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US/Cuba: Schlesinger FILE - Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., historian, Kennedy insider, dies at 89
NAME: FILE SCHLES 20070301I TAPE: EF07/0254 IN_TIME: 11:12:55:12 DURATION: 00:01:57:06 SOURCES: AP Television DATELINE: Various - FILE RESTRICTIONS: SHOTLIST: Washington D.C, US - 5 November 1998 1. Wide of Bill Clinton, former US President speaking at podium 2. Arthur Schlesinger, Pulitzer prize winning historian walking towards the Clintons 3. Schlesinger and with Bill and wife Hillary Clinton Havana, Cuba - 10 October 2002 4. Plane arriving at Havana's International Airport 5. Cuban welcoming party on runway 6. Zoom into Robert McNamara, former US Secretary of Defence descending stairs from plane 7. Various of Schlesinger (in light suit jacket and bow tie) greeting welcoming party Los Palacios, Cuba - 13 October 2002 8. US delegation during field trip to Los Palacios 9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Arthur Schlesinger, former Kennedy aide: "Bill Atwood was scheduled to come to Cuba in December 1963 to talk to Castro about the terms of possible normalisation and re-establishment of relations but of course that mission was aborted on November 22, 1963." Havana, Cuba - October 1962 10. Guns pointing towards sky on seafront of Havana 11. Various of Fidel Castro, Cuban President address nation STORYLINE: Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Kennedy insider who helped define mainstream liberalism during the Cold War and remained an eminent public thinker into the 21st century, has died, his son said. He was 89. Schlesinger suffered a heart attack while dining out with family members Wednesday night in Manhattan, Stephen Schlesinger said. He was taken to New York Downtown Hospital, where he died. He received a National Book Award for "Robert Kennedy and His Times" and both a National Book Award and a Pulitzer for "A Thousand Days," his memoir/chronicle of President John F. Kennedy's administration. He also won a Pulitzer, in 1946, for "The Age of Jackson," his landmark chronicle of Andrew Jackson's administration. Jackson served as president from 1829 to 1837. He was a longtime confidant of the Kennedys, a fellow Harvard man who served in President Kennedy's administration and was often criticised for idealising the family, especially for not mentioning the president's extramarital affairs. Liberalism declined in his lifetime to the point where politicians feared using the word, but Schlesinger's opinions remained liberal, and influential, whether old ones on the "imperial presidency," or newer ones on the Iraq war. A native of Columbus, Ohio, and the son of a prominent historian, he was born Arthur Bancroft Schlesinger, Jr., but later gave himself his father's middle name, Meier. During World War II, Schlesinger drafted some statements for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and served as an intelligence analyst for the Office of Strategic Services, a forerunner to the CIA. Schlesinger emerged as a historian with "The Age of Jackson." Published in 1945, when he was just 27, the book offered a new, class-based interpretation of President Andrew Jackson's administration, destroying the old myth that the country was once an egalitarian paradise. In 1960, the historian backed Kennedy, who after elected appointed Schlesinger as a special assistant, an unofficial "court philosopher" of symbolic, if not practical power. The high-minded historian was soon trapped in the tangle of superpower politics: the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, the disastrous attempt to overthrow Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Schlesinger was opposed to the plan, he later wrote, but acknowledged helping the administration suppress a pre-invasion story by The New Republic that correctly reported the U.S. was training Cuban mercenaries. Had the press not cooperated, it might "have spared the country a disaster," a regretful Schlesinger recalled. His time in government was brief. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, and the historian soon left the administration of his successor, Lyndon Johnson. Schlesinger had six children - four from his first marriage, to the author Marian Cannon, and two from his second, to Alexandra Emmet.
US WW2 Memorial - Veterans view AP photo exhibition ahead of memorial
NAME: US WW2 240504N TAPE: EF04/0548 IN_TIME: 10:52:37:23 DURATION: 00:04:00:02 SOURCES: APTN DATELINE: Washington DC, 24 May 2004 RESTRICTIONS: SHOTLIST: 1. Exterior of Union Station, push into sign for "Memories of World War 2" exhibit 2. Interior shot of sign hanging over exhibit 3. Wide shot of photo exhibit 4. Shots of people looking at exhibit 5. Shot of soldiers during battle 6. Pan from words Iwo Jima on display to famous Joe Rosenthal photo of Iwo Jima flag-raising 7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Max Desfor/Retired AP Photographer "I think it's the greatest picture ever made. It's just so symbolic and captures you, it's got the emotion, it's got everything to it. And it's one of the greatest pictures I've ever seen. And taking it from a technical point of view, which I also have to do, it's just perfect, the composition, the timing on it." 8. Close shot of Rosenthal Iwo Jima photo 9. Pan from Desfor to two veterans taking his photo 10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Max Desfor/Retired AP Photographer "You endure the same things as GIs, however, I have a mission and my mission is to be a war correspondent. My mission is to go out and make pictures, shoot the - that is, shoot with a camera - the GIs as they go about their job. It's recording history, always, recording history." 11. Max Desfor's photo showing Japan's surrender aboard the USS Missouri 12. Close shot of US and French soldiers entering Paris, August 1944, pull out to wide shot of troops walking on Champs Elysees 13. Shots of a WW2 veteran looking at exhibit 14. Young boy looking at photo, pull out to wide shot 15. Wide shot of former AP photographer Marty Lederhandler talking to a reporter 16. SOUNDBITE: (English) Marty Lederhandler/Retired AP Photographer "We just went on with the soldiers wherever they went, every town, photographed what they saw, whether it was captured Germans or fighting in the streets, a lot of street fighting. And we were armed, we were soldiers and we did pretty much - except they were firing weapons and we were firing cameras." 17. People looking at exhibit 18. WW2 Veteran taking photo of exhibit 19. SOUNDBITE: (English) Stephen Cromwell/USS Missouri Crew "We took a tremendous number of casualties, I would say at least 50 percent of the men were lost. I was very fortunate because I went in on a personnel carrier, so I made it, but those fellows who tried to run up on the beach, almost all of them got killed. It was about 200 yards from here up to the seawall and the casualties were unbelievably heavy." 20. Close shot of troops on Omaha beach, June 6, 1944 21. Pan of photo exhibit STORYLINE: As veterans of World War II converge on Washington for the dedication of a memorial to global victory six decades ago, their achievements and sacrifice are further recalled in an exhibit of photographs from the archives of The Associated Press. "Memories of World War II" opened to the public Monday at Washington's Union Station, a week before the National World War II Memorial is ceremonially christened on the Mall. The exhibit features 100 photos from a book of the same name. The images are from all theaters of the war and the homefront, and will be on display at Union Station until June 1. They will return for the month of July. Associated Press President and CEO Tom Curley paid tribute to World War II photographers who risked their lives to provide vivid images of turmoil and triumph. "It's extraordinary to see what photographers went through," Curley said at the opening ceremony. The photos were culled from more than 100,000 World War II pictures in AP's archives. Some of the pictures haven't been seen in decades. Others have taken a place in history, like AP photographer Joe Rosenthal's famous Iwo Jima flag-raising in 1945. Retired AP photographer Max Desfor, another veteran war journalist, called Rosenthal's photo "the greatest picture ever made." Desfor, who covered the battle of Okinawa and Japan's surrender aboard the battleship USS Missouri, said war photographers endured the same dangers and hardships as the soldiers fighting the battles. But he said, they always kept their composure by focusing on the task in front of them. The task -- to record history. The exhibit displays familiar scenes of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, along with British and American troops hitting Normandy beaches on D-Day and marching through newly liberated Paris. But those images are juxtaposed with hidden surprises sure to evoke strong memories among older Americans. Despite censorship that delayed the release of pictures and restricted caption information, the wartime cameras recorded dramatic closeups of power and pathos, the leaders and the lost. About 200 reporters and photographers covered World War II for The AP. Five died. Seven won Pulitzer Prizes. Many photos credit AP staff photographers by name; others came from anonymous Army or Navy photographers. Some were killed in combat; others went on to postwar prominence in their craft. Retired AP photojournalist Marty Lederhandler, who was drafted during the war to serve as a US Army photographer, said wartime photographers were basically soldiers, who fired cameras as opposed to guns. And for those on hand who did fire guns, the photos brought back emotional memories of battles won, and lives lost. US Navy veteran Stephen Cromwell was aboard the USS Missouri on June 6th, 1944. His crew landed in the first wave on Omaha Beach that fateful day. He recalls the events, and the losses, like they were yesterday. The AP exhibit in Union Station's West Hall runs through the Memorial Day weekend. It will be back up in Union Station for the month of July, before traveling to the Dallas Historical Society and other venues around the country. AP is the world's oldest and largest newsgathering organization, serving some 15,000 media outlets in more than 120 countries. It was founded in 1848.
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OBAMA SUSAN RICE ANNOUNCEMENT / CUTS
FTG OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SUSAN RICE ANNOUNCEMENT / CUTS Wednesday, June 05, 2013 TRANSCRIPT: President Barack Obama announces Susan Rice as National Security Adviser and nominates Samantha Power to be U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations SLUG: 1415 WH RICE STIX RS37 73 / 1415 WH RICE CUTS RS33 74 AR: 16X9 DISC# NYRS: 5114 14:15:29 Obama, Donilon, Rice, Power walks out 14:15:54 PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Thank you, everybody. Thank you. Please, everybody have a seat. Well, good afternoon. It is a beautiful day. And it's good to see so many friends here. Of all the jobs in government, leading my national security team is certainly one of the most demanding, if not the most demanding. And since the moment I took office, I've counted on the exceptional experience and insights of Tom Donilon. Nearly every day for the past several years, I've started each morning with Tom leading the presidential daily brief, hundreds of times, a sweeping assessment of global developments and the most pressing challenges. 14:16:41 As my national security adviser, his portfolio is literally the entire world. He's deftly advanced our strategic foreign policy initiatives while at the same time having to respond to unexpected crises, and that happens just about every day. He's overseen and coordinated our entire national security team across the government, a Herculean task. And it's nonstop, 24/7, 365 days a year. Today I am wistful to announce that after more than four years of extraordinary service, Tom has decided to step aside at the beginning of July. And I am extraordinarily proud to announce my new national security adviser, our outstanding ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, as well -- (applause) -- as well as my nominee to replace Susan in New York, Samantha Power. (Applause.) 14:18:00 Now, when I first asked Tom to join my team, I knew I was getting one of our nation's premier foreign policy leaders, somebody with a deep sense of history and a keen understanding of our nation's place in the world. He shared my view that in order to renew American leadership for the 21st century, we had to fundamentally rebalance our foreign policy. And more than that, he knew how we could do it. See, Tom's that rare combination of the strategic and the tactical. He has a strategic sense of where we need to go, and he has a tactical sense of how to get there. Moreover, Tom's work ethic is legendary. He began his public service in the Carter White House when he was just 22 years old. And somehow, he has been able to maintain the same drive and the same stamina and the same enthusiasm and reverence for serving in government. 14:18:52 You know, he's helped shape every single national security policy of my presidency, from forging a new national security strategy rooted in our economic strength here at home to ending the war in Iraq. Here at the White House, Tom oversaw the operation that led us to bin Laden. He's helped keep our transition on track as we wind down the war in Afghanistan. At the same time, Tom has played a critical role as we've bolstered the enduring pillars of American power, strengthening our alliances from Europe to Asia, enhancing our relationship with key powers and moving ahead with new trade agreements and energy partnerships. 14:19:31 And from our tough sanctions on Iran to our unprecedented military and intelligence cooperation with Israel -- AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Off mic.) PRESIDENT OBAMA: It's true. (Laughter.) From New START with Russia to deeper partnerships with emerging powers like India to stronger ties with the Gulf states, Tom has been instrumental every step of the way. I'm especially appreciative to Tom for helping us renew American leadership in the Asia-Pacific, where so much of our future security and prosperity will be shaped. He's worked tirelessly to forge a constructive relationship with China that advances our interests and our values, and I'm grateful that Tom will be joining me as I meet with President Xi of China this week. 14:20:14 And finally, Tom, I'm personally grateful for your advice, for your counsel and most of all of for your friendship. Whenever we sit down together, whether it's in the Oval Office or the Situation Room, I do so knowing that you have led a rigorous process, that you've challenged assumptions, that you've asked the tough questions, that you've led an incredibly hardworking national security staff and presented me with a range of options to advance our national interests. A president can't ask for many -- anything more than that, and this is a testament to your incredible professionalism but also your deep love of country. I know that this relentless pace has meant sacrifices for your family, for Cathy, who's here, Dr. Biden's former chief of staff, who I was proud to nominate as our new global ambassador for women, and for Tom and Cathy's wonderful children, Sarah and Teddy. 14:21:13 So today I want to publicly thank all the Donilons for their abiding commitment to public service that runs through the family. (Applause.) You've been with me every step of the way these past four years, and the American people owe you an enormous debt of gratitude for everything that you've done. You've helped to restore our nation's prestige and standing in the world. You've positioned us well to continue to lead in the years ahead. I think that Tom Donilon has been one of the most effective national security advisers our country has ever had, and he's done so without a lot of fanfare and a lot of fuss. So, Tom, on behalf of us all, thank you for your extraordinary service. (Applause.) 14:22:06 Obama shakes Donilon's hand 14:22:18 Now, I am proud that this work will be carried on by another exemplary public servant, Ambassador Susan Rice. (Applause.) Susan was a trusted adviser during my first campaign for president. She helped to build my foreign policy team and lead our diplomacy at the United Nations in my first term. I am absolutely thrilled that she'll be back at my side leading my national security team in my second term. 14:22:45 With her background as a scholar, Susan understands that there's no substitute for American leadership. She is at once passionate and pragmatic. I think everybody understands Susan is a fierce champion for justice and human dignity, but she's also mindful that we have to exercise our power wisely and deliberately. Having served on the National Security Council staff herself, she knows how to bring people together around a common policy and then push it through to completion so that we're making a difference where it matters most, here in the country that we pledged to defend and in the daily lives of people we're trying to help around the world. 14:23:28 Having served as an assistant secretary of state, she knows our policies are stronger when we harness the views and talents of people across government. So Susan's the consummate public servant. A patriot who puts her country first, she is fearless. She is tough. She has a great tennis game and a pretty good basketball game. (Laughter.) Her brother's here, who I play with occasionally, and it runs in the family, throwing the occasional elbow but -- (laughter) -- but hitting the big shot. (Laughter.)As our ambassador to the U.N., Susan has been a tireless advocate in advancing our interests. She's reinvigorated American diplomacy in New York. 14:24:08 She's helped to put in place tough sanctions on Iran and North Korea. She has defended Israel. She has stood up for innocent civilians from Libya to Cote d'Ivoire. She's supported an independent South Sudan. She has raised her voice for human rights, including women's rights. Put simply, Susan exemplifies the finest tradition of American diplomacy and leadership. So thank you, Susan, for being willing to take on this next assignment. I'm absolutely confident that you're going to hit the ground running. And I know that after years of commuting to New York while Ian, Jake and Maris stayed here in Washington, you will be the first person ever in this job who will see their family more -- (laughter) -- by taking the national security adviser's job. (Applause.) 14:25:00 Now, normally I'd be worried about losing such an extraordinary person up at the United Nations and be trying to figure out, how are we ever trying to replace her. But fortunately, I'm confident we've got an experienced, effective and energetic U.N. ambassador in waiting in Samantha Power. Samantha first came to work for me in 2005, shortly after I became a United States senator. As one of our country's leading journalists, I think she won the Pulitzer Prize at the age of 15 or 16. (Laughter.) One of our foremost thinkers on foreign policy, she showed us that the international community has a moral responsibility and a profound interest in resolving conflicts and defending human dignity. 14:25:43 As a senior member of my national security team, she's been a relentless advocate for American interests and values, building partnerships on behalf of democracy and human rights, fighting the scourge of anti-Semitism and combating human trafficking. To those who care deeply about America's engagement and indispensable leadership in the world, you will find no stronger advocate for that cause than Samantha. And over the last four years, Samantha has worked hand in glove with Susan in her role, because Samantha has been the lead White House staffer on issues related to the United Nations. And I'm fully confident she will be ready on day one to lead our mission in New York while continuing to be an indispensable member of my national security team. 14:26:27 She knows the U.N.'s strength, she knows its weaknesses. She knows that American interests are advanced when we can rally the world to our side, and she knows that we have to stand up for the things that we believe in. And to ensure that we have the principal leadership we need at the United Nations, I would strongly urge the Senate to confirm her without delay. So Samantha, thank you to Cass and you and Declan and Rian for continuing to serve our country. 14:26:54 This team of people has been extraordinarily dedicated to America. They have made America safer. They have made America's values live in corners of the world that are crying out for our support and our leadership. I could not be prouder of these three individuals, not only their intelligence, not only their savvy, but their integrity and their heart. And I'm very, very proud to have had the privilege of working with Tom. I'm very proud that I'll continue to have the privilege of working with Samantha and with Susan. So with that, I'd invite Tom to say a few words. Tom? (Applause.) 14:27:47 TOM DONILON: Thank you, Mr. President. You know, you mentioned the many hours that we've worked together in the situation room, put together here by John Kennedy without windows. PRESIDENT OBAMA: No windows. MR. DONILON: No windows. So I would first like to thank you for this rare opportunity to be outside and experience the natural light. (Laughter.) You also mentioned how I began my public service here under President Carter in 1977, when I was 22 years old. 14:28:15 And I still remember leaving at the end of the day, walking up West Executive Drive, past the office of then-National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, and looking up at the windows of the White House, the lights always on in Zbig's office, no matter how late. And I think to myself, don't those guys ever go home? And now, these many years later, I finally have the answer. No, they don't go home very much, at least not as often or as early as their spouses and families would like. 14:28:42 Mr. President, to serve in this capacity where we've had the opportunity to protect and defend the United States, to improve the position of the United States in the world, has been the privilege of a lifetime. To serve during your presidency, however, is to serve during one of the defining moments in our nation's history. This is because of your vision, your principled leadership, your commitment to defending our interests and upholding our ideals. And those many hours of meetings and briefings have given me the opportunity to see you as few people do, behind closed doors, away from the cameras, when a leader's character is revealed. And with your permission, I'd like to take this opportunity to share a little bit of what I've seen. 14:29:18 First, I've seen you make the most difficult decisions a commander in chief can make, the decision to send our men and women in uniform into harm's way. I've seen the great care with which you have weighed these grave decisions, and I've seen your devotion to the families of our men and women in uniform. I have seen your fierce patriotism, your love of our country. When confronted with competing agendas and interests, you always bring the discussion back to one question, what's in the national interest, what's best for America? I've seen your abiding commitment to the core values that define us as Americans, our Constitution, civil liberties, the rule of law. Time and time again, you reminded us that our decisions must stand up to the judgment of history. 14:29:58 Finally, Mr. President, I've seen you represent the United States around the world and what you mean to the people around the world when you represent our country. When you step off that plane with the words "United States of America," when you reach out to foreign audiences and speak to the basic aspirations we share as human beings, you send a clear message that America wants to be their partner. And that ability to connect, to forge new bonds in a -- is a form of American power and influence and advocates our interests and ideals as well. 14:30:26 To Vice President Biden and Jill, Cathy and I have considered you dear friends for more than 30 years, and it's been an honor to make this journey with you. To my colleagues and friends here at the White House and across the government, the American people will never truly know how hard you work in their defense. To my long-time partners in the -- in the senior leadership of the National Security Council -- Denis McDonough, John Brennan, Tony Blinken, Lisa Monaco, Mike Froman, Ben Rhodes and Brian McKeon -- I couldn't have asked for better brothers and sisters in this effort. To you and all our remarkable national security staff, you're a national treasure. And every day you get up, you come here, you devote your days to keeping our country secure. You are the best our nation has to offer, and it's been an honor and a privilege to serve with each and every one of you, and I'm glad so many of you are here today. (Applause.) And to my friends and colleagues, to Susan and Sam, congratulations. The nation is fortunate to have leaders of your intellect, compassion, character and determination. Susan, you'll be an outstanding national security adviser. Sam, you'll be an outstanding ambassador to the United Nations, and we really appreciate your willingness to do this. (Applause.) 14:31:51 Finally and most importantly, to Cathy, Sarah (sp), and Teddy (sp), as the president said, this job has meant great sacrifices for you, and each of you in your own way has made a contribution to the country. And I'm -- could not be more grateful. So again, Mr. President, thank you for the opportunity, extraordinary opportunity to serve you and to serve our nation. 14:32:18 You know, I stand here 36 years ago, almost to the day, when I first came on the 18 acres of the White House to come to work. And I must tell you, I've -- I leave this position much less cynical and never more optimistic about our country and its future. Thank you very much, Mr. President. (Applause.) PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you. 14:32:44 SUSAN RICE: Mr. President, thank you so much. I'm deeply honored and humbled to serve our country as your national security adviser. I'm proud to have worked so closely with you for more than six years. And I'm deeply grateful for your enduring confidence in me. As you've outlined, we have vital opportunities to seize and ongoing challenges to confront. We have much still to accomplish on behalf of the American people. And I look forward to continuing to serve on your national security team to keep our nation strong and safe. 14:33:32 Tom, it's been a real honor to work with you again. You have led with great dedication, smarts and skill. And you leave a legacy of enormous accomplishment. All of us around the principals table will miss you. And I wish you and Cathy and your family all the very best. Above all, I want to thank my own wonderful family for their unfailing support. My mother, Lois, my wonderful husband, Ian, our children, Jake and Maris, and my brother, John, have all been my strength and my greatest source of humor. 14:34:20 I'm also thinking today about my late father, who would have loved to be here. I'm forever grateful to my family for their love and sacrifice. I want to thank my remarkable colleagues at the U.S. mission to the United Nations. I am so proud of the work we've done together under your leadership, Mr. President, to advance America's interests at the United Nations. And Samantha, my friend, warmest congratulations. You're a tremendous colleague, and the United States will be extremely well- served by your leadership at the United Nations. And I'm so glad we get to continue to work together. 14:35:11 Mr. President, having participated in the national security decision-making process over the last four years, I admire the exemplary work done every day by our colleagues at State, Defense, the intelligence community and across the government to make our nation more secure. I look forward to working closely with you, your extraordinary national security team, our country's most experienced leaders from both parties and your superb National Security Staff to protect the United States, advance our global leadership and promote the values Americans hold dear. 14:35:59 Thank you very much. Sam. (Applause.) 14:36:10 SAMANTHA POWER: Thank you, Mr. President. From the day I met you and you told me that you had spent a chunk of your vacation reading a long, dark book on genocide, I knew you were a different kind of leader, and I knew I wanted to work for you. It has been my privilege here at the White House to serve you, and it would be the honor of a lifetime to fight for American values and interests at the United Nations. Now that I have two small children, Declan and Rian -- somewhere -- the stakes feel even higher. 14:36:46 Thank you, Tom and Susan. I consider myself immensely fortunate these last four years to have collaborated with both of you. There are two -- no more dedicated professionals on this earth, no more strategic stewards of our foreign policy than these two individuals, and I'm honored and immensely humbled to share the stage with you. I moved to the United States from Ireland when I -- with my parents, who are here, when I was 9 years old. I remember very little about landing in Pittsburgh, except that I was sure I was at the largest airport in the history of the world. I do remember what I was wearing: a red, white and blue Stars and Stripes T-shirt. It was the T-shirt I always wore in Ireland on special occasions. Even as a little girl with a thick Dublin accent who'd never been to America, I knew that the American flag was a symbol of fortune and of freedom. But I quickly came to learn that to find opportunity in this country, one didn't actually need to wear the flag; one just needed to try to live up to it. 14:37:51 For the next three months, I came home from school every day, as my mother can attest, my dad can attest, and I sat in front of the mirrors for hours straining to drop my brogue, so that I too could quickly speak and be American. Not long ago my husband, Cass Sunstein, came across a letter written toward the end of World War II by his father, Dick Sunstein, who was a Navy lieutenant. Dick had happened to stop briefly in San Francisco after his two years fighting for this country in the Pacific, and he wrote to his family on April 25th, 1945, the very day that the nations of the world were coming together in San Francisco to establish the new United Nations. 14:38:34 And in this letter to my mother-in-law, who I never had the chance to meet, he wrote, excitedly: Conference starts today. The town is going wild with excitement. It is a pleasure to be here for the opening few days. Let's pray that they accomplish something. Let's pray that they accomplish something. The question of what the United Nations can accomplish for the world and for the United States remains a pressing one. I have seen U.N. aid workers enduring shell fire to deliver food to the people of Sudan, yet I've also seen U.N. peacekeepers fail to protect the people of Bosnia. 14:39:17 As the most powerful and inspiring country on this Earth, we have a critical role to play in insisting that the institution meet the necessities of our time. It can do so only with American leadership. It would be an incomparable privilege to earn the support of the Senate and to play a role in this essential effort, one on which our common security and common humanity depend. 14:39:40 Thank you. (Applause.) PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you, everybody. (Applause.) Pres. Obama Names Susan Rice as National Security Adviser Pres. Obama announces U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice will replace national security adviser Tom Donilon when he resigns shortly. The President said he would nominate Samantha Power to replace Amb. Rice at the U.N., which requires Senate confirmation.
OBAMA SUSAN RICE ANNOUNCEMENT / HEAD ON
FTG OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SUSAN RICE ANNOUNCEMENT / HEAD ON Wednesday, June 05, 2013 TRANSCRIPT: President Barack Obama announces Susan Rice as National Security Adviser and nominates Samantha Power to be U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations SLUG: 1415 WH RICE STIX RS37 73 / 1415 WH RICE CUTS RS33 74 AR: 16X9 DISC# NYRS: 5114 14:15:29 Obama, Donilon, Rice, Power walks out 14:15:54 PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Thank you, everybody. Thank you. Please, everybody have a seat. Well, good afternoon. It is a beautiful day. And it's good to see so many friends here. Of all the jobs in government, leading my national security team is certainly one of the most demanding, if not the most demanding. And since the moment I took office, I've counted on the exceptional experience and insights of Tom Donilon. Nearly every day for the past several years, I've started each morning with Tom leading the presidential daily brief, hundreds of times, a sweeping assessment of global developments and the most pressing challenges. 14:16:41 As my national security adviser, his portfolio is literally the entire world. He's deftly advanced our strategic foreign policy initiatives while at the same time having to respond to unexpected crises, and that happens just about every day. He's overseen and coordinated our entire national security team across the government, a Herculean task. And it's nonstop, 24/7, 365 days a year. Today I am wistful to announce that after more than four years of extraordinary service, Tom has decided to step aside at the beginning of July. And I am extraordinarily proud to announce my new national security adviser, our outstanding ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, as well -- (applause) -- as well as my nominee to replace Susan in New York, Samantha Power. (Applause.) 14:18:00 Now, when I first asked Tom to join my team, I knew I was getting one of our nation's premier foreign policy leaders, somebody with a deep sense of history and a keen understanding of our nation's place in the world. He shared my view that in order to renew American leadership for the 21st century, we had to fundamentally rebalance our foreign policy. And more than that, he knew how we could do it. See, Tom's that rare combination of the strategic and the tactical. He has a strategic sense of where we need to go, and he has a tactical sense of how to get there. Moreover, Tom's work ethic is legendary. He began his public service in the Carter White House when he was just 22 years old. And somehow, he has been able to maintain the same drive and the same stamina and the same enthusiasm and reverence for serving in government. 14:18:52 You know, he's helped shape every single national security policy of my presidency, from forging a new national security strategy rooted in our economic strength here at home to ending the war in Iraq. Here at the White House, Tom oversaw the operation that led us to bin Laden. He's helped keep our transition on track as we wind down the war in Afghanistan. At the same time, Tom has played a critical role as we've bolstered the enduring pillars of American power, strengthening our alliances from Europe to Asia, enhancing our relationship with key powers and moving ahead with new trade agreements and energy partnerships. 14:19:31 And from our tough sanctions on Iran to our unprecedented military and intelligence cooperation with Israel -- AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Off mic.) PRESIDENT OBAMA: It's true. (Laughter.) From New START with Russia to deeper partnerships with emerging powers like India to stronger ties with the Gulf states, Tom has been instrumental every step of the way. I'm especially appreciative to Tom for helping us renew American leadership in the Asia-Pacific, where so much of our future security and prosperity will be shaped. He's worked tirelessly to forge a constructive relationship with China that advances our interests and our values, and I'm grateful that Tom will be joining me as I meet with President Xi of China this week. 14:20:14 And finally, Tom, I'm personally grateful for your advice, for your counsel and most of all of for your friendship. Whenever we sit down together, whether it's in the Oval Office or the Situation Room, I do so knowing that you have led a rigorous process, that you've challenged assumptions, that you've asked the tough questions, that you've led an incredibly hardworking national security staff and presented me with a range of options to advance our national interests. A president can't ask for many -- anything more than that, and this is a testament to your incredible professionalism but also your deep love of country. I know that this relentless pace has meant sacrifices for your family, for Cathy, who's here, Dr. Biden's former chief of staff, who I was proud to nominate as our new global ambassador for women, and for Tom and Cathy's wonderful children, Sarah and Teddy. 14:21:13 So today I want to publicly thank all the Donilons for their abiding commitment to public service that runs through the family. (Applause.) You've been with me every step of the way these past four years, and the American people owe you an enormous debt of gratitude for everything that you've done. You've helped to restore our nation's prestige and standing in the world. You've positioned us well to continue to lead in the years ahead. I think that Tom Donilon has been one of the most effective national security advisers our country has ever had, and he's done so without a lot of fanfare and a lot of fuss. So, Tom, on behalf of us all, thank you for your extraordinary service. (Applause.) 14:22:06 Obama shakes Donilon's hand 14:22:18 Now, I am proud that this work will be carried on by another exemplary public servant, Ambassador Susan Rice. (Applause.) Susan was a trusted adviser during my first campaign for president. She helped to build my foreign policy team and lead our diplomacy at the United Nations in my first term. I am absolutely thrilled that she'll be back at my side leading my national security team in my second term. 14:22:45 With her background as a scholar, Susan understands that there's no substitute for American leadership. She is at once passionate and pragmatic. I think everybody understands Susan is a fierce champion for justice and human dignity, but she's also mindful that we have to exercise our power wisely and deliberately. Having served on the National Security Council staff herself, she knows how to bring people together around a common policy and then push it through to completion so that we're making a difference where it matters most, here in the country that we pledged to defend and in the daily lives of people we're trying to help around the world. 14:23:28 Having served as an assistant secretary of state, she knows our policies are stronger when we harness the views and talents of people across government. So Susan's the consummate public servant. A patriot who puts her country first, she is fearless. She is tough. She has a great tennis game and a pretty good basketball game. (Laughter.) Her brother's here, who I play with occasionally, and it runs in the family, throwing the occasional elbow but -- (laughter) -- but hitting the big shot. (Laughter.)As our ambassador to the U.N., Susan has been a tireless advocate in advancing our interests. She's reinvigorated American diplomacy in New York. 14:24:08 She's helped to put in place tough sanctions on Iran and North Korea. She has defended Israel. She has stood up for innocent civilians from Libya to Cote d'Ivoire. She's supported an independent South Sudan. She has raised her voice for human rights, including women's rights. Put simply, Susan exemplifies the finest tradition of American diplomacy and leadership. So thank you, Susan, for being willing to take on this next assignment. I'm absolutely confident that you're going to hit the ground running. And I know that after years of commuting to New York while Ian, Jake and Maris stayed here in Washington, you will be the first person ever in this job who will see their family more -- (laughter) -- by taking the national security adviser's job. (Applause.) 14:25:00 Now, normally I'd be worried about losing such an extraordinary person up at the United Nations and be trying to figure out, how are we ever trying to replace her. But fortunately, I'm confident we've got an experienced, effective and energetic U.N. ambassador in waiting in Samantha Power. Samantha first came to work for me in 2005, shortly after I became a United States senator. As one of our country's leading journalists, I think she won the Pulitzer Prize at the age of 15 or 16. (Laughter.) One of our foremost thinkers on foreign policy, she showed us that the international community has a moral responsibility and a profound interest in resolving conflicts and defending human dignity. 14:25:43 As a senior member of my national security team, she's been a relentless advocate for American interests and values, building partnerships on behalf of democracy and human rights, fighting the scourge of anti-Semitism and combating human trafficking. To those who care deeply about America's engagement and indispensable leadership in the world, you will find no stronger advocate for that cause than Samantha. And over the last four years, Samantha has worked hand in glove with Susan in her role, because Samantha has been the lead White House staffer on issues related to the United Nations. And I'm fully confident she will be ready on day one to lead our mission in New York while continuing to be an indispensable member of my national security team. 14:26:27 She knows the U.N.'s strength, she knows its weaknesses. She knows that American interests are advanced when we can rally the world to our side, and she knows that we have to stand up for the things that we believe in. And to ensure that we have the principal leadership we need at the United Nations, I would strongly urge the Senate to confirm her without delay. So Samantha, thank you to Cass and you and Declan and Rian for continuing to serve our country. 14:26:54 This team of people has been extraordinarily dedicated to America. They have made America safer. They have made America's values live in corners of the world that are crying out for our support and our leadership. I could not be prouder of these three individuals, not only their intelligence, not only their savvy, but their integrity and their heart. And I'm very, very proud to have had the privilege of working with Tom. I'm very proud that I'll continue to have the privilege of working with Samantha and with Susan. So with that, I'd invite Tom to say a few words. Tom? (Applause.) 14:27:47 TOM DONILON: Thank you, Mr. President. You know, you mentioned the many hours that we've worked together in the situation room, put together here by John Kennedy without windows. PRESIDENT OBAMA: No windows. MR. DONILON: No windows. So I would first like to thank you for this rare opportunity to be outside and experience the natural light. (Laughter.) You also mentioned how I began my public service here under President Carter in 1977, when I was 22 years old. 14:28:15 And I still remember leaving at the end of the day, walking up West Executive Drive, past the office of then-National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, and looking up at the windows of the White House, the lights always on in Zbig's office, no matter how late. And I think to myself, don't those guys ever go home? And now, these many years later, I finally have the answer. No, they don't go home very much, at least not as often or as early as their spouses and families would like. 14:28:42 Mr. President, to serve in this capacity where we've had the opportunity to protect and defend the United States, to improve the position of the United States in the world, has been the privilege of a lifetime. To serve during your presidency, however, is to serve during one of the defining moments in our nation's history. This is because of your vision, your principled leadership, your commitment to defending our interests and upholding our ideals. And those many hours of meetings and briefings have given me the opportunity to see you as few people do, behind closed doors, away from the cameras, when a leader's character is revealed. And with your permission, I'd like to take this opportunity to share a little bit of what I've seen. 14:29:18 First, I've seen you make the most difficult decisions a commander in chief can make, the decision to send our men and women in uniform into harm's way. I've seen the great care with which you have weighed these grave decisions, and I've seen your devotion to the families of our men and women in uniform. I have seen your fierce patriotism, your love of our country. When confronted with competing agendas and interests, you always bring the discussion back to one question, what's in the national interest, what's best for America? I've seen your abiding commitment to the core values that define us as Americans, our Constitution, civil liberties, the rule of law. Time and time again, you reminded us that our decisions must stand up to the judgment of history. 14:29:58 Finally, Mr. President, I've seen you represent the United States around the world and what you mean to the people around the world when you represent our country. When you step off that plane with the words "United States of America," when you reach out to foreign audiences and speak to the basic aspirations we share as human beings, you send a clear message that America wants to be their partner. And that ability to connect, to forge new bonds in a -- is a form of American power and influence and advocates our interests and ideals as well. 14:30:26 To Vice President Biden and Jill, Cathy and I have considered you dear friends for more than 30 years, and it's been an honor to make this journey with you. To my colleagues and friends here at the White House and across the government, the American people will never truly know how hard you work in their defense. To my long-time partners in the -- in the senior leadership of the National Security Council -- Denis McDonough, John Brennan, Tony Blinken, Lisa Monaco, Mike Froman, Ben Rhodes and Brian McKeon -- I couldn't have asked for better brothers and sisters in this effort. To you and all our remarkable national security staff, you're a national treasure. And every day you get up, you come here, you devote your days to keeping our country secure. You are the best our nation has to offer, and it's been an honor and a privilege to serve with each and every one of you, and I'm glad so many of you are here today. (Applause.) And to my friends and colleagues, to Susan and Sam, congratulations. The nation is fortunate to have leaders of your intellect, compassion, character and determination. Susan, you'll be an outstanding national security adviser. Sam, you'll be an outstanding ambassador to the United Nations, and we really appreciate your willingness to do this. (Applause.) 14:31:51 Finally and most importantly, to Cathy, Sarah (sp), and Teddy (sp), as the president said, this job has meant great sacrifices for you, and each of you in your own way has made a contribution to the country. And I'm -- could not be more grateful. So again, Mr. President, thank you for the opportunity, extraordinary opportunity to serve you and to serve our nation. 14:32:18 You know, I stand here 36 years ago, almost to the day, when I first came on the 18 acres of the White House to come to work. And I must tell you, I've -- I leave this position much less cynical and never more optimistic about our country and its future. Thank you very much, Mr. President. (Applause.) PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you. 14:32:44 SUSAN RICE: Mr. President, thank you so much. I'm deeply honored and humbled to serve our country as your national security adviser. I'm proud to have worked so closely with you for more than six years. And I'm deeply grateful for your enduring confidence in me. As you've outlined, we have vital opportunities to seize and ongoing challenges to confront. We have much still to accomplish on behalf of the American people. And I look forward to continuing to serve on your national security team to keep our nation strong and safe. 14:33:32 Tom, it's been a real honor to work with you again. You have led with great dedication, smarts and skill. And you leave a legacy of enormous accomplishment. All of us around the principals table will miss you. And I wish you and Cathy and your family all the very best. Above all, I want to thank my own wonderful family for their unfailing support. My mother, Lois, my wonderful husband, Ian, our children, Jake and Maris, and my brother, John, have all been my strength and my greatest source of humor. 14:34:20 I'm also thinking today about my late father, who would have loved to be here. I'm forever grateful to my family for their love and sacrifice. I want to thank my remarkable colleagues at the U.S. mission to the United Nations. I am so proud of the work we've done together under your leadership, Mr. President, to advance America's interests at the United Nations. And Samantha, my friend, warmest congratulations. You're a tremendous colleague, and the United States will be extremely well- served by your leadership at the United Nations. And I'm so glad we get to continue to work together. 14:35:11 Mr. President, having participated in the national security decision-making process over the last four years, I admire the exemplary work done every day by our colleagues at State, Defense, the intelligence community and across the government to make our nation more secure. I look forward to working closely with you, your extraordinary national security team, our country's most experienced leaders from both parties and your superb National Security Staff to protect the United States, advance our global leadership and promote the values Americans hold dear. 14:35:59 Thank you very much. Sam. (Applause.) 14:36:10 SAMANTHA POWER: Thank you, Mr. President. From the day I met you and you told me that you had spent a chunk of your vacation reading a long, dark book on genocide, I knew you were a different kind of leader, and I knew I wanted to work for you. It has been my privilege here at the White House to serve you, and it would be the honor of a lifetime to fight for American values and interests at the United Nations. Now that I have two small children, Declan and Rian -- somewhere -- the stakes feel even higher. 14:36:46 Thank you, Tom and Susan. I consider myself immensely fortunate these last four years to have collaborated with both of you. There are two -- no more dedicated professionals on this earth, no more strategic stewards of our foreign policy than these two individuals, and I'm honored and immensely humbled to share the stage with you. I moved to the United States from Ireland when I -- with my parents, who are here, when I was 9 years old. I remember very little about landing in Pittsburgh, except that I was sure I was at the largest airport in the history of the world. I do remember what I was wearing: a red, white and blue Stars and Stripes T-shirt. It was the T-shirt I always wore in Ireland on special occasions. Even as a little girl with a thick Dublin accent who'd never been to America, I knew that the American flag was a symbol of fortune and of freedom. But I quickly came to learn that to find opportunity in this country, one didn't actually need to wear the flag; one just needed to try to live up to it. 14:37:51 For the next three months, I came home from school every day, as my mother can attest, my dad can attest, and I sat in front of the mirrors for hours straining to drop my brogue, so that I too could quickly speak and be American. Not long ago my husband, Cass Sunstein, came across a letter written toward the end of World War II by his father, Dick Sunstein, who was a Navy lieutenant. Dick had happened to stop briefly in San Francisco after his two years fighting for this country in the Pacific, and he wrote to his family on April 25th, 1945, the very day that the nations of the world were coming together in San Francisco to establish the new United Nations. 14:38:34 And in this letter to my mother-in-law, who I never had the chance to meet, he wrote, excitedly: Conference starts today. The town is going wild with excitement. It is a pleasure to be here for the opening few days. Let's pray that they accomplish something. Let's pray that they accomplish something. The question of what the United Nations can accomplish for the world and for the United States remains a pressing one. I have seen U.N. aid workers enduring shell fire to deliver food to the people of Sudan, yet I've also seen U.N. peacekeepers fail to protect the people of Bosnia. 14:39:17 As the most powerful and inspiring country on this Earth, we have a critical role to play in insisting that the institution meet the necessities of our time. It can do so only with American leadership. It would be an incomparable privilege to earn the support of the Senate and to play a role in this essential effort, one on which our common security and common humanity depend. 14:39:40 Thank you. (Applause.) PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you, everybody. (Applause.) Pres. Obama Names Susan Rice as National Security Adviser Pres. Obama announces U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice will replace national security adviser Tom Donilon when he resigns shortly. The President said he would nominate Samantha Power to replace Amb. Rice at the U.N., which requires Senate confirmation.