If politicians can imagine sniper fire, don’t be surprised what people can imagine on their resumes.

Why is it that so many people these days are mis-speaking and mis-remembering? Shortly after Hillary Clinton’s animated version of coming under sniper fire in Bosnia, she now tells us she “mis-spoke”.

I first read about this story in last Saturday’s Washington Post, in an article written by Michael Dobbs. Mr. Dobbs, who visited the Tuzla air base in Bosnia, much earlier than Senator Clinton, spoke of the risk being minimal, particularly at a heavily fortified U.S. air base like Tuzla.

The report went on to say that instead of the former first lady having to run with her head down, dodging sniper fire, the party was greeted by smiling U.S. and Bosnian officals. The paper even carried a picture of Mrs. Clinton bending down to kiss a local girl.

Mr. Dobbs concludes by saying that Clinton’s tale of sniper fire is simply not credible, as photographs and video taken at the time told a very different story. Senator Clinton’s story was then awarded with “Four Pinocchios”, signifying a “real whopper”.

As someone who spent many years in the former Yugoslavia during the war, I can attest to the fact that you know when you are coming under sniper or mortar fire, there is nothing to imagine. One thing you wouldn’t do, is to stand around taking photographs for the press. I am sure that there were plenty of people around the country last week who believed Senator Clinton – she certainly seemed very credible the way she recalled the dangerous event. Now she just looks like another used car salesman who got caught turning back the clock on a used car to hide its true miles.

Like I tell clients all the time, do not be in a hurry to judge a book by its cover. Just because someone appears to have a fantastic resume, does not mean that everything in that resume is true. Around 40% of all resumes contain lies or “miswritings” as they are probably being called now.

If a former First Lady (and one who is looking to be the country’s first female President at that) can tell a “real whopper”, expect it from anyone. Remember, paper has never been known to refuse ink.

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