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good morning. paying respects. police officers salute the hearse carrying former first lady nancy reagan from her home. a funeral being planned for later this week at the reagan presidential library, where she'll be laid to rest next to her husband. a woman being remembered as a devoted wife and a political force who redefined the role of first lady. we look back at nancy reagan's extraordinary wife and talk exclusively to her son ron today, monday, march 7th, 2016. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," remembering nancy reagan, with matt lauer and sava
still digesting the sad news of nancy reagan's passing, but what an incredible life she lived. legendary woman, iconic first lady and part of one of the greatest love stories of our time. >> i was reflecting on that this morning. so many people are finding comfort in the thought these two will be reunited once again. nancy reagan, a picture of elegance and strength. >> nancy reagan died in her home at the age of 94. she was equally passionate about her husband and the many causes she championed. we'll talk to her son ron coming up, but first, natalie is at the reagan presidential library in simi valley, california. good morning to you. >> inside the air force one hangar here at
are remembering nancy reagan so fondly. she redefined the role of first lady, bringing style, substance and sensitivity. >> reporter: late sunday, the hearse carrying the former first lady's body left her home in los angeles, where the 94-year-old died of congestive heart failure sunday. her daughter, patti davis, releasing a blog post overnight. i got the call around 8:30 this morning that my mother passed away in her sleep. it's the way she wanted to go. her spokesperson saying, mrs. reagan will be buried at the ronald reagan presidential library at simi valley, california, next to her husband, ronald wilson reagan. prior to the service, there will be an opportunity for members of the public to pay their respects at the library. tributes are pouring in, remembering nancy reagan as a ma
she was honored by a moment of silence on the debate stage. hillary clinton praising her predecessor. nancy's strength of character was legendary, and her advocacy, especially forr al tiezheimer's research, was tireless. also, accolades for her husband. >> she loved her husband, loved her country, and at least with me, she was always very fair and decent. >> reporter: president obama and first lady obama releasing a statement saying, our former first lady redefined the role in her time here, and we remain grateful for nancy reagan's life. thankful for her guidance and prayerful that she and her beloved husband are together again. the first lady who succeeded her, barbara bush, writing, nancy reagan was totally devoted to president reagan, and we take comfort that they will be reunited once more. and former president george
the white house was complete and lasting. as a woman who expanded the role of first lady, her influence was felt far beyond washington. michael j. fox tweeting, i will always be grateful to nancy reagan for her leadership on stem cells, class, grace and guts. rest in peace. arnold schwarzenegger, from hollywood to the governor's mansion, praised the former first lady. >> she was one of the greatest first ladies. extraordinary human being. such a wonderful partner to her husband, to president reagan. i know -- [ applause ] -- she will join him now in heaven, and this love affair between the two of them will start all over again. >> and it is that love affair that will be part of nancy reagan's enduring legacy. coming upn
we'll take a look back at their long life and love together, as they became known as nancy and ronnie to most of us. back to you. >> natalie, 52 years of marriage. that's nice. >> one of nancy reagan's many roles was as her husband's trusted adviser, guiding him through decisions throughout his presidency. andrea mitchell covered the reagan administration. good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. she was one of the most consequential first ladies in modern american history. ronald reagan's life partner, chief protector and political adviser. a story right out of the movies. that's, in fact, where it all started. >> reporter: she always dreamed of being an actress and, in a way, she became one, on a world stage. born in 1921 in new york city, nancy davis making her way to hollywood, landing small roles in films for mgm. it was there she met ronald reagan. the chemistry was instantaneous. they married in
actress starred alongside her husband in a film. >> you knew better. >> how could i know? did you give me a post dated check? >> my wife, nancy. >> reporter: soon, she devoted her life to him and his budding political career. her influence quickly extending beyond the home and into politics. >> thank you very much. >> reporter: becoming first lady of california in 1966, and then of the nation in 1981. at first, she was criticized for wearing designing gowns during a recession. then lauded for her anti-drug, just say no campaign. >> when it comes to drugs and alcohol, just say no. >> reporter: but it was the 1981 assassination attempt that nearly took his life that overshadowed his entire presidency. nancy reagan became fiercely protective, even
astrologer before scheduling his trips. an embarrassment exposed by his chief of staff, who had been fired largely at her behest, after the iran-contra scandal. >> she was ronald reagan's closest adviser. she also was among other things his constant protector. >> reporter: during her eight years as first lady, nancy reagan changed world history. encouraging her husband to negotiate with what he had called the evil empire, the soviet union, and its new leader, gorbachev. >> he knew he could do a deal with gorbachev, he just needed to be allowed to do it. she ran that interference for him. >> reporter: after leaving the white house, nancy reagan became an advocate for stem cell research for alzheimer's after the ex-president wrote a heart-breaking letter to the nation, disclosing he was suffering from the disease. >> he made the decision to write a letter to the american people, and the people
his death in 2004, she remained devoted to him for all her days. carrying the torch for her husband's legacy and her own. >> for all of the glamour and success they experienced on the world stage, those who knew them best say their favorite moments were alone, upstairs in the white house, eating dinner on tray tables, watching a movie or tv. best friends in life. now, together again. matt and savannah? >> andrea, thank you. please stand by. we'll talk with you more in a moment. >> the image of her kissing his flag draped coffin -- >> unforgettable. >> yeah, it breaks me up. last night, we had the chance to speak by phone to the reagan son, ron. >> you and i spoke after your dad died, and i asked you a very simple question then. let me just ask the same question. tell me about nancy reagan. who was she? >> well, nancy reagan was the woman who was totally dedicated to her husband, and
that sounds, you know, anti-feminist. i don't mean it in that way. she loved her husband, more than anything in the world. i think that you can make the case that the ronald reagan that we all came to know as president would not have existed without nancy reagan. >> she was seen as this devoted woman. some feminists actually gave her a hard time, working women gave her a hard time, and she said just about everything i did in that first year was misunderstood. >> yeah, well, i think it was tough for her in the white house because there was a lot of anger that could have been directed at my father, but my father was a person who was almost impossible to dislike as a human being. she was a little more, let's say, complicated a personality than he was. she made an easier target, i think. >> complica
>> my mother was more aware of, i think, the dark corners of life. and the darker aspects of human nature. her view was more, i'm going to watch, and if i think you're good for my husband, then you've got a friend for life. but if i think you're bad for my husband or you're hurting him in some way, oh, you know, you better watch out because now you have an enemy and it's not an enemy you want. >> the assassination attempt on your father, i don't think anybody knew until years after he left the white house how close he came to dying. but your mom knew. >> yes, yes. >> how did that change her perception of his life in the white house and the bubble? >> i don't think that she ever had another day during his presidency where there wasn't some fear involved. particularly, of course, when he went out in public and all. he meant everything to he
the street and having him almost die is, to say the least, t traumat traumatic. i don't think she was ever without anxiety and fear from then on. >> can you tell me how your dad's passing changed her as a woman, ron? >> she was lonely without him. and said as much. she missed him terribly. i can say this, i suppose, she didn't have to worry anymore about whether any of her opinions would necessarily clash with any of his. >> last two questions. if someone were to ask you to describe the love story of ronald and nancy reagan, how would you describe it? >> once they had bonded together, they really were inseparable. i mean, it sounds cliche. i don't think that they ever spent a day apart where they didn't call, speak on the phone. he wrote her letters a
life. all his life. they were in love. they stayed in love for, you know, 52 some odd years. >> i would say anybody watching this and learning of this news, who is perhaps under the age of 25, doesn't really know an awful lot about your mom and your dad. >> yeah. >> so for the people in that age group and below, what's the most important thing they should know about nancy reagan? >> i think that she knew how to love somebody. that would be, you know -- and you can do a lot worse than that in life. that's what i think of when i think of my mother. i think of her relationship with her husband. >> that's a wonderful place to leave it. ron, thank you so much. again, my sincere condolences to you and your family. >> thank you, matt. appreciate it. >> nbc news special correspondent tom brokaw first met the reagans in los angeles and grew to know them well over the years. also, let's bring back andrea
tom, tell me about the early years of knowing them. >> well, when i first met them, he was running for governor of california, obviously. she was, from the very beginning, an important counsel for him. everybody said, you have to clear it with nancy. or nancy believes we ought to be doing this or not this. she was always kind of on gouua. i remember when he was running for a second term, i was in a room with a lot of their friends. including jimmy stewart's wife. she was kissing everybody around the room and got to me and went like this. i said, mrs. reagan, whatever i have, it's not catching. she laughed and leaned over and kissed me. that was the beginning of a personal relationship, as well. >> you mentioned over the years, you stayed in touch and became personal friends, and spoke with her rather recently. >> on february 6th, the birthday i shared with the president. we talked every year, exchanged notes.
she was not as responsive as i hoped she'd be. by february 6th, she was responsive. this is a sad passing for everyone because i always thought that most symbolically and from a substance point of view, she was always the first lady. she never gave up that title, and people responded to it. >> andrea, let's talk about her power behind the door of the white house. not only in terms of her husband's view of policy, but she was also very good at understanding who he should trust. >> absolutely. one of the things about that, there were three advisers who came from -- well, two from california and, of course, jim baker brought into the circle. she did have a huge impact on changing white house staff. before that, the campaign staff. but she always had her antenna out. i think that ron reagan eluded to that. she understood the people who were not there to serve ronald reagan. he did not. he
everyone. he didn't have that political antenna, but she did and she protected him. she was the chief protector, and she reached out, as well, to democrats, to others, to come in and talk to him so he would not be isolated in the white house. she was responsible, also, of course, for the exit of donald, who was charged for a lot of things, like letting the iran-contra affair happen under his nose. >> tom, don't you think nancy's reputation and the way this country felt about her changed over the years? in the early years, people were tough on her. >> they were tough on her because she brought her hollywood elegance and the whole bell aire way of life to the white house. i felt she knew what her role was. other people had ideas of the first ladies. when they first got elected, i said some things in the press
critical about -- not his childhood, but when he was a young man, he made good money right away and he was one of the highest paid people in hollywood. i was told by the white house staff, stay away from her. she's angry. you'll be invited to a state dinner so you have to figure out what you're going to say in the receiving line. i'm walking up, and meredith is with me, saying, what are you going to say? i hadn't figured it out. i said, nancy, back to square one. she laughed. this was the moment in which she said to me, tom, back to square one. this picture arrived the next day in my office, autographed by her, tom, back to square one. that's how good and nimble she was and how political she could be. this is something i keep. >> the most surprising part of the story is you had a moment you didn't know what you were going to say. >> but it wasn't -- let's be clear, i knew i would s
>> thank you, thank you so much. andrea, thank you. the presidential candidates are paying tribute to nancy reagan, including the moment of silence during the democratic debate. two contests were held on sunday. marco rubio won puerto rico's republican primary, and bernie sanders topped hillary clinton in maine. the news is not all good for his campaign. nbc's kristen welker has the latest on both races this morning. good morning to you. >> savannah, good moshing inmo you. the candidates have one more day before the michigan primary. sanders picked up wins over the weekend, in addition to maine, kansas and nebraska. but it was secretary clinton who expanded her delegate lead by winning the state of louisiana. all that setting the stage for a fiery debate on sunday. >> reporter: it was one of the most ruckus democratic debates yet. >> excuse me, i'm talking. >> if we're going to argue about the '90s,
straight. >> reporter: sanders attacking clinton for supporting nafta, which many in michigan oppose, and mocking her for reverse reversals on the issue. >> secretary clinton discovered religion on this issue. but it's a little bit too late. >> reporter: clinton firing back. citing sanders' opposition to the 2009 auto bailout. >> if everybody voted the way he did, i believe the auto industry would have collapsed. >> if you are talking about the wall street bailout, where some of your friends destroyed this economy -- >> if you're going to talk, tell the whole story, senator sanders. >> let me tell my story, and you tell yours. >> i will. >> reporter: there was disagreements, bo disa gree disagreeme disagreements and agreements, calling for the governor of flint to resign. and both vowing to beat trump in a general election. the gop front runner made a memorable entrance at the golf
championship at his own course in florida. over the weekend, called for marco rubio to end his campaign. >> i think it's time he drops out. >> reporter: "saturday night live" finding new humor in the hotly contested race. >> everybody loves me. races, ugly racists, people who didn't know they were racists. >> ted cruz had a very strong weekend. he won kansas and maine. take a look at the delegate count now. ted cruz just 87 delegates behind donald trump. meanwhile, our latest nbc news/wall street journal poll shows trump and clinton ahead in michigan. >> thank you. let's get a check of the weather from mr. roker. good morning. >> we have some severe weather for the midsection of the country with potential flooding rain moving upper level low
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we're back at 7:30. it's monday morning, the 7th of march, 2016. flags are flying at half-staff across the country as the nation remembering nancy reagan this morning. just ahead, more on how she reshaped the role of first lady, her partnership with her husband and why he may not have become president without her influence. >> we'll get to that in a second minutes. other stories making headlines on a monday morning. two contests held in the presidential race on sunday. florida senator marco rubio won the primary in puerto rico, while bernie sanders had a victory over hillary clinton in maine's democratic kau suscaucu.
ted cruz and donald trump each won two states over the weekends. >> sanders and clinton were facing off in a debate in flint, michigan, last night. during one exchange, they sparred over government bailouts. >> he voted against the money that ended up saving the auto industry. i think that is a pretty big difference. >> if you are talking about the wall street bailout, where some of your friends destroyed this economy -- >> you know -- >> excuse me. i'm talking. >> michigan holds its primary tomorrow, along with mississippi. republican contests in idaho and hawaii, as well. peyton manning is calling it a career after 18 seasons. he scheduled an afternoon news conference to announce his retirement. manning will step away from the game as a two-time super bowl champion with different teams, and the league's all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns. how many athletes ever get to call it qts
top? >> exactly. really on top. the super bowl ring to match. more on the sad passing of nancy reagan, who died in her los angeles home sunday at the age of 94. peter alexander is in washington, d.c. for us. peter, good morning. >> hi, savannah. good morning. nancy reagan was almost an equal part of her husband's political career, supportive wife and advocate. publicly, she launched a high profile effort to fight youth drug and alcohol abuse. >> reporter: for a certain generation, nancy reagan may be best remembered for these three words. >> just say no. >> reporter: her signature cause, anti-drug campaign, helped turn the first lady into a pop culture icon, appearing as herself on "different strokes." >> i'm concerned about drug abuse, especially among the young. i was very impressed by the way you spoke out. ♪ >> reporter: a message hand
>> if someone offers you drugs, what will you do? >> just say no! >> reporter: even celebrities joined the cause. >> what would i do if someone offered me these drugs? i'd tell them to take a hike. >> reporter: despite calls from critics who labeled it simplistic, by the end of her husband's administration, 12,000 clubs had been formed worldwide. she was fiercely protective of her husband, especially after the 1981 assassination attempt that nearly took his life. >> every time he went out and talked to, you know, thousands of people, my heart stopped. >> reporter: accused of overmanaging her husband, she was a force behind the scenes, with enormous influence on who served in his administration and what policies he pursued. most notably, encouraging president reagan to negotiate with the soviet union, which
her advocacy never waned. >> ronnie's journey has finally taken him to a distant place, where i can no longer reach him. >> reporter: with alzheimer's disease robbing her husband's memory, mrs. reagan had a new cause. a champion of stem cell research, an effort that went for the party of reagan. >> i don't think they understand that it's not taking a life, it's trying to save countless lives. >> she did have an impact on so many lives. the reagan library says there will be an opportunity for members of the public tapeh the -- to pay their respects before the funeral services. she'll be buried on the spot she kissed her husband good-bye for the last time in 2004. >> peter alexander, thank you. let's bring in presidential historians, doris and michael. good morning to both of you. >> good morning, matt. >> doris, i'll start
how was she different as a first lady? how did she evolve the role, as compared to those who came before her and even after her? >> i think more than anything, as people have been saying, that passionate love affair that she had with her husband gave him a foundation of confidence and sense of self and joy during the presidency. the presidency is hard for a lot of people. i think being with her allowed him to enjoy it, which is really important. when i read his diary, i've never seen those authentic words offered before. i miss her after six months, you know. i'm not whole without her. when she's on a trip, i want to look and see her face. this is not just words. that foundation gave him a protected harbor at the very beginning of his life, when he came from an actor to a president, and then nearing the end, when she was so instrumental in changing his inner circle and actually making him apologize for iran-contra, which helped him out of the slump, and the hard liners for e russians. it's an extraordinary love story that
foundation. >> one of the top aides said, without nancy, there wouldn't have been a governor reagan, wouldn't have been a president reagan. she seemed to relish that role as image maker. keeper of the legacy. >> she did it well, but she always claimed she wasn't doing it. i would talk to her in later years, try to get her to talk about this. she'd say, no, it was all ronnie. i had very little to do with it. but i think now we'll find out a lot more. ronald reagan came from this very emotionally injured childhood. so did she. after world war ii, his film career was over. they got married. she helped him dust himself off, got him a career as a tv star. helped him to rise in politics. the same was true of her as -- when she was first lady. at the time in the '80s shows you how much things have changed. she was criticized for being a partner and collaborator in her husband's career. i think
be criticized for not doing so. >> doris, she once said everything she did in the first year as first lady was either misunderstood or misrepresented. expand on that. >> i think what that meant is that she wanted to redecorate the white house. she brought in a sense of glamour, beautiful gowns, spent money on china, and it was a time of recession. the timing was off. jackie kennedy did the very same thing during her era. mary lincoln was criticized for bringing redecoration to the white house during the civil war. she understood humor. there was a postcard that said, fancy nancy as a queen because she seemed regal. she went before a dinner and said, i would never wear a crown. it would mess my hair. she was able to soften that and become involved in just say no. i think that sense of glamour that she brought since remained there, she just understood it had to be softened. >> two complete experts on the subject. michael and
both of you. >> welcome. let's get a check of the weather from mr.heck of the weather from mr. roker. >> we're talking about warmth that is much welcome. we are going to see these temperatures start to soar. central plains, 25-35 degrees above normal. indianapolis, 66. atlanta 70. washington, d.c. 65. tomorrow, philly you're up to 71. cleveland, 67. jackson 79. look at wednesday. record highs from the ohio river valley into the northeast. new york city 27 degrees above average at 74. cleveland, 66. little rock 73. green bay will see a high of 53. it continues on into thursday. that's what's a going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. ♪ [ inaudible
that's y weather. savannah? >> al, thank you. we talked about it a lot this morning. up next, this love story stretching across the decades, from hollywood to the white house. a look inside nancy and ronald reagan's long-lasting romance. >> ronnie is a very sentimental man, very romantic man. on my birthday, he would send flowers to my mother, thanking her for having me. when they thought they should westart saving for retirement.le then we asked some older people when they actually did start saving. this gap between when we should start saving
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paback at 7:44 as we rememb nancy reagan. >> she and ronald reagan shared what has been called the greatest love affair in the history of the american presidency. natalie is at the reagan presidential library in california. good morning again. >> good morning once again. we've been talking about it all morning long. nancy reagan was her husband's most loyal supporter. his fiercest protector. the romance started not far from here in hollywood 67 years ago. >> reporter: it was a real life storybook marriage that began in the unlikeliest of places. >> that booth was the one ronnie and i always sat in. always. it's a booth where he proposed to me. >> reporter: from a shiny red leather
the white house, they're was a real-life love affair. >> i was the happiest girl in the world. >> reporter: they met over dinner in 1949. she was nancy davis, a contract actor for mgm. he was a leading man during the golden age of film. it was love from the very start. >> oh, he was unlike any actor i had ever met. never talked about himself. >> reporter: they were married march 4th, 1952, at the little brown church in studio city, california. and would go on to court each other for more than half a century. much of which was memorialized in love letters penned by the former president. >> ronnie is a very sentimental man, very romantic man. >> my darling, i love you very much. and i don't even mind that life made me wait so long to find you. the waiting only made the finding sweeter. i love you. ro
their relationship was laced with these nuggets of love. >> march 4th, 1963. my darling, this is really just an in between day. it is a day on which i love you 365 days more than i did a year ago, and 365 less than i will a year from now. all my love, your husband. >> reporter: throughout his political career, from his governorship of california to his ascension to the white house, she was always there, loving and protecting. >> i think i'm aware of people who are trying to take advantage of my husband. >> reporter: their relationship played out in front of all to see. seen in their public hand holding. her adoring stare. or a whispered prompt. >> doing everything we can. >> reporter: it sustained them in more difficult years, even as alzheimer's began to rob him of their memories. >> just four years ago, ronnie stoo b
what he said might be his last speech. at a republican convention. sadly, his words were too prophetic. >> reporter: on june 5th, 2004, she said good-bye to the love of her life, but not to the memories of the life they shared. >> i was very blessed to find him. >> reporter: it was a love that lasted a lifetime and then some. >> nancy reagan once said upon first meeting heron kn ronnie, didn't know if it was necessarily love at first sight, but she said it was pretty close. she'll be buried next to him at the presidential library at simi valley. i think we love to see and hear the letters over again. it's a romance that will endure and last beyond their lifetime. >> boy, they make you feel inadequate. we have to up our game. >> seriously.
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more news in 25 minutes. for now, we'll send it it's 8:00 on "today". coming up, remembering nancy reagan. we'll take a look back at the life and legacy of a woman who redefined the role of first lady. from her sense of style to her moments on "today". >> you have said in the past that your life began when you met ronald reagan. >> it did. everybody made fun of me, but -- >> why did they make fun of you? >> sounds kind of square, i guess. >> we're live at the reagan presidential library in simi valley. when rita wilson is here to talk health, hollywood and her role as a singer/songwriter. ♪ you make me feel field of dreams. >> i'm sorry.
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rita wilson and steve harvey are here live, as >> always makes me smile. >> star power there. we want to begin this half hour as we've been doing, remembering the life of nancy reagan. she reshaped what it meant to be first lady. the driving force behind one of the nation's most popular presidents. let's go back to natalie at the reagan presidential library this morning. she has more on nancy reagan's life and legacy. good morning again. >> good morning once again. tributes are flooding in from all over the world honoring nancy reagan. many remembering her, of course, for her utter devotion to ronald reagan, her husband of 5 52 yea. >> reporter: late sunday, the hearse carrying the former first lady's body left her home in los angeles. according to a spokesperson, mrs. reagan will be buried at the ronald reagan presidential library in simi valley, california, next to her husband, ronald wilson reagan.
the 94-year-ol her daughter releasing a blog overnight. my mother died peacefully in her sleep. it's how she wanted to go. nancy reagan is being remembered this morning as a formidable first lady, who was a 5'4" towering figure behind ronald reagan. president and mrs. obama said she redefined the role of first lady. former president and laura bush called her influence on the white house complete and lasting. from both sides of the political divide, donald trump called her an amazing woman. hillary and former president clinton, an extraordinary woman. ordinary people are streaming to the reagan library with flowers and memories. >> she always seemed so kind and sweet and proper, and the way you expect a first lady to be. >> reporter: beneath that sweet and proper exterior was a soul of steel. hardened following the assassination attempt against the president just 69 days into
his firster everything. former reagan chief of staff james baker remembers how nancy reagan's number one priority became protecting ronnie. >> she was very, very much his protector. she could be tough. >> i began to think maybe you were playing the circus. >> you knew better. >> reporter: her role as mrs. ronald reagan began in hollywood, where the two actors met and fell in love. arnold schwarzenegger, another actor turned california governor, took time to praise the former first lady. >> she was one of the greatest first ladies. extraordinary human being. such a wonderful partner to her husband, to president reagan. >> reporter: he led the tributes from tinseltown, tweeting, nancy reagan served as first lady with such power, elegance and grace. she's also remembered as fondness for the twilight of her
love he developed alzheimer's and nancy took on her role as protector and soul mate for what she called the long good-bye. the reagan's son, ron, spoke to matt by phone. >> they had gone through a lot together. they had looked forward to, you know, what they used to refer to as their golden years, where they could sit back and reminisce and all of that. she was very saddened that their golden years would be few. >> the public will have their opportunity to come here to the presidential library and say their good-byes over the next few days. guys, back to you. >> natalie, thank you. coming up, katie couric is here. she'll join us to remember nancy reagan and her many appearances here on the show. first, tamron has the other top stories of the morning. good morning. one day until the michigan primaries, democrats bernie sanders and hillary clinton are striking a more combative tone.
in flin clashed repeatedly over their records on the economy. clinton criticized her opponent for supporting a bill to protect gun makers from lawsuits. >> if that is the case, essentially, your position is there should not be any guns in america, period. >> that is like the nra's position, no. >> can i finish, please? >> although senator sanders won maine, kansas and nebraska, clinton increased her delegate lead by taking louisiana. marco rubio easily won the republican primary in puerto rico sunday but trails donald trump and ted cruz. trump picked up two more states this weekend, winning louisiana and kentucky. cruz claimed victories in kansas and maine, adding to his delegate count. trump called for rubio to drop out so him and cruz could go head to head. former president jimmy carter no longer needs cancer treatment.
he told the drug has been successful. the 91-year-old former president announced last summer he had melanoma in his liver and brain. in december, he said the cancer was gone but kept up the treatment two more months. for the first time ever, the duke and duchess of cambridge and their two children took a vacation together as a family of four. these photos were released this morning. william, kate, prince george and princess charlotte spent time in the alps last weekend for a break on the ski slopes. no word on who got to the bottom of the mountain first. for the snowball fight, kate was the winner in the parent showdown. >> as we were saying earlier, her ski jacket has now sold out in score stores all around the >> one of these days, that family will take a good picture. >> i know, right? nancy reagan was a frequent and favorite guest of ours here on "today".
full of grace and charm, whether appearing by herself or husband's side. >> good morning and welcome, mrs. reagan. >> reporter: she was a force in her husband's shadow. >> when it is suggested, as it often is, that you are the power behind the throne -- >> i am not the power behind the tlo throne, but i think i can say it so often and people will keep saying it. nothing i can do about it, but it's not true. >> reporter: from one of her earlier interviews on "today" in 1980, nancy reagan at her husband's side and on his side. >> an ironic marriage here, of a candidate in the background with a stconstituency you might -- >> do you know anything about his background? >> yes, indeed. >> i see you lighting up. >> oh, yes. that's not -- that's not a fair judgment or statement. >> reporter: the role she adopted throughout his presidency. >> i think he's been a very good president.
i know that'll come as a surprise >> reporter: during her time in the white house, her biggest challenge remained living under a microscope. >> i've been the first lady of california for eight years. i thought, well, surely, you know, i've seen it. it can't get any worse than this. but it did. and it does. i mean, you're really, really in a fishbowl. >> reporter: but things did get worse. her husband's attempted assassination. >> i almost lost him, and people didn't know that. >> reporter: to her husband's battle with alzheimer's. >> how is your husband doing? >> well, he's doing as well as can be expected. i guess that's the only way you can put it. you know, it's a progressive disease. doesn't get better. >> reporter: always devoting herself to her husband's legacy, willingly. >> where do you find your
strength every day? >> i don'tkn you just do what you have to do. >> reporter: nancy reagan was a strong political and influential figure in her own right, with a title not many of us will ever hold, first lady. >> it can be tough, can't it? >> oh, yes, it can. yes, it can. and i have great empathy for them. it's a very small little sisterhood, you know. >> reporter: the relationship between ronald and nancy reagan played out like a love story. documented by hundreds of love letters. >> ronnie wrote beautiful letters. beautiful. >> reporter: test toament to a marriage that lasted 52 years. >> you have said in the past that your life began when you met ronald reagan. >> it did. everybody made fun of me, but -- >> why did they make fun of you? >> sounds kind of square, i guess. >> sam ppy? >> yeah. >> i think it's sweet. >> katie joins us now, the global anchor for yahoo! news and she is nice enough to come back in the studio.
>> hi, guys. n interviews. >> you interviewed her a lot of times, it seems, when she let her guard down. you got to see a soft side of her. what do you remember most? >> i think because i met nancy reagan right after jay died in 1998, a few months afterwards, when i got a tour of the reagan library and i think, as a result, she felt protective of me. she was always so caring and kind and tweet. that began a several year friendship. we'd see each other, and she'd write me notes. you know, i just think she -- people thought of her as icy and overly protective of her husband. i think she was protective of her husband. at the risk of her own reputation. but she was really fun and nice and fun to be with. she loved to dish. she was like a girlfriend. she liked to know what was going on with everybody.
sh >> did she even give you dating advice at one point? >> i think after jay passed away, she was interested in who i was seeing and if the person was appropriate or not. i saw her in 2011. i did an event at the reagan library. i had told her that -- a relationship had recently ended with someone who was considerably younger than i was. she said, well, dear, sometimes you have to talk. i thought that was so funny. she just gave good advice throughout our friendship, at least. >> the letters she shared with the world from ronald to her, and you shared here on this show, sometimes it was so personal and so moving, you almost felt like we shouldn't be hearing them or reading them. >> right. they were intimate. but they were so beautiful. i think one of the things i remember she told me is, you know, some people questioned ronald reagan's intelligence and his ability to really lead the
country. i think ensuring his image and his legacy after he left the white house. they were so well written, so clever. i remember saying to her, only someone very intelligent could have written the letters. dear st. valentine. they were so dear and sweet, and so well done. and i told her, every husband in america -- or every wife was thinking, why doesn't my husband write me letters like this? >> i might have said that to my husband last night as we were falling asleep. >> she said it inspired people to write love letters again. >> you two? >> between us? never going to happen. >> to your respective spouses. >> she liked to dish, keep up on things going on, and also wanted to stay relative on current events. they hosted a debate last year at the reagan presidential library. >> i think the library was an important platform for her to stay engaged.
he the 2012 presidential campaign. she did tell me this incredible story of when her husband, the assassination attempt happened and he was shot and in the hospital, she was very worried about the lack of civility in washington. what was going on veis-a-vis th political discourse. even back then. she said when o'neil went to see her husband in the hospital, he kissed him and said, i love you, then got on his knees and recited the lord's prayer. ronald reagan came close to dying. she said that president reagan and tip o'neil recited the lord's prayer together. she was just saying how unusual that was and how much affection they had for each other. she was bemoaning the lack of that in this day and age. >> makes you long for it. >> even more so.
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in 1982, "tv guide" the white house posting this. rest in peace, nancy reagan. just a small sampling of the amount of love we've seen this mornin small sampling of the overwhelming amount of love we've seen on social media. we are watching this area of severe weather that's going to be developing from san antonio to dallas later today. we're talking about a wide swath. somewhere around the range of 16 million people at risk. large hail, damaging winds, isolated tornados. tomorrow even stronger risk between corpus christi up to the north. dallas, 26 million people at risk for severe storms, hail. we'll likely see tornados and torrential down pours. upwards of seven inches from eastern texas into central arkansas. 10-12 inches possible within louisiana, arkansas and east texas. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods.
[ inaudible ] and that's your latest weather. thank you, nancy reagan is being reagan is being remembered for many things. one that cannot be overlooked, her keen sense of style. >> reporter: nancy reagan changed the face and the fashion of the first lady. she brought hollywood glamour to the white house. starting at president reagan's first inaugural ball, where she stunned in a beaded one shoulder white gown. it's a classic look some say inspired first lady michelle obama. jimmy, as she calls him, would
dress mrs. reagan throughout her and elegant. other fashion favorites of the former first lady. oscar de la renta, a name little known on pennsylvania avenue. mrs. reagan was known for high collars, feminine ruffles and bows and her signature color, reagan red. as comfortable with designers as dignitaries, every occasion was a chance for her to sport high fashion looks. her expensive taste earned her the nickname, queen nancy, which she responded to with humor. >> that's silly because i'd never wear a crown. it messes up your hair. >> reporter: from her days as a hollywood starlet to recent public appearances, mrs. reagan's style and love of clothes was unwavering. a true american icon in the fashion world and well beyond. >> award winning journalist, editor and author tina brown is
the founder and brown live media. she profiled the reagans several times. good to see you. >> morning. >> the style of nancy reagan is substantive. she had this reputation for being steely and crisp and a lot had to do with how she dressed. >> she set the tone immediately at the inauguration, when she wore the long jimmy gown, the white, long tube with elbow length glove. it was so elegant. immediately said, grooming, grooming, grooming. traditional but with a california twist. that's the style she brought to the white house. >> she didn't shy away from that aspect of being first lady, of presenting yourself and presenting this image to the world. >> she didn't. it also extended to her social brand of entertaining. i feel that since nancy reagan, we have not really had an unapologetic social energy and what it can create for a
presidency. she understood howo social iconic moments. for instance, when she -- when princess diana came to the white house, she really made that an iconic moment. what she did that evening was to actually go and tap travolta on the shoulder and say to him, at midnight, i'm going to come and say to you to go and ask princess diana to dance. she was setting up that moment like hollywood. everybody would watch it for the rest of the time. >> all this time, we thought it was a happy coincidence. >> it was not. >> it was the hand of nancy reagan. >> choreographed the whole thing. of course, they did this dance together, which everybody remembers. it became kind of a statement about optimism, glamour, hollywood, young meets old. it was just wonderful. she understood exactly what she was doing. >> you were with "vanity fair" at the time and shot a cover with the reagans one or two times. >> twice. >> what were your interactions like?
>> we went the first time with harry photographer who has done many shoots. we did it right before a state dinner for the president of argentina. we were told they'd set it up before the dinner, in their evening clothes and take a picture. we set it up. harry benson brought with him a boom box and a cassette in those days of frank sinatra singing nancy with a laughing face. he said it'd put them in a good mood. the reagans were already laughing and talking, always interacting. you could hear a joke he was telling her and her laughing. her social tinkling laugh. they come in and immediately hear the music. she says, ronnie, my favorite song. let's dance. he says, nancy, we can't keep the president of argentina waiting. it was a classic b movie. she grabbed him by his big shoulders and tux and says to him, oh, ronnie, let him wait. and they danced together. we called it the reagan stop.
on the cover, you see her with beaded gown and he's in a tux. she understood, again, this is going to be a moment. >> shede those moments magical. thank you we're back right after this. good morning, it's 8:26 on this monday march 7th. i'm aaron gilchrist. let's start with a check on the commute. >> we are looking our last gasp of traffic here on southbound 270 at montrose rose. running heavy. our biggest problem iscamden trail 840 is running 40 plus minutes late. metro will honor tickets. train 851 is running 30 minutes later from an earlier problem. a check on your forecast is
coming up next. good morning, everybody, plenty of sunshine out there right now. temperatures on their way up. 40 now in washington annapolis, 39. gaithersburg and leesburg. high temperatures will be toasty warm. up into the 60s we'll go. that's about ten degrees warmer than average. if you think that's not warm enough. it will be warmer tomorrow. start off temperatures in the
an ♪ the bells are ringing i have to get ready to go over there. >> 8:30 now, monday, march 7th, 2016. we just aren't getting in the camera shot. i didn't know it was coming our way. good morning, everybody. nice to have you along. by the way, one week from today, get excited, coldplay will be here where we are standing in concert, live. >> goodness. >> you do not want to miss this one.
if you are able to be get here early. >> it's going to be tough. if you're looking for a place to stand, call the switchboard and ask for mr. daly. he can hook you up. no question. >> right, right. right by the soundboard. >> coming up, we couldn't pack more stars into the next half hour if we tried. rita wilson is here to talk about hollywood and health and we'll also hear a song from her new album. also, two-time oscar winner sally field. looking as amazing as ever and starring in a new movie. has a lot of people talking. it'll make you think, too. little performer, big talent. steve harvey opens up about his new nbc show before he co-hosts our next hour. >> fun. >> he's even answering some questions our viewers sent? >> so exciting. by the way, a cause i was a part
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rita wilson has been te 40 years. from her rolls in "run away bride" and television shows like "the good life," she also has a passion for music. her album out this friday marks her songwriting debut. it's an honest look into her world, one including surviving breast cancer after her diagnosis a year ago. good morning. >> great to be here. >> you look good. you sound good. i heard the rehearsal for your song. how do you feel? >> fantastic. what could be better? i'm living the life of a rock star. >> you are. you're like music lady now. >> it's so much fun. it's really great. i feel healthy, 100%. that's the most important thing. >> i want to talk about the new record, but i also want to mention, when you went through the breast cancer battle, one of the things you said and are emphasizing this to woman, are get a second opinion. trust your gut. >> it's not just getting a second opinion from another doctor, which i think is important, but in my case, i got
a second opinion on my patholo pathology. the pathology had come in that it was negative. >> you want to believe that. >> just had the gut. a girlfriend of mine who had breast cancer twice suggested getting a pathology second opinion. that made all the difference. >> makes it more remarkable you were able to produce this record. you wrote the songs on it. i know you had collaborators. i read a hilarious quote from you. you said it was like musical romance and out pops a musical baby. or strip yourself bare and -- >> you meet a complete stranger, fall madly in love, make musical intercourse and give birth to a song baby. >> did you feel like you were baring your soul? >> you have to be completely exposed and you can't really go into a writing session and sort of fake it. that's one of the things i find so rewarding about song writing. also, the other songwriters i'm working and collaborating with, they're like that, too. i feel humbled by the people i've been able to work with
because they'rext talented. at the same time, i wouldn't want to change anything. i love doing music so much. it's been a complete blast. >> are you going to go on tour? >> i am starting march 28th. >> on a bus? >> across the country on wheels. i'll be the crazy person that pulls up to your town on a bus, let's party! >> are the hotel rooms going to be trashed? >> you won't believe the netflix and things on the carpet. >> chardonnay. now, your hubby, i know he's supportive. is he into this music thing? did you write a song about him? >> yes, i did. >> i'd like to add some notes. >> he's coming on part of the tour with me, which is going to be fantastic. he's completely supportive and loves it. he likes the songs i write about him. >> now, i mentioned in the beginning that you've got your
start in 1972, is that >> i believe i have a tape, if we can roll it. >> pat conway. >> ready, gang? hit it! one, two, tell me, who are you? three, four, tell me, who is going to score? the bears. five, six, who has the kicks? seven, eight, tell me, who is really great? >> look at the love marsha is giving you. >> cold shoulder, yeah. >> is it fun to look back at that? >> i love that. it's surprising how many people have seen that show. that's how i got my screen actor's card. without that, i wouldn't have been able to act. >> the rest is history. we'll hear you sing in a few moments. you'll be back to perform in a little bit. first, another talented woman. the great sally field is here.
>> just waiting here. 8:39. back now with two-time oscar winner sally field. she stars in a new coming of age movie "hello my name is doris," playing the title character who develops an infatuation with a much younger man. welcome. >> let me get out of your way. ow. okay. sorry. >> oh, no. i'm so sorry. >> it's okay. >> let me help. i'm so sorry. i'm so sorry. >> no. doris, stop it. stop. >> okay. >> you did that on purpose, didn't you? >> no. >> yeah, you did. >> no, no, i didn't. >> you're a liar. >> i'm not. >> okay. >> it's a good place to freeze
it. sally field, good >> little awkward? i mean, first of all, i'll mention, it's a daydream scene. >> right. >> but you still had to shoot it. >> we did. >> with a guy who is old enough to be your son? >> yeah, one of my -- definitely. >> was it strange to shoot? >> well, you know, you sort of plow right through anything and dive? >> yeah? >> yeah, it was only a moment. i guess for one moment, because we knew what the journey was going to be, max and i, and he's so divine, i said, first of all, i apologize. in any way you have age issues because, you know -- anyway -- >> he said, no, i'm all in. >> just i'm ready for ya. i did. we were just fine. >> doris is excentric. >> yes. >> coming up age. >> it's her coming of age in her age. >> in her 60s?
>> way late 60s. >> when she is borderline hoarder. >> yeah. >> the director of the movie doesn't like that term because it has a negative connotation, so she has a strong connection to her possessions. >> yes. that's a good way of saying it. she has a lot of borderline personality issues. she really lives in her own fantasy world. like you say, that kind of a fancy with -- the audience doesn't know that. but she lives in her own little bubble until she doesn't live in that bubble anymore. everything changes. >> but coming of age because she kind of decides at her age that, you know what? still take risks. >> well, life does these things to you where it rips everything out from under you. that's your choice in life. you either have to -- you stay permanently where you are for the rest of your life or you move on. you move to the next chapter of your life, whatever it might be. >> are you a risk taker in real life?
>> it depends. not like -- i'm not going to of an airplane, but you know, moving into -- >> what's the biggest risk you ever today? >> today, doing this. >> it can't be that big a risk. >> a moment? you know what? i don't know. what is the biggest risk? i'm sure it would have had to be a marriage or something. i don't know. we won't go into that. we'll stop that right there. >> let's end on a really uplifting -- >> what is uplifting? >> what makes you happiest these days? >> wine. >> and then you take the risks after a couple of glasses of wine. >> then jump out of an airplane. >> the movie is great. it's fun to have you back. i said when we were doing one of the promos about you, i said, you always make me smile. >> oh, how nice. >> still do. >> thank you. >> great to see you. "hello my name is doris" hits theaters on friday. up next, steve harvey introduces us to america's
is "today" on nbc. we're back at 8:45. we have a man of many talents here, mr. steve harvey. he's already an emmy-winning talk show host, radio personality, comedian and best-selling author. now on his show "little big shots," he's on the mission to find the biggest talent in the smallest performer. >> this is so high. >> ready? are you lined up where you need to be? >> yeah. >> all right. let's go. oh! >> come on! >> really. >> every time, he can do that? >> well, not every time, but more times than we can. i didn't get one in, and i'm an adult.
>> so this isik competition. >> no competition. you know, everybody wins. i think it would be a mistake to pick a winner. all of these kids are really, really fantastic kids. they do incredible stuff. i thought it would be -- it was ellen's idea. she came up with the idea. >> you and ellen are the producers of the show. >> exactly. i thought, that's what it was going to be originally. i thought she wanted me to partner in a business venture. >> she's like, how about you host the show, because you don't have enough shows. >> i said, i don't have enough time. who is going to host? she said, i think you can. i said, how much? i signed. >> you're a man of principle. but you are perfect for this because you do these interviews with the kids. you talk to them. you're really good at that. it's so adorable. >> i really am because i love talking to kids because they're pure. >> yeah. >> see, their pr person can't prep them.
so they're pure. they're just clean and i >> what are some of the acts that you saw that really impressed you? >> this kid with the basketball was amazing to me. man, they've got -- we've got kids from all around the world. >> not just american kids. >> no. there's a little boy from japan who speaks no english, and they brought an interpreter with him. we talked on the sofa, actually 25 minutes, and i never said a word to the interpreter. >> really? >> it was me and him. >> you found some common way of communicating? >> i found one japanese word that i thought i could pronounce. and i rolled it out. every time, he just leaned back, put his feet in there. he was hollering laughing. the most talented kid, man. when you see what he does, it's going to be great. >> looks like a fun show. >> yeah. >> i know you endorsed hillary clinton. on your radio show, you talk politics sometimes. are you watching the campaign closely? >> real close.
i i can't wait to hear what he'll say next because it's crazy. >> full employment for a radio show host. >> comedian. i mean, he is the total package. it's amazing. >> by the way, you and i both just found out, maybe at the same time, that you're hosting next hour. >> yeah, i just found that out. >> obviously, you haven't prepared. >> nor have i received a check. >> oh, my gosh. you want me to negotiate for you? >> anything. >> hey, nbc, higher. we look
forward toi it. you can catch the series premiere of "little big shots" sunday at 8:00 p.m. on nbc. coming up, a live performance from rita wilson. first, this "today" on is it's about taking a stand. for too long, wall street banks had their way. they crashed our economy. but democrat donna edwards won't take their money because she stands up for us.
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news. good morning, the time now is 8:56 on this monday march 7th. we want to start things off with a check on your commute with kim mccormick. we've got things you need to be aware of for later on this morning and this afternoon. northbound 95 after the rappahannock river bridge they will be shutting down all
road. good morning, it's a beautiful day here in northwest washington. looking northbound into southern montgomery county, blue sky overhead. we'll have clouds from time to time today no chance for rain. temperatures are in the low to mid40s. it will be a great day to be outside. under a partly cloudy sky later on this afternoon. in the 70s for the rest of the week.
get the allergy medicine ready. >> it's ready,huck, c this morning on "today's take," steve harvey joins us for the full hour as our special guest co-host. then the assignment that had al, dylan and tamron making a cold splash. then from "blindspot," sullivan stapleton stops . all that and more now. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today's take" with al roker, natalie morales, willie geist and tamron hall, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. welcome to "today". it's monday morning, march 7th, 2016. nice, big crowd on the plaza. we'd like to think they're here for us but we know why they're here.
steve harvey is our special os >> he didn't know unless five minutes ago. >> no one paid you, no one gave you a check? >> hey, hey, i don't work like this. >> al can write you a little something. al's gotcha. we have steve with us. he has the new show "little big shot," to add to the 13 or 14 other things he does every day. we're listening to your jam right now, earth, wind and fire. >> number one song. >> good shot. >> "little big shots," it'll be a hit, first of all, because you're good with the kids but it's not a competition, right? >> everybody wins. if you have a competition, you're going to have children crying. nobody wants that. >> right. >> but they all are so gifted, man, with what they do. >> oh. >> we let them come out and do their thing from all over the world. we just have fun with them and we talk. they just do some amazing stuff, man. >> like "america's got talent"
meets "kids say the darndest >> that's right. the best part for me is the interview. when you sit there and treat children like adults, they have some real stuff for you. >> oh, yes. >> because you can't prep them, you know. they don't have publicists yet. >> do they tell you what mom and dad is up to? >> they say stuff about their parents and the parents are in the audience, more tified. i'm dying laughing. it's the highlight of my day. >> then you have the "steve harvey show," which is killing it. >> i'm blessed. i like jobs because i like options. when people talk about getting rid of one, go ahead. >> is marjorie on board? >> she said, don't sign nothing else. >> you have hillary clinton coming up on your show. >> ain't that big, man? i'm important. >> yes, you are. >> yeah. >> you're a king maker. >> i'm going to have donald trump on there soon. >> you have to have him on.
>> i'd pay money to watch you and donald trump. >> call steve, donald. we'll talk more about what steve is up to in a minute. we want to get to the news that everybody is paying attention to this morning. that is the passing of the former first lady nancy reagan. she died of congestive heart failure yesterday at home in california. she was 94 years old. natalie is at the ronald reagan presidential library in simi valley, california, with more. >> good morning. nancy reagan is being regarded as one of the most influential first ladies. so devoted to her husband, president ronald reagan, but she also made her mark on her own with initiatives. now, we look back at her life. >> reporter: nancy reagan is being remembered this morning as a formidable first lady who was the 5'4" towering figure behind ronald reagan. president and michelle obama said she redefined the role of first lady. former president and laura bush called her influence on the white house complete and lasting.
but proper exterior was a soul of steel. hardened following the assassination attempt against the president just 69 days into his first term. that changed everything. former reagan chief of staff james baker remembers how nancy's number one priority became protecting ronnie. >> she was very, very much his protector. she could be tough. >> reporter: she's also being remembered with fondness and affection for the part she played in the twilight of her love story with the president. when he developed alzheimer's disease and nancy took on her most difficult and poignant role as protector and soul mate for what she called the long good-bye. the reagan's son ron spoke to matt by phone. >> they had gone through a lot together. they had looked forward to, you know, what they used to refer to as their golden years, where they could sit back and reminisce and all of that.
she was very sadd golden years would be few. >> theirs was such a beautiful love story. certainly being celebrated as part of her legacy here. in the meantime, she's been remembered for her work. she was among the first of first ladies to have a real platform with her just say no anti-drug campaign. she also became a powerful voice and advocate for stem cell research during her husband's long battle with alzheimer's disease. mrs. reagan will be buried later on sometime this week here right next to her husband at the presidential library in simi valley. back to you. >> natalie, thanks so much. we appreciate it. i was talking to a historian this morning who said, without nancy reagan, there's no governor reagan and there's no president reagan. she was the driving force behind him getting into politics and campaigning and even when he lost in 1976, to try again in '80. in many ways, she shaped this country. >> what's interesting, too, her pop culture influence. for people around her age, i remember her making an
appearance on "different strokes." she was in the say no to drugs campaign. whatever people may think of it. it was criticized for being simplistic, but it was a pop culture moment and an education moment. that was my recollection of her. >> i thought she was really classy. i thought she was really classy first lady. right up there with jackie and michelle obama. they were very, very classy. >> and strong. you have these strong women who keep their identity while supporting, obviously, the most powerful person in the world. >> that's right. >> not to change the subject too much, but we were in chicago yesterday. tamron, myself and dylan dreyer, for the 16th annual polar plunge for the special olympics. >> steve is shaking his head already. >> so you're not an advocate of going in for the polar plunge? you'll write the check but -- >> black people don't polar plunge. >> wait a minute. >> i don't know what made you think it was a brilliant idea.
i' >> it was -- to be honest, it was tamron's idea. >> it was my idea. >> it was her idea. >> we thought tamron, you know -- >> al went in. >> that was a real plunge. tamron, you tried not to get your hair wet. >> you know the deal. >> that's not true. don't stereotype me. i am sick and have been for three weeks. >> i can stereotype. other black people can't stereotype. you didn't want to get your hair wet. that's what that was. >> how many times in different bodies of water, where my hair -- i don't mind. my doctor at the last minute said i could do it. i can't still hear in my ears. when i went back -- i don't remember going back. i said to al, i think i blacked out. i just remember water touching -- and bo >> and boom. >> you had to get a doctor's excuse to polar plunge?
>> she has a >> lady gaga was there. >> pd, fire, gaga's fiance was there. >> in reality, and we'll have more, there's gaga, who didn't get her hair wet and she's not black. >> once again, count them. >> there were other black people. >> you and al. >> i saw them. >> i didn't see any there. it's not true. no, they weren't. >> they were. >> you're saying they were there. there's no footage. >> we're going to show it. >> no footage. >> it's a controversy. >> yblack and blue. >> it's not what it is. >> how cold was it, al? was it a cold day in chicagosome. >> 38 degrees. last year was 18 degrees and they had to chunk out ice. >> no ice. >> in the end, 4.3 million
special olympic athletes. so you can still write >> he's ready. >> i'll write the check. i can't write a steve check, but i can write a check. >> white one we can agree on. >> willie will take care of the signature. >> i'll be the dot. >> we'll have more on that later. >> congratulations. >> well done. miami heat mascot, bernie, celebrating his birthday last night. he has a birthday, apparently. during a game against the sixers. here's the dear, it was a stunt for a guinness world record. most mascots flipped over. we're getting specific. she was supposed to clear the mascot. >> that wasn't a gag? >> i don't think so. >> i thought he hit them on purpose. >> look at this. oh! >> oh! >> he was happy about it though. >> meanwhile, that guy -- >> don't want to be a mascot no
more. >> which would you want,ar plunge or that? >> to be on the receiving end of that? >> polar plunge. >> i'm going to polar plunge then. you can't do it, do a flip on my zig zipper. that can't happen. no, no flip on my zip. i'm an adult. i have plans. >> do you now. >> you got nothing? just smile. >> i thought we'd have a good time but there was a mascot. >> al roker don't you have something to show us. >> excuse me? >> oh, my gosh. >> in the weather world. >> we are looking at some severe weather coming in. we've got the low moving low pressure system. it's not going anywhere. high pressure is dominating. it's a ridge of high pressure. so this low can't move anywhere.
so that means we're going to have recurring storms pushing on through. and to look for the heavy storms from san antonio to dallas. up into wichita today. tomorrow, even more strong storms. that's what's going on around the country, here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. [ inaudible ] latest weather. >> thank you, al. steve, for a guy who didn't know he was doing this ten minutes ago, you've done well. let's keep the ball rolling.
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>> no, she wasn't. >> she didn't like that at >> why are you asking him? he's not my dad. >> thank you so much. next up, we have sophie from montreal, canada. good morning. >> good morning. >> hi, steve. i'd like to know, how do you deal with intrusive in-laws? >> oh. >> change the locks, yeah. i don't let mine in. yeah, they call. i got all their numbers. i know the numbers. i really have great in-laws, but you have intrusive in-laws. make for an unstable environment when they come over. like, can you really cook really well? >> not bad. >> stop it. cook badly. no clean linens. >> yes. >> bring in some water that don't look healthy. >> yes. >> don't wash dishes. just set the fork out there with egg on it. people have a tendency to go home. >> they'll learn.
>> that's wha thank you. >> next up. >> oh, canada. >> michelle and her daughter lexi. she's 24 years old and they're from syracuse, new york. >> good morning. >> morning. >> at what age should your children be moving out of the house? this is my daughter, alexis. tell her when she needs to leave. >> lexi is 24. >> she should be gone. bye, lexi. yeah, yeah. if you've got to wonder, should they be there anymore, it's time to go. i wanted mine to leave by 12, but by law, i had to keep them around, you know. talking about, i was a bad parent. yeah, i think 24 is the limit. i think once -- do you have a curfew? >> no. >> then it's time to go. once you can't tell your child when to come home, you have to let them go. >> she's in bed early, so it
doesn't matter. >> you have a great she looks like a sweetheart. >> thank you. >> does she get to stay then? >> my daughters can stay. my sons -- no one can live in my house after 24 years old. >> you can come visit me, lexi. >> already bagged the packs. >> kay and her daughter chelsea. 21 years old from kansas. >> hi. >> ask steve. >> hi, steve. why does my beautiful daughter keep dating guys that are going nowhere? i had her read your book. >> wow. >> mom, mom. >> she's not kidding around. >> you have got to understand how beautiful you are and how deserving you are. you've got to make a guy pay the price. you should not come into a guy's life to elevate his life unless he's elevating yours. it can't be a one-sided street. get rid of him. i get rid of all losers that come to my house.
three words that have always i'll kill you. >> oh, gosh. >> i say that to them, and i mean it with every fiber in my body. i will kill you. that's it. get out of my house. that's it. >> well, thank you very much. [ laughter ]. >> just rip one off on somebody's head. rip an ear. >> have her dad clean the guns while they talk. >> chelsea, after this, all the boys will see you and i'm sure you'll be getting messages because you are a knockout. beautiful. >> or she'll be left alone. >> only good boys will call now. >> thank you, ladies. >> thank you, guys. quickly, steve, you are a -- the king when it comes to wearing the mustache. how long have you had your mustache? >> probably since i was 22. >> really? >> yeah. >> that thick? >> no, it got thicker. i shaved it off in college.
i'll never do that again because i actually discovered the to the tip of my nose is actually four feet. >> really? >> yeah, looked like a sheet of plywood. i can't shave it off. >> we want to see how well we can recognize other famous mustaches. our first. >> i know that one. >> tom. >> oh, yeah. >> next. >> josh brolin? >> no, that's burt reynolds. i don't know. >> will ferrell. >> that's not a real one, is it? >> ron burgundy. >> next. >> mr. potato head. >> that looked like something else. >> al roker. >> when i had a mustache. >> i looked like mr. potato head.
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we'll be in the 70s most of the week. taking a look at the headlines. giving peanuts to babies may protect them from developing allergies. doctors in london have been following a group of children at risk for food allergies. after avoiding peanuts for a year, 5% of the children given peanuts as babies developed a peanut allergy. 19% of children who didn't get peanuts as infants. it was done under a doctor's supervision and shouldn't be tried at home. a new survey revealed to american businesses are not playing their cards right. less than 40% are able to accept the chip cards.
retailers and credit card companies were it by last october or face penalties. denver broncos quarterback peyton manning decided to go out on top. he's expected to announce his retirement today, a month after winning his second super bowl. he also earned a title with the colts in 2007 at the te. at the tender age of 39, manning is the oldest to win a super bowl. he leads the nfl with the most career earnings of any player. $249 million in endorsements. that's nice. it was a zoo at the box office officers. movie goers checking out "zootopia," bringing in $73 million. "london has fallen," the second. "deadpool" still hanging on, the third. let's get a checklet's get weather. that's what's going on around the country here's what's happening in your neck of the woods.
[ inaudible ] >> that's your thank you so muc. time for a little friendly competition on the new game show, "separation anxiety." pairs are put to the toast seste how well they know each other. >> we have the show's host, eliza. good to see you. >> thank you for having me. >> explain the game for people who tune? >> for those that missed the sneak peek last night, it's a show where we take couples in any relationship, best friends,
brother and sister, married, boyfriend and one knows they're playing a game show for $2500 and the other knows they're paying for $250,000. one thinks it's a fun internet game show and joke is on them because money is at stake. how well do you know your partner? >> and the dog? >> tbs was cool about letting me have my dog on set. she's excited to be here, obviously. >> looks like it. >> by the way, your standup is fantastic. >> thank you. >> when's the next one coming up? >> recording it in april. i have two netflix specials. the last was "freezing hot." did one with al. >> that's right. >> all right. let's play the game. >> all right. let's do it the right way. we launch an answer or do we confer? >> oh, no. i'll tell you how it goes. >> welcome back to "separation anxiety." i got up at 6:00 and forgot my spanks. let's get it started.
al play the game. there are no rules here. al, i'm going to give you two categories to choose from and you'll pick for your partner and you answer the question. >> got it. >> reality tv or u.s. history. >> u.s. history. >> you think he knows the most about history? >> yes. >> i think more about u.s. history than reality tv. >> okay. i don't know if that makes you a good american or bad one. if it were reposted by buzzfeed, what would most likely be titled "ten constitutional amendments you have to read"? >> is there a buzzer? >> what is the bill of rights. >> bill of rights is right. >> it's not "jeopardy." >> you win $10,000. >> he knew that? >> right? >> here we go. tamron, i'll start with you. >> what's your name again? >> if i said cameron, would you
correct >> we call her cameron all the time. >> they don't but it's fine. >> choices are cereal and logos. >> cereal like food? >> i cannot clarify. yes, like food. >> or murders. >> when did i have a bowl of cereal? >> as a kid. >> i'll nail it. >> which cereal boasts that it's magically delicious? this is my job. >> lucky charms. >> yeah! >> magically delicious. >> $10,000 on the board. >> you always after me lucky charms. >> you dead, al. >> over to you. something harder. categories, food and mobile games. >> food, please. master chef right here. >> okay. >> popular pastry is the food
baby of a croissant and doughnut. >> cronut. >> in the game, they're harder. for morning television purposes, we have one more. >> okay. >> simpleminded contestants. one of the two. steve, to you for tamron. >> tam tam. >> that's cool. >> she's like, please stop. celebrity couples or u.s. states. >> celebrity couples. >> uh-oh. >> the mississippi was a -- >> oh, my gosh. >> long story. >> okay. >> global warming is a thing. how many children make up the brangelina brood? >> that's a tough one. >> they added a couple. >> stop, stop. >> they have the twins. >> remember, if you get this wrong, someone will be killed. >> six.
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>> thank you for all you do for >> reporter: little did we know, tamron was scheming all along. >> i want to surprise al and dylan. i want to do this for a great cause. >> there's not ice out there. >> reporter: while dyla narn an were kicking off the event -- >> tamron hall! >> reporter: time to dive in. ♪ >> let's go! let's go! let's go! >> oh! >> oh, my gosh. >> it's cold! >> oh, my gosh. i'm alive! i'm alive! >> we did it.
>> yes, we did. >> reporter: we weren't the all for a good cause. >> it was freezing. >> not as cold this year. >> last year, it was real cold. >> i have to come back next year? >> that's right. >> al, i do apologize because we all had a game plan. i promised i'd get you out of the water. once i got in there, i left. >> it was like a turtle on my back. help me! >> we were running in and dylan was like, we'll do "bay watch." then it was fight or flight. >> you did a face plant. >> i fell down. >> goal of the event, raise $1.5 million. so far, $1.4 million. nicely done. >> thank you, guys. you really didn't know i was showing up. >> had i known -- >> you still would have done it. >> thank you so much.
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>> no, pack it >> that kid. >> this show is going to be huge. >> it's the best. >> tell us about it. >> look, man, if you miss this, you're really going to miss just complete hysterical joy on your television set. because kids are pure, man. it's like you said earlier, it's a combination of "kids say the darndest things" and "america's got talent," without winners or losers. the spelling bee guy, it went on so long, it was incredible. i broke all the rules of the spelling bee. he was so mad at me. because i was talking while he was spelling. you know, i didn't know the origin of the words. he was just -- oh, he was through with me. >> we got some of the kids -- one of the performers over here. this is the joyous quintet. a brother and sister team. tell us about these guys. >> they were great.
they came in, man, their performance on shot," first of all, we're friends, roo iight? >> yeah. >> these are actually my kids. it was a long weekend. don't worry about it. can't explain it to you right now. you'll see how talented they are. out of their minds. they came on and they jam. they don't use music sheets. they just jam. >> what are you going to play? >> we're going to play "shut up and dance with me." >> from walk the moon. let's hear it. joyous quintet. >> one, two, three, four. ♪
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our thanks to steve harvey. [ inaudible ] right now an 11 month old and her mother are missing. she was last seen with her mother over the weekend in landover hills. prince georges county police say her mother has full custody. police don't suspect foul play in the disappearance. we want to get a check on your forecast with chuck bell.
>> gomo nice outside this morning? it's going to keep on getting better and better and better as we go through the week. high today about 63. tomorrow, 72. mid to upper 70s wednesday and thursday. friday turning a little bit cooler, though there's a hint that could be a very warm day. rain chances both days over the weekend unfortunately. also day light saving time weekend on saturday night. move your clocks ahead one hour and change the battery in your smoke detectors. al don't do it until saturday night. >> good advice. at 11:00 we're following the
loal tributes toc from nbc news, this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> hi, everybody, welcome to fun day monday, march the 7th, 2016. jenna bush hager is filling in for kathie lee. this song is "no words" which is perfect by eric hassel. you had a good weekend? >> you had a better one. >> we're going to talk hollywood gossip this weekend, including why madonna got emotional on stage during her concert.