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President Obama on "America's Most Wanted"
March 06, 2010
08:05 PM EDT
There's only one show on television that can claim to have captured more than 1,050 fugitives and brought home more than 50 missing children. "America's Most Wanted" has become a broadcast institution over the last 22 years, telling the stories of wanted fugitives with the hope that viewers will assist law enforcement in the manhunt. President Obama appeared on the 1,000th episode of the series tonight. The show’s host, John Walsh, and President sat down this week at the White House to discuss, among other things, how the Recovery Act has kept cops on the streets across the country and the need to properly fund the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act.
John Walsh last came to the White House in 2006 to watch President Bush sign the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act which was named after his son who was abducted and murdered in 1981. Since his son’s death, he has dedicated himself to fighting on behalf of children and all crime victims. Walsh’s work led to the creation of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which provides resources to parents, children, and law enforcement officials. Walsh has been honored five times by four presidents: Ronald Reagan (twice), George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.