Hillary suffers misspeaking relapse in Belfast: Report

Last Updated: Monday, October 19, 2009 - 17:41

London: It seems Hillary Clinton refuses to learn from past mistakes -- yes, the US Secretary of State has "bombed" again with another war story that never happened, this time in Belfast.
In a speech which she made at the Stormont Assembly on her recent visit to Northern Island, Hillary said Belfast`s landmark Europa Hotel was devastated by an explosion when she first stayed there in 1995, according to the `Sunday Life`.

She told a packed Assembly last Monday: "When Bill and I first came to Belfast, we stayed at the Europa Hotel... even though then there were sections boarded up because of damage from bombs."

But the last terror strike on the landmark building was 1993 -- two years before she checked in as First Lady with president husband Bill Clinton, the newspaper said, claiming that renovations were completed on the hotel in January 1994 -- some 22 months before they stayed there.

In fact, quoting hotel sources, the report said there was "no way" there was a board in sight when the power couple arrived in Northern Island. US Secretary of State`s latest slip-up has echoes of her blooper last year -- when she said she "misspoke" after telling a story about dodging sniper fire in Bosnia in 1996.

During the presidential campaign Hillary drew on her Bosnia experience, saying: "I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport but we just ran with our heads down to get in the vehicles to get to our base."

A spokesman for Hillary said that she had simply been trying to express a sincere "perception" of Belfast in darker days. "We are not talking about the same thing (as misspeaking about Bosnia). Hillary was simply contrasting."

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, October 19, 2009 - 17:41

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