Brian Williams

  • Aired:  02/16/11
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Brian Williams noticed that, as he headed for Cairo to cover the Egyptian protests, Jon went on vacation. (7:49)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT THE ANCHOR AND

MANAGING EDITOR OF NBC NIGHTLY

NEWS.

PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO THE

PROGRAM BRIAN WILLIAMS.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> THANK YOU.

>> Jon: WHAT IS UP?

>> NOT MUCH, MY FRIEND.

HOW ARE YOU?

>> Jon: I'M VERY WELL, THANK

YOU.

GOOD THAT YOU ARE BACK FROM

EGYPT SAFE AND SOUND.

THAT SEEMED LIKE -- WAS THAT THE

HAIRIEST SITUATION THAT YOU'VE

BEEN IN AS AN ANCHOR?

>> IT HAD ELEMENTS OF THE DAY

KATRINA WENT SOUR AND BECAME

DANGEROUS.

IT HAD ELEMENTS OF IRAQ AND

AFGHANISTAN.

WE PWRAULT NO BODY ARMOR.

WE BROUGHT SECURITY WITH US BUT

THEY WERE UNARMED BECAUSE THE

GUN LAWS, ODDLY, IN EGYPT ARE

STRICT.

I MADE EYE CONTACT WITH THE GUY

ON THE LEAD HORSE.

>> Jon: THE GUY WITH THE

WHIPS.

>> AFTER I SAW HIM THEY PULLED

OUT WHIPS AND STARTED BEATING

HUMAN BEINGS.

>> Jon: WHAT IS THE ARMY DOING

AT THAT POINT?

THE GUYS ARE COMING THROUGH WITH

HORSES AND WHIPS.

YOU HAVE TANKS THERE.

THEY ARE GOING LITERALLY

MEDIEVAL ON YOU.

>> THAT IS SOMETHING OF A

CANARD.

THE ARMY WAS NOT READY TO DO ANY

URBAN ENVIRONMENT FIRING.

THEY ARE ON TANKS AND ARMORED

PERSONNEL CARRIERS.

YOU DON'T WANT THEM DISCHARGING

WEAPONS IN THAT ENVIRONMENT AND

THERE WEREN'T ENOUGH OF THEM TO

SUPPRESS THIS.

>> Jon: THEY KNEW IT WAS

COMING.

DO YOU THINK THEY KNEW?

>> I DON'T THINK SO.

>> Jon: THEY WERE ORGANIZED.

>> THEY DID BUT THEY CAME FROM

THE SUBURBS.

>> Jon: FROM THE SUBURBS LIKE

THE WHITE KIDS FROM THE SUBURBS.

THEY GO TO A CRACKHOUSE THEY

MESS IT UP.

>> THEY CAME IN ALONG THE NILE

RIVER ALONG A PROMENADE.

THEY MARCHED WITH BANNERS.

I HEARD DRUMS THAT MORNING.

IT WAS A DIFFERENT DAY BUT I'VE

NEVER SEEN SOMETHING BECOME SO

GOD AWFUL SOUR AND TOXIC SO

QUICKLY.

IT WENT FROM CAIRO THE BIG

CELEBRATION TO DON'T LEAVE YOUR

HOTEL.

>> Jon: THOSE ARE THE DAYS

WE'RE HAPPY FOR THE GREEN

SCREEN.

>> I NOTICED THAT AS SOON AS

THIS BROKE OUT AND NOT TO TOOT

MY OWN HORN, A LOT OF US HEADED

FOR KAY ROW AND YOU HEADED FOR

VACATION.

WHAT IS THAT?

>> Jon: I WAS AT DISNEY WORLD

AT THE TIME.

>> OKAY.

>> Jon: I SAW IT ON TV AND I

THOUGHT THAT LOOKS LIKE

SOMETHING.

>> I'M NOT EVEN GOING BACK TO

NEW YORK.

YOU THOUGHT NEW YORK WOULD BE

UNSAFE TAP POINT -- AT THAT

POINT SO YOU STAYED AT DISNEY.

>> Jon: I'LL TELL YOU WHAT WAS

SAFING THE PETER PAN RIDE.

THAT'S WHAT I WENT ON.

YOU DON'T KNOW THAT COULD TURN

AT ANY POINT.

YOU HAVE PEOPLE THERE HOPPED UP

ON TURKEY LEGS.

THERE[LAUGHTER]

THERE COULD BE THAT MOMENT WHERE

THEY LOOK DOWN AND SAY, MY GOD,

CAPTAIN HOOK.

THE WHOLE PLACE DISSOLVES TO GOD

KNOWS WHAT.

YEAH.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: NO, I HAVE ALWAYS SAID

THIS TO YOU AND I SAY THIS.

THERE'S AN ENORMOUS DIFFERENCE

BETWEEN REAL JOURNALISTS THAT

PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE AND

COVER THESE TYPES OF STORIES AND

PEOPLE WHO SIT IN THE COMFORT OF

THEIR OWN STUDIO AND MAKE FUN OF

THEM MERCILESSLY.

I HAVE ALWAYS SAID TO YOU IT'S

SO MUCH BETTER TO BE ON THE

FUN-MAKING SIDE.

[LAUGHTER]

>> I WOULD LIKE SO MUCH TO TAKE

YOU ON ONE OF OUR TRIPS.

>> Jon: NO!

I DON'T WANT TO GO.

>> WE GO TO GREAT PLACES.

>> Jon: THIS IS AN INTERESTING

POINT THOUGH.

ISN'T IT FRUSTRATING FOR YOU AS

A NEWSMAN.

WE'RE ALWAYS REACTING TO

STORIES.

EGYPT COMES.

PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN THERE SAID

YOU COULD SEE IT COMING FOR

YEARS.

THEN IT EXPLODES AND EVERYONE

HAS TO FLY IN.

THE INFRASTRUCTURE DOESN'T

EXIST, THE RELATIONSHIPS ON THE

GROUND DON'T EXIST AND IT PUTS

YOU GUYS AT A DISADVANTAGE AND

MAKE MAKES IT MORE DANGEROUS FOR

YOU THAT THE NEWS BUDGETS ARE

CUT TO THE EXTENT THAT WE DON'T

HAVE THE FOREIGN ARMS WE USED TO

HAVE.

>> CAN I PLAY DEVIL'S ADVOCATE.

>> Jon: NO, YOU MUST AGREE.

[LAUGHTER]

>> WE FLEW IN AND WORKED OUT OF

CAIRO BUREAU WHERE IT'S UP AND

FUNCTIONING 24/7.

WE FLEW IN WITH RICHARD ENGEL

WHO LIVED AND WORKED THERE.

>> Jon: YOU ARE SATISFIED WITH

THE NBC NEWS EXPENDITURE FOR

INTERNATIONAL NEWS AND WHAT THEY

PUT OUT THERE?

YEAH, I THINK IN TERMS OF THE

NUMBER OF VIEWERS IN THE WORLD

WE COVER, ESPECIALLY POST 9/11.

THE PERCENTAGE OF OUR BROADCAST

THAT IS FOREIGN NEWS IS

UNBELIEVABLE.

THIS HAS BEEN THE LEAD STORY 20

DAYS RUNNING.

IT'S PART HUMAN NATURE.

I CAN TELL YOU ALL I WANT TO

LOOK ATMEN, TO WATCH -- YEMEN TO

WATCH OUT FOR BAHRAIN AND LOOK

OUT FOR LIBYA BUT WE'RE GOING TO

PAY ATTENTION.

>> Jon: YOU DO DO THAT.

I KNOW THE MESSAGES YOU LEAVE ME

ON THE PHONE, SOMETIMES.

JON, LOOK OUT FOR ABOUT BAHRAIN.

I CALL YOU BACK AND SAY, PLEASE,

PLEASE, DO NOT CALL ME.

[LAUGHTER]

>> YOU KNOW WHAT I DID THAT I

WOULD SUGGEST TO YOU KNOWING

SOMETHING BUT.

>> Jon: YES.

>> I GOT THESE.

WITHOUT THEM I'M A GUY THAT

FAILED TO COMPLETE MY STUDIES AT

BROOKDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN

NEW JERSEY BUT WITH THEM I WENT

TO THE IVY LEAGUE.

>>

HOLD I'M, I'M GOING TO DO TRY

SOMETHING NEW.

THE GLASSES ARE A TREK ASSET.

WATCH THIS.

GET ME PARKER DOWN AT THE PHOTO

DESK.

OH, OH, LOOK AT THIS.

HOW (bleep) AM I?

LOOK AT THAT?

>> THAT'S A DOUBLE BARREL.

>> Jon: I'M GOING DOUBLE PENS.

LET ME GET THAT DOWN.

>> THAT'S GOOD.

I STILL SAY GET YOU SOME TRI

FOCALS AND A NICE HORN RIM, IF I

CAN SELL YOU ON THAT.

WORTH 75IQ POINTS.

>> Jon: YOU HAVE STIESM WE'VE

HEARD THE FREEDOM AGENDA AND

ALL.

THIS SUDDENLY WE SEE IT IN EGYPT

AND PEOPLE ARE BACK PEDALING

LIKE, WHOA, ARE THESE GUYS OKAY

FOR DEMOCRACY TREATING FREEDOM

LIKE NUKE LAR WEAPONS.

IRAN CAN'T HAVE A NUCLEAR BOMB

AND EGYPT I DON'T KNOW IF THEY

CAN HAVE DEMOCRACY.

>> I LOVE THAT WE'RE THE ARBITER

OF WHO CAN HAVE THESE WEAPONS.

AND IN STATE DEPARTMENT TALK WHO

CAN HANDLE THE FREEDOM.

FRIDAY THERE'S A PEOPLE'S RALLY

IN CAIRO IN PART TO REMIND THE

MILTMILITARY THAT WE DID THIS.

IT'S REAL AND IT'S HAPPENING.

THE ONLY THING WE'RE HEARING IS

THAT THE MILITARY HASN'T BEEN

TRANSPARENT, THEY HAVEN'T NAMED

CITIZENS HELPING IN THE

GOVERNING OF.

THIS THEY SAY THE PRIORITY IS TO

GET PEOPLE BACK TO WORK.

EVERYONE'S VOICE IS FREE.

THEY WERE PROTESTING THIS PAST

WEEKEND "WHAT DO YOU MEAN THIS

DOESN'T COME IN A MEDIUM?"

>> Jon: I SAID I WANTED A TOY

WITH THIS MEAL!

>> WE HAVE TO HOPE FOR A BRIGHT

FUTURE.

NEXT TIME WE'LL TALK ABOUT THE

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD.

HOW IS THAT FOR A TEASE, HUH?

>> Jon: WHAT AM I A SPANISH

SOAP OPERA?

NEXT TIME WE FIND OUT WHAT

HAPPENS.

>> YOU START DOING THE --

>> Jon: THERE'S GIBBERISH.

YOU KNOW THAT.

>> YOU KNOW AS WELL AS I DO,

IT'S THE TRADITIONAL YOUR

SEGMENT IS OVER.

OUT COMES THE CARD YOU NERVOUSLY

TAP AGAINST THE DESK.

HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE DONE

THIS?

>> Jon: I HAVE A STALKER.

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