Sheldon Whitehouse

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Senator Sheldon Whitehouse shares his book, "On Virtues: Quotations and Insights to Live a Full, Honorable, and Truly American Life." (5:22)

>> Stephen:

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

WELCOME BACK, MY GUEST TONIGHT

RELEASED A NEW BOOK ABOUT

AMERICA.

AS BEN FRANKLIN SAID "IT'S THE

MUST READ BOOK OF THE SUMMER."

PLEASE WELCOME SHELDON WHITE

HOUSE!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

I LOVE HAVING SENATORS ON

BECAUSE YOU GUYS ARE THE

EXCLUSIVE CLUB, RIGHT?

YOU GUYS GOT BETTER WASHROOMS

AND EVERYTHING, I'M SURE:.

>> THEY'RE ACTUALLY REDOING THE

WOMEN'S SENATE WASHROOM.

>> Stephen: WHAT DOES THAT

MATTER TO YOU, SIR?

>> MAKES EVERYBODY HAPPIER.

>> Stephen: IT DOES?

DOES IT REALLY.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> Stephen: YOU HAVE A NEW BOOK.

LET'S PUSH SOME PITCH AER, SIR.

IT'S CALLED "ON VIRTUES,

QUOTATIONS AND INSIGHTS TO LIVE

A TRULY AMERICAN LIFE."

THAT STARTED OFF AS A NOTEBOOK

OF YOURS, RIGHT?

>> YUP.

>> Stephen: HOW LONG DID YOU

WORK ON THIS BOOK?

>> CLOSE ON 20 YEARS I PUT THE

FIRST ONE DOWN AND I'VE HAD THIS

LITTLE PAPER BOOK WITH ME.

WHEN I LOVE IT, I WRITE IT DOWN.

>> Stephen: THAT WHY CONGRESS

CAN GET NOTHING DOWN BECAUSE IT

TAKES YOU 20 YEARS TO WRITE A

BOOK?"

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: IT'S WORSE THAN

THAT.

WE USE MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE'S

WORDS.

>> SELECTION.

>> Stephen: SELECTION.

>> Stephen: SO YOU'RE SAMPLING.

SO THIS IS YOUR IDEA OF AFTER

RAP SONG.

(LAUGHTER)

YOU'RE SAMPLING OTHER PEOPLE'S

WORK.

>> YEAH, IT'S THE GOOD PART.

>> Stephen: YOU'VE GOT SOME PHAT

BEATS IN HERE FROM ABRAHAM

LINCOLN AND THEODORE ROOSEVELT

BUT YOU'VE ALSO GOT THINGS FROM,

LIKE, WIN WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

AND WINSTON CHURCHILL.

THIS IS HONORABLE TRULY AMERICAN

LIFE.

WHAT DO THEY KNOW?

WHAT DO ENGLISH-- PARDON ME--

LIMEY BASTARDS KNOW?

(LAUGHTER)

I MEAN THAT IN THE BEST POSSIBLE

WAY.

WHY WOULD YOU QUOTE SOMEONE ELSE

TO TALK ABOUT THE TRULY AMERICAN

LIFE?

>> BECAUSE SOME OF THE

PRINCIPLES THAT ARE MOST

DISTINCTLY AMERICAN ARE ONES

THAT ARE PART OF THE HUMAN

CONDITION AND THAT PEOPLE LIKE

SHAKESPEARE COULD HAVE WRITTEN

ABOUT AND CHURCHILL, OF COURSE,

WAS PART AMERICAN.

HIS MOM WAS AMERICAN.

>> Stephen: IT COMES FROM HIS

FATHER'S SIDE.

IT WAS HIS FATHER'S SIDE.

YEAH.

(LAUGHTER)

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE GET TO

HERE?

SOMETHING THAT IF YOU HAD TO

THROW AUTOALL THE OTHERS AND

JUST KEEP ONE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

>> THERE'S A VERY SHORT COUPLEET

THAT SAYS "LIFE IS MOSTLY FROTH

AND BUBBLE, TWO THINGS STAND

LIKE STONE: KINDNESS IN

ANOTHER'S TROUBLE, COURAGE IN

ONE'S OWN."

NOT BAD.

>> Stephen: NO.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

I BELIEVE THAT WAS WRITTEN BY

FLO-RIDA.

(LAUGHTER)

>> COULD HAVE BEEN!

OR ILLIN' NOISE.

>> Stephen: AM I QUOTED IN YOUR

BOOK?

>> REGRETTABLY NOT.

IS THAT A RECALL ISSUE OR --.

>> Stephen: NO, I'M GLAD BECAUSE

MY FAVORITE QUOTE IS "YOU'LL BE

HEARING FROM MY LAWYER."

(LAUGHTER)

I JUST WANTED TO KNOW WHETHER I

COULD CALL YOU INTO COURT.

>> I'M SAFE.

>> Stephen: WHY DID YOU PUT THE

BOOK OUT?

BECAUSE, NO OFFENSE, "ON VIRTUE"

YOU'RE A DEMOCRAT, WHAT DO

DEMOCRATS KNOW ABOUT VIRTUE NEW

VIRTUES ARE A CONSERVATIVE

IDEAL.

THEY'RE ABOUT GENERALLY

PRESERVING WHAT IS GOOD ABOUT

OUR COUNTRY WHEN DEMOCRATS ARE

WILLING TO SELL US DOWN THE

RIVER TO THE FIRST INTEREST

GROUP WITH A RAINBOW FLAG.

(LAUGHTER)

WHY DO YOU THINK -- WHY DO YOU

THINK YOU'RE SUITED TO PICK OUR

VIRTUOUS QUOTES?

>> I THINK THAT WASHINGTON RIGHT

NOW IS A LITTLE SHORT ON SOME OF

THE VIRTUES AND I'M NOT EVEN THE

SENIOR SENATOR FROM RHODE ISLAND

BUT I WANT TO DO WHAT I CAN TO

TRY TO PUSH A DIFFERENT DEBATE

INTO THE DISCUSSION AND TO LOOK

BACK AND SEE WHAT PEOPLE HAVE

SAID AND DONE AT SOME OF THE

MOST IMPORTANT TIMES IN HISTORY,

THINGS THAT CAPTURE A PARTICULAR

PIECE OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT.

I THINK THAT ADDS A LITTLE BIT

OF VALUE.

MAYBE ONLY A LITTLE BIT BUT YOU

DO WHAT YOU CAN.

>> Stephen: DO YOU THINK THIS IS

AN IMPORTANT TIME IN HUMAN

HISTORY?

>> I DO.

>> Stephen: WHY IS NOTHING

HAPPENING THEN?

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

IF THIS IS SO IMPORTANT, WHY IS

NOTHING HAPPENING?

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> BECAUSE WE'RE AT A JUNCTION

AND THE FIGHT IS WHERE DO WE

TURN?

WHAT DIRECTION DO WE GO?

AND PRETTY SOON I THINK

PARALYSIS IN WASHINGTON IS GOING

TO BREAK.

I THINK THE GRIP OF THE TEA

PARTY ON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS

GOING TO DIMINISH.

I THINK A MORE MODERATE

REPUBLICAN IS GOING TO BE ABLE

TO A PEER AND WE'LL WORK

TOGETHER AND MOVE FORWARD IN TO

BROAD AND SUMMIT UPLANDS.

>> Stephen: RULELY?

HOW ABOUT THAT?

YOU'VE GOT THESE THINGS IN YOUR

POCKET ALL THE TIME!

(LAUGHTER)

THAT'S REALLY KIND OF A TRUMP

CARD WHEREVER YOU'RE HAVING AN

ARGUMENT WITH SOMEBODY YOU CAN

SAY "AS SHAKESPEARE SAID "YOU'RE

WRONG AND I'M RIGHT."

WELL, SENATOR, THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR JOINING US.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

THE BOOK IS "ON VIRTUE" THE MAN

IS SHELDON WHITE HOUSE.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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