As 1983 came to an end, signs that the recession of the early 80s was starting to subside. One result: organized labor began to make concessions just to save jobs. Washington Week focused on the economy and attitudes of Americans going into 1984.
In the election year of 1992, President Goerge H.W. Bush pushes his health care reform plan while the Democratic congress backs a new government program to help insure many of the 30+ million uninsured.
Washington Week celebrates its 15-year anniversary in the last week of February, 1982. A true walk down memory lane with Paul Duke, Peter Lisagor, Haynes Johnson, Jack Nelson, Hedrick Smith and Charles McDowell among others.
This week, commemorating what would have been the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birthday, excerpts from a Special Edition of Washington Week in Review. Long time moderator Paul Duke sat down with the 40th President of the United States 2-1/2 years into Mr. Reagan’s first term to discuss his governing style and philosophy.
On the eve of the peace accord between Israel and Egypt, President Carter travels to both nations to finalize the framework. This episode aired just 10 days before the agreement. Meanwhile anger at Egypt continued in the Arab world and 31-months after the signing, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated and was succeeded in office by Hosni Mubarak.
The focus this week is President George H.W. Bush’s State of the Union speech in the reelection year of 1992. The White House had built up this speech as one of the defining moments in the President’s term with economic anxiety first and foremost on the minds of voters. And some of the economic proposals are much of the same as those being used now to spur economic growth.
Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and managing editor of the "PBS NewsHour." The best-selling author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," Gwen has covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated two vice presidential debates.