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Coming Monday: A Ninety-Minute Conversation with Justice Clarence Thomas

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RUSH: Gregory in Detroit, I'm glad you called, sir, glad you waited. Welcome to the EIB Network.

CALLER: Thank you very much, Rush. Maybe two questions, if not three. Next Monday, October 1st, I plan to have in my never nicotine-stained fingers a copy of Justice Thomas' book -- i.e., his memoirs. Do you plan on having him on your show to interview him about the book and/or your newsletter?

RUSH: He will be on the radio Monday.

CALLER: In the first hour, second hour, or third hour?

RUSH: He's going to be in the second and third hour. It's going to be the first 90-minute interview we've ever done with anybody. I taped it after the program yesterday because the first day of the new term of the Supreme Court is on Monday, and he couldn't make it live.

CALLER: Okay.

RUSH: He has two segments on 60 Minutes Sunday night. By the way, the name of the book is My Grandfather's Son. He did two interview segments for 60 minutes. ABC has been following him around, too. Jan Crawford Greenburg is their court writer. She is a good reporter. I don't mean to harm her reputation saying that with her peers, but she's a good reporter. She has followed him around with the crew for I think Primetime or 20/20, whatever the show is. He's going to be all over the place later in the week next week. But I have to tell you something about this interview and I don't want to give any of it away.

CALLER: Okay.

RUSH: Other than to say, I start out with him when his mother gave him up. She couldn't afford him and his brother, and his grandfather took him in, and the title of the book is My Grandfather's Son. I started from there, and I didn't get to the confirmation hearings 'til what was like the end of the first hour. But during this interview -- and I don't want to give away any secrets here -- Dawn, who was here transcribing what he was saying for me in case I had trouble understanding him, which I didn't, cried twice.

CALLER: Wow! Wow.

RUSH: This is... I told him, "I'm so glad that you did this book and you're doing this," because people that know him get so frustrated the way he's caricatured and portrayed, and he's just... You're not going to be able to avoid being emotionally affected by the whole interview for the next 90 minutes on Monday.

CALLER: Rush, were you surprised by some of his comments or some new revelations that he has added to his book, and did you write a foreword or intro to the book?

RUSH: Nope. I didn't right write a foreword. I didn't do an intro. I wasn't asked to. Yeah, I learned a lot about him. He doesn't talk about himself much [in public], but I have a gotten to know him very well. The thing that will strike you about him is his humility.

CALLER: Okay.

RUSH: He is one of the most humble people that you will ever encounter, but he opens up in this book. I asked him. I said, "Why were you so honest about the failed -- the dissolution of your marriage and all of these problems that you've had?" And he said, "Well, they all made me who I am, and I'm not going to hold 'em back." It was amazing. You're going to love the book.

CALLER: Well, I'm thinking of buying a few for my friends, and sort of surprise them with it, and I'm hoping that it's as good as you said it is. I want to ask you -- this is a sidebar here -- I'm a big USC fan. I was somewhat, with tongue-in-cheek, disappointed that he was wearing a Nebraska Cornhuskers football sweater. I'm hoping that maybe you can change his mind to wear one, one of these days.

RUSH: That's going to be tough because his wife is from Nebraska.

CALLER: Yeah. (laughing) I thought that.

RUSH: Jenny is from Nebraska, and, hey, he gives the team pep talks.

CALLER: Oh, I believe it. I believe it.

RUSH: In fact, they're going to be out there one more time this season. I forget which game he told me they're going to.

CALLER: Probably the one with Oklahoma.

RUSH: Maybe, I'm not sure. It's in concert with the book tour that he's going to be doing.

CALLER: Okay.

RUSH: He's going to end up close to there on the book tour. One thing about Justice Thomas is loyalty.

CALLER: I believe you.

RUSH: Nobody's going to talk him out of any of his core beliefs. It's never, ever, going to happen. You're going to love this interview, Gregory. You really are -- and trust me, you're going to love the book.

CALLER: I'll be there. Again, I'm going to buy a few. I'm going to love it, and I'm going to keep it, and I'm going to try to convince my son and daughter to read it also. Rush, on this note thank you very much, and have a safe week.

RUSH: You do the same, and God bless you. This book is going to have a profound, inspirational, and motivational impact on all who read it. So it's wise that you want to give it to your kids.

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