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  Larry Kudlow on his Sobriety  CSPAN  September 6, 2020 9:42pm-9:56pm EDT

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reporter, julian ralph. watch as we discussed battleground states and join with your texts and tweets. >> ever campaign 2020 continues monday with senator kamala harris joining a roundtable and walking with black is the sounders after meeting with ibew union members. that's live at 4:50 p.m. eastern c-span. >> tuesday, a campaign event with president trump at the winston-salem north carolina airport. with coverage begins at seven p.m. eastern on c-span. >> first lady melania trump held a roundtable recently on addiction recovery. one of the participants was white house economic council director larry kudlow, who shared his story of struggling with addiction and 25 years of
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sobriety. larry: thank you. many appreciations to the first lady. state -- say too much. my story has been out there for many years. i would just say when the president and the first lady offered me this addition, which is the greatest honor of my professional life. and i've stayed a lot longer than probably a lot of people thought i would. it would not have been possible . it would not have been remotely possible. it would have been unthinkable that i could have occupy such a job 25 years ago. unthinkable.
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i was a hopeless abuser of alcohol and drugs. i had tried several times unsuccessfully to get sober. like a lot of my peers and friends, i went through bloody hell and suffered significant consequences. i'm not alone. most of us had the same troubles. and i was unemployed. but by the grace of god, i did stay married. my wife is a saint. we've been married 34 years it's a miracle. it was difficult the whole story was difficult having said that.
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i will offer this. it is because of my stubbornness and willfulness and the difficulties and consequences and the fact that i had to learn how to change my behavior. and follow a few simple steps or guidelines. i believe sincerely today that it probably was the best thing that ever happened to me. because it forced me to change and to seek a new path and return to faith. i might not have said it at the time. but more and more, i've come to realize it down through the years. and so it's an honor for me to be with fellow suffering alcoholics and employers and i
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will just say to you, you know, you will, you can get sober. you can. for those who are still sick and suffering, you can. it's not easy, but you can get sober and you can stay sober and you can lead a productive life and most importantly, hopefully like myself, we can learn to help other people get sober and stay sober so they can be productive and contribute to society and to life. i think it's a phenomenal thing the first lady has engaged herself in this battle. phenomenal. but you're pretty phenomenal. you know i've said that and actually written that and come -- in columns down through the years. so it's my pleasure and honor to be here with you today the president has been remarkable . i've known him for many years.
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he brought me into this position . i didn't ask for it. i've served them to the best of my ability. he's been remarkable to me . we've great discussions sometimes, even debates. he's a remarkable man and if i get time off for good behavior and write another book and when i write about that because i sincerely believe. but i'll also say this. drawing from what first lady said about loneliness and sadness, there's nothing as bad as that. you try to do good but you can't. and for me, and i will kind of borrow a paraphrase from the big book of alcoholics anonymous. it became clearer and clearer in my life that i was hopeless alcoholic. and it also became clear in my
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life that no human power could restore me to sanity. but i learned, finally, that god could and would if he were saw. and i saw tim. -- salt him -- sought him. whether it's a higher power or some religious power, the fact is i had to acknowledge my problems my frailties my powerlessness over drugs and alcohol and just start over with the help of others. and to this day, and i mean this truly, to this day, in my personal life i don't make a single significant decision alone. because i have a track record of making bad loans. instead, i go to my friends my sober friends and my wife to get
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advice and suggestions and then i follow them. and that's worked for me. it may or may not work for you i just put it out there. but it's worked for me. left to my own devices, it was ugly. but leading and following the advice of others and their sober wisdom has worked for me. and i'm here. helping out with our team. and you too can do exactly the same thing. i don't care what you do for a living. doesn't matter. this is a disease that has remarkable equality. no matter who you are, you can get it. and i got. there isn't a day that goes by that i don't think about my alcoholism.
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there isn't a day that goes by that i don't read my daily meditation prayer in the morning . there isn't a day that goes by that i don't call or text one of my aa buddies and there isn't a day that goes by that i don't say the serenity to dish serenity prayer. not a day for 25 years. why? because i have to. that's all i need to be reminded of the main issue which is my sobriety. i may have good forecasts or bad forecasts. i may give the president good advice or less good advice but the one thing i do without exception is go through my meditations and the serenity prayer. and often times of things get a little intense around here just occasionally, i will say the serenity prayer again. it works. it works if you work and i hope you know that familiar phrase
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. god bless all of you. i'm blessed. i'm lucky, but i'm blessed. that i discovered god, that i discovered a higher power, that i discovered the 12 step programs. and that i'm able to help out my fellow alcoholics my fellow countryman, to give service. i'm an old guy. it came late but it's been great . honestly, it's been great. my worst day. my worst day, the president can be yelling at me or something goes wrong i it doesn't matter whatever my worst day now is
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better than any day i had before i got sober and i mean that sincerely. so you can do it. and to the employers who are here and others. give us a chance, please. give us a chance. that's all we ask. and we will try to own up to our responsibilities. and stay the road. stay on the right road and help you. i think recovering alcoholics make great employees, myself. and that's what makes it such a great thing that the first lady and my pal jen and jerome of -- jerome have come to help in whatever capacity were here official personal whatever it's very rare for people to do this what you're doing them so we love you for it we really appreciate it. and if you'll permit me, i'll just end with this thought. god, grant me the serenity to accept the things i cannot change. the wisdom to know the
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difference. god bless all of you and let's all stay on the happy road of destiny as sober men and women . thank you, ma'am. >> live monday, labor day on c-span's washington journal, we'll feature a campaign 2020 discussion on fixed battleground states. carolina, florida, ohio, pennsylvania, and arizona, where president trump and joe biden are making efforts to win voters. we talk about the political makeup and dynamic of each state with the capital bureau chief in photo, a marked a political reporter , milwaukee journal sentinel washington bureau chief, craig gilbert. pittsburgh gazzette reporter jillian ralph. and dylan rosenblatt. watch c-span's washington
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journal live at 7:00 eastern monday morning as we discussed battle states and join in with your phone calls, and tweets. coveragempaign 2020 continues monday with senator kamala harris joining a roundtable in milwaukee with black business owners after meeting with ibew union members. that's live at 4:50 p.m. eastern on c-span. >> vide weekend on c-span, monday at 8:00 p.m., the white house chief of staff to the past four presidents on how they dealt with crises during their respective administrations. >> the process of information, while always important to a president or leader, becomes extraordinarily important when you are dealing with crises. and you have to stick to the process the chief is created and
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