasion When She Was The "Go-To Person" During A Foreign Policy Crisis . KIRAN CHETRY: "All of those points are well taken. I was wondering if you could point to a specific crisis where you were the go-to person?" HILLARY CLINTON: "Well, you know, there isn't any way that anyone who has not been president, but you know the administration sent me to war- torn zones. I was the first person from the Clinton administration to go into Bosnia after the Dayton peace accords. You know, I went to Macedonia and sat down with their government and negotiated opening up that border. There are a lot of examples." (CNN's "American Morning," 3/5/08)

  • Clinton: "I Negotiated Open Borders To Let Fleeing Refugees Into Safety From Kosovo." CLINTON: "I negotiated open borders to let fleeing refugees into safety from Kosovo. I've been standing up against, you know, the Chinese government over women's rights and standing up for human rights in many different places. I've served on the Senate Armed Services Committee. And I was the only senator of either party asked to be on an important task force put together by the Pentagon under this administration to figure out what to do with our military going forward." (CNN's "American Morning," 3/5/08)

But Clinton Did Not Actually Negotiate Opening Borders - "Macedonia Had Reopened Its Border To Kosovar Refugees The Day Before Clinton's Arrival." "More significantly, Clinton did not in fact 'negotiate on matters such as opening borders for refugees during the war in Kosovo.' Macedonia had reopened its border to Kosovar refugees the day before Clinton's arrival, as has been widely reported." ("Hillary's Adventures Abroad," FactCheck.Org, 3/25/08)

  • Clinton's Website Touted Her Travel To "The Edge Of The Warzone" Before Her Negotiations, But Clinton Did Not Go To An "Active Combat Zone" And The Risks She Did Take Were "Not Exceptional." "In a March 5 interview on CNN, Clinton said that she 'negotiated open borders to let fleeing refugees into safety from Kosovo.' Clinton is referring to her May 14, 1999, trip to Macedonia, which shares a border with Kosovo. According to her Web site, Clinton 'traveled to the international border on the edge of the war zone' before meeting with Macedonia's president and prime minister. We note, first, that Clinton's claim that the refugee camp was 'on the edge of a war zone' gives an exaggerated picture of the risk involved. Traveling to the Kosovo border was more dangerous than remaining in Washington, and the trip did involve some risk. But Clinton did not land in the middle of an active combat zone, and the risks that she did take were not exceptional: Prior visitors to the refugee camp included Richard Gere and Bianca Jagger. For that matter, much of the 'war' in Kosovo consisted of NATO airstrikes against the Yugoslav troops who had forced thousands of ethnic Albanians to flee Kosovo, and the nearest NATO ground troops were deployed in Albania, more than 100 miles away from Clinton. " ("Hillary's Adventures Abroad," FactCheck.Org, 3/25/08)

Clinton Overstated Her Travel Schedule As First Lady, Implying She Traveled To Dangerous Areas

In 2008, Clinton Described The Unofficial White House Policy As "If A Place Was Too Small, Or Too Dangerous, The President Couldn't Go, So Send The First Lady. That's Where We Went." CLINTON: "I certainly do remember that trip to Bosnia, and as Togo said, there was a saying around the White House that if a place was too small, too poor, or too dangerous, the president couldn't go, so send the First Lady. That's where we went." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks , Washington, D.C., 3/17/08)

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PolitiFact: "Clinton Went To Many Places That Were, Large, Wealthy And Safe." "We analyzed Clinton's international travel based on recently released White House schedules, interviews with traveling companions and scholars, as well as news reports from those trips. We found that Clinton went to many places that were large, wealthy and safe." (Angie Drobnic Holan, "She Was No Emissary To The Obscure," PolitiFact, 3/17/08)

  • "Her Travel Itinerary Is Hardly A Tour Of The World's Most Obscure Countries. Rather, Her Travels Tended To Emphasize Stable Allies Of The United States, Many Of Which Are Quite Populous." "They may not be the top NATO allies, but we can't consider any of these countries to meet the trifecta of small, poor and dangerous. Yes, she did go to places like Iceland (pretty small), Eritrea (poor) and Bosnia (arguably dangerous at the time she visited). But her travel itinerary is hardly a tour of the world's most obscure countries. Rather, her travels tended to emphasize stable allies of the United States, many of which are quite populous." (Angie Drobnic Holan, "She Was No Emissary To The Obscure," PolitiFact, 3/17/08)

PolitiFact: "[W]e Find Her Statement To Be Barely True." "When she traveled with President Clinton, her schedule may have been a little more glamorous, with more time spent in France, England and Russia. But her solo itinerary was no tour of tiny, dangerous places. So we find her statement to be Barely True." (Angie Drobnic Holan, "She Was No Emissary To The Obscure," PolitiFact, 3/17/08)

CLINTON HAS EVEN EMBELLISHED HER STORY OF THE BIN LADEN RAID

While Touting Her Latest Memoir, Clinton Attributed The Situation Room Photograph To The Shock Of Watching A U.S. Helicopter Hit The Bin Laden Compound Wall. JEREMY VINE: "Perhaps the most memorable image from your time as Secretary of State was you in the Situation Room with your hand over your mouth as you watched, well, we're not sure what you were watching then. We thought at first you were watching seals go into the home of Osama Bin Laden. But it wasn't quite that?" HILLARY CLINTON: "No. And as I write about in the book, it was a direct video feed on what was going on outside the house. So we saw the helicopters land, we saw our seals get out and take up their positions. We also saw one of the helicopters tails hit the wall as it was attempting to get into the courtyard of the compound, disabling the helicopter. I think that may have been when my hand went over my mouth because my heart was in my throat." (BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine, 7/3/14)

  • Clinton: "We Also Saw One Of The Helicopters Tails Hit The Wall As It Was Attempting To Get Into The Courtyard Of The Compound, Disabling The Helicopter. I Think That May Have Been When My Hand Went Over My Mouth Because My Heart Was In My Throat." (BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine, 7/3/14)

But In 2011, The Story Was That "An Allergy And Not Anguish" Was The Explanation For The Gesture While Watching The Bin Laden Raid. "An allergy and not anguish may explain why Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had her hand to her mouth while watching the commando operation to kill Osama bin Laden, she said on Thursday. A photo of Clinton, President Barack Obama and other senior officials watching the operation live from the White House situation room has become one of the most striking images of the raid that killed the al Qaeda leader." ("Hillary Clinton's Allergies, Not Anguish, To Blame For Bin Laden Photo," Reuters, 7/5/11)

  • Clinton On The Photo, 2011: "I Am Somewhat Sheepishly Concerned That It Was My Preventing One Of My Early Spring Allergic Coughs. So It May Have No Great Meaning Whatsoever." "'Those were 38 of the most intense minutes. I have no idea what any of us were looking at that particular millisecond when the picture was taken,' she said on Thursday when asked about the photo during a visit to Rome. 'I am somewhat sheepishly concerned that it was my preventing one of my early spring allergic coughs. So it may have no great meaning whatsoever,' Clinton added." ("Hillary Clinton's Allergies, Not Anguish, To Blame For Bin Laden Photo," Reuters, 7/5/11)
  • Clinton, 2011: "I Have No Idea What Any Of Us Were Looking At That Particular Millisecond When The Picture Was Taken." "'Those were 38 of the most intense minutes. I have no idea what any of us were looking at that particular millisecond when the picture was taken,' she said on Thursday when asked about the photo during a visit to Rome. 'I am somewhat sheepishly concerned that it was my preventing one of my early spring allergic coughs. So it may have no great meaning whatsoever,' Clinton added." ("Hillary Clinton's Allergies, Not Anguish, To Blame For Bin Laden Photo," Reuters, 7/5/11)

The New York Times ' Jason Horowitz: "Hillary Clinton Has Apparently Gotten Over Her Allergies." (Jason Horowitz, "Clinton's Cough Was Really A Gasp," The New York Times , 6/20/14)

AS FIRST LADY, CLINTON CLAIMED SHE WAS NAMED AFTER EDMUND HILLARY, THE FIRST PERSON TO CLIMB MOUNT EVEREST

"For More Than A Decade, One Piece Of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's Informal Biography Has Been That She Was Named For Sir Edmund Hillary, The Conqueror Of Mount Everest." "For more than a decade, one piece of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's informal biography has been that she was named for Sir Edmund Hillary, the conqueror of Mount Everest. The story was even recounted in Bill Clinton's autobiography." (Danny Hakim, "Hillary, Not As In The Mount Everest Guy," The New York Times, 10/17/06)

  • "The Story Was Even Recounted In Bill Clinton's Autobiography." (Danny Hakim, "Hillary, Not As In The Mount Everest Guy," The New York Times, 10/17/06)

During A Trip To Nepal In 1995, Clinton Claimed She Was Named After Edmund Hillary, The New Zealand Mountaineer Who Was The First Man To Climb Mount Everest. " For her part, Mrs. Clinton confessed that her mother, Dorothy Rodham, had read an article about the intrepid Edmund Hillary, a one-time beekeeper who had taken to mountain climbing, when she was pregnant with her daughter in 1947 and liked the name. 'It had two l's, which is how she thought she was supposed to spell Hillary,' Mrs. Clinton told reporters after the brief meeting on the tarmac, minutes before her Air Force jet flew past the peak of Everest itself. 'So when I was born, she called me Hillary, and she always told me it's because of Sir Edmund Hillary.'" (Todd S. Purdum, "Hillary Clinton Meets Man Who Gave Her 2 L's," The New York Times, 4/3/95)

But Sir Edmund Hillary Didn't Climb Mount Everest Until Clinton Was Six Years Old

Hillary Clinton Was Born In 1947, But Sir Edmund Hillary Didn't Climb Everest Until 1953."But one big hole has been poked in the story over the years, both in cyberspace and elsewhere: Sir Edmund became famous only after climbing Everest in 1953. Mrs. Clinton, as it happens, was born in 1947." (Danny Hakim, "Hillary, Not As In The Mount Everest Guy," The New York Times, 10/17/06)


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