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>> and now you know. thanks for joining us. america live starts right now. >> fox news alert, we are waiting to hear from attorney general eric holder, the man in the spot light after the weekend verdict in the george zimmerman murder trial. the department of justice is considering the hate crime charges against mr. zimmerman for the shooting death of trayvon martin. welcome to america live everybody. i am anchoring from lon con. and they are awaiting the royal heir. and we are waiting to see the attorney general calling about federal charges against george zimmerman in the shooting death of george zimmerman.
we have word from the justice department they will talk about the case as part of his remarks in a voting rights event. we are watching live right now in d.c. >> coming up. we'll talk to two people about the possible move by the justice department. the lawyer for the family of trayvon martin. we begin with senior white house correspondent wendall gooler who joins us from the white house. >> white house spokesman jay carney was asked about charges. he said the president weighed in because mr. obama wants to convey the idea of trayvon martin's death being a tragedy and note the wishes of martin's
parents. >> the president wanted to ask every american to heed for the call for calm reflection from trayvon martin's parents a rather remarkable request given how much they are suffering after losing their son. >> the president's a pole for calm followed the protest that were largely peaceful though there were arrests in los angeles. mr. obama said i know the case elicited strong passions and i know those passions may be running higher and we are a nation of laws and the jury has spoken. i ask for alls of calm re234rekz. >> and decision on whether too bring federal charges by zimmerman will be made and the white house will have no involvement in that. but the justice department said
the prosecutor would look at whether federal prosecution is appropriate in accordance with the department's policy governing successive prosecution following a state trial. there are no rush to bring charges against zimmerman. the evidence announced after the shooting last year, the review is still open, martha. >> wendall, thank you very much. the prosecutions team in the george zimmerman murder trial. prosecutor john guy telling abc news. they are weighing whether zimmerman would have the gun returned to him. >> you better be careful, it better be the right circumstances. >> no one just gets a gun out and shoots, even trained police
officers, when they are on the ground with a suspect out on top they can't get it out. at in point trayvon became aware of the gun and george zimmerman shot. >> jackson is the family's co-council. natally good to have you with us today. >> thank you for having me. >> what can you tell us about, yes, there is a little bit of a delay which i will let you and the viewers know. in terms of the family's reaction, and what their next move might be, the department justice may be considering charges. is the family going to press for that or pursue for that? >> the family is going to ask the court to do everything possible for the conviction of their son.
but they agree with president obama, they are lawful people and they are disappointed with the visit and don't think it is justice. and how are they holding up in the face of all of this? they were obviously disappoi disappointed, but in terms of what the next move might be, tell us? >> how they are doing, they told them after she went to church, she had time to reflect and think about everything, she said the verdict will not te fine her son's legacy. and they will work harder and make sure it doesn't happen to orth child. >> i am curious what you think about attorney general erebbing holder and the fact they a pore to be leaving the doropen to
pursue the case. do you expect the department of justice will move forward and bring sufficiently right's charges against george zimmerman in this case. we know that the department of justice was investigating. they stepped let the attorney do it. and we expect them to do a complete investigation in to this charge. >> will you be pressing them on that? will you be an active partner in that pursuit. and how serious are you taking it. in some cases, we have sewn the department of justice get involved. we'll so them pursue and only to so that issue fall by the way side. do you think that will happen here or pursue it?
>> the family only asked for equal justice in this case. they asked for the consideration that any other citizen would get because of their son being killed. we will pursue and press them to do the proper investigation to so if they will bring the charge. >> you know, when you look back at the o.j. simpson simpson case for example. the simple simple family did pursue wrongful death charges. in that case, they felt, you know they were exonerated because he was found guilty and there was financial settlement made. is that a model for what we have seen here? >> we'll pursue every avenue available to make sure trayvon's legacy is pursued in the way the family wants it to be. we are their advocates.
>> natalie jackson, thank you. >> thank you very much. >> martha, we'll go on the same subject andrew. i know you are on the record as saying that you believe if not for the department of justice pressure, you don't believe the charges would have been brought against george zimmerman in the first place? >> that's right. progressional investigators decided not to bring charges. we know that the department using the division to a boat anti- zimmerman protest in florida. but the attorney general appeared with a l sharpton on a demonstration of the topic. i think without that pressure,
there would not have been the attorney general charges foiled. they didn't want anybody to look at it. >> there is a fascinating thing. you have the white supremacy groups in and around the area. he described him this way. the court is over zealous and having a the hero complex and not as a racist and you have the fbi interviewing dozens other witnesses and they found no basises for this being at all involved about trayvon martin's race. what is the doj helping you uncover? >> the model for looking into this is cia interrogators and investigation. you may remember the professional investigators and not political prosecutors looking at that and nothing to
charge under federal law. holder reopened the investigation and this was a polit sidewaysed justice department and politicized attorney general it was a perfect outcome. he was able to tell the agitating groups that are part of the obama base they were aggressively investigating and able to tell congress, i haven't done anything or filed charges. until i file charges, no definite step was taken and he was able to cope the politization without bringing charges that would have been laughed out of court. >> it is a good point, the justice department doesn't bring cases they don't win. we have the chairman of the naacp. he might have people on the record saying that george
zimmerman was racist. >> and there is no federal connection here. if possible, less evidence of a federal jurisdiction necksis than evidence that he had the state of mind to commit depraved and indifference of murder which is what he was charged with and the jury rejected in florida. there is no evidence after all of the searching they did that racism played into what happened in the altercation at all. and if there were, there is less evidence that what would happen apart from being self defense which would establish it being at this point. there was no evidence of depriving mr. martin of any federal right. so if it is possible, a federal case here would bine more frivolous than the state case was. >> we are waiting to so what
they say. good to so you, thank you. >> my pleasure, thank you. >> tray, thanks. in the weeks after the martin shooting last year, the president said if he had a son, that by would look like trayvon martin and as we wait for the attorney general remarks. there is a debate on this straight a head. why is the israel prime minister benjamin netanyahu sending out new warnings on what is going on in iran and how close they are to crossing the redline. ambassador bolton is with us. we'll await the autopsy deaths of a popular actor from the hit show "glee". new details on the death of cory monteith, coming up.
>> all right, we are back and again awaiting remarks from attorney general eric holder, expected to address the trayvon martin case in moments. he's at a voting rights event in washington and he will speak about the martin case. and we are going to get you that information as soon as it comes in this terms of whether or not the department of justice will pursue civil rights in the case. moments after martin case, christie alley, tweeted. this white people used to make black people drink from separate drinking fountains and now we just shoot their children. >> tony braxton. today i am embarrassed to be an
american. katy perry retreated the american justice still colorblind as long as you are right. >> and now, michelle, twitter has given these folks, everybody who wants to take advantage of it a forum and a soap box to stand on in these sorts ofentious vents and some of it looks questionable. >> looks like the beautiful people got ugly over the weekend and we were there to cover it up twitchy.comreally keeps an ear and eye on what turned out to be the world's water collar. and that can be a perilous. and the insight to hollywood is not so much news breaking. certainly hollywood is dominated
by just not liberals. >> michelle, we'll come back to you. these are eric holders live comments in washington and he will talk about the trayvon martin case. >> rightly concerned about this case. the justice department shares your concerns. i share your concerns. (applause) and as we first acknowledge last spring we have opened an investigation in this matter. independent of the legal determination that will be made, i believe that this tragedy provides yet another opportunity for our nation to speak honestly about the complicated and emotionally charged issues that the case has raised.
we must not as we have too often in the pass le the opportunity pass. i hope that we will approach this necessarily difficult dialog with the same difficulty with those who lost most. trayvon's parents and they demonstrated over the last year and few days, they suffered a pain no parent should have to endure and one that i as a father can consowed. we embrace their example and hold them in our pray ares we must not forgo the up to the to better understand one another and the nation. moreover, the department will act in a matter connistent with the fact and law. we are commited to standing with the people of sanford and individuals and families affected by the incident and
state and local partners to a leviate tensions and address community concerns and promote healing. we will meet division and confusion with understanding and compassion and also with truth. we are resolved as you are, to combat violence involving and directed at young people and prevent future tragedies and deal with the underlying attitudes and mistaken beliefs and stereotypes that serve as a basis for two common incidents. and we will never stop working to insure that in every case, in every circumstance and in every community, justice must be done. this is a name we are proud to share with everyone in the room and in the culture of excellence that is this hallmark.
in the decade since delta siingma was founded. >> all right. going back to michelle who is standing by. very extensive comments from deputy, from the attorney general holder on the issue of whether or not the department of justice will pursue. this we open a investigation prior to the investigation in florida. what do you think about it, michelle? >> i warn that eric holder's rhetoric never matches reality. he proes posed as a neutral arbitrator of law in the department of justice in the clinton administration and yet every public office he warped the rule of law and he has a particular grefance when it comes to racial politics. this certainly was the case when they dropped the case against the new black panting therparrott and only gone downhill from there in voting
right's cases. this man has added more fuel to the fire when it comes to racial division and referred to "my people" when you talk about him promising fairness and neutrality, there is a grand canyon gap and dangerous. even people who worked in the voting rights section under obama and holder warned that this man literally carries a race card in his pocket. and so when this administration, and president obama accepted the verdict, clearly, that was lip service and not reality. >> it is interesting to talk about the follow-through on things and regardless whether or not you agree on what he brought up. i look at callig sheik mohammed charged in new york and he ended
up dropping that idea. numerous examples, benghazi and seeking justice in the benghazi case. and what about fast furious and brian terry's family that grieves the loss of a son and acknowledgment and commitment of justice sought in those cases. it raises questions people's understanding of justice in this case, you might want to be wary of. >> selective enforcement is the hallmark of this administration. and there are victims was crimes and injustice who have gotten short shrift in this administration. you look at the department of justice, it is really the department of selective and social justice. this is the most dangerous thing of all, justice is supposed to be blind. but this administration only looks at it with a left eye clearly. >> you know, how, do you think
he's serious? is the follow- up question about pursuing this case? it has worked its way in the court system which was the reason they stepped aside after beginning the investigation and letting its way working through the system. dow see them pursuing this as a civil right's case? >> they have a pr campaign and strategy to pander to the trayvon martin supporters, and the lobby. after the ncaa a noupsed, there they were. and christian adam and andrew mccarty on the show, talked about the fbi looked into this case and found no grounds to charge george zimmerman with any kinds of civil right's violation. but for the narrative and optices they have to feed the
public perception that george zimmerman is a racist devil when this is ridiculous. and winding back to the discussion of hollywood, there is a pop culture incentive and momentum, to turn this man in to a devil and it is very dangerous. and what obama should do is tamp down the insightment that is going on. he clearly did that when he cast the te party as racist and devicive, but will not step forward and try to defuse the bomb. look at the chaos in places like oakland and urban areas. where is the responsible voice to say calm down and let justice speak and serve? >> michelle, thank you very, joining us from colorado. thank you, michelle. >> we are waiting for the
autopsy results for actor cory monteith. he was on the hit show "glee", he was found dead in a hotel room over the weekend. julie? >> the can nadian native was reportedly visiting his mother when he was found dead. cause of death is not determined. surveillance video shoes monteith returning to his room a alone on saturday. and his body was found poi a hotel employee after he failed to check out by noon time. he had been out with people before. authorities do not have a great information as to the cause of death. >> the coroner will establish the cause of death. all indication that there was no foul play.
nmonteith struggled with substance abuse over the years and spoke about it in the past. he admitted himself to rehab to seek help for substance addiction and left a month later. monteith entertained millions of fans as the eager football player turned singer. and his role life girlfriend lea michelle asked for privacy. the actor was called an exceptional talent and even a more exceptional person and sending thoughts and prayers to his loved ones. it is too soon to find out how the show will address the tragic death and an autopsy is scheduled for today. back to you. >> julie bandarrous live for us. and president obama pleading for calm in the wake of george zimmerman's acquit.
the president's own comment after the shooting whipped up the political four storm. a fair and balanced debate is coming up and even before the jury reached verdict, the experts were taking aim at angela corey and suggesting that she overreached in this case and then tried to hide evidence from the defense. we'll so if she has provided george zimmerman with an opportunity to sue the state. >> and junk food lovers rejoice. twinkies are back on the shelves. there is one major difference that sugar addicts are sure to notice. we'll tell you what it is, coming up. creamy feeling and bake the cake all around. it is stuff and swished in.
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celebrate individual vol tors who make a difference in people's lives every day. the organization is giving out five thousandth point of light award. >> of course, this is the celebration that unfolds and we are mindful of the pain felt by our nation surrounding the tragic and unnecessary shooting death of trayvon martin in sanford, florida last year. and we are cognizant of the fact that the state trial roached the conclusion over the weekend. the justice department shares your concern. i share your concern. (applause) >> and as we first acknowledge last spring, we have opened an investigation into this matter. >> that's breaking news from moments ago when the attorney
general assuring people that the department of justice is considering federal charges for george zimmerman after a florida jury acquitted him on second-degree murder. in the weeks after the shooting of 16-year-old martin, president obama remarked on the highly charged case, saying if i had a son, he would look like trayvon. and within days, the president weighed in and marches organized by civil right's leaders and law makers taking part in hoody protest. the president issued a statement that reads in part quoting here. i know passions may be running higher, but we are a nation of laws and the jury has spokeen and we should ask ourselves if we are doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives in this country. one republican law maker
suggested that the administration brought politics to a case that should be about law and order. >> the president engaged scomb and turned it into a political issue that should have been handled with law and order. >> brad blakemap deputy assistant to george bush and julie geng man political advisor to frank la uten berg. >> this comes down to going 18 months ago. is it your assessment that the president set the tone over the debate over trayvon martin? >> yes, he did so without having the facts and circumstances. it was in the midst president elect and battleground state of florida. i don't think he would have weighed in massachusetts or illinois which incidentally in chicago that is black on black
violence that is tragic yet the president hasn't spoke about the kinds of deaths and mores we have seen in his home state. the president was wrong to do it and if nothing in the time of the tragedy, he is have asked for calm and said i have faith in the american justice system and stand behind those actions by law enforcement people and judiciary to bring about the case appropriately. >> what about commenting at all. we noted on the she, the white house is reluctant to comment on a lot of legal cases in progress. why comment on this one in the first place when you don't have the facts in hand. >> we can all blame ourselves. this is wall to wall coverage from the minute it happen. the case took off and i will not compare to o.j. simpson. but in the same way it took off and you have incredible media
coverage and sat when he is asked about the case. he can say i don't know what you are talking. he commented on it reasonably. he never said trayvon martin was innocent or guilty and never said george zimmerman is innocent or dpelt. >> but he shed sympathy to one party. he stirred up passions and going back to wall to wall coverage. there was wall to wall coverage and we are not self serving here. we labor to make sure we got the context with every single story and a lot of media outlets, nbc with the clever editing did not do that. and the coverage that was out there saturating the air waves before the president spoke was wrong. >> are you blaming the president for nbc's screw up?
no. the president despite the wall to wall coverage and others who may not have gotten it right should have said i no nothing. he answered the question and moved on. he didn't direct the justice department or prosecutors in florida. he was asked. >> he gave sympathy to a statement to trayvon martin, saying if i had a son he would have looked like trayvon. >> the president of the united states has to resist the injekz of putting himself in the process. >> he didn't do. that >> he did. by the statement he made and saying if i had a son it would hook like traf tariff. he didn't need to say. that he is have expressed confidence in the system. the constitution protects those who are guilty and those who are innocent. >> you are right.
>> and the president should have had allowed the system play out. >> did the president get his information from somewhere else? >> he gets all of the information from television. on benghazi, and on the leaking, i don't know where the president would have gotten superior knowledge other than what he saw on television. >> i have known you for a long time. i don't know what you are smoking. he never took sides and gave a fact. >> he shpt have said gchlth >> he started off by saying stay out and get involved. and how would he have superior knowledge. >> he already had asked the justice department to look into the case. >> he did not. he did not ask the justice department. i don't know where you made that
up from. >> they just said they investigated from the beginning. >> and president of the united states told eric holder to do that. i had seen no allegations. >> the president directs the justice whether or not he has knowledge personally or not. >> the president did not. >> they act on the president. >> is there any debate about why it is such a hot topec. clearly it is. a terrific conversation and we'll hear about this. eric holder breaking news and saying that the justice department is continuing the investigation of trayvon martin. a great did bait. thank you both. >> thank you. >> yeah, we'll hear from juan and rich on that. that is coming up and pennsylvania's controversial voter id law getting new attention. a new court challenge begins on
that. and senate majority leader harry reid made a take it or leave it offer to republicans a head of what could be the biggest change in how washington works that we have seen in decades. we'll tell you his offer on the table. very good story coming up there. and president obama wanted to celebrate the best of america when he started the points of life. today award number 5,000 is handed out. the former president will be back to the white house on 1600 pennsylvania avenue. it will be a moment to see and we'll be there next.
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hosting former president bush and barbara bush to celebrate volunteerism. specifically a program called points of light. it was founded by president bush in 1989 as a way to celebrate individual volunteers and today that organization isetting a milestone and giving out the five thousandth point of light award. joining me is edro lins and ed, welcome, and always good to see you. this is quite an occasion to see president bush back in the white house. >> this is a lovely occasion. as we watch the partisan bickering, we can see a good man, george. bush. it was not one of the great highlights of the administration. but it is long lasting and thousands of volunteer organizations have been you know
honored for their performance including the group that is feeding tens of thousands starving young kids. and president to have brought it together is the best washington and our governments. >> you know, i am just watching the room that is filling up in the white house. it is 1:46 eastern time and you think back on the thousand points of light spoechs that was begin by president bush. and he has been some what challenged with health issues over the last year or so and it is a wonderful thing that he is able to make it to the white house today with his wife barbara. and it has been sometime since they have been back. >> it is amazing to watch. he's been through a serious ilness and they are hold enough to be a president's grand parent
and have a son that was president. but the great thing here, this is honoring people who did great things for the country. this is good news as opposed to the partisanship that we have seen. >> we have seen a lot of that. and we know that president obama and his wife have been big proponents of community service and giving back to the country and designating a day to do that themselves. you are right. it is fascinating to watch the generations that go through the white house. you know, as you have mentioned, ed, we are living in a very different time now, when president obama was in office, there seemed to be more in terms of reaching cross the aisle or is that how it seems now. >> president obama was a member of congress and had many friends on the hill and played raquet ball and did all coineds of
events for democrats and republicans and was well liked man by his colleagues and they responded to him. he worked hard to make sure there was bipartisanship. it was a different time and era. but it was better time and era. >> it is always interesting, ed to reflect back to a president so. it seems that when presidents leave office. people are kinder to them. and their approval numbers tend to a rise further away they get from the office. one of the things that is always said about the first president bush, he may have been the most qualified person for the job that we have seen. when you look at his incredible career. ambassador to china and head of cia and members was congress and
vice-president. he had an extraordinary career. >> extraordinary career and resume and i served in the white house when he was vice-president. and he was a loyal contractor and contributed to ronald reagan. andy hoo got ronald reagan's third term and he finished the international arena, he finished the cold war. and he was unfortunately he was defeated and sometimes it takes a while. but people look back on his pessidency. and he is a stand up guy. ed, stay with us. we'll take a break and we'll squeeze in a break and head back to the white house to watch a beautiful moment that is about to unfold as we george herbert
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we are back and it is perfect time as we see the president arriving in the room and shaking the hand of first lady michelle obama. and we are going to watch this live as president george h. walker bush enters the white house in the yell why room. let's listen in. >> good afternoon, everybody. and on behalf of michelle and myself, welcome to the white house.
23 years ago president george h.w. bush fwn began a tradition. he knew across the country ever day americans were finding ways to serve each other and give back to their communities. often with very few resources and very low recognition. and president bush knew that their good works were valuable to the people they helped. but beyond that, he knew that their spirit of service was vital to our national character. so he created an award. the daily point of light award. to recognize americans who serve their neighbors and communities in innovative ways that inspire us all. and for the rest of his presidency, nearly every single day president bush gave someone a daily point of light award. and after he left the white house, he kept going and going and going. in between skydiving and other activity, he kept going. which should come as no surprise
since we're talking about somebody who has served his country in such extraordinary ways. and when you do a parachute jump at the age of 85, not just a parachute jump but another parachute jump, i believe his seventh, this is somebody who is not going to slow down any time soon. so today we are extraordinarily honored to be joined by the family that helped build the points of light foundation into the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. president bush, mrs. bush, neil bush, we want to welcome you and also recognize michelle nun, ceo of points of light. it is worth applauds.
now this is not the first time president bush and i have come together for an event like this. four years ago i went down to texas a&m where president bush has his library to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of points of light and i appreciated the warm welcome. by which i mean the extremely loud howdy that i received. i was deeply impressed by how invested the student there are in community service. but most of all, i was moved by how much they love president bush. and now we've come together to mark another milestone. as of this minute, 4,999 points of light awards have been presented to individuals and organizations across this country. and so now i have the hoppnor o joining president bush in giving
number a 5,000. number 5,000. about ten years ago, floyd hammer and kathy hamilton were getting ready to retire. they had been farming for years. they had earned a break. they planned to sail around the world. then a friend told them about a special place they should visit along the way, in a village in tanzania. a volunteer mission was helping renovate an hiv/aids clinic. they thought it sounded like a worthwhile detour. when they arrived in tanzania, the country was in its third year after brutal drought. people were starving and dying. many of them were children. having seen this, kathy and floyd had to do something about it. their vision after leisurely retirement was replaced by a new
mission, fighting global hunger. today the nonprofit they organized, outreach, has fed children in more than 15 countries worldwide. to date more than 233 million meals. they've gotten to see many of the kids they met in tanzania grow up, healthy and strong. and this work they say is the most rewarding thing that they've ever done. and i have to say, having just been to tanzania with michelle, we can attest to how important this kind of work is. how it changes lives. it is also fitting that later this week, on july 18th, people around the world will celebrate the legacy of nelson mandela by performing acts of public and community service. as people look for examples, outreach provides an extraordinary demonstration of how service can lift people's lives. and so, if the purpose of this award is to celebrate americans who work to make our country and
the world a better place, for their own advantage or for any ulterior motives, but just to serve pure and simple, i can't think of anyone more deserving than kathy hamilton and floyd hammer. before we actually present this award, i would be remiss if i didn't take a moment to honor the man who made this all possible. he hates this, but i'm going to do it anyway. much has been said about president bush's own extraordinary life of service. but i'm not sure everybody fully appreciates how much he's done to strengthen our country's tradition of service. in addition to this award, he created the first white house office dedicated to promoting volunteerism. and he championed and signed national and community service act. by washington stand art, it was a modest law. it involved little money. president bush signed it with little fan fare. but looking back, it sparked a national movement.
by laying ground work for corporation for national community service and americorps and senior corps. it gave tens of millions of americans meaningful opportunities to serve. and today, thanks to those programs and others like them, and thanks to the passion of leaders like president bush and citizens who found the same passion over the years, volunteerism has gone from something some people do some of the time to something lots of people do as a regular part of their lives. since 1989, the number of volunteers has grown. up across age groups and regions. now a graduation requirement in many high schools and colleges. embedded in the culture of businesses large and small. and speaking my family volunteering and michelle and me and our daughters over the years, and i know that's the case for many of your families too. this national tradition may seem perfectly ordinary to many
americans, especially those who have grown up during period, but in fact it reflect tremendous progress and today we can say our country is a better and a stronger force for good in the world because more and more we are a people that serve. and for that, we have to thank president bush and his better half barbara, who is just as committed as her husband to service, has dedicated her life to it as well. [ applause ] presidents following president bush have had the good sense to follow in this work and not just because one of them calls him
dad. president clinton and both president bushes have come together to help people in natural disasters, here and around the world. this is not a democratic or republican value, but a core part of being an american. at the white house today we are proud to carry forward that legacy. i created the office of social innovation and civic participation to find new ways to use innovation to strengthen service. we expanded the office of faith-based and neighborhood partnerships originally created by president george w. bush which works closely with religious organizations across the country to help americans in need. and today i want to announce a new task force with representatives from cabinet agencies and other departments across government to take a lock at hu we can better support national service. in particular on some of our most important national priorities. improving schools, recovering from disasters, mentoring our kids. and this task force will be led by my team here at the white house along with wendy spencer who is here, ceo of the
corporation of national community service who previously led the volunteer commission in florida for governor jeb bush. we have a whole family thing working. in times of tight budgets and tough problems, we know that greatest resource we have is to harness energy and create more opportunities for americans to serve and we pay tribute to the examples set by president bush. and just to close on a personal note, mr. president, i'm one of millions of people who have been in inspired by your passion and commitment. americans know they too have something to contribute, they too with the power to make a difference. you describe for us those thousand point of light. all of the people and organizations spread out across the country like stars brightening the lives of those around them. by given the humility that define had your life, i suspect
it is harder for you to see something clearer to everybody else around you. and that's how bright a light you shine. how your vision and example have illuminated the path for so many others. how your love of service has kindled a similar love in the heart of millions, here at home and around the world. and frankly, just the fact that you're such a gentleman and such a good and kind person, i think, helps reinforce that spirit of service. so on behalf of all of us, let me just say that we are surely a kinder and gentler nation because of you and we can't thank you enough. [ applause ]
thank you for this incredible award. we are humbled and honored to be chosen as the 5,000th daily point of light. not in our wildest dreams did we ever plan to be here or even imagined receiving this award. in fact, after being in business for 34 years, floyd was dreaming of relaxing, even sailing around the world. but in 2003, he was asked to build an eighth hospital at an
old leprosy hospital in tanzania, and that changed everything. when we got there, we saw children dying of starvation. there was no food and no money. three little boys who were sk scavaging for food ate something poisonous and they died. we left for home overwhelmed by the need. and by our need to do something about it. we knew we had to send food to help the people of the village. we packed our first 2,000 meals with volunteers in our little town of union, iowa. and we discovered that people loved to help. and to give. and to pack meals. we started an organization
called outreach. each day, we took another step toward a bigger operation. one day, we had no intention of building, but to expand. others were eager to help us. each labor day, volunteers all over iowa helped pack 4 million meals. and in the united states and canada, tens of thousands of volunteers of all ages and nationalities, have so far helped us to pack a total of 232 million meals so far. [ applause ] as we have seen time and time again, when people give of
>> now to say something nice about neil. kind of hard to do. he has been very active in this whole concept of volunteering and helping others. so my privilege is to introduce neil and first of of course, thank president and mrs. obama for this wonderful hospitality. like coming home for bar befobad me. and for the rest of you to come to this house and be greeted by this superb hospitality, knows no bound. thank you very much. now neil.
>> as dad is being moved to his seat, he may not be parachuting any more, but he has taken up a new hobby, and that is he is trying to be a style setter. i don't know if you in theed the socks here. gq man we are calling him, instead of 41. dad, you have said that if one want to pursue a life of meaning and adventure, the way to do so is to find dignity, the dignity and goodness in every person. to help others in need and to become part of something bigger than ourselves. you and mom have lived an incredibly meaningful and adventurous lives. thank you for inspiring so many to become point of light.
that's an applause line. [ applause ] on behalf of the entire bush family, a special thanks to you, mr. president, and michelle, for inviting us to this most special place and for your outstanding work to promote the service movement as the national priority. you understand and you spoke of the fact that service is one of the things that truly brings our nation together. it transcends politics and addresses problems that government alone cannot solve. we are so blessed in america to have two occupant that are true point of light in your own ways, and we thank you for your leadership in this area. [ applause ] today we are celebrating the 5,000 daily point of light who
represent the 65 million americans who engage themselves in the lives of others ef year. these point of light are what think dad calls the soul of america. years ago dad asked us to imagine what would happen if all of the point of light award winners decided to leave their home towns and move together in one place in america. imagine if estella who taught 50 years and used her retirement funds to start estella's brilliant bus and taught kids in the town computer skills. and a foundation reading books. and kathy and flood helping feed and nurture young people. and pastors hammond, intervening with troubled youth. and corporations, faith, youth and senior groups organize volunteers to work with charities. to tutor, feed, clean, mentor, to serve as points of light.
regardless of its problems, the community like this, one where every person, every group, every institution gave even a small part of their time and service to others would be truly utterly transformed. that is our transmission. to turn every place in america into a community of light, to deepen the culture of service that drives change. that is the power of the daily point of light program. dad, before you left the white house, you spoke to all of the award winners and you said, if i could leave but one legacy to this country, you brut up the l word which he never does in private, it would not be in treaty sign or wars won, it would be a return to the moral compass that must goid america through the next century. i'm talking about a respect for the goodness that makes this
country great. a rekindling of that light lit from within to reveal america as it truly is. a country of millions of points of light. so thanks to all of you in this room. i could call you out by name, but mom admonished me in truth yesterday and dad just told me to keep it short, so i won't. but thanks to all of you in this room who are point of light. and everyone across the country. those we recognize with a daily point of light award and millions more who have not found recognition, but who are solving the biggest challenges facing our nation. to all of them, we say thank you. [ applause ] you're cutting into my time. mom is looking at me. stop the applause. now it is my pleasure as chair
of the points of light, and i'm truly honored to serve with such an outstanding board. to interdroduce a true leader i the national movement, michelle nun. >> thank you. >> all right. we have been watching neil bush as one of the sons, you see the family traits run very strongly throughout all of the younger bushes. but a number of things that he mentioned in terms of his father, lastly there saying that to his father felt he would leave a good legacy if he saw a return to a moral compass in this country. also saying that respect for goodness is what makes this country so great. a lovely tribute to president george h.w. bush. what he did for service and he
and his wife inspiring his family to do the same. we heard very moving word from floyd and kathy hamilton. just being in tanzania and needing to feed children there and how that moment truly changed their lives. as we watched that unfold here on america live. now today on to the news, an urgent new warning on iran's nuclear threat as we continue this hour of "america live ". this weekend's israel's prime minister put iran's nuclear program squarely back in the spotlight. he called on the bm administration to take more aggressive action against iran, including the possibility of military strikes. >> they are getting closer and closer to the bomb and they have
to be told in no uncertain terms that that will not be allowed to happen. i think it is important to understand, that we cannot allow it to happen. you know, our clocks are ticking in a different pace. we are closer than the united states. we're more vulnerable. and therefore, we have to address the question of how to stop iran before the united states does. >> ambassador john bolton is former u.s. ambassador to the united nations, of course. also a fox news contributor. welcome. good afternoon to you. very strong word by benjamin netanyahu who says he clearly senses there is no sense of urgency in this matter. >> well, i think it is worse than that, actually. he is worried that the west, the united states and europe, have fallen for the trap that newly elected iranian president has
said. to rezosume negotiations. for ten years iran used negotiations to buy time. time that was critical to overcome the many scientific and technological hurdles that have to be overcome to have a deliverable nuclear weapon. himself, ten years ago, iran's chief nuclear negotiator. and he boasted after he left that job about how he had basically suckered europe and the out into negotiating while iran made progress. i think he has the same thing in mind and i think netanyahu is worried that iran will go further than they are now toward that nuclear capability. >> clearly, on his part, speaking out on the sunday show is one way of getting that message across. we know that he and president obama have not always seen eye to eye on this issue, have they? >> i don't think they see eye to eye at all. obviously israel would prefer
that united states take the hard decision to use military force against iran's nuclear program. i don't see any possibility that president obama is going to do that. i think that why net yna hugh is reminding everybody that israel is in a different position. it has lesser capability and has to worry that if they don't act and the out didn't act that iran gets nuclear weapons. >> how likely do you think that is? a missile strike on israel, ongoing or increasing threat? >> look, israel twice before in its history struck preemtively against nuclear weapons in hostile states. in september 2007 against north korean reactor built in syria. this would be the third time and i think they see nuclear weapons in the hand of the iranian
regime would be a threat to israel itself. that's a powerful motivating factor. >> how much coordination is there or how clear can we be on how far along they are in this process? it seems we get conflicting signals every year. is it further along than anybody believes, do you think? >> well, i think our intelligence is obviously imperfect. i think if we have learned anything about intelligence in the last ten years it is that we ought to have a sense of humility about how certain our information is. but let me be clear. iran is not racing to the finish loin it build one nuclear weapon. they are building a broad and deep capability that will allow them to produce dozens and dozens of nuclear weapons when they went across the finish line. that's when netanyahu is worried. if you are worried for the very last step before iran gets nuclear weapons, they are not at the point where they think they need to do that. that's what concerns israel.
we are back with fox news alert. senate majority leader harry reid is now saying that republicans must confirm at least seven presidential appointees that they've been blocking if they want to avoid the controversial change in senate rules known as a nuke option. he says that needs to happen as early as this week. we are expecting a senate meeting the next couple of hours. as they threaten to change the senate rule which would allow a senate majority vote, 51 votes for presidential nominees other than judges. this would be a very big deal.
we're going live to capitol hill in a view moment for a full report on that. >> on top of that political vibe, there is a food fight breaking out on capitol hill where lawmakers are taking aim at the exploding cost of food stamps. shannon braem is live with more on that in d.c. hey, shannon. >> for decades two things have been tied together on capitol hill. subsidies for farmers and the assistance program commonly known as food stamps. democrats refuse to agree to reform in reductions to the food stamp part of the farm bill and they only voted on farm subsidies, causing democrats to foyer back accusing gop of sending children to bed hungry. but here are the facts. the program isn't ending and no one is cut off. it has nearly doubled since 2008. from roughly 28 million to 48
million and funding during the same time skyrocketed from $37 billion to estimated $81 billion. republicans say the system is filled with fraud and claims made by applicant aren't vetted or verified in any way. senator sessions says there is plenty of room to clean up the system while making sure this no one goes hungry. >> we want americans to be independent and have self respect and dignity and the whole idea of welfare should be to help people get their feet on the ground in tough times and launch them out into a successful future. not a permanent life of government benefits. >> sessions who is also a former prosecutor trying cases involving food stamp fraud says it lies to states cracking down. but because money from the program comes directly from washington and states don't have to match it or supplement it they have no real ownership in making sure the program is actually working properly.
>> shannon live forness washington. shannon, thank you. martha? >> all right, we will have more on that breaking news in moments as the showdown over a very big change to the senate rules has now taken a dramatic turn today on capitol hill. you need to hear about this. that's up next. also, after the jury found george zimmerman not guilty, some high profile media figures chimed in with their own judgments on social media. so who said what? and why is it getting so much attention? and who is regretting what they said now. >> he didn't know why he was turned in to this monster. you guys had a lot to do with it. you just did. because you took a story that was sent to you and you ran with it and you ran right over him. ron: i'm never alone with scottrade.
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us through on 51 votes. chief national correspondent jim angle with me now live from washington. hey, jim. >> reporter: hello, martha. that's right, it is called the nuclear option because it threatens to blow up the senate. but senate democratic leader harry reid, as you said, said he will bring up several nominees tomorrow and if not approved, he will move to change the rules. listen. >> we have a responsibility to give advice and consent to the president on his nominations. but all we have from republicans is not consent, we have obstruct and delay. and that's really the truth. >> now republicans tell a different story as you might imagine noting congressional research service noting mr. obama is getting faster nominations than bush did. that 1,540 obama nominations have been confirmed. they argue that senator reid calls many things filibusters that are not, such as floor debate on senator hagel to be
secretary of defense who was not approved. some nominees reid will bring up tuesday had a legal problem. listen. >> it really comes down to throw appointments that the federal courts have told us were unconstitutionally recessed appointed. two members of the mrpb and the cfpb. >> that's the labor board and consumer protection bureau. a court ruled the so-called recessed appointments were made when congress was not actually if recess and therefore illegal. senator reid promised he would only change rules for administration nominees, not judges who serve for life or for legislation. several years ago when republicans considered the same thing as bush's court nominations were blocked we blasted the idea of change as a gimmick and said the filibuster was part of the fabric of the senate. senator mcconnell who was threatening the same move a few years ago said he is glad they
did not proceed with it. all senators will gather tonight, martha, in the old senate chamber in hopes of finding some compromise. martha. >> we will see. jim, thank you very much. see you later. >> like a patient in an operating table where mad scientist were committing experiment is on him and he had no anesthesia. he didn't know why he turned into this monster. but you add lot to do with it. you just did. you took a story that was sent to you and you ran with it, and you ran right over him. and that was horrid to him. >> that was george zimmerman's attorney, mark o'mara, speaking powerfully on saturday night. that was right after his client was acquitted of second degree murder and manslaughter. and it was in the immediate aftermath of the not guilty verdict that some high profile
media figures took to social media to share their own judgment about the outcome. huffington post live host lamont hill tweeted this. we live in a country where it is not only illegal but lethal to be young, and black and outside. trayvon is our nation's metaphor, he said. how about this from filmmaker michael moore would shared his verdict. trayvon is one whose life was threatened by a guy with a gun chasing after him. trayvon had the right to do anything to defend himself. let's get into this a little bit with howard kurtz. welcome back. good to see you again. this is getting a lot of attention. everybody has a right to say what they want to say. in social media. but when you look at some of the background here, is it okay to go thrashing about in these different venues with things that are untrue or that you have
no way of knowing what happened that night. >> everyone is entitled to their opinion, of course. but i'm troubled by how some ugly and incendiary comment are made on television, on line, on twitter because it doesn't help the situation in what was already a kind of a divisive and controversial trial blown up by the media who is feeding on it for circulation. among those saying trayvon is a metaphor, that the verdict was an atrocity, you can't be walking while black. al sharpton on msnbc, let's see what he had to say. >> i can tell you, this is long from over and we will be with them every step of the way because this puts every child at risk. >> i think it is a hilittle bitf an overstatement saying every child is at risk np is a very specific case involving two specific people in florida. >> all right, howard, thank you
very much. stay with us here. we also want to bring in fox news political analyst juan williams and national review editor and fox news contributor rich lawry. rich, juan, thank you very much. you have both written very eloquently about this topic the last several days. juan and rich, from the way that i read with, c which you wrote, this story was used to fit a narrative, that some members of the media want to perpetuate and need an example of every once in a while in order to keep that going. is that true, juan? >> yeah. i think if you look at what nbc did with editing tape to make it appear that zimmerman was asking about or telling martin's race up front. that's an example of the new york times with the white
hispanic model. they seem to think only white people can have racial bias and not hispanic or blacks. and i want to pick up on what howard kurtz said, left and right wanted to push this as an example of something they say is is a larger stand of race and racism. and on the right, some people wanted to make zimmerman into a defender of good right and stand your own ground. for that reason, it was driving traffic. and i think it had, again, a media responsibility for advancing something that is highly corrosive in terms of our discussions of race in this society. >> rich, you made a comment in your piece about a man who was brutally murdered, emett, who
whistled am a woman. but the stories lines is what you seem to object to. >> yes. and it wasn't just a tragedy, it was a brutal racist murder and authority looked the other way in 1950s mississippi. thank god this is an entirely different country than that now. and what happened in florida here was a tragedy. literally. it was mistaken circumstances and misunderstandings. and i think if the media initially accurately reported that george zimmerman was hispanic or accurately portrayed trayvon martin in the initial pictures, initial pictures of him were quite young, it was impossible for him to imagine him standing up to someone like george zimmerman or even hitting him. if those things had been accurate from the beginning, maybe this narrative wouldn't have started. but the jury deliberated carefully, decided on the fact and it appears trayvon martin was hitting george zimmerman and
was on top of him in such a way that zimmerman feared great bodily harm and therefore shot him. >> howard, you know, you look at the media very closely, obviously. have you for many years. when you look at this case, do you feel there wasn't enough good reporting done on this case? that too many jumped to conclusion about george zimmerman and did the public a diser isses have by not laying out the facts as they were? as we knew them in this case? >> initially there was a lot that we didn't know because remember, six weeks before george zimmerman was tried. his side was largely not talking. so a sympathetic for trayvon martin did develop. i think once blanks were filled in, that the straight reporters did a pretty good job with some mistakes, in the nbc's misleading editing of the 911 call, did a good job of showing both sides. but media particularly and news
media, having something to gain. and choosing sides, trying to draw attention, soak the flames within keep the kroescontrovers going. and unfortunately, i see that happening in the wake of this verdict. >> a lot of this trickled out, juan, when you look back to analyze it. we didn't get pictures of injuries that george zimmerman sustained as part of this until we were pretty far along in the whole story. how much do you think that had to do with it and how it all played out? >> well, i this i that the pictures, you know, aren't something that added to an image of zimmerman being assaulted. a lot of this, martha, is we don't have pictures, at least that have been widely circulated, of trayvon martin laying there on the ground. it is pretty sad. and of course we don't know -- we didn't even have eye witnesses, much less pictures, of what really took place between these two men. at least after that phone call between martin and his
girlfriend. so we just don't know. we do know, you know, some of the provocation, the idea that zimmerman was driving along, got out of his car even after he was told not to follow. and that he had a gun. so i think that contributed to one side of it. but the other side i think is that you have people who are race hustlers who picked up on this and wanted to make it into something much larger for their own agenda. i'm just sad to say, that that tends to drive american conversation now as opposed to the facts. all right, gentlemen. it is a sad case all around and very thoughtful looking at it. great to have you all with us. >> thanks. >> see you soon. so i think you have noticed by now that big ben is over my shoulder here. and the reason is, that there's a waiting game going on right
all right. as you've in theed, i am not in new york right now. we're in london today where the world is anxiously awaiting the arrival of a new heir to the british throne. this child will be third in loin to the throne after child and prince william. here is a live look. there's the hospital. nothing much going on there right now. but a very pregnant duchess of cambridge is now two days past, we think, past the do you date. nobody knows exactly when the due date is. but we think we are right around that time. that's what brut us herought us. we are told the hospital will
let us know when the dutch says admitted. hello, neil. >> you are looking gorgeous. >> great to see you. take us through what is going to happen. we all know, i heard a helicopters outside a moment ago. and i thought oh, maybe this is it. it is going to start something along those lines. >> well, in central lon did not here, the heart of everything that gez off. and every helicopter, people say, oh, this is it. what you have seen outside the hospital is an amazing thing. when you good down there, everybody just stood around. nobody knows the next move. what we do know is the moment the duchess is wheeled into hospital, that when it really starts kicking with royal protocol. what happened is the moment she gives birth, to whoever that may be, boy or girl, then there is a piece of white paper. it is very traditional, it comes out of the hospital door and it is given to a waiting car. that is sped along to buckingham
palace. the queen is informed. then the rest of the world, including you, will know. >> as i understand, that car will be followed by a helicopters. watching it go through the streets, o.j. simpson style, as it goes to make this big announcement when we find out what the sex is. but nobody can know anything until the queen has been officially informed. >> interesting point you make. because william and catherine, they wanted to do it the modern way and tell friend first. she is the reigning monarch, she rules everything. and there is no way to get around protocol. so it is royal protocol. she will be the very first person to know. then she can ring people, family and friend. but they want to do it also as well. so i think the second people will be carol, you know, the middleton family. >> carol and michael middleton. so in terms of the name -- we
know that in the past, we haven't heard the name. sometimes up until a week after. is that tradition to sort of have the baby and then make a second round of announcements when the name is decided? >> absolutely. that goes back centuries an centuries. i think you have probably sat down and went through names and things. the royal family does the same thing. but they have a pool of names that they pick on. i remember when william and harry were born. everybody thought william was a rather old-fashioned name. but it is not. we had a king william a couple centuries. i'm thinking of george, or david for boys. >> david beckham. he thought his name would be a good one too. i didn't think that would be in the realm of possibilities. >> what about victoria. queen victoria is still iconic ineni england and around the wo.
>> i wonder if she isn't too iconic. we will take a quick break and hold you over. we have a lot more to talk about. [ ding! ] ...the immune system... [ ding! ] ...heart health... [ ding! ] ...and muscles. [ ding! ] that can only be ensure complete! [ female announcer ] the four-in-one nutrition of ensure complete. a simple choice to help u eat right. [ major nutrition ] nutrition in charge.
we are back in london with neil shawn. so, this baby is, you know, half commoner. right? i mean, this is a new situation. you have carol middleton and her husband, michael, the commoner grandparents to the future heir to the throne. how does that go over around here? is it a good thing and. >> a really valid point. we saw wimbledon recently, must be very strange for the middletons. they sat right hind these very eye coppic royals, and a few
years ago they would have never dreamt they would be in this situation. so they have it incredibly well. carol middleton is a driven and very clever lady and wouldn't ever be pushed out to the side. i think maybe the problem, if you look at them as a family, will come through pippa's quest for fame. >> that's another topic in terms of the though anyway. will there be a nod to the middleton side of the family? >> really, i -- you can only speculate. i wouldn't assume so. when you look back to, of course, the queen's mother, who was known in england as the queen mother. when she married she was not much of a commoner but a little bit. when she married into the family, you relinquish a lot of what you want to do or say. so we don't know the finer points. it's almost like a contract. >> you would not expect that there might be a victoria mary
elizabeth middleton? >> i don't see that at all. a lot hinges on this child. as you say, the most famous baby in the world, because obviously that is the next in line. they're always looking at lineage, and you have to think about that and can't give it a name that's going to be -- >> a very traditional couple. >> very traditional. >> we expect that will be handled traditionally as well. thank you so much. we're waiting for some news. there they are, we'll take a quick break here in london and be right back. hey linda! what are you guys doing?
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