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good morning. breaking news. a suicide bomber in afghanistan kills at least 14 people, including three american soldiers as u.s. military deaths in the war surpass 2,000. nbc's richard engel is in afghanistan. trying to lower expectations ahead of the first presidential debate. >> he's a debater. i'm just okay. >> but romney backer chris christie didn't get the memo. >> wednesday night the first night of this campaign. >> will this be a game-changer
in the election? and "i'm not perfect." arnold schwarzenegger about his marriage, his affairs and the child he fathered with his house keeper. >> i inflicted pain on maria and unbelievable pain on the kids. >> he prepares to release his tell-all memoir today, monday, october 1st, 2012. from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live, from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a monday morning, i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm david gregory in for matt this morning. the taliban is claiming responsibility for the deadly suicide bombing in eastern afghanistan overnight. >> they were targeting a military patrol in a crowded market. as we said, at least 14 people were killed, 3 americans among
the dead. dozens were wounded. this comes one day after the u.s. military death toll in the war reached 2,000. we're going to get a live report, straight ahead. also coming up, a remarkable story. a mom of three and a former beauty queen suffers a traumatic brain injury. to survive, doctors had to remove part of her skull and you will not believe where they kept it while she recovered. we'll talk to her coming up this morning. all right. and you probably remember the girl we told you about last week, voted to her high school's homecoming court, but it was a prank. well, the big event was this weekend. how did she do? we'll hear from her. the community there really rallying around her. we want to begin with a special nbc news network wide series at the brink. we have two reports, beginning with nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel in kabul, afghanistan. >> marines in southern afghanistan. they leap on buildings to shoot
at the taliban hiding among the mud farmhouses. the taliban are testing marines, because there were 2,000 u.s. troops in this area last year. now there are only 200. the surge is over. and the taliban are trying to make a comeback. marine corpsman doc coughlin advances closer to the taliban positions. >> once we got up there, we had a lot better vantage point. >> reporter: then the battle is over. the taliban retreat. but why are u.s. forces still doing this after 11 years? and what has it accomplished? on a humanitarian level, for afghans, some improvement. 3 million girls are in school. the number of primary health care facilities has tripled. the average life expectancy for women is up a staggering 22 years. but this was never sold as a humanitarian mission. and the two main security goals toppling the taliban government and destroying al qaeda bases were both accomplished here a
decade ago. and the cost, around $600 billion. $8 billion a month. and there are two more years to go. the afghan government of president hamid karzai washington helped put in place is widely considered one of the most corrupt in the world. the u.s. has helped train about 350,000 afghan security forces. the target number. but they're not always loyal. 20% of american combat deaths this year came from afghan forces shooting their american partners. many afghans fear, the government may not be able to hold the country together once u.s. troops leave in 2014. there could be a civil war. >> keep going a little bit more. >> reporter: among u.s. forces, morale remains high. but some are annoyed the war has been ignored in the u.s. presidential campaign. all four of doc coughlin's brothers serve in the military. he's on his second tour in afghanistan. he knows americans aren't talking much about the troops
anymore. >> initially when the war kicked off, there was a lot of coverage and a lot of people interested. one way or another, they had very strong opinions. and because it's not new, it's fading like pop stars do. >> reporter: fading as the war in afghanistan has drifted in a prolonged nation-building project that has produced a government that shows few signs of long-term stability. and we are learning more about that attack that killed three american soldiers today. military sources say the soldiers were on a foot patrol with afghan police in coast province when they were approached by a suicide bomber apparently from the taliban. he was also on foot when he detonated the explosive, killing the americans. also killing four afghan police. david? >> richard engel in kabul for us this morning. richard, thank you very much. now to another country at the brink. syria, where deadly violence between government rebel forces is raging between those two entities. nbc's ann curry is along the
border with turkey after she crossed into the war zone over the weekend. ann, good morning to you. >> reporter: that's right. good morning to you, david. good morning, everybody. as the war in syria takes a dramatic turn, we cross the border and head toward the war-attorney city of aleppo where there is a decisive battle on multiple fronts. taborder crossing from turkey, we walk toward syria. it's pretty calm, actually. but we understand there was an attack four miles from the border and 60 were killed. and we drove into what is known as free syria and they clearly want it know, they're in charge. but the hold is fragile so we're careful not to make wrong turns. you're saying this is the way you're going to run into the syrian army? >> yes. >> reporter: a government soldier who switched sides drives us on the safest route in, past bombed-out building in one town after another, including azaz, now nicknamed the graveyard of tanks.
for miles in this northern pocket of territory, check points are controlled by the free syrian army. we saw long bread lines with children. refugees escaping in trucks. and three miles from the embattled city of aleppo, smoke rising from a recent air strike. aleppo is now nearly in ruins as the battle rages on multiple fronts. this listed as a world heritage site burned out of control over the weekend. ahmad assuage, a local businessman turned rebel commands as many as 2,700 fighters from a villa on the outskirts of aleppo. why is aleppo so strategically importa important? he tells us, aleppo is the cultural and economic capital and the state relies on it. and he added, he is prepared to die fighting for it. he admits the rebels have far fewer weapons.
but, he says, they have a greater will. claiming 500 new recruits volunteer every month. he says they are sent into battle after one month's training. this boy says he's 15, but looks younger. the commander encysts only those 18 or older are allowed to fight. suddenly, we hear the sound of a war plane. everyone knows to take cover. and as we wait it out, the commander tells us, he could really use a no-fly zone. he says that the u.s. and the world, if they won't give us a no-fly zone, then give us missiles and in two days, this war will be over. fear of air strikes is a major reason why more than 1 million people inside syria are living on the run. more than half of them children, according to the u.n. one held up a photo of a brother said to be killed.
[ speaking in foreign language ] >> reporter: in a tent, she points to her 11-year-old son who was wounded in an aerial bombing. she is saying, what has he done to deserve this? today the planes came back again and he started screaming. i want to ask the pilot, do you not have children? if they want a war, why don't they fight on a front line? and about syria's president, she says, would he like to see his own children wounded before his own eyes? and the war continues unstopped. just this morning, activists said syrian troops bombed a town just four miles from the turkish border. reportedly, 12 people were killed, including five children, and the death toll is expected to rise. david? >> ann curry along the syrian border this morning. ann, thank you so much. you can see much more from these hot spots across the platforms of nbc news today and
tonight on "nbc nightly news." we want to get a check of the day's other top stories. natalie morales is at the news desk. good morning. >> good morning, everyone. the candidates are making their final push for swing states ahead of the first presidential debate on wednesday. nbc's peter alexander is in boston with more. peter, good morning. >> reporter: natalie, good morning to you from a windy day here in boston. the president has already held four mock debates. mitt romney had a full-fledged dress rehearsal with aides in boston late yesterday. romney heads out to denver today. the president is already out west. both of them hunkering down ahead of wednesday's debate showdown. making his eighth trip this year, the western battleground of nevada, president obama rallied supporters in las vegas sunday night. >> i believe in you. and i ask you to keep on believing in me. i'm asking for your vote. i'm asking you to stand with me. >> reporter: the president is gripping on to a small lead in the swing states, including iowa, where a new poll shows mitt romney trailing by four
points. analysts say romney needs to change the trajectory of the race. but his running mate, paul ryan insists, he's not concerned, even while acknowledging campaign mistakes. >> we've had some miss steps, but at the end of the day, the choice is really clear and we're giving people a clear choice. >> governor romney, he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> reporter: for days, both sides have been tamping down debate expectations. >> we expected all along that governor romney will have a good night. he's prepared more than any candidate in history. and he's shown himself to be a very, very good debater through the years. >> sometimes we expect a major break through. you know, the comment that doesn't happen very often. >> reporter: new jersey governor chris christie predicted romney would do extremely well and turn the race upside down. >> thursday morning, the entire narrative of this race is going to change. >> reporter: and if the president is trying to avoid the campaign over the next several days, natalie, it will be tough to do. if he turns on the local news at
his lakeside resort in henderson, nevada tonight, he'll see none other than his opponent's wife, ann romney, who is hosting a rally there tonight. >> all right. peter alexander in boston. thank you, peter. a deadly shooting at a vfw post in central florida has left two people dead, and another person injured. police say the shooting broke out as riders from a charity motorcycle event were eating breakfast. the incident is under investigation. let's head to wall street. mandy drury is in the new york stokes for us. what are with you watching this week? >> we closed out a surprisingly good third quarter for the stock markets, natalie, the best since 2010. there is some caution now that we might be ready for a pullback in the market, especially if there is renewed weakness on the economic front, not just here, but globally, as well. as for gasoline, it's a new week and we're sitting for the national average at $3.78 a gallon right now. two cents lower than a week ago, four cents lower than a month
ago. we wish it would go quicker to the down side. >> mandy drury at the new york stokes changes. major rulings on guy marriage and voting rights on the docket. first up, an argument over affirmative action set to begin later this month. the arrest of a 25-year-old man accused of assaulting lindsay lohan has been voided. police say the charges against former congressial aide christian labellea could not be substantiati substantiationed. she claims he grabbed her over cell phone pictures. a dramatic comeback at the last day of the ryder cup, where the european team made a stunning rally to overtake the americans for the win. but a near miss for the number-one play in the world, rory mcilroy getting confused about u.s. time zones, nearly missed his tee-off time, arriving in minutes to spare. even arriving late, though, managed to eek out a critical point to help take the europeans
to victory. we all know that feeling, david and savannah, but not before a major championship like that. >> were they really going to start without him? >> exactly. we've all had that nightmare. >> snuck in and changed his clock. didn't work. >> mr. roker, check of the weather? >> a lot of wet weather for our friends down south. upper level low, surface low, as well, combining. a risk of strong storms from huntsville to mobile and tallahassee. threat of damaging winds, can't rule out a tornado. we have had tornado warnings in alabama, including enterprise, alabama. and this system is going to make its way into the northeast and mid atlantic over the next 24 hours, bringing a ton of rain. we're talking anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of rain generally. some areas may pick up up to 2 to 3 inches of rain, especially focused right in the southeast. that's what's going on around the country. >> good morning.
i think we will stay at dry today. clouds will be thickening up. and that's your latest weather. savannah? >> al, thank you. this morning on "today" on the trail, a congressional battle in massachusetts featuring a very familiar name. could another kennedy be headed to congress? nbc's capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell is in newton, massachusetts this morning. kelly, good morning to you. >> reporter: and good morning, savannah. for the last 65 years, nearly all of that time, a member of the kennedy family has served in national office. that ended with the passing of ted kennedy and his son patrick choosing to leave congress. but now a new generation has stepped forward.
this is the campaign headquarters for another kennedy running for congress. in massachusetts politics, he's no ordinary joe. >> oh, my god, it's joe kennedy on my front doorstep. hi! >> how are you doing? >> reporter: going door to door in the rain sunday, he bears both a family resemblance and a weighty family legacy. >> where do you sit -- >> my grandfather was robert kennedy. >> reporter: he is joseph p. kennedy iii, the grandson turns 32 this week. >> this is me and i'm running this race and hopefully over the course of the campaign, you build up the -- you have the opportunity to really ask voters for their trust and earn their respect and hopefully their support and eventually their vote. >> reporter: kennedy is a harvard law grad, former assistant p.a., and peace corps volunteer. and now representing suburban
boston in congress. the republican challenger, 37-year-old sean belot, is an ivy league educated marine. >> i have a decade in business. >> reporter: in a debate sunday, belot argued kennedy isn't ready and is coasting on the family coast tails. >> i don't think any other district in the country people would consider you qualified for this office. >> i've got a sizeable record of public service. >> reporter: joe, who introduced a tribute to ted kennedy at the democratic convention. >> for my uncle kennedy, politics was always about people. >> reporter: he says he knows his name comes with benefits. >> it's certainly an advantage, i'm very proud of my family's history of public service. >> reporter: spanning six decades of fabled and at times flawed history. jfk went to congress in 1947, before the camelot days of the white house. bobby and ted served in the senate. their sons, joe and patrick, in the house. and now it's joe's son who is on
the ballot. and getting a boost from his grandmother, ethel. >> she has been out on a number of campaign stops for me, which is always amazing for me. because not only -- she is probably the best retail politician i've ever met. she is a pro. >> reporter: and ethel kennedy now 84 years old and that kennedy family name has helped raise a lot of money, more than $2.5 million, quite a bit more than his opponent. and, of course, that will be a factor in this race. not much polling in this, savannah, but many people here think the kennedy name will really care him. savannah? >> thank you. 18 minutes after the hour. here is david. >> thanks. now to a high school sophomore we first told you about last week. whitney croft was named to her school's homecoming court as a prank. this weekend, she got a chance to stand up to her bullies. nbc's kevin tibbles has the story. good morning. >> reporter: david, homecoming weekend in west branch, michigan drew a lot more attention this year than usual as the entire town threw its support behind sophomore whitney crop after a
cruel prank by some of her fellow students. happiness from heart ache as unlikely heroine whitney crop is in high school. >> i changed my mind and came out. >> reporter: last week, whitney went public with her humiliating experience of finding out she had been voted on to the homecoming court as a cruel joke. but under the friday night lights, it was whitney's turn to turn the tables. >> i'm excited. i'm so happy. it's just so much right now for me. >> reporter: days before her jubilant appearance, whitney became very emotional when i asked her how she was coping. >> it's very hard to know that i'm -- i guess, like -- hmmm, how can i put this? sorry. >> reporter: whitney told me she had been bullied over the years. >> people had picked me -- bully on the me for my looks, how i
did my hair, how i dressed, my heigh height. so i guess they thought that maybe someone different is not someone that is -- is an easy target. >> reporter: this time she pushed through the bad time with help and support from her mom and much of the town. whitney prevailed. her homecoming dress was donated and she got her hair and makeup done for free. before the game, a local company made t-shirts in whitney's favorite color, orange. >> my sense is the bullies has got to stop. >> reporter: even the opposing team made signs in support. >> athletics are important and teaches a life lesson but this is a bigger life lesson. >> reporter: whitney's mom urged her to soak it in, persevere and most importantly, have fun. >> these are for you. >> aw! >> reporter: at the end of a very special weekend, one that could have been filled with sadness, whitney has this advice for other kids who may be the target of bullies. >> the kids that are bullying
you, do not let them bring you down. stand up for what you believe in, and go with your heart and go with your gut. that's what i did, and look at me now. i'm just as happy as can be. >> reporter: and this story has drawn a lot more attention outside the borders of west branch. a facebook page set up in whitney's support has more than 120,000 likes. and her own facebook page, well, she has been overwhelmed with friend requests. dave? >> good for her. kevin tibbles, thanks so much this morning. coming up here, arnold schwarzenegger's first interview about the end of his marriage, his affairs, and his future. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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♪ i want to fly like an eagle to the sea ♪ have you ever wanted to see the world just like a bird? well, you have the chance with views that are really spectacular. we'll tell you how they did it, how they captured those views just ahead. pretty cool. 7:30 on a monday morning, the 1st of october already. savannah guthrie, alongside david gregory, in for matt. >> i've always said, you've always been the wind beneath my wings. >> where are we going with this? should we just keep on going? >> i think we should. >> you're the wind beneath my wings, too. >> i just worked that up. the miraculous recovery of a former beauty queen and mom who suffered a near-fatal head injury. doctors had to remove a large piece of her skull to control
swelling and kept it in her stomach. but this morning she says she is back to life as usual. we'll meet her in a couple minutes. >> amazing story. how many times have you been frustrated by the little things in life. there has to be a better way. maybe wax build-up on your candle sticks or the soft cheese that you cut and get stuck to the knife? these are the issues that matter. coming up, answers in a new series we're calling simple, savvy, silly tips. >> you're guiding us through it. >> i hope so. maybe when we learn how to eat a taco correctly. i've done extensive field service. >> arnold schwarzenegger and the affair that doomed his marriage. >> good morning. a lot of people are talking about this story. in his new book, "total recall" and in the "60 minutes" interview, arnold schwarzenegger admits to not only an affair with his house keeper, but also others. including one with a co star of one of his films.
he also describes the moment his wife maria this river confronted him. it was one day after leaving office when maria shriver confront confronted schwarzenegger he fathered a child with his house keeper. >> she said, hey, i think that joseph is your kid. and am i off here on this or not? and i said you're absolutely correct. and i had to face up to that, which i have been kind of hiding. no one knew about. and that i knew about at that point maybe for five, six years or so. >> you just said you're absolutely right? >> i said you're absolutely right, and i'm sorry. and it was very painful for her. she was very disappointed. >> maria asked you, why didn't you tell me? and what did you say? >> that i did not know how to.
>> reporter: he admits, maria had confronted him before, but he denied it. >> i think it was the stupidest thing i've done in the whole relationship. it was terrible. i inflicted tremendous pain on maria and unbelievable pain on the kids. >> your children. >> yeah, exactly. because i had to tell them each about the -- what has happened and how i have screwed up, and -- >> how did that go? >> i asked them for forgiveness. well, they cried. i mean, it was -- it's like it takes you -- tears your heart out. you have to tell them that. >> reporter: but as much as around reveals in the book, he doesn't want to elaborate about his relationship with his and bay evena's son. >> the important thing everyone should know, i take care of him and i take care of her and i fulfill my responsibility.
>> reporter: arnold also admits, there were more affairs. when he was living with maria before they were married, he says he had an affair with co star bridget nielsen when shooting one of his films. >> truly, i did feel bad about it. but all of my various different things, they were mistakes. and there's just -- you know, my failure. my screw-ups. >> was that the only affair? >> no. i had others. but, you know, that's something that's obviously between maria and me. >> she knew? >> yeah. >> so it's a recurring issue. with you. >> i'm not perfect. >> reporter: some say schwarzenegger is releasing the book to hit the reset button on the bad publicity and to relaunch his movie career. >> i'm back! >> reporter: with a role in this year's "expendables ii" and a starring role in "the last
stand", arnold at 65 is out to fulfill the promise he made back in 1984 on the big screen. >> i'll be back. >> the audiences are very forgiving when it comes to stars, if the product on the screen is what they want to see. so if these movies feature arnold schwarzenegger as the audience wants to see him. they're much more likely to forgive the personal stuff. >> reporter: throughout his career, arnold hazard has defied the odds. >> the one and only, arnold schwarzenegger. >> reporter: winning seven mr. olympia titles. becoming a box office giant, despite a thick austrian accent. >> it's not a tumor! not a tumor. >> raise your right hand. >> reporter: and becoming governor of california. but for a man known for always calculating his next step, some of his fans will have to get over his very big misstep. >> one of arnold's big appeals always has been that he appeals to everyone. and right now, he's got some
damage that he needs to repair. especially with women movie-goers. >> reporter: we reached out to maria shriver but she declined to comment. she has failed for divorce. the book is out today, and the movie hits theatres in had january. >> tom llamas, thanks very much this morning. let's get a check of the weather from al. >> thanks very much. a little chilly this morning, right? everybody is a little cold. but let's take a look out west. that's where it's going to be awfully warm. we've got big area of high pressure up in the upper atmosphere. and we've got an offshore flow. that's going to mean record highs for southern california today. take a look at some of these temperatures. downy, california, 19 degrees above normal at 100. los angeles, probably tie or break the record at 100. pasadena, 105. that's 24 degrees above normal. and that heat extends all the way up to san francisco or reno, 90 degrees. 101 in redding. and as we make our way further north, billings, montana, while
77 doesn't seem warm, that's 10 degrees above normal. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in's >> good morning. we are starting out with a few areas of fog. it will be a cold day. kathie lee and hoda at the university of tennessee. you're here! what the heck? it's a swap. very nice. savannah? is. >> al, thank you. hewlett-packard unveiled its entry into the world of tablet computers today, a big moment for the company and its chief executive. ann thompson is in los angeles this morning with that story. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning,
savannah. meg whitman is the silicon valley legend. she grew ebay from a start up to an $8 billion behemoth. two years ago, she took an expensive but unsuccessful turn in the political arena. today she is back in silicon valley at the world's largest technology company, hewlett-packard, trying to revise it and her reputation. >> when i come into an environment like hp, you know what i do? i try to figure out what this company does well, and then could we do more of that? >> reporter: but when they gave her an hp laptop a year ago, meg whitman was not impressed. >> well, i said it was a brick. and i must say, i feel a little badly. but i think they understood what i meant, which is we can do better. >> reporter: today, hp unveils its elite pad, a tablet for business and the centerpiece of a new line of products that combine hp's engineering and whitman's imprint. design. >> maybe that's the biggest change in technology over the last few years, people want something they feel proud to carry, that makes you feel great
as a user. >> reporter: it's been a tough first year for whitman. hp hp's pretty and butter sales fell. whitman is cutting 29,000 jobs. a billionaire in her own right, this is not a job she needs. so why take on this high-stakes challenge? >> yeah. because hp matters. >> reporter: founded by bill hulett and dave pack arrested in a pallo alto garage, hp is the cornerstone of silicon valley. while the founders' side by side offices remain untouched, whitman works out of a cubicle, a page from her days at ebay. do you ever leave here at night, thinking why did i decide to do this? >> no. >> reporter: you like that challenge. >> i think you probably know me well enough to know i take on pretty big challenges. >> reporter: no bigger challenge than running for governor of california two years ago. she spent $144 million of her
own money in a nasty battle with jerry brown. >> i am confident that the voters of california will take this episode for what it is. politics at its worst. >> reporter: what did you learn from that experience? >> that politics is a very tough business. here's what's different. at hp, i have a team. there are products, there's a whole company. in politics, it's just you. >> reporter: as a member of only the second class of women to graduate from princeton, whitman climbed the corporate ladder in some of america's best-known brands. married to neurosurgeon griffith harsh, they raised two sons. in 1997, she smashed through the glass ceiling, hired to run ebay. what advice do you give young women starting their careers today? >> i say follow your passion. we spend a lot of time at work. so we better love what we do. and, you know, the other thing i say to young women, pick your partner really well. >> reporter: the elite pad, this
tablet for business, is unveiled today. but it doesn't go on sale until january. it is the first big test for whitman's new vision for hp. savannah? >> all right, ann thompson in los angeles, thank you. coming up next, how do they do that? a dramatic birds'-eye view of the world. right after this. [ female announcer ] there's surprising news about whole grain. now all general mills big g kid cereals have more whole grain than any other ingredient in cereals like lucky charms and cinnamon toast crunch,
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7:43. you ever wonder what it would be like to fly like a bird? a new documentary is giving viewers the chance to see the world from a bird's-eye view. john, good morning. good to see you. why birds? >> they're the most amazing creatures. they're emotional creatures, far more intelligent than we imagine, and the most amazing thing is they are able to traverse a continent. they see the world as we would like to see it, from the air. >> and so less exotic, less dangerous, certainly. but what an incredible view. >> it's an incredible view. and they're obviously difficult to film so i wanted to be sure we had the technology and way of filming them that could show how amazing these creatures are. >> let's talk about that. talk about the time and the effort and the creativity it took to capture some of these
images. >> well, we were four years making this. and all of the time, the technology was catching up with our ambition. so we have many, many ways that we tried to fly or did fly with birds. we've had birds trained to fly alongside micro leitz. that in itself takes a year to achieve to get birds used to flying alongside micro lites. >> a micro lite being? >> an ultra lite you call it here. it's a machine that they are imprinted on -- or imprinted on the person who flies it. they believe the person who flies it is their mother, that means they're bonded to that person and will go wherever that person goes. the micro lite goes with him. and so he can film from the air, so he can get incredible shots that you couldn't get in any other way. what it does is take you into their world. and this is what "wing planet" is all about, going into the bird's world. >> and what do we see inside their world? one of the things you're actually able to see, and you can do this by putting a camera
on the birds themselves. >> absolutely, yeah. >> you can see interaction with other animals, dangerous animals, you wouldn't necessarily get close to, right? >> that's the whole point of "wing planet," the fact that these birds as they go across continents take you -- >> here is a vulture coming up on a lion going after its prey. unbelievable. >> this is it. and what you're getting from this perspective is how the animals relate to those big creatures. because they're so clever. a vulture has to steal food from a lion, not easy. but when they do it together, they apiece the lion, and eventually he has to leave the prey behind. >> interesting. what else is the bottom line you want people to take away from this, about how they interrelate and how they socialize? >> well, i think what you learn as you -- you view this experience, and it really is an experience, is the whole of their world is interconnected. so you go across the continent
and at times across several continents, taking on an amazing journey and shows how all of these incredible spectacles that you see are intertwined. they're all interlinked. and the birds are our guide through it. >> this is unbelievable. the bird at the helm -- >> this is one of our favorite camera operators. a vulture. and to say they're getting high -- we take them up in a plane and he would fly and glide and give us this incredible view. a view we have never seen before across africa. >> you've got to see it to believe it. john dowder thank you so much. "wing planet" appears on the discovery channel. simple fixes to problems like too tight shoes. and you do it, but what about the family pet? the new law considering making animals wear seat belts, as well. ommitment to the gulf. and every day since,
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will: [ inner voice ] if i was smart enough to pounce on the daily double for just a buck 99 on the mcdonald's extra value menu i can handle this. i got this great loft space. ooo, very cool. when you drive, it's the law to buckle up. now one state is considering making it a rule to have it for your four-legged friends, as well. mara, good morning to you. >> reporter: savannah, good morning. lots of pet owners take their dogs everywhere, including in the car. but now the rules for taking your pooch for a ride may be changing as new jersey considers a bill that would require seat belts for dogs, claiming it better protects motorists and their pets. at katie's pet depot in northern
new jersey, harnesses for dogs are being snapped up almost as quickly as dog bones are. >> they have been very difficult to keep in stock. >> reporter: increase of sales of these attachments that fit into car seat belts to secure your pooch while you're behind the wheel is due in large part for a proposal for a new jersey law that would require restraints for animals in cars. the proposal is being met with mixed responses from dog owners. >> something more us to spend money on. >> i think it's a good law, smart law. you want to make sure your dogs are harnessed in the car like a person. >> i get the principle, but in reality, it's kind of hard for a dog owner. >> reporter: democratic assembly woman grace spencer, a dog owner herself, proposed the measure and is pushing for the bill to become law. >> it's important animals be restrained in a car, because animals sometimes pose a distraction and hindrance to the operator of the vehicle. animals tend to act like animals. if they're surprised, they're going to move accordingly. >> reporter: according to the
proposed bill, drivers found breaking the law would get a $20 ticket or in some cases be charged with animal cruelty and fined up to $1,000. if enacted, new jersey would have the toughest animal seatbelt law in the country. new jersey governor chris christie says that lawmakers are wasting their time, and vowed he would not sign the bill. >> governor, what's up with this dog seatbelt stuff? >> it's the stupidest thing i've ever heard in my life. >> reporter: according to aaa, about 20% of participants admitted to taking their hands offer the wheel to keep dogs from climbing into the front seat. 31% said they were distracted by their passenger pooch. in recent years, distracted driving has become a serious issue with most passing laws banning texting or talking on the phone while driving. assembly woman spencer says dog distraction is no different than texting while driving. >> i think there is some room for comparison there. they say it takes four seconds for you to be distracted by a text for someone to lose their
life. it's in the interest of the driver, the dog, the pedestrian and everyone that uses any roadway here in the state of new jersey. >> reporter: now, safety experts also point out, in an accident, an unrestrained pet can become a dangerous projectile. another reason proponents say a law like this is necessary. savannah? >> thank you. coming up, a woman who had part of her skull removed and stored in her stomach to recover from a fall. she'll share her story. >> but first, your local news. hey! you kids almost ready?
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>> this is wbal-tv 11 news and a baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. >> a problem we are tracking in bel air. let's get you up-to-date on that first. this takes you to but not rockspring road. watch for delays and lane closures. also looking at delays around area that are volume-related. this one related to an accident on southbound 295. . a traffic leading up to that. backing up traffic on the inner loop beginning at greenspring.
outer loop on the west side, 18 miles per hour on average. you can see on eastbound i-70, tie up as you approached the as you approach the beltway. further south, prior to the 895 split, things get heavier in the southbound direction. northwest corner, you can see how crowded it is. congested ride towards edmondson. >> so far so good. a little bit of fog in some places, especially in the western suburbs. it does not appear to be a big deal. 45 in westminster, 49 and a rising sun. it should state dry during the day. this is moving into the southern part of virginia. mostly cloudy is our forecast through temperatures between 69 and 74 degrees.
8:00 this monday morning, the first day of october, 2012. a pretty start to the month here in new york. and we give the crowd a chance to say fall is in the air. >> it does feel like an october morning, mr. roker. >> yes, it does. that's because it is october. the 1st. >> david gregory is here for matt. and here is al roker. coming up, a piece of video you're going to want to see. caught on tape, this time a skateboard racer and a deer. we'll tell you the story behind that. >> oh. >> close encounters. >> the one that got matt. >> wow. >> we all remember that.
also, we've been talking about it this morning, a beauty queen mom of three who had this traumatic brain injury and had to remove part of her skull. unbelievable, they stored it in her stomach. we're going to hear from her and how she is recovering and doing very well. >> that's amazing. and this is an interesting little segment we're going to have coming up. you ever try to eat a blt and then have the bacon slide out? >> yes. because of the mayonnaise. >> exactly. or maybe a new pair of shoes too tight. >> yeah. >> or problems cutting the cheese. have you ever had those problems? we're going to explain to you what simple, savvy, silly solutions, everyday things you need -- >> savannah, profile of her life. things she struggles with. >> every day. >> making the world a better place. >> soft cheese and trying to slice it. >> can't cut it. >> before we get to that, we'll get a check of the top stories with natalie morales. >> good morning, savannah, david and al. good morning, everyone. a suicide bomber killed at least 14 people, including three
american soldiers in eastern afghanistan this morning. dozens of civilians were wounded in the attack in coast province leaving two americans dead, raising the u.s. military death toll for the now 11-year war to 2,000. president obama and mitt romney are preparing for their first debate wednesday in denver. on sunday, president obama tried to downplay expectations. he told a rally in las vegas that he's, quote, just okay at debating. new jersey governor chris christie chose a different tact, predicting that republican nominee mitt romney will, quote, do extraordinarily well. in a rare prison interview, one of the men convicted for the bellway sniper attacks is expressing remorse. lee boyd malvo says i was a monst monster, a thief, stole people's lives. the shooting left at least ten people dead in the washington, d.c. area. the now 27-year-old malvo is
serving life without parole. a teenaged girl distressed message sent over twitter has triggered a police search and drawn worldwide attention. kathryn craig has more from clark, new jersey. good morning, kathryn. >> reporter: natalie, good morning. it started with a message on twitter, a tweet from a teenager who lives in this house that someone was inside the house, and she wrote, call 911. we have the tweet to show and you despite the typo from the teenager, people were absolutely crazy and worried about her safety. cara elongy is nowhere to be found. her parents reported her missing last night and people from all around the world have been tweeting about this. she is 16 years old, the #helpfindcara is in the top ten and trending on twitter and has more than 89,000 followers to her account. people have been here looking for her. police have been to the house. the family has been strangely
quiet about this. no comment over the phone. when i telephone the family earlier, also no answer when we knocked on the door. the bottom line is from the police chief, this teenager, cara elongy is missing. natalie? >> bizarre story. kathryn craig in clark, new jersey, thanks. a quick round of what has you talking online. people.com reports that anne hathaway tied the knot in big surrender, california. she married actor turned jewelry designer adam schulman. she wore a valentino gown and 1920s-inspired head band attached to her veil. >> a terrifying scene going viral on youtube. one competitor going an estimated 40 miles per hour when a deer you see there bolted right in front of them. the head-on collision sent the skateboarder and deer tumbling off the road in a cloud of dust.
and the latest gangnam-style parody is out of this world, featuring star trek characters performing the global hit in the cling-on language. ♪ >> we're told the video references a love triangle familiar to fans of "star trek: the next generation." but you don't have to be a trekies to enjoy it. i think david and savannah, we may have seen them all by now. >> i was going to say -- >> one more time. >> they're playing your song. not in the mood today? >> i was working up to it, yeah. >> you get emotionally prepared to do gangnam style later. we'll turn it over to mr. roker for the weather. >> darn it, i'm a doctor, not a gangnam style doctor.
we have these ladies, a girls' weekend from grand rapids? >> yeah. >> what happened? anything you can talk about? rjt no. >> okay. what happened in the mitten state -- let's see what we've got for you. as we check out our pick city of the day. jacksonville, florida. the "first coast news" afternoon thunderstorms and a high of 89 degrees. looking at the week ahead, much above normal temperatures out west into the plains, great lakes, along the east coast, below normal. down south, where it's going to be on the wet side. the midweek period, a big cooldown coming. snow showers in the upper person plains. warm weather in the east. and as we get to the latter part of the week, a cooldown makes its way to the east. the plains, the great lakes with snow in the upper mississippi river valley. and look for warmer temperatures through the gulf coast. it continues dry out west. that's what's going on around the country. >> good morning.
i think we will stay at dry today. clouds will be thickening up. and that's your latest weather. david, when you hear that music, you start perspiring profusely? >> no, i start to feel the music. when we come back here, a story we've been talking about this morning, a former beauty queen and mother had part of her skull removed, stored in her stomach as she is recovering from a severe brain injury. her story after this. wow...
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back now at 8:11 with a beauty queen and survivor. she suffered a fall so severe, doctors were forced to remove part of her skull and they stored it in an unusual place. we'll talk to her in a moment. but first, nbc's diana alvear tells how her spirit and strength amazed her family and medical staff that saved her life. >> reporter: it's a typical saturday morning for nick and
jamie hilton, cheering on their son at a soccer game. you would never know, jamie's considered a walking miracle by the doctors that treated her after her horrific fall. jamie has always been beautiful. even winning mrs. idaho in 2009. >> i've always felt very strongly that physical beauty is directly related to an inner beauty that shines from the inside. >> reporter: that inner beauty was put to the test last june when she fell backward off a fishing pier. >> she fell back and landed all the way down there. >> reporter: in this video shot by her brother-in-law right after she fell, jamie can be seen lying on her side. nick's arms wrapped protect actively around her. he says he knew immediately this was no ordinary fall. >> she didn't have a pulse. she wasn't breathing. and at that moment, i just thought i've got to get her out of here. >> reporter: a three-hour ordeal followed. a boat trip that took jamie to a
waiting ambulance which then delivered her to a helicopter that flew her to the nearest hospital. doctors at saint al fonss region medical center told him they would have to remove part of her skull to ease the swelling on her brain. >> i remember telling my mom, please just her remain in our family. i'll take her however she comes. >> reporter: his prayers were answered. but what came next was a shock for everyone. >> i remember lifting the gown and looking down and just seeing this huge bulge in my stomach and thinking, is this real? obviously, it was not a dream. they really had put the skull in my stomach. >> the body takes care of it, the body takes the bone sterile. and then when you're ready to put that bone back in, you have it right there. >> reporter: it worked exactly as doctors hoped. what surprised them was jamie herself. >> she made a fantastic and very early recovery. it amazed a lot of people.
>> i do feel like it's caused me to dig deeper into myself and go to a different level of understanding beauty. my own personal beauty. >> reporter: for today, diana alve alvear, nbc news, los angeles. >> jimmy and nick are with us, with nick schwartz. good morning to all of you. >> good morning. >> jamie, i see you tearing up a little bit while watching that. >> i avoid the video, i avoid the pictures. so it's touching to see nick there taking care of me. >> what a moment. so do you remember much about this accident? >> you know, i don't remember much. i remember he cast the line, handed me the pole. i remember the fish on and pulled back. and that's it. i don't remember falling. i don't remember landing. that's it. >> nick, it must have been
terrifying. we see that video, and just those moments after it happened. what was going through your mind? >> you know, i have said once or twice before, as i watched her fall, i just -- i knew that this was going to be bad. and i wasn't sure if i was screaming her name out loud or just in my mind, but i just kept screaming her name over and over and over again as i looked down on her and realized that i had to get down there as soon as i could. >> and jamie, the next thing you're really aware of, you wake up in the hospital a few days later. not only as is part of your skull missing at this point, now you look down and you have this big bump. you laugh about it now. but that must have been terrifying. >> you know, when i woke up, i was surrounded by my family, nick, and there was a great feeling in the room. a peace and a joy. and i could feel their joy when i opened my eyes. so there was a good feeling
there which was really good. before they showed me the skull. so, of course, it was shocking. but i felt so loved, it was -- >> and at that point, they had given her about a 50/50 chance. >> yeah, immediately after the surgery, the doctor came out and gave me that prognosis, 50/50 chance. 72 hours were the most critical. >> let's bring our doctor in here, dr. schwartz. this is something you do routinely? >> relatively routinely. so the surgery that jamie had is called a hemicraniectomy. and what we do in order to relieve the swelling in the brain, because there is severe trauma to the brain, the brain swells. and the skull is a closed cavity. so when that swelling occurs, the pressure goes up inside the head and can be very dangerous. so we remove part of the skull, about 25% of the skull, as she said, and we then need a place to keep it. and there are a couple different options, but one of the best options is actually to implant that in the abdomen itself.
>> because inside you're sterile, your body keeps it safe? >> it's not only sterile, but your body takes can with you. so bob woodruff was able to travel with the bone in his belly and they could put it back back in the united states. >> truly remarkable. jamie, how has this whole experience changed you? >> do i have 25 minutes? i think, you know, the biggest change -- we all face, you know, the morning and decide how are we going to handle today? and i think the biggest thing that's changed is it's not really a decision anymore. i am so grateful the minute my feet touch the ground. sorry. i can still make breakfast. take my kids to school. the things that seem so mundane before. not mundane anymore. i'm just so thankful and happy. >> that's a good reminder for all of us. jamie and nick, so good to see
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we're back at 8:21. savannah wakes up every morning and says what can i do to make the world a better place? we're kicking off this series that could change your life or a way to think about things differently. >> it involves bacon. the next three days, we share tips to tackle some of your daily challenges, big and small. we're calling it the simple, savvy, silly tips for ways to do things smarter. david, gregory, go. >> you like a blt, who doesn't? because you've got the mayo on this, you take a bite, what happens? the bacon flies off. >> wow! you know what? three crew members pounced on that piece of bacon. >> here's what you've got to do. >> someone actually put it in his pocket! >> hey, al, you've got to do a basket weave. i've done these already, as you can see. so what i'm going to do -- >> like martha stewart. >> i'm going to put this down
and over here like this. right? and then all -- throw this into the oven, bake it. what happens on the other side? bang! boom. >> my gosh! >> so what happens, you bite the corner of this, the whole thing goes down. >> you stop throwing -- hand me that. that really would make a fantastic pocket square. so you can nibble. >> i'll get it for you. >> my thing, when you get shoes and they're too tight, here's a way -- take a shoe -- scoot over. the first thing you do, you put on wool socks, two if you can. >> very good look, savannah. >> i know, i know. no one said it would be attractive. you put your socks on, thick socks. two if you can handle it. then you put the shoe on. >> wow. >> oh, my. >> you put the shoe on. >> yeah, and then you start blow-drying it. >> can we get a tight shot of this look?
wow, that's a good look. i would rather lose the bacon. >> and there -- that's how you do that. >> you go to a cocktail party, having a party. and you want to cut the cake or slice that cheese. >> and it's really soft cheese. >> you just get some floss, dental floss. and then just go like this. >> you know what, that's a great idea. >> brilliant. >> and just go through. and guess what? your cake has 35% fewer cavities. and then you just keep doing that. and then you go over to the cheese. and you get chocolate cheese. it's fantastic. see how we can do that? cuts right through. look at that. perfect. >> great idea. >> as somebody pointed out, there are things that have the cheese cutter like the wire. >> i know, but that's not as much fun. everybody has dental floss at home. >> finally, last but not
least -- are you okay? hate when the candle wax gets stuck? you can't get the candles out, right? and you can't reuse them? here's the thing, any sort of nonstick spray, maybe don't put that much in there. >> kind of ruins the look. >> a little less spray, all right? you can also use olive oil and at the end when you're done with your candle, they pop right back out. >> look at that. >> beautiful party trick. >> and then you can do a three-card monty. >> you put the bacon right on top of the -- >> have we made life easier today? >> if you're fogged up, extra bonus. go like this, and it makes the fog disappear. >> your side mirror? >> any mirror. >> everybody knew that. everybody knew that. >> more savvy tips tomorrow. we want your ideas. go to today.com. we'll be back after this.
>> this is wbal-tv 11 news i baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. let's get a check on the morning commute with sarah caldwell. >> in a long list of accidents we are tracking. 295 and 100, watch for delays in place. out of the past baltimore national pike, getting word of. -- of a crash. if you want to travel on eastbound trotter road and jasper lindh, tracking an accident. pulaski highway and bergm -- erdman ave, a crash there.
rockspring road, accident in the belair region. all of these of volume-related delays in place. traffic in the area of white marsh. done to the 95 split, expect to be delayed. west side, old court road, southbound 795 ramp, very heavy. those delays continue all the way down towards the accident scene at baltimore national pike. >> there has been a little bit of fog in some neighborhoods, especially the far western suburbs. it does not appear to be a big deal. 48 in randallstown, 47 in parkton. we are watching rain on the southern part of origin. during the day, it should be fine. increasing clouds. mostly cloudy by the afternoon. off and on rainshowers likely during the day tomorrow. 75.
8:30 on monday morning, the first day of october, 2012. and we're outside to say hello to all of the folks who decided to come by and say hello to us on a beautiful, crisp fall morning. good morning, everyone, i'm savannah guthrie alongside al roker, natalie marcellus, david gregory in for matt this week. coming up, we all like to shop. but this next story takes it further. we're going to meet a woman who
says she has a shopping addiction. she says she does not know the meaning of the word "browsing" and is now facing a dangerous addiction to shopping. we'll talk to her, coming up. also, wife of newt gingrich, presidential candidate. she has a new book out for children about america's rich history. we'll talk about that. she might talk a little politics, too. before the big debate coming up. speaking of kids, rosie pope, mom of three and star of "pregnant in heels" is here, she is going to put your mommy iq to the test. and then later, a woman who should do very well on that quiz, by the way, marie osmond, mother of eight, joining us to talk about her new project. she is also going to be joining us in our next hour. >> including our take three segment. >> have you noticed it's a teeny, tiny bit quieter, we are missing our gals kathie lee and hoda. they are at the university of tennessee this morning. guys, good morning to you. ♪
>> can they even hear us? >> a marching band. >> i thought we were going to chat. >> i don't think so. kathie lee, don't do that. >> clearly throwing a big party. ♪ there's more where that came from. >> there's a big dog with them, too. >> in the meantime, a check of the weather. >> alrighty. let's find out what you've got as far as your weather for today. looking at a risk of strong storms, lower mississippi river valley. the rain up into the mid atlantic states. beautiful in the northwest, record highs in southern california. l.a. probably getting to 100 today. tomorrow a risk of strong storms in the upper mississippi river valley. wet weather along the east coast. sunny and hot weather continues from texas into the southwest. beautiful day tomorrow in the pacific northwest with showers in the northern plains. that's what's going on around the country.
here's what's happeni >> good morning. we are starting out with a few areas of fog. it will be a cold day. and don't forget, check your weather any time you need to. go to weather channel on cable or weather.com online. >> that's just what i'll do. >> okay. probably different up there. >> i've heard that before. coming up, the life of a shopping addict. we'll meet a woman who is $100,000 in debt. and struggling to change her ways. but first, this is "today" on nbc. anncr: their dishonest ads are everywhere.
back at 8:35 with an intimate look at the life of a compulsive spender. part of "my shopping addiction" a new show on nbc's sister network, oxygen. here is how one woman explains the thrill behind her spending. >> i shop when i'm happy, i shop when i'm sad. i shop when i'm tired. when i'm bored. when i'm mad. >> kim kardashian has nothing on me. omg. what do she have? oh, she's hot! i like to shop. >> marsia hawkins is with us now, along with a licensed clinical psychologist who treats compulsive shoppers on the show. ladies, good morning. marsia, you give us a smile. but this is serious. you feel you have a shopping addiction? >> i definitely have a shopping addiction. every time i go to the store, i pretty much have to spend. >> and as i understand it, you
have a shoe collection valued at over $30,000. handbags, $12,500. and your real love, dresses, $60,000. that could not have happened overnight. >> no. it was progressive. about ten years worth of shopping started working in retail. >> yeah. you got that discount and thought hey, i'm saving money here. >> exactly. >> dr. romney, we heard about dr. drew's rehab program. but shopping addiction. this is a real disorder. >> it very much is. because people are bringing themselves to financial ruin. they're hurtinging their relationships. they can't stop themselves. so this can really bring a life down and create years of debt and really big problems in all areas of their lives. >> marsia, you have such a cute personality, and we saw that in the piece. but do you feel like you understand now what is driving this? what takes it beyond just somebody who enjoys shopping? >> i did. working with dr. romney, i kind of identified the root of the problem and knowing where it
started which is when i was in middle school and bullied a lot, didn't fit in with the kids, played violin, accelerated classes and different languages and didn't fit in. and i realized all the girls that were accepted and were popular were fashionable. they wore the hottest trends and garnished the attention and acceptance of others so i figured how do i fit in and i think that's where it began. >> you started getting positive reinforcement with that. >> i did. >> but how has this affected your life? you found yourself going into debt? has it made problems with your friends and family? >> i definitely have. i got into credit card debt, maxing out all of the credit cards, borrowing money from friends, robbing peter to pay paul. you know, my parents, family members -- >> i heard your parents said when you tried to borrow some money, they said uh-uh, forget it. >> no. they said if you have money to shop, you don't need money from us. >> oxygen, which, of course, has this show on the network, released a poll. part of which only 6% of americans admit they are addicted to shopping. but then if you ask, do you know someone who is addicted to
shopping, the number shoots way up. >> that's a very interesting disconnect. and it speaks to how many people don't have insight into the fact that this is a real problem for them. often until it's too late or someone else points it out to them. >> you ran, marsia, through some exercises. >> oh, yeah. >> give us an example. how do you crack an addiction like this? >> one way to crack an addiction like this is not let people respond in their usual way. go into a store, but don't buy. and marsia, you were not a happy camper when i said you can shop all you want, pull things off the rack, but you're walking out of here empty-handed. that was hard. >> did you find that made a difference? >> i mean, it was hard, because i didn't know that i couldn't spend. she sprung it on me. i thought i had a $500 gift card so i was excited to spend and at the end they said there is no money on this card. i was devastated. >> so what have you had to go through psychologically to get to a better place? and do you think you're doing better now? >> i definitely think i'm doing better. i've actually consolidated all my credit cards so i don't have
one credit card to spend. so if i don't have the money in the bank, i don't -- no shopping. which was the biggest step thus far, which was $16,000 already removed from my debt. >> and dock dor tore, how do you know if you're somebody who likes to shop or have a problem? >> i think if you're out of control, you're thinking about it a lot and it fills up a lot of your time. if a person is shopping four or five times a week, that's a lot. so it's time, money and the people you're affecting. you ask yourself those three questions and there's the answer. >> marsia, and dr. romney, good to have you here. thank you and good luck to you. and a reminder, you can catch the premier of "my shopping addiction" monday night at october 15th, at 11:00, 10:00 central on oxygen. coming up, callista gingrich and her new children's book. but first, this is "today" on nbc. hey, what are you drinkin'? pumpkin coffee for the morning. and i've got my pumpkin k-cup packs for at home. now i can have my pumpkin coffee any time i want it.
back at 8:42 with callista gingrich, wife of former presidential candidate newt gingrich, author of children's books, getting children excited about history with help from an doshl elephant named ellis. book of "land of the pilgrim's pride." >> thanks for having me. >> different from the first how? >> in the first book, "sweet land of liberty," ellis the elephant discoveries pivotal moments of history so children appreciate the greatness of america. in "land of the pilgrim's pride" ellis discoveries the 13 original colonies. >> what is the lure? i think a lot of parents love books about american history for kids, because we would like to be teaching our kids that. is that the great lure for you, that appetite to write about history? >> it is. and unfortunately, there are so few books out there for children between the ages of 4 and 8 that deal with the subject matter of our american history. >> and there's -- there may be
some expectation, i know, the former speaker is here with you as the spouse this morning, and he's listening attentively. but we're not going to hear from him this morning. just sit quietly over there. but this is -- [ laughter ] this is a totally -- this is a balanced approach here. there is no conservative agenda here, and you're talking about history. >> that's right. this is a pro-american book. it's a patriotic book and not meant to be a conservative or republican book. i see this book as a celebration of our pattic values and celebration of our nation. >> it's interesting, because kids are learning about technology in school, moving so quickly. being rooted in the very foundations of the country is important, isn't it? >> absolutely. and knowing about colonial america is vitally important. unfortunately, this is a large period of our history often unknown. and it's really important that our children understand how our nation began, and how our original traits and characteristics as americans were formed. >> and the backbone of our democracy, so are elections.
what was it like being on the campaign trail in such a turbulent year? >> it was exhilarating, and we were really blessed to be a part of the process. and i learned two things. two big things when i was on the campaign trail. the first being that the american people are inherently generous and good, whether or not they agree with you politically. and secondly, that the majority of people are still very optimistic about the future of our country. >> it's important at such a pivotal time. big debate this week. you're no stranger to the debates, as your husband went through 3 or 400 i think during the primary, something like that, right? >> i was at all of them. >> how do you handicap this one? >> well, i think governor romney needs to do very well. this is a very close race. and i think he needs to make the choice obvious to americans. he needs to tell us what he's going to do to create more jobs and create economic recovery. this is a very important evening for him. >> is his back against the wall? is there a sense he's behind and this is sort of his last moment?
>> i think he's got a lot of support throughout the country and very good debater and i anticipate he'll do very well. and if he is as assertive and direct as he was with newt in florida, he'll be just fine. >> probably good advice. again, the book is called "land of the pilgrim's pride." callista gingrich, thank you very much. andim could go coming up next, what is your mommy iq? a quiz from rosie cope. but first, this is "today" on nbc. it's time to change the way we clean.
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back at 8:48. she has been pregnant in heels three times and now rosie pope is sharing her knowledge in her new book, "mommy iq: the complete guide to pregnancy." she is here to talk about that and the special quiz she created for our "today" moms.com website. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> are you ready to rock? >> i'm ready to rock. >> i'm enjoying this rocking chair too much. you have three kids at home, tv show. now a book. why did you think it was important to write this book? >> i have an amazing access to a lot of experts from the best ob-gyns and best fitness trainers and so i wanted to mary them and provide everything. >> do you think most women have the basics down when it comes to pregnancy or do you think they enter it and think, this is all
pretty shocking? >> i think if they really trust their instincts, they do, but everybody wants to do the best job. you want to be a good parents and take care of your baby. the anxiety is overwhelming. and if you have a book, you can feel confident and be equipped to be a parents. >> mommies know how to multitask. you actually tweeted through your last delivery? >> i've got to say, my third delivery was easier than my first. i don't think i could have done it the first time round. >> dare i ask what you were tweeting about? >> i was trying to explain the process, because so many of our fans and our clients really want to know what really happens during labor. so i let them know. >> love it. all right. let's get to the mommy iq test you created. the first question is, for a healthy pregnant woman, how many extra calories should she consume per day in the first and second trimester. we had a., 500 to 700. b., 300 to 500. and c., 100 to 300. the majority of our viewers said b., but the answer is?
>> it's actually 100 to 300 calories. >> wow. what happened to eating for two? >> i know. the truth is, i really do think pregnancy is not a type to skip so you should indulge every now and again but not go overboard. >> when should women take foe lick acid? a., when you're pregnant, b., one year before pregnancy. c., at least one to two months before pregnancy. most of our voters said c. is that correct? >> they got that right. it's really important to start taking it before you get pregnant, not when you get to the doctor's office, which is what a lot of people used to do. >> so if you're trying to have a baby, start taking that folic acid. we find it in, what, broccoli? >> leafy greens, dark green. >> on to leg cramps. question is, why do pregnant women often get leg cramps? a., because leg muscles are und underused. b., increased blood supply increases or c. nobody knows.
>> nobody knows. >> really? >> towards the end of the pregnancy, women will get severe leg cramps. it's important to get up, walk around and get lots of water. >> isn't it because you're carrying extra weight and hard of on the legs? >> maybe. >> i'm no doctor, but that seems logical to me. on to delivery. when should a woman in labor come to the hospital? a., when contractions are two minutes apart, or lasting one minute over one hour. b., contractions are five minutes apart, lasting one minute over one hour. or c., contractions are one minute apart, lasting one minute over one hour. >> the answer is b. five minutes apart, lasting for one minute over the course of an hour. >> okay. lastly, a question a lot of people wonder, on average. >> how long does a woman's breast milk come in post birth. a., immediately. b., one day. or c., three to five days. i would think immediately, isn't the baby hungry? >> no, so immediately you get something called colous trum. >> before we let you go,
favorite treats for mommies. >> luna bars are full of folic acid and a great snack. i travel a lot with my kids and often not a place to eat like airports. ginger candy is great for nausea. great stretch mark cream, even if you're not sure if it works, great for itchy skin. and a polish so you can look glamorous while pregnant. >> full of facts and information. the book again is called "mommy iq." guys, over to you. >> thanks very much. we have birthday wishes from our good friend mr. willard scott. hey, willard. >> i love to wish happy birthdays. i like birthday cakes and birthday ice cream. take a look. robert deaplain, jackson, new jersey. he says the secret to longevity is 77 years with the woman he loves most in the whole world. you know that's right? don't you wish somebody would say that about you? is anyway. dorothy kennedy of lansing,
michigan is active at her church and devoted to helping other people at all times. happy birthday. how sweet it is. the lovely lee winters. she is from east meadow, new york. 100 years old and says that she loves springtime and happiness and good people and especially feeling young. take a look, if you will, i like that name, herman weinberg. wonderful name, folks. herman weinberg from beachwood, ohio. 100 years old today. loves astronomy and spending time in his garden. older people love gardening, makes them live longer. margaret walek of wayne, new jersey, 100 years old today, enjoys crossword puzzles, and does the cha cha cha. moises mina from delano,
california, 103 years old today. proud world war veteran. now back to new york city. >> thank you very much. >> we want to check in with kathie lee and hoda in knoxville on the campus of the university of tennessee. ladies, good morning. you look great in orange. >> morning! woo! >> how is it going, what do you have planned? >> that's the show right there. >> that will be the whole show. >> thousands of kids have skipped school. and we have -- >> that's my favorite sign. amazing signs. you know what, it's just -- reflects what's going on in our culture. parents everywhere should be very upset their money is being wasted!
>> we love the sign of hoda with the big hair. >> my favorite. you know what? i want to tell you -- real name is diane. holding the sign, and as far as i'm concerned, diane is dead. >> whoa! >> that's a real -- >> new sign monday. >> show up to our show, one of you will die. >> but you'll have a good time. >> yeah. >> whew-hoo. >> one of you will deserve it. what's the food like, guys? >> you know what? we haven't eaten anything yet. we don't tailgate until later on. >> you don't understand our show, al roker. >> okay, what's the wine like? >> it's a dry campus. >> i know. >> yeah, i'm sure you guys are sober. >> shame on you for thinking otherwise. awful. >> let's see diane's sign again? >> we have been offered a libation or two. but we have said no, doggone it.
>> one of life's delicious little ironies, dry campus. >> diane, it's over. we're breaking up. >> kathie lee and hoda. have a great show, ladies. >> marie osmond, coming up. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. nearly two dozen families are living for eight new home this morning following an apartment building fire. no one was hurt in the fire, which broke out at a military
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