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everybody. bye-bye. captioning funded by cbs good morning. it is friday, february 17, 2012. welcome to studio 357 at the cbs broadcast center. i'm charlie rose. a federal agent is shot dead by a co-worker after shooting his own boss in an office attack. we'll speak with presidential candidate rick santorum as he roars through michigan hoping to upset mitt romney. i'm gayle king. a psychologist tells "60 minutes" that a placebo works as well as any antidepressant. lesley stahl is here to preview her explosive report. at 8:00, the story behind amanda knox's multimillion dollar book deal. i'm erica hill, the federal government is tackling the issue of distracted drivers. we'll talk with transportation
secretary ray lahood. the simpsons hits a milestone, 500 episodes. they include a guest list. we begin with today's eye open oar. your world in 90 seconds. >> the situation began with what we can characterize as an incident of workplace violence. >> an office dispute explodes into gunfire leaving one federal agent dead and another wounded in california. immigrations and customs agent opens fire at the federal building. he wounded another agent before he was shot and killed. >> the police are running the street. it was so scary. >> governor romney supported the bailout of wall street and decided not to support the bailout of detroit. >> i love cars. >> the republican front-runner's battle as rick santorum answers a controversial comment on birth control. >> back in my days, they used bayer aspirin for contraception.
they put it between your knees. >> i'm trying to catch my breath from that. >> a new york times correspondent, anthony shadid died in syria. suffered an allergic reaction and died of an asthma attack. his photographer carried his body back to turkey. >> at the highest level since 2008. google and others reportedly were spying on those using safari on their computers, iphones and ipads. >> to speak to some. he's expected to tell they remain committed to the paper. >> suspected drug smuggler in custody. >> entered restricted airspace while president obama was on a helicopter to lax. >> all that. >> lynne sanity. >> and all that matters. >> an erotic dream with mr. martin in it. >> that happens. and i. >> i've never heard that before. >> on "cbs this morning."
[ laughter welcome to "cbs this morning." police in southern california are trying to figure out why a federal agent opened fire on a colleague. the shooting happened at a federal office building in long beach. when it was over, as bill whitaker report, the agent who started it all was dead, another wounded. >> the situation began with what we can characterize as an incident of workplace violence involving two federal agents. >> an office dispute exploded into gunfire thursday at this federal building in long beach, california. authorities say an immigration and customs enforcement agent got into an argument with a fellow agent and pulled out a gun and fired several times. >> another agent working nearby intervened and fired his weapon to prevent additional rounds being fired at the victim. this resulted in the death of the shooter. >> minutes later, police swept in, locking down the area.
emergency responders lined the streets as an ambulance rushed the wounded agent to the hospital. >> cbs news has learned the victim was actually the shooter's supervisor. the gunman apparently opened fire after he was told he faced disciplinary action. the fbi is heading up the investigation. late last night about 100 agents were already combing the scene. at times like this, words honestly seem inadequate. as hsi agents, we dedicate our lives to protecting the public and the community from harm. when something like this happens within our office, it's incomprehensible. >> that was bill whitaker reporting from long beach. in the presidential campaign, republican rick santorum is on o the attack. polls show him surging ahead of mitt romney in michigan where romney grew up. >> both candidates campaigned there on thursday taking shots at each other. national correspondent chip reid is watching this new battleground in the race for the gop nomination.
chip, good morning. >> good morning, erica and charlie. not long ago, the campaign trail was a very lonely place for rick santorum. now his events are packed and he's become the darling of evangelical christians and tea party supporters. his popularity is due in large part to his deeply conservative views on social issues but now he's going straight at mitt romney on the economy. >> governor romney supported the bailout of wall street and decided not to support the bailout of detroit. >> campaigning in detroit, rick santorum worked to protect his new front-runner status by attacking mitt romney. clearly, feeling the heat, romney hit back. criticizing santorum for decisions he made as a u.s. senator. >> rick santorum voted five times to raise the debt ceiling. he also voted and continues to defend earmarks. during rick santorum's term in office, the government of washington grew by 80%. 80%. >> santorum's numbers have soared in recent weeks and now
romney's trailing santorum in michigan, his home turf where he was born and raised and where his father was governor. some political analysts say santorum's surge is not really about him. it's about romney. >> they're looking for somebody, anybody but romney. they've seized on everybody from rick perry to herman cain to newt gingrich and now finally rick santorum. >> many establishment republicans fear that if santorum wins the nomination, past controversial statements on contraception for example, won't play well in the general election. yesterday foster friess who has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the super pac that supports santorum ignited a firestorm of criticism when he used humor in abstinence. >> back in my day, thee used bayer aspirin. the gals put it between their knees and it wasn't that costly. >> excuse me, i'm trying to catch my breath from that. >> liberal women's groups reacted with outrage to that
comment, calling it insulting and demanding that both friess and santorum apologize. charlie and erica, the obama campaign has been focused like a laser beam on romney. there are reports this morning that they are turning some of their attention to santorum. >> chip, thanks. former republican senator rick santorum is with us from east lansing, michigan. senator, good morning. >> good morning, charlie. how are you? >> good to see you. your reaction, do you identify with his remarks? do you take distance from his remarks? what is it about them that you disagree with? we're waiting for the connection. can you hear us, senator? we may have lost the connection with rick santorum in east lansing, which is an interesting question here. the kinds of things that senator santorum will have to face is what exactly does he believe about birth control and does he believe it is an important issue in the michigan primary. >> that's come out a lot.
one of the things, too, which comes up a lot when we talk about rick santorum, he does appeal, as we know to many conservatives to social conservatives. we hear a lot from him. as he's pulling ahead of mitt romney from the polling, are wanting to hear more from senator santorum about his positions on other issues, like the economy, like foreign policy. >> would it have made -- evident to all of us if michigan has increased importance to the primary and the fortunes of mitt romney and rick santorum. we turn to london where rupert murdoch is in meeting. he and his top aides are trying to clean up after the company had a phone hacking scandal. ten, ten current and former staff members have been arrested since november. murdock is expected to assure employees that he's committed to keeping the newspaper going. the so-called underwear bomber has been sentenced to life in prison. umar farouk abdul-mutallab tried
to bring down a jet by setting off a bomb in his underwear. >> at the sentencing, prosecutors showed a video demonstrating the power of petn. that's the explosive material found on abdul-mutallab. as that video played, abdul-mutallab said several times, god is great. his attorney plans to appeal. rick santorum is back in east lansing. i'm sorry about that interruption. let's continue the conversation with the question about foster friess comments. what have you said to him about the comments other than what you have said to the press? >> well, you know, this is someone who is a supporter of mine. i'm not responsible for every comment that a supporter of mine makes. lot of folks, it was a bad joke, it was a stupid joke. not reflected of me or my record on this issue. you know, it's funny that i've been criticized by governor
romney and ron paul for voted for something called title 10. federal funding of contraception. this is the same gotcha politics that you get from the media. i'm not going to play that game. i'm not responsible for any comment that anybody who supports me makes and my record stands for itself. i've got a strong record and i'm here in detroit as you mentioned earlier talking about the economy. i gave a speech at the detroit economic club, talked about the energy sector and creating opportunities for everyone in america. that's what our campaign is about. >> there's no question that those issues are important and important to the voters of michigan. also, you have been identified as a social conservative. those issues have been part of what you have said to the country. so this is not gotcha. what this is, is trying to understand exactly what rick santorum stands for and what he might say or do as president. >> charlie, when you quote a supporter of mine who tells a bad off color joke and somehow
i'm responsible for that shall that's gotcha. >> nobody said you were responsible. they said how would you characterize it and what have you said to him, not that you were responsible. it's to understand how you differ from what this person said. so let me -- >> now to i have respond to every supporter who says something. i have to respond to it. look, this is what you guys do. you don't do this with president obama. in fact, with president obama, what you did was you went out and defended him against someone who sat in a church for, for 20 years and defended him, that he can't possibly believe what he listened to for 20 years. it's a double standardment i'm going to call you on it. the fact is, i'm here in detroit and we're focused on the economy and jobs. we're going to continue do it. >> i want to get to the jobs and invite you to sit for long conversations with the economy and jobs. and quote you, did you say, one of the things i will talk about, no president has talked about is the dangers of contraception in
this country. the whole sexual liberty idea. many in the christian faith have said that's okay. contraception is okay. it's not okay you said because it's a license to do things in the sexual realm counter to how things are supposed to be. they're supposed to be within marriage, for purposes of -- conjugal but also creative. that's what you said. to understand your beliefs. it's an effort to understand your beliefs. >> great. my beliefs are that, as i said, my public policy beliefs are that this contraception should be available. again, i've supported title 10 funding and abstinence-based education because that's a healthier alternative. i am a promoter of that. premarital sext and sex with young girls is a dangerous and at risk bee hafrmt i'm not alone on that. the president even supports policies to try to make sure
that folks do not have sex outside of marriage and at risk teens get involved in that at risk behavior that leads to sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies, abortions and a laundry list of other things. i do stand behind the idea that abstinence is the best alternative and i've supported that with a program called title 20. >> that's a fair conversation to have. >> yeah. >> let me turn to the politics of michigan. you are now the front-runner many say. what will michigan mean to your campaign and what does it mean to you? >> obviously, i'm very -- i'm delighted that people up here are responding to the message that we're talking about. they're responding to the message i gave at the detroit economic club yesterday. they're looking for someone who understands how to get this economy growing, understands that an important part of that economy is the manufacturing base. it's also energy, it's doing something about the complete
explosion of regulation here by the obama administration that's crushing businesses and opportunity. and we delivered that message yesterday. you know, have gotten great response from it. gotten great response across the country shall not just here in the manufacturing epicenter of detroit. but frankly, throughout the midwest. we're doing very well in the states that a lot of blue collar workers who are out of work, looking for opportunities to rise in society, we have an economic plan that reaches down and creates jobs for everybody. >> let me turn to foreign policy if i may. with respect to increased concern about iran, do i understand that you would like to see israel do what now? >> well, my concern about iran is that they cannot get a nuclear weapon. i know that's the president's policy. he's not doing anything to effectuate that policy. in fact, every time we've seen something brought up to try to curb iran and their ability to develop that nuclear weapon,
he's opposed it or grudgingly gone along. this would be a game changer for our country, serm for the state of israel. iran -- >> you would like to see israel do what now? what would you like to see israel do now? >> i put forth a 10-point plan including everything from the united states helping the pro democracy movement in iran, trying to do some things to support them. obviously, stepping up sanctions, stepping up covert activity and in fact, putting an ultimatum on the table depending on where our intelligence has devised how close iran is in getting this weapon. if we do believe they're as close as the israelis believe, we have to put an ultimatum on the table, begin to dismantle whatever weapons making capability you're developing or we will put an ultimatum or timeline and take out those facilities. >> senator santorum. thank you. you are one of the few people
probably now that have a real chance of being the next president of the united states. so i want to invite to you this program whenever you want to come and have a full conversation about economic and political and social issues that affect the country. so this is an open invitation to you to come back and i hope you'll accept it. >> thanks, charlie. i appreciate it. i look forward to the opportunity again. thanks. >> thanks so much. reports this morning say whitney houston's family will hold a private wake for her later today before her funeral. many big names in intertanment are planning to goodbye in person tomorrow. jeff glor is there in person. >> good morning to you, erica. you remember the mega event that was michael jackson's funeral in 2009. this will be different. this will be a private affair tomorrow one week after houston died in california. ♪ because the greatest love of all ♪ >> whitney houston may have made
her name in l.a., but she'll always be new jersey's native daughter. >> she's part of us. she's back here. she's back here. all the glitz and glamour and she's right back here with us. >> tomorrow's service will be private. fans will be able to watch a stream of the proceedings online. >> despite earlier reports that bobby brown, houston's ex-husband was asked not to attend, he will be part of the service. >> also attending, stevie wonder, alicia keys and aretha franklin who will all sing. franklin remembered her god daughter at a concert earlier this week with a poignant rendition of houston's most famous recording. ♪ always love you among those speaking at the service, kevin costner, houston's co-star in the bodyguard and clive davis, her mentor. they'll be watched by chaka khan, brandy, and 1500 others.
as outside across the state, new jersey's flags will fly at half-staff, a decision by governor chris christie that caused a minor stir on twitter had week compelling christy to respond to critic. i'm disturbed by people who believe that because of her history of substance abuse that somehow she's forfeited the good things that she did in her life. i just reject that on a human level. >> reporter: and as the remembrances continue, so does the investigation. but that, charlie, will take time. toxicology results are expected to take at least a few weeks. >> jeff, thank you. it's now time to show you some of the morning's hid lines from around the globe. the wall street journal reports that google and other online companies are tracking iphone and computer user's internet activity even when they've set their machines to block that kind of monitoring. in england, the guardian has a story about doctors using microchips to deliver
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we have sad news this morning. new york times foreign correspondent anthony shadid died thursday in syria. he died from an apparent asthma attack. he was a two-time pulitzer prize winner. >> he was scheduled to compaq and talk to me in march. i asked him about iran and the possibility of revolution there in 2009. >> i feel like this chapter
a video metaphor to explain what's happening politically. >> and now a video metaphor for the political landscape. the guy on the right represents mitt romney. the guy on left represents rick santorum. this guy represents barack obama. the winner is barack obama. >> welcome back to "cbs this morning." some new scientific research is causing quite a stir in the medical community. >> the fight is over antidepressants and whether they work any better than a simple placebo. in an explosive report airing this sunday, "60 minutes"
correspondent lesley stahl spoke to the psychologist behind the study. >> irving kir shall is the associate director of the placebo studies program at harvard medical school. he says his research challenge the very effectiveness of antidepressants. >> the difference between the effect of a placebo and the effect of an antidepressant is minimal for most people. >> you're saying if they took a sugar pill, they'd have the same effect? >> they'd have almost as large an effect and whatever difference it would be, would be clinically insignificant. >> but people are getting better taking antidepressants, i know them. we all know them. >> people get better when they take the drug, but it's not the chemical greed yept of the drugs that are making them better. it's largely the placebo effect. >> his specialty has been the study of the placebo effect. the taking of a dummy pill without any medication in it, that create an expectation of
healing that is so powerful, symptoms are actually alleviated. >> is it all in your head? >> it's not all in your head because placebos can affect your body. so if you take a placebo tranquilizer, you're likely to have a lowering of blood pressure and pulse rate. placebos can decrease pain and we know that's not all in the mind also because we can track that in the brain as well. >> lesley stahl joins us now. welcome. >> i'm so glad to be here. to see both of you this morning. >> great to have you. >> what's the take away for this research from this research? >> you know, i think it's explosive. because basically it's saying that -- this is important. except for those very severely depressed, everybody says that these antidepressants do work if you're -- if it's a depression that you just can't get over. but if you're moderately depressed or mildly depressed, a sugar pill would be just as good. >> because it makes you -- the idea the mental notion that
something is happening to me does as much as having -- >> well, it's placebo effect. and part of our story involves how the mind is so powerful over the body that the placebo effect shows up even if you have knee surgery, with osteoporosis, if you have parkinson's disease. all these diseases that somehow involve the mind and it's not just in the mind. a sugar pill can change your blood pressure, they've monitored the brain, it can change the brain chemistry and the doctor giving you the pill, if it's a sugar pill, just telling you he cares and yes, i know you're sick and here's something to help you, that doctor is part of the placebo effect. >> how many doctors then are prescribing a sugar pill? >> sugar pill? >> placebo, i should say. >> that's a great question. all tlie my reporting, i kept
asking why don't they prescribe sugar pills. there are side effects with antidepressants. it's not ethical. but you know in my head, to give a pill that as good as a placebo with side effects is isn't ethical either. i think why not give a sugar pill. they won't do it. >> someone sees your report sunday night and millions will, what should they do? should they go to their doctor and say what are you prescribing for me? is it possible that a placebo would be all i need? >> well, it's fun toy ask for a placebo. it's interesting there was a study that said that even if you know it's a placebo, it still works. but what people should do is definitely confer with your doctor, do not go off an antidepressant if you're on them because they do have an affect on your body anyway. you can't go off cold turkey. you must be under the care of a physician. and -- but if you have concerns and if you're mildly depressed,
i mean, everybody in this story, even those who defend antidepressants, agreed that they're no more effective than the placebo if you're mildly depressed and for the vast majority of moderately depressed. >> what do the drug companies say to you when you began this investigation? >> they said the pills work. >> what impact will this have on them? >> well, for a lot of doctors who are unaware of this study, i think physicians will begin to question what they're prescribing, perhaps they'll go read this study. i mean, it's obviously lot of doctors are unfamiliar with this new research and more and more psychiatrists are becoming familiar with it. >> it's great to have you here in the morning. >> wonderful to be here. >> come back. >> any time. >> lesley stahl, you can see her full report sunday night on
from gps to texting, even just a radio or conversation with a passenger, there are plenty of distractions when you're driving. we'll ask transportation secretary ray lahood why car makers are being asked to simplify live life in the front seat for safety. we were talking about depression. one possible treatment could be found in your morning cup of coffee. that story is next in "healthwatch." stay with us. you're watching "cbs this morning." [clucking].
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people have to change their very dangerous behavior and take personal responsibility to put these devices away while they're driving. >> personal responsibility means this is voluntary? >> it is voluntary because we want to really put out there the idea that even though a number of states have passed laws against distracted driving, that it's up to people to really decide if they want to be safe drivers or not. >> most people do this not with in-car devices but their own blackberry or iphone and that is not what you're talking about. >> yeah. that is a very, very serious issue that i've talked about for three years. when i started this campaign, only eight states had passed laws. today, we have 35 states, plus the district of columbia and guam that have passed laws. we've made progress and
particularly with our friends in law enforcement who are writing more tickets for people that are on cell phones or using their blackberries. but we still have a long way to go. >> some people suggest that perhaps you should have a federal law having to do with what the car manufacturers does with these devices. >> i don't think we're at that point yet. because i think the car manufacturers are manufacturing technology in cars that are disabled once the car is in drive. and that's a pretty good system. that's really something we want to look at. and make sure that, if that can work, there shouldn't be a requirement for anything else. >> may i turn to your son, who is being held in egypt. we all know of the story that came out of egypt. where are we and what can you tell us to help understand where he is and where the judicial process? >> sure. first of all, thank you for -- my son is safe along with the
other ngo individuals that he works with. so we're grateful for that. there are a lot of people in our government really top officials in our government working night and day to resolve this issue. frankly, i don't know how it will be resolved, and so we continue to hope and pray that soon it will be resolved. but top officials are really working on this and i'm grateful for their efforts. >> well, i assumed by that you mean that the president and secretary of defense and everyone who has direct contact. >> that's right, charlie. i've talked to the president about this on a couple of occasions. i've talked to the secretary of defense, secretary of state and national security adviser, i talked to general dempsey yesterday who was in the region a week ago meeting with military
leaders. and i've been assured by all of them, they're going to do everything they can to resolve this and i believe them. >> do you understand why he's being held? >> i understand what has been written. but this is the first time that ngos have ever really come under this kind of attack by a government in any country. these ngos have been working for years, charlie, in democracy-building efforts and they thought they were well within their right to do it. it's a little bit puzzling to many people what's happening there. >> thank you so much for joining us this morning. and good luck to your son and all those who are being held there in egypt who are part of the ngo community. thanks again. >> thank you, sir. amanda knox has been quiet for four months ever since she came back to the united states after having being acquitted of murder charges in italy. now she's finally ready to tell her story. you're watching "cbs this
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speak clock language. when i say hi, what time is it. say a quarter past 2:00. say it's like 2:30. >> she's a national treasure, isn't she? looks a little like danny very vito. >> week all be proud. gayle king has a look at what's coming up. >> i was wondering how charlie would react to that story. you never disappoint. she was initially found guilty but it's been four months since 24-year-old amanda knox was acquitted of murder charges for the death of her roommate in italy. now she's a multimillion dollar book deal here in the united states. not everybody is happy about that. cbs news travel editor peter greenberg is here with five things your hotel doesn't want you to know. give me one. >> when a hotel tells you the're fully booked. nine out of ten times not even close to the truth. >> one out of five. mo rocca misses his grandmother's ravioli and he wants to meet your grandmother too. we'll tell you why.
be careful at the memphis zoo cafe. especially if you're tall. because this monkey, watch this. may take a shot at you. aren't we glad there was a window there. yes we are. it's 8:00. welcome back to "cbs this morning." i'm gayle king. >> i'm charlie rose. amanda knox was freed from an italian prison in october after the seattle college student was cleared of murder charges. but that was not the end of her story. >> she's just signed a book deal worth seven figures. 48 hours correspondent peter van sant has been covering her case since knox's first trial in 2008 and he joins us now.
peter, hello. >> good morning. >> i've always wanted to meet you, if i may say that. >> thank you so much. i hope i don't have the placebo effect you guys talked about earlier. >> not at all. what have you heard will be in the book that will be interesting in 2013 when the book comes out? i'm thinking 2013 seems so far away to me. >> it does. amanda knox kept a journal during her four years in prison. i've been told that there are all sorts of stories of her experience behind bars that she has never shared. in fact, when they met with these self-publishers, i was told there wasn't a dry eye in the place. so she has some very powerful stories to tell. keep in mind, we've been reporting the story for four years. we were the first to say, cbs news was the first to say she was wrongly accused and wrongly convicted. this was an absolutely innocent young honor student from seattle who went through an experience she did not deserve. i think her story will be fascinating. >> before we talk about the price and what this publishing
deal is about and who might object to it, are all the legal proceedings over for her? >> no. there's one final one. this week there was a filing at the italian supreme court by the prosecution asking that the conviction be reinstated, the original conviction of her first trial. but this is a paper review, there's no testimony that will go on. you have to find a major procedural error to get this reversed. it's believed that it will go nowhere. >> this was a big catch for publishing companies to have an opportunity to tell her story? >> enormous. i was told there was more interest in amanda knox's than bill clinton and hillary clinton's books. the bidding was fierce. the figure i've been told $4 million is a little high. but it is a seven-figure advance and good for her. the family was more than a million dollars in debt from all of this. >> do you think that's part of motivation of why she's wright
the book, because it was clear her family spent a lot of time, money and resources to help her. >> amanda's best friend had told us that she was always hoping one day to be able to repay the sacrifice that her parents put out there to save her and get her out of jail. >> what's she like to you? >> amanda knox is brilliant. she speaks three languages fluently. italian, german, english. some russian, some japanese. she was an honor student who worked her way to get to italy to study at the school for foreigners to learn the italian language. by all accounts, she was a serious, hard working girl who just got caught up in in because she made the mistake of staying in italy to help authorities. >> caught up in this means what? what did simply being there and having this relationship. >> meredith kir cher is the british roommate who died.
they know the italian judicial system, amanda asked her mom, her mother asked her if she would want to come home andaman da said no, i want to stay and help the police. the biggest mistake she made. if she had gone back to seattle, there wouldn't have been 54 hours of interrogation. she never would have been charged. when the forensic evidence came back, she wasn't in the room. no dna, no fingerprints, nothing. this was a horrible case. >> public perception, it was interesting to see how it changed in this country. not in europe. but in this country. >> tabloid stories that were laundered by the quality press in europe. so people just have this preconceived notion. >> great work, peter.
the latest polls show president obama's approval rating is going up. but it's nothing compared to the first lady's. that's why michelle obama is out front right now on tv and at the white house where she surprised a tour group on thursday. it's really all about the next four years as you'll learn from senior white house correspondent bill plante. bill, good morning. >> reporter: good morning erica. it sure is. you would have had to have been a hermit over the past few months not to know there's a republican or two running for president. but it wasn't until just a few weeks ago that the white house even began to admit that president obama's travel was at least in part for a campaign.
well, all of a sudden here's another clue. we're seeing a whole lot more of the first lady. michelle obama greeted white house tourists in the blue room on thursday. white house cameras were on hand to stream it live on the internet. when were the tourists surprised and how. >> i couldn't really talk. because i was like so shocked to see her. i froze up. >> the first lady spent an hour talking to people filing through the executive mansion. why now? anita mcbride was laura bush's chief of staff. >> nothing during an election year is an accident. everything, i know, can be looked at through the lens of politics. >> so as the president's campaign gets rolling, you're seeing a lot more of the first lady. >> you ready? >> doing push ups with ellen degeneres, tug of war with jimmy fallon. a guest appearance on eye carly. >> my daughters are big fans and
i am too. >> michelle obama like most first ladies is more popular to married. a 67% approval rating to his 50%. so like most first ladies, she'll be valuable to her husband's campaign. like laura bush in 2004. >> i'm so proud of the way george has led our country with strength and conviction. >> hillary clinton, though bruised by her attempt at healthcare reform in bill clinton's first term was still a campaign asset in 1996. >> the best role for a first lady during an election year is do no harm and spread as much goodwill as you possibly can and of course, get out on the campaign trail and raise a lot of money. >> not losing sight of the reason the first lady is out there campaigning. >> it's all about being active and having fun. it doesn't matter if you won or if you lost. >> it matters. >> believe me, it matters to this white house and that's why you'll be seeing a lot more of
the first lady in the coming months. erica? >> a little extra coffee this morning, my friend? >> yeah. >> i like the enthusiasm. >> bill, we were talking about, we got a kick out of the emphasis of the word campaign. are you changing your delivery style? i'm curious. >> if you listen to these folks the last few months, you would think that the president had nothing more than in mind than the welfare of the nation, which i'm sure he does. but he's been campaigning for at least two months. they finally started admitted that's what it is. now he's out raising a lot of money. >> they used to call the first lady during the first campaign, the not so secret weapon. seems like that has not changed as we continue the campaign in 2012. thank you bill plante. always good to see you. >> you bet. there is one day of the week when you get the best deal on a hotel reservation. we have that and a few other secrets you want to know before you book that next hotel stay.
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>> we're about to find out. travel editor peter greenberg is here to reveal five things your hotel doesn't want you to know. the best rates are not available online. >> no. every hotel say you can get the best rates online. that is absolutely not true. because all the inventory isn't online. if you call the 800 number, that's even worse because you get a clearinghouse and give you a rate they can't negotiate. you need to call the hotel directly. never ask for reservations because they'll reroute you back to the 8 hundred number. >> peter, when you call information and ask for a hotel number, you get that 800 number and you say you want the local number. how do you get it? >> you get that one online and what a concept a conversation with a human being. ask to speak to the manager on duty or the director of sales. they'll know if the johnson wedding canceled and they have 60 rooms to dpum p. that will not show up on the reservations number. >> i've never heard of this
phrase. out of order rooms. >> there are a lot of out of order rooms in every hotel. what it means it maybe the lampshade is broken or the head board is not fasen the properly. we don't want to rent that room. if you goat a hotel that is fully booked. say you'll take an out of order room. you get the room at a lesser rate. >> if the hotel is fully booked. normally when they say it, it isn't. >> another big lie. a big difference between a hotel that's booked and a hotel that's blocked. a lot of hotels right now, we saw it at the super bowl, we'll see it again for the olympics. no rooms available. they're booked. you have to find out who controls the block. that's where you get the room. >> somebody always cancels. i don't care what the event is. somebody always cancels. >> if the president of the united states was checking in, you would have a room. he's not coming in. >> you ain't the president of the united states. what's the best time to book a room? >> sundays.
>> that's the one day of the week that the revenue managers of the hotel, the guys who set the room rates, that's their day off, the one day you can talk to the front desk and you're in the driver's seat. that room will evaporate. >> it's like an airline ticket. it really doesn't include all of the numbers including taxes most of the time. >> and hidden fees. i was charged a fee in arizona, mandatory tip to bellman on my bill. i'm like, really? but you know what, because they didn't disclose it. >> $10. >> i checked with the bellman. he didn't even get it. no kidding. that was a nice story. here's the bottom line. once you know they haven't disclosed x you're in the driver's seat, you can dispute the bill. they doesn't look at the bill the night before. >> was that five things snoo o. >> we got seven. >> come on now. always great to have you. >> america's favorite cartoon family is marking a major milestone this weekend.
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the 500th episode of the simpsons will air this weekend. it is not just the longest running comedy series in u.s. history. the simpsons is on television somewhere in the world every half hour of every single day. >> wow. john blackstone takes a look back at this cultural phenomenon that keeps making us laugh. >> is oliver there. >> in the real world bart simpson would be in his 30s by now. >> call for -- >> instead, after 500 episodes,
bart remains a ten-year-old trouble maker. >> that's okay. his cute little hands can't even fit around my neck. >> as for homer, in 23 years, he hasn't changed his signature grumble. >> marge, lisa and maggie are still the same, too but somehow the show manages to stay fresh. >> the simpsons writers week after week are managing to find satire in new ways of lambasting american culture. >> the man is talking about waste management. that affects the whole planet. >> the fact that the jokes are coming through the mouths of little yellow people gives them a lot of license to be totally absurd. >> over 5 hundred episodes, the simpsons characters have become well, larger than life. they're at the heart of a billion dollar merchandising empire including the simpsons ride here at universal studios hollywood. over 23 seasons, those who make the show have been on quite a ride themselves. >> we have writers who actually grew up watching the show.
>> matt groaning created the simpsons. >> i think it's like a cavalcade of different comedy styles. there's very silly, three stooges humor, there's puns, silent comedy, slapstick. >> we rip off jokes from everywhere. not everybody has laughed. there's been criticism that sets bart as a terrible role model for children. >> power on. >> the show still courts conroversy it's guest star on this 500th episode is wikileaks founder julian assange. it seems almost everybody famous has been on at least one episode. >> kirk douglas, bob hope. >> set me down at that boat show. >> you want to stay for dinner? >> johnny carson. george harrison, ringo starr, paul mccartney. >> i read about you in history class. >> hello campers. keith richards, mick jagger. >> who else? a certain interviewer known for sophisticated style.
>> can't sleep. going to die. >> i'm going to kill you, homer. you are so dead. >> but homer survived. and with contracts to keep the show running for two more years, the simpsons will top a record it already holds as the longest running situation comedy ever on tv. for "cbs this morning," john blackstone in hollywood. >> can i just say you look good in animation. >> oh, my goodness. what do you think? >> did you get this jacket because you were on the show? >> indeed. here's what's great about this. i love the jacket. when i walk the dog, the famous barkley at the park. every kid says manno owe hey dude, i got to have one of those jackets. where did you get it. i said get on the simpsons. he said what? >> if you guys think that charlie doesn't like the jacket, chris licht made a joke and said somebody spilled coffee on the jacket. he said you would have a very bad weekend if that happened. >> it's nice. it's very nice. >> it's got your name on it too. oh, man. this is one of the prized
orange county housewives wrapped into a package. >> in 2010, san francisco-based journalist peter crooks was invited to profile soccer moms working as professional private eyes. seemed like a no brainer we would cover that story. >> the p.i.'s were into stings, infidelity. corporate espionage. attractive women leading double lives. >> they were like cub scout den mothers in the morning, undercover operatives at. >> >> suddenly the p.a. moms were a sensation. there was a spread in people magazine, morning television, even the dr. phil show. >> you would never expect a mom in a minivan to be somebody on your tail. >> we busted the guy. we caught him. >> i've got to go to my son's baseball game. i'm late. >> the man behind these real life charlie's angels was a tough ex-cop chris butler. >> he had a way of making universe seem sexier and more
exciting than real life. >> fame led to a reality tv series and the pressure to keep up. >> it's all about the rush. get bigger, get richer, get faster. >> i never saw it coming. >> an informant e-mails the reporter with disturbing allegations. >> the entire business was a setup. it was immoral, it was seed i, it was illicit. >> allegations that cases have been staged. crooked cops were involved and worst of all, butler was dealing drugs. >> it was unbelievable. i was sort of saying like what's going to happen next? >> maureen maher is with us now. welcome. >> good morning. >> this is an unusual story for 48 hours. >> it is. i mean, we typically cover murder and missing person's cases. but this has han many of the same elements, deception and manipulation is probably the key word here. because chris butler is guilty what he's accused of -- if guilty of what he's accused of. manipulating people. >> it was so elaborate. in the end, the guy who used to
carry out the sting becomes the victim of a sting himself. >> yes. and the fact that he was able to pull in some of the drug cop, the top drug cop in the bay area. i mean shall these are people who didn't have any history of crime. even chris butler didn't. you know, he got it in his head that he was going to have a certain life and the reality show and it just kept springing forward from that one crime, bee gat another crime. if he's guilty of what he's charged of. >> great to see you. an amazing story. >> people will do anything to be on tv maureen. >> almost. >> almost anything. thanks. >> go ahead. >> you can see her full report, soccer moms confidential on 48 hours mystery tomorrow night at 10:00, 9:00 central here on cbs. and if you want to learn how to cook, grandma's house is a good place to start depending on your grandma. that's what mo rocca did. he's here to talk about
max von sydow appeared in the movies in sweden in the 1940s. more than 60 years later he has no plans to retire. barry petersen sat down with the oscar nominee to look back at his life and career. >> max von sydow made his hollywood debut in 1965s the greatest story ever told and he was no bit player. >> what is your name? >> jesus. >> from nazareth. i know him well. >> he was just as convincing as the devil in needful things. >> the devil, of course, must have been nor must be a very charming person. >> i was going to say, you have more fun being the devil than you had being jesus. >> if we should call it fun, yes, absolutely. >> he switched sides once again in the exorcist.
>> our father, who art in heaven. hallowed be thy name. >> you scared the day lights out of us in the exorcist. >> it's funny for me because i'm the good guy. >> a good guy who six decades in films earned him the respect of hollywood's biggest stars. >> i got to tell you, i walked right up and said i have to say hi and meet you. that's max von sydow. >> venerable actor received his second oscar nomination, this time for extremely loud and incredibly close. which he speaks not a word. >> do you have a criminal record? >> maybe you hurt people for a living? what's your story then? >> someone says we'd like you for this part and you read the script and there are no words for to you say. wasn't that just a little scary?
>> no. interesting. very, very interesting. >> why? >> because he speaks but he speaks through his writing. >> it was a role his wife katherine, a french filmmaker, convinced him to take. >> reading the script, i cried. >> using pen and paper, he helps a young boy find the meaning of a mysterious key left behind by his father played by tom hanks who dies in the attacks of 9/11. >> do you think the key fits a lock? >> do you think we'll find the lock? >> was there never a moment for you when you really just wanted to talk, to get it out? >> no. >> you're okay with the never talking part sm. >> no, no. i didn't want to talk. >> how come you stopped talking? >> there was an early version of
the script where they wanted me to say something at the end. but i was immediately against that. i don't think it should be. it shouldn't have been done. i think -- it wasn't done. i am very pleased. >> the swedish-born actor first gained international attention in the seventh seal. legendary director ingmar bergman's 1957 meditation on the trials of faith in our fallen world. his character challenges death to a game of chess, literally playing for his life. >> without that, i would never have been here today. i have him to thank so much. he was an extraordinary inspiration and friend. >> appearances in other berg man films followed. then hollywood came calling.
he played a hit man targeting robert redford in three days of the condor. >> don't turn for a moment. put your thumb in front of the hammer. >> woody allen, a long time admirer of bergman cast him in hannah and her sisters. >> von sydow says allen may have been slightly intimidated. >> but i never met him before i was on the set. and it took a couple of hours before i really met him. i got the impression that he kind of avoided me. >> although he says he takes every role seriously, not all his roles are serious. >> ming the merciless? >> yeah. i knew the comics. i admired flash gordon when i was a kid very much. and ming the merciless of course, was very scary. that was hard to do. >> he's even been showing up in
video games lately. >> so long all i could do was watch him approach helplessly. >> you're going to be sitting in a cafe sometime and say aren't you the guy from that video game? >> maybe. >> feel kind of good, wouldn't it? >> wrae. >> von sydow, now a french citizen is dialing back a bit. he and wife katherine make their home in paris. but even at age 82, the actor in him is waiting for that next call. >> all these things that i have postponed to do later i am trying to do them now. having time to look around, to experience france, for example. to read books, to listen to music. to watch films. all this. so you don't really have time to work or i don't really have time to work. every now and then, thank god, there are offers which i cannot turn down. >> for "cbs this morning," this is barry petersen in los
angeles. and a big thanks to our friends at cbs news sunday morning for sending that story to us. we, of course, encourage you to tune in this sunday morning. and when we come back, mo rocca will give us a delicious look at some of the best food in the country made by his grandparents. i like that. when we come back. you're watching "cbs this morning."
water are getting it on, pop had me dole out four cups of white flour. >> never throw anything like you that. you don't throw things. >> sorry. >> you break things and then it's going to go in there and we got to throw everything away. you can't. just remember, gentleness please. nice. don't overdo it now. >> i like that. mo rocca good morning to you. >> good morning. >> i sew think you were on to something with this. i had a conversation with justin timberlake yesterday for o magazine. i asked him his favorite childhood memory. he said his grandmother's peach cobbler. everybody has a story like that? >> if i had a time machine i would go back 30 years and show up at my grandmother's apartment before the gargantuan meals she would serve and i would help her. i wish i had her to learn to do what she did and why she did it. this is a woman who worked 40 hours a week at a downtown d.c.
department store, woody's for d.c. >> yeah. >> on the weekends, though, she would make these meals. we couldn't get her not to do it. she wanted to do it. she was hurt if we didn't let her do it. i am doing the next best thing. learning from the masters, from grand mothers and grand fathers across the country. >> mine was fried chicken and pecan pie. >> who would make it? >> my grandmother. absolutely. >> so charlie, sharing a story about his grandmother. >> that would make a good show. >> stay with us mo. >> did you ever learn to make it? did you ever cook with your grandmother? >>. >> that's one much your regrets you never spent time with her in the kitchen? >> i spent a lot of time. earning the money to take her to see the king and i with yul brenner. i did lots of fun stuff with her. but i didn't do that. she was quiet, she was -- she raised her children during the depression. so this was her way of showing love. that's the way she demonstrated. >> this is what i heard about
you. you're a foodie but you don't cook. you so much don't cook that you don't have salt in your house. i didn't believe that. >> it's true. it sounds like a weird religious ritual that i have no salt in the house. a friend of mine came over and said can i get some salt? i said look in the cub board over the oven that i never used. that's sugar. not salt. two different things. it's terrible. >> what interests me is you have photos of you in the kitchen. it's something i come back to. it's the notion of interchange between grandchildren and grandparents and bringing a camera to photograph their curiosity with their grandparents so you can pass it on down the line. >> absolutely. you can't learn this from a book. >> some of these recipes are written down. i'm the type of person that i'll say, is it a half teaspoon or a third of a teaspoon. these grandparents will go -- you'll know. >> figure it out. >> i think there's something really special, i'm blessed with great parents but there's something about a grandparent, a
pure kind of affection, less complicated. >> absolutely. there's something really special about it -- we talked approximate this. even the odors, you can walk -- when i walk into my grandmother's house in new hampshire or whenever i smell pot roast if i'm not at your house mimi. those are the smells immediately that i think of my grandmother or every christmas eve we make a dish that my other grandmother made. it's a beautiful connection in the way it brings back the memories. >> the appliances,s the spoons or whatever it is. one of the grandparents in the specials, romanian grandfather, we were making romanian sausage using the meat grinder. he escaped from communist romania clinging to the bottom of a train, swam across the danube and had his grandmother's meat grinder. >> brought it with. >> probably because they smelled the meat grinder they were chasing him. >> can we go back to the picture of you with the chef hat on. >> that my grandmother made. >> she made that?
>> what was her name? >> mary. >> what did you call her? >> mama. >> there's a picture of her, right? >> i think we do. >> we'll find. >> i am fascinated by this. your grandmother made this. i'm thinking, what was the story behind that outfit that you were wearing? you certainly look like you had the makings of a chef. >> i think for some reason i think we were making like zucchini bread or sweet potato cupcakes. she was teaching me to do that for some sort of school project. i think that's why. she decided why not make it in the hat. >> there's my grandmother. mama, you're on cbs. you're on the fastest growing morning show in television. >> pay attention. >> what's your all-time favorite meal? what would it be in. >> it would be the ravioli that she made. >> that is it. >> it would be the ravioli that she made from scratch. spinach, ground beef and garlic inside. big pockets. kind of delicate, though. not overstuffed. so because they were sort of
beautiful and delicate, you didn't shovel them in. >> has anything come close to hers? >> i can't -- you know, i am friends with lydia who made great ravioli. she's pretty great. >> but it ain't mama's. >> i am, by the way shall as i was talking to gayle. >> make it quick. >> there are mean grand mothers out there who are great cooks. i'm interested in them too. >> my grandmother's ravioli sunday at 8:00 p.m. eastern, 7:00 central on the cooking channel. >> if you hate home cooked meals, don't watch it. if we look at the past week, we want to show you the names of the people who brought you this broadcast. folks, this is a team sport. takes a lot of people to put together a broadcast. those who contribute to this broadcast, you'll see their names and some of what happened this week. names and some of what happened this week. have a great weekend. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com there is no way around this. when the truly great artists leave us, their legacy lives on. >> whitney houston dead at 48.
>> completely devastated. i don't know what to say. >> we've made very clear that they are not to develop a nuclear weapon. >> it almost seems like the iranian leader is begging sun someone to take military action. >> three bombing attacks in two days. >> a war might spread to even more countries. >> end the killing immediately. we have heard the call of the syrian people for help. >> payroll tax is going to pass. >> so important for people not to be hit with a thousand dollar tax increase. >> we've reached an agreement. i'll call you back. >> i have to wait to see the deal. >> you can't take anything for granted until my signature is on it. >> important that the united states and china develop a strong working relationship. >> that's what happens when you get behind in the rent. the landlord shows up starts looking around. >> the number of drugs in short supply has tripled. >> there's no indicator that the robber actually knew who he was robbing.
>> 50 years ago on valentine's day she became america's sweetheart. she still is. >> welcome to the other side of the rainbow. >> the legislation says life begins at conception. >> you know who is the hot republican candidate right now, rick santorum. >> this guy is the front-runner? oh, man. >> i swear this is real. this is a real political ad. >> this time romney is firing mud at rick santorum. >> the fact is, here in detroit and we're focused on economy and the jobs. >> i wanted her to be human. >> all the single ladies. >> aaron neville. the album of the year. >> adele. >> adele. >> adele. >> thank you so much. thank you so much. >> very, very feel good stories like this. >> the miracle near 34th street continued. >> he's got game. he can play. >> who let the dogs out. >> best in show. the pekinese. >> he's going to fall to earth sometime, charlie. this is a dream come true.