Better Know a District - Massachusetts' 4th - Barney Frank Update

  • Aired:  11/30/11
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Stephen honors Barney Frank's retirement from Congress with an encore presentation of his second ever Better Know a District. (3:53)

♪ WILD THING ♪

FOLKS, ON A PERSONAL NOTE, I'LL

BE SAD TO SEE CONGRESSMAN FRANK

GO. SURE, WE DIDN'T ALWAYS SEE

EYE TO EYE, BUT HE WAS ONE OF

THE FIRST CONGRESSMAN I GOT TO

BETTER KNOW.

SO TO HONOR HIS RETIREMENT, I'M

PLEASED TO PRESENT THIS ENCORE

PRESENTATION OF MY SECOND-EVER

"BETTER KNOW A DISTRICT."

THANK YOU FOR TAKING TIME

BETWEEN TAXING AND SPENDING TO

TALK TO ME.

[ LAUGHTER ]

CONGRESSMAN BARNEY -- CAN I CALL

YOU FRANK?

>> IT'S MY LAST NAME.

SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT.

>> STEPHEN: PRESIDENT BUSH,

GREAT PRESIDENT OR THE GREATEST

PRESIDENT?

THOSE ARE THE ONLY TWO OPTIONS

I'VE GOT.

>> I THINK HE'S BEEN A DISASTER.

>> STEPHEN: I'LL PUT YOU DOWN

FOR GREAT.

>> WELL, I --

>> STEPHEN: IT'S THE LOWER OF

THE TWO.

SO I'LL PUT YOU DOWN FOR IT.

BUSH IS GREAT.

BARNEY FRANK 22ND SEPTEMBER,

2005.

OKAY.

YOU ARE SELF-IDENTIFIED AS A

GROUP THAT HAS A LOT OF

DISCRIMINATION AGAINST THEM.

WHAT HAS IT BEEN LIKE LIVING

YOUR LIFE OPENLY LEFT HANDED?

>> VERY DIFFICULT.

PENCIL SHARPENERS, FOR INSTANCE,

ARE RIGHT HANDED.

>> STEPHEN: SCISSORS.

>> DOOR KNOBS.

>> STEPHEN: I WAS BORN LEFT

HANDED.

BY THE WAY, I BELIEVE YOU ARE

BORN LEFT HANDED IT'S IN THE A

DECISION.

>> RIGHT.

>> STEPHEN: MY PARENTS,

ESPECIALLY MY DAD WERE PRETTY

UPSET.

THEY DID EVERYTHING IN THEIR

POWER TO GET ME TO SWITCH SIDES

AND GO RIGHT HANDED.

THEY EVEN GOT ME INVOLVED IN

THIS CHRISTIAN MINISTRY YOUTH

GROUP TO GET ME ME TO GO OVER TO

THE RIGHT SIDE.

HAS YOUR MINISTER EVER

APPROACHED YOU ABOUT CHANGING

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT?

>> MY MINISTER IS A RABBI.

>> STEPHEN: YOU ARE JEWISH?

>> YES.

>> STEPHEN: TO SUM UP, YOU ARE

LEFT HANDED, JEWISH, AS I LEARN

HERE, BUT THERE'S SOMETHING ELSE

ABOUT YOU AND THIS IS SORT OF

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM THAT

I'M NOT NAMING BUT AS A

JOURNALIST I FEEL LIKE I HAVE TO

NAME IT: YOU ARE A LITTLE

OVERWEIGHT.

DOES YOUR WIFE LIKE THAT YOU ARE

OVERWEIGHT?

>> I CAN HONESTLY SAY TO YOU

WHETHER OR NOT I LOSE WEIGHT IS

OF NO CONCERN WHATSOEVER TO MY

WIFE.

>> STEPHEN: OKAY.

YOU'VE BEEN CALLED FAIRLY HIP.

WHAT IS THE LAST CD YOU BOUGHT?

>> I DON'T THINK I EVER BOUGHT

ONE.

MY BOYFRIEND GAVE ME SOME.

>> JON: SORRY WHAT?

>> MY BOYFRIEND GAVE ME ONE.

>> STEPHEN: OH, YOU ARE

HOMOSEXUAL.

MY APOLOGIES.

I DIDN'T KNOW.

FOR NOT KNOWING.

>> WHY WOULD I BE OFFENDED BY

THE FACT I DIDN'T KNOW.

>> STEPHEN: PLEASE -- I

APOLOGIZE FOR APOLOGIZING.

>> LET ME EXPLAIN THE NICE THING

ABOUT ME.

IGNORANCE DOES NOT OFFEND ME.

>> STEPHEN: THANK YOU VERY

MUCH AS A JOURNALIST I SHOULD

HAVE KNOWN THAT SO IT DOESN'T

HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE TELL ME WHO

ELSE IS GAY.

>> ELTON JOHN.

LET ME THINK ABOUT ELSE WHO.

ELLEN DEGENERES.

>> STEPHEN: THE ONE WHO

DANCES?

>> YES.

♪ ♪

>> STEPHEN: THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> YOUR WELCOME.

-- YOU'RE WELCOME.

>> STEPHEN: I'LL GO.

WE'LL MISS YOU.

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