Better Know a District - California's 10th - John Garamendi

  • Aired:  06/08/11
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John Garamendi refuses to give Stephen a pass to see Osama bin Laden's body. (6:51)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

HOLD ON A MINUTE, FOLKS.

I HAVE TO TAKE A BREAK FOR MY

FAVORITE MID-SHOW SNACK.

JELLY BELLY JELLYBEANS.

I LOVE THEM BECAUSE YOU CAN

COMBINE THEM TO CREATE NEW

FLAVORS.

FOR INSTANCE, YOU MIX MARGARITA

WITH PINA COLADA AND STRAWBERRY

DAIQUIRI AND YOU GET REGRETTABLE

SPRING BREAK.

[LAUGHTER]

AND THESE SUGARY LEGUMES HAIL

FROM THE SUBJECT OF MY 434-PART

SERIES BETTER KNOW A DISTRICT.

TONIGHT CALIFORNIA'S 10th,

THE FIGHTING 10th.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

THE 10th, THE 10th

CONTAINS THE TOWN OF WALNUT

CREEK, WHICH SETTLERS ORIGINALLY

CALLED "NUTS CREEK" BUT LATER

CHANGED IT TO AVOID CONFUSION

WITH THE NEARBY VILLAGE OF

TESTICLE FALLS.

[LAUGHTER]

MEANWHILE, IN NEARBY LIVERMORE

IS THE LIVER MOORE NATIONAL

LABORATORY, HOME OF THE WORLD'S

MOST POWERFUL LASER, AND MORE

THAN A QUADRILLION WATTS.

IT IS ABLE TO SCAN GROCERIES AS

FAR AWAY AS OHIO.

[LAUGHTER]

SPEAKING OF BRIGHT THINGS, THE

LIVERMORE FIREHOUSE CONTAINS THE

WORLD'S LONGEST-BURNING

LIGHTBULB, WHICH HAS BEEN

ILLUMINATED FOR OVER A CENTURY.

EVIDENTLY THE TOWNS LACK

SUFFICIENT PEOPLE OF ANY

ETHNICITY OR HAIR COLOR TO

CHANGE IT.

[LAUGHTER]

ON JUNE 18th, THE BULB WILL

CELEBRATE ITS 110th

BIRTHDAY, SO BRAVO.

OH, MY GOD.

WHAT HAVE I DONE?

AND WHO HAS THE BUTTERED POPCORN

JELLYBEANS TO REPRESENT NUTS

CREEK?

IT'S DEMOCRAT AND REJECTED

MICROSOFT WORD FONT JOHN

GARIMENDI.

I RECENTLY SAT DOWN WITH

CONGRESSMAN GARIMENDI IN HIS

WASHINGTON OFFICE.

CONGRESSMAN GARIMENDI, THANK YOU

SO MUCH FOR TALKING TO ME TODAY.

>> DELIGHTED TO BE WITH YOU.

>> CAN I CALL YOU GARY?

>> I DON'T THINK SO.

>> Stephen: GARY, TELL ME

ABOUT THE FIGHTING 10th.

>> THE FIGHTING 10th IS ONE

OF THE MOST INTERESTING

DISTRICTS IN CALIFORNIA.

WE HAVE ONE OF THE LARGEST AIR

BASES IN AMERICA, TRAVIS AIR

FORCE BASE IN FAIRFIELD.

>> Stephen: YOU ALWAYS HAVE A

BUDWEISER BREWERY IN YOUR

DISTRICT.

>> I DO.

>> Stephen: WHAT'S UP.

WHAT'S UP, CONGRESSMAN?

YOU WANT THE TRY ONE?

WHAT'S UP.

>> I'LL PASS.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

GOOD LUCK WITH REELECTION.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: WHAT'S IT LIKE TO

LIVE IN THE 10th DISTRICT?

>> TERRIFIC.

>> Stephen: DO YOU LIVE IN THE

10th DISTRICT, SIR?

>> NO, MY FRONT YARD IS IN THE

DISTRICT, BUT NOT MY HOME.

>> Stephen: I JUST ASKED YOU

WHAT IT'S LIKE TO LIVE IN THE

10th DISTRICT AND YOU SAID

IT'S GREAT, BUT YOU DON'T EVEN

LIVE THERE.

>> I DO REMEMBER THE AREA, I

JUST DON'T LIVE IN IT.

>> Stephen: SO HOW LONG HAVE

YOU LIVED IN THE THIRD DISTRICT?

>> 36 YEARS.

>> Stephen: THE 10th IS A

NICE PLACE TO REPRESENT BUT YOU

WOULDN'T WANT TO LIVE THERE.

THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE SAYING.

>> NO.

>> Stephen: YOU AND YOUR RICH

BUDDIES IN THE 3rd CLEARLY

LOOK DOWN ON THE 10th.

>> NO.

>> Stephen: [IN ENGLISH

ACCENT" I DON'T MIND

REPRESENTING THEM, BUT I WON'T

WANT TO LIVE.

THERE BRADLEY, BRING ME MORE

CAVIAR.

>> ACTUALLY, THE 3rd IS NOT A

WEALTHY DISTRICT?

>> WHY DO YOU LIVE THERE?

>> JUST HAPPENS THAT THE

DISTRICT LINE IS...

>> Stephen: ON ANOTHER

SUBJECT, YOU OPPOSED PROPOSITION

8, CORRECT?

>> YES.

>> Stephen: SO IF I WANTED TO

MARRY MAN, YOU'D SUPPORT IT?

>> YES.

>> Stephen: SO IF YOU WERE GAY

AND IF I WERE GAY, WOULD YOU

MARRY ME?

>> I'M NOT SURE YOU'RE MY TYPE.

[LAUGHTER]

DON'T TAKE THAT AS AN INSULT.

>> Stephen: WHY SHOULD I?

WHY SHOULD I TAKE THAT AS AN

INSULT.

YOU GET THE COURAGE UP TO ASK

SOMEBODY TO MARRY YOU AND THEY

DON'T EVEN HAVE TO THINK ABOUT

IT.

THEY JUST SAY NO.

[LAUGHTER]

IF YOU THINK I'M FAT, JUST SAY

SO.

>> YOU'RE NOT.

>> Stephen: JUST SAY IT.

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO HURT MY

FEELINGS.

>> I HAVE ANOTHER IMAGE IN MIND.

>> Stephen: IS IT ALLEN?

>> IT'S PATTY.

>> Stephen: LET'S MOVE ON.

YOU DON'T WANT TO DEAL WITH THE

ISSUE.

YOU HAVE A STRONG ENVIRONMENTAL

RECORD.

>> YOU CAN CALL ME A "TREE

HUGGER."

>> Stephen: YOU EVER GO

FURTHER THAN THAT, A LITTLE

UNDER THE LEAF, OVER THE BARK

ACTION?

>> NO.

>> Stephen: DO YOU SUPPORT

MAN-TREE MARRIAGE.

>> MAN-TREE MARRIAGE?

STOOP STEEP YES.

>> Stephen: YOU SUPPORT GAY

MARRIAGE, MAN AND MAN, WHY NOT

MAN AND A TREE.

WHERE DO YOU DRAW THE LINE?

>> I THINK YOU JUST DID.

>> TREES ARE MEN, FLOWERS ARE

GIRLS.

MARRYING A TREE IS ESSENTIALLY

MARRYING A GAY PLANT.

I THINK I MADE MY POINT.

>> I DON'T THINK SO.

>> YOU ARE ON THE HOUSE ARMED

SERVICES COMMITTEE, CORRECT?

>> THAT'S CORRECT.

>>

>> Stephen: YOU WERE GIVEN THE

OPTION TO SEE PHOTOS OF BIN

LADEN'S BODY.

>> RIGHT, RIGHT.

TELL ME ABOUT IT.

WHAT DID IT LOOK LIKE?

>> I DIDN'T SEE THE PHOTOS AND

HAVE NO DESIRE TO DO SOME I'M

QUITE SATISFIED HE'S DEAD.

>> Stephen: CAN I HAVE YOUR

PASS?

>> NO, YOU CANNOT.

>> Stephen: BECAUSE I DO A

PRETTY GOOD JOHN GARIMENDI.

"I'M JOHN GARIMENDI.

I RUN THIS DISTRICT.

I DON'T LIVE IN IT.

YEAH."

>> I THINK YOU HAVE THE WRONG

ACCENT, BUT YOU'RE GOOD.

>> Stephen: THAT WAS ACTUALLY

MY DE NIRO.

[IN ENGLISH ACCENT] I'M JOHN

GARIMENDI HERE TO SEE THE

PHOTOGRAPHS.

BRING ME THE PHOTOGRAPH,

BRADLEY.

>> I THINK YOU'RE WAY OFF BASE.

>> Stephen: YOU SPONSORED THE

WEST COAST OCEAN PROTECT ACT OF

2011 PROHIBLGHTING THE COAST OF

DRILLING OFF THE COAST OF

CALIFORNIA, OREGON AND

WASHINGTON.

>> TRUE.

>> Stephen: YOU ALSO VOTED FOR

HOUSE AMENDMENT 773, ENDING THE

MORATORIUM ON DEEP-WATER

DRILLING RIGS IN THE GULF.

>> OKAY.

>> Stephen: SO YOU DON'T WANT

PEOPLE DRILLING OFF THE COAST OF

CALIFORNIA, BUT YOU VOTED TO

LIFT A MORATORIUM ON DRILLING IN

THE GULF OF MEXICO.

>> UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES,

HIGH SAFETY STANDARDS, YES,

THAT'S GOOD.

>> Stephen: SO DRILL OFF

SOMEBODY ELSE'S COAST.

>> GULF OF MEXICO IS AN

APPROPRIATE PLACE TO EXPLORE AND

DRILL FOR OIL.

>> Stephen: WHY?

BECAUSE THEY ALREADY HAVE AN OIL

SPILL?

WHY LET THEM DRILL THERE AND NOT

OFF CALIFORNIA.

>> BECAUSE WE ALREADY HAD OUR

OIL SPILL AND WE DON'T NEED TO

HAVE ANOTHER.

>> Stephen: [IN ENGLISH

ACCENT] DON'T DRILL OFF MY

BACKYARD.

DO YOU KNOW THE PHRASE "NOT IN

MY BACKYARD"?

NOW YOUR BACKYARD ISN'T IN YOUR

DISTRICT, SO DOES THAT APPLY TO

YOU?

>> NOT REALLY.

>> Stephen: LET'S GO BACK TO

SOMETHING WE TALKED ABOUT

BEFORE.

WHAT'S UP.

THANKS FOR COMING OUT OF THE

3rd TO REPRESENT THE 10th.

>> ALWAYS A PLEASURE.

>> Stephen: PUT CALIFORNIA'S

10th UP ON THE BIG BOARD.

OH, LOOKS LIKE

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