December 08, 2003


Celebrated author Hillary Clinton has title trouble:

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday called it "so sad" that she is being criticized as un-American for questioning Bush administration war policies while visiting troops in Iraq over the Thanksgiving holiday.

"I think that's reflective of the efforts by this administration to deny and divert attention from what everybody knows. I mean, it is like the old children's story, 'The Emperor Has No Clothes,' " Mrs. Clinton said.

Brought to you by the author of The Welt-Covered Princess and That Duckling Ain’t So Ugly No More.

Posted by Tim Blair at December 8, 2003 08:44 PM

That's a bit strange. I haven't heard or read one person say that Hillary was un American for her trip and comments. Excepting for Hillary that is.

But I have read that Hillary thinks that Bush is trying to undo Roosevelt's New Deal. I guess it was the recent $800,000,000 drug benefit for senior citizens that tipped her off.

Posted by: Charles at December 8, 2003 at 09:27 PM

Oophs. Sorry about that. My mistake. I missed a few zeros. $800,000,000,000. There, that's better.

Posted by: Charles at December 8, 2003 at 09:29 PM

The Times story refers to a question asked by Tim Russert (Meet the Press). He seems to be quoting a Republican consultant named Scott Reed:

"Republican [consultant] Scott Reed ... said the comments you made were 'un-American.' 'Any member of the U.S. Senate should be supporting our troops 100 percent. It sounds like Senator Clinton has been stung by the fact that President Bush overshadowed her trip to Iraq and left her as an after-story, so to break into the debate, she had to take the low road.'"

I haven't been able to verify Reed's actual words.

Posted by: Michael at December 8, 2003 at 10:09 PM

What about a "Child Requires a Village" or whatever the last dopey book the Hilbeebeest knocked out.
A better itrm from her would have been how to cope with a husband who can't keep his dick in his pants.

Posted by: Habib at December 8, 2003 at 10:57 PM

Not really a Hillary fan, but I tend to think that it is the Washington Times that's having trouble accurately quoting her. There's no reason to think that she is attempting to recite the title, rather than remind the viewers of the (theme, moral?) of the story. The following is an equally plausible set of punctuation for her quote:

"I mean, it is like the old children's story: the Emperor has no clothes," Mrs. Clinton said.

Posted by: MattJ at December 8, 2003 at 11:05 PM

MattJ: "Not really a Hillary fan, but I tend to think that it is the Washington Times that's having trouble accurately quoting her. There's no reason to think that she is attempting to recite the title, rather than remind the viewers of the (theme, moral?) of the story."

The Times is only quoting from the Meet the Press transcript.

I agree that she was probably just alluding to the fable's moral. I don't really see why it matters if she got the title right.

Posted by: Michael at December 9, 2003 at 12:03 AM

I saw the quoted bit on channel 7 when they aired Meet the Press late last night, and didn't get the impression she was trying to title it as noted by the quote marks in the transcript, but rather express the theme as MattJ said.

Posted by: Clarke Kent at December 9, 2003 at 12:30 AM

What is up with Hillary and the fable's? I hear her on the radio attempting to say something sharp on the medicare bill and she got all tongue tied trying to say that it's a "Wolf in sheep's clothing." She couldn't remember what she was supposed to say so it got garbled along the lines of "you's that chicken in the hen house...and um, you know, there's that wolf..." It was so funny.

She should stop trying to come out with the fable analogy.

Posted by: Catherine at December 9, 2003 at 01:42 AM

"And in the woodpile, there's a...ummm... what was it? Oh, yes, there's a n- D'OH!"

Posted by: Dave S. at December 9, 2003 at 01:51 AM

I think this may be her new mark. With Tom Daschle, it's 'concerned', as in, "I'm very concerned". With her, it'll be, "That's so sad".

Posted by: Mark at December 9, 2003 at 02:10 AM

I heard a rumour that Australians decorate with Christmas Bushs, plants with little red-flowered leaves that are native to Australia.

George will be most pleased.

Posted by: papertiger at December 9, 2003 at 02:10 AM

Isn't it obvious that this is just another example of what those with a liberal type mentality think of 'the common folk'? We’re after all, just children intellectually to these self appointed intellectual elites. Why not a few children’s fables to teach the stupid masses?

Posted by: Brett Milner at December 9, 2003 at 02:37 AM

I can imagine Hillary's "pep-talk" to the troops going down in history as one of the best motivational quotes of all time.

"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth".--Ronald Reagan

"The course of this conflict is not know, yet its outcome is certain. Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war. We know that God is not neutral between them".---George W. Bush

"Never give in. Never, never never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty".--Winston Churchhill

"With confidence in our armed forces-with the unbounding determination of our people. We will gain the inevitable triumph-so help us God".--FDR

"We have to exert all of our efforts militarily, but the outcome is not assured".--Hillary Rodham Clinton

"You cannot raise a man by calling him down".--William Boetcker

Posted by: Kelly at December 9, 2003 at 02:54 AM

Sorry, y'all. Hil was pretty impressive in the Russert interview; if any of the dwarves said anything as strongly supportive of our overall strategy in the WoT (including invading Iraq), I, for one, would be much relieved.

As for quotes, well a conversation ain't a speech. Credit where it's due, even if it hurts.

Posted by: Alene at December 9, 2003 at 04:21 AM


The woman is a master politician and she is setting herself up perfectly for 2008.

However, as someone who has had to listen to her since 1992, I am used to her spin and therefore I hear her with special Hillary-decoder ears that listen for the spin. I don't trust one word that comes out of her mouth.

There is a reason she was booed in NY after 9/11 in a room full of men in uniform - because she badmouthed them on the campaign trail and oops, she and Bill never bothered to visit or take notice in 1993. There isn't one genuine thought or feeling in that woman. It's all about Hillary and her opinions actions all change with the wind or the latest polls. No character.

You can say all politicians are like this, but Hillary's ego would make the ghost of Lyndon Johnson blush.

Posted by: Catherine at December 9, 2003 at 08:31 AM


The title being wrong is mot important in and of itself, we all mess things like that up at times. But can you imagine the guff Bush would receive if he made that mistake? (It's akin to misspelling 'potatoe' -- remember?) Or how about if Bush kept referring to the Soviet Union, as Dean did last week? The press was all over him for that kind of stuff during his primary.

Posted by: Jerry at December 10, 2003 at 01:34 AM