Better Know a District - California's 8th

  • Aired:  02/22/12
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In 1906, an earthquake struck California's 8th district, leveling San Francisco and marking the last time anyone could afford to live there without six roommates. (2:28)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: HI!

I'M SORRY.

YOU CAUGHT ME-- YOU CAUGHT ME

PRETENDING TO EAT MY TRADITIONAL

COMMERCIAL BREAK BOWL OF

RICE-A-RONI, THE SAN FRANCISCO

TREAT.

I'VE HAD A LIFETIME SUPPLY OF

THIS STUFF EVER SINCE I CAME IN

SECOND ON "WHEEL OF FORTUNE."

( LAUGHTER )

I COULD HAVE SWORN THERE WAS A

BOOK CALLED "WAR AND PEACH."

( LAUGHTER )

LITTLE TRIVIA, FOLKS-- SAN

FRANCISCO IS ALSO THE NAME OF A

CITY, WHICH IS THE SUBJECT OF MY

63rd PART OF MY 434-PART

SERIES, "BETTER KNOW A

DISTRICT."

TONIGHT, CALIFORNIA'S EIGHTH

DISTRICT, THE FIGHTIN' EIGHTH!

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

THE SAN FRANCISCO AREA WAS ONCE

POPULATED BY THE NATIVE AMERICAN

TRIBE THE OHLONE, WHO BELIEVED

HUMANS WERE DESCENDED FROM THE

TRICKSTER GOD COYOTE, WHO PLAYED

A BIG TRICK ON THEM IN THE

18th CENTURY WHEN THE

SPANISH KILLED THEM AND TOOK

THEIR LAND.

( LAUGHTER ).

NO!

I CAN'T.

>> COME ON!

>> Stephen: GO AWAY!

( LAUGHTER )

40 DAYS OF THIS!

( APPLAUSE )

IN 1906, THE EIGHTH WAS STRUCK

BY AN EARTHQUAKE WHICH LEVELED

SAN FRANCISCO AND MARKEDLY THE

LAST TIME ANYONE COULD AFFORD TO

LIVE THERE WITHOUT SIX

ROOMMATES.

( LAUGHTER ).

IN 1967, 100,000 HIPPIES

GATHERED IN THE HATE ASH BRIE

NEIGHBORHOOD FOR THE SUMMER OF

LOVE, QUICKLY FOLLOWED BY THE

AUTUMN OF ANTIBIOTICS.

( APPLAUSE )

AND WHO HAS THE SOURDOUGHS TO

REPRESENT CALIFORNIA'S AIGHT?

NONE OTHER THAN HOUSE DEMOCRATIC

LEADER NANCY PELOSI.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

WHO FAMOUSLY ONCE SAID THIS...

WELL, THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS.

>> MY PLEASURE.

>> Stephen: CONSIDERING OUR

HISTORY, THIS IS VERY BIG OF

YOU.

>> I'M SORRY-- I'M STILL NOT

COMING ON YOUR SHOW.

>> Stephen: WHEN WE RETURN,

SHE'S COMING ON MY