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Sep 3, 2009 6:30pm EDT
: good evening, george. that's right. white house officials seem to be caught flat-footed about this. what was supposed to be a straightforward speech is causing great controversy in some parts of the country, perhaps evidence about howdy slided this country remares. in the douglas county school district in colorado, the phones have been ringing off the hook. >> we've probably had about 40 to 50 calls today, and probably about 10 or 12 e marms today from parents. >> reporter: on conservative talk radio, the outrage is tangible. >> at e very least, he's stretching, if not violating the powers of the executive branch, the constitution, the bill of rights. >> reporter: some school districts in texas, illinois, virginia and wisconsin are refusing to show the president's address. why? what seems to be drawing the t preparatory materials from the department of education, asking students to write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. that has now been changed for students to, quote, write letters to themselves about how they can achieve their short-term and lon
ABC
Jul 24, 2009 6:30pm EDT
he's willing to attend. charlie? >> all right, dan harris in cambridge, thank you. and george stephanopoulos, host of "this week" is joining us. george, take me through what brought the president into the press room today. >> reporter: well, the white house did not want to do this. they were frustrated by the amount of attention this was getting on talk radio, on the news, in boston. when they met this morning, when the president met this morning with his advisers, they realized this was out of their control and only the president could get that control back. and the only way to do it was to call up sergeant crowley and go to the room and basically take his words back and come as close to an apology as he could in public, and they believe tonight that they have diffused the situation as well as they can. >> yes, the president didn't get quite to the point of apology, but he did certainly say my words should have been recalibrated. >> reporter: that's exactly right. and it's a nice touch to have all three of them come together in the white house. i found out the beer that serge
ABC
Sep 25, 2009 6:30pm EDT
robert gates told our george stephanopoulos, he believes they're only one to three years away. a very urgent problem, diane. >> speaking of george stephanopoulos, thanks to you, martha, and george is going to join us now. he is chief washington correspondent, host of "this week." george, there's talk of sanctions against the prospect of a nuclear weapon in one to three years. we have a list of sanctions, i've been reading them today, over the years. they haven't worked. why not? >> reporter: he said there are two reasons that might work now. political divisions we saw crop up over the summer the turmoil after those elections. secondly, in part because of the turmoil, iran is more economically vulnerable than they ever have been in the past. unemployment is very high, and if we cut -- if we crack downes personally on gasoline, that could have a real bite. >> do they think, though, does the secretary think that the iranians will just go to another mountain and tunnel into another site? >> reporter: that is the big question. i asked secretary gates, if we had any evidence of other s
ABC
Jul 22, 2009 6:30pm EDT
? >> jake tapper, thank you. and george stephanopoulos, host of "this week" is joining us. so, george, bring some clarity to all this. the president is so adamant that this needs to get done before congress goes on recess in august. is there any realistic chance it will happen? >> reporter: no, it's not going to happen, charlie. dick durbin, a close friend of barack obama, senator from illinois, told "the hill" magazine this afternoon, initially, we had hoped for a full vote by then, but i don't think it's going to be possible. he counts the votes in the senate. he has counted the votes. they know it's not possible. now, this move by the senate will also put the possibility that the house will pass the bill by august always in jeopardy. >> the house does not want to go first. >> reporter: this is a very, very tough vote for a lot of members. we just saw in jake's piece that sentiment. a lot of members don't want to take a tough vote, which is going to have cost controls and a tax increase if the senate is not going to act, as well. >> what is so critical about the one-month re
ABC
Aug 6, 2009 6:30pm EDT
why. why did george sudeodini walk i the club, turn off the lights, and start shooting. >> it is easy for me to hide from my emotions for one more day. >> reporter: george sodini all alone before a camera. >> one more day turns into one more year. >> reporter: you hear the pain in his sigh, and on his youtube video posted one year ago, you hear more of his obsession with younger women. >> when i'm 10 to 20 years older than she is, she has to feel good about this thing. >> reporter: and in a second video, during a house tour. this book, "how to date young women for men over 35." one young woman he mentions coveting in his blog neighbor patrica cohen's daughter. >> you know, he is probably looking out his window and saw her getting into her car. i mean, that's my daughter he is talking about! >> reporter: in a separate older website, crazygeorge.com, you see pictures of sodini in happier times. and an interview with himself asking, "have you ever been in love." >> reporter: the answer? >> hell yeah, lots of times, i am still single so obviously nothing ever worked out. >> i think he was
ABC
Sep 4, 2009 6:30pm EDT
they do, they're going to make do with the workers they have. george? >> so the workers need the consumers to come back. >> reporter: that's right. >> betsy, thank you. >>> let me bring in jake tapper now. we have a lot to cover. but let's begin with the economy. wall street shrugged this off, went up about 100 points, solid gains. seems like the core message from the white house is this could have been a lot worse. >> reporter: that's right, george the message from the white house is that the last time that the job loss numbers were this low was a year ago. they know they have a lot of work to do, but they are on the uptick. they say this is because of the recovery plan, the stimulus bill, which has meant good news out of the housing sector, and for manufacturing jobs and consumer confidence. >> a major announcement today from the white house, going forward, they are going to release the public the names of all the visitors to the white house, and that is unprecedented. >> reporter: it is historic. there are some exceptions. they will not release the names of individuals, disclo
ABC
Jul 20, 2009 6:30pm EDT
deficit is slipping even more. george stephanopoulos is here tonight. george, while the personal popularity number is always important. it is most important how things stand on the issue. >> right now president obama is more popular than policies. if you look at the big building blocks of his agenda, you do see the slip. look at the economy. earlier this year, he has 60% of the economy, that's down 8 points to 52%. on the deficit, 9 point drop. 52% to 43% and signature issue, health care. 57% earlier this year only 49%. charlie what's interesting. people who oppose the president on these issues are getting even more certain. for the first time the number strongly disapprove outnames those who strongly approve. >> republicans who oppose him on health care aren't doing better? >> they are not. the president still has wide advantage over the republican on the big issue. more than 20 points on the economy. 56% to 33%. and on health care, 54%, 34%. when people given a choice they prefer the president on some issues. >> does indicate the republican arguments on health care and deficit
ABC
Sep 8, 2009 6:30pm EDT
the republican party can rediscover that voice. >> george stephanopoulos is joining us now. george, the president may year for more moderate republican voices but it seems less and less likely he's going to get republican support on health care reform. >> reporter: it does, charlie. the last bipartisan negotiations are just about at an end point, likely to break down tomorrow and the democrats in the finance committee will have to come up with a majority on their own. what the president was trying to do in that interview, and tomorrow night, is reach out to the voters who are attract eed that sensibility. moderate republican voters who voted for president obama last year or open to him at the beginning of this year, starting to pull away. he wants to get them back by convincing them that he's going the extra mile. >> he keeps saying, we have to do something, the status quo is unstainable the problem becomes, what you do when you get into details. and he has to come up with a bill and they still haven't, that they know, can get enough senate votes and more than half the house votes.
ABC
Nov 4, 2009 6:30pm EST
emergency. we're joined by george stephanopoulos and jake tapper in chicago and jonathan karl here in new york. jake, let me start with you. john berman's reporting makes a couple points. the key groups for the president that voted a year ago, either stayed home or voted the other way, and also we had the president campaigning for the democrats in virginia and new jersey. so from whence can the white house take solace? >> referee: they take solace in the fact that majority of voters in emergenvirginia and emergenc president obama was not a factor how they voted. they have work to do how many voters were concerned about the economy and of course the voters that didn't turn out and of course looking at new york house rates which they said republicans made a national referendum and picked up the gauntlet and agreed with it and won. >> all right, jonathan karl, let me turn you to. what effect do the republican victories in new jersey and virginia have on the republicans in congress. do they just -- does everybody shuffle this off or do the republicans become enboldined as they go after the pr
ABC
Sep 21, 2009 6:30pm EDT
, thanks to you. and our chief washington correspondent, george stephanopoulos is joining us now. the president of the united states is, as martha points, between a rock and a hard place. >> that's right, charlie, the white house is feeling jammed suggesting more troops were necessary. and now the leak of this document. but administration officials i speak with, charlie, including the president, say there's a determination not to be rushed on this. that this decision could take several weeks. at least, especially in the wake of those afghan elections. you need a legitimate government in afghanistan, they say is trusted and delivered. you don't have that right now. and, charlie, the president is nature alone in being torn over this decision. administration officials say that secretary gates is undecided. and it's well-known that vice president biden has been fishing for a narrower mission for some time. >> george, this is an interesting situation as martha points out. the president fired the general who was in afghanistan, put mcchrystal in charge. and now says, i'm not going to send m
ABC
Nov 24, 2009 6:30pm EST
sensitive to waning public support, so george stephanopoulos joins us. george, this speech in a week, he's got a sales job to do on the public and to some extent to his own democrats in congress. >> reporter: he sure does, charlie. more opposition there than among republicans. the public is weary of this war butdy individualed on what to do next and unsure if a new strategy is going to make any difference in preventing terrorism in the united states. what the president has to do in the speech is explain why we're there right now, how the strategy is going to be different, and how theyat's goi to get us out. by going in more heavily now, we can get out more quickly later. that's a high degree of difficulty. >> and if there is opposition in congress, how does it get expressed? where does the battle come? >> reporter: it is all about the money, charlie. house speaker nancy pelosi said today that there's great unrest in the democratic caucus over the question, can we afford this war? a majority of democrats are not prepared to support more funding now and there's a real debate over whether the
ABC
Dec 10, 2009 6:30pm EST
jake tapper is with us, and our chief washington correspondent george stephanopoulos is here in new york. jake, this was a fine line he had to walk in this speech because of this, expanding the war in afghanistan and getting the peace prize. i'm cup urious how they approac this speech. >> reporter: the speech evolved organically as they wrote it. the president wanted to address this apparent disconnect. and eventually, all the coherent thoughts he wanted to put into a speech became something of an obama doctrine, what about human rights, he would say, what about the idea of a just war? it became a coherent whole. the idea that there can be a just war, but that peace looks in a particular way, that is, that the u.s. would be held to a higher standard than its enemies. two, that we will engage with our adversaries, such as iran, north korea. three, that we will need to support human rights and economic injustice because if not, those will become conflicts eventually, and fourth, that we need to engage in tough diplomacy and in that there is a subtle message to china and russia, that w
ABC
Aug 7, 2009 6:30pm EDT
have a lot more explaining to do. >>> we're joined by our chief washington correspondent george stephanopoulos. i don't think i have seen this widespread pattern of angry discourse on any issue before. >> you have to go back 25 years, late 1980s, when congress passed health care reform. this is widespread anger you're talking about is really something. the town halls seem to have taken on a life of their own. republicans have to be worried they're going to befined by their most tempered voices. >> is the white house concerned, george, that this congressional recess, with members going home and getting this kind of reaction, are they worried this is going to hurt the chances for health care reform when congress comes back. >> they're worried, but they also see it as a possible opportunity. the whole effort needs a bit of a breathing space. there's concern on both sides about how quickly this has all been done. they know they have to address these real questions about what this reform will mean to individual americans. and their families. especially those who have health insurance
ABC
Oct 19, 2009 6:30pm EDT
years. so george stephanopoulos is with us tonight. george, a couple of things surprise me. there's the public option in particular. more favor of the public option, public insurance, government insurance plan than favor health care reform itself? >> really splicing, charlie, that's exactly right. what's ironic about this, it may not make the job of the white house and senate democrat leaders any easier, they still don't have 60 votes in the senate for the public health insurance option. and these poll numbers are energizing the supporters without option. >> in other words, it deepens the divide over public option? >> right. >> and they don't think they have the votes in the senate any which way? >> not right now, charlie, no, they don't. >> and the republican support level being so low. >> 26-year low, charlie. that's a huge problem, especially when you impair it to president obama. look at this number, we asked americans who do you trust for the country's future. 49% said president obama. only 19% said republicans in congress. now, republicans in congress say they're still dealing
ABC
Oct 28, 2009 6:30pm EDT
correspondent martha raddatz is joining us now, along with our chief washington correspondent george stephanopoulos. martha, let me start with you. when john mccain says something like that, you wonder if it reflect what military leaders are saying privately. are they saying, privately, what mccain and what former vice president cheney said the other day that the president is dithering with this decision, and it ebb dangers the troops? >> reporter: i don't think they are, charlie. the people i've talked to, the senior officials, say they are not sending young men and women out of missions that are anymore dangerous or where they need more troops, but there is a perception that the enemy is taking advantage of this situation. one senior official said to me, a senior office, says, it seems quite clear that the taliban and others are trying hard to influence the decisions regarding additional troop deployments. so, that is what they think. who i think it is hard on is the families. the families look at this and say, am i sending my son or daughter other there, and are they making the ri
ABC
Oct 2, 2009 6:30pm EDT
. our chief washington correspondent and the host of "this week" george stephanopoulos. george, let's get to the president. he put a lot into this. >> he certainly did, charlie. what he was told is there is no chance that chicago could win if he didn't go. and white house officials point to history and say it's now become something of a tradition for heads of state to go, especially after tony blair went and secured the olympics, a come from behind victory for london a couple of years ago. i think christine hit on some important points. what you can fault the white house for perhaps is fail to understand that international olympic committee politics and putting the prestige of the presidency on the line for something that wouldn't have been that great a payoff. >> well, he might have been darned if he did and darned if he didn't. if he hadn't gone and we lost, you say, why didn't you go? if he does go, he gets criticism for that. in the long run, do you think this is seen as a poke in the eye to the president himself? or as we were talking about with christine, to the united st
ABC
Sep 9, 2009 6:30pm EDT
washington correspondent george stephanopoulos is joining us now. david's interesting there. we will have the votes. sounds like they are not confident they have them yet. >> reporter: because they don't, charlie. they don't have the votes right now for a bill that can get through the house and senate, get to the president's desk. they know that. that's why they are giving the speech tonight. and it comes at a time when the public, though they back the president on this idea that the status quo is unacceptable, back the general idea of health care reform, now polls show a majority of americans don't support the specific plans being kicked around congress right now and don't, a majority don't support the way the president has handled this issue. >> they want some republican votes. they have talked from the beginning about desiring bipartisanship. but the house leader, john boehner, had this to say. >> what the american people want us to do most right now is to do everything we can to make sure this doesn't happen. >> it doesn't happen. the republicans in opposition? >> reporter: right now, jus
ABC
Sep 15, 2009 6:30pm EDT
. >> reporter: they point out that president george w. bush was also called a nazi and a fascist and was booed by democrats during a state of the union speech and labeled a liar on the floor of congress. conservatives argue that we are a nation built on dissent, and that opposition to the current president is based on substantive disagreements over issues like health care. >> i just think that it's very wrong-headed and unfair to suggest that the americans that oppose some of these proposals are doing so because of racism. >> reporter: the white house is trying very hard not to be pulled into this debate. >> i don't think the president believes that people are upset because of the color of his skin. >> reporter: mr. obama's election was hailed as a new chapter in american race relations. it's becoming crsingly clear that this new chapter may not be fully written. dan harris, abc news, new york. >>> in other news, the pentagon's top military man said today more u.s. troops are vitally needed in afghanistan. but joint chiefs chairman mike mullen did not specify how many more troops the pentagon
ABC
Aug 19, 2009 6:30pm EDT
george stephanopoulos joins us again tonight from washington. let's talk about what's going on in this health care debate, george. the white house, for so long, has been saying they wanted a bipartisan health care reform bill. seems now as if they are talking about, they won't get that. >> reporter: that's right, charlie. the white house is publicly d y denying that there's any change in strategy, and the president said late today he hopes a bipartisan bill. but they have been recognizing that the chances of getting that are very, very low, and they've been talking about how to work towards a bill with democrats only in both the house and the senate. >> well, they have large majorities in both the house and the senate. but do they have all the democrats in line and on board with what they're talking about? >> reporter: not right now, charlie. they don't have 50 votes in the senate, yet, there's a real split in the democratic party between those who say there must be a public health insurance option and those who say there must not be one inside the bill. they are working on this right
ABC
Oct 23, 2009 6:30pm EDT
attention? we begin with lisa stark in washington tonight. lisa? >> reporter: well, george, minneapolis airport police were the first on that northwest jet after it landed, and they headed right into the cockpit. we now have that police report. it indicates the captain turned and gave the police officers two thumbs up and shook his head to indicate all was okay. the police also said the pilots were cooperative, apologetic and appreciative. there's been a flood of speculation about what was going on in the cockpit of that northwest jet. today the pilot wouldn't say much. >> i really can't. there's a board next week. tell you this, neither of us were asleep. >> reporter: richard cole, and fellow pilot timothy cheney told police, "they had become involved in conversation and had not heard radio communications." investigators may have only their word to go by because the cockpit voice recorder caught just the last 30 minutes of the flight. by that time, it was likely just routine communications about landing in minneapolis. veteran pilots say when the crew first overflew the ai
ABC
Aug 3, 2009 6:30pm EDT
george stephanopoulos that reducing health care costs will not be enough to reduce the deficit. >> that's necessary, but not sufficient. we're going to do some other things, as well. >> so revenues are on the table, as well? you can't rule it out. >> reporter: by revenues, of course, george means new taxes. >> well, i think that what the country needs to do is understand we're going to have to do what it takes. >> reporter: national economic council director larry summers suggested the president does not want to burden middle class families, but tax increases could happen. >> there is a lot that can happen over time. but the priority right now, so it is never a good idea to absolutelyule things -- rule things out, no matter what. >> reporter: the white house today tried to walk back both men's messages. >> the president made a very clear commitment to not raise taxes on middle class families. >> reporter: but the president's ambitious agenda, especially deficit reduction, might make require phrasing taxes on middle class. >> we're going to have to have higher revenue and that m
ABC
Sep 21, 2009 6:30pm EDT
offset the cost. in a round of sunday morning interviews yesterday, abc's george stephanopoulos asked president obama, who supports the insurance mandate, whether the new proposed penalties amounted to a new tax. >> here's what's happening. you and i are both paying $900 bucks on average-- our families- - in higher premiums because of uncompensated care. now, what i've said is that if you can't afford health insurance, you certainly shouldn't be punished for that. that's just piling on. if, on the other hand, we're giving tax credits, we've set up an exchange, you are now part of a big pool, we've driven down the costs, we've done everything we can, and you actually can afford health insurance, but you've just decided, "you know what, i want to take my chances," and then you get hit by a bus and you and i have to pay for the emergency room care, that's... >> that may be, but it's still a tax increase. >> no. that's not true, george. the... for us to say that you've got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase. what it's saying is, is that we're
ABC
Oct 26, 2009 6:30pm EDT
allowing states if they choose to opt out. george stephanopoulos is joining us. george, when the bill was in committee, democrats said we don't have the votes for the public option. the public option is dead. what has happened since? and do we have the votes now? >> well, charlie, he certainly doesn't have the votes to get this to the senate floor. but with the democrats that didn't include the public option in the bill than if it did. but there are stl at least three democrats who are holding out that won't commit to the bill. senator blanche lincoln of arkansas, senator landrieu, and senator ben nelson of nebraska. this move will almost certainly cost the democrats the vote of olympia snowe from maine. >> i was going to get to that. she was the only republican who supported this. if the public option is in there, she's going to opt out. now, the president went out of his way to get some bipartisan support, i.e., olympia snowe. if she's gone -- >> the senator said she's deeply disappointed in the move by senator reid. she said the democrats would have to go it alone. what could happen he
ABC
Dec 15, 2009 6:30pm EST
running out. >> jonathan karl, time is running out. and our chief political correspondent george stephanopoulos joins us now. it is crunch time, and it would appear this is tenuous and could be falling apart. >> no question about that, charlie. that means that any single democratic senator or one of those two independents has tremendous bargaining power, tremendous leverage. the bazaar is open right now. each senator has to ask, do i want to be the senator who brings this bill down. >> well, in other words, they are worried if they don't pass something they'll have to pay a price for that. what's the incentive? our new poll shows that health care reform isn't particularly popular. >> reporter: that's exactly right. 53% disapprove of how the president is handling health care right now. majority disapprove of the bill before the not right now. the white house firmly believes that the punishment for failure is far worse than passing an unpopular bill. they believe they can sell it down the road. but if they fail, they will send a message that washington doesn't work. >> passing some
ABC
Jul 13, 2009 6:30pm EDT
hurricane george, hurricane katrina and recent fire. today she joined a political fray. >> our health care system cannot continue on the bath we're on. >> reporter: the democratic leaders whom the president met with today all left the white house pledginging them elthey' have their house reform bills passed before the we kres but the senate plans are much murkier. it's where the real challenge for the president lies. >> jake tapper at the white house. >>> the economy is next. tress tri reported the federal deficit reach aid milestone. passed 1 trillion. flood of red ink due to efforts to combat recession and wars in iraq and afghanistan. rising deficit is sparking fears of inflation and higher interest rates. wall street seemed to shrug it all off. dow jones industrials rose 185 points and nasdaq up 37. rallies fueled by expectations of strong quarterly earnings reports from the banking sector. goldman sachs leading the way expecting a $2 billion profit. >> reporter: the big question tonight with goldman sachs expected to have huge profits with the economy. >> they put their money beh
ABC
Jul 27, 2009 6:30pm EDT
settlements. the president special envoy george mitchell reiterated israel must start dealing with the settlement issue but the president's call a freeze on construction is getting the coldest of shoulders from jerusalem. here's simon mcgregor-wood. >> reporter: this is israel's answer to the obama administration's demands to freeze settlement construction --more building. and the number of settlers is higher than ever before. the israeli military announced today over 300,000 now live on land palestinians want for their new state. israel's refusal to stop the building is putting real strain on relations between the obama administration and prime minister binyamin netanyahu. at this settlement just outside jerusalem, they are building 200 new apartments this year. they want to build 900 next year. unless president obama can persuade the israelis to stop this kind of project, his dream of middle east peace may remain just a dream. >> he will have to send a clear message to netanyahu, that if the settlements don't stop, israel will pay for it. >> reporter: and in damascus sunday, cair
ABC
Nov 2, 2009 6:30pm EST
our chief washington correspondent george stephanopoulos joins us. let's start with the house race. liberal republican gets forced out of the race with a conservative. what happened to the big tent? >> well, the republicans say that dede skozzafava is just stretching it too tight. she wasn't part of the mainstream of the party, according to those party officials. democrats say that's a sign that the extremists have taken over the party. and, charlie, this isn't the last time that you're going to see conservative challengers to moderate races. the charlie crist is facing a challenge from ruby. >> and new jersey? >> new jersey, incumbent jon corzine is in a dead heat with chris christy. watch for getting out of the vote of unenthusiasm democrats. two, there's a third-party candidate in this race as well, chris daggett, the better a third-party candidate the better that corzine's going to do which is is one of the reasons that corzine's campaign is having to admit they were calling republican voters to try to get them to vote for daggett. >> and the republican race, i gather that's go
ABC
Sep 1, 2009 6:30pm EDT
majority of americans think the war is not worth fighting. and today, george will called for rapidly reversing america's involvement in afghanistan. here's martha raddatz. >> reporter: one day in the next few weeks, the president will receive a recommendation from his military commanders in afghanistan that will almost certainly include a request for thousands of more troops, presenting president obama with one of the greatest dilemmas of his presidency. on the one hand, mr. obama as a candidate and president argued repeatedly for a more robust engagement in afghanistan. >> we take to take more resources and put them into afghanistan. america must no longer deny resources to afghanistan. this is not a war of choice. this is a war of necessity. >> reporter: on the other hand, the war is increasingly unpopular, with a stunning 51% of americans now saying the war is not worth fighting. in 2002, that number was only 6%. in his column today, george will calls for a pullout of almost all ground forces, leaving the battle against al qaeda to quote drones, cruise missiles and airstrikes. >>
ABC
Oct 5, 2009 6:30pm EDT
richard grinker of george washington university wrote a book analyzing the prevalence of autism. >> you can't really compare today's rates with the rates of 10 years ago, 20 years ago, 50 years ago because they're apples and oranges. the concept of autism was very different in the past than it is >> reporter: many scientists now believe that 1 in 100 will finally emerge as a autism rate edge can agree on. >> today, autism is not as stigmatizing a diagnosis as it and so parents are much more comfortable saying, "my child has autism." that means my child has challenges, but that als means my child has strengths. >> reporter: and that is changes are but otherwise, today's study leaves family with autism of where they were before with a great deal of work to support it. >> and our medical unit has put together combrensive information about automatic fichl, including expert answers to more than 200 frequently asked questions. you can find it at our blog, the world newsers at abcnews.com. >>> and three childrens have won the nobel prize. elizabeth blackburn, carol greiger and jack szo
ABC
Aug 13, 2009 6:30pm EDT
most is that bush walked away from him. george bush softened. >> reporter: cheney enjoyed unprecedented power and influence during bush's first term. but the boss ultimately rejected cheney's advice to continue the practice of water boarding to stand by the secretary of defense, donald rumsfeld, and to pardon cheney's former chief of star staff, scooter lib libby. >> cheney thinks bush bent on these things for the wrong reasons. that he lost his nerve in the face of public criticism. >> reporter: cheney famously ignores public opinion. that much was crystal clear last year when abc's martha raddatz asked him about the iraq war. >> two-thirds of americans say it's not worth fighting, and they're looking at the value gain versus the cost in american lives, certainly, and iraqi lives. >> so? >> reporter: president bush answered the same question with a lot more humility. >> well, you know, look, obviously i care about what the american people think. they're the people that are paying for the effort. >> reporter: cheney has been downright contemptuous of other administration officials who l
ABC
Jul 29, 2009 6:30pm EDT
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Aug 4, 2009 6:30pm EDT
nuclear issue. >> thanks, and we'll take that question to our chief washington correspondent, george stephanopoulos. let's start with the mission itself, private mission, but obviously, the white house and state department knew about this. >> weeks of conversation with the security council, al gore, who was thought to be the envoy, the number one choice, but the north koreans made it clear they wanted a former president. they wanted clinton. he was in conversations with the white house over the weekend, flew out, and was probably on his way home right this second. >> there are so many issues between the u.s. and north korea, and he met with kim jong-il, so is the expectation he got into the issues? >> the north korea state media said the former president gave a message from president obama. the white house says that is not the case. he said the president was under strict instructions not to go beyond this brief at all. only talk about the journalists. north korea has been looking for ways to get around the six-party talks. >> it's interesting if this causes a precedent. the iranians
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Sep 24, 2009 6:30pm EDT
that violate the nuclear non proliferation treaty. george shultz, president reagan's secretary of state, was on hand today. he was quoted. >> i quote, "a nuclear war --" >> cannot be won and must -- >> "never be fought." >> this was his dream. to find a world without nuclear weapons. so, i can imagine right now, ronald reagan is smiling. >> reporter: many observers say a world without nuclear weapons is not realistic, but working towards the goal is important in order to discourage other countries from obtaining the weapons. >> many countries want to control the dangerous technology, prevent it from falling into the hands of terrorists. but many countries also still believe in the value of nuclear weapons as a deterrent. >> reporter: but beyond the lofty language, are major questions about the real impact of today's resolution. iran and north korea are believed to be pursuing nuclear weapons and neither are part of the nuclear non-proliferation trty. >> we must now consider far tougher sanctions together. >> reporter: and china pushed back, saying sanctions were not the answer, making f
ABC
Sep 10, 2009 6:30pm EDT
. more recently in 2005, some democrats booed george w. bush during the state of the union address. icon cli, in his speech, president obama was not only pleading for health care reform but also for more civil debate here in washington. >> too many have used this as an opportunity to score short-term political points, even if it robs the country of our opportunity to solve a long-term challenge. >> reporter: that's almost certainly true but it also may be naive to expect it to change. david wright, abc news, washington. >>> the president's speech was his most detailed and specific yet about what he would support in a health care bill, but is everything he claimed about the benefits of his health care reform plan supported by the facts? we asked our white house correspondent jake tapr to give the speech a fact check. >> reporter: the president tried to do a fact check of his own. >> the reforms i'm proposing would not apply to nose who are here illegally. >> reporter: would the reforms apply to illegal immigrants? the answer is no. house and senate bills say any new government subsidies t
ABC
Oct 6, 2009 6:30pm EDT
physics. charles gau was honored in his work in fiber optics. and then, willard boyle and george smith won for inventing the imaging technology used in digital cameras. >>> and coming up next, david when she gives me that look. when at last we're alone. when we both decide. announcer: today, guys with erectile dysfunction can be ready with another dosing option from cialis. cialis for daily use is a clinically proven low-dose tablet you take every day, so you can be ready anytime the moment is right. so relax and take your time. tell your doctor about your medical condition and all medications and ask if you're healthy enough for sexual activity. don't take cialis if you take nitrates for chest pain, as this may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. don't drink alcohol in excess with cialis. side effects may include headache, upset stomach, delayed backache or muscle ache. to avoid long term injury seek immediate medical help for an erection lasting more than 4 hours. if you have any sudden decrease or loss in hearing or vision stop taking cialis and call your doctor right away
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Sep 17, 2009 6:30pm EDT
san francisco, where hararvey milk d george mosconi were gunned down in city hall 30 years ago. the chairman of the national republican congressional committee, pete sessions, said the speaker's statement was insulting and called it a verbal assault on voters. >>> police arrested a yale university lab technician today and charged him with the murder of annie le. raymond clark made a brief court appearance this afternoon, but did not enter a plea. bail was set at $3 million. david muir is in new haven this evening. david? >> reporter: charlie, we have learned that raymond clark is being held in a maximum security prison here in connecticut. it comes just hours after authorities swiftly move in and arrested the lab technician who worked in the same building annie le did her research. tonight's he's charged with murder. just after 8:00 this morning, fbi agents raced up the backstairs of this motel 8 in cromwell, connecticut. they were headed for room 214, where raymond clark spent the night with his father. the arrest came just over 24 hours after police obtained dna samples from clark
ABC
Sep 18, 2009 6:30pm EDT
president's plan might be based on race. george stephanopoulos asked him about that when his interview was taped this afternoon, and george is joining us. george? >> reporter: charlie, we spent about 20 minutes with the president in the roosevelt room off the oval office. he's pushing health care this week, but we covered a lot of other ground, including the questions about race. white house officials dismissed those who say that racism is motivating the president's opponents, but this was the first time the president addressed it personally, and i asked him if it frustrated him that his allies like president carter see racism in places where he doesn't think it's in play. >> well, look -- i think that race is such a volatile issue in this siety, always has been, that it becomes hard for people to separate out race being sort of a part of the backdrop of american society, versus race being a predominant facto in any given debate. and what i've said, when we talked about during the campaign, are there some people who don't like me because of my race? i'm sure there are. are th
ABC
Aug 21, 2009 6:30pm EDT
numbers, the president's team is certainly aware of them, and so a short time ago, we talked to george stephanopoulos, who joined us from the grand canyon, where he is interviewing john mccain this weekend. george, when you hear the numbers, 50% of americans oppose, the vast majority of whom strongly opposed what does the white house do? >> reporter: well, they have a lot to do. they're going to take a break, david, to give the white house and the president a chance to recharge. and to let this whole debate cool down before labor day. they know that with the public, they have to do a better job of convincing those who have health insurance that they're going to be helped by the president's plan, and that they're going to pay a price if it fails. and when with the congress, they're really focusing on unifying the democrats now, behind a single plan, but the problem with that was illustrated in the last 24 hours, speaker of the house nancy pelosi said there can't be a bill without a public health insurance option. her number two said, the public health insurance option might have to be s
ABC
Aug 26, 2009 6:30pm EDT
inspired our country through his devotion to public service. former president george w. bush, in a life filled with trials, ted kennedy never gave in to self-pity or despair. and massachusetts other senator, john kerry, these last months taught us much more about how to live life, sailing into the wind one last time. kennedy's life encompassed so much. tragedy. five of his brothers and sisters died or lived tragically. triumph. no senator in recent times has had such an impact on the country. and troubles. which may have kept him from ever being president. >> i was taught long ago that politics is a noble occupation, that public service is among the most honorable of professions. >> reporter: ted kennedy was intimately involved in public service for 49 years. he was the youngest of the nine kennedy children, the baby brother. teddy was the gregarious entertainer of the family. parents joe and rose had great ambitions for all their children, insisting each one contribute something to the world. ted kennedy was the third longest serving united states senator ever, and one of the most dist
ABC
Dec 1, 2009 6:31pm EST
george stephanopoulos is with me here in new york and martha raddatz is down in washington. george, this took a long time. what did take him so long? >> reporter: i think the president was conflicted. i think he wassen convinced that he could avoid a quagmire in afghanistan. his team was very deeply divided on this question. perhaps the most important question, the president understood with this decision it becomes his war, so he had to put his stamp on the strategy and that was in order to have any chance of success and to get out quickly, you had to go in big and very fast. >> i'm going to come back to that point in a moment. martha raddatz, let me ask you, can the military do what the president is asking it to do as quickly as he's asking them to do it? >> reporter: that is an extremely ambitious goal, charlie. the marines can get in there quickly, i think there will be about 9,000 marines going in very quickly. but the army takes a much longer time to deploy. talking to officials over the last few months, they thought they could get a brigade, about 30,000 soldiers in about every qua
ABC
Nov 20, 2009 6:30pm EST
medicine, changing people's hab builts can come very slowly. george? >> john, thank you. >>> as we mentioned, the senate is heading towards a key vote tomorrow night on health care, which means the new guidelines on cancer testing have already become a political football in the debate over how the government should determine health care decisions. >> this is how rationing starts, and that's the point. >> in this bill, we prohibit the secretary of health and human services from denying coverage of treatment solely based on research. >> at what point is the government going to step in and say, we're not paying for that. and you're going to die earlier than you would if you received that treatment. >> the panels are free to make whatever recommendations they like. it's up to the congress to set public policy. >> and for more on this, we're joined by our chief medical editor dr. tim johnson, and jonathan karl on capitol hill. tim, let me begin with you. we see this political debate already beginning. let's start out with a little reality check. how much is what we saw this week the fut
ABC
Oct 9, 2009 6:30pm EDT
others, door roosevelt, wood draw wilson and jimmy cart verve been recipients. george stephanopoulos, the host of "this week" is joining us now. george, does this in any elem t elemental way change things in washington or change the way the president will act? >> reporter: not too much, charlie, i don't think so. i think on the international front, it may strengthen america's hand as he tries to confront the iranian and north korean nuclear problems, pursue peace in the middle east. on afghanistan, the president and his team will go to great insulate their decision from the nobel effect. at home, we saw this outcry today at home, but i think the president did a good job of deflecting the criticism today by basically agreeing with it. and in all of his body language, he seemed almost embarrassed by the prize, humbled and honored, he said. i think that helped him on the margins it may increase his approval rating just a little bit and encourage supporters who long for the glory days of the campaign. >> it is interesting the citation from the nobel committee. he's created a new climate
ABC
Jul 3, 2009 6:30pm EDT
policy in iraq, following the withdrawal of u.s. forces from urban areas. george stephanopoulos is traveling with the vice president in dbaghdad tonight. >> reporter: president obama gave vice president biden this job because he wants to put a sharp focus on issues here in iraq, and he wants the iraqis to know that the united states will remain engaged, though u.s. troops are withdrawing. that was vice president biden's message all day today, in all of his meetings. he also told me that he had a clear plan about how to get this done. >> i have some pretty clear ideas, the president has clear ideas. what needs to be done. look, our objective is to help the iraqis reach the kind of political accommodations they're going to have to reach so that when we leave, and we're going to leave, according to the agreement with made with them, that they have a stable political system. >> reporter: but in his press conference with the prime minister later in the day, the vice president did stress that the united states would help only if asked, and only if the iraqis believed it would help. >> an
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