March 4th, 2010
07:20 PM ET
4 years ago

'Most Wanted' locks up Obama exclusive

America's Most Wanted host John Walsh taped a 15 minute interview with President Obama.
America's Most Wanted host John Walsh taped a 15 minute interview with President Obama.

(CNN) – President Obama will appear on "America's Most Wanted" with the show's host John Walsh this Saturday to commemorate its 1000th episode.

According to Deputy White House Spokesman Bill Burton, the president taped a 15 minute interview in the White House's Map Room with Walsh on Wednesday morning before delivering remarks in the East Room.

The president used the interview to congratulate Walsh on his show's success, but also to tout his administration's own anti-crime initiatives.
In clips released by "America's Most Wanted," Mr. Obama tells Walsh that last year's "huge economic crisis" raised great concern about the possibility for lawlessness to follow.

"One of the things we were most worried about was how this would this affect law enforcement. Because you started seeing state and local budgets hemorrhaging and there were the prospects of tens of thousands of cops on the streets being laid off." Mr. Obama said, crediting the White House for preventing that from happening.

"What we did was working with state and local governments, got four billion dollars in additional funding so that we kept those law enforcement officials doing the great work that they do each and every day," Mr. Obama said.

For John Walsh, "America's Most Wanted" is a personal crusade. He began hosting the show 22 years ago after his 6 year-old son Adam was abducted and killed in 1981.

Mr. Obama told Walsh, "I know Adam is looking down on us, and saying you know, my Dad has really done something incredible."

President Obama tried to personalize his own commitment to fighting crime by pledging "to do everything in our power as long as I'm in the White House, and as long as I'm the father of two girls, to make sure that we are providing the states the support that they need to make this happen."

"America's Most Wanted" claims responsibility for capturing more than 1,100 fugitives and reuniting 43 missing children with their families.


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  1. PrettyAngel

    Congrats to John Walsh for his 1000th episode and I love your show. I know that God has dispatched your son as an agel to help you find some of the most wanted criminals in the USA. " Keep up the GREAT WORK". I just want to say that it's so sad how so called Americans, always say hateful things about our President Barack Obama. Our President is very intelligent, articulate, handsome and those of you that are hating on him really need to look in the mirror. President Obama is doing the best that he can for the USA, its not his fault for Bush's problems that he left unresolved. People need to stop complaining, show some respect for a man that has the hardest job in this country. Why can't people stop the madness, the hatred and just get along. We all have to live in this world together and there is no one on this planet better than God.

    March 4, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Hi I'm TriG, and my mommy scares me :-(

    @BURNS IN NH

    But borrowing almost a trillion dollars from a COMMUNIST COUNTRY to pay for a war which produced NO RESULTS is not a con right?

    That's Patriotic!!!

    March 4, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. RLE

    Way to go Mr. President, the right wing nuts and idiots who follow them can't stand the fact that a black man is president yahooo!!!!

    March 4, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Independent

    anything for some camera time. Hope they have a working telepromptor

    March 4, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Johnny DC

    Hey CNN, how about you track down the IP address of the user named "Michele Bachman is Evil" and pass along the information to the FBI. I'm pretty sure a comment like: "I'll be on AMW once I'm done with Palin and Bachman." could very easily be considered an assassination threat.

    Of course, that's what Liberals do. Protect the terrorists and defend the rights of everyone to infringe on the rights of others.

    March 4, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Hi I'm TriG, and my mommy scares me :-(

    @Daniel

    Still forgetting, 800 billion borrowed from China, over 5,000 troops dead. Now that's how you runa country.......into the ground.

    March 4, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Charge it to my Tab Rubio

    @ America Airman

    "Instead of arguing with facts, you make threats and personal attacks."

    That being said, answer this simple question for me:

    Are the Death Panels real? (LIE)

    March 4, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Nosey Canadians should mind their own business

    I laugh at republicans daily.

    March 4, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Dave

    COME ON. Even the people on the left have got to start thinking "enough is enough!" This guy is more concerned about having his face and image out there than he is about anything else. The number of interviews and appearances he has given the first year is ridiculous.

    It should tell him something that when he went to Nevada on behalf of Harry Reid's campaign it did not help. In fact the results show that a net loss of 10% thought it helped Reid.

    Basically: get his face off TV and in the White House working and LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE

    March 4, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Chas in Iowa

    It's not working as many law enforcement officers are being layed off from multiple agencies here.
    With the economy hemoraging many unemployed people are running out of benefits. I believe one will do whatever it takes to keep food on the table in times like this. Robbery and theft are on the rise, domestic abuse and suicide are on the rise.
    Lawlessness is ever approaching and hollow talk will not stop it. Time to wake up folks.

    March 4, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Brinnie

    MR. OBAMA hasn't earned the respect of title of President. He is as un-American as the Iranian President. He is a hypocrite and it's hard to believe that there is someone actually out there that "likes" him. Wake up people!!!

    March 4, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Kelly

    Maybe John Walsh can finally find all the locked away Obama documents that he's spent over $1M attempting to conceal..

    March 4, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. ART

    Lets put some of those do nothing obstructionist republikkkans on the most wanted list for crimes against America

    March 4, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. Wilson

    What is wrong with you people - why can't you call President Obama, President Obama. Get over it. He is the president. You may not admit it but your racism is showing CNN. I watch Robin Mead and crew every morning and she and her crew with their racist point of view try to hide it but they are only fooling themselves and people like them. I watch because I do want to know what's going on around the country and to see how stupid they really are. They are haters, with very black hearts I really feel sorry for all of you, because racist people are sick. I pity you all with the hate you whole in your hearts for President Obama and all people of other races. And you have my permission to be as insulting as you can be to me in your responding comments, but God taught Love and want us to love each other. The writer of this article I feel very sorry for him. I'm sure President Obama just your insinuated put down just like he does all of the negative press he gets, but I must say you are the one that looks bad.

    March 4, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. pertinaceous

    When the rich activists start putting the screws to the American masses the government has to step in. If it were not for the compassionite side of the United States of America government that steps in to protect its exploited, manipulated citizens we'd be existing in a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY. We MUST HAVE government intervention in the greedy health care industry, in our educational institutions, our consumables industries since when these are left to their own machinations people get sick , die or ripped off.

    So PRESIDENT OBAMA, trim our sails so this once good ship America can sail safely into the future, in spite of those who would suck the life out of the masses! ! ! !

    March 4, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. PrettyAngel

    You all have no respect for our PRESIDENT, you all need to get over it.

    March 4, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. jm for sc

    Sue,

    Has there ever been a president who was not on TV all the time? Sorry this one offends so many people who always thought we would have a president that looks like them.

    He is making a difference no matter what false claims are being made on him.

    March 4, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Add the lunatic Republican fringe that has hijacked the GOP to the list. Too many right-wing extremists out there that openly talk about violence against the government and starting a revolution. The GOP Taliban are a bunch of traitor psycho's.

    March 4, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Keepin It Real

    Will Cheney and Bush be the most wanted criminals?

    March 4, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. daniel

    I believe we have seen the rise of a new mental malady: ODS, or Obama Derangement Syndrome. Sufferers are marked by a tendency to foam at the mouth at the mention of the name "Obama," typically followed by a tremendous, non-stop stream of bullcrap and hate speech that finds fault with the man for absolutely everything, up to an including his metabolic rate, the lack of rainfall in drought-stricken parts of Africa, all intestinal maladies and male-pattern baldness.

    March 4, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. Enough is Enough

    Obama speaking about the rule of law what a joke. He cut back funding for boarder enforcement and work place raids.

    March 4, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. Spirit of America

    What a PR circus this presidency continues to be. When does this guy actually work ?

    March 4, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The one great thing about Republicans is that they have not stopped looking for Obama's Achilles' Heel. They haven't found a thing. It therefore does my heart good to reassure some of you that our President is NOT a thief, nor the "kiss of death", or a thug (my favorite). He's free and allowed to take his message to the American people (that would be us) through any means available to him. It is after all a free country and MOST Americans have great respect for our hard-working President. He is therefore, welcomed in most all forums

    It appears to iritate a number of you when he makes his public appearances. He's the President. The face of our nation here and abroad. He stands as a shining beacon of the best of America. The fact that SOME of you have a problem with that is neither here nor there.

    God bless.

    March 4, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. .....

    Listen to all these right wing idiot comments on here about Our President. I'd like to see their IQs and compare them to Mr. Obama! all this "obozo, obummer, Odumbo" crap is annoying...like Palin is a genious? That woman along with the majority of these hateful white tea party and republicans are about as sharp as a plastic knife! get a clue...President Obama is bright, intelligent, not ill willed like the rest of you right wing hate mongurals and racists!

    March 4, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. Kyle

    there is a reason why I feel many of the anger towards the President is racially motivated, because it is. How many of you who are upset at Obama and how he is "a socialist, liberal who is a con-artist and the worst president ever", felt this much distain towards President Bush. I am saying that when Bush was on vacation for 2/3 of his first year in office, how many people were bashing him. I never heard this kind of anger towards him from people on the right. So, if its okay for Bush to do it, but not Obama, there is only 1 logical reason for this hatred towards him...because you feel that now there is a Black President, it won't be long before there is an Asian President, a Latino President, and soon those who are White will be pushed aside and become the new permanent underclass

    March 4, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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