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On the Record update: I was just told moments ago in our 2:30 p.m. show prep meeting that a "tape" has been made in recognition of the three-year anniversary of "On the Record."
Yes, it has been three years today — Feb. 4. I have not seen this tape and had not heard of it until moments ago... I was told it will air tonight in our show. I was also told it is a "surprise" — I can only imagine, but luckily I have a good sense of humor about myself. There is probably video of me in the first weeks on the show in 2002 when I was so swollen from plastic surgery that I looked like the Pillsbury Doughboy!
Thursday night I met the couple whose son died in Iraq on November 13 and who were guests of President Bush at the State of the Union (search) address on Wednesday night. If you watched the State of the Union address, you will remember the "hug" that the mother of the Marine had with the woman from Iraq during the president's address. The couple was on "Hannity & Colmes" so we met in the make up room before their appearance. The make up room is the best place to meet people from all walks of life, with all sorts of experiences — some happy experiences, and some not.
As you might imagine, they are a lovely couple with a broken heart, but strong resolve. There is much to admire about this couple and the many other families whose loved ones have died for our country and who we don't get a chance to meet.
Cynics — or maybe even realists — may think the couple was used as a prop during the State of the Union (for decades presidents have been inviting guests to the State of the Union to single out to make points... or yes, to use as props.) But rest assured this couple was thrilled to be there to represent their son. I was happy for them in a most unhappy situation — the loss of a child. They are sad, but proud.
On another note, I want to do a pitch — you should read my colleague Major Garrett's (search) new book, "The Enduring Revolution: How the Contract with America Continues to Shape the Nation." If you are fascinated by politics, or want to understand politics and how the Republican Party became so dominant, this is the book for you. If you click here, you can go straight to Amazon.com to buy it.
The book is also a great gift for anyone you know who can't get enough of politics, or just wants to know more. If you read the book cover, you will see the book endorsed by both conservative and liberal political writers, which should be a tip that the book is straight talk!
E-mail No. 1 — If you read Thursday's blog, you will know that I mistakenly — yes, I can be a dope — said "North Carolina" when I meant "North Korea." Viewers had some good fun with me...
I slept thru all of "Hannity & Colmes" and was battling the sleep monster in order to watch your show tonight. Then I heard you inadvertently call North Korea, "North Carolina"! Well, I can tell you, instantly I was awake. This is terrible. Already, due to our poor schools, children in many areas have no clue as to where North Carolina is located; now they may erroneously think that North Carolina IS located in North Korea (just above South Carolina... I mean South Korea).
Please for the sake of world peace, let our children know that North Carolina is here, in the United States (somewhere south of Wisconsin).
Regards (and good night),
E-mail No. 2
While listening to your show tonight, I came to the conclusion that in order deter the proliferation of nuclear weapons, we have no recourse but to bring all our military might to bear and bomb the bejeebers out of NORTH CAROLINA.
E-mail No. 3
I think you are wrong. N.C. is building an "A" bomb to ward off the invasion of illegal immigrants that are invading N.C. as well as other states. LOL
E-mail No. 4 — I have a thought that I have added to the bottom of this one...
Do you ever get tired of being right 99% of the time? (I say 99%, because no one but God is right 100% of the time).
I was reading your blog tonight, which I occasionally do, and you always have an answer defending yourself, when someone accuses you of doing or saying something wrong.
Must be nice.
THOUGHT: Do you think Melanie likes me? Just kidding... I guess she doesn't.
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