tv CNN Newsroom With Poppy Harlow CNN January 24, 2016 4:00pm-5:01pm PST
top of the hour, i'm poppy harlow in new york. thank you for being with us this sunday evens. the nation's capital trying to dig out from this weekend's monster blizzard. deep snow and ice covering most of washington, d.c., right now. we just learned limited flights will resume at d.c. metro airports tomorrow morning. the first storm-related death in washington also being reported tonight. an 82-year-old man had a heart attack while shoveling snow. elsewhere in the city crews are scrambling to move piles of snow and ice. all schools are closed tomorrow. all u.s. government offices will also be closed, only limited bus and subway service will resume in the morning. a short time ago, we got an update from washington, d.c.'s, mayor. >> we're making a lot of progress. we are nearing the end of day one of the dig-out. our crews worked all night and all day and we have deployed most of the 400 new pieces of equipment that i mentioned to you this morning.
while we have made some progress, there is still a lot more to do and we will work to continue to clear our major arteries. a lot of the blacktop you're seeing in many cases we still have restricted width on those lanes so either we don't have the full number of lanes that we should, or we have some, also some concerns about how we get through intersections and turn intersections and sight lines and the rest. there's a lot of work that has to be done. >> a lot of work that has to be done. rene marsh is live for us at washington's reagan national airport. there is not a soul in sight which does not bode well for travelers there, but a little sign of relief tomorrow morning, is that right? >> reporter: yeah, you know, we won't be alone tomorrow because we just found out that they plan on opening at least one runway here at reagan national airport as well as dulles, so they're getting things started again tomorrow.
limited number of flights in and out of these d.c. airports, but travelers.come news for of course, we saw today new york city as well as philadelphia and baltimore they started limited service out of those airports today. now, when you talk to the airlines, they say most of these passengers have been rebooked on other flights, however, everyone's not going to get to their destination on monday. it will take airlines well into this week before they can get everyone to their destination, poppy. this really has been a nightmarish scenario for air travelers. since friday, we're talking about more than 12,000 flights that have been canceled. but, again, we deliver some good news here, things are starting to get back up and running again. poppy? >> be patient, be patient, be patient and bring something good to read. i think that is a lesson for all of us trying to fly this week. thank you so much, rene marsh live for us. nick valencia not far away from fairfax, virginia.
when you look at the effect of the storm there, virginia hit incredibly hard. a lot of backup on the roads there. also five deaths, nick. >> reporter: yeah, we are smack in the middle of the cleanup effort, that recovery process. just terribly unfortunate news. the commonwealth of virginia really hit substantially hard by this winter event. four people died as a result of hypothermia, another person lost control of his car. they are are investigating two other car crashes, perhaps storm related. that's yet to be determined. let me give you a sense of exactly what we're dealing with here. this was the live shot location we were at about 24 hours ago. the snow is a little less but with every step i take, it's still about ankle deep. this is the thoroughfare that we were referencing yesterday that was primarily emergency responders, emergency vehicles, some of those spreaders, snow plows. you can see behind me, there still is that case but there is also normal traffic. this thoroughfare far from back to normal, however.
the governor of virginia talked about how massive of an impact this storm has had on the state. it's going to be a lot of money before this is all cleaned up. >> this is a very expensive storm. it is costing the commonwealth $2 million to $3 million an hour. i believe at the end of the day this will probably be our most expensive snow event ever. could top over $100 million. >> reporter: you see behind me something really cool going on here. this is part of a snow plow train, essential they get into a smaller caravan. this is one of the smaller ones wefr seen. they push the snow off to the right shoulder, try clear the roadway -- hey there, guys -- try to clear that roadway for anyone that is getting on those ro roads. more than 1,200 accidents, 2,000 vehicles that were left disabled. of course, that was a big concern for the virginia tate police this weekend. they do they they're worried about icing and freezing temperatures tomorrow. the sun was out this morning.
that's expected to be the case tomorrow. however, that snow that did melt is expected to refreeze, so there's a chance of black ice on those roadways, and essentially a chance of even more damage. poppy? >> nick valencia live for us tonight in fairfax. thank you, nick. this is cnn breaking news. >> all right. i do want to bring you breaking news just into us here. the terrorist group, isis, just released a startling and graphic new video. it claims to show nine paris attackers carrying out those atrocities long before the deadly november the 13th massacre that took the lives of 130 people in paris. seven of the attackers died in the gunfights that followed with authorities. the other two were killed in a raid a week later. the video, though, shows them alive and issuing threats somewhere in isis-held territory. cnn's international diplomatic editor, nic robertson, joins me now live on the phone from
london. talk to me, nic, as i should note, we're not going to show this video. talk to me about the significance of it. >> reporter: poppy, this is the video many suspected might be coming, isis would release statements from the attackers prior to the attack. that's what they've done here. it's a 17 minute slickly produced video. it montages a lot of news footage from the night of the attack with news commentary from the night of the attack, but it also shows what they claim are the nine attackers. three of them they say are french, four belgian, and two iraqis. that most of them most of the time are wearing camouflage military uniforms. they deliver on-camera messages. they also involve while they deliver those on-camera messages involve brutal executions of prisoners.
it's not clear who those prisoners are. one of the attackers, a man we believe became one of the bataclan attackers attacked where the band was playing almost 90 people shot and killed there. he says, we will attack you at the foot of the eiffel tower. another of the attackers said soon on of course the famous boulevard in the center of paris leading up to arch de triumph. the videos, they knew their intended target, although they may not have known the details but they knew their intended target was in paris, poppy. >> nic, if this video is authenticated, it shows that the paris attacks were not just inspired by isis, but that the group carried them out, that they were trained in isis territory, et cetera. that's the real key here, isn't it? >> reporter: that is the key here. some of them are seen reading
their messages from pieces of paper in their hands, others appear to be reading, perhaps, from paper that's held off screen, others perhaps remembering. one of them said this was authorized by baghdadi, the head of isis. we see them training with automatic weapons, shooting what could be drawn human figures on the side of a building. there's somebody whose identity is obscured in training, during that. one chilling piece at the end of this video, there are sequences from the british house of commons from just very recently the debate in the british house of commons about should britain join the united states and others in air strikes on syria, this appears to be a threat and the words seem to match that, a threat to britain as well. this wasn't just about the attack in paris, but an apparent threat to britain to come. >> absolutely. and when you look at it, i also
understand that it shows images sort of this warning, if you will, images of obviously british prime minister david cameron, also president obama, is that the case? >> reporter: president obama is there, david cameron is there, the french president francois hollande is there. we've come to know that this is what isis does. that it makes these propaganda videos, that it tries to threaten and intimidate the united states, britain, and france. but what it's done with this one, in particular, is to take the attack in paris and to show that they were planning it so far in advance that they had these attackers. we've seen them on the streets in civilian clothes. have them in camouflaged equipment. almost they're brutalized before they even arrive on the streets of paris because they're involved in the bloody types of executions that we've come to know familiar from isis.
this is isis trying to score another propaganda point from this attack in paris, poppy. >> nic robertson, cnn international diplomatic editor, live with us for that breaking news. nic, thank you very much for that. we'll take a quick break and be right back. fact. when emergency room doctors choose an otc pain reliever for their patients muscle, back and joint pain. the medicine in advil is their #1 choice. nothing is stronger on tough pain than advil. relief doesn't get any better than this. advil. hwe'll match any competitorse best prprice. this? what about this? price match guarantee. and this? yep! so no monkey business, no tomfoolery? oh, we do have tom foolery, tom. staples has a price match guarantee. make low prices happen. staples make more happen. i'i like to think of myself as more of a control... enthusiast. mmm, a perfect 177-degrees.
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along the eastern seaboard. 300,000 people in the greater new york area depend on the long island railroad to re-open tomorrow morning to get in for work. the system is one of the last major pieces of the city's mass transit system not operational at this hour, that is because rail yards are still, as you see, buried under snow, stranded trains blocking tracks and frozen switches still need to be thawed out. this is how the storm's aftermath looks from the air. this is a drone-captured image. along the coast of staten island, everything covered by a thick coating of white snow as far as you can see. pretty beautiful images there. ryan young live for us if penn station. i know we're waiting for an update from city officials. we thought maybe an hour ago about the railroad. any update? >> no update so far. you know, people have been stopping next to us asking us if we had an update. so many people in penn station wanting to know when things would get back to normal. when you look at all that
massive snow that's throughout the city, think about the idea all these workers are out there hitting it hard trying to clear the snow. it's amazing to see all the new yorkers on the street and upstairs here at penn station, but poppy, have to point this out to you, if you come over here and look at the big board, it tells you the story. service suspended. see it going all the way down the line. we know 300,000 people usually use this line system to get here and that traffic jam tomorrow could be quite impressive if they don't have a chance to get on this train and come into the city. we have seen some of those workers who have been heading out that way. there have been announcements going overhead like the one you hear right now. other people have been showing tickets asking when are the services returning to normal? the lines here, not too bad. in fact, they've been not that long throughout the afternoon. but this is something that people know, come monday when they are getting ready to go to work, when they want to return life back to normal, they're going to be pushing trying to get on the train lines, not sure if that can happen just yet. hopefully an update can happen, but when you think about those workers, 2,000 workers who had
to get out of their own homes and go out there and work in all the snow, record snowfall, the idea to clear this out within 24 hours is still an amazie ininei and we're hearing from a couple security guards walking around here thinking they believe things will return back to normal tomorrow. that's sting they said unofficially, of course. you have to ask anyone you can at this point as the information is coming slowly through the straw. >> thanks to the workers out there digging out in the cold so everyone can get into work tomorrow morning. thank you so much, ryan young, appreciate it. let's go straight to tom sater in the cnn severe weather center. when you look at this band of weather, obviously you got the kids there on the screen enjoying it very much, but when you look at the concern now, right, it's these freezing temperatures. >> yeah. there's still a lot of concerns. for several states, poppy. every state that picked up some snowfall, really, is going to be looking at refreezing overnight. that means in some states there could be schools out for possibly five days or so. the purple you see is another shot of cold air. not cold enough to rupture water
pipes. but cold enough to keep this around for a while. then we'll have a nice big warmup. temperatures are going to warm up enough and with the help of sunshine, it's going to be some massive melting going on. but this is when you got to really test your patience. with the snow of this magnitude, side roads and secondary streets are not going to all get cleared at once. for the thousands of you without power in the carolinas, if you're at the end of the power grid, it could be a good five, six days. we're with you on this. every state with the magenta color is up to 2 feet of snowfall. so, again, each state every morning, unfortunately, will have traffic accidents. there's going to be mishaps and probably some visits to the emergency room. just walking around. the numbers are really something, though. jfk, 30 1/2 inches. dulles, 28.3. we had over 30 airports closed. even though these are not closed, many are not up and running. we had an international flight this morning that made it in from doha to philadelphia.
look for some improvement. patience for the airports as well and for the kids that are home and could be home, i think metro schools may open before rural schools. poppy, it's not like when you and i were going to school, schools today don't want that liability when it comes to getting kids on a school bus with the black ice. 26.8, well, the one below that, 25.8. that was 1947. so, again, we jump right into second place by only a tenth of an inch. and, of course, number 1, well, was 2006. so just ten years ago. remember that one very well, february. but you missed it by just that much. overall, though, the forecast, pretty much was amazing. we saw it last sunday at this time stasrting to come together. the good news now, a lot of melting during the daytime hours and we'll see that sunshine help a lot of areas. i know this is just new york, and washington, d.c., but this is one we're going to study for some time and put back in the record books. what a storm of this magnitude. one for the books for many
states. >> certainly was. all right, tom sater, thank withdryou so much. appreciate it. we have a lot ahead this hour. sometimes it is not the amount of flood water but the frequency that does the most damage. we'll take you to a town in new jersey along the shore there that this blizzard put under water again after superstorm sandy. also to philadelphia, people sledding down the iconic stairs of the philadelphia art museum. loving that. but a major apology coming tonight from a city official to drivers stranded on the turnpike for some 24 hours. we're live in philadelphia ahead.
the blizzard up and down the east coast caused major flooding in new jersey, specifically on the jersey shore and some parts where residents say the damage has been worse for them than what they experienced during superstorm sandy. other spots did not get hit as hard. the problem is, though, they got hit once again. our borris sanchez for us tonight in ventner, new jersey. >> reporter: hey, poppy, the cleanup continues here in new jersey in ventnor city. see behind me the street is somewhat clear right now. a few hours ago this was totally covered in water, ice, and trash. debris that had washed up into this neighborhood. this is a coastal community, and this neighborhood specifically
is cut through by a canal. i want to show you right behind through this garage, there's water right behind us, and as the storm came in right as the storm was peaking, it just so happened that there was a full moon and so the high tide brought in all the water to this neighborhood. you can see the high water mark here. this neighbor told us there was some damage to his garage, minor qua water damage. he was prepared. he was able to put his stuff in his garage up. others not prepared for the storm. many people did not put out sandbags outside their homes. others simply just left. i asked several of those neighbors why they didn't but up sandbags. many of them told me the sandbags don't do much because when you live in a coastal community like this, the water's going to do what the water's going to do. obviously it came into this neighborhood. we saw several homes here, important to note, on stilts, essentially being raised right now. part of that is because many of these communities were hit by superstorm sandy.
this storm doesn't compare to that, superstorm sandy brought about 4 feet of water in this neighborhood, specifically. today we're looking at about a foot or so. as these communities begin to clean up, we get a clearer picture of the full extent of the damage. poppy? >> borris, thank you so much. quite a shock for all those people there on the jersey shore. appreciate it. i want to turn to pennsylvania now because the chairman of the pennsylvania turnpike commission has now offered a public apology for the seven-mile standstill that took place yesterday during the blizzard. along the highways there. we'll show them to you in a moment. he said "i can promise you all there will be a thorough analysis of the events that led up to this incident and a review of what occurred over the course of the last 2 1/2 days, ensure we'll do a better job the next time something like this happens occurs and that we can learn from the tragedy." let's, as we talk, sarah, show images so people can see what
he's talking about. seven miles long. some of those drivers stuck on the freezing turnpike for 24 hours. >> reporter: that's right, poppy. some of those people stuck for more than 20 hours. the national guard was brought in to help them. this was all during the height of the blizzard. they couldn't get out of their cars. they had to be rescued. imagine, too, when they finally got the people out, trying to move the cars out on the roadway that hadn't been plowed through this entire storm. thankfully we learned in the past few hours both lanes of the push pike had been re-opened. the director said there will be a review. meanwhile, in another part of the state, york, pennsylvania, feeling the effects of this blizzard. an airport hangar collapsed under the weight of the snow on its roof. thankfully those were the two major incidents that we know of in the state of pennsylvania. here in philadelphia, in center city, there will be no classes, no schools open tomorrow as
officials here continue the cleanup process. we saw them taking dump trucks full of snow, remember, they got 20 inches here in the city. taking that snow out of here, getting it to snow melting machines where they can get rid of it. fourth largest storm ever on record here in philadelphia. and as you can see here, poppy, we're at the philadelphia museum of art. these are the rocky steps. these kids have been cooped up in their homes all weekend and they are finally getting a reprieve. reaping the benefits of a storm like this, the snow-covered rocky steps and they are sliding down them, releasing some of that energy. really long-awaited and well-deserved release of fun here in philadelphia. as they continue the cleanup, at least they can have a little fun today and tomorrow because they don't have to go to school, poppy. >> have you gone down yet? >> reporter: i did go down, actually. just a little one. i made my producer, lynn, push me, give me a little nudge.
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baby, or a rock 'n' roller, holy roller, pushing stroller, pro bowler with an abscess molar. >> she's a fire cracker, she's a real pistol. she's crazy, isn't she? >> thank you, iowa, and god bless some of the united states of america. >> now, no matter who you think about the liberal tendencies of the "snl" writers i think they were touching on something with the last line, the god bless part of the u.s. gets to how polarized the country seems to be. if you like democrats getting skewered, you might like "snl" two weeks from now. last week the show announced larry david will be hosting february 6th. people have loved or maybe hated his impersonation of bernie sanders. the show will have ample opportunity to poke fun at sanders right after the iowa caucuses. poppy, back to you.
>> brian, thank you so much for that. joining me now, let's talk about this and a lot more, cnn political commentator, ben ferguson, host of "the ben ferguson show" and erroll lewis for time warner cable news. thank you for being here. i appreciate it. ben, let me start with you. donald trump, ted cruz battling it out for the evangelical vote in iowa. this week "the new york times" had an interesting write talking about the palin endorsement. evangelical leader ralph reed saying palin's brand among evangelicals is as gold as the faucets in trump tower." "snl" jokes aside, ben -- >> yeah? >> -- how much do you think her support helps in iowa? by the way, the fox news poll that came out this morning gives trump an 11-point lead over cruz in iowa. >> i would say when you're talking about one or two percentage points being the difference between winning or losing at the end of the day, it's significant. sarah palin is one of those, donald trump looked at her and said, i need some help, who can i get? sarah palin is the person he
chose. i don't think this was a choice that was going to go much beyond iowa. i don't think you're going to see her used throughout the entire campaign. i think this was a get in early on this one, need too win iowa, if i win iowa, i'm going to be very hard to stop. look, that's one of the things about this. if he does win iowa, it is going to be incredibly hard to stop donald trump on the way to the nomination, minus there being some insane scandal. so it was a smart political move for the short term. does it alienate people long term or in the general? i think it certainly can, but i think donald trump's pretty good at snowing when it shelve somebody and he'll use her when he needs her and put her at the back of his plane when he doesn't. >> errol, you wrote a fascinating piece on cnn.com about this potential run for president by former new york city mayor michael bloomberg. he has reportedly, according to sources telling cnn, really seriously considering a run. if it looks like bernie sanders will be the nominee against donald trump or ted cruz.
here's part of what you wrote. you said, "bloomberg is doing a political fan dance, playing peek-o-boo with party leaders intrigued by the prospect of a politically successful billionaire candidate from new york who actually has government experience. has been a democrat, a republican, an independent, and who doesn't resort to cussing, personal mockery, and fact-free fantasizing on the stump." pretty clear you're comparing him, one new york billionaire, to another new york billionaire, donald trump. there have been white house whispers surrounding bloomberg many times. why do you think now is different? >> well, i think it is different because there's a scenario that actually has some reality to it. has some possibility to it. in the past, and this is really f fundamental to michael bloomberg's career in politics, he's always said he wanted to become secretary general of the united nations, president of the united states, or mayor of new york city. one of those is down. he's not going to become a di t
diplomat now. the second is out of reach. the presidency has been alluring to him. the reality is third-party candidacies have almost no history, you know, the last one elected was in 1848. i point that out in the article. so it's very, very hard to pull off. on the other hand, the extreme case that you just suggested, if there's donald trump as the republican candidate, a man who never served a day as a government employee, and you got a democratic socialist on the democratic party line, mike bloomberg starts to look a little more attractive. he starts to argue for a kind of centerism, i'm sure he's polled this to death, that may find support among voters. >> as you point out in your piece, errol, to you, ben, on this, 2010 you got bloomberg saying i'm not going to run for president, period. in 2014, he says no is the answer, plain and simple. >> yeah. look, everybody that says i'm n
never going to run for president is the person who's going to run from president. we see that from every president. if you walk out and say, i'm going to run for president, no one cares. you usually don't have a very good shot at it. i do think there's a big vulnerability and void to fill especially if you have bernie sanders. a lot of people are very worried about hillary clinton. bloomberg could tap into a lot of those voters who say, i like you as an individual. >> he says he won't run if it it's -- i mean, the sort saying if it's clinton. >> yeah. well, look, he also said he wouldn't run, period, so i don't put a lot of stock into that, but if it's bernie sanders, there's a huge opportunity for him and big void to be filled in there and i think he would probably get into it. i think it would only hurt the democratic side. personally i would love it, if bernie gets it, i hope he runs. for every one vote he takes from the republicans, he's going to take two, three from the democrats and that works out well math wise to us. >> i want to move on, errol, to
something chris christie said on "state of the union" this morning, marco rubio making a joke about how the snowstorm shut down -- here's how christie responded. >> 14 people died across the country and that shows a real immaturity for senator rubio to be joking as families were freezing in the cold, losing power and some of them losing their loved ones. but i don't expect that senator rubio would be able to understand that because he's never had to make a decision of any consequence at all he's had to be held accountable for. >> here's what a spokesperson for rubio told the noo"the new time times", "chris christie wasn't going to return to new jersey until he was shifted into it. christie should worry less about marco oes jokes and more about his own liberal record on gun control, judges and abortion." >> look at chris christie
standing? the snows of new hampshire castigating one of his rivals. i would remind him, you've been reporting it all afternoon, you have record storm surges in places like cape may and west wildwood and ocean city and lots of people don't have power. i think he might have left a little early if he wants to play the role of the experienced government hand who's going to look out for his people rather than play politics, i'm not sure he caught the right flight out of new jersey. >> that's interesting. i mean, because, ben, you're dealing with chris christie grappling with a 31% approval rating in his home state. >> yeah, look, politics are in all of this, whether you go back to your state, you're going to say you try to use tragedy and people's distress to your advantage. if you don't go back, people say you're not doing your current job, why should they vote for you for the presidency? marco rubio, he's from florida, it doesn't snow down there so he doesn't realize how bad it is. welcome to the campaign of 2016.
no right, no wrong, depending who looks at you. depending how they judge it. rubio made a joke. is it going to tear down his campaign? no. this is what you see when you're this close to iowa, new hampshire. we're getting down to the important parts of this campaign. everything matters. where you're doing tv from matters. what you say matters. the jokes you say matter. rubio honestly probably should have known better than to make this joke. he should have said this is very serious, we need people to step up. the federal government to help out where they can. and i think he missed a point there. but if he said that, people are going to say that was political, too. >> ben ferguson, errol lewis, gentlem gentlemen, thank you so much. >> thanks, poppy. one week before iowa chooses. clinton, sanders and o'malley face to face. tomorrow night, the final pitch, last televised event with these candidates. moderated by our own chris
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right now, a manhunt under way in california after three inmates escape from a jail in orange county. the men somehow cut through steel bars, made their way through plumbing tunnels, used towels and bed sheets to repel off a four-story roof and escaped on foot. it happened on friday. one of the inmates is charged with murder. a sheriff's official called the escape well thought out and planned, possibly months in the making. there's a $50,000 reward for any information leading to their capture. we just learned back here on the east coast that the long island railroad will operate at
about 80% tomorrow morning and in the nation's capital, people are still digging out from that monster blizzard. all that snowfall. we just learned limited flights will resume tomorrow morning at d.c. metro airports. at least one runway will be open at both reagan national and dulles international airport. right now both airports closed down still due to the snow. elsewhere in the city, crews are scrambling to move piles and piles of snow and ice. all schools are closed tomorrow in d.c. all government offices including federal governent offices will also be closed. you've got limited bus service and subway service resuming in the morning. our meteorologist jennifer gray joining me now from washington. sort of a slow roll for d.c. to get things back up and running, huh? >> reporter: yeah. you just covered it. i mean, so many things are still going to be closed tomorrow. the streets are still not in tiptop shape as you can imagine. i mean, look at all this snow. we had so much snow that dulles ranked as the second snowiest
storm ever recorded. reagan at the fourth. and so a lot of people have never seen snow like this. it's just going to take a while. the plows were out all day long, and most of the major thoroughfares are cleared out for the most part, but a lot of the second daary roads includin roads right here in downtown are still not plowed so you can imagine how some of the residential areas are looking if some of the roads downtown aren't even cleared out of the way. so it is just going to take time. 400 additional pieces of machinery have been brought into the city to help speed up that process, but everyone just needs to be patient. one thing to note is that we had a little bit of melting today. temperatures got a little bit above freezing. we had clear skies today. and so some of this melted. during the overnight hours, though, it's going to refreeze. and so it is good news that they closed those government offices, federal offices as well as the schools because it is going to be very slick as we go through the morning hours tomorrow.
but not only tomorrow morning, poppy, you have to keep in mind, we'll warm again and then freeze, warm again, then freeze. every single night for the next several nights. and so it could be quite a while before the city is back to normal. poppy? >> before i let you go, i hear you have some fun video for us? >> reporter: yeah, it's possibly the cutest video of the entire -- >> look at this. >> reporter: the national zoo, one of the pandas was just enjoying it as only -- i mean, i think that's probably -- you have to be a panda to appreciate this amount of snow and roll in it like that because probably one of the only things in d.c. that wasn't cold yesterday because it was brutal. poppy? >> that is pretty precious video. jennifer gray, thank you so much. great through all the way through covering this storm for us. despite the elements last night. thank you, my friend. >> reporter: thanks. coming up next, life is changing in a big way for jaja,
the chinese orphan cnn told you about first last summer. >> reporter: these are happy tears. it doesn't make this any easier. >> bye-bye, da-da. >> reporter: soon jaja begins his new life in kansas city with a new american name, jason jaja wilson. >> we're going to share with you the heart-touching story and the journey as jaja says good-bye to china, heads to the united states with his new family. that's next. listen up! i'm here to get the lady of the house back on her feet. and give her the strength and energy to stay healthy. who's with me?! yay! the complete balanced nutrition of great tasting ensure. with 9 grams of protein and 26 vitamins and minerals. ensure. take life in!
jaja the 9-year-old chinese orphan with spina bifida who dreams were slow he slipping away is beginning a new life this weekend. a kansas city family raised enough money to adopt jaja after cnn reported on his story last summer. five months later jaja said good-bye to his life as an orphan. our will ripley follows this
family's journey. >> reporter: poppy, i first met jaja five months ago working on a story in beijing about china's abandoned schi eed children. he touched my heart, touched the heart of everybody on our crew. when we showed this story, it touched a lot of viewers' hearts around the world. it was thanks to their generosity and donations that allowed this moment to happen. the wilsons have been waiti ini almost a year to make the 6,600 mile journey from kansas city to may swin beijing. the boy they're about to meet has been waiting his whole life. we first met jaja last summer, the oldest orphan in a chinese foster home for kids with disabilities. >> you've learned here all your life, right? >> yes. >> reporter: long time. nine years. another family broke their promise to adopt him. it's okay. jaja desperate for parents of his own. >> he's a rock star. >> reporter: brian and gerri
wilson have been trying for months to adopt him but needed $36,000, money they didn't have. >> right after the story aired, i think it was 8:00 that night, we met our goal. >> reporter: donations came in from all over the world. the wilsons raised almost $50,000 in a matter of hours. five more months of paperwork, and today they finally meet their son. >> as soon as he looked at us, he smiled. >> reporter: within minutes, crucial bonding begins. jaja's three older sisters back in missouri busy preparing his new room. >> we can't wait for him to get here. >> oh, look, i got it. >> reporter: the wilsons both 50 say their christian faith led them to make this life-changing choice. >> it's like he's already been a part of our family forever. >> reporter: before they can ta take him home, they must travel to jaja's hometown in central china, continuing the tedious process of finalizing the adoption. the identity of jaja's birth
parents, unknown. it's heartbreaking to imagine what his biological parents must have been going through. he was only 3 months old and desperately needed life-saving surgery that his parents most likely couldn't afford, so they left him here at this fertility clinic. a place where people go who want children. gerri believes jaja's mother did not abandon him, she saved him. >> i pray for her and i thank god for her and i want him to know that she loved him. >> reporter: hundreds of thousands of chinese kids with disabilities end up at orphanages and many become permanent wards of the city. their lives sent at institutions hidden from the prying stares of strangers. for jaja, time was running out. the law in china says kids can to longer be adopted once they turn 14. >> watch my hands. >> i'm watching your hands.
>> reporter: his future in america about to unfold. already, he's learning more english. >> 52. >> reporter: learning what it feels like to be spoiled. >> a lot of spoiling. >> yeah. >> reporter: but first, jaja leaves the only family he's ever known. to the other orphans, he was like a big brother. to the volunteers who raised him, like a son. many will never see him again. >> we know he loves you guys, and he's going to miss you. >> reporter: it's time to say good-bye. these are happy tears. it doesn't make this any easier. >> bye-bye. >> bye-bye, jaja. >> reporter: soon, jaja begins his new life in kansas city. with a new american name, jason jaja wilson. as the other orphans wait and hope that someday their parents will come and take them home.
friday night in kansas city, a huge welcome at the airport, not only friends and family and church members but also several local news crews as well. it seems like jaja is becoming something of a local celebrity here. soon he will start school, english lessons, of course, and also there are doctors who volunteered to take a look at jaja and see if there's anything they can do to help him after the botched spina bifida surgery. a very bright future ahead for this young man thanks for the wilson family's willingness to fly to china and take a chance to love this young boy and bring him home. >> breaks your heart, warms your heart at the same time. will ripley, thanks for bringing that story tonight. coming up next, as that monster blizzard slammed the east coast, people hunkered down or went outside to play. through the worst of it, american soldiers at a hollowed place stood guard. the story behind this beautiful picture. next. "beth" by kiss ♪ beth, i hear you calling.♪.
like this u.s. soldier. a sentinel of the old guard standing silent at the attention of the tomb of the unknown soldier. and that is why tonight's number is 24,765, that is how many consecutive days sentinels from the old guard have stood watch before the tomb at arlington national cemetery. the old guard is part of the third u.s. infantry and is the oldest active duty infantry unit in our armed forces. a uniformed sentinel has kept eyes on that tomb every minute of every day since july 2nd, 1937. tonight we thank them for their service and thank all of the public servants who helped keep all of us safe during the blizzard. next on cnn "the person who changed my life." a two-hour special hosted by our anderson cooper and michaela pereira. we askers here at cnn are giving you a look at the person who has
the most significant impact on all of our lives. that is next. tomorrow night, clinton, sanders, and o'malley go face to face with voters in iowa. cnn iowa democratic presidential town hall 9:00 p.m. eastern only on cnn. from a snowy new york, i'm poppy harlow. have a great week. the following is a cnn special presentation. >> if we asked you to name the one person who's had the biggest impact on your life, who would you choose? >> tonight, we'll find out how some of our colleagues at cnn answer that question and we'll ask you, too. >> this is "the feperson who changed my life." ♪ good to know there's so much to live for ♪ ♪ oooh ♪ ooh ♪ oh what a day to feel alive >> maybe it's someone close to you, a family member or friend. >> or maybe it's someone who out