The Rachel Maddow Show | February 13, 2013
>>> the union address, just weeks after president john f. kennedy was assassinated, the new president, lyndon johnson prepared an unconditional war on poverty in america. in 1941 , as world war ii raged overseas, but for us pearl harbor was still months away, franklin roosevelt proclaimed in the state of the union that year the four essential human freedoms -- freedom of speech , freedom of worship , freedom from want , and freedom from fear . in 1996 , after his party's shellacking in the midterm elections, but before his landslide reelection victory, bill clinton proclaimed in the state of the union that the era of big government was over. clinton proclaimed in the state of the union that the era of big government was over. we're too close in time now to know if any of the state-of-the-union addresses by our current presidents will be remembered as highlights in the history of that presidential obligation. but if we were to pick from all the modern state-of-the-union addresses, only one president, and only one speech, and only one line, if we were to pick the most important, the most remembered line in any modern state of the union , history has already spoken as to what the most single important line is, we just hit that important moment in the state-of-the-union address by an american president .
>> hussein sought significant quantities of uranium from africa.
>> it was not remembered because it was inspiring or elegant or positive, it was remembered because it was important, because it was a lie. a very important lie that made it into the state of the union in 2003 , ten years ago. we are now at the ten-year anniversary of what the last presidential administration did to get our country to go to war on false pretenses. and it is starting to feel like that ten-year period of time is just enough time to finally start to appreciate how remarkable that is, that we went through that as a country. i mean, if it happened to another country we would find it impossible to believe. but it happened to us. we were tricked by our own government. not into passing some piece of legislation or letting some corrupt politician off the hook who should not have gotten off the hook. we were tricked into starting a full-blown war. how did they pull that off? and do we understand how that happened to us well enough that we are in a position to stop it from happening again if anybody else ever tries to do that to us again? we have just completed a brand-new blockbuster of a documentary here at msnbc on exactly this question. it will premier monday night here on msnbc. and i think it is possible that it is going to cause quite an upset. we're going to have the first preview clip of it here, exclusively tomorrow night. i hope they will give us another preview clip on friday, although i'm not sure. but the whole thing premiers with me hosting it on monday at 9:00 eastern on msnbc. and then everybody will start to lose their minds soon there after. so mark your date, monday