On the Plane

Beatles Quiz

By Glenn Kessler
James Rosen of Fox News, one of the reporters traveling with Secretary Clinton, is the master of the off-beat question. He is also a major-league Beatles fan, having collected just about every obscure bit of recording ever produced by the Fab Four. After Clinton appeared on an Indonesian youth music show and volunteered that her favorite rock groups were the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, Rosen decided to probe a little further after dealing with such weighty issues as North Korean nukes.
Here's the transcript of his inquiry:

JAMES ROSEN: I have less than a minute left and I want to pursue a topic of extreme importance to me. Now you mentioned on the Indonesian television program your love of The Beatles. Two questions, number one --


JAMES ROSEN: 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?

SECRETARY CLINTON: [Laughs] 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 --


SECRETARY CLINTON: -- and, you know, struggled with the challenges of living in the real world, the more existential message struck home.

JAMES ROSEN: Do you have a favorite Beatles song?

SECRETARY CLINTON: 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.

JAMES ROSEN: I do know.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Yes. And I know that you're a collector --


SECRETARY CLINTON: -- of memorabilia. 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.

JAMES ROSEN: I suppose it was too much to expect that the American secretary of state, on her first trip overseas, would advocate on behalf of "Revolution."

SECRETARY CLINTON: No. In fact, you understand the reasons why that might not be appropriate. [Laughs]

JAMES ROSEN: Madame Secretary, thank you.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you, James.

By Lexie Verdon |  February 21, 2009; 7:21 AM ET  | Trip:  Clinton in Asia, February 2009
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Well... that was refreshing. I don't know that it did anything for Hillary's image with the right wingers. Let's see how they can turn it into something negative!

Posted by: victoria2dc | February 21, 2009 12:21 PM

Hillary has excellent tastes in music.

Posted by: Jim | February 21, 2009 9:22 PM

The first ever "fair and balanced" exchange between Fox News and any Clinton. The Second Sign of the Apocalypse; the first being that former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan finally plead out on his handling of the economy.

Posted by: Hoya73 | February 21, 2009 9:41 PM

Good stuff.
I had no idea that Mrs. Clinton was a Beatle fan.

Posted by: Jill Welch | February 22, 2009 10:58 AM

Wow! Fox News does a pleasant interview with Mrs. Clinton. How fun! Keep up the good work, James.

Posted by: Jan | February 22, 2009 5:39 PM

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