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reported her shouts. >> stop! >> pitts: new orleans is a rich gumbo of french, spanish and afro-caribbean culture that's been slow cooking for three centuries. buried deep in the music is an energy like no place else in america. and mayor mitch landrieu moves to it with his own rhythm of live. and while his city has well-documented problems, he's tired of defending her. >> i don't know if "defensive" is the right word, but you get riled up. "pissed" would be the better word. >> simon: it's kentucky derby week, so we decided to visit the best and most popular female athlete of our time. >> this is unbelievable. >> simon: the first thing you notice about zenyatta is not her might but her magnificence. she is quite simply the most
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>> pelley: the night of february 11, the egyptian dictatorship of hosni mubarak was falling. more than 100,000 people filled cairo's tahrir square in wild celebration. among those in the crowd was our "60 minutes" colleague, correspondent lara logan. lara, a native of south africa, is an experienced war reporter, but tahrir square became her most hazardous assignment. during the revolution, dozens of reporters were assaulted, often by agents of the regime. the night of the 11th, a mob turned on lara and her "60 minutes" team and singled her
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out in a violent sexual assault. since then, lara has been recuperating with her husband and two children. now, she is returning to work, and she's decided to tell the story of what happened-- just once, here on our broadcast. she's speaking out, she tells us, to add her voice to those who confront sexual violence, to break what she calls the "code of silence." lara logan arrived in cairo at a moment of triumph for egypt. she didn't imagine, in the hours before midnight, she would be fighting for her life. >> lara logan: when we drove from the airport into cairo that night, moments after mubarak had stepped down, it was unbelievable. it was like unleashing a champagne cork on egypt. i'm anxious to get to the square. i've got to be there, because this is a moment in history that you don't want to miss. >> pelley: what does it look like? >> logan: it looks like a party.
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it's a roar of sound because everyone is so excited, and they are singing songs of the revolution and shouting slogans. and everybody is, you know, very physical, so you are being jostled and pushed. and sometimes, people get closer. and my guys are very protective of me; you know, they want to keep people at bay. it was impossible not to get caught up in the moment, which was a real moment of celebration. >> pelley: tell me about your team. >> logan: our producer was max mcclellan. my cameraman was richard butler. bahaa works for us. we had a local fixer, bahaa, whose job was to bridge the divide for us as foreigners. we had two egyptian drivers with us who were purely there to act as security and bodyguards. and then, we had a security person, ray, who's done security all over the world. this is what these people have been waiting for.
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they came here day after day. this is about freedom. >> pelley: she reported, without a hint of trouble, for more than an hour. and what happened then? >> logan: our camera battery went down, and we had to stop for a moment. and suddenly, bahaa looks at me and says, "we've got to get out of here." bahaa is not happy here. >> pelley: he's egyptian, he speaks arabic, and he can hear what the crowd is saying? >> logan: yes. >> pelley: he understands what no one else in the crew understands? >> logan: that's right. i was told later that they were saying, "let's take her pants off." and it's like suddenly, before i even know what's happening, i feel hands grabbing my breasts, grabbing my crotch, grabbing me from behind. i mean... and it's not one person and then it stops; it's like one person and another person and another person. and i know ray is right there, and he's grabbing at me and screaming, "lara, hold onto me, hold onto me."
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>> pelley: as she was pulled into the frenzy, the camera recorded her shout. >> logan: stop and i'm screaming, thinking if i scream, if they know, they're going to stop, you know. someone's going to stop them. or they're going to stop themselves. because this is wrong. and it was the opposite, because the more i screamed, it turned them into it, it turned them into a frenzy. >> pelley: someone in the crowd shouted that she was an israeli, a jew. neither is true, but to the mob, it was a match to gasoline. the savage assault turned into a murderous fury. >> logan: i have one arm on ray. i've lost the fixer, i've lost the drivers, i've lost everybody except him. and i feel them tearing at my clothing. i think my shirt, my sweater was torn off completely. my shirt was around my neck. i felt the moment that my bra tore.
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they tore the metal clips of my bra. they tore those open. and i felt that because the air... i felt the air on my chest, on my skin. and i felt them tear out... they literally just tore my pants to shreds, and then i felt my underwear go. and i remember looking up... when my clothes gave way, i remember looking up and seeing them taking pictures with their cell phones, the flashes of their cell phone cameras. >> pelley: ray reported that he found himself with the sleeve of your jacket in his hand. it had been completely ripped from the rest of the jacket. >> logan: i felt, at that moment, that ray was my only hope of survival. you know, he... he was looking at me and i could see his face, and we had a sea of people between us, obviously, tearing at both of us, beating us. i didn't... i didn't even know
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that they were beating me with flagpoles and sticks and things, because i couldn't even feel that, because, i think, of the... of the sexual assault was all i could feel, was their hands raping me over and over and over again. >> pelley: raping you with their hands? >> logan: yeah. >> pelley: nonstop. during this whole time? >> logan: from the front, from the back. and i didn't know if i could hold onto ray. i'm holding onto him. i didn't want to let go of him. i thought... i thought i was going to die if i lost hold of him. >> pelley: but in that moment, ray, a former special forces soldier, was torn away. >> logan: when i lost ray, i thought that was the end. it was like all the adrenaline left my body, because i knew, in his face, when he lost me, he thought i was going to die. they were tearing my body in every direction at this point, tearing my muscles. and they were trying to tear off chunks of my scalp.
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they had my head in different directions. >> pelley: pulling at your hair? >> logan: oh, yeah, not trying to pull out my hair; holding big wads of it, literally trying to tear my scalp off my skull. and i thought... when i thought "i am going to die here," my next thought was, "i can't believe i just let them kill me, that that was as much fight as i had, that i just gave in and i gave up on my children so easily. how could you do that?" >> pelley: your daughter and your son are one and two years old? >> logan: i had to fight for them. and that's when i said, "okay, it's about staying alive now. i have to just surrender to the sexual assault. what more can they do now? they're inside you everywhere, so the only thing to fight for, left to fight for, was my life." >> pelley: it was a fight she endured about 25 minutes.
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>> logan: i was... no doubt in my mind that i was in the process of dying. i thought, "not only am i going to die here, but it's going to be just a torturous death that's going to go on forever and ever and ever." >> pelley: lara was dragged along by the mob until they were stopped by a fence. at that spot, a group of egyptian women were camped out. >> logan: and i... i almost fell into the lap of this woman on the ground who was head to toe in black-- just her eyes, i remember just her eyes, i could see. >> pelley: wearing a chador. >> logan: yes. and she put her arms around me. and oh, my god, i can't tell you what that moment was like for me. i wasn't safe yet, because the mob was still trying to get at me. but now, it wasn't just about me anymore; it was about their women, and that was what saved me, i think. the women kind of closed ranks around me.
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and i remember one or two, maybe three men standing with them and throwing... the women were throwing water in the crowd. and they were pouring water over me, because i... i couldn't breathe. you know, i was rasping. >> pelley: by this time, her team had convinced a group of soldiers to go in after her. >> logan: finally, finally, some soldiers fought their way through the crowd with batons, beating the mob back, and that was the moment i thought, "i have a chance to get out of here alive." and i grabbed the first soldier and i did not let him go. i did... boy, i was not letting go of him. and i am screaming and hysterical, i'm like a wild thing, at this point. i mean, imagine my hair is everywhere because they tried to tear my scalp to pieces. my clothes are shredded, i am filthy, black with dirt from going down into the filth. >> pelley: the soldiers took you out of there? >> logan: that one soldier that i was holding onto, he threw me over his back and... and they
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still had to beat the mob back to get through it back to the tank, where they had more soldiers. >> pelley: what happened in that moment when you first were reunited with the rest of the crew? >> logan: i remember max going down on his knees in front of me. and he said, "i'm so, so sorry. i'm so sorry." >> pelley: by the time producer max mcclellan saw lara, she was in the arms of one of the drivers, dangling as if her legs were broken. >> max mcclellan: she looked like a rag doll. she looked completely limp. she looked like someone who was physically, emotionally, and mentally spent, overwhelmed. >> pelley: the soldiers drove lara and her "60 minutes" team back to their hotel, where a doctor examined her. >> mcclellan: she was basically sore everywhere, head to toe. she... it was like she had been through some sort of grinder.
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>> pelley: the next morning, max and lara flew back to the u.s. when you landed in washington, you didn't go home, you went straight to the hospital. >> logan: and i stayed there for four days, which was hard. my muscles were so unbelievably sore, because they were literally stretched from the mob trying to tear my limbs off my body. my joints... every joint in my body was distended. and then, they, um... the more intimate injuries, the injuries... the tearing inside. and the... the mark of their hands, their fingers all over my body, cuts and everything you could imagine. but no broken bones. >> pelley: tell me about that moment when you saw your children again. >> logan: i felt like i had been given a second chance that i didn't deserve, and i... because i did that to them.
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i came so close to leaving them, to abandoning them. >> pelley: do you feel like you're healing now? >> logan: oh, definitely. i'm... i'm so much stronger. >> pelley: that night, her attackers faded away in the crowd. it's not likely anyone involved will be brought to justice. we may never know with certainty whether the regime was targeting a reporter, or whether it was simply and savagely a criminal mob. it is true that, in egypt in particular, sexual harassment and violence are common. >> logan: i had no idea how endemic, that it is so rife, so widespread, that so many egyptian men admit to sexually harassing women, and think it's completely acceptable; in fact, blame the women for it. >> pelley: why are you telling this story now? >> logan: one thing that i am extremely proud of that i didn't intend is when my female colleagues stood up and said
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that i'd broken the silence on what all of us have experienced but never talk about. >> pelley: what did they mean by that? >> logan: that women never complain about incidents of sexual violence, because you don't want someone to say, "well. women shouldn't be out there." but i think there are a lot of women who experience these kinds of things as journalists, and they don't want it to stop their job because they do it for the same reasons as me-- they are committed to what they do. they are not adrenaline junkies, you know, they're not glory hounds; they do it because they believe in being journalists. [ woman ] i had this deep, radiating pain everywhere... and i wondered what it was. i found out that connected to our muscles are nerves that send messages through the body. my doctor diagnosed it as fibromyalgia, thought to be the result of overactive nerves that cause chronic, widespread pain.
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and its disasters. almost six years after katrina, and one year after the b.p. oil spill, new orleans has a new mayor with a new plan on how to run the city. mitch landrieu says it's time to rebuild this place, not into what it was, but into what it can be. he brings his own brand of intensity to the big easy. and like many people who live there, landrieu is in the middle of a love affair with his troubled city, as we discovered when we caught up with him during mardi gras. ♪ ♪ new orleans is a rich gumbo of french, spanish and afro- caribbean culture that's been slow cooking for three centuries. tourism here is a $5 billion a year industry, and the biggest draw is mardi gras. ♪ ♪ beneath the mardi gras masks and the makeup, buried deep in the music, is an energy in new orleans like no place else in america, and mayor mitch
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landrieu moves to it with his own rhythm of leadership. i get the impression that you're having as much fun as the people are. >> mitch landrieu: i love mardi gras. i'm a street rat. i told you, i really, really enjoy it. >> pitts: yeah? >> landrieu: it's a lot of fun. >> pitts: mardi gras is a two- week-long party where even the high and mighty can get down and dirty. >> is everybody ready? is everybody ready? then, you know what mitch, zulu? show me what you're working with. >>pitts: you've been described, by people i've talked to, as... as very much a modern-day mayor, someone who was into statistics and analysis of things. but what we see is also an old- school mayor who likes to press the flesh and kiss babies and, in new orleans' case, dance with babies. which are you? which... which world are you more comfortable? >> landrieu: i'm both. i'm both. i mean, it's... you... you... in order to be...
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>> pitts: which one's more natural for you? which one is more... >> landrieu: both, they're both. i love them both. i mean, i love people. i really... i mean, i'm in... i'm in this business because i really love people. man, how you doing? >> i'm terrific. how are you? >> landrieu: nice to see you. how you doing? >> good to see you, too. >> landrieu: i'm mitch landrieu, i'm the mayor. >> pitts: landrieu's election in february, 2010, held an omen of positive changes from the start. the very next day, the saints won the super bowl. >> landrieu: in a crazy way, it was a spiritual moment for the people of the city. people here so desperately needed something good to happen, and to believe that you could go from worst to... to best. you see that beginning to happen on the streets of the city of new orleans. >> pitts: but many of those streets are filled with reminders of the destructive power and emotional trauma inflicted by katrina. today there are about 45,000 abandoned homes and buildings in new orleans, making it one of the most blighted cities in america. but landrieu says the city's making a comeback.
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>> landrieu: our unemployment rate is lower than the national average. our housing values have gone up 9% in the last year. for the first time in, i don't know, years, all of a sudden, more people are moving back into the city. the people of new orleans not only are resilient and not only are rebuilding back, but they're examples that, in many areas, we're doing better than we were before. and people just didn't fold their tent and go away. because the things that we learned in katrina is that the value of life does not come from the size of the home that you live in, that your church is not the building that you go to-- it's the community that you have grown up and lived with. >> pitts: landrieu grew up here on prieur street in a middle- class integrated neighborhood. >> landrieu: this is where i learned everything that i know. really, everything that i know is a result of the values that i learned on this particular spot-- learned how to live with other people that are not like you, learned how to compete and how to share, learned how to be part of a community. >> pitts: and what is the saying, "if it doesn't play here..." >> landrieu: if it don't play on prieur street, it don't play. this is what it is.
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>> pitts: his father "moon," the former mayor, and mother verna still live in the house where they raised him with his eight brothers and sisters. >> verna landrieu: i'd put him out here on this play... in his playpen out... and he's talking to everybody walking the streets. i mean, and he... then he... one day, he climbed... >> mitch landrieu: put me out to play? tell him the truth-- you put me in a harness. ( laughter ) >> verna landrieu: well... well... >> mitch landrieu: you tied me to the porch, and put me in a harness out there. >> verna landrieu: well, i tied you down there in the harness, because you... he kept running into the street. but he was just one... you know, he was just constantly moving and-- and friendly. and so, i mean, he's got his hands full, but he loves it. >> pitts: he's always been that way? >> verna landrieu: always, since the day he's born, absolutely. >> pitts: after katrina, the landrieu home, like so many others, stood in nearly seven feet of floodwaters. >> mitch landrieu: the damage that was caused down here was not caused by a natural disaster; it was caused because the levees broke. and the levees were owned, engineered, and operated by the federal government. >> pitts: but this year, new orleans will have added protection when hurricane season starts. the u.s. army corps of engineers is finishing 120 miles of walls and levees that will circle the
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city, at a cost of nearly $15 billion. it's supposed to withstand a so- called "hundred year storm," much like katrina. the centerpiece is this 1.8-mile long concrete wall that rises 26 feet above the water. where's the city from here? >> mitch landrieu: the city is eight miles away. you know, you got the coast, then you've got this wall, and now you have the city, which is why they can comfortably say we are a lot safer than we were before katrina. >> pitts: but inside the storm walls, landrieu has plenty of other problems. >> mitch landrieu: nobody here is naive. i mean, this... what we're doing is hard. nobody else in the country has ever done this. people have had struggles in their communities with one thing or another; we're struggling with everything. >> pitts: and "everything" is what? what's "everything"? >> mitch landrieu: "everything" is everything. everything is "i don't have a house." everything is "i don't have a car." everything is "i don't have a doctor." everything is "i don't have a road." everything is "i don't have a school." and we have to repatch all that stuff. >> pitts: when landrieu took office, he faced the same problems other mayors do-- budget deficits, high unemployment and crime.
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but he also took over a city government described as suffering from incompetent leadership and widespread corruption. >> mitch landrieu: that's... that's accurate. >> pitts: it sounds like you have your hands full just fixing city government before you can fix the city. >> mitch landrieu: that... well, that... that's an excellent question. and the answer is, "yes." and the answer is also, "we have to do both." >> pitts: you've been very up- front about the problems in new orleans. why the blunt honesty? is it to lower expectations? >> mitch landrieu: the people of new orleans have gotten to rock bottom. and the only way out, in my mind, is for them to really understand it, and then to really choose to get better. >> pitts: the one problem most people want to see solved quickly is violent crime. new orleans has the highest per capita murder rate in the country. the neighborhood of st. roch looks quaint on the surface. but there have been at least ten murders in the past six months in an area just over one square mile.
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crime is your biggest obstacle. >> landrieu: absolutely. >> pitts: you've got to fix that first. >> landrieu: well, let me say this. you have to fix everything all at the same time. you can't... you can't concentrate on one thing to the exclusion of the others. >> pitts: landrieu and the top brass from the new orleans police department walked through st. roch during our visit. it's something they do every month in tough neighborhoods. >> landrieu: give me one second. hey, guys, how y'all doing? nice to see you. y'all well? >> pitts: the mayor says it makes people feel safer and more connected to him and the police. do you fully appreciate how much people expect from you? i mean, there are people in the city who are genuinely counting on you, mitch landrieu, to make their city, make their life better. >> mitch landrieu: well, that's good. i'm counting on them. i mean, so back at you. i mean, we're all in this together. they had enough of people pulling us apart. we're going to try to figure it out. they also know intuitively that they have to do themselves.
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>> pitts: part of the crime problem is the new orleans police department itself. last year, landrieu took the unusual step of asking the u.s. department of justice to investigate. in march, it issued a scathing report describing a corrupt and dysfunctional police force. >> mitch landrieu: political corruption is endemic all over this country; in some places, worse than others, right? on crime, you have other major american cities where the crime rates, at different points in their histories, have spiked dramatically. so this is not something that we... that we get just because we drank it in the water down here. it's not something that... that you don't find in other places. but for some reason, we seem to kind of get, you know, the microscope. >> pitts: i don't know if... if "defensive" is the right word, but you get riled up. >> mitch landrieu: well, "pissed" would be the better word. ( laughter ) okay? because it's... it's... you get to these things where you go to places and people say things to you. they just say, "well, gee, i... i didn't realize that we were the only ones that were like that." by the way, you know, people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. take care of your business and we'll take care of ours.
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so, confronting corruption, confronting crime, making sure the people of america know that we know we've got it and we're going to do something about it is a healthy thing. >> father tony ricard: i think it's actually a pretty exciting time, i think. the fact that we have a hands-on mayor. >> pitts: on the mayor's walk through st. roch, we met the neighborhood priest, father tony ricard. it seems to me, in new orleans, your problems have problems, that everything that can be wrong with an urban environment is wrong in new orleans. >> ricard: exactly. >> pitts: so can one mayor fix them? >> ricard: i think that... that the... you always need a catalyst to start something. you know, when god created the world, there was the big bang. somebody had to make the boom. and i think this mayor has the ability to be that bang, to be that one that will give us that start. >> pitts: many believe landrieu at least has the pedigree. his sister mary has been a u.s. senator from louisiana since 1997. and the last white mayor of new orleans was their father, "moon."
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he ran the city in the 1970s, when it was bitterly divided by race and class. his most important step was integrating city government, and setting the stage for a succession of four black mayors. mitch landrieu's election broke the streak. as you well know, new orleans has been dominated by white business elite, black political elite. but you're neither one of those. so, do you represent a new way, a third way of doing business in new orleans? >> mitch landrieu: well, yeah, i think so. you can't hide behind race anymore. you can't hide behind class structure anymore. you can't hide behind family. you need to produce. i have to be honest with you, i get a little frustrated that things don't move more quickly. sometimes, i think i was born in the northeast because i have a couple of, you know, not-so-good things about me. i'm impatient, i'm hot tempered, i want to go faster rather than slower. i don't understand why things take so long. at the same time, i have to admit to you that you don't want to lose the richness of what it is that we do down here. and sometimes, richness takes
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time. ♪ ♪ >> pitts: during the pageantry of mardi gras, landrieu presides over the parades with their elaborate floats, marching bands, and whatever this is. i've talked to a lot of politicians who certainly love and respect their city, but you seem to have a unique affection for new orleans. >> mitch landrieu: i... i think that you know now that i'm like every other new orleanian. you've talked to a lot of people on the streets, and every one of them will tell you that they are desperately in love with this troubled yet beautiful city, this place that is just so spectacular that it just, as i like to say, gets all up in them all the time. >> pitts: this year's mardi gras was the largest since katrina, a $350 million money maker for new orleans. it's one more sign, he says, this american original is starting to thrive again.
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>> simon: it's kentucky derby week, so we decided to revisit the most popular female athlete of our time, and the most accomplished. she took on the boys at every opportunity and left them defeated and distraught. the most they could hope for was a poor second. we met zenyatta in october last year, and it was, as they say, love at first sight. she was indisputably the queen in the sport of kings.
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zenyatta was 19 for 19 at the time, which is unheard of in horse racing at that level, and she was about to enter her 20th and last race. it was the $5 million breeders' cup classic, the super bowl of the sport. she had won it in 2009, and we knew she would win it again. she just did not know how to lose. but she did. she lost by a nose. objective, impartial journalists that we are, we were heartbroken. >> track announcer: zenyatta is dead last. >> simon: she started out way behind, but she always did. that was the way she raced. as the finish line approached, she would go for broke and let the boys eat her dust. it was a strategy that caused coronaries, but it worked. and it seemed to be working this time, too. >> track announcer: blame bunching up at the top of the lane.
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>> simon: she was way back at the turn for home, but, coming down the stretch, she fired off her rockets and started passing them all. even the announcer thought she was going to pull it off. >> track announcer: zenyatta... zenyatta... >> simon: and she almost did. but that wire came just 15 feet too soon. >> track announcer: zenyatta ran her heart out but had to settle for second. >> simon: when we started hanging out with zenyatta, we were struck not so much by her might as by her magnificence. she is quite simply the most splendid creature we'd ever seen. she's big for a mare, taller than most of the boys in the stable, and very calm. thoroughbreds are supposed to be high strung and hot blooded, but there's something zen about zenyatta. she loves kids and welcomes strangers, particularly when they come bearing gifts. the mere sight of zenyatta can bring tears to the eyes of people who've been around horses all their lives. perhaps it's her perfection, the sense that, like the music of
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mozart, you cant imagine a more beautiful creation. but when she hits the track, there is a personality change you can barely believe. she becomes obsessed, it seems, with showing the boys that she is faster and tougher than any one of them. she drives people into fits of frenzy. this was the 2009 breeders' cup. >> track announcer: zenyatta has come to the outside. zenyatta coming flying on the grandstand side. gio ponti on the inside. summer bird is right there. this is unbelievable! zenyatta! >> simon: her hall of fame jockey, mike smith, has won all the races in the triple crown, and nearly 5,000 more. how does zenyatta compare to the other horses you've been on who won these championship races? >> smith: she... she means more to me than all those. >> simon: and can you explain why?
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>> smith: she's just who she is. she's zenyatta. she's incredible. she's done everything that we've ever asked of her. >> simon: where did she live? where else? hollywood. and at more than 1,200 pounds, she was the biggest star in town. the camera loved her, and she loved the camera. before every race, she posed and strutted and did a little dance. but once on the track, she became a ferrari racing against a pack of volvos. >> vic stauffer: she's got a chance to gun the boat down, and here she comes! >> simon: track announcer vic stauffer has called zenyatta's races from the very start, which is when she was just another horse. >> stauffer: and the bad start has zenyatta at the back of the pack. >> simon: that's where zenyatta has always started-- in the back, lingering languidly as if she's on a sunday outing. but then she puts her feet on the pedal and slams into high gear. >> stauffer: zenyatta runs up outside of her and draws within a length of the lead. >> simon: vic stauffer realized
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early on that this was one fast girl with one hell of a future. >> stauffer: here's a future superstar. zenyatta. wow. and that's when you knew you were really looking at something very special. >> simon: she always comes from behind. you ever go a little bit crazy when she's way behind? >> stauffer: again, yeah, because i've become a fan and i've rooted for her. but that's just all part of the theater of her. she passes them all, and i have a feeling that if there were ten more in front of her, she'd just pass them. >> smith: i think that's what keeps her... keeps her sound and keeps her happy, is that she only does what she has to do. >> simon: so you might not have been on her at her fastest yet? >> smith: i truly don't believe i have. i've always... in every race that i've ridden her in, i've always felt that there was another gear if i needed it. >> auctioneer: 40, 45... >> simon: but her beginnings did not seem special at all. the only thing remarkable about her was her price. she was bought at an auction when she was one year old for only $60,000. john shirreffs has been her trainer ever since.
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>> shirreffs: we were just really blessed and fortunate. >> simon: how'd you get her so cheap? >> shirreffs: well, i... i think, because she had skin disease. she had a form of ringworm, so she wasn't particularly attractive at the sale. >> simon: she had a rash? >> shirreffs: had a rash. yeah. >> simon: so, it's been from rash to riches? >> shirreffs: ( laughs ) yeah, yeah. >> simon: i don't quite believe i said that. under john shirreffs' tutelage, zenyatta has won more than $6 million, but she was a late starter-- not ready and too immature, shirreffs thought, to run in the big races when she was a little kid. when she was three years old, why didn't you race her in the kentucky derby? >> shirreffs: you know, she wasn't... as a three-year-old, she... she wasn't ready to race. you know, it took her a long time to... to mature in... into the horse she is now, and we just had to be patient with her. >> simon: shirreffs gave zenyatta time to grow up and insisted on doing it at his own
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pace, without ever losing his temper. he thinks horses know when people are tense, and they don't like it. we spent nearly a week with zenyatta and, for a celebrity of her stature, we had unusual access. we could watch her beauty treatments in the morning, the bandaging of her legs in the afternoon. we played with her on the lawn, which was planted just for her. >> that's what's so amazing about her: she chooses to be gentle all the time. >> simon: zenyatta's owners, ann and jerry moss, who made their fortune in the music business, knew how to pamper their starlet. >> jerry moss: she's touched and handled by 14... oh, at least 14 people a day. >> simon: she's touched by 14 people a day? >> jerry moss: over 14. >> ann moss: yeah. >> jerry moss: yes. at least 14 people a day. >> simon: and there's somebody with her 24 hours a day? >> jerry moss: yes. >> ann moss: yes. >> simon: pretty cozy? >> ann moss: it is. >> simon: but the training on the track was regimented and rigorous. five days a week, john shirreffs had zenyatta run at a moderately slow pace. she didn't like slow, so her
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exercise rider had to use all his strength to hold her back. then, once a week, she was let loose. but even then, mike smith says, she wasn't nearly at full throttle. what does it feel like being on her? >> smith: you know, there's just so much power. she's so athletic for such a big, big horse, which is just amazing. >> simon: how does it feel when she starts her surge?st >> goo >> good evening, this i cbs ne cbs news special report, i'm russ russ mitchell. we are we are breaking the progra programming with developing news news from the white house. sourc sources tell cbs newses that osama b osama bin laden, the leader of al of al qaeda is dead and his body body is in u.s. hands. presid president obama will speak to to the american people in a few few moments but now to the
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pentag pentagon and david martin. what ar what are you hearing? >> >> well, russ, right now we have have two sources from the hill hill say tag that bin laden was was shot and killed and steven steven hadley, the former in additi addition security advisor for for president bush says he has has been author at that timive timively told by the white house house that bin laden is dead so so certainly all indications are th are that this announcement by th by the president is going to be be that after all these years years, has succeeded in the u.s. or somebody ucs s osama bin osama bin laden. >> mit >> mitchell: it is at 10:47 eastern eastern time. we we just got news about an hour a hour ago from the white house t house that the president wanted wanted to speak to the americ american people. obviou obviously this is unusual. sourc sources from the white house are are telling us initially this w this was a quote, unquote, big dea big deal. and dav and david this certainly would would fall into that catego category, correct? >> it >> it would. and and frankly it comes as a surpr surprise because for so many years years people have said there was was no trace of bin laden. that that he had gone absolutely
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silen silent. commun communicated only by courie courier. and and somehow somebody finally got got a location on bin laden and and according to the sources that that we have been talking to, he has he has been killed. >> mitc >> mitchell: let's give people people a time line of bin laden. laden. he has he has been on the fbi 10 most most wanted fugitive since 1998. 1998. the pe the person who claimed respon responsibility for the septem september 11th attacks. just just want to tell people tuning tuning in right now, we are in in special coverage right now now awaiting to hear from the the president of the united state states. cbs cbs news has confirmed that osama b osama bin laden has been kille killed. his his body is in u.s. hands. david, david, kind of give us, we talked talked about the time line a second second ago and how big a deal deal this is. is the is there any indication that there there were efforts stepped up in t up in the past several months months to capture bin laden? >> >> they have been stepping up up efforts to capture bin laden.
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laden. but we but we don't know why. was th was that because they were finall finally getting some good intell telligence on his wherea whereabouts or was it just out out of frustration and they wanted wanted to make one more big push push to try and locate him. but but whatever the chain of events events, this seems to have yield yielded his location. >> mit >> mitchell: again, special program program tonight, osama bin laden laden, cbs news has confir confirmed has been killed. his his body is in u.s. hands. we we are awaiting a statement from p from president obama from the ea the east room of the white house. house. our our chip reid is at the white white house tonight. chief chief white house corres correspondent. chip, chip, what are you hearing? >> rep >> reporr: well it certai certainly was very unusual. about about 10:00 we were told that t that the president was going to mak to make a statement from the east r east room and we were hearin hearing rumors quite a bit earlie earlier than that that osama bin bin laden was dead and we gradua gradually put together a number number of different sources who who confirmed that, in fact, he he had been killed. and th and that is certainly what we exp we expect to hear from the preside president. they s they said he was going to speak speak at 10:30 p.m. eastern
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time. time. that w that was 20 minutes ago. we're we're still waiting to hear. certain certainly we're hoping to get so get some details from him exactl exactly how this happened. >> mit >> mitchell: again, as we point pointed out, the whitehouse earlie earlier was calling this a quote, quote, unquote, big deal. what what is the buzz at the white white house tonight, what is the the mood like there at this point? point? >> we >> well, i tell you is franti frantic. when i when i first got here everyb everybody thought it had to do do with libya although we heard heard the rumors about aline baden. baden. but th but there was too much activi activity for this to have to do do with libya. so i so i think immediately everyb everybody assumed it was much much bigger than that and that o that osama bin laden was probab probably the issue here. and o and of course we have confir confirmed that osama bin laden laden has been killed. >> mit >> mitchell: let me ask you the s the same question i supposed to dav to david martin. were were you getting any indica indication that the efforts to ge to get bin laden had been steppe stepped up in recent weeks and mo and months had? >> >> we really were not. in fac in fact, you may recall recent recently some wikileaks docume documents came out that gave some some details on his moveme movements right after 9/11. well, well, he and his number two, al al zawahiri had been moving about
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about afghanistan by car and moved moved too the hindu curb mounta mountain, tora bora and pakist pakistan. and it and it was an interesting lesson lesson in history but there really really wasn't much sense that t that they were closing in on him. certai certainly the predator drones drones and special forces have have been aggressively looking looking for him for a very long t long time. and pr and president obama has said whenev whenever asked that they are certai certainly on the search. but th but there was no indication in rec in recent days that there had had been progress made or that t that there was any imminent hope hope of catching him. >> mit >> mitchell: chip reid at the wh the white house. we'll we'll get back to you in a minut minute. you ar you are watching cbs news specia special coverage. cbs cbs news has confirmed, has confir confirmed that osama bin laden laden has been killed. his his body is in u.s. hands. we're we're waiting for a statem statement from the president of the ofnited states. our ch our chef foreign affairs corres correspondent lara logan and bob bob orr will standing by in the the washington burr-- bureau. lara, lara, where does this fit in the the big deal category? >> wel >> well, it there is a school school of thought that will come o come out after this, russ and sa and say it doesn't really matter
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matter it doesn't win the war. war. you you still have a war to fight. fight. there there is still a lot of signif signt leaders of al qaeda qaeda out there. it it simply, it simply is not the the case. to to get osama bin laden is the the single most important act th act that you could do in this this fight. becaus because he is not only the spirit spiritual and ideaological leader leader of al qaeda, but he is is still very much involved in in the organization. and and everything that al qaeda does does comes from osama bin laden. laden. it it doesn't mean that the war is ove is over. but it but it is the biggest, single single blow that the u.s. could could deal to this organi organization and to the fight. fight. of of course he's now going to be a be a martyr, of course, it doesn' doesn't mean that people won't won't continue to follow his teachin teachings. but but as long as osama bin laden laden remained out there are, it it was proof to all of his follow followers that he was mighti mightier than the united states states. and and now, you know, that pictur picture looks very differe different. and the and there is no question that i that if they can get him, people people are going to be
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asking asking well, who else, who's next. next. and hi and his innercircle is defini definitely going to be lookin looking at this. and and knowing that their own lives lives are in jeopardy at this this point. and and you know, we really don't k don't know who else they may have have got. >> mitc >> mitchell: right, lara, of course course, are you very famil familiar with that part of the worl the world. osama b osama bin laden has been the subject subject of-- has been hunted for th for three u.s. president adminis administrations at this point. point. give us give us an idea of how wiley this g this guy was and why it was so ha so hard to get him all those years? years? >> wel >> well, one of the things that ve that very few people unders understand about osama bin laden laden and the way he was raised raised and where he came from from in yemen is that it really really, for him to live with absolut absolutely nothing and stay low low and not have any commun communications around him, not do not do anything that could compro compromise him in any way was was, it was part of the fiber fiber of his being. it was it was everything to him. and he and he was prepared to endur endure any kind confi hardsh
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hardship to stay hidden. and and the area in which he believes believes to have spent most of his of his time, on the pakist pakistani border is as most people people know, incredibly, incred incredibly remote. and and not only that, but the people people who live there, they never never believed that the rewar reward was real. they they never saw any advantage in in giving up osama bin laden. becau because they would have been excommu excommunicated from their own own tribes. they they couldn't have continued to li to live in their own area. they w they wouldn't have had a future future. their their children and their familie families wouldn't have had a future future. so it so it was never worth it for them t them to give him up. and yo and you know, i have been told told by a number of highly placed placed and confidential sources sources that the u.s. has been c been close to getting osama bin bin laden for the past month. month. and we and we have stepped up operati operations against him. there there have been some very signifi significant operations just in th in the last few days. and on and on the special opera operations side, the very highes highest level of forces that we we have, have been activated
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and and been involved in this operat operation. and y and you know, that area is so so difficult to get to, but it's it's one that we have been gainin gaining familiarity with over ti over time. just just as they've been learni learninge and more about us. us. we've we've been learning more and more more about them and how to opera operate in those conditions. and th and that would definitely have have helped. >> mit >> mitchell: next to you is bob bob orr our corp. cor with the the specialist on the war on terror terror. bob, bob, how surprised are you that t that this happened right now? now? it's it's 11:00 on a sunday night, again, again, highly unusual for the the president to make a statem statement, to call for a stateme statement at this point. as som as someone who covers this, you ta you talk to a lot of folks, how how surprised are you? >> rus >> russ this is a big, big win, win, as lara said, for intell intelligence operations. this this proves that the intell intelligence in the region is rob is robust, it's good. they they had acte intelli intelligence and they moved. it's it's very important, that it comes comes at a time when the war on on terror in the pakistan, afghan afghanistan region was getting getting a bit bogged down in politi politics. they we they were not happy about the
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the drone strikes. they h they had asked us to kind of pull pull back a little bit. this g this gives us a chance, i think, think, to reassert on that front a front against core al qaeda. as as lara made the point and others others have made the point, bin bin laden is the spiritual leader leader. he is he is the center of the core. core. and no and now this leaves in his wake wake, al zawahiri and others that t that the u.s. would like to get. get. but a but a restart in a campaign that w that was in some danger, i would s would say, of being sidetr sidetracked politically. this this isn't an end. people people can celebrate this. this i this is not an end. we we have very real enemies on a numb a number of fronts, i think in in yemen and somalia, and also s also still in the pakistan afghan afghanistan region. but th but this is a huge win for the u. the u.s. and i and i do don't think anyone can ta can take that away from us. and and most importantly if the inform information is right that bin bin laden's body is in u.s. custod custody, this will rob his follow followers of any kind of sacre sacred schryne to worship at. at. and and that is also an import important point. >> an >> and about whether or not this i this is in fact true. >> an >> and give us proof that it is is true. >> exa >> exactly right.
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that i that is why it is so import important. >> mit >> mitchell: stand by. to to remind folks at home t is coming coming up at 11:00, 10:56, we we are in cbs news special covera coverage. cbs ne cbs news has confirmed that osama osama bin laden has been killed killed and we are waiting for the for the president of the united united states. he is he is expected to make a statem statement very shortly. right right now we want to go to our our terrorism consultant, mr. za mr. zarata. good good evening to you. >> go >> good evening, how are you. you. >> mit >> mitchell: i'm doing fine. what a what are you hearing tonigh tonight? >> well >> well this is a great evenin evening. i thin i think lara and bob have it absolu absolutely right. bin bin laden is reported to be dead. dead. u.s. u.s. troops seem to have captur captured his body which sugges suggests that the special operat operations forces were on his tr his trail. and and certainly this is great news news for the united states. it it ends a key chapter in the war o war on terror. and as and as i have said often, you you cannot imagine the end of al of al qaeda without the death death of bin laden. and and so i think this is a key moment moment in the war on terror. it it won't end terrorist threat threats as bob mentioned and lara lara noted. we ha
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we have threats coming from yemen, yemen, the north african regio region. but th but this is a key moment. we hav we have to remember as well that t that there have been intern internal divisions within al qaeda qaeda over the last couple of of years. questi questions as to whether or not al not al qaeda was moving the global global sunni extremist moveme movement in the right direct direction. and th and they have been somewhat on the on the sidelines in the wake of the of these arab revolutions. and so and so the death of bin laden laden could begin an unwind unwinding or collapse of the broad broader sunni extremist moveme movement. so i so i think this is not just import important symbolically but it it starts perhaps a domino affect affect within the al qaeda global global movement itself. >> mit >> mitchell: if you would give u give us a timetable. of of course osama bin laden has has been on the fbi's most wante wanted list since 1998. give give us an idea of how far he goe he goes back, how far he's been o been on the u.s. radar. and and how long we've been lookin looking for him? >> we >> well, bin laden, of course course, goes back to the afghan afghan mujahideen days when he was he was a finance year for much o much of the arab mujahideen fighti fighting the soviet union in afghan afghanistan in the '80s.
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but re but really in the 1990s he conver converted himself into a global global terrorist. and i and in 1996 issued his famous famous fat wa, his war agains against america, reiterating that that in 1998, his fatwhat, his his war against all american citize citizens. follow followed then by the embassy bombin bombings in east africa u.s.s. u.s.s. cola tack in 2000 and then then of course the 9/11 attack attacks. bin bin laden has been a central figure figure, ideaologically, symbol symbolically and strate strategically for this al qaeda qaeda movement since the mid '90s. '90s. and i and i think seeing his death is is a critical end to a key chapter chapter in the war on terror. >> mitc >> mitchell: juan czar atta, we wil we will be back to you in a bit. bit. we we are coming up at 11:00 k i'm ru i'm russ mitchell from cbs news news headquarters in new york. york. we are we are having a special report report right now telling you that pr that president obama will announ announce in a few minutes that os that osama bin laden, the leader leader of al qaeda has been killed killed and his body is in u.s. u.s. hands. again again we're waiting to hear from t from the president in just a few few moments now. let's g let's go to the white house. back back at the white house and

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