Did Hillary Just Quote A Chumbawamba Song?

by Rachel Krantz

During her closing remarks at Tuesday night's first Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton quoted her favorite advice her mother gave her: "The issue is not whether or not you get knocked down, it's whether you get back up." Personally, I thought she was about to talk about her failed presidential run in 2008, but she continued, "America has been knocked down. That great recession — nine million people lost their jobs. Five million lost their homes. Thirteen trillion dollars in wealth disappeared. And although we've made progress, we're standing but not running the way America needs to."

"My mission as president will be to raise incomes for middle income families," Clinton continued. "And to make sure we get back to the basic bargain I was raised with: if you work hard and do your part, you should be able to get ahead and stay ahead."

It was an intelligent and moving closing remark, to which the people of America under 40 basically had one response: Oh my God, did Hillary Clinton just quote the Chumbawamba song "Tubthumping"?! OK, so maybe she didn't exactly say "I get knocked down, but I get up again," but the implication is certainly that at least either Hillary or her mother agrees with Chumbawamba. (Minus the whole "pissing the night away" thing, I'm guessing.) Naturally, Twitter had a field day:

Great. Now the Republicans will try to blame her for Benghazi and getting that song stuck in our head.