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-- comes Lanny Davis I guess he's written traces -- five rules but coping with crises in business politics and life.
-- special counsel to President Clinton.
And in June 2005.
President Bush -- -- to serve on the five member privacy and civil liberties oversight -- -- at a book party last night and some very important people came around.
Well my very very dear friend from yellow school who's a change your last name after I spent some time and in law school she was -- those days and then she became Clinton.
-- Hillary came by for a quick hello and just a great friend.
And we had Michael Steele -- the master of ceremonies despite his being on the that everything that he's not an umbrella we have a company called purple nation solutions and it's been fun did Hillary go.
-- -- But what she actually did his turn to the person that works for me and named Matty and said how do you possibly handle this -- Yet you think -- -- 126 -- you know.
I don't really know I know that as long as I've known her she's been.
Absolutely inevitably going to run for something -- achievement for president after I met her for five minutes really.
Yeah this is years and yes yes she everybody saw Hillary Rodham and lose a little or she became the wife of a public -- admit Bill Clinton with the first impression she left at Yale Law School is this is a person -- gonna be a national leader.
And I tell that story and it's a true story so will she run.
I you know I think he is she is healthy.
And she certainly should be.
In office I I would rather sleep -- enjoy life but she also -- said as -- managing your credit.
And it said you this my last.
Public job so it.
You read that I think should he get around that if you really wanted to do and if there's a demand for her run which -- could very well -- it is there anyone you've seen as secretary of state or any other offices in this country who worked harder than Hillary I would -- Clinton I was a supporter of hers when she was in the primary against Barack Obama originally supported Hillary Clinton I think Barack Obama is in superb job.
And a very proud.
Of him as president but I was originally -- Hillary Clinton supporter and by the way.
Hillary and all of us who supported Hillary remember people who -- -- with us and Alan Colmes is on our general our -- -- Felicia got back Cuba crisis -- what are the five rules for coping.
With -- well everything.
King starts in politics to get rid of this polarized dysfunctional government.
And crisis management everything starts with -- -- on facts.
Getting to the facts that's my first -- second -- say the fact simply so people can understand.
And the third rule is to literally get out in front of the story -- yourself don't wait for the facts to dribble it.
John Edwards didn't do that did know John Edwards did not do it and needed to Barack Obama console injure.
Neither did Mitt Romney on 47%.
Everyone makes the same mistake over and over again.
And I have a -- title in the first Jeff -- book when will they ever learn.
-- -- -- -- -- What they forget this Romney supported green companies and the governor of Massachusetts which lost money -- was one of dozens of companies they supported most of which made money knowing are two excellent excellent excellent -- Oh you're the crisis manager right now you just did what the -- Obama administration -- -- didn't do.
Which is get all the fact that about Sunday it was a non story where exactly the reason but they never did that and -- they dribble out.
And that's what makes a relatively innocuous story into a bad story because we don't get the facts.
Out for example in your book you talk about the Lincoln bedroom and more coming out about money there was some allegedly.
By donors who would then get to sleep in the Lincoln bedroom if you had to get ahead of -- So what did we do.
We had all the documents of all the guests who called in a reporter we gave the reported that story to -- the complete story but by the way the reporter also included.
All of the fat -- that slept overnight in previous administrations.
You have to have the relationship with the press to do that must is the key to the whole process of crisis management two things.
If you're an attorney with the attorney client privilege you get the facts -- confident if you're PR person you don't.
And secondly you -- the trust of reporters because -- an attorney -- know you can get to the fact looking at the lesser administrations Clinton bush and Obama how would you characterize the relationship with the press in these different administrations.
You know probably going back to George Washington and answer the question the same way peasants don't like the white house press corps and vice looks.
Because there's a natural adversarial.
Relationship when Mike McCurry the Press Secretary President Clinton brought me -- He said it's your job to work with the press even though they're trying to hurt us here and that's what I did and this idea that the liberal media is in the pocket of Barack Obama has -- -- the -- -- Clinton had no idea I mean you keep hearing that from sports particularly from conservative but there is as you point -- adversarial.
Relationship no matter who the president is in the press the press -- there to suck up to the president and the first -- Bill Clinton has his view that the liberal media did him in on -- order a complete nothing -- -- -- -- post broke the story in the New York Times that dominated the mainstream media for several years and led to the appointment of Ken -- which led to the impeachment process.
About nothing now Barack Obama has had some light treatment at times and has had some tough treatment.
There is no ideology and the press corps at the White House they want to get headlines and space in newspapers and you don't do that for reading puff -- -- -- -- that you there is an -- to manipulating the press to some extent of the things.
Well I was accused of manipulation and to some extent that's true -- would leak a story and get it written a bit story in order to get it an old story so by the time is on national television during the summer hearings it I would say -- has been there done that for example when the White House issue of the Lincoln bedroom you say this is an old story and you actually pulled up what an old.
I can't -- think -- senator Thompson went on television I was circular -- Thompson Fred Thompson from Tennessee who I was thinking of running for president I handed out all the stories -- already been written saying to reporters.
Been there done that old news and they thought that there was old Davis true.
You make it true they bought it because it was -- so Martha Stuart coach you when they -- She does in the middle of the night for getting the time -- -- she was out of the country and she said.
A friend of mine.
Tells me that you believe in getting the facts my lawyers blanket he blank lawyers have been pretty good word in front of -- work lawyers woke me up.
Tell me I can't tell my story about what happened will you help me.
So what did you do -- health center ice at first I have to be a lawyer and establish attorney client privilege or can help you why because anything you tell me I can be compelled.
To testify against so as soon as we did that she told me the truth as it sounds like you've got a tip from a broker.
That's not insider knowledge and in fact she was not indicted for that.
Even though the media can wreck your of that before she ever tell you kind of -- heard that and that I mean there was -- public relations disaster one point for her -- out.
Unfortunately -- criminal lawyer I've threatened to quit once the story that Jeffrey Toobin wrote in the New Yorkers that established that there was no insider trading.
And then I had to stop what I wanted to do and she ended up being indicted.
For a false statement not under oath not transcribed and that's what she only -- Scott like get you sick of it I can't do this one that I can't this is too much for me I can't.
-- this is too much of -- scandalous as you're done.
But I did say that I do so in the case of Trent -- my favorite chapter in the book and if anyone wants to read the book and read it by selectively looking at chapters the Penn State chapters it isn't -- it very tough one to right but.
-- might cause me after he was done he was already not going to be majority leader you don't disarm John Thurmond -- -- you.
Which was done much I defended -- on that I thought that was stupid he he called me and said look Jesse Jackson's just called me I know you're a long time friend of his Jack Kemp told them that call -- whose brand mind.
And what should I do is -- trying to exploit innocent let me -- -- and see as a -- would -- have in mind he's -- just want to reach out to them and see if I can be of service to him.
I said OK I'm coming over for the phone call when he -- you and let's see what you do and Jessie said.
-- Are you saying you don't trust me.
And I -- well reverend I love you but I want to be in the room in the call comes in and when he came in he prayed for Trent Lott.
It was a moving moment Trent Lott was healed.
That was one I didn't think I could help and I helped him personally more than -- ever match.
I thought Trent let's get railroaded on that would look he says he told a stupid joke and a 100 year old man's birthday party and I don't think because I think brutal triple -- Trent -- past.
And I guess right at him as a southern bigot which I don't I don't think was fair at that time you know the Republican.
Then it's turned on him much faster than they Democrats they're the ones who do medical officer with a Democrat today.
And I have to say.
-- friend from Fox News Karl Rove was involved in pushing.
Trent -- over this real resolute no -- -- Teddy the story that they thought he was a huge liability after the Strom Thurmond.
Matter anyway would you have jumped in there sooner and save that for for Trent -- he -- and yes I think he waited I think it's a -- the first words is -- I feel sorry for you I don't think.
Usually choose the way you've been treated by your fellow Republicans.
I wish you had called me two weeks ago we might have -- -- what was you've done.
I would have put him out right in front of the senate and say listen everybody I was raised his segregationist environment.
I was insensitive to African Americans I've changed I apologize please -- doing -- all you've been wrong.
-- -- admit but explain that you come from an environment -- childhood where racist jokes were okay.
There is don't minimize the -- as it always just a joke.
Acknowledge that it comes from -- -- deep within you and ask for forgiveness and Jesse Jackson said to me that's why -- forgive them.
The book is called crisis -- five rules for coping with crises in business politics -- like Lanny Davis funny thank you so much for being here encourages it had been a fan of Alan column since my first Hannity and cars and US still a great America thank you -- -- I'm gonna have a crisis you're the you're the guy and I hope you don't need my I hope I don't ever need -- and that way.
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