Bob Schieffer mixes poems and politics, from Nixon to Obama, and comments on his commentaries
Veteran CBS TV news anchor and host of Face the Nation, Bob Schieffer received a warm welcome on a rainy day in Washington, D.C., at the 2008 National Book Festival to promote his most recent book, Bob Schieffer's America. After thanking the large turnout of book-minded people attending the National Book Festival in the rain, and welcoming them to his large tent, Schieffer recalled his early days covering the Nixon White House with legendary Helen Thomas (for video of Helen Thomas, click here). With the historic 2008 presidential election still weeks away at the time of this recording, Schieffer offered comments on the campaign between Barack Obama and John McCain before introducing Bob Schieffer's America, a collection of commentaries, poems, and commentaries on commentaries, which has recently been released in paperback (Berkley Trade; October, 2009). Schieffer delivered an impassioned commentary on civil rights, torture, and American values and contrasted the race riots in Oxford, Mississippi, when James Meredith enrolled at 'Ole Miss' in 1962 and the presidential debate on that very campus in 2008. Schieffer wrapped his appearance by taking questions from the audience on the need for minor party presidential candidates participation in presidential debates; took a compliment from Daniel Schorr and returned the favor; scored one for democracy; and weighed in on the Sarah Palin phenomenon.
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