the place where change goes to die. where results never happen. where deals are never cut. and i think ultimately, both the republican leadership and the president suffer as a result.
what i think is that this displays so much of what's wrong with the press and the political priorities in washington. we heard all about
white house tours
. now we're hearing all about flying. there have been some exceptions including samstein and the "
" who has reported on what the big part of sequester does. the big parts to most people,
to the chip program. a lot of real problems for people living at the margins of this recession. instead we get all this talk that is for people who are more well off. the majority of american adults will not get on a plane this year. 138 million americans won't get on a plane. flying. and
white house tours
, this is class stuff. this is great if you're middle or
. why do you think as a guy, you're old media, new media, you've been around this discussion in washington. why does so much of our media discussion focus on what are essentially the problems for the people who are the most well off?
well, i suppose i can turn it around and ask why you led the segment the way you did? what is the answer? the fact is if you're reading the "
," you're reading what sam writes, what i write, you read what others write. i wrote a big piece about how this affects
at the most elemental and urgent level in terms of the translating the human jean dloem project for actual help for patients. that's happening right now. it is like not building the last middle miles of the trans continental railroad. the
was funneleded by the
. yet now the government because of sequester is cutting back on translating that research into cures for cancer patients. so i think you ask a very good question. my answer would be, read the "
that's always a good --
we're part of problem.
i have two questions. i want to you choose one. the question i originally thought of, if you're obama are you at the landscape and saying this whole thing was a bad idea. my other question is, i learned doing some research, that you just passed your 29th
. there is your lovely wife. which is an extraordinary achievement. how does one get to 29 years of marriage!
okay, let me take the second question first.
love and understanding
is the simple answer. and the longer you're married, the more you appreciate the person you're lucky enough to be married to. so that's the first thing. and what was the first question? oh, yes. does obama regret this situation? well, i think probably he does. because don't forget, they threw this out there, this sequester drakonnian idea as a way to try to force some kind of deal. force republicans to come to the table. force democrats to give up on entitlements. none of that happened. now he is stuck with it. and don't forget during the
campaign, he said don't worry. this is never going to happen. so he didn't want it to happen. now i think what the democrats and the
are doing, trying to make the best in terms of politics, frankly. sending out press releases every day about the horrific effects of this out of what is a very bad situation in terms of government. it is just a criminally irresponsible of
to be cut in this way. it really is. i think the president cares about that and i think he regrets it.
thanks a lot, krystal.
, a long-awaited
gets underway to investigate america's drone program. we'll get into that next.