tv The Lead With Jake Tapper CNN December 31, 2013 1:00pm-2:01pm PST
you got it! >> not bad. well, she won an audi r-8 spider. as if that isn't enough, she also picked up $10,000 in cash which may fill the gas tank. that makes her the biggest winner ever in the daygame game show's history. have a wonderful and safe happy new year. "the lead" with jake tapper starts now. good-bye to 2013, the year you will still write on checks accidentally until march, if you still write checks. i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." the money lead. on wall street, they are partying like it's 1997. stocks are finishing 2013 with the best numbers in more than 15 years. will the party last into 2014 or are we in for one mother of a hangover? the world lead. what a way to begin the new year. it's already 2014 in that sea of ice where 74 people are marooned on a ship. we'll ask one of them live
whether his resolution involves staying on dry land. also in world news, in dubai, nothing succeeds like excess. the best place to watch the new year's fireworks there is anywhere. the city going for a record with an almost absurd amount of pyrotech pyrotechnics. good afternoon, everyone. happy new year. we begin with the money lead on "the lead" today. i'm jake tapper. the final closing bell of 2013 at the new york stock exchange just moments ago. the dow squeezing in yet another record high before the ball drops. this year, unlike many in recent memory, is one that wall street may be reluctant to let go because of headlines like this. traders are having one heck of a happy hour after the dow closed at a new all time high. >> it's been awhile since we've hit a new milestone like this. >> another banner day for your portfolio. >> surging into record territory for a second day.
>> the dow rose above the 16,000 mark for the first time ever. >> we haven't seen levels like that for 13 years. >> the market kept setting and then breaking records throughout the year and all the dow closed at a new high 52 times in 2013. alison kosik is standing by at the new york stock exchange. this will be a year to remember on wall street. >> reporter: it certainly will. how fitting a champagne company rang the closing bell today. it will be remembered this year for the sheer number of records that the dow hit. count them, 52 just this year. that includes today. so yes, the dow wrapping up the year at the highest level for the average. a year ago today, just think of it, we were on the verge of falling off the fiscal cliff. who could have seen this rally coming. the dow's up 26% for the year. the nasdaq's up 38%. been a great year for tech stocks. the s&p 500 which is what most of our retirement and mutual funds track, that's up 29%. in a typical year just for some perspective, you're looking at a gain closer to 8%.
it's pretty safe to say your 401(k) is looking pretty darned good at this point, even, even if this isn't what we would see in a quote, normal year. jake? >> alison, thank you. happy new year. after a year when the market kept topping itself week after week, will the momentum carry through into 2014 or could it take years before we see these kinds of gains again? i want to bring in robin farzad from bloomberg business week. good to see you. what factors in your mind combined to make this such an astounding, record-breaking year? >> money costs nothing. the federal reserve for five years now has kept interest rates at zero and ben bernanke got a tip your champagne glass to him tonight, he's followed that on with $3.5 trillion of conjuring up money out of thin air to buy bonds, to buy mortgage securities and of course, that's going to trickle down to the stock market. >> nearly 11 million people are still unemployed. that doesn't even count those who are underemployed, searching for work, who have given up
looking. how come this isn't resulting in the millions of new jobs that one would have thought, perhaps? >> you compare this to the clinton bull market of the late '90s where actually, bill clinton and al gore and robert ruben and the treasury secretaries would come out and run victory laps about this because you had an investor class that was truly participating in the roaring bull market of the 1990s, and unemployment was at or around 5%, the natural level of unemployment. how long has it been since we heard that term. but right now, it's very much a tale of two worlds. wall street is loving life. corporations can borrow for next to nothing. yet unemployment remains stubbornly high and it doesn't even fully account for the tons of people, the underemployed people, all of the 20 somethings living at home with mom and dad, all of the 40, 50 somethings who are working under their means just to have a foot in the door, just to be able to say they are nominally employed. so it will be curious to see in 2014 if some of the enthusiasm
from corporate america spills over into the payroll situation. >> are you worried at all about a bubble? where do you think this is going to go in 2014? >> well, we are handing over the federal reserve from ben bernanke to janet yellen and have had instances when the fed has had to go back on its word. if you look at 1994, they had to come in and high grades coming out of the gulf war recession of the early 1990s. if something like that happens again, i think everybody is so complacent about money costing nothing and interest rates being at near zero and mortgages being so cheap that if the fed comes out and says actually, guys, wait a minute, we have to slam the brakes a tad, that could cause a crash type situation. but for the first time, in 13 years, a ton of money is actually sluicing into the markets. we haven't seen that for the five years of the bull market. >> thank you so much. turning to the national lead, fewer than eight hours left in 2013 here on the east
coast where the crowd at times square is already gathering with their party hats and hidden flasks to stake out spots for the ball drop. when it comes to spectacle, truly, nobody does overkill like dubai. when the new year dawned there, dubai went for a new world record for biggest fireworks display. more than 400,000 fireworks set off across 59 miles. kuwait held the record last year with a now meager sounding 77,000 fireworks. but big deal, dubai. only in america will you see miley cyrus opening up for supreme court justice sonia sotomayor, who will push the button to drop the ball tonight in times square. there is some kind of master's thesis on feminism to be written there. get on it, jezebel. margaret connelly is standing in times square. the crowd has been gathering all
day. how cold is it out there? >> reporter: jake, it is freezing here. there were snow flurries earlier. there is also a very strong security presence. you can see a lot of nypd here. they have been here all morning. they have started to close down the blocks to times square and you have to check the subway access to see what still might be open if you're still going to try to make your way down here. they are checking for large bags. they do not want large bags or packages in times square. you can see the police searching everyone as they come in in certain entryways and also, no alcohol is permitted but there are still lots of people here, a lot of people have been here since very early this morning. we have someone here from connecticut. she got here on the late side, around noon. grace, what are you here to see today? >> miley cyrus, of course. she's the big one we came to see. but it will be interesting to see her performance and everything. >> reporter: how about new year's resolutions? do you have any? >> i don't know. work out, i guess.
normal at everyone else. >> reporter: how about new year's resolutions for miley cyrus? have any for her? >> i don't know. it will be interesting to see what she does next year because it was an interesting year this year. i don't know. just keep it going, i guess. >> reporter: okay. jake, as you said, sonia sotomayor will be the first supreme court justice to press that button to have the ball drop. we'll be following this until the countdown. >> margaret, thank you so much. don't forget, not like you could, anderson cooper and kathy griffin are back and things will likely get very awkward. you can watch it all on cnn's new year's eve live starting at 9:00 p.m. eastern. coming up on "the lead," after two rescue missions have failed, will the passengers stuck aboard that russian expedition vessel in antarctica finally be freed? we will talk to one of the stranded live from the ship next. later, if you're 50 or over, 2014 could be your year. we'll explain why on our buried lead and throughout the show
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ice breaker for their new year's eve party but now they'll settle for a helicopter ride. 74 people have been stranded since christmas aboard a research ship that's stuck in ten foot thick ice at the bottom of the world. two ice breaker ships have suspended efforts to reach the boat. now the passengers are anxiously awaiting rescue by chopper if the weather allows it. the situation hasn't completely chilled their spirits. check out these vines of expedition leader chris turney and luke john, who are among those stuck on board trying to make the best of things. >> we're in the ice but happy christmas! >> we're still here, stuck. any passing ships, do pay us a visit. >> brilliant! >> that ice is definitely cracking. is it enough to get us out? >> i hope so. >> i'm joined by phone from the ship. thank you so much. how soon do you think it will be before you're rescued, sir?
>> well, they're hoping in the next few days, really. the weather, i don't know if you can hear around me, is very windy. the helicopter can't land anywhere near us, unfortunately, until the visibility and the clouds lift. we have been told to be ready to move on a couple hours' notice. we're waiting for the call over the p.a. fingers crossed, before the weekend. >> indeed. based on the vines, you seem to be in high spirits despite your situation, but i imagine people are getting a little bit of cabin fever, maybe even getting a little anxious. how are you doing? how's morale? >> morale, very high. it's one of these things where we're not in control of what's happening outside our ship. we've had amazing assistance from the australian and chinese authorities. they have been trying to get to
us and we're very, very grateful. the chopper is now our next option. the things we can control are our mood and cabin fever hasn't set in. we have been out on the ice regularly so we can get outside and take a walk and see the ice up close, take pictures of penguins, all of that. every time we've heard the news the ice breaker hasn't been able to get through, it's been frustrating but the people on this ship, they have chosen to be here so they know things don't always work out. so [ inaudible ]. >> we also heard some people there are doing yoga, practicing spanish. how are you passing the time? >> that's right. well, i'm mainly writing articles for the guardian. my bosses are hearing this, i'm
not doing any yoga, although i would like to do both those things. there are many people on board this ship who have many, many different skills so they have been sharing all those things. we've had language classes, we've had film marathons. i join in when i can. mainly i've been writing and making videos with my colleagues. >> the researchers were there to measure the effects of climate change on antarctica, the effects of icing. i guess there is some irony you ended up stuck in the ice. >> well, there's some confusion out there. we're not stuck in sea ice. it's actually warmer than normal. it's raining outside. it's rare for antarctica. what happened, there's a lot of old, old ice stuck to land near
where we were. because there was a storm, it blew off to sea and the only place it could go, because of the wind system, was towards antarctica. we happen to be between the old ice which is like ten years old or more and were penned in. this is why the ice breakers can't get through. if it was sea ice, we could have got through ourselves. it's kind of an unfortunate confluence of events and has nothing to do with the fact it's colder here. it's not proof that climate change doesn't exist. it's an unfortunate event. the scientists on board are studying because it's providing new data for their research. >> i have to say, it seems a little scary. any message for the folks back home before i let you go? >> well, the message back home, just that we're all very safe here.
there's no evident danger. we sent a message out to the world saying happy new year. yes, our message to everyone would be to have a happy new year. we had ours first. 2014's great. come join us. >> thank you. happy new year. we hope you get home soon. >> thank you very much. also in world news, syria has avoided u.s. intervention in the war raging inside its borders by agreeing to a number of deadlines for disposing of chemical weapons but today it's missing one of those benchmarks. syria was supposed to hand over a significant portion of its stockpile by today. that will not happen for a number of reasons, including bad weather, according to the organization overseeing the disarmament. meanwhile, weapons of the nonchemical variety continue to claim lives in syria. forces loyal to president bashar al assad fired a rocket in the rebel-held area of aleppo hitting a bus and killing at least 25 people.
joining me now is david kay, former chief u.s. weapons inspector in iraq, now a member of the state department's international security advisory board. david, good to see you. happy new year. the state department recently said this about the missed deadline. >> we continue to make progress which has been the important part here. there are milestones for a reason. it was always an ambitious time line but we are still operating on the june 30th timeline for the complete destruction. >> david, do you share the state department's belief that syria can still meet this june 30th deadline? >> it's a very aggressive deadline and there are a number of moving parts which as you introduce delays, will make it harder and harder. it's certainly in the realm of possibility, whereas the december 31st deadline, that is today, was never realistic. >> syria is, of course, missing today's deadline. shouldn't there be some consequences for that? don't you think the u.s. is
giving syria a free pass here? >> well, look, jake, this deal involves giving syria a free pass on a number of things. it's not unusual in diplomacy you have a number of goals in competition. in this case, the decision was made, the primary objective was to get those weapons out of syria. we have ignored a lot of syrian attacks, military operations, since then. in fact, just during the last three weeks, syria has carried out military operations which they have justified by saying they're clearing the highway that these chemical weapons have to move down to the port. yeah, there's a pass here. >> let's talk about that, because just since december 15th, syrian forces have killed more than 500 people, mostly by dropping these explosive-filled barrels on rebels in areas where rebels live. scores of civilians killed. remind us why the u.s. isn't
interfering with that kind of weapons use, what many call genocide, but is getting involved for chemical weapons. >> well, the reason you got involved with chemical weapons was a combination of politics and morals, i guess. politics was the president had said there was a red line. cross that red line and dire consequences are going to occur. most of those dire consequences looked as bad for us as they did for the syrians, so the secretary of state negotiated this deal, which involves destroying those chemical weapons. we became a partner with assad in order to get those weapons out, and so the previous priority, that is to stop the killing and to remove assad, took a very secondary role at least until those weapons are out. >> david, this is a tough question, but in a way, is the united states government now complicit in the death and destruction being wreaked on
these neighborhoods, these rebel neighborhoods, by being in this partnership with assad and really not doing anything when it comes to killing people with these nonchemical weapons? >> well, i think that's probably too strong of an assessment. i think it was inevitable when this deal was reached that there are some things assad can do that you will simply have to ignore until those weapons are removed. like i say, diplomacy and international relations, this is not unheard of. it's very unpleasant to do it and it does compromise certain values. it's not just the u.s. that's been largely silent. other states have been silent and the u.n. itself toned down its criticism on humanitarian grounds of the assad regime. without his cooperation, there is no hope of getting these weapons out. if you still think it's important to get those weapons out, you're going to have to swallow hard, hold your nose and
to a large extent, close your eyes until that's accomplished. >> very uncomfortable. david, thank you so much. >> thank you, jake. coming up on "the lead," new year, new rules. as of tomorrow, you may be able to blaze up in colorado, but there's a surprising list of things you now cannot do. we'll tell you what might make you a criminal come january 1st. later, they left their mark and in some cases, their music. we remember when we come back. president zuma announcing the death of former south african president and much more than that, the man who fought for freedom in south africa, nelson mandela, who died at 95.
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. in more national news, it may have been the least productive year for congress in history, at least in terms of passing laws. fewer than 60 of which made it through the house and the senate and were signed by president obama. but across the country, state lawmakers were busy, getting more than 40,000 bills passed, ones that tackle everything from drones to food stamp benefits. in illinois, for example, teenagers will no longer get to use tanning beds without a doctor's note. if you live in delaware, you might want to hit up the shark fin buffet while you can. a new law will make it illegal to own, sale or distribute the controversial delicacy. in california, new laws take effect that lets students take part in school sports or use bathrooms based on their gender identity regardless of what their birth certificates say. joining us to talk about some of the other fascinating new laws
of 2014 is legendary attorney and harvard law professor, alan dershowitz. we are catching him in miami. professor, thanks for joining us. it's clear we're in a whole new world when laws about drones are making it into the books. >> well, that's absolutely right. the law is desperately trying to stay ahead of technology. in my book "taking the stand" i predict that science will triumph over law, that technology will always prevail over law, that the law will always be playing catch-up. this time, the law is trying to stay ahead, but they're not going to succeed, because the state laws regulating airline travel, regulating the air, is going to be preempted by federal law. the federal government has control over what flies in the sky, and i don't think state laws regulating drones will be upheld as constitutional. >> even though it's not state legislation, do you think obamacare, the affordable care act, is still the most
controversial new law? >> not only the most controversial, the most influential. it's going to really save lives. you can complain all you want about how the website went up and how much it's going to cost, and whether people who don't sign up and have to pay the penalty are going to be regarded as criminals for not doing it. all of that is debatable. but the end result, the bottom line, is people who couldn't get health care are going to get it now, lives are going to be saved, children will grow up more healthy. this is a great experiment and give it a chance to succeed. finally, the united states is coming into the 21st century, joining the rest of the world with affordable medical care. >> you say some of these new laws in the state level butt heads with federal laws. give me an example. >> oh, the marijuana legalization which is happening all over the country now. first it starts out with the pretext of medical marijuana which has always been a phony. anybody can get a medical excuse for using marijuana. finally, most states or many states are now moving toward just decriminalization like massachusetts. where i used to live. it made no difference.
nobody notices because nothing changes. the same number of people use marijuana as before, but it's still illegal. every time you light up a joint in massachusetts, you're committing a federal crime. we have to reconcile federal prohibitions against marijuana with state laws making it legal. you can't live in a netherworld where you're safe to do something under state law but are a federal criminal if the government wants to come after you. >> some of the laws, we see the states often take the lead and not the federal government and some of these state laws reflect signs of the times, especially focusing on social media and technology. which ones stand out for you? >> well, this new law that a number of states have passed prohibiting universities and prohibiting employers from making you open up your twitter account or your facebook account and you know, that really is protecting young kids from their own foolishness because a lot of these kids are putting really, really stupid stuff on their
accounts and if a college ever saw what they put on or an employer, they would say we don't want anything to do with them. so the government is protecting foolish kids from their own foolishness but i think it's probably a wise thing to do. you know, again, in my book, i predicted we are going to see an increase in state legislation over the next years and a decrease in federal legislation because congress is completely tied up. it can't get anything done. we're seeing an increasingly strong presidency, a weakening supreme court, weakening federal congress and strengthening of state legislatures. it's a trend that will continue for years to come, i think. >> i don't know how you feel but thank god is all i can say, that there was no facebook when i was applying to college. thank you so much. we appreciate your time. have a very happy new year. >> thank you. people outside fargo, north dakota might need to spend the rest of 2013 indoors, because they do not know if the air outside is safe to breathe. two trains crashed and burned yesterday, sparking a massive fireball. one train was hauling crude oil. emergency crews are testing the air to see if the thick black
smoke created any toxic fumes. nobody was hurt in the crash but firefighters had to let the fire burn itself out. the fire was so intense, they could not get close enough to fight it. the sheriff says more than half the people in the area left their homes just to be safe. the pentagon is calling the transfer of the last ethnic chinese uighurs from guantanamo bay to slovakia a significant milestone. the u.s. finally freed three people who spent a decade locked up for nothing. in case you forgot, uighurs are an ethnic group, a group of 22 specifically had been living in the tora bora mountains in afghanistan in a camp run by a uighur independence group with evidence some of them intended to fight the chinese government. after 9/11, u.s. aerial strikes destroyed their camp. they fled to pakistan, were captured and sent to guantanamo. the "new york times" says leaked files indicate the u.s. military knew ten years ago that these prisoners at guantanamo had no ties to al qaeda or the taliban and they recommended their
release. so why are we talking about their new freedom on the last day of 2013? for one thing, washington did not want to send them back to china for fear the uighurs would be tortured, if not worse, by the chinese government. other countries caved in to chinese arm twisting and refused to take them. in 2009, the obama administration fought a judge's order to release them in virginia, though administration officials did spend years trying to find homes for them in other countries. many advocates for closing guantanamo see the release of the final uighur prisoner from guantanamo, 22 men who never should have been there, as an important moment. 155 prisoners remain in the detainee facility. roughly half of them have been cleared for release. the obama administration put out some new figures on obamacare enrollment. it says more than 2.1 million people have signed up for coverage through federal and state exchanges. that's more than a million short of the original goal. it hardly means all these people will be covered any time soon. the "wall street journal" pointing out that as of this week, about half the enrollees
have actually forked out any money. the premium for the first month has to be paid for the health coverage to take effect. but because of all the enrollment deadline extensions, insurance companies have also extended their payment deadlines. some as late as january 31st. coming up on "the lead," sure, there was a lot of political bashing this year but there was some good news to come out of washington, too. i think. give me a few minutes to remember. i'm sure i can come up with something. the political panel is next. coming to you live from moore, oklahoma, where there is only one lead today. the race to find survivors in this unreal destruction. >> i'm just trying to save the pictures for my son. the little things that mean the most to my family. [ woman ] when you own your own business,
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illegal gun sales in the hopes of tracking them to mexican drug cartels? what could go wrong? the atf ended up losing an estimated 1400 weapons in mexico and now it seems at least one of them has turned up at the scene of yet another deadly showdown just across our border. our cnn justice reporter evan perez broke the story and joins us now. evan, what have you uncovered? >> a u.s. official tells me this afternoon that at least one gun recovered at the scene of a december 18th shootout between mexican authorities and cartel gunmen has been traced back to operation fast and furious. now, this ak-47 style gun was recovered by mexican authorities near the scene there, and they sent it back to be traced by american authorities. the atf does the tracing, and that has come back as being sourced as part of this operation that went on in 2010. >> this resort is popular with americans, i believe, right? >> right. this is on the sea of cortez,
just south of the arizona border. it's very popular with expatriots from the u.s., mostly from california and arizona. now, this american tourist captured some of the shootout. you can listen here. jake, if you listen closely, you hear the sound of a helicopter hovering around these resorts, these condos, and at the scene apparently tourists kept tweeting and sending pictures out on facebook of helicopter gunships belonging to the mexican military or the police that were shooting at these cartel guys, trying to get away. we're told that five people died, including possibly a top leader of a cartel. now, the atf has provided a statement to us this afternoon in light of this and they say the atf has accepted responsibility for the mistakes made in the fast and furious
investigation and at the attorney general's direction, we have taken appropriate and decisive action to ensure that these errors will not be repeated. we acknowledge that regrettably, firearms related to the fast and furious investigation will likely continue to be recovered at future crime scenes. now, as you said at the top of the hour there, these weapons are probably for the next few years, probably for the next decade, will continue to be showing up at crime scenes both in mexico and some here in the united states. >> evan perez, thank you so much. turning to politics, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. a year of dizzying highs and abysmal lows, heroic wins and crushing losses, filibusters and feuds, even a few precious moments of compromise. what events defined 2013 and which will set the stage for the new year? let's bring in our panel. national review senior editor ramesh panur, jackie kucinich
and donna brazile. let's start on a high note. hi, donna. look at that. >> seven hours and 20 minutes, i can't wait. >> you're going -- you should celebrate tonight because you won't be celebrating sunday when the eagles play the saints. i want to make sure we establish that. let's talk about a high note. let's talk about a glimmer of hope. what is your glimmer of hope for 2014? looking back at the year. i'll start with you, jackie. >> i will say the senate budget deal. it had everything. it had paul ryan, patty murray, opposite ends of the spectrum, it had both houses voting for it, a presidential signature, it's how legislation should work. what does that say about the future? hopefully they follow that example. >> ramesh, best news of 2013. >> skepticism about government remains at a healthy level. it's actually rising and on a bipartisan note, i have to give some credit to president obama for helping to generate a lot of that. >> i thought you were going to
compliment him there. i guess not. it's still good news i suppose for skeptics of government. donna, the best news of 2013. >> well, 2013 was a very historic year. the 150th anniversary of the emancipation -- signing the emancipation proclamation and the 50th anniversary of dr. king's historic march on washington, d.c., where we saw three presidents and the daughters of two former presidents gather to renew the dream. >> some very nice moments. now let's go to the not so nice moments. biggest mistake of 2013. donna, i will start with you. >> well, no question, the republican government shutdown was a miscalculation of ted cruz. i think it hurt the party. >> biggest thing. >> absolutely. it slowed the momentum of the economy and created a lot of doubt and uncertainty about government. so that is the biggest political blunder of 2013. >> your biggest mistake feeds into his glimmer of hope. ramesh? >> the signature initiative of the administration, obamacare, they should have at least
delayed their launch if they couldn't get it right. >> in retrospect, you're saying they should have delayed it, that was their mistake? >> absolutely. >> okay. jackie, biggest mistake of 2013? the thing that you hated the most? >> carlos danger. >> the nom de plume of anthony weiner. >> absolutely. it was kind of a disaster from start to finish. he tried to run for mayor, didn't work out too well. we covered it wall to wall and it was a mess. >> was it really the worst thing that happened? >> he took obamacare implementation. i had to go to the second. >> when you get into carlos danger, you get into sydney leathers. >> must we? >> we don't necessarily have to. i just think there's a whole package that comes with carlos danger. >> no pun intended. >> right. i certainly did not mean it. rising star of 2013. let's turn to another positive moment. who do you think -- you can do two because we have a conservative and progressive. >> i'm going to say kristen
gillibrand, democratic senator from new york and rand paul from kentucky. both have fascinating records are working across the aisle on various things and plan to do so going into 2014. we should really keep an eye on them. >> rand paul i think has made no secret he will probably run for president. do you think gillibrand would run for president if hillary clinton does not? >> i don't think so. but her fund-raising will be something to watch in 2014 and 2016. she's known as this extraordinary fund-raiser. that's just going to continue, which will rise her influence in the party. >> ramesh? >> tom cotton of arkansas. he wasn't even in the u.s. house when 2013 started. he had just been elected. now he's running for the senate. some polls have him ahead of the incumbent democrat. >> tell us a little about him. i think you're right, we will see more of him in 2014. >> he's a very thoughtful guy. he's a veteran, and i think he's younger than me. he's one of the republicans' top hopes for fwtaking back the
senate. >> did he go to harvard law school or business school? >> harvard law. i don't know if the harvard thing is being advertised so much. >> funny how you didn't mention that. wonder if he does. tom cotton, rising star for you. donna, who is the rising star? >> a nonpolitical star but nevertheless, a star. that is the new pope, pope francis i think is leading by example rather than throwing books at sinners, he's opening the church to people to come back. i think he will be someone to watch. >> he certainly has won all sorts of "time" magazine man of the year, all sorts of other awards. let's take a lighter moment now and talk about pop culture moments, which ones meant the most to you. donna, let's start with you. this is not actually your personal favorite pop culture moment but it's one that led to your personal pop culture favorite moment of the year. let's play the tape. ♪ oh, say does that
star-spangled banner yet wave ♪ >> beyonce at the inaugural, possibly lip syncing. we were told she ultimately was. your favorite moment is not that one. your favorite moment is the one at the nfl, which is what? >> her performance at the super bowl. this is a superstar. i am first of all a charter member of the single ladies club so i love her. i went to her concert. i just got her new album, 17 videos, self-marketed album. beyonce recovered from that lip-syncing. she is someone to watch. >> quite a year. ramesh, your favorite moment of the year, pop culture, was this one. >> i am the danger. a guy opens his door and gets shot and you think of me. i am the one who knocks. >> "breaking bad" very important for you. >> i will just tell people who didn't watch that it finished its excellent run this year. it was a gripping story, was exceptionally well performed and
had a very important moral in it which is think twice about that midlife career change. >> jackie, here was your guilty pleasure, your pop culture moment of the year. roll the tape. >> gatsby. he had a grand vision for his life since he was a boy. >> i thought the movie was really well done. >> jackie, ramesh, donna, hope you have a very amazing 2014. >> go, saints! >> go saints for you, not for me. hope you guys have a wonderful new year. thank you for being here. see you in the new year. if you have your thoughts about what your favorite moment was for 2014, tweet them to us,@the toledocn. coming up, we find out why p.j. o'rourke thins ks 2014 wil be a big year for boomers. first, a look back at a terrifying moment from this year's headlines. coming to you live from what is essentially an active crime
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welcome back to "the lead." time for the buried lead. if 2013 was the year of the selfie, what will 2014 be? if you believe aarp magazine, it will be the year of the boomer. because 2014 is when the last of the boomer generation turns 50. although we should be honest, aarp is probably catering to their demographic, i don't think anyone had bets on them calling
2014 the year of legal pot. earlier, i spoke to p.j. o'rourke, author of "the baby boom" and asked him what ties all the different kinds of baby boomers together. >> one is self-involvement. terrific self-involvement which i don't necessarily see as an evil. i'm an individualist myself. i think there's some important reasons to be individualistic. the thing that really ties them together is being raised in an era of peace, prosperity, economic growth, stability and optimism. that post-war period from 1946 to 1964 or so, from world war ii to the beginning of our involvement in vietnam, is a time the baby boomers were born. it was an extraordinary period, not just in the history of the united states but the history of all of humanity. so it's a great experiment. what kind of people do you get when you produce a society that
is so benificent as that society was. >> what's the answer? what kind of people do you get? >> sloppy, self-involved people who however are very funny, not speaking for myself here, i'm speaking for "saturday night live" who are very funny, very tolerant and decent, who don't start a lot of world wars, who really care about other people, and who are easy to make fun of, and yet basically do very little harm in the world if you don't count the enormous budget deficits that result from the pure fact of our existence which come on, we didn't ask to be born. it's not our fault. >> just a little $17 trillion between friends. >> a little $17 trillion. but you know, as i continually say about practically everything and so does the rest of my generation, it wasn't my fault. we didn't pass social security.
we didn't pass medicare. we didn't pass medicaid. of course, all those things were passed by a silly older generation that thought everyone should die at 65 and five months. >> that was the plan. >> that was the plan. but we're not going for it. we're living forever. >> the youngest boomers turn 50 next year. >> this is it. you know, this is a very big thing. i just did a piece essentially about this for aarp, the magazine, and it is a big, big year for aarp. they're not a punchline anymore. it's not how do you find osama bin laden, wait until he turns 50, aarp will track him down. yeah, we're all, the world is now over 50 and i got a plug here, aarp.org/boomers, find out a lot more about that, but plug done, it's an important point because as we all know, whenever
anything happens, it's somebody over 50 who signs the check for it. so we're large and in charge. >> we certainly are. you write in your book, we would be sad about getting old if we weren't too busy remarrying younger wives, reviving careers that hit glass ceilings when children arrived and renewing prescriptions for drugs that keep us from being sad. >> if you're waiting for us to become sad old people, keep waiting. we know the answer to that one. >> all right. fantastic work. great having you on the show. i really appreciate it. coming up on "the lead," we look back at the people we lost in 2013.
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♪ >> of course, we should never forget the american forces we lost over the past year. we can only hope they know and knew the depths of our gratitude for their service and sacrifice. that's it for "the lead." happy new year to you. thanks for watching. i now turn you over to dana bash, who is filling in for wolf blitzer in "the situation room." happening now, red-hot danger. new information about a fiery train crash that's driving home growing fears about railroad safety. plus, ready for rescue. will dozens of researchers trapped in the antarctic be airlifted soon? and new year's fireworks. we'll show you a celebration of 2014 unlike any other. wolf blitzer is off. i'm dana bash. you're in "the situation room."