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Hillary Clinton's not-namesake passes away

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By Michelle Malkin  •  January 10, 2008 06:23 PM

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Sir Edmund Hilary, New Zealand’s famed climber and conqueror of Mount Everest, passed away today (hat tip – JWF). He was 88.

He was also a victim of an embarrassing Hillary Clinton whopper. Hilary scaled Everest in 1953. Hillary Clinton claimed for more than a decade that she was named after the climber–even though she was born in 1947, six years before he rose to worldwide prominence.

She finally admitted the lie in October 2006. In typical Clintonesque fashion, her campaign blamed her poor mother:

For more than a decade, one piece of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s informal biography has been that she was named for Sir Edmund Hillary, the conqueror of Mount Everest. The story was even recounted in Bill Clinton’s autobiography.

But yesterday, Mrs. Clinton’s campaign 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.

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