Describing himself as a “skunk at the garden party,” former U.S. secretary of state John Kerry found himself in San Francisco speaking to an older, eager crowd Thursday afternoon.

Throughout the event, Kerry heavily emphasized his concerns about climate change and the direction of the world, especially with President Donald Trump in office. The event was hosted by the Commonwealth Club at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre, and the main topic of conversation was Kerry’s new book, “Every Day Is Extra,” which published this month.

Gloria Duffy,president and CEO of the Commonwealth Club, [and Non Partisan Security Groupmember]  moderated the event and asked Kerry various questions regarding his experience as a Vietnam War veteran and his role as former president Barack Obama’s secretary of state. As event attendees filed in, volunteers collected question cards from the audience and sold copies of Kerry’s book for a signing after the show.

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