Skip to main content

tv   BBC World News America  PBS  December 3, 2018 2:30pm-3:01pm PST

2:30 pm
>> this is "bbc world news america." funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, and kovler foundation, pursuing lutions for america' neglected needs. >> wow, that is unbelievable. ♪ >> i'm flying! ♪ >> stay curious.
2:31 pm
♪la [appe] >> and now, "bbc world news." laura: this is "bbc wows america." reporting from washington, i am laura trevelyan. a state funeral for a former president. the coin of george h.w. bush arrives at the u.s. capitol. dignitarie pay their respects. his legacy is being remembered as one of service and loyalty to his country and the family he held so dear. plus , it started on the pitch. now refugees in the u.s. have a school to call theirthwn. we meet ee woman who madit happen.
2:32 pm
wcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. this evening president george h.w. bush's casketrrived at the u.s. capitol building in washington, whe he will be lying in state until wednesday morning. it is all part of the state funeral following the death of the 41st president friday night. we go to rajini vaidyanathan. what is being set in interview to our 41st president -- in tribute to our 41sredent? rajini: casket of america's 41st president was taken up the steps behind commemorations of george h.w. jbush, making his finrney to washington,.c., surrounded members of his family,
2:33 pm
members of his own goverent, members of today's administration, as well as politicians across the political spectrum. they are gathering in the rotunda for a special service of commemoration. we have heard from senior politicians, we have heard from mitch mcconnell, and also from the vice president mike pence. many of the politicians who have been speaking to payrite to the character of george h.w. bush, here is what outgoing speaker of the house paul ryan had to say. rep. ryan: throughout his life of service, president bush personified grace. ws character, his charact second to none. he reached the heights of power with uncommon humility. io made monumental contrib to freedom with the fundamental decency that resonates across generaons. laura: that was the speaker of
2:34 pm
of representatives paul ryan. atmosphereis the like on this solemn day? rajini:is i solemn day, but it is also a date many peopl want to point out is a celebration of george h.w. bush's life. s fitting that therech a tribute to him on capitol hill because he was a politician who gave so much of his life to public service. henowadays we talk about anti-politician, how people d't respect and revere public service perhaps in the way they used to. in many ys george bush as a president represented an era when public service at its highest was respected. he served in congress here, he cia. to head up the he was the u.s. ambassador to the united nations. he was head of the republican national committee. and of course, he was vice
2:35 pm
president tod ronagan before he took the top job serving as the 41st president. he only served one term in that role. in many ways he embodied public service and that is what people want to celebrate here on capitol hill. there will be an opportunity for members of the public to pay their respects as his body is laid in state. theirrst people will be respects as well as the dignitaries are members whous worked for thewhite house, people who served on his staff. and then members of the public will have the opportunity to pay their respect through wednesday morning. on wednesday morning his casket will be moved to washington's national chedral, where he will be afforded a full state funeral. laura: rajini vaidyanathan, thank you. joining us is rich galen, who was spokesman for dan quayle anm ications director for the political action committee of event-vice president --
2:36 pm
then-vice president george h.w. bush. we heard mitch mcconnell when he was an exhibit earlier s a steady hand studying the course. is that how you saw him? rich: exactly. we spoke earlier of the dissolution ofhe soviet union d the reunification of germany, but perhaps the biggest thing he did, the steadiest hand he demonstrated, was getting a group of 60 countries to join together toush saddam and the iraqis out oft. kuw quick story -- years later i was working in the middle east, the guy introducing me mentioned the fact that i worked for dan viquayle, who wa president. room stood up and applauded. i had nothing to do with it, of course, but that is how much people in kuwait appreciated what they had done. i thk the legacy of george h.w. bush insecure. laura: he was very upset about
2:37 pm
the "newsweek" cover that called him a wimp, and yet he represented these values of prudence, dignity, humility. is that what made him so much one-of-a-kind? rich: i think that is true. remember, society was shifting like sand at the beacht at time in our history, and presidentn, rea remember, was known for wearing the cal po high -- cowboy hat and chopping wood. that is not what h.w. did. w. did that at the ranch in crawford. bu that is not the something he likes. he played sports, he drove his boat -- again, patrician sort of things. well, notked upon -- i think, i know, i'm fairly
2:38 pm
largely by eastern report -- unfairly, largely by eastern reporters who wanted to demonstrate that he wasn't up to th job, but he certainly was. laura:ndeed, and we are hearing so much about his wartime service. w r do you think that informed his own leadership, whether it was the first gulf --or never getting the navigating the end of the cold war? rich:of in termis leadership, he was clearly an accomplished flyer and officer. he came back from the war and went to college, he played baseball for yale and was voted captain of the team. but he wasn't that good a baseball player. was pretty average when you look at his statistics. leadership shown through and he was elected captain of the team. whatever he did, he was seen as a leader. laura: he was a one-term president. what do you see as his defining legacy? rich: "world news ameri i thinke
2:39 pm
-- i think the defining legacy for george h.w. bush is heated what was right for america. fell, theberlin wall state of the union address in d 1992, e vice president just referred to this -- he said america won the cold war. you can argue whether anybody won the cold war, but that is a different issue. he did not say "might ministrations -- my adminiration won the cold war." he said america won the cold war. he understood the place of america in the world. laura: when we see the bh clan who have gathered, how important was family and how dedicated was he? rich: amazingly dedicated. i never went to kennebunkport, but i know a lot of people who did and there were always family members there all summer long, drifting in and out of the family compound there.
2:40 pm
there is probably nothing more important other than public service to america, as a george h.w.fore, to bush than his sons, daughter, daughter-in-law, the children and grandchildren. laura: rich galen, thank you so much for joining us. rich: thanks for having me. laura: as memories pour in of president bush, manmentioned his highflying adventures. he decided to mark a major birthday by jumping out of a plane. he did the last parachute ju at age 90. for more on that plunge and others before it, sergeant elliott joined my colleagues katty kay and christian fraser for their program "beyond 100 days." katty: i imagine, sergeant erliott, you might have been a little bitus skydiving with the 41st president of the 9united states when he w years old. >> honestly, i was completely
2:41 pm
nervous on all three of his jobs, but a little more nervous because he is 90 year old, and he is not a young man anymore. it is quite a big task when you find you are going to jump a 90-year-old former president out of an airplane. katty: yeah, what did his wife say to you? >> [laughter] the first time i met mrs. bush, her exact words to me, "if you hurt him i will kill you," and i think she would have killed me if i had hurt h. christian:ma prey, even if he was 90 years old, he was involved in the landing. >> absolutely. both y parties, wh are doing president is41st not a small guy.
2:42 pm
he is 6'2", 240 pounds. dealing with parkinson's tsease, he didn't ha muscle ability. so it was a little difficult to ie , but we accomplished together andd a big smile on his face when it was done. christian: did you check on the way-- chat on the way up? what did you talk about? >> you know, he was extremely quiet. i think he was just taking it all in. we took off from walker's point home could see his family his summer home, landing at saint ann's chur. lot during the takeoff. vehe was quiet andooking his life -- that is what i think he was probably thinking. i'm not exactly sure about that. katty: why do you think he did
2:43 pm
it? >> i think he did it to send a oussage out to people his age that regardless of age, you can still do what you love to do. toalsdid it, in my eyes, show he is a professional. he felt that when he was shot down during worlwar ii he did not eject properly, so he jump out of airplanes because you wanted to do with perfect. and he enjoyed a journalist. he lived a full life of -- he enjoyed renaline. he lived a full life. katty: you have a full le, indeed. -- he lived a full life, indeed. laura: so many memories of presidentdi bush fl in. wereands of houthi rebels sent to oman for treatment. talks should take place in sweden next week. uruguay has rejected an asylum
2:44 pm
request by peru's former prident. mr. garcia asked for international protection at the uruguayan embassy lma after he was involved in a corruption scandal. the former perian president is cused of taking bribes from a giant brazilian constructiohe company whilas in office. mr. garcia denies all the charges. the pressure is mounting on president macronf ance after more violent protests in paris this past weekend. trdemoors began last month over a planned increase in fuel taxes, but sparked wider discontent about economic reforms. inthe french primeter has been meeting with political leaders to discuss the crisis and is due to meet representatives of the protesters tomorrow. from paris, lucy williamson reports. lucy: it is a challenge to new fuel taxes. by saturdait was about challenging power. paris has not seen great like his -- rage like this since
2:45 pm
before the president was born. screamed one front page today, "this needs a response." the president met with opposition leaders for crisis talks and tomorrow he will meet with representativesrom protesters themselves. problem for sy emmanuela macron is becomin political crisis, too. his young party, seen as himself loyal to macron come seems to be splintering on how to respond. but some in mr. macron's party say there are no conditions that will satisfy the protesters, ithat what they really wa for the government to fall. >> i did propose many times when it we raise your wages -- what if we raise your wages? he said we don't want this, we want something else. at the end of the day, what
2:46 pm
those people want is to take charge. and so that's a political conversation. met: the first -- we first this protest site weeks ago. to stop the saturday protest, he says macron must revlaw all pensio in the minimum wage. another day of action risks catastrophe, he says, a it is not ju educators who are to blame. >> it is a msure of both. have the writers -- you have the rioters getting more violent. amongst protesters, violence is growing more strongly. they are fed up and they canno e a way out. lucy:fr it of the national assembly today come andamans workers staged a spread -- e ambulancworkers staged a separate protest. tpresid macron, criticized for acting too much li a king, is
2:47 pm
facing a crucial that he is listening to voters without giving in. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. laura: you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, he has taken viewers ingund the world on am adventur now sir david attenborough's warning that climate change could lead to the collapse of cilization. michelle obama has been in london to promote her new book "becoming," and she took the time to visit a school she first went to in9. 2 that visit inspired her focus on education here in united states. the bbc has more on this return trip from mrs. obama. reporter: returning to the school where it all started, this afternoon michelle obama was welcomed back with
2:48 pm
overwhelming applause from hundreds of schoolgirls in north london, a place which holds special memories for the former first lady. it gave me -- mrs. obama: it gave me a level of focus and determination when i got to see you all up close. i said then that you remind me of me,nd all the fears and all the challenges that you face, and you goto t you gave me a sense of comfort. reporter:e micheama made her first visit to the school back in 2009, and nine years ralater, her appe and words of-l advice has had a longasting impact on students and staff. >> she inspired me to go to law school and she inspirede in so many ways, to take on so many roles. tre asfeels that i am well and my voices being heard from her and it is wonderful. reporter: today a new generation
2:49 pm
of schoolgirls got to meet the role model. mrs. obama was on stage for an hour and spoke openly about a wide rge of issues, including her time in the white house. ladyobama: being first wasn't the easiesd,job in the ut but i got your hope a what i can do for you. >> to remember the past memories that she school.or us in our hereter: her presence continues to have the same effect. ura: climate change is the greatest threat to humanofy in thousand years -- that is a stark warning from sir daviand barrow, who spoke -- sir david attenborough. the broadcaster said that climate change could lead to the collapse ocivilizations and
2:50 pm
the extinction of much of the natural world. our scienceditor david shukman has the story. david: it has been a year of deadly fires and record heat, and a new warning from site is about the dangers of living in a world of rising temperatures with the risk of many more scenes like this. a social have been media campaign has gathered voices from around the world callingn -- social-media campaign has gathered voices from around the world calng for action. campaign spokesman was given a rare chance to appeal directly to this global forum. >> right now we're facing a man-made disaster of global scale. our greatest threat in thousands of years, climate change. action, thetake collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of
2:51 pm
the natural world ise on horizon. david: there was applause, but not much. maybe because tackling climate change is so difficult. polande, like many countries, depends on coal. we went down a mine to see the grim process of getting it out. many think that a een future versions of jobs. what would you say to a polish miner about his future? >> all you can say is thgs change. it is the process of history which is now moving, and you will have to find your children -- have to find new ways of living. david: as the conference continues, there will be tense arguments over what to do. with so many countries represented here and thousands of delegates with incredibly
2:52 pm
complicated negotiations, it is easy to forget what this is all about. owso let me you this happened to global -- what has happened to global temperatures. orangesbelow average, for above-average, and the most recent years of the hottest, so they are marketed re-- marked in ren the big conc where the world is heading next. stormers firms and sea level rising are growing threats. small is nd states feel the most vulnerable. >> what kind of effort muste put into rebuilding when your entire economy is wiped away? imagine, what is the entire economy of ireland or england was washed away? whe would you start? that is the reality of climate change. davi outside the conference, coal fires are burning, each one pollutinthe air.
2:53 pm
scientists say that stopping this is essential. ait will uge challenge. david shukman, bbc news. laura: four refugees arriving in the united -- for refugees arriving in the united states, it can break down barriers. but it was only the beginning of her mission to help. e is running a refugee academy in georgia. she told us her story for the series.100 women" >> refugee students cattmust of had to no -- most have had a little to no education. they have not healed, they don't know their identity, and academically they are far behind. ch, you care about any aspect of your player. ir a player is hungry, the game is affected. after practice, kids would say
2:54 pm
"coach, can you help me with homework?" i realized it was a band-aid solution. kid had been in the country for five years, and he didn't speak english very well. "coach, can you help me with my homework?" i had a headache. "how about you read to me?" "note i have a headache." he looked up at me and said "i can't read." i cannot afford a private school for my players, so it was cheaper to open one. six kids and one teacher, almost 12 years ago. only inri a can you do this. -- muslim woman running a school for kids from different countries. i have become like the mama there.
2:55 pm
i want to be protective. what am i being protective o they need to hear it and they need to handle it with dignity. i heard the worst after 9/11, but this is 10 times worse. we just blame them for all our problems. i just want them to know that the world does not h them. we have had death threats on the voicemail targeting me. ur"where is location, i want to see you," and not in a friendly way. that is why we don't have the ldname outside the bg. we don't publicize where we are located. there are other times when people are excited to see us and say "you are what everyday america is about." toh our school didn't have exist, but as long as there are wars, there will always be refugees. how cawe make a refugee
2:56 pm
something to be ashamed of? laura: the healing power of sport. remember, you can find all the day's news on our website. i am laura trevelyan. thanks for watching "bbc world ews america." >> with the bbc news app, our vertical videos are designed to work around your lcaestyle, so yon swipe your way through the news of the day and stay up-to-date witthe latest headlines you can trust. download now from selected app stores. >> funding of this presentatn is made possible by the freeman foundation, and kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america'ste neglneeds. in >> what are you dog? >> possibilities. your day is filled with them. >> tv, play "downton abbey."
2:57 pm
>> and pbs helps everyone discover theirs. anytime, anywhere. pbs. we are with you for life. >> "bbc world newswas presented by kcet, los angeles.
2:58 pm
2:59 pm
3:00 pm
captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> nawaz: good evening. i'm amna nawaz. judy woodruff is away. on the "newshour" tonight, the ids farewell to the 41st president. we reflect on the life and legacy of georgh.w. bush. then, a pause in the trade war. president trump hails a new agreement with chit few details are known. plus the future of work-- how a small town in kentucky is revbyiving their econom shifting from coal to the health care industry. >> we began to realize and accept the fact that coal wasn't coming back. and then the conversation changed to, well, whating to be the future of appachia, the future of eastern kentucky? >> d nawaz: all that re on tonight's "pbs newshour."


info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on