NBC's Andrea Mitchell Pitches Feminist Anthem for Hillary Campaign Song

Over the weekend Chris Matthews asked the panel on his syndicated program to answer Hillary Clinton's call to help find an official song for her campaign and while Matthews and most of the media panel suggested songs that stressed Hillary's perceived positives, NBC's Andrea Mitchell topped them all when she offered Helen Reddy's 70s' feminist anthem: "How about 'I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar?'"

When New York Times columnist David Brooks, the one resident conservative on the panel, suggested a not so celebratory song title, Hall&Oates 80's hit, "Maneater," Mitchell cringed, letting out a painful: "Oooh!"

The following exchange occurred on the May 20th edition of the syndicated The Chris Matthews Show:

Chris Matthews: "Anyway before we go to break a lighter moment here. Hillary Clinton is choosing her campaign song right now she says and she's asking for our suggestion."

[Hillary Clinton Web site video: "It's something we've been struggling with, debating, agonizing over for months. So now I'm turning to you the American people. Here's the issue. What do you think our campaign song should be?"]

Matthews: "Her Web site lists 10 tunes to choose from but rather than buy into her multiple choice we've gathered some own tunes of our own with a bit more bite. For instance this gets right to the Hillary's la difference, in this campaign."

[Audio clip of Tom Jones' "She's A Lady": "She's a lady. Whoa, Whoa, Whoa. She's a lady. Talking about that-"]

Matthews: "Or how about this one that hints at what she might do to her Republican rivals."

[Photoshop picture of Hillary Clinton with Rudolph Giuliani and John McCain in background]

[Audio clip of Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'": "These boots are made for walking and that's just what they'll do, one of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you."]

Matthews: "I, of course, like this one we're gonna show right now which plays up her biggest campaign asset."

[Audio clip of The Angels' "My Boyfriend's Back": "My boyfriend's back and you're gonna be in trouble. Hey la, hey la, my boyfriends' back! When you see him coming better cut out on the double."]

Matthews: "That song is so fraught with possible meanings. Now Katty Kay do you have an idea for what will spruce up this campaign with the right lyrics and tune?"

Katty Kay, BBC: "Well I would say one that it's not gonna be is Stand By Your Man."

Matthews: "Oh God!"

Kay: "But perhaps how about 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun?'"

Andrea Mitchell, NBC News: "How about I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar?'"

Matthews: "Oh a little feminist front-line action there. David?"

David Brooks, New York Times: "I was starting with Evita then 'Maneater' but-"

Mitchell: "Ooh! Ooh!"

Brooks: "-then I think she should go for just 'Jesus Christ Superstar.' Just do the whole-"

Matthews: "Oh my God! Bob, do you have a thought here?"

Bob Woodward, Washington Post: "I think the person who suggested in the campaign that she do this is gonna be fired by next week."

Geoffrey Dickens
Geoffrey Dickens
Geoffrey Dickens is the Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center.