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George W Bush 1st Inauguration – January 20, 2001 – ABC News Coverage Pt 4


PROTEST AT THE NAVY MEMORIAL.>>TOM, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PROTESTERS HERE, BUT ONE OF THE MORE ORGANIZED GROUP IS THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN AND WITH ME NOW IS THE PRESIDENT OF THAT ORGANIZATION, PATRICIA IRELAND. AND YOU ALL HAVE BEEN VERY VOCAL IN YOUR OPPOSITION TO THE NOMINATION OF FORR SENATOR JOHN ASHCROFT AS BUSH’S ATTORNEY GENERAL. ASHCROFT SAYING IN HIS CONFIRMATION HRINGS THAT HE WAS NOT GOING TO SEEK TO OVERTURN ROE v. WADE, SO WHY SUCH A STRONG FORCE HERE TODAY.>>FIRST OF ALL, HE IS GIVING ALL THE RIGHT ANSWERS IN THE HEARING, BUT THE TRUTH,BY NOMINATING SOMEONE SOXTREME, THE BUSH/CHENEY ADMINISTRATION HAS GALVANIZED AND STRENGTHENED OUR MOVEMENT. PEOPLE ARE ANGRY. THEY HAVE A SENSE OF FUNDAMENTAL INJUSTICE AND THAT’S WHAT BRING THEM HERE.>>TOM, I CAN TELL YOU, THERE ARE OTHER PROTESTERS HERE IN ADDITION TO YOUR GROUP, WHICH HAS BEEN PEACEFUL IN ITS PROTEST. RIGHT NOW, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN SEE THE PICTU, THERE’S BEEN PUSHING AND SHOVING WITH POLICE LINED UP ALONG THE STREET IN RIOT GEAR IN KIND OF A STANDOFF WITH A SMALL GROUP OF PROTESTERS, ABOUT 20 PEOPLE, ALL DRESSED IN BLACK WHO HAVE BEEN THROWING DEBRIS ON TO PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE AND SCUFFLING SOMEWHAT WITH POLICE RIGHT NOW. THEY ARE GETTING IN A HEIGHTENED STATE OF ALERT AS PRESIDENT BUSH’S CAR GETS A LITTLE BIT CLOSER. TOM?>>THANK YOU, CAMPBELL BROWN. BACK TO MARIA SHRIVER.>>THE PROTESTING IS NOW VERY INTENSE AS WE’RE COMING UP HERE, A LOT OF NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN SCREAMING, FRAUD, BUSH STOLE THE ELECTION. THE POLICE ARE THREE OR FOUR ROWS DEEP HERE, TRYING TO PUSH BACK PROTESTERS. PEOPLE TAKING OFF THEIR CLOTHES. YOU CAN SEE PEOPLE ON THE STREET BEING HANDCUFFED. POLICE ARE IN RIO GEAR. A LOT OF SCREAMING, A LOT OF PUSHING, A LOT OF YELLING. IT’S HARD TO TELL EXACTLY HOW MUCH THE PRESIDENT CAN SEE, BUT HE CAN HEAR ALL OF THIS AND SEE IT. PEOPLE VERY ANGRY OVER HERE AS WE PUSH BACK. THE POLICE STANDING AT ATTENTION AS I SAID, THREE OR FOUR ROWS DEEP AND NOT TAKING ANY CHANCES. SO THAT’S WHERE — WE’RE COMING UP NOW TO PENNSYLVANIA, ABOUT 9th STREET. THERE ARE VERY FEW BUSH/CHENEY SIGNS OR PRO-BUSH SIGNS IN HERE. BACK TO YOU, TOM, AS WE COME UP HERE NOW ON PENNSYLVANIA AND 9th. YOU SEE POLICE ON HORSECK HERE. POLICE IN RIOT GEAR RUNNING OVER HERE TO THE SIDE. IT IS QUITE AN ANGRY CROWD AND THEN TRY TO MIX IT IN WITH QUITE A POSITIVE CROWD. IT’S KIND OF HARD TO SAY WHO’S IN THE MAJORITY HERE. SOME PEOPLE TRYING TO ENJOY THEMSELVES AND OTHERS TRYING TO MAKE A DISTINCT POINT. TOM?>>THANKS VERY MUCH. NBC’S MARIA SHRIVER. I DON’T REMEMBER A DEMONSTRATION LIKE THIS AT AN INAUGURATION FOR A LONG TIME. WATERGATE HAD NOT RISEN TO A NATIONAL CONSCIOUSNESS AT THAT POINT. IT WAS LATER IN THE SPRING THAT WERE AWARE OF THAT. MIKE DEFER, THIS IS A PRESIDENT WHO HAS 500,000 FEWER VOTES THAN DOES HIS OPPONENT. THAT DS PRESENT SPECIAL CHALLENGES TO HIM FROM A POLITICAPOINT OF VIEW, DOESN’T IT?>>IT MAY. HE’S DECIDED THAT HE’S GOING TO BE MORE LIKE RONALD REAGAN. KENNEDY CARRIED THESE NUMBERS AROUND WITH HIM. SHOWING THE CLOSENESS OF THE RACE. REAGAN HAD SOMETHING THAT HE BELIEVED IN AND HAD ON HIS DESK THAT SAID, YES, WE CAN. I THINK BUSH IS GOING TO FOLLOW THAT MORE THAN HE’S GOING TO FOLLOW THE KNEDY MODEL. I THINK HE BELIEVES THAT I’M GOING TOEAD AS IF I HAVE A MANDATE.>>BUT, DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN, HE’LL HAVE TO REACH OUT TO SOME GROUPS WHOEEL DISEN FRANCHISED. HE ACKNOWLEDGED THAT HIS SPEECH TODAY.>>JN QUINCY ADAMS SPECIFICALLY SAID, I KNOW THAT THERE’S PECULIAR CIRCUMSTANCES THAT MADE ME COME HERE AND I KNOW I HAVE LESS CONFIDENCE THAN PREVIOUS PREDECESSORS, SO I ASK FOR YOUR INDULGENCE. I THINK HE WANTED MORE CONFIDENCE THAN THAT. HE DID REACH OUT TO MR. GORE, IN SAYING HE DID CONDUCT HIMSELF WELL AND WITH HONOR AND DIGNITY.>>FOR THOSE OF YOU WATCHING, OBVIOUSLY, THERE WILL BE INTELLIGENCE AGENTS IN THAT CROWD. THEY WILL BE RADIOING THOSE PEOPLE WALKING ALONGSIDE THE LIMOUSINE, TELLING THEM WHAT THEY CAN EXPECT AS THEY APPROACH DIFFERENT BLOCKS. MARIA, BACK TO YOU.>>TOM, WE’RE AT ABOUT0th STREET. SECURITY IS INTENSE, AS YOU CAN SEE, ALL ALONG THE PRESIDENT’S LIMO. PEOPLE HERE SEEMED — NOT QUITE AS MANY SIGNS AS IN THEAST BLOCK. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SCREAMING, NOT OUR MANDATE, NOT OUR PRESIDENT. YOU SEE PEOPLE HOLDING SIGNS SAYING, ELEBRATING AMERICA’S SPIRIT TOGETHER.” WHICH IS THE THEME OF THIS INAUGURATION. PEOPLE SEEM HAPPY, OPTIMISTIC, THEY HAVE BLEACHER SEATS. THEY MIGHT BE SUPPORTERS OF THE BUSH/CHENEY TICKET. OBVIOUSLY IN THE LAST BLOCK, WE HAD A LOT OF PROTESTS. RIGHT NOW, I WOULD SAY THIS IS GOING TO BE A GOOD BLOCK. IF HE’S GOING TO GET OUT, THIS WOULD BE THE BLOCK TO GET OUT.>>THEY DID CONFINE THE PROTESTERS TO CERTAIN AREAS AND WE’LL BE WATCHING AND MONITORING ALL OF THIS WHEN WE RETURN, RIGHT AFTER THIS.>>THE NATION WAS DIVIDED BY A WAR. THERE WERE PROTESTS IN THE STREETS OF WASHINGTON AS RICHARD NIXON CALLED FOR PEACEN ONE OF HIS INAUGURALS.>>UNLESS WE IN AMERICA WORK TO PRESERVE THE PEACE, THERE WILL BE NO PEACE. UNLESS WE IN AMERICA WORK TO PRESERVE FREEDOM, THERE WILL BE NO FREEDOM.>>WHAT YEAR WAS IT? 1965, 1969 OR 1973? VOTE NOW AT OUR WEBSITE, MSNBC.COM. WE’LL GIVE YOU THE CORRECT ANSWER LATER TODAY. %>>IT IS A GLOOMY DAY IN TERMS OF WEATHER IN WASHINGTON, D.C., BUT A VERY BRIGHT DAY, OBVIOUSLY FOR THE OCCUPANTS OF THIS PRESIDENTIAL LIMOUSINE. GEORGE W. BUSH AND LAURA, THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND FIRST LADY, I DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH THEY’RE LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW, THEY’RE GOING TO SEE SOME SIGNS THAT ARE VERY CRITICAL OF HOW THEY’VE GOTTEN HERE, THINKING THAT HE LOST THE ELECTION, REALLY. ONE SIGN SAYING EE-ELECT AL GORE. OTHER SIGNS, KRIT CALF HIS STANDS ON ABORTION AND A NUMBER OF OTHER FREELANCE PROTESTERS ABOUT ANY NUMBER OFSSUES, INCLUDING FUR. THE POLICE PRESENCE HAS BEEN, AS YOU CAN SEE, ENORMOUS THROUGHOUT THE PARADE ROUTE. WE THINK MOST OF THE PARADE PROTESTERS HAVE BEEN CONFINED TO A COUPLE OF BLOCKS. AS THE PRESIDENT GETS CLOSER TO 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, WHICH IS THE WHITE HOUSE, OF COURSE, WE DO THINK HE’LL GET OUT OF THE CAR WITH HIS WIFE AND WALK, PROBABLY, THE LAST BLOCK OR SO. THERE HAVE BEEN CONFRONTATIONS BETWEEN THE POLICE. EARLIER TODAY, THERE.>>Repter: FAIRLY VIOLENT STEPS AS THE PROTESTERS TRIED TO MOVE OUT OF THEIR AREA TOWARD PENNSYLVANIA AVENUES, AND MORE THAN A DOZEN ARRESTS, BUT N REPORTS OF INJURY. ANN CURRY IS DOWN THERE. ANN?>>TOM, THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HERE. THEY’RE CARRYING ALL KINDS OF SIGNS. HAIL TO THE THIEF, THE DAY DEMOCRACY DIED. MOTHER EARTH IS CRYING, BUSH EQUALS RACISM. ASHCROFT, BAD SIGNS ABOUT ASHCROFT. A LOT OF DIFFERE SENTIMENTS BEING REPRESENTED HERE. A LOT OF ANGRY PEOPLEATHERED. HOWEVER, WE SHOULD ALSO POINT OUT THAT JUST BEHIND ALL OF THESE PROTESTERS, MAKE A TURN OVER HERE, THERE ARE SUPPORTERS HERE FOR- CAN YOU MAKE A TURN HERE, TIM? SUPPORTERS ARE ALSO STANDING AND WAITING TO SEE PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH AND MRS. BUSH COME BY, BUT WE’VE HEARD A LOT OF BOOING, TOM, A LOT OF VERY UPSET PEOPLE. NO QUESTION THIS IS GOING TO BE A VERY MIXED AND VERY LOUD CROWD. AS THIS MOTORCADE PASSES, WHICH SHOULD BE ANY TIME NOW, TOM.>>THAFRNS VERY MUCH. ENERGY’S ANN CURRY. BACK TO MARIA WHERE SHE IS TRACKING THE PRESIDENTIAL MOTORCADE PROGRESS AND ITS PAUSE THERE ON PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE. MARIA?>>WE’VE PAUSE AT ABOUT PENNSYLVANIA AND 1 37B8G, WHICH IS NOT A GOOD PLACE TO PAUSE A MOTORCADE, SINCE IT SMS TO BE FILLED WITH PROTESTERS WHO ARE CARRYING THE SIGNS, YOU CAN SEE THEM, YOU ARE NOT MAY LEADER, HAIL TO THE THIEF, PICTURES OF THE PRESIDENT SAYING, WANTED FOR MURDER. ILLEGITIMATE BUSH. THE MOTORCADE HAS STOPPED ABOUT A COUPLE FEET FURTHER DOWN HERE. A LOT OF ANGRY PEOPLE, YOU CAN SEE THE LINES ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE ROWS OF POLICE THICK RIGHT HERE. WHERE WE HAVE STOPPED. IT’S CALLED CHECKPOINT FOUR. THEY’RE SCREAMING AND CHANTING, NOT MY PRESIDENT, NOT OUR PRESIDENT. SO WE’RE HE. WE’RE STOPPED. AS I SAID, THE PRESIDENT’S CAR, YOU CAN SEE OVER MY SHOULDER BACK HERE, SEVERAL OF THE COPS KIND OF LOOKING AROUND, WONDERING, WHAT IS THE REASON WE’VE STOPPED? BUT I GUESS THERE’S A LITTLE BIT OF A TIE-UP. SO I’LL SEND IT BACK TO YOU. TOM?>>THIS PRESIDENT DID LOSE THE POPULAR VOTE. DID INVOKE THE NEED FOR CIVILITY AND COMPASSION TODAY IN HIS INAUGURAL ADDRESS. THAT OBVIOUSLY WILL BE THE GREAT TEST FOR HIM IN THE OPENING DAYS THE OPENING HOURS OF HIS ADMINISTRATION, HOW HE PUTS THIS COUNTRY BACK TOGETHER AGAIN POLITICALLY. OBVIOUSLY, THERE ARE PROTESTERS THAT HE’LL NEVER SATISFY BECAUSE THEY TAKE POSITIONS THAT ARE COMPLETELY OPPOSITE TO HIS OWN BELIEFS. BUT NONETHELESS, HE HAS TO LOWER THE TEMPERATURE IN WASHINGTON IF HE IS TO BE SUCCESSFUL. YOU CAN’T HAVE THIS KIND OF A STALEMATE. IT’S WORTH POINTING OUT THAT WHILE THESE PEOPLE HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO BE THERE AND THESE ARE THE EXPRESSIONS OF THEIR MOST DEEPLY HELD BELIEFS, WE DON’T KNOW, FOR SURE, JUST HOW MANY THEY REPRESENT ACROSS AMERICA. ABOUT 44% OF THE COUNTRY IN RECENT POLLS HAVE SAID THAT THEY DON’T HAVE HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR GEORGE W. BUSH. BUT MOST AMERICANS, FOR A NEW PRESIDENT, GIVE THEM A WIDE MARGIN TO SUCCEED AND HOPE THAT THEY WILL. WE’LL HAVE CONTINUING COVERAGE RIGHT AFTER THIS.>>UNLESS WE IN ARICA WORK TO PRESERVE THE PEACE, THERE WILL BE NO PEACE. UNLESS WE IN AMERICA WORK TO PRESERVE FREEDOM, THERE WILL BE NO FREEDOM.>>EARLIER TODAY WE ASKED YOU IN WHAT YEAR DID RICHARD NIXON DELIVER THAT INAUGURAL ADDRESS? HERE’SOW YOU VOTED ON OUR WEBSITE — THE CORRECT ANSWER, NIXON’S SECOND INAUGURAL IN 1973. HE WOULD RESIGN THE OFFICE JUST 19 MONTHS LATER.>>WE’RE BACK. AS WE WATCH GEORGE W. BUSH MAKE S WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE, WE’RE JOINED BY THE AUTHOR OF THIS BOOK, “A DIFFERENT DRUMMER.” OBVIOUSLY, THE COUNTRY WANTS TO KNOW HOW THE GIPPER IS DOING. HE RECENTLY BROKE HIS HIP. HE’LL BE 90 YEARS OLD.>>ACCORDING TO NANCY, HE’S DOING WELL, UP AND TAKING FOOD AND SURPRISING EVERYBODY ONCE AGAIN.>>WHEN YOU LOOK AT THESE SCENES IS IT INSTANT DEJA VU?>>NOSTALGIA.>>AS AN IMAGEMAKER WHEN YOU SEE A LOT OF THE NEGATIVE SIGNS, MIKE DEVER, HOW WOULD YOU EXPLAIN THAT TO THE PRESIDENT>>I ALWAYS GOT A KICK OUT OF IT. YOU GO THROUGH NEW YORK CITY WITH THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AND HE’D REMEMBER THAT ONE GUY THAT WAS GIVING HIM THE RASP BERRY.>>BUT HE WAS ALSO THE PRESIDENT WHO TOLD THAT STORY WHO CAME IN THE MORNING, DIGGING THROUGH THE MANORE, SAYING, I KNOW THERE’S A PONY IN THERE SOMEWHERE. THANKS, MICHAEL. WE GO BACK TO MARIA SHRIVER.>>THESE ARE, WHAT SEEMS TO BE V.I.P. — [ NO AUDIO ] I CAN HEAR YOU.>>LET’S TO GO TO AL ROKER. WE’RE HAVING TROUBLE WITH MARIA’S TECHNICAL CONNECTION. IT LOOKS LIKE THE WEATHER IS PICKING UP A LITTLE BETTER, AL.>>IT IS, TOM. IT STOPPED RAINING NOW. IT’S JUST A LITTLE BREEZY. THE CONTINENTAL CORPS IS COMING UP NOW. THE ENTIRE CROWD ON THEIR FEET. THE REVIEWING SND ON THEIR FEET AS WELL P PRESIDENT BUSH AND MRS. BUSH CLAPPING AS ALL OF THE CORPSES GO BY AND WE’RE LOOKING DOWN PENNSYLVANIA AND WE HAVEN’T SEEN THE MOTORCADE YET. IT’S STILL AUND THE CORNER, HAS NOT MADE THE TURN YET BACK ON TO PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE. BUT PEOPLE EXCITED. THEY’RE ON THEIR FEET AND ENJOYING WHAT SEEMS TO BE, AT LEAST A LITTLE BIT OF A BREAK IN THE WEATHER. ALL EXCITED ABOUT GREETING THE NEW PRESIDENT. TOM?>>THANK YOU VER MUCH, AL ROKER. WHEN GEORGE BUSH SR. AND BARBARA BUSH WALKED DOWN TO PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, BARBARA BROKE AWAY FROM HER HUSBAND, RACED ACROSS THE STREET AND KISSED WILLARD SCOTT. WHEN I SAW HER LAST NIGHT, SHE SAID, YOU KNOW, I DIDN’T ANYBODY NOTICED.>>YOU’RE PUTTING A LOT OF PRESSURE ON AL ROKER.>>THAT’S TRUE.>>YOUR CONTRACT DOESN’T DEPEND ON THAT, AL, BUT YOUR BONUS DOES. LET’S GO TO CLAIRE SHIPMAN.>>WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR AN HOUR, HOUR AND A HALF. A LOT OF THE PRESIDENT’S CABINET IS HERE, A LOT OF HIS FAMILY. THEY’VE BEEN IN THE STANDS. IT IS VERY WET. THE CROWD IS GETTING EXCITED NOW THAT, AS YOU CAN SEE, THE MOTORCADE IS MAKING THE FINAL TURN. WE’VE ALSO BEEN TOLD TO EXPECT THAT BUSH WILL GET OUT OF HIS — IT LOOKS LIKE HE’S GNG TO DO IT NOW, GET OUT OF HIS CAR RIGHT AROUND THIS TURN AND WALK THE REST OF THE WAY. IT’S A MUCH MORE SECURE AREA AND USUALL THE SECRET SERVICE DOES NOT MIND THE PRESIDENT MAKING THIS FINAL WALK, BECAUSE IT IS AN AREA THEY FEEL HE CAN SECURE. HE MAY DECIDE TO WALK UP INTO THE STAND AS HIS FATHER DID OR COME THROUGH THE WHITE HOUSE. WE’LL WAIT AND SEE. TOM?>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CLAIRE SHIPMAN. NOW TO MARIA SHRIVER WHO’S IN THE THICK OF IT ALL.>>OU CAN SEE, THE PRESIDENT HAS JUST GOTTEN OUT OF HIS LIMO. THIS IS THE PLACE TO GET OUT. AS I SAID EARLIER, HE SHOULD STAY IN THE CAR RIGHT NOW IS A GOOD PLACE. THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE. TEXAS HATS THERE. HE SEEMS TO BE WALKING OVER IN THISIRECTION. I CAN’T SEE THAT MUCH BEHIND ME, BUT EVERYBODY HERE, THERE ARE NO PROTEST SIGNS HERE. THESE SEEM TO BE PEOPLE WHO OBVIOUSLY LOVE THEIR NEW PRESIDENT, ARE EXCITED TO SEE HIM. THEY’VE ALL GOT TEXAS HATS ON. THEY SEEM TO BE EXCITED WITH THE PROSPECT THAT HE COULD GET OUT, THAT THEY COULD SEE HIM UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL. I DON’T KNOW HOW MUC YOU CAN SEE OVER MY OWN SHOULDER BACK HERE. HE’S WAVING TO THE CROWD. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN SEE THE SHOT OF HIM, AND HOLDING HIS WIFE’S HAND, WALKING THERE, RIGHT BEHIND HIS CAR. IT’S OVER HERE NOW. I DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH YOU CAN ACTUALLY S OF HIM. OBVIOUSLY THE SECURITY VERY TIGHT. THE WEATHER, IT’S NOT — IT’S STL RAINING, BUT NOT, OBVIOUSLY, AS HARD AS IT HAS BEEN. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO CAME OUT TO SUPPORT THIS MAN AND CHENEY. VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY, AS I SAY, A LOT OF PEOPLE WITH TEXAS HATS ON. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TICKETS WHO WANT TO BE HERE, WHO REGARD THIS MAN AS THEIR PRESIDENT. YOU CAN SEE THE RESERVE SIGNS. SO THESE ARE BUSH/CHENEY SUPPORTERS. WE’RE COMING UPON THE REVWING STAND WHERE THE PRESIDENT’S FAMILY IS,O THAT, OBVIOUSLY WILL BE AN EMOTIONAL MOMENT. BACK TO YOU, TOM.>>THANKS, MARIA. WE’LL TAKE A MOMENT AND LET THE PRESIDENT AND THE FIRST LADY WALK DOW PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE AND LET ALL OF YOU JUST ENJOY OR REFLECT ON THIS MOMENT OR HOWEVER YOU MAY FEEL ABOUT IT, HAVE YOUR OWN FEELINGS ABOUT IT. LET’S JUST HAVE THIS TELEVISION MOMENT FOR THE NEW FIRST FAMILY.>>THEY JUST PASSED THE EAST ENTRANCE TO THE WHITE HOUSE, WHICH IS A SOCIAL ENTRANCE FOR MANY OAKS. THAT IS THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT, THE BUILDING WITH THE COLUMNS ON THE LEFT SIDE OF YOUR SCREEN. THIS IS A MAN WHO JUST ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO REALLY DECIDED ON HIS COURSEN LIFE AFTER HE BOUGHT THE TEXAS RANGERS WITH A GROUP OF FRIENDS AND FINANCIAL PARTNERS, THEY MADE ABOUT $10 MILLION ON THE SALE, RAN FOR GOVERNOR OF TAS, SERVED FOR SIX YEARS, RAN FORRESIDENT AND WON IN ONE OF THE MOST CONTESTED ELECTIONS IN AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL HISTORY BY JUST ONE MORE ELECTORAL VOTE THAN HE NEEDED A 500,000 FEWER POPULAR VOTES THAN HIS OPPONENT GOT. THERE’S HIS FAMILY. THIS IS A MOMENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY UNLIKE ANY OTHER THAN WE HAVE BEEN WITNESSED TO. WE’RE JOINED BY GENERAL WESLEY CLARK WHO MANY OF Y’LL REMEMBER IS A COMMANDER OF NATO FORCES DURING THE BOMBING IN KOSOVO, A FELLOW ARKANSASEN WITH CLINTON AND WEST POINT GRADUATE. WE’VE BEEN HEARING FROM THIS PRESIDENT AND GENERAL POWELL AS WELL, WHO’S THE NEW SECRETARY OF STATE, THAT THEYON’T THINK THE UNITED STATES OUGHTO BE AS INVOLVED AS IT HAS BEEN IN CENTRAL ROPE. DO YOU THINK THAT’S A GOOD IDEA?>>WE HEARD SOME OF THOSE EXPRESSIONS EARLY. WHAT I’M HEARING IS A LOT MORE CON CONTINUE TUT. THEY’RE LISTENING TO THE ALLIES. THEY’VE GOTTEN VOICES OF CCERN FROM EUROPE. I THINK THEY WILL TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT’S GOING ON OVER THERE HOW MUCH THE ALLIES ARE DOING NOW, BEFORE THEY MAKE ANY RAPID MOVES.>>WHAT ARE THE OTHER HOT SPOTS IN THE WORLD THAT CONCERN YOU AS YOU LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT FOUR YEARS.>>I THINK FIRST AND FOREMOST HAS TO BE THE MIDDLE EAST. THAT’S A POWDER KEG. IT WILL REQUIRE A LOT OF PRESIDENTIAL ATTENTION. THIS ADMINISTRATION, WHICH IS COMMITTED TO NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE, AND THAT IS A VERY CONTROVERSIAL TOPIC, NOT ONLY WITH RUSSIA AND CHINA, BUT WITH OUR NATO ALLIES. CHINA HAS TO COME INTO THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION, BUT ARE WE GOING TO SELL ARMS TO TAIWAN?>>TWICE THIS NEW PRESIDENT HAS TOLD ME THAT HE’D BE WILLING TO CONSIDER BUILDING A MISSILE DEFENSE SHIELD JOINTLY WITH THE RUSSIANS. DO YOUHINK THAT’S REALISTIC?>>I THINK THERE ARE IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT HAVE TO BE WORKED IN THAT RESPECT, THE TECHNOLOGY, THE SHARING OF THE IORMATION. BUT I THINK ALL OPTIONS HAVE TO BE DISCUSSED AND SO I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD BE INTERESTED I HEARING HOW HE PROPOSED TO DISCUSS THAT.>>WE’LL ALSO POINT OUT, THAT TODAY WE HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE MIDDLE EAST THAT THE PALESTINIANS AND THE ISRAELIS ARE GOING TO START WHAT THE CALL A MARATHON PEACE NEGOTIATION IN EGYPT. SO THAT’S THE FINAL LEGACY OF BILL CLINTON AS HE GOES OUT OF OFFICE. HE TRIED SO HARD TO GET A DEAL, BUT AT LEAST THEY’VE KICK-STARTED THE PROCESS AGAIN. WHERE IT WILL GO, WE DON’T KNOW. THAT GOES ON TO THE AGENDA OF THIS MAN WE’RE WATCHING NOW. LET’S GO DOWN TO AL ROKER.>>THE PRESIDENT AND FIRST LADY HAVE NOW SINCE PASSED, HEADING DOWN PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE TO SWING AROUND TO THE SOUTH LAWN AND COME BACK ON TO THE REVIEWING STAND. THEY JUST ANNOUNCED THE PRESIDENT AND FIRST LADY. A CHEER HAS GONE UP FROM THE CROWD. I GUESS THEY’VE WALKED THROUGH NOW. I DIDN’T GET THE KISS, TOM. I DIDN’T GET THE KISS. IHINK IT’S THE FACT I DIDN’T HAVE THE BINNOCO WITH ME.>>AL ROKER WHO WILL BE WORKING ON THE QUALITY OF HIS BREATH CONTROL. WE’LL BE BACK RIGHT AFTER THIS. (James Earl Jones)
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THAT’S JUST RIGHT.>>THE REVIEWING STAND IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE WHERE THE NEW PRESIDENT’S FAMILY IS ASSEMBLED, INCLUDING HIS FATHER, THE FORMER PRESIDT, GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH AND HIS WIFE, BARBARA. DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN, THOSE USED TO BE OPEN PLACES WHERE DWIGHT EISENHOWER WAS LAST SUED.>>HE WAS UPSET ABOUT IT. THAT WAS PROBABLY THE MOST UNTOURED MOMENT.>>THE IDEA THAT A COWBOY COULD SOP AND LAS A PRESIDENT WOULD NOT HAPPEN. IT DOES APPEAR THAT THE PRESIDENT NOW HAS PASSED THROUGH THE ZONES OF POTENTIAL DANGER. THERE ARE A LOT OF VERY VIGORS SIGNS, VIG LOUSE CRIES AND A LOT OFIGNS THAT WERE PRETTY TOUGH IN TERMS OF BEING CRITICAL OF HIM, HOW HE WON THE ELECTION. ALSO SOME OF HIS POLICIES, ESPECIALLY ABOUT ABORTION AND ALSO ABOUT RACE. AND SO THE PRESIDENT DOES HAVE HIS WORK CUT OUT FOR HIM. HE’S NOW GONE AROD TO THE SOUTH LAWN OF THE WHITE HOUSE WHERE HE’LL MAKE HIS WAY ON TO THAT REVIEWING STAND.>>LINCOLN USED TO CALL THESE KIND OF THINGS PUBLIC OPINION BATHS. HE SAID, YOU HAVE TO DO IT IN A DEMOCRACY, SPONGE YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE’S FEELINGS.>>HERE COMESHE PRESIDENTIAL MOTORCADE AND THE SECRET SERVICE AGENTS RUNNING ALONGSIDE. CLAIRE SHIPMAN AT THE WHITE HOUSE.>>YES.>>CLAIRE, DO YOU HEAR ME?>>THAT’S RIGHT. WHAT WE’RE SEEIN, TOM, IS THAT THE PRESIDENT IS COMING UP EXECUTIVE DRIVE. HE’S GOING TO GO IN THROUGH THE WHITE HOUSE,AKE A BREAK, PROBABLY WARM UP, IF HE WANTS TO AND THEN WALK OUT TO THE REVIEWING STAND FRO THE FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. THEY’LL ESSENTIALLY WATCH THE ENTIRE PARADE AND THEN SPEND SOME TIME WITH PRESIDENT AND MRS. BUSH. THE FORMER PRESIDENT WL BE STAYING AT THE WHITE HOUSE WITH THEM TONIGHT, HAVING DINNER WITH THEM. THEN THEY’LL HAVE TO GEAR UP FOR TEN BALLS THAT THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO BE ATTENDING.>>WHEN I ASKED HIM ABOUT HOW HE — THERE’S VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY AND HIS WIFE, LYNNE. OR AS THEY CALL IT IN WYOMING, CHENEY. ALAN SIMPSON, HIS PAL FOR A LONG TIME SAID YESTERDAY HE’D BEEN OUT CAMPAIGNING WITH CHENEY DURING THE COURSE OF THE CAMPAIGN. HE IS EXPECTED TO BE A MAJOR PLAYER, OBVIOUSLY, I THIS ADMINISTRATION. SOME PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING, HE’LL BE THE PRIME MINISTER AND GEORGE W. BUSH WILL BE THE PRESIDENT, THAT IS THE FIGURE HEAD OF STATE. GEORGE W. BUSH SAYS THAT IS NOT THE CASE, BUT HE WILL RELY ON HIS JUDGMENT. HE THINKS THE WORLD OF HIM. PICKING DICK CHENEY WAS AN EARLY AND IMPORTANT DECISION IN HAVING THE SUCCESS THAT HE DID. WE’LL BE BACK WITH MORE, RIGHT AFTER THIS.