Sunday, 10 October2010
I am honored to be here. I am particularly honored for the duty I have been chosen for tonight.
I am proud to say on behalf of my wife Maureen, that we have been supporting Nile and Nancyâ€™s vision since the beginning. Letâ€™s raise a glass to their wonderful work and everybody who put this together.
This ainâ€™t easy believe me.
To the business at hand.
And donâ€™t worry Iâ€™m not going to give a speech. Just a quick anecdote if I may.
I discovered politics late in life.
Luckily I got the cure and I feel much better now thank you.
But in the â€™80â€˛s thatâ€™s all I did.
I set out to try and figure out what our government was up to, and it ended up a journey of self-discovery.
One of the things I discovered was that no matter what the issue was, no matter where I went, Jackson Browne had already been there.
I go to Nicaragua, heâ€™s there, I try to get Leonard Peltier out of jail, heâ€™s working on it, environmental issues, heâ€™s all over it, I go hundreds of miles, in the middle of nowhere to an Indian reservation, in the middle of the night, they tell me, oh! you just missed Jackson! Check the third teepee on the right you might still catch him.
So thatâ€™s how I ended up in South Africa. I figured Iâ€™ve got to go 8,9, 10,000 miles to maybe get something done that wasnâ€™t redundant because Jackson was already on it.
I get off the plane, they ask you want to go down to where Mandelaâ€™s in prison? You want to see Bishop Tutu? Chief Buthelezi?
I said yes. All those things.
But firstâ€¦ let me ask you somethingâ€¦has Jackson Browne been here?
â€śNo, no, no,â€ť they laughed.
But weâ€™re expecting his call in a minute so, if you donâ€™t mindâ€¦
It is my deepest honor and distinct pleasure, on behalf of the We Are Family Foundation, to present this yearâ€™s Humanitarian Award for his tireless work giving a voice to the voiceless, my good friend, Jackson Browne.