March 5th, 2010
09:11 AM ET
12 years ago

'Most Wanted' locks up Obama exclusive

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. US Citizen

    This is a good story, but won't gain traction because 'its a good story'. Walsh has done this country a great service, and I am glad to see Obama personally saying thank you.

    March 5, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Independent

    Wow CNN must be a slow news day! Again you are sinking on the verge of Sensationalistic Journalism! You are now right up there with MSNBC and FOX! Can't you guys find more important information to report on? To be considered a viable news source, heres a thought....REPORT ON REAL NEWS!!! Investigate the corruption that the DEMS and REPUBS are knee deep in and how that shapes their know like bribes oh wait those are lobbyists and are corporate funded! OOPs so is CNN. How about the silent friendship between Russia, Iran, and China? Stop the partisianship on CNN and get rid of those putred people you employ as political analysts!

    March 5, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. Bill Dwyer

    I did not know that about John Walsh. I could never imagine having to deal with my child being abducted. I would never get over the rage. My sympathy goes out to John Walsh.

    March 5, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  4. tainopower

    John Walsh cancel the airing of that interview. Is promotional killer. Just ask all the democrats that obama had campaign for them their polls are down way down.

    March 5, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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