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young, just incredibly tragic and so one of the things you see is that despite her privileged position she still had a great deal to overcome and what makes her so remarkable is that she was able to take that and translate that into action and have the empathy part so that she could say it's not just enough that i overcame all this stuff. she could have easily said having overcome all of this i have learned a lifetime of ease and now i'm going to enjoy it but instead she did just the opposite and jumped into every imaginable challenge and i'm not going to recap her career. we touch on it here just as a backdrop to her relationship with alice but it was a an incredible life. so hopefully that answers the question a little bit.
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both eleanor and alice walker brothers died from the results of alcoholism in ways that were to just under the surface of the principles of different era so it could keep them out of the gossip pages but that was incredibly painful for both of them to have their brothers to whom they were very close go through multiple marriages and very unhappy dysfunctional children so they struggled emotionally a great deal. with that i think that we will close things up. [applause]
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[inaudible conversations] former white house press secretary recounts her path to the white house. her tenure in the bush administration and life thereafter, next on booktv. >> [applause] tonight we're doing in a conversation with dana
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perino eight - - dana perino and who has ben with her for years, a spokesman for years for the united nations, president bush named her the director of communications when he was president at the united nations where he remained a sevener eight years then on the national security foreign affairs spokesperson. he is a partner in his own firm now in los angeles, a capital media and is with us tonight to interview the number one best seller dana perino. [applause] >> what a crowd. first of all welcome to california. [cheers and applause] we have so much to talk
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about. this book is pretty exciting i have to say. to answer as many questions as possible. this is graduation season. i don't know how you feel but this book to me is the perfect book to buy for a graduate of. [laughter] >> guest: absolutely. >> host: and has positive messages that you can do anything. so i really hope you can share with us in the intimate setting. [laughter] we want you to open up. so let's start with 1n issue that really became a serious game changer of september 11th. that terrible day. can you tell us where you were, what your feelings were like in any interaction you had with the white house?
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>> guest: i was a line book tour three weeks but it is the most important question because a change all of our lives and the presidency, and the world. i was in san diego california actually. [laughter] i had worked on capitol hill way back when 1995 and thought i would be a journalist i went to washington instead. once on capitol hill then one day they meet this guy in an airplane with said british accent the day did the? key and of no wedding ring. [laughter] he turned out to be very funny i move to england and married him. 80 years ago. we were there 10 months together and frankie's socialism and rain did not suit me very well.
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[laughter] it he wanted to start a business so we decided we would go to america and removed there with nothing except a six month-old puppy he was of predecessor of jasper. i worked for p.r. firms actually refers job was with the city council, one of the councilman. anti-was a spokesperson for the mayor. so we have quite a history going back ben with the bush administration is a you are stuck with me. i am working for the p.r. firm and i get a call in 2000 from ms. tucker cruz says we're down here is in texas with the bush campaign would you be willing to be a spokesperson for us in
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california? we cannot afford to pay you but it is very prestigious. [laughter] and i wanted to do it so badly if i was sealed one you had a job at the time. so i had to say no i remember i honked up the phone and i cried and i said now leveled never get to work for george bush. [laughter] a couple of years go by i rightabout i was bored in not doing what i was supposed to be doing that it just wasn't right but my husband did something called the white board list everything you want to do in a job.
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and he said obviously you need to be in washington d.c.. i said i was with the justice department that i would like to come back so let me know and i booked a ticket for the week of september 17th. then i know levin happen, then i walked into the living room it looks like the world trade center is on fire in three days later she said i know you're willing to come back to washington and be a spokesperson at the justice department i was on the phone packing my bag.
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as much as i loved it i thought why did i ever leave here? one of the things about september 11th is i had to wait for my clearance as i was waiting for the justice department to clear meo was getting all these letters across the country with apologies to the nation and the occasional will you come to my birthday party? [laughter] but the president gave a speech we will not tire we will not falter. we will not fail. three now will prevail. [applause] and i printed that out and
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had it on my bed seven and a half years because it spoke to me. no matter what we we're doing i could always tell he was thinking are we doing everything we can and? obviously the burden is lighter when you're not in the presidency anymore but my time in the white house ended and the opening chapter one with its. the last weekend before we turn over the white house george h. to be bush was honored the ship was commissioned because everybody was there.
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but i was trying to soak up the moment and it is historic because you have a father and son he might not ever see again we saw a mother and daughter ben not father and son. i get a tap on my shoulder whispered the president need to wrap the helicopter in 10 minutes. okay. i didn't want to make a sudden movement because press secretary the reporters watch your every move because we know terrorists try to use so i plated cool about 20 minutes
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helicopter ride so we arrived in their resolve these jong amazing american men in their suits listening to dick cheney give a speech to all have long beards. the president gave remarks off the cuff full of the motion and he has tears in his eyes and the marines will not stop clapping and it is in order they did not have to obey. so i make my way to the back of the room and the navy said are you the press secretary? i said they know who i am?
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so i ask what made you want to become a navy seal? a physical challenge and he says no. [laughter] so when you are preparing to go wherever it is do you have to take a lot of language glasses? he said no ma'am. we are not there to talk. [laughter] then we get on the chopper
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to head back and he said that was cool and i tell the story and he said i love those guys. and they understood the mission and freedom of all the things that come with the presidency the only thing he misses is being commander in chief. [applause] >> host: there is also the ugly side to working at the white house, long hours hours, incredible stress and this book does a great job to tell a wonderful story what it is like working with
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the president also and all staffers questioned but is also a day to got the job. >> walked into the white house fully intending to resign. and every time i made a plan god had a different idea it was better than the one i had. >> and he also recently ran for senate in virginia and he should have won that seat said he was director of communications around this time that was about 18
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months to go and as of staff for you get tired what i write about very openly is the health challenges i ended up with because i did not take care of myself. to do it over again it would be that. that john bolton said if you cannot make it until the end of the administration you should think about leaving now because the president intends to sprint to the finish. was barely crawling. my husband and i went on a trip was a crazy idea to run through the middle of the night through the woods with people. on the way they're we would talk about it. the family members of staffers go through a lot as well.
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he was quiet about it but choosing to be loved is not a career limiting decision and he would support me and he knew how hard it would be not to work for george bush because once you leave you likely will not go back. we decided i would leave we made all these plans away homes. i would go to target. [laughter] all make practice twice of we can walk the dog and do yoga that i get to the white house and i think i know how i will tell the president. the press meeting started early and i see ed gillespie and i said can i talk to you after this meeting? >> host: i need to talk to you also.
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then when the leader says stayed behind everybody thinks you are in trouble. [laughter] everybody files out and i am ready to blurted out and do you mind if i go first? he said the president would like to make to the press secretary on monday. [laughter] i said oh really? [laughter] five not sure if i was a convenient choice? >> did you say yes before you call peter? >> yes. [laughter] and i went downstairs and he said anything you need. he knew how hard it was on staff but as a personal side it as a manager i could do
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the job but even then there was a really present so i said i will be right back. and the president invited me and peter to camp david and he had not said to anybody was his birthday the president's no things. and his biggest bragging rights was the president and condoleezza rice singing them happy birthday and that got me another year and a half. [laughter] [applause]
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but that is incredible character. tell us why you chose to tell the stories that have not been public. >> guest: i worked on several other books and i did p.r. for laura bush and karl rove from president bush thought lot of people and i was asked by a publisher if i ever intended to write a book. i said no but i had a piece of paper that was in my wallet i captive around and they said that would never sell. [laughter] i hope they're watching now.
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but typically they will take a jab at somebody ben i didn't have any bad things to say nor would i. but this book dancers to basic questions how this of the you grows up in wyoming with no political ambitions to end up as the first woman political press secretary? [applause] and the second saying is the missing puzzle piece to the short-term history that has been written so far on the bush administration because historians to look back dash up of public record what everybody else has written
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but there is very few people from my personal perspective i was a deputy for a long time always take the job to work holidays and weekends but that is how you get to know the boss. we would always say we were a the. >> host: team he said that is the best team. so really a makes people go behind the scenes of leadership from the following perspective. he was more than a commander in chief and my boss and really was a second father. i felt every blow on his behalf. you will not find - - word about george bush. i was in new york city somebody said can you really say he was a good president?
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i said i can and i do. [applause] and he did teach me, every teach me lessons one of my predecessors wrote a book that he said there is a big story in the morning he was writing personal letters to the fallen that is what he did between 630 and 7:00 in the morning but here he calls me about a stupid book and he said try to forgive him. he said no buts do not live bitterweed nobody will remember the book gives three weeks in you were trying to protect me but trust me i will be fine. i said yes, sir,. can i throw him under the
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bus first? [laughter] he said no progress at the very end of the story he knew me better than i would've mitt to myself the reason i was upset that as i walked out of the oval he said by the way i don't thank you would ever do this to me. si? i know. [laughter] >> host: we are watching what i think it is amazing president bush 43 take the high road with the barack obama en to be very good about stepping back to say this is not my presidency. he is not critiquing. he did not have that same
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gift in 2008 when both predominantly from president obama but they were throwing of lot of mud that and you were watching this. the one thing that the world does not know is how did president bush handle that? >> better than i did. [laughter] his instructions to us early on is we are not getting involved in this campaign. do not get dragged into with. it is very tempting because the white house press corps will ask you every day hillary clinton and then a decade and bush and i was pretty disciplined by said imagine if the president were watching me what he'd be proud? of the answer was no than i did not say it. i would fight in. [laughter]
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one time i did push back i remember the question is rare i was at of middle school. i can see it now about what hillary clinton said. >> host: what is the reporter's name? >> guest: no. it is somebody who keeps a lot of statistics. i had the fact in my head and 30 minutes later that hillary clinton campaign has a big fund-raising appeal using my words against the president. i thought i am in trouble. but the president knew that felt good for one second and then you have to suffer the consequences. i get a phone call who was at the ranch and said again
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i know we were trying to do but latigo. the best thing you can do for john mccain is stay out of it provided distance myself from my dad and hillary have to distance herself from her husband you just cannot let ourselves get in it then it was freeing but i do remember at the convention when bush went to minneapolis in 2008 to give the speech as the hurricane was forecasted to hit the southeastern united states. the cameras are set up if we can see the monitors and there we can see minneapolis it was a moment of weakness but it was human and he looked at me and said deal
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think they know they are insulting me? as a staffer and a friend i never shirker coated anything for him. i just waited and i said yes, sir, i believe they do. i remember that moment i felt i could latigo because it did not matter. he was right because even though benghazi interviews and i would scramble around he says i will not try to be the next president that comments the job is hard enough as it is and he is comfortable not to be in the spotlight but in one year he wrote three books about george washington and if they are still analyzing a the first president than the 43rd doesn't have a lot to worry about. [laughter] [applause]
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>> dana was my boss and we talked about foreign policy quiet of it. give us some flavor on vladimir putin asking about a reporter in the united states ben mcfadyen is the good story is in the book. it was 2005 if i was deputy press secretary in one of the first trips in latvia for a nato meeting there would be a bilateral meeting with vladimir putin then they would have a joint press conference with two questions for the russians and to questions for the americans. my job was to sit with the press corps to be the eyes and ears to brief the up
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white house communications director about what i thought the american press corps wide ask. but putin already knew what the russians in one basket. [laughter] now that i think about it. no wonder i was the only one in there. [laughter] . . their work i could imitate them perfectly so i go in, in position, and president honest lis he doesn't hardly know me, new on the scene and he was kind. so he looks at me here i am here's vladimir putin coldest eyes in the world he said 43 says what do you got? i had been told by communications director no matter what we knew that american press always ask russian president about fresh freedom ins in russia. so i knew one question was going to be about the nato thing and then i said of course our press corps. is likely to ask a
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question about press freedoms in russia and then i swallowed -- like is he going to hit me and vladimir putin says 43 you got that? and vladimir putin says, why would i talk about press freedoms in russia when you just fired that news. >> what are you talking about vladimir? >> so not on camera? >> in back room in a green room he said you know you fired that newsman. 43, vladimir, are you talking about dan rather? [laughter] >> and he said that is not how it works, okay. drive the company, drive a decision, i had nothing to do with that. and i'm telling you as your friend do not go out there and say that you will embarrass yourself out there in front of the world. he says nothing really an he went out and our press corps. asked the question, sure enough
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vladimir putin said a nonsense about dan rather. i remember watching reporters trying so hard not to laugh. [laughter] >> we were laughing at the u.n. >> you were laughing. >> so tell us about another moment which i know was kind of a low point overseas for you. when you're in iraq, and there's a press conference. [laughter] >> and you're in the back of the room an something unfolded, and you were right in the middle of it. i remember watching this thinking oh, my gosh look at dana. [laughter] >> i opened a book with a chapter, introduction i call it the black eye of baghdad. you'll remember when the shoes were thrown at president bush at the press conference in december of '08. well i was the only one who got hit. [laughter] of all of the people in the room
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i was off to the side, the president and maliki were there to give remarks guy throws a shoe. president ducks twice, and lead secret service agent standing behind the interpreter next to me and lunged forward to get the president he hit the boom mic i was looking this way and it caught me right there violence against me i had never been hit. and it hurt so bad, and this marine saw me when the president was determined to finish the press conference which was a smart decision, rights so if you're at the u.n. you're thinking if the president -- turns out of there, and doesn't stand strong, that looks terrible for america. so he made maliki sit there. i remember i got to get out of this room because my eye hurt so bad. i wasn't sure what was beginning on but this marine had seen what happened. and he reaches down pulls me up and we're trying to get out of the room but now almost a crime
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scene because iraqis can trying to figure out who this was. i try to get out of the room and everyone is blocking my way. and so i said -- doctor -- and the guy blocking the room he was iraqi security guard, he said, i am doctor. [laughter] i was like my doctor -- he walked me out of the room and president said i saw you crying but i thought it was because a guy threw a shoe at me. well you know i adore you, but i grew up in wyoming and i'm a little tuftser than that. but i ended up then falling asleep i huddled only the floor of air force one between baghdad and kabul. it wasn't very long like a five hour flight maybe a little longer so i was curled up on the floor because the conference room was all setted everybody already sleeping. i got a blanket i remember being supercold so if i left couple of hours, and i wake up put my
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blanket away in the cup board. i walk into the conference room of air force one and mark who is for speech writer and a big hockey expert goes, oh, my gosh. did you sleep on your side? [laughter] yeah. i said all of the blood pooled there. i said, oh no, i went into the bathroom i had a big black eye. the president then feels terrible for me. so white house reporter said that photographers agreed not to take a picture of me. they made a pact among themselves let's leave her alone. that was really nice, and i get to -- get to kabul to the castle we didn't give them much notice that we were coming for security reasons and the president says come with me. so i walk with him as he's going to see karzai who although corrupt as hell but very charming. [laughter] can you say that on c-span? sorry. >> many people already have.
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>> and then karzai feels so bad for me it is okay sir you could see the other guy. [laughter] but i ended last six weeks of the administration with a black eye how ironic. >> you would say that by a military man, i think as we work in and around the president we see that u.s. military men and women are incredibly determined to keep america safe to keep americans safe overseas when you're overseas in embassy, you have american military guarding that embassy. tell us about the day because i know president bush had a spot in his heart for our military. there's a great story of president bush going to a military hospital and you're request them. can you tell us a little bit about the emotions of that day?
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>> sure, it was 2005. and scott mclellan press secretary and asked me to accompany the president to a visit to the naval hospital now walter reeves. and we were going to visit 25 wounded warriors, and i had never been on a visit like that before. so i didn't know what to expect from the families that were visiting. i wasn't sure if they would be angry, distraught, i wasn't sure. but almost i would say out of the 25 we saw 24 were overjoyed to see the president. what i write about is two scenes one was the first person we saw is the marine who had been injured in iraq, and not opened his eyes for the two weeks from the explosion to when he got flown to he hospital. and his mom and dad were there and wife and one child. young one -- five or six.
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and as they're walking in, president asked the chief of naval operations what is the prognosis we don't know because we haven't been able to communicate with him but trying to keep him as comfortable as potential. family is overjoyed everybody had to wear a mask in icu and they want aside picture with the president. so he gathers them in says is everybody smiling? [laughter] and then he tells a military aid to present the purple heart. so we all stood in silence and at attention for the moment, and the military aid leads the presentation and at the end of it the child along side and says what is the purple heart? and so he got down on the knee and said it is an award for your dad because he's so brave and he loves his country and love use. i hope you always a know that and remember that. i was standing here and the soldier was in the marine and bed over here, and i saw him
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open his eyes so did medical staff so they started rushing to bed and they said no, i think he wants the president. so president bush hopped up ran around to the side of the bid and he cupped the marine's face in his hands and he's just stared right at him, and he says read it again. so he stood at attention and in silence while purple heart it was again presented to him -- to the marine at at the end of that the president touched his forehead to the marine, it was a moment that i try to capture because there's a relationship between a commander in chief who has made a very tough situation and someone volunteered answered the call to see it through. that was something that i felt i should bear witness to on behalf of all of you because what i try to show in this book is what it was like behind the seance. when there were no cameras around the and how he conducted
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himself the other part is then we continue on. one of the families that we saw they're from the caribbean and her son was on life support, he wasn't going to make it. and she was so inconsolable, and he tried to console her at first that wasn't what she wanted upset and yell at him and asking why is it my child here and not yours? he stood there and let her say whatever she needed to say if he needed to feel the grief. and then the husband finally said, i know, you know, we're okay. the president left saw a couple of more wounded and then we get into the marine one to leave. the way i end the chapter is to say that we get on, and it is silent it has been a very emotional morning, and president is quiet and he then looked up at me this is the chopper taking
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off, and he said, that momma sure was mad at me. and he said i don't blame her a bit. and he looked out the window and i saw like one tear that came down. but i remember he never tried to flick it away. it was very silent, and he flew back to the white house. >> we're going to get to questions in just one second. before we do i have one more question, for those of you who don't know dana she's as humble and nice and -- >> don't listen to greg -- [laughter] [applause] >> she's all all of the things that you see and that is the way that she is in person. this book i think though as i said in the very beginning is really an uplifting book and a positive book and an encouraging book for graduateses people who were just starting
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their career. i would love for you to give a quick couple of anecdotes i know you don't always take a look back and see that you're on an incredibly popular tv show. you are a "new york times" best seller as i told today that is going to be in our obituary "new york times." give us a little sense a couple of tips of how young people can have an amazing career. >> well one of the things i've noticed is, the first i do book signings there's some people that come to lines, especially that age group of like 22 to 32. this young woman came through in long island saturday night and she said, i felt like you were speaking directly to me. i said yeah because i went through it too. i talk about something called the quarter life crisis.
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and so women i think it is hard or sometimes to turn 25 than it is to turn 40. because all of the things you thought you were going to accomplish that didn't quite come true yet and then you didn't meet guy of your dreams not yet on the house and kids and all. but you're not going to have it all by the time you're 28 when you planned. i like to remind people in particular young people are looking for an exact road map. they want the gps for their life. they want to be told okay what -- where to turn, what lane to get in, or what time do they turn on turn signal like if you give them a road map they'll follow it but theme through this book and your lives as well is no life is a straight and narrow path. and they're racked with anxiety. millennials are nervous, they want to achieve. they're ambitious. so what i do in here is i break the advice part into three parts very practical advice rear type advice and lifetime
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advice. couple of things i suggest that is in the -- things you can do tomorrow. you might not have this problem in california maybe in the winter you do. but one of the things i say to them is you have to dress for the job you want, not the job that you have. dress for success is not a new phenomenon. but i use a line in there that sticks with them. i say you cannot wear your ugg boots in the office. because it makes you shuffle through life. and -- what i mean by that is wear your ugg boots to commute but get there you have to look like you care and like you want this job. another young whom i was doing a little mentoring for she had a big job interview do you do an thank you note. no a thank you note with a stamp -- no i sent an e-mail. >> don't you think that would be too forral? >> do you want this job?
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>> everybody that is applying for jobs now is usually somebody like an in generation x or baby boomers, so they grew up writing thank you notes if you want to stick out and stand out, you do. a whole idea of networking all of the time just make friends. you make friends and then they call you in 2000 and ask you if you want to be the spokesperson on the bush campaign or then they bring you to the white house. arie worked on capitol hill and i admired him and excited to write about it in the book and i told him he was going to be in for i worked in the white house. he said, oh, i don't remember you. [laughter] >> sounds like arie. other is stability a lot. and i use something called conversation stranger danger. but i've had a -- blessed life of knowing people from all walks of life. i have friends from both sides of the aisle. great story about meeting president obama when he was a
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junior senator from illinois. we laughed our butts off for hours my husband said how was your dinner? great i was at the usa table i got to sick with barack obama. i have to tell you peter, i think he could be president in 20 years. [laughter] but trying to find a connection with people. i encouraged them to be willing to move, i think it was north dakota is wild west with wi-fi they need to go out and go and see and do stuff. what i'm hoping to they will them is at the end of the book i have a conclusion of if i take all of my advice and blessings that i've had now that i get to be on this great show the five and i have time to write a book look this, i have two phrases that i coin that i think incaps late what i was looking for and that i have achieved for most part and others should try to finding especially young people that i am now -- found a way to be joyfully
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content, and productively serene. and in those two ways, i think that i'm actually hopefully living up to my potential and giving back one of the only things i asked of young people when i give mentoring advice is that they pass it on to the next generation. and i've been so -- blessed with friends, and opportunities to be here in the east room. which is amazing. [laughter] and then all of you came out on a monday night that you're interested in this book, it really means a lot to me. >> ladies and gentlemen honor and good news is dana perino. [applause] thank you. thank you, rick and thank you dana they have agreed to a few questions we want to make sure we leave time for books to be signed but the first question i'm going to put on the screen because it came to us via social
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media this afternoon. and the question is, do you have the any advice for a current broadcast journalism freshman student? this is from kim who is a broadcast journalism freshman student at northwestern university. dana. >> hi, kim. [laughter] i don't know where you are there at northwestern? >> sent in the question. >> probably watching it on -- >> journalism schools are filled all across america. and that is because a lot of people they love the system. they love to tell the story and they want to get the truth. what i would recommend for journalism students today is you have to also learn something else. you have to have a specialty. if you have a chance to do a minor in something you care about like -- biotechnology or art? or sports, i really think that what will set people aparts is having a little bit of a specialty and something in addition to covering general news. there are a lot of new
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opportunities in media. but one of the things that is happening is that media gets easier to produce and a lot of people would do it for free. so you have to think about how are you going to make a living and you have to be a little bit practical so that you can learn how to write. that is going to be one of the most important things journalism school broadcast journalist needs to learn to write as well. when i went to graduate school in illinois we failed our first writing exam a real wakeup call. doing well out of it, but writing is your most important thing that will always be there with you, and no matter what field you end up going into, that will benefit you greatly. >> thank you dana. over to your right within steve from yorba linda has a question. >> i'm steve in yorba linda. thanks for being here. my wife kristin and i when we put our two boys to bid at night we wonder how bright is america ears future because we think it is bright but from the inside how bright is it? what is the greatest threat to
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america to our young people. thank you for being here. >> thank you well i'm glad that you tell your boys that, because well i wrote a book called and the good news is -- so i better have is an optimistic view point. america really, i've had a chance to travel all around the world. many of you probably have as well, there's no place like where we were blessed to be born. [applause] >> thank you. i think the biggest risk is an overall theme of complacency and also of being risk. america ask exceptional but only if we accept that responsibility, and if there's not -- if we're not forcefully being and jaunt mean troops necessarily but if we're not
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forcibly people the world vacuum and someone will try to fill it. we've seen what that is like and next president has a very big job in front of himself or herself, just given circumstances around the world. but complacent city i think is biggest risk. >> thank you dana. >> we're going to take another one this one came via social media on video. but i'm going to ask you to stand. i want you to see what happens on video here -- >> see it from here? beginning to see him? >> let's -- this is from new york city, let's play this video. [laughter] [cheering] [inaudible]
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[inaudible] [applause] >> obviously -- >> does anyone know who that was? >> that is unemployed man asking who inspired you to write the book? [laughter] >> one of the things i say about greg in the book is the brother i never wanted. [laughter] >> but -- in all seriousness what an amazing talented individual. he there's a lot going on up there.
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one of the things i love about him is i can raid his mind not perfectly but i can see where the jokes are going. i start laughing before he's finished talking, and also, i don't know if you've ever seen on the show there are times when, somebody will have a topic and let's say i get to go first, he'll always think i was going to say that. that is what i had written down so there's a joy you have to work with people you have a connection with. it wasn't because they have this idea that he and i were going to hit it off so well. none of us really knew each other. so we sit together on that end of the table guess why, we're the shortest. but he's taller than me they'll say. >> dana in the back of the room julia from hills has a question. >> i want to thank you for being a positive influence in all of
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the negativity around. i appreciate that. my question is in being with president bush, we know that he has a special relationship with god, and how did you see that come to fruition in the -- in, you know, behind the the curtain behind sanes?
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you have to believe in something greater than yourself to manage that. >> we have time for two more. the next one is from jeffrey in irvine california the question is what is the difficult question you were asked in the white house briefing room? >> only time i ever credited with the m. am and i didn't spill over but i teared up.
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it's when tony snow called me from his exploratory surgery to tell me that his cancer had returned and he was the press secretary before me we are very close and not long after they had to have this surgery and go through another round of treatment and called me right before the briefing that they. when i went out to brief the press i remember my voice caught caught and everybody in the briefing room was teary eyed. when i took over. i thought he was going to beat
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it but then about nine or ten months later he collapsed during a speaking engagement in washington and never recovered that he was in the hospital for several weeks he was in solidarity with me. he was the one who won the last day at the white house said how are you feeling about things and i said not very good because how am i supposed to replace you. i just imagine the ridicule and criticism that was coming my way but he made me stand up and again 5 feet tall.
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at the time they come together to try to help me achieve something. i guess i have a. where they are coming from by never experienced that and so the hardest was the one about tony snow and one that i reveal in the book is henry who had been with cnn and now is that fox news even he didn't know this in july of 2008 we went to japan and it was a disaster. remember that we were fogged in for three days, nobody could see anything and my theory is that something happens back home and consumes all of your attention. i'm not a good traveler to asia. the phone rings at six accord in the morning and i pick up my blackberry and it is and henry.
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what does he want. [laughter] said he's a sentimental guy and he said i'm so sorry to call you this morning but i need a comment. i didn't want to give him the satisfaction of those that informed the white house. we are going to close with a question from a fan in new york city. >> there is one? [laughter] it's got jaspers picture whose end is in and asked do you miss
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me. [laughter] >> do we get another after henry and one night he said there is an actress and you are a monster that has been knowing when someone takes a picture of your dog and i said no i want everyone to be able to share him. he can be -- america's dog. ' which mac >> >> thank you. [applause] all of you who have the book and go out to the lobby they will sign it and if not they are for sale in the store. thanks for coming to the richard nixon


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