Family-Friendly Comedian to Hillary Clinton: You's a Gotdamn Lie.

Oh, it’s about to get irreverent up in here.

Hillary Clinton, eager to boost her ‘red phone’ credentials, has been citing a 1996 trip to the Balkans as part of her foreign policy experience.

Also on that trip? Sheryl Crow and Walter Oakes Sinbad. Sinbad, a Barack Obama supporter, said to Mary Ann Akers of the Washington Post that Clinton’s recollection of the trip was more than a little embellished, and questioned how important her visit actually was.

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 the Clinton campaign shot back.

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?”

Wow. A serious contender for president is beefing with Sinbad. Just swish that around in your mouth for a minute. Let it sink in.

Sinbad Unloads on Hillary Clinton. [WP]



Gene "G.D." Demby is the founder and editor of PostBourgie. In his day job, he blogs and reports on race and ethnicity for NPR's Code Switch team.
  • slb

    Awesome. Like, truly.

    Sinbad is getting rather ornery in his old age… but in a good way (as opposed to the Bill Cosby way).

  • LH

    Yeah … Sinbad has donated millions of dollars to send disadvantaged kids to college and dared to offend the Committee on Keepin’ It Real whilst Cosby has gone kicking and screaming into obscurity after having done nothing of note to help anyone when he was ‘popular.’ Good ol’ ornery Sinbad.

    I could be wrong but something tells me that Clinton was a higher value target than Sinbad, which would at least suggest that if any threats were made they’d have been against her. Why would he have been kept in that loop?

  • slb

    Why would he have been asked to go at all, as a comedian, or Sheryl Crow, as a singer, or Chelsea, as a mere teenager, if this were a perilous trip? Clinton went there for morale boosting and it’s doubtful that anyone was targeting a comedian, a singer, and a first lady–which is his point to begin with. It wasn’t a trip to meet with leaders or to discuss foreign policy. It was for morale-boosting, stand-up comedy, and concert sets.

  • LH

    I think any trip by a public figure from America to that part of the world at that time could reasonably be considered dangerous, though perhaps not to the extent that Clinton and, now, her flack have made it seem.

  • Aisha

    Sinbad for VP. He’s more qualified than BHO right? Anyway this is a great story. I’m still trying to figure out why her experience as first lady is so much more important than BHO’s time on the street of the south side and state senate experience? I’m sure she claims her full resume why can’t he? You went on a trip with Sinbad and Sheryl Crow and you are claiming that? Surely she jests. I’m like Sinbad;I was cool with Hillary but she’s getting on my gotdamn nerves right now. Clearly the American public ignores experience anyway, look who we have now? What about Edwards? Does anyone ever say he lacked experience? Can you tell I’m heated at 8AM?

  • This election continues excavate old celebs..first Geraldine Ferraro, now Sinbad.

  • Love this. And I agree with slb, why in the hell would they send a teenager and friggin’ Sheryl Crow if this trip were really that dangerous? Ridic.

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