VINTON, Iowa - Ever since Barack Obama suggested Hillary Clinton's eight years as first lady were a glorified tea party a few days back, she's looked for an opening to strike back.On Saturday night in Dubuque she pounced, arguing she risked her life on White House missions in the 1990s, including a hair-raising flight into Bosnia that ended in a "corkscrew" landing and a sprint off the tarmac to dodge snipers."I don't remember anyone offering me tea," she quipped.
The dictum around the Oval Office in the '90s, she added, was: "If a place was too dangerous, too poor or too small, send the first lady."It turns out that Clinton wasn't quite flying solo into harm's way that day.She was, in fact, leading a goodwill entourage that included baggy-pants funnyman Sinbad, singer Sheryl Crow and Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, then 15, according to an account of the March 1995 trip in her autobiography "Living History."As the plane approached the runway, the pilot ordered the Clintons into the armored front of the plane, Clinton writes.What's not clear is whether Sinbad or Crow were invited to the cockpit or had to brave it out in the unprotected rear.