The last time Sinbad was suddenly deluged with phone calls from the media, he was the victim of an Internet death rumor. In this latest press attack, the comedian is being asked about a 1996 Bosnia trip that he took with then First Lady Hillary Clinton.See Also:
As part of her current White House run, Clinton spoke about the experience during a late December campaign appearance in Iowa, and again on March 17 at a speech at George Washington University.
Attempting to boost her claim that she has more overseas experience than her Democratic rival Barack Obama, she described her March 25, 1996 landing at Tuzla International Airport in the following manner:
"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."
Sinbad, who was on the Bosnia trip along with singer Sheryl Crow, says Clinton is putting way too much on the situation. He says the trip was a USO tour to boost troop morale. In an interview with the Sleuth Monday, he said the "scariest" part of the trip was wondering where he'd eat next. "I think the only 'red-phone' moment was: 'Do we eat here or at the next place.'"
As for Clinton's claim of landing in "sniper fire," Sinbad says he doesn't remember that, either.
"I never felt that I was in a dangerous position. I never felt being in a sense of peril, or 'Oh, God, I hope I'm going to be OK when I get out of this helicopter or when I get out of this tank.'"
In her Iowa stump speech, Clinton also said: "We used to say in the White House that if a place is too dangerous, too small or too poor, send the First Lady."
Sinbad responds: "What kind of president would say, 'Hey, man, I can't go 'cause I might get shot so I'm going to send my wife...oh, and take a guitar player and a comedian with you.'"
Sinbad, who supports Obama for president, says of Clinton's campaign: "What got me about Hillary was her attitude of entitlement, like he messed up her plan, like he had no reason to be there. I got angry. I actually got angry! I said, 'I will be for Obama like never before.'"
As a comic, Sinbad said he's also upset with "Saturday Night Live" for its pro-Hillary sketches that portray Obama as unqualified and skittish. The actor is also furious with the casting of non-black actor Fred Armisen to play Obama.
"My problem is -- you couldn't just temporarily hire a black man to play Obama?" said Sinbad. "You had to put a white man in a black face? You couldn't find a light-skinned brother to play Obama?"
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