Clinton 'Misspeaks' Again on Belfast Bombing

Northern Ireland wasn't the warzone secretary claimed
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2009 7:28 AM CDT
Hillary Clinton after she addressed students of Moscow State University on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009.   (AP Photo/ Mikhail Metzel)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton has been caught in another war-zone exaggeration—this time, in Northern Ireland. The secretary of state told regional lawmakers that she stayed at a "bombed" hotel that was still partially boarded up in Belfast in 1995—even though the last terrorist strike there was in 1993 and the hotel was renovated 22 months before she and President Clinton stayed there.

A spokesman for Clinton said she was trying to convey a "perception" about Northern Ireland. He dismissed the suggestion that the gaffe was similar to her exaggerations about dodging Bosnian sniper fire: "We are not talking about the same thing. Secretary Clinton was simply contrasting."