tv The 11th Hour With Brian Williams MSNBC December 3, 2018 8:00pm-9:00pm PST
>> is bob dole too mean? >> no. >> what's the difference? >> the breath of record and my overall performance and conviction about this country, about our ability to solve problems, our ability to restore the credibility in the united states has been diminished under president carter. i believe i can do that better than anybody else. that's the difference. >> president george h. w. bush gets tonight's last word. "the 11th hour" with brian williams starts now. >> the current president pays respects to a former president, george h. w. bush 41 has returned to washington. resting in the rotunda of the capitol where he served in congress. a somber day in the nation's capital and we will talk about 41. a retired-star army general and his biographer who will deliver a u lodgeo wednesday. as for the 45th president, he is
being accused of obstruction of witness tampersing in realtime and in plain sight because of what he said on twitter, raising roger stone and trashing michael cohen, the backdrop for what will be a revealing week in the mueller investigation. all of it as "the 11th hour" gets under way on this monday night. >> good evening from our nbc news headquarters here in new york. as we prepare to bring to a close, another man dictated the somber tone and tenor of our capital city. this evening president george herbert walker bush is resting in the rotunda of the u.s. capital as members of the public are allowed to pay their respects. the casket arrived from houston a few hours ago. president trump and his wife melania were among those that came to the capital paying
respects. we will have more on the life and the loss of our 41st president later in the broadcast, including the fact that his passing comes at a time of such great crisis for the current white house. soon after observing at least some period of respectful silence on social media, today the president launched an attack on twitter and this was unique in presidential history for its content. it came as he went after his former right hand man while iz praising a long time political ally. trump called for his former lawyer, michael cohen, to get prison time. in response to a filing ahead of his sentencing in which they asked for leniency. trump writes and we quote, you mean he can do all of the terrible unrelated to trump things, big loans, taxis and et cetera and not serve a long prison term. he makes up stories to get a great and already reduced deal
for himself. he lied for this outcome and should in my opinion serve a full and complete sentence. one other detail that may have trump on edge, the filing from cohen's lawyers also says he consulted with trump's legal counsel as he prepared for his false testimony about trump tower moscow. trump's twitter rant about cohen was followed by a message about roger stone under scrutiny for alleged ties to wikileaks. yesterday stone said this about trump. >> there is no circumstance under which i would testify against the president because i would have to bear false witness against him and make things up. i'm not going to do that. >> here is trump's response. i will never testify against trump. this statement was recently made by roger stone, stating he will not be forced by a rogue and out of control prosecutor to make up lies and stories about president trump. nice to know that some people
still have guts. the president added this about the special counsel, bob mueller who is a much different man than people think. his out of control band of angry democrats don't want the truth. they only want lies. the truth is very bad for their mission. tonight there is a yahoo report that robert mueller's defense reports said they are tying up loose ends in their investigation. either way this could be a critical week in the mueller investigation. we say that a lot because tomorrow mueller's prosecutors will file sentencing documents for the former national security adviser, michael flynn. officials are telling nbc news that friday the government will submit a sentencing memo for michael cohen. also on friday, prosecutors are expected to explain why paul manafort's plea agreement collapsed. we could learn a lot. new reporting from the "new york times" reveals that in 2017 and people are still processing this one, he tried to broker a deal
with ecuador to hand wikileaks founder julian assange over the u.s. authorities. with all of that, let's bring in our lead off panel for a monday night. john heilman, our national affairs analyst and also coauthor of game change cohost of the circus on show time. former u.s. attorney for the eastern district of michigan and chuck rosen berg, former u.s. attorney himself and senior fbi official. welcome to you all. as you read the material in the president's tweets, what does it read like to you? >> i think those saying this gets close to obstruction of justice have a point. if you were to say these things privately, i think many people would raise an eyebrow of obstruction of justice and i don't think it makes a difference that they said outwardly. i don't know that anyone would charge them for the statements alone, but with the pattern of
behavior, it makes a compelling case for obstruction of justice. a jury would be told to look at the totality of circumstances and draw inferences as to whether the person had a corrupt intent when they were talking about witnesses or the outcome of a case. these two tweets fall into that pattern along with many others like the firing of jim comey. the alleged request for a loyalty pledge. this just adds to the pile of evidence that would suggest there may be obstruction of justice here. >> i will give you the fact that it takes getting used to from an american president. i keep calling it a language about rats in effect and people turning and remaining strong under questioning. having said that, keeping what barbara just said in mind, does this read to you actionable or does it just read fool hearty? >> i always keep what she said in mind. it reads to me actionable for precisely the reason that barbara stated.
the hardest thing for prosecutors to do is prove intent. as barbara noted, when you prove intent, you look at pattern of conduct. a hyperbolic or one tweet at a time, no, it's not sufficient. no one of the tweets is. when you lay them on top of each other or lay them end to end or whatever metaphor you prefer, that's your pattern and that's how you show intent. one false tax return is probably not actionable. filing false tax return fist are a decade is. in the latter scenario, brian, you have shown a pattern of conduct and it takes away the excuse that it was an accident or mistake. >> your role around here is often to answer the question, what is going on here? we had the body of a former president en route to washington and the current president saying all this on twitter, trying to effect the jail sentence with the federal judge and again,
kind of supporting someone for not cooperating in a federal case in his own government. >> look, there have been moments in this presidency where the hand of fate and mortality have given us contrast that have been the subject of much discussion. the death of john mccain is one example and george herbert walker bush is another. to summon an idea of one who was president and one who wanted to be president and could have been were behaving in a way remotely in the same solar system of our current president is beyond our comprehension. if you knew those men or watch them on television with any degree of care or acuteness. i think we are seeing these recordings and in the end game. the president recognizes we are in the end game. you look at the calendar, you
can see in short order filings from the mueller team that relate to the manafort plea deal being reject and why. we will see michael cohen's sentencing and a detailed filing on the matter of michael flynn. all before christmas. we will see all those things. as the calendar compresses and as we look up and realize we are now a year prince president trump's lawyers were telling him it would be over. it's not over and things got worse and worse and worse. the president's behavior is symptomatic of the violations that chuck has talked about and others have talked about. barbara has talked about. also of a man who may be finally starting to see the writing on the wall. >> barbara, it's not sexy of our viewers at 11:00 eastern time to promise them court filings coming up in the next several days. the truth is we are getting court filings in the next several days.
help us understand what they may say and what we may know by this time next week. >> they might be enlightening. it is customary for the prosecutor to write a sentencing memo that tells the judge about the person's conduct, misconduct and cooperation. all of the good things the person has done by way of cooperation and all of his crimes, including what's known as relevant conduct. for example, even though michael flynn was only charged with and pled guilty to false statements, he may have done other things that the parties will agree get discussed as relevant conduct. all of that is in a sentencing memo. we will learn about not only the things he did, but all the information about his cooperation as well. with regard to paul manafort, we will find out robert mueller's promise to share the crimes and lies that caused them to serf relationships. all three will be enlightening
and fill in the pieces of the puzzle. >> exactly there along the same lines, you are often telling us that mueller told this story in slow motion, but in realtime through these filings from his associates. do you expect by the end of this week a new chapter will exist? >> i think we will have more pieces of the puzzle. the funny thing about this jigsaw is we don't know what the final picture will look like. mueller has been filling in pieces as we go. here's the important thing about it. i hope people appreciate the level of professionalism and dignity that bob mueller and his team bring to the task. it's not an easy one. they have been pillared by the president of the united states. i'm sure they would love to speak out, defend themselves, but the only thing they do-over and over again is quietly and in
a dignified and professional way speak in court. we will get a lot more puzzle pieces this week. i don't think we will get all of them and i'm not sure we are quite at the end. i think there is more to come. >> that are gets our attention. can you help us out a little? >> this is what i'm getting at. we believe there is clue that is the mueller team wants to charge other people. corsi perhaps or stone perhaps. if that happens and they want to go to trial which is their constitutional right, that could be months and months away. if they want to flip those people and get them to cooperate, that would have to follow a conviction. so they probably have loose ends he is tying up, but if others are charge and go to trial, this thing ain't over. >> this is why we have legal guests of this caliber and then on the journalism side, we have a guy like you and the question number two is this. what is it likely to be environmentally for this
president? he is one of five in the national cathedral in mid-week, a week that will see the kinds of details that come out that barbara and chuck are talking about. >> the president has not exhibited and i will speak with great under statement grace under pressure in public settings. it has been be galling to him to be excluded from the mccain funeral. the notion that he can attend this one is of great comfort. he is not being asked to speak. the president is remarkably unreflective and intro expectative. he's not a person and he is always thinking about himself, but not how other people think about him. he is a classic narcissist. he has no sense of how people see him. it's possible that for any other normal human would be a remarkably awkward moment to be
seated with former presidents and heads of state and grandees in washington he will not be feeling the kinds of things you and i will be feeling. it's possible given his state of agitations and rage, he will still be in a world of hurt and a world of discomfort as he sits there stewing in the understanding that he is not like the rest of them. >> and this, ladies and gentlemen, is the new week of coverage we begin here tonight. to john heilman and barbara mcquaid and chuck rosenburg, i can't thank you enough for starting off our broadcast. another consequential week. as the nation stops to mourn and remember our 41st president, we are joined by three people who knew george h. w. bush and later, an important moment arrives tomorrow for the president's cia director. "the 11th hour" is just getting under way on this monday night.
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>> our former president, george h. w. bush 41 is being remembered for many things tonight, but for a lot of people, cheech among them is between the fall of the berlin wall and the fall of the old soviet union. upon his passing, there were actually words of praise from the kremlin that read to some as a trolling of our current president given all the russia ng tanglements he's got.
"the washington post" explains the reaction this way. in moscow it provokes nostalgia for an american leader who chose careful diplomacy over brinksmanship as the postwar order was thrown into disarray. russians recall by gone days that are a contrast of the present disruptions and uncertainties from the trump white house. with us tonight, the former deputy director who happened to serve as acting director in 2004. john, let's start on the news. on russia, i wanted to ask you this a few days back and then we will get to 41. what we learned about russia in the past several days means among other things, especially in your line of work, they have known for two years that the president had someone around him who was telling a lie about russia. >> that's right, brian.
it is classic russian behavior to take that kind of thing and use it against someone. you know the term comp ro mot. isn't that like opposition research? no. opposition research is done to weaken an opponent. when the russians collect information knowing that someone is lying when the american public doesn't know about it, they think of that as leverage. so in that period of time, had this never come to light now that it's out in the open, perhaps that leverage is weakened or gone. had this never come to light, that would be important leverage on an american president as would be the exchanges that took place between donald junior and russia prior to the famous trump tower meeting. had that never come to light, that would be something in the russians's pocket to use as
leverage in a crucial situation with us. >> let's shift to the reason i will probably see you in washington in the coming days. that is the death of your former boss at the cia and on that subject, while this is going to differ a bit in tone from our current president, here is 41 about half a dozen years ago talking about his time at the cia. >> a very happy thing in my life. because i loved the short time i spent there and i have great respect for cia and the intelligence community. when i was vice president as the ultimate consumer of int intelligen intelligence, i saw how great they are. >> john, you were a junior man at cia in 1975, i believe, when he started as your boss. tell us about the bush era at the central intelligence agency.
>> the cia was about as flat on its back as it ever has been in 1975 when george bush came as director. there had been congestiressiona investigations that left a string of accusations that had the american public thinking terrible things about cia and for that matter, the congress as well. people even talked about abolishing the cia. i'm going to read you a sentence that someone gave me before i came here tonight that george bush himself wrote to a friend before he came to cia. i wrote it down. he said to a friend, i honestly feel my political future is behind me. but hell, i'm 51. this new job gives me a chance to really contribute. so he came in there at a time when it was not politically popular to do so. he picked people up. he was the kind of guy with all
the things you heard about him were in evidence. little things like he would ride the same elevator the troops rode instead of the private elevator. he was a runner so you bump into him outside. he would pull you into his office for a quick briefing on something. he would have a saturday morning coffee with young people like myself just to take the temperature of the place. he repaired the relationship with congress and in that one year he did like 50 congressional briefings on the hill. out of that came something that we did not have in our country which was organize and important to congressional oversight. in that atmosphere and his encouragement that the oversight committees were created for the first time. so he is revered there. i was out at cia today on earth matter and as i walked in across the iconic seal in the lobby,
that they moved his signed picture from the wall where it normally is over to the center of the lobby at the top of the steps. you see it as you come in. next to a bust of george bush. the compound is named after him. people have been putting flowers there. he's a revered figure. in his remarks in 1999 when the compound was named after him, i took a look at those and he said some moving things. the one line that stuck for me, he said i came here and this place became part of my heartbeat. i thought that was -- he just was a remarkable individual in that regard. frankly doesn't surprise me. the russians have this reaction because it happened to brief george bush a couple of days before the berlin wall came down. he was going to a summit with
gorbichev and even then it was evident in the way he talked about it and thought about it. while he was realistic about everything and protective of u.s. interest, he knew that gorbachev would be quite tender because of the way the satellite countries were dissolving. he knew he had to handle him carefully and respectfully in the way he handles his american friends. >> he was better at predicting that than his own political future. that's why we wanted to have you on tonight to talk about the former director as a former director yourself. thank you, sir, for coming on our broadcast. >> the first president bush was decorated and close to the military. we will talk to one of his former commanders and the former president's biographer when we come back. this is your wake-up call. if you have moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, month after month, the clock is ticking on irreversible joint damage.
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according to a spokesman, there will be eulogies from george w. bush, former canadian prime minister brian mulronemulroney, simpson and john meachem. jon meachem is the former president's biographer, the author of destiny and power. the american odyssey of george herbert walker bush which i admit a number of us are rereading for a second time and retired four-star general barry mccaffrey from vietnam and a battlefield commander in the persian gulf who who served under his commander in chief, george h. w. bush. do you think inviting 45 was one of the last official acts of 41? >> i think it's part of the ambient reality. george herbert walker bush, the first president he met was
eisenhower. there was a wonderful picture of him talking to mayme eisenhower in the stair way up to his office. he is big and charming and she is clearly being charmed. through president trump, he had a deference to and respect for the office. the last thing he would want would be to embarrass or somehow cause any sort of pain to do the incumbent president. i think it's a totally characteristic gesture on the part not just of the late president bush, but the family at large. >> general mccaffrey, you and 41 have a couple of things in common. you went to phillips andover and made the choice for the u.s. military though in entirely different eras we haven to point out. there comes a day when you are placed in command of the 24th infantry prior to desert storm,
give or take 25,000 u.s. troops. tell us what that was like as your commander in chief was george h. w. bush. >> if you remember at a time, there was enormous anxiety with the iraqis seized kuwait and they had a gigantic ground pear. a very modern aircraft. they had been at war for seven years. when we went in initially, we thought we were on the verge of an outnumbered battle. one of the things that was enormously comforting to people like me and i met president bush several times, knowing when you looked at the senior leadership of the u.s. government, principally our commander in chief who had seen warfare when we lost 400,000 in world war ii, we had the chairman, colin
powell and norm schwartz kof and secretary baker. that was the atmosphere within which we deployed the war. then of course i had the president on the ground with me at thanksgiving. it was a marvelous experience. thousands of troops in a natural amphitheater in the sand dunes and in came barbara bush and the president. the senior leadership of congress and we felt mighty good about this man. >> jon meachem, patti davis was on tv and talking about the mourning process for a public family. talking about her own experience with her dad and her mom and now the bushes with the first lady and the president. there is public grieving, which you are forced to share with all of us on lookers in hd live
television. imagine how intrusive any of us would find it if someone brought a single iphone to a funeral of a family member and tried to snap a picture and multiply that. i guess i'm asking about their ability to proceed with what's going to be painful, private grieving. this has been their north star for three quarters of the american century. >> absolutely. i remember in mrs. bush's diary, she writes about both the kennedy funeral in 1963 and rfk's funeral in 1968 and reflecting on the issue you raised about how painful it is for mrs. kennedy, jacqueline kennedy and ethyl kennedy for the children and how glaring and upsetting that must be. interestingly, the bushes are shaped by attention between two
forces. one is absolute dignity and the other is absolute tear duct activity. it's incredible. president bush would cry if there was a heavy due or lost a golf ball. he was an incredibly emotional man. all of the kids are -- all of the children are like this. president bush used to call it the ball club. bawl. i think there is going to be a lot of that. one of the things that strikes me most is while there was a great difference between the public persona in his political career for president bush and his private self, one of the reasons i wanted to write about it is i found him to be a quietly persistently charismatic figure. he had not been seen that way in the dana carvy years. it is pretty clear to me that of
the next generation, what you see is what you get in many ways. there is not a great secret private drama going on, i don't think. can i tell one story to general mccaffrey's point. the sunday night before the air war began in january of 1991, president bush was up in the treaty room which he use said as a study. he had an lbj-esque three or four tvs in an armoire. that's the difference between a democrat and a republican in that sense. he was watching cnn. so dominant at that time. he saw parents hugging their kids going off to desert sheeie, about to be desert storm. his mind went straight back to 1942 when the only time he ever saw his father cry, prescott
bush, was when he took george h. w. bush to pennsylvania station to put him on the train to go to basic training in chapel hill, north carolina. as president bush recalled later, there i was, scared little guy going off and didn't know anybody. he understood what was going on at the deployment's unfolding in 1991 because he experienced a deployment in 1942. character in many cases is destiny and so is experience. >> general? >> to add to that, while we were deployed, not only did the president come visit us in the field, but he went to georgia and visited our family. my wife, jill, spent the day with them and the entire experience, thousands of people came from all over coastal georgia to see his talk to the
families. at the end of the day, it was clear that he literally loved these families and was looking out for them. just i think an american nobility at the end of the day. i worked with a lot of presidents and admired all of them, but this is one of the finest characters we ever had in public life. >> john, i know the general joins me in wishing you luck. the view you will have looking out at five presidents in that sad bush family will be really something. we will be watching and hanging on every word and supporting you as you go. jon meachem and barry mccaffrey. it is made for uncomfortable moments and comparisons because the death of our former president comes during this particular presidency. we will talk about contrasts when we come back.
>> america is never holy herself unless she is engaged in high moral principal. we as a people have such a purpose today. it is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world. >> that's part of what we were talking about. president george h. w. bush at his own inauguration. this week bush is being remembered as the last of his kind in a stark difference to the leadership style of our current president. while bush 41 encouraged that kinder gentler nation, president trump came into office with his talk of american carnage at his inauguration, having all right declared the american dream in his words, is dead. as "the washington post" points out, honorable, gracious, and decent, in death bush becomes a
yard stick for president trump. with us to talk about it tonight, david joly is a former member of congress from the state of florida and member of the republican party and politics correspondent for "time" magazine. congressman, i will start with you. all right i noticed on fox news, they are doing segment after segment on all the networks where the bush tributes are coming at the expense of donald trump. you spoke about how 41 has elevated our country in death. >> he has. we are recognizing tonight a loss. a loss of frankly adult children who lost their father and grand kids who is lost their grandfather. a nation who lost a president. we honor him with the highest honor of draping an american flag over his coffin for the country that he served. >> so ordinary people might pass by.
>> as his body lays in state on the roster constructed for abraham lincoln. we recognize that bush 41 was a member of a very exclusive club. if we're honest tonight, it is a club that doesn't hold much respect for the current occupant of the white house, donald trump. the gift that bush 41 gave us tonight, not donald trump, but gave us as a country is he invited donald trump into that club. donald trump will be a part of the memorial services for bush 41. honoring alongside the predecessors, we know the tension. we know the very strong disconnect between the bush family and donald trump. the bush 41 and his passing gave us as a nation the gift of reminding us of civility and the ability to invite others in despite our differences. >> of all things, trump mocked points of light. the volunteer and civic and
charitable organization that has raised so much and changed so many lives. we will start the conversation there by way of saying i wish wednesday were going to be just a simple way of everyone reminiscing about another president and another time, but it's going to be fraud in so many ways as you pointed out earlier today. the first time we think we will have trump and hillary clinton in the same place since inauguration day. >> that is correct. that will be an awkward conversation to say the least. president trump has rallies declaring he wants hillary clinton to be locked up. it will be on everyone involved to see how much of an adult they can be. on this he has an opportunity we didn't have at senator mccain's funeral. the mccain family did not have president trump there in the front row. he will be there now. he will be as part of the president's club as michael duffy and nancy gibbs coined it
in their history of this ultra exclusive fraternity. it will be interesting to see if he rises to the occasion. he has been known to do so in fleeting moments. he has been known to comport himself to the norms of the office. i would suspect that there is a lot of conversation in the west wing preparing him for what is expected of him not just in this moment, but for a moment that will live in history and for a lot of people, not just reporters, but historians when we look at this digital footage when the next generation looks at this, how did the president of the united states conduct himself in the washington national cathedral. >> he is the next generation as he has no plans to stop writing books every two weeks and our mutual friend nancy will be part of our coverage.
both guests have agreed to stay with us. coming up after skipping an all senators briefing last week, the cia director gina haskell will address the death of jamal khashoggi for a small group of senators as the business of washington comes roaring back. we will talk about that for a moment when we come back. his re. i'm 85 years old in a job where i have to wear a giant hot dog suit. what? where's that coming from? i don't know. i started my 401k early, i diversified... i'm not a big spender. sounds like you're doing a lot. but i still feel like i'm not gonna have enough for retirement. like there's something else i should be doing. with the right conversation, you might find you're doing okay. so, no hot dog suit? not unless you want to. no. schedule a complimentary goal planning session today with td ameritrade®.
despite what the trump administration has said about the murder of journalist jamal khashoggi and the role that the crown prince may have played in the killing, there's senators in both parties who remain apparently unconvinced. after being noticeably absence from the last cia briefing, gina haspel is coming to capitol hill to brief senators. she traveled to turkey and reportedly heard that audio recording of the murder. that comes just days after "the wall street journal" report revealed that the cia
intercepted several messages between the crown prince and an aide directly involved in the murder. our guests are still with us, david jolly, phillip elliot. david, what would be drigorous? what would be the right path in this? and has the trump administration affected this? >> i had an opportunity with lindsey graham to meet with the crown prince in his private quarters. lindsey graham was a true believer in the crown prince. he took offense that gina haspel is that the crown prince directed the murder of jamal khashoggi. when gina haspel refused to brief the senate, lindsey graham said, i withhold my vote for any legislation toward tend of the year. with lindsey graham and jeff
flake saying i withhold my vote because of mueller, it's a numbers game. once you get the briefing that suggests that our cia believes the crown prince is behind the murder of jamal khashoggi, now, you're in the same position as donald trump is. now, the eyes of the world are on the senate to say what are you going to do about it? >> phillip, how about something unrelated, although it is foreign affairs. i'm going to be quiet and share with our viewers, in the weekend of coverage this moment may have been lost. this was supposed to be an extended appearance of a photo op with the president of argentina and our president at the end of the g20.
it got a lot of talk. he just took off and left the president of argentina -- phil, with your knowledge of the beat and such things political, where is our standing at tend of this weekend around the world? >> well, we got out of there. the president was able to spike the football. he got to announce that we have, apparently, a new trade deal with china. we haven't seen any of the details from it. the president is telling us this is happening. the calming of the trade war, although there was confusion today, when exactly the -- the dates we should circle on our calendar, they had to walk back. larry cudlow's remarks to press. we got the president back on u.s. soil, which is always -- it's always a challenge. these international summits are exhausting. and if the worst thing that we found out happened is the president broke decorum and
protoc protocol, we've seen worse. at previous summits we've seen him shove world leaders out of the way to be at the front of the pack. this breach of protocol, it's not even in the top ten in how i see it. >> phillip has learned the art of optimism in the trump era. we should go out on that quote. it's been a subdued broadcast tonight. to our guests, thank you both so much. coming up after a break, a dedicated servant to the very end. ♪ be right back. with moderate to severe crohn's disease, i was there, just not always where i needed to be. is she alright? i hope so. so i talked to my doctor about humira. i learned humira is for people who still have symptoms of crohn's disease after trying other medications. and the majority of people on humira
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the last thing before we go tonight is the photo yesterday that just took our breath away. it helps it to understand if you've ever loved a dog, and that means you've been loved by a dog. that is sully, who served president george h.w. bush as a service dog. and he's lying in front of the former president's casket. we saw sully arriving with the family today at andrews air force base. as we watched the pictures, we wondered aloud, how much do they know? is sully just as sad as the humans who are missing this man so very much. just from his photos on social media, it's clear that sully is a very good dog.
he's met former presidents and celebrated birth days and christmas with equal gusto. sully is a 2-year-old lab. he was named after the miracle on the hudson pilot. he was raised by america's vet dogs, headquarters on long island, new york. and sure enough, sully went on to serve one of america's foremost veterans. after 41 lost barbara, his wife of 73 years, and because the former president has been in a wheelchair for years due to parkinson's, the family thought a service dog would help. indeed, sully opened doors and picked things up and learned how to press an emergency button in case of emergencies. and he had customized socks. but most of all, the two were just friends. and provided that sully understands that his first friend is gone, that he will see some again, sully has new friends waiting for him at walter reed, where other veterans will get to know the unconditional love of a very
good dog. that is our broadcast for tonight. thank you so much for being here with us. good night from nbc news headquarters here in new york. it has been a remarkable day of solemn pump and circumstance in washington, d.c. today. as george h.w. bush is celebrated and honored in the nation's capitol. his body was brought from a funeral home by motorcade to a texas air national guard base. there was a solemn departure ceremony there, before his casket was blown to air force base andrews, just outside of washington, d.c. we just don't see spectacles like this in u.s. politics very often because there are not very many circumstances that are treated with this degree of