Hillary Responds to 1984-style YouTube Ad, Code Pink Sings to Her

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Hillary Clinton has finally responded to the pro-Obama 1984-style ad on YouTube characterizing her as “Big Brother,” TPMcafe reports. The amateur video has caused quite the stir. As Jonathan wrote yesterday, the three versions of the ad “have had a combined viewership of more than 1,300,000, and have an average rating of more than four stars.” And some were wondering if this would mean trouble for the New York senator. But from me to Hillary, I have to say, nicely played.

“I haven’t seen it but I’m pleased that it seems to be taking attention away from what used to be on YouTube and getting a lot of hits, namely me singing ‘The Star Spangled Banner.’ Everybody in the world now knows I can’t carry a tune,” said Clinton. “I thank heavens for small favors and the attention has shifted, and now maybe people won’t have to tune in and hear me screeching about ‘The Star Spangled Banner.'”

This interview was posted just hours before a big fundraising event for her campaign here in Washington, which brought in $2.7 million and a bunch of Code Pink women. Reps from the anti-war group were there to remind Hillary that America wants her to take a stronger stance on the war. (Hillary’s refusal to apologize for voting to authorize the war has caused concern among Democrats.) And they were singing. Yup. I still have Frere Jaques in my head.

“Are you listening, are you listening? Hillary, Hillary. Boys and girls are dying, politicians lying. Bring them home, bring them home.”

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