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♪ on a different level. >> big, beautiful ship that we're turning around. >> under the bridge. it's about to hit my car! >> chrissy teigen here reporting live. ♪ good morning and welcome to sunday "today" i'm hali jackson filling in for willy enjoying a well deserved day off before 2018. it will be a bitter new year's eve for tens of millions of people across the country. new york city bracing for one of its coldest ever. what's in store for all the folks in times square? when will we finally get a break from the frigid temperatures?
then as 2017 comes to a close, we're looking back at president trump's first year in office, from his tweets to his accomplishments and everything in between. and later, willie takes a look back at the year in sunday sit-downs from actors to singers, entrepreneurs even a president. >> we have a lot of people from both sides of the aisle who dig this show. they all think we're making fun of the other guy. >> it's nice to be the guy known for making songs that people kiss to or dance to. music should make you fall in love and make you happy. >> when i talk about freedom of the press or immigration reform, i don't do so to criticize anybody. >> those sunday sit-downs just ahead. but let's start this morning with our top story as we get sed to ring in the new year. security will be tight across the country, but perhaps the biggest challenge will be beating the bitter temperatures gripping much of the nation. nbc's ann thompson is in times square for us where people preparing to celebrate are expected to gather in a matter of
>> reporter: good morning. police are already closing off the streets around times square because from the federal government's perspective this celebration is on a par with the super bowl as a potential target for criminal activity. but this morning the nypd are confident they are well prepared working in conjunction with the secret service and the fbi. in fact, the biggest problem tonight may not be man made but nature made. this new year's eve will be marked by bitter cold. >> i'm wearing like a sweater, thermal and a shirt underneath. i have three layers and i'm freezing. >> reporter: and ever present security. >> i think that we have the best city in the world. our officers here are doing a great job to keep us secure. >> reporter: the 2 million spectators for the ball drop will enter through a dozen entry points with multiple layers of security. wands and bag inspections will once again be the price of entry. >> everyone wants to be here and be on tv. >> reporter:en
trucks filled with sand and blocker vehicles are now part of the tradition. this year, the square's high-rise buildings the backdrop for its neon glitz will have spotters and snipers after october's massacre in las vegas. detectives are assigned to each hotel here and working with their security squads. and you will see more canine units especially trained vapor sniffing dogs able to detect explosives under under many layers of winter clothes. yet for all the reminders of potential trouble, some are focussed on the spirit of the night. >> it brings a lot of people together. and i think just that, that unity, really -- it brings a imagine toik this place, you know? >> reporter: but here and across most of the country, all eyes will be on the ever plunging thermometer, dangerously frigid temperatures forced winter fest in st. louis to end early. omaha, nebraska, could drop to 15 below tonight, postponing the city's annual fireworks show until next weekend. and
outdoor skating rink will remain empty until tuesday when the temperature is forecast to get back above zero. now, in new york, we're happy to tell you there are no credible threats this morning against the celebration or the city. everyone here is hoping for safe and happy new year. hali? >> ann, thank you. dylan is here with a closer look at what's in store for those brave soles planning to venture out. >> we are talking about how nice the couch sounds with a sweatshirt. outside will be brutal. on new year's eve tonight we are expecting 11 degrees. that forecast really hasn't changed much most of this week we've been talking about that for quite some time. winds will be at 12 miles per hour. when you factor in the wind chill, lit feel like 5 below. where does this rank as far as coldest new year's eves on record? we could tie the second coldest new year's eve set back in 1962. the only co
when it was only 1 degrees. so it's not just new york city, it is pretty much everywhere across the country where temperatures are well below average. minneapolis at midnight will be 10 degrees below zero. chicago will be at 1 below and down south in atlanta we're looking at 28 degrees. the only real warmer spot will be out in the southwest where temperatures will be above average, but all eyes are on new york city and it is going to be brutal tonight. >> thank you. the white house is responding to a new report now about how the fbi's investigation into potential ties between russia and the trump campaign actually began. nbc's kelly o'donnell is in west palm beach with the latest where president trump will be kicking off the new year. kelly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this new report may resolve one of the enduring questions about the russia investigation for more than a year -- what started it all? what was the spark? "the new york times" reports that a former young foreign policy adviser may be the answer to thates
center of it all. you've heard the name george papadopoulos. he has already pleaded guilty to lying to the fbi. "the new york times" reports that back in the springs of 2016, papadopoulos was in london having drinks with an australian diplomat and said that the russians had damaging e-mails against hillary clinton. well, a few months later when the e-mails were spilled into the public, the australian diplomat alerted the fbi and the paper reports that that is the link that caused federal authorities to begin a counterintelligence investigation close to the trump campaign. now, the white house has since tried to distance itself from papadopoulos, referring to him as a low-level player in a volunteer position. the president's outside personal lawyers are not commenting on this story and the white house special counsel ty cobb tells me out of respect for special counsel robert mueller le not comment on this hoping that the inquiry and their cooperation will end expeditiously
allies of the president have been trying to discredit the investigation itself, saying it should end and now this new clue about what may have started it all at the time little known member of the trump team in a volunteer position who might hold the secret to all of this. >> kelly o'donnell with a busy weekend in south florida. kelly, thank you. president trump's first year in office is just about in the books so on this last day of 2017, we wanted to take a look back at some of the moments of a presidency without precedent. ♪ >> the new president's message to a deeply divided nation. >> this american carnage stops right here. >> this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration period. >> sean spicer our press secretary gave alternative facts. >> an abrupt and stunning resignation from national security adviser michael flynn. >> this administration is in
♪ >> the fake news media is not my enemy, it's the enemy of the american people. >> good morning. the recess? president trump strikes a decidedly different tone in his first address to congress. >> top white house aides celebrating the speech as a grand slam. >> a new russia revelation, attorney general jeff sessions acknowledging he talked with the russian ambassador. >> breaking news, president trump in a shocking tweet this morning accusing former president obama of wiretapping trump tower. >> he doesn't really think that president obama went up and tapped his phone personally. >> the fbi is investigating possible ties between trump associates and russian operatives. >> putin hated secretary clinton so much. >> make no mistake, this was a monumental day what president trump dismissed as, quote, fake news we now know is very real. >> meltdown for the republican plan to repeal and replace obamacare. >> justice neil gorsuch takes the bench at the supreme court
>> stunning move dismissing the man leading an investigation into the president. >> large shadow over the russia investigation. >> i was going to fire comey. i said, you know, this russia thing with trump and russia is a made up story. >> lordy, i hope there are tapes. >> the president accuse fded of giving highly classified information in the oval office. >> the president is defending his controversial decision to withdraw from the paris climate agreement. >> president trump is lashing out on reports he's being investigated. you are witnessing the single greatest witch hunt. >> in a stunning staff shuffle tonight, a familiar face stepping down and a new one stepping in. >> i'm the super optimistic guy. >> blowing a kiss to the cameras on his way out. >> another major white house shakeup, reince priebus is out. anthony scaramucci is gone after just days on the job. >> dow is now up 20% since president trump was elected. >> unexpectedly banning
in the u.s. military. >> a u.s. president for the first time suggesting what sounded like a nuclear first strike. >> fire and fury like the world has never seen. >> military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded. >> donald trump finds himself in a practically unprecedented position. >> he is praised by white supremacists. >> i think there's blame on both sides. >> president trump's controversial chief strategist now the latest high profile departure. >> hinting he will soon pardon joe arpaio. >> the backlash is building over president trump's immigration decision. >> his combative speech including harsh warning for both north korea and iran. >> rocket man is on a suicide mission. ♪ >> the sports world standing up to the president by kneeling down. >> get that son of a bitch off the field right now. fired! >> last ditch effort to repeal obamacare is officially dead. >> we are
>> in puerto rico yesterday the president met with those impacted by hur cane maria. >> you've thrown our budget out of whack. >> the state department officials denying a split between the president and his top diplomat. >> secretary called the president a moron. >> he said an fing moron. >> he couldn't remember my husband's name. >> breaking news tonight, the first indictments in the mueller investigation. >> president trump taking this unscripted swipe at the massachusetts senator. >> they call her poke han tas. >> mike flynn admits he lied to the fbi. >> seven decades of u.s. policy changed in an instant. >> jerusalem is israel's capital. >> trump's triumph, the president basking in his first big legislative win. >> it's always a lot of fun when you win. let me tell you somebody who has covered every moment of that trump administration, that last year has felt like ten in some ways. reminder t
press" this morning. chuck will look ahead to 2018 and what to expect from the white house and congress in the new year. a semi-official news agency in iran is reporting two people were killed in overnight protests there. these are the first deaths being atriblted to the demonstrations started thursday. thousands of people took to the streets of teheran saturday. protesting the country's stagnant economy, alleged corruption and their government's involvement in conflicts in the region. president trump on twitter says the world is watching what happens there. and virginia man is facing charges this morning for trying to obstruct a terrorism investigation. the fbi raided the home of sean andrew duncan friday after learning they say he expressed interest in joining isis and carrying out an attack here in the u.s. according to court documents, o phone that was recovered revealed research on the islamic state, on weapons, surveillance tactics and terror attacks. and for a second night in a row, there was no winner
million. nobody matched all six numbers for last night's $384 million power ball prize. this comes after no winner on friday night's megamillions lottery either. both jackpots now roll over to a combined $784 million. yes, you heard that right. with the next drawings on tuesday and wednesday nights if i am not at work on thursday, you will know why. here is a check of the rest of the country's forecast. >> we have to get a pool going. >> i know. >> it didn't matter nobody won yet. >> i'll throw in 10 bucks. let's look at what's going on across the country where we have dangerous wind chills. 163 million people are impacted by these cold temperatures with wind chims at times 15 to 45 degrees below zero. the cold air will continue to settle in from the north. this morning, we've got wind chills down around 47 degrees in duluth and tomorrow morning is going to be even colder. that's a look at the weather across the country. >>
wind chills are below 10 degrees for the area, most of the area at least feels like 9 degrees in washington, 1 gaithersburg. dulles 3 degrees. for today, mid to low 20s for an afternoon high. it will stay breezy and chance for passing flurries and by midnight, we'll be around 19 degrees. tomorrow morning 12 for a morning low. wind chills anywhere from 5 to 10 degrees below zero. next week, we're in the 30s by wednesday. >> and that's your latest forecast. >> thank you. straight ahead, we're looking back at the top highs and lows of the year, including this little boy who melted our hearts when he told his mom exactly why he needed her so much. and the couple who just could not seem to figure out they were on an escalator to nowhere. plus, on the campaign trail, he told supporters he would never have time to play golf while president, but that has not exactly been the case for donald trump. just how important is the game to the president? >> i think he's probably the
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we are back on this sunday morn we are back on this sunday morning with what's become our favorite segment around here the highs and lows of the week. over the past year willie featured so many incredible moments that we found it pretty tough to pick a favorite. rather than try, we decided to go with our top five and in tru new year's eve style, willie counts them down. ♪ >> let's ring in this round up with our number five high, which left an entire wedding and the internet in tears. on her big day, becky turny left a seat open for her late son tristan who died about two years ago. tristan was an organ donor. the bride got a big surprise when the young man who received her son's heart showed up at the ceremony. jacob brought becky a stethoscope so she could once again hear tristan's heart beat. >> he physically brought my son's heart to my wedding. it's just amazing. our number fi
soccer game in thailand. during a shootout, the kick hits the cross bar and the goalie runs off to celebrate what looks like a miss, but the ball comes spinning back and ends up in the goal. on to our number four high, it's the love affair between a little girl and a robot. and by robot, we mean a water heater destin for the dump. >> i love you robot. i love you robot. our number four low, one couple's fundamental misunderstanding of the way escalators work. the pair became a viral sensation with a mesmerizing youtube video where they calmly attempt to walk down an up escalator. this goes on and on as they're undeterred by the fact they're not making a single step of progress. we hope by 2018 they'll finally made it to the bottom of this up escalator. number three on our countdown of
margaret ann who became a bright light in the destruction of hurricane irma. there she is in the streets of miami area with a chain saw clearing falling trees and we wearing her full habit. she is a high school principal who tells her students to do what you can to help. our number three low goes to one of our favorite olympians who was laid low after she had her wisdom teeth yanked. yes, that is gymnastics great simone biles, imagining she's driving down the road honking and yelling at the drivers in her way. we're down to the final two and this high melted our hearts. it goes to 4-year-old brice wilson who needs his momma. >> we need you. do we need you? >> yeah.
okay. >> we need you because we need a momma. >> i know. >> it's -- >> you have a daddy and your brother. >> i don't need no brother. i don't need no brothers and no dads. i only need you. >> okay. our number two low goes to the dog who is just not having it. concerned bystanders went to see why someone was laying on the horn of a car relentlessly when they came across this guy, a dog sitting behind the wheel impatiently honking for his owner. our number one high of the year is the pure joy brought to us in the form of a gorilla named zola at the dallas zoo and the internet took it up a notch with the only sound track to match. ♪ she's a maniac, maniac ♪ and she's dancing like she's never danced before ♪
the year goes to that feeling when your live television interview is interrupted by every member of your family. >> i think one of your children just walked in. shifting sounds in the region, do you think relations with the north may change? >> i would be surprised if they do. pardon me. >> instant classic. among the year's most watched videos, our top slot goes to professor robert kelly and his internationally famous children. >> that is a trip down memory lane that i love. favorite low, what was your's at this point? >> the escalator. i mean that was a low, right? it should be a high because just these people are not aware of anything going on around them. >> do you think they ever finally got there or figured it out? it is mesmerizing to watch. we'll use that word and that's exactly right. that was also my favorite low. my favorite high is
also a low that is the dad with the kids rolling in. >> the woman just slides in. >> his wife comes in. >> she just slides in and grabs the kids in one fell swoop. >> the way that little girl marched in and doing that dance. that's how i work to work everyday. >> to them, dad is nobody other than just dad. >> you and i liked robot girl. >> she was so cute. loved that. it did look like a robot. coming up, a look back at some of willie's most memorable moments from this year's sunday sit-downs from actors to singers and even a president. how one man's deadly drinking and driving changed his life and the victim's family lives for the better. head over to facebook for a facebook live chat in just two minutes. we'll see you there. or maybe you want to shop around. or, maybe you don't want to drive a car at all anymore... like, maybe you want to ride a camel into the dessert and take a deep hard look within. just figure some stuff out for awhile. that's cool. whatever your plans for buying a car, carmax is the place to sell your car.
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college park. a major tractor trailer fire causing a massive shut down there this morning. as you can see here, some cars have now been getting by on the shoulder of the road on the left there, but still obviously a heavy emergency response there. others have been taking the exit toward the ikea there, but still a pretty big mess in that area. >> we've been following another breaking story in maryland as well. montgomery county firefighters battling this house fire in potomac overnight. fire investigators will be back at the home this morning to figure out what started it all. damage is estimated around 1 million bucks. man, it is a cold, cold new year's eve around here. we're going to take a look at your forecast including new year's day with sheena when we come back. ♪ ♪
good morning. a little more sunshine right now but it's not warming us up. it is 18 degrees in washington, feels like 9 degrees. we have a wind chill advisory for everybody overnight until 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. wind chills anywhere from 5 to 10 degrees below normal. that's dangerous cold. for you new year's eve forecast starting at 5:00 p.m., 23 degrees, blustery throughout. midnight 19 degrees. tomorrow morning we're looking at 12 degrees but again dangerous wind chills then for new year's afternoon, temperatures in the mid 20s. we stay in the 20s most of next week. the balmiest day will be 37 on wednesday, but then look at friday, we're barely going to be near 20. adam? >> yikes. all right, n
we'll be back at 9:00 a.m. with more of your local news headlines and weather. for now back to the "today" show. have a safe new year's everybody. ♪ ♪ a look at times square in new york, pretty calm right now, but it definitely will not be tonight when the big ball drop happens. it's supposed to be one of the coldest ever. so if you're headed out there, please bring extra gloves. it's pretty cozy here in the studio and maybe it is at your place, too, because there's nothing like waking up on a sunday morning, pouring a cup of coffee and sitting down to get to know more about some of the world's most famous faces. over the past year, willie talked with actor, comedians, singer, song writers, business leaders even a president. so this morning, we want to take a look back some of those remarkable talks. turns out 2017 was a good year for sunday sitdowns. ♪ >> barbara waer
>> no. >> you did your homework there, buddy. >> i did. >> i'm still puff, any of the other names but i'm more in search for sean. ♪ >> they will destroy you in ways that are so creative they will honor me for it at the kennedy center. >> we have a lot of people from both sides of the aisle who dig this show. they all think we're making fun of the other guy. >> the dude at my audition and i'm nervous and i do a lot of impersonations. i do adam sandler. so i said -- how you doing? it's great to be here. oh. >> hey, everybody! how's it going? >> what's your posture toward donald trump? >> our point of view is what did he do yesterday? and is it important? >> i'm ma to the damn dea? >> is that a blast to play that player? >> it's uncomfortable.
the panty hoes are pulling my hair off the wigs. the great thing is to watch the audience's reaction after i'm done. >> you have hundreds of amazingly successful white dolls but only two black dolls. >> african-american. >> as a woman of color, the reality is that i was -- i've always felt a sense of responsibility in terms of images that i portray. >> my first day of work showing up to the lot was the scene where we lock lily in the car. so i'm charging across the lot screaming, oh my god! i'm going to break it! >> i'm going to break it! >> do not break the window. you'll get glass on her. >> sir, please tell your wife to relax. everything is going to be okay. >> that's a man. >> really? >> once i was on cam rarks i realized that there was no one that looked like me. i was representing a larger group of women and i have to be really careful about it because it's a huge responsibility ♪ darling i will be loving you >> i could go to any wedding this weekend and i would hear one of your songs guaranteed. do you
it's nice to be the guy that's known for making songs that people kiss to or dance to or like -- it's like music should do that. music should make you fall in love and make you happy. ♪ every kiss is a door >> becoming a mother and a wife, i mean, it sounds funny, but i've never felt sexier. i've never felt more confident. i've never felt more empowered. ♪ it's my life ♪ it's now or never >> i still feel like i am that 21-year-old kid that got a record deal ♪ >> once i found out you could be a song writer for a living, i thought that was the greatest job i ever heard of and i was going to find out how to get that job. ♪ i got a girl crush >> what did the band look like at first? did it resemble what we see today? >> yeah, but way worse hair. ♪ words can express what you mean to me ♪ >> 20 years, i can't believe it, 20
>> biggy is the name that you know. he was just an african-american person and the facts speak for themselves on how many of those cases that are not related to somebody of a star stature, those cases don't get involved. ♪ my old man >> finally got a dad song good enough to play it for him. and i took him out to the car. >> thanksgiving. >> at thanksgiving. >> lot of tears. >> what did you think when you heard it? >> tear up every time i hear it and even talk about it. ♪ ♪ >> was it ever hard for you inhabiting that guy all those years, the darkness that he carried around with him? >> it's a drag pretending to be somebody that's so bummed out all the time. >> you never say thank you. >> that's what the money is for. >> do you always feel like i'm going to be a performer of some kind? >> yeah, for sure. it would be weird to become a doctor. my family would be like, why?
that's a lot of work. >> how quickly after 9/11 did you find yourself at camp pendleton. >> february i was gone. i remember them asking me, are you on the run from the police because you're so anxious to go that it makes us nervous? >> i am your wife. and if you have a problem, we will fix it together. >> so i was feeling pretty down about myself. and then this stripture "this is us" came along. i don't want to be devastated if i'm somehow lucky enough to be a part of this and it doesn't move forward. luckily that wasn't the case. >> there's legend in hollywood about roles that you've passed up. pretty woman. >> yes. >> thelma and louis. >> yes. >> silence of the lambs. >> yes. >> ginger in casino -- >> yes. >> basic instinct. >> yes. >> wow. >> you've done your homework. >> diana, shield! >> is it true that before this audition came up for
getting out of the business? >> yeah. but then life shows up again and they're like, i don't think so. >> i see my kelly ann. come here. >> during the access hollywood tape, did you have any moments of doubt in there where you said i don't know if i could do this? >> i had zero moments of doubt, but i also know the difference in this country between what offends us and what affects us. >> when i talk about freedom of the press or immigration reform, i don't do so to criticize anybody. i do so because i want to share what i've learned. ♪ ♪ >> do you still experience fear when you get into a race? >> yeah, of course. there's fear of failure mostly. there's not a fear of
>> it starts with teaching girls earlier and equipping them with these skills and with confidence in these areas. ♪ >> who are the craziest celebrities who joined instagram, oh my god, that person is using that thing we dreamed up? >> the first one was snoop dog. >> snoop was the first? >> he really like joined early. ♪ >> mainstreaming in an important way. people do care about science. let's keep pumping it. >> sunday, this sunday -- >> i'm the luckiest guy that you'll ever meet. >> oh my god, this is a dating show now. >> it's like tinder on the "today show." ♪ i spent 20 years trying to get out of this place ♪ ♪ you said you can't go home how is that? [ applause ]. t
i think willie geist has the best job in television. it has been a heck of a year and you can hear more from all of willie's interviews by checking out our web extras at today.com/sunday. 2018 is starting off strong. next week willie sits down with liev shriver and he talks about being nominated for the globes five times and how he handles life as a single dad and sharing parenting duties with his ex-naomi watts. >> you know, i want to show you this again because it is such an exceptional number of people who will be experiencing brutally cold wind chills. 163 million people will be feeling 15 to 45 degree below zero wind chills. this arctic cold continues to pour in from the north. temperatures this morning are well below zero. duluth is at 47 below. green bay tomorrow morning 30 below. temperatures continue to tumble as we go through this week. that's a look at the weather as
now here is a peek out your window. >> most of the area has wind chills below 10 degrees right now. frederick 14. dulles in the district we have 9 degree wind chill and 3 degrees in clinton. wind chill advisory for everybody until 9:00 tomorrow morning with those wind chills about 5 to 10 degrees below zero. today will be in the mid 20s with a chance of a passing flurry. tomorrow morning, 12 degrees for a morning low, afternoon highs in the mid 20s. we're in the 20s most of next week, except wednesday. >> and that's your latest forecast. >> thank you. coming up next on sunday "today," the president and his game. we are tracking president trump's time on the course throughout his first year in office. ♪ my bargain detergent couldn't keep up. it was mostly water. so, i switched to tide pods. they're super concentrated,
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president trump's ringing in 2018 at his mar-a-lago resort in florida. one of 18 golf courses owned by the trump organization. and while the white house hasn't always said whether the president has been hitting the links in holiday, he has been spotted a bunch with clubs in hand. nbc's news stephanie gosk is tracking the president's recreational habits over the first year in office to find out just how important this game is to the 45th president. >> reporter: on christmas day, president trump tweeted tomorrow it's back to work. but the next day the president's agenda included a round of golf. in fact, the president was seen at his golf course three days in a row. an indication of mr. trump's love of the links. the president joins a legacy of president's passionate about the game, even though he criticized his predecessor for playing too often. >> he's played more golf than most people on the pga tour, this guy. i'm going to be wng
play golf, believe me. believe me. >> reporter: there seems to be time. nbc news has been tracking the president's golfing habits and found mr. trump has spent 87 of his 345 days in office at one of his golf courses. that's equal to a quarter of his time as president. >> oh, nice shot, donald. >> nice shot is right. >> reporter: professional golfers who played with trump say he's actually good. >> he's a good player. >> he was a good player. >> i think he's probably the best sitting president ever to play golf. >> reporter: but his swing, much like his presidency, is unconventional. unusual at the top, corrected by the time the club hits the ball. >> he's not real long in terms of hitting it long distance but he's real straight and real consistent so he's always in play. >> so he's consistent? >> yes, i know. >> golf reporter played with trump twice.
always works with him and trusts instincts which is one of his mantras. >> reporter: sort of how he approaches twitter? >> yes, good point. >> reporter: golf digest ranked him the best golfing president in history his handicap in the single digits. some question if it's legitimate. the winner of 19 club championships all at his own courses. there was also the time he got a hole in one and then made the ceo of ge tell the story at the white house. >> thank you very much. >> he looks at the three of us and says, you realize of course i'm the richest golfer in the world. that's a comment then gets a hole in one. >> i actually said i was the best golfer of all the rich people. to be exact. >> reporter: golf is not just a passion for the president, it's a business. even though his son eric now officially runs it. membership at his clubs are for the wealthy, some initiation fees in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. in trump's most recent financial
for the golf clubs totalling more than $150 million for the last year, the long-time pro at the west balm peach club who trump hired himself says his boss's success comes from a deep knowledge of the game. >> he has a vision that's pretty remarkable as far as what he sees that other people don't. >> reporter: trump golf links at ferry point in new york is by any measure a beautiful course, designed by golfing great jack nicklaus. >> this is one of donald trump's few public courses but it's not a typical public course. to play here you have to pay $175. i mean, it almost looks like we're in scotland here. but this is the bronx and i'm standing on what used to be a trash dump. >> i would like to see golf be an aspirational game. >> reporter: trump once told fortune magazine let golf be elitist. let people work hard and aspire to some day be able to play golf, to afford to play it. >> doesn'tou
it's the op cyst of populist in terms of golf. he doesn't apologize for that. i think maybe he thought that's his brand. >> while critics may say golf isn't good for a presidency, perhaps the president can still be good for golf. here is what candidate trump predicted. >> i think it will be very good for golf. >> why? >> because very simply i love the game. >> which few will dispute. >> how great is that? >> even if they shutter in horror as he drives his golf cart -- >> thank you. >> straight over the greens. >> how are you? >> for sunday "today," stephanie gosk, new york. next up on sunday "today," a story of redemption for one man after a deadly drunk driving accident. >> why is this so different? this is not what we expect? >> no, it's not what we expect. i'm still mad at that 19-year-old. that's a different person. i'm no longer that guy. >> the twist of fate that brought him to a relative of his victim's in hopes of preventing a similar tragedy. later, a life well lived. the astronaut who went
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19-year-old man drove drunk and killed a woman in a wrong way accident. in the 15 years since, he has asked for and received forgiveness and is now dedicating his life to keep others, including his victim's nephew from going down the same path. nbc's kerry sanders has his story. >> reporter: the john templeton driving the car and the one in the mug shot are 15 years apart. >> i never planned to drink that night. i never certainly planned to drink and drive. >> reporter: only 19 at the time, john drove his car drunk, speeding on the wrong side of a tampa interstate, slamming into two cars, killing 18-year-old julie buchner. >> i think about julie and just this is the spot where at 18 years old her life ended because of my choice. >> reporter: a drinking and driving story that as you'll see takes turns no one could have ever expected. it begins with a highly unusual admission as the highway patrol report noted on the night of the accident with the blood alcohol of 22
confessed. i knew better than to drink and drive, he said. what will her family think of me in? a move that makes lawyers cringe. >> i'm the sister of julie buchner. >> the victim's family got a surprise visit from john. >> he said i am here against my attorney's advisement. i am here against all counsel. >> an apology. >> but i am here because i am deeply sorry. >> my name is john templeton. >> reporter: then testimonials. >> please, learn from my mistake. don't jeopardize your life, your future. >> reporter: repeat lid talking to teenagers. >> it can happen to you. >> reporter: all of this before trial, before sentencing. >> i've always been a great believer that if you take a life, you have to pay something. rex barbus, a no nonsense judge who heard more than 1,000 drunk driving cases, but in this case, he saw something different. >> he always acknowledged his guilt. that was the first thing
>> i would say 99.99% of all the criminal case is ever had, nobody ever acknowledged their criminality from the beginning of the case. >> reporter: judge could have sentenced temple tn to 15 years in prison. instead he chose leniency. templeton served only 10 months in the county lockup. >> i went out on a limb and a big limb. >> a judicial gamble that the victim's family remarkably supported. >> i still carry a picture of julie in my wallet. >> once out of jail, it led john to a career he would understand better than most, addiction counselor, with his own addiction treatment facility. >> it's just another part of the forgiveness story and the redemption story. >> why is this so different? this is not what we expect? >> no, it's not what we expect. i'm still mad at that 19-year-old. that's a different person. i'm no longer that guy. >> reporter: here is where the story comes full circle, jennifer, whose sister was killed by john, adopted alvin
alvin is now battling his own addiction problem and guess who is helping him recover? john, the man who killed his aunt. >> so i feel like if anything, she's looking down and she's smiling on him and letting him know, hey, it's okay. i forgive you and thank you for helping my family. >> is this redemption? >> i feel like disrespectful to julie for saying this is redemption because it's not. >> reporter: redemption, maybe not but for john a chance to spend a life time repenting for a fatal mistake, for sunday "today," kerry sanders, tampa. >> kerry sanders reporting there. this week we highlight another life well lived. bruce mccanless, american hero boldly doing something no man or woman had ever done before. he was the first person ever to float in space totally untethered. these photographs show his journey in 1984 with the astronaut hovering outside of the space shuttle
and that's us grounded on planet earth whay below him. at that that was a heck of a big leap for me referring to neil armstrong's comments after taking his first steps on the moon. bruce was born in boston in 1947 into a family of naval officers. he followed in their footsteps graduating from the naval academy and went on to earn an engineering degree. he joined nasa in 1966 logging more than 300 hours in space and earned a whole bunch of awards including the department of defense distinguished service medal and nasa's exception service medal too. bruce mccandles was 80 years old. fear not fred, the front half washed his shirt with gain flings!
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and we close this m ♪ and we close this morning with a look at what's next this week on monday, the biggest tax law change in decades goes into effect. coinciding, of course, with the first of the year. it comes as president trump and members of congress get ready to get back to washington after the holidays. senator al franken will officially resign on tuesday amid the sexual harassment allegations. his replacement will be sworn in the following day. new year's day will bring us a wolf moon, the name for the first supermoon of the year. and it just so happens to fall on the first day of 2018. a visible supermoon is a full moon at its closest point to earth. we'll also get a second rare supermoon in january, which is called a blue moon. >> i didn't get to see the first supermoon. it will be good to see that in january. thank you. thank you guys for joining us on a last day of 2017, wishing you a happy and healthy 2018 and 52 more weeks right back here of
at one point the inner loop and all lanes exit for u.s. 1 were closed. right now the fire is out but the lanes remain blocked. some cars are getting by on the left side as you can see along the shoulder. other cars are taking the exit ramp near the ikea. >> more breaking news for us. this out of houston, police there arresting a man who was found with several guns and ammunition inside his hyatt regency hotel room. >> officers responded to
scene about 1:30 this morning. this is a hotel where a planned new year's celebration is set to take place. we're continuing to monitor this story and get you an update as it becomes available here, but that is something to keep in mind as we go through today. >> especially after what we saw in las vegas. so obviously a lot of concerns there. first, it is 9:00 on this sunday morning. it is new year's eve and want to welcome you in with us. thanks for waking up with us. >> back together again. >> new year, lauren is off because she just got married. you know who we called up? >> sheena. >> sheena. >> and she's with us now. >> this sunday morning to tell us how cold it is outside. >> oh, it's freezing out there, but congratulations to lauren. i'm sure she really has no care in the world right now except hr marriage, so congratulations, lauren. yes, temperatures outside are feeling below 10 degrees for most of the area. it is a frigid start once again, 19 degrees is the