The former president revealed that his wife’s injury “required six months of very serious work to get over,” he said during a question-and-answer session at the Peterson Foundation in Washington.
“They went to all this trouble to say she had staged what was a terrible concussion that required six months of very serious work to get over,” he said. “It’s something she never low-balled with the American people, never tried to pretend it didn’t happen.”
But Bill Clinton’s timeline appears to differ from official comments from the State Department at the time.
“Judging by the woman we saw this morning and the workload that she’s got she seems to be fully recovered,” spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters at a State Department briefing Jan. 7, 2013, about a month after Hillary Clinton’s fall and concussion occurred.
That same day, State Department officials presented the secretary of state with a football helmet as a welcome-back gift. With Hillary Clinton’s health back in the headlines, here is a review of her illness and the statements that were released about her initial “bug,” hospitalization and, several weeks later, those now-famous glasses:
Dec. 7: Last time Clinton is seen in public before the illness, wrapping up a European trip in Northern Ireland.
Dec. 10: Clinton cancels trip because of illness. From State Department spokesman Philippe Reines: “Since she’s still under the weather, we’ll be staying put this week instead of heading to North Africa and the Middle East as originally planned. In her place, Deputy Secretary Burns will travel to Marrakech for the Friends of the Syrian People meeting. We will let you know when she shakes this bug and resumes a public schedule.”
Sometime early the week of Dec. 9: Clinton faints and falls while at home.
Dec. 15: State Department spokesman Philippe Reines’ statement on the concussion: “While suffering from a stomach virus, Secretary Clinton became dehydrated and fainted, sustaining a concussion. She has been recovering at home and will continue to be monitored regularly by her doctors. At their recommendation, she will continue to work from home next week, staying in regular contact with Department and other officials. She is looking forward to being back in the office soon.”
Dec. 15: Statement from her doctors: “Secretary Clinton developed a stomach virus, leading to extreme dehydration, and subsequently fainted. Over the course of this week we evaluated her and ultimately determined she had also sustained a concussion. We recommended that the Secretary continue to rest and avoid any strenuous activity, and strongly advised her to cancel all work events for the coming week. We will continue to monitor her progress as she makes a full recovery.” – Dr. Lisa Bardack, Mt. Kisco Medical Group, and Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi, George Washington University
Dec. 15: Clinton informs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee that she will not testify before Congress on Benghazi later that month. Republican Rep. Allen West accused Clinton of catching “Benghazi flu” and John Bolton, former U.N. ambassador under President George W. Bush, suggested Clinton fabricated a “diplomatic illness” to miss the hearing.