Written by DML
Over the past few weeks I have been forced to slow down. In fact, for a guy like me, moving this slow feels like going in reverse. It’s beyond frustrating.
I miss my Walk & Talks. Not the ones in the kitchen or in the living room at the estate, but the ones where I just grab my phone, get into the middle of the street and just let it all hang out.
The street W&T are my favorite. The words just rush into my brain and out of my mouth at a speed I cannot describe. Meanwhile, although the path taken is always the same, every walk feels new to me. I love taking in all the sights while I speak to thousands of people I have never met. I love trying to inform and entertain without getting hit by a truck along the way. The bells, the ducks, the spies from Russia that follow me…. it’s the best hour of my day.
If I make people laugh, great. If I make people think, even better. If I make them take action of some kind, mission accomplished.
I love the W&T as much as my supporters do. So it sucks to be out of commission now for a week.
I walked today with my kids, albeit slower than usual — the pain on my side and legs are severe at times. I made it the full hour, so I guess I could have done a Walk & Talk, but truth is I don’t feel like talking. I just want to think.
Even my good friend John Roland. He’s tried calling a few times — I just don’t feel like talking. He said he understands.
When I don’t talk or walk, and when I am moving at snails pace, I tend to just think. Yes, I work the website, but the 16-hour days are done. I can never return to them. My son and Anneta are filling the gaps, and I find myself sleeping for hours on some days. I actually think myself to sleep.
Today, I thought about where I’ve been over the past 8 years since I first visited the southern border. Although we cover all the topics here at DML, there’s a special place in my heart for the immigration issue. I really love the border, the Border Patrol, and the ranchers who deal with the nonsense of a porous border every day of the year.
Although I visited the San Diego border in March, it was a casual visit — nothing crazy — I had my daughter with me. If she weren’t there with me, I’d have snuck into the nooks and crannies of the fencing to get great camera shots and to maybe catch an illegal alien to be turned over to the BP. It’s such an adrenaline rush protecting the country we love.
Shortly after noon today, I thought about the time I spent in Texas back in 2012. I recalled driving from Dallas to El Paso so I could film the most dangerous place in the world, Juarez, Mexico. I was all by myself with nothing more than a crowbar and a big bottle of water. The stretch of road leading to El Paso is long — at it is very sunny.
I was driving with the Jeep top down thinking to myself that maybe when I finish the film (They Come to America 2) Sean Hannity would give me a 1-hour special. Crazy thought on my end seeing I had never met Sean, but can you blame me for having the day dream?
A year later in 2013 my phone rang. It was a producer at Fox News. Sean wanted to give me a full hour special to air on the 4th of July. I was overjoyed.
Not only did my wish come true, but this would be a turning point in my career. Not only would my films finally be seen, but perhaps I’d be able to catapult the opportunity into something bigger.
The day after the Hannity special aired, I received more than 400 speaking engagement requests. I ended up going on a speaking tour. It will forever remain a highlight of my life meeting thousands of Americans from coast to coast.
Being on TV is cool, seeing yourself on a movie screen is even cooler, but there is nothing as great as being in a live setting with hundreds of people giving you a standing ovation for the work you’ve done. Having the chance to shake hands with my fans and supporters has been one of the greatest gifts God has given me.
I don’t agree with everything Hannity has to say about politics, but I have endless amounts of respect for him. He’s as real in person as he appears on TV, and he is a super great fighter when it comes to defending what he believes in.
I haven’t appeared on his show all too much — maybe two or three times total, but he remains my favorite guy at Fox (notwithstanding Brian Kilmeade who is a friend and former neighbor).
I felt compelled to shoot Sean an email today, and the response he sent me says everything about him. He is such a great guy. Maybe one day I will be on his show again talking immigration. Or maybe not. Either way, I am grateful for what he did for me in the same way I am grateful for what you, my great supporters do for me each and every day when visiting this website.
Enjoy your evening. Happy 4th!
DML: On this day in 2013 you aired the one-hour special with me. Helped in immeasurable ways. Thanks again!
SEAN: No thank you
Here is the full hour that ran on this day in 2013.
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DML: On This Day July 4 (video)