Blog Posts by George Stephanopoulos

  • Sharon Bialek: Herman Cain Not Fit for President ‘Until He Tells the Truth’

    The latest woman to come forward and accuse Herman Cain of sexual harassment told me that the Republican presidential candidate needs to come clean at his press conference and apologize.

    Sharon Bialek said Cain, who will hold a presser in Scottsdale, Arizona today, isn’t fit to be president “until he tells the truth.”

    “It’s not too late that he can step forward and just end this, just end it. I don’t want to be here, I don’t think anyone wants to, just end it, let’s move forward,” Bialek said. “But unfortunately I don’t think that’s what’s going to happen today.”

    Yesterday Bialek became the first woman to go public with her accusations against Cain. Standing with her attorney, Gloria Allred, Bialek alleged that during the summer of 1997 Cain sexually harassed her in his car, touching her leg and pushing her head towards his crotch.

    The Cain campaign accused her of lying, and asked if Bialek was paid or promised a job if she spoke out. 

    “I was not paid to come forward,

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  • Condoleezza Rice on the Moment She Thought President Bush Could Have Been Poisoned

    It was just a few weeks after September 11, 2001 when Condoleezza Rice accompanied the president on a trip to China for the APEC summit. In Shanghai Vice President Cheney appeared on a secure video conference line and delivered President George W. Bush this message:

    The Vice President came on the screen and said that the White House detectors have detected botulinum toxin, and we were all– those of who exposed were going to die,” Rice told me.

    He said that?

    “Yes, he said that.  And I remember everybody just sort of freezing, and the President saying, ‘What was that? What was that, Dick?’” Rice, who was the National Security Advisor at the time, said.

    Botulinum toxin is, according to the Center for Biosecurity, the “most poisonous substance known” and “extremely potent and lethal.”

    The exposure time meant that she and those on the trip — Bush, Secretary of State Colin Powell and Chief of Staff Andy Card — were all at risk, Rice told me.

    “We were just a little unnerved,” she

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  • James Carville Goes Off on Herman Cain Ad, Campaign Manager

    People have called it both postmodern genius and amateur hour but Democratic strategist James Carville doesn’t think Herman Cain’s campaign manager was in the right state of mind when he taped that now viral ad that features him smoking a cigarette.

    “If that guy wasn’t drunk I haven’t taken a drink in my life…I mean he was drunk or stoned. It was some kind of chemical in him I guarantee you that,” Carville said.

    “Herman Cain is not going to be the Republican nomination for president. I mean, what he is is a national distraction and maybe not a bad one in the middle of this horrific recession,” he added.

    Carville dismissed Cain’s candidacy but the latest polls show that Cain is right behind Romney in the early primary states and according to yesterday’s NY Times/ CBS national poll Cain has an edge on Romney, 25% to 21%.

    “Every time you see these polls Romney can’t get above 25%. They don’t want to be for Romney. It is perfectly clear. Everybody goes up, everybody goes

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  • Condoleezza Rice on Her 'Eerie' Encounter with Gadhafi

    Image credit: Donna Svennevik/ABCWhen then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sat down with Moammar Gadhafi in 2008, she described an odd meeting that ended with the now late dictator showing photos of Rice with world leaders followed by an original song he had a composer write for her.

    “What was going through my head was ‘How long do I have to sit here and how quickly can I get out of here?’  You know, it was funny because when he said, ‘I have a video for you,’ I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, what is this going to be?’  But it was actually just a bunch of pictures of me with Vladimir Putin, me with Hu Jin Tao,” she told me. “And then he said, ‘I have Libya’s best composer, most famous composer write this song for you,’ and it was called Black Flower in the White House,” she told me, calling the scrapbook “eerie.”

    Rice dismissed the encounter as a “strange fascination” and quickly left for Algeria.

    “And I thought, ‘Well this is a really, really strange, strange moment in my time as Secretary of

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  • Walter Isaacson on Steve Jobs: Not ‘Exceptionally’ Smart, But a ‘Genius’


    Walter Isaacson included an interesting phrase at the end of his biography of Steve Jobs. He wrote, “Was he smart? No, not exceptionally. Instead, he was a genius.”

    “His genius was the ability to connect poetry to technology. That art and technology thing. I mean Bill Gates has astonishing mental processing power. But he didn’t have that sort of feel for design and art,” Isaacson told me on “GMA.”
     
    “How do you connect artistry to technology and that comes, whether it was the cancer or his personal life or his professional life, from sort of having that new age alternative, beautiful side to him, the poetic side, and the technology side,” he said.
     
    The book entitled “Steve Jobs," out today, was based on more than 40 interviews with the man who reinvented the tech business. Jobs, who was 56 when he died, told Isaacson he wanted “the truth out.”
     
    Having no editorial control, Jobs said weeks before his death that he wouldn’t read the book until 6 months or more after it was

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  • Rick Perry Agrees With Wife, He Has Been Brutalized for Christian Faith

    I spoke to a feisty Rick Perry this morning who said he agreed with his wife’s comments that his campaign has been “brutalized” because of his Christianity and Perry came out of the gates attacking Herman Cain’s now famous 9-9-9 plan.

    “I’ll stand by my wife. I think she’s right on both cases. My understanding is that she said I’m the most conservative candidate in the race and ‘he’s a Christian.’ So I haven’t got anything I can add to that and she’s hit me on my mark both times there,” Perry said on “GMA.”

    While campaigning for her husband in South Carolina Anita Perry said “We are being brutalized by our opponents and our own party. So much of that is, I think they look at him because of his faith. He’s the only true conservative. Well, there are some conservatives. And they’re there for good reasons.”

    But while the Perrys claim unfair treatment because of religion, their opponents argue that’s exactly what Perry supporter Robert Jeffress has done. 

    Shortly after

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