Joining in the Gonzalez Family Circus.
Joining in the Gonzalez Family Circus.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – CBS World News Roundup – Late Edition – January 21, 2000 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection.

Fifteen years ago today, on January 21st 2000, the tug-of-war between the Justice Department and the Cuban community in Miami was in full swing. And now Elian Gonzalez, the kid stuck in the middle, was being visited by his Grandmothers. Specially flown in the Grandmothers made an appeal to the Justice Department to let Elian come home to Cuba – it was their opinion that little Elian would be best served living with his father than with a bunch of relatives. The Cuban-American community cried brainwash, but the Church group who oversaw the flight from Havana to Miami said no coaching was involved – it was straight from the heart. The Grandmothers were flown into JFK and avoided adding to the circus atmosphere in Miami.

Meanwhile, Campaign 2000 was roaring into Caucus mode with the candidates getting scrutinized on everything from heart conditions to the abortion issue. Candidate George W. Bush was an avowed supporter of Anti-Abortion, but was vague when pressed on the issue, causing opponent Steve Forbes to say he was busy waffling on the issue. Bill Bradley was quizzed on just how good his heart was, since there were rumors it wasn’t working all that well. Everyone with a hat in the ring was stumping around Iowa; slapping backs, kissing babies and making big-big promises that no human on earth could ever fulfill.

And history was put on sale this January 21st with Watergate tapes, released on cassette by the National Archives and for sale to the public. Although the sound quality was iffy at best, here was your chance to hear for yourself, John Dean‘s famous quote “There is a Cancer on the Presidency”. Sales were expected to be brisk.

And that’s a small slice of what on in this fractured world, for January 21st 2000 as reported on The CBS World News Roundup – Late Edition.

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