June 25, 2014 - Eleanor Holmes Norton

  • 06/25/2014

Obama breaches Chipotle etiquette, John Burnett discusses America's child immigrant crisis, and Eleanor Holmes Norton reflects on Mississippi's Freedom Summer.

>> Stephen: WHOO! WELCOME TO"THE REPORT."

GOOD TO HAVE YOU WITH US,THANK YOU LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

[AUDIENCE CHANTING "STEPHEN"]THAT'S IT. CRISP, CLEAN,

HIT THEIR MARK RIGHT AWAY.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THANK YOUSO MUCH.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]THANK YOU, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

WITH AN OPEN LIKE THAT, WITHTHAT KIND OF CHANTING,

CRISP, CLEAN...THANK YOU, LADIESAND GENTLEMEN.

I WILL TRY TO LIVE UP TO THEADULATION YOU JUST GAVE ME.

NATION, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMAHAS BEEN ONE BIG NATIONAL

DISGRACE.

FIRST IT WAS THE EMBARRASSINGMOM JEANS.

THEN THERE WAS THE EMBARRASSINGMOM BLOUSE AND THE EMBARRASSING

MOM HAIRDO.

THEN THERE WAS THEEMBARRASSING REALIZATION THAT

I WAS LOOKING AT A PHOTO OF MYMOM.

[LAUGHTER]THANKS A LOT, OBAMA.

FOLKS, HIS BIGGEST BLUNDER YETCAME AT A RECENT VISIT TO

A WASHINGTON CHIPOTLE.

>> TAKE A LOOK AT THIS PICTURE.

SEE ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT?

>> OH, YEAH.

>> HE ACTUALLY REACHED OVER THESNEEZE GUARD.

>> HE REACHED OVER THE SNEEZEGUARD.

THAT'S JUST NOT COOL.

>> Stephen: IT'S MORE THANJUST NOT COOL.

THIS PROVES THAT OBAMA CARESNOTHING ABOUT BORDER SECURITY.

[LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE]AND ADDING INSULT TO GUACAMOLE,

WHICH I BELIEVE IS 75 CENTSEXTRA, JUST LOOK AT WHAT OBAMA

WAS POINTING AT.

THE MILD SALSA.

THAT SENDS A SIGNAL TO OURENEMIES AROUND THE WORLD THAT

OUR PRESIDENT IS WEAK.

RONALD WILSON REAGAN COULD CHUGAN ENTIRE BOTTLE OF HABANERO

AND TWO HOURS LATER HE'D BEWHISTLING THE STAR SPANGLED

BANNER OUT OF HIS FLAMINGBUNGHOLE.

LONG MAY IT WAVE.

AND WE WERE SO CLOSE TO HAVING ATRUE COMMANDER-IN-BEEF.

JUST LOOK AT THIS 2012 PHOTO OFMITT ROMNEY ORDERING AT A

CHIPOTLE.

THAT'S HOW YOU ORDERHYGIENICALLY, FOLKS, POLITE

DISTANCE, HANDS IN POCKETS,WEARING A CONDOM, ONE IMAGINES.

I ONLY BRING THIS UP BECAUSE IBELIEVE IN THE AMERICAN DREAM.

WHEN MY GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHERBRAVED THE ATLANTIC CROSSING, HE

CAME HERE WITH THE HOPE HIS NEWCOUNTRY WOULD NEVER BE RUINED BY

A BUNCH OF FILTHY IMMIGRANTS.

SADLY ONCE AGAIN AMERICA ISAWASH IN UNWASHED MASSES.

THIS TIME THEY'RE POURING ACROSSTHE LONG, SKINNY OCEAN TO OUR

SOUTH, THE RIO GRANDE.

>> IN THE SOUTHWEST, A DEEPENINGCRISIS TONIGHT INVOLVING

THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN FROMCENTRAL AMERICA WHO HAVE BEEN

CROSSING INTO THIS COUNTRYALONE.

>> MANY WERE HOPING TO MEET UPWITH PARENTS AFTER FLEEING

VIOLENCE, POVERTY AND GANGS.

>> PACKED INTO HOLDING CELLS,SLEEPING ON THE FLOOR WITH THESE

THERMAL BLANKETS, THERE'S NOTENOUGH FOOD, NOT ENOUGH BEDS,

NOT ENOUGH BATHROOMS.

>> SO SAD TO SEE THOSE KIDS INTHEIR TINFOIL POUCHES, NOT EVEN

A CLOVE OF GARLIC TO SEASONTHEM.

AND THE NUMBERS, THE NUMBERS,FOLKS, ARE SHOCKING.

SO FAR MORE THAN 47,000 MIGRANTKIDS HAVE ENTERED THE COUNTRY

AND HAVE BEEN CAUGHT SINCEOCTOBER 1st.

TO PUT THAT IN PERSPECTIVE.

IF YOU STACK 47,000 KIDSEND-TO-END, YOU COULD PROBABLY

GET A JOB IN THAT HOLDINGFACILITY.

IT'S AN INCREDIBLY, INCREDIBLYTOUGH SITUATION FOR THE

EMPLOYEES.

>> THE CHILDREN ACTUALLYREJECTED THEIR BREAKFAST

BURRITOS BECAUSE THEY WERE MADEOF FLOUR TORTILLAS AND PEOPLE

DIDN'T REALIZE THAT THEYACTUALLY EAT CORN TORTILLAS

>> Stephen: DO YOU EXPECT METO BELIEVE THAT NOT ALL

HISPANICS EAT FLOUR TORTILLAS?

NEXT YOU'LL TELL ME MEXICANSDON'T EAT WAFFLE TACOS.

AND WAIT, WAIT, FOLKS.

WAIT UNTIL YOU HEAR WHAT THEYCLAIM IS THE REASON THAT ALL

THIS IS HAPPENING.

>> THEY'RE PRIMARILY FROM THREECENTRAL AMERICAN COUNTRIES,

HONDURAS, GUATEMALA AND ELSALVADOR.

>> THE RUMOR IS OUT ACROSSCENTRAL AMERICA ABOUT THESE

SO-CALLED "PERMISOS," PERMISSIONTO STAY IN THE UNITED STATES.

SOMEBODY SAID THEY ARE GIVINGPERMITS FOR PEOPLE TO STAY HERE.

>> THE RUMOR MILL IN THE CENTRALAMERICAN COUNTRIES IS SAYING

THAT ONCE YOU GET HERE, IFYOU'RE AN UNACCOMPANIED MINOR,

YOU CAN STAY.

>> Stephen: PARENTS ARE JUSTDROPPING KIDS OFF AND THEN

DISAPPEARING?

PLEASE, TEXAS IS NOT THE BALLPIT AT IKEA.

AND I DON'T BUY IT, FOLKS.

I DON'T BUY IT.

AND DON'T YOU BUY IT EITHER.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]SINCE THAT EXPLANATION, HOWEVER

TRAGIC IT MAY BE, THIS LEAVESTOO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS.

AND THERE'S NO BETTER WAY TOUNANSWER THEM THAN I IN STEPHEN

COLBERT'S "BAT [BLEEPED]SERIOUS."

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]FOLKS, LONG-TIME VIEWERS KNOW

THAT IN "BAT [BLEEPED] SERIOUS,"I PEEL BACK THE VEIL TO EXPOSE

HIDDEN TRUTHS THEY DON'T WANTYOU TO KNOW.

FOR INSTANCE, DID YOU KNOW THEFLUORIDE THE GOVERNMENT PUTS IN

OUR WATER ISN'T EVEN TO CONTROLOUR MINDS?

IT'S TO STRENGTHEN OUR TEETH.

THAT WAY WE WON'T GET FILLINGSAND THE REBEL UNDERGROUND CAN'T

BROADCAST TRUTH DIRECTLY INTOOUR SKULLS.

[LAUGHTER]NOW, FOLKS, THESE KIDS SAY

THEY'RE COMING HERE TO ESCAPEPOVERTY AND VIOLENCE, BUT MY

CONSERVATIVE COLLEAGUES AND IKNOW THAT THE MORE LIKELY

EXPLANATION IS THE ONE WE LIKEMORE.

JUST FOLLOW TEXAS GOVERNOR RICKPERRY AS HE PUTS HIS HEAD UP HIS

OWN RABBIT HOLE.

THEY EITHER HAVE AN INCREDIBLYINEPT ADMINISTRATION OR THEY'RE

IN ON THIS SOMEHOW OR OTHER.

I HATE TO BE CONSPIRATORIAL, BUTHOW DO YOU MOVE THAT MANY PEOPLE

FROM CENTRAL AMERICA ACROSSMEXICO AND THEN INTO THE UNITED

STATES WITHOUT THEIR BEING AFAIRLY COORDINATED EFFORT.

>> I HATE TO BE CONSPIRATORIAL,TOO

BUT THINK ABOUT IT.

THOUSANDS OF KIDS STREAMING UPFROM CENTRAL AMERICA ACROSS OUR

BORDER.

OBAMA.

IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE.

OKAY.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]NEED MORE PROOF?

I'M OUT.

BUT WOULD YOU SETTLE FOR TUCKERCARLSON?

>> CAN WE BE HONEST AND SAY THATTHERE ARE SOME PEOPLE IN OFFICE,

I WOULD EVEN SAY IN THE WHITEHOUSE, WHO LOOK AT IMMIGRANTS

LIKE THIS COMING HERE ILLEGALLYAS POTENTIAL VOTERS, THAT THIS

DOES CHANGE THE ELECTORALBALANCE OF THE COUNTRY AND MAYBE

THEY SEE THIS AS A GOOD THING.

>> Stephen: YES.

OBAMA'S ORGANIZING BUS TRIPSFROM TEGUCIGALPA SO THESE KIDS

CAN GROW UP IN AMERICA ANDBECOME CITIZENS THROUGH SOME

FUTURE SOMEHOW PASSABLEIMMIGRATION BILL, ALL SO THEY

CAN VOTE AND DELIVER OBAMA HISFIFTH TERM IN 2024.

IT COULD HAPPEN.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]WRITE THAT DOWN.

SO JUST TO RECAP: THE PRESIDENTIS KIDNAPPING THOUSANDS OF

CENTRAL AMERICAN CHILDREN TOTAKE THEM TO THE U.S. TO SWELL

VOTER ROLLS AND SINGLE HANDEDLYDESTROY OUR FLOUR TORTILLA

INDUSTRY.

HERE TO CONFIRM ALL OF MYSUSPICIONS IS SOUTHWEST

CORRESPONDENT FOR NPR JOHNBURNETT.

JOHN, THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMINGBACK.

GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

YOU HEARD EVERYTHING.

YOU HEARD ME CRACK THIS ONE WIDEOPEN.

WHY IS OBAMA DOING THIS?

WHY DID HE PUT THIS POLICY INPLACE THAT WE CAN'T SHIP THESE

KIDS BACK?

>> LET ME SHARE ONE STORY.

HER NAME IS CARMEN. SHE LIVES INA HOTEL ROOM IN AUSTIN.

SHE HAS A 15-YEAR-OLD AND AN

11-YEAR-OLD THAT CAME UP FROM ELSALVADOR.

HARROWING TRIP.

SHE SAID THERE ARE TWO REASONSSHE BROUGHT THEM UP.

I THINK HER STORY ISREPRESENTATIVE.

ONE, SHE HADN'T HUGGED THEM INSEVEN YEARS.

>> Stephen: SHE WAS ALREADYHERE.

>> SHE WAS ALREADY HERE.

SHE HAD BEEN UP HERE SEVENYEARS.

>> SHE'S ONE OF THELOS ILLEGALES.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: SO SHE'S ACRIMINAL.

SHE BROKE THE LAW AND SHE WANTEDHENCHMEN.

GO AHEAD.

I'M NOT THE MONSTER HERE.

>> OKAY.

>> Stephen: I'M NOT THEMONSTER HERE.

SO LET ME GET TO THE SECONDREASON.

GO AHEAD.

SHE WANTED TO HUG HER CHILDREN.

>> SHE WANTED HER CHILDREN WITHHER.

SECONDLY, THEY WERE FACING AHORRIFIC SITUATION IN SAN

SALVADOR.

THEY WERE BEING PREYED ON BYCRIMINAL GANGS.

THEY APPROACHED THEM AND SAID,CALL YOUR MOM AND GIVE US $2,500

OR WE'RE GOING TO KILL THE BOYS.

THIS IS THE KIND OF CRIMINALITYTHAT THESE YOUNGSTERS ARE

ESCAPING.

>> Stephen: WHY IS ITHAPPENING NOW, BECAUSE NEWS

FLASH, IT HASN'T BEEN ALL THATNICE IN THOSE COUNTRIES FOR

ABOUT 30 YEARS.

IT WAS SO CRAPPY IN GUATEMALAAND HONDURAS AND EL SALVADOR

THAT PRESIDENT REAGAN HELPEDTHEM BY FUNDING DEATH SQUADS.

THAT WAS BETTER.

>> WELL, CENTRAL AMERICANIMMIGRANTS HAVE BEEN COMING UP

FOR A LONG TIME, AND THIS WAVEOF UNACCOMPANIED KIDS, MANY OF

THEM ARE TEENAGERS, IS REALLYCOMING UP FOR TWO AND A HALF

YEARS SOME IT'S BEEN PEAKING INTHE LAST --

>> Stephen: THAT'S VERYIMPORTANT.

TEENAGERS.

WE'RE NOT TALKING -- JUST FORTHE SAKE OF MY PUBLIC IMAGE,

LET'S JUST SAY THAT I'M ONLYCOMPLAINING ABOUT THE TEENAGERS,

BECAUSE NOBODY LIKES TEENAGERS.

OKAY.

OR LIKE THE BRATTY TWEENS, THOSEGUYS, DADDY, I DON'T WANT TO BE

TAKEN AWAY BY THE ARMED REBELS.

OKAY.

I WANT A NEW COUNTRY. GET ME ONENOW.

AND A PONY.

WHY IS OBAMA DOING THIS?

WHY DID HE INSTITUTE THISPOLICY?

WHY DID HE INSTITUTE THIS POLICYWHERE WE DON'T SEND THE KIDS

BACK.

>> IT'S NOT OBAMA'S POLICY.

>> Stephen: UH-HUH.

>> THE POLICY BY WHICHUNACCOMPANIED MINORS ARE BEING

DETAINED AT THE BORDER ANDDELIVERED TO THEIR RELATIVES IN

THE STATES IS UNDER IMMIGRATIONPOLICY THAT BEGAN UNDER GEORGE

W. BUSH AND PREVIOUS REGIMES.

>> Stephen: OH, MY GOD.

[AUDIENCE REACTS]HOW DID OBAMA GET TO BUSH?

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]TELL ME NEXT TIME.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

NPR CORRESPONDENT JOHN BURNETT.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

>> WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

FOLKS, I AM... I DON'T KNOWABOUT YOU, BUT I AM ABSOLUTELY

STONE-COLD FURIOUS ABOUTYESTERDAY'S HEATED REPUBLICAN

SENATE PRIMARY IN MISSISSIPPI,WHICH PITTED TEA PARTY

CHALLENGER AND SHORT-HAIREDSEVERUS SNAPE CHRIS McDANIEL

AGAINST INCUMBENT SENATOR ANDMAN IN REVERSE MORTGAGE AD

THAD COCHRAN.

I SAY IT IS TIME FOR COCHRAN TOGO.

HE'S A BIG GOVERNMENT WASHINGTONINSIDER FAMOUS FOR CHANNELING

FEDERAL CASH TO HIS STATE.

>> HE GOT A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OFFUNDING FOR MISSISSIPPI AND THE

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST AFTERKATRINA.

>> NO ONE BRINGS HOME MORE BACONTO HIS STATE THAN THAD COCHRAN.

>> HE'S ABOUT BRINGING HOME THEBACON.

>> BRINGING HOME THE BACON.

>> HIS CALLING CARD IS THAT HEBRINGS HOME THE PORK.

>> Stephen: HE BRINGS HOME THEPORK AND THE BACON.

THOUGH, TO BE FAIR, TO BE FAIR,HOG MEAT IS MISSISSIPPI'S

OFFICIAL STATE CURRENCY.

THE POINT IS...

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]THE POINT IS, THAD COCHRAN IS

PLAYING THE DIRTY POLITICS OFPROMISING PEOPLE STUFF AND THEN

DELIVERING IT.

BUT NOT CHRIS McDANIEL.

HE'S SO AGAINST FEDERAL SPENDINGTHAT HE TOLD A CROWD AT OLE

MISS, I'M NOT GOING DO ANYTHINGFOR YOU.

I'M GOING TO GET THE GOVERNMENTOFF YOUR BACK.

THEN I'M GOING TO LET YOU DO ITFOR YOURSELF.

THUS STANDING BY HIS OLDCAMPAIGN SLOGAN, McDANIEL

2014, YOU'LL GET NOTHING ANDYOU'LL LIKE IT.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]WELL, FOLKS, I'M SAD TO SAY THE

RESULTS ARE IN AND COCHRAN WON50.9% TO 49.1%.

FEW THINGS ARE EVER THAT CLOSEIN MISSISSIPPI OTHER THAN THE

GENOMES OF MARRIED COUPLES.

[LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE]BUT IT'S NOT JUST... IT'S NOT

JUST THAT COCHRAN WON.

IT'S HOW HE WON.

>> THAD COCHRAN SAID, LOOK,STRATEGICALLY I HAVE TO WIN OVER

BLACKS AND UNION MEMBERS.

THAT'S WHO HE WENT AFTER.

EVIDENTLY THEY SHOWED UP.

>> THE CONGRESSMAN REACHED OUTTHE VOTERS BEYOND HIS

CONSERVATIVE BASE, INCLUDINGBLACKS.

>> IT'S UNREAL THE LEVEL OFBLACK TURNOUT IN A REPUBLICAN

PRIMARY YESTERDAY.

>> IS THIS THE FUTURE OF THEREPUBLICAN PARTY, YOU BRAG ABOUT

YOUR BIG-SPENDING WAYS TO THEVOTERS AND YOU RELY ON THE

SUPPORT OF BLACK LIBERALDEMOCRATS TO GET YOU ELECTED?

>> STEPHEN: HE APPEALED TO BLACKPEOPLE.

THAT'S INCREDIBLY SELFISH.

DOESN'T THAD COCHRAN KNOWTHERE'S NO "I" IN MISSISSIPPI.

AND THIS WAS NO ACCIDENT, FOLKS.

COCHRAN MADE A DEAL WITH THEDEVILCRATS, WHO TEAMED WITH THE

MISSISSIPPI CONSERVATIVE PAC TODO GET OUT THE VOTE WORK AND

RALLY AFRICAN AMERICAN VOTERS.

THOSE DEMOCRATS, BISHOP RONNIECRUDUP, SR., AND JAMES

SCOOBY-DOO WARREN.

RUT ROH!

AND, FOLKS, I'M TELLING YOU, ANDMcDANIELS WOULD HAVE WON THIS

RACE, TOO IF IT WASN'T FOR YOUMEDDLING KIDS.

[LAUGHTER]I GUESS WHAT I'M TRYING SAY IS,

WHEN DID BLACK PEOPLE STARTVOTING?

WHEN WE RETURN, I'LL SIT DOWNWITH ONE OF THE PEOPLE

RESPONSIBLE FOR BLACK PEOPLEVOTING IN MISSISSIPPI,

REPRESENTATIVE ELEANOR HOLMESNORTON.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]>> Stephen: MY GUEST TONIGHT

IS MY ARCH NEMESIS.

PLEASE WELCOME CONGRESSWOMANELEANOR HOLMES NORTON.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

CONGRESSWOMAN, THANK YOU SO MUCHFOR COMING.

GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

YOU AND I HAVE BEEN ENEMIES LONGENOUGH THAT I THINK WE'RE ALMOST

FRIENDS AT THIS POINT.

>> NOT QUITE.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

ALL RIGHT.

YOU REPRESENT THE DISTRICT OFCOLUMBIA WHERE YOU ARE A

NON-VOTING MEMBER.

I WANT TO THANK YOU IN JOININGYOUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES IN

NON-VOTING FOR ANY LEGISLATION.

[APPLAUSE]>> THE DIFFERENCE IS THEY CAN

VOTE AND STILL WON'T VOTE FORANY LEGISLATION.

>> Stephen: BUT IT'S ADMIRABLERESTRAINT ON THEIR BEHALF.

YOU'RE HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE50th ANNIVERSARY OF WHAT'S

CALLED FREEDOM SUMMER INMISSISSIPPI.

TELL THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHATFREEDOM SUMMER WAS AND THE ROLE

YOU PLAYED IN IT.

>> WELL, FREEDOM SUMMER WAS WHENA LARGE NUMBER, ACTUALLY

THOUSANDS, OF STUDENTS FROM ALLOVER THE COUNTRY CAME TO

MISSISSIPPI TO TRY TO HELPMISSISSIPPIANS WHO WERE KEPT

FROM VOTING LEARN HOW TO VOTEAND TO GET THEM TO THE POLLS.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

WHY WOULDN'T THEY JUST REGISTER?I UNDERSTAND THAT ONLY 10%

OF BLACK VOTERS IN MISSISSIPPIIN 1964

WERE REGISTERED BEFORE YOU ANDOTHER FREEDOM RIDERS WENT DOWN

THERE TO HELP THEM REGISTER.

AND YET THEY WERE HALF THEPOPULATION, SO WHAT'S UP?

STEPHEN: YEAH, WHAT UP IS MYQUESTION.

>> WHAT WAS UP IS THEY WOULDN'TLET THEM VOTE.

THEY WOULDN'T LET THEM REGISTER.

>> Stephen: WHO IS THEY? THEMAN?

ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT THE MAN?

>> THE MEN.

>> Stephen: THE MEN. OKAY.

WELL YOU WERE A STUDENT AT YALELAW SCHOOL AT THE TIME.

>> YEP.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

WHEN YOU FIRST CAME DOWN IN1963, MEDGAR EVERS MET YOU AT

THE BUS STATION.

TELL THE YOUNG PEOPLE HERE AGAINWHO MEDGAR EVERS WAS AND WHAT

HAPPENED TO HIM THAT SUMMER.

>> MEDGAR EVERS WAS A MARTYROF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.

MEDGAR EVERS WAS THE HEAD OF THENAACP IN THE STATE OF

MISSISSIPPI.

MISSISSIPPI WAS AT THAT POINT SOFAR BEHIND THE REST OF THE

COUNTRY THAT IT HAD NOT EVEN HADSIT-INS, THINGS WHERE WE USED TO

SIT IN AND SAY WE'RE ENTITLED TOHAVE A CUP OF COFFEE.

THEY HADN'T EVEN HAD THOSE.

HE HAD TO LEAD THOSE.

AND THERE WERE VERY FEW LAWYERS,MUCH LESS LAW STUDENTS LIKE ME,

SO WHEN I CAME, HE WANTED ME TOREMAIN IN JACKSON, WHEREAS I HAD

PROMISED TO GO TO THE DELTA,WHICH WAS THE HEART OF THE WORST

PART OF MISSISSIPPI WHERE PEOPLECOULDN'T VOTE.

HE PUT ME ON A BUS AFTER SHOWINGME AROUND JACKSON ALL DAY, WENT

HOME AND WAS SHOT IN THE BACK.

MARTYR OF THE CIVIL RIGHTSMOVEMENT.

>> Stephen: AND THAT'S YOURFIRST DAY IN MISSISSIPPI.

>> VERY FIRST DAY.

>> Stephen: YOU WENT BACKAGAIN THE NEXT YEAR.

>> WELL, NEXT YEAR WAS THEMISSISSIPPI FREEDOM SUMMER.

ACTUALLY, WHAT I WAS DOING INTHE DELTA THE YEAR BEFORE WAS

THE PROTOTYPE FOR THEMISSISSIPPI FREEDOM SUMMER WHEN

THE STUDENTS WERE GOING TO COMEDOWN.

THE QUESTION IS: WHAT ARE THESTUDENTS GOING TO DO.

THEY'RE GOING TO DO WORKSHOPS.

>> Stephen: OUTSIDE AGITATE IBELIEVE IS THE TECHNICAL TERM.

DON'T GET ME WRONG.

AGAIN, I'M NOT THE MONSTER HERE.

BUT SHOULDN'T IT BE UP TOINDIVIDUAL STATES AS TO HOW EASY

OR HARD IT IS FOR BLACK PEOPLETO VOTE?

[LAUGHTER]DOESN'T THE 10th AMENDMENT

GUARANTEE THAT TO THE STATES?

>> STEPHEN, HAVE YOU EVER HEARDOF THE 14th AMENDMENT?

>> Stephen: I HAVE NOT.

NO, I HAVE NOT.

NO.

I DON'T THINK IT GOES THAT HIGH.

[APPLAUSE]I DON'T THINK IT ACTUALLY GOES

THAT HIGH.

[LAUGHTER]WHAT'S THE 14th AMENDMENT?

>> EVERYBODY HAS TO BE TREATEDEQUALLY.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

>> EVEN WHEN IT COMES TO VOTING.

>> Stephen: I'LL TAKE YOURWORD FOR IT.

>> DUH.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

WE'RE APPROACHING THEANNIVERSARY OF THE 1964 CIVIL

RIGHTS ACT.

AND TODAY IN CONGRESS THISHAPPENED.

THIS IS SEVERAL MEMBERS OFCONGRESS JOINING ARMS SINGING

"WE SHALL OVERCOME."

♪ WE SHALL LIVE IN PEACEWE SHALL LIVE IN PEACE ♪♪

>> Stephen: WAS IT WORTH ALLTHIS EFFORT AND ALL THIS

SUFFERING TO SEE TEX DEPRESSIONON MITCH McCONNELL AND JOHN

BOEHNER'S FACE WHEN THEY SANGTHAT SONG?

>> I DON'T SEE HOW YOU COULDLAUGH AT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

JOINING US IN SINGING "WE SHALLOVERCOME."

>> Stephen: I WANT TO POINTOUT TO YOU THAT MITCH

McCONNELL AND JOHN BOEHNER ARENOT SINGING.

THEY ARE HOLDING HANDS ANDSWAYING IN AGONY.

[LAUGHTER]>> THEY DIDN'T... THEY JUST

DIDN'T KNOW THE WORDS, STEPHEN.

>> Stephen: THE WORDS, JIM, GOFIND THIS FOOTAGE, BECAUSE IT'S

IN THE SAME THING, GO BACK ABOUT30 SECOND, BECAUSE THE WORDS ARE

ON A GIANT PROMPTER ROLLING.

I [BLEEPED] YOU NOT.

THEY ARE.

I PROMISE YOU.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]I'LL WAIT.

I DON'T CARE HOW LONG THIS SHOWGOES.

IT'S ON A PROMPTER IN THEBACKGROUND.

>> SO WHAT DO YOU WANT FROMTHEM?

>> Stephen: I DON'T WANTANYTHING FROM THEM.

[LAUGHTER]NOW, HOW MANY PEOPLE DID YOU

GUYS END UP REGISTERING THATSUMMER?

>> I DON'T HAVE THAT NUMBER WITHME, STEPHEN.

[LAUGHTER]>> Stephen: IT'S CABLE.

MAKE IT UP.

[APPLAUSE]ALL I'M SAYING IS... ALL I'M

SAYING IS YOU MUST HAVE SIGNEDUP A LOT OF PEOPLE BECAUSE YOU

SAW WHAT HAPPENED WITH THADCOCHRAN, THE BLACK VOTE SWAYED

THE VOTE.

IT SWUNG THE ELECTION INMISSISSIPPI.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENTRIGHT NOW AND APOLOGIZE TO CHRIS

McDANIEL?

>> I'D LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TOSAY TO THOSE WHO WENT TO THE

POLLS, THOSE AFRICAN AMERICANS,YOU SURE KNEW WHAT TO DO WITH

THE VOTE.

WE WENT TO GET FOR YOU IN 1964.

THANK YOU.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

>> STEPHEN: CONGRESSWOMANELEANOR HOLMES NORTON.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOININGME, MADAM.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

>> Stephen: THAT'S IT FOR "THEREPORT," EVERYBODY.

GOODNIGHT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.