tv Book Party for Carl Cannon CSPAN September 4, 2017 6:05pm-6:49pm EDT
[inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] and now on booktv from the hoover institution in washington d.c., a book release party fortt carl cannon washington bureau chief for realclearpolitics. his book, "on this date" provides a history of united states through three to 65 events, one for each day of the calendar year. [inaudible conversations]
you are on c-span. >> the great george condon. this is the situation memory of the white house correspondent. george condon, george e. condon jr. as i call them on the night of the correspondents' dinner. even bush sort of looked at me. bush says how long have you known back i? >> that's true, that's true. >> this is their party thing. this is for booktv and for sometimes we go to book parties. i don't know if that helps you sell books are not but people
will cancel their candle orders. >> she is working. she is on a real project. it's a big thing. those of us in the history business are not controlling it. there's a movie coming out. >> i remember it. do you? >> you were not born yet. >> actually i was one year out of high school. 68. >> 67, right. 68 washington, it was april after the martin luther king assassination. >> i remember that.
>> so, you got your book. >> i didn't sign yours. >> i thought there was going to be a book signing. >> there will. how are you? thanks for coming. >> nice to see you. >> i'm glad you are here. >> not only our friend but a loyal raider. grace is in puerto rico. she is there all summer. >> congratulations. >> appreciate it. >> this man writes much better book's. >> no, no. i'm not the only one i expect. >> it turns out i haven't really
written a book yet. >> here kitting? >> i'm going to ask you to sign my book. >> i will do it right now. hold my wine and i will sign your book. >> okay. this is going to be worth something. >> via marmot needs saving. >> 20 years of practice. >> here we go. how was your dad doing these days? >> he is good. he is in his 80s. born in 1933.
1936, that was the year to be born or to graduate from college. and then become they, relatively rich man in a short period of time. >> that's a good line. i thought i'd use it again. >> oh my goodness. thank you. this is great. the empire, the empire. you can't possibly read everything that appears on realv politics. >> we know that's not true. >> hey you.
>> you can't use these in your morning columns any more? >> the lakota people. sometimes i think we need to do more of that in journalism. >> i'm using this week. i like writing new ones so in two years on july 19, 2 years you will use the company. >> fabulously interesting, highly rated. >> you are on c-span you know. this is a competition.
got the book so you didn't have too many of them in your house. >> is andy here? >> e. >> where is he? hey you. >> we have a lot of people to see you. could you sign one of these for me for janet? >> where does she live? >> somewhere here in virginia. >> what did she do for a living, remind me. [inaudible] this is mine. you don't have to sign mine.
>> where is matt? >> he is in new york city. he called before i came in he said please tell them that i wish i could be there. he was definitely sorry he was not here. >> get a drink and make yourself at home. >> so excited. thank you. >> she is the middle child's child. do you know kyle? make sure you meet him tonight. do you want to go find your mommy? we will go and find her. let's find your mom, shall we? hey jimmy.
follow me over here. >> there she is. >> it wasn't my advice. >> several people suggested that >> to you remember fiona? >> i do. where are you now? what are you doing?ow what when i met you, you were that size. you are in chicago? what are you doing. [inaudible] >> god bless you. that's great. >> i notice there was a camera. >> no bad language.
>> you've got to come downtown and have lunch. you are retired. you can come to washington. >> i have tried for years not to come down here. i need to get another drink. >> hi, how are you? thank you very much. this is katherine york, my cousin's daughter. >> how are you? thank you very much. >> she is a journalist.
>> well there's nothing to investigate right now. >> she went to american university and reporters shop. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] >> i love your columns. >> you will enjoy it. some of them you will remember but i don't remember a lot of them. >> i think you meant art friend tom schroeder recently.at
>> you were on pool duty. >> i found out that would be worth a lot of money. he dated it. he was 14 or 15. >> i will just go up to new jersey. i can sell it. >> congratulations. a great party. >> thank you. >> i copy just arrived this morning. i will bring it into you to sign c-span, but e. this is james arkin. congressional correspondent for
realclearpolitics. the times snatched him up. >> i will get you a drink. >> thank you all for coming. really, really appreciate everyone being here to support i carl and his book and thank the hoover institution and maria and her crew for letting us use this space. it's a gorgeous building and we are thrilled to be here. my name is tom bevan i'm that publisher of realclearpolitics.blisher and i want to say a few words about the author and that i will turn it over to the man himself. as most of you know this book i based off of carl's mourning does that he has written for a number of years and a couple of years ago carl was scheduled to
take a vacation and he didn't want this notes to go dormant for the week. so we came up with this idea that we would have guessed people write the notes and i'm sure some of the people who wrote it just another in thispl room, george, and i had one. i forget which day was exactly. i think it was wednesday but i first had to figure out spend a couple of hours researching what happened on my date and once ig decided what i wanted to write about i spent a couple of hours researching it and trying to figure out as much as i could about it and i had to spend a couple of hours writing it. i think it was okay. i think i wrote about the gemini space program. think it turned out fine but i do remember in preparing these remarks they asked me to write another guest note so maybe it wasn't as good as i thought it was. [laughter]ybe - but the point of the story is that the talents and efforts
that this guy puts in took a team of five people just to do what he does and what he does by the way before most people get to work, it's astonishing. i couldn't have written five days worth of notes let alone d every five days for the last five years as carl has done and done it with such passion and commitment ended a really high level. wnd it's been amazing to watch and most of you are probably subscribers to his note and you know exact what i'm talking about.know w the other thing i say about carl is before you all think that i'm a terrible boss and the slavedriver, this is really a labor of love for him. probably once a week for the past five weeks i will hear carl either in the office or in his house or on the phone.
i did a great know today. you've got to read it. >> at least once a week. there's nothing better that wila put carl winik good mood been writing for no. actually there is one thing the feedback it receives from his readers which every day, at least once a day and oftentimes much more than that carl goetz notes from people all over the country who read his note and say it inspired me. it reminded me of the story. i learned something new, thanking him for his thoughtfulness and the subjects that he covered. now a little bit about the book itself. it's unlike anything i think any of us have ever seen. if you haven't delved into it yet it's a collection of 365, not even short stories. they are microstories stories.sr their 500 words and they have a beginning and an end. you can read this book and start
today and call it for the next year. you can open it up to your birthday or anniversary and choose what he wanted, what he thought should be included in the book. and so through the choices you learn a lot about carl. his passion for sports, presidents, history. his passion for cowboys and cabdrivers and athletes and astronauts. and of course baseball players.
songwriters and scientists, the list goes on and on. but above all, this is a man with a gift for telling a story and this is the story of america. and his love for this country really comes through in what he has chosen to write about and how he writes about it. so with that, i would like to offer a toast. to mr. carl cannon on the publication of his new book on this day. this is to you! >> i think you need this so people in the room can hear you. >> i am not going to talk very long. i think what we did - pardon? [laughter] the heckler in the room is george - i'm going to speak to
david bradley about him. he timed my toast at my daughter kelly's wedding. he came out on five or six minutes but - a i won't speak for 90 minutes. then you came in most of you put a date in this box here and this is sort of the gimmick. there are actually 368 essays in this book. i did leap year and i did two days twice. i don't know why. i just did. i just want to tell you one brief thing. sean desmond is here. he's a publisher a distinguished looking gentleman back there. raise your hand, sean.gent [applause]lema sean came to washington one day. and he said are you looking for me to give the names of other people to write books? i wasn't going to do that. i said something like i was
thinking of entering my morning notes into the book.'t sean got a thought for a few minutes and we shook hands on i so many things used to work and maybe it was better than that known sean said he was in and turned for an agency and then he wrote a novel and i think i must have reviewed it, positivenoveln reviewing.t. i knew him when he was an editor and we rode on e-book for him. we did this thing and the reason i bring it up is said to seanos that turned out not to be the case. but it was researched and rewritten. the reason i'm telling you that is the one thing i did, i ran out of time and i push thee the deadline but i didn't get an acknowledged that for him so i'd like to take a moment to
acknowledge a few people. i've are to acknowledge sean and his 12 books.ard fr tom and his business partner john mcentire. john is here. it's great to work for realclearpolitics in a culture like that. it's nurturing and supportive and i couldn't have done this without them. you know, not having an acknowledgment, it's a problem. i'm not going to do that next time. half the people in this roomom helping with the book actually. sharon cannon is here.ct our daughters is here. h these little girls are ourug granddaughters.aron is sharon cannon is the one that gave me the introduction if you got that far.someth a person who warned six or seven
decades ago about how people thought these were the end times in politics and nothing is ever as terrible as it is today. to that end because it's one of the themes that is in this book. there are three or four and one of them is that things seem bad and right now in washingtoneem things seem bad and in politics in this country but whatever we are facing it's usually been faced in the past and worst and we have come through as a country, usually stronger.untry not always. once in a while we go off the rails but that's one of the themes in the book and another o theme of the book is it's dedicated to immigrants. i got this idea and it's something i just discovered as i was writing it. in the course of american history we are missing something, an idea for something to happen. that is something that comes through.
another thing that comes through th these stories is that we don't write. george washington probably did cut that cherry tree. you can read about that. the moral of the story wasn't that he couldn't tell a lie. as mark twain said i'm a bettera man than george washington. i can tell a lie, i can but i won't. the moral of the story was written by the first presidential biographer and as far as i know the first investigative reporter because the cherry tree story quotes an anonymous source. the point of that story is he grew up in a household where a little boy was accused of notu telling the truth without fear of being whipped. so as you get into american history you find that we don't know everything we think we know
some of what we think we know is wrong and i will do my little part to try to set the record straight. their individual stories. bordered and 50 words thatei hopefully would nuke it to the end you get a sense of this country and who people are. so with that one other person that is here the history producer at c-span who fact checks for me. there are far fewer than there would have been. rob castile. i made change after change after change. i was looking through the book and there was something i wanted there. the second printing i'm going to put you guys through hell again. the rest of you, you know what you've done for me.
i can't name every person here. are we ready for the big drawing? i'm going to get this one. april 27. i guess i need a book. i didn't memorize the book. father draper. april 27. his neck here? is that your birthday?y? what has back? by the way all of you can stop e-mailing you -- e-mailing me when you want your columns to appear in real learpolitics because i don't do that. nick nord staff does that.hat. his e-mail is n nord staff at
realclearpolitics.com. [laughter] april 27, 1956 going out on top. boxing fans were stunned on the state when rocky marciano retired as the heavy eight champion of the world and he was only 32. quote no man can say what he will do in the future marciano said babar and poverty the ring has seen the last of me. growing up in the 1930s in massachusetts rocky dreamed of becoming a baseball and football player.ss he was a solid athlete good enough to earn a tryout with ishaq khan hookups in-box in the army during world war ii and had been successful putting the 1946 amateur armed forces tournament. at 5 feet 11 inches and 180 pounds he lacked the classic size of a heavy white -- heavyweight. he was considered old for fledgling fighter. rocky was in his mid-20s when trainer charlie goodman taught
him the fine points of the sweet science but he had deceptively quickly and in 1949 and 1950 he began amassing victories almost all of them by knockouts along the way he hired hometown fans who piled into buses and cars to see them fight and he yelled timber when rocky's opponents went rubber legged. marciano's break came on october 26 committee 51 when he climbed in the ring against his boxing idol joe lewis. the undermanned served a professional fighter 37 winds and 32 by knockouts. rocky was facing the greatest fight of all time. lewis was 37 years older than well past his prime. marciano knocked him out in the eighth round. the old reactions were not there the old champ retired after this fight.
afterward marciano went to lewis 's dressing room where the notorious -- wept. he defended his success five times before retiring a decision he based partly in joe lewis's example. rocky didn't want to go out by destiny didn't pay died august 31, 1969 the day before his 46th birthday in a small plane crash outside of des moines iowa. joe lewis and muhammad ali attended the funeral. lewis kissed the coffin as he passed and said that is a beautiful man. [applause] all right then we still have liquor, not liquor, wine and beer and food. beer an one second. my friend lanny davis wants to say something. this is not open mic night but lanny is a good buddy pair want to leave you all with one
personal note which is this. while i was doing this book my brother dave got pancreatic cancer and died suddenly. it was a blow to everyone in our family as you might imagine him one of the last things that he and i talked about was my book. he was glad i was doing it but we are getting to the age now and it doesn't matter what age you are. i have friends fighting cancer now and one of them is home recovering tonight. she is an angels fan. think she's going to watch the game and another one is here. michael are you still with us?n. michael primary of the ethics and public policy center is with us. i ask all of you to keep michael and jen in your prayers tonight. [applause]
i promised i would try to say something and what carl cannon means to this city. i don't speak as a democrat and i don't speak as a partisan. i speak as god forbid i just want to say on behalf of all of us coral that you are a unique resource to the city. you are bipartisan. you are fair. you are tough. you are one hard journalist to spin and i sure did try. i want to thank you for all that you've done for everyone in the city and especially people who appreciate great journalist so thank you. [applause]