The tables have been turned as TV host and icon Larry King joined former governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura on “Off the Grid.”
Currently the host of “Now with Larry King” on Ora.tv, Larry King is a legend in TV and radio. Starting his career in radio in 1957 and then TV in 1960, King found himself on the receiving end of the questioning as he joined Jesse Ventura for a discussion, answering questions that he typically wouldn’t be asked from the main stream media.
Ventura started the interview off with one of the most controversial topics in American history, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. King spoke about an interview he conducted with Jim Garrison, the District Attorney in New Orleans at the time of Kennedy’s murder. Garrison became famous for investigating the conspiracy and cover-up of the JFK assassination, but there was more to the interview than previously thought.
King recalled a story that Garrison told him involving a pilot who had been hired to fly a young man from Dallas to Mexico on the day President Kennedy was killed.
“This pilot had been hired by some figure in New Orleans to fly to Dallas on November 22nd — a private plane in 1963 — to fly to Dallas, be at the airport, a private airport, and a young man would be coming to that plane and he was to fly that young man to Mexico. And he was given a considerable amount of money for this. He was not told the identity of the man. He waited and waited all day, and the man never showed up.”
King continued and noted that Garrison was convinced that it was a plot that came through Cuba. King also notes that the pilot “mysteriously died at a young age” and was only in his 40s. Concluding his story on Garrison and the JFK assassination, King stated the most shocking moment that came from his time with Garrison.
“And the thing that threw me the most was: I drove [Garrison] to the airport after our second interview…I pulled up to the airport, and as he was turning toward the terminal, he looked back and he said to me: ‘they’re gonna kill Robert Kennedy…Garrison did not deserve the flack he was getting around the country. He was not a wild, crazy man.”
Moving on, Ventura asked King about his impressive record of interviewing seven presidents during their time in the White House. King seemed to have enjoyed all of his interviews, but he does have a favorite.
“I’ve interviewed seven [presidents]…The favorite was Clinton…He was such a great politician, he was so attentive to the questions…He’s so bright, wonderful to be around, convivial, responsive, funny, serious, sad, complicated.”
When speaking about other former president’s, King called Richard Nixon “kind of a brilliant mind,” but was also “complicated” and somewhat paranoid who thought “everything’s a plot” against him. He called Ronald Reagan a “great storyteller” and George H.W Bush “attentive” and “caring.” When speaking about George W. Bush, King wasn’t as kind, noting that Bush was a “great baseball fan,” but could “hardly be called an intellect.”
The topic then moved to the current president, Barack Obama.
“Brilliant, well within himself, maybe a little bit over his head, bright, formidable…He’s a hawk internationally, he drones people, he killed Osama Bin Laden…he passed the first healthcare law and we have never had a healthcare law in this country…Truman tried, Reagan tried half-heartedly, Hillary tried, he [Obama] got it done at the expense of forcing immigration reform, which he could have put at a higher agenda.
He’s a dichotomy to me…He is forceful and not forceful, he’s aggressive and not aggressive. I can’t get a good read on him. I like him, but I can’t get a good read on him. As a human being, you have to admire him a great deal.”
As far as the 2016 presidential election goes, Larry King believes that Hillary Clinton, if she runs, will win the nomination for the Democrats, but sees the Republican race more wide open. Picking Jeb Bush as the most formidable challenger, King doesn’t think Bush could get the nomination because of the Tea Party backlash and his softer stance on immigration. King is also a bit fed up of having another Clinton or Bush in the White House, but called Hillary a “force to reckon with.”
Larry King is an icon on American television and has been one of the greatest interviewers the country has ever known. In a refreshing change of pace, King found himself in the chair of the interviewee. Governor Ventura, as usual, didn’t pull any punches and got information out of King on the Kennedy assassination that most likely wouldn’t have been spoken about.
Larry King is the host of “Now with Larry King” and “Politicking with Larry King,” and Jesse Ventura is the host of “Off the Grid,” all available on Ora.tv, YouTube or the Ora app on Roku.