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full circle

CBS: “60 Minutes” producer Maria Gavrilovic takes us back to 2007 when she just was “the new girl” at CBS, and President Obama the longshot candidate. Those were very early days for Obama, and his campaign looked far from promising. Only a small handful of reporters were traveling with him at the time, and for Gavrilovic, it wasn’t exactly the plum assignment that a frontrunner candidate like Hillary Clinton was.

….Gavrilovic reminds us of a controversial campaign promise, made four years ago, when Obama gave a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations. On August 1, 2007, the candidate said, “If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will.”

His Democratic opponents – including Clinton – subsequently attacked him for being naïve and inexperienced in matters of foreign policy. The dust-up lasted for weeks, recalls Gavrilovic.

Gavrilovic, who helped produce this week’s Obama episode for “60 Minutes,” connects the dots between the killing of bin Laden and a four-year-old campaign pledge that got Candidate Obama in hot water.

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15 Responses to “full circle”


  1. 1 V C prezOfan2
    May 9, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Watch out world (and in particular, you Republicans) this president says what he means, and means what he says. What a refreshing change! Imagine if the Houses would work with him. Just imagine!

  2. 2 margaret cargill
    May 9, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    That is why I thank God everyday that he is the President.

  3. 3 lisa
    May 9, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Have I told you lately how very much I love, admire and respect this man?

  4. 7 cuphalffull
    May 9, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Thanks so much for this video. I would have missed it entirely. Love you, Chipsticks, for all you do.

  5. 8 Fred
    May 9, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    thank you for this video

    well Maria I am glad you followed the President and got to watch him closely 🙂

    The President meant business then and he means business now

  6. May 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    WOW! Very cool!!!! Thanks for finding/sharing this.

  7. 10 dotster
    May 9, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Maria could have called me back in 2007, and I could have told her she didn’t get the long shot candidate. I had my eye on him long before 2007, and I knew—-or at least I was hoping beyond hope. This story reminded me of those days watching all those early Iowa campaign appearances, 20 people in a farm yard. I was glued to every c-span coverage, studying faces, checking reactions, in my native state. And I was so encouraged, and that feeling kept growing and growing and growing. I remember one kindly farmer guy in his overalls and feed cap going up to Obama after he’d given his talk in the back yard, saying “I just want to thank you for coming here. Now I don’t know if I’m going to vote for you yet or not, but I liked some of what you had to say.” And Obama said, “I understand—-you wanted to come kick the tires a little bit, check it out….” And big grin and big handshake, and I thought ‘he’s got him’. And then at subsequent events when the little ol’ giggly ladies started asking if he would pose with their granddaughter and could they take him to lunch, I knew we were on our way. Ia. caucuses—-that was big.

  8. 11 GGail
    May 9, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Hey Maria G., that crow is a little tough to chew – isn’t it. She couldn’t even form her lips to say how that assignment turned out to be the best one yet for her. No praise about the senator who became President that she was trailing around. She might as well had REPUG stamped on her forehead. Thanks for posting this Chipsticks.

    • 12 Theo67
      May 9, 2011 at 9:32 pm

      I don’t know if she’s a republican, since she lives in Manhattan, but I do agree with you that it seemed difficult for her to just bluntly say she was proven wrong. I think it’s the typical cynicism of the journalistic crowd – they just assume that every politician is a liar, and they’re unaccustomed to meeting up with one that has integrity, delivers on his promises and means what he says.

      I did like the fact that she said she felt she was witnessing history – that is the truth.

  9. 13 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 9, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    SUPER ‘FULL CIRCLE’ STORY ON A PRESIDENT WHO WAS MORE THAN READY TO LEAD THIS COUNTRY…WHO WOULD DEFEND IT’S PEOPLE AT ALL COST AND NOT MANUFACTURE PHONY AND UNJUST WARS TO GET THERE! I’LL SAY IT AGAIN….THEY BROKE THE MOLD ON THIS ONE!

    • 14 Theo67
      May 9, 2011 at 9:34 pm

      It’s deeply reassuring to know that this man makes decisions from a very deep core. He’s thought this stuff through, and he knows what he believes. He’s not making it up on the fly, but has a “north star” that guides his decisions. As Michelle has said, he’s consistent and operating at the level she always expected.


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