BRIAN’S OPENING THOUGHTS
THE BLAME GAME MUST END! Brian is sick and tired of hearing President Obama continuously blame the $85 million in automatic cuts on the Republicans. Plus: Will the President ever stop campaigning and start taking action? Brian talks it out with his guests.
Co-host of FOX & Friends, Gretchen Carlson, weighed in on the ongoing blame game Obama has started. “I think he thought that he could use the same strategy that he used with the debt ceiling discussion at the end of the year where Republicans did acquiesce,” Carlson said.
Bruce Knecht, former senior writer and foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and author of Grand Ambition, talked to Brian about his new book. Knecht explained that the book centers around a man named Doug VonAllmen building a yacht, but the meaning goes deeper.
“I set out to write this book to also describe what happens with the people who build the boat. So Doug VonAllmen’s a character, the guy who designed the boat’s a character; but so are the guys who are the pipe-fitters and the welders,” Knecht explained. He said that ultimately, the individuals who built the boat were not bitter that they were building a boat for a billionaire; rather, they were grateful to have a job.
BBC’s State Department radio and TV correspondent and author of The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power, Kim Ghattas, talked about the journey she undertook in writing her new book. “I was in a unique position. Coming from Beirut, where I lived on the receiving end of decisions made in Washington and suddenly finding myself with a front-row seat to some of those decisions being made in Washington… That’s what motivated me to write The Secretary,” Ghattas explained.
After talking about his new book, Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution, GOV. JEB BUSH opened up to Brian about what it was like when his family’s emails were hacked and posted across the internet. Gov. Bush explained that his family had a heighted amount of email exchanges during that time because his father was gravely ill in the ICU.
Bush was especially disturbed by the fact that within 24 hours after the crime was committed the emails were posted across the internet and part of the mainstream media. “A crime was committed, very sensitive private information about a person that we love more than we could ever describe is put out on the web and there is no barrier now, there is no check…journalism has changed.”
He can read, write, trace, and not to mention, sing one heck of a country song! Legendary country music singer and songwriter Larry Gatlin stopped by and gave his two cents on an array of current events. Gatlin also weighed in about whether or not Governor Jeb Bush should run for President in 2016.