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craig melvin: that's all for this edition of "dateline." i'm craig melvin. thank you for watching. [music playing] starts now is last night in the white house waiting for breaking news on pardons and then new leadership i'm sheppard smith this is the news on cnbc. >> i'm proud, proud, proud, proud to be a son of delaware. >> a historic transfer of power less than 24 hours away. the 45th president stoking controversy as he leaves office and the incoming one facing unprecedented challenges. >> just out of an abundance of caution we want to make sure that there is no issues at all >> america on alert. several soldiers will now not be guarding the inauguration.
the security reason for the last-minute move. >> the critical agency in the department of homeland security. >> cabinet confirmations, the race underway to put the biden administration's team in place, but one republican senator throwing up a roadblock. plus, state of the vaccine the rollout stalling, complaints growing. >> we are running out of vaccine. >> tonight, where we stand in the battle against covid-19. >> announcer: live from cnbc, the facts, the truth, "the news with shepard smith." good evening we're on the eve of witnessing one of the hallmarks of our nation, the passage of power at times during these last several months and certainly in the last two weeks we weren't all sure we'd arrive at this moment, but now the day is upon us, and american democracy stands to shine through. about 17 hours from now, joe biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the united
states his ascent to the white house decades in the making, and on this eve a sobering reminder of the crisis he faces on day one today the coronavirus death toll topped 400,000, a number unfathomable when this pandemic started a year ago president-elect biden honored the victims with a ceremony at the lincoln memorial >> between sundown and dusk, let us shine the lights in the darkness along the sacred pool of reflection and remember all whom we lost >> as for president trump, he is spending the final night in the white house. his last actions expected to be a furry of pardons and commutations those could come at any moment really for president trump tomorrow will cap a five-year journey that started with him descending a golden escalator on june 16th, 2015 in the atrium of trump
tower. on 5th avenue in new york city he announced his improbable run for the presidency and promised to make america great again. in a video released today, he said he accomplished what he set out to do, the remarks recorded in a farewell address that offered this message to the incoming president >> this week we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping america safe and prosperous we extend our best wishes, and we also want them to have luck, a very important word. >> president trump is leaving washington, but tomorrow does not close the chapter on his presidency, not yet. his second impeachment will lie with the united states senate once the house speaker sends it. new today the senate majority leader, mitch mcconnell, a critical vote in the expected trial directly blamed the president for the deadly insurrection
this was not a leak to "the new york times," no, he delivered this message on camera on the floor of the united states senate, the very chamber pro-trump supporters desecrated just two weeks ago >> the mob was fed lies. they were provoked by the president and other powerful people, and they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government, which they did not like >> we're told leader mcconnell is still undecided on how he will vote. remember, he's already stood by the president through one impeachment, but this was by far his sharpest public rebuke to date more on the looming impeachment trial and the president's final hours in office in just a moment but first cnbc's kayla tausche covering president-elect biden kayla, tomorrow a day mr. biden has been preparing for his whole life >> reporter: that is right, shep after nearly five decades in
politics, three runs for president and a 73-day transition period, joe biden is spending his final evening as president-elect spending today saying good-bye to the state of delaware, which he served as a senator where he raised his family, and he said wistfully he wished his late son beau was there. >> excuse the emotion, ladies and gentlemen. i only have one regret, he's not here because we should be introducing him as president >> his ceremonial amtrak ride to washington scrapped for security concerns, biden arrived in washington tonight on a boeing business jet advisers say he's preparing to deliver an inaugural address centered on the theme of unity, a forward-looking vision for his presidency while addressing the moment we are living in as a country. a source says biden's remarks will be roughly half an hour after biden takes office his chief of staff is pledging immediate executive action to tackle four parallel crises on
covid, the economy, social justice and climate, rejoining the paris agreement, rescinding the keystone pipeline permit, extending grace periods ond intc evictions and student loans, and introducing a comp hrehensive immigration bill they hope one cabinet official can be confirmed on inauguration day but have interim agency heads lined up for all the critical agencies in case that doesn't happen. >> but kayla, one of the picks is facing roadblocks >> reporter: that's right. hay hoped for quic approval for two nominees in particular, alejandro majorkas and lloyd austin, but now missouri senator josh hawley says he still has questions unanswered about the nomination of mayorkas and says he wants
questions answered as for general austin, he needs a waiver from congress because he left the military fewer than seven years ago, and the house of representatives is set to vote on that waiver on thursday. shep >> kayla, thank you. as we wait for the last minute pardons from president trump, we're getting a clearer sense of what he sees as his legacy the president laid it out in his departing message, a nearly 20-minute video previously recorded and posted to the white house youtube channel this afternoon. it's a departure from recent presidents whose farewell addresses have been delivered live in primetime. cnbc's eamon javers is in washington tonight eamon, please tell our viewers how the president describes his time in office >> reporter: yeah, he describes it as a success, shep. the president ticked through a number of what he sees as his greatest accomplishments in his first term in office, his only term in office the president talking about th pre-pandemic economy, of course, his trade negotiations, also not starting any new wars while he
was in office, and although, as you just pointed out, his longtime ally, mitch mcconnell, laid the blame for that capitol attack at the president's feet today on the senate floor, the president didn't acknowledge any role in the attack >> all americans >> all americans were horrified by the assault on our capitol. political violence is an attack on everything we cherish as americans. it can never be tolerated. now more than ever we must unify around our shared values and rise above the partisan rancor and forge our common destiny >> reporter: so in his waning hours in office, the president is still expected to issue a wave of pardons to some of his supporters and allies and prominent individuals. we don't have any information on exactl who is going to get pardoned or exactly when the white house will release that information, but we're standing by. we are given some guidance, shep, that is, we're told the
president is not expected to try to pardon himself, shep. >> what about his send-off what does tomorrow morning look like for the outgoing president? >> reporter: well, look, it's not going to look like anything we've seen before. we're used to images of the new president coming up the steps of the portico to shake hands with the outgoing president that's not going to happen trump is going to leave town before biden is sworn in he's not going to attend the inauguration, and, in fact, we understand that the person greeting president biden when he gets to the white house will be the chief usher and not the outgoing president of the united states, so this is going to have a very different feel than what we have seen before. nonetheless, the biden team will take office at 12:01 tomorrow. >> eamon javers, thanks very much. the president leaves office facing an impeachment trial. unclear when the proceedings will start since the single article has still not been sent to the u.s. senate, but senator chuck schumer, who is set to become the majority leader tomorrow, says it's but a matter of time. >> let me be clear, there will be an impeachment trial in the
united states senate there will be a vote on convicting the president for high crimes and misdemeanors, and if the president is convicted, there will be a vote on barring him from running again. >> senator schumer and the republican leader mitch mcconnell met this afternoon to work out those trial logistics and to cut a power-sharing deal of sorts since the senate will be split 50/50 cnbc's ylan mui live in washington has anything come out of the meeting we know of? >> reporter: that meeting lasted about half an hour it was in person inside mcconnell's office, and after it was over, mcconnell told republican senators that the first formal steps for an impeachment trial shouldn't happen until thursday at the earliest because of the inauguration that's according to a memo obtained by nbc news now, his speech on the senate floor was one of the most direct links that mcconnell has made between president trump and the violent mob.
other gop senators are choosing their words carefully. >> we've recognized the right to free speech in our country and even -- even tough speech that we may disagree with some of it's constitutionally protected. you can't cross the line seriously, as we know, on incitement, sedition and the like, and i think those are important questions that need to be presented to the senate >> reporter: now, cornyn described it as a vote of conscience meaning that party leadership is not urging them to choose one side or the another. they can make up their own minds. the downside to that i republicans are all over the map. she believes trump did incite the mob and joni questions whether the trial is constitutional since president trump will have left office by the time it starts shep hopefully we'll have more clarity on timing tomorrow once democrats officially take control of the senate. >> what about insight on how house impeachment managers plan to try this case once it comes
along? >> reporter: well, the lead impeachment manager said he wants to bring home the gravity of these events, and he's emphasized this isn't just about grievances against democrats the rioters were also yelling for violence against mike pence as well. raskin said he wants to see a serious trial in the senate, though some democrats have suggested this whole process could be wrapped up in less than a week now, today incoming senate majority leader chuck schumer said that his meeting with mcconnell on the ground rules for the trial was substantiative some early warning signs for the republican party after the chaos of january the 6th in the swing state of pennsylvania, more than 4,100 republicans have switched their party affiliation since the attack that is from the pennsylvania secretary of state's office. the republican commissioner of cumberland county says these numbers are not normal >> the spike was way out of form compared to what we would normally see
there's always a baseline number of folks who are changing parties. this one was attention getting and apparently was not a one-day phenomenon. >> one republican voter in the county told nbc news she thinks the party has some work to do but that overall she's not worried. >> it's a short-term reaction. i think that -- i know our party, our local county republican committee will spend a lot of effort trying to reassure the republicans, our republican base, that that is not who we are >> according to the latest nbc poll, the republican party is very much behind the outgoing president. almost nine in ten republicans say they approve of president trump's job performance. our coverage of the inauguration begins 11:00 a.m. eastern time right here on cnbc tomorrow. a historic day covered by our team of reporters and experts as joe biden takes the oath of office, and he'll take it under the strictest security measures.
officials say they're taking no chances. we're live in d.c., plus, remembering the victims of the pandemic tonight the incoming president pauses to pay tribute in a dignified first of its kind ceremony ♪ hallelujah ♪ >> to heal we must remember -- >> honoring the lives lost to covid-19 as we cross a grim milestone, more than 400,000 people dead from the virus taking the pulse of america. a lot of voters believe the country is now headed down the wrong track. steve kornacki with us at the big board to compare that to four years ago, plus, picking up the pieces how republicans in one swing state plan to move forward after the trump era. >> announcer: the facts, the truth, "the news with shepard truth, "the news with shepard smith" back in 60 seconds. ♪ ro♪
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12 national guard members have been removed from securing the inauguration, that according to a pentagon spokesperson the members relieved of duty after being vetted by the fbi. officials sa two were flagged due to inappropriate comments and texts. the other ten were removed for what they're calling a number of different reasons. pentagon officials say they are taking no chances. the capitol has been on high alert since the assault on the congress barricades and military trucks surround the inauguration site the national guard mobilized up to 25,000 troops that's about triple the amount of troops on duty for past presidential inaugurations nbc's ali velshi live in washington ali, what is security going to look like tomorrow >> reporter: it's hard to believe. you know, we in the industry use the term high alert for a lot of things, but if you look at washington tonight, you actually see it 25,000 national guard, as you describe, the perimeter around
the capitol between the capitol and the white house and the mall getting bigger and bigger really by the hour. different roads closed i walked from the white house over to the capitol, it took about 40 minutes that's a walk that should take about 25 minutes normally. so it is very hard to move around everywhere you turn there's secret service there's national guard there's washington capitol police there's washington metro police, police and guards everywhere it is fully armed. fully locked down. it is quite a dramatic sight the bottom line, shep, it does seem to be under control things are very still right now. there are no groups of protesters around. there are a couple of permits and a couple of places allowed for protests tomorrow because authorities here want to be careful to not stifle first amendment rights while at the same time keeping the city safe, but it is going to look like a very different inauguration than any we have seen in our lifetime, shep >> no doubt about that ali velshi, thanks so much let's turn to janet napolitano, secretary of homeland security
under president obama. madam secretary, thank you has enough been done to keep the nation's capitol and state capitols, for that matter, safe in your estimation >> well, yes, it looks like the entire national capitol is really on a high alert, shut down almost in a way we haven't seen in previous inaugurals, but a necessary way given what happened on january the 6th, and different states have taken different security measures depending on the level of the intelligence they have as to what's anticipated there so i think that we should have a very peaceful or uneventful i'll put it that way inauguration day >> let's hope so i remember back in 2009, as you do, a leaked security report warned that right wing extremism was on the rise and could lead to violence.
republicans at the time called loudly for you to resign you did apologize for a portion of that report that said extremists may try to attack veterans, but when you look back at the main message of that assessment, what is your assessment now >> well, i think the assessment was generally right then, and it's certainly been proven right over the succeeding years and certainly during the past four years and certainly during the past several weeks we've seen a rise in these right wing nationalist groups fueled in part by social media and messaging via social media and, in fact, in my view, on the 6th incited by the president >> in the wake of the capitol riots you said that president trump's response threw gasoline on the fire. you've said tonight it's partly his responsibility for what
happened that day. has he said anything that is in your mind helpful since, and what can mr. biden do to help calm the nation? >> well, he hasn't said what would be the most helpful, which is that he lost the election fair and square, and it is time for the peaceful transition of power as is the great tradition of our country he has said a few words about, well, we don't like violence, et cetera, et cetera, but he hasn't recognized that some of this violence is fueled by what is known as the big lie, and he is the chief proponent of that. >> and as far as president biden or future president biden, is it tone, is it policy, is it some combination of things? what can he do in the early going to calm us all down?
>> i think he should do as he's been doing during this period since november the 3rd he's kept his eye on the big issues that affect americans, the pandemic and the economy being the top two. he's prepared to act immediately upon assuming office to show that he is there now he is in charge. he's going to be issuing a variety of executive orders. he's going to be proposing some major legislation, i understand, and -- but he's going to do it in a bidenesque way. he doesn't yell. he doesn't scream. he doesn't pound the table he speaks, he listens, and he persuades. >> former homeland security secretary janet napolitano, thank you so much for your time tonight. all the best. in other news tonight, parler, that alternative social media platform that's drawn
conservatives and others is partially back online. i say partially thanks to a russian-based technology firm. today that company confirmed it is helping with the relaunch right now parler's not fully operational. i mean, look at this users see a technical difficulties message and post from its ceo saying return is inevitable, but days ago it was completely off the internet after amazon stopped hosting the site saying its content threatened public safety and incited violence the parler apps are still suspended by apple and google. the russian opposition leader alexei navalny accusing president vladimir putin of using stolen money to build a billion dollar palace. navalny's staff published a report along with two-hour-long video on his blog. here's part. the lavish property paid for by what he calls the largest bribe in history according to the report, the so-called putin palace features
a casino and ice rink and vineyards among other things navalny currently in jail. police arrested him on sunday after he returned to russia for the first time since he was poisoned last summer he claims putin was behind the botched assassination attempt. senator mitt romney among those now calling for sanctions against russia a tradition that involves hurling husbands down a snowy hill and rescuers scramble to help a dozen miners trapped for more than a week as we go around the world in 80 seconds. >> china, medical experts helping at least 12 gold miners trapped underground after an explosion nine days ago. the workers passed this note through a small hole drilled from the surface they say they've suffered from toxic fumes and rising water levels ten other workers who were underground when the mine collapsed are still missing. crews say they're trying to get the miners out by clearing debris and drilling rescue holes.
bolivia, deadly flooding killing at least one person, drowning 17,000 chickens and forcing dozens of families to evacuate large swaths of the country under red alert because of heavy rains and treacherous conditions an overflowing river pushed this car into a canal and leaving some to travel through their towns in boats japan, they call this a ceremony of love it's a husband-tossing ritual where people carry a married man to the top of a hill then lob him over his wife waits at the bottom they say the charcoal signifies hope for good health the ritual aims to strengthen the bond between couples, and now it's part of our trip around the world in 80 seconds. well, the former michigan governor rick snyder seeking now to have thrown out the case against him. he's facing two counts of
neglect of duty for his handling of the flint, michigan, water crisis snyder appeared by zoom for the court hearing. his lawyer says he plans to file a motion to have the charges dropped arguing they were filed in the wrong court court documents show the emergency manager snyder appointed started using the flint river for the city's water supply even though it was contaminated with lead 12 people died from a legionnaires' outbreak that the experts say was linked to that dirty water. former governor snyder could spend up to a year in prison if convicted. confirmation hearings begin to fill out the incoming cabinet. nominees for secretary of defense, state and treasury all questioned by senate panels. their agenda for the first few days ahead. plus, covid watch. vaccinating our way to herd immunity, but some states report they're about to run out and that people are overdue for a second shot.
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a whole lot of netflix and a whole lot of netflix and thrill for investors that's what's topping cnbc's "on the money. the world's largest streaming service topped 200 million global subscribers after adding 8.5 million new users in the fourth quarter alone, more than expected 2020 was netflix's biggest growth year ever driven by people stuck at home under covid. after-market hours, the stock up 11%. flights last summer were the cheapest ever. that's according to the transportation department. 2020 third quarter numbers out today. the average domestic airfare, $245, the lowest inflation adjusted price since the government started keeping records in 1995. because of covid, airfares dropped led by the drop in passenger demand and ihop offering burritos in bowls the new menu items start at $5.99 and come with six
toppings, the latest effort by the pancake chain to draw in more take-out customers. ihop's chief marketing officer says burritos are the fastest growing breakfast item in the country. on wall street, the dow up 116. s&p up 31 and the nasdaq up 199. i'm shepard smith on cnbc. it's the bottom of the hour, time for the top of the news, the pandemic has killed more than 400,000 americans according to johns hopkins the milestone comes nearly a year after the nation's first confirmed case, and the data shows the death toll accelerated in recent months take a look at this time line. it took the u.s. 121 days to go from 100,000 to 200,000 covid deaths, 84 days later 300,000 deaths 35 days later to where we are now, and the incoming cdc director making a grim
prediction, the u.s. projected to hit 500,000 covid deaths by the middle of next month president-elect biden and vice president-elect harris today paid tribute to the covid victims just after sunset at the lincoln memorial many cities across the country joined in and took a moment to reflect on a painful year in the nation's history and to honor the memories of those who died ♪ >> for >> for many months we have grieved by ourselves tonight we grieve and begin ♪ amazing grace ♪ ♪ amazing grace ♪ sweet the sou ♪ how sweet the sound ♪ >> the doctors and nurses all
tried so he hard my daughter was a fighter, but it just wasn't enough. it wasn't enough ♪ like me ♪ >> whe >> when you're here taking care of a patient who doesn't have family with them to hold their hand to be with them while they're dying. >> i can't tell you how many different times i've had these moments of having to be the last person in the room with a family member as they passed away. >> i actually started to list -- i have a yellow pad so that i don't forget their names >> between sundown and dusk, let us shine the lights in the darkness along the sacred pool of reflection and remember all whom we lost >> well, some cities and states facing more covid vaccine shortages as they work to get second doses into americans' arms
public health experts say the u.s. needs to vaccinate around 80% of the total population to reach herd immunity. today dr. anthony fauci said he's confident the country can hit that mark later this year. >> by the time we get to the beginning of the fall, we should have that degree of protection that i think can get us back to some form of normality >> america's vaccine rollout is still woefully lagging, but the former fda commissioner, dr. scott gottlieb, who is a cnbc contributor warns it could get even slower. that's because he says not enough people actually want a shot >> we've talked about access being a real challenge right now, and now we're talking about supply at some point demand will become an issue. >> dr. gottlieb says he estimates only about 120 million americans even want the vaccine. that's a little more than a third of the total population and a far cry from the number needed for herd immunitydicine
cnbc's meg tirrell covers science and medicine for us. meg, where does the rollout stand right now? >> reporter: well, shep, we're hearing from mayors from new york to san francisco that they could run out of vaccines as early as this week mayor bill de blasio warning some new yorkers may have their appointments canceled. while it can be frustrating, it means that the pace of vaccinations may actually be picking up we're now on a pace of about 800,000 covid vaccines being administered in the united states every day on average. that's not far from the incoming biden administration's goal of about a million shots a day for each of the first 100 days now, experts like dr. paul offit say that the u.s. should be doing thre times that many if we want to stop the virus' spread by summer that won't be possible immediately at current supply levels, but we are a few weeks away from results on johnson & johnson's vaccine, which aims to provide protection with one dose
but for now, of course the vaccines that we have are both two doses each, and health officials say it is imperative that everybody get their second shot, but in florida we're in a situation where we're hearing about more than 45,000 people who are overdue for that second dose, shep. that probably shouldn't be because of supply, because officials say people should have their second dose prioritized before we start to vaccinate other people with their first shot. >> we've heard that from the very beginning, and the incoming cdc director spoke today what's different about the incoming administration's strategy here? >> reporter: well, really a focus on the federal government working with the states. here's how the incoming cdc director, dr. rochelle walensky, put it speaking today. >> the federal government is not going to need to go to phoenix and say, do you need help with your cardinal stadium. right. they've done a great job the question is, what does arizona need? do they need mobile clinics? do they need more collaboration with the pharmacies?
i think the real vision, the federal government will step in at a state-by-state level and say, what is it, the help you need >> reporter: now, she also said communication from the cdc to americans is a top priority. shep. >> meg, thank you so much. the senate kicked off confirmation hearings today for five of the president-elect's top cabinet nominees anthony blinken for secretary of state. janet yellen for secretary of the treasury retired general lloyd austin for secretary of defense, alejandro mayorkas for homeland security secretary and avril haines for director of national intelligence if the senate panels confirm biden's nominees, they'll be be charged with addressing several major challenges that face the nation, of course, at the top of the list the pandemic and resulting economic crisis, and at her hearing this morning, the treasury secretary nominee yellen said the government must act big on covid relief. she urged republicans to back
mr. biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus plan saying the benefits will far outweigh the costs. the secretary of state nominee blinken promised to restore american leadership on the world stage. he says the u.s. needs to start approaching china from a so-called position of strength, not weakness he also committed to keeping the u.s. embassy in jerusalem. mr. biden's pick for defense secretary says he'll fight hard to rid racists and extremists from the u.s. military, and he says he'll work to improve diversity within its ranks well, we're a nation at odds evidenced by the events of the past weeks and level of security in place at the capitol buildings across the country but how deep is the divide steve kornacki has the numbers for us, and the new york mets general manager fired after just five weeks on the job because mets, no, actually in this case some alleged misconduct to which he's owning up that's coming up
five short w five short weeks, and he's out. the new york mets fired their general manager this morning jared porter is out after espn reported that he spent -- sent a sexually explicit photograph to a female reporter. it happened in 2016 according to the report it claims porter, who was then a director with the chicago cubs, also harassed the reporter with
incessant texts commenting on her appearance asking her to meet porter told espn that the explicit photos are not of him, they're, quote, joke stock images the report claims the woman was a foreign correspondent who moved to the united states and wants to stay anonymous because she's afraid of backlash in her home country the mets owner saying that porter has acknowledged his serious error in judgment, has taken responsibility for his conduct, has expressed remorse and has previously apologized for his action nbc reached out to porter but has not heard back. southern california facing the threat of wildfires as forecasters warn of strong winds up to 80 miles an hour red flag warnings extend from monterey all the way to riverside county in santa cruz gusty winds already sparked fire prompting evacuations. there's a high wind warning across much of the state all of the areas you see here in purple
the power company in southern california warned it might shut off electricity to thousands of customers to prevent downed power lines from sparking fires. biker mayhem ends with one person dead and a peaceful protest turns violent on a cnbc trip coast to coast. new york, demonstrations turned violent between protesters and the nypd on martin luther king day video shows them tussling outside city hall. according to social media posts, it started with hundreds marching in brooklyn in honor of the civil rights icon, but when demonstrators crossed the bridge into lower manhattan, officers tried to clear the crowd police arrested at least 28 people nypd officials say 11 cops were hurt california, a wild and deadly scene on san francisco's bay bridge hundreds of people riding dirt bikes, atvs and motorcycles
going in the wrong direction they were caught on video popping wheelies police say a 20-year-old passenger on one of those bikes died after he fell off and a pickup truck hit him cops arrested the driver of that bike. texas, the yard in front of shane riley's home in austin is a mesmerizing field of red, white and pink flags, each one representing the texans who died of covid >> that's someone's mom or dad that's somebody's friend that died. >> this began back in may with 972 flags. now riley says he's running out of room, and he wants this to be a reminder to stay safe and save lives on this cnbc trip coast to coast. president-elect biden set to deliver his inaugural address noon tomorrow. his first chance to address the divided nation as president. we'll hear from a former presidential speech writer on what it takes to make that address stand out.
when joe biden takes the oath of office tomorrow he'll face a oath of office tomorrow, he'll face an increasingly polarized and pessimistic nation that's according to a new national nbc news poll that poll finds that more than 73% of voters believe the country is on the wrong track. further, 90% of republicans polled believe that the country is headed in the wrong direction. steve kornacki has the numbers, steve, the wrong track number. >> put that in historical context
for us, please >> there's bad, and there's really bad when it comes to that question put it up there, only 21% of americans right now in our poll say the country is on the right track. let's take a look at the last two presidents coming into office, what they were facing on this same question donald trump four years ago when he took office, 37% of americans thought we were on the right track. it was still a majority that said wrong track but not a number like this how about barack obama go back to january 2009, remember the great recession was just taking hold, the economy was in collapse. even then 26% of americans said we were on the right track. again, that biden -- the number biden is inheriting as he comes into office is a very, very low number >> and clearly a time of deep division what does his popularity tell you about what he's facing here? >> some interesting numbers from the same "wall street journal"/nbc news poll first of all, there's this positive/negative score here basically personal traits, do you like or dislike the person biden is in positive territory here
you see 44/40. trump continues to be underwater a majority have a negative view. the democratic party outpacing the republican party so biden comes into office a little bit above water on that question the interesting thing for biden, this number is basically unchanged from the campaign, so that sort of honeymoon period between the campaign and the inauguration, he hasn't seen those numbers go significantly higher in the positive category for him, at least not yet. there's this difference though, we asked the question, does the person have the right characteristics to be president? 43% say they're confident that joe biden does that's a bigger number than donald trump had when he came in four years ago 32% of voters said that trump had the right characteristics to be president, and, again, if you take a look back here at modern presidents, that number for donald trump was as low as it got. that biden number is more what you expect from a president coming into office >> all right, steve. steve kornacki, thanks so much clearly a divided country. we know that
and mr. biden's first chance to address the divide as commander in chief comes tomorrow on the capitol steps where presidents have delivered their inaugural addresses in times of peace, during periods of war, under the crushing weight of economic hardship and amid simmering racial tensions. the tradition of that address dates to george washington nbc news joe fryer examined the history of the moment. >> i do solemnly swear. >> that i will faithfully execute the office. >> of the president of the united states. >> reporter: on inauguration day we celebrate our nation's rich history as we witness a sacred tradition, the swearing in of a new president. >> and will to the best of my ability. >> preserve. >> protect. >> and defend. >> the constitution. >> of the united states. >> reporter: but it's the words that follow the oath of office, the inaugural address that can echo for generations to come >> ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can for your country
>> so for the here and now let's turn to cody keenan, director of speech writing under president obama. cody, thank you. some of the most famous lines in american history came from inaugural addresses. what should the world expect from mr. biden's tomorrow? >> yeah, hey, shep, good intro, i'm going to start by cutting president-elect biden's speech writers a break and say because those lines are so well remembered, ask not, the only thing we have to fear is fear itself, basically anything from lincoln's second inaugural, the stakes for an inaugural address feel higher than they really are. you know, i don't think speech writers should approach it that way. i think these are not make or break speeches most aren't remembered what they can do is set a tone for the presidency, and one thing i'll say is i have been really surprised, maybe not surprised bu impressed by watching vice president biden do that or president-elect biden do that, he's already been detailing the nuts and bolts of an agenda to corral the pandemic and rebuild the economy. just a few hours ago he was the
first national leader to lead a memorial service i mean, think about that there's so many americans who haven't had a way to grieve somebody they've lost who haven't gotten to hug somebody in months. you know my own parents haven't met their first granddaughter yet. so for somebody to do that on the national stage is really, really important, so tomorrow honestly what i'm looking for is joe to be joe, and i mean that seriously. it's -- he is somebody who's been dealt a pretty nasty hand in life just like the country's been dealt a pretty nasty hand right now, but he's gotten through it with patience, perseverance, he's facing down those challenges and still comes through with this unbreakable optimism, and i think that's something people will come away with tomorrow. >> yeah, you mentioned the speeches are so rarely remembered but you went on to say the tone often is, and it often carries for quite some time at least through the traditional honeymoon. are you expecting this tone to remain >> tone can have a million meanings, i think. i think it's important to set the tone of how you want your presidency to be -- to go and to
be remembered. you know, the two most recent examples, right, when we took office 12 years ago, the economy wa losing 800,000 jobs a month. you know, i remember those numbers that steve was showing really, really well, so what we tried to do with president obama's first inaugural was be kind of sober and talk a lot about responsibility, about putting away childish things, about reassuring people. even though our challenges are real and many, we'll meet them by the end of the eight years we had the longest streak of uninterrupted job growth in history. president trump started his by talking about american carnage at the end of four years we're kind of living through it right now, so i think if president-elect biden steps up and really sets the tone for this country, they're going to be a million scrapes and fights and arguments and whatever along the way, but he's really in charge of setting the tone from day one. >> cody, can't thank you enough. appreciate your time tonight >> well, she began the trump campaign as one of five road warriors at msnbc, fanned out
the critics likely to point to an administration marked by misinformation, tens of thousands of documented lies and a battle over truth itself, plus a mismanaged pandemic that's killed more than 400,000 americans and an assault on the nation's capitol spurred on by the president's false claims of a stolen election. nbc's senior washington correspondent hallie jackson has seen it all. some context and perspective now. you've covered this presidency from jump. what are your reflections tonight? >> reporter: yeah, january 20th, 2017, shep, when he was inaugurated and even before that on the campaign trail, and it's a moment, right, four years of donald trump he is now in his final, you know, 16 hours as president, and we're still expecting potentially some action from him before he takes off, of course, and heads to mar-a-lago where he'll be posting up. you talked about some of those sort of moments, the things that supporters and critics will point to look at where the dow was four years ago in january, just below
20,000 now it's above 30,000, right that's something you see pointed to you also see people pointing to a different number, 30,000, the number of things that the president has said that weren't true or were misleading according to "the washington post," so i have been privileged to be writing that sort of first draft of history scribbling out with you on cnbc, over on msnbc, "nightly news" and the "today" show and seen over four years a president who has been, frankly, defined by chaos in many ways of his own making this is a president who likes to lead by gut. he likes to lead by instinct because he feels that is how he got to the presidency in the first place, and what he wanted to do, whether he was overseas, a shot of us in rome, the president on inauguration night at the ball, remember when those happened four years ago. this is a president who is also defined by the division too in this country, and in many ways he has fomented that. in some ways his supporters have propelled him in that direction,
but you think back at the last four years, and you look at the issues, for example, truth in power and accountability, and these are questions that i think a lot of journalists are going to continue to push forward over the next four years or longer. donald trump's not going away, shep when he gets on that plane tomorrow no longer, i guess air force one in the morning, but he will be certainly not disappearing from the limelight. he still has people who support him wildly and who want to see him succeed in a potential second presidential run, and i can tell you that this president is going to seek that spotlight, and so the thing i'm looking for over the next four years not as relates to the biden administration but relates more broadly to politics in washington, what is the reckoning that the republican party is in for? what happens to how the gop rebuilds, reshapes in the post-trump era some conservatives looking to be defined by president trump even still, some looking to be defined by their opposition and
disavow from the president particularly after what happened two weeks ago. for me that is one of the story lines we'll be watching over the next four years, but, boy, you know, i got to tell you, i don't think i've had a chance to process what the four years have been just for me personally as a reporter who has been literally in the front row seat for all of it, shep. >> no doubt you need a vacation that's not coming. hal hallie jackson, you're the best. president-elect biden set to take the oath of office tomorrow at noon, so our coverage on cnbc begins 11:00 eastern time. join us right here on first in business worldwide, and now you know the news of this tuesday, january the 19th, 2021 i'm shepard smith. follow us on twitter @thenewsoncnbc
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