Nobody expected much from Hillary Clinton’s formal announcement of her Senate candidacy. Indeed, members of the media had been prepped to expect an event with all the spontaneity of a dental checkup.
Nobody expected much from Hillary Clinton’s formal announcement of
her Senate candidacy. Indeed, members of the media had been prepped to
expect an event with all the spontaneity of a dental checkup.
But with the nation looking on via CNN and C-SPAN, the carefully
choreographed announcement devolved into a PR nightmare.
Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, the TV producer and Friend of Hillary who
produced the 18-minute bio that preceded the candidate’s appearance,
chose Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits to entertain the crowd between the
short film and Hillary’s arrival. Unfortunately, nobody noticed that the
disc’s second track, ’Captain Jack,’ boasts saltier language than most
of Joel’s oeuvre.
’Your sister’s gone out, she’s on a date/And you just sit at home and
masturbate,’ the speakers blared, as former Hillary press secretary Neel
Lattimore pitched a conniption fit backstage. ’So you play your albums
and you smoke your pot/And you meet your girlfriend in the parking
Captain Jack will get you high tonight,’ the song continued.
’This is not the message we wanted to convey on our big day,’ said a
source inside the Clinton camp. ’The campaign offers its sincerest (sic)
apology for the mistake. The First Lady does not endorse the message in
the Billy Joel song.’
Alas, during the speech that followed, Hillary asked, ’How do we protect
our children from the forces of popular culture?’