Ann Compton Signing Off

ABC News' White House correspondent looks back at four decades on the beat covering seven presidents.
4:26 | 08/24/14

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Our "Sunday spotlight" shines today on Ann Compton. Our friend and colleague. Seen there with president owe bah ma -- Obama and granddaughter Olivia. One of many special moments for Ann, after a path breaking 41 years at ABC. Ann Compton. Ann Compton. Ann Compton. ABC news, the white house. I was 27 years old. I feel the sense of privilege and responsibility for being here. And for over four decades, Ann's done it all, with skill, grace, and good humor. Here we go. I have outlived some of the trees on the lawn. Covering every presidential campaign since 1976. Isn't the phrase no new taxes misleading the voters? At the white house with seven presidents. Would you answer a subpoena? Would Mrs. Clinton? Annie, can you hear me? Yes, I can. What are you doing in Nebraska? President bush is here at the home of the strategic command. On September 11th, she was the only broadcast reporter on air force one. I think they could have thrown us out. Thrown the press off the plane. I think they did the right thing to make sure -- the press had to be there to tell the American people, and the world, what the president was doing and that the U.S. Government was sound. And witnessed history every day. Just doing her job. The core of it is exactly what it's always been. We have to have somebody here. All the time. The specialists who know everything about the president, what he's promised to do on taxes. Whether he'll eat broccoli. I just want to say, publicly, Ann, we're going to miss you. We hope you're not a stranger around here. I'm often asked if you have a favorite moment with a president. And I remember being stunned. President George Herbert walker bush was about to send a half million American soldiers into the desert for combat. And he comes back to the white house and he makes a statement on the south lawn. I ask him a question, he barked at me. The next day, I get an apology note. At the bottom, he signed it, his initials, G.B., and a smiley face wearing a frown. I thought that was a remarkable moment for a president to take time to do that. Pretty remarkable. And I cannot imagine anyone barking at Ann Compton. Never misses a beat. Always has a smile on her face. Has done such tremendous work. Congratulations, Ann. We want to go back now out the California where Ryan Owens is tracking this earthquake hitting northern California this morning. What is the latest, Ryan? George, good morning. A 6.0 quake. The latest is we have new reports of injuries. A hospital in napa valley which is north of the San Francisco bay area is reporting they have 70, 7-0 patients with mostly minor injuries. No reports of serious injuries. Now that the sun is up, we're getting a better picture. Of some of the damage. A lot of the damage in downtown napa. In addition, the highway patrol is reporting there are cracks in area roadways. The best we can tell, the most significant damage is what you were just seeing. A fire there at a mobile home park. Firefighters there did not have water to battle the blaze because of a water main break. You're still dealing with aftershocks? Reporter: That's right. At least two dozen of them. Most of them minor. One of them 3.6. Some people may have felt those. I know you'll stay on top of it. Thank you very much. Now, we honor our fellow Americans who serve and sacrifice. This week, the Pentagon released the name of one soldier killed in Afghanistan. And that is all for us today. Thanks for sharing part of your Sunday with us. Check out "World news" with David Muir tonight. I'll see you tomorrow on "Gma." That

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