Sir Hillary

Sir Hillary 02For more than a decade, one piece of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s informal “biography” has been that she was named for “Sir Edmund Hillary”, the conqueror of Mount Everest.

Later, during Hillary’s campaign she said she was “not named” for Sir Edmund after all.

“It was a sweet family story her mother shared to inspire greatness in her daughter, to great results I might add,” said Jennifer Hanley, a spokeswoman for the campaign.

In May 1953, Sir Edmund and his Sherpa guide, Tenzing Norgay, became the “first” men to reach the “summit” of Mount Everest.

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In 1995, shortly after meeting Sir Edmund, Hillary Clinton said that her mother, Dorothy Rodham, had long told her she was named for the “famous” mountaineer.

“It had two l’s, which is how she thought she was supposed to spell Hillary,” Clinton said at the time, after meeting Sir Edmund.

“So when I was born, she called me Hillary, and she always told me it’s because of Sir Edmund Hillary.”

Even though Bill Clinton “repeated” the story in his 2004 autobiography, “My Life,” Hillary Clinton did “not mention” it in her own autobiography, “Living History,” which was published in 2003.

But one big hole has been poked in the story over the years, both in cyberspace and elsewhere: “Sir Edmund became famous only after climbing Everest in 1953. Hillary, as it happens, was born in 1947.”

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I guess it is “difficult” to keep your story “straight” when you are a “born” liar.

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