| Tales from the Dad Side: Misadventures in Fatherhood |
By Steve Doocy
GLENN: Well, if it isn't the one, the only Mr. Steve Doocy from Fox News, also author of Tales From the Dad Side. Steve, how are you?
DOOCY: Great, thank you very much although I must say I feel kind of bad.
DOOCY: Last time I was on your show, later that day it was released that you were coming to Fox and I know that in your heart you wanted to tell me that you were coming but an announcement hadn't been made yet. Welcome to Fox.
GLENN: Thank you, sir. Thank you very much. It is -- you know what? I'm actually in your building now officially for the first time Monday. I'm going to be with O'Reilly and then I think I'm with you guys Tuesday morning.
DOOCY: Oh, that's fantastic.
GLENN: It's -- you know, it's a different world. It is a different world.
DOOCY: Yeah. For you it's got to feel like a jail break coming over to Fox.
GLENN: You know, let me ask you this, Steve. I had the most awkward conversations, or nonconversations in the elevators over at CNN. Elevator talk would stop when I would walk in and, you know, I'd be like, it's okay, guys, it's all right, I know the crazy conservative's here. Do you ever have that, those awkward moments over at Fox?
DOOCY: No, not really. I'm sure that one day you were probably over at CNN and Paul Begala probably was just looking into your ribcage trying to stop your beating heart, right?
CALLER: Well, you know what? I have to tell you, Steve, you know what, I have to tell you you have Geraldo Rivera who, blood shoots out of my eyes. I saw him with you guys the other day.
DOOCY: He's on every Friday. Listen, Glenn, it's what Fox is all about. We're fair and balanced.
GLENN: I know.
DOOCY: We have both sides. We've got all these Democrats on, we've got all these Republicans on. You know, it's a wading pool with hot coffee.
GLENN: No, you know what? Can I tell you something? I've watched the coverage on all of the networks. I mean, I said this before we were, you know, going over to Fox. Fox -- I mean, I've heard the Clintons even say it. You guys gave everybody a fair shake.
DOOCY: Absolutely. I mean, Barack Obama was on our show five times. You know, you don't keep coming back if you're having a bad time. And besides, they realize we're the number one channel for news. We've got all those eyeballs and we've got both sides. Ed Rendell told us, told me that we were by far the fairest. Hillary told me the same thing -- Hillary Clinton -- and Terry McAuliffe thanked us for the coverage and then said, yeah, 90% of the media's in the bag for Barack Obama. So, you know, all that's coming back to haunt them probably, the Clintons. You know, they like to put the toothpaste back in the tube and just, you know -- because media-wise they would like to start over.
GLENN: I know. I mean, I have to tell you, Steve, I mean, part of the reason, you know, I went over to Fox is because, you know, I think there has to be somebody that takes a stand and says -- you know, I don't want to be a sacrificial lamb, not that I've got any indication that I would but I think this administration, if anyone in the media turns on this administration, I mean, we're all going to be called hate mongers, racists. I mean, it doesn't matter. They are going to do everything they can to destroy us.
DOOCY: Well, and the key is everybody, regardless of political strife, we want our President to succeed.
GLENN: We do.
DOOCY: Because we want to succeed. That's where we are right now. We're starting to scratch. This guy, let's pray that he does a fantastic job.
GLENN: Yeah, I just had this argument with somebody just last night and they were, "You know, Barack Obama." And I said, if he succeeds, if the economy turns around and there's peace on Earth, we all win. How can you possibly be not for that? Because you want to be right?
DOOCY: I know, I am completely with you on that, Glenn. You are exactly right. It's about us. Look, every -- the country is split down the middle and even though there are more conservatives than there are liberals, this time around the independents swung it toward the blue side. We all want it to work out. We all want a great, you know, "Oh, I can hardly waiting for four years or eight years down the pike and then we'll get another shot at it." You know, forget about that. We could all get hit by a bugs this afternoon, driven...
GLENN: Driven by who?
DOOCY: Wolf Blitzer.
GLENN: Now, come on, don't pick on Wolfy. I like Wolf.
DOOCY: I like him a lot.
GLENN: I like him a lot. He's a good man. Okay, I was just playing some audio of this teacher. I think you've seen this teacher from that Finnish?
GLENN: You know, Steve, I just said our children are being indoctrinated like crazy on all topics and I remembered that the things that really count in my life I learned from my father. Your book, Tales From the Dad Side, when you write this or when you wrote this, was this something that you thought of as -- I mean, tell me your approach on the family, why it's important.
DOOCY: Well, you know, Glenn, there's always a lot of interest in a lot of -- the mother is always highlighted and she does do a fantastic job but the dad is oftentimes the unsung hero who does all sorts of things. I know when I was writing this book, I was thinking back and I know you've just written a great new book I can hardly wait to open up, as you look back on your life as well. And I was thinking about my own father and one of the most powerful things that I can remember as a child was seeing my father, the strongest man in the world, it was probably about eight years old and I saw my dad, the motor blew out of our car and we were poor back then and I knew there was no way to fix it and we were waiting at the gas station to get the estimate and the guy said $300 and my dad said, well, I don't have the money but I've got to get these three kids home, so go ahead and do it. I saw him walk outside and he just stood there under a tree and I felt bad for him but I walked over to him and there was a tear on the cheek of my father and a kid never forgets that. And when I was writing this book, Glenn, I asked my daughter Sally, I said, now Sally, I know you saw me cry once before, the day my mom died, which was Christmas day my mom died. I said, I know you saw me cry that day but have you ever seen me cry? And she thought about it for a little while and she said, "Dad, I have seen you cry." When? "Well, when you took us to Shrek." And she was exactly right. There's something about those Disney classics, they just push our buttons.
GLENN: I just, I mean, jeez. Your dad would slap you across the face.
DOOCY: No, you know what? He has softened. He came to visit us a couple of weeks ago and we were sitting in the TV room watching something. My wife walked in and there were my dad and me. We were both crying. Tears coming down. I shouldn't say crying. Just tearing up a little bit. She thought it was a little awkward and then she realized we were watching a Hallmark ad. Those things will do it to you, too.
GLENN: Holy cow, Steve Doocy. Now we know. Steve, thank you very much. We'll talk to you, man.
DOOCY: Have a great weekend.
GLENN: By the way, the name is Steve Doocy, it's Tales From the Dad Side. A lot of laughs and a lot of things you'll recognize from your own life. Steve Doocy from Fox and we'll see you next week, Steve.
DOOCY: Thank you, sir.