60 Minutes

Season 44 Episode 19

January 29, 2012 - Defense Secretary Panetta, The Commissioner, Big Game Hunting

Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Jan 29, 2012 on CBS
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January 29, 2012 - Defense Secretary Panetta, The Commissioner, Big Game Hunting

Scott Pelley profiles U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta who, as head of the CIA, ran the mission that captured and killed Osama bin Laden.
Steve Kroft profiles National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Lara Logan looks at exotic big game hunting in Texas, where people can hunt for some 100 species from places like Africa and Asia.


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  • Superb Epsiode

    The feature on Defense Secretary Panetta is thought-provoking. I cannot fathom the pressure on a man who has to make literal life and death decisions every day. It seems so to easy to hammer people in leadership positions of any kind these days. In fact, any public figure seems a fair object of societal criticism, condemnation and/or judgment. Yet, can any of use honestly believe we could do better if we had to bear the burden of the office? I know I sure couldn't.

    Secretary Panetta seems like a good man who truly cares about his country and the men and women under his command and I think he deserves a lot of credit for serving his country.

    Being an NFL fan, I really enjoyed the feature on Commissioner Goodell. Speaking of having a tough job, his certainly qualifies! It's an excellent insight into some of what he has to deal with in his position and an enjoyable view for any NFL fan.moreless
Leon Panetta

Leon Panetta

Feature Subject - Secretary of Defense

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Roger Goodell

Roger Goodell

Feature Subject

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    • Scott Pelley: How do you launch the nuclear response from this airplane? I mean, you pick up that phone?
      Leon Panetta: Don't touch anything, Scott! (laughs heartily)

    • Leon Panetta: The toughest thing in this job, frankly, is writing the condolence letters to, ah, to the parents of those young men and women who are killed in action. And that loss, having been a parent of somebody who has been stationed over there, ah, you know what that means. But I also say to them, you know, your son or daughter is really a true hero and patriot because they were willing to give their life for their country and that means that they'll never be forgotten. And I hope that, that's some measure of comfort for them because in the end it's only comfort I have is to know that these kids, when they put their lives on the line, are helping America be strong for the future.

    • Roger Goodell: I have to make a lot of decisions that aren't in the best interests of individuals, whether they be owners, club executives, players. But I have to make sure the integrity of the game is protected at all times.
      Steve Kroft: And who decides what the integrity of the game is?
      Roger Goodell: That's my job.

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