“ Because I grew up sort of subconsciously on his timetable, I never knew how much time I would have. It gave me an urgent sense to do everything I could in life as quickly as I could. ”
“ I think the United States is the greatest country that’s ever existed on earth. And I think that it will be difficult to argue on objective grounds that it is not. I think the facts really point in that direction. It’s the greatest force for good of any country that’s ever been… I think it would be a mistake to say the United States is perfect, it certainly is not. There have been many foolish things the United States has done and bad things the United States has done.
But when historians look at these things on balance and measure the good with the bad — and I think if you do that and — on a rational basis and make a fair assessment — I think it’s hard to [argue there’s] anything better. ”
“ And—you know I wasn’t born in America—I got here as fast as I could. ”
This PBS Think Tank episode, from December 2007, only seems to exist as a transcript. In addition to the usual SpaceX, Tesla, and Solar City banter, Musk talks about his “nauseatingly pro-American” mentality and how he views the US historically in comparison to the rest of the world. He also shares his views of George Jr.
You know, George Bush is like Reagan without the brains.
“ I’m starting to hear the Howard Hughes thing quite a lot, which always makes me want to check my finger nail length and curtail any urges to pee in a jar. Questioning one’s sanity is hopefully a sign that one is not yet insane… ”
The Oscar wins for Gravity