April 4th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton pokes fun at Bosnia gaffe, Bill


Watch Clinton on Leno Thursday night.

(CNN) - It was a gaffe that caused the Clinton campaign a serious headache two weeks ago, but in an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Thursday night, the New York senator was all smiles about it.

As she walked out on stage, Clinton told Leno she almost didn't make the interview.

"I was pinned down by sniper fire at the Burbank airport," Clinton said laughing.

The comments were in reference to the recent revelation that Clinton was not forced to make a dangerous landing and cover herself from sniper fire during a 1996 trip to Bosnia, despite her repeated claims to the contrary.

"You know this has been such a mismatch of words and actions," Clinton also told Leno. "I was thinking about it, because obviously I've been so privileged to represent our country in, gosh, more than 80 other countries, lots of war zones and all the rest of it - I wrote about this in my book and obviously I just had a lapse."

The New York senator also took aim at her husband in the interview, telling Leno that “He's doing a great job for me but he does get a little carried away sometimes."

And when Leno asked what she thought of her daughter, Chelsea, telling crowds on the campaign trail that she thinks her mother would be a better president than her father, Clinton responded, “Oh, you know, she’s such a smart young woman.”

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soundoff (289 Responses)
  1. carmen

    Yeah, Go Hillary. Go away and take Bill with you before be busts a zipper. Ps. the guy who says Canada is all for Hillary is a liar, which explains why he supports her. Luckily Canadians are a lot more like Obama.

    April 4, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. OR for Obama

    Hillary was sleep deprived! What does that mean at 3 a.m.? "Sorry i pushed the button, I was sleep deprived...So I made a mistake." Yeah, that makes me want her to make serious decisions.

    April 4, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. lol

    Hillary you are the best. you stay in the race. americans are waking up to the empty rhetoric from obama.

    April 4, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Independent

    Haha. Those jokes are as funny as Mr Bush when he said that being in military duty in Iraq and Afganistan i s"romantic"?

    April 4, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. Chido Williams

    Its not funny at all-how can she downplay this-its a serious offense for a presidential candidate to make- Shame on you Hillary! Shame on you!

    April 4, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. Betsy

    Hillary all the way!! So she misspoke – so what? If you read what Muscatine and Verveer wrote about the trip, it wasn't as easy as it looked. You go girl!!! We love you Hillary!!!!

    April 4, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. Dennis

    I'm not sure being pinned down by sniper fire is a laughing matter. I also don't think that lying in that way is funny either. Seems she is suggesting that maybe it happened some place else, but she can't recall where.

    April 4, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. seyi

    How stupid, people crack jokes on Minor gaffes, not major lies... Way to bring back your lies to the public... I wonder where her surrogates like Carville are, when she gets her advice... You lie on a sensitive issue and crack jokes about it??? She must take americans for a joke

    April 4, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Jayson

    um, Senator Clinton, so which country was it that you visited where you ran from the plane with your daughter while dodging sniper fire? Feel free to check video from all those visits.

    April 4, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. CANDY

    I hope that all the remaining states rally behind Obama to keep the idot Hillary out of the White House with her lying and cheating husband.

    Obama 08

    April 4, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. wwf

    I hope that Hillary will be able to laugh at herself when she looses.

    April 4, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. terry

    I see a lotta Hillary haters out there, CNN leading in the recent poll of polls. Shame on you all. Why do you fear her so much???

    April 4, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. RT

    A mismatch of words and actions............ Oh, you mean LIE!!??

    April 4, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Felly

    Hillary is a pathological lier. She lies and lies and lies. Even on her tax returns. No more Bush-Clinton, Bush-Clinton dynasty, nada.

    April 4, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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