March 5th, 2010
09:11 AM ET
5 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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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Charlie in Maine

    Kudos to the show. It is making a big impact. Lot's of shows are entertaining but this ones actually helps people as well.

    March 5, 2010 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  2. Scott, Tucson

    So obama takes what would have been a typical interview with Walsh and turned it into another of his campaign plugs for himself. On the next America Most Wanted episode Walsh should try and find any college student who remembers ever having obama in his/her class during obama's college days.

    March 5, 2010 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  3. John Cox

    All Americans applaud John for his tireless work in this area. We the people thank you and have our heart felt prayers for your loss. I just do not understand how the President of this country can continue to use the media and sorrow for his personal campaign. This bothers me a great deal. May God bless you John.

    March 5, 2010 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  4. Stallion

    Thanks for the heads up CNN........I'll be sure to miss this episode.............keep up the good work...

    March 5, 2010 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  5. TCM

    it's good to see him branch out and extend his celebrity stature; lord knows he can't get enough face time. Although, why no press conferences since July 2009 with the free press? After creating his own press corps, Obama creates his own version of the news....and delivers it to the feeble minds of liberals who slurp it up...

    Oppressive Regime at it's best.

    March 5, 2010 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  6. Vincent1960

    I think it's a great story however disrespectful to keep referring to the President as "Mr. Obama"

    March 5, 2010 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  7. snood1

    A show that has done much good in its days and I give it a big thumbs up, but will this pres will do anything to get on TV and keep away from the real issues that we need to get done. His whole campaign was about rhetoric and now that he is lossing on healthcare and jobs are not going the way he told us they would we get more diversion. I think he just needs to get some quite time and refocus on who he once claimed to be and not the person he really is.

    March 5, 2010 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  8. Maura

    I wish the POTUS would stop with the celebrity party and start being who he is supposed to be...

    March 5, 2010 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  9. Miss Independence

    another great photo op from our slacker in chief

    March 5, 2010 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  10. Lori in St Pete

    Honestly CNN, are you TRYING to stir the trolls with the inflamatory headlines pertaining to Democrats? Frankly, I don't understand how anyone could accuse CNN of being "librul", "in the tank for Obama", the "communist news network", etc. while they run puff pieces on failed rethuglicans under the banner of "Politics".

    March 5, 2010 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  11. StormerF

    I would like to know if Obama sold a judgeship for a vote? It appears the White House is dealing in the Chicago way,and it is against the law to offer anything of value to a senator or congressman for a vote.

    March 5, 2010 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  12. Bill

    He's everywhere!

    March 5, 2010 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  13. gcilfarmgirl

    you've got to be kidding... he's got time for that.. I usually watch this show.. I won't that night..

    March 5, 2010 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  14. Obama & Palin

    Obama & Palin deserve each other-both love a good hollywood moment in front of a camera-and both have NO real solution for anything.All show and NO go.

    March 5, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  15. rinkydink

    prez. will do anything to get on hollywood shows...he loves to talk his used car sales pitches!!!

    March 5, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  16. john

    Does anyone proof-read this stuff? One of the things we were most worried about was how this would this affect law enforcement.

    March 5, 2010 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  17. Bruce

    Obama is the best thing that has happened to this country in a very long time.

    March 5, 2010 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  18. Dem TIl death

    President Obama is a great leader who cares about the American people. All of us can and should be proud to have such a man to lead our blessed country.

    March 5, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  19. MsMHS57

    If this doesn't beat all, the man is always available for a camera shoot. If he'd put half as much effort into the country's economy and listening to the voters as he does into photo shoots, this country of ours would be a lot better off. Unbelievable!!!

    March 5, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  20. Angel M.

    May God bless you John Walsh and your family. Your son is in good hands, and when your time comes you shall be reunited with him forever more.

    March 5, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  21. proud mother and sister of a soldier

    Oh please, is this news. Obama loves the spotlight putting his hige ego very arrogantly on display taking credit for "whatever". He takescredit if something works and if it doesn't, it is GW's fault. I cannot wait ti 2012.

    March 5, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  22. sharon

    Give me a break already.

    March 5, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  23. jane

    I Think appearing on this program is a very good thing for the president to do. More attention needs to be paid to stopping predators, especially since so many of their victims are our youngest and most vunlerable.

    March 5, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  24. dave

    did you borrow your headline from Fox

    March 5, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  25. Tram

    Here we have two honorable men, two hard-working individuals, both intent on making things better for people. It's awe-inspiring to know that we now have integrity in Washington again after 8 years of lies and deceit and threats.

    March 5, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
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