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book tv continues now television for serious readers. >> welcome back. to the t nixon presidential library. [applause] : : : my name is jim byron and i'm the executive vice president of the richard nixon foundations my pleasure to welcome you back. this is the nixon foundation's only second in person east room event since march of 2020. and the biggest crowd. [applause] the [applause] the biggest crowd that we have assembled since then and our
first book signing in nearly 17 months. thank you to all of you for being here and being part of it. i'd like to start by recognizing a few special guest with us here today. a member of the board of directors ofxo the nixon foundation. and the grandson of president missus nixon sandy quinn a member of board of directors of the nixon foundation and former president of the nixon foundation. [applause] councilwoman beth haney of the city of yorba linda. where is she? there she is. and councilman jean hernandez. [applause] and a special welcome tonight to emma waters, jesse's wife, thank you for joining us.
[applause] emma and jesse left their four -month-old baby to be here with us tonight. we know that it is tough on them and we are doubly appreciative for them being here tonight. how many of you are members of the nixon foundation and library? i want to see everybody's hands shoot up. that is pretty good. how many of you have renewed your membership since covid? that is actually better than i was expecting. if you are not a member, i would encourage you to look at it. you will receive all kinds of benefits including advanced ticket sales to events including this one. you can sign up online. i have the pleasure this evening of welcoming back to the nixon library our moderator for tonight's conversation jennifer horn. you can hear jennifer every weekday along with her cohost 6 from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on
am 870 the answer. please welcome jennifer horn. [applause] 's. >> i think that every host of fox news channel has graced this stage. we've had greg, we've had dana, we've had juan williams. [laughter] nobody tell him. let's hope he's not watching it but we have not had jesse walters. so wees are going to fix that tonight. jesse joined the fox news channel and 2002 as a production assistant. he became a correspondent for
thee o'reilly factor. man on the street interviews is what we all know him for. he now hosts waters world every saturday evening and he is a cohost. jesse's book how i saved the world is available for purchase tonight in the nixon library gift shop or online. ladies and gentlemen, would you please join me in welcoming jesse waters. [applause] ♪♪ 's. >> thank you guys. thank you guys. [applause] jennifer andni jesse, the stages
yours. >> welcome to california. >> thank you for having me. i cannot believe you guys invited juan williams here before me. [laughter] >> i know. [laughter] >> i spent all weekend reading your book. i loved it. if you have not read it yet, it is equal parts memoir, current events analysis which is really cool and. i loved it because as a fan of yours, visualizing you talking to me in that book. i think you did a really great job. what made you decide to write this book during the pandemic,zy during the crazy impeachment part two and election year, what was the catalyst? >> i needed the money. [laughter] not going alive. i needed the money.
[laughter] i had gotten into a point in my life where i have the time to reflect on 20 years at fox news and covering the news. from the o'reilly factor to waters world to the o'reilly five, i just wanted to share these stories. i decided to write the book in a month later the pandemic kit. i had no excuse. it was something else to do. we got it all down and then we got it out perfectly timed so i have the number one spot on the new yorkte times list right beft mark dropped his book. [cheering and applause] it was close. itit was close. >> congratulations on that. your first book was a bestseller. >> that is right. i would've said they rigged it. [laughter] >> in the book, of course, you talk about o'reilly.
you talked about your mom, a whole cast of people that influenced you. who do you think is the biggest influence? jesse waters a man and jesser waters the tv show. >> are you making me choose? >> of course i am. your mom is probably watching. [laughter] >> that is where you are wrong. [laughter] she is not watching. [laughter] 's i was inebriated in college one night in the dorm room and i woke up from my stupor and c-span was on the television. i saw the republican politicians on the floor and as a history major, they sounded exactly like
what the founding fathers had proposed. and then i had an awakening. am i a republican? [laughter] and i thought, i am a republican the next day i turned limbaugh on and that was it. [applause] my mother hated limbaugh. >> of course. >> so i would make my mom listen to him on long car rides. [laughter] and i think one time we were listening and there was a monologue about welfare reform and i think she nearly drove the car off the road. limbaugh literally drove my mother crazy. i said to myself, i love this
guy. there is a little bit of rebellion there. for me, rush was the first one that really grabbed me. it's basically, unleashed me onto the country. >> we just met tonight. watching you -- i think where even liberals like your mom listen to rush because he was funny. yet that direct style of asking questions. you are not afraid. i want to get back to your mom for a second. >> sure. [laughter] >> she is so sweet. she listens to my show every day. she is dedicated. she sent me text like you get. are you insane. [laughter] where did i go wrong. [laughter] my mom has influenced me to want to talk to all sorts of people not just living in an echo chamber. what does your mom do for you
because you do not agree politically? >> my mom was very important in making me be nice to people. [laughter] that is why i am so polite. i am very well mannered. [laughter] why are you laughing? [laughter] >> i seen the argument. i know. you are well mannered. >> that was something that was important to her to make sure that i was nice to everyone. the janitor, the ceo, a homeless person, aet liberal. [laughter] i just had to treat everybody with respect. >> somebody heard bingo over there. you just won the jackpot. >> i just thought i treat everybody with respect when i'm out on the street or when i'm sitting next to juan.
[laughter] i try to respect everybody, no matter who they are. that is something she instilled in me. >> i like that. you are a funny guy, obviously. we think he's a funny guy. [cheering and applause] it's funny because conservatives -- we can have a good time. we can laugh at ourselves. right. liberals cannot. you talk about how liberals just don't appreciate comedy. the days of johnny carson are gone. everyone is just making political statements. why do you think the left is so afraid of comedy? >> i laugh at myself because there is a lot of material there. [laughter] but that humor is critical to what i do because i cannot take myself too seriously or people would just think that i'm an arrogant, i am not going to say it. humor disarms be people.
especially on the street when i'm dealing with these radicals. so, one of the things that liberals have done is try to police conservative humor just recently. very effective at ridicule. he had not run for a while on the daily show where he was really moving the needle, even on policy. he was just roasting them. the show is very influential. and then he dumped out and now lives on a farm. to enterervatives try that realm of comedy, liberals do not want to do it because they know how effective comedy is. they know how effective ridicule is. if you allow conservatives to have that in their arsenal, that could be very damaging to the liberal cause. when conservatives are funny, it
also humanize them. if we are likable, then we are actual real people and if we are real people, then we cannot be canceled because they tried to dehumanize us. right. they tried to say that they are nazis and racist and bigots and not even worth the conversation. not even worth being in the industry. so, if they are able to cancel waters, how will waters feed his family? >> i mean, she's got the baby. >> how will waters feed jesse junior? [laughter] so, that is why they are so uptight with conservative humor. >> yeah. now, we live, i'm guessing most of us in this room live in
california. not the easiest place to be a conservative. right? >> i live in new york. >> i know. i get it. and how i save the world you talked about getting attacked on the subway. >> but he thought i was pete axa [laughter] >> you have confronted judges, even college kids. you have asked hard questions. u.s. president trump if he drinks and smokes weed. you've asked some tough questions. >> i have. imagine if you did. [laughter] >> i love a trump raleigh, but i
don't know if i'm ready for it. >> just say no. [laughter] >> exactly. >> what advice can you give this room for people that have to ask hard questions every day or who often may be not be afraid. what advice can you give to californians just functioning in a very blue state? >> i do not want to give anybody advice that is going to get them fired. so, i think everybody has to use their best judgment. i would not tell a college kid to just go in guns blazing and start a h fight. i would not do that. but, i think that they need to ask tough questions and they tneed to realize that there college professors may be in doctoring them. they are smart enough to know
the difference between propaganda and what the actual lesson plan is. if you are in a corporate setting, that could be dangerous because now corporations have gone well. so, i would not put myself in a position where i would risk my job to say build the wall. [laughter] go home and say that. go to a bar and say that. i would not say that to my boss if my boss were a democrat. but, i think, obviously, you are passionate about what you believe in and you are not going to holster your rhetorical revolver and so it is important for people to take a stand when they need to take a stand. like you are saying with critical grace theory. people are now going to school board hearings. nobody ever goes to a school board hearing.a
it is the most boring thing in the world. why would you do that on a tuesday night western mark it is so polluted what they are doing with these children, you are getting parent set up never even voted to drive to a school board hearing and scream at these stupid officials. and that is something that is important. [cheering and applause] >> so, republicans have been traditionally taken down. calling mitt romney a sexist, you call him a racist. he will back down. i would say trump had no shame phone. he kind of broke the mold. you make a really interesting and cool point in your book where you say that republicans have to be evil so that liberals can be good. how can the gop -- i think all
of us see that little shift. we are saying that ship that republicans went back to fighting hard. i guess the trump style are not letting takear us down. >> they labeled their opposition evil. they do that because someone they are running against his eagle. then he ends justify the means. they can do anything. if you are running against hitler, then you can break the wall to defeat hitler. you do not even have to debate the substance if your opponent is evil because why would you even get into that conversation. that is an easy way for them to avoid heart debates. it is also a really slick way of demonizing your opponents. if my opponent is evil, i must be good.ca
a psychological copout. trump veryy accurate did not hae a shame bone, among other things this country was hungry for that. this country got elected a little bit on policy, but a little bit on the attitude. his attitude. he galvanized the country. in a way, the country was already galvanized. he just gave out part of the country avoid spirit every time he dismissed these ridiculous allegations against them or these phony scandals or these bs attacks, the base went wild because the point of it all is, the mob only goes for the softest spot. mobs are only looking for easy penetration. if you are constantly caving, then they will win every time. but as a parent now i realize
that the most important word a parent has is no. [laughter] so, america just needs to learna how to say no. we are not going to change the name, we are not going to fire anybody, we are not going to resign. no. go look for another soft spot and that is what the mob will do trump did not budge. the country kind of holds the line on things, on culture, on history, on political correctness, he will move in a different direction. that is what the mob does. >> we definitely had lessons that we learned in 2020. you saw a lot of the lessons that the gop learned spirit we saw in 2018, republicans lost a
lot of california. now democrats are rolling this out across the country. do you think that we have learned them as a republican party? what do you think that our chances are and how do you think we should be or should not be involved? >> trump will play games in the primaries with people he has personal vendettas against. [laughter] [applause] but he is also a great fundraiser. he will hold rallies. i think his endorsement track record is excellent. he will definitely be a big player. depending on how we do, in my opinion, for critical components using critical race theory come out the inflation, also known as gas prices and the crime land.
those four things are going to drive midterm turnout for republicans. those are things that impact regular families. the price of gas, crime, open borders and critical race theory because that affects the children. parents and voters feel that. it is not in the sky. it is real stuff that mom feel. they made moms angry. >> they did. >> number one rule and politics, don't make moms mad. [laughter] [cheering and applause] so, moms are angry, that means dads are angry, that means big turnout. so, i think you will take back the senate. historically, that is the trend
unless republicans screwed up, which there is a chance of. at that point trump will look at the landscape engage and say well i take another shot. he will have to make that decision for himself. he also has a nice life. dinners, golfing, great courses. if he does not run -- [cheering and applause] >> what do you think the likelihood of a trump desantis ticket? >> what we think of trump waters? [laughter] [cheering and applause]
>> that is a powerful ticket. >> i know. >> if i am drafted, i will run. [laughter] >> do it. >> sent the check. >> i was just on rodeo drive. send them fast. [laughter] >> just filling up your gas tank. >> i landed at lax and it was $4.79 a gallon. >> how much it cost to fill up an suv, $70. unbelievable. .sninety-nine? this leads to my question about california. we have a recall election going
on. i think much of our mutual friends is in that race. larry elder. [applause] so, i ask you, jesse waters, you have save the children, you have saved christmas. how in the world do we save california? >> i don't know. as california beyond saving? can we save it? >> look at this room. >> well, not being an expert in california, what they have done
with illegal immigration has released act that jack against the republican party. then you have the super majority against the legislature. what was a question again? >> i would just say you have to start at the local level. i know orange county really is where it is out. [cheering and applause] if i was a conservative here, i would try to depoliticize my campaign did i think caitlin has tried to do that, but she is having trouble with it. the brand of republicanism is
taking a beating. if you could just make it about performance. about management. this date has been poorly managed. >> $10,000 worth of wine does not drink itself. >> you start at the school board, you start at the council level, you start at the state senator level, you just starthe small. you start winning small and make it about management and about how families lives are being impacted by poor policies. and then showcase that impact with stories of these families. that is the way to put a face on it. just do not play into the social stuff because they will try to get you on race and transgender stuff. >> every time.
[inaudible] [cheering and applause] >> make it about them and how they've missed managed. >> there is a lot that can be done. talking a lot about the power of you individually. not just waters. he save the world for crying out loud. >> i do not want to give away the spoiler alert at the end of your book. so you focus on the personal power that we all have to change our situation. i think it's what conservatism is all about. personal responsibility. i think that you reflect that in this book. how did you come to that conclusion? [inaudible]
[laughter] >> very good move. but i found love. [applause] so sweet. >> i've gotten into a place in my life where i felt like i could write this book. where i have the balance in the insight and i knew what the world was all about. so i decided to share these stories and really share my life in this book. the book is about my life and how i lived my life through fox news, through my liberal mother and through my experiences with trump and o'reilly and all of that. if anybody knows me, they know that i needed saving. [laughter] and she saved me. if everybody, since you know it
is my world, i save the world, but if everybody can save themselves, then the world would be a better place. liberals do this all the time. liberals are always trying to fix everybody else's problems. right. they need to fix their own problems. right. [inaudible] .... .... [inaudible] >> what are you doing tomorrow? >> i should just stay in california. [applause] what did you learn about yourself writing this book? >> i learned i am a pretty good writer. it. [laughter] >> will give you that. [laughter]
[laughter] that's it? [laughter] krispy. >> thank you, give him a round of applause. we are tight on time or only going to a couple of questions. there were going to move into a book signing. at that book signing i have to apologize you cannot take photos with earphones we cannot do personalization's. our first question is going to come from someone special pretty wanted to be here tonight. he is a colleague of yours. if you would look at the screen. [laughter] >> and influence the way he looks at work and politics.
>> one question, how is working with greg got beau the way he looks at politics and everything in general? i imagine it has had a huge impact. i would like to hear from him, thank you. [laughter] >> notice the wine? >> in one of the chapters of the book, i actually right direct quotes that he says it during the commercial break. while they filmed the commercial break, we probably have the best show on television but also the shortest. [laughter] and greg will get us canceled the one day per give you an example this is a direct quote from got built in a commercial
break. >> the best way to kill your wife, take her hiking. [laughter] [laughter] that is terrible. [laughter] and i am not answering that >> question. cooks right here in the center row will take the first question from the audience. >> one of the questions my wife and i want to know, what was the handholding with dana perino? >> so, nothing would be more delicious foror the left if i was canceled that's clear have a big target. i have to be careful we are on live television. i believes i was about to wade into a pretty dicey topic. obviously involving women.
and i think it was a palatine commercial. it was about weight loss, it was treacherous. so had some commentary prepared i thought was a little on the edge. i said dana about to address the topic but i want you to hold my hand and i want you to squeeze it if i start going off the rail. [laughter] and she could not do that when we were remote during the pandemic. so thank god i made it. [laughter] writer here? >> hi jesse. my name is juliet thank you for being here. my question is to you, why didn't she read your own book for audible? >> yeah? [laughter] >> i was going to read it, emma had literally just had jesse junior.
we had gotten back from the hospital that day. i would have had to have spent the first a entire week after jesse junior and emma had gotten back from the hospital 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. reading the audiobook. i just not want to do that. i had some other guy read it with a much cooler voice than i had. >> have you asked john kay sick how he feels about backing biden? >> i do not talk to john. it. [laughter] we don't talk anymore. and believe it or not he was a lot more difficult to deal with than bill. if you can believe it. [laughter]r]
>> hi jesse. to capture the youth of america, it seems likely to express conservative values that's the way funny, hip, cool. you talk about early jimmy kimmel, steve colbert it seems like the fox network is embracing this idea between tyrus and the rest of you with the young conservative media. is that something we can look forward to seeing more of with the younger conservative voices? [applause] >> being conservative is cool. it's cool when you're 80 it is cool when you're 19. because you have the facts on your side and you are unafraid. that has always been that renegade attitude in this country. the risktakers, the pioneers, the loud mouth, the jokester's. [laughter]e the people who are willing to
put themselves out there and say things that could be t controversial. thosehe people always been involved in comedy comedy is where you push that edge. you cannot push that edge seriously? [laughter] so you have to't have a platform that is willing to stand by people to take risks. because you cannot develop that kind of personality they'reha going to get canceled or if you have a small platform and nobody sees it. foxes done a good job of supporting edgier, younger, funnier, more politically conservative young talent. i think you should expect to see more of that. now i seem old. my getting old? am i still young? what if you are still young. jesse my name is bob and i
like you to ask your colleagues that boxes start speaking english. and said it's either going to take away your fossil fuels, what does that mean i ask abrade the gym as it isn't that something with dinosaurs? [laughter] i'd tell them to say they want to take away your gasoline and your oil. >> one more if i could do it, also tell them toau stop saying jim crow. they mention jim crow i asked the people in the gym what is that mean? they say is that a bird or something?g [laughter] they need to tell them it is segregation. >> that is an amazing point. i have no trouble dumbing it down. it. [laughter] it comes naturally to me. and a one of the things that allows it to be so effective if you are smart you do not have to try to sound smart.
if you are actually intelligent, you do not have to prove how intelligent you are by using a very big words, right? you just want to communicate simply, powerfully and effectively and get right to the point. i will no longer say fossil fuel. [laughter] >> or jim crow. rex jesse, way back here in the room at the back we are going to take our last question. then we will get into the book signing. going to reiterate we cannot take photos and personalization that this book signing. could be the fastest book signing we a have ever done. just like this is the largest crowd ever had very. >> it is para last question. >> hi jesse my name is chris but i have a question i have a fox network justify calling arizona provided in the last election of 2020? >> you saved the best for last.
[laughter] >> that was a decision obviously i have nothing to do it that so don'te blame me. [laughter] [laughter] [laughter] bring up the q-tips. >> ladies and judgment thank you. let's give our speakers another hand. [applause] and of course, of course our guest come to the nixon library for the lavish gifts that we give them. so tonight we are giving jesse this commander-in-chief cap. because he is a commander-in-chief of comedy. >> there we go. there we go. thank you all very much. >> that is exciting.
>> here is a look at some books being published this week. hillary clinton advisor recalls in her life and career in both and bid economist president trump advisor peter navarro accounts the start of the coronavirus pandemic and the 2020 presidential election in his book and trump time. and georgetown university sociology professor examines the role of race in america. also being published this week former republican speaker of the house american police are gaining traction within the united states in beyond biden. in the broken constitution harvard law professor discusses how abraham lincoln viewed the constitution and fox news looks at the relationship between lincoln
and frederick douglass in the freedom fighter. this coming week wherever books are sold. watch for many of these authors to appear in the future on book tv. >> booking institution senior aloe suggests counts council culture social media disinformation are eroding the truth. here's a portion of the discussion. >> what you believe about the weather. have beliefs about god. the typical way to settle that was for one group to dominate another group to have the society and go to war with each of the typically how it was done in our society until recently. i wrote a book called kindly inquisitors, which argued,
talked about for knowledge comes from by free speech is important but it's also important for us to follow certain rules. there are a lot of obligations that go with this for they require us to structure criticism. and i kind of had a marketplace of ideas a model you had lots of people criticizing lots of other people in a very open dynamic way. that is all true. then something happened over the ten, especially the last five years. we began to see systematic attacks on the knowledge building community. not just from academics and said there's no such thing but also social media from controlling and cancel culture. i began to realize james mattis my book is an effort to smuggle james mattis into the world of the philosophy of knowledge.
this book is a way to figure out what actually is the structure in society that allows us to convert just argument, disagreement into objective knowledge. which is what i mean about truth. we never get to final truth. if truth is directional. it steers us in the direction of truth in any day we have directional knowledge a shot in my arm is protecting against covid. i spent all the norms, structures institution that we depend on anchored to reality and systematic dangerous attacks on that system. >> tossed rest of this program watch booktv.org. if the search box at the top of the page. >> book tv after words ben
shapiro podcast host editor emeritus of the daily wire insist the progressive left is pushing an authoritarian agenda in america. he's interviewed by nationally syndicated radio talkshow host. after words is a weekly interview program interviewing top nonfiction authors about their latest work. >> i have the religion and the joy of interviewing ben shapiro about his new book called the authoritarian moment. it's not unimportant. you title the authoritarian moment. it strikes me as a chilling, why is your book titled the authoritarian moment? >> the reason is it is experiencing this a moment