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tv   Chef Jose Andres at The Atlantic Festival  CSPAN  December 28, 2018 11:08pm-11:22pm EST

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, then the book "the view from flyover country, dispatches from forgotten america." journal,"hington joined the discussion. >> next, portions of this year's atlantic festival in washington dc. speakers include chef jose mckessan.eray
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>> president trump will be sending a test of the emergency broadcast system. it is no secret that you have had some tension with the president. i do not know if it is a message he is sending from beyond in some subliminal message. chef jose: i do not want to sound pretentious, but i made that happen. i guess than one year, they do not understand my english. finally they are sending a message that we are here to prove they spoke to me. this is living proof for them that they are listening. will happen, we will
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let it happen, and we will continue. minute demand our extra that the federal government takes away. in all seriousness, we are speaking at a profound time. the atlantic plans this time every year. this year it happens to coincide anniversary-year many the hurricane ravaged parts of the caribbean, but in particular puerto rico. you have been so instrumental from the early days in building a grassroots movement to feed people, to get them food. [applause] i did want to take a step back and ask what it was like when you got on the plane, one of the first planes into san juan, and what you saw when you got there. i was in earthquakes
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and hurricanes before, there was no electricity, no atm's functioning. the supermarkets had long lines, people will be waiting forever because markets were empty. nobody was going to bring any food anytime soon. the problem was very big. actually, we know a little bit about chefs, i saw there was no plan. we went from one kitchen to 26. from 1000 meals the first day to 150,000 meals a day. we went from 20 friends gathered together to feed the few to more than 25,000 men and women a puerto rico to make it happen. we served a million meals, and i am glad we did it. we did not plan or meat, we did what chefs know.
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we found a kitchen and the food, whowe begin feeding anybody was hungry. sometimes in emergencies, you have to stop planning and start doing. the emergency of now when people are hungry and thirsty cannot wait. [applause] host: you worked in haiti after the earthquake, you have been too many disaster zones. it is one thing to get people and make savages, how'd -- and make sandwiches, how do you get food to where the roads have been wiped out? how did you do that? chef jose: we did it with the help of many. the community came together in an amazing way. everybody became an over driver for us. anybody who had four wheels and the willingness to make it happen, they became our angels to deliver food. we got 10 food trucks to deliver
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food in poor neighborhoods one hour distance from our main kitchen and one. the great thing we did, last gallons found a million of water at the airport somewhere in puerto rico. almost $20 million worth of water. the assets, the food, whatever you bring to help people, if you do not have a good distribution system, you can claim, we sent the food, but if it is sitting somewhere in a place and nobody has access, you are not helping. what we did is every piece of fruit, every bottle of water, every meal we made, we had a system.d distribution at one point in one day we were able to reach 900 points of distribution around the island. foodde sure we brought the
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to every corner of the island where people were hungry and waiting for food. [applause] host: what was your coordination? chef jose: do not clap. i am not feeding you. there is no food after my talk. [laughter] host: what was your relation with the federal government was to mark were they helping or hindering? them were thee of best people we could have. they worked long hours and sometimes did not look at the clock. they are great. the system helps them be efficient. the system has to help. i am the best republican because i want in this moment no red tape. mr. trump, i agree with you, i do not want red tape. american people go hungry and thirsty for a long period of
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time. what do we have to do to reinvent fema, where the word emergency mean something? in terms of food and water if you are not able to deliver immediately, you are failing the american people. we need to reinvent the lessons learned from area to make sure -- to learn from maria, to make we learn to be ready. disputeere is a long over the death toll. the government in puerto rico said 64 and it stuck there. chef jose: 16 when president trump was first on the island. host: in august the government amended that number to close to 3000 deaths in the first six months after the hurricane. president trump recently said
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despite that death toll, the federal response to the hurricane in puerto rico was an unsung success. if granted five minutes of the president's time, what would you like to convey to him about what happened? leadership, 51% is empathy. if you do not show empathy, you cannot be a leader. [applause] you can be right and you can be left. the number of 3000 dead, probably more. not on thehey were hands of president trump directly. he cannot do anything about the hurricane, but the lack of werense, because people lacking electricity, they did not have generators. people were dying on breeding
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machines. people were dying because they did not have water to drink. i saw firsthand the projecting from dirty streams. it is his responsibility to make sure the death toll will be as little as possible. if you follow indonesia, unfortunately another earthquake, we have a team there and will be sending a second update the death toll daily. updates the death toll daily, would you agree with me, republican or democrat, that we should be updating in america today the death toll daily? by not doing that, we failed the people of puerto rico. by keeping the real number away from everybody, from congress and senators, from everybody, we somehow said puerto rico is not
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a big deal, when actually it was a big deal. we need the full force of the government, and not recognizing the death toll number early is why the federal aid was not as good or quick or fast as it was supposed to be. spent so much time outside the united states, and in places that have seen such devastation, guatemala, haiti, puerto rico. i wonder if you can talk about how that experience, looking at , youca on the outside in became a citizen in 2013, what has that experience of looking at this country from the outside taught you about what it means to be an american in 2018, and our current political moment? chef jose: i think america is the most giving country in the history of mankind. one reason i am so proud to become an american -- i want my
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extra minutes please. the president is interrupting my talk. [laughter] this is a test of the emergency system, no action is needed. ok, come back to us. host: put your funds down. chef jose: there is no alert. as an immigrant, we build bridges. we make sure people recognize that people look different than us, different accents, different religions, skin color, hair color, the way we look, it seems sometimes the system makes us believe we should be afraid of those. and actually it is on the contrary, knowing people who
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were different, you are enriching yourself. one reason i love to go to haiti we did almost 400,000 meals, some people want to be building walls. such a brilliant idea to build walls. you think you are protecting your people from harm. they put themselves behind the castle lower that wall, if you look they disappear from the history of earth. they are not here anymore. history proves walls do not protect civilizations. the best walls america can be building, when we went to guatemala and were feeding the people in need, we were making sure they come back from the lives that were lost, the homes that were lost, by feeding them and helping them restart their lives, we were making sure they will be happy
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in the country they belong, the community they want to be in. if we do not provide them, what would you do if your children have no food tomorrow? you would go to the end of the earth to feed your children. if we build walls amount we will not protect america from a future of chaos. if we invest in making sure the areunity does as well as we trying to do for ourselves, that is the way we will have a safer america. [applause] money america can do is investing and making sure every , that is thebetter safety for america, a very simple solution. [applause] thank you very much for your time.


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