Chicago blogstress Anne “Backyard Conservative” Kelly has a terrific post on all the wonderful stories that Hillary tells about herself–and as the 2008 presidential election draws near, Hillary’s yarns grow richer and richer.

The latest is that Hillary wanted to be an astronaut when she grew up–only to be told by NASA back then that the space program didn’t accept girls. So she became a politician instead. Drat! Dontcha wish Hillary were on the Jupiter flyby?

One of Hillary’s favorite yarns, Anne reminds us, is that her parents named her after Sir Edmund Hillary, scaler of Mt. Everest. The only problem: Hillary was born in 1951, more than two years before Sir Edmund got into the newspapers for climbing the world’s tallest peak.

Another favorite Hillary-tale–the time she told Katie Couric that Clinton daughter Chelsea witnessed the fall of the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001. Anne writes:

Hillary told a national television audience that Chelsea had ‘gone on what she thought would be a great jog. She was going to go around the towers. She went to get a cup of coffee and – that?s when the plane hit . . . She did hear it. She did.’

Couric told NBC’s viewers that Hillary, ‘at that moment, was not just a senator, but a concerned parent.’

Chelsea herself, though, flatly contradicted her mother’s account in an article for Talk magazine, which she apparently had not cleared with Hillary. As Chelsea revealed, she ‘was alone at a friend’s Union Square apartment in Manhattan that morning’ when her host phoned to tell her what had happened.

Oops! Well, Hillary now that the space program’s accepting female astronauts these days, there’s still time to sign up for that one-way ticket to Mars!