From the halls of Montezuma, Hillary Rodham reporting for duty
Oh dear, oh dear! Is Hillary Rodham and now Clinton getting desperate? Or, at 68, is she showing the classic signs of age-related dementia, forgetfulness, delusions, and the inability to master new technology? Her computer problems and "home brewed" server are legendary – and probably illegal. She had trouble using that new-fangled invention, the cell phone – why, she even needed help turning on the ringer.
And now she is claiming she tried to join the United States Marines!
Yeah! Right! LOL. Ha!
A spokesman for the Clinton campaign, after declining to comment for two days, issued a statement Thursday night to CNN that was at odds with Henry's account.
"As she has noted in the past, Hillary visited a Marine recruiter shortly after moving to Arkansas because she was interested in exploring options for serving in the military," the spokesman, Nick Merrill, said. "She did not pursue the idea further and her sole reason for visiting the recruitment center was to determine if there was a suitable opportunity for her to serve in some capacity."
Merrill said Clinton's interest in the Marines "was sincere" and dismissed any criticism as partisan. He added, "it is insulting, but not surprising, that Republicans would attack her for this, too."
But Henry, who is now a retired professor at the University of Arkansas, told CNN that she, Clinton and longtime friend Diane Blair often discussed studying how women would be accepted in various male-dominated occupations.
Henry said the suggestion that Clinton made up the encounter is bogus. She said she believes it was part of a test for how women were treated, rather than an effort to actually serve in the Marines.
Did Hillary care how the men, who actually served in the Marines, were treated?
Clinton has repeated her Marine anecdote a few times over the years, dating back to at least 1994 when she was first lady. She has never directly answered why a fervently anti-war college student -- who worked on the presidential campaigns of Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern -- would have tried to join the military.
Clinton made the comments at a breakfast on Tuesday in New Hampshire at a forum called the "Candidate Café," sponsored by WMUR-TV. It was not open to reporters, but a clip of the event was posted on the station's website.
She laughed as she recalled being turned away by a recruiter.
"He looks at me and goes, "Um, how old are you?" Clinton recalled. "And I said, 'Well, I am 26, I will be 27.' And he goes, 'Well, that is kind of old for us.' And then he says to me, and this is what gets me, 'Maybe the dogs will take you,' meaning the Army."
In 1994, she said she also was turned away because of her gender.
"You're too old, you can't see and you're a woman," Clinton said at the time.
Other than that, she would have been a fine Marine, able and eager to walk 100 miles through a swamp, say, while carrying 100 pounds of equipment. LOL! Ha!
As Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) tweeted:
And this is a woman the country needs to answer a phone call at 3 in the afternoon informing her that there is a reset crisis with Russia?! She still hasn't given a straight answer to what happened when she received a phone call at 3 in the morning informing her of the terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, not too far from the shores of Tripoli. Poor thing, she still believes some guys were out for a walk and decided to attack the embassy and slaughter the four Americans, two of whom were former Navy SEALs, because of a nasty YouTube video. "What difference does it make?"
Now, now, Granny Clinton: even though you haven't driven since 1996, I'm certain there are many people, maybe even a Marine, who are willing to drive you to a nice safe place. Maybe even past the White House, where you once lived many years ago. Do you remember? And maybe now you'll realize it won't be your future home.
For the good of the USA.