George Stephanopoulos

  • Aired:  02/11/13
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George Stephanopoulos discusses the State of the Union, the Tea Party's responses, and the Obama administration's transparency regarding drone strikes. (7:31)

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>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

THE ANCHOR OF ABC'S "GOOD MORNING, AMERICA" AND THIS WEEK' GEORGE STEPHANAPOLOUS.

PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO THE PROGRAM, GEORGE STEPHANAPOLOUS.

COME ON!

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>> HOW ARE YOU Jon: I'M GREAT.

HOW ARE YOU?

NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN

>> GOOD TO SEE YOU.

I WISH I COULD TALK TO MY CORRESPONDENTS THE WAY YOU TALK TO YOURS

>> Jon: DON'T YOU WISH YOU COULD ALSO HAVE THE TRAVEL BUDGET THAT WE HAVE FOR OUR CORRESPONDENTS?

WOULDN'T THAT BE SOMETHING.

>> IT WOULD BE Jon: DO YOU GUYS... IT IS A CURIOUS THING.

WHEN YOU'RE NOT ON TV, DO YOU GUYS CURSE AT EACH OTHER?

LIKE IS IT PLAYFUL?

IS IT DIRTY?

IS IT PROFANE?

>> ALL OF THE ABOVE Jon: WHAT'S THE VIBE BEHIND THE SCENES?

>> PRETTY FRIENDLY ACTUALLY.

Jon: IS IT COMPETITIVE?

I GET THE SENSE SOMETIMES WITH NETWORK SHOWS THERE'S A CERTAIN LIKE WE SAW THIS WHOLE THING...

ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THE TODAY SHOW?

THERE WAS A WHOLE THING ABOUT THE POLITICS OF WHAT PEOPLE WERE DOING.

DO YOU FIND THAT THAT'S A...

>> THERE'S LIMITED AMOUNT OF AIR TIME.

EVERYBODY WANTS IT

>> Jon: EXCEPT FOR GEORGE STEPHANAPOLOUS.

MORE HOURS IN A WEEK THAN THERE ARE HOURS IN A WEEK.

>> IT'S MY DAY OFF Jon: IS IT REALLY YOUR DAY OFF?

>> WELL, I'M HERE.

Jon: I THOUGHT YOU WERE HERE BECAUSE YOU WANTED TO DISCUSS WORLD ISSUES.

>> OF COURSE.

Jon: I GOT NOTHING.

ARE YOU GOING TO THE INAUGURATION?

NOT THE INAUGURATION, THE STATE OF THE UNION

>> FLY TO WASHINGTON RIGHT AFTER.

>> Jon: NOW, FOR YOU, DO YOU HAVE ANY EXPECTATIONS, HAVING BEEN THROUGH IT WITH CLINTON.

WASN'T THE ONE WITH CLINTON WHERE THEY PUT A DIFFERENT SPEECH IN THE PROMPT?

>> ACTUALLY IT WASN'T THE STATE OF THE UNION.

A BIG HEALTH CARE SPEECH.

THAT WAS SEPTEMBER 1993.

HE WAS... IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A SPEECH ON HEALTH CARE.

WHAT WAS IN THERE WAS STATE OF THE UNION FROM SIX MONTHS BEFORE.

YES.

SERIOUSLY.

I WAS IN CHARGE.

>> Jon: YOU WERE IN CHARGE?

IN THEORY, YEAH.

Jon: BUT IN PRACTICE?

AND AS I SAW THE SPEECH GOING THROUGH AT HYPER SPEED AND CLINTON BEING BRILLIANT AND JUST

ADD LIBBING THE ENTIRE THING, I SAW MY CAREER GOING BEFORE MY EYES.

>> Jon: THEY NEVER GOT THE ACTUAL SPEECH BACK UP?

>> 13 MINUTES.

13 MINUTES WHILE LOOKING AT A SCREEN THAT HAD ANOTHER SPEECH GOING AT 90 MILES PER HOUR.

IT WAS AMAZING

>> Jon: HOW MANY "REALLYS" DID HE USE?

DID HE SAY ANYTHING LIKE, "IT'S REALLY, REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT." IT'S VERY, VERY, VERY, BIG.

HE DIDN'T DO ANY OF THAT?

IS THIS JUST GOING TO BE ANOTHER EXERCISE IN THEATER?

>> IT'S ALWAYS THEATER.

THEATER IS IMPORTANT.

THE THEATER DOES MATTER.

THE BIG NEW THEATER YOU'RE GOING TO SEE TOMORROW BUT I DO THINK IN THIS CASE THE SYMBOLISM THAT

COULD BE MOVING IS A LOT OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TOMORROW ARE ACTUALLY BRINGING VICTIMS OF GUN

VIOLENCE AS THEIR GUESTS.

>> Jon: REALLY?

FROM NEWTOWN Jon: I KNEW THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS ALLOWED TO HAVE LIKE SORT OF A LITTLE SECTION

WHERE HE HAD... PEOPLE WITH THE FIRST LADY

>> CONGRESS CAN BRING SOME AS WELL.

SEVERAL OF THEM ARE DOING IT.

THE LAST COUNT I SAW WAS ABOUT TWO DOZEN.

IT'S PROBABLY GONE UP.

>> Jon: REALLY.

THE ONLY THING I SAW -- THIS MAY OR MAY NOT BE TRUE -- BUT THAT ONE CONGRESS PERSON IS ACTUALLY

BRINGING TED NUGENT.

I SWEAR TO GOD.

LIKE MAYBE IT'S IN A RESPONSE TO THE SECOND AMENDMENT THING.

MAYBE THEY'RE JUST GOING TO GO OUT AFTERWARDS.

I DON'T KNOW.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE PLANNING.

THEN THERE'S THIS TRADITION NOW.

THERE'S ALWAYS THE REPUBLICAN REBUTTAL BUT NOW THERE'S ALSO THE AT A PARTY REBUTTALS.

TWO AT A PARTY REBUTTALS

>> IN INSTEAD OF A REPUBLICAN RESPONSE.

YOU HAVE THE REPUBLICAN RESPONSE MARCO RUBIO THE SENATOR FROM FLORIDA IS GOING TO GIVE IT AND

RAND PAUL GOING TO GIVE THE TEA PARTY RESPONSE

>> Reporter: BUT MARCO RUBIO IS A TEA PARTY REPUBLICAN

>> HE WAS SUPPORTED BY THE TEA PARTY THE LAST TIME AROUND AS HE GOT ELECTED.

SEVERAL OF THEM ARE NOT HAPPY WITH HIS POSITION ON IMMIGRATION.

RAND PAUL IS STRIKING OUT.

LIKE HIS FATHER, I THINK ONE DAY HE WANTS TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT.

HE'S GOING TO DELIVER THE MESSAGE OF THE TEA PARTY

>> Jon: AT A CERTAIN POINT, COULD THERE BE THAT AND THE TEA PARTY AND ONE THAT IS AN

INTERPRETIVE DANCE AFTERWARDS?

THE PRESIDENT NOW, YOU KNOW, THERE'S AN AWFUL LOT GOING ON ABOUT THE IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY

AND HE'S A TYRANT.

I THINK HE MADE A SMART MOVE BY SAYING WE SHOULD PROBABLY SET JUDICIAL LIMITS FOR HOW WE USE

DRONES

>> WE HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT HE'S DOING.

YOU SHOULD HAVE TO ANSWER TO SOMEONE.

>> Jon: YOU WOULD THINK YOU WOULD HAVE TO ANSWER TO SOMEONE.

DO YOU THINK THE IDEA IS THAT HE DIDN'T FOR A FEW YEARS AND THEN THEY SAID THAT THERE WAS A

RECOURSE AND THAT EACH CASE WAS VIEWED BUT ONLY BY SOMEONE... NO JUDICIAL REVIEW AT ALL

>> THERE'S NO FORMAL PROCESS WHERE A COURT HAS TO REVIEW IT.

THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT.

IN SOME WAYS IT'S NOT PRACTICAL.

WE HAVE TO REMEMBER HOW EVERYONE FELT AFTER 9/11

>> Jon: BUT, I MEAN, IF WE GO PURELY ON EMOTION, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN MAKE THE CASE, WELL, LET'S

HAVE VIGILANTE JUSTICE

>> IT'S NOT SIMPLY EMOTION.

WE DO KNOW THAT THERE ARE AL QAEDA MEMBERS WHO ARE TRYING TO CARRY OFF OPERATIONS EVERY

SINGLE DAY.

PROBABLY NOT IN THE UNITED STATES BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE.

>> Jon: LIKE THE WARRANTLESS WIRE TAP THERE HAS TO BE A COURT DUE PROCESS SET UP SO THE

AMERICANS FEEL... YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT AMERICANS.

LET'S SAY THEY JOIN AL QAEDA BUT THERE HAS TO BE SOME PROCESS THAT IS JUDICIALLY SAFE

>> THERE HAS TO BE DUE PROCESS.

WHEN YOU'RE DEALING WITH AMERICANS THERE'S BEEN A TRADITION THOUGH IF SOMEONE JOINS THE ENEMY, THEY BECOME AN ENEMY.

IF DRONES WILL BE USED MORE AND MORE AND MORE.

>> Jon: I'VE GOT ONE.

I'VE GOT A NEIGHBOR THAT I'M PRETTY SURE HAS JOINED AL QAEDA.

THAT'S MY POINT.

YOU CANNOT... YOU HAVE TO HAVE SOME... YOU HAVE TO GET...

THERE'S NO OTHER WAY AROUND IT.

>> BUT HOW CAN YOU DO IT IN A WAY THAT IS PRACTICAL?

THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THEY'RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT.

>> Jon: EVEN WHEN THE PRESIDENT WAS ON HERE, HE SAID I THINK CONGRESS HAS TO REIGN ME IN,

WHICH IS LITERALLY LIKE I HAVE A PROBLEM.

I MEAN, SOMEONE SHOULD TAKE MY KEYS.

I'M STARTING TO LIKE THIS.

>> HE SAID THAT.

Jon: HE SAID IT'S TEMPTING AND CONGRESS SHOULD REIN ME IN.

OF COURSE CONGRESS IS THE MOST DYSFUNCTIONAL BODY SINCE THE JACKSON 5.

I MEAN, THEY ARE THE WORST.

THANKS FOR COMING BY.

ENJOY, GET SOME SLEEP.

WE'LL SEE YOU.

PLEASE SEND ROBIN ROBERTS MY BEST.

I'M SO GLAD SHE'S FEELING WELL AND COMING BACK.

GEORGE STEPHANAPOLOUS.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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