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the architecture we have seen from the reports is inconsistent to what the nation rule said this is only about the middle class. we intend to hold them to their word. >> you for nothing to republicans about your proposal? >> know they been busy trying to decide what there's a. >> it's important to note that the what you reference that is consistent with our better deal, better jobs, better pay, better future. build the infrastructure of our country, built human resources of our country and i would add a third bill to that which is to get your questions and how we have our confidence in our elections.
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>> is a something you would be open to? >> no, this is a middle-class benefit, if they intend to move away means it would be middle-class tax increase. ♪ ♪ oh say can you see ♪ by the dawn's early light ♪ what so proudly hail ♪ at the twilight's last gleaming ♪ ♪ whose broad stripes and bright stars ♪ ♪ through the perilous fight ♪ o'er the ramparts we watch
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were so gallantly streaming ♪ ♪ and the rockets' red glare ♪ the bombs bursting in their ♪ gave proof through the night that our flag was still there ♪ ♪ oh say does that star-spangled banner yet wave ♪ ♪ or the land of the free, and the home of the brave ♪
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[applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, the 2017 radio and television abc news is john's parkinson. >> thank you for that amazing performance. the screwed up rally one more time. [applause] >> welcome to the 73rd correspondents dinner. we've got anything planned for tonight, bobby bounces here. [applause] thank you for all joining me, and like to introduce the head table tonight starting at my right with olga, the director of the house -- true hamill, deputy chief of staff to democratic leader, abigail robertson, congressional correspondent brandon buck, counselor to house
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speaker paul ryan. jaclyn, washington bureau chief and on my left, we have -- bobby bones, our guest mc. on my left a clap and a next year's dinner chairman. [applause] ralph conch crate in the 2019 dinner chair madhouse, communications director for the senate democratic leader chuck schumer. >> paul, capitol hill journalist miriam, digital journalist with abc news and mike, director of the senate radio and
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intelligence senate gallery. [applause] it's year we have olga and mike at the head table but it's their staff to the way out the deep appreciation. note on thank you for everything you do for advocating for coverage, for all your hard work on the political conventions and inauguration and every news event in between, thank you. i want to thank our event planners. if you didn't notice this dinner is different this year. [applause] we have a new team and i'd especially like to thank philip, patricia anderson, a -- for all their hard work of putting tonight's events together. and to my wife for her support.
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like to offer a toast to the hundred 15th congress. the radio television correspondent association has 457 member organization and 3700 broadcasters credentialed to cover congress. none of them are fake news. so 12 are broadcasters who keep our government accountable, cheers. [applause] house speaker paul ryan currently serves as the 54th speaker of the house when i told him is from baraboo wisconsin he always says he knows three things about baraboo. even though it's not in his district. his former chief of staff is from there, he knows about the international train foundation and he spent his circus world museum so i thought about
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juggling some fire tonight but apparently there's a fire code that doesn't apply to all the candles on your table. were thrilled to have the republican ringmaster himself, house speaker, paul ryan. [applause] [applause] >> good evening are you doing?
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good thanks for having me, by the way, i know bobby bounces nice to meet you in person first really want to thank the executive board of the radio tv correspondents association and on behalf of the people i work with want to thank olga and her team ladies and gentlemen, tonight i have prepared my remarks in a way that will forever revolutionize the way that you hear speeches. it will be organized in a stream of bullet points. they tell me that was a joke
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they swore to me that was going to be a funny joke. i wasn't so sure, thank you for proving me right. some of you might be wondering why came here so soon never too early for a speaker to work on his next gig. plus i have a whole bunch leftover dad jokes. after that dinner were spent about a third of the time rip on the president to give me a call the next morning and he liked the speech. he told me he watched on tv and thought it was great which i thought was weird, the president watches tv, so this dinner the first dinner was 73 years ago you want to share the stories that go on about that first night, was incredible look, shouldn't reflect that because
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chuck and nancy are not here this evening, apparently as bingo night at the white house tonight. i understand adam cannot be here as well. canceling the guy. you think those five to seven minute heads i have to admit i see really well just people without you guys were all about relaxing the dress code that was something, those of you in the radio tv gallery, i thought the practice of speakers attire ended when john boehner left. >> but when i take a look at this, i think about president trump and how he told us were not gonna stop winning and we
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would get so tired of winning. we still have a little bit of progress to make on that front unless of course you are john boehner. halloween is coming this week, it's going to go is something new as it goes anthony scaramucci the gentleman had to keep it clean and family-friendly. so i went to do the sheer summit go to go with eddie munster for halloween. now i didn't think half of you would understand the joke but i figured what the heck girls can be here tonight will probably understand that joke. thursday mornings is yoga morning cerise i have to get going to yoga. that helps me get through the
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day. my mantra in yoga is tax reform tax reform nevertheless, i wanted to come by. because i've seen your latest approval ratings and i want to tell you, keep your headset. as those they are, it could be worse they could be my approval ratings but, sure you don't want to take advice from a politician but i do have one piece, luke russert, wherever you are maybe just take a little more time by the way on the way over here is going to the president's tweets, just kidding, i don't read those things for some things i don't like talking about like aaron
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rodgers century, the president called me right after that as well and he was very thoughtful and offered to semi jared kushner to start in his place. >> the president offers a lot of ideas, he calls me up with different ideas is a big reality tv got in the keeps tell me these jobs are like reality tv, you got shark tank, man versus wild, survival, and then of course you have the biggest loser, that the president's favorite one. this year there are some issues with media access at the capital so i want to get serious for a
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second i know you're thinking it was gonna be an adult day care center there but sometimes these go little too far. we believed in having open access but sometimes have to watch the limits. last week i was talking with my staff there's chat outside washing my window. think we've never photo of it that i go down pennsylvania avenue to get a haircut and apparently film that moonlights as a barter for a nothing look rough at cnn, but geez so, how the heck did nora, charlie and gail get into my yoga cass class even hunting, it's one thing i do to get away from things casey, it's just really not that
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safe so we all need to be proud in the capital that we set the standard for media access. a serious note, we are proud that we do set the tone in the temple for media access. we need to strive to keep it that way. there's a few serious thoughts and like to leave you. one thing you heard me talk about is the need to improve the political discourse. there is room for improvement. but too many of us think were infallible. we think that we always have it right. on the first to admit that we do not always get it right, that fact has been well checked and reported. but in this room we can admit
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that even the media gets it wrong from time to time. and then there's times we disagree on what's right and what's fair. a little more humility and more listening could help as well. or than anything, were here to challenge each other. the push and the pull mixer system stronger. this is a feature, not above challenging one another does not mean we have to impugn motives. we don't have to be so obsessed with keeping score in this happens all the time, it doesn't have to be so adversarial. things will never exactly be tranquil to former senate historian tries to retrace problems of politicians of the press city stopped after the first congress the point is this, this relationship is
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crucial it will endure, the institutions will endure. if a messy system but this is the best possible system i completely realize on a free and open press. [applause] founders understood this, and this too will endure. a republic doesn't work without what you do. beneath the scar tissue on the cynicism which we have at a high level, we all share common humanity. we have to make it just that, more common. we only to make our vibrant public square something where
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disagreements are emphasized but not exploited. ideas are debated in full, free, open debate but not just in the chambers we need to make sure the values we are pulled her enough to get us through any stormy moment. the invitation i give to see a lot of my colleagues here invitation is, but the pen down and let's stop spinning and playing gotcha and get to know each other just a little bit more. let's work at remembering the reach of important jobs in roles to play and where human beings that little acknowledgment can help us improve the discourse we have from the mutual respect we have for each and every one of each other. [applause]
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yes joe, probably venue we have a phenomenal country with beautiful principles and we are living examples of people for carrying out those principles. they will endure, we have to believe in one another and when we do this, will make this country a better place in the system that's so crucial to our liberty and freedom that our prosperity will endure. thank you for having me. have a great night. [applause] . .
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it is hard in more than 100 stations nationwide. more than 5 million viewers per week. he also heard on iheartradio. he is a new york times best-selling author could extend a comedian and he is the youngest member inducted into the national radio hall of fame. ladies and gentlemen, please welcome, bobby bones. [applause] >> my favorite part about the introduction there was the entire table turned their back when they heard my name. that's okay! i don't know why it sometimes. i will say that wolf is right there. i have been tweeting you for like two years! how many emoji do i need to send it to get acknowledgment? how are you? this is like everybody i see on
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t.v. scream at each other all in one room! this is amazing. i have not wanted tuxedos of the glasgow plan. i don't know if you've ever seen happy feet, the penguin will be. except all of the penguins here are about tax reform. there is a story want to tell. i've never told it in public. i think that this is the one time to tell it. it is absolutely true story. about two years ago, it was around 11 pm and i was watching the news. it was before president trump was president trump. he was just donald trump, a guy. he was talking about running for president and he was wearing a make america great again had. and i have a clothing line and i said let's see if that is ab.. so i go to the government site and it was not registered make
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america great again was unregistered and the end president was wearing it on his head. at the time he was on the president and i thought i will take that. and i bought it. and then i waited. because you do not own it right away. and i thought there's got to be something to this. there is no way at the time that donald trump is wearing a hat out in front of millions of people and he does not own the trademark. so i called my attorney and i said, no one has claimed it. two months later, it popped up on the website. i owned "make america great again". now, you clap. i was not clapping because all of a sudden, the attorneys for donald trump at the time were calling me like crazy! saying hey, we are going to sue you. i did nothing wrong. business move. so i owned "make america great
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again". and i started selling t-shirts with my face on the statue of liberty and donating all of the mind to st. jude's children's research hospital. and i was in new york city. messy mr. trump i will sell you, "make america great again" a $100,000 if you donated to st. jude's. that was the only part i didn't want money for myself. so tmz was blowing that they want the story. but thendown some stores are bl blowing me up. then i realize it not want to get sued and ended up having to give it over to that group. and they wrote a check for $2000 for it. and i learned a couple of lessons. for one, never mess with the legal team of president trump. and number two, i did not want to end up with one of those cute twitter nicknames like
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bobby boehner. so i am glad i got away from it. but for a while i was the owner of "make america great again". i've never shared that story until right now. [applause] >> let's get to business here because we have a lot to talk about. there are a lot of great people in the room. that i have been able to meet and for me has been fantastic. my radio show, is not a political show. but i'm able to do every morning is talk to millions of people. at the privilege of talking to your constituents, your readers, viewers, everyone is trying make them laugh. sometimes i fly with them. as was the case a couple of weeks back with the shooting in las vegas. i was there at the festival. the country music community was devastated, i was devastated. so what came out of all the tragedy was something super inspiring. people from all over the country with all different
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political views came together as a community to support and comfort each other to donate money, send prayers and thoughts to those suffering. it reminded me of the responsibility we all have in the media, and public life and that is to keep people safe, keep them informed and especially us in the media. to keep them informed.i went on the air at 5:00 a.m. and turned everything off except talking to people that were there and talking to people who were affected by it and talking with families. so i hope tonight that we take that away. for the t.v. people in radio people although in the back -- can you hear me? i heard someone in radio say that there is not a bad seat in the back. the only person with the bad seat is the person with the bad seat. i could see the show little too vividly, i will trade with you. you never have that happen. i just want to say thank you. the lifetime achievement award
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was established to honor the distinguished career of a washington broadcaster who achieved a body of journalistic work. with a deep expertise in congress the award recognizes where exceptional careers and signifies the admiration many broadcasters and follow behind and benefit from the work of the recipient. here to present tonight career achievement award, -- of abcnews. >> thank you very much. tonight is my great honor to present the radio television correspondents association career achievement award to abc's congressional editor tom schein. [applause] >> i should note that he is
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devoted more than 30 years of his career to telling a story of congress. he does not write, shoot, edit or produce the stories. identity has the most important role of the journalist, finding the story. he has this ability to truly get at the heart of what is going on in congress. and not just what congress does, or does not do. what members say or do not say. his stories often start well outside of washington. because he knows that is the best way to tell a story. with the people who are living every day, so that our viewers can truly understand how they are impacted by that story on a personal level. working side-by-side with tom over these already so my years i treasure his friendship, his counsel but i have become resigned to one fact, despite all of the money that abc spends, for computer support, i
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will always be the one that tom paul's when that thing doesn't work! tom is a truly remarkable person. not more than 30 minutes ago we were chatting upstairs. and, i should say is well known for his long hours. the boss of bosses said to tom, you're coming in late tomorrow, aren't you? and he said no, i will be there early. in the spirit of how one of his stories might turn out, here is our story of tom schein.♪ ♪ [music] ♪ >> tom schein is an ♪ institution in washington ♪ dc. ♪ >> tom schein walked in the ♪ door of the abc washington ♪ bureau as a desk assistance. ♪ may 12, 1973. ♪ >> the next week, the nation
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♪ tuned and forth gavel to ♪ gavel televised hearings ♪ from the nation's capital. >> we are about to begin hearings on watergate. >> and overexcited tom schein was there to cover on the south lawn, chastised later for it.♪ ♪ [music] ♪ >> a desk editor, assignment ♪ editor for the last 39 ♪ years. ♪ they are behind sam donaldson and frank reynolds in 1981. as they announced the assassination attempt on ronald reagan. >> the president was hit. he was hit in the left chest. >> tom has covered history from abc's news desk for more than for decades, nine presidents and dozens of congressional
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leadership teams. now congress is not held in such high regard. but tom, your respect for the institution has always been manifested. >> tom always believes in the importance of good government and responsible journalism. >> the thing that always impresses me about tom is how his men toward these generations of generalists. including me. he simply is among the most modern and creative storytellers i have ever known. >> tom understands the policymaking of washington politics. with a unique eye in the heart of the deal. >> he always had his eye on stories that would affect real people. >> you have been the person who kept me in line and guided me through my stories. tom, nobody knows more about covering washington news than you do. there is one thing though i do wish you a little bit more about baseball. >> outside of the newsroom tom
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is devoted to family. including his wife of 47 years, mary. and his passion, his photography. unforgettable, vibrant and serene stills of the capital. the young men who wanted to be walter cronkite is now an institution in this capital. >> it is, abc, you should be seeing a live shot. >> cnn definitely agrees.♪ ♪ [music] [applause] >> tom, if you will come up. i am honored to present this award to you. and i cannot think of a better person that i would like to walk side-by-side with. [applause]
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[applause] >> congratulations tom. >> thank you. i cannot ãi am really, really honored. i have been at abc for 45 years. that is really long. [laughter] really long! i do not tweet. which is a good gang, i think these days. [applause] >> yeah, thank you.
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i do not know how to tweet either. that is the other thing about it. how is that? i'm not on facebook, i am not on instagram and i do not fly. i tell you that because that is how i got a job on the abc television assignment desk. back then, the desk manager was having a difficult time finding the desk editor who would actually stay on the desk. reading the new york times, the washington post, the wall street journal front pages over the phone, each day at 7 am to sam donaldson, was not working. the editors wanted out. he wanted to travel. they wanted to become
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producers. but i said to the desk manager, i can solve your problem. i have a fear of flying. i will never ask to go on a trip. i was hired right away. [laughter] on the overnight, but i was hired. a couple of years later, bob ã that many of you know was working on capitol hill in the house radio television gallery. he came to abcnews and he decided to restructure the t.v. desk and he wanted editors not just to do logistics, but to do editorial work as well. so he gave us all a beat. i got capitol hill. that is the best. i really love covering capitol hill. one reason is because from time
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to time, i get to cover real people. someone like deborah ford who testified before senator claire mccaskill a few weeks ago. it was on opioids. she came to talk and tell the story about her daughter sarah who ended up in the hospital where she eventually died. because a drug representative joined with a dr. convinced a pharmacy to get her a new, very powerful drug. she did not need that drug. she had back pain, she had neck pain. but she did not have the pain of cancer that the drug was designed for. she did not know it was fentanyl. mother didn't, her dad didn't.
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several months later, she was dead. when her mother testified, she told the senator that it was massive fraud by the pharmaceutical company that caused her daughter's death. and that her daughters death certificate should have read, death due to corporate greed. tomorrow, the president is going to give an opioids speech. the question is, what will happen after the speech? will congress do anything? how will it be covered? and talking about congress, in the next couple of months they
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plan to pass at least one big bill. what will be in that bill? i do not have to tell any of you how to do your jobs because you know it better than i do. but i want to encourage everyone, please, keep asking the questions, keep on top of everything. make sure the public knows what is in the bill. you have to do that. you just have to do that. i thank you very much john for the award. [applause] thank you. i want to thank the rtca and harvey jensen i put together the video and -- she is a lot
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of pictures i gave her from when i was young. and you know i was young and my time. it was very nice, thank you. i want to thank robin who is here, she was the bureau chief of abc for many, many years. she always encouraged me. i thank you very much robin. and jonathan greenberger who is now the bureau chief who is allowing me to cover these types of stories. thank you. and i have to mention, my colleagues at the desk. -- perhaps, the biggest thanks should go to mary ray. because she is my wife, she is at the table, my other daughter
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could not be here but she has always always supported me. [applause] i will stop. thank you, thank you, all of you, very much! thank you. [applause] [applause] >> that was a fantastic speech and again, it shows how important the jobs are that we do. i think all of us got a little
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emotional. one more round of applause. that really was fantastic! [applause] >> our jobs are very important. because of the public service to others. we are there to inform, we are that you educate. for me, i do not always have awesome jobs. at the golf course maintenance for a while. i worked at a marina for a while. i finally got a job at hobby lobby which is a craft store. and i thought that it was going to give me a lot of girls until i had to answer the phones, hobby lobby, this is bobby. and then [laughter] >> i still do not have any girls. when i was coming tonight they said that this is the nerd prom it's more like your uncles third marriage. everyone is so rich! i was on twitter and the
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president tweeted that he is going to release the jfk files and he furthermore lands to call out colonel sanders for the cassie secret recipe. very important! we will take a break for you to enjoy your meals at this point. i want you to eat, it will take like 30 minutes, have your food, for me ãi am happy to be here with such great people. i know that before i sit down i will say this, it is very divisive time in our country. it feels like everyone is on constant edge. and it feels like at times we are extremely divided. like you, i am very upset that the kardashians keep having babies. so enjoy your meal. thank you. [applause] [inaudible
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conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations]
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>> as the dinner break gets underway here at the museum, a beautiful building in downtown washington. we will trade remarks from just a couple of minutes ago with house speaker paul ryan. being a bit comedic. >> evening! how are y'all doing? good! [applause] thank you behind me. rather, i know who bobby is! nice to meet you kind of sort of in person! good to see you. first of all, i want to thank the executive board of the radio t.v. correspondents association and i want to on
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behalf of the people i work with, i want to thank olga and her team out at the house radio t.v. gallery. [applause] ladies and gentlemen, tonight, i have prepared my remarks in a way that will forever revolutionize the way that you hear speeches. it will be organizing a stream of bullet points. they tell me that that was a joke. they swore to me that was going to be a funny joke. i was not so sure, thank you for proving the right. [laughter] look, some of you may be wondering why i came here so soon after my dinner. never too early for a speaker to work on his next gig. because i have a bunch of left over joke to work instead. this might surprise you bu


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