Shocking?! how Hillary insulted,
embarassed 2 ex 8-year-old girls
CASEY Knowles (above), now 17, then 8 in 1999
EMINA Bicakcic (right), now 20, then 8 in 1996
By MITCH R. CONFESOR
Filipinos for Obama Movement
FIRST was the sleeping American girl in ’s 3 A.M. commercial, who was only eight years old about nine years ago when the video was shot for a railroad commercial back in 1999.
Then came the Bosnian girl shown in the cable news footage, who was also eight years old around 12 years ago when she read a poem to Hillary back in 1996.
Casey Knowles, now 17, is focused on being a passionate supporter of Hillary’s rival in her duties as a precinct captain during the February primary and caucus in .
Emina Bicakcic, now 20, is focused on her dreams of becoming a doctor after shaking off a series of nightmares this month, wherein Hillary repeatedly confused the day when this girl from read that poem titled “Peace” to a non-existent day in the senator’s own fantasy of ducking sniper fires in war-torn .
“I think it would be wonderful if and I could get together and do a counter-ad (against Hillary),” the feisty Casey told CNN in a live morning television interview on March 9.
CNN said stock footage of an 8-year-old Casey sleeping – shot when she worked as an extra in TV commercials – was used in Clinton’s “red phone” ad, which asked “Who do you want answering the phone at 3 a.m.?” in the case of a foreign policy crisis.
The high-school senior – who will be eligible to vote in the November general election – said she was shocked to discover she was in the commercial, and said it made her feel disloyal to Barack.
“It makes me feel a little disloyal and kind of,” she said on March 9. “It hurts that footage of me would contribute to a candidate that I’m not necessarily supporting. Hopefully Mr. Obama would forgive me.”
ABC’s , which interviewed Casey also that same weekend, said the ad was a play on a 1980s-era advertisement with a similar theme: if there was a middle-of-the-night national security emergency, who would you want to have answer the phone and deal with it?
Ironically, though, Casey would want Hillary rival Barack to answer any important 3 A.M. call coming into the White House.
“What I don’t like about the ad is it’s fear-mongering. I think it’s a cheap hit to take. I really prefer Obama’s message of looking forward to a bright future,” Knowles said on ABC. “I think that’s a much stronger message.”
Since her identity was revealed, Knowles said the Obama campaign has reached out to her and she offered a suggestion.
“I mentioned that we should make a counter-ad, me and Obama, against Hillary,” she told ABC. “They thought that was really funny. They actually might take me up on it.”
Casey, of , also said she plans on helping Obama in ahead of that state’s primary on May 20. “They want to get me down there and hopefully get me to help support and get campaigning going on down there,” Casey told CNN.
“I’ve been campaigning for Obama for a long time. I actually called a lot of people around my area and got them to come out and caucus for him. I was a precinct captain at my caucus in February,” she told ABC. “I’m actually a delegate for my precinct and I can go on to county, state and even potentially the national convention in .”
Now, the girl from who has become a symbol of Hillary’s lie about her “dangerous” trip to that country has come forward as well.
And while Emina isn’t actively supporting Barack, she can’t bring herself to support Hillary either – despite the fact that a picture of her and Hillary taken that day remains a “treasured family heirloom.”
Emina was asked if she was afraid that afternoon on the tarmac:
“No,” she said, speaking at her home in , the Bosnian capital. “I was just excited. I wanted to look [Clinton] in the eye and say, ‘Thank you.’”
And, she said, Hillary seemed far more interested in her poem than in dashing for shelter. “She was really listening,” Emina recalled. “She was drinking in every word of my poem.”
Emina said she was reluctant to criticize Clinton’s account of that day because of a deep appreciation for the U.S. role in ending Bosnia’s bloody nightmare.
A picture of a young Emina’s meeting with the then First Lady – signed and inscribed by Hillary – has become a treasured family heirloom.
Still, she admitted that she is not supporting Clinton in her contest against .
“I’m staying neutral,” Emina said, declining to discuss the issue further. “I have very mixed emotions about it. It’s a difficult situation for me.”
“I REMEMBER landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”
– speech at George Washington University, 17 March 2008,
THE NEW YORK Post revealed Monday (31 March 2008) that the Bosnian girl who famously read a poem to during her 1996 visit to the war-torn country is shocked – and her countrymen infuriated – that the former first lady claimed to have dodged sniper fire that day.
Emina Bicakcic, now 20, and studying to become a doctor, told The Post she stood on the tarmac at the air base in , greeted Clinton and even had time to share the lines of verse she’d written – all without fear of attack from an unseen enemy.
U.S. pledges $25 million for Bosnia aid
(CNN, 25 March 1996) — First Lady arrived in Monday, where she announced a $25 million emergency reconstruction program for .
Speaking to a group of Bosnian officials, the first lady emphasized the need for Bosnians to rebuild, especially the homes of refugees that were destroyed in the war. Mrs. Clinton said the United States would make the money available immediately.
The first lady was in Tuzla as part of a nine-day European goodwill trip, landed at the airport on board a C-17 military transport plane stocked with donated supplies for U.S. troops and toys for Bosnian children.
One local woman thanked her for U.S. involvement in . “The price of peace has been very high, but without the United States we could not have got here,” she said.
Among those who greeted the first lady and daughter, Chelsea, at the airport were U.S. military commanders, acting Bosnian President Ejup Ganic andseventh-graders who are pen pals with American students at a U.S. Army base in .
Also on hand was Imina Bicacic, an 8-year-old girl who sent the first lady a poem entitled “Peace” in January.
A smiling Mrs. Clinton hugged Bicacic, and the child kissed her on the cheek in return. For Bicacic, it was her first trip away from her home.
The first lady and Chelsea also visited Camp Alicia in a separation zone southeast of . The first lady ate lunch and mingled with troops stationed there.
THEN First Lady greets U.S. soldiers as she arrives at Bedrock Camp, an outpost of the U.S. IFOR contingent, near , on March 25, 1996.
and her misstated trip to Tuzla have made headlines in the United States of late, but in the , it’s all old news.
Back in early January, a former member of the Bosnian presidency, Kresimir Zubak, was reported to have called her story of her arrival in the Bosnian city, sniper fire and all, completely false (article here if you read Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian).
Clinton’s trip came under further attack by the Bosnian Serb political leader – although Ivanic had a different account of Hillary’s motivations than did the Obama camp. He explains (text in Serbian):
“Given that the world, and especially America, associate the activity of snipers shooting at innocent civilians exclusively with Serbs as ‘the bad guys,’ has sent a clear signal as to kind of foreign policy she would hold towards this part of the . The Serbs would still be ‘the bad guys,’ while the Bosniaks and the Croats would be ‘the good guys.’”
It’s no surprise a Bosnian Serb would beat Sinbad to the punch on this one. After all, it was Clinton’s husband who led the push for ’s 1995 airstrike on Bosnian Serb targets. But these Balkan denouncers were so quick to jump on Clinton’s story that they seem to have gotten a few facts wrong themselves.
Zubak that Clinton did not actually arrive in until December 22, 1997. According to Clinton’s official schedule for March 25, 1996, released by the , Clinton did in fact visit Tuzla in 1996 – just in time to meet an eight-year-old Bosnian girl and a 7th-grade class adopted by .
TIME FOR SATIRE
Bosnian girl was
actually a sniper
ACCUSED in recent days of embellishing her story of a brush with sniper fire in , Democratic presidential candidate today said “don’t be fooled” by photos showing her being greeted at the airport by a pony-tailed 8-year-old Bosnian girl with a bouquet of flowers.
“That was no little girl,” told reporters in Gary, Indiana. “That was a covert ops midget sniper.”
The senator said that moments after the “so-called little girl” presented her with the flowers, she revealed what the bouquet had been hiding: “a tiny semi-automatic weapon.”
“Fortunately, I had the presence of mind to use some of the Tae Kwon Do techniques I had learned in preparation for the Northern Ireland peace talks,” she said.
Defending his wife against charges that she had yet again fabricated her exploits while First Lady, former President Bill Clinton told CNN’s that “Democratic voters have a clear choice this election: do they want a liar or a plagiarist?”
“Hillary tells some real whoppers, but at least they’re original,” he said.
In response to a question about whether he believes his wife’s account of the events in , Mr. Clinton said, “All I have to say about that is Reverend Wright Reverend Wright Reverend Wright Reverend Wright Reverend Wright.”