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i thought it needs to be a bunny. it was safe that i was going to cross across marlon. i looked online and i found it on craigslist. [laughing] is a craigslist bunny, and no price was listed, and so i asked the owner how much for the bunny, and he said make me an
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offer. and so it became this got on the joke with my friends, so they said we should name him marlon brando. and i said no, we have to name him marlon bundo because you have to get the bunny on in. actually have marlon came into our family. he lived with me in college in the dorm for only likely because that's not actually allowed but then he was at home with my parents and then lived in my apartment in college. now is really a of our family and he's one of our pets. >> so then lo and behold, you know, we got kind of thrust into this new role after the election. and we were moving to d.c., and so of course with all of our pets with us on air force two. we were not going to leave him behind, and some staff people were helping us unload marlon in
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his cage. i don't know if some of you saw that picture, because it seemed to go viral, and all of a sudden the bunny was famous and we really, didn't really understand why he was so famous, but that kind of started the whole thing going. >> right after the migration, i think it was on inauguration day, we had moved into naval observatory which is where marlon lives now, and my mom and dad lived there, too. [laughing] >> we're just an afterthought now. >> and so i thought okay, we should get an instagram handle, just get a name, marlon bundo. because i think the twitter was take like somebody took it when he was all over the news that one day.
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so we got the instagram handle for marlon, and i remember the first post to put up was marlon in his little cage on our second floor of the naval observatory which is where we live, and he hopped out of his cage and select put up a post that said marlins first steps in the naval observatory, and my sisters boyfriend dan actually gets credit for saying he's that he just came up with that right away. so he's bunny of the united states. [laughing] and that's his official role, and so instagram scanner where it all started. he got really popular on there. >> source first steps in the naval observatory, that's one thing we wanted to talk about in the book, and so just to let you know, we keep saying naval observatory but a lot of people don't really know what we're talking about when we say that.
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in 1974 the first vice president to live in the naval observatory was mondale, actually rockefeller was the first one who could've lived there, but he decided, he decorated it and entertained there, but every vice presidents family since the mondale said have lived at the naval observatory. the naval observatory actually is a naval base. it really is a working observatory right across the street for us. the whole property is 72 acres, but then there 17 acres that a light gated off where the actual house is where we live. and the naval observatory is kind of like a victorian home is what it looks like. it's on the cover of the book. it has a big wraparound porch. it's very private right in the
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middle of washington, d.c., because there are no tours of the naval observatory. so the white house, there are tours. people come there all the time, but the naval observatory is a little more private. now, the way the story got started, started years and years ago when charlotte first learn to talk. because from the moment she learned how to talk, she became a storyteller, and she would line up her stuffed animals outside and she would tell them stories and she would regale them with all kinds of adventures. at night she would tell her little sister stories for her to fall asleep. they shared a room, and really almost really into high school years. i mean, audrey would say tell me a story, charlotte, i can't fall asleep. and charlotte would start a
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story in the next night to continue that story. and so we worked surprise when she went to college and major in digital cinema and english, because we knew someday this book was going to happen. >> to get to the book really, when people ask us how did you come up with the idea, we always say it all started with marlon. it really did. it started with the instagram page. we had no idea willingly even follow this page about our bunny. >> how many as yet to know? >> like 27,000 followers, which is like way more than me. [laughing] >> like what? >> and i don't even have instagram. >> so he's very popular, but, i mean, it makes sense to us, marlon is so adorable and he said to take pictures up. of. he has a very real personality.
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he will follow us around the house when we let them get his exercise outside, he will kind of post the pictures when taking it. people ask us all the time, like how did you get them to do that? how did you get him to sit in front of the fire or open the bookmarks he just does that. like we don't do anything. he just starts doing it. so he has a little personality, but it started with instagram page. we thought we should do a children's book on this, like it would be really fun and it was always really a partnership i feel like it was always going to be my mom did the watercolors. obviously she's so talented. so we decided to do it together, and when we wanted to do, to pick a theme for the book, it made a lot of sense to me to make it educational. so it wasn't just a story about marlon, but also would teach about the role of the vice president, whoever he or she is,
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every vice president has very specific official duties. and i didn't really even know about a lot of them, and into my deadly vice president. that's what all started is we want to help kids and adults and teachers and educators, you know, a way to teach about the vice presidency. >> you can watch this and other programs online at >> for nearly 20 years "in depth" on booktv has featured the nation's best-known nonfiction writers for live conversations about their books. this year as a special project with featuring best-selling fiction writers for our monthly program "in depth" fiction addition. join us live sunday may 6 at noon eastern with thriller fiction author david baldacci. his most recent book is the fall of which is number one on the "washington post" bestseller national fiction list. his other novels include the
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fix, absolute power which became a major motion picture plus over 30 novels. he's written a six novels for younger readers which include the finisher, the keeper. during the program would be taking your phone calls, tweets and facebook messages. our special series "in depth" fiction addition with david baldacci sunday may 6 live from noon to 3 p.m. eastern on booktv on c-span2. >> look, the ethos of texas, look, let me put it another way. travel outside this country and ask somebody describe an american to you.
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and the image that they're going to conjure somewhat in the back of their mind is earning much a texan. it's very much that image we all have of the cowboy on the open range. it's very much that image of the individual. that has really not been the case for 100 years in texas. that's not been who you really are. that's not been who we really are as americans for a hundred years. we are a largely urban country that, and you are the fastest urbanizing state in it. but there are values that need
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to be preserved. there are interests that need to be preserved going forward. there is going to have to be a reckoning done with -- you guys all know will capture is, right? i don't need to explain that to anybody? there is going to need to be a reckoning on rule of capture, and not just here, folks. you may be the only western state that does it. there's going to have to be a reckoning. they're are going to have to be some discussions about the responsibility that comes with that right. and that probably is going to have to take place at 30,000 feet. that probably is going to have to take place. from the perspective of the entire state, look at this
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entire empire of texas as a system. look at this entire empire of texas as an entity. the problem you have in texas has never been that you didn't have enough water. it's always been that you didn't have enough water where you needed it and too much where you didn't. and that's a holistic problem. and the only way to do that, the only way to approach that is to try and find some mechanism to balance the needs and rights of the individual, and the responsibilities of the largest day. that has happened and it has happened here in texas. i would argue that to a very, very great expense -- [inaudible] was a model not perfect by any
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stretch of the imagination, but a model for how those interests could be brought into alignment. and we all know how that happened. that happened because the one thing that unites texans is the fact that they do not want federal government to do anything. and it was the federal action that turned around and created the opportunity. for the edwards. can i go one step further? >> please. >> it's been a few years since texas last really took a a
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top-down approach in trying to address the water problem. you guys know about the 1968 texas state water plant. that was a water plan that would have replied the entire state of texas. that was a water plan that would've channeled the mississippi river all the way across the northern way down to the rio grande valley. it would have created a system reservoirs. it would have required phenomenal energy. the waters of the mississippi would've reached out to new mexico. governor connally was an advocate of that plan. marvin nichols was an advocate of that plan. and when governor connally was trying to sell that plan, one of the things that he used to sell that plan was that if we don't do this, the federal government will. now, that plan failed, but do
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you know how many votes that plan failed by? it failed by 6000 and change. in other words, or more people at this festival today that accounted for the margin by which that lost. now, i'm not saying that mrs. showed would've been an answer. i think it would create a whole bunch of problems that we are not anticipated. there are a lot of recent two to turn around and opposed the creation of a network of reservoirs across a parched land. but that was really the last time an approach was taken from the top down, and maybe we need to revisit that. >> you can watch this and other programs online at >> monday evening at 7 p.m., james comey will be live on
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booktv on c-span2 in prime time with his best-selling autobiography "a higher loyalty." he will discuss several of the issues he faced as fbi director including the russian investigation, hillary clinton's emails, and his views on president trump. watch james comey live on booktv on c-span2 in prime time monday at 7 p.m. eastern. >> paul coates, what is black classic press? >> peter, we are actually kind of, that's a very good question. where a book publisher. on the other hand, we are the printers. we've grown to be book printers as well. the reason why i say it's a good question is because aside from being book publishers, aside from being printers we are


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