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face down and losing all control ♪ ♪ here we go, here we go, we got to rock, easy come, easy go, now we on top ♪ i'm voting for barack obama, not because he's black. i'm voting for barack obama because he's brilliant. >> this is very personal for me. >> presidential campaigns are tough business. >> i feel change in the air. >> the democratic party has thrown us women aside. >> we're going to go to washington, and we're going to shake things up. >> i can't trust obama. he's an arab. >> the first african-american president of the united states. >> failure to act now will turn crisis into a catastrophe. >> this is not health reform, this is control. >> how is that hopey, changey stuff working out for you?
unmistakable message of change and new direction for america. [ cheers and applause ] >> it's been just five days since democrats took control of both houses of congress, but already the focus is shifting to the next big political prize, the white house. >> when the election season begins in 2007, the climate is not very good if you are a republican. the war in iraq is very unpopular, and many democrats think they can win the presidency. >> senator biden now joining a growing list of democratic candidates who are announcing their intentions for '08. >> on the democratic side you had a lot of candidates, senators like chris dod and joe biden, don edwards, bill richardson. you looked at all these people who were running, and in the end you thought, well, this is going to be hillary clinton's time. >> for some time now it has been now secret that senator hillary clinton would run for president, but today on her website she made it official.
>> i'm not just starting a campaign, though, i'm beginning a conversation. >> after six years as a senator, people believe in our pull by overwhelming margins that she has the credentials and the leadership skills to be president. >> i'm in it to win it with your help! >> she got a lot of experience. her husband was president, a pretty popular president. she had all the money. she had all the backers. she had all the big names. it looked like a good bet. >> senator barack obama threw his hat into the ring today. >> one thing you can say about illinois senator barack obama is that there has never been another presidential candidate like him. he has a foreign sounding name that rimes with osama. and he's admitted to using marijuana and cocaine as a teenager. he is half black, half white, and in terms of political experience, green. >> as a senate candidate in 2004, barack obama stepped onto the national stage and wowed the democratic national convention with his eloquence.
>> there is not a liberal america and a conservative america. there is the united states of america. there is not a black america and a white america and latino america and asian america. there's the united states of america. [ cheers and applause ] >> i encouraged barack obama to give thought to the presidency early on. i felt that he could really bring people together and increasingly the longer you're in washington the less viable you are. >> america is hungry for change. america wants something new. >> propelled by the media, hungry for a fresh face and a good story, he has graced the covers of "time" and news week, the pages of "men's vogue" and has been endorsed by oprah, a far cry from the way he's treated in the corridors of power in washington, where he is 88 on the senate's list of seniority. >> the clintons looked at obama and said you're not qualified to be president. they liked him. they thought he had a great
future, but their view was you don't run for president after you've been in the senate for like a week and a half. >> early polls show him third, trailing both senator hillary clinton and john edwards. >> we got two different americas. we got one for all those who are doing very, very well, and then one for everybody else. >> edwards is focused on an eradication of poverty, but the 2008 election was all about the war in iraq. >> you said if you were president in 2002, you would have not gone into war? >> right. >> however, how can you then explain the seeming contradiction from your voting to support the invasion? >> i do not believe that most of us who voted to give the president authority thought he would so misuse the authority we gave him. >> hillary clinton tries to explain it away, and that was ultimately unsatisfactory, especially on an issue that was so divisive. >> i am proud that i opposed this war from the start because
i thought that it would lead to the disastrous conditions that we've seen on the ground in iraq. >> obama was really smart, extraordinarily articulate, but vague. >> i went on your website to find some information about you, and i was wondering what really are your top issues? because it's not online. >> right. well, i'm not sure whether you're going to the campaign website or my senate website. >> at a health care forum, you didn't deliver, and critics say a foreign policy speech this week was long on vision, short on specifics. 2007 was a tough year for obama. he seemed to be trying to wing it. he had yet to demonstrate to people that he really understood policy. >> that's sharpton's blackberry. is that hillary calling? obama is having trouble convincing democrats to say i'm going to go with obama over clinton. they did not want to risk losing this election. >> i'm not asking that you take me on a leap of faith. i'm asking you to look at the
evidence and the record. >> we were feeling pretty gad about her prospects, but our polling showed there was this obstacle for her to prove that she could indeed be commander in chief, even though she was a woman. >> when you are attacked, you have to deck your opponents, and that is what i believe. >> so we were running on the fact that she was incredibly experienced. she could start this job on day one and just go. >> senator hillary clinton has more than doubled her lead over barack obama. >> we were as far as 30 points behind in the national polls. and our view was if we didn't win the first primary in iowa, there would be no chance to win the nomination, and so he spent more than 80 days there in 2007 meeting one on one and in small groups. >> are any of these people over 30? >> i'm on my way to mason city
and then to sioux city, and then to council bluffs, and then out and around. >> how many people are going canvassing today? it's a little brisk outside. it will be good for you. walk quick. talk fast. >> it's time that we moved from soundbites to sound solutions. >> we need to continue to press, keep the energy up. there is a huge momentum. >> iowa, you can make the difference. >> tomorrow night the future of the free world is riding on your shoulders. [ laughter ] >> don't feel any pressure. >> tonight across this state in all 99 counties, neighbors are gathering huddled together under the banner of their chosen candidate. >> an unprecedented turnout due in large part of the unusually high number of first-time caucus goers. >> the stereotypical iowa caucus goer is, you know, older,
female, what barack obama did is he went after the young people, and we all thought, well, that's just silly. i mean, they're never going to vote. we were horribly, horribly wrong. >> cnn is now ready to project that senator barack obama will win the iowa democratic caucuses, a dramatic development indeed. >> iowa's the whitest place outside the north pole. i mean, he's not just -- he's not just winning, he's winning handily there. >> no black people supposed to win in iowa because there's no black people in iowa. how did this happen? >> wait a minute, what does this mean going forward? >> we are one nation, we are one people, and our time for change has come! the cnn original series, the 2000s is brought to you by mercedes benz, the best or nothing.
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there is something stirring around the kshcountry. it started last week in iowa, and now it's happening here in new hampshire. >> the obama steam roller pulled into new hampshire today catapulted by the big win in iowa and eager for more. >> the victory in iowa invested us with a kind of hubris that was visible. i mean, we campaigned around new hampshire like a conquering army. >> we are about to make history, and you want to be a part of it. >> i've been a lifelong republican who is now a registered democrat all because of barack obama. >> correct. >> barack obama is surging here nine points ahead of hillary clinton in one of the latest
polls. we' where just a few days ago they were tied, but senator clinton is fighting back hard. >> i don't know since when experience became some kind of liability in running for the highest office in our land. >> she got really gritty, and was like i'm going to fight this thing out town by town. >> this day, this last high pressured day before the new hampshire primary turned into a day unlike any other in the campaign trail for hillary clinton. >> she's taken aback by what's happened. she's losing against this guy named barack obama who no one had ever heard of months before, and she's frustrated. you can tell. it's palpable. >> as a woman, i know it's hard to get out of the house and to get ready, and my question is very personal. how do you do it? how do you keep upbeat and so wonderful? >> it's not easy. it's not easy, and i couldn't do it if i just didn't, you know, passionately believe it was the right thing to do.
you know, i have so many opportunities from this country, i just don't want to see us fall backwards. [ applause ] >> all anyone is talking about is hillary clinton and that rare display of emotion. >> some are wondering if the pressure is actually getting to her. >> if the emotional strain is too much to bear on the way to the oval office, how can we expect hillary to handle it when she's sitting behind that big desk? >> presidential campaigns are tough business, but being president of the united states is also a very tough business. >> they attacked her as a woman. you know, if we cry then we're weak. >> what would happen if barack obama cried on the campaign trail? >> they'd probably say he was very sensitive male. >> yeah. >> that was a moment that working women could say, you know what? she's relatable for once, ask they came out the next day in new hampshire to support her. >> senator hillary clinton has
shocked the political world. she has beaten barack obama. >> i listen to you and in the process i found my own voice. [ applause ] >> this just had to be a blow to barack obama and his campaign. they really thought they had this. >> they came expecting a coronation. instead, barack obama had to concede. however, they're not throwing in the towel by any means. >> the energy is all on barack obama and hillary clinton, so we get through all of these primaries and john edwards and his two americas are not getting any traction. >> it's time for me to step aside so that history can blaze its path. >> it is now certain that for the first time in america, a major political party will nominate either a woman or an african-american to be its candidate for president. >> i feel change in the air!
what about you? >> the united states political royalty was endorsing this first-term senator and turning his back on the clintons. for the clintons, it was personal because they had worked with ted kennedy. they were friends with ted kennedy, and it was a real blow for us. hillary said where do we go from here? and frankly we didn't have the answer. >> hillary clinton never anticipated, expected to have a well-financed opponent, well organized opponent like barack obama. >> her entire strategy is based on winning early on and closing down shop, moving on to the general election, but that's not happening. they're out of money, and that is a huge problem, but she fights and keeps fighting. >> clinton has loaned her campaign $5 million of her own money to see her through the near term. >> i'm going to keep making our
case until we have a nominee, whoever she may be. [ cheers and applause ] >> every chair should have had one of these cards. >> got it. >> i want you to fill it out. i want you become part of this process. >> people underestimated not just him as a candidate but the political operation that he was able to put into place, and i think his background in community organizing helps throughout the campaign. >> call these folks up and tell them you will go with them. >> the two campaigns have pursued markedly different strategies. clinton has focused her attention on the big prizes, new york, new jersey, california, where large populations mean lots of convention delegates. obama is hoping to run the board. he's visited 15 states in the past week including red states like kansas and idaho. >> they told me there weren't any democrats in idaho. but i didn't believe them.
>> since the 1960s, the democrats have catered to this white moderate middle, but obama decides to appeal to a new generation of young folks and to usually alienated communities of color. >> how's it going st. louis? >> and he was able to change the democratic map and really open it up again. >> turnout is off the charts heavy. 10,000 voters in one county the first day, ten times the turnout in the last presidential election. >> obama's campaign also harn s harnessed the internet as an organizing and fund-raising tool. it allowed him to compete well past super tuesday out spending clinton every step of the way. >> obama not only has momentum, he's starting to pull away. in the delegate count he has a sizable lead. >> we're turning out to be a scrappy little team. >> barack obama was the first black candidate who really had a chance to win. he was cruising along, and then out come these tapes.
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is taking a big hit because of his pastor. >> the government gives them the drugs, bigger prisons, passes a three strike law, and then wants us to sing god bless america? no, no, no, not god bless america. god damn america. >> here you have the scary black preacher saying things that are clearly anti-american. it had the potential to derail his candidacy. >> that reverend wright looks like a raving maniac. >> i'm fearful that obama feels the
same way. >> this is going to scare the hell out of white people and you know that's true. >> it's designed to attempt to scare. >> while you've been listening to this pastor and close to him for nearly 20 years. >> reverend wright is somebody who is like an uncle or a family member who you may strongly object to what they have to say. >> uncles are blood relatives who you're kind of stuck with at family gatherings even when they say outrageous things. you can't get rid of them. you can walk out of a church,
you can. >> he went on cable tv and just got pummelled. >> do you repudiate the man. >> and he called me that night and he said i want to make a speech on race. >> senator barack obama was working on this speech on race until early this morning. he's hoping not only to diffuse the commentary. >> we were in the green room, and senator obama turned to me and said, i know everybody's nervous, but i'm going to go out there and give this speech,
and maybe people won't accept it, and then i won't be president of the united states, but at least i'll have said what i want to say, and he said that's worth something. >> i have already condemned in unequivocal terms the statements of reverend wright that have caused such controversy. >> as imperfect as he may be, he has been like family to me. i can no more disown him than i can my white grandmother, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who pass her by on the street.
these people are part of me, and they are part of america. this country that i love. >> i thought it was taking a moment that is normally responded to by a politician with denials and avoidance, we're not going to comment any further, and instead, he made something useful out of it. >> the profound mistake of reverend wright's sermons is not that he spoke about racism in our society. it's that he spoke as if our society was static. what we know is that america can change. >> hillary clinton had a chance to catch obama from behind, but when obama gave his great speech on race, that was it. that was the end. she was never going to catch him. >> one year, four months and 18 days after she started her campaign, hillary clinton waded through an emotional crowd of supporters to end it. >> although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks
to you, it's got about 18 million cracks in it. [ cheers and applause ] >> even when she did concede, her supporters were still so passionate and so inspired by her that they wouldn't accept barack obama. >> the democratic party has thrown us women aside. >> they were called the pumas, party unity my ass is what pumas stood for. >> it will be obama/biden, the veteran delaware senator has been selected as barack obama's running mate. >> going into the general election, joe biden provided a level of experience that obama didn't have, but more important the assumption for many people was that this country was not ready to vote for an african-american president so biden could help appeal to working class white voters who might otherwise not vote for him. >> the american people didn't get to know me yesterday as
they're just getting to know senator obama. >> on the republican side you have john mccain who almost dropped out of the race, had no money. he decides that he's going to dig in and remarkably he's able to win the nomination. but this is not a great year to be the incumbent party. >> i'm not comparing myself to president bush on anything. i'm running my own campaign. >> what's remarkable is that both parties wanted change. john mccain described himself as a maverick, so he felt that he had a legitimate claim to being the anti-bush in the republican party. >> obama and mccain will be fighting for the female voters. mccain seeing an opportunity with older and working class women angry at how the primary turned out. >> i've spent the last few months looking for a running mate who can best help me shake up washington and make it start
working again for the people that are counting on us. >> john mccain faced the same problem that hillary clinton faced, all of a sudden john mccain's kind of sage elder statesman persona doesn't look so fresh. >> governor sarah palin of the great state of alaska! [ cheers and applause ] >> hillary left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling in america, but it turns out the women of america aren't finished yet, and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all! and elbow grease. the official truck of getting to work, and getting to work. of late nights, and date nights. it's the official truck of homecoming,
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the top google searches going on today, the hot trends, look at this, palin, palin, vice president, governor of alaska. it's fair to say that it's not every day the web is abuzz with the mccain presidential race. >> sarah palin was unknown to republican voters. she was a maverick in her own way, young, dynamic woman that had risen from local mayor, pta president to the highest office in alaska. she was a success story that everyone could relate to. >> she's a lifelong nra member and in a recent visitor with alaskan troops in kuwait, she showed she knows her way around a gun. >> she goes out and kills a
caribou, skins it, and cooks it for dinner. >> john mccain choosing sarah pal palin, that certainly was a curve ball, and it gave new energy to the republican ticket. >> i'm not one of those movers and shakers within the republican party that i think conventionally you would think would be tapped. >> why not go for a woman, why not make some history. >> when you're in an america that has the itch for change, it looks like it could be a really smart pick, and maybe she'll get some of the women who are mad over hillary clinton having lost. >> ladies and gentlemen, the next vice president of the united states. >> i was hired to work on the obama campaign after hillary conceded, and we were watching sarah palin give her convention speech. >> before i became governor, i was mayor of my hometown, and since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience,
let me explain to them what the job involves. a small town mayor is sort of like a community organizer except that you have actual responsibilities. she did what hillary clinton could not do, and that was deliver a precise attack without looking like a bitch, and that was scary to us. >> you know they say the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? lipsti lipstick. [ cheers and applause ] >> that's one of the best convention speeches i've ever seen. mccain who had been eight points down to obama with no possibility of turning it around, by the time sarah palin finished speaking he was five points up. >> the campaign announced it has raised $8 million online, and that's just been since sarah palin gave that speech less than 24 hours ago.
>> with your help, we're going to go to washington, and we're going to shake things up. [ cheers and applause ] >> this is the real shocker among white women, mccain leads obama 53-41. before the conventions that was 50-42, obama. that is sarah palin. >> if she can be a mother and a homemaker, she can be vice president. more skills than anybody. >> sarah palin really does steal the thunder, and she garners all the headlines and that is scary to barack obama. >> it was just like a month ago they were all saying experience, experience, experience, then they chose palin and they started talking about change, change, change. what happened? [ applause ] >> palin has yet to hold a news conference and steers well clear of the national reporters who travel with her everywhere. >> eventually she's going to have to answer questions and not be sequestered. eventually she's going to have to answer questions about her record. >> when it comes to establishing your world view, i was curious what newspapers and magazines
did you regularly read before you were tapped for this to stay informed and to understand the world? >> i read most of them, again, with a great appreciation for the press, for the media. >> like what ones specifically? i'm curious. >> all of them. any of them that have been -- >> there's no more teleprompter, there wasn't anything for her to memorize in preparation for her interviews with katie couric. when she was asked about foreign policy challenges she had nothing to draw upon. >> you've cited alaska's proximity to russia as part of your foreign policy experience. what did you mean by that? >> that alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, russia, and on our other side the land boundary that we have with canada as putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the united states of america, where do they go? it's alaska. it's just right over the border. >> you've got alaska here and
this right here is water, and then that up there is russia. so we keep an eye on them. >> tina fey doesn't need new material. all she needs to do is to read a transcript of sarah palin's interview with katie couric to get huge laughs. it's embarrassing, not simply to palin, but to mccain. >> how are you? >> i just found out from mccain's campaign manager that they actually only met once before he started seriously considering her as a contender. >> joe lieberman really was the candidate he wanted, but he was convinced by his aides that that would create a revolt inside the republican party. joe lieberman is pro-choice. he's got liberal positions on other issues. >> let me quote from gail collins. she says the idea that women are going to race off to vote for any candidate with the same internal plumbing is both offensive and historically wrong. >> if john mccain wins, this woman will be one 72-year-old's heartbeat away from being president of the united states,
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possible. >> from the moment he set foot in washington, mccain was engulfed in politics, and then abundant second guessing of his actions, even by republicans whose infighting unravelled a near completed deal and left mccain with little to show for his efforts. >> it's one thing to be a maverick, but you want to be a maverick who gets things done. mccain didn't, and he's making obama look more presidential. >> i've put forward a series of proposals that make sure that we protect taxpayers as we engage in this important rescue effort. number one, we've got to make sure that we've got oversight. >> before it was about hope and change, but now he's able to offer a vision for how he would lead the country forward in concrete ways. >> barack obama has nearly doubled his lead over john mccain in the week since their first debate. senator obama gets better marks for his handling the crisis. >> campaigning in california, sarah palin launched a new line of attacks on barack obama.
>> one of his earliest supporters is a man who, according to the "new york times," was a domestic terrorist and part of a group. >> palin attacked obama for his ties to william ayers an anti-war activist who participate instead a domestic bombing campaign during the vietnam war. >> barack obama faced a challenge that in a way no candidate before him had faced. there were whispering campaigns that barack obama had not been born in the united states, that he was a secret muslim. the idea was that barack obama was some kind of manchurian candidate that nothing about him was real or true. >> who is the real barack obama? >> obama scares me. i just -- i'm worried about what will happen to this country if obama takes office. >> tell me he's american, though he is not. >> i can't trust obama. he's an arab.
he is not -- >> no, ma'am, no, ma'am. he's a decent family man, citizen that i just happen to have disagreements with. >> i think mccain did the country a real service by refusing to embrace conspiracy theories and attacks on obama, and rebuking people who tried to launch those attacks. >> it's unfortunate that there were pockets of the country that pushed that way. >> i will respect him, and -- no, no, i want everyone to be respectful. >> john mccain is now so mavericky he's mavericking away from his own supporters and getting booed for it. >> he finds himself in this position having created this monster he can no longer control. there's a way to play this game so you end up with no good choices. we are watching a campaign that has maneuvered itself into kpabtkpab exactly that position. >> as the polls open from the east to the west across this country, the same picture continued to emerge, eager voters showing up before the polls even opened and in many cases lines as far as the eye
could see. >> all of it felt like is this a real thing? like, is it possible that america could do this? and so it was all like a collective holding of our breath. >> we're only a few seconds away from the top of the hour when these states will be closing. >> the rules are that we had to wait until all the voting had ended, and i remember at 10:59 my executive producer was in the ear saying ten seconds. it was an electric moment that i'll never forget. >> and cnn can now project that barack obama, 47 years old, he will be the first african-american president of the united states. chpz [ cheers and applause ] >> for those who lived through
segregation, had lived through the civil rights era, it felt like the fulfillment of everything they thought the country could be. when something seems impossible and suddenly it's achieved, it's beyond words. it's still a shock to me. >> it's been a long time coming, but tonight change has come to america. [ cheers and applause ] >> it was just overwhelming. there was my friend of some years now president-elect, and you could see almost instantly a change. you could see the weight of the world on his shoulders. he was already thinking about the responsibilities that had just flowed to him. in the gravity of the moment was very, very palpable. >> even as we celebrate tonight,
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all of us who are watching in the united states and around the world, we're privileged to have this front row seat of history. >> i, barack hussein obama, do solemnly swear. >> tomorrow, the president of the united states gets down to real business. the enormous challenges facing him and the country on foreign policy and on the economic front. >> by all indications he relishes the chance to go into the oval office and get started. he wants to get moving. >> it's a rare day when a president goes to the capitol to meet only with members of the other party. >> hello, everybody. >> president obama did just that
to actively seek bipartisan support for his $825 billion economic stimulus package. >> we had a wonderful exchange of ideas. >> obama believed he'll somehow be able to reach across the aisle. but this kind of hope and change and optimism that had made this such an inspiring campaign runs up against the reality of politics in 2009 when he takes office. >> hr 1 as amended passes. >> it's a victory that came with almost no republican support, zero on the house side. three in the senate, a long way from those hopes of bipartisanship. >> old habits break hard. so we're going to keep on reaching out and eventually i have confidence that it's going to pay off. >> president obama is incredibly ambitious, and he still sees that 2009 is a unique moment. the democrats control the house and senate, and he realizes these windows are limited. >> the president vowed to solve a problem that has bedeviled
presidents since theodore roosevelt, how to reduce health care costs and expand coverage. >> one of the greatest threats, not just to the well being of our families and the prosperity of our businesses, but to the very foundation of our economy. >> president obama absolutely understood that addressing the issue of health care was going to be a really difficult challenge, but we had to try. >> we're doing it on a bipartisan basis. we're working together. the president is being very pragmatic about this. he's open to listening. that's how we're going to accomplish the goal. >> obama believes republicans will vote with him on something that's reasonable. if he compromises, they will as well. but over the course of the next few months, it turns into a terrible political challenge. >> as members of congress return to their districts for their monthlong summer break to hear from their constituents, the shouting at so-called town meetings has sometimes reached a fever pitch.
>> i don't want this country turning into russia, turning into a socialized country. >> this is not health reform. this is control. >> people who were never involved in politics before, grandmothers, grandfathers across the country saying, hey, give me my country back. 2009 was the awakening of the tea party. >> sarah palin has waded into the heated health care debate in a new facebook posting. she raises the possibility of what she calls an obama death panel. >> millions of people will be given the pill to make them comfortable while they die. >> there was an element in the republican coalition that was already beginning to listen to conspiracy theories and falsehoods. it was a sign of the kinds of things we would see balloon. >> where we do disagree, let's disagree over things that are
real. not these wild misrepresentations. >> the president said the debate is over. it's time to pass health care reform. >> but with republicans still unanimously opposed, the president left no doubt he wants democrats in congress to pass his bill with democratic votes only. >> when's the right time? if not now, when? if not us, who? >> as the final votes came in, i went and i found the president and i said, you know, i'm so thankful for what you did here on behalf of all those families who won't have to go through what my family went through when my child was young and had a chronic illness and we almost went bankrupt. and he just said, that's why we do the work. >> the challenge now is to the president to sell this to a very skeptical public in a very tough election year. >> there's a funny thing about political success.
people tend to rest at the top of the mountain. and the people who are out of power tend to gather the energy because they have a focal point. we want to get rid of this person, this congress. we want to change things. and that change possibility is energetic and frenetic. >> tonight, there's a tea party tidal wave, and we're sending a message to them. >> rand paul headlines a slate of conservative tea party-backed candidates who are partying after victories. >> a remarkable 40% of voters now identify themselves as tea party supporters. and eight out of ten of them voted republican. >> feels bad. >> two years ago, barack obama was at 62% in the polls. "time" magazine declared the republican party all but extinct. and look at where we are now. the voters have not gotten what they asked for. >> the mistake was to think that the country speaks as one.
that we're all one thing. what we really are is a mass of reactions. we're always reacting to the last thing that happened. so if the country goes left, you can be damn sure it's going to go right. if the country is looking good for rich people one day, the poor people will hate that and get angry. if we think we're past race, racism will come right back. our pendulum swings. in the long run, we make progress, but it can be pretty ugly to watch. >> what a week. the state of hawaii released my official long form birth certificate. no one is happier to put this birth certificate to rest than the donald. obviously we all know about your credentials and breadth of experience. seriously, in an episode of "the apprentice," you recognized the real problem was a lack of leadership. and so ultimately you didn't
blame lil jon, or meat loaf. you fired gary busey. these are the kind of decisions that would keep me up at night hi, honey, it's me. >> 80 million people in the country now have cell phones. they're no longer a high-price luxury. >> today apple is going to reinvent the phone. >> to google means to find out all there is to know. >> how many friends do you officially have now? >> 175 million. >> within four degrees of me are 700,000 people. >> who is barack obama? the answer is right there on my facebook page. >> if you like hilarious, shocking embarrassing videos -- >> i like turtles. >> -- chances are you spend a lot time on youtube. >> leave britney alone! >> what we're creating is a stage for everyone to be seen. >> we're in a very wonderful