Walters: When you see how Americans today distrust their leaders, don't you feel responsible? Does it bother you today when people say, "Ronald Reagan is the president of the rich"? How important is... See More
Walters: When you see how Americans today distrust their leaders, don't you feel responsible? Does it bother you today when people say, "Ronald Reagan is the president of the rich"? How important is it for the president to be a role model? Was it worth it if there were no weapons of mass destruction? Why are you so unpopular? Welcome to the hallway of my home. The bedrooms are off -- you're not going to see the bedrooms. This is where I keep photographs from my interviews with presidents and world leaders. Here we are on my wall of controversy. Fidel Castro, who wrote, "For the longest and most difficult interview I've ever done in my life." These questions here are questions that I used when I interviewed Anwar sadat and menachem begin. These are the actual questions. Moving right along, we're gonna get to presidents and first ladies, because I interviewed every president since Richard Nixon. Here's a favorite of mine. Of course you recognize him. This was on air force one with bill Clinton. Did you really say you were sorry you didn't inhale? What I've said -- what I said was -- that I was trying to say that I actually tried. I was not trying to exonerate myself when I said I didn't inhale, that I had an allergy and couldn't do it. At the top of my wall, a picture with Ronald Reagan at his ranch. I hope you're a good driver. You know what you're doing, I hope. Yes, I've been driving this for quite a while. You probably deduced that it wasn't new. Yeah. I don't want to hurt your feelings, but this is the scroungiest jeep. The upholstery is coming out. I mean, I know we have an austerity program, but this is ridiculous. Also on my wall, another president, George W. Bush, at his ranch in Texas before his inauguration. The U.S. Civil rights commission has called the elections in Florida a disaster. Why? Because the wrong person won? I'm not sure, but that's what they said. What do you say to the people who feel that you didn't win the election but that the supreme court handed it to you? I say that they didn't watch the recounts. Every time they recounted, I won. Also on this wall, president and Mrs. Obama, whom I have interviewed five different times. Well, hello. Hello, Barbara. Well, hello. Fancy meeting you here. How are you? It's hard to sit opposite you, Mr. President, and say this, but a lot of the criticism is personal. People just don't think you're trustworthy. Well, I don't think that's true, Barbara. You know, the truth of the matter is, is that I got re-elected, in part because people did think I was trustworthy, and they knew I was working on their behalf. Here, a very relaxed Richard Nixon. He was nowhere near as relaxed, nor was I, when I interviewed him after watergate. Even people like -- like Henry Kissinger, who knows you very well, talk about this remoteness, this inability to reach you. I like Henry very much. Let us go on. In those days -- why don't we get serious? Well, because I think people are still -- I am serious. People are interested in you. I know you're serious. People are still trying to understand you. Don't overdo it. I'm sorry you find it -- that you find these questions unserious. We have a different idea, perhaps, of what serious is. But let me go on. Oh, no, I'm not objecting to the questions, you know. I am very serious. Not at all. I saved my hardest question for the very end. Are you sorry you didn't burn the tapes? Yes, I think so, because they were private conversations subject to misinterpretation, as we have all seen. This photograph of president and Mrs. Ford is remarkable to me because Betty Ford was obviously inebriated. This is the most personal room in the white house, isn't it? Yes. Barbara, I fixed this room for him. I brought things from home... Our house -- his, um, blue leather chair and footstool and... Some years later, she went into rehab herself, became sober, and founded the Betty Ford clinic -- a wonderful legacy. On my opposite wall, the first president bush and his wife, Barbara, with her three-strand pearls -- favorite couple of mine. Mrs. Bush, we've been Reading this week that you've received so many letters from people who say, "Oh, now I can let my hair go gray. I can gain a pound or two." I've been Reading some aloud to George that are really slightly insulting but very funny. Why are they insulting? And they're all meant with -- well, I mean, "Stay fat, stay gray, stay wrinkled. We love you." They're not talking about whether you're a blimp or not. Ah-ah. No, but they're talking about... He's a big help. ...A certain genuineness. 10 years ago, they'd have hurt her feelings, and they don't. George said to me, "You don't want that dessert, do you? And I said, "Oh, I have to eat it, George, for my fans." Over here, a photograph that never appeared anywhere. President jimmy Carter with my daughter, Jackie, when he invited her to the white house to meet his daughter, Amy. Sweet picture. And I'll never forget the way I ended my interview with the Carters right before his inauguration. I was criticized for it. And really, it still makes me cringe. Thank you for letting us in your house and in your lives. Jimmy: Thank you. Be wise with us, governor.
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