At my age, everything feels wonderful. Every episode of Kudlow is wonderful. I have been in a great space since coming to Fox. Three years as a senior advisor in the White House was a tough job; Fox rejuvenated me. It’s like a new lease on life — and it’s great fun.
My government service helps me on the show because it broadened my knowledge base quite a bit on all these issues swirling around. Of course, it helps to see how the machinery works from the inside, and also lots of contacts and friends that I made in Washington come on the show as guests. We’re mostly interested in people who are at the center of the action, whatever the issue may be, and have a lot of information they can share with our viewers. I think the information flow and my ability to bring it out has made our show a success. And I think viewers really appreciate that they learned stuff that they might not get anyplace else.
We have a great team putting the show together. That’s always the key. I put a great premium on working relationships. That kind of camaraderie I found to be much greater at Fox than other places where I’ve worked in television and radio. It’s old-fashioned stuff — you might say it’s corny stuff — but I put a lot of stock in it.
Fox Business is approaching its fifteenth anniversary and is just killing it. It’s beating up the competition on a daily basis in a quite remarkable way. The ratings have been spectacular and we have so many talented people. We’re all very proud of it. As I say, I’m a relative newcomer because my show started a bit less than two years ago, but it’s great to be part of the success that is Fox Business.
My saintly wife of thirty-five years runs the checkbook in our family. We do the best we can in difficult economic periods like this. I don’t have any magic elixir, but I just think folks have to work as godly as they can and make the best of any opportunities that come their way. Right now we’re in a recession and we have high inflation. The outlook, at least in the short term, is not good. But I think we will get through this. I sincerely believe that this is the greatest country in the world.
When I was a child in the Seventies, I went through the whole Jimmy Carter high-inflation period. Then I watched my future boss, Ronald Reagan, turn the thing around. I have a lot of common sense and I know the difference between what works and what doesn’t work. This woke, progressive, big government socialism that Biden has tried has utterly failed. I think you’re going to see a populist revolt against it, and that’s going to change the story for the better.
I’m kind of a manic New York Yankees baseball fan and New York Rangers hockey fan. I was cheering for Aaron Judge to climb up the single-season home run leaderboard. I’ve watched Albert Pujols all these years, and 700 home runs was a tremendous achievement — to some extent, kind of eclipsed by Judge.
When I’m not working, I also like to dial up Amazon Prime and watch a good movie with my wife. I love to spend time in the sun reading or playing tennis. I’m still a pretty decent tennis player. I played college tennis and, as old as I am, I’m still playing every Sunday.
My wife and I have had a place in Connecticut for a very long time, and we spend a lot of our vacations there. Every year, we head up for Thanksgiving and have dinner at a dear friend’s house. Even though we are friends, it feels like a big family dinner because we’ve been doing it for so many years.
I converted to Catholicism over twenty-five years ago now. I had been through a personal crisis in my life — I made no bones about it, because I’m a sinner just like everybody else. I know that. But the Church has been a great comfort to me. I go to Mass Saturday night or Sunday morning, and it kind of sets the table. It reminds me of rights and wrongs and good values and bad values. That’s a good thing to keep in the back of your mind and keep it there all day long.
This article was originally published in The Spectator’s November 2022 World edition.