John Bolton defends book title after Meghan McCain calls it 'insulting' to 'Hamilton' fans
In The View's Wednesday episode, former national security advisor John Bolton defended the title of his new anthology.
The Room Where It Happened is similar to a song title from the hit musical Hamilton "The Room Where It Happens". Hamilton's creator Lin-Manuel Miranda recently tweeted about the book title and song, and accused Bolton of writing "a deposit book."
Let me tell you what I would have liked to know
When I was young and dreamed of fame
You have no control
Who lives, who dies, who
[borrows your song title to write a deposit book if you could have testified before Congress]
tells your story ...
uh with fair fight
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Meghan McCain, Co-host of View, repeated Miranda's criticism and asked Bolton, "Do you understand that this is a song about someone who has no principles? And do you understand why it hurts those of us who are Hamilton fans to co-opt Lin's art? -Manuel Miranda for your own political purposes? "
But Bolton initially avoided the Hamilton comparisons with his more literal interpretation. "The term" in space "is used a thousand times a day in Washington," said Bolton. "So it's a fair use, and I think it sums up what we've tried."
John Bolton's new collection book is similar to a song title from the hit musical "Hamilton". (Photo by CHRIS DELMAS / AFP via Getty Images)
Quick update of history: The song "The Room Where It Happens" shows an event in American history known as "Dinner Table Bargain": a secret meeting between Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton and Rep. James Madison each year 1790.
To cut a long story short: The public compromise meant that Washington, DC, was on Potomac and the brand new nation was borrowing the states. Hamilton portrays it as an undemocratic moment when doing business under the table is what McCain is all about.
But Bolton saw the incident rosier in his counter argument and started with a surprising revelation.
"Look, I'm a Hamilton fan too," he said. “It was one of the American government's original compromises, one of the most important things that happened. I don't understand why people should get upset about the portrayal of this event, where to this day no one really knows exactly what happened at this dinner in the room where this compromise was made. "
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