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[background noises] >> welcome back to the nixon presidential library. [cheering] i am in the executive vice president of the richard nixon foundation it is my pleasure to welcome you back. this is the only foundations only second in-person east room event that is tough to say. [laughter] since march of 2020. and the biggest crowd, the biggest crowd we have assembled since then and her first book signing event and nearly 17 months. thank you to all of you for
being here and being part of it. i like to start by recognizing a few special guests who are here with us today beginning with christopher nixon cox member of the board of directors of the nixon foundation. anden the grandson of a president and mrs. nixon. sandy quinn a member of the board of directors of the nixon foundation former president of the nixon foundation. [applause] councilwoman haney of the city were there she is, and councilman jean hernandez. [applause] and a special welcome tonight to emma waters, jessie's wife, thank you for joining us.
emma and jesse left their four -month-old baby to be here with us tonight. we know it is tough on them we are doubly appreciative of them for being here tonight. how many of you are members of the nixon foundation and library want to see everybody's hand shoot up. that is pretty good, that is pretty good. how many of you have renewed your membership since covid? >> that is 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 special benefits including advance ticket sales to events like this one. you can sign up s at nixon foundation.org. i havelc the pleasure this evening of walking back to the nixon library are moderated for tonight's conversation, the host of the many you can hearek jennifer every weekday along with her cohost from 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. on am 870 please welcome jennifer h
horn. [applause] i think every host of fox news channel has graced the stage. we have had greg got failed,. [cheering] we have had dana perino. [cheering] we have had one williams. [cheering] nobody till one looks obese notbo watching. [laughter] we have not had jesse watters. so we are going to fix that tonight. jesse joined the fox news channel in 2002 as a production assistant. he became a correspondent for the o'reilly factor he became known for his trademark man on the street interviews which we
all know him for. he now hosts "watters world" every saturday evening and is a cohost jesse's book how i save the world. [laughter] isab available for purchase tonight in the nixon library gift shop or online. ladies and gentlemen which you please join me in welcoming jesse watters. ♪ ♪ i wish i had jesse's girl ♪ ♪ i wish i had jesse's girl ♪ ♪ where can i find a woman like that ♪ ♪ like jesse's girl ♪ ♪ i wish that i had jesse's girl ♪ ♪ where can i find a woman like that ♪ ♪ where can i find a woman like that ♪ ♪ corrects jennifer and jesse the stage is yours. >> welcome to california. >> thank you for having me i cannot believe.
[cheering] i can't believe you guys invited juan before me. [laughter] >> i read your book and i loved it. if you have not read ittou yet, it's part memoir, creative events analysis which is really cool and comedy. i loveded it because did a great job what was the catalyst? i got to the point in my life
i had time to reflect on 20 years at fox news and covering the news from the o'reilly factor to "watters world", to the five. and i just wanted to share the stories. i decided to write the book and then a month later the pandemic hits. i had no excuse to write, there is nothing else to do except write the book. so we got it all down in the meat got it out perfectly time so i had the one spot on the "new york times" list right before mark levan dropped his book. [laughter] [cheering] it was close it was right. >> congratulations that's a big deal. >> that is right near times put me as number two i just would have said they rigged it. [laughter] right? [laughter] >> in the book of course you talk about o'reilly is a top radio person i love how you love tove rush. you talk about his mom a whole
cast of people who a influenced you. who dorl you think is the biggest influence jesse watters the man in jesse watters the tv star? >> are you making me choose between russia o'reilly and my mom? [laughter] >> absolutely. >> verse inside the presidential library. >> that is where you are wrong. [laughter] she's not watching. [laughter] so, i was inebriated in collegero when night in the storm room, i woke up from my super and c-span was on the television. i saw the republican politicians on the floor pontificating about god knows what. in the history maker sound exactly like what the founding fathers had proposed and then i had an awakening.
mayake republican? i thought i am a republican. the next day i turned limbaugh on and that was it. [applause]li [cheering] my mother hated limbaugh. and so i would make my mom listened to limbaugh on long car rides. [laughter] and i think one time we were listening there is a monologue from rush about welfare reform. i think she nearly drove the car off the road. [laughter] literally drove my mom crazy and he said to myself, i love this guy. [laughter] there is a little bit of a rebellion mirror. for me, rush was the first one
who really grabbed me and after that o'reilly took hold of me, and basically unleashed me onto the country. >> we just met tonight but watchingd you i think is what a lot of people like your mom listen to rush because he is funny. you have that direct style that bill o'reillyas has. let's get back to your mom for a second period.h >> sure. >> might mom listens to my show every day, she is dedicated sheet sends me texts are you insane? these kind of things. where did i go wrong? [laughter] my mom's menu and attacked all sorts of people not living in an echo chamber. what does your mom do for you?
>> well, 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? >> i've seen the arguments. [laughter] >> i think i know better. that was something that was important to her to make sure i was nice to everyone whether it be the janitor, the ceo, a homeless person, a liberal. [laughter] i just had to treat everyone with respect. >> someone said bingo overra there. and so i just tried to treat everyone with respect to an out on the street or sitting next to one. [laughter] i try to respect everybody the matter who they are.
that something that is still true today. >> think he's proud don't you? >> it's funny because conservatives we can have a good time, we can laugh at ourselves, right? when you talk about don't rvappreciate comedy. the days of johnny carson argon everyone is making political statements, why do you think the left is so afraid of comedy? >> there's a lot of material there. [laughter] that self-deprecating humor is critical to what i do because i cannot take myself too seriously people would just think i was arrogant and i'm not going to say it. the humor disarms people especially on the street when i am dealing with these
radicals. one of the things liberals have done is try to police conservative humor recently jon stewart very effective at ridicule and the daily show he was really moving the needle even on policy republicans were terrified of this guy and he was just roasting them the show was very influential. he dumped out no lives on a farm and grew a beard. "conservatives tried to enter that realm of comedy liberals don't want to a do it because they know how effective comedy is they know how effective ridicule is. and number one if you allow conservatives to have in their arsenal that can be very damaging to the liberal cause. when conservatives are funny and human eyes and makes them likable. and conservatives cannot be likable.
right? if we are likable that we are actually real people. and if we are real people then we cannot be canceled because they tried to dehumanize us, right? the tried to say they are not teas, races, bigots and not even worth the conversation. not even worth the industry. so if they are able to cancel waters has a going to see jesse junior? >> that is a problem. >> they areho so uptight with conservative humor. >> note we live i'm guessing most of us in this room live in california and it is not the easiest place to be a conservative, right?
[laughter] >> i live in new york. [laughter] >> i know we can bond about that. talk about getting attacked on the subway. [laughter] he still threw beer on me that is a bad day. you have even college kids you ask president trump if he drinks and smokes weed. you asked it. >> i did, i did. >> imagine if you did? [laughter] i love a trump rally. >> just say no. [laughter] exactly.
so what advice can you give this room for people who have to ask hard questions every day or maybe speak out to coworkers, their bosses, not be afraid. you ask the tough questions you put yourself in tough situations. what can you give to californians of functioning? >> i do not want to give anybody advice that's going to get them fired. >> so i think everybody has to use their best judgment. i would not tell a college kid to go in guns blazing with their professor and start fighting. i would not do that. but i think they need to ask tough questions and they have to realize there college professors may be indoctrinating them and they are smart enough to discern the difference between propagandas and what perhaps a lesson plan is but if you are
in a corporate setting that can be dangerous because i've gone i awoke. so i would not put myself in a position where i would risk my job just to say build the wall. [laughter] all right? go home and say that. go to a bar in 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're seeing with critical race theory. people are not going to school board hearings, no one goes to school board hearing it's most boring thing in the world, why would you do that on a tuesday night? it is so polluted but they are
doing with these children and racism you're getting parents you've never even voted to drive to a school board hearing and scream at the >> officials. and that is something that is important. >> so republicans have traditionally the republican party of old mitt romney is sexist, republicans before trump i would say trump had no shame republicans before trump would be taken down he make a really interesting and cool point in the book where you say republicans have to be evil so that liberals can be good. i could date think all of us see that little shift we see
the shift republicans started to go back how can we stick with i guess the trump style andbl not let it take us down too. >> what the democrats do as they label their opposition evil. they do that because someone they are running against is evil than the ends justify the memes. they can do anything. you can break the law to defeat hitler. you can do anything you can say anything you do not even have to debate if you're upon is evil why would you even get in that conversation? that is a lazy way but it is also a really slick way of demonizing the opponent. it's a psychological copout. : : : accurate does not
have a shame bone among other things. and the country was hungry for that and trump got elect did a little bit on policy but mostly on attitude. his attitude. he galvanized the country. in a way that the country was already galvanized. he just gave out part of the country a voice. every time he expressed these ridiculous allegations against them the base went wild. the softest spot. only looking for easy penetration. if you are constantly caving, then they will win every time. as a parent now i realize the most important word is no.
[laughter] america just needs to learn how to say no. we will not change the name, we will not fire anybody, we will not resign. that is what the mob will deal. trump. as a country caught a hold of things on political correctness, moving in a different direction. that is what the mob does. the mac we definitely have less and that we learn and 2020. the gop. very symptomatic what we learn. we sell battle harvesting. republicans lost a lot of seats in california. now democrats across the country. there are lessons to be learned
from 2020. do you think we have learned them as the republican party. president of trump in the system >> trump is going to play games in the primaries on people he has personal vendettas against. [cheering and applause] also the fundraiser and i think his endorsement track record. he will definitely be a big player. depending on how we deal, in my opinion, i think that there are four critical components. critical race theories. and the crime wave. those four things will drive midterm turnout for republicans.
those are things that impact regularoi families. the price of gas, crime, open borders and critical race theory parents and voters feel that. it's not like russia collusion, it is not in the sky. it is real stuff. they made mobs angry. >> they did. number one rules in politics, don't make the mom's mad. [laughter] so, moms are angry. that means dads are angry. so, i think, a big wave in the house. that is the trend. unless republicans screw it up which there is a chance of. at that point trump will look at
the landscape and take another shot. he will have to make that decision for himself. he also has a nice life. dinners with milani, golf every day. i think this is his nomination. [cheering and applause] >> learning about the trump desantis ticket. >> what do we think of trump waters? >> that is a powerful ticket. >> i know. [laughter]
in that race. [cheering and applause] i ask you, jesse waters, you have saved the children, you have saved christmas. how in the world do we save california? and you have 30 seconds. [laughter] >> i know. is california beyond saving? >> well, not being an expert in california. what they have done with illegal immigration has really stacked the deck with the republican
party. and then you have the super majority with the state legislature. i assume the supreme court. what was the question again? [laughter] >> i would just say, you have to start at the local level. i know orange county really is where it'ss at. [applause] if i was a conservative living here, i would try to depoliticize my campaign. she is having trouble with it. the brand of republicanism, you are just so outnumbered. just make it about performance.
about management. this state has been poorly managed. you start at the school board. you start at the state senator level. you just start small and you start winning small and make it about management and make it about how families lives are being impacted by foreign policy impacting that with his stories of these families. that is a way to put a face on it. they will try to get you on race and transgender stuff. everyay time. and then you are on defense.
>> make it about them and how they have mismanaged. i love having it here in the books. the power about you individually a spoiler alert at the end of your book. you are all going to read it soon. you focus on the power that we all have to change our situation it is what it is all about. you reflect that in this book. it kind of centers around all of your world. how does it come to that conclusion? >> very good move. [laughter] i found love.
[cheering and applause] >> so sweet. >> i got into a place in my life where i felt like i could write this book where i had the balance and the insight and knew who i was and what the world was all about so i decided to share these stories and really share my life in this book. it is about my life and how i lived through my liberal mother and my experiences with trump and o'reilly and all of that. if any of them know me, they know that i needed saving. [laughter] emma saved me. since you know it is my world, i saved the world, but if everyone can see themselves, then it
would be a better place. always trying to fix everybody else's problems. they need to fix their own problems. all right. [inaudible] >> what are you doing tomorrow? [laughter] >> i should just stay in california. [laughter] just quickly, 102nd answer. what did you learn writing this book? >> i learned that i am a pretty good writer. [laughter] >> that was it. [laughter]
okay. >> thank you. let's give him a round of applause. [applause] >> we are tight on time so we will only do a couple of questions. we will do a book signing. do not take photos with earphones. our first question is going to come from somebody special. he has a colleague of yours. face the screen and take your first question. [laughter] >> hello nixon library. [cheering and applause] the way he looks at life and work and politics. >> hello, nixon library. i have one question for jesse. how does it influence the way he looks at life?
everything in general? i imagine it has a huge impact, but i'd like to hear from him. thank you. [laughter] [cheering and applause] [inaudible] [laughter] >> in one of the chapters of the book, i actually right direct quotes that he says during the commercial break. the commercial break conversation, we probably have the best show on television, but also the shortest. [laughter] i will just give you an example. this is a direct quote in a commercial break. the best way to kill your wife, take her hiking.
[laughter] >> that is terrible. we have to take our first question from the audience. what was the genesis when you are given your opinion? >> nothing would be more delicious -- it is clear. i have to be careful. we are on live television. starting to get into a pretty dicey topic, obviously involving women. i think it was appellate tom commercial. it was treacherous.
[laughter] i added some commentary that i thought was a little on the edge. i want you to hold my hand. i want you to squeeze it. [laughter] she could not do that being remote during the pandemic. >> right over here to your left. >> thank you for being here. my question to you is why did you not read your own book by audible? >> yeah. [laughter] >> i was going to read it. just had jesse junior. we had gotten back from the hospital that day. i would've had to spend the first entire week after jesse
junior had gotten back to the hospital. recording the audio book. i obviously did not want to do that. i had some other guy read it with a much cooler voice than i have. >> you asked john kasich how he feels. >> i don't talk to john. [laughter] we don't talk anymore. believe it or not, a lot more difficult to deal with than bill. [laughter] the mech hi, jesse. capturing the youth of america. funny, hip and cool.
it seems like we are embracing the idea between the yet untrimmed rest of you with young conservative media. you look forward to seeing it more with the young conservative voices. [applause] >> being conservative is cool. it is cool when you are 80 and it's cool when you are 19 because youit have the facts on your side and you are unafraid. that is always been the renegade avenue of this country. the jokester's, and important to. [laughter] so, thelo people willing to put themselves out there and say things that could be controversial. those people have always been involved in comedy.
comedy is when you push that edge. [laughter] >> so, you have to have a platform like fox that is willing to stand by people to take risks. you cannot develop that kind of personality if you're going to get canceled or if you have a wsmall platform that no one se. doing a good job supporting the younger, funnier politically conservative young talent. i think we should expect to see more of that. [laughter] >> my name is bob. i would like to ask your colleagues out fox to start speaking english.
take away your fossil fuels. no one know what's what that means. [laughter] they want to take away your gasoline and your oil. also tell them to stop saying jimay crow. when they mention jim crow i asked the people what that means. is that a bird or something? it is segregation. that is an amazing have no trout down. it comes naturally to me. it was so effective. if young are smart, you don't he to try to sound smart. if you are actually intelligent, you don't have to prove how intelligent you are by using very big words.
you just want to communicate simply, powerfully and effectively and get right to the way. >> way back here in the room at the back we will take our last question and then we will get into this book signing. we cannot take photos and we cannot do personalization. it will be the fastest book signing i've ever done. last question. the mech hi, jesse, my name is chris. justifying calling arizona in the last election of 2020. >> saving the best for last. >> a decision that obviously have nothing to do with. don't blame me.
[inaudible] [laughter] ladies and gentlemen, thank you. let's give our speakers another hand. [applause] of course, of course our guest come to the nixon library for the lavish gifts that we give them. tonight we are giving jesse this commander-in-chief because he is the commander-in-chief in comedy. their ego. there we go. thank you all very much. we will see you at book signing. ♪♪
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