White House Officials Keep an Eye on Ferguson

President Obama calls for calm in Ferguson in wake of the impending grand jury decision.
1:57 | 11/23/14

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you. Let's bring in George stephanopoulos who talked to president Obama about the situation in Ferguson in an exclusive interview that will air in full later this morning on "This week." Hi, Dan. So when you talked to him, he called for calm. We know that but I guess I'm trying to get a sense from you how worried are they behind the scenes about this and what, if anything, the administration can do. They've been worried for quite a while. That's why you've seen the attorney general talk about it and jay Nixon and putting out a report warning of vice around the country in the wake of this but they don't know a whole lot more about what's going on inside the grand jury than anyone else. The president is considering whether to go there after the fact depending on what unfolds on the ground but they're doing everything they can now just to urge calm. So there may be a presidential visit at some point. Let me switch gears and about Hillary Clinton. I know you of course aed the president about what his working relationship may be with Hillary assuming she runs for president. He didn't quite confirm she is running but he did talk about their relationship. Oh, yeah, and he talked about how he expected to work with Hillary or any democratic candidate going forward although certainly does seem she's the, you know, going full steam ahead towards a run right now. One of the most interesting things he said is that he understands how people will be looking for what he called a fresh new car smell the next time around but also he in a way gave his blessing to Hillary or any democrat, you know, to create some distance from him to bang him around if they need to. He knows that may be necessary for any democratic candidate but he also said and this is very important to him it is very important to him to try to get a democrat to succeed him and lock in what he thinks are the gains of his two terps. He's willing to take some Dings to his ego in order to secure his legacy. George, thank you very much. We should remind you that George has a big show. You can see all of his wide-ranging and exclusive interview with president Obama and talk about his controversial immigration initiative coming up later this morning on "This week" right here on ABC, George,

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