It is not right to take revenge everytime… But it is also not right To forgive everytime Badal Gupta? -Who is he? -An expert at preparing witnesses. He hasn’t lost a single case in 40 years Whatever you tell me… …Will be the truth for me. I want every detail. No matter how small Or insignificant Arjun and I had been together for three months. Someone found out and started blackmailing us. Was it just an affair or were you in love with him? I only love my husband and my daughter. WHAT CAN BE PROVEN IS THE TRUTH. I have three questions for you. How did you receive that SMS on your mobile? If the blackmailer wanted money, why did he leave without it? And how did he get in and out of the room without a trace? The whole thing was planned very carefully.
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We begin at the presidential office… where President Moon Jae-in hosted his first dinner with the nation’s labor leaders on this Tuesday. The goal of the meeting was to create harmony between the government and the labor sector so that the two can work together in making labor-related policy decisions. Our chief Blue House correspondent Moon Connyoung reports. It was beer and finger food with the nation’s corporate tycoons… and it’s prestigious blooming tea and healthy cuisine for the labor leaders of this country. President Moon Jae-in hosted a Blue House dinner for officials from the nation’s various labor organizations on Tuesday… where he vowed to keep laborers in the loop when making key government policies. (Korean) “I believe the most important and urgent task at this point is to restore the relationship between the government and the labor sector as partners in state affairs. , . I believe our meeting tonight will serve as an important first step.” Pointing out that the working class have been neglected and excluded from policymaking by the government in the last decade, the liberal president who came into office on an election pledge to create a society where labor is respected…
Reaffirmed his determination that he will make good on his promise. (Korean) “But it’s not something the president or the government can do on its own. Only when the nation’s laborers are with us can we achieve that and much more.” . The meeting, the first of its kind since Mr. Moon took office in May, follows a similar gathering with South Korea’s corporate tycoons in July… after which the president said he would also meet with the labor sector to listen in on what they thought of his latest labor reform policies such as converting contract workers into full-time staff and cutting working hours.
(Korean) “In response to the president, the leader of the Federation of Korean Trade Unions said through social dialogue, he hopes the labor sector and the government can together solve not only labor-related issues but other issues as well such as housing, education and social security net.” “ • • ” . But, despite the president’s intent to spur discussions with both umbrella labor unions, industry-specific and independent labor organizations, the smaller but more progressive umbrella organization, the Korea Confederation of Trade Unions boycotted the event citing its earlier demand to include representatives from all KCTU members for the Blue House dinner.
Moon Connyoung, Arirang News. .
Terrence J: Ladies and gentlemen, we are live from the White House in Washington, D.C. Please give yourself a round of applause and welcome to the first ever White House State of the Union Pre-Show. My name is Terrence J. We have an incredible audience here today. If you guys are here in the building that means you made it, okay? You’re not in any trouble. Don’t do any sudden movements. Don’t steal any napkins from the bathroom and stay out of trouble and you’ll be okay. We have some very special guests here today.
We have some incredible performances, and we’re all getting ready for President Obama’s final State of the Union address, which will take place in just a little bit over an hour. But, like I said, we have some surprise guests and we’re going to kick the show off with the biggest surprise of the evening. I’d like you all to give a warm welcome to the Vice President of the United States of America, Joe Biden. (applause) The Vice President: Hi folks, how are you? (applause) My name is (inaudible) I’m Joe Biden’s cousin. (laughter) And I need a new suit. I need a new suit. Hey, I came by to just say thank — please sit down — I came by — I came by to say thank you, and I mean this sincerely. You and all those folks you are watching are the reason why we’ve made it. You know, I was asked today by the national press what it’s like to see the 8th and final State of the Union the President is going to be delivering and I remember the first one.
I remember the first one. America was on its knees — literally on its knees, and I remember I was wondering — not figuratively, literally — was America going to fall off the cliff? Or were we going to move from the greatest recession in American history into a depression? And the President stood there and he instilled confidence in the American people. Well, since then we’ve gone from crisis to recovery, and we are on the verge of a genuine resurgence in the United States of America. Male Speaker: Thank you. The Vice President: One of the things I love about you all, for real — one of the things I love about you — (applause) It’s not because of Barack and me.
It’s because of you. It’s because of the grit of the American people. Some of you heard me say before it’s never, never, never been a good bet to bet against America and the American people. Never been a good bet. Not one single time. It’s not hyperbole. Not one single time in our history when the American people gave a fighting chance have they ever, ever, ever let their country down. You know, I do a lot of foreign travel. I was in — I was traveling throughout China with President Xi. We were in Chengdu and I spent a lot of time in private dinners after we’d do our events. And the two of us were sitting there with interpreters and he looked at me and he said — this is a true story — he said, “Can you define America for me?” And I said, “Yes.
I can do that easily. One word. Possibilities.” That’s the single most concise definition of America. And by the way, think about it — think about what makes us so different. We’re a land of immigrants. We’re a land of change, but what we all believe in is possibilities. Given a shot there’s not a single thing we can’t do. Not a single thing we can’t do. I got elected when I was 29 years old to the United States Senate, and I was called the optimistic young kid. I’m more optimistic today about America’s chances in the world than I was when I was 29, and I’m not joking. I mean that sincerely. Some of you heard me say this before. We are better positioned than any nation in the world to lead the world in the 21st century. We have the — we have the best educated. We have the most productive workforce in the world, we have the most agile venture capitalists in the world, we have a system where you can breathe free, where you can think — think as Job said — think different, where we can innovate.
I mean, we’re on the cusp of so many enormous changes in the life sciences, in the social sciences as well as in the physical sciences. I mean the stuff that you’re going to live through in the next two, five, 10, 15 years from cures for cancer to aircraft that goes 22,000 miles an hour subsonic. There’s so many possibilities. But we’ve got to get out of our own way. We’ve got to fix the political system. It’s been broken. It’s been broken and it cannot sustain being broken. The flood of unaccounted for, unattributed money in tens of billions of dollars — billions of dollars coming into the system. Middle class people know when you have 550 or so families contributing 40 percent of all the contributions — they know they’re not going to be in the game. They’re not going to be in the game. And I want to tell you, the conversation the President and I had when he asked me to be on the ticket with him — he said, “Do you have any questions?” I said, “I have one question.
Do you genuinely mean what you say about restoring the middle class?” I’ve always been referred to my whole career as “Middle Class Joe.” Down here that’s not meant as a compliment. It means you’re not sophisticated. You think I’m kidding. I’m not. But I know the middle class, and I know why we are the nation we are. When the middle class does well the poor have a way up and the wealthy do very well. That’s the thing. Our growth of the notion of possibilities and growth of the middle class has been the social and political glue that’s held this country together, and they’re in trouble.
They’re in trouble. So the President, with all your help, has gotten us up on our feet now. We’re starting to run, but now we’ve got to finish the job. He said before, “The single most significant need for the political system today is restore the middle class.” And that’s what this last year is about — nailing this down. And part of it is getting big, big money out of politics. We can’t — we need amendments to do that. I introduced a constitutional amendment 35 years ago to do that. It didn’t go anywhere, but we’ve got to shame people. We’ve got to shame people into making sure that they understand — that the public understands — that we, it says “We the people,” not “We the contributors.” That’s how it starts off. No, I’m serious about this. I’m deadly earnest. You want to change one thing that will change the political system? Change the way we finance our elections. That will fundamentally change the system and give the middle class and the working class a fighting chance. And there’s so much — so much the President’s going to talk about tonight.
He’s going to talk about the reasons why we should think about this. Why — why do we have presidential candidates out there on the other team talking about America being on the balls of its heels, America being down? We remain the most respected country in the world. We continue to lead the world. There’s problems — they’re real, and some of them are going to take time, but most of them are exaggerated, exaggerated — we’ve got a lot of work to do. So what the President’s going to talk about tonight is how we do that work, how we can do that work. We plan on finishing — we plan on finishing strong, and when we finish we want to make sure that we own the finish line. We, the United States of America, once again owns the finish line, because when we do well the rest of the world does much better. When we do well the rest of the world does much better. And let me just say that I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you the way you’ve treated my guy.
I mean this sincerely. This guy has more character in his little finger than most people have in their own body. I’ve been here for eight Presidents. A lot of good men. A lot of good men. (applause) But you’ve stuck with him in the hard times, and you’ve been with him in the good times so let’s finish strong, folks. And again, all I want to say is I’ve got to go up on the Hill now. (laughter) By the way, I like going up on the Hill. I don’t mind. I actually like Republicans, and I like Democrats. I — you know, I think most everybody up there in both parties has an instinct to want to do good, to want to do well.
You know, I learned a lesson — I’ll conclude with this — I learned a lesson when I first got to the United States Senate. There was only one young — only one person younger than me ever elected to the United States Senate. And when I got there it was — right after I got elected there was an accident in my family. I lost my wife and daughter between the time I got elected and the time I was supposed to be sworn in. And I didn’t want to go up. I didn’t want to be part of it. I wanted to — I had my brother and my sister who managed my campaign talking to the Democratic elected governor who would replace me. And a really fine, fine man — a guy named Mike Mansfield who was a majority leader. A man from the state of Montana who everybody respected — enormous integrity. He came to me and said, “Look, you’ve got to come. Just come for six months.” Here I am almost a year later — “Come for six months, help us organize, and we’ll get started.” And I was so dumb — we had 58 senators.
He didn’t need me to organize anything, and if I left there would have been a Democratic senator appointed in my place but I said, “Okay.” And he had me come to his office every Tuesday and give me an assignment. And I didn’t — I thought every freshman got an assignment from the majority leader. No, I — look, I’m the first United States Senator I ever knew so it’s a — you know, it was a — and so, one day I’m walking in. It was in May — end of May my first year. And I walked on the floor and a very conservative senator elected the same year I was, Jesse Helms from North Carolina was excoriating Senator Bob Dole and Ted Kennedy for proposing the precursors to the Americans with Disabilities Act. But I had the meeting with the leader and I just, I walked through the floor and I went into my meeting. And I — I guess I looked angry. And he sat there he said, “What’s the matter?” He spoke in clipped tones and he, “What’s the matter, Joe?” And I said, “I can’t believe that Jesse Helms.” I said, “He has no social redeeming value.
He doesn’t care about the handicapped.” And I went on and on. He just sat there quietly like a Dutch uncle and he looked at me. And he said, “Joe, what would you say if I told you that Dot Helms, that’s his wife, and Jesse in Christmas of ’69 were reading the Raleigh Observer in North Carolina, and there was a picture of a young man, I think he was 14 years old and had braces up to his hops with two canes. Who said, ‘All I want for Christmas is someone to love me and adopt me.
Take me to their home.'” H said, “What would you say if I told you they adopted that young man as their own?” I said, “I’d feel like a jerk.” He said, “Well, they did.” He said, “Joe, let me tell you what I’ve learned — it’s always appropriate to question another man or woman’s judgment. It’s never appropriate to question their motive because you don’t know their motive. You may think you know their motive.” What’s happened today is we’ve gone from questioning each other’s judgment where you can always end up resolving something — you can always get to a resolution — but if I say you’re in the pocket of an interest group or you’re not honest or you’re this it’s awful hard to get to go.
Ladies and gentlemen, we’re the most heterogeneous democracy in the world. We need to arrive at consensus. Consensus requires compromise. Compromise is almost impossible to reach when we make it a pitched war. We make it based upon our assessment of the other guy’s motive. That’s what I’m counting on all of you to change. Change the tenor. Change the tone.
America cannot reach its potential unless we can reach a consensus — a consensus. That’s what I personally presumptuous me to do this is counting on all of you to do. Argue the facts. Challenge the suppositions others make, but make it on the merits. Because this country is so ready — so ready to get up and move. We are so — I can’t tell you how confident I am about the possibilities. Remember, it’s all about possibilities. It’s stamped in the DNA of every naturalized and native-born American. We can do anything and I believe we can. Thank you very much for all you do. (applause) (music) The President: I want us to be able when we walk out this door to say, “We couldn’t think of anything else that we didn’t try to do. That we didn’t shy away from a challenge because it was hard. That we weren’t timid, or got tired, or somehow were thinking about the next thing, because there is no next thing.
This is it and never in our lives again will we have the chance to do as much good as we do right now. I want to make sure that we maximize it. (music) Terrence J: Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to introduce the Director of the Office of Public Engagement, Paulette Aniskoff. (applause) Paulette Aniskoff: Hey everybody. Thank you for joining us tonight. For a brief second I just want you all to harken back to inauguration in 2009. If you were there, you probably remember cold first. Is that the first thing that comes across? If you were watching on television you probably remember looking at people and thinking how cold it was. It was cold. But do you remember all of the optimism and possibility in the air? I am getting chills right now just thinking about it. Oh, it felt good.
And I have to tell you after seven years, I take a look at what we have accomplished and I am so proud. Ninety percent of Americans have healthcare right now. The unemployment rate — (applause) The unemployment rate is five percent. We never thought we would see that in this decade. Amazing. We have got climate change agreements going on and people doing work in 50 states and 200 countries. It’s amazing. (applause) Gay marriage — let’s give it up for that. (applause) There is just so much hope and possibility still in the air, and if you had told me on my very first day in the White House when I had no idea what was going on, and didn’t know where to do to find my new class like it was college I would have been so bursting with pride there at what we are going to be able to accomplish in the next seven years, and we still have an entire year left. And I will tell you the President is so fired up — so fired up that he wanted to make sure that Edith was in the box tonight, so she is there to make sure that everybody else is fired up, and I will tell you that he has let us know how much he wants us to all just get in there in this last year and make it as big as last year was.
2015 was a really big year. And he wants each and every one of you to be a part of that, and he says every day, “It’s yes we can.” There are some big challenges ahead. He’s going to talk about them at State of the Union tonight. Some of the big challenges we have for the next many decades, and he is expecting all of hour to use this year and the next few decades to organize and get out there and help him make more change, because there is still a lot to get done. So enjoy your night but be ready to go to work tomorrow. We will see you out there. Thank you. (applause) The President: We’ve gotten amazing things done over the last seven years. You think about yanking ourselves out of an economic crisis, putting people back to work, making sure that our manufacturing base is strong, dealing with big challenges like healthcare, education, our environment — there’s still some kid out there who can’t afford to go to college.
There’s still somebody out there who’s looking for work that needs to retrain, and doesn’t know how to get access to it. There’s still a veteran who isn’t getting the services that they need and that they’ve earned. You know, traditionally State of the Unions — a President gets up and they give a long laundry list of things that they want to accomplish legislatively. I want to identify three or four big ideas — three or four big things that we have to focus on. A lot of what we can do is to change, you know, the political environment, and change people’s attitudes and start a process where change begins to happen. It’s a relay race, and it’s important that you get started. I want us to be able when we walk out this door to say we couldn’t think of anything else that we didn’t try to do. If we could orient ourselves in the right way, then I’m absolutely confident that we’ll eventually get them accomplished and America will be better for it. (applause) Terrence J: Am I the only one getting chills watching these videos? It’s almost kind of like a bittersweet moment, you know? I remember voting for the then Senator Obama the first time, and to watch him be elected to President and to watch these State of the Unions and to see it now, you know, what we’ve done over the last few years and what we can accomplish.
And once again, Vice President Joe Biden, did you guys know that was happening? I mean, I came with a good surprise, right? (applause) And I don’t know — I don’t know if any speaker is more motivating than him, you know? I mean, once he dropped the register in his voice and started talking, I feel motivated to do whatever he wants me to do. So, yeah, I mean — just what an incredible night. And if you’re just tuning in at home once again, thank you so much for watching.
We are here; we’re enjoying each other’s company. We’re talking politics. We’re talking policy. But more so than all of that, we’re motivated. We’re fired up. We’re ready to go, and we have a big night ahead of us, as the President gets ready for his final State of the Union address here in D.C. All right guys, right now I’d like to introduce you to someone. The hash tag for you at home and for everyone that’s here on your phone — I see you guys on your phone — use the hash tag SOTU. S-O-T-U. Put that on your Instagram, your Twitter, your Snapchat, your Facebook — what am I missing? I don’t know what I’m missing? Is there — is there anything else? The Periscope. There’s a new Facebook name — I think there’s a camera set up in my bedroom.
I don’t know where all these cameras are but I’d like to introduce you to the Chief Digital Officer who runs all of that for the White House. Jason Goldman, please come on up to the stage. (applause) Thank you so much, Jason. Jason Goldman: Thank you so much. All right. Thank you very much. Always difficult to follow the Vice President, but happy to be here tonight. I run the White House Office of Digital Strategy so we look after the various White House social media accounts like Facebook. How many people follow us on Facebook here.
All right. How about follow us on Twitter? Cool. How about — how about follow us on Instagram? And just recently we also launched the new White House Snapchat account, and just today a few hours ago we used Facebook Live for the first time from the Oval Office with the President talking about his remarks. All of these are part of a strategy that we talk about as meeting people where they are, which is that we feel that you should be able to choose how you want to interact with your government, that social media isn’t just about just broadcasting the message of government.
It’s about creating opportunities for you to engage and participate. And we think that you should have the choice of which way you want to choose to engage and participate. If that’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, on T.V. — whatever it is — we want to find a channel that works for you. The President in the video that you just saw said he doesn’t want there to be an idea that we didn’t try before we left, and we take that same approach in the Office of Digital Strategy that we want to try everything we can, every way we can think of to connect you with the business of government to make you feel more involved to give you more opportunities to be engaged and be connected.
So please, do Tweet, do talk to us with hash tag SOTU tonight. Share your opinions of the event you saw here. For those of you watching at home share your feelings about the State of the Union because we listen and that really does inform conversations. Now also am I honored to introduce tonight our first musical guest of the evening. And it’s kind of an amazing thing, because this band last night was meant to conclude their tour on the Colbert Show and they decided to extend it by one night to play the last gig of their tour here at the White House. So it’s my tremendous honor to introduce to you to perform here tonight at the White House the band EL VY. (applause) Matt Berninger: Thanks very much. I’m Matt. That’s Brent. I’m not sure if Brent wanted to come in a separate door. Brent’s more theatrical than I am. But thanks for having us. This is an incredible honor and here we go. (music) ♪ Matt Berninger: No time ♪ ♪ To crank the sun ♪ ♪ And dry our hair ♪ ♪ Before we go ♪ ♪ No time ♪ ♪ To lay around ♪ ♪ We’ll come back someday ♪ ♪ No time ♪ ♪ To change our minds ♪ ♪ The pricks are always ♪ ♪ On our heels ♪ ♪ No time ♪ ♪ To fight about it ♪ ♪ This time we can’t be late ♪ ♪ I was driving ♪ ♪ Taking chances ♪ ♪ Walking way too far out on ♪ ♪ Some broken branches ♪ ♪ Sometimes where you’re going ♪ ♪ Is hard to see ♪ ♪ I always knew there was ♪ ♪ Something missing ♪ ♪ They said no one could ever get me ♪ ♪ To sit and listen ♪ ♪ I was always ♪ ♪ Trying to leave ♪ ♪ Babe it got away from me ♪ ♪ It got away from me ♪ ♪ No time ♪ ♪ To plan our fears ♪ ♪ These things they always ♪ ♪ Come from nowhere ♪ ♪ No time ♪ ♪ To lay around ♪ ♪ We’ll come back someday ♪ ♪ Nothing will ever just ♪ ♪ Come to you, it’s only ♪ ♪ What you find around and ♪ ♪ What you do ♪ ♪ If you don’t hold it tight ♪ ♪ It’ll leave ♪ ♪ I kept seeing you ♪ ♪ All around me ♪ ♪ I couldn’t just stand here and wait ♪ ♪ Until you found me ♪ ♪ I had to take you to make you ♪ ♪ Believe ♪ ♪ Babe it got away from me ♪ ♪ It got away from me ♪ ♪ It got away from me ♪ ♪ It got away from me ♪ ♪ If I wasn’t so gone tonight I’d try to explain ♪ ♪ Some people just know what they want ♪ ♪ It doesn’t change ♪ ♪ If I wasn’t so gone completely ♪ ♪ This would feel like pain ♪ ♪ Some people just know what they want ♪ (applause) Matt Berninger: Thank you.
Thanks a lot. I know this is supposed to be a pep rally, and we’re supposed to pep you up, but we’re going to play another super sad, slow song. (laughter) That’s nice, nice little — (laughter) Brent’s very clever. This is called Careless. (music) ♪ Matt Berninger: Didi, are you lost? ♪ ♪ A Cadillac for your thoughts ♪ ♪ Where do you go? ♪ ♪ I don’t wanna know ♪ ♪ Don’t be careless with me yet ♪ ♪ Not yet ♪ ♪ You’re in a hurry ♪ ♪ I’m stalling ♪ ♪ Meet me tonight ♪ ♪ You can drink, while I drive ♪ ♪ Don’t be careless with me yet ♪ ♪ Not yet ♪ ♪ I’m staying under spider web roads ♪ ♪ Don’t know what we’re waiting for ♪ ♪ People like us don’t ever switch ♪ ♪ Our videos from scene to scene ♪ ♪ But I’ve been wanting you so long ♪ ♪ I really don’t know what to do ♪ ♪ I don’t know what you want from me ♪ ♪ Didi, if you leave ♪ ♪ I’ll cling to your sleeve ♪ ♪ Don’t be careless with me yet ♪ ♪ Not yet ♪ ♪ I still love you ♪ ♪ I’m still falling ♪ ♪ Don’t know what we’re waiting for ♪ ♪ People like us don’t ever switch ♪ ♪ Our videos from scene to scene ♪ ♪ But I’ve been wanting you so long ♪ ♪ I really don’t know what to do ♪ ♪ I don’t know what you want from me ♪ ♪ It’s agony ♪ ♪ It’s agony ♪ ♪ I don’t know what we’re waiting for ♪ ♪ People like us don’t ever switch ♪ ♪ Our videos from scene to scene ♪ ♪ It’s agony ♪ ♪ It’s agony ♪ Matt Berninger: Who’s pepped up after that? This one actually — this one actually is pepperier.
This is our last song. This has been amazing. Thank you. I especially want to thank my dear friend (inaudible). If anybody watched the President’s Facebooking today that was my friend holding the phone in front of the President’s face. She has that kind of steady hand. I don’t know how she does that. She is a close friend, and this is for her. It’s called Need a Friend. (music) ♪ Matt Berninger: Meet me somewhere near the back ♪ ♪ Where the bouncers won’t attack ♪ ♪ I think the world’s about to end ♪ ♪ I don’t need your love, ♪ ♪ I just need a friend ♪ ♪ I just need a friend to guard the door ♪ ♪ I just need a couple minutes on the floor ♪ ♪ I just need to talk to you for a second ♪ ♪ I just need a break from the sound, cause it’s killing me ♪ ♪ You were supposed to be here before the last song ♪ ♪ You were supposed to bring me your brother’s weed ♪ ♪ You were supposed to walk me home from the river, man ♪ ♪ This is heartbreaking, heartbreaking, heartbreaking ♪ ♪ Why are they talking to my father? ♪ ♪ He’s way behind the candelabra ♪ ♪ Everyone is now and then ♪ ♪ I don’t need your love, I just need a friend ♪ ♪ I just need a friend to guard the door ♪ ♪ I just need a couple minutes on the floor ♪ ♪ I just need to talk to you for a second ♪ ♪ I just need a break from the sound, cause it’s killing me ♪ ♪ You were supposed to be here before the last song ♪ ♪ You were supposed to bring me your brother’s weed ♪ ♪ You were supposed to walk me home from the river, man ♪ ♪ This is heartbreaking, heartbreaking, heartbreaking ♪ ♪ You were supposed to be here before the last song ♪ ♪ You were supposed to bring me your brother’s weed ♪ ♪ You were supposed to walk me home from the river, man ♪ ♪ This is heartbreaking, heartbreaking, ♪ ♪ heartbreaking, heartbreaking ♪ ♪ Man, this is ♪ ♪ Heartbreaking, heartbreaking, ♪ ♪ heartbreaking, heartbreaking, ♪ ♪ heartbreaking, heartbreaking, ♪ ♪ heartbreaking, heartbreaking ♪ (music) (applause) Matt Berninger: Thank you very, very much.
Thanks guys. Have a great day. This is a great day. (applause) Terrence J: Give them another round of applause guys. Give it up for them one more time. What a great evening. Check, check — what a great evening. Again, if you are watching at home the hash tag, SOTU — we are getting ready for President Obama’s final State of the Union address. It’s moments away. We’re having a lot of fun in here thought, right guys? (applause) So we’re going — we’re going to turn this room into a mini movie theater for the State of the Union.
We’re all going to watch it from in here in just a couple of moments. But actually, the President and First Lady have some special guests that they invited to L.A., and I got a chance to meet them a couple of minutes ago. I want you guys to take a look. That’s not a real take a look for you. That’s for everybody at home. That’s like a — that’s like a T.V. thing. That’s like a take a look and then it goes to here.
So anybody that look back, you just, you are not getting invited to the White House. You are not getting — (music) Lisa Jaster: Lisa Jaster speaking. Tina Chen: Hi, Major Jaster, this is Tina Chen calling from the White House. Jill Biden: Jenny? Female Speaker: Yes. Jill Biden: Hi, it’s Jill Biden. Earl Smith: Hello, how are you? Valerie Jarrett: Hello Earl, It’s Valerie Jarrett. Female Speaker: You know, he saw your story on humans on Humans of New York, as have millions of Americans. And the President has been deeply moved by the journey that you’ve made from Syria to the United States.
Valerie Jarrett: He said you go see if you can find Edith for me. Tina Chen: We are so admiring of you and your colleagues who went through ranger school. Jennifer Bragdon: How are you? Jill Biden: Good, how are you? Do you remember we met at your community college in Austin? Jennifer Bragdon: Oh, I’ll never forget it. Valerie Jarrett: Your spirited generosity and the gift that you gave him — I tell the story over and over and over again. Tina Chen: I’m calling because we would like to invite you — Valerie Jarrett: — to attend the State of the Union next week. Female Speaker: This is why we would like to invite you to sit with the First Lady.
Jill Biden: — so that means you might be free on Tuesday night, to come to the State of the Union — Valerie Jarrett: — as his guest, and sit in the box with the First Lady. Earl Smith: Oh, Valerie, I’m so honored. (music) (applause) Terrence J: We are here with a very special guest for the President and the First Lady. Why don’t you tell everyone who you are and where you’re from. Edith Childs: I’m Edith S. Childs from Greenwood, South Carolina. Terrence J: And for anyone that doesn’t know why you’re invited to the White House, tell them why. Edith Childs: It’s because I’m an ordinary woman who did an extraordinary thing for the President. Terrence J: What was that? Edith Childs: That was, “Fired up and ready to go.” Terrence J: Fired up and ready to go. That went viral. So many people across the country felt your enthusiasm. Walk us through what happened that day. Edith Childs: The first time I met him? Terrence J: Yes. Edith Childs: Okay, the first time I met him was when he came to Greenwood. It was in June the 16th, 2007, and he came into the room and he looked like, you know, I don’t want to be here but I’m here.
So what do you all want? You know, he didn’t say that. I’m just saying that. But anyway, he began to tell us — introduce himself to us, and to give us a reason why he wanted to be the President and why he thought he would be the best President. But anyway, he was very good at doing what he does. So as he finished with his little speech Robert Tinsley, who’s an attorney in Greenwood said, “Ms. Childs, why don’t you do the Fired up for the Senator?” I said, “No, I just came to –” Terrence J: Oh, so Fired up was already a thing? Edith Childs: Oh yeah. Terrence J: That was — that’s your thing already? Edith Childs: It’s my thing already, yeah. Terrence J: Got it, got it. Edith Childs: Yeah, yeah. And so.
Terrence J: So you just introduced the President to what was already going down in South Carolina? Edith Childs: Exactly, exactly. Terrence J: And you’ve been kind of his good luck charm ever since. You’ve done a lot of things for the administration. How do you feel going into this final State of the Union address? Edith Childs: I’m honored. I didn’t dream that I would be here for this last State of the Union address but I’m here and I’m grateful. Terrence J: Got it. So for anyone watching for the first time can I do a “Fired up ready to go” with you? Edith Childs: Yes. Terrence J: Is there a technique to doing it and doing it right? Edith Childs: No, you just have to catch on. Terrence J: Okay, I’m ready to catch on. Edith Childs: You have to catch on. All right. Fired up. Terrence J: Fired up. Edith Childs: Ready to go. Terrence J: Ready to do. Edith Childs: Fired up. Terrence J: Fired up. Edith Childs: Ready to go.
Terrence J: Ready to go. Edith Childs: Fired up. Terrence J: Fired up. Edith Childs: Ready to go. Terrence J: Ready to go. Edith Childs: Fired up. Terrence J: Fired up. Edith Childs: Ready to go. Terrence J: Ready to go. Thank you so — Edith Childs: Ready to go. Terrence J: Oh, did I miss — was there another beat? Edith Childs: No, no, no. Terrence J: You did the remix on me. I thought we had — okay, we worked on it. If I come to South Carolina will you cook for me? Terrence J: All right, Jim, if you could introduce yourself to the people and tell everyone why you’re here. Jim Obergefell: Absolutely. Jim Obergefell and I was the named plaintiff in the Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, which brought marriage equality to the entire United States. (applause) Terrence J: How does that feel? I mean, you’re in the center of making a lot of people very happy.
Jim Obergefell: That’s what I concentrate on, and that’s been my experience the past year and a half, two years. People stop me to tell me stories and to thank me and it feels great because all I see is happiness and joy, and that’s what I feel. It’s ben an amazing experience. Something I never thought I would live through, but it’s been wonderful, and I did it because I loved my husband, and that’s what it all comes down to. Terrence J: Wow, what a great story. And now you’re here at the White House.
You’re going with the First Lady and the President over to the Capital. Is this your first time meeting them? Is this your first time being here? How does it all feel? Jim Obergefell: Well, it’s my first time meeting the First Lady. I had the great pleasure of meeting the President back in June at the Pride Month reception here, and I’ve been to the White House two times before this, but this event is just really special because it’s small.
It’s intimate and I get to sit in her box for the State of the Union. Terrence J: What’s the process like getting here? What’s the process picking out your outfit? Walk is through any details of the night. Jim Obergefell: As far as what I’m deciding what to wear — I got home last week. Actually, I was here in D.C. I got home on Wednesday, went immediately to one store, bought a new suit. The next morning I went to another store bought a different suit because I had to have options. Terrence J: You had to have options. I’m the same way. Jim Obergefell: Exactly. Terrence J: I like to put it together. I laid it out like the first day of school. Jim Obergefell: Yes. Terrence J: You know, I had to have the options on the bed.
Jim Obergefell: Absolutely. And I think I brought 30-35 bowties with me. Terrence J: Okay, that’s a lot of bowties. All right. Okay. Jim Obergefell: Then I decided I had to wear this one. Terrence J: Why? Jim Obergefell: Because this is the tie I was wearing on decision day in the Supreme Court, and it just seemed to be the fitting tie to wear for this event. (applause) Terrence J: I can only agree with you.
You look amazing. Have a great time. Jim Obergefell: Thank you. Terrence J: Thank you so much. It’s a pleasure. Nice to meet you. Male Speaker: — 34 other bowties. We will hand those out. Terrence J: You have a very unique and special story. Could you share that with us on why you’re here tonight? Lisa Jaster: I’m here tonight because I had the privilege and honor to be one of the first females to attend the Army Ranger School. It is the U.S. Army’s premier leadership school, and it has in its entire history never been open to women before, and I also had the privilege to successfully complete it. Which is why I’m here.
And I’m specifically honored to be able to sit with the First Lady to represent everything that we can do if we want to and if we try. Terrence J: Now, you’re going to be a special guest of the First Lady tonight. How do they contact you to tell you that? Do you get an official call? Is there a letter sent? How do you find out that news and how excited were you when you found out? Lisa Jaster: Ms. Tina Chen contacted me, and it was such an honor and a privilege and also a high pressure situation knowing that I want to represent so much of — I want to be a symbol for people who, again, want to try to do something that previously hasn’t been allowed for them.
Young men or young women to go out and try to do something that might be considered hard. Terrence J: You are 100 percent an inspiration to say the least. Thank you so much and enjoy the State of the Union. Lisa Jaster: Thank you. Terrence J: Thank you. Earl Smith: I had two patches when I was in Vietnam. One was my combat patch, which was the 173rd Sky Soldier of the heard and the other patch was the 101st Screaming Eagles. They both were significant to me. Terrence J: How long has you had your — had your patches? Earl Smith: Well, I took the patch in 1967 and I said, “They’re so precious that I don’t want to lose them.” So I separated them. I put one dog tag with the one patch and I put the other patch with the other dog tag. Well, I ended up losing one. So the Screaming Eagle patch, the eagle, the 101st patch became even more symbolic to me because it was two in one. But I carried that patch, the 101st Screaming Eagle Patch for — actually, more than 40 years. I went through a lot of pain — a lot of pain, a lot of suffering.
And that patch was my way of saying “Wait, Earl, no matter how bad something gets, you’re an American.” We live in a great country, and it would give me what I needed. I never thought I’d share a part with it. But it did happen. Terrence J: And you handed that — yeah, you handed that patch to the President, and you later found out that that really inspired him. Earl Smith: Right, I gave — I passed that patch to the Senator — the President — I never gave that patch to him from me. I passed it — I gave that patch to him in the name of the American people. Once it got in — I was hoping that one day he would understand the significance of it. He did. He did. And sometimes people have asked me, “Hey, you see the patch?” Don’t want to see it.
Don’t need to see it. It belongs to the American people. I carried it in the name of myself and the American people. It was passed on to him in the name of the American people. Terrence J: Well, we are all grateful for you. Thank you so much for your service, and you’re going to have a fantastic time at the State of the Union tonight. Earl Smith: You’re more than welcome. Terrence J: Thank you very much. (applause) Terrence J: Good stuff, right? Special people. Special stories. He said he held on to that patch for 40 years. He was doing security at a hotel that then Senator Obama was doing a speech at, and he had went up in the elevator with him a couple of times. He had spent the entire day there and at the end of the day he handed him that patch, and told him it was on behalf of us, the American people.
And that patch later — about five or six years later — the President wanted to find him and bring him back because it meant so much to him. That moment meant so much to him. So, we’ve got a lot of great people here in D.C. today, and you guys — give yourselves a round of applause. This is — this is amazing.
Who is here at the White House for the first time? Put your hands up so I can see you. Wow, okay, so you guys made security clearance. Good job. Good job. I know when you walked in through that gate before they gave you, you got a little nervous didn’t you? (laughter) Started thinking did I pay my taxes on time? Did my ex-boyfriend say something bad about me on Facebook they found out about? So you guys made it here. Congratulations you’re in a real life episode of Scandal, and right now we are going to take this up another notch. Now I started my career before E! I worked on a show called 106 and Park and — (applause) Now for me, you know, years later it’s surreal for me to be able to introduce this guy at the White House who I’ve known for years.
I’ve known his entire — we’ve known each other for years and years. The entire crew and to do this type of introduction that I would have done back then here is an absolute honor for me. He’s going to have a lot of fun with you guys. Please give a warm round of applause for Wale. (applause) Wale: Two, two, two. We going to have some fun, let’s go. All my Wale fans, D.C’s prodigal son is here, let’s go. (music) ♪ Looking at, Looking at, ♪ ♪ Looking at me Look at that, ♪ ♪ Look at how they looking at me ♪ ♪ Eye’s all sticky like honey on ♪ ♪ Bee’s Look at that, Look at how they looking at me.
♪ ♪ DC chilling, PG chilling ♪ ♪ My name Wale and I came to get it ♪ ♪ Came to get it, came to get it ♪ ♪ Everybody make some noise. ♪ ♪ This how you start of 09 ♪ ♪ Kicking in the door, and I’m everybody problem ♪ ♪ Stunting in some other ♪ ♪ Jordan Nines I got Phil Knight talking about ♪ ♪ “How you got them? ” ♪ ♪ Let’s talk about the cars ya’ll got ♪ ♪ You say you got a lot of whips, well I got a lot ♪ ♪ I got the right to be cocky ♪ ♪ Get so much cut disc jockeys jock me ♪ ♪ They mad that they not me and your Jeremy Shockey ♪ ♪ And if you never heard me properly ♪ ♪ You speak garbage and we no capice ♪ ♪ DC chilling, PG chilling, ♪ ♪ floor to the ceiling Stunting in my billionaire, ♪ ♪ gear on my millionaire friends ♪ ♪ That’s money on my mind, Wale ♪ ♪ Get em all, get em all, pack it all up ♪ ♪ Stack up your funds like a million bucks ♪ ♪ Across the pond, they all know us ♪ ♪ International, whoa. ♪ ♪ Driving my car in a foreign place ♪ Wale: Shout out to Lady Gaga, she couldn’t be here today. ♪ Looking at me that they know my face we want it all now, ♪ ♪ we got all yes.
♪ ♪ Look At That, Look at how they looking at us. ♪ ♪ Na Na Na Na… ♪ ♪ Na Na Na Na… ♪ ♪ Hey Hey Hey, ♪ ♪ Audience Members: Goodbye. ♪ Wale: I’m going to see if you all got some rhythm, hold on. Can I see? Come on now, I ain’t going to embarrass you. Make some noise for the Obamas for bringing me back to this joint, man. (applause) I never thought that — both my parents are in Nigeria right now, but I never thought I would make it to the White House, and this is my third time. Hit me. (music) Wale: Money make them clap. Everybody clap like this. Everybody clap like this let’s go. Hold me tight, let me go Hey. In my heart, in my soul. This one’s for you Barack. Build me up, break me down Wale: He told me perform this one. That wasn’t a lie. (music) ♪ Make me smile, make me frown I need to shine, shine, shine. ♪ ♪ Give me love, D.C. ♪ ♪ Give me love, take it all away again Give me love, ♪ ♪ take it all away again ♪ Wale: I’m out of my demographic but I make it happen. Hey, hey. I need you to clap your hands for the change.
Eight years worth of change, baby. (applause) (music) ♪ Wale: Hey, hey — ain’t no love in the heart of city, ♪ ♪ that’s what they told me ♪ ♪ Beef with over 100, don’t none of ’em know me ♪ ♪ Son of a mother studying at UDC ♪ ♪ Sitting in taxi cabs, where daddy roaming the streets ♪ ♪ Seven hallelujahs, my sultana was clean I wear ♪ ♪ it on everything the America’s tees ♪ ♪ This whole system the most prolific in the DMV ♪ ♪ Listen when you get the keys it’s seldom ♪ ♪ you don’t get the beef ♪ ♪ Make a brother want to get the piece to keep the peace ♪ ♪ You gon’ need more than Wikipedia to get to me PG to ♪ ♪ Mo County bet they all know about me ♪ ♪ Every hood, every ‘burb, ♪ ♪ I got superb talent From the city that ♪ ♪ made me, thank you forever for it ♪ ♪ Hope you celebrate every moment forever ignore it ♪ ♪ You made me what I am, you made me what I’m not ♪ ♪ D.C.
Clap for me yeah, baby. Give me love baby. ♪ ♪ Give me love baby ♪ ♪ Not enough, not enough, just a touch baby ♪ ♪ This is us baby, this is us baby ♪ ♪ This is love hate thing ♪ ♪ What’s up? ♪ ♪ Give me love baby ♪ ♪ Not enough, not enough, just a touch baby ♪ ♪ This is us baby, this is us baby ♪ Wale: I need you clap with me. Yeah. (music) ♪ Hold me tight, let me go In my heart, yeah, in my soul ♪ Wale: Watching this? Hey, you’re witnessing history right now.
And if you not you still witnessed history. Eight years of change, baby. ♪ Build me up, break me down ♪ ♪ Make me smile, make me frown ♪ ♪ Give me love, take it all away again ♪ ♪ Give me love, take it all away again ♪ Wale: Give me love, D.C. Give me love. Obviously this is not a rap concert but I told — I told Ms. Michelle I’m going to make it a rap concert for about 12 minutes. Everybody make some noise in this joint man. (applause) Wale: The leader of the free world having a rapper in the White House, God Bless him. Hip-hop forever. Before I go let’s take it — this song is called White Shoes, and it’s about some things. Let’s do it. (music) Wale: I grew up a kid, D.C.
And Maryland — seeing a lot of — losing a lot of friends to gun violence. (music) ♪ Wale: Take this good advice ♪ ♪ Cause they’re gonna judge you for life ♪ ♪ Say we can’t always be fly ♪ ♪ We going to be good long as them sneakers white ♪ ♪ You’ll be alright ♪ ♪ Said you’ll be alright ♪ ♪ Said you’ll be alright ♪ ♪ Said you’ll be alright ♪ A little positivity before we leave. Yeah, happy New Year, everybody. (music) ♪ Gucci iced out, whole hood had ’em Ice cream ‘fore the ♪ ♪ hypebeasts that’s into fashion ♪ ♪ Being for real, ♪ ♪ When you’re black in a black cast, the fronting was real ♪ ♪ No Lauren London, we was on a budget ♪ ♪ You know, sharing Old Navy so the army ♪ ♪ could be fresh in public Back then for all your money.
♪ ♪ Wasn’t how you, but how you’re looking. ♪ ♪ Sneaker stores and laundromats get all the money♪ ♪ And we up in D.C. getting all the honeys. ♪ ♪ Obama did eight years, make noise. ♪ (applause) ♪ Take this good advice If they’re going to judge you ♪ ♪ for life Don’t be scared to sing along, sing the words, ♪ ♪ let’s go. ♪ ♪ Say we can’t always be fly We going to be good long as ♪ ♪ our sneakers white ♪ ♪ You’ll be alright ♪ ♪ Said you’ll be alright ♪ ♪ Said you’ll be alright ♪ ♪ Said you’ll be alright ♪ ♪ I said take this good advice ♪ ♪ Because they’re gonna judge you for life ♪ ♪ They say we can’t always be fly ♪ ♪ We going to be good long as our sneakers white ♪ Wale: I love you, America.
Make some noise, Wale, D.C. My name is Wale. My fifth album Shine, 2016 — shine on. (applause) Terrence J: Give it up one more time for Wale. (applause) Terrence J: All right guys, the moment is finally almost here, but let’s — let’s talk to you guys. We’ve been talking to everyone else. Let’s talk to you guys. I’m going to jump into the audience right now. I hope — I hope you guys are ready, because I’m coming down this row. What’s your name? Where are you guys from? Female Speaker: I’m Alexa, I’m from Connecticut. Terrence J: Alexa from Connecticut. Female Speaker: Megan, I’m from Chevy Chase, Maryland. Terrence J: Chevy Chase, Maryland. What do you guys hope that the President addresses tonight during the State of the Union? Female Speaker: I hope he addresses gun violence. Last week was amazing. I work in gun violence prevention in Newtown so it’s near and dear to my heart.
Terrence J: That’s been a big issue. What about you? Female Speaker: Gun violence as well but also immigration as well. So just making sure that we can really get refugees here and make everybody at home in our country. Terrence J: Another hot button issue. What’s your name, where you from man? You got one of the bowties from Jim earlier. One of the bowties came your way. You look fantastic. What’s your name, where you from? Male Speaker: My name is Eric, I’m also from Connecticut. Terrence J: Eric from Connecticut. So Connecticut drove down.
You guys are in the building. What do you hope that the President addresses tonight during the State of the Union? Male Speaker: So for me it’s about addiction awareness. I have personal ties with my family, so I’d love to see what he has to propose about that. Terrence J: Absolutely. Thank you so much and thank you for coming out tonight. Hi. What’s your name? Where are you from? Female Speaker: I’m Monet. I’m from Columbus, Ohio.
Terrence J: Columbus, Ohio. Did you just fly in town? Female Speaker: I’ve been in D.C. for a while actually, since December 27th. So I changed my flight when I got the email saying I could come here. Terrence J: You changed your — oh, so you’re supposed to go home. So there’s some hungry dog waiting on you to come back at the door. Your mom is waiting for you? Everyone’s waiting and you’re just camping out in D.C. Are you staying in a hotel, are you staying with friends? Female Speaker: Oh, my brother lives here. So I’m staying with him. Terrence J: Got it. So you’re just messing up his whole flow. No girls can come in and out of the house while sister’s in town. What do you hope that President Obama addresses tonight during his final State of the Union? Female Speaker: I would really like for him to address like the racial — the racial problem that we’re having in America, you know, black lives matter, and I really would like him to talk more about that and bring awareness to this country about the issues that are going on.
(applause) Terrence J: One hundred percent I agree, I agree. Hi. Female Speaker: Hello. Terrence J: What’s your name? Female Speaker: My name is Francesca and I’m repping Providence, Rhode Island. Terrence J: Providence, Rhode Island. Lot of Cape Verdes up there. What’s your ethnicity? Where are your people from? Female Speaker: My people? My people — I’m from Hollywood, California, so my father is African America, mother is Eastern European. Terrence J: Got it, got it. Okay, so what do you hope that the President touches on tonight? Female Speaker: All of the things mentioned before but also equal access to opportunity for everyone no matter where they come from, especially educational opportunity. It doesn’t matter low-income middle class, everybody should have a chance.
Terrence J: Yeah, give — (applause) Where were you all — did they give you these answers? You guys are on point. Like I’m trying to — if somebody stuck a mic in my face and said what do you hope he’ll address I’m like, you know what? I hope it’s good, I hope it’s good. You guys are on point. What’s your name, where you from man? Male Speaker: My name is Moha Geoffrey. I’m from from California. Terrence J: Okay, tell us for anyone at home that’s watching right now, tell us about the vibe of this event. I mean, what’d you think? Male Speaker: I mean, it’s great.
You can tell everyone here is excited about President Obama’s last State of the Union address. And he’s done some great work over the past seven years, and we look forward to the next year. Terrence J: What do you hope he touches on tonight? Male Speaker: Definitely education and immigration but also prison reform. I think that’s a big topic that hasn’t been touched so far. Terrence J: You know, I was here a couple of weeks ago for a program that touched on prison reform.
This administration is doing a lot with that. That’s definitely another good issue, because once reentry happens we’ve got to get everything together. Yeah, what’s your name, where you from man? Male Speaker: Hey, my name’s David Garber and I’m from here in D.C., but I live in Rockville right now. Terrence J: Got it, got it. All right, what’d you think of tonight? Male Speaker: Oh, it’s been a great thing so far. It’s always fun to see Wale, but especially at the White House. (laughter) I thought you were going to say it was fun to see me because you know, I’ve been here all night doing my best, you know? I thought I had some of my best — Male Speaker: You’re emceeing well. Terrence J: I thought I had some pretty good jokes in there. But you only loved to see Wale. That’s fine. Let’s talk about the real reason why we’re here tonight, and that’s all to see President Obama. We’re going to see him on this screen in just a couple of moments.
What do you hope that he touches on tonight that the American people need to hear about? Male Speaker: You know, obviously a lot of what everyone else has said, but I think for me also I would love to hear about the wealth and equality, you know, as the Vice President was speaking about growing the middle class. I think that’s very important for whomever takes office next to move forward with that progress. Terrence J: Got it. Some very important issues. Give them all a round of applause. I didn’t — I honestly — Stephanie, I didn’t think that was going to go as well as it did.
I got to be honest with you. You guys had some amazing points, and I’m sure the President will address all of those things tonight. So, if you are at home once again, we want you to be a part of the conversation. The hash tag is S-O-T-U, SOTU. The final State of the Union address that President Obama will ever give will take place in just a couple of minutes. We are here in Washington, D.C. We’re going to be watching the event. Make sure to spread the word to your friends and your friend’s friends to all tune in and watch this address tonight as he addresses some very important issues. My name is Terrence J, and on behalf of all of my friends here at the White House — have a great night and enjoy President Obama with the State of the Union address. (applause) Male Speaker: Madam speaker. Madam speaker.
Male Speaker: Mr. Speaker, the President of the United States. Terrence J: Guys give it up for Adam, he put this event on. The President: The state of our economy is a concern that rises above all others. But while our economy may be weakened and our confidence shaken — Terrence J: Thanks to all my friends at the White House. This is truly an honor. You guys have been an amazing crowd. Have a great evening and enjoy the State of the Union guys. The President: But we are living through difficult and uncertain times. Tonight I want every American to know this. We will rebuild. We will recover. And the United States of America will emerge stronger than before. (applause) The President: One year ago, I took office amid two wars, an economy rocked by a severe recession, a financial system on the verge of collapse and a government deeply in debt. So we acted.
Immediately and aggressively. And one year later the worst of the storm has passed. We bet on American workers. We bet on American ingenuity. And tonight the American auto industry is back. It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country, the idea that if you work hard, and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead. No matter where you come from, no matter what you look like, or who you love, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999. Our unemployment rate is now lower than it was before the financial crisis. More of our kids are graduating than ever before. More of our people are insured than every before. Every three weeks we bring online as much solar power as we did in all of 2008. We have risen from recession free to write our own future than any other nation on Earth. It’s now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next 15 years and for decades to come. Our destiny remains our choice. And tonight, more than two centuries later, it’s because of our people that our future is hopeful, our journey goes forward, and the state of our union is strong.
It is you, our citizens who make the state of our union strong. And the state of our union will always be strong. Some day, years from now our children can tell their children that this was the time when we performed in the words that are carved into this very chamber, something worthy to be remembered. Thank you, God bless you and God bless the United States of America. (applause) (music) .
There was a series of labor strikes throughout the United States in the late 1910s and early 1920s. Why were workers so disgruntled? How did the public react to these strikes? In August of 1919, the Boston police force attempted to form a labor union. They joined the American Federation of Labor before being told that, as government employees and public servants, they had no right to unionize. In response, the police force voted 1,134 to 2 that they should go on strike. Not only did they hope to gain recognition of their union, but they were also seeking better wages, and improvements in working conditions. On September 9, 1919, the Boston Police Strike began. 72% of Boston’s police force refused to show up for work that day. That night, with no police on duty, the city experienced an outbreak of crime. Most was minor in nature, but many windows were broken, and several stores were looted. The next night, more violence and criminal activity occurred.
Massachusetts governor Calvin Coolidge ordered 5,000 members of the State Guard to help restore order to the city. Eventually, AFL president Samuel Gompers assessed the situation, and encouraged the police force to return to work. He feared that the lawless situation in Boston would turn public sentiment against organized labor. However, the trust between government officials and the police force had already been violated. Most of the striking workers were fired from their positions, and replaced by out-of-work World War I veterans.
Just as the Boston Police Strike was coming to an end, another labor dispute was beginning. The Amalgamated Associated of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers and the AFL helped to organize a general strike of steelworkers across the nation. Again, their demands primarily included higher wages and better working conditions. The strike began on September 21, 1919, and succeeded in shutting down almost half of the steel industry. There were striking workers in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, and even Colorado. However, the strike collapsed throughout the fall of 1919. By January of 1920, nearly all of the striking steel workers were back on the job. Today, the Steel Strike of 1919 is viewed as a sound defeat to the cause of organized labor in the United States. In the middle of the steel workers strike, another strike grasped the nation’s attention. The United Mine Workers of America, led by John L.
Lewis, began a strike on November 1, 1919. Nearly 450,000 coal miners across the nation refused to work. Their demands included a 60% increase in wages, a five day workweek, and a six hour workday. Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer attempted to utilize the Lever Act to force the striking workers back on the job. This was a law which made it a crime to interfere with the production and delivery of necessities (such as oil or coal). The strike continued into December, but Lewis realized that public sentiment was against them. He publicly encouraged the coal miners to return to work, stating “We are Americans, we cannot fight our government.” The coal miners did receive a significant pay raise, but nothing close to the 60% pay increase they had been demanding. These three work stoppages, as well as other smaller labor strikes that occurred, were not popular in public opinion. The strikes only increased public fears of organized labor, and their supposed connection to Communism. In the midst of the Red Scare that plagued the early 1920s, many people feared that such strikes were a prelude to a revolution comparable to the one that had occurred in Russia just a few years before.
Newspapers exacerbated these fears by exaggerating the violence and crime associated with the Boston Police Strike, and generating hysteria about the ties between the labor movement and the Russian Bolsheviks. There were even charges that Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky had ordered the strikes and were personally financing them. The strikes had many different consequences. They served to increase the distrust between the American public and organized labor. Many workers also became disenchanted with labor unions, and union memberships declined rapidly throughout the 1920s.
However, the strikes did succeed in raising public awareness of working conditions, as well as increasing wages for many workers. The strikes also made labor leaders, such as John L. Lewis well-known throughout the country. Calvin Coolidge also became a household name because of his successful management of the situation in Boston. .
The Service Employees International Union – the SEIU – is the single largest contributor to federal political candidates in the United States. In total, the SEIU and its associated Political Action Committees have spent over $270 million on federal politics and over $67 million on state and local partisan political campaigns, almost exclusively on behalf of Democrats and progressive causes. It’s worth asking the question: why? What do they have to gain? Like all unions, they have a vested interest in enacting policies that will help them increase their membership and increase their dues collections. Like other unions, the SEIU is willing to be aggressive to make those things happen. When the SEIU’s wanted to unionize members of foodservice provider Sodexo, the union’s tactics proved so aggressive that the SEIU ended up settling a case Sodexo brought against the union in which the SEIU was accused of “blackmail, vandalism, trespass, harassment, and lobbying law violations.” In the SEIU’s campaign manual they stated “It may be a violation of blackmail and extortion laws to threaten management officials with release of ‘dirt’ about them if they don’t settle a contract.
But there is no law against union members who are angry at their employer deciding to uncover and publicize factual information about individual managers.” The SEIU has used their political spending to aid politicians in multiple states who have passed laws opening home healthcare aides up to unionization by the SEIU, forcing them to pay dues. Caregivers objecting to paying dues for nominal SEIU representation sued the state of Illinois. In 2014, the Supreme Court ruled in the caregivers’ favor, exempting home healthcare aides from forced dues. Given the focus on obtaining more dues revenue and political power, it’s not surprising that the SEIU has been involved in multiple major corruption scandals. One leader plead guilty to charges related to over $500,000 of embezzled funds. Another directed $600,000 in contracts to his wife, used union dues to pay for his cigar club membership, and put $8,000 in wedding expenses on the union credit card. Caring about employees and making sure they have the power to negotiate with their employers successfully doesn’t need to mean supporting unions if they’ve acted wrongly.
Let’s support employees, not their dues collector the SEIU. To learn more, read our full article on InfluenceWatch.org. I’m Michael Watson, thanks for watching. .
Slavery remains one of the most uncomfortable subjects in the history of the United States of America. Indeed, it can hardly be relegated to being only American “history” as we’ll soon see in greater depth. There are large groups of historical revisionists that have a vested interest in trying to downplay it or reshape it in a way that’s more comfortable for their agendas. There are also some people that have grown up with overly simplistic versions of slavery in the past and its current state. We here at TopTenz will strive do our small part to push back against both. 10. “Abolitionism was a Popular Northern Movement” The idea that Union armies marched with the intention of freeing slaves is integral to the romanticization of the American Civil War and the lionizing of Abraham Lincoln, as seen in speeches like the one that Jeff Daniels gives in film Gettysburg. It gave a long, grueling war a sense of purpose that was meant to help everyone feel better about the end result. It’s also not really what the situation actually was like in the North. The New York Times reports that as recently as 1860 an abolitionist movement called the Liberty Party ran a candidate that didn’t win a majority in a single county.
The largest abolition newspaper in the country only had a circulation of around three thousand at a time when the combined population of the Northern states was more than twenty million. Even among the black population that joined the Union Army, the vast majority were former slaves recently freed by the army they joined. When the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1862, it led to a spike in desertions among Union troops, some of whom were explicit about how emancipation was the motivating factor. In brief, it could hardly have been said that the average soldier would have been moved by a speech about freeing slaves. 9. “The American Civil War was Not About Slavery” In order to defend fetishizing the Confederate flag (or rather the Army of Northern Virginia’s battle flag) and other aspects of America’s confederate heritage, the lie has been spread that the Civil War was fought over the rights of States, not the freeing of slaves. There are a number of aspects that can be cited to support this claim, such as the fact Lincoln himself denied that the war was about slavery in the early days since, as said, many people in the North were opposed to the idea of fighting a war to end slavery.
However, the Southern states all included in their Declarations of Causes for their rebellion that it was either the “superiority of white races” or the issue of slavery. South Carolina, the first state to secede, charged the North with the crime of “…elevating to citizenship, persons who, by the supreme law of the land, are incapable of becoming citizens…” Mississippi’s called slavery “the greatest material interest in the world.” However much people today might try to muddy the waters, back then the motivation for the rebellion was crystal clear. 8. “Slaves Fought for the Confederacy” When someone wants to claim the American Civil War was about defending homes instead of slavery (more on this later) they would be in line with common revisionist rhetoric to say that slaves and black people fought rank and file with their white associates. After all, who could deny the need for white people to defend their home state if even black people and slaves would set aside their differences for it? The problem is that for the longest time, the Confederate government wouldn’t have it. All black people, even those free born, were banned from serving as soldiers in the Confederate armies for almost the entire war.
They served as camp followers that had to cook and clean as slaves, but they were not permitted to take up arms. When the Confederacy tried desperately to create black regiments in 1865, it was with the offer of freedom instead of to defend the South, and it happened so late in the war that they were never able to see combat. 7. “Slaves were Rarely Killed by Labor” The logic of this one is pretty straightforward and seemingly sound: Since a slave is likely going to be expensive, it’s in the best interest of the owner to treat them well to make sure they can get more years of relatively less grudging work out of them. Noam Chomsky described how a prevailing argument among slave owners was that industrial wage workers had it worse than a slave because “we take care of our slaves.
You only rent them.” However, it wasn’t an approach that actually appealed to slave owners going by the available information. A slave owner in Louisiana named Bennett T. Barrow was unremarkable in describing almost daily beatings and torture for slaves. Food and housing standards were generally minimal, as much for a show of power as a means of cutting costs. A slave cemetery that was discovered in 1997 showed that many slaves died before the age of twelve, and of those that survived into adulthood, many had lesions in their bones where their labors literally wore away the muscles to the bones.
It seems that for most people rich enough to own slaves at all there was enough income that even expensive human labor was disposable. 6. “Freed Slaves Took Control of Southern Governments After the American Civil War” For a century this lie was used in the South for policies designed to take away voting rights from black people. The narrative essentially boils down to how, after slaves were freed, they immediately began voting for politicians that were so vile that they had to be forcefully removed from office for the good of all, exemplified by the fact the majority of the new elected leaders were black. The landmark film The Birth of a Nation from 1915 is basically devoted to this falsehood.
The truth was that during the high point of African-American power during the South in the late 1860s, they only had a legislative majority in South Carolina. Other than that, it was much closer to Mississippi, where only roughly 17% of elected legislators were black. What was actually happening was a wave of terror in the South where black people and sympathizers were being murdered basically en masse, particularly black servicemen. In Louisiana alone in 1868 more than a thousand people were murdered for this reason. In short, the truth was much closer to terrorism we mostly associate with the Middle East today being inflicted on freed slaves. 5. “Slaves Were Only Owned by the Wealthiest” As evidence that the average Southern soldier didn’t fight in the Civil War to defend the institution of slavery, it’s put forth that the vast majority of them couldn’t begin to afford a slave.
The average price of a slave in 1860 was $800, which certainly sounds above the pay grade of a soldier making $11.00 a month as the average Confederate private was when they first enlisted, so it sounds even more reasonable. However, you have to consider that among the people that fought for Southern armies such as the Army of Northern Virginia, slave ownership was much more common than you think. One in ten soldiers owned slaves. Another twenty-five percent of the soldiers, who did tend to be only around the age of twenty-six and naturally wouldn’t have saved up to buy their own, lived in slave-owning households.
In the officer class, half were slave owners. That’s not even factoring how many aspired to own slaves, worked on plantations as overseers or related jobs, or the number who felt that keeping black people in chains was the proper order of things. If there were soldiers that fought only for states’ rights, they certainly were not the overwhelming majority. 4. “Even if the South Won the Civil War, Slavery Would Have Ended Shortly After” As part of the argument that the Civil War wasn’t about slavery, some claim it was dying out on its own. For one thing, the fact that every major trading partner for the Confederacy had outlawed slavery (and that it was unpopular enough that the South wasn’t officially recognized) is offered as a sign international pressure would have led to it being banned. Also, advances in technology would have allegedly made slavery obsolete. In fact, slavery was so profitable at the time that an average slave owner could expect a 100% return on their investment within ten years, and considering the light costs, that meant each slave was almost pure profit for decades if they lived to even middle age for the time.
And nearly a century later, Nazi Germany put millions of people into highly profitable slave labor. Even today some countries still find use for it. So if the Southern states had indeed become a separate nation, it would have meant a long time where millions of people lived and died as property. 3. “The First Slaves in America Were White People!” An argument used to downplay the atrocities of the slavery of black people in America is the claim that Irish immigrants were an overlooked group that also got enslaved. Irish people certainly were put into forced labor under the more sophisticated sounding label “indentured servitude,” and doesn’t that show just how phony and shallow the feelings of people opposed to slavery of black people are? However, there were significant, immediately tangible differences between indentured servants and slaves. Indentured servants still retained basic human rights such as the fact neither they nor their children were designated property. It was contractually possible to get out of indentured servitude through labor, something no slave could hope to get through anything more than their master’s whim.
2. “Slavery was a Southern Problem” For the average American the first instinct when the issue of slavery in America is brought up is to imagine a slave being worked to death on a plantation while the enlightened Northern states were their only hope of freedom. It helps natives from those states feel that their hands are much cleaner of the peculiar institution and allows unambiguous condemnation of the South as just a bunch of racists.
In truth, many Northern states didn’t merely tolerate Southern slaveholding for a long time. There were many active participants. Almost all the ships that brought slaves through the infamous Triangle Trade originally set sail in New England even well after it was banned in that region. Northern states also allowed slavery much later than history textbooks usually admit. In Pennsylvania, for example, there were still hundreds of black slaves in 1850 even though it had been banned under state law in 1780 because the Gradual Abolition of Slavery Act allowed them to remain slaves until their twenty-eighth birthday.
So the taint of slavery is much more prominent on Northern states than a passing knowledge of history indicates. 1. “Slavery is Illegal in America” As a means to try and put the openly slave friendly time behind us, revisionists that want to downplay slavery will mention that it became illegal more than 150 years ago, so why continue to claim it’s still important? Indeed, Steven Spielberg’s biopic Lincoln treats the passing of the 13th Amendment to outlaw slavery as an unambiguous triumph. Unfortunately, as made clear in Ava Duvernay’s documentary 13th, the 13th Amendment contains a loophole that allows people to be put into forced labor as a form of punishment for being convicted of a crime. While chattel slavery was outlawed by Franklin Roosevelt in the 1940s to prevent it being used for Japanese propaganda in WWII, the amendment is still in place. Duvernay’s documentary also points out that 25% of all people that are incarcerated in the world are in the US and thus vulnerable to being pressed into slavery.
Indeed, in January 2017, Sheriff Thomas Hodgson in Massachusetts offered local inmates as slave labor to help build the border wall with Mexico. So it’s not so much a dirty secret that slavery is still legal in America as it’s an unpleasant truth hidden beneath the surface that we’re only now shining a light on. .
— On Friday, an attempt by the United Auto Workers union to organize a Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi collapsed. — Y’know, Nissan has fought an intense fight, and we fell short. — That may not sound like a surprise. The South is the home of the right-to-work movement, where cheap labor, anti-union laws, and government incentives have lured factories for decades and made it hard for unions to organize. But the argument in Canton came down to who offered the best path to prosperity for the black working class. Evan McMorris-Santoro was there for the final week of campaigning. — Tony Hobson lives the working class American life. — I go to work at Nissan from 11 ‘till 7. I get off at 7. I have a second job, by choice. I have to be there by 9. — Tony has worked at the Nissan plant for 15 years. It’s a good job for him— $28 an hour driving a forklift on the nightshift. The median hourly wage in Jackson is $15.34 an hour. The second job at U-Haul is just for extra money, he says. — How’re you doing? — Alright, how’re you doing? — Good. How can we help you this morning? — Tony is the type of guy the UAW couldn’t convince to organize last week.
— “Vote ‘no’ or you’ll be an unemployed autoworker”? — You’ll be UAW. — Pretty good. “World’s deadliest viruses: HIV and UAW.” That’s pretty strong. — Because when they get in you, that’s death. — The South attracts manufacturing, in part, because of how deep anti-union sentiment goes here. The Nissan plant— the first modern car factory in Mississippi— opened in 2003. — We are the union! — The UAW has failed in three attempts to organize majority-white southern plants in the last 30 years. Organizers had a reason to believe that Canton would be different.
Black working class Americans are more likely than any other demographic group to belong to a union. — The facility is 80 percent African-American. Their sister plant is in Tennessee, and they make $1.70 more than the workers here in Canton, Mississippi. Why is there a disparity? — UAW organizing efforts started not long after the plant opened, drawing in big names from the black community to help: — You’ve taken your courage and used that courage as a platform for change. — The message: unionizing Nissan is the next rung in the long climb to equality for black people in the deep South. That message works for Betty Jones. She’s an engine inspector at the plant and has worked there for 14 years. Betty makes $26 an hour: — At the beginning, when we started this, I mean, my whole line was just— they were just “Yes.” But when Nissan started bringing in those anti-union videos, I saw my coworkers, just… the look on their faces— “Ms. Betty, I just can’t do it.” — One thing I’ve heard is this idea, that maybe the white workers don’t want a union with people who are black telling them how they can work.
— I tell people, if you look at the history of the UAW, the UAW was started by white people. The reason we have this type of thing— health care— is because of the UAW. — One of the things we talk a lot about in politics these days is the white working class, right? These are the guys who voted for Trump, these are the people who wanna talk a lot about it.
And I wonder if you think there’s a difference between the white working class and the black working class in this country. — Yeah, because, I mean, they just look at us like we aren’t supposed to be in a leadership position. And I believe that if if the plant was 75 percent white, we’d probably have a union about 10 years ago. — People like Betty scared anti-union folks. Nissan and its allies waged an expensive campaign against them. The effort caught the union off-guard. — The basic message is, if you do this, you are going to lose your job. — Absolutely. Your livelihood. — But you can’t guarantee that’s not going to happen though, right? — No. We’ve never guaranteed the workers anything. — A Nissan spokesperson told VICE News the UAW is “knowingly spreading falsehoods,” and “shamefully using the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement to stir emotions.” Emotion-stirring is common in Mississippi around the union.
A Koch Brothers-funded ad campaign warns a union would turn the area into Detroit. Republican Governor Phil Bryant made it clear what that meant. There was a lot of conversation about why a union was bad for black workers. — That worked for Tony. — I’m afraid of losing my job. Right now, I’ve got job security for 15 years, sir. We have not had a layoff. We have never missed a beat.
— What do you think of their campaign? — They don’t have one. They wanna say, “They treat black people like slaves.” I have been driving an Infiniti for 15 years. I make great money— more money than people with degrees make down here. If that’s treated like a slave, then keep using me. — Race is a part of this conversation, isn’t it? Can you talk a bit about how it’s part of the conversation for you? — It really is not, and that’s another tactic that the UAW is using to try and get in the plant. — 1,307 workers voted for the union. 2,244 workers voted against it. For every Betty at the Nissan plant, there are two Tonys. — So you think that they were, just in the end, too afraid? — Too afraid, yeah.
— Do you think that other workers in other factories across the South, who look at a situation like this, might say, “Look, this isn’t worth the trouble”? — I’m sure, yeah. Because everybody was looking at us. Didn’t happen this time. .
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this ramp but critics say interns aren’t really learning anything at all that the program is really just a way to bring cheap foreign labor into a country in desperate need of workers and in some cases a form of government-sponsored human trafficking how much money are you earning working here it’s illegal in Japan to place interns and unskilled positions the whole point of the program is to train them in skills that they can bring back home but our reporting found that it’s common for the foreign workers to be placed in menial jobs in agriculture textiles and construction there are about a hundred and fifty thousand foreign interns working in Japan and the government wants to expand that program by another 70,000 people the reason is the 2020 Olympics and stadium construction like this because ahead of the games they’re only going to build more sporting facilities and stadiums but they want to use a program that one UN report said approaches conditions of slavery IPE Torre is one of the few people in Japan speaking up for the foreign interns he’s director of the National migrant workers Network a coalition of labor unions and anti trafficking groups and has rescued dozens of foreign interns from captivity including this Chinese man whose boss tried to force him onto a plane back home in December there’s no case other details know could add music echoes he brings us to the site of the future Olympic Village it sounds like this is a program that foreign workers used to come here to learn some skills so I don’t see what the problem is here so this net morale butoh univox Tabata rokkyo Soto no engine no todos al estado de hecho su lugar y no G Co set o yummy yellow instead what como Costas so they’re not actually learning anything they’re coming here to do unskilled labor well you know you must get them all you gotta you know jisu cetera kya Tonio Google gear so it tastes like a canister the saga Kyoto joke over there because I did cut the dough so it is bone-dry 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return to China after two years of back-breaking labor they’re still in deep debt the US State Department has been pressuring Japan to address conditions like these most recently flagging the internship program in its annual human trafficking report last year for subjecting workers to quote conditions of forced labor Japan’s controversial internship program was born out of desperation Japan is in need of tens of thousands of workers Japan’s got a serious labor shortage why because it has the oldest population in the world and it’s only getting older by 2040 they project that the working age population is gonna fall from 81 million down to just 57 million people that’s a 30% drop in the labor pool for the world’s third largest economy and the country has some of the strictest immigration laws in the world thanks to a government in public long suspicious of outsiders an extremely protective of Japanese culture Japan has resisted calls to create formal visas for migrant workers instead promising to crack down on abuses of its foreign interns the agency tasked by the Japanese Cabinet Office with overseeing the internship program is the Japan international training Cooperation Organization or JIT Kok it’s on the fourth floor of this building and over the last month we’ve made multiple attempts to get them to give us an interview about the problems the trainee internship program has faced but they’ve refused to speak with us even now we phoned them up one last time and they said that they won’t speak the State Department says the Japanese government’s efforts have done little to improve conditions for foreign interns in 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry awarded IPE Tory an award honoring his work picking up where the government has left EPA’s network is still getting a constant stream of phone calls from interns in need of their help the latest case is about a two hour drive outside of Tokyo we are in Mito it’s an agricultural area where a lot of the migrant workers 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We often think that getting respect and being aggressive go hand in hand because unfortunately, it’s often the bully that gets the most respect in the schoolyard and even in the workplace. But Jordan Peterson is an exemplar of a different way to generate massive amounts of respect so in this video, we’re going to explore three main things that he does that force people to respect you without being a bully. …but you can’t force me to respect you; it’s just not possible. Okay, maybe not forced. But perhaps make people much more likely to respect you so let’s dive into it.
The first thing that Dr. Peterson does is called “pacing your reality.” So even when he doesn’t share your beliefs, he shows that he can understand why you might think the things that you do. For instance, Jordan is religious but listen to how he speaks about atheism. There’s a good case to be made for atheism. I mean let’s make no bones about it because you could say in some sense, there’s been 300-400 years of brilliant scientists who’ve been doing nothing but laying the foundation for an objective empirical atheism. Jordan grants that the side that he does not agree with has really strong points in his favor. And this might sound counterproductive if you’re trying to persuade someone but it actually makes people more open to changing their mind because in any discussion, the absolute hardest thing to do is to admit that you might be wrong and risk appearing dumb. That’s why sometimes saying things like, “Hey, you raise a great point,” or “I totally see why you see things that way,” is so important if you find yourself in a heated argument.
It lets the other person not feel dumb if they wind up changing their mind. This is how Dr. Peterson can get people to open up to his views without having to push them around. You can contrast that with the standard political discussion where two sides basically just yell their points of view at one another like in this clip. If you work hard, if you get educated, if you’re an honest person — you can make it in America.
If you live in a neighborhood where people are poverty is endemic, it’s harder to work hard, it’s harder to get an education— No one changes their mind from a discussion like this so even though it might be tempting to quote-unquote win an argument by making really incisive points that make the other person look dumb, you have to recognize that it actually makes them less likely to change their behavior if you don’t also validate something about their position. Now, interestingly, Jordan peppers in many instances of mini-pacings into his normal speech. For instance he mentions what you might be thinking while he’s saying things. Just watch. To those who have everything, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, everything will be taken. It’s really a vicious statement but what it means is as you go downhill, you go downhill faster and faster. …for working with old people in old-aged homes, the rule is — don’t do anything for the residents that they can do themselves. You think, “Well, that’s pretty harsh.” No it isn’t. You’re helping them retain their independence. …then he stretches out and he’ll go fight again so antidepressants work on lobsters and you think, “Well, who cares?” It’s like, “No, no, no.” Jordan will even raise a hypothetical question that you might have and then answer it.
…and the idea is that if you can do that you will transcend the tragedy and it’s like, “Well, could that be true?” Well, most people admire tough competent people so you know it’s at least a little bit true. What’s especially fascinating is that once Dr. Peterson has completely reversed her initial position, he’s extra careful to not make you feel stupid about it. The other person needs to be able to save face so he mentions one more time that he’s not attacking. I mean I get your point and I’m not trying to denigrate it in any sense; there’s a complex issue here. That’s partially why so many people have had their minds changed by Dr. Peterson. He’s not trying to make them feel dumb; he’s trying to help them, to educate them. Contrast that with the quote-unquote “own” compilations on YouTube where one person tries to make the opposing side and the opposing argument seem as stupid as possible. …they’re against Mexicans, they’re against Jews, black people, minorities— Where are all these Nazis? Everywhere. Oh, let’s do a quick pan and now let’s see them. Oh… nope. There’s one… nope.
Okay, so there’s none here so where are they? …which sometimes results in this — It’s not the same. You’re right. You’re 100% right. It’s not the same. You don’t have to cry. I know it’s hard. No, look. Come here, honestly. It can be tempting to laugh when your side gets one-up on someone from the other side but when you make people feel stupid, nobody actually changes their mind and while it might feel like you’re a winner, you’re actually completely ineffective at changing behavior. So if your goal is to make the world a better place, be like Dr. Peterson; do your best to understand people’s perspectives and give them credit for doing their best to figure things out even if you disagree.
On to the second point — Jordan is constantly telling stories and sharing interesting tidbits to keep his listeners’ attention and he flows quickly between a lot of different things. These next clips are all just taken from a span of about three minutes. …if you’re competent at fighting, that actually decreases the probability that you’re going to have to fight because when someone pushes you, you’ll be able to respond with confidence and that’s partly why Jung believed that it was necessary for people to integrate their shadow. When you study Nazi-Germany for example or you study the Soviet Union particularly under Stalin and you’re asking yourself, “Well, what are these perpetrators like?” — forget about the victims — let’s talk about the perpetrators, the answer is — they’re just like you.
It’s a matter of facing the thing you least want to face and there’s this old story in King Arthur where the knights go off to look for the Holy Grail. That’s five different topics all in the span of just a few minutes and you’ll notice that they’re all of interest to the listener. First, you have that interesting fact about martial arts and then he takes it to a larger historical context which everyone kind of understands and then most importantly, he shows you how it applies to your life. Two main points here — first is that winding nature of his speech which keeps people on their toes and interested.
Now, you may have experienced someone who does this poorly talking about every random thing that comes into their mind and completely losing your attention. Peterson’s approach works because he is constantly relating everything back to you — the listener. Now, this focus on making things relevant to you is also the reason that he switches to the second person in so many of his stories. …you don’t identify with either of those; you know that they’re both necessary, you know that you have to live with both of them, but you identify with the capacity to continually transcend what you are. So far, these are pretty common charisma traits and you might have seen these before in some of our other breakdowns. But there is one that is at least on our channel completely unique to Jordan and it’s kind of his calling card — that is his use of archetypes.
The basic idea of an archetype is that it’s an idea that resonates across a wide swath of humanity despite differing conditions. It’s kind of like a foundational human story so it’s something that we intuitively understand, remember, and move towards. Archetypes are often encapsulated in fairy tales and some of the most popular stories of our age which is why you’ll hear Petersen reference them all the time. …that’s the witch in Hansel and Gretel who fattens up the kids and eats them. How many of you have seen Disney’s Sleeping Beauty? It’s very difficult to understand Jung outside of a narrative context and so I’m going to walk you through the Lion King today. The woman encounters this mysterious and aggressive male and tames… …that’s the female hero myth as far as I can tell; it’s Beauty and the Beast. The point of using archetypal stories aside from being a fun way to reference Disney movies is that they connect with people on a deep level. They intuitively feel true and if you could relate a point that you’re trying to make to an archetypal story, you are going to be more persuasive.
That’s actually how Peterson is able to take the unappealing advice of clean up your own room and make it into a piece of advice that probably thousands of people have applied. Now for those of you unfamiliar with his work, cleaning up your room is meant literally but also to say that you need to clean up your own mess before you go telling other people all the things that they need to fix for you. It’s really not appealing advice on the face of it which is why so many of us ignored our mothers when they told us to do it.
But here is how Peterson leads into this advice. You probably have all watched Pinocchio and Pinocchio is about how… …marionette; someone who’s whose strings are being pulled by forces beyond his comprehension but it’s the situation of the undeveloped individual. …Geppetto who’s a benevolent father — so a benevolent symbol, a symbol of benevolent culture, makes a puppet his son and then wishes on a star. Now a star is something that glitters up in the sky and it’s and it’s associated with the transcend— I can’t grab all of this in one clip and that’s kind of the point. If Peterson had just told people, “Focus on yourself. First, clean up your room before you tell other people how to live,” well, he’d have been about as effective as a motivational poster. But in couching this advice inside of an archetypal story, he makes it truly connect and actually changes people’s lives. That’s why I think the ability to tell a good story is the most underrated charismatic trait. If you can build the story in an archetypal structure, that’s even better. Now this is a big topic and one that I spend probably over an hour on in Charisma University course but for now, I’m just going to link to a few storytelling videos that we’ve done in the description below if you want more on this.
I do want to touch on one more point though. And that’s that Peterson can win respect without being a bully because he encourages dialogue. Now one of the first clips that put him on the map and his most viewed to this date was a heated argument and throughout this clip, he calms students then when they start getting in shouting matches with one another. Female voice: …because they’re not integrated into society. Female voice: We are not looking for special treatment; we are looking Female voice: to be able to integrate ourselves into society and if you refuse…
He also pays careful attention to the students who do engage him without screaming. Add all this up and what you realize is that perhaps the biggest thing you can learn from Dr. Peterson is that if you want people to respect you and you don’t want to do it in a domineering way, you have to consider the other person, you consider their reality and you pace it in your speech; you consider their attention span and you wrap your points in engaging stories; and you consider that they may have something to teach you so you speak with them rather than shout at them. Now, we focused a lot on respect in this video but that’s actually just one out of four emotions that are going to create an amazing first impression on anyone cross-culturally.
Now, if you’re curious with the other three emotions that you want to create in that person are to make an amazing first impression, I made a video on that that breaks down what those four emotions are so that you can start using them today to consistently make killer first impressions. If you want to see those, go ahead and click the link in the description, drop your email in the box and you will get access to that video. Also, as we’ve grown it has been harder and harder for me to respond to all the YouTube comments that we get but I do have a solution now and that is that for the first hour after I upload a new video, I’m going to be responding to your comments so feel free to write in if you’re watching this or if you want to catch me next time, go ahead and click Subscribe and then click that notification bell so that you get an announcement as soon as the video goes up and you can write me in the comments.
That way, we can converse and dialogue! Whoo-hoo! So anyways, I hope that you enjoyed this video and I look forward to seeing you in the next one. .
One of Korea’s largest labor groups staged a mass rally in Seoul. They want to ensure the Moon administration execute its election pledges on labor reform, including a rise in the minimum wage. Some say, though such actions may be premature. Ji Myung-kil takes a closer look. Tens of thousands of protesters from the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions marched through Gwanghwamun Square in downtown Seoul on Friday… calling for a raise in the minimum wage and better working conditions for irregular workers. Both public and private sector irregular workers participated in the rally. Their occupations ranged from school staff to caregivers and cleaners, but their demands were the same. These demands included shifting irregular workers onto the permanent payroll, increasing the minimum hourly wage to 10-thousand won, or nearly 9 U.S. dollars, and shortening the country’s maximum working hours from 68 to 52 hours per week. Korea has one of the highest rates of temporary employment in the OECD, with one in three workers employed on temporary or part-time contracts,…and receiving much lower incomes than regular workers. Unions are hopeful that the Moon administration will make changes to the labor laws… reversing some of the business-focused policies of the past two conservative administrations.
However, there is also criticism that labor union’s strike is ill-timed and premature… as talks to set next year’s minimum wage are already underway and given that the government is working to deliver on its promises. “The government has signaled its willingness to closely communicate with the labor circles. But, the reform path may not be easy… as the government faces resistance from business lobby groups worried about higher labor costs. The all-out-strike will continue until July 8th. Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.” .