Dick Morris and  Eileen McGann

"I was deeply involved in the Irish peace process"

Those words were uttered by Hillary Clinton — with a straight face!

Ever since she began her campaign for the presidency, Hillary and Bill Clinton have both boldly — and falsely — claimed that she played an important role in the Irish peace process. Suddenly rewriting history, they’ve claimed that her success in bringing peace to Ireland is all part of the vast experience that makes her qualified for the White House.

It’s funny that they both forgot to mention her magical diplomatic skills in their respective memoirs.

But now her recently released White House schedules show that Hillary’s assertions are one big fantasy. Hillary’s role in all of the Irish visits were no different than any other first ladies, the ones who didn’t think that accompanying the president to a foreign country was a major diplomatic coup.

The daily schedules show that Hillary visited Ireland on numerous occasions with the President. For the most part, her role was to stand next to him, shake hands, and occasionally introduce him before he gave a speech. Sometimes, she met with women’s and children’s groups.

For example, on a trip to Ireland in late November and early December in 1995, she attended the speech given by the president in Derry, Northern Ireland. Her role: to shake hands after the speech. Later that day, the first couple traveled to Belfast, where they lit the Christmas tree outside of City Hall. After the Lord Mayor announced the winners of the annual "letter writing and poster contest," Hillary read excerpts from the children’s letters.

When the Clintons flew to Dublin the next day, Mrs. Clinton toured the National Gallery, where she signed the guest book. In the afternoon, she did give a 25 minute speech to about 350 women from all over Ireland. This meeting seems to be at the heart of her exaggerated contentions that she helped the peace process by bringing both sides together. But published reports indicate that the women advocating peace in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic were well known to each other long before the meeting. And a 25 minute speech outside of government channels was hardly the cause of the end of a bitterness that began almost a hundred years ago. Immediately afterwards, she introduced the president to a crowd of 30,000 people at Trinity College, where he spoke to the Irish people .

In 1997, she participated in a roundtable discussion with students in Northern Ireland and met with representatives of various Youth Councils.


Dick Morris and Eileen McGann

Dick Morris, a former political adviser to Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and President Bill Clinton, is the author of 2010: Take Back America. To get all of Dick Morris’s and Eileen McGann’s columns for free by email, go to www.dickmorris.com