Brian Kilmeade

I had the honor to interview Brian Kilmeade, of Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends”. He has a book out called, “Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny”.

It revolves around the last battle of the War of 1812, how Jackson won that battle, some miraculous aspects of it, and some of Jackson’s background, including how he came from very humble roots to become an American congressman and President, as well as a war hero.

I also asked Brian some questions about current events.

You can buy his book at his own website or on Amazon.

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Show transcript

I want to welcome to the Consider This podcast Brian Kilmeade; yes, that Brian Kilmeade. You know him from the Fox News Channel morning show “Fox & Friends” which he has been co-hosting since…I think the Reagan administration, right? But Brian has his roots in sports broadcasting, including stints in New York, San Diego, and Ontario (California), among other gigs, before he joined Fox in 1997 as a sports reporter, and later, his actual start date on “Fox & Friends”. You can also catch him on his nationally syndicated radio show “The Brian Kilmeade Show” on Fox News Talk from 9-12 noon.

So 6-9 on “Fox & Friends” then 9 to noon on the radio; do they give you bathroom breaks? On top of that, Brian will have a history show on the upcoming FoxNation streaming service called, “What Made America Great”. And speaking of history, he’s got a new book out called, “Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny”. Brian, thanks so much for coming on the show today.


First of all, I have to ask, is it “New OrLEENS”, “New ORlans”, “Nawlins”, or something else?
I had to ask because Lee, one of my listeners, wanted to know how you pronounced it.


This is essentially the last battle of the War of 1812, even though the treaty had been signed a week or so before it took place. I noticed that while it’s the Battle of New Orleans, you say in your title the Miracle of New Orleans. What about this battle is miraculous?


Based on the title, it’s Major General Andrew Jackson that you say was the major figure in how the battle turned out. What did he do that stands out?


Often when doing historical research, you find out some very interesting details. My listener Barb asked, what was the most surprising thing you came across while researching this?


My listener Linda asked more of a foundational question; what prompted you to write a book about Jackson, and this event in particular?


Another listener who wished to be unnamed asked this; while many Native Americans had been attacking the Americans, a few from the Choctaw tribe, as well as free black men and Creole, were part of the volunteers that comprised the troops on the American side. As part of the volunteers and militia, did they have a significant role in the battle?


Looking forward in history, you also discuss the legacy of Andrew Jackson on presidential successors across all party lines, including Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, and even Donald Trump. What sort of enduring influence has Jackson had on these later Presidents?


There are plans going forward to take Andrew Jackson off the front of the aforementioned $20 bill and replace him with Harriet Tubman, but he’d still be on the back. What are your thoughts on that?


I’ve also got some current event questions, just to pick your brain. The issue at the Mexican border at Tijuana is clearly out of control. How do we get our border back?


And finally, a quick prediction about Mueller’s Russia probe; big deal or no deal? What do you think happens with it?

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