June 14, 2011 - Janny Scott

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Stephen explores "Sesame Street" corruption and talks to Janny Scott about Barack Obama's mother.

>> Stephen: TONIGHT, WHO WON THE

G.O.P. DEBATE?

I'D SAY NEWT GINGRICH.

HE WENT TWO HOURS WITHOUT ANYONE

QUITTING HIS CAMPAIGN.

(LAUGHTER)

THEN IS "SESAME STREET"

CORRUPTING OUR CHILDREN?

I FIND OUT FIRSTHAND IF SOMEONE

WOULD JUST TELL ME HOW TO GET

THERE.

(LAUGHTER)

AND MY GUEST JANNEY SCOTT WROTE

A BOOK ABOUT BARACK OBAMA'S

MOTHER.

I GUESS HER OWN MOM MUST BE

REALLY BORING.

(LAUGHTER)

"SPIDER-MAN" THE MUSICAL FINALLY

REOPENS.

JUST IN TIME TO SAVE NEW YORK'S

STRUGGLING HOSPITALS.

(LAUGHTER)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

(CROWD CHANTING "STEPHEN")

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

WELCOME TO THE "REPORT,"

EVERYBODY.

PLEASE.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

NATION, LAST NIGHT ALL EYES WERE

ON NEW HAMPSHIRE FOR THE VERY

FIRST SECOND REPUBLICAN DEBATE.

(LAUGHTER)

AND THE CANDIDATES WASTED IN

TIME ESTABLISHING THEIR

PRO-FAMILY CREDENTIALS.

>> I'M TIM PAWLENTY, I'M A

HUSBAND.

MY WIFE MARY AND I HAVE BEEN

MARRIED FOR 23 YEARS.

I'M THE FATHER OF TWO BEAUTIFUL

DAUGHTERS.

>> KARA AND I HAVE R THE PARENTS

OF SEVEN CHILDREN.

>> I'VE HAD FIVE CHILDREN AND WE

ARE THE PROUD FOSTER PARENTS OF

23 GREAT CHILDREN.

>> I DELIVERED BABIES FOR A

LIVING.

DELIVERED 4,000 BABIES.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: FOLKS, I'M CONFIDENT

THESE CANDIDATES ARE GOING TO

CONNECT WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

SINCE APPARENTLY THEY MADE MOST

OF THEM.

(LAUGHTER)

ANY WAY, THE CANDIDATES CEDE LOT

OF STUFF.

THE AUDIENCE WAS THERE.

IT WAS ELECTRIFYING.

BUT THERE IS NO DOUBTING WHAT

THE BOMBSHELL OF THE EVENING

WAS.

>> I JUST WANT TO MAKE AN

ANNOUNCEMENT HERE FOR YOU, JOHN,

ON CNN TONIGHT.

I FILED TODAY MY PAPERWORK TO

SEEK THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

OF THE UNITED STATES TODAY.

>> Stephen: WHAT THE WHAT?

(LAUGHTER)

SOMEONE IN A PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT?

(LAUGHTER)

THAT'S LIKE GOING TO A WEDDING

AND THE COUPLE ANNOUNCES THEY'VE

APPLIED FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE!

NO ONE COULD HAVE SEEN THIS

COMING!

IT'S LIKE THE END OF AN.

MANY NIGHT SHYAMALAN MOVIE.

WAIT A SECOND.

WAIT A SECOND!

WE'RE GOING TO FIND OUT THAT ONE

OF THE CANDIDATES IS ACTUALLY

DEAD!

(LAUGHTER)

>> WHO'S IT GOING SNOB

>> PAWLENTY WAS THE LOSER.

>> HE REALLY LOOKED WEAK.

DIDN'T LOOK LIKE AN ALPHA MALE

GUY.

>> A BETA DOG, A BOILED NOODLE.

>> Stephen: A BOILED NOODLE?

NOT T-PAW!

HE WAS ALWAYS AT LEAST AL DENTE!

(LAUGHTER)

I MEAN, PAWLENTY'S CAMPAIGN WAS

SOARING LIKE A CHICKEN TOSSED

OFF A BARGE!

I MEAN, JUST TWO DAYS AGO ON FOX

NEWS SUNDAY PAWLENTY JACKED MITT

ROMNEY FLIGHT THE HEALTH CARE

PLAN!

JIM?

>> PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID THAT HE

DESIGNED OBAMACARE AFTER ROMNEY

CARE AND BASICALLY MADE IT

OBAMNEYCARE.

>> OH, NO!

OBAMNEYCARE IS PERFECT!

IT'S THE BRANGELINA OF POLITICAL

ATTACKS!

(LAUGHTER)

HE GOT MITT ROMNEY RIGHT IN THE

ACHILLES HEEL AND EVEN WORSE,

HEEL INJURIES ARE COVERED UNDER

OBAMNEYCARE!

SO THE MINNESOTA GOVERNOR WAS

TOTALLY PRIMED AND READY WHEN

JOHN KING LOBBED HIM A SOFTBALL

EVEN THE MINNESOTA WINS THE

COULD HIT.

>> YOU JUST HEARD THE GOVERNOR

REBUT YOUR CHARACTERIZATION

OBAMNEYCARE.

>> WELL, THE ISSUE THAT WAS

RAISED IN A QUESTION FROM A

REPORTER WAS WHAT ARE THE

SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THE TWO AND

I JUST CITED PRESIDENT OBAMA'S

OWN WORDS.

>> WAS OBAMNEYCARE ON FOX NEWS

SUNDAY, WHY IS IT NOT

OBAMNEYCARE STANDING WITH THE

GOVERNOR DELIGHT?

>> PRESIDENT OBAMA IS THE PERSON

WHO I QUOTED IN SAYING HE LOOKED

TO MASSACHUSETTS FOR DESIGNING

HIS PROGRAM.

>> Stephen: FORGET OBAMNEYCARE.

I WANT TO KNOW HOW MINNESOTA'S

HEALTH PLAN KEEPS TIM PAWLENTY

ALIVE WITHOUT A SPINE.

(LAUGHTER)

O BOOMNY CARE!

OBAMNEYCARE WAS PERFECT!

YOU HAD ROMNEY ON THE ROPES.

YOU'VE GOT TO FINISH HIM!

YOU'VE GOT TO SWEEP THE LEG.

CNN'S CORNELL BELCHER GETS IT.

>> IF SOMEONE OCCUPY IT IS STATE

THAT YOU AND I OCCUPY AND

THEY'RE AHEAD OF YOU I'M SORRY,

YOU'VE GOT TO CUT THAT PERSON

AND MAKE THEM BLEED.

NOW, DO YOU TAKE A HATCHET TO

THEM THE FIRST NIGHT IN THE

DEBATE?

NO, BUT YOU HAVE TO MAKE THEM

BLEED BECAUSE YOU'RE NEVER GOING

TO GET AHEAD OF THAT PERSON

UNLESS YOU CUT THEM AND YOU MAKE

THEM BLEED.

>> Stephen: YEAH!

DOWN HIM!

DOWN HIM!

WHAT, WHAT?

OH!

MAKE HIM BLEED!

BY THE WAY, SOMEONE NEEDS TO

CHECK THIS MAN'S CRAWL SPACE.

(LAUGHTER)

WHY DIDN'T YOU STICK IT INTO

ROMNEY AND TWIST THE HANDLE?

BY THE WAY, IF ROMNEY WON THE

DEBATES, I'M A BIG SUPPORTER OF

HIS NOW.

AND ALL I CAN IMAGINE IS

PAWLENTY IS NOW RUNNING FOR

ROMNEY'S VICE PRESIDENT.

WHY ELSE WOULD HE LET MITT MOUNT

HIM LIKE A SILVERBACK GORILLA.

(LAUGHTER)

AND, FOLKS, THERE ARE A LOT OF

GOOD REASONS FOR PAWLENTY TO BE

VICE PRESIDENT.

ROMNEY HAS SAID HE LIKES THE

ECONOMIC IDEAS THAT PAWLENTY HAS

BEEN THROWING AROUND.

LIKE THIS ECONOMIC IDEA HE

ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK.

>> WE SHOULD CUT THE BUSINESS

TAX RATE BY MORE THAN HALF.

ON THE INDIVIDUAL RATES, I

PROPOSE JUST TWO RATES, 10% AND

25%.

>> Stephen: JUST TWO RATES.

IT'S EASY A CHILD COULD

UNDERSTAND IT, ESPECIAL THEY

E-TRADE BABY WHO I BELIEVE IS IN

THE TOP 2%.

(LAUGHTER)

AND THE PAWECONOMICS, AVERAGE

AMERICANS WILL SAVE $700 A YEAR

WHILE AMERICANS WHO SAVE $10

MILLION A YEAR WILL SAVE $2.4

MILLION.

NOW, THAT WOULD WIDEN THE GAP

BETWEEN THE SUPERRICH AND THE

MIDDLE-CLASS BUT THAT GAP IS

ALREADY SO WIDE WE CAN'T HEAR

THEM COMPLAINING.

(LAUGHTER)

AND PAWLENTY HAS A SIMPLE WAY OF

PAYING FOR ALL HIS TAX CUTS.

>> WE CAN START BY WHAT I CALL

THE GOOGLE TEST.

IF YOU CAN FIND A SERVICE OR A

GOOD AVAILABLE ON GOOGLE OR THE

INTERNET, THEN THE FEDERAL

GOVERNMENT PROBABLY DOESN'T NEED

TO BE PROVIDING THAT GOOD OR

SERVICE.

(AUDIENCE REACTS)

>> Stephen: YES.

IF YOU CAN FIND IT ON GOOGLE,

THE GOVERNMENT SHOULDN'T DO IT.

THAT'S WHY THE GOVERNMENT

SHOULDN'T DO PORN.

(LAUGHTER)

I MEAN...

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

GUYS... WHY PAY THE POST OFFICE

44 CENTS TO SEND YOUR GRANDMA A

LETTER WHEN YOU CAN PAY FEDEX 25

BUCKS.

IT SHOWS HER YOU CARE MORE AND

WHEN GRANDMA FEDEXS YOU A

BIRTHDAY CARD WITH $5 IN IT, IT

WILL ONLY TAKE FOUR MORE YEARS

TO HAVE ENOUGH TO SEND HER A

THANK YOU NOTE.

SO I SAY WE CAN GOOGLE TEST OUR

WAY TO ELIMINATING THE

GOVERNMENT ALL TOGETHER.

OKAY, FOR INSTANCE, WHO NEEDS

THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

TO MAINTAIN OUR INTERSTATE

HIGHWAYS WHEN I CAN JUST GOOGLE

R. PASQUALLY AND SONS PAVING.

IT'S RIGHT THERE ON THEIR WEB

SITE "NO PAVING JOB IS TOO BIG."

GOOD.

THEY CAN FILL THE POTHOLES ON

I-95.

AS LONG AS MR. DI PASQUALLY HAS

MORE SONS THAN MICHELE BACHMANN.

AND, FOLKS, IT'S EASY.

WE CAN ELIMINATE MEDICARE.

THERE'S ALL KINDS OF HEALTH

SERVICES ON THE INTERNET.

SENIORS, IF YOU'RE FEELING CHEST

PAIN, JUST FIRE UP YOUR MAC

BOOK, GO TO WEB M.D., SEARCH THE

MESSAGE BOARDS FOR THE RIGHT

PHARMACEUTICAL BY FRIENDING

CARDIAC PATIENTS ON FACEBOOK,

THEN CREATE A FAKE GMAIL ACCOUNT

TO BUY BLACK MARKET PLAVIX FROM

CANADA.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

THE POINT IS REGARDLESS OF THE

FACT THAT TIM PAWLENTY CRATERED

IN LAST NIGHT'S DEBATE, HIS

GROUND BREAKING GOOGLE SOLUTION

MEANS HE'S STILL AN ATTRACTIVE

CANDIDATE BECAUSE I CAN GOOGLE

TIM PAWLENTY.

(LAUGHTER)

AND IF I CAN GOOGLE TIM PAWLENTY

THAT MEANS HE'S ABSOLUTELY

UNNECESSARY IN GOVERNMENT.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

WHICH MAKES HIM THE PERFECT VICE

PRESIDENT.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: THANK YOU SO MUCH.

WELCOME BACK.

EVERYBODY KNOWS AND IT'S NO

SECRET OUT THERE THAT I HAVE HAD

A LONG TIME BEEF WITH "SESAME

STREET".

THEY TEACH OUR KIDS ALL THE

WRONG LESSONS.

LIKE THE HAIRY MAN LIVING IN A

DUMPSTER IS YOUR FRIEND.

(LAUGHTER)

AND THAT THE LETTER "D" IS A

RELIABLE SPONSOR.

PAY UP, "D."

DON'T MAKE ME SEND 7 AFTER YOU.

YOU HEARD WHAT 7 DID TO 9.

BUT NOW THESE MONSTERS-- COOKIE

AND OTHERWISE-- ARE BRAINWASHING

OUR KIDS AS PART OF A NEW

INITIATIVE CALLED "FOR ME, FOR

YOU, FOR LATER."

WHICH TEACHES TOT IT IS

IMPORTANCE OF SAVING AND

SELF-CONTROL.

THE D.V.D. IS A LITTLE CONFUSING

BUT FROM WHAT I CAN GATHER FROM

MY REPEATED VIEWINGS--

(LAUGHTER)

-- ELMO WANT SHINY BALL.

>> A STUPENDOUS BALL.

♪ STUPENDOUS BALL ♪

>> SINCE COMMERCE ON "SESAME

STREET" RUNS ON A PURELY CASH

BASIS, IF YOU WANT A STUPENDOUS

BALL, $5 APIECE, AND YOU'VE ONLY

GOT, SAY, ONE DOLLAR, YOU CAN'T

BORROW, YOU HAVE TO SAVE UP FOR

IT.

>> Stephen: RIDICULOUS!

WHY SHOULD ELMO SAVE UP FOR IT

WHEN ELMO PRO-APPROVED FOR BRAND

NEW STUPENDOUS BALL CARD?

(LAUGHTER)

ELMO CALL STEPHEN NOW, LIMITED

TIME OFFER!

BESIDES, "SESAME STREET" HAS

ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT INDULGING YOUR

IMPULSES.

WHETHER IT BE GOING ON A

BLACKOUT COOKIE BENDER OR

CACKLING ABOUT YOUR

UNCONTROLLABLE O.C.D.

(LAUGHTER)

YOU KNOW, THAT COULD BE MANAGED

WITH ONE, TWO, THREE DOSES OF

PAXIL!

HA HA HA HA HA.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

BEAUTIFUL PAXIL!

THIS MUPPET FISCAL CONSERVE

STICHL BASED ON A SOCIAL SCIENCE

EXPERIMENT CALLED THE

MARSHMALLOW TEST.

FOR MORE, WE TURN TO GROVER AND

AN UNNAMED MUPPET NAMED LEATHER.

>> SOMETIMES PEOPLE DO THIS

STUFF WITH KIDS YOUR AGE, THEY

SAY "I'LL GIVE YOU A MARSHMALLOW

NOW OR IF YOU WAIT AA LITTLE

WHILE I'LL GIVE YOU TWO

MARSHMALLOWS, BUT ONLY IF YOU

WAIT."

>> THE MARSHMALLOWS!

>> WOULD IT BE HARD TO WAIT?

>> IT WOULD BE VERY HARD TO WAIT

YES.

>> Stephen: VERY HARD TO WAIT

FOR MARSHMALLOWS.

I FEEL THE SAME WAY ABOUT GROVER

MEAT.

(LAUGHTER)

IT'S GOOD.

IT'S GOOD.

NOW, THIS EXPERIMENT WAS FIRST

PERFORMED IN 12970s TO DETERMINE

A CHILD'S SELF-CONTROL AND THE

RESULTS WERE STARTLING.

ACCORDING TO THE STUDY KIDS KIDS

WHO AT THE AGE OF THREE

DISPLAYED THE MOST SELF-CONTROL

WERE FAR MORE LIKELY TO BE

HEALTHY AND WEALTHY IN THEIR

30s.

EVIDENTLY, YOUR ABILITY TO

RESIST EATING A MARSHMALLOW

DETERMINES YOUR FUTURE SUCCESS.

(LAUGHTER)

I SAY IT'S TIME TO TEST THIS

THEORY.

I HAPPEN TO HAVE A BAG OF

MARSHMALLOWS RIGHT HERE AND...

(LAUGHTER)

... I COULD HAVE SWORN THAT WAS

FULL BEFORE THE SHOW.

NEVER MIND, I ALWAYS CARRY A

SPARE BAG.

SO THE THEORY IS THAT IF I

RESIST EATING THIS NOW THEN I

GET TO HAVE TWO LATER.

LET'S TRY IT.

WHERE'S THE MARSHMALLOWS?

(LAUGHTER)

LET'S TRY IT THE OTHER WAY.

LEER TWO THAT I CAN HAVE LATER.

I WAS WRONG AS I RESISTED EATING

THIS ONE.

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

WHERE THE (BLEEP) ARE MY

MARSHMALLOWS?

(LAUGHTER)

JIMMY!

JIMMY, WE NEED TO SPRAY THE

STUDIO FOR RACCOONS AGAIN.

OKAY, YOU KNOW WHAT?

I'LL TRY IT WITH A DIFFERENT

FOOD.

OKAY, HERE'S BROCCOLI, OKAY?

NOW, IF I RESIST THIS STALK OF

BROCCOLI FOR TEN SECONDS, I CAN

HAVE TWO MARSHMALLOWS, ALL

RIGHT?

READY?

GO!

OH, I CAN'T WAIT TO FIND OUT

WHAT HAPPENS!

I BET I CAN DO IT!

(AUDIENCE COUNTING DOWN)

I DID IT!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

AND NOW, BECAUSE I'VE BEEN GOOD

(LAUGHTER)

I CAN HAVE MY BROCCOLI.

MMM.

(LAUGHTER)

MMM.

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

IN YOUR FACE, ELMO!

I'M EATING MARSHMALLOWS!

(LAUGHTER)

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT HAS WRITTEN A

BOOK ABOUT BARACK OBAMA'S MOTHER

CALLED "A SINGULAR WOMAN."

WHAT A COINCIDENCE.

I READ A SINGULAR PAGE.

(LAUGHTER)

PLEASE WELCOME JANNEY SCOTT.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMING ON.

THE NAME OF THE BOOK IS, AS I

SAID "A SINGULAR WOMAN: THE

UNFOLD STORY OF BARACK OBAMA'S

MOTHER."

WHAT IS THE UNTOLD STORY AND IS

IT POSSIBLY A SCANDAL THAT HIS

OPPONENTS CAN USE AGAINST HIM IN

2012?

(LAUGHTER)

>> NO, THE IDEA OF THE TITLE IS

THAT WE KNOW A LOT ABOUT BARACK

OBAMA'S FATHER.

HE WROTE A MEMOIR ALMOST

ENTIRELY "DREAMS FOR MY FATHER."

BUT HE SAID VERY LITTLE ABOUT

HIS MOTHER.

>> Stephen: DID SHE HAVE NO

DREAMS?

>> I BELIEVE SHE PROBABLY DID.

ALL WE'VE REALLY KNOWN ABOUT

CHER THAT SHE WAS THE WHITE

WOMAN FROM KANSAS, THE WHITE

MOTHER FROM KANSAS ALWAYS PAIRED

TO THE BLACK FATHER FROM KENYA.

DURING THE CAMPAIGN WE HEARD

ABOUT HER AS THE SINGLE MOTHER

ON FOOD STAMPS OR, YOU KNOW, THE

IDEALISTIC WOMAN WHO WENT OFF

THE INDONESIA AND THAT'S THE

VERSION HE TELLS IN THE BOOK.

>> Stephen: THE BRAVE WOMAN WHO

RAISED HER CHILD IN KENYA

(LAUGHTER)

>> EXACTLY.

WE HAVE HEARD THAT STORY.

IN FACT, THE REAL STORY IS FAR

MORE INTERESTING THAN

OVERSIMPLIFIED VERSION WE'RE

AWARE OF.

THIS WAS A PERSONALLY WHO WAS

THOROUGHLY UNCONVENTIONAL.

OVER AND OVER MADE REMARKABLE

CHOICES THAT WOULD BE HARD TO

MAKE EVEN NOW BUT THIS IS BACK

IN THE '60s.

YOU KNOW, SHE AT 17 CONCEIVED A

CHILD WITH AN AFRICAN MAN AND

MARRIED HIM AT A TIME WHEN THERE

WERE NEARLY TWO DOZEN STATES

WITH LAWS AGAINST INTERRACIAL

MARRIAGE.

SHE THEN WENT OFF TO INDONESIA

WITH HIM AT AGE SIX WITH HER

SONS, HAD MARRIED AN INDONESIAN

MAN.

SHE WENT TO INDONESIA AT A TIME

OF POLITICAL AND SOCIAL UPHEAVAL

IN THAT COUNTRY.

SO OVER AND OVER AGAIN SHE MADE

REMARKABLE CHOICES AND HER STORY

SAYS A LOT OF LIFE... SHEDS

LIGHT ON THE PRESIDENT, THE

PERSON WHO I THINK MANY

AMERICANS DON'T FULLY

UNDERSTAND.

>> Stephen: WHAT DROVE HER TO DO

THESE THINGS?

IF IT WAS SUCH AN UNUSUAL THING,

WHY WOULD SHE GO TO INDONESIA?

>> I THINK SHE REALLY... SHE

FELL IN LOVE WITH AN INDONESIAN

IS WHAT HAPPENED.

SHE FELL IN LOVE FIRST WITH AN

AFRICAN, THAT MARRIAGE BLEW UP

VERY QUICKLY.

SHE THEN FELL IN LOVE WITH AN

INDONESIAN AND HE HAD TO GO BACK

TO INDONESIA, SHE WENT WITH HIM

AND DISCOVERED A FASCINATING

COUNTRY WHERE SHE FOUND HER SORT

OF... HER FUTURE CAREER AS AN

ANTHROPOLOGIST AND LATER IN

DEVELOPMENT AND IN MICROFINANCE.

SO SHE WAS A PERSON WHO WAS VERY

OPEN KIND OF EMOTIONALLY AND

INTELLECTUALLY AND ALLOWED

HERSELF TO BE TAKEN PLACES BY

THAT.

>> Stephen: WAS SHE A FEMINIST?

>> I THINK IT WOULD BE SAFE TO

SAY THAT.

BUT SHE DIDN'T ADHERE TO LABELS.

SHE DIDN'T CHOOSE ANY LABELS.

IN FACT, ONE PERSON SAID TO ME

THE ONLY LABEL SHE EVER EMBRACED

WAS ANTHROPOLOGIST.

>> HER OWN SON SAID SHE WAS A

LEFTY.

>> I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S QUITE

HOW HE PUT IT.

>> I THINK HE DID.

I THINK HE SAID SHE WAS A LEFTY

BOMB THROWER.

(LAUGHTER)

>> THERE WAS NO....

>> Stephen: YOU DON'T MARRY A

KENYAN AND YOU DON'T MARRY AN

INDONESIAN IF YOU'RE

PRO-AMERICA.

A LOT OF GUYS OVER HERE, YOU

KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

WHAT'S WRONG WITH SOME KANSAS

GUYS?

KIND OF INSULTING TO ALL OF US

HERE, US GUYS WHO....

>> Stephen: SHE ACTUALLY WHILE

SHE WAS BORN IN KANSAS SHE NEVER

REALLY LIVED MUCH OF HER LIFE IN

KANSAS AND SHE ENDED UP IN

HAWAII WHERE THESE THINGS

HAPPEN.

HAWAII IS A VERY DIFFERENT KIND

OF SOCIETY THAN EVEN CONTINENTAL

UNITED STATES AT THE TIME.

VERY MULTIETHNIC, NO RACIAL

MAJORITY.

WHAT DROVE HER IS A SET OF

CIRCUMSTANCES.

SHE WASN'T SOME KIND OF

VISIONARY.

I DON'T EVEN KNOW THAT SHE WAS

PARTICULARLY LEFTY.

AND SHE CERTAINLY WASN'T

ANTI-AMERICAN.

SHE REMAINED AN AMERICAN CITIZEN

FOR HER ENTIRE CAREER.

SHE SPENT THE BULK OF HER... THE

MAJORITY OF HER ADULT LIFE IN

INDONESIA, BUT NEVER GAVE UP HER

CITIZENSHIP.

>> Stephen: DID SHE RAISE BARACK

OBAMA OR WAS IT HIS

GRANDPARENTS?

>> NO, SHE DID.

SHE WAS THE DOMINANT INFLUENCE.

CERTAINLY IN THE FIRST....

>> Stephen: BUT SHE LEFT HIM

BEFIND THE UNITED STATES AND

WENT BACK OVER TO INDONESIA.

>> THAT'S SORT OF THE

OVERSIMPLIFIED VERSION.

SHE WAS IN INDONESIA WITH HIM

WHEN HE WAS TEN, SHE WANTED HIM

TO HAVE AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE

EDUCATION SHE COULDN'T GET

THERE.

SHE SENT HIM BACK TO HER PARENTS

SO HE COULD GO TO A GREAT

SCHOOL.

SHE JOINED HIM, STAYED WITH HIM

UNTIL HE WAS CLOSE TO HIGH

SCHOOL, THEN SHE HAD GOTTEN TO A

POINT WHETHER W HER GRADUATE

WORK IN PURSUIT OF HER Ph.D.

WHERE SHE HAD TO GO BACK TO

INDONESIA AND HE DIDN'T WANT TO

GO.

AND HE STAYED WITH HER PARENTS

FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND SHI DID GO

BACK THERE.

I THINK A LOT OF AMERICANS FIND

THAT HARD TO SWALLOW.

>> Stephen: I DO.

(LAUGHTER)

>> SHE WAS JUGGLING A NUMBER OF

CONFLICTING OBLIGATIONS.

>> Stephen: SHE JUST SEEMS LIKE

SOMEBODY, YOU KNOW, HEY, LISTEN,

I DON'T WANT TO STEREOTYPE, BUT

SOMEBODY WHO LEAVES THEIR CHILD

BEHIND TO, YOU KNOW, PURSUE

THEIR OWN PERSONAL GOALS: LOOK,

YES, I WORK VERY HARD, I PURSUE

MY OWN PERSONAL GOALS, I HAVE A

VAGUE SENSE THAT I HAVE THREE

CHILDREN.

(LAUGHTER)

BUT I'M A GUY, OKAY?

AND I'M BRINGING HOME THE BACON.

DON'T WOMEN-- AND, AGAIN, I

DON'T WANT TO STEREOTYPE AND I

AM AS MUCH OF A FEMINIST AS ANY

GUY WHO DOESN'T SUPPORT FEMINIST

CAUSES.

(LAUGHTER)

BUT ISN'T IT... ISN'T THERE A

SPECIAL TUG ON A WOMAN TO BE

WITH YOUR CHILD?

AND SHE DIDN'T DO THAT.

>> NO, SHE WAS WITH HER CHILD.

>> Stephen: YOU JUST SAID SHE

WASN'T FOR A LOT OF IT.

>> NO, ACTUAL PLAY I SAID WAS

SHE WAS WITH HIM FOR THE FIRST

13 YEARS OF HIS LIFE BUT THEN IN

HIGH SCHOOL....

>> Stephen: THE KEY, FORMATIVE

HIGH SCHOOL YEARS.

>> PERHAPS, PERHAPS NOT.

MANY PEOPLE SEND THEIR CHILDREN

TO BOARDING SCHOOL.

PEOPLE WHO ARE ABROAD.

SHE MADE A CHOICE TO SEND HIM TO

HER PARENTS FOR A PARTICULARLY

GOOD SCHOOL.

>> Stephen: LISTEN, YOU'RE A

WOMAN.

WOMEN JUDGE OTHER WOMEN, RIGHT?

HARSHLY.

HARSHLY.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Stephen: HOW DO YOU... GIVE

ME YOUR JUDGMENT ON THIS PERSON.

(LAUGHTER)

>> HEY, I'M A JOURNALIST, YOU

KNOW?

MY JOB WAS TO WRITE HER STORY

AND TO PUT IT OUT THERE.

>> Stephen: YOU WON'T JUDGE HER?

>> I THINK SHE'S A FASCINATING

CHARACTER AND I THINK SHE SHEDS

A LOT OF LIGHT ON THE PRESIDENT

AND TO UNDERSTAND HER STORY IS

TO UNDERSTAND HIM BETTER.

I'M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU SHE

WAS A GREAT MOTHER OR TERRIBLE

MOTHER.

THAT'S UP TO OTHER PEOPLE WHO

READ THE BOOK.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: THEY HAVE TO BUY THE

BOOK FIRST.

>> THAT WOULD BE GOOD.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR JOINING US.

JANNEY SCOTT.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

THE BOOK IS "A SINGULAR WOMAN:

THE UNFOLD STORY OF BARACK

OBAMA'S MOTHER."

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)