Kilmeade Kondensed 10/3/14
Stuart Varney, host of Varney & Company on Fox Business, joined Brian in studio to discuss the latest economy numbers. Varney told Brian that President Obama was factually right when he said the economy is creating new jobs and unemployment numbers are down, but Varney stressed that hourly wages have gone down while the majority of new jobs are part time. Varney believes republicans winning the senate in 2014 could give the economy a boost because President Obama would be forced to negotiate with a republican controlled senate.
Ronald Kessler, author of "The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents" joined Brian to discuss his book and the latest on the secret service scandal. Ron said there has been a progressive decline in the Secret Service since the Department of Homeland Security took it over in 2003, Kessler told Brian that bureaucracy in the leadership of the Secret Service "really threatens the life of the president" Kessler explained that when events are held for the president, VP or congressional campaigns, the politicians staff members will pressure the Secret Service to stop medal detector screenings and let people into events with out any screening, adding it could lead to someone carrying weapons to attack a politician.
Listen here for the full interview to hear Ronald Kessler explain in detail how many mistakes the Secret Service have made over the last decade.
President Obama told 60 Minutes on Sunday that we are not at war with Islam. Eric Allen Bell, filmmaker, columnist and Counter Jihad activist, told Brian that he disagrees with President Obama , saying "Islam is at war with us and at war with the whole world and have been since their inception." Bell explained to Brian after he read the Koran he "found out what Islam is" and he came to understand why people are alarmed over the prospect of having a "giant Islamic center in their backyard." Bell went on to tell Brian that he believes up to half of Muslims world wide don't realize what it means to be a Muslim. Bell told Brian he is looking to make a 90 min film called American Jihad, but fears it may not be safe for him to finish his documentary.
Chris Stirewalt, digital politics editor for Fox News Channel, joined Brian to discuss Leon Panetta telling 60 Minutes he tried to persuade President Obama to leave a residual force in Iraq but lost the debate. Brian and Stirewalt agree that Leon Panetta sounded like a republican in his 60 Min. interview. Stirewalt strongly disagreed with State Department spokesperson, Jen Psaki's assessment that 10,000 U.S. troops would not have stopped ISIS from taking over Iraq.
Marc Ferris, Author of Star-Spangled Banner: The Unlikely Story of America's National Anthem, joined Brian to discuss the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem. Marc told Brian before the Star Spangled Banner, Yankee Doodle Dandy was our national anthem. One of the myths Marc debunks is the belief that the Star Spangled Banner is a war song. Marc points out that President Woodrow Wilson used an executive order making the Star Spangled Banner the official anthem of the military.
Listen here to Brian interview Marc Ferris
Brian ended the week by playing part 3 of his interview with NFL Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly. Brian spoke with Kelly about his life after retirement, and his view on the recent scandals in the NFL involving Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson. Kelly said professional athletes should understand that they are role models and need to look at themselves in the mirror and take responsibility for their actions.
Listen here for Brian's interview with Jim Kelly