Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America reflect on the 75th anniversary of D-Day and applaud President Trump’s address at Normandy. They also discuss Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden walking back his position change on the Hyde Amendment and facing criticism from his rivals for not backing taxpayer-funded abortions. And they get a kick out of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly telling allies she would rather defeat President Trump and then see him prosecuted than have the House launch impeachment proceedings.
Tony-winning actor Joe Mantegna is preparing to host the National Memorial Day Concert for the eighteenth time and says taking part on the national salute to Americans who have given their lives for our country is “the most important thing” he does every year.
The National Memorial Day Concert will take place Sunday at 8 p.m. ET live from the U.S. Capitol. Mantegna first hosted in 2002 and says the experience becomes more meaningful for him each year.
“It’s really the most important thing I do. It’s my way of hopefully being able to educate this nation. People who watch the concert understand why I say Memorial Day is our most important holiday. It’s the holiday that allows us to have all the other holidays.
“When you think about it, the sacrifices that men and women have made since the formation of this country in the 1700’s to today is reason we’re able to live the life we live and we’re able to enjoy Memorial Day weekend, and also Labor Day Weekend, and also Presidents Day weekend, and also Fourth of July and all the other holidays,” said Mantegna.
Mantegna normally hosts the concert alongside fellow actor and well-known military advocate Gary Sinise. However, a family issue required Sinise to step aside this year. Actress Mary McCormack will take his place.
“She did the concert with us last year as an artist. After the concert, she came up to me and she said, ‘I’ll come back and I’ll serve coffee to the people. I’ll do wardrobe. I’ll do anything you ask me to do to be part of this again.’ She was so taken, as I was 18 years ago, by the whole 90-minute program and what it was about,” said Mantegna.
The concert will feature top military officials, musical artists and performers such as Sam Elliott and Dennis Haysbert dramatically telling stories about our nation’s heroes.
Listen to the full podcast to hear more about Mantegna’s passion for honoring our heroes and what to expect in this year’s concert. Mantegna strongly encourages everyone to enjoy their weekend but to watch the concert. He wants to see Memorial Day bring the nation together.
“It’s got nothing to do with politics. It’s just all about honoring the men and women who have made this sacrifice,” said Mantegna.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America recoil at the synagogue shooting in southern California but also honor the heroes who made sure the attack was not far deadlier. They also wince as the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association ends in a very public dispute between two top officials, foreshadowing what may be a very difficult year to come. They slam the New York Times for publishing two anti-Semitic cartoons within just a couple of days. And they remember the late Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleasantly surprised at President Trump’s State of the Union address, in which he extolled the greatness of America, condemned socialism and late term abortion and found several issues where bipartisan cooperation seems plausible. They also cringe at some other moments in the speech including Trump’s contentions that investigations of him will hurt the economy, that you can negotiate peace with the Taliban, and that another summit with Kim Jong-Un is a good idea. And their jaws hit the floor as Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring admits to dressing up in blackface while in college, just days after calling on Gov. Ralph Northam to resign.
David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America wade through the details of another horrific school shooting. This time 17 people are dead at a high school in Florida. They honor the heroes who saved students’ lives, including a football coach who died shielding kids from the gunfire. They’re also frustrated that warning signs about this shooter were abundant, including expulsion and a ban from campus, yet little was done by law enforcement to address the problem. And they discuss the tiresome Twitter rage in the wake of tragedies like this, with David pointing out that Twitter often proves that the supposed experts on an issue are actually quite clueless in their supposed area of expertise.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America reveal their choices for the biggest Three Martini Lunch award categories. They explain their choices for Person of the Year, as Jim names someone he once dismissed as unserious and Greg selects a large group of people joined by a common theme. They also hold nothing back in detailing which people most egregiously turned their backs on conservative principles in 2017. And they ditch their traditional New Year’s resolutions to offer fearless predictions for 2018. Happy New Year to all of our wonderful listeners! We will return on January 2, 2018.
David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the courage and heroism of the Texas man who exchanged gunfire with the Texas church murderer and the driver who happened upon the scene and chased the killer at high speeds to make sure no one else was harmed. They also shake their heads at the instant gun control demands coming in the wake of yet another massacre, when the murderer should already have been ineligible to own firearms. And they react to the increasingly common refrain from the political left for people of faith to stop praying in response to such carnage and “do something” instead.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are aghast as the threat to life along the Texas coast gets more dire but they are amazed at the tireless efforts by exhausted heroes to save thousands and thousands of lives. They also disgusted, but not surprised, as North Korea fired a missile over Japan in one of the most provocative acts in years. And they sigh as the mainstream media leap to the conclusion that man-caused climate change is responsible for the extent of the devastation in Texas.
Also a note to our listeners, Three Martini Lunch will spend next week on vacation before resuming on Monday, September 11. We will have episodes for the rest of this week.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America lay out the extent of the devastation in Southeast Texas but also salute the first responders and big-hearted citizens who are rescuing their neighbors. They also unload on Antifa, as the leftist mob attacks people in Berkeley and chants, “No Trump. No Wall. No USA at All.” And they discuss the likely circus car of endless 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls that will make the 17 GOP candidates in 2016 seems like a reasonable number.