March 26th, 2008
10:14 AM ET

Bernstein: Hillary Clinton: Truth or Consequences

Hillary Clinton has many admirable qualities, but candor and openness and transparency and a commitment to well-established fact have not been notable among them.  The indisputable elements of  her Bosnian adventure affirm (again) the reluctant conclusion I reached in the final chapter of A Woman In Charge, my biography of her published last June:   

Hillary Clinton

“Since her Arkansas years [I wrote], Hillary Rodham Clinton has always had a difficult relationship with the truth... [J]udged against the facts, she has often chosen to obfuscate, omit, and avoid.  It is an understatement by now that she has been known to apprehend truths about herself and the events of her life that others do not exactly share. " [italics added] 

As I noted: 

“Almost always, something holds her back from telling the whole story, as if she doesn’t trust the reader, listener, friend, interviewer, constituent—or perhaps herself—to understand the true significance of events…”

The Bosnian episode is a watershed event, because it indelibly brings to mind so many examples of this tendency– from the White House years and, worse, from Hillary Clinton’s take-no-prisoners presidential campaign. Her record as a public person is replete with “misstatements” and elisions and retracted and redacted and revoked assertions...     

When the facts surrounding such characteristic episodes finally get sorted out - usually long after they have been challenged - the  mysteries and contradictions are often dealt with by Hillary Clinton and her apparat in a blizzard of footnotes, addenda, revision, and disingenuous re-explanation: as occurred in regard to the draconian secrecy she imposed on her health-care task force (and its failed efforts in 1993-94); explanations of what could have been dutifully acknowledged, and deserved to be dismissed as a minor conflict of interest - once and for all - in Whitewater; or her recent Michigan-Florida migration from acceptance of the DNC’s refusal to recognize those states’ convention delegations (when it looked like she had the nomination sewn up) to her re-evaluation of  the matter as a grave denial of basic human rights, after she fell impossibly behind in the delegate count.
The latest episode - the sniper fire she so vividly remembered and described in chilling detail to buttress her claims of  foreign policy “experience” - like the peace she didn’t bring to Northern Ireland, recalls another famous instance of faulty recollection during a crucial period in her odyssey.On January 15, 1995, she had just published her book, It Takes a Village, intended to herald a redemptive “come back” after the ravages of health care; Whitewater; the Travel Office firings she had ordered (but denied ordering); the disastrous staffing of the White House by the First Lady, not the President - all among   the egregious errors  that had led  to the election of the Newt Gingrich Congress in 1994.On her book tour, she was asked on National Public Radio about the re-emergence of dormant Whitewater questions that week, when the so-called “missing billing records” had been found. Hillary stated with unequivocal certainty that she had consistently made public all the relevant documents related to Whitewater, including “every document we had,” to the editors of the New York Times before the newspaper’s original Whitewater story ran during Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign.    

Even her closest aides - as in the case of the Bosnian episode18 years later - could not imagine what possessed her to say such a thing.  It was simply not true, as her lawyers and the editors of the Times (like CBS in the latest instance) recognized, leading to huge stories about her latest twisting of the facts. “Oh my God, we didn’t,” said Susan Thomasas, Hillary’s great friend, who was left to explain to the White House lawyers exactly how Hillary’s aides had carefully cherry-picked documents accessed for the Times in the presidential campaign.  The White House was forced - once again - to acknowledge the first lady had been ‘mistaken;” her book tour was overwhelmed by the matter, and Times’ columnist  Bill Safire that month coined the memorable characterization of Hillary Clinton as “a congenital liar.”

“Hillary values context; she does see the big picture. Hers, in fact, is not the mind of a conventional politician,”  I wrote in A Woman In Charge. “But when it comes to herself, she sees with something less than candor and lucidity. She sees, like so many others, what she wants to see.”

The book concludes with this paragraph:

“As Hillary has continued to speak from the protective shell of her own making, and packaged herself for the widest possible consumption, she has misrepresented not just facts but often her essential self.  Great politicians have always been marked by the consistency of their core beliefs, their strength of character in advocacy, and the self-knowledge that informs bold leadership. Almost always, Hillary has stood for good things. Yet there is a disconnect between her convictions and her words and actions. This is where Hillary disappoints. But the jury remains out. She still has time to prove her case, to effectuate those things that make her special, not fear them or camouflage them. We would all be the better for it, because what lies within may have the potential to change the world, if only a little.”

The jury - armed with definitive evidence like the CBS tape of  Hillary Clinton’s Bosnian adventure - seems on the verge of returning a negative verdict on her candidacy.   

– Carl Bernstein, 360° Contributor Editor's note: Read other blogs from the 360° team of contributors at cnn.com/360

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  1. TnmnBates

    Now that some of the mistruths from the Clintons are finally being displayed by the media (who have been conveniently paying no attention for 15 years), i find it ironic that the Party of inclusion is in great pains to label one another as non inclusive. Ferraro called a racist by her own liberal friends, If this were a Republican plot the NY Times would be all over it , instead the Democrats are so afraid of embarrassing their base that they tiptoe around hoping no one is paying attention. On one hand, Obama supporters are trying to court white voters by saying his racist friends don't really mean what they say (THEY ARE JUST ANGRY). The race speech just pushed any white liberals to Hillary who will now win the nomination, which will alienate black voters who will then stay home an not vote. What a mess.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:14 pm |
  2. Sean

    This is not a simple mistake. Ms. Clinton made a consicious decision to lie about her experiences. How can anyone trust a person like that to lead the country. There are many women I'd vote into the office of the President but this person would not make it onto my school board.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:13 pm |
  3. Chris K

    Congenital liar indeed! Hillary has proven time and time again that she and her campaign staff will say anything to win the nomination. She distorts her opponent's record and embellishes her own. This dishonest individual is the person that we would want to lead our great nation and represent us to the world? It all harkens back to the days when Bill Clinton was president. Apparently many people have forgotten all of the lies and deceit during the "Clinton years". He and Hillary are definitely two peas in a pod.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:13 pm |
  4. wildweasel

    one thing i learned talking to people who have been in combat, is that you NEVER forget when where and how you came under fire – whether one engagement, or 50.

    each leaves a distinct indelible impression in your memory that cannot by synthesized. it can only be embellished.

    and if it doesn't exist, it can only be made up fairy tales.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:13 pm |
  5. brian

    Allxdreamer, you may hate Obama (and clearly muslims), but at least get your facts right before you spew your hatred. Obama was NEVER and HAS never been a muslim. Farrakhan chose to endorse Obama on his own, Obama did not seek it. Hillary asked him to denounce his endorsement, which Obama did.

    Allxdreamer, your lack of intelligence is shown by the fact that you cant spell Kenyan .. what is a Kenyon ritual outfit? It is Kenyan and if you had choosen to read up on your facts instead of displaying your ignorance, you would know there is no such thing as a Kenyan (or as you spell it Kenyon) ritual outift. The outfit was specific to an area of Kenya that Obama was visiting and the leaders in that area chose to dress him in their traditional clothes. This is a very common tradition when diginitaries visit foreign countries and if you did your research, you will find many examples of Bill, Hillary, Bush etc. all adoning traditional outfits of the regions they are visiting.

    It is unbelievable CNN gives such idiots as Allxdreamer a forum to display their ignorance without checking the facts.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:13 pm |
  6. Bummed Voter

    This bickering back and forth between Obama and HRC supporters is really quite amusing. Both of them can quibble about who's best qualified or has the best chance to win, but the bottom line is that neither one of them have what it takes to unify the country and get us going in the right direction. Both are polarizing figures right now and will continue to be. Obama's got more hot air than Texas and Hillary has a vivid imagination. ... I wish we had another choice, but McCain has a record of getting things done and is much smarter than Bushy boy.

    (reluctantly) McCain '08

    March 26, 2008 at 1:12 pm |
  7. Pierre

    Some here are saying that Hillary's [misstatements, embellishments, lies, whatever] as not mattering because she did not actually have any effect on the Bosnian conflict as First Lady.

    So, um, doesn't that torpedo the whole "experience" argument? I have visited quite a few countries in my day (including one in the midst of a war in a neighboring country) but, of course, my visits also didn't have any effect. Does that mean I'm just as qualified to be prez as Hillary?

    March 26, 2008 at 1:12 pm |
  8. Harold

    This does bring up some serious issues. How do you know where she really stands on any issue?

    NAFTA? The economy? Health care? Without any shred of credibility, an administration will get nothing done. At this point a large part of the Democratic party seems to be questioning her candidacy as well.

    This coupled with her nihilistic approach, seems to sum up why she should not be the candidate for president of the United States.

    Too many doubts to be comfortable with a "3 AM phone call" if you will.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:12 pm |
  9. Sam Texas

    Hellary, Billary, Liary. This woman is not only power hungry but also a maniac. She is probably bipolar or something. She might wake up at 3AM and unleash nuclear weapons on Russia or China for sniping at her in her dream!

    March 26, 2008 at 1:12 pm |
  10. Tn Guy

    Whats the big deal she is only a presidential nominey who happens to be a life long habitual liar. To the avg person being shot and landing in a hostile enviroment while running for cover would be burned into their mind. But to a habitual liar it is another day at the office.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:12 pm |
  11. Shane

    Bernstein's comments are just another example of previous Clinton advisors/biographers/colleagues finally seeing the light after they get out from under the Clinton tent.

    See also: Bill Richardson, Dick Morris

    March 26, 2008 at 1:12 pm |
  12. Audrey


    I attended your talk on Hillary at the 92nd St. Y a few months ago, and frankly doubted your claim that "A Woman in Charge" was written without bias. On my way home that evening, I stopped at Barnes and Noble to pick up a copy, began reading, and couldn't put it down. I went into your book a Hillary supporter, and came out a Hillary supporter, pleased to discover that you had, indeed, written without bias on "the good, the bad and the ugly."

    I've followed your commentary on CNN, and your ongoing assertion that the thing to watch in this Democratic bloodbath is the manner in which each candidate runs their campaign. Although I voted for Hillary in the NY State primary, and have had heated arguments with my husband (a Hillary loather and an Obama supporter), I have to say that I am increasingly disappointed with her campaign for all the reasons you stated in your CNN.com article.

    Maureen Dowd's NY Times column today raised the chilling hypothesis that Hillary would rather have McCain win the election if she is not the 2008 nominee, so that she could run again in 2012. A few weeks ago I would have read Dowd (a Clinton basher par excellence) with smoke coming out of my ears. Today, however, I sadly shook my head and thought, "This rings true...."

    March 26, 2008 at 1:12 pm |
  13. Living in the U.S.A.

    Hillary answering the 3:00am call.


    You answer: HELLO

    Hillary: This is Daffy Duck calling to let you know we are at war.

    You: Who is this

    Hillary: Oh I'm sorry I thought I was calling Disney World

    We don't need people who are forgetful. It would be a mess.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:12 pm |
  14. Tara Finch

    Karl Bernstein is doing nothing more (or less) than giving his same, old, tired (much like himself) opinion .. NOT a factual news piece. This is an opinion article from a man who has made a living of off bashing Hillary. It's very obvious that Karl is intimidated by Senator Clinton, as he should be, she's far more intelligent and accomplished than he.

    Mr. Bernstein is what, about 200 years old? Nobody is really interested in hearing him spew his Hillary hate. Shouldn't he be in a nursing home?

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!! ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 26, 2008 at 1:12 pm |
  15. G. Otto

    The biggest difference between Mrs. Clinton's "misspeak" and Mr. Obama's association with Rev. Wright are that she actually said those things. For those of us who lump Obama in the same group with Clinton, I urge you to check the facts before assuming too much. It's not even close to enough to use mere seconds of video footage from literally thousands of hours of sermons for ammunition.
    It is not suprising to me that more Clinton followers than Obama followers say they would actually vote McCain over his Democratic rival if thier candidate doesn't win. Her campaign has literally pummelled him with imaginary Canadian post-its, racist remarks, Farrakahn associations, cherry picked video footage, etc. and her faithful have swallowed it all whole. I just hope they can digest the bitter meal before dessert.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:12 pm |
  16. Dave

    Hillery for president, what a joke.
    First you have to look at her perfomance. She was mired in the White Water Scandal, in mysterious disapparances or deaths of individuals who had knowledge of the truth, her outright lies about operations in the White House to her Trips. For crying out loud, she was the First Lady not a peace keeper, senator, congressman, of negotiator. She chose to seek the limelight and now grossly exagerates all her self emposed accomplishments. As her what she thinks and how she treats the military or secret service that are sworn to protect her sorry ___ and you will find her contempt so deep that it becomes laughable. Her book "It takes a Village", do you really think she wrote it, come on get your head screwed on right. At least Obama HAS a reverand and does not openly engage in violations of the 10 commandments on a daily basis. To all you women out there, if you caught your husband engaging in sex over and over and over again, would you respect him still and stay with him or divorce his sorry ___? Why is Hillary still with Bill the letcher, simply because he is a rung in the political laddar to the Presidency. Being a Senator as Hillary has become is an insult to the American People, citizens of NY, and the nation. She has done nothing but insult other folks. She is suppose to be a negotiator, she has non of the talents and desires nothing more than to gain millions of dollars more in greed from the Office of President of the United States. She is plainly a LOOSER. She should be disbared as her husband has been for illegal operation, lies, and violations of the profession she went to school for. Obviiously she learned little.
    Now ask youself, do you really want her to have control over the NUKES, the MILITARY, YOUR TAXES, YOUR FUTURE, in the state of mind she has shown that she has. She is a habitual lier, who can trust her? Not I that is for sure and I have to trust who I vote for.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:12 pm |
  17. Tracie

    I don't care who you are, but if you were actually dodging sniper fire you would definetely remember that. It's not like it would happen every day. Hillary is trying to make her life sound more exiciting, experienced, etc. It reminds me of her husband Bill and the Monica thing. He kept on and on about how he never, ever did anything wrong.....until confronted with DNA on her dress, then he couldn't hide it anymore and finally fessed up. I guess the Clinton legacy sould be "Lie you butt off to make yourself look good until you're caught at it".

    March 26, 2008 at 1:12 pm |
  18. Saul

    If Jeb bush weren't govener of FLA in 2000, half of what we are fighting about wouldn't even be an issue. You all can figure out the rest from there.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:12 pm |
  19. Barry

    Yes Hillary exaggerated, and yes she has a history of doing this, as do most polticians, but have we forgotten so soon that Obama lied about never hearing his Pastour speaking hate sermons, or his email to the Canadian government after his statement on Nafta, not to mention his exaggerartion on a bill he wrote for Nuclear energy. I would rather Hillary who embelished a little on Bosnia than a racist liar who attends a church that in my opinion is the Black equivalent to the KKK

    March 26, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  20. Kevin

    Isn't the whole point of this election to get rid of megalomanic politicans that have no trouble lying to the public so that they can get their way? That's what we've had in office for the last eight years, and look at where that's brought us to.

    Running for the presidency ought to be about what's good for the country, not about personal ambitions. Hillary supporters need to wake up and have a clear look at what she's doing to our chances of getting rid of the dysfunctional and don't give-a-crap-about-anyone-but-the-rich Republican administration that we've got, otherwise we're headed for more years of the same policies.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  21. mary OK

    I think both of the candidates have problems with embellisments of their record or down right lies. You all know you have seen them both doing it.

    I count three for Obama and three for Hillary that I can personally enumerate – in just this campaign. I've read so many accounts of how incidents in Barack's books are exagerated, I've lost count. I also have read that Barack's legistlative record has been created for him in the IL Senate. His name was put on legislaton that others spent years working on. This was done in preparation for his run for the US Senate. The earmarks he requested for Illinois were in payment of that debt.

    Another intersting thing I read today is about Obama's tax returns. He used to check the box about adding $3 for public financing of elections He quit doing. He hasn't added the additional money to at least his last two tax returns. Wonder why he no longer wants to fund his competion?

    Anyway, Ever since I read that Carl Bernstein had expressed disgust at Hillary's "thick ankles.", I wrote him off as any kind of objective commentator on Hillary Clinton.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  22. Max

    Finally, HER lies are out there... stil more to come.. How can anyone vote for such durty person?


    March 26, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  23. Bob

    The media is making too much punditry (as usual) of this story, and the video should've been checked long ago to confirm stump speech details.

    In the real world, when a person claims to do something they never experienced (in a speech, resume, etc), we call this type of conduct LYING and UNETHICAL.

    It's an Obama Nation.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  24. Brian

    Is this REALLY newsworthy?? Big deal, she embellished some details of an overseas trip into a dangerous, war-torn nation. The IMPORTANT item is that she was there and she had a purpose. I find it ironic that the news outlet has communicated her miniscule and isolated alteration of the environment (which is absolutely irrelevant to anything in this election) with such transperancy and chooses to leave us all guessing what her foreign policy experience looks like in it's entirety stacked up to her opponents. This type of news has a place in the election...and it's certainly not on the front page.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  25. Ken E.

    Why is this writer trying to defend Hillary?! Once more she has come out and told what my grandparents would call a bold face lie. Yet this writer tries to down play this by talking about her protectiveness of herself, and the way she always holds back from the whole truth. Buy calling this another instance of "faulty recollection", he spins a wonderful set of platitudes that encourages the public to but in to this whole "misspoke" pile of bull and forgive her.

    Here is the WHOLE TRUTH. She lied. How can someone equate a simple airplane landing where they meet with a girl on the tarmac to hear a poem, to her tale of a cork screw flight path to land, putting on gear in the airplane as it was taking sniper fire, and then rushing to base huddled across the tarmac. That is NOT someone mis-speaking. Refering the to the girl as a boy would be a misspeak. Saying she was on the flight with Tupac instead of Sinbad would be a misspeak. But the whole element of sniper fire and protective gear and running huddled (despite the photographic evidence to show this is far, far, far from the truth). It was not "Misspoke". It was a lie.

    Think of it in this fashion. Either Hillary is lying through her teeth in order to boost her image to the voters. Or, more frightening, she really remembers events in the manner she spoke of. For both cases, she has just proven she is unfit for ANY political office in this country.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  26. Donald Sutton

    The Clinton's are crooks and liars, we don't need them. Have they ever explained the pardons? Let's see those tax returns.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  27. Jonathan Aid

    Hillary's misrecollections matter. She told this same flawed story several times; she misremembered the same exact details and probably would have gone on telling the same truth-challenged story if she hadn't been caught. This makes me question her judgment, experience, and truthfullness. All things that are crucial in a good president. The more I learn about Senator Clinton the more I realize her experience in the White House was visiting classrooms, speaking at woman's clubs and hosting State Dinners.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  28. Truth Teller

    Clinton supporters – I respect you for supporting her, but don't try to excuse this. Excusing lying is a prime way to act as an "enabler" for bad behavior. She didn't misspeak, she didn't have trouble with her recollection. This was a lie, plain and simple. You can and must accept that. Once you do, then decide whether it affects your support for her. If the answer is no, then support her and move on. But stop trying to make this "OK" – it isn't.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  29. Laura Herold

    We Obama backers want some form of DIGNITY brought back to our country....I want to be able to respect my President and believe in his ability to take care of the country. Get off REV WRIGHT all ready. Nobody asks Hillary about PETER PAUL or VINCE FOSTER or some of the others they used in their 8 years of White House soap opera. Why does anyone want this back in their lives? I don't get it. Hillary should be gone...we need a dramatic change of politics and major attitudes. Haven't you all suffered enough under Bush? Don't you want these propaganda politicians gone!? Watch the news and youtube because Hillary plays the game well...all the little tricks of what to say and how to say it. MARK PENN did it the same exact way with BILL. WAKE UP REMAINING STATES...it's your turn next to save a nation from the CLINTONS.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  30. rebra r stevens

    Every body...please STOP!!! Ask Hillary why she didn't leave Bill after being so pubicly humiliated with his extramarital affairs, that is a breach that most peopl would find unforgiveable. But I am going to give Hillary the benefit of the doubt and that is that her 20+ years of a relationship with him could not be overshadwed by his horrible acts of betrayal.
    The point here; is that to sit as judge and jury on any two people's relationship in which you have little to no personal contact with; and sum up this relationship based on two minutes of sound bites on the internet is both Un-American and Un-Christian. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU

    March 26, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  31. Gary Lumsden

    Everyday I try to imagine the United States without a Clinton in power.
    Perhaps if enough people try to do the same thing, the Clintons will finally go away.....FOREVER!

    March 26, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  32. john brauer

    At least Hillary didn't spend 20 years listening to Rev. Wright condemn the WHITE MAN! She also doesn't hang with Louis Farrankam. Obama is the biggest sniper in this campaign. He has the people or had the people thinking he is the man for the White House. That's not going to happen. Of course he didn't hear the pastor make those comments about this country or the white man, because he was in the Mosque with his wife and kids.

    Go Hillary!!!

    March 26, 2008 at 1:10 pm |
  33. RRE

    "The Truth will set you free." This should include George Bush's war on Iraq, Cheney's Halliburton' fiasco, Obama's Resko dealings, Spitzer's paid sex dealings, Detroit's Mayor's affair, O.J.'s murder.....these compared to Hillary's misspoken words ..give me a break. The Bosnia trip was a successful trip. Thank you Hillary.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:10 pm |
  34. James Baker

    Why is everyone using the word "misstatement" instead of the word "lie"?
    When someone falsely claims she was running for her life while dodging sniper fire, that's not a minor oversight, that's a baldfaced lie!

    And why do some people wonder if if makes any difference that their preferred candidate for the highest office in the land LIES about their experiences and qualifications for public office? Lies on resumes get people fired. Lies in court get people charged with perjury. Lies in relationships lead to divorce. Lies on the campaign trail should lead to elimination. We've had eight years of a president who lied to us about everything. Think people!

    March 26, 2008 at 1:10 pm |
  35. Smarter than the Clinton Supporters

    Did you all see the lecture from Chelsea? A student asked if she thinks Monica Lewinsky hurt her mother's reputation and just like her mother, she gave some BS and then said, "I don't think that's any of your busniess." For those who want to congradulate her on her response, shame on you. That is a valid question. We have the right to her opinion on it. When he committed adultery in such an institution as it was, we the American people have EVERY right to ask that question. Unfortunately, Chelsea, your father made it our business.

    Hill sets a bad example for all of the young women in America, by not only letting her husband do something like that to her (more than once I'm sure), but she is completely inconstent and she lies. She attacks her rivals. She is emotionally unstable (see crying in NH primary, which was actually at a restaraunt right down the street from my house, and see reactions when she is on the defense.) You people make me sick. You may as well be voting for W for a third term.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:10 pm |
  36. Sue in Raleigh

    Who cares what Bernstein says! He might have been relevant in the 70's when, along with his partner, he broke the Watergate scandal. yawn, ho hum...so long ago. He and his thoughts are no longer relevant.

    Hillary Rocks!!

    March 26, 2008 at 1:10 pm |
  37. Josh

    Why can't we all agree that she is a lier!! If some buddy was telling that story and you saw a news story completely different, what would you call him. Thats right, a lier. It is that easy.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:10 pm |
  38. w lee

    mistruths and embellishing stories got the US into Iraq...come on folks...H Clinton, well, both the clintons lie...who wants another liar for president?

    March 26, 2008 at 1:10 pm |
  39. Sean


    It matters, as you put it, because she is using the Bosnia trip as a prime example of how she is ready to lead. If that example, one of the glowing examples of her leadership, is the best she has to offer, then it becomes a major issue of the campaign. The issues have been directed by her refusal to acknowledge anyone, other than herself and Sen. McCain, as being ready to lead. This begs to differ...

    March 26, 2008 at 1:10 pm |
  40. Tom Bruce

    Hillary promises to stop lying the day we elect her President. Scout's honor. If you've got a couple of hours, to an Internet (thank you, Al Gore) search for "Lies told by Hillary Clinton." There's a l ot of material there. She's as bad as hubby "I did not have sex with that woman" Bill. Run, Chelsea, as far and as fast as you can before you catch Clintonitis, too.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:10 pm |
  41. drzoon

    do we want ANOTHER LIAR in the White House?

    if you do.. then vote HRC.

    as anyone who has followed HRC since the early 90's can tell you... she just is uncomfortable with the truth. ME? i think there has to be a better woman out there to break the political glass ceiling than this over inflated lying sack of cow dung.

    Her experience? What experience?

    March 26, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
  42. Mara

    The Clintons lie when they need to, when they do not need to and when their lips are moving.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
  43. Astounded democrat

    I am baffled by all the outcry about the media favoring Obama. I just don't see it. Also, why should what one thinks about Obama, good, bad or indifferent, have anything to do with one's assessment of Hillary Clinton's honesty? Bernstein's piece does a nice job of placing the Bosnia incident within a persistent pattern of behavior that makes many of us uncomfortible voting for H. Clinton. I think she has done some good things. I think her position on many issues is solid. But I don't think I can trust her to tell the truth. After 8 years of secret wire taps, secret prisons, secret energy meetings, and secret e-mails, don't we have a right to say that we want our next president to be someone is at least mostly honest and transparent?

    March 26, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
  44. Chris

    I find it funny that Mr. Bernstein included so many quotes from his book. This was the equivalent of a free advertisement for him.

    I'm also tired of the media's bashing of Hillary, while they fawn over Obama. I can't stomach Fox News and their conservative spin, but over the past several months I've found CNN's drooling lovefest for all things Obama just as disgusting.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
  45. Smarter than the Clinton Supporters

    Did you all see the lecture from Chelsea? A student asked if she thinks Monica Lewinsky hurt her mother's reputation and just like her mother, she gave some BS and then said, "I don't think that's any of your busniess." For those who want to congradulate her on her response, shame on you. That is a valid question. We have the right to her opinion on it. When he committed adultery in such an institution as it was, we the American people have EVERY right to ask that question. Unfortunately, Chelsea, your father made it our business.

    Hill sets a bad example for all of the young women in America, by not only letting her husband do something like that to her (more than once I'm sure), but she is completely inconstent and she lies. She attacks her rivals. She is emotionally unstable (see crying in NH primary, which was actually at a restaraunt right down the street from my house, and see reactions when she is on the defense.) You people make me sick. You may as well be voting for HW for a third term.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
  46. Rob

    The press has such double standards.. its not even funny..

    I do not want to defend Hillary but why Why did the press not run and re-run clips when Obama mis speaks.

    On his Pastor controversy, on Friday he was all over TV saying that, he never heard anytconterversial comments. On monday in his speech, he claimed that he had heard some controversial words from the pastor. The press choose to give him a free pass. They were so enamored by his "race" speech...

    On rezko, he said that he has received 100k, then 150k and then went to 250k.. The press didn't dig into it..

    On Nafta ( one thing to American people and another to Canada)... the press let it go and hillary's campaign had to bring it up.. ofcourse they were vilified for it...

    On Iraq, Obama said he will withdraw in 16 months and he even went onto criticize the fact that Hillary did not have a date in mind.... then he changed his stance and now he says he will get input from commanders on the ground... Ofcourse his advisor, Samatha Fox told BBC totally different things...

    He has exaggerated his resume by claiming he passed legislation, claims that were refuted by others..

    MY POINT IS: WHY DOUBLE STANDARDS... point out facts for both candidates and let the public decide....i resent the fact that the media is electing the President for us.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
  47. Calvin

    Cindy, I am a staunch supporter of Hillary Clinton, but she didn't embellish, she out and out lied. Don't make excuses for her, make her be honest.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
  48. tim

    Taz on Obama- "Why does the media continously Praise his every word as though he was some type of ” Messiah” THIS MAN IS NO MESSIAH”"

    ...maybe because his every word isn't a lie.

    He was praised on his race speach because its so rare that a politician will have an honest dialogue on a controversial issue. Usually they're too busy being politically correct, pandering for votes, or lying about what they have to offer.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
  49. Al in Dallas

    Hillary Clinton is a pathological liar. We DO NOT need another liar to take the place of the once we currently have.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
  50. teewoods

    This whole thing is getting real sick. Let's establish a "STOP THE NONSENSE" campaign.

    Clinton is like a little kid hanging on to a glimmer of hope that she will get her ice cream cone when mom has already told her no. She won't let go of it and will even lie, cheat, and steal her way to the White House. It's time for the Clintons to move on and ride off into the sunset of their choice. My guess is they will be doing that separately after this race is over.

    Obama has showed maturity in his responses to Rev. Wright, leadership in his "Union Speech" (not race speech as CNN likes to refer to it), and a vision for where he feels America should be in the very near and distant future. Step aside Hillary and let someone who will not "say or do anything to get elected" be the nominee.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
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