November 2, 2011 - Tom Brokaw

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Herman Cain discusses his sexual harassment case, Jon and the Best F#@king News Team Ever debate conservative black superiority, and Tom Brokaw wants to rebuild America.

>> Jon: WELCOME TO THE

"DAILY SHOW."

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

OUR GUEST TONIGHT, LEGENDARY

JOURNALIST TOM BROKAW AND HIS

FABULOUS ELF.

LAUGH WE BEGIN TONIGHT WITH

HERMAIN CAIN.

AND THE BIGGEST STORY TO COME

OUT OF THE NATIONAL RESTAURANT

ASSOCIATION SINCE THAT GROUP WAS

FORCED BY THE NATIONAL RIFLE

ASSOCIATION TO GIVEUP THEIR

ACRONYM.

( LAUGHTER ).

YOU FEEL LUCKY, NATIONAL

RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION?

EVERY DAY WE LEARN MORE ABOUT

WHETHER THE--

( LAUGHTER )

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

I SEE WE HAVE ART AFICIONADOS IN

THE CROWD TONIGHT.

EVERY DAY, WE LEARN MORE ABOUT

WHETHER THE ASSOCIATION SETTLED

THE 1990 SEXUAL HARASSMENT

CHARGE LEVELED AGAINST ITS

THEN-LEADER HERMAIN CAIN.

AND WHEN I SAY "WE LEARN MORE,"

I AM INCLUDING IN THAT HERMAIN

CAIN.

>> I AM UNAWARE OF ANY SORT OF

SETTLEMENT.

I HOPE IF IT WASN'T FOR MUCH

BECAUSE I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING.

>> Jon: THAT WAS MONDAY

MORNING.

( LAUGHTER ).

CLEARLY, BY MONDAY NIGHT,

MR. CAIN HAD ATTENDED SOME TYPE

OF AWARENESS-RAISING SEMINAR.

>> I WAS AWARE THAT AN AGREEMENT

WAS REACHED.

THE WORD "SETTLEMENT" VERSUS THE

WORD "AGREEMENT" YOU KNOW, I'M

NOT SURE WHAT THEY CALLED IT.

( LAUGHTER ).

( APPLAUSE ).

>> Jon: THAT COULD THROW

ANYONE OFF, I MEAN, THAT-- DID I

SETTLE A SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASE?

OH, YOU MEAN THE AGREEMENT!

( LAUGHTER )

TO SETTLE THE SEXUAL HARASSMENT

CASE.

I'M SORRY, IT'S JUST THE

TERMINOLOGY.

IN THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS WE

CALL IT MONEY TO GO.

( LAUGHTER )

CARRY-OUT CASH.

WE WRAP IT IN FOIL, SHAPE IT

LIKE A SWAN.

IT'S QUITE LOVELY, ACTUALLY.

HOW MUCH WAS THE AGREEMENT FOR?

>> MAYBE THREE MONTHS' SALARY.

IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN TWO MONTHS.

I DON'T REMEMBER THE EXACT

NUMBER.

SOMEWHERE IN THE VICINITY OF

THREE TO SIX MONTHS' SEVERANCE

PAY.

>> THE "NEW YORK TIMES" IS

REPORTING THE FIRST WOMAN TO

ACCUSE MR. CAIN OF INAPPROPRIATE

BEHAVIOR WAS PAID A ONE-YEARS'

SEVERANCE PACKAGE TO LEAVE,

$35,000.

>> Jon: $10 MILLION IN A

MASERATI!

THAT IS MY FINAL OFFER.

ALL I SAID TO HER WAS," WHAT'S

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LADIES'

NIGHT JUDGE MY PANTS?"

"IN MY PANTS, THE LADIES GET IN

FREE EVERY NIGHT."

( APPLAUSE )

THAT WOULD BE A TERRIBLE

BUSINESS MODEL.

( LAUGHTER ).

PANTS WOULD NEVER MAKE IT

THROUGH-- NOW, YOU MIGHT WELL

ASK WHY ALL OF A SUDDEN HERMAIN

CAIN WAS REMEMBERING THINGS

ABOUT THIS CASE.

>> YOU KNOW, WHY IS IT ALL OF A

SUDDEN YOU REMEMBERED THINGS

ABOUT IT YESTERDAY PURCHASE WERE

YOU INFORMED OR WERE YOU TOLD

MORE ABOUT THE CASE YESTERDAY.

>> NO, NO, I I JUST REK-- I JUST

STARTED TO REMEMBER MORE.

LAUGH LAUGH

( APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: YOU KNOW, EVERYONE

TALKS ABOUT HOW TRAUMATIC BEING

SEXUALLY HARASSED IS, BUT NOBODY

TALKS ABOUT HOW TRAUMATIC IT IS

TO BE THE HARASSER, AND YOU

REPRESS A LOT OF THOSE MEMORIES.

I WOULD BET HIS THERAPIST IS

DELIGHTED BOOT BREAKTHROUGH

THAT'S HAPPENING.

( LAUGHTER ).

( LAUGHTER )

BUT OF COURSE FOR HERMAIN CAIN,

THE HARDEST PART OF THIS

MORE-THAN-A-DECADE-OLD-SETTLEMENT

IS DEALING WITH THE ELEMENT OF

SURPRISE.

>> YOU ARE ALL OF A SUDDEN GET

HIT WAY SEXUAL HARASSMENT

CHARGE.

>> Jon: HE DIDN'T ALL OF A

SUDDEN GET HIT WITH A SEXUAL

HARASSMENT CHARGE.

THE 1990 RED SOX NOT ALL OF A

SUDDEN.

SECOND, WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW IS

NOT A SEXUAL HARASSMENT CHARGE.

IT'S PURELY THE DISCLOSURE OF

FAXUAL INFORMATION ABOUT A

LEADING PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY.

THAT'S ALL THIS IS.

THE STATEMENT HERMAIN CAIN'S

TRADE ORGANIZATION REACHED A

SETTLEMENT WITH WOMEN WHO

ACCUSED CAIN OF SEXUAL

HARASSMENT, IS A FACT, NOT AN

ALLEGATION.

LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT AN

ALLEGATION LOOKS LIKE.

>> DO YOU THINK THAT RACE, BEING

A STRONG BLACK CONSERVATIVE, HAS

ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE FACT

THAT YOU HAVE BEEN SO CHARGED?

AND IF SO, DO YOU HAVE ANY

EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THAT?

>> I BELIEVE THE ANSWER IS YES.

BUT WE DO NOT HAVE ANY EVIDENCE

TO SUPPORT IT.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> Jon: SEE, RIGHT THERE!

THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A

FACT AND AN ALLEGATION.

THE GIVEAWAY THERE IS THE REALLY

THE PHRASE," WE DO NOT HAVE ANY

EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT IT."

( LAUGHTER )

THE THING THAT IS BEING BROUGHT

UP IN THE NEWS IS A FACT.

ERRGGH!

( LAUGHTER )

BUT TO BE FAIR TO HERMAIN CAIN,

WHO NEEDS EVIDENCE IF THIS IS

ALL A RACIST PLOT?

IT'S COMMON SENSE.

YOU NEVER SEE ALLEGATIONS OF

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT BEING THROWN

AT WHITE POLITICIANS-- WHOA.

( LAUGHTER )

IS THAT A-- IS THAT A-- IS THAT

A--

( APPLAUSE )

I'M SORRY?

I DON'T KNOW WHY WE HAVE A

PICTURE OF A DACHSHUND UNDER A

BLANKET.

WHAT HERMAIN CAIN IS GOING

THROUGH IT'S NOT BECAUSE HE'S

BRACK.

IT'S BECAUSE HE'S HAS BECOME THE

FRONT-RUNNER.

PACK WHEN RICK PERRY WAS THE

FRONT-RUNNER WE FOUND OUT WHERE

HE HUNTED.

WHEN MICHELE BAUCHMANN WAS THE

FRONT-RUNNER, WE... FOUND OUT

ABOUT THIS.

( LAUGHTER )

IF YOU THINK THIS SORT OF

SCRUTINY IS SOMETHING NEW

BECAUSE YOU'RE BLACK AND

CONSERVATIVE, BILL AYERS,

JEREMIAH WRIGHT, AND YOUNG OBAMA

IN MUSLIM GARB, WOULD LIKE TO

HAVE A FEW WORDS WITH YOU.

( LAUGHTER )

BUT I WILL AGREE WITH THOSE

CONSERVATIVES ON ONE THING-- WE

SHOULDN'T LET THIS CAIN SCANDAL

FROM THE RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION

DISTRACT US FROM OTHER, MORE

TROUBLING ISSUES.

>> YOU VIEW CHINA AS A POTENTIAL

MILITARY THREAT TO THE UNITED

STATES.

>> YES, THEY'RE A MILITARY

THREAT.

THEY'VE INDICATED THEY'RE TRYING

TO DEVELOP NUCLEAR CAPABILITY

AND THEY WANT TO DEVELOP MORE

AIRCRAFT CARRIERS LIKE WE HAVE.

SO, YES, WE HAVE TO CONSIDER

THEM A MILITARY THREAT.

>> Jon: YES.

CHINA HAS INDICATED IT WOULD

LIKE TO DEVELOP NUCLEAR

CAPABILITY.

PERHAPS AS SOON AS THE 1960s.

( LAUGHTER )

WORSE YET, I UNDERSTAND--

( APPLAUSE )

THAT THE CHINESE AT THIS VERY

MOMENT ARE ON THE VERGE OF

DEVELOPING A COOKIE THAT CAN

PREDICT THE FUTURE.

( LAUGHTER ).

HOW DO YOU DEFEAT AN ENEMY WHOSE

PASTRIES KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GOING

TO DO NEXT!

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

AS YOU KNOW, WE'VE BEEN COULD GO

QUITE A BIT OF CAIN-BASED HUMOR

OVER THESE PAST FEW DAYS.

>> YOU EVER HAD TO SETTLE A

CLAIM, GIVEN MONEY, OR PAID

SOMEONE BECAUSE OF A CLAIM OF

SEXUAL HARASSMENT OR SEXUAL

MISCONDUCT?

>> AT THE RESTAURANT

ASSOCIATION-- NOW, OUTSIDE OF

THE RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION,

ABSOLUTELY NOT.

( LAUGHTER )

>> Jon: THAT'S THE WHOLE--

"HAVE YOU EVER KIDNAPPED A BABY?

OTHER THAN THE LINDBERG BOY,

NO."

( LAUGHTER )

WAIT!

SOMEBODY KIDNAPPED THE LINDBERG

BABY!

I'M SORRY, I GET ALL MY NEWS

FROM THE "O "DAILY SHOW."

THAT PARTICULAR PIECE OF HUMOR

RIGHT THERE, THAT PARTICULAR

PIECES OF HUMOR, WELL, IT UPSET

SOMEONE THEY CARE ABOUT VERY

DEEPLY.

>> HOW COME JON STEWART GETS

AWAY WITH A VERY, VERY RACIST

RANT ABOUT HERMAIN CAIN?

HE HORRIBLY STATED IN HIS

IMITATION," HAVE YOU EVER

KIDNAPPED A BABY OTHER THAN THE

LINDBERG BABY?"

( LAUGHTER )

>> Jon: OKAY, THIS HURTS ME

ON TWO LEVELS.

ONE, DONALD TRUMP REALLY THINKS

THAT WAS MY HERMAN CAIN

IMPRESSION?

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

AND, TWO, DOESN'T DONALD TRUMP

REALIZE THAT WASN'T EVEN THE

MOST OFFENSIVE ACCENT I USED IN

THAT PARTICULAR BIT?

YOU WANT SAUSAGE ON YOUR PIE?

I JUST WANT TO GET IN THERE AND

( BLEEP )-- I JUST WANT TO

ERRGQH!

SO OFFENSIVE?

AND THE CURSING.

MYRON COHEN NEVER CURSED.

ALWAYS WITH THE ( BLEEP ) THIS

AND THE ( BLEEP ) THAT.

( LAUGHTER )

YOU KNOW, LOOK, I'VE TAKEN

CRITICISM BEFORE, BEEN CALLED A

RACIST, STUPID, AN ( BLEEP ).

IT GOES WITH BEING A DICK FOR A

LIVING.

( LAUGHTER ).

IT'S AN OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD.

BUT THIS ONE HURTS.

BECAUSE OF HOW MUCH I RESPECT

DONALD TRUMP.

( LAUGHTER )

HE IS THE SOPHISTICATED MAN.

DID YOU KNOW HE EATS PIZZA WITH

A FORK?

( LAUGHTER )

AND--

( APPLAUSE )

AS TO THE CHARGES OF WHETHER I

WAS BEING RACIST, IT TURNS OUT

DONALD TRUMP IS IN A UNIQUE

POSITION TO JUDGE HE.

>> I HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP

WITH THE BLACKS.

I HAVE-- I HAVE ALWAYS HAD A

GREAT RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE

BLACKS.

>> Jon: THIS IS A MAN WHO

HAS A GREAT RELATIONSHIP WITH

"THE BLACKS."

CLEARLY ONE OF THE BLACKS,

UTILIZING THIS GREAT

RELATIONSHIP WITH TRUMP, CALLED

TO COMPLAIN.

"MR. TRUMP, ONE OF THE BLACKS IS

ON THE LINE."

"PUT HIM THROUGH.

TELL DONNIE I'LL TALK TO HIM

LATER.

I HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP WITH

THESE PEOPLE, THE BLACKS, PUT

HIM THROUGH."

AND TO TRUMP'S CREDIT, TO

TRUMP'S CREDIT, UNLIKE SOME

PEOPLE, HE DOESN'T DISTINGUISH

WHAT TIME OF "THE BLACKS" HE HAS

A GREAT RELATIONSHIP WITH.

>> TO BECOME A BLACK REPUBLICAN,

YOU DON'T JUST ROLL INTO IT.

YOU'RE NOT GOING WITH THE FLOW.

YOU HAVE FOUGHT AGAINST PROBABLY

YR FAMILY MEMBERS, PROBABLY YOUR

NEIGHBORS.

YOU HAVE THOUGHT EVERYTHING OUT,

AND THAT'S WHY WE HAVE A VERY

IMPRESSIVE BLACKS IN OUR PARTY.

THAT'S WHY OUR BLACKS ARE SO

MUCH BETTER THAN THEIR BLACKS.

>> Jon: OUR BLACKS.

EVEN I'M OFFENDED BY THAT AND

I'M A RACIST.

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

BUT ANN COULTER RAISES A VERY

VALID QUESTION-- ARE

CONSERVATIVE BLACKS BETTER THAN

OTHER BLACKS?

TO DISCUSS WE GO TO THE

( BLEEP ) ROUNDTABLE.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

WELCOME.

LET'S BEGIN-- TO START IT OFF,

WYATT SENAC, YOU'RE AN AFRICAN

AMERICAN.

ARE YOU OFFENDED BY WHAT

COLSAID?

>> I AM, BUT ONLY BECAUSE THE

TRUTH HURT.

THE LEFT HAS THE QUANTITY, BUT

THE RIGHT'S GOT THE QUALITY.

>> REPUBLICANS HAVE THE CREAM OF

THE BLACK.

>> Jon: UH-HUH, UH-HUH.

IN WHAT REGARD?

>> IN EVERY REGARD, JON.

THEY'RE STRONGER.

THEY'RE BETTER DRESSERS.

BETTER SINGERS.

AND ONE OTHER THING.

>> THEY CAN'T STAND THAT A BLACK

MAN, MUCH BLACKER THAN OBAMA,

AND A REAL AMERICAN BLACK, IS

THIS RIGHT WINGER.

>> THEIR BLACKS ARE JUST

BLACKER.

( LAUGHTER )

>> Jon: YEAH, YEAH.

>> IT'S A SMOOTHER, DARKER TONE.

IT'S CREAMIER, LIKE SUEDE.

>> YEAH, RIGHT, WHERE THE LEFT

BRACK, THEY'RE, LIKE, PLETHER.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> IT'S ALSO ACTUALLY WHAT'S

INSIDE IN A PARTY THAT

REPRESENTS THEIR INTEREST.

REPUBLICAN BLACKS, THEY DEAL

WITH PEOPLE WHO WANT TO FLY

CONFEDERATE DISPLAGZ RESTRICT

VOTING RIGHTS.

DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MUCH

CHARACTER THAT BUILDS?

>> I'M SORRY, ACTUALLY, I'VE GOT

TO BUTT IN HERE.

>> Jon: YES, SAM BEE.

>> IT'S ALL ABOUT THE NUMBERS.

CONSERVATIVES HAVE SO FEW

BLACKS.

THEY CAN SPEND MORE TIME

GROOMING THEM, POLISHING THEM

LIKE CHUNKS OF RAW ONYX.

>> Jon: I SEE.

>> IF DEMOCRATS WERE MORE

DISCRIMINATING THEY'D HAVE

TOP-QUALITY BLACKS, TOO.

>> Jon: UH-HUH, UH-HUH.

>> LOOK, WE ALL AGREES THAT

CONSERVATIVES JUST HAVE THE

BETTER BLACKS ABSOLUTELY GLUE I

DON'T NECESSARILY AGREE WITH

THAT STATEMENT.

>> WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE BLACK?

>> FOR ME, DEFINITELY HERMAIN

CAIN.

>> OH, HE'S A GREAT BLACK!

>> COME ON, A BLACK PIZZA MOGUL.

IT'S LIKE BITING DOWN ON A SLICE

OF JAZZ.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> Jon: YOU BE KNOW YOU'RE

MAKING SWEEPING GENERALIZATIONS

ABOUT WHOSE BLACKS ARE BETTER--

>> YOU'RE SO RIGHT, JON.

WE HAVE TO COMPARE ALL THE

MINORITIES.

>> OH, LIGHTNING ROUND!

SO, JIM, GO.

>> WE HAVE TO GIVE IT TO THE

REPUBLICANS.

ERIC CANTOR, THE CHOSEN OF THE

CHOSEN PEOPLE.

>> I AGREE.

I DO AGREE WITH THAT.

BUT ONLY UNTIL LIEBERMAN PICKS A

SIDE.

( LAUGHTER )

HISPANIC.

>> OOH, DO FICTIONAL PRESIDENTS

COUNT?

>> NO, AFRAID NOT.

>> OH, THERE GOES MARTIN SHEEN

AND JIMMY SMITS FOR THE DEMS.

>> YOU HAVE TO GIVE IT TO MARCO

RUBIO.

DISW THE JOB-- DOES THE JOB

OTHER LATINOS DO NOT WANT TO DO.

>> Jon: I HOPE MR. TRUMP IS

NOT WATCHING.

>> HOW ABOUT WOMEN.

WOMEN HAD THE FIRST FEMALE

V.P. CANDIDATE, THE FIRST

SECRETARY OF STATE--

>> ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

CONSERVATIVE WOMEN ARE SO MUCH

BETTER, SHARP TONGUED, MEAN

SPIRITED, STRINGING BLOND HAIR

AND THEIR BONE ARMS AND LEGS.

THEY'RE LIKE SUPER-SEXY

POLITICAL TARANTULAS.

>> AND THEY'RE ALWAYS WRITING

THOSE BOOKS.

THAT'S A GREAT USE OF TIME THEY

DON'T SPEND IN LOVING

RELATIONSHIPS.

>> THAT'S TRUE.

>> Jon: ALL RIGHT, SAM

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT, AWARD-WINNING

JOURNALIST, BESTSELLING AWGHTO

AUTHOR.

HIS NEW BOOK IS CALLED, "THE

TIME OF OUR LIVES.

A CONVERSATION WITH AMERICA."

PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO THE

PROGRAM, TOM BROKAW.

( APPLAUSE )

PLEASE, HAVE A SEAT.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> Jon: THE BOOK IS CALLED

"THE TIME OF OUR LIVES, A

CONVERSATION ABOUT AMERICA."

I ASSUME IF I OPEN IT UP, IT

WILL JUST START SHOUTING AT ME.

>> NO, WHAT IT WILL DO IS SOLVE

ALL THE PROBLEMS AT ONCE.

I MEAN, WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO--

YOU JUST READ THIS BOOK AND

AMERICA GETS BACK TO WHERE IT

WANTED TO BE.

THAT'S THE WHOLE POINT.

>> Jon: YOU WRITE IN THERE

THAT THIS IS THE WORST ANYBODY

HAS EVER SEEN IT.

PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN IN

WASHINGTON SINCE WATERGATE, THE

INTERNET, AND BLOGS HAVE

HARDENED PEOPLE'S OPINIONS TO

THE POINT WHERE THEY'RE JUST

TRYING TO DEFEND THEIR OWN

IDEOLOGICAL TURF.

>> THERE'S MORE POLARIZATION

THAN ANY TIME I HAVE SEEN IT.

I CHECKED WITH FRIENDS IN

WASHINGTON AND MANY FEEL THE

SAME WAY ABOUT OUR INSTITUTION.

I HAD TWO BRIGHT MEN COME UP

INTO ME IN WASHINGTON AND SAID,"

MR. BROKE AUGUST, I'D LIKE TO

TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE OLD DAYS."

I THINK THEY MEANT 1998.

HE SAID, "I'M A DEMOCRAT.

HE'S A REPUBLICAN.

HE'S MY BEST FRIEND.

WE ARGUE POLITICS ALL NIGHT

LONG.

THEY BOTH WORK FOR CONGRESSMEN.

HE SAID MY BOSS WON'T TALK TO

HIS BOSS, AND HIS BOSS WON'T

TALK TO MY BOSS.

AT THE END OF THE DAY THEY WOULD

GENERALLY FIND A WAY TO HAVE A

CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT WAS IN

THE BEST INTEREST OF THE

COUNTRY, EVEN IN THE MOST

DIFFICULT TIME, JON.

>> Jon: WHEN YOU'RE OUT IN

THE COUNTRY, DO YOU GET A SENSE

THAT PEOPLE ARE AS POLARIZED OR

THAT WASHINGTON HAS BECOME LIKE

THE RESIN OF DISAGREEMENT.

THEY'VE JUST BECOME THIS PURE

FORM OF POLARIZATION THAT

DOESN'T NECESSARILY EXIST?

>> NO, WHAT I FIND WHEN I GO OUT

IN THE COUNTRY THEY FEEL

WASHINGTON IS WALLED OFF FROM

THEM.

SO IF YOU GO TO A MID-SIZED CITY

IN MID-AMERICA, FOR EXAMPLE, YOU

FIND A REPUBLICAN BANKER WORKING

WITH THE DEMOCRAT WHO IS A

BACKHOE OPERATOR OR CONTRACTOR

OF SOME KIND BECAUSE THEY HAVE

TO GET ON WITH THEIR LIVES AND

THEY HAVE TO PRESERVE THEIR

FAMILY AND THEIR BUSINESS AND

THEIR COMMUNITY.

THEY'VE PRETTY MUCH GIVEN UP ON

THE IDEA THAT THEY'RE GOING TO

GET MUCH HELP FROM WASHINGTON.

77% OF THE COUNTRY IN ALMOST ALL

THE POLLS SAY WE WANT THESE

PARTIES TO WORK TOGETHER AGAIN.

BUT AS YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE BEEN

DRIVEN TO FAR CORNERS OF THE

ROOM AND THEY DON'T WANT TO

COMMUNICATE WITH ONE ANOTHER.

>> Jon: YOU MADE AN

INTERESTING POINT IN THE BOOK.

YOU TALKED ABOUT THE CONNECTION

AMERICANS HAVE WITH THE COUNTRY,

THIS IDEA OF SERVICE.

YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY SEEM MORE

CHARITY-MINDED THAN THEY WERE

WHEN I WAS IN COLLEGE.

BUT I WAS HIGH.

SO I DON'T KNOW.

( LAUGHTER ).

I-- I-- I COULD HAVE-- I COULD

HAVE MISSED A LOT OF-- A LOT OF

EVENTS THAT WERE MORE SUPPORT

BASED.

>> I'VE BEEN TO YOUR ALMA MATER,

AND I'VE GOT THE RECORDS, JON.

YOU DON'T WANT TO GO THERE.

>> Jon: NO, I DON'T WANT TO

GO THERE.

>> I'M HANGING ON TO THEM.

>> Jon: I UNDERSTAND THAT.

>> ALL RIGHT.

>> Jon: YOU GET THE SENSE

THERE IS SORT OF THIS GROUP OF

PEOPLE VERY MUCH LOOKING FOR A

DIRECTION TO INVOLVE THEMSELVES

IN BUT ARE FINDING THEIR OWN

WAY.

THERE ISN'T ANY KIND OF TOP.

DOWN LEADERSHIP.

>> A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY WHY DON'T

WE HAVE MANDATORY PUBLIC

SERVICE?

WE'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE THAT

AGAIN.

WHAT I SUGGEST IN THE BOOK IS WE

COULD HAVE PUBLIC SERVICE

ACADEMIES, KIND OF ON THE MODEL

OF THE MILITARY ACADEMIES,

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS, THE

JOHN DERERKS FELLOW IN

AGRICULTURE.

THE JOHNSON & JOHNSON FELLOW IN

MEDICINE.

THEY WORK IN THIS COUNTRY, THEY

WORK ABROAD FOR THREE YEARS,

THEY COME BACK, GET THREE YEARS

TO PROVE THEMSELVES IN THE

COMPANIES, WE HAVE A NEW

WORKFORCE WITH A NEW SKILL SET

AND WE NEED BIG, BOLD IDEAS IN

THIS COUNTRY THAT EVERYBODY

COULD GET EXCITED ABOUT.

>> Jon: WHY COULDN'T WE

HAVE SOME TYPE OF ENLISTMENT

PROGRAM.

AND I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT THE

MILITARY.

YOU MAKE THE POINT IN THE BOOK,

THE MILITARY AND THEIR FAMILIES

BEAR THIS SACRIFICE.

AND YOU MENTION THE 1% OF THE

COUNTRY RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL

THAT.

WHAT ABOUT ENLISTMENT SERVICE,

NOT MILITARY-BASED, BUT MAYBE

PEOPLE'S CHOICE, GIVING A YEAR

OF SERVICE OF SOMEBODY'S TIME.

WHY CAN'T THAT TAKE PLACE?

>> I'D BE ALL FOR IT.

WHAT I'M JUST TRYING TO DO IS

KICK-START THE CONVERSATION WITH

THE PUBLIC SERVICE ACADEMY IDEA.

LET'S START TALKING ABOUT IT.

LET'S SEE IF THERE'S A WAY WE

CAN GET TO IT.

WHEN I FIRST PROPOSED IT TO SOME

FRIENDS OF MINE, ONE TURNED OUT

TO BE A VERY CONSERVATIVE SOUTH

TEXAS BUSINESS MAN AND SAID MAKE

IT PUBLIC-PRIVATE, GET THE

PRIVATE SECTOR INVOLVED.

I THOUGHT THIS WAS AN EXCELLENT

IDEA.

THAT'S WHY I PUT THAT IN THERE.

I TALKED TO A LOT OF C.E.O.s

AND OTHERS AND THEY SAID IT'S

WORTH THINKING ABOUT.

THE 1% VERSUS THE 99% IS A

CONTINUING ISSUE IN THIS COUNTRY

BECAUSE 1% OF THE COUNTRY IS

DOING 100% OF THE FIGHTING,

TAKING 100% OF THE BULLETS.

NOTHING IS ASKED OF THE REST OF

US.

THAT 1% NOW WILL BEGIN TO COME

THOAM A BROKEN ECONOMY.

THEY'VE BEEN FIGHTING THE BAD

GUYS FOR 10 YEARS.

THEY DON'T HAVE THE TRAINING FOR

THIS KIND OF AN ECONOMY AND WE

NEED TO NOT JUST SAY," HEY,

WELCOME BACK, BUDDY," AND WALK

AWAY.

WE HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO

REINTDWRAIT THEM INTO SOCIETY

AND FIND WORK FOR THEM AND MAKE

SURE IN THE COMMUNITIES THEY

RETURN TO THAT THEY HAVE THE

RESOURCES TO TAKE CARE OF THEM.

>> Jon: YOU'VE GOT THIS

GROUP OF--

( APPLAUSE ).

BUT YOU DO-- YOU HAVE THIS GROUP

OF INCREDIBLY TALENTED AND

DETERMINED INDIVIDUALS WHO

CLEARLY KNOW HOW TO REBUILD

COUNTRIES.

WE COULD USE REBUILDING.

IT SEEMS LIKE A NICE MATCH.

>> WELL, THE FACT IS THAT THEY

ARE WELL TRAINED AT AN EARLY

AGE.

THEY KNOW ABOUT DISCIPLINE.

THEY KNOW ABOUT RISK ASSESSMENT.

THEY KNOW ABOUT MANAGEMENT OF

RESOURCES.

AND THEY KNOW ABOUT GOING INTO

HOSTILE SITUATIONS AND MAKING A

QUICK SIZING UP ABOUT WHAT'S AT

RISK HERE.

>> Jon: YOU WERE TALKING

ABOUT NEW JERSEY WHEN YOU SAID

HOSTILE.

( LAUGHTER ).

"THE TIME OF OUR LIVES" IS ON

>> Jon: THAT'S OUR SHOW.

HERE IT IS, YOUR MOMENT OF ZEN.

>> JUSTIN BIEBER MIGHT BE

SINGING MORE THAN JUST "BABY,

BABY, BABY."

HE COULD BE HAVING ONE.

HE'S 11.

THE

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