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that occurred. in many other incidents, this has occurred. so i would encourage people not to be too fast, too quick to say, whether or not civil rights charges can be sustained but to allow this process to proceed in an orderly way. i think that's what the attorney general has committed to. >> can you stick around, mark, and join us because we're anxious to hear what the attorney general has to say. i'd be curious, i'd be very anxious to get your reaction as well. i don't know if you can, but if you can, we'd like you to stick around. >> we'll stay, wolf. i may have to step off and come back, but i'll stay. >> thanks very much. the former mayor of new orleans. the president of the national urban league. we'll get his immediate reaction to what eric holder has to say. growing pressure for federal charges against george zimmerman. we're awaiting the attorney general of the united states. eric holder is getting ready to weigh in on the not guilty
verdict. and they lost their case but the prosecution still says george zimmerman is a liar and a murderer. plus, this case is sparking conversations about race in america. moms of black teenagers are taking extreme precautions right now to make sure their sons are aware of how people may perceive them. this is cnn's "newsroom." i'm wolf blitzer. the george zimmerman verdict is in but this case is far from closed. we're awaiting the attorney general of the united states, eric holder. he's here in washington, d.c. he's over at the washington convention center. he's going to be speaking at this convention. you are looking at live pictures. these are sorority sisters. it's the 100th anniversary of the delta sigma theta founded at howard university. they are get ready to introduce the attorney general. we're getting ready to hear what he has to say. it's a sensitive, sensitive moment. the not guilty verdict coming out saturday night.
but passions are clearly intense on both sides, on both sides. in sanford, florida, today, pastors are reaching out to the community. they are asking people to stay calm. ♪ churches in sanford and across seminole county in florida will be open for community prayers every monday we are now told beginning at noon. let's talk a little bit more about what's going on in the george zimmerman verdict. possible civil rights charges that could be leveled against them. our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin is joining us along with our cnn legal analyst paul. we heard you ask the press secretary jay carney is f the president is facing real pressure to weigh in on the department of justice investigation into the civil rights aspects of a case potentially coming out against
george zimmerman. tell our view bers the exchange you had with jay carney and what you are hearing. >> hi, wolf. the white house is maintaining that the president is keeping his hands off of the case at the department of justice, or i should say, the investigation at the department of justice into whether federal charges should be brought against george zimmerman. as you know, the white house is not by law supposed to interfere over there. but jay carney said the white house does not feel pressure. they are letting their facts decide what will happen. and he's letting the president's remarks stand for themselves. you really wouldn't elaborate on what we've already heard the president say which was in the past if he had a son, he would look like trayvon. and then go on to repeat what the president put out in a statement over the weekend saying this was a tragic loss for the nation. a tough time for the nation. but this is a nation of laws and a call for calm and peace.
and also calls for an opportunity to look ahead to push for more tougher gun laws essentially. i think you'll hear a similar message when the attorney general speaks shortly. he's going to talk about the pain in the nation that the tragedy has elicited. that the nation must continue to be vigilant against violence and the department of justice shares the concerns of people in sanford and across the nation, but that it will be driven in this decision by facts and the law and by a concern with the truth. he will emphasize in his remarks, wolf, that the department of justice wants to see a dialogue come out of all of this and that communities continue to talk with one another. he says he will say we are resolved as you tor combat violence involving or directed at young people and to prevent future tragedies to deal with the underlying attitudes, mistaken beliefs and stereotypes that served as the basis for these incidents. in other words, don't expect him
to come out and say one way or another whether he will bring a federal case, wolf. >> jessica, stand by. paul callan is with us, one of our legal analysts. the last thing the justice department needs right now is to come up with a civil rights charge against george zimmerman, go to court have a lengthy trial, if you will, once again, and lose. they are very nervous about that possibility, aren't they? >> well, yes. and they should be. i mean, obviously, this case, it touches a number of fault lines in american society. it touches race. it touches all kinds of big issues, stand your ground, gun control. all these issues are floating around in the zimmerman case. in the end, they would have to go into court and prove that racial hatred was the reason for the killing. now bear in mind, wolf, that the jury in florida apparently decided that zimmerman had the right to act in self-defense.
so they couldn't even prove, you know, an assault or manslaughter case based on lack of self-defense. so to think you're going to be able to prove an additional element, racial hatred, and that there wasn't a person acting in self-defense, that's a steep hill to climb. and they are going to need some really solid new evidence in order to pursue that. so i kind of suspect this is just public relations sort of statement that's being made and in truth, justice does look into a lot of these situations. i'm sure they'll do a complete investigation but i don't know what they're going to come up with that state prosecutors and law enforcement officials didn't come up with before this very substantially investigated crime and trial. alleged crime and trial. >> based on your experience, though, high-profile case like this, a lot of pressure out there. petitions. people demonstrating. how much -- the outside pressure on the justice department, for
example, the career prosecutors, the political appointees, the white house potentially which could weigh in even though the press secretary says the white house is staying out of this. this is strictly a decision that career prosecutors and investigators at the justice department, the u.s. attorneys will come up with. but, look, they all live in this environment where there's enormous political pressure. how significant could that be? >> it could be very significant. and i think, frank leash it's the reason the founding fathers when they were drafting the u.s. constitution said we're going to have local juries decide these cases. and they are going to decide the cases based on the evidence. we're not going to have a country based on petition -- guilt by petition or popular vote or press conference. and in the end, whether it's the justice department, when they put together a case here if they do or the local florida jury, you have to have evidence presented to six or 12 people that has to support a conviction. so i think you'll hear a lot of
talk, and i think the public has to be reassured that this fairness in the system, that everything is being investigated and for african-americans in it and i think maybe -- i think a lot of whites in this country maybe don't get a sense that to african-americans, this is like one of their own children got shot down for no reason, for being in his own neighborhood and for being black and wearing a hoody that night. that's the perception. there's always been a hope that in race relations we've grown beyond that point. but when you try to look at social issues, wolf, like this through the prism of a trial, it's a very troubling thing because trials are decided by evidence and what evidence is available. and i'm not sure the evidence is there to warrant a second trial in this case. >> paul callan helping us better appreciate the legal aspects of what's going on. paul, thanks very much. in the aftermath of the not guilty verdict, the prosecutors, they are speaking out.
bernie de la rionda, the lead prosecutor in the case and his boss angela corey sat down with hln's vinnie politan. vinnie asked them a crucial question about the defendant and the victim. you have to hear what their answers were. >> one word to describe george zimmerman. >> murderer. >> george zimmerman. >> lucky. >> trayvon benjamin martin. >> i don't know there's one word that can describe -- a victim. >> trayvon benjamin martin.
>> prey, p-r-e-y. >> you can see more on our sister network hln. the show 10:00 p.m. eastern, "hln after dark." we're also hearing from the defense in this trial. george zimmerman's lead attorney mark o'meara sat down with our chris cuomo. chris zeroed in on something a lot of people want to know. is george zimmerman sorry about what happened? listen to this. >> does he regret, though, picking out trayvon martin? he was wrong, right? this kid was not doing anything wrong. he belonged there. he had a right to the place and space where he was also. does he regret even singling him out that night. >> well, let's look at the circumstances as he was viewing them. he saw somebody who happened to be in the area where another person had just burglarized a home. yes, and it was a young black male. was that a focusing, a profiling? it was a suspicion.
let's not also forget that trayvon martin was under the influence of some marijuana. it didn't come into trial but we're not bound by those facts now. we can't ignore the fact he had prior history of burglaries because he was found with the fruits of a burglary back several months before. so if we are going to look at the suspicions and the way he was acting, he was seemingly wandering around, having spent 45 or 50 minutes traveling less than a mile. so if you are going to look at what george zimmerman saw that night, it's all got to be taken in context. >> o'mara also says he was surprised that there was an outrage after the verdict because he had hoped that people would see the trial as fair. here's what else we're working on this hour. as we ark wait the attorney general of the united states. not guilty, those two words sparking conversations about race in america. moms of black males say there are different rules for their kids. we'll explain what's going on. also this -- asiana airlines
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former cabinet member in the clinton administration. she's, obviously, a member of the delta sigma theta sorority because sorority sisters from around the country have gathered at the washington convention center to hear the attorney general of the united states. this is the 100th anniversary of the sorority, by the way, which was founded at howard university here in washington, d.c. as i said, 100 years ago. so you see these women here from all over the country. they've gathered in washington. they're now getting ready to hear the attorney general of the united states. we'll have live coverage. he's going to be speaking out on the verdict in the george zimmerman trial. as we await the attorney general, let's get to some other news. egypt's public prosecutors office is issuing seven new arrest warrants for the leaders of the muslim brotherhood. it comes as a top american diplomat visits cairo. the deputy secretary of state william burns is meet with egypt's interim president adly
mansour. the visit takes place just hours after three people were killed and 17 more were wounded in egypt's north sinai province. suspected militants were using rocket-propelled grenades to attack a police car, but missed and hit the bus that the victims were on. all right. i'm told now that eric holder is getting a hug from alexis herman. old friends. he's going to be speaking out on what's going on. let's hear what he has to say. i'm sure he's going to thank the women of the delta sigma theta sorority first. >> good afternoon deltas. >> good afternoon! >> thank you secretary herman for those very kind words. and thank you all for such a warm welcome. it's a privilege to join all of you. president butler mcintyre, national social action co-chairs watkins, ladimore and boyd. and every member of your executive committee and the executive board in celebrating
delta sigma theta's centennial year here in our nation's capital. and not far from where the sorority was founded. but as you heard, it's even greater privilege for me to say that i am the husband of a distinguished delta, dr. sharon malone. she made me say that. but thank you all for inviting me to take part in your 51st annual convention. as we come together to congratulate this year's award recipients, to reflect on a century of engagement and empowerment and to strengthen the robust traditions, scholarship and political action that has always defined this remarkable sisterhood. now, of course, as this celebration unfolds, we are -- felt by our nation surrounding
the tragic unnecessary shooting death of trayvon martin in florida last year. and we are cognizant of the fact the state trial reached its conclusion over the weekend. as parents, as citizens -- against violence in communities across -- the deltas are deeply and -- the justice department shares your concern. i share your concern. it open ed -- >> independent of the legal determination that will be made, i believe that this is yet another opportunity for our
nation -- >> unfortunately you can see we're having some issues, technical issues from the washington convention center. getting out the signal from the washington convention center. we're going to turn the tape. we're going to get you exactly what the attorney general has to say. the justice department did release, and i have it right here with me, the exact text of what he's saying. and if it's -- it looks like the line may have cleared up. let's go back. >> trayvon's parents have demonstrated throughout the last year and especially through the last few days. they suffered a pain that no parent should have to endure. and one that i as a father cannot begin to conceive. even as we embrace their example and hold them in our prayers, we must not forgo this opportunity to better understand one another and to make better this nation that we cherish. moreover, i want to assure you that the department will continue to act in a manner that is consistent with the facts and
the law. we are committed to standing with the people of sanford, with the individuals and families affected by this incident, and with our state and local partners, local partners in order to alleviate tensions, to address community concerns and to promote healing. we are determined to meet division and confusion with understanding and compassion and also with truth. we are resolved, as you are, to combat violence involving or directed at young people to prevent future tragedies and to deal with the underlying attitudes, mistaken beliefs and stereotypes that serve as the basis for these two common incidents. and we will never stop working to ensure that in every case, in every circumstance, and in every community, justice must be done. this is a name we're proud to share with everyone in this room
and with all who have contributed to the culture of excellence that has been this organization's hallmark for the last century. in the decades since delta sigma theta was founded in 1913 by 22 ambitious howard university students, this sorority has grown into the single largest organization of african-american women in the country comprised of more than 200 -- >> so the attorney general now praising the sorority sisters from the delta sigma theta sorority. congrtulations to all of those ladies here in washington. but substantively, you heard, we had a little technical problem. we're going to clean that up. but the bottom line, he says the justice department shares your concern. i share your concern. and as we first acknowledged last spring, we have opened an investigation into the matter. an investigation into the civil rights aspects of the george zimmerman shooting of trayvon martin. i want to assure you the
attorney general says, i want to assure you the department will continue to act in a way that is consistent with the facts and the law. he did not say that they will -- they will be filing charges, but only that an investigation started a year ago it continues right now. gloria borger, our chief political analyst, jessica yellin, our chief white house correspondent. a very precise phrasing by the attorney general, even though we don't have a better clue whether or not charges will actually be filed. >> yeah, the attorney general clearly did not commit to any course of action, wolf. in fact, he said independent of the legal determination that will be made, i believe this tragedy provides yet another opportunity for the nation to speak honestly about these issues of race. and then he went on in that vain. it's very clear to me from speaking with sources that,
look, this is a very high bar for the attorney general. this particular case. you have to prove that george zimmerman acted deliberately with the intent to break the law and that his motive was based on race or discrimination. and i think that is a very, very high bar. this is a legal matter, not just a political matter, and i think that's the vain in which the attorney general approached this today, wolf. >> are we, jessica, going to be hearing more from the president specifically, either today, tomorrow, later this week, about the not guilty verdict? a loufts remember a year ago or so after the whole story erupted, he did speak -- he got very personal speaking about trayvon martin. >> i don't think there will be any planned event but i know he'll be sitting down with reporters at some point later this week and i wouldn't be surprised if he gets that question and we hear something from him. not today, maybe, though,
perhaps tomorrow or wednesday. for the white house and for the administration, for attorney general holder, this is a fine line they are walking between political pressure on the one hand from civil rights groups, from some of their core constituents, and the harsh realities of the law as gloria points out. very high standard and a very tough case to bring. some 15,000 signatures within 24 hours on a white house petition calling for the government to bring a case and for the white house and for the president in particular, a touchy issue because he has tried to stay above weighing in on issues that are too specific to race, one way or another. he wouldn't put it that way, but i think it is fair to say that. at the same time, he has increasingly in his second term spoken to issues that are at the heart of concerns for the black
community. this is clearly an opportunity for him to do that again. we've heard attorney general holder talk about the measures of degree of violence that african-american males are subject to. and i think we'll hear more of that from the attorney general, and we'll see if the president chooses to use this as a springboard to talk about some of those issues more himself, wolf. >> wolf, remember there is no deadline here for the justice department. so if there is a civil proceeding, the justice department can wait and see what occurs during that civil proceeding. i am assuming they'll want to talk to the prosecutors who conducted the trial for the state to figure out what kind of evidence was left off the table they could potentially use if they were to seek some charges. so again, this is something that no one should expect if it were to occur, that should happen tomorrow. there is no set date by which
they have to act. >> gloria -- >> one other thing, wolf, tomorrow the attorney general gives a speech to the naacp tomorrow. it was going to be on the voting rights act. i think we'll hear more comments on the zimmerman case as well. >> that's down in florida actually in orlando, not far away from sanford, florida. thanks very much. we'll get more analysis on what we just heard from the attorney general of the united states. how strong of a case would the justice department have in going after george zimmerman? we'll have that and a lot more news right after this. the day building a play set begins with a surprise twinge of back pain... and a choice. take up to 4 advil in a day or 2 aleve for all day relief. [ male announcer ] that's handy. ♪
the airline involved in the deadly crash of flight 214 plans to sue an oakland, california, television station. asiana airlines says it will file a defamation claim against ktvu after the television station reported the names of the flight you which turned out to be inaccurate and offensive. kyung la is joining us. >> asiana airlines is saying not good enough. i actually spoke with the asiana
airlines spokesman this morning and he reconfirmed the agency is preparing to file a lawsuit against the tv station ktvu. here's a statement that ashe anna released to cnn saying, quote, after a legal review, the company decided to file a lawsuit against the network because it was their report that resulted in damaging the company's image. ktvu did apologize shortly after making the error. it apologized on air and on the web. what's really happening here in speaking to the spokesman are a couple of things. number one, the airline has global aspirations. it is a company based in korea. it does feel that having this joke, these racist names existing on the web does hurt those global aspirations and it hurts its reputation. but another thing that's happening here is that this is a company, again an asian company, having a visceral reaction to really what amounts to a juvenile joke. i mean if you read the first
name, sum ting wong, i think i was called that on the bus in the first grade. something asians can react to and certainly feel. so the company is having that visceral reaction. here's risk for the airline. the airline may be viewed as being myopic. it's going to have a tough time meeting that defamation bar. it's also, perhaps, going to be viewed as forgetting that what it has on its hands here is a serious and deadly plane crash. it is still in the midst of a very important investigation. three young people died in this crash. so, wolf, ktvu having a jaw-dropping error, but asiana may be in the midst of making another one. wolf? >> kyung lah, i can't imagine anyone saying anything bad about you in second grade or any other grade. thanks for that report. trying not to end up like trayvon martin, one mother is so
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today. liberty mutual insurance -- responsibility. what's your policy? athletes throughout the sports world took to wait toer to express their feelings on the george zimmerman not guilty verdict. some had controversial things to say. andy schulz is joining us with more in the "bleacher report." >> good afternoon, wolf. twitter exploded saturday night once george zimmerman was found not guilty. as you can imagine, emotions were running high while many athletes voiced their disappointment with the verdict. atlanta falcons wide receiver roddy white took it to another level. his first tweet read zimmerman got away with murder today. wow. what kind of world do we live in. he followed that tweet with all them jurors should go home tonight and kill themselves for letting a grown man get away with killing a kid.
white later apologized for that tweet saying i understand my tweet last night was extreme. i never met for the people to do that. i was shocked and upset about the verdict. i am sorry. one golfer to keep your eye on this week at the british open is 19-year-old jordan spieth. he holed this shot from the bunker to force a playoff in yesterday's final round at the john deere classic. spieth would go on to win for his first professional victory. he's the first teenager to win a pga tour event since 1931. tonight the home run derby at citi field in new york. the favorite to win it this year is baltimore first baseman chris davis. the orioles slugger crushed his league leading 37th home run yesterday. he's on pace to hit 62 home runs this season, which is, of course, one more than roger maris' old record he set back in 1961. that will do it for your bleacher report, wolf. back to you. >> andy, thanks very much. not guilty.
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george zimmerman's not guilty verdict certainly has sparked a huge debate across the country. it's a debate similar to the debate we heard following the rodney king beating trial and the o.j. simpson murder trial, although there are great differences in all these cases. the u.s. attorney general eric holder spoke out about the trayvon martin case before one of the nation's oldest plaque female groups, the delta sigma theta sorority just moments ago. we had live coverage here on cnn. some civil rights activists say
george zimmerman profiled trayvon martin and the teenager is dead today because of that. listen to the president of the naacp on cnn's "state of the union." >> we are calling on them to do just that because when you look at his comments, and when you look at comments made by young black men who lived in that neighborhood, about how they felt especially targeted by him, there is reason to be concerned that race was a factor in why he targeted young trayvon. >> let's get some perspective on all of this right now. so we've invited two gets. rashad robinson and karen grigsby bates. rashad is a member of a group making sure black voices are heard. karen covers urban issues for npr who wrote the book "basic black: home training for modern times." writes about what young black men and boys should do when confronted by the police.
let's go to rashad first. does this case and the reaction to the not guilty verdict, reveal that we haven't really had a complete conversation about race in america, or are people simply overreacting to one single case in america? >> i think this case absolutely underscores the ongoing challenges that we see in our criminal justice system. the way in which black boys and black girls and black folks in general are treated from the schoolhouse to the courthouse. and, you know, while trayvon martin is one situation that's really animated america, we see every single day a color of change. the stories and the voices of our members about issues they are face with the criminal justice system, with hollywood images coming from the media. so the reaction that you are seeing from folks is a reaction not just about trayvon, but about the lives and the future of black folks in this country. >> karen, let me read to you a statement from a young black man
named alec frasier. he wrote an open letter to george zimmerman on his facebook page. among other things he said this. dear george zimmerman, for the rest of your life, you are now going to feel what it's like to be a black man in america. you will feel people stare at you. judging you for what you feel are unfair reasons. i bet you never thought that. i bet you never thought that by shooting a black male you'd end up inheriting all of his struggles. karen, you have a son. what goes through your mind when you hear alex fraser talking about that. >> well, you know, we often say, i work on a team at npr called code switch which covers race and ethnicity. we've been covering this for like the last year. and one of the things that we say is that in the black community, you often get this talk before you are even able to drive. if you are a black male. you know if you are out in your car, you may be pulled over. you may be asked for i.d.
be sure to do two things. and i interviewed police to ask them about this. make sure you tell -- make sure you keep your hands on the steering wheel so people can see that both of your hands are where they are supposed to be. and if they ask for license and registration tell them where it is before you go for it. don't dive for it under your seat or the glove box because those are the things that make reporters like me end up reporting about tragedies that happen because of misconceptions. we wanted them to be as armed as possible with information that would save their lives. >> rashad, can you relate to that? >> i can absolutely relate to that. i can relate to it in my own life and the stories and the background information that my parents gave me and my brother growing up. and i can also relate to it from the stories that we hear from mothers and parents, whether it's here in new york, where we have an office and i live and we hear the stories of stop and frisk here in this city.
and stories of football coaches telling their young players to walk home with your helmet on the outside so the cops can see you and see that you are a good kid. we're living in two americas here. america for black folks and america for white folks. and for people of color in general. and the way that law enforcement, our media and our larger culture deals with our community is really underscored by this trayvon martin issue. and the verdict and the reaction that we're seeing from everyday people hopefully will spur ongoing conversations that are needed. and a larger movement for real policy and culture change. >> have you -- you've had this conversation, i assume, karen, with your son? oh, unfortunately, i think we've we'll have her back another en. time. want to thank karen grigsby bates for some good stuff. give us a thought right now,
rashad, best case scenario, something positive emerging from what the country has gone through as a result of this trial. >> i think something positive would be some closure for trayvon's parents. and the justice department, we just saw, eric holder talk about the investigation. but the justice department stepping in and provide something closure for the family and some justice for a lot of people who have been watching this. but also an ongoing conversation and some real policy change in states. ending stand your ground in states and really building a movement to push against the type of laws that not only shielded george zimmerman for so many months but also provided the crux of his legal defense. and sends a message to the other george zimmermans out there that vigilanteism is okay and is support. and then the ongoing work around culture change. and a color of change, we've launched represent.color of
change.org. it's a movement to start holding hollywood and the larger culture accountable. when george zimmerman saw trayvon martin he saw a young black man with a hoody. and he didn't see a child. he saw someone he thought was a thug. someone that deserved to be followed. someone that was less than human. and he dehumanized him in that way and every single day, we see images coming into our home that support that. and so at color of change, we're the largest online civil rights organization. over 850,000 members all around the country. we hear these stories from our members. we want to help them raise their voices and the voices of the larger community to bring about some real change. >> rashad robinson, executive director of color of change. rashad, thanks for joining us. >> thanks for having me. a couple stops to help some guy on the side of the road who needs a lift. turns out it's dave matthews. we're going to tell you how the musician thanked them. that's next. is loaded with protein! i'll believe it when i--- [ both ] oooooh... [ female announcer ] as you get older, protein is an important part of staying active and strong.
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look at this. the east room over at the white house. the president of the united states getting ready to pay tribute to a former president, president george h.w. bush, who's been invited to come to the white house. they just showed the folks who have gathered there video that the president is going to be walking in and paying tribute to george h.w. bush. barbara bush will be there. they will both be speaking soon. they're going to be -- it's always nice to see a president and a former president get together at these kinds of
events. we'll dip in. we'll hear what they have to say. standby for that. the two presidents will be there in the white house. let's do a quick market check right now. stocks haven't been moving much today after hitting record levels last week. the dow up about 27 points. investors are weighing news out of china that its economy has slowed down a bit. china has the second biggest economy in the world. it is one of the biggest trading partners with the united states. that's creating some concerns over how much this could hit the economy, the u.s. economy, actually, right now. this jamboree is going to involve white water rafting, zip lining, skateboarding, things we've never seen and it's going to be a totally new experience. >> jamboree 2013 starts today in west virginia. it's the first requiring boy scouts and scout leaders to meet body mass index standards based on their height and weight to be eligible for intense physical
activities. the boy scouts say this year's jamboree will be more demanding than previous years. the royal ababy is expected any day now. at least we think so. buckingham palace has never given an official due date. there have been enough clues to indicate this could be the week. fans and the media have been camped outside the hospital in west london for a while now waiting to catch a glimpse of either the duchess or the baby once that baby is born. so what was prince william doing this weekend while he waited? i guess what any expectant dad does. he played polo with his brother, prince harry. they were at a charity match about 100 miles or so outside of london. the mother to be, katherine, duchess of cam bridgbridge, was reportedly off visiting her parents who are also outside the city. let's go to the president of the united states. he's hosting a very lovely event for the former president george
h.w. bush. the president was just introduced. he's going to be walking in. you see the folks, the invited guests, who have come together to honor george h.w. bush. there he is, the president and the former president. they are coming in. this is going to be an emotional moment. you know what? i want to hear what president obama has to say about george h.w. bush. then we'll hear what he has to say as well. it's a nice moment in the white house whenever these presidents get together. there he is. george h.w. bush getting a very, very nice standing ovation from all of his friends and other distinguished guests who have come into the east room of the white house. so the president will ask everyone to be seated. and then he'll speak. you know, he gets emotional. you can see him getting emotional right now in the east room. he spent four years as president of the united states. >> on behalf of michelle and myself, welcome to the white
house. 23 years ago, president george h.w. bush began a tradition. he knew that across the country, every day, americans were finding ways to serve each other and give back to their communities. often with very few resources and very little recognition. and president bush knew that their good works were valuable to the people they helped. but beyond that, he knew that their spirit of service was vital to our national character. so he created an award. the daily point of light award to recognize americans who serve their neighbors and communities in innovative ways that inspire us all. and for the rest of his presidency, nearly every single day, president bush gave someone a daily point of light award. after he left the white house, he kept going and going and going. in between skydiving and other activities, he kept going. which should come as no
surprise, since we're talking about somebody who has served his country in such extraordinary ways. and, you know, when you do a parachute jump at the age of 85, not just a parachute jump, but another parachute jump, i believe his seventh, this is somebody who's not going to slow down any time soon. so today we are extraordinarily honored to be joined by the family that helped build the points of light foundation into the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. president bush, mrs. bush, neil bush, we want to welcome you and we also want to recognize michelle nun, the ceo of points of light. it's worth applause. [ applause ]
now, this is is not the first time president bush and i have come together for an event like this. four years ago, i went down to texas a&m where president bush has his library to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of points of light. and i appreciated the warm welcome, by which i mean the extremely loud "howdy" that i received. i was deeply impressed by how invested the students there are in community service. but most of all, i was moved by how much they love president bush. and now we've come together to mark another milestone. as of this minute, 4,999 points of light awards have been presented to individuals and organizations across this country. and so now i have the honor of joining president bush in presenting number 5,000.
[ applause ] number 5,000. about ten years ago, floyd hammer and kathy hamilton were getting ready to retire. they had been farming for years. they had earned a break. they planned to sail around the world. and then their friend told them about a special place that they should visit along the way. in a village in tanzania. a volunteer mission was helping to renovate an hiv/aids clinic. floyd and kathy thought it sounded like a worthwhile detour. when they arrived in tantanzani the country was in the third year of a brutal drought. people were starving and dying. many of them children. having seen this, kathy and floyd simply had to do something about it. so their vision of a leisurely
retirement was replaced by a new vision. fighting global hunger. today the nonprofit they created, outreach, has distributed free meals to hungry children in the united states and in more than 15 countries worldwide. today more th to date more than 233 million meals. that i have gone to see many of the children they met in tanzania grow up healthy and strong. this work they say is the most rewarding thing they've ever done. i have to say having just been to tanzania with michelle we can attest to how important this kind of work is. how it changes lives. it's also fitting that later this week on july 18th, people around the world will celebrate the legacy of the magnificent public servant, nelson mandela, by performing acts of public and community service. as people look for examples, outreach provides an extraordinary demonstration of how service can lift people's lives. and so if the purpose of this award is to celebrate americans who work to make our country and
the world a better place, not for their own advantage or for any ulterior motives, but just to serve, pure and simple, i can't think of anyone more deserving than kathy hamilton and floyd hammer. now, before we actually present this award, i would be remiss if i didn't take a moment to honor the man who made this all possible. he hates this, but i'm going to do it anyway. much has been said about president bush's own extraordinary life of service. but i'm not sure everybody fully appreciates how much he's done to strengthen our country's tradition of service. in addition to this award, he created the first -- tdedicated to promoting volunteerism and he championed and signed the national and community service act. by washington standards, it was a modest law. it involved little money. president bush signed it with little fanfare. but looking back, we see that it sparked a national movement. by laying the