Hardball | February 18, 2013
>>> back to "hardball." now to the "sideshow." first "snl," "saturday night live," takes on marco rubio 's state of the union response. well, actually really just his big gulp .
>> we've all been there. you're about to give an important policy speech. you get a little nervous in the green room and you eat a whole bag of dry roasted peanuts and some beef jerky . you're wearing your lucky burlap unitard under your suit so you do what anyone would do. you suddenly lunge to the side all the while holding awkward eye contact with the camera and then you take a drink from the tiniest bottle of water anyone has ever seen. and then for no reason you set the bottle down even farther away .
>> would you like to give it another try tonight?
>> seth, i would really appreciate it.
>> for much of human history people were trapped in society. where is the watter?
>> it's right here. can you not here? it's never that far away .
>> oh, my god. ahhh! oh, so good. i just want to put that back.
>> as i said last week, marco rubio is going to have a tough time shaking his new title, the thirsty one.
>>> next, the old news, it was president lrng who ultimately pushed the states to ratify the 13th amendment and to end slavery with it. well, the update now in mississippi 's case. it was the movie lincoln that got the job done. the steven spielberg movie up for several oscars this week. here is the story. university of mississippi professor went to see the movie lincoln and did some post-movie research. here is what he found. mississippi lawmakers initially rejected ratification in 1865 . years later in 1995 lawmakers had a symbolic vote to officially ratify the amendment and it passed. that was in 1995 . end of story? well, it would be if they had submitted all the pape arework to the office of the federal register . that didn't happen until two weeks ago. now it has. thanks to that, one moviegoer and his friend, the mississippi secretary of state's office finally got it all squared away . 148 years later, better late than never, they've ratified amendment to the constitution outlawing slavery. and even though today's federal holiday is officially washington's birthday, it's really become a day when we look back on all the presidents. we've heard it time and again. you can never really understand what it's like to be president unless you are one of the few who have actually been there. over the years we have gotten some pretty inventive descriptions of that. being president is like running a cemetery. you have a lot of people under you and nobody is listening. well, that's slightly morbid. the description came to us from bill clinton . neck, being president is like being a jackass in a hail storm . there's nothing to do but stand there and take it. that's pure lbj. here is another on the same suggest. if i were two-faced, would i be wearing this one? no stranger to self deprecating jokes about his appearance. that was honest abe . i discovered being president is like riding a tiger. a man has to keep on riding or be swallowed. that's from the great give 'em hell harry truman .
>>> up next, why so the people this is the time to get rid of the voting rights act . i'm not one of them. you're watching "hardball," the place for politics.