Friday, February 20, 2009

Fox: Rosen/Hillary interview transcript

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.

[From  transcript of an interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton conducted by James Rosen in Seoul, South Korea on Feb. 20, 2009. ]

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