tv Hillary Clinton What Happened CSPAN October 12, 2017 1:20am-2:50am EDT
[applause] good evening i of the. owner of politics and prose. [cheers and applause] along with my wife lissa muscatine think you so much for coming. [applause] >> what a marvelous crowd than what a great space for a book the event. thanks for making this specious place available as much as we do enjoy offering events that our story has the feeling a larger venue would be needed for this. [cheers and applause]
fact, this is the largest of their talk we have never sponsor. [cheers and applause] and tickets sold out in a matter of minutes so congratulations you were the lucky ones. [cheers and applause] hillary clinton's new book about the 2016 election has landed on the best-seller lists generating nonstop commentary and conversation. some things never change. hillary has given the number of media interviews about the book but tonight is here in person for the first job on the 15th city to work -- [inaudible] taking her across the united states and canada in the days and weeks immediately
following, she took long walks in theoo woods with her dog and consumed more than a few glasses of chardonnay and now she is back with renewed strength with a fresh progress with a personal account why she lost the election that could be learned was a deeply confounding and disturbing race. many are familiaree with the long and storied career to the first lady of arkansas or the united states secretary of state and the democratic party presidentialal candidate. [applause] she is the daughter of dorothy wife of build mother
of chelsea and grandmother of charlotte and aid in and has managed to read books along the way in fact, this is the of six lead reviewers seemed to agree on one thing in these pages she is less guarded than ever before in more revealing and authentic she said she did not intend to be a comprehensive recap and it is and but it does convey how it felt to run for president by a major political party. how to dealt with the aftermath. and it comes through loud and clear and to remain active and speakhe out.
hillary will be in conversation with my wife linda and they go back a long way over to a half decades as a speechwriter and communications director and collaborator and campaign adviser currently writing her ownly book about her experiences as part of hillary land a small group of staffers whose started with hillary 25 years ago in the white house and has remained in her orbit since. are also like to take a moment to recognize and the audience this evening are a number of members of the campaign staff. [cheers and applause] they toiled for months to
is such a great crime. thanks for being here profile five feel like we just did this with the was three years ago when your books hard choices now if this "what happened" now with a question mark gore exclamation point order ... but "what happened." book number six by the way produced in record time i'm my dad and it is a very personal book if you watched the interviews you know but i want too say about the 2016 election to delve deeply into a broad range of issues of the democratic
institutions and the rolling back of voting rights and environmental protection and of course, on going over to examples across the country. if you don't have it yet you will pick it up on the way out bin you look in the index to pick and choose no. start at the beginning read all 469 pages. [applause] and has a lot to say about these important challenges. for importanto stuff. but tonight it will be a bit
more personal. you and i had a conversation how you were writing a book about the election then you had several more and each time i said emphatically that is a crazy idea why would you do that? it is too soon. we are still processing. i dunnoes about the rest of the view but everybody was experiencing insomnia and anxiety over gastrointestinal disorders. [laughter] it was these elections and
related syndrome known as trumparhia. [laughter] how you process this? and then think believe she did not listen to me. that was why is on your part. so how did you process so quickly and apparently it did not involve any there be along the way. [laughter]r] -- there be along the way. >> actually it was my therapy to be clear. lissa muscatine has been a friend and colleague of mine for a long time of a
terrific writer and a great reporter when she looked -- worked for for other publications. ihe take very seriously what she's says about writing. she came to see me who rallied around and came to support me and share their concerns and worries after the election pretty much nothing i wanted to say to anybody. i was so devastated it was incredibly painful it took weeks getting up to clean closets or going foror walks to begin to clear my head but other people were commenting and i didn't
think there was a broad enough view or a comprehensive understanding of what it looks like jimmy in realtime and what i believe happened but i was not sure and it would take a lot of analysis and evidence gathering and i believe in facts. [applause] so i began to talk and gather information. and it hit me around the inauguration people say what are you going to do? i was still trying to muddle through that there ruby's
important issues that needed to be discussed that our democracy and country relied upon and i thought i need to know what happened to be as candid as i can to figure out for myself and doing that in a book would provide the discipline and the deadline to think that perot. -- think it through. so i just decided i'd good right it. it was painful i would have to go lie down it was just so hard to think about the mistakes that i made and
those missed opportunities with these forces that had a determinant impact on the outcome so that was cathartic.si and as a started to do those book signings and the poor that reflection for other people i am happy about that. iot wrote that not just to say what happened but but to make sure it doesn't happen again. [applause] >> you are writing about a mindboggling experience so
to share a favorite author in cheryl straight. i may have mentioned that she once said to me how you write about these other personal? i write to get to a deeper truth. but getting to that it is hurtful and overwhelming did you sense a yourself or was it just too much. >> i ended up not censoring my thoughts and that's sensor that the original
language. [laughter] so some of those early sections had day great team of people who invented with me and help me better explain what i was venting about but i did not hold back with my own shortcomings and deep disappointment. it wasn't censored but candid and something that did help me get to a bigger truth about our country and those difficult forces everything from sex schism
and misogyny. and voter suppression. garett is a lot there i was learning as i was writing because in the middle of a campaign people were involved in the middle of the you are so focused on that immediate task. your note that goal you know, this strategy's 18 hours of the hardest concentration and is hard to lift your head up and understand everything that happens at the same time. take it apart look at it and analyze will help me a lot.
>> what did you learn about yourself?. >> in retrospect a misconception it was out of sync with the time that we are living in the candidate iran against. i did have this idea based on my prior experiences going to the late '60s and '70s that mattered greatly if you could make clear what you wanted to achieve. it was important to tell people what you wanted to do they could judge to review were fulfilling that commitment.
making sure everything i said about policy was bulletproof. i kept thinking at some point it would really matter.t but for all sorts of reasons it didn't. i stayed way to focus on a path that was not the direction the campaign was headedm because of those pressures of the reality tv candidate i was not as a debt to say what is a better way to communicate? that you did the best you can then you realize the press doesn't cover that policy
there covering be empty podium because people really do care for their families and in comes but there was a disconnect. and? to make some adjustments but y to develop is that what you are getting at?. >> that simple idea but i still believe that is say big simple idea. and that is the important debate with that in tents
momentum of news and trying to develop a relationship with voters or engender confidence and you will deliver it may not be as a dividend -- as significant meeting those details for laterag maybe 20/20 people want to know details and policy again. >> so i thought that was an interesting observation.
>> how much does that warm the hearts that you said back up. [cheers and applause] >> honestly it was such a relief to know you were able to do that he felt like you were in in a a straitjacket. >> it has a lot to do with teenage a woman it is hard to be perceived as strong or any other word you can think of. have you modulate with a
mature and appropriate way. and i write a whole chapter to be a woman and politics but much of what i w say is a woman of business of any profession. and as i try to describe with that second debate it was hard if they invaded my spacese because they had his own issues but once you are there is happening in realtime largest comforted
and frustrated to stop you and staring you so i was going back and forth. to believe it is better not to show that type of reaction in the middle of a presidential debate. as you think back funny gestures, facial expressions , things really do affect viewers and i ended up thinking with the gender link there was a history of presidential debates a that had deviated to show frustration or a anger or dismiss of menace and i
thought would never price they pay i would pay double or triple. i really thought they would say we want someone who was called and composed in the oval office. [cheers and applause] was aware of the crosscurrentscr but i kerry don n. a way that i thought a president should do. >> that you have to bear your composure like a suit of armor. >> everybody knows that feeling. always.
the toughest job in the world is a job that requires or used to require. [applause] curiosity, focus that you want to think somebody with that responsibility would have. i honestly believe a river in a different type of campaign. i watched people go up and down. i was deeply involved in my husband's but i know the sad and flow. this was reallyhi different i don't think anybody fully grasped the ofn variation of mckinny we have ever seen.
now looking back i see a lot of different signals. and toor make more transparent but that campaign is the best podium they have never seen. but that did not happen soon enough. >> did you watch the emmys last night? [applause] >> knowing the you are a fan of television and comedies you know, the handmaids
tale was the big winner we have talked about that book in the past written in bin 1985 now a wild the popular tv series about a liberal democracy definitively becoming a totalitarian state that is resident so that whole idea of the normalization of the abnormal is terrifying. by thehe way we should never called this normal. but seriously it is
terrifying. and you do talk a lot about that from voter suppression but. >> part of the reason i was motivated is because of what happened at the inauguration and i write that first chapter of what it felt like to go to the inauguration and what a hard decision that was but it was important to show continuity iwo was hoping to hear words of reconciliation after a very divisive campaign but i
with reason. all of which fundamental to a democracy. [applause] but with any transfer of presidential power in recent history because of the assumption because of the new administration was operating on that brazenness that attempt to distort reality with facts and truth that bothered me greatly because i said before if i lost to another republican
candidate i would have felt bad but i would not as of worried about the fundamental future or the rule of law or this imperative of reason that motivated the founders so this became a resident team to disagree about policies that you cannot begin to you chip away at the basis of the government's functioning without paying a very big price.
mentioning that handmaids tale and in 1984, of brave new world, i want them to say i may not agree with everything that i have to agree with the fundamental promiseac you cannot sacrifice truth withn the altar of partisanship with the desire of a particular president and his administration to create the alternate reality j because the stakes are profound and as i said before this president and the people who serve him on this reality track
prosaically it and presenttr danger to the future of our country. [applause] >> and one of the most powerful and most persuasive chapters in thef book is the ones about bob's and trolls you have a line that begins when reason fails the devil helps then then you do talk about fake news the favorite term from russia with no love
clear connecting the dots presumably there will be more coming out but it is essential everybody reads that. i did not get to say thank you publicly. how many of you were in washington during pizzagate? if you have then to politics & prose on connecticut's it is down the street from comet ping pong you were on to this before a lot of us realized the extent to. you do that comment was you actually said you are willing to speak out
but said day he walked in with the assault weapon one hour after that we ayatollah do what was going on and you responded instantly that was incredibly helpful we were on to -- on lockdown. people don't know this but a few days later you said what can we do to support comet ping pong? there was a lot and you sent them to a afterschool literacy program which was never publicized. [applause] you would check in on me a lot.
i just cannot tell you how important it was to know that you m president clinton and were t therefore rise. quietly i never got a chance to say thank you publicly. [applause] if i could just say a word because we are in washington with this horrible chain of events that happened here but this is a terrible example of what can be done by those that our malicious and unacquainted with the truth pursuing their own agenda or any other goal. if you don't follow or
remember when john possesses emails were stolen. i hate the word hacked. they were stolen by they russians and. [applause]iv then given to wikileaks that was nothing more than a tool by putin end of kremlin those associated with trump knew about it because roger stone was tweeting how john podesta would find himself in the beryl so one of the most infamous days in the campaign they started with the director of homeland's security dave johnson. . .
the place. care comes a hundred more, here comes a thousand more, oh, my gosh pair given the other was that they created the illusion of transparency. if you think you are getting something from sort of behind the screen, maybe it's more legitimate even though you are being played by a bunch of russians and the psychology of it was brilliant and of course it's part of the russian propaganda effort something called active the measures which they used in many other settings , not just in our election. well, you can only go so far with read these e-mails and listen to people in every campaign you can imagine debate about what to do when and who says what knowledge that, so they had to be weapon i used. they had to have elements plucked outs and perverted in a way that would be hard to imagine and then sent back out
into the cyber virtual world. so, in one of the e-mails john podesta is talking that pizza. he's italian and greek amine you know. >> and a very good cook. >> a very good cook. his risotto recipe is still there if you want to see it and i'm sure there's something very nefarious about that result out recipe. so, all of a sudden john-- one of these really i consider evil people in the media world and in the online world makes up this story that john podesta and i are running a child trafficking ring in the basement of the comet pizza parlor.
>> by the way, there is no basement. >> yeah, there is no basement. now, you would think people would be laughing like crazy shaking their heads, but if you migrate that crazy story to facebook posts, to news outlets, there are people who will believe that including this very unfortunate young man in north carolina, who believed it. it was meant to be believed to influence the voting. even i have to say i don't believe it was meant to be believed to influence someone to pick up an ar 15 and drive from north carolina to washington to liberate the imaginary children from the imaginary basement of the pizza parlor, but in condition man believing that he was on a mission because he saw it on facebook.
he sought another places online. he sought in quote news outlets and so he was there on a mission of rescue. people could have gotten killed. he shot his automatic weapon off inside this pizza parlor. the street where politics and prose is with the shutdown. it was an active crime scene. people who cared more about weapon icing information, making negative stories up than the truth, then fax or even public safety and certainly any concern about children was non- existence. they were determined to stimulate to propagate the attitudes that would grab some people in some states, some
congressional district, some towns and counties so that they would be saying, gosh, if hillary clinton and her campaign chairman are doing something like that, they should go to jail. i can't vote for them. that's the worst example, but there are so many other examples that were the same pattern from stealing to give into wikileaks to propagating to weapon icing into someone's google chain, into someone's facebook post and i think it's one of the most serious challenges we face going forward in politics, not just at the presidential level, but up and down because if we don't get a handle on information that is not just controversial, protected by the first amendment , but aimed at
spreading lies to the extent that they can cause behavior like we saw in this terrible instance, it will not stop. i'm glad that the congress and others are looking at facebook and twitter and google because they are the vehicles, one of the very first vehicles to deliver this kind of information to people, but i was terrified for lissa and brad and their employees and everyone on the street because i could see what the trafficking of that absolutely horrible information was meant to do and it got out of hand and we were just fortunate that no one was injured. >> and it keeps going, but the consolation and there is consolation is that the outpouring of support from our
community was unbelievable for comment, politics and prose, people feel tremendous ownership about their communities and i'm i just say mike pence at that time was living about a mile away in a rented house before he could move into the vice president-- we would see his motorcade go up and down your did he want think about going in and buying a fisa pizza? of course not, but that community has been fantastic and any of you that come to comments , thank you. it may date huge difference. i went to be a bit lighter for a second here p there's a funny moment in the book where when you see that president obama told you, don't try to be hip. you are a grandma. [laughter] >> just be yourself and my question is what is-- did he think you would run off to a soul cycle class or take a
mixologist course, i mean, what was he worried about the mac probably so many examples. >> i'm just wondering. it's okay. he was an extra nearly supportive and helpful friend throughout the whole campaign. he would call me periodically and he would say, are you getting enough sleep. are you, you know, eating well to come with a happy getting enough sleep and i think i'm eating well and he said are you exercising and i take think i'm getting enough sleep and i think i'm eating well, but he really stayed up with me, stayed up with the campaign and i can't remember which of the incidents he might have been referring to, but he was always just in my corner and had my back throughout the whole 18 months or nearly two years. >> so, you love words and she's
a great writer. your husband loves words. did anyone see president clinton's guest crossword puzzle couple weeks ago? we will pay-- play where game. are you up for this? have you ever heard of the game boxers or briefs? >> what? >> boxers or briefs you know like if you are a guy do you like boxers or briefs or don't worry, you don't have to answer that question and i will give you two words and you just have to without thinking this book is very revealing, but people know now its second which kind of hot spots you like in a note you do deep breathing. we will help out with a few more things and i will give you two words and you will just immediately whichever one most suits you you will answer. ready? >> i have to say a word about hot spots first. >> okay.
>> i mean, i have carried hot sauce since 1992. i just want you to know that it's true. there were people who were actually accusing me of just making that up. >> it's not made up. >> now, it's not made up, but i do spend probably more time than i should in the book talking about hot sauce, so anyone went any recommendations, just let me know. >> it is true for as long as i have known you hot sauce has been in your purse. we can all vouch for her. two words. they get progressively a little harder, but we won't do too many. tea or coffee? >> coffee. >> beach or mountains? >> what? >> beach or mountains? >> beach. >> shower or bath? >>
[laughter] these are all really unfair and that's particularly unfair. >> these are easy. >> it depends on how much time you have. >> that's fine. pilates or yoga? >> yoga. >> vodka or chardonnay? >> again, it depends on how much time you have. [laughter] [cheers and applause] >> history or mystery? >> i-- historical mysteries. [laughter] >> vladimir putin or trump? [laughter] >> yeah, well, i have to take
that under a device meant for reasons, i ran against both of them. [laughter] >> excellent. i was going to say james comey james comey, who you also ran against. okay. i think we will take some audience questions. you guys have great questions. a lot of them were similar and first of all, lots of people just said thank you and i could go through a lot of cards that just said thank you. [cheers and applause] quite a few also, related to young people and young women especially in getting into politics, so here's one that--
there are two similar. what advice would you give to a young woman who was to go into politics and another one similar that says would you encourage her daughter to enter politics if she were interested, but you knew she would experience the same level of is him you have your political career? >> let me ask you this question in general because i would say the same thing to any young woman who were to ask, i would say look, even though i write at length about the challenges that women in politics face and point out it's not just me and it's not just democratic women, it is unfortunately still a very tough double standard. i would still say that if you are willing to enter politics either as a candidate, as a campaign staffer, as a person in government and public service because that's how i view the
bigger definition of politics, you just have to be prepared and try to have the confidence without being walled off, without being too defensive and it's easy for me to say. i've been all of those things that various points in my public career, but it's a really great experience and it is important to have more women in politics and it is important-- [cheers and applause] that we all support each other and in the political arena. you know, one of the great quotes that i have loved for years is elinor roosevelt same for any woman that enters the public arena she needs to grow
skin as thick as the height of her in a rhinoceros you will be judged by everything from your hair to your voice to whether you are married or not married, whether you have children or don't have children, so it's a constant gotcha game and you have to be clear about why you're going into politics and what you hope to achieve through your efforts, but i see the book by pulling the curtain back and talk about how hard it is i don't want to discourage anyone. i want people to be more aware of it, so we can call it out, but this is common across every walk of life and there's a fascinating article in the "new york times" sports section today about women in the sports and the grief they take because of their voice.
as someone who has been called everything when it comes to-- well, everything, but i'm thinking particularly about it really struck home with me. you know, you just have to be prepared. you have to have at least a sense of humor to get through some of what you're going to face, but if you are prepared, if you educate yourself, if you are surrounded by good supporters, friends, family, people who can tell you the truth like. [inaudible question] said it was a terrible lie did to write this book. i'm grateful because she's a friend and you need friends to tell you when things are good or not so good. i have this new organization called onward together that i've started. ..
i think there's a lot of good work to be done and it's interesting because that is how you met earlier and thinking outside the box about how to get people involved and engaged in support because they know a lot more than people >> after the election, one of the things that got me out of bed and moving again one of the stories i would hear. people would say there is a new young group one of your campaign
staffers started called run for something and it's aiming at recruiting more people or there's a group called swaying left. they are going to trade with the house. a group i worked with before has a great record of electing women. color of change, which focuses on african-american young people, getting them into politics and doing some of that work. so i felt like there's so much we can do because at the end of the day, i just have to say this and i hope you will help me figure out how to make it happen. everything we do, we can write books or speak out for protest, recruit people to run for office. but if we don't get people to vote, starting in virginia and new jersey and then in 2018.
it's gratifying to see how many were never thinking of getting into office now. a few more audience questions. which of the democratic parties went on in the next election? it has to be both economic and social justice. [applause] we have the better side of the arguments about how to make the economy grow, to be inclusive and to lift incomes and provide opportunities. we have to keep plugging away and not get discouraged and keep calling out.
it's answering everything. i mean, that is the whole inside story of what's going on with this attempt to repeal the affordable care act for tax cuts for the wealthy. we make a an online argument but it doesn't take the first time we have to keep going at it that we can't be promoting and standing up for economic justice for the exclusion of turning our backs on all the progress we've
made in moving people forward on civil rights and women's rights and human rights. [applause] it could only be for people with civil rights, that's ridiculous. we want everybody to rise and have a better opportunity. just getting back, the other big context of the handmaid's tale is how women treat other women especially women with power with women who don't have power, who've been marginalized and it can be very cruel.
i'm glad you asked about it. i will start with a conversation i had shortly before announcing that i was going to run. and it was with sheryl sandberg, someone i've known for a long time and appreciate the work that she's done and the research working with professors at stanford and university of pennsylvania marshaling again the facts and evidence about what actually happens in women's lives and how we perceive ourselves. she said he wished everybody understood what she thought was one of the major takeaways from this book which is the more professionally successful a man becomes, if you know what's coming to more successful she
becomes less likable because our stereotypes come our presumptions about what's appropriate and not appropriate i get so powerful. they are rooted in our dna and millennia, so you say to yourself if that's the case what can we do about it? the second point she may become equally provocative is that women are viewed much more favorably when they are in service to somebody else. so i was in service to the country and to president obama and a member of the cabinet. i left the state department with a 69% approval rating. people thought i was doing a good job because they could see me standing up for the country,
standing beside the president, trying to solve problems and what was fascinating to me and it was horrifying and fascinating is how effective it was to just begin to knock that down and get to the point where we don't know what we think about it. and sheryl made this very clear. she said if you are in the service to someone else you are viewed favorably. succumb in the workplace, if you go to the employer and say i think she should get a raise, she's been working so hard you get points because you are viewed as somebody who is a team player looking out for your colleagues. if you go and say i have been working hard and would like to be considered for a raise, it is held against you. if you are a man, it's not.
these are not just attitudes that are deeply embedded in how we see women in the public are arena. now i won the women's vote but i lost the white women's vote. i got more white women both, however, then president obama in 2012. so, the problem is one that democratic nominees have to contend with and figure out how to communicate and breakthrough better. now i personally believe that i was doing well enough with white women, even republican white women but it stopped my momentum and it played into the concerns that women have about whether they are making a mistake with
their vote. i started going door to door in politics many years ago and i was always surprised when i would knock on a door and a woman would answer and say i am here for this candidate. i just don't know enough i don't want to make a mistake. that was my personal experience, and of course, taking it to the last month of this campaign. all of a sudden people are being told something is going on. they are going to investigate her again. we could see that a lot of women in particular turned away. they were discouraged. i don't blame them, they didn't know what to believe. it was outrageous. but you've got to see how women
are trying to do what they think of as the right thing for themselves and their family. they are often under pressure from people around them, a lot of anecdotal evidence about that. so, when a woman run is just to work extra hard to convince other women that she can do the job she is running for and we've made progress, not enough in the congress and the senate and governor's offices, but getting people to feel comfortable at the presidential level is still a challenge. there's some statistics in my book that even among democratic women and men it's not 80 or 90% who think they would like to see a woman president. it's in the high 60s for women and in the 40s for men, which is a lot more than republicans
who just have a hard time thinking about a woman in the white house. succumb if these are complicated psychological, political, emotional issues and if you think there is just one answer, you're probably going to be wrong. so we have to look at a broad set of responses and appeals to persuade women to vote for other women and try to make solidarity around that. one of the nice things in the book is the sense of support you have from your own and and women and that's been true forever. you have friendships that have gone on and they really do come through for others when they are close to each other. [applause] [cheering] next question from the audience coming if you are comin into yoo
the end of the time. i'm drinking chardonnay with you in solidarity. can you demonstrate our alternate breathing [laughter] >> i do recommend it. it's not that hard. googled it. what has been the most fulfilling part of your life so far? >> my family and my friends obviously for me and doing work that i believed in and about isaf made a difference i write in the book about my marriage and my husband and my daughter and motherhood. i write about my mother, i write about my friends and because at the end of the day everybody has
disappointments and losses. i view the book much about resilience and running for president because for me, having the support and the encouragement that i got from my family during the campaign and the aftermath and from my friends made all the difference as to how i felt and whether i could sort of summon the energy and commitment to continue to play a public role on behalf of the causes and values that i care about. so, i think i am a very fortunate person and no matter what happens to you in life, understand that there are ways
to get up and keep going. don't give up on yourself. [applause] >> here is a serious question we here all distressed about. [applause] i was so distressed because there is experience and expertise among federal employees across the government. it's been hard won and years in the making. there seems to be a total disregard and even a contempt on the part of many in the administration for what the
federal workers know and what they've done and the advice that they could give. the other night, i was talking with rachel matthau about this when it came to the state department. i have such a high regard for many of the foreign service officers and civil servants i worked with at all levels in the state department and i think about some of the crises that we confront with north korea. people that know the language and history and have the experience in the korean peninsula and china and japan, they should be sitting in meetings with the highest levels of this administration providing advice and information that could be useful on behalf of the country. if there is such a disdain for
the federal workers, so if we can stick it out, stick it out because the tide has turned. [applause] if we can take back one or both houses of congress in 2018, you will have people that you can talk to again. but i know how difficult that is because i worked with people in the state department just being frozen out and mistreated. so i know that it is not easy for me to say this but i don't want us to lose the decades if you add it all up into thousands of years of experience in the
epa in the state department and the labor department and a lot of the places that are being targeted by the administration. so i hope that we can maintain a core of experienced public servant and the government. [applause] we are going to have to wrap it up unfortunately. i want one last audience question though what is your favorite flavor of ice cream? [laughter] >> hard questions. i guess chocolate. anything with chocolate. [applause] but i did want to say just a few more words about the future because that is what i am most
focused on. it is important to figure out what happened in order to be better prepared. on the politics of who we are as americans, i am concerned that a lot of permission has been given to people to be prejudice and lash out at others based on religion or gender or race and every other kind of identifying characteristic. i think it is very important that we not grow weary in standing up for what we see as
core american values not permitting the clock turning back into people's progress to be reversed. there's a lot to be proud of and resistance and people doing the resistance every single day. [applause] and of course the great contrast that i write about seeing the inauguration on a friday and the women's march on a saturday. [applause] and holding the line on repealing the affordable care act in a saving insurance for millions of americans is a really big deal. and there was praise for everybody to play a role. not everybody will start an organization or run for office, that everybody can be sure that everyone you know is registered
to vote, you can be sure that if you have a free weekend, you can go to kansas and this year in virginia and new jersey you can start looking to see strategically where your vote will count for most because there's going to be some really competitive seats. i want 24 congressional districts that have a republican member of congress in them and so thinking hard about how you can support people who stick their necks out and decide you're going to run going online to combat untruths and attacks into the trail, be one of those people that is standing up and posting something on facebook or making it clear people are not going to be given a pass if they
are promoting falsehoods and personal attacks and really horrible positions whether it's white supremacy were ku klux klan. but we are not going to be able to get that answer because it is critical that people have a sustained commitment to taking our country back in the way that we believe it is at its best in order to have a future that we believe it' is possible. and no one has more of a stake in that van young people. for me if i'm going to spend a lot of my time supporting young people, talking with young people, encouraging young peop
people. cross every line that is meant to divide us instead of obliterating them into the lead integrated full lives with each other. it would be the rebuke to those that want to divide and undermine us and i'm very optimistic at the end of my day at the end of my book i talk about love and kindness that we talk a lot about in the campai campaign. it's th the sights from the sits on the other side, their veins bulging in their necks, the yelling and pushing and even the violence.
at the end i talk about what he can dwecan do and showed to goig forward. at the end of the book i'm optimistic because i believe we always summon the energy and keep moving toward a more perfect union. i'm going to do everything i can to help us get there. [applause] we start the book with. thompson and keep going so this book by the way is a collection of the favorite source of inspiration. thank you for not going quietly into the night.
[applause] >> none of us can afford to go quietly away. we need our voices and energy and i do believe it takes a village or in this case it takes a country to get us back on the right track and it's very consistent with my beliefs that we have to bring people together to work together in this children's version of it takes a village, which is intended to say we all have to work together and may be you think it's politically correct, i think that it's america at its best. we are not going to go anywhere. we will still be here hiding and
moving. let me end with a couple of quotes. by using your voice and writing this book and supporting work together you are a model for a lot of people who wonder what they can do and i just want to end with a few quotes that you include in your book and we can alter as we resist, persists and enlist, nelson mandela story is not in never falling that rising every time you fall. consider yourself not with what you try to fail but everything possible to do and t.s. eliot. it's only trying. ralph waldo emerson, life goes on. but here's the best one and we will end on this and i think this is most appropriate for this evening and for you and what you've done for this country the last 25 years and well for the next 25 plus years.
welcome to barnes and noble at the westside. tonight i have the pleasure of introducing author jennifer allen and amy pardons. jonathan covered politics for e-echo, bloomberg and fox and is the head of community content for slide wire and writes a political column for roll call. amy is a senior white house correspondent for the newspaper in washington and covers