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>> good morning. i one for a little bit. he was quadriplegic. i went in to check on him and was stillakfast tray there. it is really sad they don't hire enough people to cover the patient's in the nursing home. it is all a for-profit thing. i think there should be a really good investigation on these nursing homes. the only crime they have committed is they are old or disabled. host: do you see any parallels between the health care world of nursing homes, as she talked about and federal prisons.
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been: certainly there has a lot of reporting, and i've heard stories from people who lived in for-profit nursing yes, where, in fact, similar dynamics emerge. the vast understaffing of workers and the use of trainedned practically nurses and assistance being asked to do things that there's something not equipped to do. the people living in those facilities are suffering significantly as the caller described. not so different, similar kinds of profit pressures are at play, and similar suffering emerges, as a result. host: you can read his reporting, some of his articles at the
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>> we are back live at the annual congressional black caucus foundation dinner in washington. come, hillary clinton and words from president obama. representative five was selected by hillary clinton to serve as the permanent chair for the 2016 democratic national convention. black caucusonal is honored to present the award for women who have excelled in providing extraordinary contributions. , for her leadership in two decades of service to the people of ohio and the nation. [applause]
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representative johnson will present the barbara johnson fudge.o representative please welcome, representative marcia fudge. ♪ >> thank you very, very much. i am eddiet say that
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bernice johnson. she has always been there for me since i have been a member of the house of representatives. for theirnk them encouragement, support, and friendship. this award is special for many reasons. among them, it is special to be honored by your colleagues. [applause] it is special because i have had the opportunity to know barbara jordan. we sat on the delta board together. she was one of my idols. aspired tolawyer, i spidere be barbara jordan.
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she was smart, passionate, dedicated, a real deal. i can't thank you enough for the confidence you have placed in me. god bless you. i love you all. [applause] >> what an amazing evening this is. every single person on the stage. theknow, i have had pleasure of coming to the united states on and off for the past eight years. i remember the first time i came to the u.s. i was stunned by how similar the stories were between south africa and america, stories of stories of virtue, stories of people overcoming. i will never forget i came out and met a black american in new york city, and he said, you know
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how hard it is out here for a black man. [laughter] >> i don't think you understand. i got to go with you to the motherland, man. i have got to go home. [laughter] my dream was to come to america. his dream was to go to africa. years later, i met a beautiful, and sheman down south, said, baby, have you seen us how they treat us in this country? do you know what it is like out here, baby? i want to go home to africa, baby. you should take me with you. [laughter] i felt what she was talking about. one-and-toere is a chance the donald trump could be
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president of the united states of america, and for the first time in my life, i have had it white americans coming up to me tell me about, africa. what is going on out there? i have to check it out. [laughter] me noah: that's why it gives announce oure to final phoenix award, the trailblazer award. this award is a new honor created just for this moment in time. it was instituted in 2016 to recognize a leader who is the first in his or her chosen field to make groundbreaking achievements, and whose vision, perseverance, and life's work has created opportunities for others, especially african americans and other minorities. the trailblazer award goes to a woman who has indeed blazed many new trails, secretary hillary rodham clinton.
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let's watch. clip] >> in 1969, time and life -- her love for public service began early. she was an advocate. after working as a lawyer on capitol hill, she moved to arkansas, where she taught all and ran legal clinics representing the underprivileged. she created the arkansas advocates for children's and families, one of the first date support groups for children. along the way, she met and married bill clinton. after serving as first lady of arkansas and the united states, she was elected to the u.s. senate in 2001, becoming the first american first lady to win public office. in 2009, she became secretary of state. throughout her career, she has
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consistently fought injustice. she has always used to platform to give voice to the youngest and force among us. after her 2008 presidential bid ended, she said "although we were not able to shatter that highest and hardest glass ceiling, thanks to you, it has 18 million cracks in it, and the light is shining through like never before, filling us all with the hope that the path will be a little easier." hillary clinton became the first woman to be nominated by a major party to become president of the united states. clinton's leadership, compassion, and tremendous contribution to improving the lives of people across his nation, especially african americans and minorities, has been in viable.
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in recognition of her extraordinary epic service, the congressional black caucus is proud to present hillary clinton awardhe cbc trailblazer for forging a lifetime commitment to social justice, whether within the community, the nation, or the world. [applause] representative john clyburn will present the trailblazer award to secretary clinton. hillaryelcome secretary rodham clinton. [applause] [applause]
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hello.inton: great to be back here with all of you tonight. , want to thank my friend congressman jim clyburn, representative butterfield, members of the congressional black caucus, and congratulate all of the honorees. on a personal note, i want to recognize a dear friend who is retiring after 46 years, congressman charles wrangle. [applause] is. clinton: he one-of-a-kind, and we are grateful for your years of service. say about one of the best presidents this country has ever had, barack obama?
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[applause] all through this campaign i have made the point over and over again, president obama saved our country from a second great depression. he brought osama bin laden to justice. and so much more. gets one don't think he the credit he deserves for doing what he has done on behalf of our country and the world. [applause] and it is not just the president he has been, but the man he is. hateful nonsense is barack,heir way,
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michelle, their two beautiful daughters have represented our country with class, grace, and integrity. [applause] sec. clinton: as michelle said, "when others go low, we go high." [applause] speak foron: i know i not just everyone in this room, but so many tens of millions of americans. mr. president, not only do we know you are an american. you are a great american. [applause] and you make us all proud to be americans too. let me think the leadership of the cbc foundation for this
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great honor. and to thank all of my friends in the congressional black caucus for it as well. it to all the trailblazers who came before me, who blazed trails that i could follow in their footsteps, barbara jordan. [applause] sec. clinton: i would not be standing here without them. generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and cleared a path for all of us. award is also for everyone out there helping to break down the barriers holding americans like all ofaders, view, and to a rising generation of young activists, to all those
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on the front lines dedicated to the proposition that in america every single child deserves the chance to fulfill his or her god-given potential. this has been the cause of my life. ever since i went to work for the children's defense fund all those years ago. and i am going to close my campaign the way i began my career, and the way i will serve as your president, focused on opportunities for our children and fairness for our families. [applause] we have so much .ork to do together i have heard many heartbreaking stories over this campaign. a working mother to three children from northeast philadelphia. she testified at the dnc platform meeting in june and told us how her husband had been laid off and she worked in a part-time job.
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she said she had been hungry more times than she could count and that life felt like a maze because she faced barriers no matter which way she turned. this, she hasl of hope. she still believes that her aid your old daughter will be president -- eight-year-old daughter will be president one day, and she believes this election can make all the difference in the world to her and her family. right.rove her as a country, we have a moral obligation to give her family and every family a chance to rise up and reach their dreams. that is what is at stake in this election. it is not about golf course promotions or birth certificates. [laughter] [applause]
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it comes down to who will fight for the forgotten , who will invest in our children, and who will really have your back in the white house. we need ideas, not insults. real plans to help struggling americans in communities that have been left out and left behind, not prejudice and paranoia. we can't let barack obama's legacy fall into the hands of someone who does not understand that. [applause] who's dangerous and divisive vision for our country will drag us backwards. instead, we need to come to get incomes rising with a higher minimum wage, to invest in neglected communities with efforts like jim clyburn's
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plan, to get guns out of the hands of dangers people, and the fight for criminal justice system that delivers justice, and to make sure all kids have good schools and good teachers no matter what zip code they live in. [applause] when you really this about it, the choice november is about so much more than democrats and republicans. as michelle obama said at the democratic convention, it is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four years of their lives. it is also about the kind of country we want to be, what we want to leave behind for future generations. who haseveryone here been fighting for this vision over so many years -- i think
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everyone here who has been fighting for this vision over so many years. i want to thank everyone here for supporting me. i'm not taking your vote or anyone's vote for granted. i am working every single day to earn your support, and i need your help over the next 52 days to bring our campaign across the finish line together. [applause] sec. clinton: barbara jordan famously said that a government is invigorated when each of us is willing to participate in shaping the future of this nation. tonight,ryone here please keep doing what you are doing, but also help to register voters, tell others about the clear choice in this election. in some states, early voting is nearly here, so we need to keep the pressure on.
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let's send a loud and clear message once and for all, we are stronger together. remembertter what this, love trumps hate. thank you all very much. [applause] ♪ i never met a woman like you ♪ and in just a few minutes, we will be coming back to the annual congressional black caucus awards dinner. we will step away quickly so the to coveran be moved president obama's remarks, which are set to begin in just a few minutes. we will be back to bring you those comments live. ♪ journal,'s washington live every day with news and policy issues that impact you.
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coming up sunday morning, national review washington editor will talk about the latest in campaign 2016, recent polling, changes in public opinion, upcoming debates, and key senate races. then, the national memo editor in chief will talk about his book on bill clinton's life post-presidency and his role in the clinton foundation. and campaign 2016. be sure to watch c-span's washington journal live beginning at 7:00 a.m. eastern sunday morning. join the discussion. the smithsonian national museum of african american history and culture opens its doors to the public for the first time on saturday, some cover 24th, and c-span will be live from the national mall starting at 10:00 a.m. eastern for the dedication ceremony. speakers include president obama, lonnie bunch, first lady michelle obama, former president george w. bush and mrs. laura
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bush, u.s. justice john roberts, john lewis, and smithsonian secretary. watch the opening ceremony from the smithsonian national museum of african american history and culture live saturday, september 24 at 10:00 a.m. eastern on c-span, the c-span radio mobile app and and we will be going back now to the congressional black caucus awards dinner. remarks from president obama on the way. more live coverage here on c-span. [applause] the first lady of the united states has set a new bar for impact,e in substance, and style. [applause] >> they will certainly be missed
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when they leave washington and the white house. hopefully they will stay here though. shorte put together a tribute to express our gratitude for their service. let's watch. clip] ♪ >> eight years ago on a warm night in chicago, a black man earned the president of the united states for the first time. you did that, along with millions of americans across the country, young and old, black and white, rich and poor, many who were casting a ballot for the very first time. we made history, and it was a long time coming. >> i have a dream. [applause] my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but the content of their character. >> we elected a man who would
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never forget where he came from, who knew exactly what he had to do to get this country back on track. building, we are still . >> health insurance becomes law in the united states of america. our high school graduation rate is at a record high. businesses have created 15 million new jobs. we launched something called my brother's keeper. the overall crime rate and overall incarceration rate have gone down by about 10%. there are actions within my legal authority that we can take to help reduce gun violence to save more lives. >> how do you say thank you for a once in a generation change? by paying it forward, by making more history. that is what we do. very best way to
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pay tribute to a man who knows in his heart that perfecting our union is never finished. that our kids will be better off. >> but there is always more work to do, and yet we can march towards that work with determination and grit. he said, was the great project of america. >> are you fired up? are you fired up? are you fired up? as long as we are all can many did, then there is nothing we can do. >> thank you, mr. president. ♪ [applause] ladies and gentlemen, i have the distinct honor of presenting to you the greatest leader of our generation, the president of
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the united states of america and the first lady of the united states of america. [applause] [applause] pres. obama: hello cbc. [applause] thank you for the great work you are doing and that kind introduction. i love you too. i want to thank the cbc foundation, chairman butterfield , members of the congressional black caucus, and the whole cbc
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family. it is always good to be with the conscience of congress. congratulateo tonight's honorees, beginning with charlie wrangle, a founding member of the cbc, on outstanding public servant, who will be writing off in the sunset together. representative marcia fudge, robert smith, the mother emanuel family, and your trailblazer friend, apient, my champion for change, secretary hillary clinton. [applause] now there is an extra spring in my step tonight. [laughter] pres. obama: i don't know about you guys, but i am so relieved
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that the whole birther thing is over. [laughter] [applause] , isil, northi mean korea, poverty, climate change, none of those things weight on my mind like the validity of my birth certificate. [laughter] [applause] pres. obama: and to think that go, under124 days to the wire we got that result. that is a boost for me in the home stretch. [laughter] in other breaking news, the world is round, not flat. [laughter] this is of course my last cbc dinner as president.
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i show up, i have to buy a ticket. -- the next time i show up, i have to buy a ticket. [laughter] don't get me wrong though, we still have so much work to do, and we are sprinting all the way through, but the days are winding down. i have noticed that whenever michelle or i travel around the country, folks come up and say, we are so sad to see you go, and i really appreciate that. and michelle says, that's right. [laughter] she gave a speech yesterday, bunch of young people were chanting four more years and she said, nope. nope. we want to take this opportunity to say thank you for your
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sayort over the years, to thank you for your friendship, to say thank you for your prayers. look across this auditorium, there is so many people here who lifted us up and things gotwhen tough. when we begin this journey coming on 10 years now, we said, this was not about us. it wasn't about me, michelle, it wasn't just to be a black president or the president of black america. thenderstood the power of symbol. we know what it means for a generation of children to see folks like us in the white house. says, we havee
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tried to be role models for all we know theyuse watch everything we do as adults . so, we have taken the responsibility seriously. i have been blessed to have a partner on this journey who makes it look so easy. honest andtrong and beautiful and smart. but we heard just thankful because you guys have lifted us up every step of the way. we know, however, that what matters most for our community justt just the simple, not an african-american president. a president who is going to do darndest to fight
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the right fights. together, we fought our way back from the worst recession in 80 turned an economy that was in a freefall, helped our businesses create new jobs. we declared that health care is not a privilege for a few but a right for everybody. secured coverage for another 20 million americans including another 3 million african-americans. our high school graduation rate is at an all-time high including african-american students. more african-americans are graduating from college than ever before. to work onun reforming our criminal justice's
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pigeon, reducing the federal prison population, and in the use of solitary confinement for the box forhen it federal employers, reinvigorating the civil rights division, pushing to make sure that communities and police are working together to make sure our streets are safe and that our laws are applied equally. we are giving opportunities for they do not get in the criminal justice system in the first place and i would like to thank all of you who helped us reach communities across the country. we learned that last year across every race and age group in america, income rose and poverty fell compared physical household incomes grew at the fastest
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liftedrate on record, 3.5 million people out of poverty including one million children, the largest drop in 50 years. by so many measures, our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was eight years ago. has been quick or easy. none of it has come without a fight. so much of our work remains unfinished. we knew that we would not solve our challenges in one turn or even one presidency, not even in one lifetime compared we understand better than anybody that this is the story of america, that the project of america is never finished good it is constantly a work in
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progress and what has always made is unique is our capacity to change. our conviction that change does not come from a roller button comes from the bottom up from us whether it is women seeking the right to vote or john lewis meeting -- leading a march in selma we do our part to slowly steadily make our reunion a little bit more perfect. we know that. that is what we have done for eight years. and now that is what we have to keep on doing. you may have heard hillary's opponent in the selection say that there is even a worse time to be a black person. [laughter] he missed that whole civics lesson about slavery and jim crow. [laughter] but we got a museum for him to visit, so he can turn
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in. [cheers and applause] we will educate him. [cheers] says, we've got nothing left to lose to we might as well support somebody who hasn't fought against civil rights and fought against equality and who has shown no regard for working people for most of his life. we are not stupid. [cheers and applause] pres. obama: we know the progress we have made despite the forces of opposition, despite the forces of discrimination, despite the politics of backlash.
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we intend to keep fighting against those forces. when governors refused to expand medicaid, it hits the folks most in need. we will fight. when folks block and increase the minimum wage or refuse to expand paid family leave or will not guarantee equal pay, hurting the pockets of every family, we will fight. when we are not investing in the schools that our kids deserve, -- whengroup americans one group americans is treated , whenently under the law there are those who somehow think it is wrong to make sure that folks have access to affordable housing lawyer on willing to do what it takes to make sure our veterans the benefits that they have earned
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or aren't helping to sign folks , we willalth insurance not stop our march for justice. for thenot stop pushing security and prosperity of all people. doesn't stop with my presidency. we are just getting started. [applause] when people --d when, across this country in 2016, there are those who were still trying to deny people the right to vote. we have got to push back twice as hard. in multiple states republicans are actively and openly trying to prevent people from voting, adding barriers to registration, closingearly voting, polling places in predominately
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minority communities, refusing to send absentee ballots, kicking people off of the roles incorrectly. this should be a national scandal. supposed to have already won that fight. we're the only advanced democracy that has actively discouraged people from voting. it is a shame. by then a try to justify it telling us that voter fraud is rampant. between 2000-2012 there were 10 cases of voter impersonation nationwide. people do not get up and say, i'm going to impersonate somebody and go vote. they don't do that. some of the same folks who were trying to keep eyefrom voting turn a blind
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to thousands of people who were killed by guns, imposing the voter identification restriction so that a gun license can get you on the ballot but a student id can't. we are more afraid of a ballot then a bullet. our work is not done. if we are going to advance the equalityjustice and and prosperity and freedom, then we also have to acknowledge that even if we eliminated every restriction on voting, we would still have one of the lowest voting rates among free people and that is not good. that is on us. i am reminded of all of the
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bubbleso had to count in a bar of soap. it beats tried to register voters in mississippi, risked everything so that they can pull that leverage. say thathear anybody their vote doesn't matter, then it doesn't matter who we elect. read up on your history. it matters. we have got to get people to vote. [applause] pres. obama: in fact, if you want to give michele and me a sendoff, do not just watch us walking into the sunset, get people registered to vote. if you care about our legacy, realize everything we stand for is at stake, all the progress we have made is at stake in this election. the on then of
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ballot that our progress is on the ballot. tolerances on the ballot. democracy is on the ballot. justice is on the ballot. [cheers and applause] pres. obama: schools are on the ballot. ending mass incarceration -- that is on the ballot right now. there is one candidate who will advance those things and there is another candidate whose defining principle, the central candidacy is opposition to all that we have done. there is no such thing as a vote that doesn't matter. it all matters. after we have achieved historic and 2012 in the
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african-american community, i would consider it an insult to my legacy if this community lets down its scarred and fails to activate itself in this election. you want to give me a good sendoff? go vote. i going to be working as hard as i can the next seven weeks to make sure that folks do. [applause] pres. obama: hope is on the ballot and fear is on the ballot, too. ballot and fear is on the ballot, too. , michelle and my
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mother-in-law and the girls and at theot an early look new smithsonian national museum of african american history and culture. [applause] we looked at the shackles that were used to bring folks over. shacks slaves have been trying to make a way out of no way. indent, with each successive unimaginable courage and struggles and the sacrifice and the humor and the hope that led the
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to such extraordinary progress even in our lifetimes. and it made us proud, not because we had arrived but because, what a road we have had to travel. miracle that despite such hardship, we have been able to do so much. and i know everybody in this room understands that progress is not inevitable. it's sustainment depends on us. it is not just a matter of having a black president or first lady, it is a matter of engaging all of our citizens in
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the work of our democracy. said, yout slave who know what? despite the risk of the lash, i am going to learn how to read. it is harriet tubman saying, despite the risk to my life, i am going to free my people. sammy lou hamer saying ostracism, the blowback, i am going to sit down here in this convention hall and i'm going to tell people what it is like to live the life i am living. i'm going to testify to why change needs to come. young john lewis saying, i am going to march despite those horses i see in front of
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me. people,hose ordinary all of those folks whose names ,ren't in history books providing a tribute to them. that is why we are here. that is how progress is sustained. and then it is a matter of electing people to office who feelstand that story, who it in their hearts, in their guts, and understand that government cannot solve all of our problems but it can be a force for good. to experience this incredible museum is to be reminded, we are just a small part of a long journey. generation after generation,
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striving against the odds. what an inspiration they are. inspiration all of you are, especially the young people who are here. up. is why i am still fired that is why i am still ready to go. and if you are to, if you are ready to continue this journey that we started, then join me. register folks to vote, get them to the polls, the marching, keep fighting, keep organizing. if we understand it, this isn't the end, this is the beginning, we are just getting going, then i have never been more optimistic that our best days are still ahead. thank you for this incredible journey, cbc. god bless this country that we love. we love you. [applause]
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that wraps up tonight's annual dinner. your laterw that in tonight including remarks from hillary clinton and president obama. during his remarks, the president said that it would be a personal insult and an insult to my legacy if the african-american community doesn't come out to vote. september 17 is also constitution day and several members have been tweeting about the federal observance recognizing the adoption of the constitution. ted cruz posted this quote.
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pete olson tweeted, today we honor sign in our constitution. a 2004 law established constitution day wishes to be known as citizenship to a. -- which he used to be known as citizenship day. morning,: on sunday eliana johnson will talk about the latest in the campaign, pulling, changes in public opinion, upcoming debates. collison will talk about his book on bill clinton's life post-presidency.
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journal live at 7:00 eastern on sunday morning. announcer: on newsmakers, adam schiff looks at the report of russian hacking of computer systems in the counterterrorism strategies of clinton and trump. he serves as ranking member on the house intelligence committee. newsmakers that 10:00 here on space and -- here on c-span. announcer: adams was not a successful president and if his career ended at the end of his presidency, i do not think i would have written a book about it. strachanght, james talks about his book john quincy
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adams, the life and his career after the presidency. >> the guy is a politician. done whatever you do to win. he did not form alliances. he did not do anything to persuade people who otherwise might not go along with your agenda to do so. housears in the white were just pain. everything was hard. he achieved almost nothing good. it is time to announcer 2017 video documentary competition. help spread the word to students and teachers. this year's theme, your message to washington. what is the most urgent issue
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for the new president to address? our competition is open to all withnts grades 6-12 $100,000 in prizes. students who would produce a 5-7 minute documentary. include programming and explore opposing opinions aired the prizes will be awarded between 150 students and teachers and the grand prize will go to the student or team with the best entries. the deadline is january 20 2017. help us spread the word. >> earlier, donald trump spoke to families whose loved ones had been killed by illegal immigrants. evente the remarks at an
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in houston. >> good afternoon. thank you for attending our first annual remembrance luncheon where we honor and remember americans who have been ,illed by illegal aliens individuals who should not have been in the country in the first place. 16 2015, most americans probably do not remember that they but our families do. we remember that day because that is the day that donald trump announced his run for president of the united states. [applause]
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there is only one candidate who spoke the truth, there is only one candidate who reached out to our families. america's most forgotten families. there is only one candidate who embraced and took in his arm the mothers whose children were victims.nnocent months, mr. trump has traveled across the united states and met with our families. he is the only candidate who will support the national program that our families have put forth. this amazing man is mr. donald trump and i would like for you
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all to put your hands together welcome that we are so honored for mr. trump to be here with our families. [applause] mr. trump: great people, thank you. thank you for the introduction. thank you for the work that you and your organization do to honor these stolen american lives and to advocate for
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justice on behalf of all american victims. thank you, folks. what you have to go through is unbelievable. [applause] i'm honored to be here today and to shine a national spotlight on a group of victims who have been forced -- i mean truly forced into the shadows. these stories are not featured in the news. you have no demonstrators taking to the streets on your behalf. you have no special interests taking up your cause. and the politicians ignore your cries for help. but i never will. [applause] i've known many of you for a long time now. seems like a long time. i'm still here and you are still
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here, right? still fighting. i've met many incredible people during the course of this campaign, but nothing has moved me more deeply than the time i've spent with the families of the remembrance project. the folks at remembrance are doing such an incredible job. [applause] the strength encourage that you shown in your very often lonely fight for justice will get there. you are the heroes. your actions will help us to save the next 1000 american citizens from losing their brothers and sisters and sons and daughters and parents. the most fundamental duty of government is to protect american lives. [applause]
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donald trump: anyone who fails to understand this is not fit to hold public office. [applause] donald trump: every day our border remains of them come in as an americans are needlessly victimized and killed. every day, centuries of these are left in place commitments innocent americans are put in harms way. -- sanctuary cities are left in place, innocent americans are put in harms way. a day a loving parent is at risk of losing their child. it is happening every single day. all across this country, dining room tables have an mdc at the family table because our government abandoned its duty and failed to enforce its basic
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laws. there are a lot of numbers in the immigration debate. i've been talking about it for a long time. obviously, people agree with me because you see what's happening, you see the numbers, you see the polls, you see what's going on at the rallies. a lot of people agree with me. almost everyone agrees. what's not to agree with? [applause] donald trump: what's not to agree? let me give you the most important number of all. but most important number of all is the number of american lives that is acceptable to lose in the name of the legal immigration. let me tell you what that number is. zero. [applause]
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donald trump: our nation should not accept one lost american life. what do you tell the mother who just buried her daughter because someone who was released at the border who should have been sent home or should have been in prison in another country? what you tell the young boy who will grow up without a dead because the criminal was deported five times but was allowed to keep coming back? -- grow up without a dad. what do you tell a wife who has lost her husband because a sanctuary city released an illegal immigrant from behind bars? this has to end, it will end if i become president. i promise you, it will.
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[applause] donald trump: thank you. [crowd chanting "trump"] [crowd chanting "trump"] donald trump: thank you, everybody. thank you. i love you. i love everybody in this room. special people. not one more american life should be given up in the name of open borders. just look at what happened in the last few days the last week, it was reported that authorities detained an illegal immigrant in the austin area who is responsible for nearly a dozen
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sexual assaults and had been previously deported five times within a three-year period. in kansas, ishares department master deputy was -- a sure department master deputy was killed by an illegal immigrant. -- a sheriff's department master deputy was killed by an illegal immigrant. deputy collins was killed only hours after his daughter's fourth birthday. if you does ago, to correctional officers in california were quickly wounded after being shot by illegal immigrant who overstayed his visa. this individual had been convicted of child rape and was slated to be deported, but his home country refused to take them back.
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he was simply too bad, too tough, too evil. they said we refused to take them back. one of the victims has six children, is an air force veteran and a high school football coach. the other victim is a mother and a grandmother. when hillary clinton with secretary of state, this country refusing to take back deported citizen came before hillary clinton's desk but she failed to take forceful action and ignored the federal law requiring her to suspend visas to countries that don't take back their citizens. she did not want to get involved. politician. politicians. according to a report from "the boston globe," from 2008-2014,
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nearly 13,000 criminal aliens were released back into u.s. communities because their home countries would not take them back. they were too tough, too angry, too evil, they don't want them back. and we don't force them back. we want to be nice people and nice and politically correct. and they are all roaming the streets. most of these 13,000 releases occurred on hillary clinton's watch. she had the power and duty to stop it and she didn't. now, my opponent will never be with you. no interest. you know that because you've been trying for years. they've been trying for years. she will never hear your stories, she will never share
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your pain. she will only meet with the donors and the special interests and the open border advocates. her plan calls for total amnesty in the first 100 days, which means obamacare, social security and medicare for illegal immigrants. her plan calls for catch and release of the border -- at the border. sanctuary cities closing detention centers and a virtual end to immigration enforcement in the united states of america. hillary clinton has even announced that she plans to go around congress and implement amnesty by executive order. violating our constitution and
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putting the entire nation in grave peril. hillary clinton is the person, the first person to ever run for the presidency effectively proposing to abolish the borders around the country that she is supposed to be representing. but the media doesn't want you to know that. so, they will never ask her any questions about her plan. won't be talked about at the debate. which is going to be a very interesting time. [laughter] [applause] donald trump: like how she will give lifetime welfare and entitlements to illegal immigrants and how many people will be victimized egos of the illegal immigrants that will be released from federal custody. right at the border. or inside of the border.
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she is not asked to explain what you will say to the american workers who will lose their jobs when she prints out millions of work permits for those here totally against the law, many of whom have very substantial problems. your cause in your stories are ignored by our political establishment because they are determined to keep our border open at any cost. to them, your presence is just too inconvenient. it is an inconvenience. but help is coming. i will tell you that. [applause] on november 8, we are going to win the white house. [applause]
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and we are going to deliver justice for every american family and every single american victim. you know what that means. [applause] together, we will save american lives and prevent the next 1000 american parents from suffering the same fate as the people in this room today. their loved ones will not have died in vain. believe me. [applause] they will not have died in vain. since 2013 alone, think of this, since 2013, the obama administration has allowed 300,000 criminal aliens to return back into the united states and its communities. these are individuals encountered or identified by ice
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but were not detained or processed for deportation. according to the federal government's own data, there were more than 2 million convicted criminal illegal immigrants inside of the united states right now. we wonder why do we have such crime, why do we have such violence? this is true violence. violence like most people have never even heard of before. however, this figure does not include the many individuals who have committed crimes but escape justice, fled the jurisdiction. or were otherwise never caught and many of the folks are in that position. you sometimes know who they are and yet, they are never caught we are going to catch them. [applause]
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donald trump: many crimes committed by people here illegally remain open cases. and yet, our government knows a lot about the people. but they don't go after them. they have killed people and they don't go after them. at the same time, hundreds of individuals who have been given visas and refuge -- think of this, they've been given visas their refugee admissions into the country subsequently were charged with terrorism and nobody does anything about it. it's the most unbelievable thing i've seen -- that's why it's become a personal passion for me when i see these people and there's so many people cannot remember its project, there is so many people -- this is a small group, compared what were talking about.
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the devastation is unbelievable. we are admitting people here with no idea of who they are and we don't know much about them. we don't know what they believe, we don't know if they have love in their heart for our country or they have hatred in their heart for our country. whether it's drugs, terrorism or violent crime, our government is really feeling that utterly failing its core mission to defend and protect the people of this country. the border patrol agents, these are incredible people. they endorsed me. first time they've ever endorsed a presidential candidate. [applause] donald trump: thank you. they've warned that hillary clinton's plan will put the entire country in grave danger. i fully understand that. they called it radical, deeply
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dangerous and warned it would trigger an unprecedented national crisis. they know better than any consultant, they know better than anybody, the border patrol agents, let's just remember our goal, to prevent the next family from suffering the same terrible fate. [applause] that is what is at stake in this election. i am now going to invite some of the bravest people i know and i mean that 100% to come up here and speak. we picked five families. if you could say a few words.
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how about we start over here? perfect. thank you. [applause] >> thank you so much for being here. my name is laura wilkerson. our son was killed in 2010. he was brutally beaten, tortured, strangled to death and his body was set on fire. we've sent out letters to every presidential candidate and the only one we got back was from mr. donald trump. he has really given us a voice. [applause] >> our goal is to help people when this happens in their lives. our first goal is to stop it, but we know there will be more before it stopped. we want to help them with their expenses and legal counsel if need be and to tell them that we have rights. we should have more rights than the killer. [applause] >> i also just want to say that
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if we are all deplorables, we are doing something right. [applause] >> my name is brenda sparks, my son's name was eric. he was raised by a legal immigrant only to be mowed down on the road by an illegal alien. that illegal alien did not one second in jail. he is out there on the road and mr. trump is the only one that has listened to us. he's the only one that has spoken directly to me. and i thank him for that. i will be voting for trump because he wants to protect you. [applause]
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>> my name is julie and my son, spencer, in the sanctuary city of houston, texas last year was driving home and was sitting at a red light when an illegal alien went on a shooting spree, drove by and shot him in the head. he died alone in his car. i want to thank mr. trump for bringing this issue to the national attention. the illegal that killed my son had been deported four times, was a known gang member, he had burglary, assault and attempted murder on his record. and he was still driving and presumably working and living fine in houston, texas. a sheriff's deputy came at the end of the shooting spree and put an end to the shooting spree and to the illegal alien so he could not continue on. [applause] >> thank you very much. [applause]
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>> my name is agnes. my family legally immigrated to the united states after trying three times. it took us 13 years. we came with a job contract. [applause] >> my father had a job contract, we had to sign legal documents stating we would not for public assistance. the ironic thing about it is an illegal alien murdered my son, my only son, who had been previously deported. my biggest fear is that anyone who would have to go through the life sentence i lived with and other families live with because of what this guy did to our family, i would never have the chance of having my son tell me happy birthday. it is my birthday and all i want for my birthday is a new president, donald trump. [applause]
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>> my name is juan pena and my daughter kristi had just turned 14 years old. they found her murdered in castroville. she had been strangled, she had been stabbed, she had been raped, sodomized and they threw her body in the field in february in the rainy season. during this time, this person had kidnapped two other 14-year-old girls and had been caught and was still out on the streets. when he killed my daughter, he left to mexico, came back and tried to kidnap a 12-year-old girl. at 7:00 in the morning on her way to school. he got away again.
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now, they finally got him after 25 years in mexico. it is hard to get somebody extradited from mexico they asked me what i thought about the relations with mexico and the states that the united states and i told them it's great. if you are focused on bell peppers and tomatoes. other than that, it's nothing. i thank everybody for being here. thank god you're here. i come from a sanctuary city. thank you. [applause] donald trump: thank you very much. these are a few of the stories, there are thousands of these stories and we have to work very hard and we have to be very smart. these are truly wanted families.
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that's wounded families and sadly, they will never get to say -- i said, does it get better with time? and they actually said it doesn't and sometimes it gets worse with time, which is something that is incredible. i want to thank all these great people. they are representing a lot of other people. thousands and thousands of people were similar things have happened. i would like to ask maria to come back up and we are going to ask her to say a few words. thank you. [applause] maria: again, thank you all for being here. please stay involved with all the families here. we will make a presentation.
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>> in honor of the work you have done for these families and the families across the country and the work you are going to do as president of the united states of america -- [applause] >> i present this plaque, representing the loved ones of the families who have been killed by illegal aliens who are here with us today. and with that, we say, from the remembrance project and the families who have lost their loved ones in those who have not yet but unfortunately will lose their loved ones to illegal aliens, we present this memorial to you. [applause] donald trump: thank you very much. [applause]
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>> congressman mark takai of hawaii, how many congressional districts are in hawaii? are two. two senators and two congresspeople. >> what you think of washington? >> i love it. if i did not live in washington, d.c., i would go to the delegation every quarter. i never imagined i would sitting here is a member of congress. >> you visited because you are in the legislature? >> i was a member of the national guard. were a few opportunities to come to washington, d.c., and it was always a treat. >> now that you are a member of the house, how often do you get back to the district? >> one of the first things we
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these cited on was where our family was going to stay. that we would go to washington, tc i try to go home as much as possible. emily buto see my being a member of congress, it is important to make sure you go back home in work in the district. items you brought from your office is a picture of your family. your family is back in hawaii. >> that was the day i made my decision to run for congress. comingas a lot of people forward. members of congress. the reason why i am here as unfortunately because of another senator past to wait. there was a lot of movement in
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the delegation because of that. i to run for senate and there was a spot open. so, in 2013, august 8, we made that decision. >> how much convincing did it take for your family? >> the biggest decision was where they were going to live. when we got over that and they knew they were going to stay and myth their friends wife's family and her family, everything was all good at that point will stop >> not long ago a congressional recess. when you go back home, it is not just to go back to the sandy beaches but to work. are you able to separate out your personal life? >> i was in the legislature 20 years prior.
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there is almost no separation. in when you are out with your mally, the closer shopping is near pearl harbor, perl rich, i am always working. so spending family time, my kids the up through dad being in legislature and now they are growing up with me being in the congress. i go to the softball games, to be swim meets. >> you spoke about being a member of the military, when did you begin serving? >> july 19, 1999. >> did you serve in iraq? >> i served in kuwait as part of operation iraqi freedom. i'm a proud member of the national guard and serve as a lieutenant colonel will stop >> you still have demands on your
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time for national guard? every year,y falls on your anniversary date you have to have so many days of service. minas coming up and i have to make sure it is a good year. >> and you are on the armed services committee. what would you like to have accomplished? >> i am proud of what we recently had accomplished. we spent the last four months working on the national defense authorization act. tougha hard -- it is a measure because it is all-inclusive but at the same time you work hard on the first four months and get it done for you can move on to other things. introduce 29d to amendments of which 28 past so successful. >> you come in as a freshman member but do you think your -- in the military
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>> i would think so. veteran ando a another alongside us as well. on the democratic side there's a number of veterans and on the republican side as well. perspective, and their perspectives, we work hard to make sure there heard. >> how does being a member of congress compared to being a member of the military? >> said it's a good question. no one has ever asked me that. everything in the military is about the chain of command. in that way, we have a chairman running our committee. theave the speaker and
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majority leader running the houses of congress. we have the general in hawaii. and everyone follows is direction. ways that is good, in -- r ways, there so i think in some ways, it is like that, but another, there is much more flexibility and freedom being in the legislative branch, because i would not necessarily tell the general "no," but in some cases, you can tell leadership. i am a democrat, part democrat. host: could you see yourself in a leadership position in a committee or other areas? rep. mark takai: absolutely. fortunately, this year, i serve as a ranking member on a workforce and small business committee, so we were very fortunate.
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i am definitely privileged to have the opportunity to be a lead democrat on a subcommittee right now. in the future, i think it is important for hawaii. our family, when we made the decision, i told them, along with my close friends and supporters that the commitment to run for congress in this particular seat, especially for a small delegation like we have in hawaii, is a long-term commitment, and if given the privilege of serving or many years, i think it is important for us to build seniority in the house. host: a lot of the committee meetings are covered on c-span and the c-span networks. do you ever get frustrated with a limited amount of time you get to ask a witness was two, -- to ask a witness a question, typically something like five minutes? because that is just not enough time to get your questions answered. rep. mark takai: being in the legislature, where there was no limit, i appreciate the limit. the armed services committee with nearly 70 members, if
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everybody had an unlimited amount of time, we would be there for days. i think over time, congress has developed this time limit, a policy of five minutes, and in some cases in terms of the floor one minute, i think if you cannot say something within the one minute on the floor, if you cannot say something in five minutes in committee, then you have got to rework your message. host: going back to your campaign and that august 2013 decision to run, how well-funded were you at the time? how much of it was a concern, and how do you typically continue your fundraising? rep. mark takai: well, we started from nothing. we were very much the first time running a congressional race. a federal race. so we started from scratch. i learned early on that in order to win a congressional race, you have to put together a great team, and i credit tammy duckworth with really helping me through that. we are college classmates, and i credit myself for her getting to
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run for congress in 2008, and we helped her again in 2012. i was here for her confirmation hearing when she was assistant secretary for the v.a. i was very close to her. she told me, mark, don't worry. i will let you have my whole team, and you will run with my team, and we will work hard to raise money. i did not have to worry about the creation of a team because tammy helped me there. every member of her team, media, print, even fundraising was her team, so we did that, and we just focused on fundraising, and like i said, we started from nothing. we were trying to raise about $1 million for the primary. we came in a little bit short, tv buys,elay the hour but we had one solid month of tv and that got us over-the-top. incredible, we started 20 point down. we by 18 points.
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so we swung those points. it was a lot of work. host: does it feel like you have to continuously fund raise? are you focusing on constituent work as much as you would like to? rep. mark takai: we are spending a considerable amount of time fundraising. and networking and to developing relationships both here and in washington, d.c., and in hawaii. you know, it is expensive to run a congressional campaign. our entire campaign last year cost $1.8 million, so we ran a general election campaign that cost over $1 million. most of that goes to tv, and if you take a look at the market in hawaii, it is a lot cheaper than anywhere else, so we are buying a point at something like $100, and some of the other markets are spending up to $1000 per point, and we want to keep on raising money, because it is
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important for us. we need that tv. host: what one aspect of hawaii do you think your fellow members typically do not get? about the state? rep. mark takai: that is a good question. i had the opportunity to travel to asia. there was a bipartisan delegation, and i was the only freshman. i had the honor of representing not only the freshman class but also these services, and i think that just through that visited and the visit to the pacific command, to get the pacific command brief, surprisingly, many senior members of our delegation were unaware of the importance of hawaii being the strategic hub and headquarters for our military across asia, the pacific, and the indian ocean, so i think that in and of itself is important to talk about, because
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i constantly am talking to colleagues and inviting them to hawaii and letting them know how important, strategically important, hawaii is for the united states. host: reading about your background, you were one of the first in hawaii to buy a nissan leaf. alternate fuel vehicle. what prompted that decision? rep. mark takai: well, that goes back to -- truthfully, that was going back to me being deployed in the middle east in 2009. hawaii is a very beautiful place, but we have our challenges. we are what i call the most isolated populated land mass in the entire world, and because of that, the need to be more sustainable is critical. the cost of living is high in hawaii, i believe mainly because of the fact that we are not as sustainable as we need to be, so i served in the middle east. i looked around and kind of wondered why we were fighting a
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war half a world away from hawaii, and i realized it was partially because of oil, black gold, so when i got home, i told my wife, we have got to put these panels on our roof, and she said, what? and i said we had to make electricity from the sun. she thought i was crazy. that, she waser telling her friends, you know what, our electric bill is zero. with mark, we put these things on our roof, and now we are not paying electricity. well, around that time, nissan could log onpters to the internet and order your car. and so i logged onto the internet to in i was one of the first. that was five years ago, so 2010. i am on my third leaf. every two years, i get a new one, so i just picked up my third one in april.
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host: does it feel like other members of your state, other hawaiians have picked up this trend in terms of alternative energy? rep. mark takai: if we could, we would harness the sun, and not everyone is as fortunate as my family, because we live in a single-family home, and we own our home. so we have some challenges. renters and people who live in town homes do not have the opportunity i have. so even in the legislature, we are pushing for these measures for the community as a whole to move us towards sustainability as quickly as possible. host: most mainlanders come to hawaii, and what took you from hawaii to the mainland first? you were born in hawaii. what was your first trip back to the mainland? rep. mark takai: you know, that was probably when i was five years old to go to disneyland in california. a lot of people travel to california from hawaii, and many people still go to disneyland.
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that was probably my first trip. but i started swimming when my family was living in guam. host: competitively. rep. mark takai: competitively. so that brought me to the mainland probably twice a year. host: did your dad work in the military? rep. mark takai: we were stationed from fifth-grade to seventh grade. we lived in guam. host: you mentioned senator inouye. you brought a picture along. tell us about the people. rep. mark takai: far left is senator inouye, then the congresswoman from hawaii, and on the far right, another senator from hawaii. host: a state senator? no, a u.s. senator. rep. mark takai: i tell this story almost every day about what it is like to be here,
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representing hawaii. i have many stories about senator inouye and about patsy, but i talk about being on the shoulders of people like them, and you know it because we all work here. the halls of congress, especially capitol hill, it is a very different place at night, you know when all of the tourists, all of the tour groups are gone. and we are walking to and from the capital. i heard stories of senator inouye talking about these long nights in the capital. in fact, he had his office as senate president pro tem in the capital, and it is just a surreal experience to be walking through the halls and just hearing your footsteps in realizing that these people who came before me also represented the state of hawaii. in fact, senator inouye was the first elected member of
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congress, and he came right after hawaii became a state. host: no are there traditions in the hawaiian delegation that most people would not know about, a piece of memorabilia, or something that is passed down from member to member regardless of their party? rep. mark takai: nothing has been passed down. we have gone into the cage upstairs. that has some memorabilia from other members, and i pulled out some of the portraits and the artwork from previous members, but i think in terms of hawaii, we are very proud of the fact that people love us for our macadamia nuts and chocolate. and then when we talk about hawaii and being on the hill, there is almost an expectation that you either come with a lei, wearing a lei, or you come with chocolate covered macadamia nuts.
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so i bring them out once in a while. host: you talked about what you want to do on the armed services committee. more broadly, how long do you want to serve, and what are your broader goals in congress? rep. mark takai: i got elected at 47, and i was elected in the state legislature and served for 20 years, and as i mentioned earlier, the commitment that our family has made, if given the opportunity and privilege, to put in another 20 years, so that would make me 67. that is not too old. so, yes, if given the opportunity to stay here, i think it is important for hawaii for seniority, and for this place, for the most part it works on seniority. host: you talked about serving on a college newspaper and being
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a political science major. what about your kids, what are they interested in, and what would you like to the them do? rep. mark takai: i would like to see them not run for politics. i tell young people to get a life, raise your family, and then maybe a few years down the road come back and possibly run for office, so i hope they do not have aspirations to follow me right out of college, because it was tough. it was tough for my wife and me early on. host: but then you do not have a chance to meet george takei. tell us that story about the campaign. rep. mark takai: we met through tammy duckworth. it was duckworth, honda, and another supporting tokai, and mark takano knows george to k,
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george takei, and jerry endorsed me in the primary, so the headline read, takei and takano endorse takai. all three of us get confused. we have the pleasure now of calling ourselves friends, and, in fact, i am going to see george takei, and he is debuting in a new broadway show, focusing on the japanese experience, and japanese-american experience, and i am looking forward to that show. host: well, we hope we get it right. congressman mark takai. of hawaii. a low half. aloha.
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>> first-term congressman mark takai of hawaii died on july 20 after a battle with pay graphic cancer. he was 49. colleagues, friends and family members took part in a memorial service to honor his life at the u.s. capitol. speakers included minority leader nancy pelosi, speaker paul ryan, vice president biden and congressman tokai's wife. this is 40 minutes.
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>> please remain standing for the invocation.
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>> it is a delight to have them as a part of our church. our family, a great delight and privilege to have called mark my friend and brother. it is an honor to lead us all in prayer as we give thanks to mark -- four mark to gather. may we pray. romans 8:38, i'm convinced that neither death nor life, angels nor rulers, and present nor things to come, power, depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of god. in christ jesus, our lord. almighty and everlasting father, we give you thanks for the chance to gather here today and gratitude for the life of your servant and for the difference you made to your world. we thank you for mark's warmth
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and inspiration, his friendship and example, we ask that you would fill each of us with that same light of christ that we will bring your transformation to each of our communities. most merciful god whose wisdom is beyond our understanding, so surround sammy, matthew, kayla and all of marks family with your love that they may not be overwhelmed by the loss but have confidence in your goodness and strength to meet the days to come. make the hope of heaven be the most beautiful reality to them and to us all this day. lord of all, we praise you and pray you judgewe us with infinite mercy and justice. and love everything you have made. in your mercy, through the darkness of death, it has become the dawn of new life and the
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embarking into the joy of heaven. these things we ask in the name of the father, the son, and the holy spirit, amen. please be seated. >> to sammy, tokai, speaker ryan, leader pelosi, colleagues in congress, i'm honored to join you to remember a man who committed his life to serving others and who embodied the aloha spirit. he was one of the best colleagues i've ever known. through his time in the legislature and his service in the national guard, he was a father and husband and member of congress, he was truly a happy warrior. he never complained. he understood what an honor it was to serve the people of hawaii. because of his joyful determination, his humility and
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is skill, he became an effective legislator for hawaii in his short time in congress. he is a person who advocated for the department of defense, for service members, veterans and the environment. he did it all with passion and without any trace of the toxicity that has become all too common in washington. beyond his public service, he was a loving husband and father and he raised two amazing children. i know that they continue to grieve but i hope they are comforted by their faith in god and the knowledge that mark was one of hawaii's great statesman. he was well loved, respected and that he is missed. mark was a soldier in every sense of the word. full of dignity, honor, respect and determination. his life was cut short but it was a life well-lived.
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we love you, mark. aloha. >> good afternoon and aloha. marks spirit is with us. to sammy, matthew, kayla, eric, naomi, gary and the entire toke takei ohana, which is all of us. it is a privilege to be with you today and recall what a wonderful person mark was.
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i worked with and knew mark for over 20 years. when we both served in congress, i consider him to be one of my closest allies and i refer to him as my younger brother. i have many memories of mark. one memory that i would like to share with you occurred last year when the two of us went to selma, alabama along with dozens of our colleagues from both the house and senate to commemorate the 50th anniversary of bloody sunday, that historic march led by reverend dr. martin luther king. and that march, in 1965, some of you may still remember the pictures that appeared in the new york times the following day. it showed dr. king wearing a white carnation lei. he had become friends with reference abraham akaka who was the brother of our calling. they had become friends. reverend akaka sent the lay to the marchers to stand in
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solidarity with the marchers. here we were, last year, mark decides that we should commemorate that and to carry out that tradition of aloha and love that exemplified the march in 1965. he wanted to make sure that every single colleague from the house and senate had fresh lay. lei.esh over 100 were ordered in the world to be flown into alabama. they were not there. we had absolutely no idea where they were in transit from the west coast to where we were. i look at mark and said, you are the national guard guy, you know logistics. i'm sure you can take care of this. so, for the next day or so, he tried to figure out where these were.
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i'm sure a lot of people were wondering who he was talking to. sure enough, he got it done and lei arrived just in time. we have pictures of him opening up the boxes. one special lei was presented to john lewis who was one of the original marchers. john got a carnation lei which is similar to the white one dr. king were 50 years before. as we marched across the bridge holding hands with our first american president, barack obama, it was a moment. mark did everything with a lot of joy, determination and aloha. i know how much mark admired dr. martin luther king. i want to close with a quote
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from dr. king. it is from a speech he gave the 1965. let us begin. let's rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful struggle for a new world. this is a calling of the sons of god. our brothers wait eagerly for our response. shall we say the odds are two -- too great? shall we tell them the struggle is too hard? will our message be that the forces of american life against our arrival? we send our deepest regrets. or will there be another message of longing, hope, solidarity with their yearnings of commitment to the cause, whatever the cost? the choice is ours. and though we might prefer it
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otherwise, we must choose in this crucial moment of human history. we are at a crucial moment. we know that mark would have wanted us to do the right thing. mahalo. >> aloha. thank you all for gathered here today. your presence is truly a testament to mark's life, his character and heart. during my first appointment to -- deployment to iraq, there was a big sign at one of the main gates from our camp that most of the convoy and patrol went out of that read in big letters, is today the day? a reminder every day that our time could come at any moment.
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a reminder that none of us really knows how much time we have. mark lived his life in this. making the most of all of his 49 years and dedicating his life in the service of others. as a father and a son, a husband, brother, colleague, soldier and friend, mark's life was truly driven by his love for the people of hawaii and our country. positively impacting, slides along the way. i had the good fortune of knowing mark for over a decade. he was there when i was sworn in as a state representative in hawaii. we served together. he was the chair and i was the vice chair. mark was standing by my side and i enlisted in the hawaii national guard. we were deployed together.
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we served here in congress together. just over a year ago, he was there to celebrate with my family and friends at my wedding. it has been to these last several weeks of reflection that i realize that mark has been there for every major marker in -- and milestone in my life. what is incredible is i can't tell you how many people i have spoken to in turn, who says the exact same in about mark's present in their life. i've had many conversations with people both here and what -- in washington sharing their own testimony about how their lies were positively impacted by mark. i've heard from many of my fellow national guard soldiers who served under mark's command. i've heard about a deep respect for his leadership, what he taught them, how he mentored them, how seriously he took his job as a leader of soldiers -- taking care of them.
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communities, our state and country are better off with his service. we will forever miss you, your smiling face, you're ready laugh, and your heart of aloh. his impact will forevea live on. -- forever live on. mulhall low. mahalo. ♪
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>> aloha. sammy, matthew, kyla, eric and naomi, sister nadine, ronnie, ross, father-in-law, gary. aloha to all of you. for sharing mark with us.
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we are gathered here today in the old house chamber where lincoln served beneath the same clock lincoln heard ticking. the gates of the muse of history in the presence of the vice president of the united states. for almost two centuries, cleo and her clock reminded the men and women that our time is short and that history is watching. mark takai's service in congress defined what it means to meet the challenge. facing bravely to the judgment of history, earning a worthy
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place in the honorable heritage of our democracy and using his time well. as a family has said, mark lived his dream. in his service to america and hawaii, congressman tokai embodied our nation's highest ideals. in his fight against cancer, he showed the courage and strength that defined the wonderful person he was. all of us are heartbroken by the death of our colleague and friend, mark takai. his passing is a tragedy and i speak for all of our colleagues when i say that. everyone who had the privilege of knowing mark knew how devoted he was to his family, his wife, his children. i know we are deeply grateful to the family for sharing him with our country for so many years. in the military, the state legislature of hawaii and in the united states congress. especially knowing that that service often took him to the other side of the world from their home in hawaii. when he only been in the congress rate you weeks, i had
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the privilege of bringing mark on a congressional delegation to asia. i wish you all could have seen the dignity and diplomacy with which he engaged in discussion on our national security, economic interest and human rights. four that special grace, we think his parents -- think his for -- for tha -- we that special gracek, thank his parents. in burma, cambodia, korea, japan, he upheld our values and beautifully was received, especially in japan. we thank the ambassador for joining us today. bringing of the leis to the 50th anniversary of selma, you heard
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the center tell the store. he is brand-new in congress and only a few weeks really sworn in and he had the idea that others must have thought, why did i not think of that. bringing leis to selma or diplomacy to asia, strength to the congress or joy to us all, mark was recognized as a unique and true leader. that is why, mr. vice president, we are all very grateful to you for embracing mark in life. we will never forget that. and for honoring us with your presence today. i hope it is a comfort to mark's family that somebody people mourn your loss and are praying for you at the same time. we will all be family for as long as the future holds. aloha for the future. thank you. >> aloha. >> aloha. when i think of mark takai, the first thing that comes to mind
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is a lighter moment. just a few months after i became speaker, he made sure to give me an aloha shirt. [laughter] >> he was determined to convince me to allow it to be acceptable dress code on the house floor. >> he made a heck of a pitch. for a moment i don't have odd because if we would let him have the aloha shirt on the floor than the wisconsinites could have our cheese heads.
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[laughter] >> i think that symbolizes his distinct qualities. a zest for life. pride in his heritage. and his persuasive gift. he was a dear colleague. he was someone i got to know next to me on an exercise bike every thursday morning. not everyone receive such an outpouring of when they pass. that was the kind of man or takai was. you can feel his absence now for cicely because he was such a presence in so many lives. -- precisely because he was such a presence in some allies. -- i wish there was a way we could capture his spirit and save it for the future. anyway, there is, all these great memories he left us. he said he was proud to serve the people of hawaii. well, all of us were very proud to have known him, to have served with him, and you have called him our friend and our colleague erin we will be praying for him, for you, sammy, and for your children. and for your extended family. i also thank god for bringing him into our lives for such a short but sweet time. mahalo, mark. aloha. i would like to present to you, sammy, an american flag that we
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flew over the capital on the day of mark's burial.
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v.p. biden: when fate defies fear gauntlet throws the down to death when honor scorns compromise with death, this is heroism. he could have been talking about your husband, your dad, your son. i apologize for being late. the leader of burma was in the oval office and i had to be there. but i want to say that i didn't know mark well. but i knew him. i didn't have to know him a long time, sammy, but i knew him. and is obvious by the way everybody spoke before i met him that he was a beloved son, loyal
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and decent father and husband, a congressman who had an enormous, enormous amount of potential, and a lieutenant colonel in the hawaii national guard. everything about him was not unlike his political idol and mine as well. the guy who looked over me when i got here as a 29-year-old kid was a guy named danny noah. danny befriended my boys when i got here. my wife and daughter were killed right after i was elected in an accident.
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indian he would come over. bring them to work a lot. they were only four and five years old. and danny would come over and he would just take them. he would take them back to his office. danny had the same demonstrable courage on the battlefield and the moral courage in the political arena that your son had. that your dad had, that your husband had. what nancy was referencing a moment ago was i spoke to the caucus, the democratic caucus in baltimore, the retreat we had. and mark had just been diagnosed -- not unlike my son. with a diagnosis that was, he
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knew and you knew, was essentially a death sentence. and the caucus paid tribute to him. and i acknowledged him. and went up and hugged him. you know what he said to me? he said, i'm so sorry, mr. vice president. i'm so sorry about beau. i'm so sorry about your son. he had just come from hopkins. he was not unaware what his prospects were. he said, i don't want my kids to have to worry about me. i don't want anybody to feel sorry for me. well, his dignity was palpable. paul, nancy and i, we have been around here a long time.
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we have seen many, many congressmen come and go. good women and men. though certain people, when they arrive, they just have this thing about them. there is just a presence. it not just optimistic or outgoing. but he carried himself with dignity. nancy has heard me say before, in expression my mother knew. she would say joey, look at me. , when she wanted to make a point, she would say "look at me." and she would say, just remember, you are defined by your courage and your redeemed
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by your loyalty. the women and men who served under mark, colleagues he served with, and my guess is everyone he knew knew this is a man of courage who valued loyalty. in and i say to the kids, there's nothing easy about this, to state the obvious. i know you all appreciate this memorial service, but i know it's hard. when we stand up and we talk about mark, it brings back the moment. it takes courage for you to be here. but i say to the kids, matthew and kaila, the rest of your life, your dad is with you. i promise you. every important decision you make in your life, you are going to ask yourself what would he do? what would he want me to do?
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and just by answering the question, you are going to be replicating who he was. as long as you guys are around, your dad is going to be with you. with your grandparents and your mom. i mean that sincerely. that is not hyperbole. that is not an exaggeration. you are bone of his bone, blood of his blood. and the only thing i have observed is deep in your broken hearts, the way to get through it is just hang onto each other. hold each other tight. because you know that's what he would want you to do. you know what he wants you to do. and the best way to honor his memory, in my humble opinion, is to do what he wants you to do.
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i'm told there is an old hawaiian proverb that says the tide recedes but leaves behind seashells on the sand for every joy that passes something beautiful remains. he remains. he remains with this incredible family. in a country full of hope and possibilities because women and men like mark who believe so deeply and gave so much. sammy, i know there's nothing that can ease that broken heart right now, but i promise you the day will come when mark's memory
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brings a smile to your lip before it brings a tear to your eye. my prayer for you and your family is that they come sooner rather than later. but i promise you. i promise you it will come. just hang onto each other. god love you all. and may god protect our troops. >> in life, we often make plans
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for ourselves. but as often happens, we find ourselves on a different journey than what we had planned. our journey will never be the same, but our lives have all been made better having known mark. he was a wonderful husband, father, son, and brother. we will miss his smile, his laugh, his calls from d.c. to say hello even if it was 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. here, just so that he could talk to us before the kids went to sleep. he was always on the go and said sleep was overrated. he worked hard and he truly loved representing the people of
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hawaii. mark loved being a congressman and tried to spread the aloha spirit, not only through his attire, but through his actions as well. and in this spirit, i would like to take the opportunity to express our warmest aloha to you. our hawaii delegation has always been a part of our aloha. thank you for your love and support. you have all made such wonderful tributes to market and stood by to mark and stood by his side for many, many years. we love you all. vice president biden, it is such an honor to have you here today. i know earlier this year, mark himself was able to express to you how he felt and the admiration for the work you're doing. so thank you so much. two speaker run in the and speakerelosi, -- to
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pelosi, thankr you for the opportunity to remember mark here in d.c. leader pelosi, you have been one of mark's biggest supporter since the beginning, thank you for who you are and for our children. i would also like to make a special thank you to tammy [indiscernible] for opening up her home to us when the entire family came to visit, as well as, for his home and his car, -- as well as mike honda, for his home in his car, which we used to go to church. thank you for all the support that you gave mark from the very start and especially what you have done for our children. thank you. and of course, our warmest mahalos to shawn callahan and mark's office staff for just everything you have done. you will all forever be a part of our ohana and our hearts will
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never forget your kindness. there were also many of you here in congress that prayed for mark and for that, he was extremely grateful. your continued prayers, your notes, your text messages, your calls, all of your support helped give him strength to face his challenge. blessed to have met the pastor of holy trinity church. our home awayome from home in the many hands that prayed for mark was a gift to us. were strong in god until the end and he wrote in his final wishes, i love my god. do not worry about me. i am in heaven. through it all, he never gave up hope in t went peacefully surrounded by those he loved most. from the entire takai ohana here today, as well as from our
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entire ohana back home in hawaii, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being here today to remember mark. mahalo and love to you all. thank you.
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>> let us pray. we have beengod, taught by the master that no greater love exists than one laid down our life for another. as we leave this place today, may we never forget this man who served in our armed forces, ready to answer his master's call. representative mark takai served the citizens of his home state hawaii for many years and at many levels of government. in all those years, in the few short months here in washington, it was clear to all he encountered that mark was a true statesman, dedicated to the
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welfare of his fellow citizens. may we all be such good and faithful servants. bless us all, but bless especially his family and all those who mourn the loss of so great a man, congressman mark takai. amen. >> please remain seated until the official party and family have departed. >>
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>> the smithsonian national museum of african american history and culture opens its doors to the public for the first time. c-span will be live from the national mall for the dedication ceremony. speakers include president obama, former president george w. bush and mrs. laura bush, u.s. supreme court justice john roberts. congressman john lewis. and more. live the opening ceremony saturday, september 24, at 10:00 a.m. eastern aunties and, the c-span radio at, and c-span. ward. american discussion on views and treatment of refugees. we heard from photographers who captured images and how those
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images affected national perception. hour and 15 >> the microphone works great. one challenge down. thank you for the generous introduction. thank you or coming. it is a useful day in southern california. there are many things you could be doing. thepe you have all seen fantastic exhibit. i saw last week. i come to this space as frequently as i can and i tell to theisitor to go annenberg phone. you have to see this place. it is a gem of los angeles. a great way to spend time.
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thank you so much for being here. conversationo the at hand in hand our guest. introduction and as i told them in conversations, if you are curious about the background, google them. i have long resumes. very distinguished. i will be brief. on the far left is a a professor ucla. at she is the new director for the center of near east studies at ucla. schoolate of the yale and edited the yale law review. right in the center is an historian of photography with an emphasis in documentary
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photography, social activism, bernarded her ba at college. went to the institute of the arts. and harvard. she is working on a project about the civil war. then, to my immediate left, a teacher from usc. of american studies and ethnicity. the author of a novel "the sympathizers," which one a little prize called the bullets are ward. i think i have heard of it. is about the vietnamese immigration and refugee experience that told in the context of a thriller. a great read.
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and he is working on a nether called the refugees. onck out the sympathizer bookstores. the issues with the international refugee crisis as it exists right now. i did a little homework. there are 65 million refugees now in the world. that is about one out of every 113 people on the planet. canada,lation of australia, and new zealand combined or in california terms, as many refugees where people up and forced from their homes for the entire population of california plus another 20-25 million people. you cannot see a news program or this without hearing something about refugees, particularly in the superheated
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campaign. i was at philadelphia at the convention and in cleveland and heard a lot about refugees and a lots of fear expressed about refugees and the threat they may pose to america according to some right now. if i can throw this conversation over to you, it is often described as a crisis of historic proportions. people forced to leave their homelands. >> thank you. the choice toat frame this as a crisis is it self little and what i mean by that is this. obviously there are a lot of serious threats. people face horrific circumstances in syria, somalia,
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iraq. they are experiencing genuine crisis. but when we talk about these numbers we need to put it in a broader perspective. likexample, a country france process is about 80 million tourists a year without challenges. copemanage the flows and with that in the ordinary course of how they run society. the question is, can we manage the kind of population flows we see and the answer is yes, if we it. the numbers do not represent an unmanageable or a control of the flow. does needaming of the into political choices which are
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automatic. it as af we think of crisis we go to the most extreme choice of solution rather than thinking calmly about it. secondly, the political strategies themselves have to endorse a way of framing refugees as a problem instead of a potential benefit to the system and that can and of itself contributes to xenophobia which dramatically exasperate the problems. to think we would want to manage without resorting to a frame of crisis. a to put that in more of context, did you want to say something? >> yes. u.n., about a month or two ago i did an event in new
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york city. u.n.,s. ambassador to the 21 million refugees. so, you can correct me but i believe the 60 plus million are refugees.lion i think it is a very clinical term. heery political category and gets to the issue of why it is they are considered troublesome. why situations we do not want to classify as refugees. >> that 65 million includes crossing borders, driven by war, poverty, famine, what have you. people who are basically staying within the borders of a particular country. >> 21 million refugees. 65 million people and forced migration. crossing borders.
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the larger picture, 250 million migrants annually voluntarily. who choose to leave their country of origin and live at least for one year outside their country. in addition, those numbers are not included in any of those categories. >> thank you. i want to come to you about images of refugees throughout history. you are a refugee yourself into proudly embrace that term. >> i have to forcibly embrace that term because so many people want to call me and immigrant. i am a refugees. the reason why i have to consistently do this is because in the context of the united states to be an immigrant it's really well within the dominant mythology of what the united states is. i will give me some examples.
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what ite katrina out happened, we saw all of these pictures of people but then displaced and the question arose, what do we call these people? you yourself used the term refugee. it is really interesting that both president bush at the time and jesse jackson said, these people are not refugees. possibly the only time these two people agreed with each other. but they both agreed it is un-american to say. for jesse jackson to call african americans because so many to call them refugees as well so there is something that is about being a refugee that counters how americans want to see themselves. it is not possible for americans to be refugees, it is someone else. in your specialization, when it comes to how refugees and immigrants have been represented
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in popular culture through whatgraphy by the media, is the same and what has changed over the last 100 years? >> we can see the kind of images that americans who have been exposed to an early 20th century ends the way in which the kind of mythology referred to with some is. this is classic. >> going to get their name changed to something americans can pronounce -- >> they are humble. it is in orderly process. you can see them checking the documents. humble.ere very nowthat is not what we see as images. we see images of refugees and immigrants as disorderly.
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this -- actually, photographer is projecting the for the news. the kind of invasion image. invading this country or another country. >> i think of the photo that was used in the campaign for britain's union. controversial. a line of people. it did not say whether or from or where they are going. >> something like that is dehumanizing. crowds of people where we cannot pick out individuals. here, the use of that hand in bringsund and media week us into the images purchase a fence. not necessarily spectators. the hand brings us into the space. we can see the range of emotions being expressed. we can pick out individuals and see reactions to the arrival and
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this is one of the things being discussed in the film, in the exhibition. going back to the ellis that was a much more controversial issue at the time, right? we look at that now, hindsight, a classic success story to make a new life here in america but at the time when it able look at the photo and draw another kind of conclusion? the invasion of america at that time? >> if you look at the photo, it is an orderly image. a particular type of immigrant. pius. you are looking at more than just this one. often portrayed as very religious, right? people we quote, wanted, if people are coming there are least religious people and humble people.
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>> were there captions on these? that would help dictate how they would be interpreted? >> captions like this would be implied later on. these images used in these -- at that time you would not necessarily read a news story with the image. at that time they would just put the image in the newspaper and it might not have that kind of contextual image. >> do you think we sometimes over romanticized how we treat new arrivals in this country? immigrants or refugees, we remember in hindsight the united states welcoming them with open arms. italians, irish, polls, people from the middle east. but at the time it was a much more chaotic, ugly reception
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then we think now. >> i think now we look at refugees, lake syrian refugees very educated, saying, you don't understand what it is like. in the 19 century, and chinese immigrants, when you look at that cartoon depiction of chinese immigrants from that time. they were horrifying. the depth of racism in american society for the chinese was incredible. now because chinese americans and should japanese immigrants are so well assimilated it is hard to believe. be much more terrifying than the chinese back then. certainly there are images, if you scroll forward to the images of the orphan city, two more images, this image. we see something like this.
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an image of the orphan city. >> what is the context? , i will speak about it in just a second. calling people's attention to the fact that this is an image that portrays refugees as a population to be managed and controlled. military. view of the you make an aerial view to show your organizations skills. we see an image of a camp. peopleal view of organized in different sections, wearing uniforms. showing the layout of the camp
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itself. we see an image of refugees as a people to be controlled. an image that implies criminalization. they are inherently criminals and need management. >> i would say that's one thing i find striking in thinking of the crisis and genocide is that we are witnessing very similar scenes a century apart and one way to think about that dichotomy that i was describing about the legacy of the genocide and those populations today, a century later, for example, sitting in los angeles, we know the arminian community, likely descendents of those survivors, are viewed as in important element of what makes the city a thriving city and are part of the mosaic that no one today has described as part of that and you can imagine that one century
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ago, they were echoed, probably many of the same kind of sentiments echoed today. distressing to that cycle and may be an able's us have a window in taking about refugees and their contributions it differently. have anis country advantage because we pride ourselves on being an emigrant nation. so as xenophobia can say they have been lately in our political culture have an alternative narrative available that one can appeal to. trying to integrate, to flip that narrative to the benefit. >> do you agree with what he said, that in our heads we immigrant on the one side, the immigrant represents hard work, goodness, readiness to assimilate in his or her new country into the refugee is the more "other" kind of person who we think of as
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being more suspicious and we are more skeptical of. do you agree that is often how it plays out? >> in the world i inhabit which is largely about international law and policy, strangely there is a different dichotomy. refugees are framed as people entitled to protection in migrants are seen as people who are wrongly trying to make claims on the society to which they arrive in that framework can be troubling and we can speak more about that. there is a language the refugee is deployed to exclude people from legal defense and material assistance in ways i think art damaging and produces a clinical struggle to be defined as a refugee. as opposed to a migrant, who represents a greater threat. that isr piece i think interesting to think about as we think about a refugee is not just want to let needy a
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population defined by humanitarian needs which eliminates agency, which removes their ability to move to benefits in terms of framing and produces a kind of way of thinking about them that requires them to continually a varietyatitude in of ways which i think is also really stifling. >> thank you, thank you, thank you for whatever you just said. >> a deeply traumatized population to assimilate into a thee different culture and performance is something that is very problematic so whether our society shares a view of immigrants, those may be attributes which in those , imagining that to be striving and hard work and so on, it is lightly a different framing but at an international level, it is deployed in a problematic way. >> does it have to do with how
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the u.n. itself literally defines refugees? >> yes. it has to do with the refugee convention and it history and the ways we think about different legal avenues for safe mobility. has gone out through the 21st century. fences and borders. onlineborders, not the states. they have become secondary front lines the real frontlines of the middle east. they contain the population are. jordan, by turkey, far have the largest -- i mean, even egypt and iraq, impoverished countries going through their own crises. 70ountry that hasn't reduced refugees still has more than --
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incorporatingf the populations on a long-term basis within their orders. the response has been to limit legal avenues. refugee status, becomes one of the very few relatively safe and legal >> under those pressures, i think we have a different kind of international crisis. it is a crisis of policy and law , where our frameworks are not capable of coping with the numbers. not because those numbers are but it is a crisis of political will, and it is a crisis of political framework. the context, i read one out of every five people in turkey right now is a refugee of some sort. does that sound right? >>


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