Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward will deliver Fall Convocation at 3:30 p.m. today in Alumni Gym. This page will be updated with a live blog for today's Convocation beginning at 3:30 p.m.
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4:50 p.m. Woodward concludes speech advocating for pursuit of information and importance of building trust.
4:47 p.m. "We don't know enough about what goes on in the centers of power, particularly the White House." -Woodward
4:45 p.m. Woodward on how much people know about Clinton and Trump's personalities: "We do not know what's going on on the inside of these two candidates."
4:41 p.m. Woodward and Gerald Ford's conversation on reason Nixon was pardoned:
A week before Nixon resigned, his chief of staff came to Gerald Ford and said Nixon would resign if he got a pardon. Ford rejected the deal and couldn't talk about it otherwise he would implicate the chief of staff. Ford told Woodward he never wanted to be president. Ford then said the only way the country could move on from Watergate was with a pardon.
4:37 p.m. Carl Bernstein woke up Woodward the day President Richard Nixon got pardoned and said so in the following words: "The son of a b**** pardoned the son of a b****"
4:35 p.m. Woodward not talking about mistakes in reporting.
4:28 p.m. He estimates Clinton's chances of winning are about 75 percent.
4:25 p.m. According to Woodward, there are two unknowns in campaign: Trump's tax returns and the 14,900 emails that the FBI found on Hillary Clinton's server that are work related but are not turned over.
"We need to have those in the next 40 days."
4:20 p.m. Woodward says Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won the first debate but still comes across as lacking humility and selflessness.
"She clearly won the debate. No question about it. Here's her problem ... there is a self satisfaction, self congratulation, an unfortunate lack of humility and smugness that comes through to people ... She didn't say, 'I prepared because I want to do things for you, the public."
4:17 p.m. Woodward shares how Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump rose to prominence: "Trump says I'm going to kick the shit out of the system, and he picks up that anger. It's not just anger, it's a sense of things have not worked for me and I'd like them to be fixed."
4:15 p.m. "Trump, the question is, where did he come from."
4:13 p.m. Woodward on role of president: "My definition of what a president must do is figure out what the next stage of good is for the majority of people in the country. The real majority not of one party, not of an interest group."
4:01 p.m. Woodward jokes presidential candidates may inflicting harm on themselves.
3:57-4:11 p.m. Woodward now asking several questions to audience:
- How many remember 1978 when Carter was president? (several hands raised)
- Woodward takes poll of who people will vote for. Few hands for Trump, lots for Clinton, several undecided. Lambert raises hand for Clinton.
- How many people think the media is doing a good to passable job covering the campaigns? (few hands go up. President Leo Lambert's hand is not raised)
- How many people here have been involved in a negotiation in one way or another? How many are married? It's the same question (practically all hands go up). "What do you learn in a negotiation and marriage? You have to listen...compromise."
- What do you think Obama worries about the most? (Audience replies daughters, legacy) Woodward explains how he interviewed U.S. President Barack Obama and the response was the threat of a nuclear weapon going off in an American city.
- How many people think Clinton and Trump are too old to be president? (Few dozen hands)
- How many people believe the polls they see about the presidential election? (Almost nobody raises hands)
- We don't have a good enough policy and we're not safe?
- How many people think we have a sound, effective Afghan war strategy? (Three hands raised)
- How many people think U.S. is safe from terrorism? (Nine hands raised)
3:54 p.m. Woodward says it was President Richard Nixon's hate that did him in and led to his resignation.
3:51 p.m. "Can you imagine anything today passing in the United States Senate 77-0 unanimously? What happened then was dozens of Republicans joined in voting for this investigation...in the spirit of let's find out what really happened." -Woodward
3:49 p.m. Woodward takes to stage, talks about Watergate Scandal: "The problem we had was by and large these stories were not believed."
3:48 p.m. "You seek the truth and tell the story no matter where or what the facts reveal." -Copeland
3:44 p.m. David Copeland, A.J. Fletcher Professor and Graduate Program Director, now introducing Woodward and talking about important role of journalism.
3:41 p.m. University Chaplain Jan Fuller and Muslim Life Coordinator Imam Shane Atkinson provide invocation.
3:37 p.m. Elon Provost Steven House now speaking about Bob Woodward, introduces those who will introduce Woodward.
3:34 p.m. Announcement heard over intercom, alerts attendees event will start in two minutes.
3:30 p.m. Event about to begin. Stay tuned for full updates. Packed crowd in attendance.
Woodward is an associate editor of The Washington Post who began working for the outlet in 1972. He is most famous for helping uncover the Watergate scandal in 1972 alongside Carl Bernstein.
Woodward earned his first Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for his investigative reporting of Watergate and secured his second Pulitzer in 2002 for his contributions as the lead reporter covering the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
His coverage of Watergate revealed President Richard Nixon's administration recruited men to break into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. The investigative reporting behind the Watergate scandal led to Nixon's resignation.
Woodward's is also widely known for having authored or co-authored 18 books, including his latest book, "The Last of the President's Men." This book analyzes 46 hours of interviews with Nixon aide Alexander Butterfield, who revealed the secret White House taping system. Twelve of Woodward's 18 books have been No. 1 national best sellers.