tv Speaker Ryan at Al Smith Dinner CSPAN October 20, 2017 12:26am-12:56am EDT
>> i do not want to demonize and disparage these protesters. what is positive about what they are doing? they are passionately committed to social justice and racial justice. i want to thank them for that, but i would love to have the opportunity to persuade them that freedom of speech, especially is their most essential ally. announcer: for more of this weekends schedule, go to book tv.org. announcer: house speaker paul ryan was the posted speaker for the dinner in new york center. it is held annually to raise funds. this is 25 minutes.
let's talk about paul ryan. certainly a familiar name and face. .ou know the basic story works for construction company founded by his grandfather. chairman of the house of the budget committee. most young congressman -- paul ryan does better. paul and i have a little bit of history. remember that night a few years ago? in ohio?mitt we will always have akron.
you know what cleveland's motto is? at least we are not akron. beyond all the washington turmoil, he is a public servant who works tirelessly to create opportunities and improve life for all americans. that is why the work of the alfred e smith memorial foundation resonates with him so strongly. i guess this is the right time to tell you. i know you thought you were being invited to be the keynote speaker, but this is an intervention. the cardinal has secured new identities for you and your lovely family. we have a nice place in north dakota where no one in washington can idea. will after the dinner we whisk you away and you will not have to deal with that anymore. before we do, we would love to hear some words from you. please welcome representative paul ryan.
rep. ryan: enough with the applause. you know what is amazing about this? i do not think i have seen this many new york liberals, this many wall street ceos in one room since my last visit to the white house. [laughter] [applause] first off, i want to say good evening. the cardinal and i go back a long way. he was our bishop in milwaukee. we have a great past. adore the cardinal.
rep. ryan: chuck and kirsten cannot come with us tonight because they are literally voting right now and they will have a budget vote, should have had it about nine minutes ago, so knowing the senate has not happened yet. i want to thank patricia heaton. we do go back a long ways. patricia heaton is a hollywood republican. [applause] [cheers] speaker ryan: a hollywood republican. that is an oxymoron. [laughter] speaker ryan: which clearly was the word that rex tillerson was searching for. [laughter] [applause]
speaker ryan: you know, i want to say that you all look great. everybody looks great. we feel right at home, because this is exactly what our dinner parties in wisconsin look like. this is really our favorite time of year, we love it. october. we have deer season, the leaves are changing, the beaches are empty, but as chris christie calls them, perfect. [laughter] [cheers] speaker ryan: i want to promise you, because i have heard some stories about how the dinner went last year, i want to put your mind at ease. you can relax. i know last year that donald trump offended some people. i know his comments, according to critics, went too far. some said it was unbecoming of a public figure and they said that some of the comments were offensive. well, thank god he has learned his lesson. [laughter] [applause]
speaker ryan: a lot of people, they asked me -- you konw, what is it -- know, what is it like to work with an abrasive new yorker with a loudmouth? once you get to know him, chuck schumer is not that bad. [laughter] speaker ryan: i know why he has been so hard on the president, it has nothing to do with ideology. chuck is mad that he lost his top donut. [applause] speaker ryan: look, chuck, he is 66 years old. which makes him part of the democratic leadership youth movement. [laughter] speaker ryan: now he is not even here, so i feel like i need to apologize for the last joke. at one point, i did want to repeal and replace it but i could not get into the senate. when you look at where we are
this year, think about it for a second. think about all that has happened since the last dinner. it has been almost one year ago that on november 8, countless shocked americans broke into tears over the election results. enough about the press -- [laughter] speaker ryan: the truth is, the press absolutely misunderstands and never records the biggest compliments of the white house. -- accomplishment of the white house. look at all of the new jobs the president has created, just among the white house staff. [laughter] speaker ryan: and when you read the papers tomorrow everybody will report this thing different. breitbart will lead with, ryan slams the president amongst liberal elites. the new york times will report, ryan defends the president. and the president will tweet,
at the mention of my name. [applause] speaker ryan: but you are probably looking at this, i have seen that guy on tv before and i kind of know who he is good but a lot of you do not know me. let me give you basic facts. let's call it my top 10 facts. they all must be true because you can find them on the internet. number one, like you have heard, i am from wisconsin. wisconsin is a fantastic place to visit in the fall. looking back, someone probably should've told hillary clinton that. [laughter] [applause] speaker ryan: just saying. speaking of which, i got a copy of her new book. this thing sums up politics perfectly. she took eight months writing 10
hours a day to explain what happened in 512 pages. the president explained it in a tweet. # i won. [laughter] speaker ryan: fact number two, you know, we have primaries in the republican party these days. my primary opponent in 2060 was -- 2016 was endorsed by sarah palin. i am not really that mad about it because we have a lot in common. we both lost for vice president. we both debated joe biden. and given the current investigations, i too can see russia from the house. [applause] speaker ryan: by the way, i really appreciate these last -- laughs. i usually do not get them unless i am debating joe biden. very much appreciate that.
fact number three, with all of the experts, they all say your popularity has gone down because of my relationship with donald trump. some people disapprove of the way that i defend the president, others say i do not defend him enough. fortunately the media understands all of this, and they choose to ask me only questions on policy and issues. fact number four, john let the cat out of the bag on this, it is true, i once drove the oscar meyer wiener mobile. which basically meant people were constantly laughing at me. it was perfect preparation for being in congress. [laughter] speaker ryan: you know we call that in wisconsin? a chick magnet. [laughter] speaker ryan: it is. fact number five, i am a proud member of this church. you know, the catholic church
actually has a lot in common -- [applause] speaker ryan: this church has a whole lot in common with washington, d.c. either place, it takes about seven years for somebody to get confirmed. [laughter] speaker ryan: i really wish chuck schumer was here in this moment right now. the only basic difference between a catholic mass and filibuster is one ends with a supposed wine and the other with an entire bottle. [laughter] speaker ryan: number six, as a practicing catholic, i believe in miracles. in fact i have actually seen miracles. in 2015, i saw joe biden give a two minute speech. [laughter] speaker ryan: in 2012, there were three witnesses who saw this, i saw mitt romney with his
hair out of place. [laughter] speaker ryan: i believe in miracles. again, i also believe in ryan kelly when he became the head coach of notre dame. last year, notre dame football cardinal dolan had a lot in and common. they both had thousands stand up and say, "jesus christ." go irish. [applause] speaker ryan: fact number seven, when people ask me if i believe everything i see on facebook, i answer "nyet." [laughter] speaker ryan: here is one that is interesting, fact number eight. the fact that you learn when you are speaker, i am now second in line of succession since steve bannon has resigned. very cool.
very close. fact number nine, every morning i wake up in my office and i scroll twitter to see which tweet i will have to pretend i did not see later on. [laughter] speaker ryan: fact number 10, every afternoon, former speaker john boehner calls me up. not to give advice, just to laugh. [laughter] speaker ryan: actually, it was john boehner who was the one who tried to convince me to take the job as speaker. this is a true story, like all the other ones i have told. he even got cardinal dolan to call me to encourage me to take this job. god may forgive you cardinal, but i will not. [laughter] [applause] speaker ryan: talk about pulling the ultimate catholic guilt card. you may remember, it got a lot
of press, but john retired after he got the pope to take an to addresssit congress. it was a special moment for all of us and it was a very special moment for john boehner. we know how emotional he gets and he decided there to just hang it up. cardinal dolan, my friend, i need you to hurry up and become the pope so i can invite you to congress and get the hell out of there. please, work on that. [applause] speaker ryan: we have some other things in common. in november, some years ago, cardinal dolan himself ran for office, in the united states conference of catholic bishops, but he lost. so cardinal, join the club. [laughter] speaker ryan: it was last january, january 20, that cardinal dolan gave the
benediction at president trump's inaugural. he recited a prayer for the book of wisdom, a book that nobody in washington is familiar with. actually, there was this one kind of awkward moment when the cardinal talked about the infallible, almighty, supreme being. the president stood up and took a bow. [laughter] speaker ryan: both presidents, actually. truth is, nobody is infallible. we all make mistakes, and we all learn. i personally have learned so much in congress. for example, i learned that tweeting after midnight is a really bad idea. whether you are president trump, or especially anthony weiner. [laughter] speaker ryan: or ted cruz for that matter.
you know, at one point the president actually insulted me. i know that sounds surprising. he described me as a boy scout who is boring to talk to. it did not hurt my feelings. what hurt my feelings was when my wife agreed with him. [laughter] speaker ryan: i got to say, i really have learned so much. i have learned that in catholicism you are guilty until proven less guilty. [laughter] speaker ryan: i learned that god is always listening. as is vladimir putin. i learned how d.c. works. i play the good cop, mitch mcconnell plays the bad cop and robert mueller plays the really bad cop. i learned how to handle insults. steve bannon said i was born in a petri dish at the heritage foundation. [laughter] speaker ryan: this is amazing. no one knew that steve believed in science. [laughter]
[applause] speaker ryan: the most important thing i have learned of all, i am learning that becoming speaker of the house is a stepping stone to becoming ex-speaker of the house. [applause] speaker ryan: but just because i am speaker, you did not have to invite me and i'm honored that you did. and that is because, this is really a magnificent event. people, republicans and democrats, citizens and catholics have watched this dinner on tv for years. we need an event like this. more now than ever. it is an opportunity to come together in support of a truly righteous issued. -- mission. to bring hope to the children and the archdiocese of new york. earlier today, cardinal dolan brought me over to the
foundling, where they are doing incredible work to help underserved families rebuild their lives. two give them a greater sense of dignity and hope. we can achieve so much, and we can achieve so much when we tackle poverty i to i and soul to eye and soul to soul, person to person. as catholics, we call this solidarity and a subsidiary. we are not yet through the worst hurricane season, so we need to be thinking about others who live beyond these boroughs. it is the worst hurricane season in recent memory. an inferno has blackened the homes and hillside of northern california. dozens of people are still hospitalized after the massacre in las vegas. so much has been taken. i think back a few weeks ago, i went down to houston and i was on my way to a shelter and the sun was barely up. it was the crack of dawn. it was already as humid as can be. and you could almost feel the exhaustion in the air.
but we get there and i have to tell you, the shelter was alive. it was full of life and hope and prayer. 38 counties in texas, people just out of their homes. and there were volunteers from seemingly everywhere. people from the south, the midwest, northeast. people were telling me they felt they had to be there, they did not care how long it took. they would stay and do whatever was needed. they just got up and came. it was truly something. so yes, much has been taken. but not our spirit. not our nation's resilience, not our faith. so in these moments, when people are suddenly isolated and is separated from everything that they know, it is those unspoken bonds between us. it is that common humanity which brings us together and it lifts us up. a lot of people are hurting
with rejection and bigotry, because of his own ethnic backgrounds and deep catholic faith when he ran for president. the virtue of john castle, who this evening received the award named after that happy warrior. the virtue of patricia heaton, whose joy and commitment to god and country is so luminously radiant. thank you, patty. the virtue of a national leader admired by all sides for his own patience, determination and sense of duty, his own faith and patriotism, love of family and loyalty to friends, and i am sure honored to be one of them, is so uplifting -- speaker paul ryan. the virtue of the alfred e smith -- by maryi marry
erdoes who does it so effectively. the virtue of abundance of civil and political, philosophical and communications leaders, and of all of you folks whose generosity has made this the most successful non-presidential campaign year ever, bringing us close to $3.5 million for direct service -- [applause] cardinal dolan: direct service to women and children, of all faiths or none all, in this grand city. and right now, everybody, we summon the virtues of humility and gratitude, as i think all of hank all of you and we all praise our god from whom all blessings flow. so good night and god bless. thank you.
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