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In today's pages: What does Hillary have in common with Air Canada?

June 22, 2007 |  9:55 am

Columnist Rosa Brooks doesn't think too highly of Hillary Clinton's democratically elected campaign song, Celine Dion's "You and I":

"You and I" is not exactly in its first run as a theme song. It has already been used by Air Canada. Not just "used": Air Canada commissioned the song, and the airline's advertising consultant wrote the lyrics. (Art at its purest, it ain't.) This isn't the first time a presidential campaign has relied on a song that's basically an advertising jingle, but I think it's the first time a campaign has relied on someone else's advertising jingle.

That the "someone else" is a foreign country's national airline doesn't help.

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