Callista Shares Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride on Hannity
Fox News Channel
October 2, 2012
HANNITY: And welcome back to HANNITY. Now close to Gingrich’s campaign heart for her husband during the Republican primaries. Now she is working just as diligently to help insure that our children know how this great country was formed.
Her brand new children’s book, “Land Of the Pilgrims’ Pride,” is in stores now. Earlier I had a chance to talk with her about this and much more.
HANNITY: And joining us now, Callista Gingrich, “Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride.” How are you? Good to see you. You miss the campaign trail and the fun and the debates? You would be waiting for Wednesday night?
CALLISTA GINGRICH, “LAND OF THE PILGRIMS’PRIDE” AUTHOR: That’s right, but I have moved on to “Ellis The Elephant.”
HANNITY: You know what is amazing is I do this man-on-the-street interviews on radio. On the 4th of July, I do it every year, I ask people, what’s the 4th of July? Independence Day — Independence from who? Most people cannot answer that question.
GINGRICH: It is a tragedy that many of our students are not learning American history. And a recent study shows that a majority of fourth graders don’t know what Jamestown was.
A majority of fourth graders can’t tell us where the pilgrims came from. And cewer than a third of eighth graders can’t say why the colonies fought England during the Revolutionary War. So we really need to take responsibility and teach our children what it means to be American.
HANNITY: You know, by the way, it’s a fun thing, the elephant’s cute. But it’s obviously a good way — we have all of these other characters out there, have you Elmo and Sesame Street, but you don’t have one that teaches American history. Is that why you decided to create the elephant?
GINGRICH: That’s right. I knew I needed a unique character to capture the interest of small children. I considered hippos, bunnies and giraffes. But I couldn’t resist the elephant.
HANNITY: You mind coming up with one for the Democrat it’s dummy — the donkey? I’m kidding. It’s a joke.
GINGRICH: As I say, this book is a pro-American book. It is not meant to be a conservative or a Republican book.
HANNITY: It’s all kids.
GINGRICH: But it’s a celebration of our patriotic values.
HANNITY: One of the thing that I think you learn about this — to what extent do you spend too much time teaching about this culture, this culture, but we don’t teach about America?
GINGRICH: That’s right.
HANNITY: If you look at the curriculum in schools.
GINGRICH: I agree. It’s vitally important that we learn about our early American experience. That’s what Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride is about. Ellis the Elephant discovers colonial America, how our nation began, our characteristics and traits, and how we became American.
HANNITY: Are you glad that you are out of this political rat race?
GINGRICH: Well —
HANNITY: It is not easy.
GINGRICH: It is not easy. It was exhilarating. We were blessed to be part of the process. I learned so much on the campaign trail, Sean. I do believe that the majority of Americans are inherently good and honest
people. I do believe that the majority of the country is optimistic about our future.
HANNITY: Congratulations. It’s going to be a best seller. I know the kids are going to love this. “Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride” and maybe they will learn some American history. Callista Gingrich, good to see you again. Thanks for being with us.
GINGRICH: Nice to see you, Sean. Thank you.