House Speaker Paul Ryan joined me this morning:
HH: I’m pleased to welcome back Speaker Paul Ryan to the program. Since this program began in July of 2000, I think the Speaker has been on more than 50 times.
HH: And I want to begin, Speaker Ryan, by saying thank you for being available. A lot of people don’t do that, and you have always been available, and I appreciate that.
PR: You bet, Hugh. No kidding? Wow, 50 times. Geez.
HH: Yeah, we’re getting old. And I’m older than you, but we’re getting…
PR: No kidding. Well, my old boss, my old boss, Bill Bennett, is your predecessor…
PR: So a part of it is just the long term friendship that he and I had, and that you and I have had, so glad to be back.
HH: Well, never before have I asked the Fetching Mrs. Hewitt what I should ask Paul Ryan, and she has a question for you.
PR: What’s that?
HH: Where are you taking Mrs. Ryan in January?
PR: (laughing) She wants to go somewhere warm, she says. I’m a Wisconsinite. I love robust seasons, meaning good winter. My January ideal thing is to go to Northern Wisconsin and snowmobiling and ice fishing.
PR: It’s not really high on my wife’s list. So she actually has said after this session, you’re taking me somewhere warm.
HH: Yeah, I’m not, and by the way, I have speculated the reason you’re leaving now is not any of this stuff that you’ve said, but it’s actually because the Packers’ glory years are over, and you want to catch a couple of home games before it’s done.
PR: Yeah, it’s all going to the Browns now. I’m sure the Browns are just a moment away, just one pick away from the Super Bowl.