tv The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer CNN October 8, 2011 6:00pm-7:00pm EDT
since tuesday morning. the parents are denyin investigators claims saying that they just need a break after hours of questioning. they needed a break after hours of questioning. i'm don lemon at the cnn world headquarters if atlanta. i'll see you back here at 7:00 p.m. eastern. right at the top of the next hour. "the situation room" with wolf blitzer begins right now. probe gears up for a senate showdown over the jobs bill and reads a new unemployment report with a cautious eye. this hour we'll break down the nub numbers and the election year politics. plus, big changes and red hot comments in the republican presidential race. stand by for my interview with ron paul and newt gingrich on the race and ron paul's call for the president potentially to be impeached. and i'll get reaction from the liberal independent senator bernie sanders. and startling details in the fraud case against four men accused of one of the largest government contracting scandals in history.
prosecutors say it cost you and me, all american taxpayers, $20 million. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." # economists say there's no hints in the newest unemployment report that another recession is starting. 103,000 jobs were added to pay rolls last month. that's a stronger than expected increase. july and august figures were also revised upward as well as to show an additional gain of 99,000 jobs over the summer. the overall unemployment rate held steady at 9.1%. let's bring in our white house correspondent dan loathian. what is the white house saying about all the numbers heading into a senate fight over the jobs bill? >> reporter: wolf, top aides here at the white house say that unemployment rate of 9.1% is still unacceptably high. they're encouraged by growth in the private sector. but white house spokesman jay
carney said it's "far from good enough." they believe that the president's jobs bill is one way to get americans back to work. and that's why you've seen the president campaigning across the country and again this week holding a news conference here at the white house putting pressure on lawmakers to act and throwing his support behind a new way to pay for it all. it wasn't a full throated endorsement of the surtax on millionaires to pay for his jobs bill. but it was as close as president obama got. the approach that the senate is taking i'm comfortable with. >> reporter: the president used a big part of his roughly one-hour press conference to lean on congress to pass the jobs bill. singling out republicans for often saying no to his proposal. >> the question is will congress do something? if congress does something, then i can't run against a do-nothing congress. if congress does nothing, then it's not a matter of me running against them. i think the american people will run them out of town. >> reporter: with an economy going in reverse after showing
signs earlier this year of moving forward, the president blamed europe, a tsunami, high gas prices and debt ceiling fight with a dark outlook. >> there's no doubt that the economy is weaker now than it was in the beginning of the year. >> reporter: he said ideas republicans are backing wion't create the immediate jolt that sagging job market needs and he challenged reporters to measure his plan against what the critics are offering. >> go ask the republicans what their jobs plan is, if they're opposed to the american jobs tax. and have it scored, have it assessed by the same independent economists that assessed our jobs plan. >> reporter: later, while honoring the naacp women's basketball champions in the rose garden, the president joked that the coaches practice of throwing candy to fans might sweeten his hand on the hill. >> i'm going to try that. you think that's going to work if i go to the house of representatives and just throw candy around? >> reporter: house speaker john boehner criticized democrats saying that they need to stop campaigning and start listening.
he says the unemployment numbers shows a real urgency for democrats and republicans to sit down, find common ground and come up with, as he put it, common sense solutions. wolf? >> a lot easier said than done. thank you. as words pileup over the latest jobs figures offers some good but not great news. cnn's tom foreman is taking a closer look at the numbers. what you are seeing? >> it's all about context. exactly what you're talking about there. you consider all this news. this is the line on unemployment since the president came in here. back between 7% and 8% when he started. now at 9.1%. but as more important to look at the overall job growth, if you want to understand what that means. from the time he came in, we had all the down months. the stimulus came along. we had months where we were producing jobs instead of losing them. then we went back to losing some. and now we're producing some. but here's what's important. just producing jobs does not solve the problem. because we're also producing more workers in the workforce as people get older. now look at this. if you stay in this red zone,
even though you're producing jobs, you're actually losing the number of people employed because there are more people getting into it. so all the green numbers that didn't crack that, we got higher unemployment as a result, even though we were producing jobs. if you get up in here, which is what we've just done this time, you're kind of in the status quo. you're not really losing. you're not really gaining. you're sort inform this gray zone. you have to get up here into the lower unemployment zone and the president would actual sli ly ho make this happen for months and months and months to make up for everything we've lost so far. so that's an important perspective to keep in mind. who's being hit by this? it's different for different people. obviously, the folks out here are being hit the worst are the african-american community, hispanic community behind that. asian and white community not so much. and it has something to do also with who you are in the culture in term of your income. before the recession began, remember, lower wage jobs were growing. higher wage jobs were growing.
middle-wage jobs, $35,000 a year and up that, area, they were growing the least of all. and then look what happened. when the recession came, what actually happened here was those jobs plummeted and they've been the slowest to recover in all of these numbers that we see. these jobs have come back a bit much these jobs are not coming back at all. but these are recovering very, very slowly, wolf. so when you consider all that together, you can see why all this marginal jobs figures aren't doing much to move the needle. >> yeah. 9.1% unemployment rate remains the same. all right. thanks very much. let's get more on the politics of the jobs report as the presidential race keeps heating up as well. we're joined by gloria borger and joe johns. gloria, look, obviously could have been a whole lot worse. 100,000 plus new jobs created in the month of september is decent. but most economists say in order to see that needle going down, you need at least 150,000 jobs created every month given the
number of people that were entering the workplace. >> it's like you're barely treading water to stay in place, wolf. it's very difficult situation right now. particularly politically for the president. who knows that he's got to get this needle to go down if he's going to be able to tell the american public the things are actually going in the right direction. it doesn't work for him politically to be able to say things would have been worse if we hadn't had the stimulus plan which created jobs as tom foreman showed. so it's a difficult political position for him. he's got to say things are getting better, not that they would have been worse. >> it's a gray zone, just like tom said. you know, and that means a susceptible interpretation. people in the right are going to say the fundamentals are'sound herement we still need more growth. we still need to do something about energy. we still need to do something about the trade deficit. and until you do that, we're not going to move in the right
direction. the democrats on the other hand have a chance to sort of refute that argument but it's absolutely not conclusive. and that's the problem for the president of the united states a year and a month out from november. >> you know, he's essentially proposing another stimulus package by another name. >> half a trillion dollars. >> republicans are saying, you know, that is not going to help stimulate job growth. what's their plan? to help stimulate job growth, maybe deregulate to a certain degree. but does either side actually have a solution about how to create jobs right now? no. you just have to get the economy growing. >> they're creating a lot of political friction. that's what they're doing here in washington. here's our latest cnn poll of polls, the average of all the major polls on how the candidates are doing among republicans. romney is ahead. cain is doing well. everybody else in single digits
right now. as you well know, these are national numbers. much more important are the numbers in iowa, new hampshire, south carolina, florida. those are the numbers that will really make a difference. but it does show a certain amount of trend. >> it certainly does. it's fascinating that romney is able to play like he's running in the general election as long as he's been able to without somebody coming from nowhere and knocking them out of the box. it's clear that there are a lot of people who think he has some very high negatives. they think when you have herman cain turning out to be the ghi is nipping at your heels, i think romney is the one. >> you think about mitt romney. he's the front-runner right now. a lot of people assume he's going to get the nomination. it's way too early to make an assumption like that. he was at the citadel on friday. delivered his first major foreign policy address. i'm going to play a little clip. he really goes after president
obama. >> eloquently justified vent surrender of world leadership is not surrender. i will not surrender america's role in the world. this is very simple. if you do not want america to be the strongest nation on earth, i'm not your president. you have that president today. >> that clearly suggests the president of the united states does not want america to be the strongest nation on hearth. >> republicans, as you know, wolf, for a very long time have talked about this notion of american exceptionalism and how barack obama does not subscribe to it. he spends too much time apologizing about america to the rest of the world. but it's interesting to me that mit romney would do this because when you look at barack obama's foreign policy, when you look at the surge in afghanistan, for example, this is something that john mccain wanted. most of the candidates in the
republican field want to pull troops out of iraq and afghanistan because they want to spend the money at home. barack obama got us osama bin laden, he got usu al-alawki. republicans are with him on a lot of things. >> those red lines are only just beginning. this campaign is about to get nastier. guys, thanks very much. they were entrusted with your money. prosecutors say government officials defrauded taxpayers of $20 million. plus, two republican candidates air their very sharp differences over the killing of an american citizen, the al qaeda leader in yemen. my interviews with newt gingrich and ron paul coming up. and the man behind the iphone, ipod, ipad, unfortunately passed away. steve jobs was a visionary genius. what will his death mean to apple? stay with us. you're in "the situation room." taste. ♪ delicious pringles multigrain.
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u.s. army corps of engineers out of $20 million. brian todd is in the situation room and investigating this story. what do we know here? >> we were in court for the detention hearing and picked up extraordinary detail on this case. the four men were ordered held without bond. one prosecutor told me this is one of the largest if not the largest government contracting scandal in u.s. history. a beautiful house in washington suburbs. hope you like it because you may have paid for it. that's according to an indictment filed against four defendants in a massive alleged fraud scheme. two of them work for the army corps of engineers, a government agency. prosecutors say the four men schemed to file inflated bills for federal contracting services. how brazen do you believe this was? >> i've been a prosecutor for a while. this is one of the most staggering violations we've seen. >> reporter: the lead prosecutor says they defrauded taxpayers of about $20 million. in their indictment, prosecutors say the two army corps of
engineers officials kerry con and michael alexander agreed with a contractor to funnel business. in return, they overbilled the army corps of engineers by $20 million over a four-year period. that money was divided between alexander, lee kohn, his father harry kohn and an official with ei technologies. lee kohn set up shell companies to launder the money stolen by his father. all four have pleaded not guilty. jeffrey jakobovitz is a lawyer. >> we heard the government's version of the facts. obviously, there are two sides to the story. >> reporter: prosecutors say the alleged schemers were not subtle with their money, purchasing several expensive sports cars, high end watches, first class plane tickets, and 16 properties. prosecutors say this expensive house in the washington suburbs belonged to the defendant kerry
kohn. kohn whose salary what the army corps ranges between $84,000 and $110,000 wrote a down payment on this house for more than $300,000. ei tech did not have to compete with other bidders thanks to special rules, rules which critics say make froud heaud ea. >> this is the stuff that happens when you allow giant no-bid contracts to very tiny companies that then hire somebody on the back end to actually do the work. >> reporter: defenders of the special rules rg that they bring contracting jobs to disadvantaged indian tribes who were treated badly in the past. now as for this case, one prosecutor told me there was a breakdown of internal control of the army corps of engineers that allowed all of this to happen. spokes people for the core and for iac tech say they don't tolerate this contact and cooperating with investigators. >> and there's been some really
amazing family intrigue in this whole story as well. >> it is unreal. the father and son duo who were charged in this case, kerry and lee kohn, well they have another family member, son of kerry kohn who is in prison for drug trafficking. prosecutors say when that son heard about what was going on, he sent a letter to his father and brother essentially threatening them saying i'll go to the feds. i know what's going onment i'll go to t on. i'll go to the feds if you pay me a certain amount of money. the son charged in this case lee kohn threatened to kill his brother who tried to extort the money from him they talked about this in a phone conversation. this is part of a court document. a phone conversation between lee kohn and his father talking about the brother. "if anything like that happens, you're losing a son because i will kill that m-fer myself. he makes an f'ing peep, he's going down. i'll have to find somebody locked up to f'ing shank him in there. he's talking about killing his own brother.
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and some very provocative comments by the contenders. i spoke with two republican candidates this week, ron paul and newt gingrich. first up, the former house speaker. i'd like you to respond to one of your other rivals for the republican presidential nomination, ron paul. he very much opposed president obama's decision to order the killing off of the leader. listen to what he said today. >> they asked me whether that was an impeachable offense. it is. i mean, just ignoring the fifth amendment and assassinating american citizen without due process? and won't even tell us what the rules are. oh, i bet he's a threat. can you imagine being put on a list because you're a threat? >> all right. are with you president obama on this issue or with ron paul on this issue? >> well, i wrote a newsletter
today entitled obama gets one right. the fact is that congressman paul is wrong about the law much he's wrong about the constitution. if you were an active enemy combatant, if you're actively advocating the killing of american americans. there is footage in a movie of him calling for the killing of americans, we know that he was advising the terrorists who killed 13 americans and wounded 33 at ft. hood. he wasn't in american courts. he wasn't in chicago or new york. he was running around yemen plotting the killing of americans. if you do that, you are an enemy combatant. if you're an enemy combatant, you're subject to military action. you're not subject to going to court. this is not a criminal procedure. this is a war. we have a long precedent for this. you are called a traitor. if he had shown up and turned himself in, then we would have owed him due process as an american citizen. we would are tried him as a
traitor. i think we would have convicted him. he has no defense if he's actively trying to encourage the killing of americans. the president was exactly right legally and he was exactly right morally in killing somebody who was a threat to everybody. >> one final question. give me a yes or no if one of the other republican candidates gets the nomination and asks you to be the vice-presidential running mate, is it a yes for you or a no? >> well, it wouldn't be a no. >> sound like a yes. anything? all right. i'll leave it at that. it wouldn't be the first time that a candidate asked somebody with more experience a little bit older president bush asked dick cheney, president obama, as you know, asked joe biden. i wouldn't be surprised if somebody else kept the nomination. i know you wanted the nomination. they turn to you and say will you join me on the ticket. so you're open to. that give me a yes or no?
>> ronald reagan once said he was very glad jerry ford did not ask him in '76 because he didn't see how we could in that situation. i think reagan had a lot of profound wisdom about that. newt gingrich speaking with me earlier. >> and how will the loss of steve jobs shape the country's future and ours?
as anger grows in america over the faltering economy, president obama is pushing for passage of his nearly half trillion dollar jobs bill and democrats are pushing for an extra tax on the wealthiest americans. i sat down with republican presidential candidate congressman ron paul and i asked him if that proposed 5.5% surtax on millionaires would help.
>> no, it's not going to do any good at all. it's not a lack of taxation that's going on. there's just too much spending. and this doesn't solve the problem. i see no advantage to doing what he's doing. >> you know that all the polls show that the majority of cases, a overwhelming majority of the american people want higher taxes on millionaires and billionaires as the president liked to say. why are the american people wrong when answering that question? >> because pure democracy sometimes leads to these ill-advised positions. when there is a war propaganda going on and everybody says 75% of people want to go to war and then after ten years their sick and tired of it doesn't mean it was right when 75% said do something. when awe tack somebody and say we have to attack the wealthy. i don't mind criticizing you know the wealthy at times. i criticize the bankers and the
bailouts and the corporate people who got all the benefits both when the financial bubble was being built but then when it burst, they got bailed out. and then the people suffered. but that doesn't mean we should attack wealth for the sake of wealth. we should stop all the subsidies to the wealth. anybody getting wealthy because they get contracts from the government or because they're on the inside of the program where they get the bailouts, that's quite a bit different. we should stop that. but not blanketly penalize people who make wealth and who have created wealth and provided great services for the consumerment. >> rick perry, the governor of your home state of texas, if he were to get the republican presidential nomination, could you support him? >> well, i don't know. his policies have changed and maybe if he came a little closer to what i'm talking about and would agree that troops ought to come home and look into the fed, i'd give it consideration.
>> what about mitt romney? >> the same answer. none of them are advocating my positions. but they're starting to talk a little bit like i am because i think like governor romney actually said we should bring troops home from afghanistan. so i would have to find out exactly what their positions are and what the platform is that they'll be running on. >> who's better from your we are inspective right now? >> i don't choose to pick one. because i see all the other candidates sort of in one group that is -- and they're all different than what i'm talking about because the foreign policy i advocate neither one of them do and there is tremendous emphasis on that. i have a tremendous emphasis on personal liberty, right to life and liberty and civil liberties. i would put all the other candidates in another category. i think in many ways i'm competing with all of them as one group. >> so if the republican nominee turns out not to be you, congressman, didn't change his
or her positions and didn't come around to where you stand, would you consider running as a third party, perhaps libertarian candidate for the presidency? >> i haven't talked about it. i have no plans to do that. so, no, that wouldn't be in the cards for me. >> not in the cards for you. all right. let me move on and ask you about newt gingrich. he's running for the republican nomination as well. he was here in "the situation room" yesterday. he strongly disagrees with you when it comes to president obama's decision to order the killing of anwar al-alwaki. >> congressman paul is wrong about the law. he's wrong about the constitution and the president was exactly right legally and he was exactly right morally in killing somebody who was a threat to everybody. >> all right. go ahead and respond to newt gingrich. >> i'd ask him to read the fifth amendment. it's pretty clear. you can't take a life without due process of law, especially
on american citizens. so i would say that he's way off base. this is historic. we've never had a policy that said that we can put somebody on a assassination list by a secret tribunal, so to speak. we don't even know what the qualification is or the criteria to put somebody on this list. i think this is the most dangerous precedent and respect for the constitution and rule of law that needs to be milked out. i think we lost a lot of it. i consider this one of the most dangerous things that we have done. and this president has done it. he announced the policy in february of last year. i gave a speech on the house floor shortly thereafter advising how dangerous this was. and this means that we have very much violated the whole concept of the rule of law. >> because newt gingrich in defending the president's decision said he was an enemy combatant of the united states.
and over all the years of warfare, the u.s. has been able to kill so-called enemy combatants. so what do you make of that argument? >> well, i would ask him and the president to produce some evidence exactly what he did and why is he an enemy? what are the charges? you know, if we can try ikeman, the israelis tried him in 1961, don't you think we could try somebody like al-alwaki or at least recognize that they should be captured when possible and tried? but this enemy combatant, anybody can -- you know, in the -- the word has already been used. he was a threat. i think that was the word, a threat. i'm anti-war. i might go to an anti-war rally and what if the administration said ron paul is a threat? somebody in the media, he's a threat he's preaching that the government is doing wrong with the foreign policy. this, to me, is a very, very dangerous precedent.
>> so would you support articles of impeachment for this decision? >> i haven't introduced them. i think it's an impeachable offense if the mootd d of the country was such that they want to do it. yes, i could support that. >> one of the senate's leading liberals weighs in on the killing of al-alwaki and did president obama do the right thing? i'll speak with bernie sanders on that and a whole lot more. and now that chris cyst ji not running for president, will comedians lay off all the weight jokes? jeannie moos is ahead.
capital. the demonstration is a frustration that so many americans feel right now about the economy, jobs situation, and the fallout from the financial crisis. democrats now are trying to harness the anger of the growing occupy wall street movement that some see as the left wing's answer to the tea party movement. i spoke this week with senator bernie sanders of vermont. senator, thanks very much for coming in. let me get right to this occupy wall street demonstration that's going on around the country right now. what do you think about it? >> i applaud them. i think the president is right. they're speaking to the real anger and frustration that millions of americans feel at a time when the middle class is collapsing, poverty is increasing. the people on top are doing nem phenomenally well and the people, wolf, who cause this damn recession in the first place, the folks on wall street because of their greed and illegal behavior, you know what their punishment has been? they're now making more money than they ever made before. so what the demonstrators are
saying there is something wrong with picture. >> the president was asked about all the wall street bankers in 2008 and 2009. you say illegal activity. no one has gone to jail let alone even been charged with any illegal activity in causing this crisis. do you know of anyone who's been charged with a crime? >> well, i think there is some investigations that i think, you know, hopefully they will lead to criminal charges. but what i think the average american is saying if a kid smokes marijuana, that kid can end up in jail. these people, because of their activity, destroyed the economy, millions of people lost their jobs, their homes, their life savings and now they're making more money than they ever did before. so i applaud what the folks, the wall street demonstrators are talking about. but thou whnow we have to put m that bonement we have to come up with specific ideas in terms of how you deal with wall street. i'll give you one example, wolf. in m. people don't know.
this the sixth largest financial institutions in this country have assets the equivalent of 60% of the gdp of the united states of america. 60% of our gdp. some $7 trillion. in my view, everything being equal, they will once again, because of their reckless activity, come back before congress in a too big to fail situation. they will need to be bailed out again. in my view, we have got to break up these financial institutions right now, bring some competition to the financial industry. furthermore, you have large banks, bank of america, the others. they're charging interest rates on people's credit cards of 25 or 30%. that's called usery. we have to regulate interest rates and demand that the fed take that kind of action. so we need some real specific wall street reform which pro tech the american people. >> you want to share with us who's being investigated right
now for criminal activity on wall street? >> well, i think -- no. i think something has been in the front pages of the papers. nothing more to -- than that. >> is the obama administration mia when it comes to all these problems because it's been a business new for almost three years. >> if you're asking me do i believe there should have been a thorough wall street investigation, that there should have been prosecutions two or three years ago, the answer is absolutely. if you're asking me is the obama administration been bringing onboard financial advisors who are too close to wall street, absolutely. so, you know, i think we should have been much more aggressive in going after wall street. i'll give you another example. we found out -- i got a provision in dodd-frank which showed the fed during the financial crisis provided $16 trillion on a revolving basis of low-interest loans to every large financial institution in america, central banks all over the world, many large corporations.
right now in america, you have small businesses desperately in need of affordable capital. they can't find it. why is not the fed responding to the needs of american small business people who want to expand, who want to grow jobs in the same -- with the same sense of urgency that they responded to wall street in their moment of crisis in. >> the president's jobs bill, it's going to come up next week in the senate. you're a senator. but a lot of people are suggesting why is the president proposing legislation that he knows is not going to -- not even pass, forget about the house of representatives. but even some of your fellow democrats, if you will, i know you're an independent. but even some democrats say they can't vote for the president pr plan. >> i think what the president has to do and the media has to do is appreciate the urgency of the moment. and we don't. the reality is unemployment in america today, wolf, is not 9%. real unemployment including those who have given up looking for work and working part time when they want to work full time
is 16%. 25 million americans. what the president has got to do is come up with a bold jobs program. i would go further than he did. i would put more emphasis on rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, transforming our energy system. we need to create millions and millions of jobs. and any republican out there does not want to support job creation, you have to hold that person politically accountable. that is the issue of the moment. 16% unemployment, young people getting out of high school, getting out of college can't find jobs. older workers seeing their wages go down. we need to rebuild this kpecono. >> i want you to listen to herman cain speaking out today. listen to this. >> if you interview somebody that happens to be rich, that you call a fat cat, go and get rich instead of expecting them to walk outside of their office and write you a check. that's not the way america
works. work for it. >> all right. you want to respond? >> yeah, i think mr. cain got it wrong. that's exactly how america works. historically what we have said is especially in a moment when the wealthiest people are becoming wealthier and we have the most unequal distribution of income and wealth, what we have done is say yes to the wealthiest people in this country, you have to pay more in taxes and especially at this moment when the real effective tax rate for the very rich is the lowest it's been in decades. of course they have to contribute to help us get this economy moving and create the millions of jobs that we desperately need. >> one final question before i let you go. did president obama do the right thing in ordering the killing of an american citizen, anwar al-alwak snichlt. >> that's a longer discussion, longer than we have. >> give me 30 seconds. >> the answer, is i think when you have an american citizen killed by the united states government it raises some real
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people around the world are mourning the death of steve jobs. in beijing, crowds gathered outside an apple store where a make shift memorial sprung up n london, a man used his iphone to photograph a similar tribute. flowers also piled up outside h record a similar tribute. outside apple headquarters in cupertino, california, a group of chinese exchange students used candles to spell out jobs' name. lisa sylvester has an in-depth look at apple's future. >> steve jobs' name was synonymous wi synonymous with apple. the people i spoke to said that he was such a visionary and spread the mind set to others around him. we're here to put a department
in t dent in the universe and a dent he did make. the apple computer, i mack, mac computer, iphone, ipad, and people are leaving flowers, tokens, and thank you notes. he was a guy routed in culture but able to connect with the masses. >> the coolest thing about the ipod is that your whole entire music library fits in your pocket. >> reporter: he's been lick kenned to a thomas edison and walt disney of our time. he called up the head of hewlett-packard and convinced him to give him free computer ships. >> he was unique in combining that degree of confidence and
taste and style and i don't think we will ever see that mix again. steve was unique. but, in a way, he helped us turn the corner. he helped us go forward into what really is an amazing explosion of technology. >> but with his death, how does the world go on? jay elliott, a former vp at apple said jobs left behind not just a vision but an ecosystem of like-minded people who will continue to give the world those creations that make us go "wow". >> steve was a master of finding really good people and he's put together an amazing team at apple. and he rubs off on you. so you start thinking like he does and you want to be your own self but you started to understand the intensity for building great products and
start being more creative yourself. it was a turning point in my life just working for steve. >> steve at a conference spoke of death being an agent of change, making way for new ideas. he leaves behind these words for the world. >> your time is limited. so don't waste it living someone else's life. don't be trapped by living with the results of other people's thinking. don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. and, most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. they somehow already know what you truly want to become. everything else is secondary. >> in that same address he said, "remembering that you are going to die is the best way i know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose." and it is that philosophy that rubbed off on many of the people who knew him and worked with him. >> lisa sylvester, thanks very, very much. comedians won't have this
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it or not, you're stuck with me. >> reporter: governor christie giggled his way through a couple of the questions. >> that's such a shock to the people in new jersey, right. >> reporter: his decision not to run for president shocked some but not many. we are here of the unborned, undelivered weight jocks that will now not be told. late night comedians will have to be content. >> i saw him on the truck scales. >> with the routines that they have already managed to skequee in during the courtship of christie. >> if you run for president, i will give you this bucket of chicken. extra crispy. >> okay. >> reporter: governor christie says he doesn't mind when comedians joke about his weight. that's their job. >> all i care about is that they are actually funny so i can at
least laugh about it while they are mocking me. >> reporter: but when political commentators say this -- >> chris cries stooe cannot be president. is he just too fate. >> the people who pretend to be serious commentators are among the most ignorant people of my life. >> reporter: david letterman did a show pretending not to do any more chris christie weight jokes. >> the guy who set up about not being fat, that guy was really good. >> reporter: fat jokes disguised as dumb jokes. fat jokes described as cheap jokes. >> chris christie is so cheap, when he steps on a scale, it reads one at a time. >> what the hell do i care? >> not only can he take a joke? >> the answer will come to me. did you see this one? >> he can tell one. >> so he's been grounded. jeanne moos,