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Hillary Clinton says Lennon and McCartney were geniuses
[Posted Friday, 02/20/09 10:32 am] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was interviewed by James Rosen of FOX News in Seoul, South Korea, earlier today. They concluded the interview talking about the Beatles.

You mentioned on the Indonesian television program your love of The Beatles. Are you more partial to the irrepressible melodies and hand-clapping of the "Please Please Me" era or to the world-weary, drug-fueled existentialism of their later work?

Well, like so many Beatles fans, it depends both on mood and stage of life. I have to confess, since I am older than you, that the hand-clapping mode was what I first was captured by. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" was an anthem, as you might imagine. But then, as I went through my angst period -- and, you know, struggled with the challenges of living in the real world, the more existential message struck home.


Do you have a favorite Beatles song?

Well, it, it sort of is on the, you know, more existential side. I've always loved "Hey Jude." Now don't ask me why -- because that's almost Biblical in meaning, as you know. And I always have been sort of moved by the range of emotion in The Beatles. But at the end of the day, I think, you know, Lennon and McCartney were geniuses. And I'm just glad I got to live through that period.

You can read the entire interview here.




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