NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 19, 2005
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(Washington: Brian Williams) Scenes shown of President Bush visiting the National Archives on the day before his inauguration and of the snow in Washington, DC. Taped interview held with Secret Service agent Mark Sullivan about the security for the inauguration; scenes shown of former President Jimmy Carter walking down Pennsylvania Avenue in 1977 and Bush walking in 2001. [SULLIVAN – talks about security for the first inauguration since the September 11 attacks; comments on negotiating with the president on specific measures.] The debut of the president’s new Cadillac limousine noted.
(Washington: Lisa Myers) The lavish parties thrown by big-money donors featured; scenes shown of B.B. King singing at a private party, Representative Roger Wicker with an MCI lobbyist, Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta at a party thrown by GM, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at a brunch hosted by gambling casinos; details given of the top corporate donors and what they get for their money. [WICKER, MINETA, SCALIA – comment.] [Center for Responsive Politics Larry NOBLE- says the inauguration for lobbyists is like a feeding ground.] [Inaugural chairman Jeanne PHILLIPS- notes the advantages for the public.] [Representative James GIBBONS- supports corporate donations.]