Tom Brokaw

  • Aired:  01/16/13
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Network news icon Tom Brokaw discredits calls for Obama's impeachment and describes a few of the nine presidents he's covered since JFK. (7:38)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A NETWORK NEWS ICON WHO HAS BEEN IN JOURNALISM SINCE THE 60'S.

I'LL ASK HIM WHERE HE WAS WHEN HE HEARD THE NEWS THAT I WAS BORN.

PLEASE WELCOME TOM BROKAW.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

TOM, GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

THANK YOU FOR COMING.

SIT DOWN.

ALL RIGHT, YOU'VE BEEN DOING --

>> THE AUDIENCE HAS GOTTEN AN EXINTEREST DOSE OF AM PET MEANS TONIGHT.

>> Stephen: THEY HAVE.

THEY SCORED THEM FROM HSBC.

HAVE YOU DONE ANYTHING EXCITING LATELY.

EVERY TIME I TALK TO YOU I TRY TO BRAG WITH SOMETHING FUN.

I SAID I HAD JUST COME BACK FROM NEW ZEALAND FLY FISHING AND YOU SAID, YOU SAID I JUST CAME BACK

FROM FLY FISHING WITH GORBACHEV.

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE THAT IS ONLY BROKAWESQUE?

>> I'M GETTING READY TO GO ON A BIG BIKING TRIP IN PATAGONIA.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

MUST BE NICE BE TOM BROKAW.

>> IT'S NOT BAD.

>> Stephen: YOU ARE HIM.

YOU'VE BEEN HIM FOR YEARS NOWCH AS A MAN DRIN OF THE NEWS BUSINESS.

YOU'VE COVERED NINE PRESIDENTS SINCE J.F.K.

WHAT DOES A SECOND TERM MEAN TO THE PRESIDENT?

>> IT MEANS IT'S A PERILOUS ENTERPRISE BECAUSE THE A-TEAM GOES AWAY.

>> Stephen: MR. T AND --

>> EXACTLY RIGHT.

THEY HAVE QUALIFIED PEOPLE.

AND THERE'S ALWAYS A LOSS OF PRESIDENTIAL FOCUS.

RONALD REAGAN DID A VERY GOOD JOB OF WINDING DOWN THE COLD WAR BUT AT THE SAME TIME HE HAD THE

IRAN CONTRA SCANDALS GOING ON IN HIS SEC TERM.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS OBAMA'S SCANDAL.

THE CONSERVATIVES HAVE BEEN GOING AFTER HIM WITH BIG GUNS.

BENGHAZI, THE CORBOMIGHT MANEUVER?

IT'S JUST AN EPISODE OF STAR TREK BUT IT SOUNDS DANGEROUS.

WHAT ARE THEY GOING AFTER HIM WITH HIM?

>> THEY ARE GOING TO CONTINUE ON WHAT WAS NOT SO SUCCESSFUL IS THAT HE HAS SOCIALIST POLICIES

IN MIND AND THAT HE IN THE EYES OF A LOT OF CONSERVATIVES IS SOMEBODY IS NOT TRULY AN AMERICAN.

>> Stephen: WELL, THE EVIDENCE IS THE EXECUTIVE OVER REACH.

HE IS CLEARLY TYRANT.

RAND PAUL SAID WE DON'T LIKE KINGS IN THIS COUNTRY.

WE DON'T LIKE KINGS AND KING OBAMA THE FIRST SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TODAY, OKAY.

THAT IS COUNTERMANNING THE SECOND AMENDMENT.

IS HE GOING TO BE IMPEACHED?

S BUT THERE ARE PEOPLE CALLING FOR THAT?

>> THERE ARE PEOPLE CALLING FOR IT AND IT WON'T HAPPEN.

>> Stephen: CLINTON WAS.

>> THAT WAS ENTIRELY DIFFERENT.

>> Stephen: THAT WASN'T EXECUTIVE OVER REACH IT WAS UNDER REACH.

>> IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

IT WAS NOT CLEAR WHO WAS REACHING FOR WHOM IN THAT CASE.

>> Stephen: I UNDERSTAND.

THAT'S HOW HE GOT OFF.

[ LAUGHTER ]

IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE.

ALL RIGHT.

SO --

[ LAUGHTER ]

-- YOU COVERED -- THERE ONE OF THESE PRESIDENTS THAT YOU COVERED THAT YOU LIKE MORE THAN

OTHERS THAT IMPRESS YOUED YOU MORE THAN OTHER?

>> THEY ALL HAD DIFFERENT QUALITIES.

>> Stephen: OH, COME ON!

THERE'S GOT BE.

YOU ARE THE MOST EVENHANDED PERSON IN THE WORLD.

>> I'M FASCINATED BY PEOPLE WHO FIRST OF ALL GET INTO THE ARENA AND RUN SUCCESSFULLY FOR THE

PRESIDENCY OF UNITED STATES, MAKE THEM AN HISTORIC FIGURE, OCCUPY THE MOST POWERFUL OFFICE

IN THE WORLD.

IT TAKES A LOT OF PERSONAL COURAGE TO DO THAT AND ENORMOUS EEG YES AND DETERMINATION TO TRY

TO DO SOMETHING FOR THE COUNTY.

>> Stephen: WINNING OR RUNNING?

>> BOTH.

TO SEE HOW COMFORTABLE THEY ARE IN THE OFFICE OF GREAT POWER.

FOR EXAMPLE, IT'S WELL KNOWN THAT AMONG HIS AIDE AND THE PRESIDENT TALKED ABOUT THIS THE

OTHER DAY HE IS NOT A GREAT PEOPLE PERSON.

HE DOESN'T LIKE HANGING OUT WITH HAVING PEOPLE OVER AND ROLLING UP HIS SLEEVES.

RONALD REAGAN WAS A SHY, RESERVED MAN.

PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THIS.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

>> HE HAD A GUARD IN FRONT OF HIM BUT HE KNEW HOW TO PLAY THE GAME.

HIS STAFF OF JAMES BAKER AND MICHAEL DEAVER AND OTHERS WOULD PUT TOGETHER GROUPS AND HE WOULD

BE COMFORTABLE.

GEORGE BUSH 41 WAS VERY PAR TRITIONED.

HE CAME FROM A PROMINENT NEW ENGLAND FAX HIS SON BROUGHT THE TEXAS HO DOWN ATTITUDE ABOUT IT

GETTING THINGS DONE.

>> Stephen: DID YOU BECOME FRIENDS WITH THESE GUYS?

>> I DON'T THINK FRIENDS.

WITH EACH OF THEM I HAD MY KIND OF DEGREE OF RELATIONSHIP.

A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO WE HAPPENED TO RUN INTO PRESIDENT OBAMA WITH MY FAMILY.

AND MY DAUGHTER WHO IS IN SAN FRANCISCO WAS AN EARLY AND ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORTER.

SHE SAID, MR. PRESIDENT I WAS WITH YOU EARLY AND I'M STILL WITH YOU, HE PUT HIS ARM AROUND

HER AND SAID, TALK TO YOUR DAD, IF YOU WOULD.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> Stephen: A GREAT TOM BROKAW STORY.

CONGRESS HAS MOVED OUR ECONOMY INTO A LEAN-TO UP AGAINST THE EDGE OF A FISCAL CLIFF AND THEY

ARE PUTTING DOWN STAKES.

THAT'S WHERE WE'RE GOING TO LIVE FROM NOW ON.

HAS IT ALWAYS BEEN THUS THAT WE'RE IN A CONSTANT TATE OF CRISIS IN CONGRESS?

>> NO.

>> Stephen: IT'S EXCITING.

I CHECK THE PAPERS IN THE MORNING TO SEE IF THERE'S AN ECONOMY.

YOU HAVE A DIFFERENT THRESHOLD OF EXCITEMENT THAN I DO.

IF THAT IS WHAT GETS YOU OFF.

>> Stephen: VERY OPEN MINDED OF YOU.

VERY OPEN MINDED OF YOU.

YOU KNOW WHO LIVED AN EXCITING LIFE DAMN MA CLOSE.

DO YOU THINK DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFTS WILL CHANGE OUR POLICIES IN.

>> I DO.

I THINK TEXAS WILL BE AN ENTIRELY POLITICAL PIECE OF GEOGRAPHY AS A RESULT OF LATINO

VOTE ACROSS THE BORDER THERE AND THE WAY THEY ARE SPREADING OUT INTO OTHER DISTRICTS.

AND THE REPUBLICAN --

>> Stephen: BUT AS LONG AS THE WHITE AMERICANS MAINTAIN A MAJORITY, THE REPUBLICANS ARE SAFE?

>> IT'S A SMALLER MAJORITY AS THEY LEARNED THIS LAST TIME AROUND AND IT'S ALSO NOT FOR

THEM A HOM MOG USENUOS.

PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS HELPED BY THE VARIOUS ETHNIC GROUPS BUT ONE SAID THEY TURNED OUT A

LARGER PORTION OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN VOTE THIS TIME THAN THEY DID THE FIRST TIME HE RAN.

AND THE ROMNEY PEOPLE THOUGHT IT WOULD GO THE OTHER WAY.

>> Stephen: I WAS SURPRISED BY THAT, TOO.

I WAS SURPRISED THAT FOUR YEARS LATER AFRICAN-AMERICANS HADN'T GOTTEN OVER THAT FIRST BLACK

PRESIDENT THING.

IT HAPPENED.

MOVE ON.

[ LAUGHTER ]

I THINK WHAT THEY THOUGHT WHEN THEY LOOKED AT THE CAMPAIGN IS THAT WHO IS GOING TO TAKE THE

BEST CARE OF ME IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS?

>> Stephen: ARE WHITE PEOPLE REALLY GOING BE IN A MINORITY IN A FEW YEARS?

>> NOT FOR A WHILE.

>> Stephen: JUST CHECKING.

THANK YOU SO MUCH,