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quarter century of interviews. >> can't top that. >> next on a special silver anniversary edition of "larry king live." let's get right to it with the way it all started 25 years ago. the first "larry king live" on cnn. watch. >> my name is larry king, and this is the premier edition of "larry king live." every night at this time we'll be here for one hour, meeting fascinating people from all walks of life. we hope you enjoy this kind of alternative to prime time programming rather than murder, mayhem, sex, phi lens. we'll bring you all those but disguised as talk. >> welcome to "larry king live." >> the first thing i notice is my hair looked like a wig. i was wearing a jacket. i don't wear a jacket anymore. those glasses were ridiculous. >> we'll be back with governor
mario cuomo after this. >> i had a feeling this show would make it. mario cuomo was the first guest. he was fantastic. >> allows me to be a jew. >> you work from 9:00 to 10:00 every night. my agent was the late bob wolf. bob called me up and said it ain't a bad deal, doubling your pay. if at the end of the year you're unhappy, you can bail out. i said i'll try it. i tried it. >> in this prison, does it get worse every day? >> no. it gets a little more exciting every day. >> interesting choice of words, karla. >> prison interviews are always difficult. >> unfortunately two people were killed. >> and brutally killed. >> brutally. >> how to yourself do you
explain that? >> it was her and her friend. she did it with a pick ax. she hurt the other person and killed one person. >> did you enjoy the violence? >> at that time in my life i was very excited about doing different crazy, violent things, yes. >> she would subsequently be executed by texas. >> god bless karla faye tucker and her victims and their families. >> george bush said he watched that interview, but he did what he thought a governor had to do. >> what's it like to kill someone? >> it's horrible. i try not to take myself back to that night. we're the ones who put them through it. i'm the one that did that to them. so while i wanted to be angry, i couldn't be. >> people were pleading for her life all over the world including the pope, pat robertson because she converted to christianity.
she was very believing. while she was frightened, she believed she was going to go to a better place. >> it's a blessing to be a part of it. it's exciting to know that god has a plan for this. >> the press corps was immense there. south carolina was close at the time. it's like one minute to 9:00. i'm standing with bush and mccain. mccain says to bush, george, does it have to be the way it's been? bush said to mccain something like, that's politics. mccain said to bush, is everything politics? and suddenly the guy says "on stage." i knew we were going to have a humdinger. >> tonight, a crucial debate for the lee remaining republican presidential candidates. >> remember who called who untrustworthy. this is a pro life party. may i finish, please? >> moderating is easy.
all i have to do is ask good questions and keep it goings. can't let it get out of hand yet you want it to be strife ridden. >> you should be ashamed. you should be ashamed. >> is he responsible for what someone else said? >> this same man attacked his father. >> this is an attack piece. >> that is not by my campaign. >> it says paid for by john mccain. >> that is not by my campaign. >> then somebody is putting stuff out. >> on both sides it got really nasty. if bush had lost that, mccain would have been president i think. any scenario in which you would run for president? can you give me a scenario where you'd say, i'm in. >> number one, i don't want it. >> what a night that was. i asked him three times previously because i got a tip from a friend who said, i think ross is interested in running. >> you the people, you register
me in 50 states. if you're not willing to organize and do that, then is all just talk. >> two minutes to go in the show. one last chance. is there any circumstance under which you could run? he said, well, you put me on about 50 seconds. >> i'm saying the the ordinary folks -- >> this is a draft ross per wrote -- >> i'm not asking to be drafted. >> two days later he called me and said, you know something, i got back to my hotel, under the door was a envelope where the bellman ran me $10. >> i'm saying to all these nice people that have written me and letters fill cases. if you're dead serious, i want to see some sweat. >> i like ross. ross is cantankerous. he's ross, man. he's ross. i just can't describe this to you. it just goes on and on and on. it's just ghastly. >> it was shocking to see that
in new orleans, the city i love and what happened to it. seeing things on television is one thing. being there is another. >> the plan here is to start with 150 homes, to build those 150 homes i need the help of the american people. we need the help of the american people. >> the poorest people of our society that we're not taking care of. >> i'm a great admirer of brad pitt. he's a super guy and he does wonderful things like katrina. >> if you had seen the list of all the roadblocks that we encounter and yet to encounter it would appear too daunting. people like charles and everyone else on the ground. there are literally hundreds of people involved in this. it will get done. >> he's there. he didn't have to do that. i like it when they're on the ground. brad pitt is on the ground. >> if some wealthy person of our viewers were to give a check for $150,000, that would be a house? >> they are putting a family in a house. they are returning a family to their neighborhood, done.
we made a lot of news in 25 years. one of our most important and watched shows, the nafta debate. watch. >> larry king and cnn present the nafta debate. >> we've got an ordinary citizen debating a vice president. never done in history. a momentous occasion. nafta was going to lose in the senate. it changed that night. al gore called me on sunday morning. the vote was scheduled for ten days away, he said i'd like to debate ross per wrote. al gore later told me that he and the president were the only two who agreed on him doing that. everybody in the white house who came with gore didn't want to do it. >> you're talking about something like a trickle of water coming over niagara falls
as opposed to the gusher. >> you say it's your son's business. >> do you ever do anything but propaganda? would you even know the truth if you saw it? >> yes, i would. >> please let me finish. this is not "crossfire," is it, larry? >> no. >> we've got to have a climate in this country where with can create jobs. >> excuse me, larry. >> he brought up a specific point. >> could i finish? >> let's have an unnatural event and try not to interrupt. how can i answer. >> how do you stop it without nafta? >> give me your whole mind. >> i'm listening. go ahead. >> the largest audience in the history of regularly scheduled cable television. >> it's extremely important we make the right decision.
this is a fork in the world. the whole world is watching. >> that debate changed the debate in the united states. i love ross perot. gore cleaned his clock. he wiped him out. >> i can't believe all that's happened to me. and push it out. push this out. i like live tv and unpredictability. you react unpredictably. there's nothing wrong with that. >> you're being inappropriate. >> all right. >> inappropriate king live continues. >> don't you want to speak out? >> no. >> oh, my god. >> blabbo jumping on my head. >> toad. >> get it away from me.
get it off of me. >> the look on cannon's face who thinks his brother is about to perish with a pie son toad. seeing how cute they are and important they are in my life. >> where is it? >> ends just below the knee. >> feels like a leg. >> we're in the doghouse. >> this is for you. that's the king hat. >> we're back in the world's most famous box. two guys from brooklyn in a box. >> a whole week of crocs? ♪ chain, chain, chain >> didn't i tell you to turn left? those were wonderful moments. >> i shall resign the presidency effective at noon tomorrow. >> his first and only tv interview since being revealed as deep throat. >> woodward said they'd never reveal it until deep throat passed away. obviously you didn't pass away.
>> i hope i haven't. >> that was a tough one because mark felter never revealed himself all those years. he subsequently died. he was in his 90s. he didn't have alzheimer's but some dementia. >> there was some that said you were like a traitor to the cause. certainly on the republican right side, complained that you were turning the tide on your boss. >> that sounds like republican approach. >> we realized it was historic. >> i'll keep you in the right direction if i can. just follow the money. >> "the washington post" were and are committed to protecting confidential sources. >> the fact that he chose our show -- tonight exclusive -- >> i think they come here because they know they won't be interrupted and the host does not have an agenda. maybe that's old-fashioned, but i like to hear what the guest has to say. >> did you like being called deep throat. >> well, yes. in some ways i do.
i'm proud of everything deep throat did. yes, i like being related to him. i love betty davis. she called me the next day. how did i do do you think? she just had a stroke. showed a little in the face. she was very resilient and wonderfully responsive. >> every doctor there thought i would die. they did not think i would make it at all. you don't know betty davis. she will work again. >> i'd think you'd remember that. >> the thing that surprised me the most was how small she was. she was on screen, a jezebel, a face that jumped at you. show smoked the whole interview. are we going to yell at her? she would have her assistant bring her her cigarettes. another one, dear. >> everyone who imitated you, always do that by first putting the cigarette -- >> i know, i know. they do the elbow. they do this. >> the best guests are those with no disconnect between brain
and mouth. >> you once said sex is god's joke on human beings. >> i think it is. because during the sexual time, oh, the person is divine. there comes a day and you look and you say what? >> betty could not have run for office. do health issues limit your mobility? is it difficult to get to the bathroom on your own? do you feel like a bother to others due to your lack of mobility? have you fallen in the past 12 months? if you answered yes to any of these questions, you may qualify for a new power chair at little to no cost to you. hi i'm doug harrison. if you're living with limited mobility, call the scooter store today. we're experts at getting you the power chair or scooter you need. i promise, no other company will work harder
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and i brought him by here. ennis said he wanted to go home. he told camille that i took him someplace and tried to prove to him that life was rough, but he didn't believe it. >> i've known bill cosby a long time. interviewed him many times. the hardest setting for anyone is death to begin with. >> we were all there, and ennis was coming home and we put the coffin in the place and everybody is down, and everybody went to look at him. i didn't go. i don't want to see my son -- i have memories. >> how a guy could go on after a child has died is incomprehensible to me. i would never go on. >> one great thing you must have seen, as you saw all over the world, was the love people have for you. >> for the family, yeah. >> and the caring. >> you never really know what people judge you by if you hit the mark and you've made them very, very happy. and i mean to continue to do that. >> you're an ace. >> watch your mouth. ace of what? >> hearts. >> thank you. do you agree that there was -- >> allow me. if you bear with me i'll give you an answer. >> was there a holocaust. >> you want to impose your viewpoint on me. why? >> it's note a viewpoint. it's a question. >> i normally don't like to get argumentative. >> i'm jewish. i have had relatives, cousins that were killed. how can you deny what is an obvious fact?
>> it wasn't that i'm jewish. that had nothing to do with it. what frustrates me is when i ask a simple question, all it can be is no, i don't think there was a holocaust. two days prior we had breakfast. he said we always look forward to having you. we know it will be fair and it will be wonderful. >> i said i look forward to it, too. >> will you acknowledge here tonight that there was a holocaust, that six million jews were exterminated by the germans? that's all i'm asking. >> well, what exactly does this have to do with palestine? >> do you agree there was a holocaust? >> allow me to raise the second question and you'll get your answer. >> are you denying that a holocaust existed? >> you cannot violate the rights of the audience here. >> i understand that. but all i wanted to know is do you agree that there was a holocaust? that's a simple yes or no. >> i don't think he'll let me do him again, ahmadinejad. that was something. wrenching events in the middle east. >> it's family. the palestinians and the jews
are second cousins. you have a family argument and dispute and two faiths -- >> attacks, counterattacks, revenge, retribution. >> someone said to me you could be a diplomat, you could be a peace broker. >> together for the first time ever on television, jordan's king hussein, yitzhak rabin and plo chairman yasser arafat talk about peace in the middle east. >> very interesting night. thoughtful night. as bill clinton told me, he's not sure it's solvable. he came very close, arafat turned that deal down. i still don't know why he turned it down. >> it was drawn from old populated area in the west bank so we can have very soon our election. >> both is needed to carry out elections and then to discuss the further redeployment, i believe the 1st of july is possible. >> between the palestinians and israelis, leaders of both, i
find myself nodding as each one talks. it's both their land. it's sad. >> we are looking for comprehensive lasting peaceful solution between the arabs and the israelis. >> and the time is in our hands and the results are dependent on what we will do. >> that we must make sure that peace is achieved for future generations. our top 25 continues with liz taylor, tammy faye and a lot more. where do o.j. and marlon brando rank? stick around. want to know why. want to know why. i want to know why my hair is falling out. how did this happen? how did this happen? a little pain in my knee. that's how it started. that's how it started, this rash on my face. now it's like my body is attacking me. i want answers. announcer: when you don't have the right answers, it may be time to ask your doctor the right question. could i have lupus?
this is costume jewelry though, right? >> what? >> wait a minute. these are diamonds. >> you bet your as they are. >> all right. >> i've never had anyone pinch diamond jewelries on the air like it was, look at these, look at that. let's start the bidding at $100,000. >> this is a diamond studded necklace with pearls. >> you got it. >> where did you get that ring? richard. richard gave it to me. >> it's a perfect ring. i thought how poetic that would
be if a nice little jewish girl like me ended up with it. >> i make you nervous. >> she was an amazing, amazing star on the american horizon for years. amazing actress. >> we'll have such wonderful times together, just the two of us. >> i consider her a friend. i like her very much. that's another person, once you ask, you get answers. ♪ >> hello, larry king. >> hello priscilla, dear. >> thank you for having us. >> welcome to graceland. >> that's the most expensive "larry king live" i've ever done. the amount of crew sent there, graceland, renting the cadillac. >> if somebody asked me this morning what i missed about memphis. and it's everything. >> you feel his spirit. everyone that has ever come here says the same thing. ♪ look away dixieland." >> i was amazed at graceland,
how well they keep it. how incredible the crowds are that turn out there. >> you still love him? >> of course. he was a hard person not to love. >> very nice lady, very well within herself. i could see where he was crazy about her. i've appreciated elvis presley more and more. i think he had a terrific voice and a great sense of stage. it was a hot day in memphis. ♪ been too lonely too long ♪ one night with you i like doing presidents, of course, because you can't get any higher than that. >> do you still like this job? >> this is the best job on earth. it's an extraordinary privilege to be able to wake up every day and know that you have the opportunity to serve the american people. >> so smart. he's really smart. the book is still out, but i like him. ford, regular guy, chip off the
old block. >> i was saddened because a friend was taking a very dramatic step, but the facts were there and he had no choice. >> is it hard to drive by the watergate? >> well, i've never been in the watergate. so it's not hard. >> never been in? >> no, other people were in there, though, unfortunately. >> nixon, brilliant, pondering, great interview because he can tell you about everything, sum it up right in front of you. carter, bright, inward, intellectual. >> i don't have any doubt that god answers all the prayers. sometimes he answers yes. sometimes he answers no and sometimes the answer is, you got to be kidding. >> things don't look great sometimes. people are kind of down. does it ever get to you to say, maybe i'm wrong? >> the decision to move on saddam hussein was the right decision. i'm absolutely convinced it was. >> george bush, great to talk when you get light with him, baseball and stuff. george bush the first, one of
the regular guys of all times. >> being a former president, seeing the name on buildings, what's that like? >> when i see these things, it's great. >> you land at george bush international. i hear the pilot say, george bush, and i lean over and say, hey. >> you can't be an actor without liking people. they're your stock-in-trade. you're out to please them. >> hale hardy, great storyteller. clinton is responsive, sharp. >> some sort of inner thing in you, the comeback kid approach? >> all my life i was raised to believe that you should never give in, never give up. if somebody hits you and knocks you down, you're supposed to get up, not give up. >> can't top that. tammy faye, god bless. >> god bless you, larry. >> what can you say, that cuz tammy faye baker.
she would die the next morning. >> i was surprised at how -- first how bad she looked. she was always so vivacious. yet she still had that same tammy faye, here i am. >> if you could have people remember you for one thing, what would it be? >> my eyelashes. no. >> still got that humor. >> in fact, they told me that night that when she passed they would hold it for us to announce. we announced it the next night as we went on the air. she was a frequent guest and it was always fun having her on. a lot of people loved her. she would be off the wall. >> don't you love this kid? >> she retained her religious faith. >> i think people need to know that there's great peace and joy in the end knowing the lord jesus christ as your savior. >> i really liked tammy. that was a tough night.
we're in simi valley. i'm larry king. coverage of the laying to rest of the 40th president of the united states. >> were so many people along the road leading from the airport that they kept stopping and moving slower and slower and slower. i was scheduled to be on the air for a half hour. i was up on a little hill overlooking the library. i was on for two and a half hours. >> this is the hearse, is it not? >> yes. >> we are right next to it. there we see the flag-draped coffin. >> i had gorbachev on the other end, a few other guests, and i carried on. >> he was a person who had a big heart. he was a great president, he was a wonderful man. he was an extraordinary person. >> it was sad, not unexpected. we hadn't seen him in so long. >> now a celebration rather than a sadness.
>> a first class record. i'm proud to have known him and worked with him. >> that setting when that sun went down, that was something. >> a rather and prized gift called leadership. >> now he sees his saviour face to face. >> we will join him when we are home, when we are free. is it difficult to get to the bathroom on your own? do you feel like a bother to others due to your lack of mobility? have you fallen in the past 12 months? if you answered yes to any of these questions, you may qualify for a new power chair at little to no cost to you. hi i'm doug harrison. if you're living with limited mobility, call the scooter store today. we're experts at getting you the power chair or scooter you need. i promise, no other company will work harder
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this is "larry king live" in washington. we'll be right back with frank sinatra after this. >> first, there was a mistake. he's my hero. i was in new york. hard to get. doesn't do interviews. once you got him, one of the great interviews. >> a good question can open up doors in my mind that i would never think of discussing with anybody. >> i don't mind questions that border on maybe a difficult way to answer because i try to fight my way out of it. >> it's hard for the first two minutes to interview someone you're a real admirer of. then it gets right down into it, who, what, where, when, why. >> if everybody were really legends, there would be no normal people in the world. everybody would be a legend. >> you know you've got beyond -- you're in another ball park. >> yeah, i agree with that. there's a very good chance that i probably should have gotten out by now. but i enjoy it. >> i thought he was the greatest talent this country has ever produced a singer. a great actor, a terrific guy and a complicated guy. >> it's fun being someone else. >> of course it's fun.
you can do things you can't do if you're yourself. >> i was trying to keep a little tenderness. >> you were very conscious of that. >> whatout want in an interview is passion, sense of humor, ability to explain what they do and a chip on their shoulder. he had all four. >> still of that little boy in you? >> yeah. i never lost it. if i lost it, it would be all over. tragedy is riveting, but at the same time tough. so you're on a high because you know there's a momentous thing going on, and at the same time you wish it wasn't going on.
tragedy is riveting, but at the same time tough. so you're on a high because you know there's a momentous thing going on, and at the same time you wish it wasn't going on. >> it's conflicted feelings. >> welcome to haiti, how you can help. mick jagger, jennifer lopez, ringer star, seal, ben stiller and others are here. >> great moment. great idea. producers came up with it. raised $10 million. >> larry, auctioning your suspenders is part of the fundraisers. >> i'll start the bidding at $100. >> $250. >> nonstop. excuse me. >> the challenge is going to be great. >> it's important for all of us to contribute. >> one of the great things you can do is a show like that. nothing else can do that. twitter can't do that. the internet can't do it. worldwide television satellites can do that.
all the celebrities worked. they were happy to be there. it was a giant night for them. >> keep phoning in. keep phoning in. >> 53 years in the business and counting. still love going on. that was special. ♪ i love the beatles, they break rules. you can listen to their melodies all day. it was the one-year anniversary of the show "love" still running at the marriage in vegas. great show. we had them altogether. the two wives and two of the living beatles. >> for people to stop you in the street and say, thanks for the music, you saved my life. it's a privilege to have been part of those four guys. ♪ get back to where you once belonged ♪ >> everything was extemporaneous. we didn't say we were going to hand you a mandolin. we just handed it to him. it was a moment. that was fun. i was jamming with the beatles. i will go down in history, the
jewish boy from brooklyn jammed with the kids from the mother country. >> what made you special? >> we were just very good. individually we were talented people. but when we came together something special happened. >> it's a family, a beatle family is a very, very strong family and we're part of it. >> such a great legacy. it's a real privilege. >> i think the most exciting thing is a lot of the kids know the music. and if anything is left, we've left really good music. you walk into my clothes closet, it's dark in there, dark. >> hello, i'm johnny cash. ♪ >> every man knows he is a sis see compared to johnny cash.
well said. >> i always liked being with him, interviewed him quite a few times in radio and television. >> keep my eyes wide open all the time. ♪ i keep a close watch on this heart of mine ♪ ♪ i keep my eyes wide open all the time ♪ ♪ because you're mine i walk the line ♪ >> he recorded that, heard it on the radio, didn't like it. >> i said don't send out "i walk the line" to radio stations. i don't want to hear it anymore. he said you'll have to keep your radio off because it's playing everywhere. >> are you bitter? >> bitter? no. >> you're a young guy. only 70. >> no, i'm not bitter. why should i be bitter. i'm thrilled to death with life. >> no cure? >> i don't think so. that's all right. there's no cure for life either. >> death is the hardest thing to
deal with from an interviewing standpoint because no one really knows what's going to happen. i don't care what anybody says. everybody is frightened. >> it's been beautiful. i've been with you many times, larry. it's all been uphill. things have been good and get better all the time. >> he was special. there will never be another johnny cash. i miss him. we're down to the top five "larry king live" moments. see what you chose at your favorites next.
larry: welcome back to this special 25th anniversary edition of "larry king live." we begin with the top five countdown with the most famous slow speed chase ever. i live for two things, interviewing two people and being on top of a story where i'm in the middle of things. >> o.j. simpson has been missing for 7 1/2 hours. >> larry: he's supposed surrender. i have the head of the urban league. while talking to him, they say,
cutaway. >> larry: i understand we're going to a live picture in los angeles. go to the highway, o.j.'s in the car and may now kill himself. we're viewing a car apparently being driven by al cowling, former teammate. saying simpson passenger in the car, has a gun to his head. not knowing where he's going. he's driven through two counties. people told me they'd be in airports, missed their planes just watching the drama. >> total chaos here. motorcycles, black and whites, the people running around. >> larry: i followed that car for -- o.j. said i had nothing to do with nicole's murder, i loved her, saying good-bye to people and saying he was pretty much at the end. it certainly reads like a
suicide note. right at midnight is when he came into the house and cuffed him. nothing is as historic. that's one of the great moments in television. >> larry: our guest is marlin brando. got a full hour to go. this is "larry king live." don't go away. brando does not do interviews. i get a call, the voice says, larry king? this is marlon. i said marlon who? >> i wore red suspenders in your honor. >> larry: you want to run for office? >> i want to run from office. >> larry: we'll come back. >> no, i'm leaving now. it doesn't matter what -- >> larry: we'll be right back. don't go away. he was very open. he had food for the whole crew. he served champagne, he served it. he was a genuine good guy. >> i could have been a contender. i could have been somebody. >> larry: you chose it as a
profession. >> because there isn't anything that pays you as much money as acting while you're deciding what the hell you're going to do with yourself. >> larry: he said if someone would just pull up to this door twice a year and leave $5 million i'll never act again. ♪ ♪ got a date with an angel you're off key. ♪ got a date with an angel, and i'm on my way to heaven. >> larry: i've never been kissed by a man in my life until brando and i got to tell you the truth, i can't stop thinking about him. ♪ when the chapel bells ring out. >> larry: ♪ going to make him an offer he can't refuse ♪ >> darling, good-bye. >> larry: good-bye. i had no idea he was going to do that. that was brando. that's what made him the greatest screen actor of our time. ♪
>> larry: that ranks with the shock of presley. young people dying don't make sense. icons don't die. they can die in their 80s. not that young. ♪ where there is love, i'll be there ♪ ♪ i'll reach out >> larry: the tapes of the rehearsal, he looked so alive and with it. and we've learned a lot about what a nice person he was. how kind he was to people. this is one small part of this whole picture, right? >> yes. we're mourning because this is the most incredible human being there will ever be. >> larry: i had no idea what it was like. how gorgeous it is. beautiful rolling hills. jermaine is interesting, he's the most outward. they tend to be shy and inward. jermaine is not inward. >> i saw him laying in the room when he was lifeless,
breathless. why did you go? why did you leave? i wish it was me instead of him. >> larry: i was very sad and then i went to the memorial service and that was an incredible day. the coffin was right in front of us. >> daddy has been the best father you can ever imagine. >> larry: special. it was a tribute. do you feel like a bother to others due to your lack of mobility? have you fallen in the past 12 months? if you answered yes to any of these questions, you may qualify for a new power chair at little to no cost to you. hi i'm doug harrison. if you're living with limited mobility, call the scooter store today. we're experts at getting you the power chair or scooter you need. i promise, no other company will work harder to make you mobile or do more to ensure your total satisfaction.
my joints ache so bad, i wake up in pain every day. i want to know why. i want to know why my hair is falling out. how did this happen? how did this happen? a little pain in my knee. that's how it started. that's how it started, this rash on my face. now it's like my body is attacking me. i want answers. announcer: when you don't have the right answers, it may be time to ask your doctor the right question. could i have lupus?
>> larry: you've chosen two moments in history as significant from all the shows we've done over the years. when you see them, you won't be surprised why they got the most votes. ♪ our country 'tis of thee, sweet land. >> we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin again the work of remaking america. >> larry: the most extraordinary inaugural in the history of the united states. >> there's a love affair going on with the country and barack. >> it was a time of celebration and it was a moment where americans feel coming together. >> larry: black president, largest crowds ever assembled in
that city, cold, clear days, and you knew life was changing. >> i'm so happy that the world gets to see that this is truly what america is. >> you say, wow, this is one day you'll never forget. ♪ it's been a long, long time coming, but i know change is going to come ♪ >> larry: i lived in washington 20 years and i never saw the city like that. ♪ it's a new day, it's a new day ♪ >> larry: did you ever think you'd see a black president? >> certainly not. >> it's really an historic moment. >> i did not believe that this would happen in my lifetime. >> larry: you knew you were part of history. they'll be talking about that moment as long as history's written. >> that is the world trade center and we have unconfirmed reports this morning that a plane has crashed into one of
the towers. >> larry: 9/11, i was home in beverly hills. everyone was sleeping. and i clicked on the tv, cnn, and i saw a building in flames. >> my god. >> larry: i knew my life had changed. i knew television would change. >> larry: america under attack. horrible images as terrorists strike against symbols of wealth and power. how could that happen? terrible, terrible day. ♪ >> larry: two weeks later i found myself at ground zero. >> this was the north tower. that was the south tower. it looks like a construction site. no big deal. you know? pulling in equipment. but there's 6,000 people. that's -- that's the horror of it. >> larry: going to the burn center at the presbyterian hospital where i had had my heart surgery. what was the scene like when you arrived? >> it was sort of like a war zone. i mean, there were just people all over the place.