June 8, 2021

Senator Bob Kerrey

Senator Bob Kerrey

Former Nebraska Governor and United States Senator Bob Kerrey  is our first interview with an elected official, and he does not disappoint!  Bob is a former Navy Seal, Vietnam Veteran and a recipient of The Medal of Honor. His wit and wisdom...


Former Nebraska Governor and United States Senator Bob Kerrey  is our first interview with an elected official, and he does not disappoint! 

Bob is a former Navy Seal, Vietnam Veteran and a recipient of The Medal of Honor. His wit and wisdom really shine through in every topic we discuss – he maintains a sort of detached insouciance, which can only come with facing mortality and understanding your particular place in the world. 

We cover everything from his early life in Nebraska, his decision to join the Navy; leaving his post-service business career to run for Governor and US Senate – winning each time he ran; His campaign for President, and his experience as a member of the 9/11 Commission. 

We even have friends in common, in that The Chairman’s grandfather wrote the citation for the Medal of Honor for Paul W. “Bud” Bucha – though Bob does not have a picture of Bud on the wall of his living room. 

And of course we discuss the clip (linked below) of Bob singing “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda” as his victory speech after winning the 1988 campaign for US Senate – which has apparently occupied more space in our heads than it ever did in Senator Kerrey’s – and that’s part of his particular charm. 

We even touch on how rules and regulations around small business are “almost enough to make you a Libertarian,” but also how “Government is not broken, you just have to work at it” – such an interesting perspective from a 3 term statewide elected official and candidate for President of The United States. 

Watch the most authentic and revealing video of a politician Dave’s ever seen before you listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWaDkGXzs_M&t=140s 

The song itself is a King Hell Monster of the futility of war, and how it grinds up young men, and leaves children asking “What are they marching for?” – and as Bob says, watch his kids’ reactions behind him on stage. 

Bob even named his book after the a line in the opening of the song, here’s the Audible version of him reading it:

When I Was A Young Man: A Memoir 

 

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