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your service during world war two as well as your service as an ambassador. and thank you for raising such a fine man, tony blinken, our secretary of state. to all of the veterans past and present, we thank you, we honor you, and we remember always what you have done for us. i would like to recognize one of our national heros who is here today. mr. brian, he called artillery fire in his own position so our forces had a better chance to withdraw. wounded and unable to leave the air, he avoided capture for
eight days until finally friendly forces retook the position. yours is a remarkable story. you'll also never forget the stories of the leaders that we lost here recently. who shaped our nation in way that's are hard to measure. i lost, like many of you, three good friends in the last month. general colin powell, a child of immigrants who grew up to be the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. he was a friend but earned the respect of americans and people for his leadership in uniform and out. and a guy that we became good friends with, many times, when i was in and out of iraq as vice president and senator. we met multiple times in iraq
and who did so much to help get us where we are today. and who always put the troops and it's veterans first. it was an honor that my son served under his command at the time. and my friend and colleague who i mentioned already, the united states senator max cleveland who is a triple amputee and knows the cost of war as well as anyone. and went on to champion the dignity and care of americans and wounded veteraned throughout his life. we lost all three of these veterans in the last several weeks and our hearts go out to their families. these stories have v inspired generation after generation of americans to step guard and defend our nation. today we pay homage to the unrelenting bravery and dedication to all of those who earned the title of american
veteran. it's an honor that not only a small percentage of americans can claim, and that one marks these are able to claim it as brothers and sisters, but it's a badge of courage that unites across all ages. regardless of background. because to be a veteran is to endure and survive channels that -- challenge that's most americans will never know. you have come through the trials and testing. face down tragic realities of war and death. and you have done it for us. you have done it for america. to defend and serve american values. to protect our country and our constitution against all enemies, and to lay a stronger and more secure foundation on what future generations can continue to build a more perfect union. each of our veterans is a link
in a proud chain of patriots. from bunker hill to bellow woods, gettysburg to imo jima. each understood the price of freedom, and each shouldered that burden on our behalf. our veterans represent the best of america. you're the spine of america, not just the backbone. you're the spine of this country. all of us, all of us, owe you. so on veteran's day and every day we honor that great debt and commit ourselves to keeping a sacred obligation as a nation, to honor what you have done, we have many obligations to our children, to our elderly, to those truly in need.
i have gotten in trouble way back when i was young senator for saying we only have one truly sacred obligation. we have many obligations, but one truly sacred obligation to properly prepare and equip those that we send into harm's way and care for them and their families when they are deployed and when they return home in is a life-time sacred commitment. it never expires. and for me and for jill and for the entire biden family it is personal. when beau was deployed to iraq after spending six months in kosovo, trying to help set up a criminal justice system, i got a call from him one day. he said dad what are you doing friday? and i said what do you need?
he said i would like you to pin my bars on, and i said what in the heck have you done? he said someone has to finish these wars, dad. true story. jill and i learned what it meant to pray every day for the safe return of someone that you love. so many of you have done that. our grandkids learned what it meant to have their dad overseas in a war zone instead of back at home for a year. tucking them into bed and reading them a story every night. thousands of americans, tens of thousands, have had that experience. there is an english poet, john milton, wrote "those who serve who can stand and wait." all of the sons, daughters, spouses, all of those that stand alongside the veterans and their
families, care givers, survivors, you are the solid steel spine that bears up under every burden. the courageous heart that rises to every challenge. we ask so much of you for so long and our nation is grateful. for two decades, the lives of our service members and their families and veterans have been shaped by the conflicts in afghanistan. since 9/11 so many have served. we cannot forget them. the american people are forever grateful and in awe of what you accomplished. so many veterans, their families, and caregivers have been through hell. some facing deployment after
deployment, spending months and years away from their families. missing birthdays, anniversaries. i remember one of the last times i flew into iraq in the so-called silver bullet. i remember walking up to the cockpit and the crew master along with the pilots were up there and i said how many for you is it your first tour? no one raised their hand, second tour, none, third tour, two, raised their hand, fourth, two raised their hand, fifth, one raised their hand. on veteran's day we have to remember that there is nothing low risk or low cost about war for the women and men that fight it. i carry with me in my pocket
every day, the back of my schedule i have u.s. daily troops in afghanistan, killed and wounded. u.s. daily troops in iraq killed and wounded. 52,323, not roughly roughly 53,000, ere one of these individuals is a family. a unit at home. 53,323 servicemen and women wounded in the conflicts in iraq and afghanistan. 7074 gave their lives. i'm told that thousands more return home as our secretary can tell you, with unseen psychological wounds of war.
the enduring grief worn by our gold star families. these are the cost of war that they will carry as a nation for decades to come. and all veterans, service members, their families, caregivers, survivors, i want you to know that our administration will meet the sacred obligation. making sure our veterans receive the world class benefits they have earned, and immediate the specific care, specific needs, that they each individually need. that means expanding presumptive conditions for toxic exposure, particulate matter, agent orange, and burn pits. we're reviewing all of the data and evidence to make sure that our veterans don't have to wait
to get the care they need. it also means prioritizing mental health care. so many veterans have pursued our public health strategy to reduce hill tear and veteran suicides. i want to say clearly, if you're struggling, used to never asking for anything, if you're struggling, reach out, call the veteran's crisis line. if you're having trouble thinking about things, it's no different than if you had a wound in your arm. it is also making sure the growing population of women and
lbgtq plus have support. keeping the needs of veterans front and center. the american rescue plan has $17 billion for covid-19 response. getting vaccine shots in arms as fast as possible. and program that's provide rapid retraining assistance for veterans in a may have lost their jobs in the pandemic. and to invest in improving va facilities and the living conditions of veterans. through jill's work, we're also working to support veterans, families, and making sure they have what they need to thrive. they deserve it. there is also the mutes, the tomb of the unknowns. 100 years ago today an american
soldier known to god, completed the voyage completed the trip. he lay in state for two days on the capital rotunda. as 90,000 americans came to pay respects. on the on the final leg of his journey he was escorted by the president of the united states, the chief justice of the supreme court, members of congress, general pershing and the chiefs of staff. medal of honor recipients, processing without peril.
not just today in a tomb of mar marble. in the words of the members of congress that created the memorial, an american warrior that "typifies the soul of an american. veterans of the soul of america. america veteran have always been willing to put themselves on the line. the first unknown lies now with
his breatheren. federal patriots that picked up the honor and made it their birdie. today 100 years later, we keep a sacred watch over their graves. generations of elite sentinals have pledged their internal vigilance. we stand in solemn awe of such fidelity because for us to keep faith in american veterans we must never forget exactly what was given us. each of them is willing to put on the line for us. and we must never forget that it is the mighty arm of the american war, never bending, breaking, or yielding. generation after generation. secured for us the blessings of
a nation that stands as a bekahn for liberty and justice around the world. god bless you all. god bless all american veterans, and those that proudly earn that title, and may god protect our troops. thank you. thank you. [ applause ] good day, this is "andrea mitchell reports." that was president biden speaking on this veteran's day. earlier he commemorated the tomb of the unknowns and announced a series of axes to help veterans. inflation throwing a wrench in the plans of the infrastructure bill. he will sign that law on monday in a big white house ceremony arguing it will pump billions into the economy, but with
prices surging for basic goods americans are being hit with the highest inflation in decades. coming up i will speak to larry summers who has been sounding alarms about inflation for months. and huma abedin will join me, her unique role in american history. joining us now is, of course, the former treasury secretary larry summers, excuse me, he will be joining us in just a moment. i'm short changing our fantastic panel. aus till golsby. donna edwards, former democratic congresswoman, i'm amy stodtert.
the president is arguing that the infrastructure bill will help, how will it really help? >> that is exactly right. the president and those remarks yesterday and in his messaing is trying to demonstrate that he is relating to nose with strikes in prices. it is a political headache. there is only so much that any president can do. the messaging they delivered is that priorities remain to bring prices down, make sure that store shelves are stocked and getting americans back to work. as it relates to that bill that needs signed on monday, the president insisted that this money, he wants shovels in the ground soon. some of this money will be out the door right away with a u.s. army corp of engineers to work
on construction projects specifically on ports. >> austin, you know this better than anyone, many of the benefits of this infrastructure bill are months or years away. the wall street journal says the president's economic agenda was not known for shortages and inflation. what was the birds-eye view from where you sit? >> mostly the infrastructure is a 10 or 20 year project. so the principal intention is to correct for a bunch of investments that we have been failing to make for decades and i don't think will have much impact on inflation. i think the thing to remember is that germany is having the highest inflation in 29 years. china, highest in 26 years. it's a worldwide phenomenon
because it is a global supply chain problem and all of the economies are trying to come booming back at the same moment, and they're not buying services because they're nervous about the virus. so we have excess supply of goods. we have to get control of the virus so people can go back to spending money on services like they usually do and get us some relief. this is really a global phenomenon. >> austin, you're there in chicago, why is the midwest being hit harder than other regions of the country? >> i'm not 100% sure that it is. partly the inflation depends a lot on what it is that you buy. if you look at countries or states where they are especiall gasoline is way up. the places where they drive a
lot will be suffering the most. but like i say, overall this is 100% global phenomenon that you have the supply chain unable to handle this in the short run. even if you believe this to will temporary, which i do, it is still going to be a major headache for the biden administration dealing with this for a long time. >> donna, i know that trying to read the tea leaves of what joe manchin says, he is now pumping the breaks on the climate bill in a tweet talking about inflation and the problem again is this a situation for the democrats? the progressives have a commitment for a vote on getting this through. >> you know, i think this is
exactly what some members feared would happen. i think the agreements between the moderates and the progressives will help moe that forward through the house, and i think that we will see what happens in the senate. i do believe that senator schumer is really still part of this. the president is getting really busy. he can mauve senators around, and i think the president's visit yesterday to baltimore and talking about the supply chain, helping americans understand what is happening and what might be causing the inflation that we're seeing, showed that he really is demonstrated that he is trying to communicate with the american public to bridge this gap, and they're going to have to go on the road all day every day for the next year to
really tout what is in these economic plans for the american people. >> how does he strike a balance between the pain at the pump and the grocery store, and yet being optimistic and uplifting about the economy. you have to acknowledge what people are feeling but you don't want to be too downy. >> this is the challenge. there has been significant gdp growth and job growth in the president's term, and americans are giving him bad numbers on the economic outlook largely because of this inflation. because unlike a challenge to borrowing, say for buying a house or a car, what you said before, groceries and gas, this is a weekly if not twice weekly reminder of the raise and increase in prices. so voters outlook right now is u
quite down, and it is good to an knowledge it, but it is very tricky for him to try to describe a solution. there is a demand for products not being distributed quickly enough. but there is not a bumper sticker response. so he must continue to talk about the economy, it's the most important issue, and he must address the pain that people are feeling and he has to find a solution and it is very hard to articulate one easily. >> and before i let you go, i know you're tracking the president and president xi. we think there will be a virtual meeting, one report is that it is on monday night and they
agreed carbon and methane, but we don't have a lot of details as what they're touting this agreement as. >> yeah, it is still in scotland right now. the announcement coming that the u.s. and china are working together during what they describe is a decisive decade if is a rare and unexpected statement from the countries that injects a fresh energy into the talks there. they are the world's biggest polluter. the president acknowledging that president xi was not attending the summit and saying that was a big mistake and the success or failure of combatting that comes down to some of these things. i think it is next year they have a bilateral meeting on
methane. they are more responsible for trapping heat around the planet. >> thank you, gang, and i'm joined now by former clinton treasury secretary. larry, thank you for being with us. back in february you wrote an op-ed, with the american rescue plan, you have been warning that "it could set you have inflationary pressures of a kind that we have not seen in a generation." turns out your warning was right. it was not that well received in the white house, but the recovery plan was needed because of covid and now are we paying the price nar? >> we need to invest more heavily in covid. we needed to focus on
immunization, we needed to focus on providing necessary services, but a large amount of the money was injected into the economy, real ti to any part of the short fall, and it was predictable that it would lead to excess demand and inflation and that is what happened. it was much more in the congress. and so it is unfortunate that we're living with this inflation. and now we need to recognize that the economic problem of this moment is over heating and
address ourselves to that. >> is it your analysis that the build back better will exacerbate the problem? >> i don't think so, i think it is a tragic error to make a mistake at the beginning of the year. we spent too little now. here are two crucial points. first the two bills, the reconciliation bill and the bipartisan bill taken together are smaller over ten years than what we did over one year. second, what we did at the beginning of this year was
unpaid for and without impact on future economic growth because it did not represent investment. we're going to invest it, and it is paid for, and the inflationary risks, i think it is not likely to be large, and a decision about the next bill is if you think it should be based on spending, and if you think the taxes are appropriate. it's not precisely as i would design it, but i think the spending is a valuable investment in the country's future. so if i was in the congress i
would vote for the bill in the latest form that we have seen. had we made a mistake at the beginning of the year is not as important in this moment. >> i want to also ask you about the fed chairman, jay powell, that said the supply chain bottlenecks will persist into next year. and he think it's will be transitory. it is a different thing to different people. do you think that, do you see it the same way as chairman powell? >> i recognize, like he does, that there is a range of possibilities. i think it is very unlikely that
without policy action, inflation will have gotten down to the 2% target. okay there are transitory positive factors for inflation, but there are also transitory negative factors. my guess that labor market pressure is building rather than shrinking. we have seen huge house price appreciation. most of which is not yet present in the index. so my own read would be that it may be in that area. so in that case people are right to talk about it, but it will it
come down to this, i think it is unlikely. >> will they have to raise interest races sooner than they might have hoped? >> i think it will be sooner than many of the -- just when that will happen. i don't know, just how much they will be early, and how much they will be late, i don't know, and you know, andrea, there was a famous fed chairman in the 1950s and 1960s, who said the fed's job is to remove the punch bowl before the party gets good. so i think a policy of waiting until people are starting to fall over to remove the punch bowl is a somewhat problematic
one. so i would be more anxious about the public data. >> do you think the president's notion of trying to ease the supply chain will help inflation and can that be done soon? is there anything that he can do? >> i think the president is right to focus on what is at the ports. don't think it is likely to be quantitatively large. i think a better thing to focus on is finding ways to remove tariffs, and make sure that what we buy is bought as inexpensively as possible in the public sector. making sure that private school
we protect values we make sure it is available to permit oil prices to come down nap we carefully monitor regulations for the impact on consumers and the price level. i think it is absolutely the right policy to pursue, but i think if one wants to focus on the micro economic measure there's is a variety that warn -- warrant intentions. >> i have not looked at that carefully enough to know. i would be a little surprise first degree that was highly
efficacious. i they is more for military conflicts or storms than for the workings a be it unfortunate workings of the market. but i have not looked at that carefully enough to have a firm view about using it right now. a larry summers, it is always appreciated. the president leading the nation leading on military veterans. this is "andrea mitchell reports" on msnbc. is "andrea ml repos"rt on msnbc. ♪ [laughing and giggling] (woman) hey dad. miss us? (vo) reflect on the past, celebrate the future. season's greetings from audi.
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edges of combat fade with time, and the adversaries find common ground. >> the emotional part is meeting for the first time, again, a man that also fought for his soldiers. that's a bond that is impossible to break no matter what country you belong to. >> even though you were enemies. >> we were enemies on paper. >>. >> thank you to our college that travelled to vietnam with kolonel jack. what are you thinking about today? >> that is soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines out there defending 330 million of us and i think often about my comrade that's were left behind in a war
that took more than 58,000 american lives. i think about them all of the time. >> we also think about the 17 veterans a day committing suicide, death by suicide, ashould say, struggling with mental health issues. what more can we do for them? >> part of it is structural. and everybody served. we had 20 million people under arms. there was not a household that is got make a contribution. when the war was over, everyone had had a common existence. there is a very small number of brave men and women that exist in uniform in an environment
where they accomplish the mission. they rely on each other, and they take care of each other. and then when they are separated from the service, they are in an alien environment. because most americans don't know anyone in uniform, they come into an environment where it is difficult to operate because it is an alien environment and many of the people there with don't understand the whole notion of service and sacrifice. so it is extremely difficult for our veterans once they're released from service. >> you carried your wounds and shrapnel that injured you for decades. >> yeah, it never goes away. the older you get the more painful it is. i'm lucky that i imagined to
survive and to do as well as i have. there are a lot of other veterans that had graver wound that's took longer to get better and that don't get better. as the co-hort from the war that just ended, as they age it will become increasingly different. you asked what more can we do? the veterans administration is better now than it was when the war started, but it's a bureaucracy like any other, say have to overcome the inertia and we have to do as well as we can for thousands that served us. >> thank you for your service, your friendship, for everything that you do, continue to do
every day of your life. >> thank you. i hope that everyone takes a minute today to think about the young kids, two million out there right now that are taking care of us right now. >> thank you. and thank you to them. witness to history. she worked in the background until her husband's scandal pushed her in the headlines. huma abedin is joining us next. t ♪ have a good time 'cause it's all right ♪ ♪ now listen to the beat ♪ ♪ kinda pat your feet ♪ ♪ it's all right ♪ ♪ have a good time 'cause it's all right ♪ ♪ oh, it's all right ♪
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now abedin is speaking out in her own words on her own terms. joning me now is huma abedin. her new memoir is called a life in many worlds, thank you for joining us, and congratulations on your book. >> thank you i'm so happy to talk to you. >> i'm so glad to see you. >> one thing that strikes me when reading the history of your connection to the clintons, what was it like to come into the white house as a 20-year-old for the first time, in that extraordinary setting? >> you know, there are many pinch me moments in life, a 20-year-old that never thought she would work in the white house. never thought she would end up in public service, thought she would grow up and be someone like you or christiana amanpour.
i walked in on the red carpet, up the marble steps, i spent most of my life outside of america. i grew up in saudi arabia, and it was the most incredible experience at a young age to be able to have. >> and women deal with sexism all of the time but hillary clinton is very unique in that light. >> it is one of the reasons i chose to recount in the book in a fair amount of detail us not even, as women, not even expecting anything more. we were just grateful to have the work. but in the 2000 senate campaign, the first time i witnessed what it was like that women were up against, the debate where she
had a congressman march across the stage to wave paper at her. we would laugh and giggle it off because we just assumed it was the price we had to pay to be in the game, and in 2016 all of the outside forces but in part there was a lot of sexist and sexism that she had to deal with. it's hard. and it continues to be hard. it's one of the reasons i spent so much time in the book talking, just sharing the experiences of being on the inside and what it was like to have some of those moments. >> and then i will never forget that day, i think it was a trip to iowa, 11 days before the 2016 election. and then you get the word on the flight that your emails with hillary clinton had somehow turned up on your husband's laptop. how do you think it affected her chances? >> well, i chose to write about it in great detail in the book.
in that moment, i was so shocked, so shattered. as i wrote, you know, it felt selfish to even feel anything. and i recount in the book how in that moment i felt responsible. i felt as if in those last ten days if she lost it would be because of us. and then sure enough two days before the election for there to be a second announcement after first unprecedented announcement by the then fbi director was just -- frankly baffling to me. in some ways is still baffling to me, but i carried that, i carried that guilt for a very long time. it actually took me to a pretty dark place and took me a while to get to the other side. and let go of that daily feeling of guilt over her loss because it certainly affected the outcome of the election. >> why did you decide to be so public in writing about the promise with anthony wiener?
with your husband? >> you know, andrea, i think there are women, there are people in this country who go through what anthony and i went through, unfortunately. i wish that was not the case, but i think it is the reality. the only difference is i had to go through it on the front page of the newspapers. and i know for many years people have been telling my story, saying things they believe were my perspective. as a result, they've been writing my history. but for me, i happen to believe things happen in life for a reason. and if there is some service, some lesson, something somebody can take away from hearing about what i went through, the struggles, the understanding, the anger, the bitterness, but there is another side, suffering can be optional, that maybe my book in some ways might help people. i can't tell you how many -- mostly women, but how many people i've heard from since the book has come out sharing their stories and saying, you know,
they've experienced very similar feelings, as women, being judged, feeling the shame when your partner has done something and you're somehow also held responsible. it's a hard road to walk down, but i'm glad if it is of service to somebody. >> i think it most certainly is. it's so honest and so brave. thank you for all of that. just scratching the surface here on a busy veterans day but with all the other coverage. but thank you very much for being with us, for writing the book and for -- >> andrea, thank you. thank you for having me. thank you for having me. i really, as you know, i appreciate you giving me the time to talk to me about my book. >> well, just the beginning. >> especially on this important day. thank you. >> thanks huma abedin, the memoir is of course both and a life in both worlds, in two
worlds. and three generations after d day, 20-year-old film maker moving tribute to the men who at her own age stormed the beaches of normandy. that's next. ♪♪ phone can help you track your pizza come on, cody. where are you, buddy? then your bank should help you track your spending. virtual wallet® with low cash mode from pnc bank. one way we're making a difference.
his ira is professionally managed, and he gets one-on-one coaching when he needs it. so ben is feeling pretty zen. that's the planning effect from fidelity in 2014 film maker charla dergens traveled with eight d-day. >> the anniversary of d-day. we went down to omaha beach at sunrise. everything was quiet at first. the purple mixing of early dawn and nighttime shadows, but then everyone started snapping away with their cameras. the ceremony was beautiful. one of the most beautiful ones
probably. and joining me now is the director, co-producer of the documentary, sunken roads, three generations after d-day. charlotte, it's so good to meet you. your grandfather is a d-day veteran. was that your inspiration to take this on? >> yes, andrea, thank you for having me on here. i feel honored to have this opportunity especially on veterans day. and yes, my great grandfather pat hannah was the inspiration for this film. and you know, i miss the veterans who appeared in it so much. they really helped me get to know him indirectly because i never got the chance to meet my grandfather. >> you know, i have been to every commemoration since the first large one in 1984 with ronald reagan. and those june 6th memorials at that cemetery are the most meaningful to me in all the years i've covered foreign
policy. just meeting those veterans, you know, i guess especially at the last one which was the only that was not -- it was the 75th because of the ageing of the veterans. they have so much to say about those experiences. >> they do. and i think that for us in this film what i was hoping to accomplish was to make them a little more emotionally accessible to people in my generation. and to people who aren't necessarily normally engaged in military history because i think sometimes these veterans are presented on a pedestal that's so high that it's hard to emotionally reach them. and you know, this film is about war but it's also about memory and age and connection and love. and i'm really excited to be able to share it on veterans day. >> well, the film is
extraordinary. and when you're on the beach and see what they faced with those cliffs, it just makes it -- makes you recognize their service even more, more meaningfully. charlotte jurgens, thank you so much. thank you for being with us. that does it for this edition of "andrea mitchell reports." remember, follow us online, on facebook, on twitter. chuck todd with mtp daily starts right now. thursday, inflation is soaring and the threat of even higher prices as workers and the white house a bit on edge. can president biden tame a two-headed monster of economic uncertainty and political unrest? plus, we'll speak with the leader of the congressional progressive caucus, congresswoman pramila jayapal. and later, update on the double homicide trial of kyle rittenhouse, the day after his dramatic testimony in court, closing arguments are ahead a