tv Way Too Early With Willie Geist MSNBC May 4, 2012 2:30am-3:00am PDT
greatest closer of all time tears up his knee while shagging fly balls in batting practice. the question is, have we seen the last of the great mariano rivera? it's "way too early" for this. good morning, i'm willie geist and this is "way too early," the show that blames the outfield grass in kansas city not just for mariano's knee but for all the world's problems. including war, famine, and that last adam sandler movie. i'm glad you're up with us this morning watching on msnbc, or listening live on sirius xm radio. shoot me an e-mail, or tweet me @willieguest1. let me know what you're doing up at this hour on a friday or do what dave robertson does text the word awake followed by your resons to 622639. we'll read the best responses a little bit later in the show. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this friday, may 4th. a lot going on today, including
the release of documents seized in the raid that killed osama bin laden a year ago this week. we'll tell you what new we learned. plus stephen colbert tries to help patch things up between mitt romney and his former primary rivals who just can't seem to muster the enthusiasm to get behind the soon-to-be nominee. that clip later in the show. first let's get to the news. live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. president obama's re-election campaign has been under way for some time, of course. but he's making it official tomorrow in virginia. the state played big in his 2008 victory and of course will be a key battleground in november. according to a new "washington post" poll the president leads mitt romney by seven points in virginia among registered voters. among women the president leads mr. romney by 18 points. 56% to 38%. exit polling from 2008 shows obama beat senator mccain by seven percentage points among women in virginia mitt romney will need to close that 18-point margin obviously over the next six months.
romney spent several days this week in virginia including at an event yesterday with governor bob mcdonnell and former presidential candidate congresswoman michele bachmann. congresswoman bachmann used the opportunity to endorse romney, as the party's nominee, a full four months after she dropped out of the race. the tea party favorite bachmann is framing the general election as a very basic choice. >> i think for all of america this is a very simple proposition this november. president barack obama, president mitt romney. you decide. very easy. >> and texas governor rick perry, who threw his support to mitt romney after newt gingrich bowed out also suggested the race is more about seeing president obama lose than seeing mitt romney win. >> i'm a heck of a lot more comfortable with him than i am with barack obama and that's going to be our choice. he will be ten times better than
barack obama, particularly when it comes to the economy. >> this morning, romney will meet privately with rick santorum in pittsburgh. it's the first time the two will sat down together since santorum gave up his bid for the nomination last month. a lot of people interested to see what exactly santorum is looking for out of romney before he gives that full-throated endorsement. turn overseas, there are new developments this morning in a diplomatic struggle between the united states and china. the obama administration is scrambling to come up with a plan to deal with chen guangcheng, the blind chinese activist who was sheltered at the american embassy in beijing for six kays after miraculously escaping from house arrest. he left the u.s. compound on wednesday, after the state department brokered a deal with chinese negotiators, guaranteeing his safety inside the country. but since then, chen apparently has changed his mind. and just today, called his situation, quote, dangerous, and appealed for american help. he spoke to members of congress yesterday, in a phone call translated by a human rights
activist, during an emergency hearing on capitol hill. >> translator: i want to meet with the secretary clinton. i hope i can get more help from her. i also want to thank her face for face. >> chen's case has already become an issue on the campaign trail. mitt romney suggesting the obama administration rushed to make an agreement with the chinese so they could turn their attention toward other issues. >> our embassy failed to put in place the kind of verifiable measures that would assure the safety of mr. chen and his family. if these reports are true, this is a dark day for freedom. and it's a day of shame for the obama administration. we are a place of freedom. here and around the world, and we should stand up and defend freedom wherever it is under
attack. >> but the u.s. ambassador to china, gary locke, says chen was never pressured to leave that united states embassy in beijing. >> suddenly he jumped up and said, let's go. before we got in the van i asked him again, is this what you really want to do? do you want to leave the embassy? are you ready to go? and he said, yes. >> as i said, chen has now changed his mind on that. he also told the associated press, did chen, that u.s. diplomats have been blocked from seeing him for two days, adding that his calls to american officials are cut off after just a few sentences. stay tuned to this one. just days after the one-year anniversary of the death of osama bin laden, documents retrieved by the navy s.e.a.l.s who stormed his compound in pakistan are being released to the public. the information shows a terror group split on strategy, and an aging leader struggling to keep control. nbc's chief pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski has more from washington. >> reporter: holed up in his dpound, huddled against a cove,
osama bin laden looked a far cry from america's most wanted terrorist. but documents seized in last year's raid on bin laden's hideout revealed bin laden was still intent on killing americans. the documents show bin laden had ordered al qaeda to assassinate president obama or general david petraeus. kill obama or petraeus, bin laden wrote, not biden, gates or mullen. but in a documentary on the discovery channel, terrorism experts say al qaeda was incapable of such a plot, and bin laden bordered on delusi delusional. >> bin laden still very much had a vision for al qaeda. he wanted al qaeda to go after the spectacular attack. >> reporter: but relentless air strikes by u.s. predator drones had taken out most of al qaeda's top leaders. al qaeda central was in disarray and bin laden was losing his grip. in the documents, bin 4r5den was alarmed at al qaeda affiliates in places like iraq and yemen, were killing more muslims than foreigners. >> all of a sudden people start to say, excuse me, we hate the
americans, and we still do, but we don't see you guys as a solution, either, because all you do is kill us. >> reporter: bin laden wrote, focus on the desired goal, killing americans. the affiliates ignored bin laden's order. >> so damaged is al qaeda's image that bin laden even considered changing its name. >> reporter: despite his troubles, bin laden was still able to focus on how al qaeda could exploit the emerging arab spring. and less than a week before he was killed, bin laden wrote orders to his operatives. incite people who have not yet revolted to rebel against their rulers. in an interview for nbc's "rock center" secretary of state hillary clinton told brian williams, while bin laden is gone, the threat from al qaeda lives on. >> yes, there is still a lot of danger out there. but i believe we're making progress. and it's not just about killing the messenger. you have to take on the message. >> that was nbc's jim miklaszewski reporting for us this morning. u.s. officials confirm that up
to 50,000 separate documents were seized during the bin laden raid. the vast majority of which will remain classified for now. on to some big, big business news. we're getting details about facebook's highly anticipated ipo coming up two weeks from today. the social networking giant plans to sell shares for $28 to $35 apiece. that puts the company's initial value at up to $96 billion. roughly the same value as that of mcdonald's and hewlett-packard, which, of course, have been around for decades. as for its founder, mark zuckerberg, 27-year-old will now be worth nearly $19 billion. $19 billion. if all goes as expected, facebook stock will officially go public, as i said, on may the 18th. for more on this story and a further look at the markets, let's turn now to london where we find cnbc's steve sedgwick. it's good to see you this morning. $96 billion. is that too much for facebook? >> well, this is really interesting.
it's a kind of stock that will not be put off on its ipo, because of market volatility, because of concerns out of brighting. it will go out of apple, and google a must-have name and stock. the pricing is really expensive even though it's less than some have been. i.e., the current valuation, the think it's going to ipo at, it could be worth around 13 times, 2012 revenue. that is pretty much double what google is currently trading at. so why are they putting such a premium? it's because they can. people want this stock regardless. they think it is a real beacon for the whole internet, for the whole social networking. people just want a slice of the action. a lot of investment banks want a slice of it because potentially they can get a slice of future corporate actions. it's expensive but it will fly. they've got to tell you about the payroll figure. we're expecting the jobless rate to remain 8.2%. could be 150,000 to 170,000 jobs created. but people are concerned about the flow of data at the moment. of course, facebook very exciting story.
>> steve, thanks. we'll look for those job numbers at 8:30 eastern time this morning. we'll bring those live on "morning joe." $96 billion for facebook potentially the previous record valuation for an ipo in this country came in 199 for u.p.s. at $60 billion. still ahead here on "way too early," a dark day in the long history of the new york yankees. as the team's legendary closer mariano rivera collapses in a heap while chasing down a fly ball in battle practice. prognosis for the season is bad, but what about the rest of his career? we'll hear from the man himself, ahead in sports. and mitt romney's former rivals from newt to rick to the other rick are having trouble getting excited about their nominee. stephen colbert is here to help. that clip and a check on weather when "way too early" comes back.
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city, about the next half hour to hour will be the worst of it. then it will improve after that. if you can delay your morning plans, do so. we've also got a ton of thunderstorms central illinois to springfield, quincy, back to northern missouri. about 10,000 lightning strikes over the last hour. for the northeast it's early morning showers and storms, a break during most of the day, and then we'll get another round of showers and storms late this afternoon around philadelphia, could even see some strong storms. northern plains once again, this afternoon, towards this evening, additional thunderstorms. the bottom line really is the southern half of the country is warm and hot, even through the weekend. the northern portion of the country continues with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. the east coast looks like it clears out nicely for a beautiful sunday. but this morning, once again, willie, three days in a row of this rainy stuff. >> look at the storms from billings down to atlanta. all right, bill, thanks so much. sports now, if you're a yankee fan there could be no worse sight than the one we saw yesterday. last night at kauffman stadium in kansas city, back pages of
the new york papers this morning, "the post," mo down, and new york daily news, exit sandman. a day that will live in infamy, mariano rivera shagging balls in the outfield during batting practice falls awkwardly trying to make the catch. you say a-rod saying oh, my god, oh, my god. the diagnosis, yep, a torn acl. rivera's season is over. now the question is, is his career over? his mlb record streak of 15 consecutive seasons with 20 saves or more is over. his baseball future is in jeopardy, an emotional rivera spoke after the game last night. >> just have to deal with it. >> do you think you'll come back and pitch again? >> at this point, i don't know. at this point i don't know. we have to face this first. >> he actually thought it was a twisted knee. they went to a hospital in kansas city to find out it was,
in fact, a torn acl. he'd said in his preseason already that this might be his last season. now this season is over, so what does that mean? is his career over? numbers alone cannot tell the full story of what mariano rivera has meant to the yankees over the last decade and a half. his career accomplishments, unmatched for a closer. 608 saves, the most in the history of the game. his 2.21 era, the lowest among any active pitcher with at least 1,000 career innings. he's been particularly brilliant, of course, in the postseason. the all-time record for most playoff saves, and look at that postseason e.r.a. the best of all time at 0.70. after rivera's pregame injury things didn't get much better for the yankees who are struggling a bit here. in the fifth, grounder to the right side off the now depleted yankee bull pen. the royals beat the yankees 4-3 and get their first home win of the season. that result hardly mattered when you consider the loss of mariano
rivera. let's go to d.c. where bryce harper is starting to get hot for the nation 58s. the 19-year-old rookie just called up less than a week ago. not immune to some rookie mistakes. hustles down the line, the turn after the throw ends up at second base thanks to his aggressive base running. replay shows he tuly missed first base. luckily, he's -- they appealed. harper was out. they did see it and he was called out. later harper redeems himself, slashes one the other way, brings home what would be the game-winning run. nationals win 2-1 harper now hitting .375 on the season. to the nba, pretty much a must-win game for the knicks at the garden. trailing the games, the heat 2-0 in the series and without amare stoudemire nursing the self-inflicted hand injury after he punched the case of a fire extinguisher. knicks up four at halftime. the third, though, the heat took over. dwyane wade heats up, the steal and the lay-up puts the heat up
five. lebron sat most of the third quarter in foul trouble but took over in the fourth. knocked down a three. he outscored the entire knicks roster in the fourth quarter. lebron 17, knicks 14. heat win easily, 87, 70, now up 3-0 in the series. they'll go for the sweep on sunday in new york. the series is over my friends. the knicks find themselves on the wrong side of history. they've now lost 13 straight playoff games. that's an nba record. the last playoff win, in 2001 against the toronto raptors. nhl playoffs seems like a game goes to overtime every single night. last night, devils and flyers. devils up one in the third period. danny brieier somehow 'niques one past martin brodeur. in o.t., the first shot is blocked but the rebound goes in. devils win 4-3. they lead the series 2-1. they'll pak it up with game four on sunday. the kings also won 4-2 last night to go up on the number two
seed blues 3-0 in that series. coming up at the top of the hour on "morning joe" mitt romney campaigns in virginia with former rival michele bachmann as new polls show a clear advantage for the president among women in that battleground state. is bachmann the answer in closing that gap? we'll knock that and more around with our "morning joe" crew. and when we come back here, we'll huddle up around the water cooler to watch stephen colbert try to bring mitt romney and his former rivals together. come on, newt, come on rix, come on rick, get behind the man says colbert. i want healthy skin for life. [ female announcer ] improve the health of your skin with aveeno daily moisturizing lotion. the natural oatmeal formula improves skin's health in one day, with significant improvement in 2 weeks. i found a moisturizer for life. [ female announcer ] only from aveeno.
we told you at the top of the show, president obama and mitt romney both campaigning in virginia right now. romney was there yesterday. the president will be there tomorrow. 2008 president obama became the first democrat to win virginia since lyndon johnson pulled the trick in 1964. you want to sound smart today tell your friends the closest a democrat came to winning virginia between '64 and 2008 was in 1976, when the eventual president jimmy carter lost to incumbent gerald ford by just one percentage point. that election marked the tightest popular vote margin in virginia in the past 100 years. enough of the real news. let's huddle up around the water cooler to watch former republican candidates try, try to bring themselves to rally around mitt romney.
newt gingrich, who ended his campaign on wednesday, had some tough things to say about mitt romney during the campaign. even calling him a liar at one point. gingrich was asked yesterday if he still believes that to be true. >> you still believe mitt romney's a liar? >> i still believe that the romney campaign said things that weren't true. >> is mitt romney -- >> the governor said things at times that weren't true. i think that's -- >> so the answer is yes. >> i also believe that compared to barack obama, i would trust mitt romney 100 times over. >> well, stephen colbert last night tried to help bridge the divide between gingrich and romney. >> in politics, these guys rib, they tease, they make robo calls saying the other guy denied kosher meals to holocaust survivors. it's all in good fun. they'll pull it together. and no one explained that better than republican strategist dee dee banky. >> think about it this way it's
a sports analogy. say the republicans are notre dame, and the democrats usc. big rivalry. and noter game would have to pick a team captain. so you've got the the fijis, the phi and another fraternity. the other two are mad. saturday usc, forget it. the fighting irish, they're not going to let trojanman win. plus, the fraternities say they're going to rally around their guy because now they're part of the team. that's two things. everyone is part of the team now and they hate the other team. >> there it is. as clear as a football. but i understand that some of you out there may not being sports fans. the way me and dee dee are. so let me put this another way. it's like star wars analogy. say the republicans are the rebel alliance and the democrats are the death star. an admiral akbar has to decide
who's going to fight darth vader. you've got luke skywalker, hans solo and another fraternity. so the guys, who don't fly with red phi are going to be pissed for awhile, they'll also be mad, want to fly you from through the stargate on battle star galactica and take a vacation in cloud city. by the time the game time comes along, they don't care who sends the proton for bead dough down the thermal exhaust port as long as they say they have four. they want to blow up the death star and they hate the dark side. or -- or -- or, of course, there's always the political analogy. republicans who didn't support mitt romney will come together because they want to beat barack obama. oh, it's too complicated. makes total sense to me. that's the best part of that clip, though, were the cut aways to neil calf outo while the strategist was giving that
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