GLENN: You know, one of the things that -- we're in a tough situation as we always seem to be because we never seem to leave a political cycle anymore which is great because it can keep us divided the whole time and we never get to unite. We're in a political cycle where, you know, where we have to talk about tough issues and there are people on both sides of issues that intentionally want to divide us. Some of us don't. Some of us divide unintentionally. I know I'm divisive unintentionally sometimes. Maybe sometimes I'm intentionally divisive. I don't know. Try not to be. Try to be a better person. Don't always succeed. But we want to be. We want to be those better people. We want to be good people. That's why people want to believe in Barack Obama because they want to be that person. They want to be better than we are. They believe in a better America. That's why I've been telling you that I think Barack Obama has a lot in common with Ronald Reagan. Not in policies, not on philosophies but on that hope of that shining city on the hill, that we are a better people. But where are the honest brokers? Where are the people who are really, they exist outside, outside of you. Do they exist, do they exist in Washington? Does it matter if they exist in Washington, as long as they do exist with you?
Last weekend I had to go down to Walt Disney World and -- I mean, I had to. I was doing some work for the Children's Miracle Network and they asked me to give a keynote speech and I also emceed their awards dinner for them and it's amazing. It's amazing to walk through Disney. My favorite part of Disney is probably most people's least favorite part of Disney. My favorite part of Disney is Main Street. It's when you first walk through those gates and you get off the monorail and you walk through the gates and you get to see Main Street and you get to see the Castle. And the reason why it's my favorite part is because that's where the magic happens for me. The magic doesn't happen in the Pirates of the Caribbean, the magic doesn't happen on the, you know, "It's a small world" ride. The magic happens when you first walk in and you see that and I think the reason is because the magic of Disney is not in the audio-animatronics. The magic of Disney is you believe that the world is a happy place, it's the happiest place on Earth. You believe that people are good to each other. The Disney employee likes their job, or at least that's what you feel. They're good. They make you feel good. They are always smiling. Maybe it's fake. I don't know. But you feel good and you have that moment of magic where you feel like it can be this way. The magic is you're elevated into a higher place. You are elevated into a -- maybe it's a place of the past, maybe it's a place that never existed, it's just a place that we want to exist but it's a place to where people are good to each other.
It was so fantastic this last weekend to be there and to see Main Street and to recognize what that magic is, that it's just being good to each other, that's all it is, and then meeting one individual that you've never heard, a very famous family that you've never heard of this guy. His name is Virl. Virl is deaf. Virl has a younger brother who is also deaf, two boys that were born of the family, first two boys. The family was told, don't have any more children because they're all going to be born deaf. Well, the parents decided, well, I don't care if they're all deaf or not; we're going to have more children. The next child that was born was not deaf. The child after that was not deaf.
Well, the family decided that they needed to raise some money to be able to pay for some hearing aids for Virl and his brother and so what they did is they taught their four boys barber shop quartet, the four boys that could hear, and they would go and they would sing at little parties and things like that and they would raise money just to be able to buy hearing aids for the two older brothers. That's when Andy Williams came into the picture, and Andy Williams saw the four boys and said, you guys are fantastic; you have to be on the show. The parents said no, no, no, no, no. They said, no, Andy Williams said, you've got to travel with me, you've got to be on the TV show, let's do six months together. The family said, no, we're just a family, we're just doing this to be able to raise the older boys, get them some hearing aids. That's all we really wanted to do. Well, they thought about it and Dad woke up in the middle of one night and said, you know what, I think we should pray on this, I think maybe we should -- I don't know. Maybe we should have the boys go with Andy Williams. They did, and the family over the years grew in size. Now I was on stage with, I think 136 Osmonds. The one who taught the Osmonds, Donny and all of his brothers, their dance moves, the one who taught Marie how to dance was Virl, the deaf brother, the oldest Osmond, the one that never, ever went on stage. I know this story because I stood behind stage and I watched the Retrospective on the big screens that was out for the audience and I was watching it in reverse standing next to Virl. I watched this man with such -- he had such great pride in his family. There was no, gosh, I never was recognized, I'm not on stage, the family is on stage, but I'm just standing here where no one will ever see me, backstage. He looked up at that screen and watched his family with such great pride and he looked at me and he said, my parents were as close to perfect as you can imagine. I said, Virl, they had to be. They had to be. A deaf kid being born to a family, imagine. Imagine someone being deaf, being born to a musical family. What are the odds that two deaf children are born to one family that would just listen and say, you know what, let's do it. What a difference that family has made as they, because of those two boys, they started the Osmond Foundation which then became the Children's Miracle Network which now raises millions of dollars for children's hospitals every single year, now is starting to go global, is over in Ireland and Scotland and England and soon will be spreading all around the globe, all because of a guy you never heard of before because he's never made it to stage, the guy who's never heard the cheering of the crowd for his family but has stood silently behind stage and watched him. Virl Osmond. Don't tell me that one man, don't tell me that one person can't make a difference and please don't ever try to tell me that a disability holds you back.