Bob Schieffer

  • Aired:  01/15/13
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Bob Schieffer remembers Richard Nixon's first inauguration and weighs in on the national gun debate. (7:05)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS CBS NEWS CHIEF WASHINGTON CREANT AND MODERATOR OF "FACE THE NATION."

PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO THE PROGRAM MR. BOB SCHIEFFER.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

PLEASE, HAVE A SEAT.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

>> WELL, HE DID NOT.

>> Jon: WELL, HE DID NOT.

WHY IS IT THAT --

[ LAUGHTER ]

DO YOU RECORD -- CAN YOU GO THERE AND RECORD THE SUPREME COURT?

YOU CAN GET AWED YES RECORDING YOU ARE JUST NOT APLOWED TO FILM IT?

>> YES.

>> Jon: WHO MAKES THAT DECISION?

THE SUPREME COURT ARE THEY THE ONES THAT WOULD CURTAIL THE FIRST AMENDMENT?

>> YES.

>> Jon: FREEDOM OF THE PRESS IS THAT THE ISSUE THERE?

>> THEY SEEM IF BE THE -- TO BE THE ONE.

>> Jon: HOW MANY INAUGURATIONS HAVE BEEN BEEN TO?

>> 13 LYNDON JOHNSON 1964 WAS MY FIRST.

I CAME WITH MY MOM.

THIS IS BEFORE I WORKED AT CBS AND THEN MY FIRST ONE AS A REPORTER WAS 1968 WITH RICHARD NIXON.

>> Jon: OH, THAT WAS AN EXCITING ONE.

>> YEAH.

>> Jon: THAT WAS ALL THE COUNTER CULTURE.

>> I WAS ACTUALLY SENT DOWN ABBY HOFFMAN.

>> Jon: SURE.

>> THEY DECIDED THEY WOULD INAUGURATE A PIG WHILE HE WAS INAUGURATED.

THEY D. THAT WAS MY ASSIGNMENT.

I WENT DOWN THERE.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> Jon: WAIT --

>> IT WAS RAINING.

>> Jon: I JUST WANT EVERYBODY TO CATCH UP TO THIS FOR A SECOND.

>> YES.

>> Jon: SO YOU WENT THERE AS A ALL RIGHTER AND THEY SAID, BOB, WE HAVE AN ASSIGNMENT FOR YOU.

>> FIRST ASSIGNMENT IN WASHINGTON.

>> Jon: THERE'S THIS PIG --

[ LAUGHTER ]

-- AND THEN --

>> THE PIG GOT OUT.

THEY GOT THE PIG OUT AND IT WAS RAINING AND WE CHASED THE PIG AROUND.

[ LAUGHTER ]

AND I CALLED MY MOTHER THAT NIGHT AND SHE SAID IT MUST HAVE BEEN SO WONDERFUL.

TELL ME ABOUT THE DRESSES THE LADIES WE ARE AT THE INAUGURAL.

I SAID MOM, I'M OUT HERE CHASING A PIG IN THE RAIN.

I DIDN'T GET INDOORS.

YOU HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE.

I ALWAYS LOVED ANIMAL STORIES.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> Jon: DID YOU CATCH THE PIG?

>> THEY CAUGHT IT, YEAH.

>> Jon: WOULD YOU THINK THAT THE PIG'S SECURITY DETAIL WOULD BE CATCHING UP ON THAT.

[ LAUGHTER ]

RIGHT NOW, OTHER THAN THAT THE BIG CONVERSATION IN THE COUNTRY TWO OF THEM, I GUESS, FISCAL

CLIFF AND THE GUN SITUATION.

I'VE NOTICED THE ONE THING THAT SEEMS MISSING FROM THE GUN ARGUMENT, THERE'S A LOT OF

EMOTION, BUT YOU DON'T HEAR AN ALL OF LOT FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT, PEOPLE THAT TALK ABOUT THE WAYS

THEY DO PREVENT OR TOP THIS TYPE OF VIOLENCE.

DO YOU KNOW THAT AS WELL.

SEEMS EXPLOSIVE BUT NOT PRAGMATIC.

>> YOU TALK TO POLICE CHIEFS THEY DO FAVOR, ESPECIALLY HANDGUNS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

>> Jon: ARE THEY NOT ALLOWED TO COME ON NEWS PROGRAMS.

LIKE IN THE MILITARY IN UNIFORM YOU CAN'T GO ON AND EXPRESS THE OPINION OF THE ORGANIZATION YOU

BELONG TO?

>> NO, WE'VE HAD THEM ON IN THE PAST.

WE'RE NOT HEARING FROM THEM RIGHT NOW.

THIS IS SUCH AN ISSUE.

>> Jon: YOU ARE NOT HEARING ABOUT LOGISTICS.

YOU ARE HEARING ABOUT GUNS ARE A RIGHT THAT PEOPLE HAVE.

HITLER TOOK AWAY PEOPLE'S GUNS.

I HEARD -- THERE WAS A GUY ON WHO SAID, IF THE JEWS HAD HAD BEEN ARMS, MAYBE THE HOL COST

WOULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED.

THAT KIND OF THING.

WHY DO THESE PEOPLE GET TO BE ON TV?

[ LAUGHTER ]

DO YOU KNOW?

>> HE DID NOT -- OR WHAT WAS IT?

I THINK IT'S A VERY GOOD QUESTION.

I THINK WE -- IF WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO SOMETHING NOW.

IF KILLING LITTLE CHILDREN IN KINDERGARTEN IS NOT ENOUGH TO SAY WE'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING,

WE'VE GOT TO GET SERIOUS.

THE QUESTION I HAVE IS WHERE DO YOU START WHERE DO YOU GO?

>> Jon: THAT'S A DIFFERENT ANIMAL THAN THE TYPES OF GUN VIOLENCE IN NEW YORK CITY

ORGANIZE CHICAGO OR DETROIT.

AND THERE MUST BE, I WOULD THINK, LAW ENFORCEMENT VOICES WHO COULD SPEAK OUT ON WHAT

MAKES THEIR JOB EASIER OR WHAT MAKES THEIR ABILITY TO STOP EFFECTIVE.

WHAT IS THE HE HAVE CASECY OF THESE THINGS -- EFFICACY OF THESE THINGS?

>> I THINK YOU'RE RIGHT.

IT COMES TO THE PEOPLE TURNING IT AROUND THAT SAYING THEY ARE GOING TO TRY TO TAKE THE GUY'S

GUN WHO GOES HUNT ORGANIZE LIVES IN THE COUNTRY.

THAT'S NOT WHAT IT'S ABOUT.

IT'S ABOUT KEEPING THESE WEAPONS WITH THE TREMENDOUS KILLING POWER OUT OF HANDS OF DERANGED PEOPLE.

THAT DOES NOT SEEM TO BE ALL THAT RADICAL AN IDEA.

PEOPLE KEEP RAT POISONING IN THE HOUSE TO KILL RODENTS BUT THEY KEEP IT ON THE TOP SHELF.

THEY DON'T KEEP IT WHERE THE CHILDREN CAN GET IT.

>> Jon: I HAVE TO MAKE A PHONECALL.

[ LAUGHTER ]

IS THERE DISCUSSION IN THE NEWS ROOM, DO PEOPLE SAY, YOU KNOW SO MUCH OF THE CONVERSATION IS

ABOUT WHAT ARE THE POLITICAL RAMIFICATIONS OF THIS?

WILL HE BE ABLE TO GET THAT THROUGH?

WILL PEOPLE CALL IN TYRANNY AND THREATEN?

IT SEEMS THE MECHANICS OF ADDRESSING THESE ISSUES.

IS THAT A CONCERN IN THE NEWSROOM.

>> WE WONDER HOW CAN WE COVER THIS?

HOW CAN WE TELL THIS STORY?

I CAN'T REMEMBER -- I THINK THE PRESIDENT SAID IT WAS THE WORST DAY OF HIS PRESIDENCY WHEN THEY

TOLD HIM ABOUT THIS.

THESE ARE NOT STORIES PEOPLE LIKE TO COVER.

AND WE'RE TRYING TO THINK HOW CAN WE COVER THIS?

HOW CAN WE BE FAIR AND HELP PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE ISSUES ARE?

NOT THE ISSUES AS THEY ARE TOLD ABOUT IT INTEREST GROUPS.

>> Jon: AND ADVOCATES.

I IMAGINE THAT THAT SKEWS THE DISCUSSION AND THEY ARE THE EASIER PEOPLE TO BOOK.

AND I THINK THAT KIND OF CONFLICT PROBABLY DOES WELL RATINGSWISE, I WOULD THINK.

>> I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THAT.

>> Jon: YOU ARE A BIT OF A BOMB THROWER OUT THERE.

I SEE YOUR SHOW.

[ LAUGHTER ]

WHEN YOU IS SAW DAVID GREGORY HAVE THE HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINE CLIP?

WE THOUGHT ABOUT, THAT'S IT I'M COMING IN IN A TANK.

I'LL SHOW THIS GUY.

>> WE THOUGHT ABOUT A BAZOOKA.

>> Jon: WE APPRECIATE YOU BEING THERE.

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