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Born in Wichita, Kansas, in 1934, Jim Lehrer attended Victoria College. In 1956, he received a Bachelor's journalism degree from the University of Missouri before joining the Marine Corps, where[…]

Jim Lehrer is optimistic that the next president will get a handle on today’s problems.

Question: What is your outlook?

Jim Lehrer: I’m very optimistic right now; but I’m optimistic most of the time. And I’m optimistic right now just because this election doesn’t have anything to do with George W. Bush. It doesn’t have anything to do with what’s happened before. We’ve got a set of difficult circumstances right now, and I’m hopeful that this process we’re going to go through to elect a new President is going to help get on top of some things.

Recorded: July 4, 2007.