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Huckabee: Timeless Thoughts on the Important Things

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has worn many hats in his lifetime. But he says his most recent role as a grandfather is the most important yet. Read Transcript


Pat: WELL, FORMER

ARKANSAS GOVERNOR MIKE

HUCKABEE SHOCKED THE NATION

WHEN HE RAN AN INCREDIBLE

RACE AT THE REPUBLICAN

PRIMARIES.

HE WON STATE AFTER STATE.

HE POLLED UP A VERY

SUBSTANTIAL FOLLOWING.

PEOPLE LOVED HIM, AND THEN

HE HAS GONE ON TO BE A

COMMENTATOR ON THE FA FOX

NETWORK.

BUT THE THING HE WANTED TO

DO WAS TO GIVE HIS GRANDSON,

CHANDLER, SOMETHING THAT

WOULD LAST FOREVER.

AND IN THE MIDST OF THAT,

HIS GRANDDAUGHTER, SCARLET

WAS BORN, REVEALING A SIDE

OF HIM NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN.

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: MIKE HUCKABEE

HAS WORN MANY HATS IN THIS

LIFETIME, FROM PASTOR TO

POLITICIAN, GOVERNOR TO

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, EVEN

TALK-SHOW HOST, POLITICAL

PUNDIT, AND BASS PLAYER IN A

BAND.

BUT HE IS ALSO A

GRANDFATHER, AND WITH ALL OF

HIS CONTRIBUTIONS, HIS MOST

RECENT IS THE ONE HE DEEMS

THE MOST IMPORTANT.

IN HIS BOOK "DEAR CHANDLER,

DEAR CHARLOTTE, THE THINGS

THAT MATTER MOST."

THE BOOK TOUCHES ON FAITH,

LOVE, VALUES, AND WORTH

ETHIC.

ALL THROUGH HUCKABEE'S OWN

TRANSPARENT LIFE LESSONS AND

PERSONAL STORIES.

Pat: JOINING US FROM

NEW YORK IS A GOOD FRIEND,

MIKE HUCKABEE.

GOVERNOR, NICE TO HAVE YOU

WITH US.

GOD BLESS YOU.

THANK YOU, PAT.

WHAT AN HONOR TO BE BACK

WITH YOU.

Pat: WHAT DO YOU WANT

TO TEACH YOUR

GRANDCHILDREN.

I'VE GOT 14 OF THEM, SO GIVE

ME SOME TIPS.

WELL, YOU PROBABLY COULD

SCHOOL ME ON IT.

I THINK SOMETIMES WE GET SO

BUSY WITH THE ACTIVITIES OF

OUR KIDS AND OUR GRANDKIDS

THAT WE FAIL TO REALIZE IS

THE GREATEST THING WE CAN

GIVE THEM IS NOT A PIECE OF

THE 401K, OR A VINTAGE

GUITAR THAT THEY WILL

PROBABLY SELL ON eBAY THE

DAY I'M GONE, BUT IT IS TO

HELP THEM CONNECT WITH WHO

IS BEFORE THEM SO THEY HAVE

SOME UNDERSTANDING WHO THEY

ARE.

WHO IS GOD?

WHY DO YOU HAVE PARENTS?

WHY DO THINGS SOMETIMES

HURT?

WHY DO WE DIE?

THOSE ARE QUESTIONS KIDS

WILL GROW UP ASKING, AND

SOMETIMES YOU'D LOVE TO PUT

YOUR ARM AROUND THEM AND

TELL THEM.

THE TRAGEDY IS SOMETIMES, BY

THE TIME THEY GET OLD ENOUGH

TO UNDERSTAND THOSE ANSWERS,

WE'RE TOO OLD TO GIVE THEM

OR YEAR NOT AROUND ANYMORE.

THIS WAS A GREAT BOOK FOR ME

TO WRITE.

WHAT I WANTED TO DO IS

STIMULATE THEM TO WRITE

THEIR OWN STORIES.

TO PUT SOMETHING DOWN FOR

THEIR GRANDKIDS, SO THAT

THEY'LL HAVE SOMETHING TO

REMEMBER THEM BY.

Pat: MIKE, YOU'VE

WRITTEN THAT THE HIGHEST

REWARD IS FOR WORK IS NOT

WHAT YOU GET OUT OF IT, BUT

WHAT YOU RECEIVE, WHAT YOU

BECOME BY IT.

TELL US WHAT THAT MEANS.

I THINK WE'VE LIVED IN A

SOCIETY, AND CAPITALISM IS A

GREAT THING, AND IT IS A

WONDERFUL, MOTIVATING FORCE,

BUT WORK IS NOT JUST ABOUT

OBTAINING SOMETHING.

IT IS ABOUT BECOMING A

RESPONSIBLE HUMAN BEING.

THE THINGS THAT WE RECEIVE

FOR OUR WORK, THOSE ARE THE

FRINGE BENEFITS, BUT THE

GREATEST BLESSINGS ARE WHAT

WE BECOME.

IF WE LEARN TO BE

RESPONSIBLE, AND WE LEARN TO

BE SELF-SUFFICIENT AND

INDEPENDENT, DEPENDING ONLY

UPON GOD AND HIS STRENGTH

AND HIS PURPOSE FOR OUR

LIVES, THEN WE'RE HAPPY

PEOPLE.

WE HAVE SCROI.

JOY.

IF ALL WE DO IS WORK HARD

AND WE WANT SOMETHING, THEN

OUR LIVES ARE ONLY WRAPPED

UP IN THE SOMETHINGS, AND

THE SOMETHINGS CAN BE

DESTROYED, THEY CAN BE LOST,

THEY CAN BE TAKEN FROM US.

IT GOES BACK TO THE BIBLICAL

ADMONITION, STORE UP YOUR

TREASURES AND HAVE THEM

WHERE THIEVES CAN'T GET TO

IT, AND NOTHING CAN CORRUPT

IT.

WHEN WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE

GREATEST TREASURES OF LIFE

ARE THE INTANGIBLES.

I WANT MY GRANDKIDS TO GROW

UP WITH THE THINGS THAT ARE

INTANGIBLE ARE MUCH MORE

IMPORTANT THAN THINGS THAT

AREN'T.

Pat: YOU LEARNED

SOMETHING BY PICKING UP

PECANS.

WHEN I WAS A KID, MY

PARENTS USED TO FORCE MY

SISTER AND ME TO GO UT ON

PICK UP THE PECANS FROM THE

TREE.

I USED TO HATE THAT WITH A

VENGEANCE.

IT IS SOMETHING I DIDN'T

WANT TO DO.

I THOUGHT SATURDAY MORNINGS

ARE FOR ME.

THEY ARE FOR CARTOONS.

BUT IN STIL INSTILLING IN

ME A WORK ETHIC IS A GIFT

FROM GOD THAT MY PARENTS

INSTILLED IN ME.

I SHUTTER TO THINK WHAT I

WOULD HAVE BECOME IF I SAT

AROUND AND DEPENDED ON

SOMEBODY ELSE TO DO FOR ME.

THE GREATEST TRAGEDY OF A

HUMAN LIFE IS THAT WE ARE

EVER TO BELIEVE WE ARE TO BE

WAITED ON HAND AND FOOT.

EVEN GOING BACK TO OUR

PATRIOTISM, AND REMEMBERING

THE WORDS OF JOHN F.

KENNEDY, "ASK NOT WHAT YOUR

COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU, BUT

WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR

COUNTRY."

THAT'S TRUE.

I THINK ABOUT THOSE PECANS,

I WISH I HAD A COUPLE OF

PECAN TREES IN MY YARD.

THEY WOULD BE PRETTY

VALUABLE THESE DAYS.

Pat: I HAD THEM IN MY

YARD, AND MY KIDS HAD TO

WORK ON SATURDAY.

ONE OF THEM DESTROYED A

RIDING LA LAWN MOWER.

AND THEY SET THE THING ON

FIRE -- IT WAS A TRAGEDY.

BUT THEY LEARNED.

WE JUST HAD AN ELECTION.

SOME PEOPLE ARE REJOICING

AND SOME AREN'T.

WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE

ELECTION?

I THINK PEOPLE HAD TO

REMEMBER HOW CLOSE IT WAS.

THIS WAS A RACE DECIDED BY

LESS THAN 2% OF THE VOTE.

THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE

OUT THERE HAND WRINGING, AND

PARTICULARLY A LOT OF

CHRISTIANS WHO THINK MAYBE

THE VALUES WE HOLD JUST

DON'T WORK.

THE FACT IS CHRISTIANS

DIDN'T GO VOTE IN BIG

NUMBERS THIS TIME.

THE REASON THAT A LOT OF

CANDIDATES DID NOT WIN IS

BECAUSE THE PEOPLE WHO COULD

HAVE AND WOULD HAVE

SUPPORTED THEM DID NOT GO

VOTE.

THIS WAS NOT A VOTE OF A

MESSAGE OF BARACK OBAMA

WINNING.

IT WAS ABOUT THE INCREDIBLE

MACHINERY OF HIS

"GET-OUT-THE-VOTE" EFFORT

THAT WON.

I HOPE PEOPLE DON'T THINK WE

NEED TO BACK OFF OUR

COMMITMENT TO THE SANCTITY

OF EVERY HUMAN LIFE OR THE

VALUE OF LIFE, OR THE

IMPORTANCE OF MARRIAGE, OR

FIGHTING FOR POVERTY AND

DISEASE AND WANTING TO STAND

FOR PEOPLE AT EVER LEVEL OF

HUMAN LIFE.

I DON'T THINK THIS ELECTION

WAS THE END-ALL ELECTION.

IT DOES TELL US WE HAVE TO

BE INCLUSIVE.

WE CAN'T HAVE A PARTY IN

WHICH EVERYBODY LOOKS JUST

LIKE ME.

I DON'T WANT EVERYBODY TO

LOOK JUST LIKE ME.

I WELCOME PEOPLE.

I GOT 49% OF THE

AFRICAN-AMERICAN VOTE IN MY

STATE WHEN I RAN FOR

GOVERNOR BECAUSE I BELIEVE

THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE OF COLOR

WILL ACCEPT THE CONSERVATIVE

MESSAGE OF A REPUBLICAN IF

THEY KNOW WE CARE, AND I IF

THEY KNOW OUR POLICIES ARE

INCLUSIVE.

THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE TO GET

TO.

THIS IDEA THAT PEOPLE OF

COLOR ARE NEVER GOING TO BE

A PART OF THE RUSSIAN

REPUBLICAN PARTY, THAT'S

NONSENSE.

HISPANICS AND

AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE MORE

PRO-TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE AND

MORE PRO-LIFE THAN MOST OF

THE WHITE VOTERS.

Pat: I HOPE YOU STAY

WITH IT BECAUSE YOUR VOICE

IS NEEDED.

MIKE, I WANT TO THANK YOU.

GOVERNOR HUCKABEE, "DEAR

CHANDLER, DEAR CHARLOTTE,"

AND THE BOOK IS OUT NOW ON

AMAZON WHERE BOOKS ARE

SOLD.

IT WOULD BE A NICE PRESENT

FOR YOUR GRANDCHILDREN FOR

CHRISTMAS.

Terry: WHAT A GREAT

LEGACY.

SMART IDEA.

Pat: COME BACK AGAIN.

HOPE TO.

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