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evolve. yet again, i think the republican platform has outlawed evolution. meanwhile, have a meaningful good friday and happy easter. that's it for "hardball." thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. thanks, chris, and thanks to you for tuning in. they mean what they say. the gop's pretending to work on minority outreach. they've literally held seminars on how to talk to minority voters. they've even been given a list of words not to use around latino voters. yet, dispute all that, here's what gop congressman don young told a local radio station. >> my father had a ranch. we used to hire 50 to 60 wetbacks and to pick tomatoes, you know, it takes two people to pick the same thing. it's done by machine. >> that's despicable rhetoric.
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the congressman has apologized but not before the republicans tripped over themselves to condemn his remarks, they were all lined up condemning them. speaker boehner says there's no excuse and wants an immediate apology. calling the comments offensive and rnc chair reince priebus says it doesn't reflect the belief of the republican party. the fact is, these kinds of ugliness keeps bubbling inside the party. it's todd akin's legitimate rape comments. it's audience with a gay soldier at a debate. republicans cheering a person dying from a lack of health insurance. and listen to the right-wing talkers this week. >> marriage is between a man and a woman.
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no group, be the gays, be the namla, be the people who believe in bestiality, it doesn't matter what they are, they don't get to change the definition. >> what about the ones that immigrate to this country that allows multiple spouses? >> if same sex fits the bill of the contract, then everything fits the bill and at some point who's to say you cannot have sex with a child at some point? >> how about condemning that language? today another reminder the gop has gone from the party of lincoln to the party of limbaugh. joining me now is congressman bill nadler, democrat from new york and melissa harris-perry. thank you both for being here. >> absolutely. >> congressman, as we showed, your republican colleagues in the house came out strong condemning and taking their
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shots at congressman young's comments today. but we keep seeing this ugliness come out. where do you see this rebranding we keep hearing about? >> well, they are trying but the problem is that it's one thing to change your rhetoric when you don't change your beliefs and you don't change your practice and your rhetoric is hard to follow then because you don't remember it. you have to remember -- it's like someone who lies. remember your lies so you don't contradict it. this is a party that is opposed to equal rights for guy people or lesbians, it's opposed to marriage rights. it's pushing forth a budget that would take -- literally take food out of the mouths of babes, to take money away from women and children and money away from schools all to give tax cuts to the rich, all to give tax cuts
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to the rich. it's a party that's fundamentally hostile to everyone except a very small either religious or well-to-do base. >> but they've covered the whole american groups in terms of offensive language, in terms of what they say, melissa. isn't this really hypocritical that they are going to jump on young and some suspect because they are trying to appear friendlier to the latino community and not condemn statements just as ugly or uglier by others that are affiliated or leading in their party? >> i think this in part goes to the congressman to change the rhetoric and not the substance underneath. and what that does at its core is it underestimates american voters, particularly american voters in these groups, right? because it assumes that african-americans, that latinos,
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women, lgbt voters are responding more to that style than they are to substance and that is -- that's inherently, i think, problematic in terms of assuming what kind of citizens we are as a people. it's not just that todd akin says legitimate rape. it's that the republican party takes a stance and it's about the policy that actually breaks up latino families and sends people -- >> consistent with the insult? >> exactly. >> and it's not just the republican party as opposed to repro buck tif rights. the republican party takes a position, we know better than you. we make the decisions for you. our religious conviction says that -- >> and follow us. >> or that you must bear the child with the rapist. it's not up to you. >> now, let me show you something that happened when you
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were sitting there in congress. watch this, congressman nadler. all right. now, boehner, he was quick to condemn congressman young. today he took a different stance after congressman wilson shouted "you lie" at the president. john boehner defends joe wilson. listen to this. reporters pressed boehner on whether he personally believed the shout heard round the country was inappropriate given the setting, but the leader wouldn't break from his script. mr. wilson summed it up best when he said his behavior was inappropriate. so now he condemned young outright but it was just inappropriate when a man sat in the congress, you were there that night, while the president is making a state of the union address and said to the president of the united states,
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you lie. so do you understand why some of us are saying, wait a minute, is the condemnation today of young more about trying to appeal to a certain segment and gratuitous? because clearly you've had reason to really condemn things that you never condemned. >> condemnation of young today was purely political. it was purely for political reasons and obviously so. but the republican party generally has not accepted the legitimacy of president obama as president. whether that's racist or partially racist is anybody's conjecture. that's what it was about and that's why they have tolerance of somebody who yells out "you lie" to the president of the united states. they would never tolerate that kind of behavior if if the president were ronald reagan or george bush. >> let's deal with not only "you lie," melissa, time and again we've heard downright ugly
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rhetoric. listen to this. >> really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works. >> are you saying that society should just let him die? >> no. >> i think the issue that you're referring to is the issue of anger babies. >> do you intend to circumvent the progress made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military. >> so this ugliness is so consistent and rampant that, yes, i'm glad they condemned young but you have to suspect, where has this been through all of these kinds of insults and, again, is it -- are they angry at young because they came out at an inopportune time or is it a genuine trying to change the ugliness that has become so rampant in the party?
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>> again, ugliness is -- what we heard were things that were just false. the idea that poor children live in a world where no one works? i mean, obviously to live in poverty in this country is to deal with the kind of grinding work that i think most middle class and wealthy people have no idea about, what it takes to just get your kid to school in the morning, what it takes to get to a minimum wage job, what it takes to make the rent or to keep your children from violence, that is work. we can go down each one of those moments. the idea that if you don't have health insurance, you ought to be allowed to die in a country where we actually take health insurance from the most in need of it before the obama care passed. >> and even when they don't use that kind of terrible rhetoric, the attitude of contempt for most americans is there. when you hear the rhetoric, for instance, or the opposition, even sounding opposition to the
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affordable care act, 30 million more people have health insurance, we don't have enough doctors. the implication is, to hell with those people. >> you have a bill that would overturn the defense of marriage act. >> yes. >> as of last year, it had 157 democratic co-sponsors and just three republican co-sponsors. where are your colleagues on the republican side? >> well, i'm glad we got three republicans at the very end of last year. we're reintroducing that bill in the next few weeks and i hope we'll get more republican co-sponsors. until now, they've been completely opposed. obviously, boehner has spent $3 million of taxpayer money defending the doma lawsuit. it lost at the district court level, the appellate court level, total waste of $3 million of the taxpayer money to show contempt for people. >> well, in their rebranding, let's see how many republicans now get to join you because you
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know they all watch "politicsnation" so they just got the message. congressman jerrold nadler, melissa harris-perry, thank you. one program night. this sunday i will be on "meet the press" talking about same-sex marriage and the implications of this week's supreme court hearings. please check your local listings for time. ahead, elections meet consequences. the president pounding his message of fairness in florida today. this is what happens when you win. plus, sarah palin might need more than a big gulp after our latest national embarrassment. and barbara waltters a trailblazer for women, is apparently saying good-bye to her legendary career. >> i don't know that person.
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today, president obama began rolling out his economic vision
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for his second term. a major new jobs push ahead of what will be his first budget since winning re-election. the first budget since winning the argument about fairness and equality. in miami today, the president announced a new public works plan to improve the nation's highways, bridges, and ports, while putting people to work. >> are you going to set up shop and find raggity roads, back-up supply chains and high-tech schools, new bridges, new tunnels, new ports that help you ship products made in america to the rest of the world as fast as possible. so what are we waiting for? there's work to be done.
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the workers who were ready to do it. let's prove to the world that there's no better place to do business than right here in the united states of america and let's get started rebuilding america. >> rebuilding america. that should be job number one. it's a plan that democrats and republicans alike should support and it's yet another piece of the president's agenda that's falling into place. this week he took action on voting, ordering investigations into long lines at polling stations. the president is also implementing his executive actions on guns while promoting new gun bills, facing votes next month. and he's ramping up the pressure on lawmakers to move forward on immigration reform. elections matter. elections have consequences. this is the progressive agenda at work and it's working. joining me now is former
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pennsylvania governor ed rendell. thank you for joining me tonight. >> my pleasure, reverend. >> let me ask you, governor, you know firsthand that infrastructure means jobs. why do republicans refuse to get it? >> well, i think more and more republicans are getting it and if they can put politics aside and care about job creation, they will approve the president's plan. i testified at the first hearing of the new budget chairman blue shuster and testified for 2 1/2 hours. most of the republicans, even guys who said they were part of the tea party, said that we need to spend more money on the infrastructure. i'm hopeful that the agenda will work. reverend, it does work. pennsylvania got a million dollars for roads and wrijs in the original stimulus. we tracked every job it created. it created 24,800 jobs and i put
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$500,000 into bridge construction. pennsylvania had the lowest unemployment rate of any industrial rate. we were at 7.ha4. infrastructure spending creates jobs, creates investment, works for america. >> but when you look at the people that are suffering, when you look the a the level of unemployment around the country, it's outrageous they'd be blocking something like this and when the president goes today and makes this appeal, the head of the republican national committee, reince priebus, he mocks the president's public works plan. this is what he says about the statement today. president obama's jaunt to miami is nothing more than a pr stunt. i mean, people are suffering. he's talking about real jobs and infrastructure rebuilding that we need, governor, and they act like it's a pr stunt. >> first of all, if president obama found a cure to cancer,
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the republicans would i sa, well, he didn't do anything for heart disease. he can do nothing that pleases them. but mr. priebus who is not a smart guy should contact inhofe. he's the ranking member of the public works committee. he says that infrastructure spending is the second thing the government can do behind defense. if that's inhofe saying it, reince priebus ought to shut up. >> governor, what is so amazing -- i have to say it that way -- to me is while the president is working on the jobs plan, they are in the right-wing media, they are obsessed with the planned parenthood and white house tours. listen to this. >> the federal government is spending apparently $350 million planned parenthood sex education plan. >> remember this sequester, it was all about we're going to
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have to close the white house tours. >> you know how long they would keep the white house tours going? 100 years. >> by the way, it's not clear where the $350 million number came from or why planned parent hood has anything to do with it. but the bigger point, governor, is they are obsessed with these issues. >> and they are. and they are obsessed with them at the loss of real, relevant law-making. the number one priority is jobs, jobs, jobs, they haven't introduced anything that would help create jobs and they've introduced fluff measures not crucial to the economy. they are just obsessed with the president, they are obsessed with tearing him down and, good lord, the country is in a recovery. it's not fast enough. it's not kree creating enough j. it seems like we're at the old
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mitch mcconnell stage where the thing on the agenda is making sure barack obama is a one-term president. they can't do that but it seems like the most important thing on their agenda is i cmaking sure t barack obama doesn't get anything done. >> it looks like he's moving ahead because the one thing the president talked about today was his agenda as a whole and how it's coming together. listen to this. >> we're going to push on this issue each and every day and make sure we get the middle class going on. we're going to fix our economy. we're going to fix our immigration system. we are going to make sure that our young people are getting a great education. we're going to prevent them from being victims of gun violence. we are going to make sure that everybody in this court has a fair shot. >> governor rendell, he's moving ahead. thanks for your time tonight. have a great weekend. >> and rev, it's a great agenda. you, too, happy easter. ahead, read, writing
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the right-wing media won't stop reporting on the obama
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daughters' spring break. breitbart first gave the specific location are to the girls earlier this week. then congressman steve king went there in an interview on automatic budget cuts. >> we have the president doing these things. he sent the daughters to spring break in mexico a year ago and that was at our expense, too, and now to the bleepds most expensive places there, that is the wrong image to be coming out of the white house. >> and sean hannity made sure to mention. >> and he goes off to play golf tiger and the girls are on spring break. >> so what if they are on spring break. it is despicable and careless. from the start, the white house has asked news outlets not to report on their children when they are not with their parents or there is no vital news
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interest. yet today the weekly standard reports exactly where the obama children are. the headline reads, white house scrubs ski vacation report. and breitbart is at it again, the same headline, this isn't about controlling the media. this is about security. it's about privacy for minors. it's about decently. it's a long-standing tradition. the media outlets do not report on the president's minor children when they are not attending an official or semi-ocean interests. they are pushing it off as real news. it's sleazy, reckless, and the organization should be ashamed. did you think we wouldn't call you out for breaking this long-standing media agreement. nice try, but we got you.
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. the george w. bush presidential library opens in texas next month. that's right. w. is opening his own library. but already we're seeing that the library is an attempt to rewrite he history, to erase the mistakes of the bush/cheney presidency. they hope it will be the thing that, quote, rehabilitates the 43rd president's image. they say it's a 17-foot two-ton twisted piece of steel from the world trade center. president bush has a history of using 9/11 for his own gain. 9/11 widows and firefighters were outraged when he read this political ad using 9/11. >> i'm george w. bush and i approve this message.
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flag covers remains being pulled from ground zero and used for political candidate but if the library is any guide, it seems that little has changed in how president bush and his supporters are prepared to use the images of 9/11. joining me now is lou dubous. and he's an author. cynthia tucker from a university. is the library an attempt for
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the bush legacy? >> it seems like a theme park more than a library. you have the bull horn that he used to address the first responders after 9/11. you have suddam hussein's pistol, 9-millimeter glock. it's likethey are pretty shamel about it as you suggested in your lead in. >> cynthia, the bush library includes a think tank that former president bush calls, quote, a results-oriented institute that will have an effect on our country and we think on the world. the programs highlight economic growth, human freedom, and education reform. now, the guy who gave us no child left behind, the war in iraq, and a recession now wants
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to promote those same ideas, cynthia? >> i certainly hope not. i simply cannot imagine how disastrous that would be. you know, it's interesting, astounding, actually, how much george bush is trying to tie his legacy to 9/11. what the american public remember about his legacy is the disastrous invasion of iraq, the budget busting that he did. that's his legacy. unless he's going to give us the torture memos, i don't think there's a lot that we can learn from the bush library. now, it's important for history that we get it right so we don't
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repeat the same mistakes. when you look at all of the wrong assumptions. >> dot checks allege in prague with a senior iraqi official five months before the attack. >> the british government has learned that suddam hussein sought significant quantities of uranium from africa. >> now, all of what i just showed ended up being live. forget the partisan stuff. that we do not get it wrong again and to teach these policies like they were right does not help the country move forward and repeat this kind of stuff. >> it's sort of a neocon rehash
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that would lead the country into war and one would expect modesty from a president who has resided over that kind of failure and a president who is come et pooipe the bottom ten done by legitimate historians. the great texas historian frank dobe described it as a permanent erection to an i mpotent erection. >> when you expect some humility, you would expect some kind of remorse or apology, but dick cheney and bush, when answering questions over the years about whether they had any regrets, let me show you what they said. >> it was a war time situation and it was more important to be successful than loved. if i had to do it over again, i would do it in a minute.
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>> after 9/11, what would your biggest mistake me? >> i'm confident i have. >> i mean, one, i have no regrets, the other, i can't think of any mistakes. this is absolutely outrageous. >> a sea of red impg ink in the federal budget. not repeating the mistakes of the iraq war is important but when bush took office in 2000, there was a balanced budget so every time i hear republicans
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criticizing president obama and the deficit, i think you must be nuts because i remembered the bush years when he drove the court into a sea of red ink and for the guy not to think of any mistakes is incredible. that ought to be the monument in the middle of the bush library and went to war and cut taxes for the rich. >> running for election in 2002, we learned about karl rove's power point demonstration for the gop strategy midterm election that year and advised republican candidates to, quote, focus on war and economy. even then the war on terror was part of a political agenda.
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>> they can't let it go, reverend reeven to this day. this was a kol las sal failure. you go to the lbj museum and you see a balance between the civil rights movement and the war in vietnam and there's nothing on the other side for bush. >> yeah, and i think it's that balance that is so disturbing that it is not there and i think the lack of balance is the lack of honesty and candor, cynthia and lou. it opens may 1st and to borrow your term, lou, i hope that we're not being bushwhacked. >> i hope so, too. >> thank you for your time. have a great weekend. >> thank you, reverend. >> you, too. ahead, the secrets of sarah palin. how she's spending all that money she's raising. plus, barbara walters is a
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sarah palin's political action committee has turned in a new fundraising ad and she's come out swinging at rivals like karl rove. >> now is the time to furlough the consultants and tune out the pollsters and focus groups home and toss the political scripts. >> the video takes you over to where they are waiting to get your credit card. and she sure spent a lot of money on behind the scenes. for the 2012 campaign, sarah spent nearly $391,000 on political consultants, 300,000 on fundraising consultants, 62,000 on media consult stapts
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and 58,000 on polling and research. that's a grand total of $850,000 for those terrible consultant types. and how much did the mama grizzly donate to her little bear cubs running for office? less than $300,000. that's right. she spent twice as much on consultants as she did on candidates. sarah palin's pac seems to have money to burn but not a lot to spend on candidates. does it seem sometimes like her actions don't support her words? you betcha. [ heart beating, monitor beeping ] woman: what do you mean, homeowners insurance doesn't cover floods? [ heart rate increases ] man: a few inches of water caused all this?
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after 52 years in broadcasting, it's expected that barbara walters will retire next year. she's been a trailblazer for women pushing the cause of women forward just by the power of her example. we first met barbara walters in 1962 as the co-host of the
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"today" show. it was a male-dominated industry when she came on the scene. she even suited up in the iconic playboy bunny costume and took a shift at the fame new york city playboy club. in 1974, she became the first female co-anchor of any network evening news. for 25 years she anchored and reported for abc news. in 1997, she created and began co-hosting "the view" and throughout her career she's interviewed everyone and anyone making news, hollywood stars, athletes, and presidents. her interview style redefined journalism. >> your newspapers, radio television, motion pictures are unmistakable. no descent for opposition is allowed in the public media. >> your english iss good.
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>> he gets out of control, throwing, screaming. >> does he hit you? >> he shakes, he pushes, he swings. >> what kind of a tree are you? do you think you're a tree? >> i hope i'm not an elm. a dutch elm with disease because then i'm withering. i think everybody would like to be an oak tree. >> came back on the campaign trail and having this incredible opportunity to reconnect with the american people in some ways the election was just sort of the icing on the cake but being -- >> a lot of icing. >> yeah. >> big cake. >> what will you tell your children when you have them? >> mommy made a big mistake. >> and that is the
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understatement of the year. >> if you were a newsmaker, you talked to barbara. joining me now is connie chung, another tv trailblazer. she is the second woman to anchor a network news program. connie, it's a pleasure and honor to have you here tonight. >> i am so happy to be here but i refuse to believe that barbara's going to retire. if i have a vote, i'm going to tell her not acceptable. >> it is almost hard to believe television without barbara walters. >> exactly. >> you were her colleague. what kind of influence did she have on your career? >> a tremendous influence. it was back in 1970 when i first met her and i was working for a local station in washington, d.c. i wanted to interview her. i can't remember what the story was. it was something like powerful women or whatever. she said, meet me at the white house south lawn and then i'll go with you wherever you want to go. i hopped in her limousine and she stands there with her
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assistant and started machine gunfiring these things that they had to do and i went, oh, my god. wow. she was just bigger than life to me. but then later, as i began working more, she was like a mentor. she would -- if we were competing for an interview or something, she'd write me a note afterwards, if i happen to get it and say, great interview, it would say -- >> what was it like while you were competing? >> oh, my god. >> she mentored you but you competed. how was it to compete with barbara walters? >> that's the great thing about barbara walters. we would be extremely competitive. if barbara was going after that interview and i was, i was probably going to lose. i mean, there was just no question in my mind i was up against the big mountain, the big one. and it was so hard because she would develop these personal
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relationships with people and make them feel so comfortable that you just couldn't fight it. >> right. >> and you would lose. but every once in a while when i did get one, she was so incredible. she would mom me even though she wasn't old enough to be my mother. she would write me these notes and i'd think, i'm her most favorite person and then i ran into katie couric one time and she said, you know, i think i'm her most favorite person. >> was that the magic of barbara walt ters, she made people feel big and -- >> and comfortable. she became your friend. i was barbered one time. >> barbaraed? >> yes. when we adopted a child -- by the way, before i get to that, there are so many parallels between barbara and me.
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her father lost his -- i guess it was a nightclub. he was a nightclub owner in new york, lou walters. and she became the bread winner in her family. well, my father had a heart attack and stopped working for the federal government. i became the bread winner. that was the first thing. the second thing is, we both adopted children and we both, you know, married nice jewish boys. i think she had two more marriages after that. anyway, the last thing was that we both co-anchored an evening news. she was the first and i was the second with people who hated us. so it was -- we had such parallels and i discovered that so we became so close because of the various experiences that we had. >> now, if she made people feel comfortable and very important, how did she deal with people that, as you say, hated her? how did she deal with adversaries?
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because it's a very competitive business and people hold grudges. >> well, sure. but i think that when i was barbara-ed, it was after we adopted a child, i stayed home for two years and she started calling me, faxing me, writing me, i was barbara-ed because she just developed this correspondence and relationship with me. i had to say yes. she was going to be the first interview, you know, for me. and i did. i went on "the view" and that was the first interview. she was very, very competitive when i finally went to abc, the same network that she was at. i was so scared because she was going to be right there and she was there, barbara walters, diane sawyer was there. so it was very scary. >> now, she had a technique. she could make people cry. she could get into them. watch this.
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>> it was so destructive. it was so destructive. >> i don't know that person. >> why is it making you cry? >> shoot! i wasn't going to cry here. it's making me cry because i'm thinking about how much i probably have never told her that. >> you know, there are certain questions i ask you, like about your father, and the tears come to your eyes. >> i didn't know it showed. >> i made it after my father died, my passion, that i was going to make that man proud of me until i died. >> tissue, please. >> what was that, that she could really take people there to that emotional place? >> she becomes personable but
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not in an intrusive way. she becomes your shrink. you're on her couch. you're revealing everything. you're opening your heart to her because she -- she's sort of like a mother confessor. i think everyone feels very comfortable and secure with her. they want to pour forth their inner thoughts and she's so understanding. believe me, she is. that's the way she is. >> and she makes people feel like they are very important. >> absolutely. >> she will still be around for at least another year. >> which is great. however, she could also endure herself to every world leader. one of the best stories was when walter cronkite and barbara walters -- >> right. >> -- he thought he had an exclusive interview with veg
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begvegan and the prime minister of egypt. he was on the plane with both of them. they were flying off because he was going to speak before the kineset with sudah. one or the other. vice versa. they were flying off. he's on the plane, he thinks he's got this exclusive joint interview. barbara is on the tarmac going, woo-hoo. sadak sees her out of the window and says, stop the plane. he stops the plane, she gets on board and she's there sitting with her buddies, you know, sadak and vegan and she writes a little note that says, will you do a joint interview with me? she puts a box, yes, no, hands it to them so they don't have to say anything, and they go, yes. and walter is livid for what he
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finds out. is she amazing? >> amazing. amazing. and it's amazing having you here. it was really a pleasure. and we're going to be watching barbara walters for another year. she does know how to make people feel big. >> but she's not retiring. i'm sorry. >> she can't retire. thank you for your time. have a great weekend. >> thank you. >> we'll be right back. [ both ] we're foodies.
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