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. Gil Oberdas

    It is so nice to see and hear a President that gets involved and works for good, as compared to our last president (bush) who was named to help Hatian Earthquake relief and never heard from again. Bill Clinton went there and is going to Chile, but where is the x party of No President? Hold up in Texas as usual.

    March 4, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. Robert

    The only time the GOP should be on AMW is for the laws they break while in office. Lots of sex scandles which they are involved should give them their 5 minutes of fame. Little boys on the street becareful of high ranking GOP politicians.

    March 4, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. HAWK IN TEXAS

    The question is, Are all republicans idiots, or are all idiots republicans? the republican party and it's members caused the mess that we are in today but refuse to take the blame for anything.

    March 4, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. larry

    13 Months later and the right is still SOUR ! Good Job Mr. President !

    March 4, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. Gil Oberdas

    Most Wanted! The Party of NO! Behind bars!

    March 4, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. dan

    Michele Bachman is Evil so when nobody agrees with Obama you turn to death threats

    March 4, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Chuck

    Walsh is a Right Wing Wacko. His son was killed by a SERIAL KILLER, not a sex offender........ when he couldnt get anybody to listen, he started to distort the facts...

    Surveys on molested children show that 90% of molestation is done by parents, relatives, or someone who knows the child.

    Stop making feel good laws and restructure the whole justice system.

    Most are not aware that thousands of teen agers and younger children have been labeled sex offenders by the right wing wackos destroying the lives of children and their families

    March 4, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. Ready for 2012

    Is there any photo op Obama won't pass up? This man is so full of himself, he makes me sick.

    March 4, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. Ralph

    What a bunch of idiots! The president goes on the show to recognize its success and contribution.... and BAM the pigs and bad behavior come out! He is the President... Repub, Democrat, left, right, white, black... HE IS STILL THE PRESIDENT! Most of you that commented are a joke and exactly what is wrong with today's society!

    March 4, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Aspen Professor

    I love to read the hypocritical, un-facts, outright nonsence offered by the idiot right-wing fools posting here. Their comments are either Fox Channel blantant lies or totally racist.

    March 4, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. Derrick

    You racist should go back in your hole and die!! Fake americans hating on our President. You complain because he tries to encourage our school kids to be good citizens, you complain because he wants health care for the sick, you complain because he has was given massive debt and a falling economy because republicans and Bush created...get over it. He is our President and all you racist bigots need to get a life. I often hear threats of harming him....if any of you fools hurt the first black president this country and all of your kind will be dealt with. You will have something to be afraid of.

    March 4, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. Obama Victim

    Obummer should be arrested for impersonating a president

    March 4, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. Kathleen

    Where are you people coming from? I have never or will never understand this Hatred you have for our President.! I don't get it
    We have a President that is fighting for the Middle Class and you Hate Him? Let me in on your "secret for hatred! because we finally have someone who is working for the Middle Class!

    March 4, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. Derrick

    You are hidden KKK....no wonder the world hates americans. You are a cursed and Un-Godly people....atleast on the republican side

    March 4, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Can't this guy stay off TV for one moment? He is in love with looking at himself and hearing himself. The same is not true of his captive viewers, sad to say. Obama should be exposed as overexposed by TMZ and ET and all the other entertainment shows who make those calls. Enough is enough.

    March 4, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. Justin

    I'm glad to see the president is staying visible and talking to the American people regularly with a variety of venues on a variety of issues. This is something I want to see from all future presidents from BOTH parties.

    This story could be entitled "President Obama captures FBI's Ten Most Wanted Single-handedly" and there's still be hateful comments about him. What's become of us when we can't show any respect to a president who we disagree with? Can the "other side" do nothing but evil now, in our eyes?

    The extreme partisans got worse during the Bush administration and now their hatred has become truly vile.

    March 4, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. Kathleen

    To Good Lord,
    Fixing Bush's mess WILL NOT happen overnight!

    And, for you people that hate Obama? Did you or did you not HATE/LOVE Bush-Cheney. Do you want that back?

    March 4, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Chris

    Who in their right mind would want to be president of the USA. Is there another country in the world that spends so much time, energy and money to elect a leader only to spend the next 3 years trying to destroy him or her. Wow. The guy can't even appear on a show dedicated to fighting crime and helping victims without being critizied. I don't think Government is broken in the USA. I think its people are. Government tries to follow the will of the people and all the people of the USA want to do is blame someone else for their failings. Glad I'm a Canadian.

    March 4, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. Padraig

    The effort of Walsh and the people who watch his program has been incredible as well as the results. My hats off to him, the program, and the community.

    Fearless Leader is one incredible individual. Why not come out and say thank you John Walsh for what you and your program watchers have done for the community.

    I wonder if Walsh will have on the show a wanted poster on an ex-Illinois senator posing as the President.

    March 4, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. Rick Flickinger

    Wow, cannot believe some of these posts, lets see how much you would condem what President Obama is doing to someones face that has either had a child missing or know someone that has been on this show. John Walsh has done something great and the President is showing utmost respect for the man and all you right wingers can do is condem it. Seriously, just listen to yourselves and you will really see how silly you sound when someone does something worth while and you speak without thinking. I would rather be called a open minded liberal than a closed minded fool any day.

    March 4, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. A true American

    Do people complain about everything? Oh no the President shot a 15 minute interview! Why can't he just focus on the problems? But if he talks about the problems, the Republicans try to block anything he does. If Bush was on AMW republicans would of squealed with delight. So I guess the president should never be seen and only do what the minority of people want?

    Why is the president on TV all the time? You have to pretty stupid if you wonder why the President of the United States of America is on TV a lot. Bush was on TV constantly but he was usually on vacation as America went into the toilet.

    Whatever happened to the GOP chant, "Love it or Leave it?" Well get the hell out of my country if you hate it so much. George Bush was a spoiled, ignorant, coke-snorting, cowardly, brat who almost ruined the country. Don't forget.

    The election is over and the USA elected this president by a landslide.

    March 4, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Kevin in Ohio

    @Maggie in Canada March 4th, 2010 12:36 pm ET

    What's with all the MR. Obama, Suzanne? He has earned his title of President
    ____________________________

    Maybe the socialist/communist government will write a law that requires this. I'm sure that would make you happy, Maggie.

    March 4, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. Paul

    Have you noticed that Obama's critics will, in the same breath, say that Obama just talks about himself and gets nothing done. Clearly and sadly, some people have been brainwashed into hating one of the more hard-working and intelligent presidents in recent history.

    March 4, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. Greg

    Move along! No intelligent discourse here.That's right people, just keep reading elsewhere. Nothing to read here.
    The narrow-mindedness is mind-numbing (as are hyphens). It seems that all who write in can only see one side of the story, which makes a reader wonder why they bother to write in at all. Opinions are either black or white; no possibility of gray. Partisanship is alive and well in the US of A!

    P.S. Feel free to cut-and-paste this into any major newspaper's "Comment" section. It applies to every one of them that I have read.

    March 4, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. sgurdog

    You haters need to get a life. You bunch of whining sickos!

    March 4, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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