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Season 44 Episode 7

November 6, 2011 - The Lobbyist's Playbook, Operation Proper Exit, Andy Rooney

Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Nov 06, 2011 on CBS
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November 6, 2011 - The Lobbyist's Playbook, Operation Proper Exit, Andy Rooney

Jack Abramoff, the Republican lobbyist who spent 3 1/2 years in prison for his part in one of the largest Washington corruption scandals in decades gives his first television interview and opens up his playbook to Lesley Stahl, telling her that not much has changed since.

Scott Pelley reports on Operation Proper Exit, a unique military program which takes wounded soldiers back to the battlefield in an effort to provide closure that often leads to better lives for these veterans and their families.

Morley Safer presents a tribute to beloved 60 Minutes commentator and 'grouch-in-chief' Andy Rooney, who died on November 4th at the age of 92.


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      • Lesley Stahl: I'm having two reactions: one is brilliant and the other is I'm sick to my stomach.
        Jack Abramoff: Right. Evil. Yeah. Terrible.
        Lesley Stahl: Cos it's, it's hurting...
        Jack Abramoff: Shameful.
        Lesley Stahl: ...our country.
        Jack Abramoff: Absolutely. It's the worst thing that can happen, all parts of the system...
        Lesley Stahl: I'm mad at you.
        Jack Abramoff: I was mad...
        Lesley Stahl: I'm not kidding, I'm not kidding.
        Jack Abramoff: I was mad at me. Lesley, look, I did things and I was involved in the system I should have not been in. I'm ashamed of the fact I was there. The very reason why now I'm speaking about it, and now I'm trying to do something to recompense is the fact that I thought it was, it was wrong of me to do it.

      • Lesley Stahl: I really think what you were doing was, was subverting the essence of our system.
        Jack Abramoff: Yes, absolutely right. But our system is flawed and has to be fixed. Human beings populate our system. Human beings are weak.
        Lesley Stahl: You preyed on that.
        Jack Abramoff: I did. I was one of many who did. I did and I'm ashamed of, of, of that fact.

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      • Additional Credits:
        Broadcast Editor: Tom Honeysett
        Graphic Designer: Robert Corujo
        Broadcast Manager: Maureen A. Cashin
        Post Production Producer: Kara Vaccaro
        Story Planning: Katie Spikes
        The Lobbyist's Playbook
        Editor: Matthew Lev
        Camera: Aaron Tomlinson, Paul Dougherty
        Sound: Matthew Magratten, Tom Staton
        Associate Producer: Gabrielle Schonder
        Broadcast Associates: Tadd J. Lascari, Jack Weingart
        Production Associate: Laura Kuhn
        Special Thanks: Sam Black
        Operation Proper Exit
        Editor: Warren Lustig
        Camera: Chris Albert, Chris Everson
        Sound: Eric Kerchner
        Associate Producer: Rachel Kun
        Andy Rooney
        Editor: Warren Lustig
        Camera: Gregory Andracke, Aaron Tomlinson
        Sound: Matthew Magratten
        Associate Producers: Susan Bieber, Kate Morris, Becka Chertok Gonsalves
        Broadcast Associates: Michelle Boniface, Kaylee Tully
        Operations Manager: Ann Marie Kross
        Associate Directors: Steven Martino, Brian McGuire
        Graphic Artists: Bruce Jensen, Jonathan Guerrero
        Audio: Roy Halee, Jr., Michael Ruschak
        Production Assistant: Chris Mix
        Senior Post Production Editor: M. Scott Cole
        Technical Supervisor: Glenn Sundel
        Video: Glenn Sundel, James E. Dima
        Post Production: Marian Jordan-Pitta, Steve Walker, Justine L. Peterman
        Electronic Graphics: Anne Marie Butler-Clarke
        Lighting Designer: Leonard Mancini, Jr., Joseph R. Walters
        Set Decorator: Al Deluca
        Studio Cameras: Tim Patryk, Anthony Planes
        Make-up: Riccie Johnson, Christina Weisberg
        Hair: Kim Serratore
        Stage Manager: Anthony Mirante
        Teleprompter: Robyn Hartman
        Director of Communications: Kevin Tedesco

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