“I'd like to thank you all for joining us tonight. Tonight is a very special night for us on The Hotseat, for tonight we are joined—rejoined, really—by a man who was a guest on our program in the very early days of our broadcast. He has agreed to appear tonight as our guest, and does so fully understanding—indeed, having experienced firsthand—our format and expectations. I'm your host, Jacob Lynn, and I'd like introduce you—again—to our guest: Senator Tobias Morgan, welcome back to The Hotseat.”
The studio audience applauds warmly, and Senator Morgan dips his head in acknowledgment. He still carries a strong resemblance to his grandfather: his hair is dark (a trait from his mother's side), and he doesn't have a Project Paragon-enhanced physique, but he has the same jawline, and when he talks he radiates the same dedication and resolve. When he talks, some people say they can almost hear Liberty talking in his place. The comparison is all the more bittersweet now that his grandfather is dead.
“Thanks for having me back, Jacob.” His voice is deep and strong, managing to communicate authority, openness, and warmth all at the same time.
Jacob Lynn looks more like a stereotypical college professor than a TV host, complete with tweed jacket, bow tie, and spectacles. He's occasionally referred to as the “Mister Rogers of news entertainment” because he projects such a gracious and meek personality to the camera. But he's also a tenacious interviewer, famously unwilling to let his guests evade questions, and this combination is the secret of the show's appeal. Tonight is a special treat for his viewers: the man famously unafraid to ask hard questions is interviewing a man famously unafraid to answer them.
“Senator Morgan, the past month has been a very trying one for you. Let me first offer my condolences, on behalf of my self and everyone on our show, for the loss of your grandfather. Liberty was a hero to everyone, but he was your grandfather.”
Thank you,” the Senator says. “He was a great man. I miss him.”