Since it was Labor Day weekend, this particular September 2nd in 2000, there was no end to campaigning, charges, counter-charges, spin, posturing and promising this last big holiday before the election.
The end of Summer, and it seemed like the Presidential campaign had gone on forever. In fact, the seeming endless nature of the campaign was subject for comment, this September 2nd. With vice-President Al Gore sporting a 10 point lead over Republican challenger Texas Governor George Bush, it was cause for an amping up of rhetoric, and it would become more intense as the days and weeks drifted by.
But there was other news – a lot of it, as reported by the CBS Weekend Roundup; cramming a week’s worth of stories and observations into a half hour.
At the White House; President Clinton was on the 51st and 52nd trips of his Presidency. A 4-day trip to Nigeria, Tanzania and Egypt and then heading over to Colombia to present the $1 billion anti-drug trafficking aid package.
Meanwhile; news regarding the ongoing Jonbenet Ramsay case. The parents of the murdered girl were grilled by investigators from Boulder, Colorado for the first time in over two years. The investigation and the interview was much sound and fury, signifying nothing – but it made for a good media circus.
The case involving Los Alamos scientist Wen-Ho Lee and the missing 7 missing Computer Data tapes. Lee was scheduled to be released from jail and concerns Lee posed a security risk triggered a storm of controversy over the move. The judge in the case stipulated that Lee would be released only on the condition he was nowhere near a modem, or anyone other than his wife.
And that’s just the tip of the week, the one which ended on September 2, 2000 as reported by CBS Hourly News and The Weekend Roundup.