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good morning, america. this morning, icemageddon. frigid temperatures and icy conditions grip 27 states as thousands spend a lost weekend stuck in the dallas airport terminal. the massive storm to blame. when will flights get rolling again? and where the ice turning streets into skating rinks is headed next. up in flames. paradegoers shocked when a holiday float ignites right before their eyes. who rushed in to help? speaking out. fresh from the fsu victory that's sending his team to the national championship, jameis winston reacts to news that he won't face sexual assault charges. >> everybody had my back. and where is everybody? the man who got left on a plane. >> i woke up. and, uh -- the lights were out.
i was like, what's going on? >> cabin doors locked tight. what he did next and what the airline is saying about the whole thing. and good morning, america. on a very busy sunday morning. snoo >> i was going to say, you have to be a really heavy sleeper to sleep through landing and they clear the plane and drag the plane away. >> it's still not his fault. how did he -- he wasn't a tiny guy. how did they not see him? >> fair enough. fair enough. >> that's one of the stories we want to get to. as i mentioned, we have a very busy morning. we want to begin with the deadly winter blast that's left thousands in a deep freeze all across the country. >> frigid temperatures, ice, and snow. from california to new york. we want to welcome wabc's chief meteorologist lee goldberg. who is tracking all of the extreme weather for us.
lee, good morning, sir. >> good morning. and that ice is getting real old. no question about it. now that arctic assault is starting to make its way east. that's why we're seeing the snow, ice, and rain blossom across parts of the tennessee and ohio valley. a storm warning east of memphis. you have icing in nashville, london, kentucky. there's some snow in charleston, west virginia, at this point. throughout the day, the icing along the piedmont. it will be worse along i-81 in virginia, places like roanoke. it's a quick hit of snow for places like d.c., philly, up to new york city. maybe a couple of inches before you see a changeover to freezing rain and eventually rain. the monday morning commute in the interior northeast will be icy. allow extra time for that. meanwhile, even though the storminess has left the south, the cold is locked in. we're below freezing in dallas. with a freezing fog advisory. it will be awhile until they thaw out. we'll tell you the timing on the thaw, the western chill, the eastern storm. there's plenty of weather. dan? >> thank you, lee. ground zero in this mess is as lee indicated, dallas, where the airport has turned into a
massive shelter for thousands of passengers. iced in by the storm. abc's mike boettcher is at dallas ft. worth international with the latest. mike, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dan. well, this storm hit here 48 hours ago. if you're a passenger here at dfw airport or just driving to your destination, you're still feeling the effects. the ice fell. but the ice did not melt. a record arctic air blast has kept dallas and ft. worth creeping along. travel is risky. portions of some major highways are shut down. i-35 north of dallas is backed up for miles. overnight, police halted 18-wheeler traffic along the iciest roads. a highway task force is being deployed to clear ice-caked bridges. at dallas-ft. worth international airport, 90% of flights have been canceled. thousands of passengers left stranded, some for days. >> i've been close to starting
to begin to be frustrated here. >> reporter: one stranded traveler documented his experience. >> i want to show you my little piece of real estate that i have had for three days. >> reporter: showing 1 of the 4,000 cots and blankets the airport has provided. along with free snacks and entertainment, airlines are trying to lift the moods of the passengers. >> how long have you been stranded here in terminal "d"? >> since yesterday, 8:00 a.m. >> reporter: patience is wearing thin. >> i don't think they were prepared. they weren't prepared. >> reporter: friday night, hundreds had to be evacuated from this flight stuck on the ice. and for the first time in 44 years, the dallas marathon was canceled. now the ice storm is also affecting the abc dallas family. our producer, dee, was supposed to be here with me this morning. but she went off in a ditch. she's waiting for a tow truck. and i hope she packed a sandwich. it's going to be awhile. dan? bianna? >> we hope she's okay, mike. >> yeah. >> thank you.
>> she is. >> people in this part of the country that i grew up in are not used to this kind of weather. city shut down. we wish the best for the folks down there. we want to turn to ron with the other stories this morning. >> hi, there. good morning to you, bianna and dan. good morning, everyone. well, we begin with a frightening turn of events in a christmas parade event in virginia where a float suddenly went up into flames. tai hernandez has more. >> reporter: festive cheer took a scary turn at a virginia beach holiday parade when one of the last floats of the event became engulfed in flames. aubrey phillips caught it on his cell phone. >> next thing we know, one of the floats burst into flames. >> reporter: the fire shot up 15 feet into the air, according to witnesses. spectators were sent scrambling on the sidelines, fleeing from the fire ball. volunteer firefighters who happened to be marching in front of the flaming float got to work quickly. they had trouble at first putting it out. >> it was pretty intense.
they had fire extinguishers. they couldn't put it out with the fire extinguishers. they actually had to use the hose from a fire truck to put it out. >> reporter: fortunately, no one was harmed. the incident was over the minutes. 20 minutes later, the parade continued, ending with an appearance of santa claus himself. a welcome sight after some frightening moments. for "good morning america," tai hernandez, abc news, new york. in michigan, police in riot gear had to be called in after hundreds of michigan state students rampaged through east lansing celebrating their team's upset win over rival, number two ohio state. dozens of fires were reported. police made multiple arrests. that win puts auburn in the bcs championship game. after number -- with number one florida state. the loss ended ohio state's 24-game win streak. and a smiling merrill newman is back home again in palo alto, california. the 85-year-old korean war
veteran was freed by north korea after being detained there for more than a month. he arrived in san francisco saturday afternoon. the north koreans accused him of committing what they called hostile acts during the korean war. he was released after he made a public apology. a memorial later today to honor actor paul walker at the site outside los angeles where the star of "the fast & furious" movies died in a violent car crash just over a week ago. thousands of people, fans and car enthusiasts are expected at the event. a group organizing the event says that one of the cars that walker drove in the films will be at the memorial. filming on the seventh installment of that series has been put on hold now. and a charity race in the south pole with britain's prince harry is being scaled back due to harsh weather conditions. imagine that in the south pole. organizers now say they're suspending the competitive part of that trip. the trek itself will go on. prince harry is on a team that includes injured soldiers that
set off last week on the 200-mile journey. the prince says he hopes to finish the final 70 miles within a week. and finally, a lovable moment on center court at a chicago bulls home game. arianna, a member of the bulls cheerleading squad. it's the love-a-bulls. get it? she sat in a chair on half court as the cheerleaders and some mascots danced around her. one of the mascots pulled off the uniform. got down on one knee and proposed. the disrobed mascot turned out to be her college sweetheart, proposing to her. she told him, i need more time to think about this. >> no, she didn't. that looks like yes. >> she didn't. she said yes. she said yes. >> what a cute couple. >> thanks, ron. now to south africa, where this is a national day of prayer and reflection to remember the former president, nelson mandela. it's the start of a series of events that will lead up to a massive funeral in one week. byron pitts is there. >> reporter: good morning, dan.
the wave of humanity continues here, despite the threat of rain in this, the rainy season in south africa. people continue to show up by the hundreds. each day we see the rainbow that is the new south africa. people of all religions, all colors, all united in their affection for this one man, nelson mandela. nelson mandela was not a particularly religious man. today in churches and houses of worship across south africa, prayers and songs for the man who had an abiding faith in the human spirit and in his nation, to move beyond apartheid. >> to keep his legacy going, we need to keep living what he's set out for us. >> he was a hero. he fought for us. he suffered for the whole world. >> reporter: the mood here remains more celebratory than somber. overnight, the family spokesman spoking to the media frp the first time, with mandela's grandson close by.
>> in our hearts and souls, he will always be with us. >> reporter: today's national day of prayer kicks off a week-long celebration. next up, a memorial service on tuesday, taking place at the fnb stadium in johannesburg. mandela made his last public appearance at the 2010 world cup. it's confirmed, president obama and the first lady will be there, along with former president george w. bush and mrs. bush. former president jimmy carter and former president bill clinton and mrs. clinton are expected at the funeral next sunday. wednesday through friday, he will lie in state in the nation's legislative capital. next sunday, the state funeral in his hometown on the eastern cape. his long-time friend and lawyer, george bizos. >> he will go down in history, i think, as the revolutionary who didn't believe in violence. >> reporter: earlier today, we had our first public sighting of winnie mandela, his former wife and partner in the dark days of apartheid. tomorrow will be quiet.
on tuesday, the gathering like the world has never seen before, as dignitaries from around the globe gather to say farewell to nelson mandela. bianna? >> a week of mourning, reflection, and celebration. our thanks to you. nelson mandela has a large and complicated family tree with over a dozen grandchildren. some of them opened up to reena ninan in a rare interview in south africa and she's here to tell us about it. good morning, reena. >> reporter: good morning to you, bianna. that's right. 17 grandkids and 3 wives. everyone vying for his time and affection. there is one thing that he did from his prison cell that still brings his family comfort. set free after 27 years in prison -- >> his first steps into a new south africa. >> reporter: -- but some of his grandchildren found themselves longing for his prison days. >> those are the days that i cherish. because it was just the two of you.
nobody else. because when he came out, you did not have him because he had bigger issues to tackle. >> reporter: his grandson remembers visiting him when he was 4. >> he asked the wardens if they could put cartoons on the tv so me and my other cousins could come and sit down and watch them. and then he offered us hot chocolate. he made it himself. >> reporter: his granddaughter said, while he couldn't physically touch them, his words always did. >> at the end of the visit, he bought me a box of chocolates with the message being that your visits will always be a bittersweet memory for me. >> reporter: words in the form of letters written to the family from jail. this one describing the moment he was told his son was killed in a car accident. >> he describes that his heart seemed to stop. it was like the blood in his veins was frozen like ice. >> reporter: and while their
moments together were limited, this grandfather's wisdom was not. imparting lessons even from his prison cell. >> life is about cycles. his perseverance throughout. his spell in prison. how he didn't let his life in prison break him. how he kept going. >> reporter: his grandson said mandela told the family you have to believe in something more than just yourself. mandela also told him he would always knew he would defeat apartheid. that kept him going when he was in jail. >> it worked. thank you. let's bring in george stephanopoulos. he'll be talking about mandela and his legacy later this morning right here on abc on "this week." good morning. we're going to be talking about the impact on american politics. >> we were just talking about the anti-apartheid movement. so many american politicians and american activists cut their teeth in the movement, including president obama. one of the things we'll look at is mandela's relationship with american presidents. both starting with the anti-apartheid movement.
also once he became a president. his work with bill clinton, his work with george w. bush. he would tangle with presidents. he was a very fierce critic of president bush on the issue of the iraq war. but also worked closely with him on the issue of aids. and he was also a great consoler of president clinton in his toughest times of the impeachment trial as well. we're going to look at all that today. also look at the -- really talk to some people who knew him very, very well. the human rights lawyer who helped draft a constitution of south africa. his pollster in the presidential elections. we're trying to look at the politician and his impact on american politics. >> and not to take away from his amazing accomplishments as the president of south africa, but the country is still plagued by problems, economic and racial. >> even though they are coming together and all coming together for nelson mandela, you have economic inequality. social inequality. 40% unemployment among young blacks.
they know this moment is time of mandela passing is for reflection on what they need to do. >> it's a time for them to unite around the one man who really had a vision to change that country. george, thanks. george will have much more on all of this later this morning on abc's "this week." >> fascinating show coming up. our thanks again to george. moving on now. this morning, we're hearing from a college football star, jameis winston, for the first time since news that prosecutors will not be pressing sexual assault charges against him. this case was resolved just days ago. and the likely heisman trophy winner is now speaking out. abc's gio benitez is here with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. for weeks, many wondered if the sexual assault investigation was made public to hurt his chances of winning that heisman trophy. now he's speaking out, right after that game last night. >> i gotta get more mature. i have to get better in everything i do. >> reporter: jameis winston speaking out on camera for the first time about the rape accusations that have plagued the heisman front-runner for most of the year.
>> i cannot let myself, the teammates cannot let themselves get to that level. we have to be up here. >> reporter: overnight, he played his first game since prosecutors announced thursday that the freshman star quarterback would not face sexual assault charges. >> we do not feel like we have sufficient evidence to make the charge. >> reporter: a female fsu student had accused winston of sexually assaulting her last december, after she went drinking with friends. it took almost a year before the case was taken to the state's attorney. winston's attorney says it was consensual. saturday, fresh off the field after leading fsu to a championship victory, he thanked his teammates for their support. >> everybody had my back. we knew it was going to be on. we knew people were going to try to get us. we did great. >> reporter: he credits fsu's head coach jimbo fisher for
getting him through the past few weeks. >> i love him. i love him. that's how you have a successful steam. that's how you do what we did today. we're trying to make history. we gotta keep going. >> reporter: on the fourth question about the investigation, winston walked away. >> how come you decided not to talk during the process and on thursday? >> reporter: and with an undefeated season under his belt, a spot in the bcs game on the horizon, and a potential heisman trophy just six days away, winston is looking at a whole new future. and remember, bianna, he was just named the acc's player of the year. >> clear there are still some subjects he still doesn't want to talk about. gio, our thanks to you. >> thank you. now to the story we can't get enough of this morning. imagine waking up from your plane ride, and everyone is gone. no passengers. no crew. and what's worse. the lights are out and the cabin doors are locked. it sounds like a terrible nightmare. for one man, it proved to be reality. rob nelson has been following this story and joins us this morning. so many people wondering how this could happen, rob? >> reporter: good morning to
you, bianna. you may remember the film a few years ago, with tom hanks, "the terminal," where tom got lost in the airport. a guy in louisiana can relate to that for sure. in reality, the guy didn't make it off the plane. overnight, winter weather pounded the nation, leaving thousands stranded at the airport. >> so we're canceling flight 909 due to severe weather in chicago. >> reporter: but weather didn't stop tom wagner from catching his flight. it was because he was catching zs. >> i woke up. and, uh -- the lights were out. i was like, what's going on? >> reporter: he was headed from louisiana to california with a layover at houston's bush intercontinental airport. prepared to meet his sister in orange county, he woke up in his seat near the back of the plane, freezing, all alone, in a dark, empty cabin. >> i called my girlfriend. she thought i was crazy. i said, debbie, i'm locked on a plane. >> reporter: express jet confirmed the incident and
issued this statement saturday. express jet is investigating to determine how this occurred. we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this caused to the passenger. >> what if i had a heart attack and i was dead? you shut the plane and leave somebody on there? >> reporter: he's flying the same airline on his return to louisiana on december 15th. and says he's learned if you snooze, you lose. there's a happy ending to the story. weg fler did get a hotel vouch intera flight voucher. and get this, when the plane finally grot to california, they even announced his name over the intercom to make sure this time around, he did get off the plane. back to you. >> the stewardesses were bringing him coffee throughout the flight. >> i was going to say, he had to be highly caffeinated for this flight. rob, crazy story. thanks. well, time now for the weather. also crazy this morning. back over to -- not you, the weather is crazy. wabc chief meteorologist lee goldberg. nothing crazy about lee. >> he did agree to join us. questionable decision right there. >> i did.
as long as i don't freeze. i tell you what, the north pole is essentially relocated to the northern plains. wind chills, 30 to 50 below. eugene, oregon, 9 below. second coldest temperature since 1890. meanwhile, 11 below in minneapolis. you do this when it's 11 below. this is how we like to spend our free time, meteorologists, that is. outside of the weather observatory in the twin cities. throw the hot water in the air. 10 to 15 below. you can make the ice crystals. it's remarkable. the wind chills continue to be 50 below across that part of the country. look at the chill in reno, 3. 30s through southern california. hard freeze warnings in the interior. it will be several days before you start to warm up here. maybe 60s by midweek. even 70 in l.a. by late week. meanwhile, one place immune is the sunshine state. you're watching from daytona beach, ft. myers, you're saying, why are you living anywhere else? i'm asking myself the same question.
>> back to that eastern storm in the next half hour. >> can we take another look at the picture of the meteorologist throwing the hot water? i just want to say, meteorologists, you know how to party. >> we are off-the-charts crazy. this is our time of year. you never know what you're going to see. >> live it up, goldberg. >> remember, there are children watching this morning. >> he's never coming back. all right, coming up on "good morning america," murder
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what's the last thing you remember doing last night? >> oh. laughter everywhere as soon as you see these clips. lots of hilarious moments. the unforgettable comedy, "the hangover." now, nascar superstar jimmie johnson, of all people, is giving us his own crazy take on the movie. he and his buddies teamed up. great sense of humor. >> let me guess, this is coming up in "pop news"? >> i believe so. >> this is sunday, december 8th. good morning, everybody. also coming up, beyonce and jay z going vegan. not without a few missteps. which we'll show you coming up. is this plant-based diet really the healthiest way to go? we'll talk about it coming up. >> raised eyebrows over that. we're going to begin this half hour with the murder case that has stunned the nation. all eyes on a courtroom in montana tomorrow when a newlywed goes to trial for allegedly killing her husband. >> jordan lynn graham is accused
of pushing her husband off a cliff eight days after tying the knot. she claims it was a terrible accident. and abc's aditi roy has more. >> reporter: 22-year-old jordan graham is fighting for her freedom as she prepares to go to trial for allegedly killing her husband of just eight days, cody johnson. newly released legal briefs giving a first look at how the two sides will make their cases. prosecutors say they were at glacier national park in july when the defendant pushed mr. johnson in the back with both hands. mr. johnson fell, face first, to his death. seemingly contradicting the defense's argument that he fell by accident after graham pushed his arm away during an argument. >> she openly admits she took a dear friend from us, it boggled my mind. u.s. attorneys plan to prove that for nine days after johnson's death, graham
went to great lengths to hide her crime from friends, family, and law enforcement. allegedly sending herself e-mails from a fake account she created named tony. >> prosecutors have to prove she intended to kill him. that this was not an accident. >> reporter: she's pleaded not guilty. in their legal briefs, her attorneys admit her story changed over time. but maintain that johnson's death was an accident. the defense also writing in the brief that despite expected testimony that graham suffered from cold feet, witnesses thought that the wedding was perfectly normal. >> this case will come down to whether the jury believes that she regretted this marriage so much that she pushed him off the edge. literally. >> reporter: graham's attorney revealing their plan to paint a starkly different image of her husband's lifestyle, one they call reckless. the proposed jury instructions include charges of second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter are possible. abc news tried to reach out to attorneys on both sides but have not heard back.
dan and bianna? >> we'll follow the case all week long. a lot of other news. for that, it's ron claiborne. >> hi, again, dan and bianna. she's making me laugh. good morning to you again. in the news today, a national day of prayer and reflection, start of a week of events to honor nelson mandela in south africa. a memorial service is planned for tuesday, which the obama family and other dignitaries from around the world will attend. a private burial will be held next sunday where he grew up as a child. a pennsylvania catholic schoolteacher says he was fired the same day he applied for a marijuana license in new jersey, a sam-sex marriage license. michael griffin said when he told his principal he was planning to get married to his male partner, he was fired on the spot. he said the headmaster for the school says the faculty is required to follow church teachings. and a gold medal awarded to
olympic champion jesse owens from the 1936 games was sold for 1.4 million bucks. that is the highest price for an olympic piece of memorabilia. owens famously won four track medals at the games. the auction says no one knows where the other three medals that he won are now located. despite the frigid temperatures, hundreds of people donned swim suits for a charity run in madison, wisconsin. runners santa suits dashed to the city square. the run benefits two local children's charities. time now for the weather. back to lee goldberg from wabc. here in new york city. lee? >> that was charitable with the temperatures out there. meanwhile, the ice has been the story. thankfully, it's moving out of dallas. how about these pictures from dallas? a half inch of ice and two inches of snow, you can do this on your street. this guy's got some skills. the stars with a nice game against the flyers last night. maybe for the bench. this guy is good. meanwhile, the icing across arkansas. into parts of the tennessee valley right now. snow is a part of the system. we're very concerned about the
icing. major icing across i-81. i can see closures there. i-80 will be a tough ride. interior new jersey. upstate new york. interior massachusetts in the morning hours tomorrow. after a couple of inches of snow. the snow is not a huge story. certainly a quick burst along the i-95 corridor could be a problem. a couple of plows out in spots maybe. you have snows across the midwest, too. lincoln. all the way up into the great lakes as we go through the day. >> this weather is brought to you by walgreen's. >> thanks, lee. coming up, beyonce and jay z go on what they're calling a spiritual and physical cleanse. but are they getting it right? what's behind the move and what
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one of hollywood's most one of hollywood's most famous power couples is jumping on a trendy diet bandwagon. jay-z and beyonce have started a three-week plant-based diet. >> you have to wonder how committed they are to the vegan lifestyle with beyonce apparently spotted wearing fur an suede the other day, which is apparently a big no no in the vegan world. abbie boudreau takes a closer look at the diet on everybody's lips these days. >> reporter: superstar couple jay z and beyonce are joining together again. this time on a vegan cleanse. the holy grail artist who turned 44 on wednesday posted on his person website life and times that he and b are embarking on a 22-day challenge to go completely vegan. or as i prefer to call it, plant-based. beyonce sharing photos on
instagram. >> they're notoriously private about their lives together. so it is a little unusual that they're being so public about what they're going to be eating. >> reporter: jay z says on his website this all began a few months back when a good friend and vegan challenged me to embrace a plant-based breakfast every day. that good friend is also his trainer, marco bourges. the mastermind behind this 22-day cleanse. he says that plant-based nutrition is better for the environment and your body. his website inviting readers to take the 22-day challenge, with daily vegan menus. i met with a nutritionist. she says going vegan can be tricky. >> some people gain weight. >> reporter: why is that? >> because you're eating things that could be fried. sweet potato fries. still fattening. >> reporter: she showed us two meals. one vegan. the other, clearly not. but caution. when you go vegan, you have to have plenty of protein. >> it's about balance and
knowledge. you want to make sure you're not getting the wrong food. >> reporter: calling it a spiritual and physical cleanse, ending on christmas day, jay-z plans to post his progress. but make no, sir promise about the future. we'll see. best of luck and health. for "good morning america," abbie boudreau, abc news, los angeles. >> if there was any doubt that this couple is probably the most famous couple in the world, the fact that we're intrigued by what they eat. i mean, you're famous. i don't ask you what you ate last night. >> i guarantee you, it wasn't interesting. >> we'll see if they hold up to this. interesting challenge for them. >> yes, 22 days. coming up here on "gma," jimmie johnson, paying homage to "the hangover" with a little help from twitter.
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♪ ron is laughing from there at "pop news." pop news time. ron? sara? >> thank you. jimmie johnson is the talk of social media right now. it's not because he won his sixth sprint cup championship. the nascar superstar has been re-creating scenes from "the hangover" with some of his buddies from hendrick motorsports. here are some after shots. complete with baby. a chicken. and a tiger. oh, my gosh. what did he say in the movie? there's a jungle cat in the bathroom. one of the stars of "the hangover" is getting in on the action. >> jimmie johnson! >> i cannot get enough of that movie. >> so funny. i watch it over and over.
>> we have no clue who the baby is. but we're hoping for reenactments from dan harris next week. >> i would come in with a face tattoo. >> wait for it. 2-year-old basketball sensation titus is back with a new trick shot video. he doesn't disappoint. ♪ >> oh! >> seriously. >> how many takes? >> you know? yeah. >> bradley cooper. >> challenge me to arm wrestling? >> yes. >> seriously? to be in the arms of bradley cooper and -- >> he's going to make this, right? >> what do you think? whoa! >> what do i think? yeah. >> he doesn't buy it. ron doesn't buy it. >> one question left, what does your kid do? >> with a name like titus. >> there were some big expectations there, seriously. come on. >> that's all he had? >> that's all? >> you're not impressed? >> underwhelmed.
>> from the sublime to the ridiculous. i bring you the invention for anyone who ever thought, geez, my chin is cold. this is the beard-o. wait for it. the beard is removable, in case you were wondering. ron, get yours on. >> uh, lee. >> we need lee. >> i'm sorry. >> now there's fun for the whole family. because there's actually -- >> oh, no. oh, no. oh, sara. sara. sara, sara. i think you skipped over one story. that's -- i was blinded by what was happening on your left hand there. you look giddy right now. and i think there's a reason for it. you were just engaged. >> yes. i am. if i wore the hat first, he might not have asked. >> so romantic. you and max, your boyfriend of five years? >> two, two years. >> two years. >> there they are. >> that is very, very cute. >> when did he propose? >> on tuesday morning.
he said the only way he could get me when i would listen and not talk was first thing. >> now you can get a pacifier. you can put the pacifier. >> i know, i'm very excited for this. >> congratulations. we're so, so happy for you. >> thank you very much. yeah, exactly. i'll keep it. >> keep it as a token of our affection. affection. still ahead -- abreva can heal a cold sore in as few as 2 1/2 days when used at the first sign.
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good morning. welcome to "this week." a monumental man. >> he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> nelson mandela. revolutionary, president, prisoner. and prophet. >> sometimes, it falls bonn a generation to be great. let your greatness blossom. >> this morning, how he transformed our world. the lessons for our politics today. and a look back at his remarkable interview with ted koppel, just days after leaving prison. >> to spend 27 years, at the prime of your life, is a trag y tragedy. >> then -- >> we can't survive -- >> from wendy's to the white house. america debates inequality, growth, and fairness. we tackle it with two key senators, plus james carville and mary matalin join our