By Mary C. Rydzeski
BRIAN'S QUOTE OF THE DAY
Brian on what Trayvon Martin verdict: "If was the neighborhood watchman and George Zimmerman was walking through, and if he had the same set of criteria that George Zimmerman had... I believe that Trayvon Martin would have been found innocent."
MICHAEL GOODWIN, New York Post Columnist, weighed in on President Obama's speech this past Friday about race, which essentially extended the Trayvon Martin case. Goodwin said it is obvious that the president would have something to say about race, but also said it is important for us to hear what he has to say. "He's got a very interesting personal perspective," Goodwin explained, "He's seen America from all sides. However, this was not the time or the place because the case itself was not about race."
FOX News' Chief White House Correspondent, ED HENRY, also talked to Brian about the President's speech on race. Henry said he believes Obama is in a "damned if you do, damned if you don't situation." He elaborated and explained that there have been people asking why the President hasn't weighed in more forcefully on race, and then once he weighs in, people ask why he is stirring the pot and making the case more complicated.
Brian did a simulcast with STUART VARNEY on Varney & Co! The duo talked about whether or not there are any future role models - or "good guys" - in athletics. Brian cited Tom Brady, the Manning brothers, Matt Harvey of the New York Mets, and many others. However, Brian also said that no one will ever be able to replace Mariano Rivera and Phil Mickelson.
After getting in yet another dig in about Brian's Titus Ashby incident, JAMES ROSEN, Chief Washington Correspondent, talked to Brian about the way Secretary of State Kerry is handling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Rosen explained that he does not understand why Kerry is engaging in shuttle diplomacy in the Middle East: "Why is the American Secretary of State focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the fate of east Jerusalem as though it were 1980?... A lot of people see this as a kind of quixotic and outdated pursuit," Rosen exclaimed.
BRET BAIER, anchor of Special Report, talked to Brian about his celebrity tennis match with Ed Henry and Martina Hingis, and also about the statement Obama made regarding the Trayvon Martin case. Baier said he thinks Obama's statement was largely praised, and that we need to move forward from here.
JANA KRAMER, country music artist, talked to Brian about her tour with Blake Shelton! She told Brian how fun it is to tour with Blake, and also gave a little insight into her new hot single, "I Hope It Rains." Kramer explained that her new single is her "revenge song" that she wrote for one of her ex-boyfriends. Later, she told Brian how it feels to be accepted by the country music community.