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remember the men and women who have lost their lives defending our great country. but mother nature already wreaking havoc on some memorial day plans. we are live down in florida with the latest on tropical storms that are there -- tropical storm beryl, i should say, and barrelling up the coast. we'll tell you about it coming up. >> and tim mcgraw saluting our veterans in a very big way. >> ♪ my mama's sitting there ♪ looks like i only got a one way ticket over here ♪ >> the country music star is honoring the men and women who serve this great nation. >> and there's a new indy 500 winner this morning but he's been there before. >> going to join an elite group as he is going to become a three time winner at indianapolis! >> so what's he doing for his victory lap?
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coming on "fox & friends", of course. we woke him up early. he didn't even get to sleep in the day after a big victory. "fox & friends" begins right now. >> well, it's memorial day. and we would like a special "fox & friends" thank you to the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our country. good morning to all of you at home on this special day. >> you're listening to the u.s. navy band. they'll be performing live on
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our plaza throughout the morning. if you're in the neighborhood, come down and join us. we're here through 9:00. >> here's a live look at tulsa, oklahoma this morning, still dark there. this is the patriot's cup golf tournament in tulsa, oklahoma. beautiful site there with the american flag waving. and we'll get back live down there a little bit later. >> former home, i do love tulsa. >> are you able to play some golf there this morning? >> some good friends, major dan rooney and great golfers. it's one of the great events that happens every memorial day as are the three of us. it's tradition, the three of us, i think the last four or five years we have been here on memorial day. >> holiday crew. >> so, too, has pork barrel barbecue. my wife this morning said don't forget to take your breakfast with you. i said i'm good. pork barrel barbecue are here today, baby. we'll be cooking outside this morning with them. come out to 48th street. >> you at home get to have your barbecue today. we needed one here.
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we begin first with an extreme weather alert. lots of people around the east coast especially talking about this. tropical storm beryl making landfall overnight. this storm is bearing down right now is jacksonville beach, florida. that happened and hit landfall just after midnight. hurricane-strength winds of 70 miles per hour. the weather system continues to dump rain over parts of florida, georgia and the southern part of south carolina today. the storm making a mess out of memorial day plans for many. and the rip tide creating dangerous surf off the coast of florida and georgia. but still, some are braving the weathers despite all those warnings. the governor of florida urging residents to be on alert and aware. for some beach goers, a rude awakening. >> really got out of control. we couldn't control it. we finally came back in but still way off our course. >> not stopping those kids in the background, right, from having a good time. a new advisory is issued at the top of the hour.
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maria molina is standing by live in the weather center with us. >> good morning, guys. good to see you. happy memorial day. we're talking about tropical storm beryl that's bringing a lot of rain across parts of the southeast. up to a foot of rain is expected across parts of florida and north georgia. not good to deal with the tropical system here for the weekend. believe it or not, it's not officially the atlantic hurricane season just yet. that starts on june 1st and we're already down for a second snamd system for the reason. really active right you now. we have this system right now, sustained winds at 50 miles per hour so it has weakened a little bit, made landfall after midnight across parts of north florida near jacksonville. it's producing wind gusts at times of 50 miles an hour. most of them are lower than that. by 2:00 a.m. tuesday, we expect the storm system to continue to weaken and just be a tropical depression. that's what we're look at here. it's going to be slow to turn
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northward. we'll continue to see that system making more of a northeastern turn and because it's going to be moving so slowly, it's going to continue to dump a lot of heavy rains but we are in a drought out here. we need the moisture. when you get that much rain in such a short amount of time, you're talking about flash flooding concerns. >> thanks, maria. they've rebuilt some of the beaches down there from daytona down. they don't need this on memorial day of all days. thanks a lot. >> certainly do not. thank you. meanwhile, memorial day is a time to thank as we pay tribute to the brave men and women who have protected our country through the decades. both president obama and mitt romney set to honor those americans at special ceremonies throughout the day. >> yeah, kelly wright live in washington with the details on what the president and the governor are doing this morning and also what john mccain is doing. nice to see you. >> good to see you as well. dave and ainsley as well. president obama and first lady michelle obama will attend memorial day ceremony at arlington national cemetery to lead the nation in remembering the brave men and women who made
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the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the military. the commander in chief will lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown to pay a solemn tribute to unknown heroes who served and died in defense of this country. afterwards, the president along with vice president joe biden will visit the vietnam war memorial. the president there will deliver the keynote address during a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the start of the vietnam war. now, over the weekend, president obama in his weekly address called on all americans to help veterans and their families. >> we have to serve them and their families as well as they've served us. by making sure they get the health care and the benefits they need, by caring for our wounded warriors and supporting our military families. and by giving veterans the chance to go to clevenlg, find a good job and enjoy the freedom that they risked everything to protect. >> later today, the man who wants to become president, governor mitt romney will join senator john mccain, a former
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p.o.w. and war hero of the vietnam war, the two will present a memorial day tribute of the veterans museum and memorial center in san diego. you know, president obama says memorial day is more than just a three-day weekend. yet, in the coming weeks, we will see it means a lot to him as well as to governor mitt romney because in these coming weeks of the presidential campaign, both men will be vying for, competing for the military vote. dave, clayton, ainsley, back to you? >> thanks so much. >> thanks a lot, kelly. it should be interesting, mccain won that by 10 points. eight point gap right now for mitt romney. see where it goes. >> right. for the rest of your headlines, defense secretary leon panetta says the pentagon has a plan ready for military action to prevent iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon but the u.s. remains focused on reaching a diplomatic solution. >> we begin with the fundamental premise here and the fundamental premise is that neither the united states nor the international community is going to allow iran to develop a nuclear weapon.
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we will do everything we can to prevent them from developing a weapon. >> panetta's comments come as iran's nuclear chief declared there is no reason for his country to halt production of uranium enrichment to 20%. a key demand of world leaders. and now the latest on the etan patz case. pedro rodriguez is charged with second-degree murder and some grisly new details are emerging. this morning's "new york post" reporting that hernandez reportedly stashed the boy's body in a refrigerator before discarding it into the trash. it's unclear how long hernandez who was then 19 years old kept patz' body hidden in that corner bodega. meanwhile, police say they are trying to confirm that his descriptions of the basement matches the architectural drawings from 33 years ago originally saying he put that body in a bag. all right, rolling thunder rolled through our nation's capital yesterday.
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hundreds of thousands of people showing up at the annual motorcycle rally which makes sure our war heroes are never forgotten. they were able to finish the ride before the bad weather rolled in. no pun intended. forcing the national memorial day concert to close down. about half way through the event, host gary sinese told concert goers they should go and seek shelter. >> ladies and gentlemen, you heard the capital police. we have a severe weather warning and we ask that everybody leave in an orderly fashion. >> that's not fun! the broadcast then transitioned into last year's concert after a reported message apologized for being unable to air the rest of that event. and country music star tim mcgraw doing his part to give back to veterans this memorial day. he's launching a nationwide project called homefront to help wounded warriors and service members in need. as part of the effort 25 families will be awarded with
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mortgage-free homes at the -- at each of his summer concerts. that's awesome. he says 25 mortgage-free homes with every concert. he says being able to reward vets for their dedication is something that he is honored to be able to do. giving back. >> that's amazing. >> those are your headlines. >> absolutely love tim mcgraw. >> the indy 500 always part of your memorial day weekend and it was a great race on sunday. temperatures 91 degrees. 130 on the track, the hottest one there in 60 years and it was a fantastic race with dan wheldon who was not there, we lost dan wheldon a few months ago and his good friend dario franchitti won the indy 500 even more than that, one, two, and three, dario franchitti, scott dixon and tony kanan, those were dan wheldon's three best friends. three pallbearers at the funeral for dan wheldon and an amazing
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finish. >> emotional day. my father-in-law was there yesterday and i couldn't imagine being in that crowd at that track with that amount of heat, 130 degrees. some say 140 on the track. at some capacity. i don't know how they dealt with that. >> one driver, marco andretti said he felt his shoe melting to the pedal at one point. they always deal with heat. dario says he has a 200-mile-an-hour air conditioner to keep cool. i don't know if we have the crash. a japanese driver was going to pass franchitti on the final lap, looked i can he might win it. he wiped out. said franchitti didn't give him enough room. >> this is the race where you drink the milk at the end. >> what is one beverage you think you want to cool down with? i don't think a milk. >> that's not true. put a little ice in it. have you had ice with your milk?
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it's really good. >> almost every time i work out, no kidding. chocolate milk. >> muscle milk? >> he's a whole milk guy. some go with the 2%. ashley judd was there. she was thrilled. >> she says that -- >> one, two, three. >> i think we have ashley judd talking to her -- his wife, take a listen, she says he's a legend. >> when he got in the car, i will see you in the winner's circle. i knew it. >> did you see him go from 25th to third on the green flag run? i don't think anybody has ever done that before. he's a legend. >> she believes in him, right? >> ask the legend about the three wins and about his friend dan wheldon coming up at 6:40 eastern time, the second time in a couple of years that we've had dario on this monday show. don't miss that. >> coming up on the show, president obama doubling down on his attacks of mitt romney's record on bain capital. what about the president's own economic record? can he say soaring debt? our washington insiders take
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>> and welcome back. president obama's re-election team continues to focus on mitt romney's record at bain capital claiming he destroyed jobs instead of creating them. >> what bain capital never did was focus on job creation. that's not what bain capital does. it loads up companies with debt. it takes money out of those companies and pays those investors. it's not about job creation. and that's what mitt romney is running on.
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and look, we've seen this experiment in massachusetts. he did the same thing when he ran in 2002 in massachusetts and took that state's job creation numbers to 47th in the country. >> but should the obama campaign really be criticizing romney's economic record when the president's presiding over a soaring deficit? our washington insiders are here this morning to talk about this in a fair and balanced debate. ford o'connell is a republican strategi strat strategist and a political pac. they both join us this morning from washington. nice to see you this morning. >> thanks for having us on, clayton. >> you bet. ford, let me start with you this morning. do you agree with robert gibbs there? >> i agree with robert gibbs in the sense that how romney handles the bain situation is probably going to decide who sits in the white house in 2013. that said, though, it's extremely hypocritical and obama's bain attacks really show a lack of understanding of how free enterprise and the economy works. what mr. gibbs fails to comprehend is that you do not
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have job creation unless you have profit making. i don't care whether you open a lemonade stand or you're running staples. if you don't turn a profit, you don't add jobs and it's pretty hypocritical given this administration doesn't have one net job and piling on $1.5 trillion in debt with no plan to pay it down. keep doubling down on bain. >> is it hypocritical? the president holding fundraisers with private equity firms and on the other hand criticizing bain capital oochltite not hypocritical at all. that's what this election is going to be about. i think the president is absolutely right to make sure that people understand what exactly happened at bain capital or what the tenure of mitt romney's term was. and that was it was a wealth creator. for him to go out and say he created 100,000 jobs is blatantly false. at this time when you not only
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define yourself but define your opponent, they call this record on the carpet. that's what the president is doing with these ads and other folks. >> republicans try to paint the president not having to do much of a diffilt job with that is calling him the debt president and according to cbs, the debt increase of 87% or $9.34 trillion and the president's amount of debt up to upwards of $15 trillion a lot of that on his watch. >> and the president has laid out a plan to get rid of that budget. he's put out a thoughtful plan to reduce that budget by $4 trillion. he's put out a plan in there. he inherited an absolute mess, we talked about before. he had to put in some stimulus measures and he had to put in some measures. >> ford, i'll give the final word. >> if mitt romney wants to win this bain argument, he will paint himself as a turn around artist adebt at cleaning up messes. president obama inherited a bad situation but bottom line is
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he's made the situation much worse. >> thank you for coming in on this memorial day. >> happy memorial day to you. >> thank you. >> coming up on the show, this really guy is man's best friend. so much so, he ran across the country or cross country. maybe not entirely. his little legs might not be able to make it that far. on this memorial day, a glimpse of what military life is really like and simple ways you can honor those who served. military wife and veteran here next to show us how. [ male announcer ] nature valley sweet & salty nut bars.
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>> today is memorial day, as you know, a day that many have come to associate with time off from work or that sale down at macy's. or time off from school. and backyard barbecues but, of course, our next two guests are
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going to remind us what memorial day is really about. for our country. tara crooks and star henderson are military spouses and co-author of "1001 things to love about military life." and star, you were also in the military, right? >> yes, ma'am. >> that's great. thanks so much for serving, for giving up your spouse and your spouse to serve our countries. we really appreciate that. married for 14, 16, is that right, years? >> 16. >> 15 friday. >> congratulations. a long time. >> happy anniversary. >> tell me why you wrote this book? >> oh, my goodness. for so many reasons. it's our love letter to the military. it's to those who serve now who have given ultimate sacrifice to their families. we want them to know how important it is to focus on the positives and that kind of helps us get through those tough times, those challenges that come with military life. we also wanted to make sure that we left a legacy. it is our legacy. i mean, it's what people -- we want them -- when they see us, they want to remember that.
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and we wanted to do the book in a forum that the military families could journal so they could share their memories and leave their legacy. >> it's for the family as a whole, not just the spouses. >> that's deceiving. there's four of us that wrote it and we're all military spouses but it's for everyone. >> we can't get through 1,001 this morning. we encourage people to read this but we did pull a few. we have five of our top favorites. our first one, let's pull these up. here's the first one. memorial day, learn about it. educate others about it. tell us about those. >> absolutely. we want individuals to educate themselves and their children and to take the time this morning to reflect on what memorial day really means. >> all right. our second one, let's pull this one up. this is feeling grateful when you see someone in the military. tara, that's so important. >> you know, there's so many ways to do this and we were talking about this this morning and i said, you know, you can write a letter through -- through different organizations that star will tell you some about and you can go out and thank a service member by buying dinner.
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what's most important to our service members after all the talk we've done is you take care of our families. our families is the backbone. our army and all of our services, we're army, sorry about that, but our families and if you take care of me and my family, my husband is even stronger and can do what he needs to do when he's on the battlefield. >> that's great. we're all one big family in this country, aren't we? what about memorials? you encourage people to go visit memorials. >> there's so many military -- so many civilians that don't understand the true sacrifice that military families and gold star families, those who have lost loved ones to a war or service, they don't understand or connect with how we feel. and visiting a memorial and seeing that impact and that loss that is there forever would be really helpful. >> you'll never forget. the next one that we have, number four, we pulled this one, attitude of support our troops. unifying attitude of support our troops. explain this one. >> it's definitely something that we all need to embrace, i think we forget sometimes we are
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the 1%. we think the 99% of those out there forgetting us. we know there's something out there to support the troops. in our book, in the section about "outside looking in" we definitely share a ton of resources that people out there can connect with and use the organizations to go ahead and support the troops, you know what i mean? they need that vehicle. and that gets them there. >> and the last one that we pulled and this is a great one. to remember those thank you gestures. go on facebook, find someone that served in the military and right a thank you note. >> right, the organization that tara mentioned was operation appreciation where the spouses, service -- you know, civilians and children can write to military spouses and military children to thank them. >> if there's someone in your family, one of your friends, send them a text message today and say thank you for serving. >> remember the flag. every day is memorial day. i know we take time out today. >> it is. >> every day. >> important to remember that. >> thank you so much. >> all right. so much for friendly skies. ladies, you're moms how does
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this sound to you? pay extra or your kids will be sitting next to a stranger? >> right? one senator is having some answers now. we'll hear about that coming up. in this memorial day, we are live at the patriot's cup in tillsa, oklahoma with fighter pilot major dan rooney who a family whose father made the ultimate sacrifice. they'll join us live. hello to all of you. ♪
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>> my name is sergeant fuller. >> sergeant justin. >> norman t. hatch. >> i'm about to return to my sixth tour of duty. i fight because this country has given my family everything. >> my first firefight was 8 1/2 minutes. felt like two days. the second you stop thinking about the rounds that are flying past you or hitting next to your feet and the mortars coming in and you just watch these awesome people do what they do best. >> it was something that the republic had never seen before. the whole sea was lit up with explosions of the big guns firing. and what i saw in my camera was, you know, a good number of men being shot as they waded through the water. it was always amazing to me that these guys would continue to keep on going. >> the triangle of death, the
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amount of death and violence that we sustained, i capture men and women who are doing something bigger than themselves. >> i had to leave. i had to be strong for the guys that i was over there with. >> i think that people should understand that on an island that was 1/3 the size of central park in new york, over 6,000 people were killed in 76 hours. >> every day that i breathe on this planet, i have to breathe for the marines that have given everything. >> now to a very special guest, fighter pilot with three tours in iraq under his belt. major dan rooney wants to use this day to honor our heroes and make sure none of them are left behind on the field of battle. for him, this is about god, country and of course, golf. >> we're joined by major dan
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rooney and joining us is carlson cole whose father gave the ultimate sacrifice for this country and his proud mom vanessa cole joining us this morning. nice to see you all this morning. >>ed goo morning. >> it's a great day to be an american and it's memorial day. the true -- truly, the most important holiday in this country and we have the coles here with us. wonderful morning, thank you. >> major, what inspired you to start this tournament and folds of honor? tell us about the organization and the foundation and what inspired you. >> my background, f-16 fighter pilot and a pga golf professional. done three tours of duty in iraq. and you see first hand that freedom isn't free and that is why we're here on memorial day to celebrate the amazing sacrifices of men like brent cole and vanessa here and so that's where the inspiration comes from and folds of honor, our mission is to provide scholarships for the spouses and
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kids who have lost somebody in ir iraq. >> carson, your father brent was killed in afghanistan in action during a helicopter crash in operation enduring freedom. on this day, we honor his memory and all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to this country. what does this day mean for you and what does this tournament mean for you and your family? >> this day means to me a day that we remember to honor my dad and this tournament and everything just helps me know like everyone -- more people out there care more about other people when there's loss and sacrifice. >> vanessa, you and brent were high school sweethearts. tell us a little about brent and about what this tournament means to you. >> well, this -- this tournament means everything to me. i am so grateful to major rooney and to the folds of honor
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foundation. giving carson this educational scholarship is a huge weight lifted off of me and brent and i did grow up in the same hometown. we were high school sweethearts and we went to college together. so we were married for 17 years. and he was -- he was truly my best friend, not just my husband. and to be a part of this, this tournament and to have the opportunity to share this day and to know how many people really care and support the military, it's an amazing -- and i'm just so grateful. >> you know, we look at your family and you're doing a wonderful job. you should be very proud of that. your husband was such a fine looking man and served all of our country and all of us. your son just spoke. i'm sure all of america felt the way we did when we heard him speak and thought, what an outstanding young man. he seems so educated and well spoken and you're doing a wonderful job. what does this mean? you were telling us what this means to you, this tournament, what was your dad like? help us to know him.
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>> my dad was a very relaxed guy. he always loved to have fun. but he got serious when he needed to be. he was just always there for me and i thank him so much for that. >> well, on this memorial day, we all want to give thanks to those who have served our country, paid the ultimate sacrifice and given us our freedom. major dan rooney and the cole family, thanks for joining us. we'll check in with major dan as the tournament unfolds later this morning. thank you, guys. >> and -- >> again, thank you. and great memorial day. >> thank you, major. and he will introduce us to cory pavin, the 2010 ryder cup captain later in the show, also vince gill, country music legend later in the show with them as well. >> all right. we look forward to that. for the rest of your headlines. three family members are in stable condition after being rescued from this snow covered mounta mountainside in idaho. they waited there for more than 15 hours in whiteout conditions after surviving a nighttime plane crash. fortunately, one of the three was able to use a cell phone to call 911 to say they had survived that crash.
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they suffered head injuries and back injuries. so far, it's still unclear what caused that cessna to go down and new york senator chuck schumer is fighting back against extra airline fees for families who want to sit together. >> your children can wind up being seated in different rows next to strangers and people they don't even know and out of sight of their own parents. that's absurd. >> schumer is asking transportation officials for new rules that would prevent this all from happening. former british prime minister tony blair testifying today in london about his relationship with the press and rupert murdoch as part of the phone hacking investigation involving the news of the world paper. earlier, blair insisted it was essential that top journalists and politicians have close relations. but added that he was aware this country -- or this could be unhealthy because of the power of the press. rupert murdoch is the c.e.o. of news corporation, the parent company of fox newschannel. and don't underestimate this little dog, she is already -- she's run 1100 miles across
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china making friends with little cyclists that are on the road and different people walking around on the street. the lovable stray began following the cyclists after they gave her some food and they -- she never stopped following them. the group naming her and they were traveling by bike across the country. she is now becoming sort of a celebrity around the world with microblog that has thousands of followers. look at that. she's just going. >> trucking along. at least china is a small country. she won't have far to go. >> thank you, ainsley. as extreme weather continues this morning, we're tracking tropical storm beryl after it made landfall overnight in jacksonville, florida. with more on this, let's go to steve gelbach live in california this morning with more on this. how is it looking down there, steve? >> we do have some high winds here, but most of the rain is staying well to the north. we're on the southern edge of where this tropical storm warning extends to. so not seeing the brunt of it
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like the folks near jacksonville beach where the storm came ashore 12:10 overnight while most folks were sleeping. you can see the flags are whipping up here. a good 50 miles an hour sustained winds with those tropical storm force gusts. up to 40 miles an hour from overnight. those winds should calm down throughout the day. we will see some rain bands coming through here. right now, most of the heavy rain is off shore and again to the north of here but that red flag is flying as well. you look down here in the waves, it's all churned up and you have 3 to 4 foot waves right there. once we get to high tide later this afternoon, this storm could wash out most of the beach activity this memorial day weekend up and down the east coast here of florida and they're going to close this beach off. too dangerous to get in the water. a lot of rip currents out there. they made 150 beach rescues over the weekend in daytona beach, just to the south of here. they're telling not to get in the water and by high tide this afternoon, most of the sand will be covered. good thing, though, on the southern end here, this is the good side of the storm where the wind is blowing from the south and blowing on shore to off shore unlike the folks up near
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jacksonville who are seeing most of the brunt of this storm but only some wind to deal with here on flagler beach. reporting live, back to you. >> thank you so much, we'll continue to track this storm and plus this coming up on the show. would you believe that nasa holds the key to the fountain of youth? au sign me up, then. >> new indy 500 winner this morning, one that has been there before. dario franchitti taking a victory lap right here on "fox & friends." the three time champ next. [ male announcer ] it's simple physics... a body at rest tends to stay at rest... while a body in motion tends to stay in motion. staying active can actually ease arthritis sympto. but if you have arthritis, staying active can be difficult.
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>> like so many families here in america, the manions knows what it's like to lose a child in war. >> their son travis died in his second tour in iraq in 2007 and since then, they have been determined to make sure his legacy lives on in a foundation that they started in his honor. chris wallace has more. >> every day is memorial day to me. and i think it's important that every day is memorial day to the rest of this country. >> brian knows all about devotion to country and the sacrifice that can demand because her family has lived it. she and her younger brother travis grew up in the military. their dad tom was a marine. >> the first song that my brother and i -- i ever remember the two of us singing is the marine corps hymn. >> ♪ from the halls of montezuma ♪ >> travis excelled at everything he did. he went to the naval academy intending to follow in his father's footsteps. the attack on 9/11 only deepened his resolve.
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>> he wanted to be in the fight. he wanted to be -- to be there with his men. he wanted to get out and go as quickly as he can. >> travis was on his second tour in iraq in 2007 when his unit was ambushed in fallujah. the first lieutenant was rescuing some of his wounded comrades when he was killed by a sniper. >> he had exposed himself. >> he did. on two occasions. >> to save some of his comrades and all of them survived. >> they did. >> when the family learned of his death back in doyles town, pennsylvania, they were devastated. but also, determined. >> got to work together to make sure that travis' legacy lives on and we've got to honor him the way he would want to be honored. >> his mother janet started the travis manion foundation and it was what kept him going. >> i feel some comfort in the fact of knowing that he died for his country and he loved what he did. >> the goal is to honor the fallen by challenging the living through private donations and
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corporate sponsorships from companies like g.m. and comcast, they provide challenge grants. one went to the family of lance corporal shane harris who was killed in 2006 for a project in guatemala. >> they build a house for a homeless family in like five days. and the only thing that is, you know, that shows it was for shane harris is this tiny little plaque above the door. and it says in memory of shane harris. >> but in 2010, they faced another tragedy. when navy seal brendan looney, travis' best friend and roommate at the naval academy was killed in afghanistan. the two families decided to bury their boys together at arlington national cemetery. >> there's nothing more beautiful than knowing they laid together with these warriors and heroes and they're side by side like they were at the academy. >> last memorial day, president obama visit their graves and talked about their devotion to duty. >> brotherhood, sacrifice, love
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of country. >> but the story doesn't end there. last september, janet was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. she fought for nine months while continuing to run the foundation before she finally succumbed in april just days before the fifth anniversary of travis' death. in her will, there was one special directive. >> that the travis foundation continues on through family and friends. >> inspires me, the reason why i'm standing before all of you is my brother. >> ryan manion took over from her mom to continue to find ways to carry on her brother's legacy. >> i don't know how many times i've had said to me in the last three weeks since my mom died, wow, you've got some big shoes to fill. and i do. and i couldn't be more proud of the family that i have. >> and so ryan and the rest of her family will spend this memorial day at arlington.
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honoring travis and brendan and all the others. >> don't be afraid to go up to a family that you know has lost a loved one in the war and just say thank you. because just knowing that people remember is one of the greatest feelings that a family of the fallen can have. >> so well said. you know, if you don't know what to say to the family of someone who has lost someone and sacrificed for this country saying thank you. thank you. >> the friends that i've known that have lost their loved ones say please, remember our child or our husband. continuously call and ask about him. i want her legacy to live on. >> don't be afraid to say something to your point. thank you. coming up on the show, would you believe nasa could hold the key to the fountain of youth? these out of the world findings are next. >> separated by 500 miles in 42 yea years. a vietnam war vet finally meets the soldier that saved his life. >> he's a man, i'm pretty sure
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of it and i owe my life to him. >> their incredible story is straight ahead in the next hour. wake up!
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>> welcome back to "fox & friends." quick headlines now for you. turns out this drink used to -- used by astronauts to protect themselves against radiation can help battle wrinkles and other skin blemishes. it's called astro facial, that's what i'm calling it. after four months of drinking the as-10, u.v. spots were reduced by 70% and wrinkles by
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17%. i love how ainsley is writing this down. >> good information. >> and a new tell all book about prince william's claims he had doubts about tying the knot, william was apparently afraid he'd cheat on kate middleton. and hesitated when he thought about his own mother and father's failed marriage. interesting. >> all right. let's turn to politics now to sunday shows making a bit of headlines. when it comes to the message of the obama campaign, it has not been this broad hope and change type campaign thus far. it's been largely negative, some call it small ball and right now, they are doubling, tripling down on the bain attacks and that came under you might say attack of bob schieffer from cbs. >> bob schieffer coming out and the host don't usually make the news here but bob schieffer made a bit of news. he went right after robert gibbs, his guest yesterday and wanted to know whether or not hope and change has been thrown out the window in favor of these attack ads on bain capital. take a listen.
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>> one of the refreshing changes when the president was elected, he talked about hope and change. whatever happened to hope and change? now it seems like he's coming out of the box where these old-fashioned negative ads. >> interesting. >> doesn't give their opinions, right? whatever happened to home and change? and now he's using the word forward, you know, we saw the banners, saw the banners change four years ago and now we're seeing, apparently we're going to see forward. >> stick with us, right? we're coming out of this recovery slowly is what the obama administration -- the obama administration is saying. we're going forward, we're leaning forward. it sounds very similar to another network's slogan as well. >> then robert gibbs said yeah, we are not stopping the bain attacks. this is what the campaign is going to be about. an interesting article in "the washington post" says democrats are on board now with the message after what we saw with cory booker, ed rendell, steven radner.
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>> i thought that article was interesting. you would think that a lot of democrats that came out against it think they would have changed strategy. coming up on the show, big two hours of "fox & friends" ahead. you don't want to miss this. general martin dempsey will join us to talk about the current state of affairs in the military and his special memorial day message to the troops as well. only centrum goes beyond. providing more than just the essential nutrients, so i'm at my best. centrum. always your most complete. fiber one. uh, forgot jack's cereal. [ jack ] what's for breakfast? um... try the number one! [ jack ] yeah, this is pretty good. [ male announcer ] half a day's worth of fiber. fiber one.
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>> good morning to you, i'm ainsley earhardt filling in for gretchen this morning. governor walker taking the lead over his democratic oement in washington. what debbie wasserman schultz is saying about the recall election coming up. >> and a military hero, joints chiefs of staff chairman mark dempsey will tell us what he thinks about the troop withdrawal timeline for afghanistan and his message on memorial day. >> and it's the 50-year anniversary of the vietnam war. our own oliver north takes a look back with the man he says saved his life.
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"fox & friends" hour number two right now. >> you're looking live this morning at arlington national cemetery much that's the tomb of the unknown soldier, referring to the remains, of course, of the unknown soldier inturned at that specific spot at arlington national cemetery. so many of our brave men and women who have served this country and sacrificed so much buried in that cemetery. >> and you're hearing the u.s. navy band perform on our plaza. here at 48th and sixth in
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midtown manhattan. if you're in the neighborhood, come on by and see us. we'll get you some food and it won't just be chips and salsa, folks. >> no. it's pork barrel barbecue. >> pork barrel barbecue. pulled pork brisket and smokehitos from what i've told. >> this is a live look from tulsa, oklahoma. this is the patriot cup, the golf tournament where they paramilitary service member with a celebrity or a pga golfer and they play against each other or they match them up. >> not just any golfers, hunter mahan is there. fowler is there. two of the best golfers on the planet. cory pavin, a former ryder cup captain will join us later in the program from oklahoma. >> first, you got some weather to talk about. people hoping their memorial day parades and barbecues and everything would like nice in florida. you can see maria standing in front of florida. it doesn't look that good. >> it doesn't. good morning. good to see you guys. unfortunately, we're talking about tropical storm beryl.
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it's not officially hurricane season in the atlantic and we're down to storm number two or named storm system number two for us. right now, the system has the sustained winds of 50 miles an hour. that's basically -- we could see some gusts that are stronger than 50 miles per hour. that's something to keep in mind for everyone that lives across portions of northern florida. the storm system did make landfall late last night around jacksonville and expected to continue to weaken. once the storm system or the tropical system makes landfall and gets separated from the warm ocean water. that's what starts to weaken it. the warm ocean water is what fuels the storm system. by tuesday 2:00 a.m. sustained winds expected to be at 30 miles an hour. no longer a tropical storm but a tropical depression. it will be a very slow mover. start to take a curve towards the northeast as we head into wednesday. that's something that we're going to continue to track here and because it's such a slow mover, it will dump a lot of heavy rain generally between 4 to 8 inches across parts of northern florida and southeastern georgia locally up
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to a foot is possible. that's welcome news across this part of the country because we're currently in a drought. exceptional across parts of northern florida and across parts of georgia. >> thanks so much, maria. >> the jazz festival was canceled in jacksonville, florida and you had all those campers, they had to evacuate as well with the weather. your travel plans might be affected. >> and the big concert there last night in d.c., kelly wright there in the d.c. area to tell us maybe more about that. but president obama, mitt romney both paying their respects by honoring america's veterans in different ways this memorial day. kelly wright is live in washington with a preview of their plans today. did you get a chance to go down there? the concert was, what, last night canceled by thunder. >> i did not get a chance to go down there. it was canceled because of the extreme weather that came through the area. i experienced that having some problems at my own house as a matter of fact, because of that storm. but anyway, the more important matter at hand is what's going on today and that's the fact that president obama is saying memorial day is more than just a
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three day weekend. it's something much more in terms of men and women who have served so ironically in years past and current wars. he's participating in several events that honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while protecting america's freedom much at arlington national cemetery where so many of america's military heroes are buried, president obama will attend a traditional but solemn wreath laying ceremony today. the commander in chief will lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns to pay a solemn tribute to unknown heroes who served and died at war. afterwards, the president along with the vice president joe biden will then visit vietnam, the vietnam war memorial, the president will deliver the keynote address during a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the start of the vietnam war. over the weekend, president obama in his weekly address called on all americans to help veterans and their families. >> we have to serve them and their families as well as
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they've served us. by making sure that they get the health care and benefits they need, by caring for our wounded warriors and supporting our military families and by giving veterans the chance to go to college, find a good job and enjoy the freedom that they risked everything to protect. >> later today, the man who wants to become president, governor mitt romney will join senator john mccain, a former p.o.w. and war hero to the vietnam war. the two will present a memorial day tribute at the veterans museum and memorial day center in san diego. you got to picture this. in the coming weeks of the presidential campaign, president obama and governor romney will be competing for the military vote. the president continues to work on bringing the war in afghanistan to an end. touting his efforts as well, to bring us the u.s. combat troops home from iraq and then accrediting the u.s. military for killing usama bin laden. meantime, governor romney claims president obama's economic policies are making it hard for
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veterans returning home to find good jobs. so even on this good veterans day, good memorial day, i should say, there's still room for politics. back to you. >> always. >> always. >> never takes a rest. not in an election year. thank you, kelly. >> he reportedly confessed to his grisly crime more than 30 years ago but no one alerted authorities. pedro hernandez's sister revealing today her brother told his church prayer group in the 1 1980's that he strangled little etan patz. he might have stashed the little boy's dead body in a refrigerator before discarding it in the trash. the 51-year-old is charged with second-degree murder. three family members are in stable condition after being rescued from this snow-covered mount i be -- mountainside in idaho. they waited there for 15 hours after surviving that nighttime plane crash. fortunately, one of the three was able to use a cell phone to call 911 to say they had survived that crash. they suffered head injuries and back injuries.
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so far, still unclear what caused that cessna to go down. and two vietnam veterans separated by 500 miles and 42 years. look at that, shaking hands. they reconnect. thanks to a chance sighting in a magazine. jim daley decided to place an ad announcing a reunion for the second brigade eighth infantry. barry adams stumbled across it and realized daley was the man who saved his life during the war. >> what do you tell a man that saved your life 42 years ago? i said it took me 42 years to find you and he come over to me and hugged me and said we're like brothers. i said boy, you got that right. >> it blowed my mind. it just blew me out of the water! >> the two men say that they will never forget this weekend. and those are your headlines. >> thanks, ainsley. let's turn our attention to wisconsin, the state of wisconsin shaping up to be quite a bellwether in this upcoming election because what happens in wisconsin usually a blue state,
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president obama won it by a landslide in the last election though has changed in 2010. things were different there and now to 2012. that's going on in that recall election with the new one coming out there. governor walker looks like with a few short weeks away, 50% in a new poll compared to the milwaukee mayor tom barrett. >> we've seen all these polls trending from either five points up to about nine or 10 points lead for governor scott walker. what's happened largely is scott walker really hasn't moved in terms of favorabilities but his opponent has gone down significantly in the last couple of weeks. and it's interesting because they haven't been talking a lot about the stripping of collective bargaining rights for public union members. that's what the recall is all about and now it's not necessarily about that because some feel they've worked. what does this mean nationally? is it a dry run as d.n.c. chair debbie wasserman-schultz said on
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sunday. listen. >> what i think the implications will be is that -- that ultimately, i think tom barrett will pull this out but regardless, it's given the obama for america operation an opportunity to do the dry run that we need of our massive, significant dynamic campaign which can't really be matched. >> so this is fascinating in she's talking about the ground game there basically saying this is a practice run for us. it's a practice run for the obama campaign because they're putting the full weight and power of the obama for america re-election campaign behind getting the vote out there trying to get people to send in these ballots, trying to get them out and actually to vote on recall election day. >> wouldn't you have thought she would say the opposite because of what the polls are showing. >> this is a dry run and you're putting all your resources up there and then you lose. >> do you want her to say she doesn't think she can pull it out. she has to say that. >> she came back on twitter a little bit later and said i want to clarify, tom barrett is going
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to win. >> he's well positioned to win on twitter. >> she has to say that. he's going to win. >> but the president is saying we put all our resources into this election. so if you did that and then you lose that election, what is it it mean nationally? maybe it means that collective bargaining rights needs to be stripped in other states and maybe it means that wisconsin is definitely -- >> maybe you're reading into it. maybe you're reading into it. maybe she's saying this is a dry run for our organizational skills and if we fail, then you know what? we need to redo some things going forward. >> up for interpretation. june 5th is the recall election and no governor has survived a recall election. it would be the first ever. >> it's interesting, you expect that in the south and some of the states that are more red states but from a blue state, you're right. it's interesting to see how this is going to play out. >> the last governor to win on a recall election, governor schwarzenegger in california. coming up on the show, a real war hero general mark dempsey chairman of the joint chiefs of
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staff joins us live with his memorial day message to the troops. >> take a good look at your tv. a small plane crashing into the san diego bay. the whole thing is caught on camera. what happens next is more shocking. stay tuned. >> and they're playing for us all morning. the u.s. navy band live on our plaza. i was pushing my kids in a stroller when i had my heart event. and i've been on a bayer aspirin regimen ever since. [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. i know if i take my bayer aspirin i have a better chance of living a healthy life.
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>> welcome back. violence in syria continues, president obama is calling on russia in a bid to help out assad but is the u.s. taking the appropriate steps in dealing with the syria unrest and the assad regime? >> joining us to weigh in on this is general martin dempsey. nice to see you on this memorial day, sir. thank you for wake up and getting up early with us on this day. thank you. >> it's actually a late morning for me. >> i was going to say in the military you're well before
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anybody. >> no problem. >> let's play you some sound from senator john mccain who has been critical of the united states' actions against syria. take a listen. >> it's really an abdication of everything that america stands for and believes in. and on memorial day, we should be especially moved by this incredible inaction and failure to assert american leadership. >> it seems like, general, there's a lot of talk going on there. this weekend, we saw the atrocities against children by the syrian forces. is it time to take action and enough talking already? >> you know my job as the senior military leader in america is to provide the president options when political decision is taken. and i think that the events over the weekend are absolutely atrocious and i think the international community. i think the pressure has to be mounting on assad and should
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continue to mount on assad and if asked for those options at some point, i'll be prepared to provide them. >> is a military option one of those? >> of course, the military, there's always a military option. but that military option should always be wielded carefully because one thing we've learned about war, i have learned personally about war is that it has a dynamic all its own. it takes on a life all its own and so you'll always find military leaders to be somewhat cautious about the use of force because we're never entirely sure what comes out on the other side. but that said, it may -- it may come to a point with syria because of the atrocities. >> general, when you look at that, talking about this military option, do you look to libya as a marker for success there and being able to say, worked in libya. do the two go hand in hand or do you have different ideas on the table? >> well, i think that it's always very risky to apply a template to any particular
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conflict. as we've learned, again, lessons throughout history. i'm sure there are some things that we did in libya that could be applicable in a syria environment or syria scenario but i'm very cautious about templates. >> all right. moving now to afghanistan, leon panetta, the defense secretary on sunday criticizing what mitt romney has been saying on the campaign trail regarding our withdrawal. listen. >> the only way to get this accomplished in terms of the transition that we have to go through is to be able to set the kind of timelines that have been set here in order to ensure that we fulfill the mission of an afghanistan that governs and secures itself. >> the secretary of defense says this withdrawal is working. will it work long term? >> well, i think that a couple of things in reaction to that. i mean, the objectives of lisbon, the lisbon summit that establishes full transition at the end of 2014 remain in effect.
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and what you've seen the leaders of the -- of nato do in chicago is decide that they needed a milestone in 2013 to pull them toward lisbon and so the milestone in 2013 involves us transitioning security responsibility to the afghans. which, by the way, is the only way this issue is ever resolved is the point at which the afghan security forces can take responsibility. john allen, the commander in the international security for afghanistan forces is responsible for doing periodic reviews about how that progress is going and one other point, the other point is that we've got now a strategic partnership agreement with afghanistan that commits ourselves to a longer term presence beyond 2014, the framework of which will be established over the last year. >> and one of the sticking points, of course, we had some guests on the show yesterday pointing out that pakistan perhaps the biggest international concern, perhaps
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more so than iran with 100 nuclear warheads trained on that region and of course, everything that unfolded as it related to this doctor whom is now being held by pakistan for upwards of 33 years and his working with the united states in the international community to try to bring usama bin laden to justice. here is secretary panetta on that issue and we'll get you to sponld. -- respond. >> it is so difficult to understand and it's so disturbing. yet they would sentence this doctor to 33 years for helping in the search for the most notice -- notorious terrorist in our times. this doctor working against pakistan but against al-qaida. >> your thoughts on that? >> incredible. i can't imagine what they did. it's probably some tribal court. i certainly hope that's an appellate level court that would deal with it and reverse it. >> and your message today, chairman, on memorial day?
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>> well, my message is that few families in america thankfully have had the experience -- the tragic experience of being handed a folded flag because of the loss of a loved one who has been killed or died in combat. and so, i want to make sure that i remind myself and that we remind ourselves that today is really about memorializing those who have died in the service of their country and made us who we are. [ male announcer ] what's in your energy drink?
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>> talk about real american pride. the national memorial day parade in washington, d.c., every year, folks from all over our country, they go there, they come together paying tribute to those who have sacrificed their lives for america's freedom. this year, we are honored to have these patriotic folks with us riding along in the u.s.a.
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cares float later on today after the show. but first, they're on "fox & friends" joining us this morning. now, it's iraq veteran brian anderson and miss america 2012, laura kessler. thanks so much to both of you for being with us. i know it's very early. >> thanks for having us. >> let me start with you, i want to find out more about what the parade and what's happening today. tell us your story. i know 2005 was a tough year for you. tell us why. >> well, at the end of 2005 in october, i got blown up on october 23, 2005. i lost both of my legs and my left hand. to an i.e.d., improvised explosive device and i woke up at walter reed in washington, d.c. and i woke up to my family being there and kind of showed me support and i -- you know, ok. that's it. it was -- it is what it is and i need to do what i need to do. >> we heard a veteran earlier
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saying that you -- the service men and women sacrifice lives and limbs and i thought about you when he said that. you went on to write a book "no turning back" why that title? >> because you can't go back and it was off of one of my friends that lost their lives in iraq, there was a picture that we kind of utilized for his memorial and it was him standing there kind of half -cocked backwards and half cocked forwards and that was kind of my tribute to him and also, there is no turning back. always moving forward. at least i am. >> got lesson for all of us to learn in the military or not, you have to move forward and remember -- take what was in the past but move forward. right. and move on. and i'm really proud of you for doing that. laura, what is your connection here? what's happening today in washington? why are you there? >> well, i am here in support
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of the memorial day parade and sitting next to brian is an inspiration. he is truly a remarkable hero and only one of the people that we need to say thank you for your service today. but i'll be riding with him in the u.s.a. cares float this morning. we'll have a great time this afternoon. >> as miss america, you're learning what america is all about, aren't you? >> yes, i am. >> well, you look great and i know that y'all are going to have a great time today. thank you so much for being with us. brian, thank you for serving and laura, thanks for all that you do, your causes to help america. >> thank you. thanks for having us. >> you're welcome. have a good one. next, caught on camera, a small plane crashing right into san diego's bay. what happens next is even more shocking. stay tuned and vietnam 50 years later, we're looking back with our very own oliver north and the man that he says saved his life. the incredible story straight ahead. [ jennifer ] i always knew my voice would take me places.
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>> live look this morning outside near 48th street here in midtown manhattan as we have our incredible navy band playing for us here. >> on the streets of new york, isn't that great? >> so many people stopping by and taking photos and getting a chance to see this. it's still fleet week here in midtown manhattan as we memorialize those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country today. >> and later today, defense secretary leon panetta will lead the ceremony to thank our vietnam veterans. fox news shannon bream recently spent time with a special veteran, our fox news contributor lieutenant oliver north. and he told about the man he credits with saving his life decades ago. >> we are looking at 50 years since the vietnam war, joined by two of our distinguished veterans who have served our country and saved a lot of lives along the way. tell us what it was like coming back from vietnam and how the country felt at that point, how
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you felt that you and your fellow soldiers were treated. >> coming back from vietnam was a great relief. i must say that. many of us who came off the back of the c-141 came down and kind of kissed the ground. we were glad to be home. when you get back from war like that, you kind of look back and you say that was tough. that was tough. but now i'm home. i have a sense of home, heart, this type of thing. and it was a wonderful feeling. now, we hear so much about the way the vietnam vets were treated when they got back from war either ignored and actually despised at times. that to me never really bothered me because what i figured, sometimes the greatest compliment is to be rejected by certain people and that gets you over that pretty quickly. did that work for you? >> same thing, jack. and of course, i stayed in the military. jack came back in the military. had he not been next to me several big battles when i got hurt, i wouldn't be here today. and i get to see jack regularly
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now treating patients from this war, more than four decades later. and i see the kind of commitment that was built on the battlefields of vietnam where guys like those on this wall behind us were hit and hurt and died as a consequence. and i see a remarkable commitment that was made by this man and others like him to continue service to our country. it's powerful. >> 2.7 million people served in vietnam. men and women, many, as you remarked, more than 58,000 names on the wall didn't make it back. finally, there will be some recognition on monday for the secretary of defense leon panetta is going to honor those and their families from vietnam on this wall. what does that mean to see that finally happening? >> it certainly means a lot to me not so much for myself but those men and still who are up and around, we're getting kind of old now. >> you look fabulous! very spry and fit. >> but i think it's very
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important. i think coming back from vietnam and treated the way we were was the beginning of a growth. and we have grown and grown and grown so that our combatants who were coming home today aren't faced with the types of things we were faced with back then. i think it's amounted to a lot of growth. >> you know, there's a reason why this is the most visited memorial in all of washington, d.c. part of it is a guilt trip. part of it is because the american people know how poorly the veterans of this war were treated. and part of it is because it has those names. the connections that existed. >> so personal. >> very personal. it's very difficult for me to stand there and i know which panels the guys that i and i -- he and i served with, in that rifle company, i lose it about every time we come here and
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we've been here probably 100 times since it was built. whose services and ceremonies and reunions. and guys don't come to these reunions just to be modelin about it. they come because they remember the heroic sacrifices of those who were here. they come because to many of them, the defining moment of the war was a defining moment for them. and most of us, jack is a perfect example, have moved on. he was an enlisted medical corpsman and now he's a retired navy commander and still treating patients from this war. and all those that i know, my radio operator who you know well, official surgeon. not potheaded dropouts like
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they've been depicted in the press and you'll see them all gathered on memorial day recognized for what they really did, not the way they were depicted by hollywood and by the media. >> what do you think it will mean to folks who are vietnam veterans and the families of those who didn't make it to have this recognition on memorial day? from the defense secretary? >> i think it will be absolutely wonderful for those who remain with us today and their families, i think it's absolutely wonderful. >> ask you about your work at walter reed with the young men and women coming back now, what are you seeing? what could we as the american people be doing better to welcome you home? >> i think what's being done now is very well done by many people and i think our combatants coming home today feel very welcome. the injuries of war are all kind of specific to the war. we had our very bad injuries as you recall from the vietnam war but there's a different type of injury today with these high level explosives, these i.e.d.'s and we're literally working with people with one, two, three,
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four limbs and more blown off at a time and it never ceases to amaze me the spirit that these guys have in coming back and it's our job to put them together, both body, mind and soul to get them moving forward in life again. but one thing we don't want to see them do is to sit back and reminisce and gloat over the war and feel bad about the war. we want to return them to life just as quickly as possible so that they don't waste their next 20, 30 or 40 years. >> well, they are heroes as are both of you. thank you for your service and your continued service to the country. >> all right. well said. and an extreme weather alert now as we continue to track tropical storm beryl. it made landfall in jacksonville last night. we go to wosl steve gelbach live in florida. good morning to you. >> we're on the southern edge of where that tropical storm
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warning extends. we're on the good side of the storm, if you want to call it that. a little about the of rain starting to fall here in the last 30 seconds or so. you can see the winds as well, whipping up there and the red flags are flying out today as well. that means the beach is closed to swimmers although i do see a couple of surfers on the other side of the pier on the north side taking advantage of some of these waves. look out at the pier and you can see the waves breaking maybe three or four feet now. a lot smaller than we saw overnight last night when the storm was turning to the north of here coming ashore just after midnight but the surf is dying down. still like a washing machine like, though. not a good time to be in the water. rip current is still a threat here. the winds have died down since the storm came ashore and the rains, watching the bands come through but not as severe to flagler beach is where most of the storm is feeling its impact right now. we're live in florida, back to you. >> thanks, steve, live for us in flagler beach. we'll check in with maria in a
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minute for your extreme weather alerts as well. >> if you're catching flights this afternoon, check the airports and go on line and make sure your flight is on time. both presidential campaigns might want to keep this in mind before sending out surrogates on sunday morning's shows. first it was newark, new jersey, mayor cory booker creating that controversy last sunday. you remember that. now it's former new york city mayor rudy giuliani. watch as giuliani suggests that mitt romney's economic record doesn't hold up against his own. >> maybe it was circumstances or whatever. but i had massive reduction in unemployment. he had a reduction in unemployment of about 8%, 10%, 15%. i had a reduction of unemployment of 50%. they had a growth of jobs of about 40,000. we had a growth of jobs of 500,000. i was comparing what i thought was my far superior record to his otherwise decent record but the numbers weren't as great. that's all part of campaigning. >> with friends like rudy --
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>> yeah. >> he's not running, is he? giuliani did say that romney is a far superior choice for the white house than president obama. dave? >> meanwhile, a plane crashes right into the water in san diego. the shocking scene was caught on camera. >> oh, my god! oh, no! >> no, he's going to the water. he's on the water. >> the single engine cessna getting dangerously lower to the ground, eventually as you saw, going right into the water. luckily, the two men inside the plane at the time managed to make it out and swim to the surface where they were rescued by nearby boaters and they reportedly made mayday calls saying they had lost their engine. an investigation is under way. >> and thousands of people flocking to san francisco's waterfront to watch a speck -- spectacular fireworks display
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celebrating the 75th anniversary. >> of spectacular light show there. more than two billion vehicles have crossed that 1.7 mile long bridge since. have you done that, clayton? >> i've driven, yeah, driven across it. it is gorgeous. and yesterday in thank you, they tore it down. so that's the last time you'll ever see the golden gate bridge. >> that's sad news. >> huh? >> what a race it was on sunday. the indy 500, the leader changing dozens of times. the winner because of that, japanese driver sato crashes and spins out. dario franchitti wins his third indy 500. he was back in 30th because of a little bump in pit row. he is the best friend of dan
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wheldon who he lost in the past year. the other best friend, tony kanaan and scott dixon finishing second and third in the race. what a day it was in indy. >> out of turn 4. made a move to the inside and i made a move to defend and then realized he was coming a little too quickly so pulled back out to give him the room. he lost it on the inside. i kept it wide open and he spun up and clipped me a little bit and i was lucky to keep it together. >> again, franchitti's third indy 500 title. only seven drivers have done that. we are still working on getting dario live on the program. you can see the white glasses inspired by dan wheldon. the milk bath inspired by dan wheldon. his wife suzy wheldon was there as well. again, we're working to get him on the program. had some technical issues earlier on. >> all right. next up on the show. we're firing up the grill and
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>> welcome back. it is a feast for the fleets. it is fleet week here in midtown manhattan and of course, it is also memorial day. we're joined by our good friends from pork barrel barbecue, we've got bret thompson and heath hall joining us. we love seeing you guys. when you come, that means we eat well. it is delicious. you guys have rolled out some new things this year and i love to take a look at this. smoked sausages with a little bit of your sauce and i'm telling you what, follow these guys at twitter at pork barrel barbecue and find out how you can get some of their sauces because you make an incredible sauce. >> we just opened a new place and food and wine magazine named it one of the top barbecue
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joints in america. these are brisket sausages and today we have our mustard vinegar sauce on there. a south carolina sauce. >> you got the pulled pork and the brisket over here and i'm sorry, this -- i want to get the names right. people get really fired up when you get them wrong. >> this is our pulled pork sandwich that's smoked for 12 hours at 325 degrees. >> is it the length and the time? >> it is the love of barbecue. >> there's some controversy in the slow barbecue movement which there's some restaurants who try to do it in like an hour. >> we've heard that. you know what? when we run out of food, we run out of food, it takes time to make it this way. >> this is our pork ribs, we have wet and dry. >> i know you're hungry. >> these are five hours at 225 degrees and a little bit of a spice rub. >> i'm telling you what, you make the best sauce. it is incredible and some great sides. >> yeah. >> too for your barbecue in the
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backyard. cole slaw. >> great black eyed pea salad. really, really tasty. >> at the end, you caught our attention this morning. you said you were going to be showing off this which was a -- it looks like a mojito. it's not. >> this is a new drink. it's a smoke-jito. we smoke it over oak and hickory woods from our good friends in colorado, they provide us the greatest woods and we use similar to any standard mojito but we grill off and smoke off the limes as you can kind of see here. that's really add that little smokey flavor. >> crush it up with some sugar. >> you want to put your -- about eight or so wedges of lime in there. six or seven mint leaves and 2 tablespoons of sugar. muddle that in there and then you're going to pour in some rum. however much you like. >> help me! >> then a little bit of club soda or sprite, whatever your favorite lemon-lime soda is. and then the rub. rim the glass with everything. >> here's what i'm going to do because, you know, i want to get
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one of these drinks. i'll toss it into ainsley so i can enjoy a nice cocktail. >> not allowed to drink that. it's too early. >> i'm not touching that. i'm not touching that. >> coming up, america's heroes about to tee off for our troops. we're live at the patriots cup in tulsa. wake up! that's good morning, veggie style. hmmm. fohalf the calories plus vgie nutrition. could've had a v8. the calcium they take because they don't take it with food. switch to citracal maximum plus d. it's the only calcium supplement that can be taken with or without food. that's why my doctor recommends citracal maximum. it's all about absorption.
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>> welcome back, everybody. the patriot cup is a golf event that supports the families of those who were either disabled or sacrificed their lives while protecting our country. today, our military heroes get to play a round of golf with a pro. joining us with one of those pros, champion golfer and pga tour, 2011 recipient cory pavin,
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wounded warrior and vice president of public relations and military affairs from the folds of honor foundation, major ed polito and joining us is major dan rooney from the folds of honor foundation. >> happy memorial day. >> what does it mean for some of these troops to play with some of the greats in golf. i know ricky fowler is there, some oklahoma state guys and the man next to you, a former ryder cup captain. >> it is, you know, today is a day that we realize that freedom is not free. and we come together to celebrate what memorial day really means. and that's god and it's country, and it's the ultimate sacrifice that has been made and speaking as a military guy, speak for ed, too, to have the tour players and celebrities show up is incredible and my good friend here, cory pavin and the ryder cup captain, we got to know each other over there representing america and then in a little different way, we're representing america today as well. so cory, good to have you,
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brother! >> great to be here. thanks for having me. glad i can help in any way. >> what does it put on you the importance of honoring our troops? auto i'd the great opportunity to go to iraq and visit the troops twice and i wish every american had that opportunity to see what's happening and see what the sacrifices of these men and women are making over there and a lot of them the ultimate sacrifice. it's great to be involved with dan, with the folds of honor and anything with the military to help out and i'm just honored that dan asked me to be involved and i can do anything i can do to help the military. i'm all for it. >> and you are being honored with the brock buckland patriots award they do there at the patriots cup. major ed polito, your turn to tell us what this day means to you. what it means to have people like coreey pavin, ricky fowler and others there on this special day. >> with our pga tour professionals giving back, you
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have to say that the great nation that this is, that on this day, we remember those who have sacrificed so much. and those that didn't come back. and i guess i would tell you that we've got so many families that are going to benefit from what we do with the king of beers budweiser supporting our efforts all over the country. we're making a difference in the lives of those that served and i'm just so lucky to be on this mission with major rooney and corey is with us here and just bringing it all together because we're going to make a difference and as we always say, we're never going to leave anyone behind in the field of battle including our families. >> major dan rooney, one more thing from you and that's i always wrestle with on days like this, how do we impress upon our children who just think, hey, the day is off from school, we're going to get to barbecue with some friends. how do you impress upon our kids the meaning of this day and why they don't have school? >> well, it's such a great point. unfortunately memorial day has been relegated to the opening of the pool.
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the unofficial beginning of summer. and it's up to all of us to pass on the lessons that freedom isn't free and there's the ultimate sacrifice that has been made as major ed said, we're so fortunate to have great supporters. we've got budweiser, the king of beers that just kicked off a program over memorial day. so for memorial day through july 4th. they'll be donating $0.05 a case. by motorola on verizon 4g lte, you guys can stay in touch. ( grunts ) cool. you can video call on skype... send photos. yeah, okay. ah, let's do it. get $100 off any motorola 4g lte smartphone, like the droid 4 now just $99.99. verizon. you can't argue with nutrition you can see. great grains. great grains cereal starts whole and stays whole. see the seam? more pcessed flakes look nothing like natural grains.
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>> good morning to you today. it is monday, may 28th. it's memorial day. i'm ainsley earhardt filling in for grefen and we begin with a fox extreme weather alert. tropical storm beryl striking our shoreline with hurricane-force winds. we have got an eye on this storm. >> and the presidential campaign not taking a break this memorial day. the unexpected question a member of the mainstream media asked the obama campaign member. >> and american icon with a true tribute to our troops.
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>> ♪ and i'm proud to be an american ♪ ♪ where at least i know i'm free ♪ ♪ and i won't forget the man who died ♪ ♪ who gave that right to me >> that man is lee greenwood. he is here to sing "god bless the u.s.a." live this memorial day. just saw him in the green room. he's getting ready to do the sound checks for you guys. it will be a great present this morning on memorial day. "fox & friends" hour three begins right now.
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>> here in midtown manhattan and you are listening to the u.s. navy band northeast playing for all of the folks here in midtown manhattan as they make their way across the plaza and around the world this morning watching "fox & friends." people sending us texts from all over the world letting us know they're watching this morning. >> we are honoring the brave men and women who have fought for this kunlt. special day. >> we're also live at the patriot cup golf tournament. just outside of tulsa, oklahoma, a special day there as major dan rooney puts a lot of the troops together with pga pros and celebrities and they raise a lot of money and they get scholarships to kids who have lost a parent or who have had a parent injured at war. and it's a great foundation of folds of honor foundation, we'll check back in with them in a
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little bit with vince gill, country music superstar. >> if you want to contribute to that, and we have very generous viewers, folds of honor.org is the web site so you can go and contribute. >> all right. and we also want to tell you about an extreme weather alert this morning. you've heard us talk about tropical storm beryl making landfall overnight. the storm bearing down on jacksonville beach, florida. just after midnight. with hurricane-strength winds of 70 miles an hour creating dangerous riptides along the coast. weather system continues to dump rain over parts of florida, georgia as well as the southern part of south carolina today. maria molina standing by in the live fox weather center with the latest for us. hey, maria. >> hey, ainsley. we got a brand new advisory from the national hurricane center basically stating that tropical storm beryl is continuing to weaken so earlier this morning, it has sustained winds at 50 miles per hour. now, just barely a tropical storm with sustained winds at 40 miles per hour so again, the
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storm system continuing to weaken. and the center of it is actually 50 miles to the west of the city of jacksonville. it did make landfall a little bit after midnight. early this morning across parts of northern florida. and the storm system is expected to be generally slow moving. right now, towards the west at about 8 miles an hour. it will take more of a northerly turn as you head into tuesday and wednesday before turning to the northeast and accelerating into open waters. by wednesday, 2:00 a.m. we expect it to have sustained winds of 35 miles an hour. just a tropical depression but the big story with this system is not just the wind but how much rain it will be producing across southern parts of south carolina, georgia and florida. we're talking about rainfall accumulations between 4 to 8 inches of rain. locally up to a foot of it. we need the moisture out here, though. it's somewhat of good news. exceptional drought going on across northern parts of florida and the state of georgia under a drought right now and southern parts of south carolina so again, much needed moisture out here.
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we'll be seeing a lot of that rainfall from beryl. aside from beryl, we also have a lot of other weather going on across the country including severe weather possible today across parts of texas, great lakes and across the interior portions of the northeast. heads up, you will be seeing some showers and some thunderstorms today here and some of those storms could produce large hail and damaging winds and we can't even rule out an isolated tornado or two along some of those areas that could see severe weather. other big story is extreme heat. 90's for chicago, cleveland, kansas city into texas. >> you thought it would be an easy morning on memorial day. not so much. >> no. >> thanks so much. on this memorial day, a time for thanks as we pay tribute to the brave men and women who have protected our country through the decades. both president obama and governor romney set to honor those americans in special ceremonies throughout the day. and kelly wright live at the white house this morning with the details. good morning, kelly. >> clayton, ainsley and dave, good morning to you as well. the president said over the
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weekend that memorial day is more than just a three-day weekend, he wanted to talk about the brave men and women who have served in harm's way paying with the ultimate sacrifice. having said that, the president and the first lady will actually be speaking or he will be speaking at the memorial day ceremony at arlington national cemetery to lead the nation in remembering the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the military. arlington national cemetery is where many of the military heroes are buried. president obama attending today's solemn but traditional ceremony. they'll be paying a solemn tribute to unknown heroes who served and died during the war. afterwards, the president along with vice president joe biden will visit the vietnam war memorial. the president will deliver a keynote address during a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the vietnam war. over the weekend, president obama in his weekly address called on all americans to
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actually reach out and help veterans and their families. >> we have to serve them and their families to make sure they get the health care benefits they need and by caring our wounded warriors and supporting our military families and giving veterans the chance to go to college, find a good job and enjoy the freedom that they risked everything to protect. >> later today, the man who wants to become president, governor mitt romney will join senator john mccain, a former p.o.w. and war hero to vietnam war, the two will present a memorial day tribute at the veterans museum and memorial center in san diego later today, as i mentioned. also, by the way, president obama and governor mitt romney will be competing, vying for the veterans vote as well as the military vote. it will probably be very crucial as we head into the general election. they'll be trying to get that vote because they know it's so important for them to have it. back for you. >> it is, kelly, because it's
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also in some key states. colorado, virginia, north carolina so it's also swing states. appreciate it. >> good to see you this morning and now so other stories making news this morning, he reportedly confessed his grisly crime more than 40 years ago but no one alerted authorities. here's his picture. this is pedro hernandez. his sister revealing today that he told his church prayer group back in the 1980's he strangled 6-year-old etan patz and we're learning new, disturbing details that hernandez might have stashed the boy's dead body in a refrigerator before discarding it in the trash. the 51-year-old is charged with second-degree murder. an emotional and a moving letter read by the top u.s. commander in afghanistan marking this memorial day. general john allen recited the words left behind by marine sergeant william stacy. when he addressed the troops at today's special ceremony in kabul. stacy was killed back in january but right before he died, he wrote a letter to his family. that was to be read in the event of his tet and here's part of
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it. "there will be a child who will live because men left the security that they enjoyed in their home to come to his. and if my life brings the safety of a child who will one day change the world, then i know that it was all worth it." stacy was just 23 years old. rolling thunder rolled through our nation's capital yesterday. >> hundreds of thousands of people showed up for the annual motorcycle rally which makes sure our war heroes are never forgotten. they were able to finish the ride before all that bad weather rolled in forcing a national memorial day concert to close down. half way through that event, host gary sinese told concert goers they should go and seek shelter. >> you hear the capital police. we have a severe weather warning and we ask that everybody leave in an orderly fashion. >> the broadcast then transitioned into last year's
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concert after a recorded message apologized for being unable to air the rest of that event. and country music star tim mcgraw doing his part to give back to veterans on this memorial day. he is launching a nationwide project called homefront to help wounded warriors and service members in need. as part of the effort, 25 families will be awarded with mortgage-free homes at each of his summer concert stops. he says being able to reward these vets for their dedication is something that he's honored to be able to do. and those are your headlines. >> thanks so much, ainsley. let's talk about the sunday shows because boy, have they been creating quite a bit of news lately. last weekend, we saw cory booker making news about his comments about being nauseated over the bain attack ads. this weekend, it was a couple of things. one of which was bob schieffer on "face the nation" questioning robert gibbs of the obama administration, all of these negative ads and interesting way that he phrased this. take a listen.
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>> one of the refreshing changes when the president was elected, he talked about hope and change. whatever happened to hope and change? now it seems he's just coming right out of the box where these old fashioned negative ads. >> i don't think you need polling to understand why people have a visceral reaction to mitt romney's time as head of bain capital. what bain capital never did was focus on job creation. that's not what bain capital does. it loads up companies with debt. it takes money out of those companies and pays those investors. it's not about job creation and that's what mitt romney is running on and look, we've seen this experiment in massachusetts. he did the same thing when he ran in 2002 in massachusetts. and took that state's job creation numbers to 47th in the country. so we've seen this experiment. we've seen it in massachusetts, quite frankly, we saw it in 2007 and 2008 where we turned our
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economy over to speculators and it crashed on the middle class. >> i'm sure mitt romney and anyone in the private equity industry will tell you, what it's about is turning around companies. if they don't turn around companies, they go out of business. if it's only about profits, they would go out of business. they build these companies into more efficient machines. >> his supporters have said his job was to make money for the investors so he did his job. >> turn around. >> he might have lost jobs because of that but in the grand scheme of things. >> also, bob schieffer referring to these negative attack ads which in large part have been falsely created because many of the attack ads are pointing the things that bain capital did two years after mitt romney worked there. >> the question is, though, are they -- gibbs is saying if this is how we feel about them if we feel like this is being honest, is it a negative ad? and -- >> i don't think there's any question these are negative ads and some appears to be small ball but one thing is clear, they're not backing off. this is going to be the theme of
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their campaign despite the cory booker, the ed rendell, the steven ratner coming out against those attack lines initially. this is where they're going. whether or not it works, time will tell. >> doubling down on that. here we go again. it's not government official out after being accused of mishandling taxpayer money, giving bonuses out like candy. $43 million worth. >> as we remember our fallen heroes today, what about honoring the heroes that made it back home? the pentagon not holding an official parade for them for the first time in years. so our next guest taking matters into his own hands. man: there's a cattle guard, take a right.
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>> this memorial day, we honor the troops who gave their lives to protect our great country. what about honoring the heroes who came home? some iraq veterans feel snubbed by the pentagon, they say, after it refused to host a welcome home parade. so jim roberts, president of the american veterans center is now taking matters into his own hands. good morning, jim! >> good morning, ainsley. good to be with you. >> thank you. so why are the veterans, first of all, outraged? what's going on? >> it's not a case of outrage, i don't think. the pentagon's official view on this is that communities throughout the country should have their own parades. and we're just taking them up on that opportunity here in washington. the national memorial day parade
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has been here since -- excuse me, since 2005 and we're learning that as an opportunity to welcome home and salute our iraq war veterans, we're hoping to have hundreds if not thousands of them walking in the parade today. >> am i wrong in saying that they feel snubbed? you're saying that they don't. >> i don't know. we haven't really discussed that much. they see this and we've urged them to see this as an opportunity to march not just for themselves but to march for those buddies of theirs who were killed and they're about -- there are over 4,000 of those who have fallen in iraq. we have taps, an assistance program for survivors, families of the fallen will be marching in the parade carrying placards with photos of their loved ones. we have about 1,000 active duty troops participating which is the most we've ever had. the pentagon has been very supportive there and finally we have several hundred or perhaps a few thousand actual veterans from iraq. >> i remember there was a lot of anger surrounding the new york giants parade.
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why are we having a parade for a football team and not some of these veterans much that's what started all this. we tried to reach out to the pentagon and we haven't gotten back on this issue yet. we want to make sure we mention that so it's fair and balanced. some of the folks i'm understanding are upset about this. it sounds like you're taking matters into your own hands and creating a parade. that's great. tell me about that and what's happening as well. i understand some actors are involved as well. >> that's right. we started the -- we revived, i should say, the national memorial day parade in 2005 that has been dormant since 1942 in world war ii and never started up again for reasons nobody really understands so we -- we decided to give it a try in 2005. it's grown tremendously over the years. we now have typically 350,000, 400,000 spectators. it's televised all over the country. check your local listings. many fox affiliates are carrying it. the pentagon channel is broadcasting it worldwide so our
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troops in afghanistan and other places on the front lines will be able to see it. chuck yeager, the famous test pilot is the grand marshall. we've got gary sinese and joe montagna and we have the vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff our other reviewing officer and miss america. it will be a great parade, i think. >> thanks so much. and thanks for doing this and honoring our vets and those folks who did come home. happy memorial day. coming up, it doesn't get better than this on memorial day. country singer lee greenwood is going to be here live on our plaza performing his hit song "god bless america." always gives you chills when you hear it and we're headed back to tulsa, oklahoma, to interview these fine folks, the patriots cup where another country music superstar vince gill is honoring one family helping our heroes right here at home.
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>> on this memorial day, we're not only honoring the military heroes who gave their lives, we're honoring the hometown heroes, too. the folks who step up and help the families of fallen troops. >> today, the folds of honor foundation will host their third annual patriots cup and it pairs pro golfers and celebrities with military members to raise money for scholarships. >> joining us live from tulsa, oklahoma, dan rooney, the founder of folds of honor foundation. nathaniel mac, a scholarship recipient, his mother and a special celebrity guest for
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today's event, country music star vince gill. >> all right. >> welcome to the show, guys, nice to see you again. major dan, tell us what's going on down there at this hour. >> it's memorial day and it's a day of great reverence in our country and it's a day we celebrate the men and women that have made the ultimate sacrifice. and we're blessed to have a great group of families here and celebrities to put the meaning back into memorial day. >> vince gill, one of the great country music stars. from norman, oklahoma, how humbled are you to hear the sack rhode island -- sacrifices that our troops make and their families make as well, people like the macks sitting next to you. >> well, it's very -- you don't really have words for it because thank you just isn't enough and that's a big reason i come. and i've made friends with danny down there and i love his mission, i love his heart. and i meet these people. i love these people.
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and nathaniel is one of the greatest kids i've ever met in my life. and so i like to say thank you more than anything. that's why i'm here. >> what about the mack family? what does this mean to you? what does today mean to you and your organization? >> today -- >> well, just to have an opportunity for organizations like folds of honor to help us in nate's ability to go to not only college but also his private school. they subsidize his private school tuition and without the support of them, nathaniel wouldn't be able to attend his school. today means more than just a golf tournament. it means we are taking an opportunity to honor people like nathaniel's father who was killed in action and those who were wounded as well and remembering our troops as they come home. >> and nate, you are amazing, man, you lose your dad. and you turn this into something that you can use to help other
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kids and that is amazing for a young man who went through so much. what is your message to other kids that are going through this type of loss? >> my message to others is always know who are your friends because without my friends, i would not be here today. i would probably be back here in the corner that wouldn't want to talk to everybody but all the people i've met even here, they've helped me get stronger and, you know, grow as a man to become somebody that my father would want me to be. >> i know he'd be very proud of you today. and vince, i have to tell you this past weekend, i was with some of my old high school friends and one of them, we were talking about some memorabilia that we had. she said i wonder whatever happened to that full length vince gill poster that i had on the back of my bedroom door. madly in love with you. her name is cindy. if her mom can find it, she needs to send it to nate. >> cool. maybe if you could get me her number, that would be great. >> vince, you -- >> i have one of those, too, in
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my room. >> i got one on my wall. >> she's going to kill me for saying that. >> nate, i'm going to get her mom to send to you if she still has it, ok? >> ok. >> before and after. >> vince is going to be taken to the road for a dozen bluegrass shows starting june 13th. more from the patriots cup there in tulsa, oklahoma. thanks, guys. pleasure for having you here on this memorial day. go to foldsofhonor.org, that's how you can donate some money to help the families of fallen soldiers. such an important organization. >> thanks again to nate, dan and vince gill. here's we go again, a top government official out after being accused of mishandling taxpayer money giving bonuses out like candy. $43 million worth. wait until you hear this one.
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♪ ♪ [ camera clicks ] ♪ it's hard to resist the craveable nature of a nature valley sweet & salty nut bar. >> ♪ i was born country ♪ and that's what i'll always be ♪ ♪ like the rivers and the woodlands ♪ ♪ wild and free >> pork barrel barbecue this memorial day and we have troops on the plaza hanging out. fleet week, too. that's why they're here and enjoying a little r&r.
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we want to take a moment this morning to thank the beverage company. this is -- i think it's glacial, right? for providing us with these great red, white and blue beverages today for our barbecue including the full throttle energy drink, power ade, vitamin water and smart water. >> they are raising money, i believe, there's some type of -- yeah, donated $250,000 to the u.s.o. and also featuring the u.s.o. logo on more than 25 million cans. >> yeah. check out what's really cool about that. this full throttle energy drink, too, i guess that's the one going to the u.s.o. to honor our military heroes. they donated the $250,000 to the u.s.o. and they have the iconic logos on more than 25 million ca cans. >> i'll go with the vitamin water. >> go with the full throttle. >> sorry, you have to throw to maria. >> these guys are drinking already!
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>> vitamin water! >> i know. this is healthy. good stuff for them. maria, what's going on as far as the -- it's beryl, still a tropical storm, right? >> yeah, still a tropical storm, tropical storm beryl. we're still tracking this storm system and it's actually, you know, not totally unusual but a little bit weird that it's not even hurricane season yet. the first day of the atlantic hurricane season is actually june 1st and we're down to our second named storm system of the season, tropical storm beryl. that did make landfall late last night near jacksonville, florida, currently 50 miles to the west of jacksonville, florida still producing a lot of rain across parts of northern florida, rough surf, rip currents and dangerous stuff for people who may have traveled down to florida and headed outdoors for memorial day weekend. be safe out there across parts of northern florida and southeastern georgia, the storm system is expected to continue to weaken and by late tonight into early tuesday, it should lose its tropical storm status
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and become a tropical depression with sustained winds of about 35 miles per hour and really the big concern with beryl is how much moisture it's going to pack because it's going to be a slow mover. we're talking about 4 to 8 inches of rain possible across parts of northern florida and southeastern georgia so we're talking about a flooding concern possible out there and locally up it a foot of rain will also be possible and you can see it there on satellite and radar spinning in that moisture across parts of northern florida and also the coast of georgia so that storm will continue to turn towards the right. otherwise, across the rest of the country, pretty active day with severe weather possible across the great lakes and very hot temperatures. >> thanks so much. busy, busy memorial day in the weather department. thanks so much. >> now for the rest of your headlines, talk about throwing money to the wind. stepping down amid accusations of wrongly giving out nearly $44 million of taxpayer money, investigators say an audit found the agency misappropriated nine contracts. given senate pay for good work.
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the report claiming some bonuses and contract extensions were provided without justification. the bike of a missing louisiana student has now been found. happened over a week after her disappearance. 22-year-old niki shue seen here on surveillance video riding her bike the night she went missing. cops trying to track down this white pickup truck seen in this video. the bike was found by two fishermen under a bridge. details about its condition are not being released and they're planning to search the area where it was found on a.t.v.'s and both presidential campaigns may want to keep this in mind before sending out surrogates to the sunday morning shows. first it was newark, new jersey's mayor cory booker creating controversy last weekend, last sunday, now it is former new york city mayor rudy giuliani. watch as giuliani suggests mitt romney's economic record doesn't hold up against his own. >> maybe it was circumstances or whatever. but i had massive reduction in
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unemployment. he had a reduction in unemployment of about 8%, 10%, i think it was 15%. i had a reduction of unemployment of 50%. they had a growth of jobs of about 40,000. we had a growth of jobs of about 500,000. so i was comparing what i thought was my far superior record to his otherwise decent record but the numbers weren't as great. that's all part of campaigning. >> a ringing endorsement, right? >> all right, giuliani did go on to say that romney is a far superior choice for the white house than president obama. >> there's the silver lining. >> dave? >> all right. meanwhile, an exciting indy 500 with the leader changing dozens of times throughout a very exciting race. the winner is dario franchitti coming back from the spinout in the first turn that dropped them into last place but he's worked his way up to the lead in the end, takuma sato crashes on the final lap. he's from japan.
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trying to become that country's first ever winner but dario, his third title. >> coming out of turn 4, made a move to the inside and i made a move to defend and then realized he was coming a little too quickly so pulled back out to give him the room. and he just lost it there on the inside. he couldn't hold that tight alignment and keep it wide open and he spun up and clipped me a little bit and i was lucky to keep it together. >> got to love the scottish accent. also the white shades courtesy of dan wheldon to honor dan, his fallen friend. one, two, and three. dan wheldon's best friends in indy 500 and he gave himself the milk bath which is accountly what dan wheldon did when he won indy. i want to mention that we were trying to get dario on the program this morning. he was booked at 6:40 and we'll be on the show on wednesday. unfortunately, i will be at home that day. >> he was glad to have his name on both sides of dan's name on
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that plaque. >> it will be dario, dan wheldon, dario. but scott dixon and tony kanaan, it was all about dan wheldon yesterday, the former indy driver killed in the last year. >> the politics war right now seems to be about the state of wisconsin and some suggesting, including the head of the d.n.c. right now, debbie wasserman-schultz that what goes on in wisconsin is really a dry run for the obama campaign right now, the grassroots organizing because they have poured a lot of resources behind exactly what they're trying to do there. take a listen to her. >> what i think the implications will be is that -- that ultimately i think tom barrett will pull this out. but regardless, it's given the obama for america operation an opportunity to do the dry run that we need of our massive, significant, dynamic grassroots campaign that can't really be matched. >> i guess the question is what are they learning from this dry run? >> right. because they have said, they have pulled out all the stops, all the resources, she is going there herself to wisconsin to
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help barrett but all the polls show scott walker with a comfortable lead and the latest shows scott walker up 50% to 42% over the milwaukee mayor. now, the question is what if walker wins there? what does it mean nationally? yes, all elections are local but it has national implications. does it mean wisconsin is in play for mitt romney? that went 14 points to barack obama in 2008. has it changed now? is it up for grabs? >> right, also in this race, too, we keep talking about on a national scale but also at play is the senate race in wisconsin which is the local senate race also being recalled. and all democrats need is one of those four senate seats that are in this recall to flip to the democratic side and everything gets shifted for the democrats in that state. so it's not just about the gubernatorial race in that state. it's also about the state senate. >> you were saying earlier this is traditionally a blue state. it's interesting that walker is getting -- >> but a very competitive one in 2000 and in 2004. just in 2008, it went the other
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way. >> it was a landslide. >> you would expect that in some other states but it's interesting to watch wisconsin and a republican ahead. it is a dry run for them and interesting to see how this plays out over the next few months. >> industrial midwest, should be interesting. >> coming up on the show, it doesn't get better than this on memorial day. country singer lee greenwood will be here live on the plaza. he's outside and he'll be performing his hit song "god bless the u.s.a. "you may have heard it before. >> and his new book. we'll talk about that, too. sna i have three daughters and my son, and then i have eleven grandkids.
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>> ♪ and i'm proud to be an american ♪ ♪ where at least i know i'm free ♪ ♪ and i won't forget the man who died ♪ ♪ who gave that right to me >> we're here with lee greenwood, you're listening to that song. you said i've heard that a time or two. >> i think most people have heard that song a time or two. nice to see you. >> great to see you. >> you have a new book out on this memorial day and it's a fascinating read because you're really talking about the current state of affairs in this country. what do you say? this country is called "does god still bless the u.s.a., a plea for a better america." tell us why you wrote the book. >> there's a question in everybody's mind are we the nation that we were before? everybody is kind of wondering, are we the same nation that we used to be? and some of the quotes from the early patriots they were all christia christians. i noticed at the patriots cup and one of the things he said,
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god bless the country. obviously we all say that and we think that. are we practicing it? >> remember after 9/11, everyone was saying god bless, god bless. i'm praying for you and it's almost taboo to say that nowadays to many people. >> you know what? sooner or later, if you're a christian, everybody will drop to your knees at one time in your life. you can't control everything. >> you're going to be singing for us in just a little bit here. this song, you were joking like my gosh, i recognize this song. so many people recognize the song. it's such an iconic american song now. what does this mean to you to have people come up to you? we saw all the troops here this morning as you were walking through the green room that say thank you. >> i've met a lot of them and talked to the navy band this morning and yes, we sang "god bless the u.s.a." at yankees stadium for the firemen memorial and policemen's memorial at carnegie hall and very moving event. no matter where i sing it, it's kind of uplifting and uniting and that's why i wrote the song and next year makes 30 years since i wrote it. >> when you wrote it, did you realize the impact that it would have? it gives us all chills and we've been listening to it for years.
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>> nobody goes out of a studio and says i didn't record a hit until you get on stage and the fans go yes or no. u.s. a is a little different than every other song that i've written or recorded. it had an impact with the audience. >> you made some suggestions in the book of how to get us back to the values. what do you suggest this memorial day and tell our audience? >> first of all, we have to reflect on those who pay the ultimate price. a lot work towards the same end. god bless the troops and all of those soldiers and sailors and airmen, marines, coast guard that have served. we're proud of the army and how much it's done. however, as you look towards the future, we're looking actually to build some kind of defense for us that maybe doesn't sacrifice so many lives. >> you're going to be singing the song in a few minutes for us here on the plaza. we're really excited to have you here, lee. stick around. and we're going to be right back here with more "fox & friends." lee greenwood is going to be singing for us right here. >> gregg jarrett telling us what's coming up after our show. >> that's what i want to hear. i want to hear lee singing out
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there, all right? so the political sparring is getting really heated over who can better fix the economy. we'll take a close look at that. is the catholic church's lawsuit over the new health care mandate about contraception or religious freedom? a fair and balanced debate and on this memorial day, we're learning that america's newest veterans are filing for disability benefits at a historic rate. can we take care of all of them? coming up at the top of the hour. johan is a 600 horsepower sports coupe that likes to hug curves. ♪ your curves. smooth, rich, never bitter, gevalia. crazy, right ? well, with this droid razr by motorola on verizon 4g lte,
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>> we're back with lee greenwood who really is the author of the memorial day anthem because i won't forget the map -- man who died who gave that right to me. >> we want to remember all the men and women who sacrificed so greatly. >> this is the song that we've
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been waiting for all morning. a song that brings a tear to your eye. >> "god bless the u.s.a." lee greenwood, everybody. >> for all our military, wherever you are serving on the planet. ♪ tomorrow a lot of things i work i work for all my life ♪ ♪ and i had to start again ♪ just my children and my wife ♪ thank my lucky stars ♪ to be living here today ♪ the flag still stands for freedom ♪ ♪ and they can't take that away ♪ ♪ and i'm proud to be an american ♪ ♪ where at least i know i'm free ♪ ♪ and i won't forget the men who
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died ♪ ♪ who gave that right to me ♪ and i gladly stand up ♪ next to you ♪ and defend her still today ♪ cuz there ain't no doubt i love this land ♪ ♪ god bless the u.s.a. ♪ from the lakes of minnesota ♪ to the hills of tennessee ♪ across the plains of texas ♪ from detroit down to houston ♪ new york to l.a. ♪ where there's pride in every american heart ♪ ♪ and it's time we stand and say
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♪ ♪ that i'm proud to be an american ♪ ♪ where at least i know i'm free ♪ ♪ and i won't forget the men who died ♪ ♪ who gave that right to me ♪ and i gladly stand up ♪ next to you ♪ and defend her still today ♪ cuz there ain't no doubt i love this land ♪ ♪ god bless the u.s.a. ♪ and i'm proud to be an american ♪ ♪ where at least i know i'm free ♪ ♪ and i won't forget the men who died ♪ ♪ who gave that right to me ♪ and i gladly stand up ♪ next to you
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♪ and defend her still today ♪ cuz there ain't no doubt i love this land ♪ god bless the u.s.a. ♪ ♪ >> lee greenwood, everyone. "fox & friends" will be right back. [ male announcer ] what's in your energy drink? ♪ wer surge, let it blow your mind. [ male announcer ] for fruits, veggies and natural green tea energy... new v8 v-fusion plus energy. could've had a v8. i'm here to unleash my inner cowboy. instead i g heartburn. [ horse neighs ] hold up partner. prilos isn't for fast relief. try alka-seltzer. it kills heartburn fast. yeehaw! of single mile credirds.
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♪ and work for all my life ♪ and i had to start again ♪ with just my children and my wife ♪ ♪ i'd thank my lucky stars ♪ to be living here today ♪ cuz the flag still stands for freedom ♪ >> welcome back to "fox & friends" on this memorial day. our big thanks to lee greenwood here. thank you so much for joining us this morning. new book is called "does god
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still bless the u.s.a."? it's out now. go to the actual store. >> or go to leegreenwood.com. your wife is the senior editor of this book. what is it like for your wife to be editing you? >> she wrote the prayers of the patriot, former miss tennessee, gorgeous woman, we've been married 20 years and she's still hot. >> how long did it take you to write the book? >> this is not something we thought about yesterday. it took us a year to get this point and we had to put some things into the book, you know, that make it current. so we're proud of it. >> ok, we're proud of you. thank you, as we're listening to your song, it's great to be standing here. our dream job and we're able to too that because of the men and women who fought for our freedom. to hear you sing was touching. >> next year, 30 years since i wrote it. happy memorial day to all our soldiers wherever you're serving. >> 1984, republican national convention, so interesting the evolution of the song. in the after the show show, he
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will sing with the stars and stripes and the eagle flies, so don't miss that. watch the -- >> happy memorial day. thank you to all who have served our country. we love you! >> for all of you. >> a fox news alert, remnants of tropical storm, battering the south this memorial day. good morning everyone i'm gregg jarrett in for bill hemmer. julie: i'm juliet huddy in for martha maccallum, the storm hitting parts of georgia an south carolina now. gregg: we have maria molina from the fox weather center. we're going to hear from her, but first to elizabeth in jacksonville, florida. >> reporter: not exactly

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