CBS Evening News (Television program). [2009---excerpts], Obama's First Year in Office

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CBS Evening News (Television program). [2009---excerpts], Obama's First Year in Office
Summary: "Of everything that was written, produced and edited to chronicle the first year of the first term of the 44th President, Chip Reid's work on The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric was most outstanding, truly the 'Best of the Best'.

"It started with an inauguration that exceeded expectations and the new President hitting the ground running. On day two, President Obama delivered the change he promised. As Reid said, 'With the stroke of a pen, President Obama reversed some of the bush administration's most controversial policies in the war on terror.'

"Next, economic stimulus package -- soon to be the administration's first major legislative victory, but as Chip reported from Obama's campaign style rally in Elkhart, Indiana -- it wasn't a sure bet. 'The white house insisted until recently that the president could sell the stimulus from the white house, but with no republican support so far in the house and little in the senate, the president decided to take his message directly to the American people this week to put pressure on congress to pass the plan swiftly.'

"A few weeks later, the President's first budget: 'President Obama was elected on a message of change, today he made clear just how dramatic that change could be with a budget that would take America in a fundamentally new direction,' Reid reported.

"In March, Chip asked the President about bi-partisanship and the recent defection of Senator Arlen Specter: ' big a deal is this, really? Some Republicans say it is huge. They believe it's a game changer. They say that if you get the 60 votes in the Senate, that you will be able to ride roughshod over any opposition... Do you see it that way? The President's answer was prescient: 'Now, I am under no illusions that suddenly I'm going to have a rubber-stamp Senate.'

"Sitting down with the President for interviews, Chip elicited news. In Beijing he asked Mr. Obama about leaks on his Afghanistan plan:
Chip Reid: Sec Gates has made clear that he is furious about all the leaks ... Are you that angry about the leaks...?
President Obama: I think I'm probably angrier than Bob Gates about it... For people to be releasing information during the course of deliberations where we haven't made final decision yet I think is not appropriate.
Chip Reid: Is it a firing offense?
President Obama: Absolutely.

"Reid's reporting also put a critical eye on the White House, especially amid claims of job creation from the stimulus package: '...critics say it's nothing more than guess-work, all smoke and mirrors.'

"Throughout the year and throughout his reporting, it is clear that Chip Reid is truly in a class by himself among White House correspondents. He brings exceptional news judgment, writing, context, perspective and experience to the beat and makes the coverage of President Obama's first year on The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric standout as the definition of excellence in the field."--2009 Peabody Awards entry form.

Corporate Producers: CBS News | CBS Television Network

Persons Appearing: Chip Reid (Reporter)

Broadcast Date: 2009