Tuesday, March 25, 2008

How not to retract something: Hillary edition

Regarding the difference between her verbal account and the film of her arriving in Bosnia, Hillary graciously said this morning:

"I went to 80 countries, you know. I gave contemporaneous accounts, I wrote about a lot of this in my book. You know, I think that, a minor blip, you know, if I said something that, you know, I say a lot of things — millions of words a day — so if I misspoke, that was just a misstatement,"

By the way, if we assume she sleeps 6 hours a night, that leaves 18 hours, or 1080 minutes to talk. According to Wikipedia, "conversations are maintained at 200 words per minute". Lets recognize Hill's prodigious skills and allow 500 wpm for her. This gives us a figure of 540,000 words a day.



Anonymous said...

You big jerk!

She misspoke.


Shawn said...

perhaps *not* saying millions of words a day would help you out, ms.

mmm....verbal diarrhea.

Anonymous said...

I don't know about anyone else, but I want a president who has some sense of how big a "million" or a "billion" or a "trillion" is.

This kind of rank innumeracy is, quite seriously, part of the reason why people balk over spending $10 million on a school, but have no problem spending $3 trillion on a war. After all, 3 *is* less than 10...

Anonymous said...

"Conversations" usually entail more than one person talking. Millions of words per day....Yeah, I can buy that.

Angus said...

books on tape: 150 wpm
"auctioneers": 250 wpm

Robert J said...

Please.....Hillary is a LIAR! She said that 12 years have gone by without any lies but we know this too is a lie. When Bill or Hillary tell a truth let us all applaud them but not in the White House again! The media and voters will eventually get this right.