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♪ ♪ >> announcer: cnn films presented by volkswagen. >> it is a beautiful night here in the nation's capital. this could be it. america votes. whatever happens next american history is being made. >> as tonight america finally decides who will be the next president of the united states. >> the most exciting and important election night in
several lifetimes, already under way. >> we had someone else. >> you go first. >> is there anything left in hillary? >> coast to coast, across presidential battle grounds. it's all coming down to this night. >> make america great again. >> 88% of the vote is in. look at how close it is. 48.5% to 48.4%. donald trump has now taken the lead. >> whoo! >> look, i mean it is a divided country. and, at least as far as the votes are showing us as they're coming in now, that is playing out. >> they're going up in cheers, the word is spreading that donald trump is about to become the next president-elect of the united states. >> whoo!
>> everyone yelling. >> unbelievable. >> this has been just a stunning night. >> there are several hundred people out here that have to wonder what is president obama thinking and feeling tonight. ♪ ♪ >> the office is bigger than you. it's bigger than the president. it's bigger than the president-elect. the responsibility hits you like a ton of bricks. ♪ what was the point of in coming here if we were not going to do really important things. >> this isn't just a 9:00 to 5:00 gig. a lot of the work is something that people feel called to do. >> it's important to build trust.
and trust is built over time. >> it's been a journey. and you have this front-row seat to history. >> we have still got more work that we want to use our remaining time here to finish. ♪ ♪ >> yesterday, before votes were tallied, i said to the american people regardless of which side you are on in the election the sun would come up in the morning. the sun is up. and i know everybody had a long night.
i did as well. i had a chance to talk to president-elect trump last night about 3:30 in the morning i think it was to congratulate him on winning the election. and i had a chance to invite him to come to the white house tomorrow to talk about making sure that there is a successful transition between our presidencies. now, everybody is sad when their side loses an election. but the day after we have to remember that we're actually all on one team. we're not democrats first. we're not republicans first. we are americans first. i also told my team today tee keep their heads up because the remarkable work that they have done, day in, day out, often without a lot of fanfare, that
remarkable has left the next president with a stronger, better country than the one that existed eight years ago. and everyone on my team should be extraordinarily proud of everything that they have done. [ applause ] >> the speech the president gave the day after election day, i'm fairly superstitious which probably comes from being a cubs' fan. i didn't prepare anything beforehand. figured i would do it that morning. but as the results, you know, rolled in i was sitting with dan fifer, ben rhoads in my apartment, watching and realizing we would have to write something different than we expected. the president called around
1:00, 2:00 in the morning and walked us through what he wanted to say. so i got a couple hours of sleep and then woke up, came in, wrote the remarks. obviously not the ones that i wanted to be writing. but, you know the thing about being the president of the united states is you have got a pretty extraordinary obligation to the american people to a smooth transition of power. because the office is bigger than you. it is bigger than the president. it's bigger than the president-elect. the responsibility hits you like a ton of bricks. so that's what we decided to focus on. but he also wanted to talk directly to people, you know, who were upset. it's a testament to his character that he was the one bucking up everybody else that morning. you know, going around saying, don't hang your head. we did the best we could. you know? and after eight years we will be leaving who ever is next with a strong, sturdy, launching pad. you know, they're not facing the same kind of challenges we faced when we came in.
>> so you don't want to read it? >> i don't want to read it because it is depressing. too much of a bummer, man. ♪ ♪ >> this is the white house where reporters are gathered and everyone is here. >> we are all waiting to find out what will be said, what will be said publicly? >> the first couple of days immediately after the election, you know, other than the statement that the president delivered in the rose garden i was basically the only democrat in the country who was out publicly answering questions. and that's the nature of the job. but all of the questions centered on the painful outcome of the election. >> i know it has been less than 24 hours, but, obviously the trump message resonated with the majority of the voters. what happened last night? >> does the president feel that the results were some sort of a rejection of of him? >> this is now real.
surely the president must have some real concerns right now? o? >> this is now real. surely the president must have some real concerns right no of ? >> this is now real. surely the president must have some real concerns right noof h? >> this is now real. surely the president must have some real concerns right now? >> listen, i want to be real clear about this. the election is over. >> those briefings were difficult for me and my staff. this isn't just a job. this isn't just a 9:00 to 5:00 gig to pay the mortgage. a lot of this work is something that people feel called to do. >> what are you suggesting? >> this is progress that we have made over the last eight years. >> okay. so, more than at any other time, i, i -- i spent a couple minutes before i want out publicly to try to collect my thoughts and to try to take a deep breath and keep my own emotions in check. the results of the election are not even 12 hours old. and i think it is far too early, at least for me, to discern
exactly what message the voters were trying to send last night. >> people throughout the united states are still coming to terms with trump's win. >> the reality of a trump presidency is creating a high degree of anxiety in certain quarters. >> this as largely peaceful protesters across the country take to the streets for the second night in a row. >> more protests planned for this weekend. >> just minutes away from president obama coming out for a news conference. his first since the election of president-elect donald trump. let's continue with our panel now. david gergen. >> i got caught up in the demonstrations on fifth avenue outside trump tower. so much anger, so much fear. we have never had demonstrations in the streets like this, days after an election. >> it was soul-crushing defeat for us. and, obviously it ended with profound disappointment. it's really hard. i mean, i can't sugarcoat it. >> here is president obama right
now. >> hello, everybody. first of all, as i discussed with the president-elect on thursday, my team stands ready to accelerate in the next steps that are required to ensure a smooth transition. as i have told my staff, we should be very proud that their work has already ensured that when we turn over the keys, the car is in pretty good shape. i have been blessed by having, and i admittedly am biased, some of the smartest, hardest-working, good people in my administration that i think any president has ever had. >> i am hoping we built sufficient momentum that it will be easy to keep going in a positive direction and we hope that the progress that we have made is sustainable. >> the people have spoken. donald trump will be the next president. the 45th president of the united states. >> amidst tensions rippling
through the country, president obama encouraged americans to give trump a chance. >> very different tone from the president. he was calm. he spoke carefully. he was measured. it almost seemed like he was trying to send a message about how a president should speak. >> if that's david, yeah, that i need to call him back. >> what's going on here? like why is this so -- >> because i am a terrible filer. and filing paper is not really my forte. there is a lot going on? >> we have still got more work that we want to use our remaining time here to finish. and we still intend to finish. it is work that is important to the american people. >> and now you are kind of heading towards the end of your tenure and the world has changed. do you feel like it is going to affect the work you have done? >> well it certainly, you know,
is having, having the u.s. government support certainly is a, is a benefit. but, you know, i did this work long before these eight years in the white house. and, you know, i an going to keep doing it long after. tina tchen. >> it was launch by president obama and mrs. obama to support adolescent girls around the world in completing their secondary education. this is a room that i know knows that the fundamental issue is how women are perceived in their societies, it's what leads to a lack of pay equity, it's what leads to sexual harassment. those are all the same threats that we face as women around the globe.
because their fight is our fight. and we need to change hearts and minds, not just in villages in pakistan, but in villages here in the united states. it is an unstoppable movement, no matter what political leaders come and go. i have great, great hope for the future. so thank you, thank you again for having me here. >> hey, there. >> it is wonderful to hear. >> yes. how are you? good to see you. good to see you. [ indiscernible ] >> we will be strong. the president's support. he has been extraordinary. he needs to know that. >> i know, we are not going to do that. we are not going to do that. >> no, we won't. >> i have been heartbroken to hear from people who are truly sad and terrified. >> thank you for coming today. >> of course. >> we really appreciate it. >> but we are professionals. and private citizens hatch the luxury of being emotional. >> how is it going? >> public servants don't. ♪
we are currently on the west wing ground floor, down in the basement level, the oval office is up there. president's private study. right above us is his private dining room. one of the thing as but being in the basement, there are no windows. i had pew put stuff up to make it at least feel like home year, like you have a window. the president is about 2 inches taller than i am. he still fits. the president will call me up if he wants to go through a speech. he made edits. it doesn't happen every day. if we are working on the state of the union address, something like that, it may happen ten times in a day. one thing in this job that never gets old. the oval office. when i met the president i was the junior gift. his assistant katie, gave me a call, the president wants to see you. i was, of the united states? so i race over. and he just says, hey, i saw your name on the top of the speech draft. i just wanted to meet you. my first time in the oval, and your mouth goes immediately dry.
you are trying to look around and look at him at the same time, and i just remember, barely nothing. part of the thing about the office it becomes a storage unit. photos from all eight years, ten years including the campaign. that one i have always had on the wall. from the 2009 correspondents dinner, i was the junior speech writer on the totem pole, so everybody else made me wear the pirate outfit, just to set up for a joke. the secret service was not happy i had a hook on my hand though it was made out of plastic. the knickknacks you pick up after being here eight years. i saved all my credentials, world series, g-20s, trip to cuba. tons of stuff in the drawers, trip books, invitations state dinners, ticket to state of the union address, christmas cards, coffee stains. schedules, white house christmas cards, irish parliament, program
and a flag from the day the pope visited who knows what's in there, man it? is crazy, right? i don't know how i am going to clear out the office over the next couple months. >> this is an every morning trip. it is a kind of moment of zen before the day begins. usually with a little bit of npr or podcast, i am a big podcast fan. and it's funny to think that i won't be doing it anymore because it is just a part of my morning routine. i think people are much better than they were the day after the election. but there is still nominations that are made that are concerning. there are statements that are made that are concerning. and so it is a very tricky balance between continuing to believe in what we have always believed, while also wanting to be graceful hosts of the new team. and that it is a daily challenge. you know, there is a uniqueness to serving in the white house
and that you have a front seat to -- to history. but the stakes are also incredibly high. so that's i think part of the pressures that a lot of people, don't see, or, or recognize that, that we also deal with. i mean i can go from, meeting with the president at the end of the day to singing the wheels on the bus with my daughter on the way home. in a 15-minute span. that can be a little jarring at times. so, but you get used to it. i don't think the letter is in here. but it is, how much news did this make yesterday, was this a thing or not? >> i didn't see much of it. >> it's being read. like fox e-mailed me last night to see if it means that he is for legalization. >> okay. >> i'm not commenting on it, because it seems comments should stand as they are. you may get a question. >> if you can find it in and flag it that would be useful. >> a couple hours before the briefing every day.
we will spend time bringing in members of the staff. is there a reason not to say that? >> they sack faced a lot to get to this agreement. >> and it is their responsibility to make sure that i am prepped for issues in their field that could come in the con texas of the briefing. >> other domestic things? >> the president-elect announced a press conference. >> a major, major, major press conference. >> lot of anticipation, from donald trump suggesting that he's going to leave it to his family to manage. >> this is the conflict of interest thing? >> yeah. >> i don't think we have a lot to weigh in. it is what it is. >> does the president think leaving financial interests and business ties to his family. >> well, look, there's oversight, there's ethics rules. i don't think it is going to be helpful or appropriate for us to stand in judgment of those arrangements.
that's a good rule for life though. >> one of the things that i deeply respect about president obama, he has been welling to set aside his own political differences with donald trump to put the best interest of the country first. so the point is, i can't spend the whole briefing criticizing the president-elect. >> good afternoon, everybody. >> donald trump said that he was going to be stepping away from business to focus on running the country. i was wondering if that announcement comes as -- welcome news? >> what i can tell you is what president obama's approach has been a..ed by by an extraordinarily high standard. and go to great lengths to avoid appearance of a conflict of interest. >> president-elect trump has spoken how he would look to keep the prison facility at guantanamo open. >> including a discussion helping him understand the policy that we have pursued a policy that we will pursue as long as president obama remains president of the united states. >> the authorization bill includes controversial language that would have undermined president obama's executive order, barring discrimination
among federal contractors, what extent is that an empty victory considering that president trump could dismantle the executive order on his own volition? >> it's been quite clear the strategy that president obama has sought to implement. and that's, that's difficult work. but that's work that we have been doing for all most eight years now and that's work that will continue at least through january 20th. after that the president-elect's team will have to decide how they want to handle that situation. thanks. >> a shock of fear through the entire immigration community across the u.s. we talked to one young woman, she is here on a temporary status because of that order signed by president obama. here is how she is feeling today. >> it's scary to go outside and,
we don't even know if -- if we are going to be here tomorrow. and, what is going to happen with my daughters. >> now other than the 2 million to 3 million deportees that president-elect trump wants to affect, he has also now named jeff sessions as his appointee to the general attorney's office. that will have great sway over immigration policy in the country and going after those policies so there is a great fear, great uncertainty at the moment throughout community across the country as to what is going to happen next. brook? >> that had me watching a lot of stuff about jeff sessions. >> there is a great deal of uncertainty about what a trump administration would look like. >> president-elect trump is not ideological but pragmatic in a way that could serve him well if he has good people around him. >> at the time, sources telling cnn about severe infighting within trump's transition team. one source calling it a knife
fight. >> we learned as kids that the peaceful transfer of power is the most important aspect of our democracy. no one tells you it is peaceful but ugly. it is huge when you think about it. the largest takeover of any organization, not only on the planet but in history. you are talking about a $4 trillion organization. you have over 4,000 political appointments that the new president needs to make. and 1,100 of those have to be confirmed by the united states senate. so, it is a massive, massive undertaking. and that's not only about getting your priorities done, it is about keeping us safe. is the point of maximum vulnerability for our nation is at the transition. and in a post 9/11 world during
this really well is vital. the bush administration set the gold standard to date, i think everyone agrees to this. it was a presidential commitment. and president obama has said he wants to do one better. no one knows the job better than the person that had it before you. and there is lots of hard earned wisdom about how to run a white house. >> we have been working on the presidential records act update. we are working through how to make sure everything is done for the transition before all of our interns are headed out. that's sort of the one big transition we have got happening. >> has the transition team contacted us yet? are we still waiting to hear from them? >> we have not scheduled our meetings yet with their op and gni yet with their feels, but we
will be doing that after thanksgiving. >> when the team arrives i do want to have a chance to stop in and say hello and congratulate them and make sure that they understand that from the top our enterprise down everyone is committed to working with them. >> the team is ready to be as helpful as they can. >> good. >> then our job is to really turn it over to them in as good a shape as possible and then they can take it up and do with it as they wish. i also want to make sure we do it as efficiently as possible so individual members of the team should not be having one-off conversations, it should all go through in a very organized way. so we do not waste their time. because i remember it is like, literally drinking out of a fire hose trying to abssh a lot of information.sh a lot of informatioossh a lot of informatiorsa lot of information. >> when the president walked into office, we were in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the great depression. losing up to 800,000 jobs a month. the banks were on the verge of
collapse, especially the automobile industry was literally in bankruptcy. millions of people were losing their homes the i mean i remember there was the meeting, candidate obama and candidate mccain were called to washington for really unusual meeting to happen in the middle of the campaign with the existing administration because it was that serious. >> the first few months in the white house were scary the we were just as scared as anybody else in the country. you had parents worried about retirement security, my sister 2/3 of her company was laid off. and at the same time the united states was at war, there were 180,000 u.s. service members on the ground in iraq and afghanistan. >> you didn't have the luxury of a lot of time, things were so compressed. >> it really took, it took a lot of optimism from everybody to believe that there was a path forward. >> the president was the one with the cool head who told us all, read some fdr. see what he told people, you know, when it was bleak. when they were scared. when unemployment was 25%. we did. it was helpful. but a lot of us were around until 3:00 a.m. each night. we didn't come in fully enjoying the white house. you are looking for the bathroom while you're also looking for the words to calm the nation and
tell them that eventually we'll get out of this. >> america, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end. that we did not turn back nor did we falter. we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations. >> one of the lessons that i learned from president bush and his senior team was how to run a professional transition. they were incredibly cooperative, they reached out to us affirmatively. welcomed us into the white house. >> it couldn't have gone more smoothly. and that is critical at a time like that where -- not only is the economy in free fall, but you are still prosecuting two wars abroad. that made things so much easier
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barack obama is back in washington now after completing his final foreign trip as president of the united states. during his visits to greece, germany and peru, much of the attention though was on mr. obama's successor. president-elect donald trump. >> did you get some sleep? >> yeah. >> we landed at about 2:30. >> oh -- that's pretty awful. >> last flight, man. >> yeah, it was pretty -- there were a lot of cheers, a lot of toasts. it was pretty sentimental. >> how was the acropolis? >> pretty awesome. it was a good trip. obviously every question at every press conference was about events back home.
>> good morning. >> hey, hey. >> how are you doing? >> who its out wednesday? >> i'm out wednesday. >> which is fine. i actually think everybody should watch the last turkey pardon and then take off. >> all right. >> one of the weirdest weeks of the year. thanksgiving week. >> should we start with turkey jokes? the eighth and final year of turkey joke. there is a cornucopia of corny jokes. >> no, no. >> including maybe that one. >> no, no. you are crying fowl on that one. i get it. you know he always talks every year about generosity. making sure everyone can eat on thanksgiving, k3e79 for -- except for the turkeys because they're already stuffed. i like it. and then, we also want to give a shout out to all of the brave turkeys who met their fate with courage. they're not chicken. followed up with they're delicious. they're not chicken, they're delicious.
this is the last tame i will r pardin pardinon pa pardon a turkey. meaning next time i cross paths with a turkey it better run. >> i look how there is an underlying premise that the president just wants to kill turkeys. so the next time i see one, look out. >> it's unexpected too. >> yeah, yeah. >> really sell it. >> i have an idea for a joke but not an actual joke yet. like something with the like peaceful transition of power and, you know i'm committed to a peaceful transition for turkey as cross america. that's how democracy works. >> yeah, right. >> something like how he is more than happy to hand this off to donald trump. i briefed the president-elect on everything the job entails, the nuclear codes, pardoning two turkeys every thanksgiving, you know the important stuff. next year, donald trump gets to do this. >> it's okay. [ laughter ]
ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states. >> thank you so much. everybody please have a seat. have a seat. for generations presidents have faithfully executed granting pardons that reflect our beliefs in second chances. this year we are honored to be joined by two of the lucky ones. tater and tot. and it is my great privilege, actually, let's just say my job, to grant them clemency this afternoon. as i do, i want to take a moment to recognize the brave turkeys who weren't so lucky who didn't get to ride the gravy train to freedom, who met their fate with courage and sacrifice and proved that they weren't chicken.
and when somebody at your table tells you that you have been hogging all of the side dishes and you can't have any more, i hope that you respond with a creed that sums up the spirit of the hungry people, yes, we cran. that was good. you don't think that's funny? look, i know there is some bad ones in here, but this is the last time i'm doing this, so, we are not leaving any room for leftovers. it's not that bad now. come on. ha-ha. let me just say one last thing before i spare these turkeys' lives, on this thanksgiving, i want to express my sincere gratitude to the american people for the trust that you have placed in me over these last eight years and the incredible kindness that you have shown my family.
thanksgiving is a reminder of the source of our national strength, while accepting our differences and building a diverse society has never been easy, it has never been more important. we have to see ourselves in each other. we all have families we love. and we all have hopes for their better future. and we lose sight of that sometimes. and thanksgiving is a good time for us to remember that. we have a lot more in common than divides us. happy thanksgiving, everybody. let's go pardon these turkeys. [ applause ] ♪ >> hi, guys. progressive democratic politics
in chicago is kind of small. and everybody knows each other. so, back in the '80s, or '90s i met the obamas at some point along the way. it is very interesting when you have two people who are your friends and then they become the first and first lady of the united states. and i don't call them michelle and barack anymore and i have not for eight years. even when we are having fun together. he is sir to me. and she is ma'am. and took a little while to get used to, not something that i told my staff to do or the people who come in, but, it's something you feel in the building. that's the respect you have to hold for the office. and for the office holder. and i suppose it will revert back, you know, after january 20th. i haven't really thought about that. >> president elect donald trump selecting an ardent obama care critic. >> georgia congressman tom price to -- >> a lot of people have noted he could be personification of the very overturning of obamacare. >> one of the challenges of this enrollment period is that a lot of folks have signed up for health care, we still have less than 10% of our population that is uninsured. we are trying to reach people who have been hard to reach. this is our lgbt week of action, where we are encouraging them to get folks to sign up for aca.
>> thank you, everyone for joining us this morning. i am very excited to be on this call as the white house lgbt liaison. >> rafi runs my lgbt outreach, one of the first transsexuals we have had working in the white house, she has a long track record of being an advocate and a lot of credibility in the community. when president obama assumed office, only two states recognized marriage equality. two. by the time the supreme court ruled its landmark decision, 37 states had passed marriage equality laws. insurance companies can't discriminate against people just because they're gay, or just
because they're women, they have to treat everybody the same. as a woman, i discovered that i was paying higher premiums than men. well that is ridiculous. as the president's second term draws to a close, this open enrollment period might be one of the most important that we have ever had. history doesn't just travel forward it can go backwards also. if we ever take our foot off the pedal. choose sus staenable change comes from the ground up. beginning on the campaign trail, ensuring that every american had affordable health care was a top priority for him. he experienced his mother's death, and that had a profound impact on him. >> for my mother to die of cancer at age 53, and had to spend the last months of her life in the hospital room arguing with insurance come pans because they're saying that this may be a pre-existing condition and they don't have to pay her treatment, there is something fundamentally wring about that. >> stow when he entered the white house, he assembled a team whose mission it was to figure out how we could craft legislation to provide affordable health care. >> so let there be no doubt. health care reform cannot wait, and it will not wait another year. [ cheers and applause ]
i suffer no illusions that this will be an easy process. >> what i learned was how willing people in this town were to put their short term political interests far ahead of what is good for the country. >> the opposition to the president and to his proposals and almost the fear of his popularity in the early days a lot of that was playing outen public. >> their bill puts the government between families and their doctors. >> will kill jobs. will limit access to health care. >> of course there are death panels and that is just one aspect of this evil policy of obama's and that is obamacare. >> kill the bill! kill the bill! >> we need health care for everyone in america. we need it now. and we can't wait! >> this is going to be bigger than anything we tried to do. >> it was one of our first experiences with misinformation. >> i don't want this country
turning into russia, turning into a socialized country. >> the notion that there were death panels or that they was going to kill granny. >> you do believe that? >> i believe this bill is deadly to seniors. >> that was a wake-up call for us. not something we anticipated we were going to have to push back against just outright lies and untruths. what he always told us is that, you keep the people who i have met along the way who have been writing us, who have been desperate for this, close to you. you know, you keep that at the core of the writing. that's what this is about. >> we are dairy farmers. and we have never had very much money. >> i am recovering from lung cancer. >> the affordable care act also >> the affordable care act also known as obamacare, by the way, you know what, let me tell you. i have no problem with folks saying obama cares. i do care.
>> in a few minutes, we'll cast some of the most consequential votes that any of us will ever cast in this chamber. the decision we make will affect every man, woman and child in this nation for generations to come. >> i remember being in the roosevelt room, that night. watching the vote. all watching c-span with the vote ticker on the screen. >> the house has started the vote tonight on health care. remember, 216 yeas is the number needed for passage. >> five, four, three, two, one. >> on this vote, the yeas are 219. the motion to concur the senate amendment is adopted. >> it took 14 months after we
got here to get it done. you know, like, my god, we did it. >> i remember it so vividly. i said how does this compare to how you felt on election night? he said there is no comparison. election night was all about getting to this moment. >> we are in a world now where we have had the aca, we have 20 million insured and people aren't getting excluded anymore from insurance because they have a pre-existing condition because it is against the law. so, very simplistic solution of we will just repeal it is not so easy without hurting, really hurting a lot of people. ♪ ♪
>> where is our eggnog? it is not here yet, miss peggy. >> once we get the tree delivered on the day after thanksgiving, that sort of signifies the kickoff of the holiday season. >> folks they will stroll in. even though there is a concentration of events, it's really such an invigorating time for me and my team. >> 26,000 cookies we make. and bo and sunny are the highest demand on the whole buffet. >> you know, we just absolutely love the holidays here at the white house. >> in the early summer of 2011, i met a young lady who had just started working act the white house. we talked about what i did as a general manager of the ritz hotels. she said, oh, they're looking for a chief usher. so you might be interested in this. so you might be interested in this. two weeks later i sat in my office at work and i said, huh,
i'm going to go ahead and google the white house and give them a call, and that's what i did. >> please help me take things out. thank you i appreciate it. >> staff and residents are not political, part of long-standing institution. a lot of them have had experiences for working for upwards of seven administrations. >> this is bush father 1991, then bill clinton, then bush jr. and obama. >> what i think about most when i walk around the house is who has been here, who has done what in this particular space because there is something i'm able to walk here now when 100 years ago a president or first lady or guest or my ancestors did, gives me a sense of awe, the fact that slaves built this house, and i now work in this house as a leader, something out of my
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hi, this is kathy out of jarrett's office. calling you back. she will be. yes. she'll be there for christmas. >> president and first lady, i love them both dearly. they are the brother and sister i never had, i consider them family. pretty special. when i met president obama in the summer of 1991, i was deputy chief of staff for mayor daly in chicago and he was just fresh out of law school, engaged to the first lady, and our worlds collided when he asked would i be willing to have dinner with him.
and dinner we had and the rest is history. >> so i decided to create a wall of happy memories that i've had along the way. that's what this reflects. tells the story of my time here. for example this is iconic photo during the transition, president bush hosted former presidents with president-elect obama and few weeks later the president was signing these photos. i said my gosh that's a really cool photo. who are they for? he said i have no idea. there was a big stack. i said could i have one? i don't know i guess so. so i took it. this is my mom's birthday and judging from the president's hair, probably in the summer of 2009. this is my favorite photo with the president. in new york waiting for someone to finish introducing him. and they kept talking and talking and talking. finally he said, i guess they're giving a whole speech so we sat down. this is inauguration day 2009,
incredible photo that captures i think the enthusiasm we had in our country that day. >> oh, my god hi. >> speech writers, we work 40 hours a week you're lucky. usually more like 80. when you can, always try to blow off some steam. >> cheers. >> cheers. >> you guys have a speech you remember you wrote up that he tore apart? >> oh, man, two all nighters for charleston draft and within two hours crossed out pages and rewritten them all in longhand. >> talk about grace. >> yes then crumpled up and threw down the hall, go get it. >> cody does the huge speeches,
more opportunity to get torn apart. first time i was summoned one-on-one. he was like this is serviceable. >> three categories, this needs work, serviceable or good. that's as good as it gets. serviceable is all right. >> you're iowa right? >> yes. >> honestly other than this experience, best professional experience of my life. >> out of my speech writing team, five of us been around since the first campaign. extraordinary. >> how did you end up here? >> by god's grace. we met on first day. day one. still the best day ever had in my house. >> one thing i'll always be boast grateful to barack obama for is i met my wife because of him. >> have you met cody?
>> it's nice to be able to ride the highs and lows of this job with someone who is as passionate about this place as you are. >> yes. >> we're far from the only couple that are met and got married here. barack obama has a whole brood of kids at this point who either met in iowa or chicago or here at white house. when i say we're a family, i mean is sincerely. ♪ >> thank you very much for being patient. we'll get you seated very quickly. you're entering the east room. this is the largest all-purpose do everything room, see press conferences and biggest televised events including today.
>> we'll try to behave. >> please don't. highly overrated. >> this is the day unveil the holiday decorations to the public and military families get the first peek. >> all right, walking through what i'm doing next. >> sure. you're going to the east room for the press preview and come back down to flotus office for prep. >> all right. see you in a bit. >> i'll put your book in flotus office. >> this is my eighth christmas at white house. this is the time to thank people who have done a lot of work for our initiatives. it's busy time and exhausting for everyone but knowing it's our last time doing it is bitter sweet. >> the first lady, mrs. michelle obama. >> and as we celebrate my family's last holiday season in
the white house, looking back i am proud to say that we did our very best to make americans of all backgrounds and walks of life feel comfortable and welcome. we truly wanted to make the white house the people's house. particularly during the holiday seasons. and this has been one of our favorite white house traditions. it reminds us of what matters, our military families. i want to honor you for your service and your sacrifice and your love of this nation. it's a love that my family and i share along with you. i want to wish everyone a happy healthy holiday season. all right? and with that, we get to have some fun. okay? we will take your children from you for a moment. and -- don't applaud too loudly. they're still here. they can hear you.
>> one of the things mrs. obama wanted to do instead of just giving press tour of the holiday decorations but involve the military kids and make it fun. love how they get all dressed up. best thing is how cute he look. some of these are kids who may have lost a parent in the military. losing a mom or a dad is tough. so it's great that we can give them some little bit of something special, something to get excited about. i'm not from a military family. chicago is not a military community, so i mostly came to issues concerning that from political end. someone not in favor of the iraq war was the approach. and the work i've done with the
families has given me a very different outlook and very personal. >> how are you? you got your grandkids here. >> and this tree, message to brendan is on it. >> let's go in and see it. rooms open? don't have them open. i could probably sneak in. oh, i haven't seen it since finished. >> we'll miss you this christmas. to proud of you, keep your helmet on, be safe. love mom and the rest of the entire family. >> i know, i know honey.
>> five, four, three, two, one. happy holidays to all of you, and may god bless these united states of america. eighth and final time for your family to light our national tree. before we leave tonight, i just want to express what an incredible honor it has been to serve this nation. ♪ >> it was four years ago today. newtown, connecticut, the sandy
hook massacre. >> 26 futures were stolen four years ago today. >> with the anniversary coming up, still fresh and painful. and i was with the president when he found out how many children had died. i accompanied him to newtown where he met with the families and first responders and consoled them all and been with him all over this country as we have mourned too many of our fellow americans. >> come on in. how are you doing? my gosh. come in. come over here. exactly. i know you have. how was the bill signing? >> so many things. >> so glad you were there. special. >> big moment. powerful, bitter sweet, emotional on so many different levels. so significant. >> how are you today?
>> tomorrow's not a good day. >> i know. i'm so grateful for you both. >> just saying how i feel like very much part of me died that day. and now in this new second life, you guys have been absolutely there since that birth of that second life. and i have this very real emotional attachment to you and this whole administration that is deeper than i can articulate but it's -- you know? >> we always say, say this without crying. if you meet people on the worst day of their life and you see their soul and you see how they go from that day to the next day and the next day. i just live in awe of you two. >> try to remember that. >> i find it senseless and i just won't ever give up saying what more can we do. and i think as society we have
to ask ourselves that question. breaking news for you, shocking attack at tucson, arizona, grocery store. >> as speech writers thinking about state of the union addresses and commencements. you don't think he'll have to go out and address tragedy as often as he ended up doing. >> chaos and panic following shooting at aurora -- >> talked about this. somehow this has become routine. once again innocent people were killed because someone who wanted to inflict harm, had no trouble getting their hands on a gun. our unalienable right to life, liberty and pursuit of
happiness, those rights were stripped from first graders in newtown. >> the president said it before, not saying anything new, worst day of his presidency. >> every time i think about those kids, it gets me mad. >> breathtaking and i remember being incapable of processing the number 20. i made the person repeat it several times. 20 children? and question was how old? six and seven. >> this was almost unimaginable in cruelty. worked up a quick statement for that day. he read through it. said i think it's right stuff to say but crossed out paragraph in the middle. i won't get through that. just too raw. >> majority that died were children. beautiful little kids between the ages of five and ten years old.
they had their entire lives ahead of them. birthdays, graduations, weddings. kids of their own. >> if ever congress would be willing to disregard the interests of the nra and special interest groups and focus on the families and what would be good for the american people, this was the time. >> if there's even one step we can take to stop someone from murdering dozens of innocents in the span of minutes, we should be taking that step. >> some of the things most proud of is when he was traveling the country, seeking out sheriff's offices and gun owners and talking about it. >> if you believe families deserve the vote, we have to
stand up. >> did not stop columbine, won't stop newtown. >> ban assault weapons now. >> that's not gun control, that's common sense. >> the amendment is not agreed to. >> 54 votes in the senate but still failed somehow was a tough thing for us to swallow and for america to understand. he's told me that's probably day i felt most cynical about washington was the day that congress did nothing. >> by now it's well known that people support background checks to make it harder for dangerous person to buy a gun. not going to happen because republicans in the senate voted against that idea. american people are trying to figure out how can have 90% support and yet not happen. >> devastating day. families had been on the hill and some came to the white house.
how can i face them when we failed and they gave it everything. i remember saying to one of them, please don't give up. mom said to me, how could i? i'll never give up. [ bell ringing ] >> so sorry for your loss. >> here this evening commemorating the fourth anniversary of the devastating tragedy at sandy hook elementary school. tough evening but also unifying. just reminds people they're not alone. >> now i'd like to welcome valerie jarrett.
[ applause ] >> i know it can feel at times as though the path towards progress seems increasingly daunting. but please know that you have surrounded by people who are dedicated to ending this epidemic. and i think a way of demonstrating that you're not alone is to turn to your neighbor. give them a hug. tell them they're not alone. show each other a little bit of love. >> all the hard work you do with your president. >> very good to see you. >> thank you so much. >> your mom would be so proud of you. so proud of you. >> thank you. >> i've heard so many stories of people who had lost loved ones from gun violence. when was this taken? >> 18th birthday, just before she died.
>> it's beautiful picture. >> i crave new pictures. just want to see a new smile. >> human spirit is resilient and unselfish willingness to say yes i suffered a loss but i want to devote my life to ensuring no other parent feels the way i do is just remarkable. remarkable. >> and don't just do it once a year. many do it every single day. >> yeah. >> they give me inspiration. it's true. >> chicago in the house. what part of chicago? >> south side. >> south side! good night ladies. "when the ship comes in" by the hollies
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>> i spend hours. >> everyone expects so much so i just want to write happy birthday. >> yo. >> hello word smiths. >> good morning. >> nice facial hair. >> thanks buddy. >> oh, man. >> i started with goatee but it was just gross. >> well this is a real improvement. >> all right dudes just get everybody together one last time before the end of the year because we leave tomorrow for hawaii and while in hawaii i'll start working on the farewell address. so the farewell address, only spoken to him very briefly at end of another meeting about it. i'd be tempted not to do a long rundown of the past eight years. done that a million years. >> does he want to do -- i don't know if defense is right word but articulation of vision and
view of america, still pluralistic and open minded? >> i don't think we have to do a defense of that because it's truth. >> of course, just feels under attack. and not obvious right now. people need reminder this is who we are. not about people just bummed and disappointed but genuinely afraid. >> to that point if a few months or years from now stuff continues to get scarier, don't want people to look back like it's naïve. >> tone deaf? >> not worried about that. >> just a way of acknowledging people's very real concerns and fears that you don't just have to sort of be afraid in your house, that you can actually do something. that's what this has always been about. >> i think a lot of young people have not taken the last eight years off but been content to have barack obama as the leader.
it's time to pass the torch to them. it's important to remind people about the duties of citizenship, the hard frustrating work of self-government, the argument he's been making entire adult career. >> yes we cannot yes i can. >> yes we can. think about it. try to write as much as i can next week and then work on my tan. going to be an interesting tan line. >> quite frankly we haven't seen a news day this busy in a very long time. >> u.s. intelligence officials are confident russian officials wanted to trump to win the election. >> adding to the drama that hillary clinton thinks this was personal. >> president feels that the pressure is on. >> thank you. >> locked down the shot. >> two-minute warning for the press conference. >> we'll see if we get any
answers today. this may be the last chance we get to ask these kinds of questions for the president. as you know he's leaving for hawaii tonight and will be working there with chief speech writer on his farewell speech. >> good afternoon. i've got a list of whose been naughty and nice to call on. with that i'll take some questions and start with josh letterman of ap. >> thank you mr. president. did clinton lose because of the hacking? and is your administration's open quarrelling with trump and his team on this issue tarnishing the smooth transition of power that you've promised? >> hasn't been a lot of squabbling, we've simply said the facts. russians were responsible for hacking the dnc, i'm finding a little curious that everybody is surprised that this looked like disadvantaging hillary clinton
because you wrote about it every day. about every little juicy tidbit of political gossip including john podesta's risotto recipe. it's an obsession that dominated news coverage. we've lost track of what we're about and what we stand for. i guess part of my overall message as i leave for the holidays is how can we focus on working together, how can we channel what i think is the basic decency and goodness of the american people to reflect itself in politics, that's an issue i think we've got to wrestle it. and we will. all right. thank you everybody.
>> president obama is in hawaii finally beginning his christmas vacation. >> the president and his family are expected to stay in hawaii until early january. >> the thing about the white house is it's mobile. it's not just a place. it's wherever the president of the united states is. this week here in waikiki with the first family on vacation. i write in hotel rooms all over the world. this is one of the better ones, actually have windows here unlike my office. the opposite of my office. get this gorgeous view and can think bigger thoughts. this is the last speech i'll write for him which is humbling. most important thing about this speech is barack obama thinks in
the time horizon of a country been around so many years. this country has done extraordinary things. that's something to remind people of, especially people frustrated and upset their candidate lost. he'll remind people this country is at its best when it's challenged, and that's what the speech will ultimately be. ♪ how many hawaiian shirts did you bring on this trip? >> two. >> oh. >> i brought six. >> everybody works all day but we'll all free up at night and hang out together. a bunch of my best friends are in this hotel for these two weeks. >> what are you going to miss the most? >> taco wednesday. >> i'm going to miss that in a big way. in eight years probably missed
taco wednesday like ten times. >> riding in motorcade and seeing everybody line up on the streets. >> oh, man, yeah. >> driving through somewhere you've never seen and probably never go back to, south dakota, kentucky, the gulf coast during the oil spill. and everyone comes out whether they like the president or not because the president of the united states has come to your town. and that is a crazy thing. i think it was north carolina that we drove past a strip club and all the strippers were out front like waving at barack obama, we love you. they were wearing stripper gear, jumping up and down, you're the best. >> waving back, yeah, i love you too. >> i will miss motorcades. >> i worked for about four hours
this morning, but only so long you can spend in hotel room without going stir crazy. just making sure that cop with the speed gun wasn't tailing us. it's cool driving out here because it's just so different. this is not like my daily commute down 14th street. heading to kailua to hit the place the obama family usually goes to. figure it must be good. that's one of the neat things about coming here, get a better sense what makes him tick, who he is at his core after spending a few days here. he's actually coming home. obviously his story is different than most presidents. born in hawaii, raised by grandparents from kansas who imparted home-spun heartland
values into this black kid from hawaii. >> you know farthest land mass from any other, kind of the place where east meets west. i assume when you grow up here there's some sense of rugged individualism. it's something he's always said throughout his entire career, you know, to be an american is not to be tied to any one race or religion or creed, it's to be faithful to a set of ideals. we're all kind of tied together under one banner. and that's something he'll talk about in the farewell address too i think. found snow. there we go. >> guava, passion fruit and honeydew. very good. >> snow cap topping?
>> what does the president usually get? >> cherry, guava, orange and lemon lime. >> i'll trust his. let's do it. thank you very much. >> have a good one. >> thank you. oh, man. that's good. >> little bit different than a snow cone right? >> time slows down in a place like this. it's just kind of who the president is. his temperament is different. it's why he doesn't get too hot or too cold. i think that's a result of growing up here. >> thank you so much. this is awesome. >> nice meeting you. >> can i get something to eat? >> i'm good. could use a beer.
this doesn't suck. >> yeah. >> joe is the president's personal aide, with him all day long. 12 to 16 hours a day. when we can grab joe at night, we do our best to do it. >> what are you doing tomorrow? >> playing golf at 11:00, his favorite here, and going out to dinner. >> working all day tomorrow? >> try to not go to dinner. see how that goes. >> win some money on the golf course. >> be like a dollar. >> you're coming to the afterlife right? >> yeah. >> yes! let's do this. >> i think it's going to be good. >> it will be different. >> yeah. very different. >> i mean do we go to work on
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♪ i think every day here is busy because of the anticipation of inauguration, it's going to be a little bit more controlled chaos. on inauguration day january 20th we bid farewell to the current first family at 8:00 in the morning and at 3:00 in the afternoon we're going to be welcoming another. it's as significant and emotional experience as one can ever imagine. once we welcome the new family, it's up to me to make the adjustment as soon as is possible and continue service to the first family as we have done through several administrations. we want to make sure when they walk through those doors they feel as though this is their new home for the next couple of years.
>> plans for donald trump's inauguration are being finalized. >> this is going to be the most expensive, most lavish inauguration we've ever seen in history. >> there are estimates of somewhere around 800,000 people to watch mr. trump get sworn in. >> morning everybody. obviously hitting the short strokes so lots of stuff to cover here. we're within two weeks. president-elect runs our entire government. and at this moment he has a relative small handful of people that he has nominated. >> we currently have 25 nominations of 690 top senate confirmed positions and of the 25, four have committee hearings scheduled. >> starts next week? >> exactly. on the 10th.
>> lot of messiness in part because you have a lot of people who don't fully understand the organization they're taking over. lot of people want to change the way the government works but you can't change effectively what you don't understand. what other modules in the queue? >> one on working with the military, we have so many new generals being appointed. >> today the world is more dangerous, moves a lot faster, so the mistakes that can be made have a much higher price. and they'll have no time to practice. they have to be ready to go the moment that president trump swears that he's going to uphold the constitution as the next president. >> as the trump team looks ahead to new beginnings in the white house, president obama is preparing for his departure.
>> today is pretty insane. we have a lot of these briefings on russia. >> hey guys. how you feeling about the health care event? >> i think it went well, coverage looks good to far. >> president did a big health care event this morning, lot of planning went into it. >> "60 minutes" promo going? do you have everybody? >> with exception of one thing. >> and doing interview with george stephanopoulos. and there's a lot going into that. earlier this week josh earnest and i spent time with the incoming sean spicer, had a good thing about what you don't know, what you do when marine one takes off to how to
operationalize a briefing to how to balance life with little kids. lot of us have kids. found myself meeting with sean, who i've known for years, you want them to succeed as human beings but don't want their objectives to succeed. when i get out of here fight like hell against efforts to unwind obamacare and roll back climate change and get rid of the iran deal. i think that's what i anticipate. but right now it's not real. it feels fake. and it will be real in a couple of weeks for everybody. >> with little more than week goes until inauguration day, mr. trump has been taking swipe after swipe at president obama on twitter. he suggests the transition isn't going so well. >> president-elect escalated private spat, tweeting thought it was going to be a smooth transition. not.
>> ready for them? good afternoon everybody. happy new year. talked about during the campaign. feel more confident in donald trump's abilities, less confident or is he in the same place as today of the election? >> i know the time and place for presenting those opinions has come and gone and focused now on transition. >> how is all that going? >> so far going well. >> heard mixed messages. >> heard mixed messages from the other side but this administration has remained focused on facilitating the effective transition that president obama promised. >> you can't explain why there's a reason for the -- >> the president-elect has his own spokesperson and somebody else will be standing behind this podium. >> tell us about president obama's thinking about going to chicago for the farewell
address. i went back all the farewell addresses back to eisenhower were delivered at the white house. >> president obama is going back to his home town. fitting bookend to go back to that city where he got his start to make a speech like this. i know the speech is going through drafts, preview it now, but let it get a little bit farther down the process of being written. we'll keep you posted. ♪ >> yo. >> what's up buddy? >> check in, see how you're doing. >> depends on hour. >> are you sleeping? >> i did last night, two nights ago pulled an all-nighter. ending is not there yet. >> do you have one you're working on? >> blossoming idea of one.
i don't want it to be greatest hits compilation but maybe a remix. week has been so busy hasn't really engaged. i still think it's good. okay. well. he said we'll figure out the ending on the flight to chicago. >> just for old time's sake. >> why not. >> i'll take a look at ending too. god speed. >> let me know any ideas you have. >> all right. >> i sent you some thoughts. >> excellent. >> take them or leave them. >> you can give this tomorrow. my favorite. >> i believe this though. s this solid. >> i think tyler is ultimately going to come up with the ending. i think he has something ever since driving around iowa in a car. >> tyler know he's on the hook for a good ending? >> i'll make that clear.
>> just to ruin his weekend right? >> he's about to have free weekends for the rest of his life. >> if someone told us on election day 2008, not only would we prevent a depression but 73 consecutive months of job growth, make a dent on climate change, rescue the auto industry to boot, you're out of your mind, no way all of that will happen. it's too nuts. but it did. in 2015 you had one of the most intense ten days i think anybody had in the white house. a week that began with charleston, one of the toughest tragedies because added component of race. >> i remember getting that sinking feeling again, how could this happen in a church. >> among those killed, pastor and state senator. >> my opinion then was no, it's not his job to go out and give a beautiful speech and absolve the
country of its sin and he was the one, can't let the country go back into old pattern. and then supreme court upholds the affordable care act. then friday morning upholds rights to marriage equality. >> we were not expecting it. didn't think would have back-to-back huge decisions. i remember i called president and he was upstairs working on eulogy, and i was so excited. marriage equality came down 5-4. pause. who won? i buried the lede. we won. >> when all americans are treated equally, we're all free. stay? charleston, something extraordinary had to happen. the families of the victims went
to the courtroom and they forgave the killer. which i think it's safe to say nobody saw coming. and president was very moved by that and he said this is what i want to talk about, the concept of grace. >> this whole week i've been reflecting on this idea of grace. grace of the families who lost loved ones. the grace the reverend would preach about in his sermons, amazing grace. >> we'd written out the lyrics to "amazing grace" at the end and he said if it feels right he might sing it. ♪ amazing grace, how sweet the sound ♪ >> then we ended this day, we had figured out a way to light the house in rainbow colors. >> we just watched the colors
become more and more brilliant as the sun went down. >> it was a lot to handle in ten days. and it's probably the ten days i'll always remember the most. ♪ >> i can't believe i don't know how to fold this box. we're packing out our offices. saddest day of our lives but we have to make this work. when we figure out how to pack the box. >> did you pack for me or expecting me to do the packing? >> cereal box. pop in there, it's light. i hope nobody eats it. this used to be blue.
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♪ president barack obama is coming home to the city that launched his political career. the 44th president will take the stage blocks from where he first accepted the presidency. >> have your tickets out. >> as many as 20,000 people are expected to attend his farewell address as commander in chief. >> great job. >> wasn't going to come. >> it's crazy. >> he added some incredible stuff last night.
up to 4:00 in the morning. still working on it in the plane around the conference table. i think i finally got to my seat about 40 seconds before he came out. [ cheers and applause ] >> hello chicago. it's good to be home. i first came to chicago when i was in my early 20s, this is where i learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved and they get engaged. after eight years as your president, i still believe that. in ten days, the world will witness a hallmark of our democracy.
no, no, no, no, no. the peaceful transfer of power from one freely elected president to the next, just as president bush did for me. the long sweep of america has been defined by forward motion, to embrace all, and not just some. that's why we cannot withdraw from big global fights to expand democracy and civil rights and women's rights and lgbt rights. that's why i reject discrimination against muslim-americans, who are just as patriotic as we are. our constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift.
but it's really just a piece of parchment. it has no power on its own. we the people give it power. we the people give it meaning with our participation. if something needs fixing, lace up your shoes and do some organizing. if you're disappointed by your elected officials, run for office yourself. to my remarkable staff for eight years i have drawn from your energy and every day i try to reflect back what you displayed, heart, character, and idealism. only thing that makes me prouder than all the good that we've done is the thought of all the amazing things that you're going to achieve from here.
my fellow americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you. i won't stop. in fact i will be right there with you as a citizen for all my remaining days. but for now, i do have one final ask of you as your president. i'm asking you to believe that creed at the core of every american -- yes we can. yes we did, yes we can. thank you, god bless you. >> yes we can, yes we can. [ cheers and applause ] >> i think you get a sense of
the intelligence, the hard work, the dedication that all these amazing people possess, but hopefully you've also gotten just aness is of their character. they're in it for the right reasons. everything that i've accomplished has largely been as consequence of the amazing work they've done. couldn't be prouder of them. >> i feel very nostalgic today. almost like going to wedding where you see people from all different aspects of your life in the same place at the same time. >> my mom always says when she's with friends and family that her heart is full and that's really how it felt. >> i was panicked and i didn't know what job i'd find with the same sense of purpose. but the president asked me to come along and keep helping him write his speeches and his book. afterlife is still a work in process but two years from now,
see interesting things. >> silver lining postelection is number of staff have told me they want to stay in the fight. they still have fight in them. >> democracy is not a static thing, it's living breathing thing. depends on each generation taking up the torch. i think one of the best ways i can contribute is to make sure i'm out there supporting that next generation. ♪ ♪
good evening, i'm poppy harlow. president trump invited the top congressional leaders from both parties to come to the white house tomorrow to discuss his agenda. this news comes on the heels of the white house confirming early discussions about moving the u.s. embassy in israel from tele aviv to jerusalem. a move that would be both significant and controversial. earlier today, prump spoke with benjamin netanyahu and described as quote, very nice. the focus of the calls cnn has learned, the iran nuclear deal and also the civil war in syria. the other big headline tonight, president trump's white house