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right in front of me and acted like i didn't see it. >> ron burgundy. by the way, you can catch my interview with the man behind ron burgundy. that will air in "the situation room" later this week. that's it for me. thanks very much for watching. i'll be back at 5:00 p.m. eastern. "newsroom" continues now with brooke baldwin. >> hi there. i'm brooke baldwin here in new york. thank you for being we me on a snowy tuesday. the weather may look bad where you are, but the storms are far from over. in fact, snow and ice blanketing cities all the way from arkansas to maine. these are live pictures of new york, which along with washington and philadelphia, could see six inches of snow today. and you can already see the snow piling up on lady liberty's crown. actually, you can't see a darn thing now that i'm looking at
these live pictures. there is snow falling, but this is a bunch of nothing. it's such a white-out in parts of new york. the weather has even forced federal offices and schools in washington, d.c., to be closed. road conditions are nothing short of treacherous. 15 people have died in weather-related incidents in the past couple of days, mostly in wrecks on roads like these. one of the scenes -- watch this video. this is a wisconsin traffic camera. one after another cars are careening out of control, crashing into one another. a police officer on the scene compared it to a crash he said to the daytona 500, saying there was no one there to wave the yellow caution flag. clearly. >> i'd see them go southbound and see their taillights disappear into the snow. then all the sudden i'd see their bright lights come on and juch up jump up or go off to the side or spin. you knew it was happening. i just knew they were getting
into an accident. i was just praying to god nobody was going to die. >> from the roads to the skies, a little better news for those of you hoping to hop on airplanes today. more than 1,000 have been canceled nationwide, but that's down, just to put this in context. that is down from 1900 yesterday. so let's talk about what things look like outside. chad myers is nice and warm in the cnn weather center. fred, let's begin with you. i saw the alert from the national weather service. we're talking what record snowfall for today. >> reporter: yeah, record snowfalls forecasted today. already coming down, brooke, at jfk airport, at newark airport, and also here in central park. certainly a day to remember. there was a little snow, a lot of snow earlier today, especially around lunchtime. it has died down a little bit however, there is still precipitation coming down. also, new york city seems to be quite well prepared for all this. there have been salt-spreading
vehicles on the road spreading that pumpkin-colored salt. so traffic here is still moving quite normally. as you said, the airports have been the major issue throughout the better part of the day, especially at newark which saw over 100 cancellations alone. also pretty big delays at that airport as well. laguardia and jfk as well. but really, newark has been hit the most. right now it seems as though the precipitation is getting to be a little less. there is still a severe weather warning in effect for the new york area, supposed to be in effect until about 5:00 p.m. so for a lot of new yorkers here, the commute to work was actually okay because the snow didn't really set in until after the morning commute. but it's going to be the commute home that could be a big issue, especially for the folks that are living in the suburb. a lot of schools closed there as well, brooke. >> fred, thank you so much in new york. chad, you know, this is so much bigger than just a new york story. st. louis i saw is actually
colder than anchorage, alabaska today. is that normal? >> no. the cold that should be in alaska has released and just ended up all the way down here in the lower 48 states, in north america. so, no, of course not. but the good news is for d.c., all this has turned into is a shopping day. if you can find a mall where people actually went to work, it's a beautiful day. the sun is out. it's over. philadelphia, the sun is out. it's over. new york city, the sun will be out in an hour. it's done. there will be maybe another inch of snow in boston, but this is done. this was a quick hitter. started at about 4:00 this morning, made ugly roads this morning if you didn't wake up and look at them. that's why so many things were canceled. i tried to find big numbers for snow. i found four inches in baltimore. three in d.c. middleton in fredrick county got five inches. this is exactly what we thought was going to happen. it happened so fast that it didn't have time to really pile up a foot deep. the storm came and went. so we're still seeing airport delays. some of them over an hour. newark, laguardia, jfk and so on. there's the animating radar.
it is done. d.c., a beautiful day for you. get out and play in it if you can. there's boston, some snow coming in still for the next hour and a half. still a couple of heavier showers over the berkshires right now. the snow just about done there. two to four inches. the issue tonight is when the sunsets, brooke, if the road is still wet, then that's when it's going to freeze up. with the sun out now, a lot of it is going to melt and go away. there still will be bridges with ice on them. >> go slowly. but this morning i did walk out and about in central park. people were out taking pictures. first big snowfall. it was beautiful. chad, thank you very much. new details are emerging today about that scuffle that investigators say forced a campus police officer to shoot and kill a texas college student. authorities say 23-year-old robert readis turned belligerent
during this traffic stop near his school. the officer here, corporal christopher carter, says he was drunk and when he tried to handcuff him, he fought him, even grabbing carter's police baton and hit him with it. the local police chief said readis refused to obey the orders. >> he instructed him 14 times to place his hands behind his back and informed him three time he was under arrest and to stop resisting 56 times. >> he was shot five times after the officer claimed the 23-year-old raised his arms as if he was going to throw another punch. here's the thing. there is no dash cam video of this shooting because the camera mount on the patrol car was broken. officer carter is now currently on administrative leave. and happening this moment here, a tough sell on iran. secretary of state john kerry on capitol hill, live pictures of the secretary of state defending the interim deal on iran's nuclear program. skepticism coming not just from
republicans here but also democrats on the house foreign affairs committee. >> -- that iran remains the top state sponsor of terrorism in the world, continues to support hezbollah and the brutal assad regime in syria, continues to engage in systematic violations of human rights, continues its efforts to destabilize a number of persian gulf states and continues to imprison innocent americans. all of this under the so-called moderate rouhani government. >> i hope you'll leave here today with a sense of confidence that we know what we're doing. our eyes are open. we have no illusions. it's a tough road. i don't come here with any guarantees whatsoever. >> so kerry says he has no illusions about iran, but he says this interim nuclear deal will force tehran to prove it's not cheating. and secretary kerry restated that iran will not, i repeat, will not acquire a nuclear
weapon, period. jim is with me now from washington. our chief security correspondent. in terms of a challenge for the secretary, how big of a challenge is this for him? >> it's a big challenge. you just heard the secretary there talk about the members of congress leaving with a sense of confidence. that's what's lacking here. they have no confidence that the iranian side will live up to their commitments. they say the only way to make that happen is keep their feet to the fire, in effect, by adding even more sanctions than there are today. as you say, they're getting that from both the republican and democrat side. it's interesting, actually. the chairman of the house foreign affairs committee, ed royce, even invoked the name of nelson mandela, citing the use of economic sanctions in ending apartheid in south africa. of course, the administration's point of view is, listen, we already have stiff sanctions in place. this deal has only relaxed them modestly. if you impose new sanctions now,
that's really going to destroy the diplomatic path. you know, they've been making that same argument for two weeks. secretary kerry and the administration. it's fallen on deaf ears so far. i don't know how many people they're going to convince up on the hill today. >> so then in terms of convincing, how relucreluctant congress be to actually trust iran? >> extremely reluctant. that's the problem. they say, listen, if they impose new sanctions, they wouldn't come into effect for six months. the trouble is, this interim deal that the u.s. and european powers signed with iran said, we will impose no sanctions for the life of this deal. this would in effect break that commitment from the american and the european side. the administration will say this doesn't only damage our credibility with the iranians, the administration keeps making the point it damages our credibility with our european partners who we brought to the table with this deal. you're going to hear secretary kerry making that point again today. you know, we'll see if that's enough to convince the members of the house. there's already a legislative
effort underway in the senate to bring new sanctions to the floor as well. they're getting it from both sides. >> we know you're keeping a close eye on it. we saw though live pictures of secretary kerry testifying. jim, thank you very much. >> thank you. and coming up here, a family, including four young children, they go out to play in the snow but have yet to return. now a massive search is on in the brutal, brutal cold. plus, this saturday on the first anniversary of the tragedy in newtown, connecticut, a republican congressman decides to hold an event involving guns and kids. you'll hear those details. and during the biggest gathering of world leaders in decades, this moment right here has everybody talking today. find out how this handshake between raul castro and president obama is playing back here at home.
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right now in a remote part of nevada where the daytime temperature has just dipped to 6 degrees below zero, a desperate search is underway. a couple disappeared sunday along with four children. the ages of these children, between 10 and 3 years old. investigators say the six of them went out to play in the snow and they haven't been seen since. >> the temperatures out here are very cold. we'd like to bring a successful end to this. we'd like to find them just as soon as we can. >> we just got to find them. we've known them forever. those are little tiny kids. none of them can be out there in
the cold like this. >> with us now, our own amy l lah -- laport, who's done serious back country hiking. your dad is an expert in cold-climate survival. talk to me about this family's best chance of survival out there. what is the terrain like? >> well, right now it's really cold. this is a really remote, isolated area. i think it's really important to remember that there's not a lot of cell phone reception. so their chances of running into anyone, really slim. hunters do frequent this area, but not at this time of year. it's just too cold for them. and there really is only -- that road you're seeing there is the only road in and out. the rest are atv tracks. if they found themselves bogged somewhere, you know, their best bet is to just stay still. >> stay still as in if they are in their car, bundle up in the
car together. is that the best chance of surviving? >> best case scenario, they're with their car. that's what we're really hoping for. if they are in their car, obviously resist the temptation to go out and find help. stay where you are. don't leave your vehicle. run the car for short periods of time infrequently. obviously, you don't want to run out of gas. you've got to conserve the warmth in that car. you've got to do that by covering the windows. a lot of the heat that you're producing in the car is going to be going straight out the window. contrary to logic, sometimes it's a good idea to remove your own clothes and put them on the window to kind of insulate yourself inside the car. make sure, of course, we know that there are search teams out there looking for them right now. you know, in the sky we have helicopters, planes. put something visible, a colorful item of clothing on top of the car, hang it from the side of the car, preferably blue. that really stands out in the snow. not so great is if they're away
from their car. if you find yourself trapped away from your car, stranded somewhere, obviously lighting a fire is a great idea, but obviously we don't know what supplies they have. we don't know if they had matches. building a snow cave. actually, the snow is the best way to insulate yourself against the cold. so if they can do that, that's great. unfortunately, i had a look at the snow. it doesn't really look deep enough for them. in any situation, they want to stay hydrated. resist the temptation to just eat the snow. you've got to melt it first. if you don't have a fire, put it in a canister and strap it to your body so your body will do a slow melt. >> i'm thinking of that car. it's got to be covered in snow. hopefully they have some kind of, you know, signal, some kind of bright article of clothing they can place out there. we know people are out there and they're looking for them. amy, thank you very much. coming up, president obama delivers a moving speech at the memorial for nelson mandela, but it's this moment that has many
people talking. what does the president's handshake with raul castro mean for u.s.-cuba relations are going forward if anything? we'll talk about that. also, the woman accused of shoving her husband off a cliff all of eight days after they said their i dos, her trial is just getting underway. the bride admits to pushing her husband to his death. he calls it self-defense. his friends, though, say something very different. that's next. orbiting the moon i. afghanistan in 2009. on the u.s.s. saratoga in 1982. [ male announcer ] once it's earned, usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation because it offers a superior level of protection and because usaa's commitment to serve current and former military members and their families is without equal. begin your legacy. get an auto insurance quote. usaa. we know what it means to serve. maestro of project management.
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congressman will host an event involving guns and kids. yep, florida republican ted yoho says he will focus on gun safety and responsible ownership and the event will teach kids the basics. this is a family affair, according to this invite. yoho says his thoughts are with the grieving families of newtown, and he absolutely says he did not choose the date to purposely coincide with that first an verniversaranniversary. was it murder, was it a tragic accident? day two here of this newlywed murder trial for jordan graham now underway in this montana courtroom. this is the story. this bride is accused of pushing her husband of all of eight days over this cliff in glacier national park. she says it was an accident that happened after she tried to defend herself after some kind of argument. but friends of 25-year-old cody johnson paint a much different picture. prosecutors say graham desperately wanted out of her
new marriage and lied about what really happened. now this jury of eight men and six women must decide if graham is telling the truth. so let's talk about this with hln host jane velez-mitchell. great to see you in person. let's begin with just mapping out both sides. so let's start with the defense. they say this is this frightened newlywed, right, who just maybe wasn't happy. >> they were having an argument in a very bad place to have an argument. >> just happened to be by a cliff. >> a cliff with a 200-foot drop. she says, well, you know, they were arguing and he grabs her arm and instinctively because they're on a cliff, pushes his arm off. in one sweeping motion pushes him off and it's a total accident. the prosecution says, no way. they have many, many texts that she was very, very unhappy about her marriage, that she was deeply depressed, he was crying. she said, i'd rather be dead. so they say she gets him to this cliff and then intentionally
pushes him face first to his death. now, it's a tough case because there are no witnesses. but the most incriminating evidence against her, her own actions after this. she denies being there. she tells friends and the cops, oh, some buddies from out of town -- >> she's setting up this alibi. >> yeah, they pick my husband up, go for a drive. >> how does the defense counter that? >> well, they say, and this is a quote, that she was a scared little rabbit, a naive woman who was afraid that if she told the truth nobody would believe her. she wouldn't be able to get her story out. but this is quite a cover-up that she constructed and ultimately she did lead authorities to the body, but she said, well, i figured he might be here because he always wanted to visit this spot. >> what want a the fbi interrogation? i read about that, and i read, a, that they were rolling on what the first 80 or 90 minutes of the interrogation and the defense is saying, hey, you were
asking leading questions. validity? >> the defense wanted the whole trial thrown out because of the way this fbi interrogator questioned and grilled this young woman. essentially, what they did was they talked to her for a long time without pressing play, even though they had the recording equipment right there, according to the defense. and then, according to the defense, they massaged her, twisted her, manipulated her, and then she says some incriminating things they get on tape. now, ultimately, she told the fbi that she could have walked away, but she was so angry she pushed him. and that's what they're hanging their hat on. unfortunately, the way they did it for the prosecution will present some problems. >> okay. jane velez-mitchell, quite a different tale of two sides of this case. we'll follow it. >> the lesson, if you're going to have an argument, do not do it at the edge of a cliff. >> jvm, thank you very much. let me move on. you have heard of hoarders. these are people who obsessively collect things. but here's a story. one woman recorded every single
second in television news since 1975. and i will talk to her son about what they're doing now with this footage. plus, i'll show you the fascinating moments from today's nelson mandela memorial, incl e including the meting of these two famous families and president obama's handshake seen around the world.
bottom of the hour. you are watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. president obama is already on his way back home to the u.s. after delivering that heart-felt eulogy to nelson mandela. the president and first lady headed up this american delegation that included three former u.s. presidents, a number of dignitaries, making this one of the largest gatherings of heads of state in modern history. and just look at the vip section. george and laura bush chatting up the clintons. all the while the rain is coming down. even celebrities of the likes of bono and charlize theron making the long journey to pay their
respects. ♪ at times with the singing and the dancing, it just felt like a revival with american gospel singer kirk franklin just pumping up the crowd ahead of president obama's remarks. >> i am not a saint, he said, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying. that was precisely because he could admit to imperfection, because he could be so full of good humor, even mischief, despite the heavy burdens he carried that we loved him so. he was a man of flesh and blood, a son and a husband, a father and a friend. and that's why we learned so
much from him, and that's why we can learn from him still. for nothing he achieved was inevitable. in the arc of his life, we see a man who earned his place in history through struggle and shrewdness and persistence and faith. he tells us what is possible not just in the pages of history books but in our own lives as well. mandela showed us the power of action, of taking risks on behalf of our ideals. perhaps mandela was right that he inherited a proud rebelliousness, a stubborn sense of fairness from his father, and we know he shared with millions of black and colored south africans the anger born of a
thousand slights, a thousand indignities, a thousand unremembered moments, a desire to fight the system that imprisoned my people, he said. but like other early giants, madiba disciplined his anger and channelled his desire to fight into organization and platforms and strategies for action so men and women could stand up for their god-given dignity. moreover, he accepted the consequences of his actions. knowing that standing up to powerful interests and injustice carries a price. i have fought against white domination and i've fought
against black domination. i've cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and equal opportunities. it is an ideal which i hope to live for and to achieve, but if need be, it is an ideal for which i am prepared to die. >> and just listen to the crowds responding to the president amid the paomp and the pageantry of the ceremony. one act seemed to capture mandela's spirit like no other. as president obama made his way to his seat, he stopped and shook hands with cuban leader raul castro. the white house says this was not planned. after decades of frosty relations between the two countries, people like former president jimmy carter, says he saw it as a glimmer of hope. >> i think it was something significant. i've known raul castro quite
well for a number of years. i don't hesitate to visit cuba when i want to. i've known his brother cadel as well. that was the first time i believe an incumbent american president has shaken hands with the leader of cuba. i hope that will be an omen for the future. >> a princeton history professor joins us as well as gloria borger. welcome to both of you. gloria, let me begin with you. just quickly off the top, was the handshake a glimmer of hope, was it just much to do about nothing? >> you know, where you stand depends on where you sit. i mean, we've just gotten word that congresswoman ross lateman in questioning senator john kerry today said that when the leader of the free world shakes the bloody hand of a ruthless dictator like raul castro, it becomes a propaganda coup. >> let me stop you. michael, play it. >> mr. secretary, sometimes a handshake is just a handshake.
but when the leader of the free world shakes the bloody hand of a ruthless dictator like raul castro, it becomes a propaganda coup for the tyrant. raul castro uses that hand to sign the orders to repress and jail democracy advocates. >> and let me jump in, gloria, before you finish, just to add from that. we also heard from marco rubio today not directly criticizing obama but saying maybe he should have lingered, pressed castro more when it comes to human rights. please continue. >> look, i understand what she's saying. i know where she comes from and how she comes at this and what marco rubio is saying. this is a funeral. this was a long line of people the president was shaking their hands. had he stopped and press eed castro on human rights at this particular moment, i think it might have created more of a stir -- >> not appropriate perhaps?
>> look, i think they try and orchestrate these things as well as they possibly can. i think if we were given a choice, he would rather castro would not have been in that line. >> julian, to you. let's be clear, i've watched this video ten times today. you see the president as he's walking by. he shakes castro's hand. then the president of brazil's hand. it's like he's going down the line. what did you think? >> look, when it comes to diplomacy, handshakes do matter, whether a president intends to or not. there's many famous handshakes. carter and the shah of iran. there's a whole history of these. in our current political environment, it's impossible to extract this from politics. but the president really didn't have a choice, and if he didn't shake his hand, i think it is correct that it would have caused all kinds of fury and fire storm. i think that's what he had to
do. whether this is significant, we'll see what comes of it with cuban-u.s. relations. >> let's talk about the substance of this. let's stay to the point of handshakes do matter. you have to talk about cuban's american hostage. do you think perhaps that this symbol, this handshake, might that be the catalyst to a thawing of relations? or am i taking that too far? >> well, you could be taking it too far, but it could happen. look, sometimes the discussion about the handshake could in fact shift political momentum. there's already been a little bit of a thawing because of economic developments, and it could be that the fallout of this is not to harden cuban-american relations but to open a dialogue of how we can move forward and how we can improve the situation. so it's likely this could backfire on some of his critics
and open the door for their diplomacy. we'll have to see. >> gloria, you get the last word. >> let me point out what the president said in his speech though. he shook raul castro's hand, but at the same time, when he delivered his speech, he talked about there are too many leaders who claim solidarity with mandela's struggle for freedom but do not tolerate dissent from their own people. so he may have shaken his hand but slapped him in the face at the same time in his public remarks. not only castro, by the way, but other leaders sitting there who might have had the same criticism aimed at them. >> gloria and julian, thank you very much for coming on. coming up, scientists have found the coldest place on earth. can you guess where it might be? and which metal gods played
a concert there in a giant plastic dome? plus, 35 years of news on nearly 140,000 videotapes. one woman spent her life recording and saving news broadcasts. now after her death, the question is, what happens to all those tapes? i can tell you today something very special is in store. that's coming up. stay with me. and i'm michelle. and we own the paper cottage. it's a stationery and gifts store. anything we purchase for the paper cottage goes on our ink card. so you can manage your business expenses and access them online instantly with the game changing app from ink. we didn't get into business to spend time managing receipts, that's why we have ink. we like being in business because we like being creative, we like interacting with people. so you have time to focus on the things you love. ink from chase. so you can.
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35 years is about to be preserved for posterity. 35 years. and for that we have this woman to thank. the late marion stokes. marion stokes hit record way back in 1977. wars, earthquakes, sports reports, weather. she didn't stop until december of 2012. she was rolling on iran during the hostage cry circumstances ro -- crisis, rolling in 1990 for the release of nelson mandela. still rolling in september 2001. she died december 14th, 2012. one year later, all of that history, 140,000 cassette tapes' worth, all of that history arriving today by truck at an archive in san francisco from
stokes' home in philadelphia. with me now from philadelphia is marion stokes' son mike. we are also joined by roger mcdonald of the internet archive in san francisco. but mike, my goodness. let me just begin with you because i'm wondering first, did you help your mom do this, record 35 years of tv news? >> well, certainly i was involved at the beginning of it. i don't think anybody really visited the home without being drawn into the vortex. this was a kind of consuming passion. so yeah, i was around for the beginning of it and on periodic visits back home. of course, you'd help out and you'd see the scale of the operation. >> mike, to use your word, let's talk about the vortex. walk me inside of your mother's home. did she have multiple televisions, multiple vvcrs? are we talking vhs tape? >> my mom started out with beta. she understood the difference between beta and vhs.
she really preferred the beta tapes. i think roger can confirm, when we watched a couple of the tapes from the '70s and '80s, the beta held up a little better. so she started on beta and was forced to vhs sometime in the mid-'80s. yeah, there would be about four or five cassette recorders. she usually sat in a room with two tvs going, usually with ideologically opposing cable channels kind of blaring at each other and recording all of them pretty much at the same time. yeah, i think -- imagine piles of video cassettes precariously balanced near several machines. i think you have the gist of it. >> i'm thinking maybe some of the offices around here at cnn looked like that with the various televisions. i have to come back to you and ask you why she did this, but first roger, to you. you run the tv portion of the internet archive in san
francisco. just tell me how rare is this collection from marion stokes? also in terms of worth. did i read its estimated worth is in the millions? >> it's hard to estimate, but it's an exceptional collection. really an unprecedented collection. i'm actually standing in front of one of the two -- one of the four containers with sean fagan here at the internet archive. before he stands row upon row upon row of cartons, inside of which are hundreds of vhs tapes. i just randomly pulled some. in front of me, random now, november 22nd, 1993, cnn throughout the day. and may 12th, 1993, fox news, nbc news, mcneil lair. it's remarkable.
>> mike, why? this is really the question. why did your mom -- was she fascinated by history? did she have a love of television, a tad eccentric, all of the above, tell me. >> certainly all of the above. my mother had been a political activist in the late '50s, early '60s. she understood the power of media to shape public opinion. she knew this would have an effect. she wanted to record it all. she really also had a kind of deep abiding faith in people. that if people had access to a wide range of information, they'd make good decisions. she wanted to make sure that as much information from as many sources as possible was kept. the internet archive's vision is very, very synchronous with my mom's vision. we're very delighted to be working with them. >> i am sorry about the passing of your mother, but what a
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no-no. fans heard the show through headphones. metallica called the show freeze them all. speaking of frozen, chad myers, i hear it's gotten pretty cold in antarctica. shocker. >> yeah, exactly. it's basically, you know, cold air drainage into a valley, into a funnel. think about opening your freezer, brooke. you open up your freezer, if you have a top-loading freezer. what's to all that steam and smoke? it fog rolls down to the bottom. this is what's happened to a valley in antarctica. this was measured by satellite, so it's not official. but it's a really, really cool record. 135.8 degrees negative fahrenheit. the old record, 128, this is seven degrees colder. that little spot right there. there's a plateau, kind of a ridge in this area. that ridge now has cold air on top. well, if it was cloudy, that cold air would be kind of kept in.
it wouldn't get too cold. in this instance, it was completely clear. so all the heat, like taking the covers off at night, you get cold. the atmosphere got cold. then on top of this ridge, all of the sudden you have this cold air that has to go somewhere. just like opening the freezer door, all of this cold air drained right into one valley. and at that exact moment, a satellite flew over the top, measured it with a thermometer and we got to 135.8. i don't even know what your body would do at that point in time. even when you're minus 80, they are they have snorkels these people have to breathe through that breathes through warmer air so you don't breathe through 138 negative through your body. >> i would have gone to the metallica show. i have friends going to the north pole. why not antarctica? chad, thank you very much. coming up, the ceo of lulu lemon stepping down. did his comments that prompted this have anything to do with it?
lululemon had some problems with some of their yoga pants being a little too transparent. chip wilson said, well, the company's pants don't work for, quote, some women's bodies. but he did quickly walk back those comments, and today chip wilson is resigning as chairman. zain asher joins me from the new york stock exchange with more. do the comments have anything to do with his departure? >> well, you know, we reached out to lululemon. we haven't heard back. the company is being very hush, hush about this. all they're saying chip wilson decided to resign effective next summer. obviously, these comments did not help. they're hugely controversial comments. he's known within the company as being somewhat of a loose cannon. after those see-through yoga pants were recalled earlier this year, he effectively blamed the customers. here's what he said, and i'm quoting exactly. he said, some women's bodies do not work for it. it's really about the rubbing of the thighs and how much pressure
there is. obviously, a media fire storm ensued. he did apologl -- apologize. >> the rubbing of the thighs. yikes. zain asher, thank you. and we roll on, hour two. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you so much for being with me. first, i want to get you up to date on this family who decided to head out to this remote part of nevada to play in the snow. the thing is, they have not been seen since. now, as it is bitter cold and temperatures are dropping, this frantic search is underway to find them. james glanton and christina macatees did appeared sunday, but along with them, these precious face, glanton's two children and mcafee's niece and nephew. their ages, between 3 and 10
years old. casey, tell me about -- i know teams are out there looking for them. has to be hampered by bad weather. >> it has been hampered by bad weather overnight. according to cnn producer chuck conder, who is en route to the scene right now, he is telling us they have actually found the family. that's the latest we have for you, brooke. i do not know what condition they are in. this has been a search that has been ongoing since sunday night. so we're now into the second day. obviously a lot of concern about the safety of this family given the temperatures that have dropped by some accounts to as much as 20 below zero overnight. we talked just a little while ago with the sheriffs office in the county there. they said they had as many as 200 people from different areas out there searching a 6,000-square mail area. but as i said earlier, chuck conder, cnn producer, telling us that the family, in fact, has been found.
we'll have more details when we can get them, brooke. >> just so i'm clear, you're saying the family has been found. do we know -- casey, you with me? >> yes, i am with you. i just got a little more information. they have been found by searchers on the ground in an area known as trinity canyon, and they are said to be in good condition, which is an incredible development given those conditions and the temperature that had existed in that area over the last two days. they were last seen on sunday afternoon. the search began sunday night. they were said to be driving in a jeep, perhaps got separated from the vehicle. searchers were really hoping that what they had done is gotten together and huddled if that vehicle and how managed to stay warm. we don't know exactly the condition they're in other than the fact they're said to be in good condition, which is obviously great news for their
families, brooke. >> that is absolutely incredible. as i know, the temperatures are bitter, bitter cold there. casey, do what you need to do continue reading whatever information you are. i'm going to dock back to you on this incredibly encouraging development, that these kids, these four little kids and this man and this woman have been found in good condition in trinity canyon. so hang tight with me. chad myers, let me pivot to you as we're going to do this on the fly. as we're getting this breaking news, can you just walk me through exactly where we're talking about in nevada on a map and talk about just the conditions that these rescuers and this family had to endure. >> sure. sean, try to get many a map of that area, if you can. between if you think about lake tahoe and a little farther to the east of there, into the seven canyons area. there's an area where seven little hills are all lined up and parallel. it's a wildlife refuge. it's a beautiful area. it was also very cold. temperatures approached 16 degrees below zero in the
morning. you think about 16 below, that's 50 degrees almost below freezing. so 16 below zero. not 16 below normal. that's 100 and something below your skin temperature in the morning. the good news is there wasn't much of any wind out there to help that out. right now 16 degrees is the air temperature. it was sunny. we had a lot of great air cover out there. we had helicopters out, planes out. boy, the finding of this family and extended family and in good condition, a testament to something. probably had a lot of gas in the car. that fuel was used to heat the car, keep it warm. the sun helped an awful lot too during the day. even though it only got to 20, sun coming in is like a greenhouse effect in your car. staying with the car will always be the most important thing you can do if you're out there alone because if you are in the car, it's much bigger. it's easier to spot and you're away from the elements, especially those elements at night. >> it's incredible. absolutely incredible.
i can tell our viewers that we do have a cnn crew en route to this location in nevada. so stay tuned to cnn throughout the next couple of hours as we will hopefully have those pictures for you and see this family and these young kids a-okay. just to be precise, and i'm quoting as i'm looking down at this confirmation from cnn, this is the pershing county nevada sheriffs office. to quote the sheriffs office, these people were found in fairly good condition again in an area called trinity canyon. they were spotted by searchers on the ground. they're being taken now to the hospital. so casey, let me go back to you. tell me if you learned anything new in the last 60 seconds that we haven't been talking. two, in case people are just joining us, breaking development here as this family has been found in nevada after they just disappeared going out to play in the snow on sunday. remind all of us just what they were doing there. >> well, they were going out, as you mentioned, to play in the snow. if you look at the facebook pages of the two adults,
boyfriend and girlfriend, they went into these remote areas a lot. they have a lot of pictures posted in the snow and in the sort of wilderness terrain that's there. it's very clees that they had a lot of experience going to that area. they went to that area to play in the snow. they were not heard from sunday evening, and rescuers began searching for them around 8:00 in the evening. obviously hindered by the dark. a lot of concern because awe we mentioned, those temperatures were very, very cold. there was a picture of a jeep posted on one of their facebook pages. we assume that's the same jeep they were in. it was not an suv-style jeep. it was one of those open-style jeeps. that probably did not give them a whole lot of protection, if, in fact, that was the vehicle. not much insulation. but somehow they managed to survive overnight under incredible conditions. they were spotted the -- the
only other detail i have that you did not mention, they were spotted by binoculars. it had been hoped that the helicopters and the aircraft that were searching for that vehicle might be able to spot it from the air. that apparently did not happen. it was actually spotted by crews searching for them on the ground through binoculars. as you reported, they're said to be in fairly good condition on their way to a local hospital, brooke. >> through binoculars. how about that? because part of the concern had been their car would have been encased in snow. so perhaps they were able to take off an article of clothing or something colorful just to get the attention of those rescuers. thank goodness they did. we'll stay on it with you, casey. as soon as you get more information, we'll pop you in front of that tv. thank you very much. coming up, we're going to switch gears and talk about this handshake that has everyone talking. here it is. will president obama's moment with raul castro at mandela's massive memorial, will that lead to something bigger or not
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included three former u.s. presidents. in his remarks delivered in the pouring rain, the president reminded the audience that mandela's greatness was not that he was a saint but rather a flawed human who never gave up his ideals of racial equality. >> there's a word in south afri africa, a word that captures mandela's greatest gift. his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that are invisible to the eye. >> far from being a somber affair, there were some light hearted moments like this. look at this. the prime minister, the danish prime minister and president obama leaning in to take a selfie. it was this moment, however, that seemed to capture the spirit of celebration unlike any other. it shows president obama shaking the hand of cuban leader raul castro. now, the white house says this
thing was not planned, but i can tell you it did not at all go over well with at least one republican lawmaker in washington. >> mr. secretary, sometimes a handshake is just a handshake. but when the leader of the free world shakes the bloody hand of a ruthless dictator like raul castro, it becomes a propaganda coup for the tyrant. raul castro uses that hand to sign the orders to repress and jail democracy advocates. >> our cnn chief international correspondent christiane amanpour and also chief national correspondent john king joing us in washington. christiane, you were there. when we talk about this castro/obama handshake, was that the most talked about, most fascinating moment that you saw there or that you heard about?
>> well, it's become because everybody's talking about it, but to me it was all the people who had been allotted to speak amongst whom was raul castro. you saw obama kiss the president of brazil. they were all seated. obama had been under a covered way and had to come up there. so he had to walk past all these leaders to get to the podium in order to deliver his speech. and, you know, he's polite and there were all these world leaders and shook their hands one by one. he kissed some of them. mind you, he kissed the brazilian president, who's very, very upset with president obama over the national security leaks and the idea that she herself had been spied on and eavesdropped on. there was a lot of that kind of stuff going on. but i think, first of all, it's not the first time an american president has shaken hands with a castro. clinton did it with fidel. raul castro has tried to introduce some slightly less extreme policies than fidel, but obviously there is still a dictatorship in cuba.
and the president actually made reference to that in his speech. he said there are many people here and elsewhere, many leaders who claim to be the inheritors of madiba but do not tolerate i did -- dissent in their own countries. >> so perhaps more important, listening to the words of president obama instead of honing in on this handshake. so christiane, she points out the context of this whole thing. john king, let's talk politics. we played the congresswoman's comments earlier today. we also heard from senator marco rubio. not directly criticizing him. saying, listen, he wished the president would have lingered with castro, talked a little m pressing him on human rights. what's your take? >> look, it comes with the territory. as christiane knows, the president was going through an international moment either way. either he shakes his hands and we're talking about it in this context or he snubs him and we're talking about it in that
context. look, the united states has been at this since the eisenhower administration. there have been -- barack obama is the 11th u.s. president to have to decide how to deal with either fidel or now raul castro. you can understand the congresswoman. look where she comes from. she's a cuban-american. she comes from a community, many of them refugees, many of them exiles, many with painful person stories. so you have to understand her politics as well. but she would be the first to tell you that even in her community, there's a generational split now. if you talk to the older members, they want the sanctions in place until the last minute, until the castros are gone. a lot of the younger members of the community, especially those involved in the business community say, look, this hasn't worked. like it or not, we've been doing it since the eisenhower days, ratcheting it up here and there, so let's try something new. so we live in a world where everything in an instant becomes political. they say this was just good
manners on a day of unity and reflecting on a great leader. the politics part comes with the territory. we'll see if anything comes of it a week, a month, a year from now. >> well, you look at history, there's been ping-pong diplomacy, there's been basketball diplomacy, perhaps handshake diplomacy. john king and christiane amanpour, thank you so much. and speaking of cuba, who could forget the gut-wrenching image from 2007. elian gonzalez being grabbed by these federal agents for deportation back to cuba. fast forward to today. he's grown up, talking to cnn about that experience. gonzalez, remember he was rescued off the florida coast when his mother fled cuba with him. tragically, she drowned. gonzalez's father fought this bitter legal battle to get him back. that debate fueled hot emotions on both sides at the time. cnn's senior latin-american affairs correspondent has been poring through this interview with elian gonzalez today. just first, rafael, set the
stage for me. where was elian when he spoke to us? i have to ask, was he hacoached? >> he sounds very much like he's been coached. he is traveling outside of cuba, brooke, apparently for the very first time since he was rep repatriated back in the year 2000. he's attending a youth conference in ecuador. this is for young people around the world, to put it mildly, of a leftist political persuasion. now, we wanted to know if he was affected psychologically, had any long-lasting effects after the ordeal. this is what he told us. >> translator: i haven't had any long-lasting psychological trauma. it hasn't affected me, but it has been hard on my family because those were difficult moments. but in spite of everything, i'm in cuba and that's great because it has been 15 wonderful years
in which i have experienced great growth without precedence as a cuban revolutionary youth espousing the cause of the cuban revolution. >> and brooke, it's kind of difficult to imagine, but he's now 20 years old. he's at a military academy studying industrial engineering. he sounds very much like a young spokesman for the cuban regime there. definitely talking to all the points we hear at cuban rallies and political speeches. so very much part of the system, if you might say. >> before you go, just with raul castro on the brain because of this handshake with president obama, what about his father fidel castro? did this reporter ask elian how he feels toward fidel? >> interesting you ask because just before he traveled to ecuador, he was interviewed by a cuban newspaper who asked him specifically how does he feel about fidel castro. and this is exactly what he said. listen to this, brooke. he said, fidel castro for me is
like a father. i don't profess to have any religion, but if i did, my god would be fidel castro. there's really no need, brooke, to say much more than that to learn how he truly feels about fidel castro. >> elian gonzalez, who will forget that time back in 2000. rafael romo, thank you very much. prank calls may not seem like that big of a deal, right? one man in california is facing serious charges for this. police say he targeted college and professional coaches. that's not the end of the story. he actually recorded the conversations. next, we'll play a call for you and reveal some big-name coaches allegedly caught up in this whole hoax. stay here. keeping up with these two is more than a full time job and i don't have time for unreliable companies. angie's list definitely saves me time and money. for over 18 years we've helped people take care of the things that matter most. join today.
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you heard about this story. some of sports biggest coaches allegedly targeted by a prankster. this is what happened. he would call them, make them a job offer, but didn't have any connection to the teams at all. this is just part of this huge, huge hoax. and now that man is under arrest, and police are asking a lot of questions. but take a look at this, because some of the alleged victims include former indianapolis head coach tony dungy, minnesota vikings head coach leslie fraser, clemson head coach dabo swinnew and mark jackson was also allegedly duped. so rachel nichols is joining me right now. crazy. >> yeah, absolutely. >> walk me through this. how did they find this guy?
what was he thinking? >> his name is ken tar. he's 32 years old and lives in l.a. he fancies himself a bit of a professional prankster. he'll call a coach and claim to be not a representative of the team but say attached to a team. he recently did trick former indianapolis coach tony dungy. i want you to listen to what we have next. this is him calling golden state warriors coach mark jackson, talking to him about the lakers coaching job, which by the way is not even open. mike d'antoni has that job right now. this guy video taped this and e-mailed it to dead spin. >> i work as a liaison whenever there's a head coach open for a variety of different people. i've been hired from the l.a. lakers to explore a variety of different candidates for the head coaching position beyond this season.
it's a complicated issue because it's not something that a lot of people can, you know, fully discuss their availability. i'm just trying to gauge interest at this point in seeing as things will progress to -- >> yeah, obviously, you know, how sensitive of an issue this is. you work for a company or as an individual? >> i work as an individual. i respect that, mark. i'll have people reach out to you at the proper time. >> you see as soon as mark jackson starts asking questions, who are you exactly, he starts to pull away. but he's done this with a few coaches, and there's nothing illegal about pulling a prank per se, but it is illegal in the state of california to tape a phone call if the other party doesn't know it. so tarr has been arrested on felony eavesdropping charges. the police working the case said he'd been making these calls to coaches across several different sports. we don't even know how far this reaches. >> these are big, big coaches. how did he get their phone numbers? >> a lot of times he just called the office.
if you leave a legitimate enough sounding message, somebody will call you back. sometimes you can do an internet search, get a cell phone number. he had his methods. you get the feeling he was casting a wide net. >> that's insane. and it was felony eavesdropping they got him on. >> if somebody calls you with a big job offer or maybe a movie role offer, i would think twice. but it could be legit. you don't know. you're a star, girl. >> thank you, ricachel. same to you, my friend. coming up, we have much more on our breaking news. encouraging here. we broke this at the top of the hour. this family, these four kids, girlfriend, boyfriend, found in relatively good condition in this remote area of nevada. fantastic news after two days in the brutal cold. so we have that coming up. also, those of you watching every single step this man takes, this is toronto mayor rob ford. we are getting word this mayor, who admits to smoking crack, the
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left in two days ago, but we know they were found in fairly good condition, according to the local sheriffs office. we just got off the phone with them. they said they are en route to a local hospital by ambulance. they would not or could not say at this point the nature of any injuries they might have beyond saying that they're in fairly good condition, all six of them. we also spoke with the hospital just a few minutes ago. they had not received any of the patients yet. they said they should be arriving at the hospital any moment. they had no details about what, if any injuries, they were anticipating. but obviously a very incredible story, as you mentioned. 200 searchers over the last couple of days looking for this family. i have to be honest. it did not look good after two nights in temperatures that dipped below 20 below zero. somehow, they have managed to survi survive. it will be interesting to hear
from them. >> we have a crew en route. hopefully we can talk to some of those rescuers who found them, amazingly through binoculars. casey, thank you very much. as we wait for more updates on that, take a look at this. this is the end of this police chase. an officer tosses his police dog, this canine, into the car of a suspect. the whole thing caught on video. here's the question today. did the officer go too far? because the suspect says yes. what do our legal experts think? that's coming up next. ♪ [ female announcer ] feed a man a cookie and he eats a cookie. ♪ feed him a fresh baked cookie and he eats a much, much better cookie. bake the world a better place with nestle toll house.
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a police chase, suspect's caught, he's cornered. his car, wrecked. instead of restraining him with cuffs, police take out the canine. that's right. dash cam video shows this. the officer drops this police dog into the lap of the suspect, who later needs stitches. here he goes. there he goes in. he needs stitches from a bite. now a grand jury has ruled there's no crime here. our north carolina affiliate has the story. >> reporter: the dramatic end to a police chase caught on dash cam. the pit maneuver stopped johnny williams' car, then wilmington police officer stuffs a police canine into that car. a grand jury watched this video several times before deciding to clear the officer of any criminal wrongdoing.
district attorney ben david said he wanted a grand jury to decide if the officer should be charged with assault inflicting serious injury. >> i believe that it was a close enough legal question that the community should get to decide whether the use of force was reasonable and that i would not rule as a matter of law that it was. >> reporter: david says williams tried to run over three officers during this chase. the grand jury indicted williams on three charges of being a habitual felon, assault with a deadly weapon and other traffic violations. we talked with williams after the incident. he admitted to making mistakes but told us he didn't deserve to have the dog unleashed on him. >> it was at least 30 or 40 seconds before the guy got him off me. i wish they would have took me peacefully and arrested me because that's what i was trying to do. >> reporter: even though the officer was cleared of criminal
charges, the chief says there's still an internal investigation underway. >> sometimes the job we do is not very pretty. it's just the facts. i mean, there are sometimes bad guys out there who are violent. the canine incident is still pending. administratively, there's an administrative investigation going on as we speak. >> reporter: but as far as the criminal charges, david says this case is closed. >> that use of force could be called into question by reasonable people looking at it. i'll let the people watching at home tonight who i'm sure are going to watch this tape multiple times decide for themselves whether they believe force was reasonably necessary. >> let's talk about this, get some insight from mike brooks, hln law enforcement analyst and joey jackson, hln legal analyst. joey jackson, let's begin with you. we froze one section of the video. this is the driver's hands up in the air after this patrol unit has crashed into him. the officer, as we saw, still
puts the dog into the man's lap. do you think just knowing this that this is not assault? >> well, you know, it becomes problematic, brooke. but what will happen is, and i think what's critical, is you have to look whether it was retaliation for the officer saying, you know what, you put me and my other fellow officers in danger. as a result, i will retaliate. or was it proper police protocol or procedure where you needed the dog, perhaps, to snip if there were weapons, if there was someone else in the car, or if it represented a danger. that's what it turns on and finally, although a grand jury did, in fact, clear him, you know, that may not be the end of it legally. certainly there will be departmental charges that could be forthcoming depending on the internal investigation. there could be a civil lawsuit here, depending upon what the victim, quote/unquote, the defendant in this case would decide to do. then the community certainly could push for some type of federal civil rights charge against the officer. this is a discussion that's far from over, brooke. >> mike brooks, you were a cop for years and years.
you tell me, what is the proper police protocol when you're arresting a driver after an officer in this case crashed his vehicle. >> well, here you've got a guy. he ran a dui check point, tried to run over three officers. they had to use the pit maneuver to stop him. the officer thought he had a canine, put him in the car because one thing, if you got a dog in your lap, you're not going to be able to take off from that scene and hit any other officers. so was this overexcessive use of force? i don't think it is. a dog is a tool. as joey said, there are probably -- it could be some administrative procedures against this guy. but i do not think it was excessive use of force in this particular case. >> mike, there is still this internal investigation by the police department. do you think what this officer did is going to get him into any administrative trouble? >> i think since you had 15 people on a grand jury decide there was no criminal charges, i don't think he's going to get
any administrative charges against him. if he does, maybe just some minor charge. if you noticed, after he put the dog in, he tried to open the door handle. the door handle was locked. then you see the other officers on the other side of the car using the ax to try to get into the car. number one, when you have a guy like this, brooke, and joey will agree, you always assume that this person is armed, especially when he's running from the police. >> joey, final thought from you. do you agree? >> well, what will end up happening, brooke, is you can argue that the raising of the hands was a very submissive thing. keep in mind, a grand jury, they're supposed to be a public confidence, right? you instill public confidence by letting the community decide. however, it's how you present the case to the grand jury. so while i have confidence in our system of justice, at the end of the day, again, there could be some type of federal investigation into the nature of this case. it may be far from over in terms
of the conduct and whether it was indeed excessive, brooke. >> all right, gentlemen. joey jackson, mike brooks. thank you both. coming up, will lawmakers avoid another shutdown? just in to cnn, we're hearing negotiators are very close to this deal on the budget, which impacts your wallet, my wallet. plus, i'm just getting word mr. rob ford, you know the man as the toronto mayor who admits to smoking crack. he will speak live any moment. and listen, your guess is as good as mine as far as what he wants to talk about. it will be a surprise to us all. and we'll take it live on cnn. what ya looking for?
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just in to cnn, after weeks after talks behind closed doors and a couple months after that whole government shutdown, we are hearing negotiators are close to a deal on the budget. let's go to washington to our chief congressional correspondent there, dana bash. so dana, this word is specifically coming from top
republican in the thick of things here on this budget deal, paul ryan. >> that's right. paul ryan and also sources on the democratic side who are involved in this too. they say this could happen in the next few hours, brooke. this is not the wide-ranging grand bargain that includes big-ticket deficit items like entitlements, but it is a modest budget deal that would set government spending levels, which is important. we haven't seen that in a while. and replace automatic spending cuts set to hit early next year. paul ryan on the republican side, patty murray on the democratic side. they' many democrats want to extend long-term unemployment benefits as part of this deal. other high-profile democrats on the house side who represent federal workers, they're concerned part of this deal means an increase in money that people have to give who are federal workers to their pensions. they're not crazy about that. then the republican side, conservatives are upset even before this is announced because
they don't want to change any of those spending caps that have been in place since 2011. three outside groups have said, republicans don't vote for this. if it is announced and is voted on this week, which we expect it will be, it will really have to have a true coalition of republicans and democrats who are in the middle for this to pass. >> we'll wait and see. we'll watch it with you, dana bash, for the next couple of hours to see if a deal can be made. thank you. and in washington as well, an old clinton hand is returning to the white house. former clinton chief of staff john podesta has been hired as a senior counselor to president obama. he's a party elder and founded the center for american progress. he's considered a steady hand. much needed after the shaky start to the president's second term. jake tapper will have much more on that on "the lead" in a couple minutes. and they charge fees for bags, aren't always on time, sometimes leg room isn't that great. airlines can get a ball rep.
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fresh water lake. this is an illustration nasa says is a possible extent of the lake, inside the crater where the rover landed. the lake could have supported microbes found on earth in caves and the ocean's floor and could have promoted life forms more than three billion years ago. how cool is that. all right. we know what you're about to see is a marketing gimmick. let me get that out there initially. but it has so much heart and such amazing spirit, i just had to share this with you today before i let you go. west jet, a low fare airline out of canada, decided to do a secret santa of sorts. the secret was this. when revealed, you will see it grab tissues now. west jet set up a kiosk in which a video santa asked passengers, be it grownup or kid, what they wanted for christmas. >> what would mommy and daddy like for christmas? >> big tv. >> yeah, big tv. >> what i need is new socks and
>> the gifts never expected. it was all quite a trick. a west jetter would say it was more than mere fun. miracles do happen when we all work as one. >> oh, if we all could have been on that flight. richard bartram, you are the west jet vice president of communications. i tip my hat to you. that was an awesome surprise despite the fact this was a total p.r. stunt. but let's just walk through this. let's say a little boy talked to virtual santa and says i want a teddy bear, he says i want an iphone, what happens behind the scenes? what happens that we don't see in the video? >> well, just off camera, you have -- good afternoon, brooke. just off camera we have 150 west jetters who are at the ready to head up to the local shopping mall and fulfill as many of
those wishes as they can. so certainly you can see there's one fellow that wanted a tablet and he certainly did get that tablet. there was one family who asked for a big screen tv. funny thing was, there were no expectations on the part of the guests that were traveling with us. they really just thought they were having a conversation with santa that wasn't going to lead to gifts being delivered at the other end. that was the magic for it for us, watching their faces as that tv comes out of the oversized baggage area. >> all the hidden cameras i'm sure that were put in perfect places to capture all this christmas magic, but tell me how long was the flight? realistically speaking, how much time did your people have to do some very fast shopping and wrapping and delivering? >> yeah, we were careful. we picked the transcontinental flight so this would be roughly the same going from new york to denver. we had almost four hours from gate to gate to get to the mall, back to the airport, wrap the presents, get everyone's name on them from the manifest and begin to get them going down the baggage carousel, number 8 as it
says in the video. >> a tablet you can deliver but let's say curing disease or hunger, did anyone ask you for a gift that you just couldn't quite pull off? >> well, we had to improvise in a few of those. we did have three women who asked for a man. that will be something sort of difficult to fit in a box. >> you couldn't wrap yourself up, richard? kidding. >> we put a ken doll in -- for those people. one woman did ask for a diamond ring and regrettably, it was cubic zirconia. there were some of those sorts of requests. we did have one child ask for a puppy and had to make do with a stuffed animal. >> let me just end this whole thing. watched part of this video and i wanted to ask, you are doing something beyond giving people presents. you are helping reunite families and people.
this is called west jet cares for kids. tell me about that. >> yeah. west jet cares for kids is our flagship community investment program. we have a few facets of it, one being that we work with six national children's charities, one of them being ronald mcdonald house. so this video far surpassed our expectations on youtube. we were hoping to get to 200,000 views and if we did, we would reunite a family at christmas that would otherwise be not able to afford to get together. so we are sitting i believe just before we went on air at a little over 1.7 million views. far surpassed our expectations. the west jet cares for kids program gives the gift of flight. we take something that we have lots of, flights, that a lot of people need and are used by our partners for fund-raising, used for the gift of flight if you look at the make-a-wish foundation, for example, we facilitate those flights for them. we have another great program where west jetters can volunteer in the community. as soon as they volunteer 40 hours, we will give that employee two tickets to anywhere
we fly in the world. >> that is wonderful. >> yeah. we've got -- >> i've got to go. i'm sorry. i am flat out of time. i hear all this goodness you all do and i salute you at west jet. thank you very much. i'm out of time. we go to bar so that's my cue. jake tapper, take it away. most of washington, d.c. got a snow day today but there may be a thaw up on capitol hill. i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." the national lead. after all your debt ceilings, your fiscal cliffs, your shutdown showdowns, are lawmakers finally closing in on a deal that could stick? breaking details on the talks first this hour on "the lead." the money lead. lean in and perform the foot-in-mouth pose. how the chairman of lululemon got canned for suggesting the size of women's thighs were the real problem with