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>> she just told me in my ear, i missed you. it died. >> we saw. >> i couldn't ask for anything >> we are out of time. enjoy your day. better. the fog will clear. i'm so happy right now. see you tomorrow morning. >> caption colorado, llc >> you got to come. email@example.com >> i'm going to spend every good morning. moment i have with them. decision day. president obama addresses the ♪ nation tonight to unveil his plan to bring as many as 10,000 u.s. troops out of the afghanistan over the next 1 months. we are live at the white house for a preview and ask two u.s. senators if this is the right move. midwest mess. severe storms pound the chicago area causing massive power >> i was scared. i was just worried. outages and hundreds of flight i wanted to talk to my husband cancellations and leaving a and make sure everybody was okay train full of commuters stuck and make sure the ship is coming home safely. overnight. bring you the latest on the >> i think everybody was pretty delays and nasty weather, plenty stoked. >> to know that these people of it, is headed next. surprise. disposed of the world's most invitation for first lady wanted terrorist gives me a lot michelle obama and her family visiting south africa. of pride. come meet nelson mandela. >> welcome home, honey. we have the story and the we're so happy to see you.
pictures behind this meeting "early" this wednesday, june 22nd, 2011. >> good moment for a lot of families. captioning funded by cbs >> they're fantastic. >> never get enough of that. >> i was just going to say that. >> reminds me of the military kids i spoke to, that for them is forget it. good morning. nice to have you with us. >> the story you don't hear i'm erica hill. about is the kids. >> i'm chris wragge. those are some storms that >> it's amazing will they sit there in stone silence when the whipped through way through the parent does walk in with the midwest last night. winds hit as much as 75 miles an surprise visit at school. hour at times, the equivalent of >> they've been waiting so long. >> right. >> good to have them back, a minor hurricane. that's for sure. nearly a 225,000 people lost >> thanks to richard for being us with. power in their homes and o'hare, enjoy your day. your local news is next. hundreds, maybe thousands of -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com passengers spent the night because flights were canceled. even vice president joe biden got hung up in the area as well so bad news. >> o'hare is important, so many flights go through there. first, president obama addresses the nation tonight announcing his plans to start pulling u.s. troops out of afghanistan over the next 12 months. right now, 100,000 u.s.
servicemen and women are based in afghanistan. up to 10,000 of them will be removed between now and the middle of the next year. cbs news senior white house correspondent bill plante has the latest for us this morning on the president's speech. bill, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, erica. sources tell cbs news, including those 10,000 troops that will come out over the coming year, all 33,000 of the surge troops will be out of afghanistan by the end of next year. the military says that with 100,000 u.s. troops in afghanistan, they have succeeded in loosening the grip of the taliban. the president and his national security advisers have been discussing how fast to begin ,,,,,, every bite of a hebrew national hot dog bringing troops home from the ten-year-old multibillion dollar is the meatiest, juiciest, most delicious bite war. secretary of defense robert of 100 percent pure kosher beef anyone can handle. gates acknowledged the u.s. pressure for commitment to end. >> goes without saying that if it were anymore beefy, there are a lot of reservations your mind would literally be blown. in the congress about the war in afghanistan and our level of ka-blammy.
commitment. there are concerns among the american people who are tired of well done, kosher. a decade of war. well done. >> reporter: over the weekend, with no fillers, by-products, the u.s. ambassador to artificial flavors or colors. hebrew national. the better than a hot dog hot dog. afghanistan, carl eikenberry expressed frustration with karzai's recent criticism of the war effort. >> when we hear ourselves being held occupiers in words, our pride is offended and we begin to lose our inspiration to carry on. >> reporter: the president tonight will announce the parameters of the pullout which is expected to start next month the date the president promised to begin withdrawing forces when he announced the 30,000 troop surge in december of '0. a year later, the president announced his intent to have all combat troops out of afghanistan by 2014. >> my goal by 2014 we have transitioned afghans are in the lead and it is a goal to make sure that we are not still engaged in combat operations of the sort that we are involved with now. >> reporter: there has been
robust internal debate about how this morning we're learning the answer to a key question in the san bruno explosion. swiftly the troops should be internal documents released this withdrawn, particularly after the death of osama bin laden. the vice president and other week show pg&e workers installed the failed pipeline that killed advisers want them out quickly. but others like secretary gates 8 people and destroyed 3 want a more measured approach. clear. internal documents released this week show pg&e workers ultimately, though, the decision rests with one person. installed the failed pipeline that killed eight people and >> i think that this is a process where the president destroyed 38 homes. a pg&e spokesperson says the consulted with all of the senior members of his national security team and made a decision and, company completed the installation in 1956. the san francisco medical obviously, commander in chief examiner has identified the man makes the decision. >> reporter: even with the drawdown that the president will announce tonight, there will found dead in the harbor yesterday, 20-year-old dennis still be 60,000 plus troops in afghanistan and many of them will be there for the next 3 1/2 nelson of olympia, washington. police had seen two men live in years, leaving the president the car in recent weeks with with the continuing burden of an increasingly unpopular war. washington plates, the sticker traced to an air force base erica? >> that seems like a a lot of outside olympia. in an hour doctors at san years when the folks hear the francisco general hospital will give an update on bryan stow's number. joining us from capitol hill to discuss the afghan drawdown condition, he has been in critical condition since he was republican senator bob corker attacked outside dodger stadium and senator menendez. march 31. l.a. police continue to investigate
this case. the prime suspect has been sent senator corker, what specifically would you like to back to prison on a parole hear from the president tonight? violation but giovanni ramirez >> first of all, i think we will has not been charged in the hear a sense of appreciation for attack. we'll check in with your our men and women in uniform. traffic and weather coming i think that, two, we all know that fighting season is just sort of midway over, that it right up. ,,,,,,,,,, will end in november and my sense is that there will be minimal drawdown now, maybe a reassessment then. i'd like to tow know what the nature of our operations are. we continue to have an evolving mission. it's changed multiple times since i've been in the senate, four years and five months. so i'd like to understand more fully that with the troops we have on the ground, what it is we want to accomplish, what the nature of that is. we're involved right now with a holbrook doctrine and huge nation building effort that in my opinion is not only sustainable now but not sustainable in the future. i'd like to hear about that and hopefully, not just military but civilian drawdowns and then, lastly, the nature of our relations with pakistan and
afghanistan. i think we have heard karzai stridents recently and pakistan double playing it. i'd like to hear the nature in his view of our relations. >> obviously, looking for more than just numbers tonight. >> absolutely. >> senator menendez, you have talked about the change in the efforts there. what are you hoping to hear specifically then beyond the numbers? do you expect further clarification of what the mission is today on the ground? >> i was hoping, number one, for a robust drawdown. certainly 15,000 of the first and 30,000 the next yeast but, more importantly, i believe that we have largely accomplished the mission. the reason we went into afghanistan after september 11th was to get bin laden and go after al qaeda. bin laden is now dead and only good morning. we have two problem spots right 50 to a hundred al qaeda fighters in afghanistan. the taliban was a side benefit now. first, in mellow park, southbound 101 approaching willow road, one lane is to that engagement. blocked. check out the line of slow it seems to me it's time to move traffic, speeds are under 10 from a counterinsurgency effort miles an hour in some spots. where we are trying to prop up a once you get past willow it
corrupt government in karzai to one that is counterterrorism looks better along the which would require a lot less peninsula. southbound 880, this accident troops, a lot less national cleared to the right shoulder, it was a traffic alert but it's lives of americans and a lot less national treasure and that is what i'm hoping that we will still good through heyward. hear. >> secretary gates has said, slow speeds, southbound 880 a though, let's not rush this mess. here. it could leave the country in we threw up the golden gate camera, traffic is slow, a toll the hands of the taliban and in the hands of rah corrupt lane closed. fog an issue across the deck government you both express concern over. is there any concern in your mind, senator menendez, with a this morning. that's your traffic. your forecast, fog is an issue. >> it is an issue. quick drawdown that could be the a lot of folks are glad to see legacy of the u.s. mission in afghanistan? >> well, the reality is even it. you won't see it in the valleys after 30,000 over the course of today. it will be cooler but it's a year, you'd have 68,000 u.s. still going to stay hot there. many 90-degree temperatures troops, in addition to 40,000, showing up in spots, inland away from the triple digits from yesterday but still on the you know, nato and other troops. hot side. 70s and 80s in the bay, the the reality is you're still talking about a hundred thousand collective troops there. cool fog toward the coastline, there are only 20,000 taliban more fog for everyone over the next few days, sweeping onshore to cool the temperatures into the weekend. ,,,, insurgents and we have spent billions of dollars, spend 10 billion a month in this counterinsurgency effort. we have spent nearly $38 billion
to stand up 290,000 afghan security forces. it seems to me that if 290,000 afghan security forces can't fight 20,000 taliban fighters, that's a 14 in 1 ratio, then we are in deeper trouble than we think. >> unfortunately, i'm told i have to say good-bye. these sweet honey clustery things have fiber? we look forward to speaking fiber one. about you further in the future. almost tastes like one of jack's cereals. uh, forgot jack's cereal. thank you both this morning. cbs news will carry the [ jack ] what's for breakfast? president's speech on afghanistan beginning at 8:00 uh, try the number one! p.m. eastern time, 7:00 central. i've never heard of that. [ wife ] it's great. be sure to join us for that. this morning, the chicago it's a sweet honey cereal, you'll love it. area is cleaning up from powerful storms that knocked out yeah, this is pretty good. power across the region. are you guys alright? stranded thousands of commuters and air travelers. yeah. the storm had ripple effects [ male announcer ] half a days worth of fiber. across the u.s. not that anyone has to know. fiber beyond recognition. fiber one. cbs news cynthia bowers is at chicago's o'hare airport with the latest. >> reporter: good morning. a lot of ripple effects today. the big board has dozens of cancellations of flights into and out of chicago.
result of that storm that brought hurricane force winds to this area. things got so dicey at the airport for people inside the airport that they actually hustled everybody downstairs to the lower level baggage claim to ride out the storm. it was a very long night for anyone trying to get into our out of chicago. more than 300 flights were canceled at o'hay airport after intense thunderstorms slammed the city. the lucky would be passengers got caught. even vice president joe biden fell victim. in town for a fund-raiser, he was forced to wait out the storm along with everyone else, though, presumably, in better accommodatio accommodations. it wasn't just chicago. the airport in grand rapids, michigan, took a major hit with heavy rains and winds strong enough to move hangars off their foundations. four people there suffered minor injuries. the lightning made for a pretty picture but the storm wreaked havoc on the ground. commuter trains were stranded. some passengers spent all night on one. trees were ripped from their roots and power knocked out to
almost 300,000 residents. there were no reports of any tornadoes, but, still. >> it was very scary. we were all downstairs and we were -- we could hear like the rain and the thunder and just like it was shaking and we were like, what is happening in. >> reporter: not since the great february 2nd hit the city with such force. at least this time, no one had to shovel. people will pick up definitely. the bad news more severe weather in the forecast. hopefully, though, it won't be as bad as it was last night. >> cbs's cynthia bowers at o'hare airport, thank you. something that affects o'hare and affects the airports across the country and internationally. >> jeff glor at the news desk with a check of other headlines. good morning. >> good morning to you. al qaeda militants staged a mass prison break this morning.
it happened in southern yemen. security officials say the prisoners jumped their guards and grabbed their weapons. at the same time, other militants were attacking that prison from the outside. we are told at least 40 al qaeda prisoners escaped. more protests in greece this morning after the government survived a key vote of confidence yesterday on its handling of the country's debt crisis. after the vote in parliament, protests outside battled with riot police and angry over the budget cuts and new taxes that greece will impose to get more bailout help from the european union. jpmorgan chase settle fraud chases for its participation in the crisis. they will pay $154 million which is less than it earns in one week. they say -- last year, goldman sachs played 550 million to pay
similar charges. city officials in minot might be swamped by the worse flooding there in more than 40 years. jim olsen of our affiliate kmxz has more on that. jim, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, jeff. you're right. 11,000 is the number of evacuees expecting here because of the flooding of the river that could begin as late today. the residents here are under evacuation orders by 6:00 p.m. the city says it will be sounding sirens in case the river should come over the top of the levee is before that time. the threat of flooding ordered 1 11,000 residents. >> we started out the day with the plans of sandbagging and building up the dike system around the area and everyone kind of gave up and we are just moving. everyone is just moving out now. >> reporter: the mouse river
flows straight through minot and bloweded by relentless rains on both sides of the board. expected to reach the top of the levee system today. bringing flooding the city hasn't seen in 40 years. >> we could have some catastrophic type of event here. it will be, not much of a doubt. i think people have to understand that, you know, even if you were on the edge before, you may not be on the edge the next time. >> reporter: the red cross says it expects more than 800 evacuees in the coming days. the few who left their homes ahead of the wednesday night evacuation deadline spent a quiet night at this shelter. >> a little depressed. i want to be home. just out of place. >> reporter: the flooding in minot is expected to dwarf the historic flood of 1969. it's likely to begin tonight or thursday and the river will soar seven feet higher than back in '69 by early next week.
so the river could be seven feet higher than it is -- actually about eight feet higher than it is right now. which means look behind me at that barn back there, those garage doors on the right side, the water will be up to the top of those garage doors within the next five or six days. now, we are getting some help in the minot area from folks in bismarck who have send sandbags to help out by it's going to be a very difficult and disastrous situation
thanks so much. that is your latest weather. now the latest on michelle obama's trip to south africa. the first lady visited the township of seweta this morning after a surprise visit tuesday with nelson mandela. cbs news wyatt andrews is in london with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, chris. all overseas trips by america's first ladies center on democracy and freedom but this trip,
michelle obama in south africa, this is being watched around the world for what it's saying about history. ♪ >> reporter: on this journey, the symbolism of a changing world is everywhere and, obviously, and it began with this. the wife of america's first black president met with the man who ended apartheid. 92-year-old nelson mandela in poor health these days but, obviously, delighted as well as the african-american first family gathered on the couch of his home. this photo was 35 years in the making. 35 years ago this month, came south africa's uprising. 10,000 people rose up in the country's first mass protest and the white government's response was mass violence. at least 23 died, but it was the day black africans said they had had enough. >> yes, we can! what do you say? >> reporter: in a rousing visit to seweto, the first lady drew a
straight line from america's civil rights battles through seweta to the election of barack obama. >> the story of young people 20 years ago, 50 years ago, who marched until their feet were raw, who endured beatings and bullets and decades behind bars, who risked and sacrificed everything they had for the freedom they deserved, and it is because of them that we are able to gather here today. >> reporter: mandela who spent 27 years in prison leading the antiapartheid movement hosted the obamas for 20 minutes. the meeting included the obama daughters now 12-year-old malia and 10-year-old sasha and off camera, the first lady's mother mary ann robinson. after the first lady's speech this morning, she laid a wreath at the memorial for hector
peterson, the 12-year-old boy who was the first protester thought to be killed by police in seweto 35 years ago last week. >> wyatt andrews in london for us, thank you. still head on the "the early show" show if gadhafi leave, nato might go in. the home mortgage. rates at their lowest level in decades but home sales continue to fall and it can be tough to get that mortgage. tell you why that is happening. you're watching "the early show" on cbs. ,,,,
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on a new budget proposal t emocrats at good morning. time for some news headlines. i'm frank mallicoat. governor jerry brown is working on a new budget proposal that he might deliver to the state democrats today. brown vetoed the plan they sent to him last week. parking rates in downtown san jose will go up next month. city council approved the increase for city-operated garages, weekday and week night rates will be higher and saturday's parking rate will be a flat $5 fee at three downtown garages. and a picture taken in florida is raising a lot of questions of why a football player was removed from a u.s. airways plane at sfo last week. this photo shows a cross- dresser who was allowed to fly u.s. air from florida to phoenix despite complaints from a number of passengers. the airline said the man's anatomy was not showing so he
westbound 580 pretty slow. half hour commute right now coming out of the altamont pass heading towards 680 and the dublin interchange. also, just getting word of a new accident approaching grant line road. it is in the median. we have been trying to guess where this traffic shot is all morning, not really, but it's the golden gate bridge. but obviously fog an issue this morning causing low visibility in both directions. nimitz freeway looks great into oakland. let's check the cooler forecast. >> i like your weather cams. those are very nice. they are showing a lot of weather around the bay area today. right now you have clear skies inland, and that's where you're going to find hot temperatures today. no triple digits though but it will be hot enough. mid-90s in the warmest spots inland. as you get inside the bay, you'll 70s, more of a sea breeze into oakland. plenty of sunshine in san jose at 86 degrees. fog and low clouds moved in along the coastline, cooler temperatures on the way for everyone over the next few days. ,,,,,,,,
welcome back to "the early show" here on a wednesday morning, chriss wragge and erica hill in new york. a look at lush, green landscape. >> a little central park boat house. >> it looks inviting. good morning once again. coming up, home sales are still falling dragging down the economy. even with banks offering the cheapest mortgages in decades. >> the problem is not everybody can get those mortgages. of course, rebecca jarvis is here to tell us where thanings stand in the housing market. why are we seeing a further drop in the home sales and also when do they finally get better? >> a lot of people waiting for that. >> we have another look at our top headlines this morning.
good morning you to and our news here. thunderstorms and powerful winds overnight stranded thousands of travelers. more than 300 flights were canceled at chicago's two main airports. a commuter train was stul stuck for five hours when a power line fell on the tracks. president obama will address the nation tonight discussing his plans for withdrawing u.s. troops from afghanistan. the initial drawdown expected to number 10,000 out by this time next year. all 33,000 of the surge troops would be withdrawn by the end of 2012. mark kelly is retiring from nasa and the navy to be with his kif congresswoman gabriel giffords. kelly says of his wife, she's working hard every day on her mission of
influence. allen pizzey reports from one area that the u.s. is especially concerned about. >> reporter: this young man is practicing the call to prayer over unlikely common ground. the city below him is derna. some officials worry it could be al qaeda's total in libya. gadhafi claim it's islamic fighters opposing his regime. derna's coll derna's scholar says both are wrong. >> there is no nuclear. >> reporter: but at least 50 volunteers from derna were picked up by forces in afghanistan and the libyan contingent fight with the al qaeda faction in iraq. they were allegedly recruited by this man from derna. he admits fighting in afghanistan but says he joined the revolt against gadhafi. derna has a history of resisting the libyan dictator and this paid a high price. poverty is more evident than in
other towns and the citizens are always suspect. this man spent 15 years in jail. >> i was accused of accusing the party. >> reporter: islam is deeply engrained here. the 300-year-old mosque is always packed during friday prayers but libyans are conservative, not radical. >> don't say al qaeda to a person. no. >> reporter: no one we spoke to here tonight went to iraq and afghanistan to fight on the side of radical islam. but they say that al qaeda has no chance of putting down roots here. that may be, but several young men did not want to be photographed told our translators don't take the journalist too many places, they could be cia spies. gadhafi keeps saying that al qaeda is with you guys. what do you say to that? >> there is no al qaeda.
>> reporter: these two ar from derna and the dusk masks make them look like extras from a mad max film. it seems that al qaeda likes to grow are here whether they're flowering depends on who you believe. allen pizzey, cbs news, derna. joining us now juan zarate. we hear people there talking in allen's piece saying no chance that al qaeda sets up roots in libya. do you agree with that? >> well, there's no evidence yet that al qaeda is the core of the rebellion. that said, there is a history of al qaeda's movement and allure in libya. groups like the libyan islamic fighting group historically and the group in north africa all have roots in libya. as well, you have four al qaeda leaders that have come out of libya. as the report mentioned, a big contingent of fighters in iraq
came from eastern libya. so there are the roots there historically. we just don't see it yet in the rebellion. >> how much of a concern is this for the u.s. government? does this motivate our continued involvement in the region? >> well, i think it remains a concern for u.s. officials and explains why officials are working very hard to try to understand who forms part of the rebellion, who forms part of the transitional national council for libya. this is a remaining concern not knowing quite what is behind all aspects of the rebellion. i think this is why the u.s. is more cautious about recognizing that this council as well as arming the rebellion. >> let me ask you about gadhafi. he claims that al qaeda is behind the uprising in eastern libya right now. does this help or hurt al qaeda? >> well, first of all, i'm not sure that's credible coming from gadhafi. but i think what u.s. officials are concerned about is less that the rebellion is being driven by al qaeda but more so that the on going chaos and on going conflict actually provides
breathing space for al qaeda then to operate in. the group in north after kashgs for example, can take advantage of arms flows in the region. so that, i think, is a real concern. the chaos will be taken advantage of by al qaeda and reenergized in north africa. >> all right, juan zarate, thank you. next on "the early show," the high price of gas is making people think twice about buying a house. it's all part of the slowing economy. we'll look at the latest numbers for home sales and mortgages. this is "the early show" on cbs. finally, there's a choice for my patients with an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, or afib, that's not caused by a heart valve problem. today we have pradaxa to reduce the risk of a stroke caused by a clot. in a clinical trial, pradaxa 150 mg reduced stroke risk 35% more than warfarin. and with pradaxa, there's no need for those regular blood tests. pradaxa is progress. pradaxa can cause serious, sometimes fatal, bleeding.
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look at the housing market, the hits keep on coming. sales of existing homes dropped in may. the market is now the worst it's been all year. cbs news business and economics correspondent rebecca jarvis is here with the numbers. the economy is terrible for a long time. unemployment is terrible for years. so why now are we seeing the slump? >> one of the big things is the fact that home buyer tax credit is gone. last year at this time, home sales were up. a lot of people were rushing out to buy homes because they could still take advantage of it. now they're down 3.8% in this
month of may because of the fact that that's gone also confidence just as the longer this takes the longer we take to get a housing recovery back on track, the more likely it is that people are less likely to go out and buy a home and also access to credit is very difficult. so even though mortgage rates are low. >> you bring up an important point. we keep hearing this is a great time to buy because home prices are much lower and mortgage rates are as well. how difficult, though, is it right now to actually get a mortgage? >> it is incredibly difficult to get a mortgage. the banks learned the hard way. giving out mortgages to people who are not credit worthy is a problem for them as well as problem for people. the 30-year fixed rate mortgage is 3.5%. 15-year fixed rate is 3.67%. those are record lows. at the same time, you only have to get access to them to be able to take advantage. that is a struggle. >> if you are looking to buy a home, it is a good time, isn't it? >> it does make sense for somebody thinking about staying there for the long term. five plus years is what analysts
say right now. right now the median rate for a preowned home is $166,500. that's the market if you're thinking about buying. you might want to consider looking at. because of the fact that new homes are actually 31% more expensive. also, it depends on location. location is always going to be important. and here in the west of the country, things -- rather in the west of the country, things are looking better than in other locations in the country. >> what about selling a home? home prices are so low. is it a bad time to sell a home? >> it is a difficult time to sell a home, a very difficult time. part of the reason behind that is that prices do continue to come down. but in addition to prices coming down, there's the issue with so many homes being on the market right now. in terms of those preowned homes that are out there, there's 3.72 million of them on the market. if things were going just as they are right now, to sell all of the homes it would take more than nine months. >> wow. >> that's a long time to get rid
of all the inventory out there. so unfortunately for a seller, it's a really difficult time. people are still looking at price. they want it lower. i mean they're already lower. >> we all want a bargain. >> yes, we do. >> thank you. we'll have more right here on "the early show." i'm laura, and this is my cvs. i just transferred a prescription to cvs because they have care 1on1. it's where the pharmacist stops and talks to me about safety and saving money with generic prescriptions. laura, let's talk about possible side effects. it's all about me. love that.
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>> i'm jon huntsman -- >> to seek the office -- >> for president. >> reporter: in a crowded field of like minded politicians, what you say in your announcement to run for president may not be as important as where you say it. wh wh on tuesday, it was jon huntsman's turn, the former utah governor turned u.s. ambassador to china stood flanked between two fluttering american flags with the iconic statue of liberty as a backdrop. the campaign was trying to go big in hoping the image of ronald reagan who in 1980 kicked off his general election campaign in the very same liberty state park. >> we will make america great again. >> reporter: so huntsman has to be who he is even though he knows he's by comparison a pale reflection of ronald reagan. >> when mitt romney made his announcement -- >> we love america. we believe in america.
he chose not massachusetts where he was governor or in michigan where he watched his 2008 campaign, but rather in new hampshire. it's the nation's first primary state, a state he previously lost to john mccain and still a key battleground if romney wants to win the nomination. lesser known former minnesota governor tim pawlenty took a similar approach. >> we need a better and president. >> reporter: trying to lay down his marker in iowa and then there's newt gingrich. he went for the affordable venue known as social media with a tweet and link to his official announcement video. >> and that's what matters for one candidate ultimately. it's important for the winner. >> i stand before you today to announce my candidacy for president of the united states of america. >> reporter: which for now still leaves this speech by a junior senator from illinois on a frigid february day in 2007 as
the one to beat. and minnesota congresswoman michelle bachmann made her intention to run clear. there are other big names like rick perry and former alaska governor sarah palin, the waiting game continues. chris? >> all right. whit johnson in washington for us this morning. michelle b michelle bachmann hasn't declared yet. >> we had her on after the debate last week. we said where are you going to do it? is it iowa? she wasn't getting specific. >> we'll see. it's not only about location by the time line. >> yes. >> stay with us. we'll be right back. this is the early show on cbs. # er. vo: so to show her what she's missing, we built a pc store in her house. erika: (gasp) employee: come on in. make yourself at home! erika: this is my home! employee: let's take a look! erika: (lifting laptop) it's really light. honey, help me shop! employee: you can get up to seven hours on this battery. jesse: the color really pops out. employee: everything's wireless. wireless keyboard. jesse: that's impressive.
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couple of accidents. one still out there by hickey boulevard and then another one near the 380 interchange which is clear but a lot of brakes through that stretch. fog also an issue this morning for portions of highway 1, 280 and here is the golden gate bridge. hard to tell this morning but traffic is okay. we have had no incidents and no official fog advisory. at the bay bridge it's backed up to the maze. 20-minute wait to get you onto the bridge. that is your traffic. for your forecast, here's lawrence. >> elizabeth, you feel that cool sea breeze around the bay area today, just a little? >> no. i stepped outside for five minutes to get a salad. yeah. >> it's cooling down a little bit outside. beautiful blue skies over the bay right now. we started off with patchy fog but that's breaking up in many spots. the temperature will be cooler though. plan on hot 90s in the valleys, no triple digits there. you have some 70s into oakland, 80s in toward san jose, patchy fog continuing on and off toward the coastline. cooler temperatures over the next few days. ba
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a number of u.s. troops in afghanistan are headed home. about a third of them expect to be pulled out by the end of next week. tonight president obama will announce the difls that troop withdrawal and cbs news will carry that speech live for you. just ahead we'll take a look at some of the issues that those folks will face as soon as they get back home. welcome to the "early show." >> one of those big issues is work. getting reacclimated back to society here in the u.s. >> and finding a job could be more difficult for them than for a number of americans. first, we do want to go to the white house for a preview of
the president's speech tonight. bill plante is standing by with that. good morning once again. >> reporter: good morning to you, erica. sources tell cbs news that the president will announce tonight that he's going to bring 10,000 troops home from afghanistan by the middle of next year. 5,000 beginning next month in july and 5,000 by next summer. he's also expected to say that he will have all 33,000 of the surge troops he sent over there home by the end of next year. that still leaves more than 60,000 troops in afghanistan fighting a war that is increasingly unpopular. the president did pledge last year that he would have all of the combat troops home by 2014, but that's a long time in the face of increasing calls here to wind down the war, calls from both republicans and democrats who say that they would rather get the troops home and spend the money on needs back here. erica? >> there is still some debate, a number of both folks on both sides of the aisle are in
agreement on bringing the folks back. the president ultimately made this decision here. are his advisers backing him on that decision. >> reporter: absolutely. once the decision is made, they'll back him. but there was really robust debate inside this white house over how fast to get those troops out. the pentagon led by secretary gates wanted a very gradual withdrawal, but the vice president, handing a group of other internal advisers, wanted those troops home much more quickly responding to the needs and demands of the public. >> bill plante at the white house this morning. thanks. anyone in a war zone dreams of coming home in one piece, but as cbs news correspondent betty nguyen reports these afghanistan veterans are returning to a civilian job market that holds little promise for them. >> the combat was hard at times, but there wasn't a lot of it. sometimes you'd go a month without any of it. and that was fine. those were the good months. >> reporter: for jason stam, a
marine rifleman who fought through two tours in afghanistan, it was the lull between battles he looked forward to. now home six months, the 23-year-old war veteran is married, unemployed and growing impatient with that lull in the current job market. >> come home from the marine corps. scary, a young kid and a wife. >> reporter: a fear facing many of america's young veterans. the unemployment rate of iraq and afghanistan era vets jumped to 12.1% in may, that's 3 points above the national average, leaving 232,000 veterans without work. >> the unemployment situation for new veterans is quite serious. >> reporter: tom tarantino says much of the unemployment among veterans has to do with military jobs that don't easily translate into civilian work when a soldier returns home. >> if you were a medic with ten years of experience, you will get out of the military and in
most states you can't even drive an ambulance. >> reporter: washington is trying to help by introducing bills like the hiring heroes act of 2011. >> anything you want to add? >> reporter: of course, job counseling services are available now, and jason stam has been turning up at this veteran outreach program several times a week. >> you come to a place like this, and they make you realize you'll make it. you will succeed. >> reporter: it's plan for success veteran advocates say will work only when corporations are willing to hire more of those who served. >> this is about educating corporate america about the value of military service and what those skills can do for their company. >> reporter: betty nguyen, cbs news, new york. it is a tough situation. we've done a number of stories here in the new york area about these veterans that come back. not only is the job market tough but post-traumatic stress is a big issue with everyone who comes back. and some families have moved on, sadly. so many different factors that go into so many decisions. >> they come home to so many changes and have been dealing
with so many while they were away. it is increasingly difficult. want to check in with jeff glor at the newsdesk. another check of the headlines for us. >> good morning once again to you. a long night for thousands of travelers stranded by a powerful storm system that rolled through the midwest. chicago was hit. widespread power outage, hundreds of canceled flights at the two main airports. cynthia bowers is at o'hare this morning. >> reporter: good morning, jeff, i'm at o'hare, where it's going to be an extra busy day today as the airlines try to play catch-up after a very scary night last night. 81-mile-an-hour winds. after we've seen tornadoes hit metropolitan areas this spring, people aren't taking any chances. people in the airport were hustled down to the lower levels of baggage claim to ride out the storm. as you mentioned several hundred flights were canceled last night due to the storm. some would-be passengers had to spend the night inside on cots. even the vice president, joe biden, got caught up in the
storm. he was in town for a fund-raiser and had to wait out the weather just like everybody else. but it wasn't just air travel that was shut down, also commuter trains were stalled. one group of passengers had to spend the night on their commuter train. that's how bad it was. trees were toppled, power lines down, transformers blown. 300,000 customers were without power. but unfortunately there were no deaths. as i said, the airlines are going to be playing catch-up today. it might not be easy because there's another line of thunderstorms that's supposed to come through late this afternoon right at peak travel time. hopefully, though, jeff, it won't be as bad as it was last night. >> sounds like a fun, long day for travelers. >> yep. >> cindy bowers, thank you very much. a close call at new york's kennedy airport. it's reported that two jets nearly avoided a disastrous runway collision. the "new york post" reports that a lufthansa jets with speeding toward takeoff when an egypt air
plane turned into its craft. they screamed at lufthansa pilots who had just seconds to slam on the brakes. >> cancel takeoff, cancel takeoff plans. >> lufthansa 411 heavy is reflecting takeoff. >> all traffic is stopped right now. >> those two were coming together. >> that was quite a show. we thought it was going to be a -- of young people 20 years ago, 50 years ago who marched until their feet were
raw, who endured beatings and bullets and decades behind bars, who risked and sacrificed everything they had for the freedom they deserve. >> mrs. obama and her daughters visited a daycare center in johannesburg where the children were welcomed with singing and dancing. before the first lady left or washington, she learned >> fwfr first lady left for washington, she learned something about her husband. he seems to have a way with babies. they were greeting visitors on monday and mrs. obama was holding a baby that wouldn't stop crying. she handed the infant to the president. baby stopped crying right away. to his delight and the first lady's amazement. scott pelley now has a preview of tonight's "cbs evening news." >> good morning. one state is trying to make amends to thousands of people
who were sterilized against their will. we will speak to one of the victims tonight on the "cbs evening news." now back to the "early show." >> it is now nine minutes past the hour. marysol castro is a well known baby whisperer as well. >> oh, yeah, those midnight wake-up calls. >> so much fun. >> good morning, jeff, good morning everyone at home. as we take a look at the national picture, you can see this slow moving storm system that is moving
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new treatments for epilepsy. nearly three million americans have it and one-third of them don't respond to medication. michelle miller met one young man who tried everything to stop his seizures before undergoing a very risky operation. >> reporter: sleeping through the night has never been easy for danny jack bow wits. for the past 21 years, he's had to endure countless seizures. >> i had my first seizure when i was 6 years old at my house. i was by the tv. i didn't see so much when i was in the hospital. >> reporter: since then, he's been seeking treatment here in the montefiore einstein
hospital. >> i've been here more than i've been in my house. >> reporter: for years, they monitored his seizures while he slept. his neurologist sheryl haut says he could suffer up to 20 a night. >> he would suddenly awaken from sleep often with -- make a loud noise, a grimmace. sometimes he even had a laugh. and then he would get very stiff and turn over in the bed. this was out of his control. his body was turning over by itself and very uncomfortable and scary. >> reporter: the lack of deep sleep was beyond tiring. and the seizures beyond grueling. >> having epilepsy killed my self-esteem and all myself worth. none of my other friends had, you know, epilepsy or anything. and it was, you know, i just want to be normal. >> reporter: danny tried almost everything from medication to a strict diet regimen to implanting a neurostimulator, nothing worked. the only thing danny hadn't
tried was surgery. until recently with the advances in technology, he became a candidate when doctors were able to pinpoint the likely source of his seizures. >> the more testing we did, the more we realized that the area where the seizure was coming from was extremely close to his motor strip. and that's the area that helps you move and gives you motor function. so we were increasingly concerned that the surgery might cause him to be paralyzed. >> i can't use my left arm or leg but there is a big chance i won't have seizures. i was ready to accept that. >> reporter: danny endured two brain surgeries, one to map out the functions of his brain and another to remove the lesion that caused him to have epilepsy. >> we did a 3-d reconstruction based on the mri. >> the surgery was a resounding success. danny's been seizure free for five months and has no signs of paralysis. >> we don't see a lot of patients who that many seizures
who can function as well as danny does. and, frankly, we consider his surgical outcome to be a miracle here. >> just knowing i don't have the seizures is like a huge load off my back. >> reporter: michelle miller, cbs news, new york. >> about 200,000 new cases of seizures and epilepsy are diagnosed each year. danny said he wants his story to give hope to other patient who's dream of being seizure free one day. coming up next, it's hard to believe how fast a house fire can spread. we have video to prove it. we're going to help you make an exit plan. this is the early show here on cbs. ♪ have a better day [ male announcer ] only subway has a deal this flat-out delicious -- the new $3 flatbread breakfast combo. [ moos ] a toasty 6-inch flatbread breakfast sandwich and a 16-ounce cup of freshly brewed seattle's best coffee. all for just $3. [ clucks ] build a breakfast of epic proportions,
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our correspondent shows us. >> reporter: a house fire is reported every 87 seconds, causing more than 2800 deaths and more than 13,000 injuries each year. fires spread quickly. it took us minutes for this home in arlington, virginia, to become fully engulfed in flames. we set this fire with the help of the local fire department to show you firsthand what happens when flame rip through a home. so let's back things up a bit. with seven cameras rolling -- >> all units ignite the fire. >> we started the fire with a lighter and paper in a basket. >> all units, we have ignition. we're backing out. >> reporter: within two minutes, flames are along the wall and ceiling. black smoke is filling the room. in a fire the smoke is more deadly than the flames and most fatal fires happen in the middle of the night.
that's why you should always sleep with your bedroom door closed. >> that will offer protection from that deadly smoke for a period of time. >> reporter: to show you the importance of leaping sleeping with your doors closed, take a look at our bedrooms. we closed one bedroom door and kept the other open. in this room with the dar shoor, you can barely see smoke even though fire is raging in the next room. but in the other bedroom with the door open, smoke trickles in and then quickly consumes the room. finally, as flames shoot out the windows and temperatures reach 100 degrees, firefighters move in to put out the blaze. >> this is where the fire started. >> it's still hot. >> ed hughes with the arlington county fire department walks us through the aftermath. if you were in this house and didn't manufacture move ip instantly to get out. >> you wouldn't have had very long before you were -- didn't make it out. >> reporter: that's why smoke alarms are crucial.
>> the quicker that alarm goes off, the quicker you have time to react and the quicker it is to get out. >> and the bedroom door made a big difference in survival. in the bedroom where we left the door open, there is plenty of smoke damage. >> wow! big difference. >> but the bedroom with the door closed looks barely touched. >> and this obviously is a great example of how if you keep that door shut, it gets you enough time to escape. >> reporter: as we saw furst hand in a fire, time is your enemy. >> you see how quickly that fire progressed. don't stop, no momentoes. you just got to get out with your life. cbs news, arlington, virginia. so again, have a smoke alarm that every floor of your house and an escape plan ready to go. those are the keys
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northbound direction so traffic is stacking up northbound 880. looks good past the coliseum so we are not seeing the bottleneck yet. also in the east bay, westbound 80 coming down the eastshore freeway approaching carlson, accident blocking one lane, growing your drive time down the eastshore freeway if you are heading toward the macarthur maze. at the bay bridge stacked up for at least a 20-minute wait or so to get on the bridge. metering lights are on. that's your traffic. for your forecast, here's lawrence. >> all right, elizabeth. we have sunshine showing up in most of the bay area now. some fog along the coast. valleys looking nice and clear though right now. that's where you'll find those hot temperatures again, although even those numbers are going to start to cool off. mid-90s in the warmest spots inland. you get inside the bay, you will see 70s more of a sea breeze in oakland today. some 80s into san jose. patchy fog at the coast, temperatures into the 60s. next couple of days numbers cooling down across the board.
welcome back to "the early show." we love to see this. this is what the troops love as well as families cannot get enough of this, they finally get to come home and see loved ones and share these embraces. this morning the president as he gets ready to pull one-third of the 100,000 troops in afghanistan out over the next year, year and a half, we'll look at the recent homecomings here and get a peek inside more of the emotional homecomings. these are really great. you can't take your eyes off it. zbh and the surprises. you know, when dads and moms go and surprise their kids at school or a dad that surprises his son at a baseball game the other day, he threw out the first pitch. their faces, it's fantastic. also this morning, ocean life, we're being told, headed
tore ex-stinkstion and fairly quickly. a new report claims climate change for the potential catastrophe. a couple questions we want answered, is there time to turn it around? what exactly would that mean? much of the life in the ocean were to be extinct? >> also, we're going to revisit joplin, missouri, one month after that tornado that caused so much death and destruction there. we're going to ask the city's mayor roy blunt how the recover i have going and what continued challenges still lie ahead. we'll get an update on that situation. first here at 8:30, the latest flood threat in the upper midwest is forcing 11,000 people to leave their homes in minot, north dakota. that city faces the worst flooding in nearly 40 years. jim olson is there with the very latest for us this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, chris. we're facing a day when the water is likely to come over the levee system in the city of minot. as you mentioned, some 11,000 people have been evacuated.
they have until 6:00 tonight to get out of their homes. we're facing what you might call a prairie tsunami, a wall of water coming downstream that will send the mouse river in minot higher than it has ever been. time is running out for residents in minot's nine evacuation zones to get packed up and get out. >> the first time they came by they said a levee had been broke. so we needed to get out as soon as possible. that was about an hour ago. we tried to get out all the main appliances and so forth. they're saying it's going to be above the grarage door. >> reporter: floodwaters are on the verge of spilling over the city's levees earlier than expected. >> we're going to become a lake. and it's hard to accept. it's hard to really believe. but i don't -- i have concerns. >> reporter: the mouse river when loops from canada through the north central part of north dakota is swollen from a heavy
spring snow melt and relentless rains on both sides of the border. dan's home survived a storm in 1969. the water has come close but never got in. this time the they're not so sure. >> we just added on. and we finally got the house just like we want it. and we put new stuff in all over. and now that flood and there goes all the work. i mean i'm crying inside. >> reporter: the flooding is expected to dwarf the flood of 1969 and will likely begin on thursday or even tonight with the river soaring seven feet higher than the 1969 level by early next week. and we're expecting the river to go up a total of about eight feet from where it stands right now. we're looking at the 83 bypass west of town. it is choked with cars and trucks and rental vans. people trying to move out in advance of this water that is rushing our direction and will bring us the worst flooding we
ever had. chris? >> jim olson, thanks so much. >> it keeps getting worse. i feel so bad for those folks. jeff glor is standing by at the news desk with a final check of the news for you. >> good morning once again. there is good news in arizona where crews have made significant progress against several major wildfires. the monument fire in southern arizona that destroyed 85 homes is now 45% contained. evacuated residents are slowly returning. the fire on the arizona-new mexico state line, meanwhile, 825,000 square miles, largest in arizona history, is 56% contained. one of mecxico's most wante drug lords is captured. he is nicknamed the monkey. not a serious name. he ran a large violent organization. he was head of the la familia drug cartel. a story from utah. a man n in critical condition after a standoff with police while they kept updating his
facebook page. this happened on friday. jason valdez took a woman hostage and then posted this photo of them together. he made several facebook updates and finally said he was going to let the hostage go. but when police entered the room, valdez shot himself in the chest. there were no other injuries. finally, an emotional victory for defending champ serena williams at wimbledon. she hasn't competed for almost a year. she had other medical complication that's almost cost her her life. it took three sets for her to win and then she broke down in tears court side. >> it's been a disaster year. but, you know, i've been praying and, you know, i love tennis. and to be able to come back at wimbledon is pretty awesome. i didn't expect to play. i didn't expect to even, you know, do anything. so this is just -- i'm just excited. i never cried with joy for anything. >> nice to see.
thanks so much. that's your latest weather. now here's erica. >> thanks. the oceans are getting sicker than thought. in a new report, they warn a toxic mix of pollution, overfishing and other man made factors add up to the most serious threat to sea life in millions of years and that could have devastating consequences, they say, for the rest of us. john blackstone has more. >> reporter: the vastness of the earth's oceans may be matched only by the scale of the problems they face, a mass
extinctiontion of species not seen since the dinosaurs disappeared 65 million years ago. says the report to the united nations. that doesn't surprise mel wickliffe who has been in the commercial fishing business for 48 years. >> humans were given their free hand, they'd wipe everything out. >> reporter: the report blames industrial fishing for scraping the ocean nearly clean of some species and crowing carbon dioxide emissions from the world's cars and factories making oceans acidic, creating dead zones. as san francisco's aquarium by the bay biologist kristina slager is surrounded by fish. but worries the worst case scenario in today's report could leave the oceans baron. >> hundreds of thousands of species go extinct, the planet is changed. >> reporter: but the scientists also say it's not too late. and mel wickliffe says he's already seen the changes can work like banning the
pesticides. >> when i first started in '63, it was a big effect on the bay. now there is a viable fishery in mobt ray bay for sar deans. >> reporter: was there ever a time you thought this industry isn't going to be here? >> every year. every year or every week. we joke that there's no future in fishing. but, you know, here we are. >> reporter: but the report to the united nations warned that the oceans do have their limits and we may now be within a generation of reaching those limits. john blackstone, cbs news, san francisco. >> joining us now is michael hirshfield, he is senior vice president of north america oceana. that report says we're at high risk for facing hass extinction within a generation. >> i think we're facing a very, very serious threat. what's alarming about this report is the fact that the
whole of all of these threats is much worse than the sum of their parts. and it's happening a lot faster than we thought. oceans are adaptable. species are adaptable. but you throw too much at them too fast and we could be in a lot of trouble. >> walk us through the major threats here to ocean life. >> well, the triple threat that we have known about for a while is overfishing, destructive fishing where we take too much from the oceans and we destroy the species' habitats. plastics and fertilizer and human waste and then climate change which is heating the oceans and making them more acidic. >> when you talk about climate change, because this is obviously always a hot topic of debate when it comes to what exactly is climate change, how much we're seeing of it, how specifically does it affect the ocean? is it just the rise a few degrees or the drop a few degrees here or is it more specific? >> it will take things like
coral reefs. they're a lot like people. increase in temperature of maybe a degree or two, that's not really a big deal. you triple the number of 110 degree days and that's what kills people. and that's what is killing the coral reefs. it's becoming more frequent and hotter. so that is a big stress for coral reefs. >> can any of the threats be reversed at this point? >> absolutely. it's not too late. we're already beginning to see some of the nations of the world take over fishing seriously. we're working to reduce sewage and fertilizer runoff. climate change is the one we really need to get to work fast. we may only have a generation before we see this unprecedented extinction. >> you mentioned some countries are taking over fishing. but if you're sitting at home and reading through this morning, i really like to eat fish. it is g it is healthy. we tell you all the time. should we stop eating fish?
>> no. that's not what groups like we advocate. we think eating moderately and carefully and most importantly telling your government that you want to eat safe sustainable seafood, that's what people with do with respect to overfishing. >> michael hirshfield, thank you for being with us this morning. >> thank you so much. >> now here's chris. it's been one month now since the deadliest single tornado in sick decades hit joplin, missouri. it killed 155 people, injured 1,000 others. joplin is rebulling and mayor mike wolfson is there to give us a update. also joining us is roy blunt. good morning. good to talk with you. mike, good to talk with you again. i'll start with you, mr. mayor. the situation on the ground now, 30 days later. can you give us an update on how things are? >> actually, things seem to be going pretty well. we're only 30 days into it. our citizens are very busy in the process of cleaning up the debris and we're going about it day by day.
we don't make too much progress each day. but each day we do make progress. we feel we're well under way to recovery. >> what were the initial steps? we're looking at pictures of the bulldozers clearing out the devastation that was left behind. is that essentially what's been done first, clear everything out then rebuild and figure out what's going to go where? >> that's our initial task is get the debris cleanup completed. senator blunt is very helpful for us in terms of asking the federal government to pick up the 10% for which the city would have to pay. our next step would be once we get the debris cleanup done is to begin the demolition process of the houses and structures that are still standing and then get that debris out of the way so that we can get busy rebuilding the community. >> bring get to the senator, mike, let me ask you one other question. the hospital behind you, i know it's an iconic figure in the community, what is the end result with the hospital? does it need to be levelled or can they salvage what's left behind you? >> we're told that the hospital is not salvagable.
the folks with st. johns are looking for an alternate location. they committed to rebuilding the hospital. though it's very unlikely it will be in this physical location. it will be somewhere here within the city. >> tough news there. senator blunt, let me ask you, on monday you joined forces with former missouri senator jack danforth to establish the joplin tomorrow foundation. how much money has it raised so far? how are you going to allocate the funds? >> i was there for the announcement of the foundation and senator danforth and people in the community are really bringing that together and making it work. the goal is $10 million. and the goal is joplin tomorrow is not joplin yesterday or even joplin today. it's trying to rebuild the business community and business opportunities by making low or no interest loans available to business that wants to grow beyond their insurance coverage, in. it's to encourage those people that want to come back even stronger than they were or want to see the opportunity of the new joplin and to come to joplin
and have access to some resources beyond what might normally be available to them. they've already raised $1 million. $500,000 of that was the last money that was in the danforth foundation senator danforth has been such a great leader for our state for so long. and by the way, mike, the mayor and the police chief, city manager, fire chief and everybody that works in the city and the county are doing a great job. >> that's for sure. senator, let me also ask you, in the immediate aftermath of the tornado, there was initial resistance from some of the members of your party, eric cantor in particular about, the federal funds that would be allocated to joplin. right now where do you stand? i know the mayor mentioned the 10% cut the city would have to pay. how much additional money is being funneled towards the city and the rebuilding process? >> well, the initial offer for fema is we'll pay the federal government will pay 75% and local governments will pay 25% of the cleanup efforts and the efforts that are part of getting
joplin back to where it can start to agree again. we got that up to 90. i'd like to see them get it up to 100. i think eric cantor, my deputy when i was in the whip said the right thing which is we need to do this. but we need to find savings to do this and everything else. we're spending too much money at the federal level. but if we're going to have fema, we have to be sure that fema has the resources to do its job. we need to figure out what we need to do well rather than how many things question do poorly. >> all right, senator blunt, thank you for taking the time. we wish you continued success, mike. best to your people there. all right. thank you. a special look at men and women at war coming home. this is the early show here on cbs. # [ diane lane ] is your anti-wrinkle cream gone...
president obama announces his plan for reducing the number of troops in afghanistan tonight. that is not the end of the fight for american arms forces, it is just the beginning, a beginning is n. positive ways and more troops returning home and with those homecomings, of course, the happy and tearful reunions. it's one happy part of war. and luckily for a lot of families they happen almost every day. we thought we would take a look at a few recent homecomings and reunions. >> a year ago exactly today we were leaving our families to go through all the trial and tribulations we go through overseas and coming back home to people that love you. and there is no better feeling in the world. >> it's hard being able to see them first and stuff. i just had to tell him about over the phone. she woke up this morning and she was happy, so crazy happy.
it was a good feeling. >> happy mother's day, mom. >> the best mother's day in the world. >> i was really only expecting my wife and my kids. and apparently the whole family came. so it was a little overwhelming. >> you know, you get into a routine and makes it go by quicker and then before you know it, they're on their way home. >> i wasn't expecting anything at all. people call me a hero, that is crazy. really, it's just me being, you know, being who i am and doing the job that i do. i wouldn't change it. i love doing it. i'd do it again. >> you guys are welcome. >> it feels great. i was hoping to make it home for father's day. and that was the nervous part. i really wanted to spend