tv Brian Kilmeade Sam Houston the Alamo Avengers CSPAN November 30, 2019 11:01pm-11:31pm EST
>> we are so honored to have him tonight and he will speak to us for a couple minutes. he said he might take a few questions if you are kind to him. thank you so much for being here. welcome back. [applause] thank you for coming out tonight. you all seem very nice and you are all dressed in the same type of blue which is scary. [laughter] you can have the best book or the best message of the best story but there are so many great books out right now.
this is my sixth book overall and never has it ever hit on all gears like this we been out for about three weeks we are doing the best we can to get the word out. thank you for hosting this for me. but to see this professionalism to know that you are eating and drinking for free makes me feel better. [laughter] because he don't want you eating and watching. it's good is not much happening. if you go to the restroom for a second you will lose a major story so i don't. so my goal to get away from
politics there is enough trompe and bush and obama clinton books out there there's nothing new to bring to the city so my goal is to tell an american story that douglas or john they do it comprehensively i read those books and i close them i say i can't do that. so what i wanted to do was to take the major figures in history to understand the more of the people that made them great. you do great things on a daily basis america is made up of average people doing extraordinary things. without getting a pat on the back so if you open up george washington secret six when you close that you think the
characters. when you open thomas jefferson the tripoli pirates you think he is a genius but you know about the characters? so when we leave here today if you are at the water cooler or the sports bar or at a tailgate is somebody challenges you everybody is proud of their history. every country is proud of their past we are an exceptional nation and then to say i was born in america but all we want is a chance to be successful. we don't want the outcome decided we don't want guaranteed a thousand dollars and you have an equal chance to be successful.
that we keep going back to texas. anybody from texas? you are so prideful of your past i didn't know there is such a blend between texas and american history. over nine years they had their own thing going the lone star state. but in 1800 texas was wide open and it was up to moses to cut a deal he could not do that but austin was because believe it or not america comes to the new world new shot after a new shot they wanted a chance to be successful to see what texas had to offer they had a gun a rake and a plow and they went ahead to make a living. and how they stand up for freedom and liberty.
if i could introduce you to sam houston this guy should have been president. he's not perfect but led by andrew jackson. i love the rocky movies because i believe there based on a true story. [laughter] out there when you open up the flashback to the previous rocky movie now i remember why i'm here. so i could open up with andrew jackson in new orleans and we tell that story with that battle and how it had to be fought. so this guy sam houston is fighting under another man named jackson. so i could start their. then to talk about courage he felt he was impervious. shot three times he should have died.
courage had to be calculated he goes to washington to get a commission. and it burned to the ground. this country is fragile and courage has to be calculated. it takes some of the toughest men in america and right now we are not prepared and as they are running away he's gathering them and training them and shaping the battlefield until he sets up in the battle at the end. so we could tell the story in arm you guys with another story of this great country even though we see us pulling each other apart if i tell you how bad it was how close we came to total destruction you will not overreact about rudy giuliani and ukraine. [laughter]
>> you get a movie it's four minutes this is how it aired on fox news. >> 1776 america declares its independence the united states was born. almost six decades later another daunting fight this time it was mexico in the battle for texas and texas happen to be an independent state so immediately he showed the liberty for the company to break away. they were ready to fight.
but once he started to have colonel travis. >> to the surprise of many the texas army was outnumbered and an organizer take over the alamo the bad news is coming general santa anna he stopped it before it could take root. will send orders to evacuate. also factoring in one of the most famous man in america and then is freedom or death. most people are courageous alone. people around you show optimism.
for 13 days some with a thousand casualties and then to intimidate the forces but it didn't. >> 1846 the battle is here. 400 men know that they are about to be engaged at sam houston never wanted to see happen but once again that caught in the middle of an open field. that he trusted the general to hold his word and he didn't. they were marched out and executed sam houston knew he had to give the toughest most unpopular orders in his career
to retreat. >> this is the war of attrition. >> he is also going out of formation at which time sam houston and the texas army knows he could go to the american border and get more troops or make this decision or go near santa ana and the mexican army would be rating after much deliberation sam houston decided to fight the first and only time that santa ana and houston will square off. >> why 18 minutes that's how long it took to completely overwhelm the mexican army 18 minutes is the time it took for total victory. >> the group that was
annihilated at the alamo. >> it took 18 minutes quex. >> the ultimate surprise the best victory in american histor history. >> he led the texas fight to freedom his courage and victory would change a country and soon the world. >> one thing is pretty clear we have to get the reenactors in better shape these are john wayne like characters but i give them credit for showing up that day is fantastic but then santa ana would be captured then they tell him to sign over texas and call for reinforcements calculated has to be calculated and revenge has to be calculated and then andrew jackson to oversee the
fact he went back to mexico that would haunt us 20 more years but that's his story. that is sam houston alamo avengers is off to a good start because the texas victory changed american history but also understand this jefferson and jackson thoroughly believe texas came with the louisiana purchase he cannot believe secretary of state quincy adams signed it over in exchange for florida. we don't talk about that but that was one of the hottest issues in the country i just thought by going back to reclaim that and understand it people to tap into their patriotism again. i just hope people will be interested in the first war on terror i know people can relate to that and andrew jackson the 13 -year-old who
loses his entire family can relate to it but by the time the book comes out i feel like i'm on a mini mission to push back on those who don't understand how great this country is and i have no problem saying that. we are not perfect but what's great is we try to be in the reason we argue and fight because we argue in front of strangers but when it's all said and done we have the same goal just one way to get there to make the country a better place for quite also like to take some questions from you if you have them i do have to be in the air at 2:00 o'clock in the morning tomorrow i also encourage you if you're ever orlando jacksonville will be gone for the next two months
to see if we can tackle donald trump junior. he has a head start his dad is on twitter now. [laughter] and he's pushing the book a little bit. 's book is great is called triggered. does anybody have questions? >>. >> let me explain something to you. i'm not a yankee hater. >> obviously the nationals as fantastic on a serious note i used to do sports radio what happened in 2017 with the yankees up command the revelation what the astros were doing that's an
interesting time i don't know how baseball will get on top of this because if i'm the doctors i'm not too happy from the yankees i'm not too happy and then they beat them again so baseball can't it out of the way. >> i don't now i'm wide open i have to find something in the next four or five weeks and i will retire and have the party right here. [laughter] trying to find something that you know the headline but maybe not that detail it let me do in our special on the alamo so while other channels are doing something on impeachment i could do sam houston and the alamo avengers that was pretty cool also fox
nation let me do this series what made america great i could do separate document or documentaries and all the things you don't know or have forgotten has been a great experience. >> sports guy was the quickest way to get on the air but that's a very few friends i always open up a history book and to be honest i never thought i would be writing whenever then bill o'reilly started to write his great books he encourage me so much. we are from the same neighborhood i am from long island i told him i had the spy story in i gave him detail he said you need to write that
and i was handing him chapters and he was handing them back to me then when the first one was done so if you're doing stand up and you get a close you get a loud laugh before they leave because you won't match it so 20 years with a story i don't have a backup. so it was so successful they said what you interested in i said we are knee-deep in bin laden anytime somebody writes with perspective and they say jefferson dealt with at first find out how he dealt with madison that's what led me to university of virginia where they could do the original documents and i said let me try that. that i'm standing talking about the alamo. i'm an accidental historical author.
>> i know they were shooting each other back then that they were just as angry but there was a sense of service. and that's the best example we just decided to do that paperback sam houston told texas were not doing the confederacy. and then to reach out we don't want texas with confederacy. and then all about keeping the country together first. jackson was outraged the northern states and was outraged that south carolina wanted to see i think our politicians today fits the
country not the party i believe that compromise will be in soon. so if someone on the democratic side is somewhat moderate to sit down and do immigration and healthcare. no matter how brilliant a immigration plan is as soon as the other party gets power they will tear it up your lawn - - tear up yours and there's. we have to do this thing called compromise and it will become en vogue soon. >> i wanted to go beyond the
alamo because fox asked the second feature had i do this for the broader audience? because i told it comprehensively what happened after because the number one alamo fan in the world fill collins and stanley mcchrystal join me at the alamo in the special and military colleges still study it 180 could hold off 3000 for 13 days if they just had a couple hundred more they may have one. with the myth of the legend if he didn't have tuberculosis or scurvy or whatever i have a feeling he would still be alive. that's how they wrote about this guy. he would have found a way.
>> [inaudible] he kicked me in the thigh really hard. [laughter] if you go to his house you go up to the helipad. [laughter] i did not fight them i would call them at the ufc and i watched the weight class before there was a division if you win you go back to the locker room and fight four times a night for the championship. to see this guy weighing 450 pounds or 600 pounds to go against a 180-pound karate cot one --dash and then knocks out his two teeth. it was an interesting experience.
and then to say do you mind telling the press? i said no. i'm not saying that passivity could have died that night. nobly predicted it could have been this successful. >> [inaudible] and then shout out to mansfield who is pregnant with twins the producer of the radio show and does everything. [applause] which is typical fox outside major cities like omaha, lincoln, dayton and san
antonio. and south bend indiana. when you go to texas i cannot believe how may people are related to sam houston are those that fought in the battle when you go to those cities i mention i've been 30 or 40 or 50 years my family thought fought in the revolution but to be honest it's not aruba. and say i don't even see a mountain. the vines they have with each other in the history. and that they are related to the story that's what i walk away with. >> thank you for throwing the
party and for the book. thank you for coming out. [applause] >> as a native texan this is the best night of my life. i have four or five pieces of all good news brian will be in the big conference room for a little bit we are trying to get them out of here quickly because we understand his schedule if you want to grab a photo with him with another piece of good news there is so much food and drink left hopefully will help. there will be gift bags and signed copies of the book and