Glenn recounts a recent incident that he’s seen too many times. Walking down the street, with his family, and someone who disagrees with him politically starts viciously berating him. Pat was also with Glenn and wanted to give this person a piece of his mind - how did Glenn respond? The way he hopes to teach his kids how to respond.
Glenn explained that during a trip to Anchorage with Pat and his family for an event, a woman started yelling at him and calling him a "hater" and a "racist". He was walking with Pat, his son Raphe, and his small security team.
As security moved to get Glenn and Raphe to safety, Glenn stopped and simply responded to her: I love you.
At first she was undeterred, but after three times of her shouting and Glenn only responding with love she stopped.
"What was true in the end, if we were both stripped down and we had nothing but the essence of who we are, it is true. If we were both at the pearly gates, we wouldn't be arguing about politics. I would tell her I love her. If she were laying in the streets bleeding to death, I would help her."
"When you get down and you have nothing left, that's when you realize you're either love or hate. And I refuse to be hate. I don't want it. I don't want it in my life. I'm tired. I'm tired of it. And love has an amazing power."
"We think we're not teaching our kids. We think we've blown it. Well, here's your opportunity. My son, I don't know what my children are going to think. I really don't. We shield them from an awful lot, and maybe I'm making the same mistake that so many of us make on September 11th. I think I'm protecting them, but maybe I'm not. My son said, 'why, dad? Why do people say that about you?' I said that I had the strength to say that because of my son. I wanted him to know. I wanted him to see the difference. How do you respond? I wanted him to see hatred and love side by side and let him choose. Which did he want?"
"Day before yesterday, I come home, I'm dead‑tired after the show, long day, not feeling well, and I get home and I have meetings that night at the house. The guys from the offices in New York are in. We're working on so many different things and my wife had just said, 'This is the last meeting at the house.' And I said, 'I know, honey.' She said, 'We've got to have the family time.' I said, 'I know.' And she was right. And we eat and then I go into my office and Joe writes and says, 'Glenn, we can pull this off if you can find the trucks' and so I tweet from my office. And I call my wife in and I said, 'Honey, I think we're going to go to Oklahoma tonight.'"
"Now, it's 8:00. Just finishing up my meeting. Supposed to read to my son. We're on I think Book 7 of the Lemony Snicket . And I go into my bedroom and I start to pack. And my son comes in and he's in his pajamas and he's holding his Series of Unfortunate Events in his hand and in such an honest way, he comes in and he said, 'Dad, why do you have to leave?'"
"I got down on my knees with him and I said, 'Do you see the pictures that we watched together on television when I came home? Do you see what's happening?' He said yes. And I said, 'That's not just something on television. That's real. And those people don't have any food. They don't have any water. They don't have anything. Their dads can't tuck them into bed and read to them. I have to go because that's what we're supposed to do, Raphe.' So proud of him. He just gave me a hug, told me he loved me, and I told him I loved him and we'd read tomorrow night."
"I got home yesterday blurry‑eyed. I could barely stay awake. I read to him. I'm not sure if the book completely made sense the way I was reading it. I don't know if you've ever read to your kids when you're really, really tired and you're like, 'And then cat... fishbowl... I put on my pants...'."
"But we teach our kids. We teach our kids exactly who we are, by what we do and what we say. They are always watching."