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Clinton's Off-Key Performance

A behind-the-scenes look at the Democratic front-runner. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post).

Sally Jenkins, in her reporting about Hillary Clinton for Sunday's "The Front-runners" profile, came across an early instance of Clinton finding that "singing is hard", as Clinton proclaimed in a November web video:

By her junior year in high school, Hillary Rodham was a straight A student and class vice president at Maine Township High, a massive pile of brown brick with a student body of almost 5,000. She was formidable, and never seemed to put a foot wrong. So, it was with relief that her classmates finally discovered something she wasn't good at.

"She shouldn't sing," says her best friend, Betsy Ebeling.

Hillary entered the school talent show, partnering with friend and neighbor Ernest "Ricky" Ricketts. They decided to sing a number from "Bye Bye Birdie," called "The Telephone Hour."

"What's the story, morning glory?"

"What's the word, humming bird?"

The rehearsal director signaled a pause. He walked over to Hillary.

"Maybe you should lip-synch," he said.

--Sally Jenkins

By Web Politics Editor  |  December 10, 2007; 11:30 AM ET
Categories:  A_Blog , Hillary Rodham Clinton  
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