Senator Jim Webb of Virginia was recipient of the Navy Cross, Silver Star and Purple Heart as a combat Marine, Secretary of the Navy, assistant Secretary of Defense, an Emmy-award winning journalist, a film-maker, and the author of ten books (wrote the story and executive produced the 2000 movie Rules of Engagement starring Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson). He has six children and his wife Hong Le was born in Vietnam.
On November 28, 2006, at a White House reception for those newly elected to Congress, Webb declined to stand in the line to have his picture taken with the president. The president approached Webb later and asked him, "How's your boy?", referring to Webb's son, a Marine serving in Iraq. Webb replied "I'd like to get them out of Iraq, Mr. President." Bush responded, "That's not what I asked you. How's your boy?" Webb responded, "That's between me and my boy, Mr. President." Webb later remarked in an interview, "I'm not particularly interested in having a picture of me and George W. Bush on my wall.
In 2008 Senator Webb was frequently mentioned as a leading contender to be the possible Vice Presidential Democratic nominee for Senator Barack Obama. On July 7, 2008 Webb stated “under no circumstances will I be a candidate for Vice President.”
Webb will discuss his unique life where his mother grew up in the poverty-stricken cotton fields of Eastern Arkansas. His father and life-time hero was the first of many generations of Webbs, whose roots are in Appalachia, to finish high school. He flew bombers in World War II, cargo planes in the Berlin Airlift, graduated from college in middle age, and became an expert in the nation’s most advanced weaponry. While Webb was growing up he endured constant family relocations and challenges.
He will also provide a fascinating account of his four years at Annapolis which is painfully honest but in the end triumphant. And he will describe his months of constant combat in Vietnam’s most brutal battlefields which will provide new insights. One of the most highly decorated combat Marines of that war, he is a respected expert on the history and conduct of the war. We will also cover his election to the Senate and pull back the curtain on the corridor of power.
Webb has always been independent, and is one of the nation’s most interesting leaders. Each paid attending member will receive Senator Webb’s memoir I Heard My Country Calling. The event will reach capacity quickly. Early RSVPs are suggested here.