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of their. it is time to reinvent our state. >> what kind of car is does your family have right now, and are you looking to buy anything? in theave all of gm's family right now. for the campaign, we drove a gmc hybrid for 80,000 miles. that was our main campaign vehicle. >> this is kind of like an ipod. it is very innovative. >> thank you. i appreciate that. [laughter]
[inaudible] >> governor, what is your take on the bailout of gm? >> in this particular case it was appropriate because we're talking abut the entire auto industry. we're not talking about one company. it would have been an issue of bringing down the entire infrastructure for the auto industry. [inaudible] that is yet to be determined. ford did not go through that process. they were able to do very well without having to go through the process. that is a great role model for all of us. [inaudible] i am excited about the future. we just saw what they have.
it is in the interest of all of us to see the auto companies do well. [inaudible] my response to that is canada is really the place to get that going. they are right next door. we have a piece of the border and we want to see things going back and forth. i wish you well. congratulations. you have a friend and ally year. thank you.
>> we need to get it right on the path of being a great city again. i think the mayor is bringing it into a great direction. we of a great relationship. i hope to build on that. >> what about the obama administration? >> we went to washington yesterday. i was one of the first governors to make a trip. we talked about we can work on things together. it is not about who wins or loses. we could have a better tax and by men, better regulatory environment. we can do some fabulous things and create jobs.
it is not about asking for bailouts or handouts or that kind of thing. it is about, with the existing law the we have, we need more value for money from the federal government along with state government and local government. it is about how we can partner within the existing framework to do a better job of cooperating, understanding issues, and getting things under way. i want to talk to washington about, can we not partner with you to talk about first, what the issues really are? there was a good response. i look forward to working with them. thank you. >> c-span local content vehicles are traveling the country visiting cities and communities as we look at issues impacting the nation. for more information on our
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million times. created by cable, provided as a public service. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2011] >> next, a guest and chinese president hu jintao and arrive at the white house for a state dinner given by president obama. a little later, toasts. following that, a memorial service for peace corps of founder sargent shriver. he died earlier this week. on wednesday, president obama hosted his third state dinner. this one for a chinese president hu jintao. here is a look at some of the preparations being made for the dinner, followed by the arrival of the chinese president.
>> [inaudible] something about mutual respect, more stability. if you could make it happen, would be the first step? how could use of it all with one step? [laughter] >> it is up to individual sender -- senators and members of congress to calm down the rhetoric. you cannot come here with a scorched earth policy and expect to do the nation's business and serving our greater interest. people need to look for a better way of getting things done,
president obama: there are too many distinguished guests to mention all of you tonight, but i doment to acknowledge -- do want to acknowledge a few who have championed regulars between our nations. first of all, president jimmy carter and his wonderful wife rosalyn carter are here. [applause] as well as president bill clinton and my outstanding secretary of state, hillary clinton. [applause] president hu -- [speaking in chinese]
[speaking in chinese] president obama: president hu, we have met today in a spirit of mutual respect. the united states, the oldest democracy in the world and china, one of the oldest civilizations in the world. [speaking in chinese] speaking in chinese] president obama: and while it's easy to focus on differences of culture and perspective, let us never forget the values that our people share, a reverence for family, the belief that with education and hard work and with
sacrifice, the future is what we make it, and most of all, the desire to give our children a better life. [speaking in chinese] [speaking in chinese] [speaking in chinese] president obama: let's also never forget that throughout our history, our people have worked together for mutual progress, and we traded together for more than 200 years, we stood together in the second world war as chinese immigrants and chinese americans help build
america including many who join us here tonight. [speaking in chinese] [speaking in chinese] [speaking in chinese] president obama: chinese and american people work together and create new opportunities together every single day. mr. president, today we've shown that our governments can work together as well for our mutual benefits, and that includes this bit of news. under a new agreement, our national zoo will continue to dazzle children and visitors with the beloved giant pandas. [applause]
[speaking in chinese] [speaking in chinese] [speaking in chinese] president obama: i'm told that there is a chinese proverb that says if you want one year of prosperity, then grow grain. if you want ten years of prosperity, then grow trees, but if you want 100 years of prosperity, then you grow people, and so i propose a toast
-- [speaking in chinese] [speaking in chinese] president obama: to our people, the citizens of the peoples republic of china, and the united states of america, may they grow together in friendship, may they prosper together in peace, and may they realize their dream of the future for themselves, for their children, and for their grandchildren. cheers. [speaking in chinese] [speaking in chinese]
[speaking in chinese] [speaking in chinese] [speaking in chinese] [speaking in chinese] >> translator: president obama and mrs. obama, ladies and gentlemen, family, and friends, good evening, i'm delighted to once again come to the united states and pay a state visit at the invitation of president obama. setting foot on this beautiful
land, we have received the gracious hospitality of the u.s. government and people. this evening, president obama is hosting this welcoming dinner for us and has just made warm remarks. on behalf of my colleagues and in my own name, i want to express heart-felt thanks to president and mrs. obama and other american friends for today. i also wish to convey through you the best wishes of the chinese people to the friendly american people and e tend thanks to people from various sectors of the united states who have given care and support to the growth of u.s.-china relations. ..
[speaking in chinese] [speaking in chinese] >> translator: the purpose of my visit is to increase mutual trust, friendship, deepen cooperation positive corporate and comprehensive chinese relationships for the 25th century. in recent years particularly over the past two years since president obama took office chinese-u.s. relations have made strong headways thanks to the joint efforts of both sides. we have increased exchanges and cooperation in a wide range of
areas, maintained close communications and coordination on major international and regional issues and played a positive role in promoting peace, stability and transparency in the asian pacific region and the whole world. [speaking in chinese] [speaking in chinese] >> translator: under the current circumstances our two countries share broader common interests, showed their bigger common responsibilities and face
more severe common challenges than at any time in history. as a result, it is more important than ever for us to maintain the long-term sound and steady growth of our financial relations. this is the reality we face and it should be recognized by both sides. [speaking in chinese] [speaking in chinese] [speaking in chinese]
>> translator: president obama and i had an in-depth review on china relations and international use of common interest and we reach important interest. we agreed a two country should increase contacts at the top and other levels, strengthen strategic mutual trust through dialogue and communication, intensify exchanges and cooperation in all fields and step up communication and coordination on international and regional issues. we agree that the two countries should respect each other's sovereignty, territorial integrity and the development interests. properly handle differences and friction and work together to build a china-u.s. corporate of partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefits. [speaking in chinese]
[speaking in chinese] >> translator: china-u.s. relations have traveled an extraordinary journey in the past 32 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties. a review of the history of our relations shows that we have far more common interests than differences and cooperation for mutual benefits has always been the mainstream of our relations. this has reinforced our confidence in further pushing forward our relationship.
today, both china and the united states are confronted with the arduous task of sustaining steady economic growth and achieving economic transformation, and we both need to tackle the various challenges brought i economic globalization. this has added to our need and desire to enhance cooperation. [speaking in chinese] [speaking in chinese]
>> translator: we should pursue our relations with a stronger conviction of broader vision and more proactive approach. we need to take solid steps and make pioneering efforts to fully test the potential of cooperation and strive for new progress in china-u.s. relations. i am confident that these joint efforts china-u.s. partnership will yield comparable suit -- for is for the greater benefit of our people and make new and bigger contributions to the noble cause of world peace and development. [speaking in chinese] >> translator: to the health of all friends present here to the stronger friendship between
the people of china and the united states and to the steady growth of china-u.s. relations. cheers. >> here is our schedule. next, a memorial service for former ambassador and peace corps found in director, servin schriber, who died earlier this week. -- sargent shriver, who died earlier this week. then a supreme court case on a legal document that stops lawsuits that could reveal vital national security information. then gun rights and the courts. sunday on newsmakers, house
rules committee chairman david dreier talks about a first on voting on a rifle -- resolution to cut spending on 2008 funding levels. he will also discuss his committee over the next two years. watch newsmakers sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. eastern. this weekend on the road to the white house, two speeches, former pennsylvania republican senator rick santorum and republican rep michelle bachmann. she was in iowa to speak to a political action committee in des moines, iowa. >> your name is now in the presidential conversation. you are aware of that, i'm sure, and will that continue for the months to come? >> i know it is shocking when a girl goes to iowa that speculation might come along, but i'm here to be part of a
conversation for 2012. there has been no decision about candidacy. but i want to be part of the conversation. >> watch her speech in its entirety along with mr. santorum's remarks in south carolina tomorrow on road to the white house at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. eastern and pacific. family, friends, and former colleagues of sargent shriver gathered to pay their respects at a news -- eulogy service on friday for the former ambassador and peace corps founding director. he died this week at the age of 95 after a long bout with alzheimer's disease. held at the trinity catholic church here in washington, this is an hour and 40 minutes.
>> on behalf afford brothers and sisters of holy trinity, we welcome you here this evening i am confident that god is with us always, even in death. let's pray for our brother, sarge, that he may have fullness of life. we also pray for ourselves gathered here that the lord may grant us consolation and peace. let us dowsing together "amazing grace -- let us now sing together "amazing grace" #737373 the hymnal. ♪ amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me
show us the life of christ's resurrection as we pray for sarge and those who loved him. we asked this through christ our lord. please be seated. >> we have been working on it and rehearsing, as you can see. you are all coming up, right? the idea was we were all going to come up. we all wanted to welcome you here today. one of the great blessings of
this moment is a chance for all of us to spend a lot of time together in the days before dad passed and the days after to work on this plan. not only where their people who felt they were sarge's kids, but daddy loved a party. the thing he disliked most about the party was when the last person ready to leave. he would frequently go to the door with that last person and say, "won't you stay a little longer?" he believed in the power of the party to bring people together and to bring forth many of our relationships and the great work that many of you did with him. we hope that the atmosphere, even though we are in a church, the atmosphere will be a party
in daddy's death, that everyone will feel this is a celebration of his life. so many of his friends from all over the world are here. we will listen to these amazing friends of daddy's who will tell you amazing stories about the different parts of his life. and we will listen to this amazing music and have a great evening. we welcome you here and look will work to chatting with you afterward. our first speaker is the one and only steny hoyer. >> bobby, this is certainly the kind of crowd you feel very informal in. none of us will be nervous
about celebrating the extraordinary life. bobby, maria, timothy, mark, my friends. i am not your brother or sister. i understand that. in a real sense, we are all sarge's children in this house tonight. in his foreword in the biography to sargent shriver, another one of my heroes started the first line being, "he changed my life." i am sure that bill will speak to that when his turn comes. i say that about bill to his brother-in-law whose inauguration 50 years ago we just commemorated.
how fitting that that commemoration was so involved with the memory of sargent shriver as well. i can say emphatically that meeting sarge and eunice shriver over 48 years ago that he and she and their children have greatly enriched my life. we met at the washingtonian motel in 1962 at the maryland young democrats' convention. he was a speaker, a person of towering, awe-inspiring proportions. his wife the sister of my hero who would become my hero. what an extraordinary couple, a
partnership of price less, selfless service. sarge was a man with a passion for people. all of us experienced that. he was most assuredly a good and decent man, as ted said of bobby. we in maryland are proud to count him as one of our most distinguished sons. as a young state senator in 1970, i was hoping to support him for governor. with his roots deep in maryland and in his state, i was convinced he could be elected governor of maryland. but he was still ambassador in france. that campaign was not to be. thousands knew him and millions more knew of him. perhaps not face to face, but
through the legacy of good works that he left behind, a legacy that captures not just the last in parts of his personality, but the american personality at its best. he worked side by side with an american peace corps volunteer. no matter how far from our shores, you know sargent shriver. if the foundation of your education was laid in head start, you know sargent shriver. if you felt the competition of the special olympics, you know sargent shriver. his biographer wrote of his stay in service. if he could have willed anything to us, to all of us who knew him, i believe he would have willed us that they in
service, that kind of faith that is something that can be handled by words if we open ourselves up to them. if we find in our own lives something of the hopeful mess that move sargent shriver's life for those 95 extraordinary years. again, i use the word of bill moyers. bill, i hope i have not taken all of your stuff. [laughter] but in reading his biography, it was compelling. he said this and, bill, i agree with you. "sarge is the christian who came closest to the imitation of christ in a life of service." what a wonderful way to describe an extraordinary life.
sarge said the only genuine elite was the lead of those men and women who gave their lives to justice and charity. that is a deeply american faith. an elite not set by birth or wealth, not bound by time or place, but open and equal to everyone of us who truly chooses to join it. sargent shriver was a charter member of the elite service, where the of our unrestraint admiration, respect, love, and appreciation. indeed, he was a giant in the generation we called the greatest. his life was an invitation to join him, an invitation to ask not what others can do for you, but what you can do for others.
the measure of his successes in the men and women who accept his invitation, literally thousands who reached out then to millions and millions and made their lives better. as we have remembered so often over the last few days, president kennedy said that god's work on earth must truly be our own. sarge took their responsibility seriously. sargent shriver made america better. now let me ask his friend to
come. [applause] >> all my best to the shriver family. when i got the call to come this evening, i almost turned it down. i was told i have three minutes. how can you say what you want to say about one of the greatest persons we have produced in this country in three minutes? if you ever dealt with bobby shriver, when he tells you three minutes, it is really three minutes. when the news came about his death, i felt like adlai stevenson did when he lost that election in illinois. he said i am too old to cry, but
it hurts too much to laugh. shriver's departure is no small thing. someone asked me yesterday what was he like, who do you compare him with? i thought for just a few minutes and the one name that came to my mind was nelson mandela. this was no ordinary person that was put here on earth. like mandela, he carried no animosity. those who saw south africa get its independence said it would be a bloodbath. mandela said no, only if we will respect each other's culture, would it have cultural sensitivity. the key word to shriver being in the peace corps -- we talk about peace corps volunteers being trained and what not, but the one thing that shriver always put forth was cultural sensitivity.
that is as current today as it was then. we need more cultural sensitivity in america, and we need a lot more sargent shrivers. [applause] the idea that some of us can live in our neighborhoods and never meet our neighbors, that was unthinkable in his world. regardless of the problems you had and whatever your color was, it meant nothing to shriver other than that you were a human being and deserved to be listened to, and if needed, to be helped. that was what he was all about. this is special. this is special. he learned early in the peace corps, you could train volunteers well, teach them some cross-cultural sensitivity and some language and let them live amongst the people, regardless of their culture and
their stations and live, you could make the community better. that in fact should be our foreign policy. that in fact should be our domestic policy. we need to get ready for the future because the future is coming. by the middle of the century, this church will not look like the people in this room. they will have turned color. that will be brown, blue, whatever, but sarge knew that. that is the challenge, learning to live together to make up the mind that people cannot be prescribed by some kind of decision that someone made in a church or in a town somewhere. shriver said it was just a human being. when you travel to these faraway places, if he knew a volunteer was having trouble, he would get in that car and not stop until he got there to listen to his or her story. the problem with sargent
shriver, there was not enough of him to go around. not enough of him to go around. so we celebrate this evening and it is best articulated in the words of victor hugo. when the earth was born in spiritual and the oldest plant was new and that hated the haven't with blues, he ordained one commandment in the midst of primeval life that the glory of life is struggle and the secret of progress is fight. so small for all your tears, hold on to the bright tomorrow and fight through all your fears. cast forth your troubles and triumphs, this is god's old as planned, the joy of life is struggle, go out and face it like a woman or man. thank you. [applause]
let me introduce you to an ex- peace corps volunteer. [applause] >> thank you so much. do i have to follow a preacher? [laughter] how fitting for so large that yesterday was the 50th anniversary of john kennedy's famous exhortation, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. this year is the 50th anniversary of the peace corps. throughout his life, from her road naval service in world war two for civil rights, the peace corps, the war on poverty, as ambassador to france, in politics, and as co-founder of the special olympics, sarge embodied ask not.
he turned those words into action and former peace corps volunteers like me 0 him some of the richest and most fulfilling parts of our life. he is the reason i still go back to colombia to work on my old peace corps site. he was the one who allowed us to take incredible journeys across the globe and to grasp in our hearts and minds of privilege it was to serve. we learned firsthand about the beauty of the world and its peoples, to feel deep in our bones that whether living in huts or teaching in dusty villages, it was after becoming friends with the people we serve and sharing with them at the most basic human level that we could honestly say we really get its about the meaning of those lofty concepts of human democracy and peace. sarge is our founding father, our model, our treasure.
he let us be our best selves. he taught us all and he knew it, of course. once i introduced sarge as the george washington of the peace corps. he said no, george washington was here, and in the peace corps, i am here. he always had is to bring him back to earth. what an amazing partnership he had. he thought she should be canonized as a saint. once on the phone, eunice tell me how the peace corps had gotten started. she said that one day jfk had called a house looking for sarge. what do you want him for? to head up the peace corps. he is not here, he is downtown, call back into ours.
at at -- at 8:30 p.m., the president called again and sarge was there. he immediately came downstairs and started putting the peace corps together. you could have made of funny musical comedy up out of it, she told me. i would come in and five would leave. she made it sound like it was the marx brothers. sarge joked that because of its potential for failure, heading the peace corps was the ultimate brother-in-law job. he had the agency up and running in six months. during the height of the cold war he traveled the world personally collecting invitations from the heads of state. they did not want our guns are protection, they wanted us, idealistic kids and committed grown-ups. countries like iran, iraq, afghanistan happily welcomed us. what if his original plan had been able to play out and scores
of thousands of peace corps volunteers had served in those countries? it is tantalizing to ask if we would now be at war. starts had more than anyone -- more than anyone i knew, he lived his faith and open his heart to the gospel. as kind and spiritual as he truly was, he could also be tough. i remember about 20 years ago, we were in the midst of planning a meeting of prominent former peace corps volunteers and influential politicians. along with us, starred was indignant, ps hadn't read the peace corps had not been allowed to expand the way he always envisioned. he thought it was disgraceful that the peace corps does not even have the budget of the military marching bands. i sent him a clipping about an official who had hired a private investigator in the u.s. to find his old peace corps teacher from
25 years before. the african man found his beloved teacher in maine, still in front of a blackboard teaching first and second graders. his old people into the class and announced and with tears streaming down his face he sang a song he had been talk. sarge wrote back to me immediately. maybe it would be a smart move for us to invite him for the dinner you are planning for the peace corps big shots. made it -- may be the big shots would be impressed to hear about this volunteer. i love how he fought for us, and i have to admit i love to more when one day at his house after i introduced him to my late husband who had just been named bureau chief of nbc news, he totally ignored him and said the only reason he is indicted here is because of you.
[laughter] sarge always wanted you to think that you were the start, and he got a lot of people to do his bidding i marvel that even though his alzheimer's was advance, he never forgot his prayer for his good manners. sarge spotted my son and went up to him and stuck out his hand and said you are a good-looking kid, are you one of my sons? [laughter] he died with his five children and 19 grandchildren surrounded by love and prayer. his family is the front line of
of the united states senate, i don't understand that at all. we take at least that long to clear our throats when it comes to public service. bobbie, thank you for asking me to be a part of this wonderful evenings with you and your family and those who gathered here to celebrate this remarkable man who touched so many of us for so many years. i know the analogy does not quite fit, but over the past three or four days since i first heard of sarge's death, i kept coming back to that remarkable historical coincidence of july 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the birth of our nation and the death of thomas jefferson and john adams we have been gathered over these past several days to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the rebirth of that spirit which ignited the imagination
of a new generation of americans, and at the same moment more the passing of a wonderful man and to celebrate the life and contributions of that individual. other than president and mrs. kennedy, he was the embodiment of everything the new president asked our country in his inaugural address 50 years ago yesterday. historians will no doubt chronicle the long and very impressive list of posts that sarge held both as a private citizen and public servant over the years. i want to recall with you the unbridled, if you said, over- the-top enthusiasm, joy, optimism, and confidence that sarge brought to everything and everyone with whom he encountered in his very rich life. like of in this room, i have some wonderful and remarkable memories of my friend, sargent
shriver, through the years. if i were to tell you that sargent shriver was one of the most natural politicians i have ever known, there might be a few of you who would think i was being sarcastic. sarge might think of was being sarcastic but said that. in the spring of 1976, i was a young, 32-year-old first term congressman seeking reelection. i invited sargent shriver to be the principal attraction at a major fund-raising event at the sheraton hotel in norwich, connecticut. 400 people were packed into the ballroom to boost my campaign and to hear it sarge, who at the time was considering a run for the presidency. i was excited. he was the person who along with president kennedy would inspire me and thousands of others to be
part of something larger than ourselves. just 10 years earlier, in 1966, i joined the peace corps and spent two years in a small village in the mountains of the dominican republic. in those days, 35 years ago, connecticut's electric company, locally employed some 28,000 people in connecticut, far and away the largest employer in my congressional district. many in the audience that evening worked at that submarine building. without a note in front of him, gave a stemwinder that night. as each moment of his speech past, my confidence for re- election rose accordingly. until about midway through his remarks that evening. at that moment, starred announced, words i can still
recall with blake -- with great clarity, if sarge shriver is elected president of the united states, we are going to stop building those damn submarines. [laughter] to this newly minted congressman, those next seconds seemed like an eternity. first of all, the crowd of pipefitters and boilermakers, laborers and small business people burst into applause. sarge's rhetorical enthusiasm so contagious, the crowd obviously missed what he had just said. they were reacting instinctively to his passion. i was completely ashen. one term in congress, and my
brilliant political career was about to come to a screeching halt. sarge took one look at this crestfallen young congressman and without missing a beat, and with equal gusto, said the following. if sarge shriver is elected president of the united states, we are not going to build those damn submarines anywhere but in connecticut'. [laughter] [applause] standing ovation, and the rest, of course, is history. two weeks ago are retired from the united states senate. 35 years, seven elections later, thank you, sargent shriver. [applause]
years before that speech that night in connecticut, i became aware of unison and sarge shriver as a high-school student. i went to georgetown preparatory school in suburban maryland. in those days, the shriver home boarded on that jesuit school property. during the warmer days of spring or early fall, i remember watching eunice shriver working or playing with eight or 10 special needs children in their backyard. before it became the global movement, eunice and sarge called what today would be referred to as a play date the special olympics. only it is could find eight or 10 children and college the special olympics. how emblematic of these people, especially yunis in this case, to empower those children with the notion that they, too, could
be olympians, striving, competing, reaching their goals. and what an incredible impression they left on the 17- year-old as i watched them from that perspective of the schoolyard. the sister and brother-in-law of the president of the united states, quietly giving hope and confidence to those who had rarely if ever seen either. other than the influence of my own family growing up, peace corps was mighty epiphany in many ways. it was the experience more than any other which changed my life. sarge made multiple contributions in the numerous positions he held, but if you had to choose one, i suspect it sarge had to choose one, it would be his association with the peace corps, its creation, development, its vision and ideals, and the longstanding approval by people all over this plan at that will live and
endure forever. what a revolutionary idea this was, that the mightiest nation on earth at that time would send its people overseas, not to extend its power, to intimidate its enemies, not to kill or be killed, but to build and teach and never asked anything in return. it was a wild notion indeed, this peace corps idea, and like most ideas achieved at 2:00 in the morning, it might not have survived a board meeting in the light of day. because of a handful of individuals, a longtime friend and associate, and a few others, it has endured. sarge loved to recall that president kenny asked him to leave the peace corps, because as he said, everyone in washington thought the peace corps was going to be the biggest fiasco in history, and that would be easier to fire a
relative that someone else. "time" magazine had this to say about sargent shriver in those days. it said in his first two years on the job, he lost 350,000 miles visiting outposts, learned to sleep sitting up in a jeep, a countless helpings of stomach churning local dishes, developed three cases of dysentery, and bravely insisted all the while that i have the best damn job in government. there have been many wonderful people who have led the peace corps over the past 50 years, but all 200,000 of us would never without sarge's ceasing inspirational leadership, i don't believe the peace corps would have survived a half century. other than my family, no one to a greater pleasure or pride in my election to the house of representatives and later the united states senate than did
sargent shriver. sarge would remind me on every occasion i saw him over the years that the only reason i was successful in politics and elective office was because of my peace corps experience that made all the difference. i will always contend that the peace court held a unique and special saw that as for its large, it was nothing short of stunning. as i think back on my 30 years in the senate, i now realize that i not only represent the people of connecticut, are represented sergeant shriver, public service inc'. my most rewarding work over those years has been to protect and expand, contribute head start, the national service corp., community action programs, and so many other
shriver initiatives to support children and their families across this country. over these past few days and in the weeks to come, there will be numerous occasions to celebrate the words and the accomplishments and countless contributions that sargent shriver and others of that era, those leaders that made our country over a century ago. i want to close my remarks like saying that those contributions do not come close to the greatest gift that eunice and sarge and president kennedy, my dear friend teddy, and bobby, along with other members of the family gave to our country. the greatest gift to us our youth, the children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of these remarkable people.
today in particular i point out ria and bobby and tim and mark and anthony. it is important that each of you know how deeply proud your parents were and are of your determined effort to make this world a better and safer place. as we mark these occasions, we may come to realize that the 1960's were a time not unlike or on today. today our politics and politics then as today or angry. our society was divided, as we know, and the future was very uncertain indeed. as we seek common ground in these days and the path forward in another get difficult age, as those who are entering are preparing to enter public life and are looking for role models to imitate, you need look no further than the individual we honor this evening, sargent shriver.
look to his brazen optimism, look to the life he lived full of love, humor, and hope and determination. and look to hell insistently he believed that america was a place in which anyone can and should serve their nation, and yes, even win a gold medal. for that, start, and so much more, all of us thank you deeply. [applause] would you welcome a great friend of sarge. >> is very fitting tonight that we meet here at a jesuit church. sarge was a great friend of the
jesuits. three of his children did go to jesuit colleges, maria and anthony and markof. we were in new orleans one time for a speech, and we went along and got there on a sunday afternoon. we happen to be on barone street where there was a jesuit church. sarge looked at the sign out front and they were hearing confessions from four o'clock to 6:00. sergeant said we ought to go in. i said when was the last time you went to confession? a week ago. i said you are not going to let anything slide. so we go inside, there was a little bit of a line, but
sarge's turn finally came. he walks into the box and put the person back. five minutes went by. 10 minutes went by. 15 minutes went by. it was half an hour, and he finally came out i said sarge, it was a week ago since she went to confession. have you been doing that much sinning in the last week? he said no, there was a very right wing priest in there. [laughter] and we just talked politics, and he was trying to save my soul. in fact, i just had 1 cent to confess. last tuesday, i disagree with guinness.
-- i disagreed with eunice. i said clearly, that is a mortal sin. so then i said, what about penance? the priest told me to say it is and our fathers and tint hail mary's, and for the rest of your life, love republicans. arnold, that might explain something. [laughter] you know how much he loved you. he loved to because he was doing his penance. sarge asked me to be his speech writer. writing speeches for him was as easy as breathing. you know what speechwriter's do.
we are kind of like a pearl divers. we surround ourselves with the great quotes down through the ages and our job is to sprinkle es so thatuot3s politicians sound as though they are deep thinkers and are illiterate. -- and are literate. how many of you here, when a politician says something and quotes euripides think that he was home the night before, reading and euripides? or if he " aristophanes, do you think he was home last night reading aristophanes? sargent shriver was very different. quotes,ot supply him the
he supplied them to me. i remember traveling one time and he was sitting across the aisle and he was reading a book and he said listen to this. he quoted dorothy day because he read her great book. when he quoted thomas merton, it was because he read it. he considered dan barrigan and thomas martin and dorothy day the three greatest catholics. he love dorothy day's great line, very few of us will ever
be called on to do great things, but all of us can do small things in a great way. he loved that great line from thomas merton. peace is the result of love, and of love was easy, we would all be good at it. barrigan -- in barrett i 1966 in the summer he worked with the upward bound in a little town south of denver and he was tutoring of the children of migrant workers. . .
>> the poor have it hard. but the hardest thing they have is us. they say we'll never have another person like sarg. bobby, maria, tim, mark, and anthony. each of them is so similar, there's almost no difference. they are people who are exactly what he was. other-centered and not self- centered. the work they are doing, each in their own way, is doing what he did. they are decreasing violence and increasing peace. i would like also -- i want to mention also the -- i was going to mention the 19 grandchildren.
bobby told me to keep the speech short. don't mention the grandchildren. tim and christina, and rosie and sam. the other, get mad at uncle bobby, ok? uncle bobby, ok? [laughter] i just want to finish up. when i visited sarg, a few days ago -- saw him a few days ago and we just held hands for a while and brought out a book that i used, i edited it a few years ago. the title comes from a speech sarge once gave. it meant peace through military
strength, which he clearly rejected. we turn that around and made it called "the strength through peace." i use this book. i edited the book. i use it for all of my classes. next wednesday, i'm doing a whole class on the life and time of sarge shriver. we will have a very good class. [applause] so i read this is in chapter four and it is entitles how does goodness happen? ever wonder about that when you meet a good person and you ask how did they get that way? i read this. this is from theresa. who sarge idolized. you may have heard this one but this explains how sarge came to be. how his goodness happened. people are irreasonable, illogical and self-centered.
love them anyway. if you do good, people may accuse you of selfish motives. do good anyway. if you are successful, you may win false friends and true enemies. succeed anyway. the good you do today may be forgotten by tomorrow. do good anyway. honesty will make you vulnerable. be honest anyway. what you spend years building up may be torn down overnight. build anyway. people who really want help may attack you if you help them. help them anyway. give the world the best you have and you may get hurt. give the world your best anyway. so when we come together on a special evening like this, we
should be inspired by those words because those clearly define the soul and heart of our dear sarge. and i think it is important to remember that because when times get tough and the hills get steep and that cold wind blows against us and the doubts grow stronger, we will be tempted to run out, give out, wear out and worst of all, sell out, which is something sargent shriver never did. before i introduce senator mcgovern, i remember that time after the 1972 election where sargent and george were talking to each other. george was a little bit down and sarge told him, we may have lost the election, george, but we sure didn't lose our soul. [applause]
just to end on a happy note, i'm delighted to say that i did, over the years, i teach at georgetown u. and a couple of other schools. i had two of the shrivers in my class. i had young tim shriver in my bethesda chevy chase high school class five years ago which meant at 7:25 a.m. for all of you early risers and i also had anthony shriver in this my class. whenever i get together with them, there are always some who claim that anthony did not earn his a-plus that i gave him. if i had a bible here, i would swear on it that anthony earned
his a-plus! [applause] the mayor of santa monica is scoffing that anthony earned that a-plus. if you don't mind, could tim and anthony just stand up? give them a nice round of applause. [applause] thank you, bobby, for inviting me to visit with you. i love sarge with all my heart and i know that all the family will keep that going forever. we ought to remember that we ought not to -- sarge often said, one of his great lines, you don't -- you don't need to go out and change the world. if you're a peacemaker, make sure the world never changes you and i think that epitomizes him.
[laughter] and now we have -- now we have dear coleman who gave us another thought-filled three-minute speech. [laughter] i wouldn't have made it at all if we hasn't had all of these three-minute speeches. i missed my plane coming out of jacksonville, florida. my fault. i got to talking to a couple of passengers and all of a sudden, i heard my name on the paging system. but by the time i got to the gate they said the plane had gone. so i thought, well, what do i do now? i used the time while i was waiting until the next plane to write some brilliant notes. that i was going to favor you with here today. and left those in my overcoat.
[laughter] i decided that it was less painful listening to a couple of speeches here than going out into that cold again, so here we are. it is a pleasure. [laughter] it is a pleasure for me to follow the speakers that you have heard from and it is a pleasure to be in this beautiful church. my dad was a methodist clergyman but we methodists are very humble. people. we don't have lovely churches like this. [applause] you know what they say about us methodists? methodism will not save you from
sin but it will take the fun out of it. [laughter] sargent shriver was the kindest, the most cheerful, the most optimistic person i've met in 50 years of public life. it's remarkable that those virtues could all be combined in one person. i don't ever recall him being down in the dumps. he must have had days like that, but nobody ever saw them if he did. he gave me a lot of words that i have used over the years in
public speeches. but i think the one i treasure most is this. you came after the 1972 campaign. he and i came back to washington that day in separate planes and i suppose through some cooperation with the pilots, we landed at the same time and taxied over to the same station at the national airport. i still call it the national. [applause] i had no malice toward president reagan. [laughter]
anyway, ellenor and i had been talking on the right in back home but when -- flight back home but when we got out of that plane across the apron area at that airport, that was where we started a year and a half earlier in quest of the nomination in a field of 15 contenders. some of them very capable men. i could have gladly supported any one of them. but we were really down and ellenor was looking at the returns the day before and she finally said just as we were to get off the airplane, oh, george, even south dakota went for nixon. and she started to cry. we were not in good shape but sarge apparently saw us and he
walked over there. he put an arm around me and around ellenor and he said, you know, george, we lost 49 states but we never lost our souls. and that meant a lot to me coming from a man that i knew went to mass every morning seven days a week. i knew he was a person of some spiritual depth. but it meant a lot to me and i have carried that with me ever since. i don't know exactly what a soul is but i know it is something precious and i know that we cherish that inner part of our
being and that's what we do, go to church, synagogues, whatever it is. so anyway, this was a very good man. he -- he had a way in the campaign if our paths happened to cross. we divided. we had different airplanes and we wanted to cover every state if we could and sfean of the cities -- sfean of the as many of if cities and towns that we could but we would meet every while. he told me one day about a week before the election, he said george, i spoke to him, i said how is it going, sarge? he said well, it is just terrific. he said i've been in texas now for four times and we got that thing locked up. [laughter]
why not believe that as long as you can? and so i listened to it when we would meet sarge. i can tell you a lot of stories about him but i actually have a slight respect for three minutes and so i'm going to break the mold here today and try to bring this to an end. we're honoring a marvelous man. let me just finish by telling you how he ended up on the national ticket. there was a time in that campaign when a month before the national convention it appeared that i had it locked up. i had won 11 primaries. including the two largest, new
york and california. but there were a lot of other states. 11 states and we had the delegates to win but the other candidates, for reasons known only to them, decided to make a last-minute effort to all team together, to pool their votes and to try to block us at the convention. so we worked that last month when we should have been getting ready for a great convention, when we should have been thinking about a vice-presidential running mate, when we should have been giving attention to my acceptance address and things of that kind. we spent that time trying to save the delegates we already had and it wasn't until midnight of the nominating day when i had the nomination awarded to me and
by then, we were exhausted. we had about eight hours to pick a running mate and we had a short list. i talked to my friend, sart -- senator kennedy, ted kennedy. he thought about it seriously. he kept us overheight and halfway into the next morning and the time was beginning to run out and finally he said he just didn't feel he could do it. so we quickly put together a short list and sarge shriver was high on that list. but you know something? he was in russia and we couldn't find him. we couldn't locate him. this was before the days of cell phones and so on. but if we would have found him at that day, he would have been my running mate right from the
beginning. instead of that, we went through a list and finally ended up with senator eagleton and on the advice of doctors, we asked him to step down and then we had just a short time to replace him and i went to sarge and talked to him and he said absolutely, i would be happy to run with you. and that's how he became my nominee. and he was a good one. i will honor him the rest of my days and his splendid family and i'll treasure all the joy and cheer, optimism and faith that he imparted to so many of us over the years. thank you very much. [applause]
could be up here right now instead of me. sarge brought out the best in each of us so that what you would tell about your experience with him would reveal something about you. that was one of his gifts to us. you would provide clues to his genius, in surrounding himself with people who represented in their various ways in those times the heart and soul of america. this was the man, remember, who brought the government an amazing array of talent. journalists, public interest lawyers, psychologists and psychiatrists, he said he hired the first psychologist to work for the government. i haven't been able to source
that but i'll take your word for it. business executives, poets, officers who were frustrated by osified proxies. to run the peace corps in india, he recruited the physician who had been a leader in the first assault on k-2 in h the himalayas and became america's leading expert in high altitude flying. the man who figured out in world war ii how our pilots could fly higher than the japanese and german pilots. to nepal, he dispatched another climber who was a noted professor of english. the head to have naacp of the naacp. the most visionary bureaucrat. a seasoned practitioner of west virginia politics and top
investigative journalist from all over the country, not since the early dives f.d.r.'s new -- days of f.d.r.'s new deal. i was one of his first corporals. in that band of men and women he invited to help put the peace corps together in 1961. if sarge had ever achieved the presidency and a few millimeters of tilt in the political wheel of fortune in the late 1960's might have done it, he would have changed literally the face of government. and he would have transformed since the president has such great powers of metaphor, he would have transformed the way we americans see ourselves and our place in the world.
he carried two passports. one of them grounded in the soil of american democracy to which he had given five years of naval service to defend and another as a global citizen. he believed a single individual could be as important as any institution. could relieve misery, nurture minds, inspire others and crack open just a little further gates long closed by bigotry, ignorance and fortune. just as he saw the best in others, others saw the best in him. i never met anyone so trusted by
his peers. one of his most brilliant recruits was the young bill josephson who is here tonight. not long out of law school, plucked by sarge from another agency to be the peace corps founding council and the architect of its infrastructure, which persists to this day. whose loyalty to the man and the idea created an insoluble bond between them and a friendship that lasted to the end. bill and i had dinner in new york the other night and he reminded me how sarge's character had become a magnet for trust. he was the one whose advice john kennedy took to make the telephone call to coretta scott king in 1967 when her husband was in the birmingham jail.
it turned the election. he was the one to whom john kennedy trusted the establishment and the establishment. the one to whom john kennedy-entrusted the peace corps. head start, the job corps, legal services for the poor and all those other innovations in social justice. and in turn, sarge entrusted us with a calling, most of us had never imagined. i was 26 when we met. he was 45. he was worldly wise, widely read and well connected. i was still wet behind the ears. but he treated me as he did everyone, as if i were his equal. i suggested we ask vice president johnson for advice on
how to sell the peace corps to congress, whose powerful barrons considered the idea naieve if not hair-brained. they spent more time than they had together in their lives. after that lengthy tutorial he called me and said that the way to sell the peace corps was to sell shriver. they can't resist him. [laughter] and they didn't. [applause] over the next -- over the next few months, we called on every member of congress, every member of the house and every senator. most were dazzled to be courted by the president's charismatic brother-in-law. but what turned the tide was not
the glamour, but the passion. that spark in his eye that signaled an inner fire of conviction. and compassion. i saw jaded, cynical politicians begin to pay attention as sarge talked about america's revolutionary ideas and our mission to carry them out in the world as down to earth believable card-carrying idealists who can show how freedom is served by a teacher in the classroom and clean water from a new nump the -- pump in the village square. maria and i were talking earlier about this extraordinary outpouring from the press and ordinary citizens in the last few days. for a man who had not been on the stage for a long time, it was remarkable, the last few
days. i believe it happened because just as he gave us permission in the 1960's to be idealists this disstressed, this disillusioned, this discouraged, dismayed country knew when the world came of his death, it was ok to be an idealist. he was, as the documentary about him said, the american idealist. there was one old, unreconstructed southern racist whose chairman championship of a key house subcommittee metlife or death to our appropriations. he was agast that young americans living and working abroad might practice misogynation. not only practice it, he said but bring it home with them. sarge never blinked as this
s.o.b. went through a long, insulting speech. congressman, he said, when the man hushed, surely you can trust young americans to do abroad exactly what they do back in your district in louisiana. [laughter] we left the fellow scratching his head. and when i returned later, alone, his secretary told me he had confessed, i was had. [laughter] indeed, while the chairman remained recalcitrant, shriver mitigated his opposition. . .
about as close as anybody will ever get to carrying out his ideals. one day on the plane he talked about how science of the heart could transform the church into a powerful force in a world polarize by militarism and materialism. despite his own extended clan, he had time for other families. when my wife suffered a miscarriage, he showed up with a copy of "to kill a mockingbird." held her hand. to this day, she remains amazed
that an unaccompanied man showed up in the gynecological ward to comfort a woman he barely knew. [laughter] when my son was struck by a strange affliction, sarge insisted that we take the boy to johns hopkins to be examined by a leading pediatrician, and shriver friend. one day i said to mary orlando, the highest-ranking person above him in the peace corps, that without her, we all would have been blown away by the cyclone he created. she is here tonight. among the underlined passages in a novel he gave me was this one, "human beings do not live a very long, ruben.
we live less than the time it takes to blink an eye, if we measure our lives against eternity. so it may be asked, what value is there to the human life? there is so much pain in the world. what does it mean to have to suffer so much in our lives are nothing more than doubling of the eye? -- then uplink of the i -- than a blink of the eye? i learned a long time ago that the blink of an eye is nothing, but the eye that blinks is something. the span of a life is nothing, that livesn and that
that span is something. he gives time meaning so that its quality is a measurable -- in measurable -- immeasurable." and you did. you did. [applause] >> my brothers -- we just -- this is very quick. i am maria. this is timothy, anthony, bobbie. we wanted to thank everybody here tonight for coming to honor our father.
we want to thank all of you who spoke. your extraordinary, and you captured everything about daddy so beautifully. we want to thank you for putting the time and effort to capture movie was as a man and a father, and i -- captured who he it was, as a man and a father. so many people came here to work peace corps volunteers, worked at the vista, work at a law firm, special olympics, or never even met dad. two women here certain luncheon the restaurant downtown. i think this is very representative of your daddy was. -- of who daddy was. we want to thank you for
treating him in the last few years with such love, as, a patient and humor, and making him feel so valuable right up until the end. my brothers have done such a glorious job of taking care of my dad in such a beautiful and elegant way. they were and they are truly his sons. they redefine what it means to be a man, the way they took care of my father. and daddy would always and everything, every evening with the toast, where he would stand up and talk about being the luckiest man in the world. he would say that everything he had, everything he was, everything in the world was all due to mommy. [laughter] she would say, stop it, but she really liked it. he did it all over the world. there isn't a woman probably here tonight who was not charmed by daddy, was not told she was the most beautiful woman in the
world by daddy, and yet he only had eyes for one woman, and that was money. i think all of us take great comfort in -- and that was mommy. i think all of us take great comfort in knowing that mommy and daddy are together now. we feel this is a celebration of his life. while we miss them, we know that is where he wanted to be. he always talked about being excited to go to heaven. we knew that the last year and a half without mommy was difficult for him, and that is where he wanted to be. i was going to read a little thing he had written, but i thought it would be nice for one it, becauseto revisiad he dictated it. [laughter]
what is wrong with that? that is what is funny about that. we talked a lot tonight about what kind of man daddy was, but he actually dictated to timothy what kind of man he was. it is on the back of the program, and i thought it would be nice if you read it. [laughter] [applause] >> to quote steny hoyer and bill moyers, he changed all of our lives. he was famously reluctant to define himself. as maria said, he always gave it all the credit to mommy or to his faith. at the end of his life, he was insistent that we try to capture his message.
one day at lunch, i said, just talk about yourself. this is what he said. "i am a man who was born and it's tried to live committed to being open to all people, no matter their religion, nationality, race or geography. i am a man full of energy and health. i am a man who takes his responsibility seriously and and committed to doing everything i can to succeed. i am a man who tried to be original and creative. i am a man who is unencumbered by the past and by existing hierarchy. i feel the need to invent. i believe the world wasn't is created by god. i believe the world is could be -- was hand and is created by god. i believe the world is good beyond description. i believe god has given us these things. i believe they are a gift. i believe we have a responsibility to god to do whatever we can that is good for
people, especially the poor. i believe in ideals. i believe the world can be better if only we focus on achieving our ideals. i believe that any failure to achieve our ideals should only result in a rededication to them. i believe in faith, hope and love. i believe that they have the greatest power." robert sargent shriver jr. [applause] >> please extend. -- please stand.
let us pray together as jesus has taught us. our father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. by will be done -- give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. let them left from their labors for in their good deeds go with them. eternal rest grant unto him o lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. may he rest in peace. amen. and made the love of god and a piece of our lord jesus christ blesses and console each one of us in the name of the father, the sun, and the holy spirit.
>> i have to try those staying alive and preparing to die of the same time during your >> christopher hichens. >> it is a terrifying time to have a cancer cure your -- to have cancer. >> sunday on "q&a". on tuesday president obama delivers his state of the union address before congress. live coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. eastern followed by the president's speech of 9:00 and then the response from paul ryan of wisconsin. you can also watch the president's address on c-span on, followed by reaction from members of congress.
>> in his weekly address, president obama calls for opening up foreign markets to american goods and services in order to grow the economy he is followed by the u.s. senator. he calls for action to repeal the health care law following the vote on the truth about the economy. if we are serious about fighting for american jobs and businesses, one thing we can do is open up more markets to american around the world. that is why i met with hu jintao the suite. we are supporting more than $100 million a year to china in goods and services, and we will keep increasing u.s. exports by more than $45 billion, and chinese investments by several billion dollars a. these deals will support some
235,000 american jobs, and that includes a lot of manufacturing jobs. that is why i fought so hard to negotiate a better trade deal with south korea, a deal with unprecedented support from business and labour, and that is why i helped pave the way for $10 billion in new deals for american businesses and more than 50,000 american jobs. this is a project that is helping to support more than 1200 american jobs, good jobs at good wages, producing american products for the world. at the same time, we have been
investing in innovation, of building a clean energy center and other state of the art buildings resulting in hundreds of american jobs and contributing to global economic leadership, leading the way in innovation, opening new markets for american cut its. that is how we will make america more competitive tomorrow, and that is how we are going to win the future. i announced that jeff immelt has agreed to head our new council. the purpose is to help us find ways to grow our economy by investing in the businesses, and i am confident they will generate good ideas about how we consider hiring, educate our workers to compete, and attract the best jobs and businesses to america, rather than see them
spring of overseas. we are living in a new and challenging time, which is fiercer than ever before. countries are offering their game, giving workers every advantage possible. that should not discourage us, because i know we can win that competition. we can out-compete any nation on earth. do we have to make sure we can unlock the productivity of american workers can harness the dynamism of america's economy. thanks, everybody, and have a great weekend. >> i am pleased to talk to you from my hometown very good americans remain shocked and saddened by the recent violence in arizona. our hearts go out to congresswoman difference, the
other victims -- giffords, the other victims, and their families. the house of representatives kept their promise by voting to repeal the president's health care spending loss hryvna -- law. in spite of the mailings and misleading television ads, they have failed. a recent poll shows the majority of americans still want to repeal, and the reasons are clear. are you better off or worse off now that the health care law has been on the books for more than a year of hamas has the cost of your health insurance gone down -- for more than a year? has the cost we've already heard how the new law forces many employers to choose between keeping workers and paying for insurance