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you're watching the 2009 u.s. open final. "60 minutes" will be seen except on the west coast. roger federer the defending champion. five in a row with a two-set lead. djokovic tried to hang on here in the third set. down 4-5. who's counting? dick: was it nal banyan? mary: -- was it nalbandian? >> mary: yeah, 2003. dick: nalbandian not competing in this open. hip surgery.
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juan martin del potro with a big, big win. he has really elevated his serveing power in this last year. john: nalbandian grew up with federer. he said this guy's vulnerable. just play with his backhand. federer end up thanking his rivals, helping him improve that shot. he's become very dependable over the years. dick: third double fault for djokovic. it's 40-30. fighting to stay in this third set.
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dick: double fault. and a bad error there. john: he deliberately brought it in. that is a bad miss. dick: brings federer just two points away from victory. >> fault.
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dick: the people salivating on that return, just missed. a point for 5-5, djokovic. dick: that's quite a concession, shot so good that federer losing the racket going after it. john: he hesitated ever so slightly as he moved in. but that really got away from him. great shot by djokovic. dick: president obama talks with steve croft plus ted kennedy, his life and his own words.
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the season finale of "there goes the neighborhood" tonight on cbs. dick: big gust of wind. >> out. dick: both players almost off balance trying to gauge that gust that swirled through. john: that wind's been a recurring theme in this second week of this tournament. tough to keep that level up high. keep the footwork exact.
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small steps. >> out. dick: challenged by federer on the outcall. >> ball is called out. dick: chase review. federer to win one of these. yes. dick: sixth ace. dick: just floats it in there. parachutes another winner. john: djokovic thought it was going wide. not even close. vajda, his long-term coach. they've been together three years now. 6-5. djokovic serves for a tiebreak
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when we come back after this word from your local station.
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dick: coverage of the u.s. open on cbs sports is sponsored by on cbs sports is sponsored by -- dick: 5-6, djokovic serves here. down two sets to roger federer. we've received word that the fine for serena williams' behavior last night is the maximum and that's $10,000. mary: that's a joke. dick: pocket change for someone who's made millions. plus $500 for racket abuse.
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mary: that really stings. the extra 500 bucks. dick: but it's still under review by the grand slam committee if more penalty can be imposed. while djokovic trying to send this to a tiebreak. 0-15. john: certainly didn't do enough for that last shot. the wind there, unsure of what to do. tried to do a little extra on it. he's in big trouble now. 0-30.
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john: not again! oh, my! dick: and for my next act i'm going to hit it -- to hit a box while they saw me in half. father robert and son -- john: meanwhile it's triple match point. dick: what an added exclamation point in this match from federer.
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dick: there it is. the absolute brilliance of roger federer on display again. he will defend his title tomorrow afternoon! dick: 40 in a row at the u.s. open. match win for federer. dick: into the finals, 17 of the last 18 -- john: can we see that replay again, please. dick: and will meet the 20-year-old argentine juan martin del potro. djokovic played as well as a
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man can. and he gets a great hand. john: that's good to hear for djokovic. he's gone a long way towards his rehabilitation of his reputation. very nice. very entertain ling. let's go to mary jo. mary jo: ok, roger, we've got to talk about the shot. where do you come up with a shot like that? >> look, i was in a difficult position. i have nothing to lose, i guess. mary jo: do you ever practice that? >> we do. i do. we do a lot actually, but they never work. mary jo: unbelievable. check it out. pretty big moment in the match. you could pull it off. >> that's the greatest shot i've ever hit in my life. it was -- it was -- mary jo: here it is. >> that's unbelievable.
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mary jo: all right. you're going for oh, and on match point doesn't compare. >> no, but it was an unbelievable match. i had a lot of fun today. it was fantastic. had some great shots. so it was great for me to come through, though, because he was tough. let's look ahead to tomorrow. juan martin del potro many the final. your sixth different opponent. you're going for sixth in a row. your thoughts on that match. >> i think he played a good match against rafa. i think he's proved that he's a grand slam contender. he's not in the final for nothing. i'm looking forward to playing against him. it's not to see him go through to a final. i hope he can play a good match. mary jo: well, congratulations,
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spectacular shot. back up to you, dick. dick: federer recognizing that del potroed a a 2-1 lead. and it was 3-3 in the fifth. he's on his way again. by 2010, 30%... of the data stored on the world's computers will be medical images. the trouble is all of that information is trapped. x-rays aren't talking to... medical records aren't talking to... patient histories aren't g to... insurance forms. we're trying to connect all that data... make it smart. we would see the patterns in your medical history... in the histories of entire populations.
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dick: here's a look at our line up on cbs, of course "60 minutes" followed by "big brother." and the season finale of "there goes the neighborhood." roger federer has reached all four majors in a single year. no one has ever done that. and there are some shots that no one has done before, like quite so efficiently. he'll defend his five-time title tomorrow afternoon. [bell ringing] the way the stock market's been acting lately you may wonder if you've been doing the right thing. is the advice you've been getting helping or hurting? are the fees you're paying really worth it? td ameritrade's fees are fair and straight-forward. their research is independent and unbiased. their investment consultants are knowledgeable
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dick: great theater. is there any doubt about this game's leading star. roger federer in straight sets against a determined and well-played djokovic. a reminder that cbs begins with "60 minutes" president obama talks with steve croft. senator kennedy, his life in his own words. "big brother." and the season finale of "there
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goes the neighborhood. " join us tomorrow at 4:00. roger federer and juan martin del potro. for everyone, i'm dick enberg. we'll see you here again tomorrow. dick: roger federer tomorrow will try to win his sixth consecutive u.s. open. bill tildon in the 1920's the only one to win the title six straight years. history in the making, tomorrow history in the making, tomorrow on cbs. and i'm a pc. mac, it's been kind of a rough quarter. so i brought in a trainer to get me back on top of my game. come on, get started you bucket a bolts. pc mag rated mac #1 in customer support. are you just gonna take that? no...
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for a while. and once this bill passes, i own it. >> we spoke with the president friday evening at the white house at the end of an important week in his presidency. trying to resuscitate his plan to reform health care. i get the sense that some people are just sort of warn out. i mean its -- there's been so much change. >> i -- look -- >> and so much that people have -- people are fat agencyed. that you have to do all of this. >> i think you are absolutely right. and i think it's absolutely fair to say that people start feeling some sticker shock. >> i am a sit-down with my dad. he said i will tell you, you have to make up your mind whether you want to have a constructive and positive attitude. >> it's the last interview senator edward kennedy gave in support of true compass, the only memoir ever written by anyone in the kennedy family. >> it was very clear to me what kind of life i wanted
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to lead. >> a life filled with family. >> i'm teddy kennedy's brother. >> politics. >> you hear that? >> and almost relentless tragedy. >> assassin, assassin! >> tonight the story the senator wanted to tell. >> planting evidence. >> yes. >> bribery. >> sure. >> blackmail. >> yeah. >> and all this done by a former preacher. >> yes. >> and your point would be? >> another "60 minutes" gocha? nope. another confession wrench approximated from an ace conman. nope. he represents one of the last gasps from the longest running show in television history, "guiding light" in six more days will fade to black. i'm steve kroft. >> i'm lesley stahl. >> i'm bob simon. >> i'm morley safer. >> i'm scott pelley.
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those stories and andy rooney tonight on "60 minutes."
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>> kroft: this past week was a crucial one in the young presidency of barak obama. with public support for health care reform and his administration in decline, the president decided to regain control over the debate with a speech before a joint session of congress. with concessions to intransigent republicans, reinforcement for wavering democrats, and even a few specifics for skeptical citizens, the president hoped to resuscitate plans for an overhaul of the medical system.
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and when we spoke with him on friday at the white house he seemed confident that he had succeeded. before you made this speech there was a sense-- clearly in the press and among people in washington-- that this program was in trouble. do you think you changed some minds? do you think you picked up some votes this week? >> obama: well, here... here's a conversation i had with one of my advisors early on in this process. he said, "i've been in this town a long time. i think this is the year we're gonna get health care done. but i guarantee you this will be pronounced dead at least four or five times before we finally get a bill passed." >> kroft: you're not getting much support from the republicans and... and you've got some problems with people in your own party. do you have enough votes to get a health care bill passed right now? >> obama: i believe that we will have enough votes to pass not just any health care bill, but a good health care bill that helps the american people, reduces costs, actually over the long- term controls our deficit. i'm confident that we've got that.
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now, you're right. so far we haven't gotten much cooperation from republicans. and i think there're some who see this as a replay of 1993-'94. you know, young president comes in, proposes health care. it crashes and burns and then the republicans use that to win back the house in the subsequent election. and i think there are some people who are dusting off that play book. in terms of the democratic party, they all understand we have to make this happen. we're not going to get a better opportunity to solve our health care issues than we have right now. and that's why i'm confident that in the end we will get this done. >> kroft: one of the things that you said when you ran for president was that you... one of your talents was to be able to get people in a room with divergent opinions who were... >> obama: right. >> kroft: ...yelling and screaming at each other, get them to sit down and come to an agreement. have you tried that on health care? >> obama: yeah. well, i... we... we tried very early on. >> kroft: why hasn't it worked?
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>> obama: well, i think right now you've got just a political environment where there are those in the republican party who think the best thing to do is just to kill reform. that that will be good politics. and then there are some people who sincerely want to see something done, but have very different views and what i've tried to do is to make sure those in the latter category who don't just want to kill something but actually want to get something done, that we are bringing them in and as open to their ideas as possible. so for example, tort reform. that's not something that historically has been popular in... in my party. but on wednesday, i specifically said that i think we can work together on a bipartisan basis to do something to reduce defensive medicine. where doctors are worrying about lawsuits instead of worrying about patient care. >> kroft: if it came down to getting this plan passed would you be willing to do more in the area of tort reform and malpractice insurance?
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would you be willing to... to agree to caps, for example, on... on malpractice judgments? >> obama: you know what i would be willing to do is to consider any ideas out there that would actually work in terms of reducing costs, improving the quality of patient care. so far, the evidence i've seen is that caps will not do that. but there are a range of ideas that are out there, offered by doctors' organizations like the a.m.a., that i think we can explore. you know, i intend to be president for a while and once this bill passes, i own it. and if people look and say, "you know what? this hasn't reduced my costs. my premiums are still going up 25%, insurance companies are still jerkin' me around," i'm the one who's going to be held responsible. >> kroft: and the conventional wisdom has been that the reason that the house has always voted against any kind of malpractice reform or tort reform was because of the heavy
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contributions from the trial lawyers. >> obama: that's... that... that is the conventional wisdom. and i think there's also been philosophical issues and differences about whether or not patients who really have been subject to negligence-- whether it's fair to just say to them, "you know what? you can only get a certain amount no matter how egregious it is." >> kroft: there is still a great deal of skepticism about how this plan is going to be paid for. what you promised is essentially you promised not to affect anybody who has coverage now at all. you have promised to add another 30 million people into the system. and you're saying that you can do all of this or want to do all this without impacting or increasing the deficit by a dime. >> obama: by a dime. >> kroft: how do you do that? >> obama: well, here's how we do it. we spend over $2 trillion on health care every year.
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so we spend more per person on health care in this country than any other country by far. so if we can just make some small changes that make the system more efficient, the waste and abuse, the money that's already being spent that's not making people healthier, that money can go to provide a better deal for those without insurance. and, over time, can actually reduce the cost for those who already have health insurance. >> kroft: but there are thousands of details to be worked out, not to mention dozens of political deals, making it nearly impossible to accurately predict how much all of this might cost. you ran for this job saying that you were not a big spending liberal, and that you were definitely under no circumstances a socialist. ( laughter ) and i know that you inherited a unique set of circumstances. but in nine months you've, in effect, nationalized two
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automobile companies, sections of the banking industry. >> obama: ah, wait a minute. >> kroft: the country's largest... >> obama: hold on... time out a second, steve. come on, now. let's think about it. on the banking issue, we... when i walked in, the banking system, the financial system was under the verge of collapse. and what have i done? i've essentially taken the program that was voted on by the previous congress, supported by the previous republican president, and we've made it work. so that didn't originate under my watch. with the auto companies, before i took office, uncle sam was writing them billions of dollars worth of checks without holding them accountable. and what we've said was, if you're going to get taxpayer money, then you've got to be accountable to taxpayers by restructuring. what i think is a legitimate concern, because this did happen under my watch, is that we
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initiated a big recovery act, $800 billion. and the reason we did so was that every credible democratic and republican economist at the time when we came in said, "if we don't have a stimulus of some sort, then this is potentially gonna get a lot worse." >> kroft: but after doing all this, and continuing the policies, and spending incredible amounts of money-- now, you're changing the health care system. i get the sense out there politically that some people are just sort of worn out. i mean, it's... there's been so much change. >> obama: i... look... >> kroft: and so much that people have sort of... that people are fatigued. >> obama: i think... >> kroft: and did you have to do all of this? >> obama: i think you are absolutely right. that this is a very difficult economic environment. people are feeling anxious. and we had to take a series of
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steps out of... in circumstances obviously not of my choosing. and i think it is absolutely fair to say that people started feeling some sticker shock. so there is an argument to be made out there that maybe health care can just wait. because, you know, we've had to absorb a lot. the system's gone through a shock. maybe we should just hold off until some other time. >> kroft: you were... people ask you this question: do we need to do all of this? can't we scale some of this back? and you could've said, "yeah, let's scale it back." but you didn't. >> obama: the problem i've got is that the only way i can get medium- and long-term federal spending under control is if we do something about health care. ironically, health care reform is critical to deficit reduction. i know it seems counterintuitive, because people say, "well, if we're spending
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more money on people who currently don't have health insurance, and we're giving credits to small businesses, and we're doing all these things, that's costing money. how can this be good for us?" the biggest problem we have in our budget, as much as we've spent this year on crisis response, the biggest long-term problem we have-- and everybody agrees with this-- is the rising cost of medicare and medicaid. >> kroft: the president says there is a broad consensus on what needs to be done, but there are also still serious disagreements over how to do it, and as he found out this past week they are not necessarily polite disagreements. i was talking to my cbs colleague bob schieffer this morning. and we were talking about 9/11, and he was talking about the sense of unity he felt in the country on that day, and was comparing that to the situation we have now. when you were... i mean, you were heckled. ( laughter ) not at a town meeting.
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not on the campaign trail, but in the joint session of congress. >> actually, my town meetings, people were extraordinarily courteous. ( laughter ) yeah. >> kroft: were you surprised? >> obama: well, congressman wilson shouting out during my joint sessions speech was a surprise not just to me, but i think to a lot of his republican colleagues. who, you know, said that it wasn't appropriate. he apologized afterwards, which i think.. i appreciated. and i've said so. the truth of the matter is that there has been a coarsening of our political dialogue that i've been running against since i got into politics. >> kroft: do you think that congressman wilson should be rebuked? there was talk about that today, and now he's claiming that he is a victim. that he's being attacked.
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>> obama: ( laughs ) well, but see, this is part of what happens. i mean, it just... it becomes a big circus instead of us focusing on health care. >> kroft: i think bob schieffer's point was that i think he thought that.. i think he in some ways, this debate has brought out the worst in us. >> obama: well... >> kroft: not the best. >> obama: ...well, i think you've got a convergence of things. look, worst recession since the great depression. people feeling anxious. i think we're debating something that has always been a source of controversy, and that's not just health care, but also the structure, and the size, and the role of government. that's something that basically defines the left and the right in this country. and so, extremes on both sides get very agitated about that issue. i will also say that in the era of 24-hour cable news cycles that the loudest, shrillest voices get the most attention. and so, one of the things i'm trying to figure out is, you
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know, how can we make sure that civility is interesting? ( laughter ) and that, you know, hopefully, i will be a good model for the fact that, you know, you don't have to yell and holler to make your point, and to be passionate about your position. >> kroft: so your goal to bring civility back to washington is still a work in progress? >> obama: it's still a work in progress. no doubt about it. >> cbs money watch update. >> good evening. china said it might restrict u.s. auto and chicken products after the u.s. imposed tariffs on chinese tires. disney announced a major expansion of disney world hoping to increase tourism and tyler perry's "i can do bad all by myself" won the weekend box office. i'm russ mitchell, cbs news.
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>> stahl: after his death last month, it seemed everyone had a story to tell about senator ted kennedy-- the president, his senate colleagues, his family, the hyannis port postmaster. but senator kennedy was determined to tell his own story in his own words before he died. so over the last two years, through his illness, he wrote the only memoir ever written by anyone in the kennedy family. the result is a revealing, emotional account of "big teddy," as he called himself, and the life he led. the book, called "true compass," starts-- boom-- with a harsh diagnosis of his brain tumor, and the doctor telling him somberly that he was about to die. senator kennedy went on camera to talk about the book, five months before he passed away. >> senator ted kennedy: the longer i live... >> stahl: it was an interview he gave for his publisher, while he was on chemo.
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>> ted kennedy: what i've tried to do in the united states senate is to be true to the things which have been important in my life. >> stahl: i asked his son, ted jr., about the book. >> ted kennedy, jr.: even though he really felt he needed to hold it together throughout some really incredibly emotionally difficult experiences, he was kind of able to let it out in this book. >> stahl: we went up to the kennedy compound in hyannisport to talk to ted, jr., who recently bought jack kennedy's old house. >> ted kennedy, jr.: it was actually right here where he held his press conferences when he was president. he learned that he became president of the united states... he woke up in this house. >> stahl: where's your father's house? >> ted kennedy, jr.: my father's house is over there. >> stahl: right there. >> ted kennedy, jr.: right there. and bobby and ethyl's home here. >> stahl: he said one of the things that surprised him when
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he read the book was how personal and intimate it was. >> ted kennedy, jr.: i think one of the things that comes out of this book is, you know, just what a humble man he is. his letter to the pope, you know, just a few short weeks ago. you know, every time i read that letter, i cry, because he's asking for forgiveness. >> stahl: he got it. >> ted kennedy, jr.: and he says that, you know, he's fallen short in his life. but you know, he's never tried... never stopped trying to make right in everything he did. and that's a lesson we can all learn. >> stahl: redemption-- it's a theme in the book. another is how hard it was for ted, sr., to be the baby in the kennedy family. "i was always catching up," he writes, "i was the ninth of nine." >> ted kennedy, jr.: he was sitting there going, "how the hell am i ever going to compete against these brothers of mine, who are just these outstanding individuals?
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>> stahl: he felt a sense of inadequacy till he was quite old. >> ted kennedy, jr.: i think that that's true. >> stahl: there was a notion that teddy was a mama's boy, but it turns out it was daddy who was the doting, loving parent. joe, sr., the family patriarch, as teddy writes it, taught them not to flaunt their wealth and imparted lessons about persevering and contributing. >> senator ted kennedy: i had a sit down with my dad. he said, "now, teddy, you have to make up your mind whether you want to have a constructive and positive attitude and influence on your time. and if you're not interested, i just want you to know i have other children that intend to have a purposeful and constructive life. and so you have to make up your mind about which direction you're going to go." >> stahl: "if you decide to have a non-serious life," his father went on, "i won't have much time for you."
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though teddy says he chose the purposeful path, he had a way of straying from it, as when he cheated on a spanish test at harvard, which he calls "an immature and wrong decision." jonathan karp is teddy's editor and publisher. he seemed to be more worried about telling his father than about being suspended from harvard for a year. >> jonathan karp: that's right. there's this great quote from his father where his father says, "there are a lot of people in life who can mess up and get away with and, teddy, you're not one of them." >> stahl: as it turned out, a prophesy. but teddy was the baby, and his older brothers had his back. >> john kennedy: ladies and gentlemen, i will introduce myself. i am ted kennedy's brother, and i'm glad to be here. ( laughter ) >> stahl: teddy adored his brother jack, who was his godfather. when he was assassinated, it was teddy who had to tell joe, sr., who had had a stroke and couldn't talk. >> karp: he was describing the experience of having to tell his
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father. and as senator kennedy was telling us this story, he actually began to cry, and... and couldn't finish it. these feelings are still so -- 40 plus years later these feelings are still pretty raw for him >> stahl: five years after jack, bobby is shot. i just want to read some things that struck me about this period from the book. and he says, "in the months after bobby's death, i drove my car at high speed. i drove myself in the senate. i sometimes drove my capacity for liquor to the limit. i might well have driven joan deeper into her anguish." >> karp: there had been so much loss in his life that he felt that he had to keep moving. and that was where the restlessness came from-- he had
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to stay ahead of the darkness. >> stahl: he also tell... talks about his fears of being the next one, that he was going to be shot. >> karp: if a car backfired, he would flinch. >> stahl: and one time, he threw himself on the ground, he wrote. >> karp: i asked him about that. and he said that he tried not to let it get to him, but it was always there. >> stahl: he struggled, he grieved... and then, chappaquiddick. a year after bobby's assassination, ted was drinking at a party on chappaquiddick island in martha's vineyard, and then drove a car off a wooden bridge, drowning his passenger, mary jo kopechne. he pled guilty to leaving the scene of an accident. >> karp: he spent his life trying to atone for this. he says that atonement is a process that never ends, which& is as it should be. >> stahl: kennedy recounts the events of that night, but adds nothing new to the record, and still leaves questions about his behavior unanswered. he says he knew it was going to be damaging to his own political career.
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now, one of the big questions has always been why did he wait so long to call anybody and... and report the accident? he doesn't directly address that. but is he acknowledging a cover- up, or an attempt at a cover-up? >> karp: i don't want to pass judgment on it. what i will say is he thought it was inexcusable, what he did. >> stahl: he uses that word. >> karp: yes. and it was a terrible accident. and in fact, one thing he says that he's never said before is that he was tormented by the idea that it's... that his father's death may have been hastened by chappaquiddick, which for... which for senator kennedy was a thought that was almost too much to bear. >> stahl: ted kennedy's life could be told in a series of painful chapters. at his office in 1998, he showed me a picture of his son teddy in a ski race. >> ted kennedy: he lost his leg to cancer and still raced the handicapped skiers race.
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>> stahl: wow. isn't that something? >> ted kennedy: it says, "to dad, who has taught me that you can always we a winner." >> stahl: in telling the story of his son getting bone cancer in 1973, ted kennedy cannot keep his pain off the page. "there has been so much loss. but please, god, not teddy," he writes. and on having to tell his son his leg had to be amputated, "i'd heard and delivered more than my share of bad news in my life, but this was the worst of the worst." and then there was the two years of chemo. >> ted kennedy, jr.: i was undergoing an experimental treatment up in boston. and he slept in the bed right next to me for that for every three weeks for the two-year period. >> stahl: and you couldn't move, right? >> ted kennedy, jr.: well, no, i couldn't get out of bed, no. >> stahl: and he came... this is the senator. he took off three days every three weeks and sat in that
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hospital with you? >> ted kennedy, jr.: yeah, he did. >> stahl: he held your head when you were nauseous, as he writes in the book. >> ted kennedy, jr.: he did, yeah. he did. and he learned how to give me injections, too. in the middle of the night, he'd come in my room and... and give me my shots. >> stahl: when bobby was killed, ted, sr., became surrogate father to jack's and bobby's children. he was 37 years old. >> stahl: how old are you now? >> ted kennedy, jr.: i'm 47. so i can't imagine having that kind of responsibility. >> stahl: yeah, think about when you were 37. >> ted kennedy, jr.: exactly. >> stahl: could you have done that? >> ted kennedy, jr.: no, i don't think i could've done that, no. >> stahl: one of the issues ted kennedy confronts in the book is whether he really wanted to be president when he ran in 1980. >> roger mudd: why do you want to be president? >> well, i'm --. >> teddy says his stumbling wasn't because of ambivalence of the race
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but about "displeasure" with roger mudd for blindsiding him with the question before he'd announced his candidacy. he writes that he did want to be president in 1980, and again in '84, but teddy, jr., his brother patrick and sister kara were afraid of his running, and begged him not to. >> ted kennedy, jr.: most people keep coats and umbrellas in their coat closet. my father kept bulletproof vests in his coat closet. and believe me, we would walk by that coat closet every day, fearful about some crazy person out there wanting to make a name for themselves. and that, i think was in the back of our minds almost every time that my father would appear in public. >> stahl: in his memoir, ted, sr., acknowledges that, after his divorce from joan, he drank too much at times and that his "bachelor lifestyle stirred up public doubts about his judgment." then, just when his career looked as though it might go off the rails, he met "the love of
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his life..." >> ted kennedy: victoria... >> stahl: and everything changed. >> vicki kennedy: hi, honey. how was your day? >> stahl: teddy married vicki reggie in 1992 after what he called an old-fashioned courtship. >> ted kennedy: i painted that for vicki as my wedding present to vicki. >> stahl: she brought wholesomeness and stability to his life. "vicki is my soul mate," he writes. she shared his love of sailing, and she helped him write the book over the last year, during his illness. vicki told me that, as long as she knew him, he wanted to write a memoir; that he'd been keeping notes for 50 years. at the end of his life, they read the book aloud to each other, including the parts about him finding comfort and peace out at sea. >> karp: the sad part is that when the book was finished, when we had the final printed book, we mailed him the very first copy. and it arrived at this house exactly on the day he died.
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and so i don't know whether he actually got to see it. i think that's too bad. >> stahl: ted, jr., and his family moved here to hyannis port about a year ago to be near his dad. it struck me that he had come and stayed with you in he hospital when you were sick. >> ted kennedy, jr.: yeah, yeah. >> stahl: you came here, you moved here when he was sick. >> ted kennedy, jr.: yeah. >> stahl: and you were here for the last year. >> ted kennedy, jr.: my dad knew what his odds were. he knew what he was facing, and i wanted to be around for as long as i possibly could. >> stahl: ted kennedy spent his last days on his beloved boat, "mya," with vicki, his children and his grandchildren. >> ted kennedy, jr.: my father wasn't a perfect human being. but he did believe in redemption, and he did believe in atonement. he talked about that, and that is why his story is such a powerful story.
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