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CBN NewsWatch: January 21, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, Jan. 21: Obama invokes MLK for second term agenda; Prayer plays an important role on Inaugural Day; Pomp, circumstance eclipses partisan rancor; and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH" THE

START OF HIS SECOND TERM.

WE ARE IN WASHINGTON FOR

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S INAUGURATION.

PLUS GUN ADVOCATES TAKE TO

THE STREETS AS THE PRESIDENT

PUSHES FOR STRICTER GUN CONTROL

MEASURES.

AND HOW SYRIANS ARE FINDING

HOPE DURING THEIR COUNTRY'S

CIVIL WAR.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH." GOOD EVENING

EVERYONE, I AM MARK MARTIN.

AND I AM WENDY GRIFFITH.

HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS GATHER IN

WASHINGTON TO WITNESS THE GREAT

AMERICAN TRADITION OF

INAUGURATION.

PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK THE OATH

OF OFFICE AND SPELLED OUT HIS

GOALS FOR HIS SECOND TERM.

JENNIFER WISHON HAS MORE.

REPORTER: ON A BRISK WINTER

DAY IN WASHINGTON, AMERICA'S

FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT TOOK THE

OATH OF OFFICE FOR HIS SECOND

TERM.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: PROTECT THE

CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED

STATES.

SO HELP ME GOD.

CONGRATULATIONS, MR.

PRESIDENT.

REPORTER: VICE PRESIDENT VICE

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN TOOK HIS,

TOO.

JOE BIDEN: I DO SOLEMNLY

SWEAR

REPORTER: PLACING HIS HAND ON

A FIVE-INCH THICK BIBLE.

PRESIDENT OBAMA USED PRESIDENT

ABRAHAM LINCOLNS AND WELL WORN

TRAVELED BIBLE OF DR. MARTIN

LUTHER KING JR., TWO MEN WHO

PAVED HIS PATH TO THE

PRESIDENCY.

IF THE TWO CLOSED THEIR EYES,

THEY MAY HAVE THOUGHT THEY WERE

LISTENING TO THE LATE PREACHER.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: FREEDOM MUST

BE SECURED BY PEOPLE HERE ON

EARTH

REPORTER: FREEDOM IS NOT

RESERVED FOR THE LUCKY.

HE SAYS THEY ARE NOT IMMUNE FROM

NEEDING THE GOVERNMENT'S HELP.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: THE

COMMITMENTS WE MAKE TO EACH

OTHER THROUGH MEDICARE, THEY

STRENGTHEN US.

THEY DON'T SAP OUR INITIATIVE.

[APPLAUSE] THEY DO NOT MAKE US A

NATION OF TAKERS, THEY FREE US

TO TAKE THE RISKS THAT MAKE THIS

COUNTRY GREAT.

REPORTER: ON MARTIN LUTHER

KING DAY THE PRESIDENT PAID

RESPECT TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS

LEADERS.

IT IS THIS GENERATION'S TASKS TO

COMPLET

COMPLETED.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: FOR IF WE

ARE TRULY CREATED EQUAL, SURELY

THE LOVE WE COMMIT TO ONE

ANOTHER MUST BE EQUAL

REPORTER: GAY MARRIAGE, EQUAL

PAY FOR WOMEN, IMMIGRATION

REFORM, CLIMATE CHANGE AND

SAFETY NET, THE PRESIDENT USED

INAUGURATION ADDRESS TO LAY OUT

HIS VALUES AND DREAMS.

WE WILL SEE WE ARE CREATED IN

YOUR IMAGE WHETHER BROWN, BLACK,

OR WHITE, MALE OR FEMALE, FIRST

GENERATION IMMIGRANT AMERICAN OR

DAUGHTER OF THE AMERICAN

REVOLUTION, GAY OR STRAIGHT,

RICH OR POOR.

REPORTER: THE PRESIDENT'S

AGENDA FOR HIS SECOND TERM IS

AMBITIOUS PUSHING HIS

INITIATIVES THROUGH A DIVIDED

CONGRESS WILL BE DIFFICULT.

THE PRESIDENT INVITED KEY

MEMBERS OF CONGRESS OVER TO THE

WHITE HOUSE PERHAPS IN AN EFFORT

TO MAKE A FRESH STAR.

[SINGING]

REPORTER: GRAMMY AWARD

WINNING SINGER BEYONCE CLOSED

THE ADDRESS.

HE SEEMED EAGER TO TAKE IT ALL

IN, JENNIFER WISHON, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

WHAT A DAY.

WHILE THE EMPHASIS WAS ON

EARTHLY POWER AT THE

INAUGURATION, AT PRAYER GATHERS,

THEY WERE CALLING ON HEAVENLY

POWER.

PAUL STRAND WAS AT ONE SUCH

PARTY.

REPORTER: THEY GATHERED IN

THIS BALLROOM AND CUTTING LOSE

IN PRAISE AND WORSHIP.

THE GLORY IS RISING UPON OUR

PEOPLE.

WE PRAY FOR LEADERS.

IN FACT, WE ARE BELIEVING EVEN

TODAY THE GLORY WILL COME UPON

OUR LEADERS.

MANY LIFTED UP ISRAEL.

ONE SENATOR ASKED THEIR STATE

LAWMAKERS TO SUPPORT A

RESOLUTION HE PUSHED THROUGH THE

PENNSYLVANIA SENATE.

IT WOULD ESTABLISH AND SET

FORTH THE LEGAL, HISTORICAL AND

SPIRITUAL BASIS FOR ISRAEL'S

CLAIM TO THE LAND THEY LIVE ON.

THEY ARE THE FRONT LINE FOR US.

THEY ARE THE ONES RECEIVING THE

BLOUNT OF THE TERRORIST ATTACKS.

REPORTER: MAIN EMPHASIS OF

THIS INAUGURAL DAY, THE

PRESIDENT.

AS FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA HIMSELF

HE'LL BE ATTENDING AN INAUGURAL

PRAYER EVENT TUESDAY AT THE

NATIONAL CEMETERY.

ONE OF THE NEW FACES, TEXAS

SENATOR TED CRUZ FROM THE LONE

STAR STATE.

A RISING STAR AMONG

CONSERVATIVES.

CBN'S, JOHN JESSUP TALKED TO

CRUZ ABOUT FAITH AND WHAT HE

HOPES TO DO IN WASHINGTON.

WHEN THEY SAY SENATOR, I TURN

AROUND TO FIGURE OUT WHO THEY

ARE TALKING TO.

REPORTER: A TEA PARTY

FAVORITE WHO TELLS CBN NEWS NOT

TO EXPECT CONSERVATIVE

PRINCIPLES TO WAIVER JUST

BECAUSE HE IS IN WASHINGTON.

WHAT I INTEND TO FIGHT FOR IN

THE U.S. SENATE IS TO PRESERVE

THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR US AND

OUR GRAND KIDS AND EVERY

GENERATION.

REPORTER: CRUZ TOOK THE OATH

OF OFFICE ON THE FAMILY BIBLE.

HE IS PREACHING WHAT HE CALLS

OPPORTUNITY CONSERVATISM.

A PRO-GROWTH MESSAGE DESIGNED

ACROSS PARTY LINES.

NONE OF US WANT TO BE

DEPENDENT ON GOVERNMENT.

ALL OF US WANT TO STAND ON OUR

OWN FEET, PROVIDE FOR OUR

FAMILIES.

REPORTER: SENATOR CRUZ IS

WILLING TO CROSS PARTY LINES

UNLIKE WHAT HE CALLS LOUSY DEAL

TO AVOID THE FISCAL CLIFF.

I THINK IF CONSERVATIVES

STAND STRONG AND STAND FOR

PRINCIPLE, IT IS IMMORAL TO

SADDLE OUR KIDS WITH TRILLIONS

IN DEBT THAN THE DEBT CEILING

PRESENTS A LEVERAGE POINT TO

START FIXING THESE PROBLEMS.

HE SUGGESTS REFUSING TO RAISE

THE DEBT CEILING TO FORCE A

PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN

LIKE THE ONE IN 1995.

RESULT WAS SOME POLITICAL

PAIN, ALSO YEAR AFTER YEAR OF

BALANCED BUDGETS AND SOME OF THE

MOST FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE

POLICIES THIS CONGRESS HAS EVER

PRODUCED.

CRUZ CREDITS HIS CHRISTIAN

FAITH AND FATHER'S ESCAPE FROM

CUBA FOR SHAPING HIS POLITICAL

WORLD VIEW AND GUIDE HIM AS A

MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY

COMMITTEE.

ONE OF THE GREAT BLESSINGS OF

A CHILD OF AN IMMIGRANT, YOU

UNDERSTAND HOW FRAGILE LIBERTY

IS.

[ FOREIGN SPEAKING ]

REPORTER: WITH HIS CUBAN

HERITAGE, HE IS SEEN AS A

REPUBLICAN WHO COULD PUT A DENT

IN THE DEMOCRAT'S LATINO VOTING

BLOCK AND A FRONT RUNNER IN

2016.

JUST WAS SWORN IN A FEW DAYS

AGO.

AT THIS POINT I HAVEN'T FOUND

THE RESTROOM.

I AM FOCUSSED ON DOING THIS JOB

BEFORE ME.

REPORTER: AT LEAST FOR NOW,

JOHN JESSUP, CBN NEWS CAPITOL

HILL.

THE PRESIDENT WAS INVOLVED IN

THE BATTLE BEFORE HIS SECOND

TERM, NEW GUN CONTROL LAWS.

HE IS RUNNING INTO OPPOSITION IN

CONGRESS AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY,

HERE IS CHARLENE ISRAEL.

REPORTER: OVER THE WEEKEND,

AMERICANS IN 49 STATES

PARTICIPATED IN GUNS ACROSS

AMERICA RALLY.

PROTESTERS WAIVING DON'T TREAD

ON ME FLAGS AND VOWING TO FIGHT

FOR THEIR SECOND AMENDMENT

RIGHTS.

SECOND AMENDMENT PROTECTS THE

FIRST AND ALL THE OTHERS.

REPORTER: THIS WASN'T ON

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S RADAR.

NOW IT IS HIS MISSION TO PROTECT

CHILDREN.

NOW HE IS PUSHING THE NEW GUN

CONTROL PACKAGE.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: WHILE WE MAY

NOT BE ABLE TO PREVENT EVERY

SENSELESS ACT OF VIOLENCE, IF

THERE IS ONE THING WE CAN DO TO

REDUCE, IF EVEN ONE LIFE CAN BE

SAVED, WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO

TRY.

REPORTER: GUN ADVOCATES SAY

THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN IS NOT THE

WAY TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE.

THIS ISN'T DESIGNED TO SOLVE

THE CRIME BUT --

I AM NOT A COP.

I HAVE THE ABILITY AND

CAPABILITY OF PROTECTING THE

INNOCENT.

I BELIEVE I HAVE THE RIGHT AND

OBLIGATION TO DO THAT.

REPORTER: WHITE HOUSE IS

WORKING TO ENGAGE THE AMERICAN

PEOPLE.

HE IS GOING TO SEEK COMMON

GROUND.

HE IS GOING TO BE CLEAR AND WE

ARE ALSO GOING TO BRING THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE MORE INTO THE

DEBATE

REPORTER: THE PRESIDENT IS

URGING AMERICANS TO PERSUADE THE

REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED CONGRESS.

AS THE PRESIDENT TRIES TO GET

MORE GUN CONTROL LAWS PASSED.

WYOMING, TEXAS, AND VIRGINIA,

ARE GOING TO TRY TO MAKE IT

IMPOSSIBLE IN THEIR STATE.

MORE OF THE INAUGURATION AFTER

THIS.

WELCOME BACK, CBN NEWS CHIEF

POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT DAVID

BRODY WAS AMONG THE CROWDS ON

CAPITOL HILL.

INAUGURATION IS FULL OF POMP

AND CIRCUMSTANCE.

TOMORROW IS GOING TO BE FILLED

WITH BICKERING.

SPE

HOW ABOUT THE CROWDS, MORE THAN

HALF A MILLION PEOPLE WAITED IN

CHILLY TEMPERATURES.

CROWD WAS HALF THE SIZE THIS

YEAR COMPARED TO FOUR YEARS AGO

WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA HAD H S

HISTORIC EMPHASIS.

FLOATS INCLUDED ONES THAT

REPRESENTED THE STATES OF FIRST

AND SECOND FAMILIES.

ALSO FLOATS DEDICATED TO MARTIN

LUTHER KING JR. AND THE CIVIL

RIGHTS FLOAT.

AFTER ALL, WHETHER YOU AGREE

WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA'S POLICIES

OR NOT, HE IS GOING TO GO DOWN

IN HISTORY AS A HISTORIC FIGURE.

THE PRESIDENT ALWAYS CALLS

FOR EVERYBODY TO WORK TOGETHER.

HE NEVER QUITS HOPING THAT WILL

BE THE CASE.

I CERTAINLY HOPED ALONG WITH

HIM.

WE'LL NEVER HAVE A FIRST

AFRICAN-AMERICAN PRESIDENT

ELECTED TWICE.

THIS IS THE FIRST AND LAST, THIS

IS HISTORY.

WE ARE SO PROUD TO BE HERE.

EVERY NIGHT, I WILL PRAY FOR

HIM, HIS FAMILY -- *

ONE OF THE GROUPS PERFORMING AT

THE INAUGURATION WAS AWARD

WINNING BROOKLYN TABERNACLE

CHOIR.

THE 300-MEMBER CHOIR

MULTIETHNIC, MADE UP OF LAWYERS,

DOCTORS AROUND FORMER DRUG

ADDICTS.

YOU NEIGHBORING NAME IT.

IT IS A MONUMENTAL.

ALL OF THE PARADES, FLOATS,

MARCHING BANDS WILL BE REPLACED

BY PARTISAN GRIDLOCK.

FIGHTS TO COME ON COMPREHENSIVE

IMMIGRATION REFORM AND ASSAULT

WEAPONS BAN AND FEDERAL DEFICIT

AND ALL OF THE COMPLICATIONS

ASSOCIATED WITH THAT.

REMEMBER MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR

LATE MARCH WHEN THE FEDERAL

GOVERNMENT COULD SHUT DOWN

BECAUSE REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO

REQUIRE PRESIDENT OBAMA TO CUT

SPENDING.

THAT IS GOING TO BE A PROBLEM ON

BOTH SIDES AISLE.

DAVID BRODY, CBN NEWS, CAPITOL

HILL.

UP NEXT, HOW CHRISTIANS ARE

STEPPING UP TO HELP SYRIAN

REFUGEES.

AS MANY AS 30,000 PRO-LIFE

ADVOCATES RALLIED IN DUBLIN,

IRELAND CALLING ON THE

GOVERNMENT TO KEEP THEIR

PRO-LIFE PROMISES.

ABORTION IS ILLEGAL.

RECENTLY THE GOVERNMENT SAID IT

WOULD ALLOW IT IN CERTAIN CASES.

PRESS REPORTS THAT A 31-YEAR-OLD

INDIAN WOMAN DIED AFTER BEING

DENIED AN ABORTION.

PRO-LIFE LEADERS SAY THE WOMAN

DIED FROM AN INFECTION FOLLOWING

AN INFECTION.

THE JOURNALIST REPORTING THE

STORY SAYS THE FACTS WERE

MUDDLED.

PASTOR SAEED ABEDINI MAYBE

RELEASED ON BAIL.

AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND

JUSTICE SAYS BAIL HAS NOT BEEN

ACCEPTED BY THE COURT.

THEY CHARGED ABEDINI BY

ATTEMPTING TO UNDERMINE THE

GOVERNMENTALLY CREATING A

NETWORK OF CHRISTIAN HOUSE

CHURCHES.

HIS ACTIVITIES MOTIVATED BY HIS

FAITH, NOT POLITICS.

PASTOR ABEDINI COULD FACE THE

DEATH PENALTY.

THE ACLJ IS URGING HILARY

CLINTON TO SPEAK OUT PUBLICALLY

FOR ABEDINI.

REBEL ATTACK IS TO BLAME FOR

A BLACKOUT.

ENTIRE CAPITOL OF DAMASCUS LOST

POWER.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE

SYRIAN CONFLICT BEGAN.

GOVERNMENT FORCES STILL CONTROL

DAMASCUS.

HALF OF THE CITY'S POWER IS

RESTORED.

THEY HAVEN'T HAD POWER IN MONTHS

BECAUSE OF FREQUENT AIR STRIKES.

ONGOING CIVIL WAR IN SYRIA HAS

THOUSANDS RACING TO ESCAPE THE

VIOLENCE.

CHRISTIANS SEE AN OPPORTUNITY TO

BRING HOPE IN THE MIDST OF

TRAGEDY.

GARY LANE SHOWS US HOW THEY

ARE STEPPING IN TO BRING THESE

REFUGEES HOPE

REPORTER: GOVERNMENT WAR

PLANES BOMB CLAIMING MORE

VICTIMS.

SYRIA IS MARKED BY DEATH,

DESTRUCTION AND DARKNESS.

TENS OF THOUSANDS FLEE FOR THEIR

LIVES ACROSS BORDERS OR INSIDE

SYRIA.

CBN NEWS OBTAINED THIS VIDEO, A

RARE LOOK.

THEY LIVE WITH FRIENDS IN

ANOTHER CITY.

IT IS SO HARD TO BE OUT OF

OUR HOME.

I AM SAD WE LEFT ALL OUR

MEMORIES BEHIND OUR CHILDREN

BAPTIZED AND WE WERE MARRIED

THERE

REPORTER: MOST CHRISTIANS

REMAIN IN SYRIA.

UNITED NATIONS LISTS REFUGEES AT

170,000.

THEY HAVE SCATTERED ACROSS THE

REGION ENDING UP IN TURKEY,

LEBANON, IRAQ AND JORDAN.

TENS OF THOUSANDS MORE

UNREGISTERED.

THEIR NEEDS ARE OVERWHELMING.

JORDANIAN CHRISTIANS AND

CHURCHES LIKE THIS ONE ARE DOING

WHAT THEY CAN TO HELP THEM.

MANY OF THE PEOPLE GET TO

JORDAN WITH THE SHIRT ON THEIR

BACK, THEY HAVE NO FOOD AND

CLOTHES.

TOM DOYLE WORKS WITH

JORDANIAN CHRISTIANS TO BRING

HEALTH AND HOPE.

MANY OF THE SYRIANS HAVE MOVED

FROM BORDER CAMPS TO APARTMENTS.

THEY HAVE NOTHING ON THE

FLOOR BUT EMPTY APARTMENTS.

THAT IS WHERE THEY ARE GOING IN

THE MAJOR CITIES.

ONE FAMILY HELPED BY THE

EFFORT.

FACES COVERED TO PROTECT THEIR

IDENTITIES.

WE'LL CALL THIS REFUGEE HANZA.

HE IS A SUNNI MEDIC.

HE SERVED FOR THE REBEL

MOVEMENT.

THAT LED AGENTS TO TORTURE AND

IMPRISON HIM.

THEY MADE IT WORSE FOR THE

MEDICS BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T WANT

THEM TO RECEIVE MEDICAL HELP.

THEY WERE SEEKING INFORMATION

ABOUT MY FRIENDS AND MOVEMENTS.

I REFUSED TO TELL THEM ANYTHING.

IT WAS TERRIBLE.

THEY BEAT ME SO BADLY, I

COULDN'T LIE DOWN FOR ONE WEEK.

HANZA SAID THEIR CAPTIVES LET

THEM GO.

HE AND HIS FAMILY LET HIM GO.

HE IS UNEMPLOYED.

HIS FRIEND PAYS THE RENT.

IT IS FOOD DELIVERS THAT HAVE

MADE A LASTING IMPACT ON HIS

FAMILY.

THEY HAVE BEEN A GREAT HELP

TO US.

I SEE THEM AS BROTHERS.

I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THEM

BEING FROM A DIFFERENT FAITH.

REPORTER: SOME OF THE

REFUGEES ATTEND CHURCH SERVICES

LIKE THIS ONE.

WE MAINTAIN OUR PRIDE AND

DIGNITY.

THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN

THE CHURCH AND OTHER

ORGANIZATIONS IS THE LOVE AND

FEELING THAT CHRISTIANS HAVE FOR

US.

AS THE BELIEVERS GET A CHANCE

TO FEED THEM AND THEY ARE

TRUSTED AS SAFE PEOPLE, THEY

HAVE HAD MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO

SHARE THE GOSPEL.

THERE ARE ENOUGH OF THEM, THEY

HAVE STARTED SMALL HOUSE

CHURCHES.

GOD IS GLORIFIED IN THE MIDST OF

THIS MESS

REPORTER: DOYLE TELLS US HOW

HE SAW THE LIFE AFFECTED.

SOME OF THEM WERE PUSHING

THEM AROUND.

THIS WOMAN SAID IT WAS THE BIBLE

PEOPLE THAT CAME TO US AND GAVE

US FOOD AND CLOTHES AND LOVED US

AND PLAYED WITH OUR CHILDREN.

IT WAS THE BIBLE PEOPLE THERE

FOR US.

ONCE SHE GOT DONE SHARING HER

STORY, SHE SAID I WANT YOU TO

KNOW, I LOVE JESUS NOW.

REPORTER: OUT OF WARTIME

TRAGEDY, CHRISTIANS SHARING THE

LOVE OF CHRIST, SHINING LIGHT

INTO THE LOVES OF PEOPLE WITH

CHRONIC DARKNESS.

GARY LANE, CBN NEWS, IMMAN,

JORDAN.

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SECOND

INAUGURAL CEREMONY WAS FILLED

WITH MUSIC.

TONIGHT WE LEAVE YOU CAN

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