From the Cheap Seats: In Egypt, Hillary Joins the Bush Shoe Dodging Club

July 17, 2012

WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE: As Clinton's motorcade rolled through Alexandria, it was pelted with tomatoes and shoes

Spare a moment of pity, if you will, for America’s sad-sack secretary of state.

We speak, of course, of Hillary Clinton, she of the reset button, which apparently was something other than a reset, at least for the Russians.  If that wasn’t embarrassing enough, Hillary Clinton, also known as the wife of Monica Lewinsky’s old boyfriend, is stumbling over herself again in Egypt, where she was greeted with a raspberry from the new president , a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, which counts as its greatest dream the destruction of Israel.

Actually, that’s not true, though we don’t know that Mohamed Morsi didn’t give the seecretary a Bronx cheer. It is verified, however, that crowds in Egypt did have a special greeting just for her.

As her motorcade drive through Alexandria, it was pelted with tomatoes and shoes. We know from the experience of George W. Bush that to be the target of a flung shoe (to be confused with feng shui) is to be the target of ultimate derision. Bush of course dodged the brogan while Hillary was hidden behind protective glass, so Bush wins on style points alone.

Just to make sure that the secretary, who sensitivity to nuance is legendary, the crowd yelled “Monica, Monica” as the motorcade rolled by.

So much for restoring respect for the United States.

The  cheap seats, however, started this little stroll down Memory Lane with the request that  we spare a moment of pity for our hapless leaderette.

What is Hillary to do on that day when some bright, unassuming tot asks her about the time that she was fired on in Bosnia in a visit in 1996, when she was First Lady (and second choice  for the prez.).

“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.”

So said Hillary in her presidential campaign. It was, not shockingly to those of us who have to know, and pity her, a lie. The only thing surprising about her comment was that she failed to identify the snipers as members of the “vast right-wing conspiracy.”

So how will Hillary respond when asked about the sniper attack that wasn’t and the tomato-pelting, Monica-yelling Egyptian horde that was, whatever will Hillary say?

Whatever it is, it will be laden with self-pity and blame-laying. In other words, business as usual in the Clinton mold.

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