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good morning, america. i'm bianna golodryga. and i'm dan harris. this is saturday, november 6th. and this morning, the fight for jobs. the president arrives in india this morning on a trade trip, hoping to boost the american economy. while here in the u.s., a surprisingly positive jobs report adds fuel to this debate. which party knows best how to jump-start the ailing, american job market? crisis after crisis. hurricane tomas soaks haiti, causing massive flooding in a country still reeling from january's devastating earthquake. now, the race is on to stop another humanitarian crisis. we're live from the flood zone. suspended. yet another cable news anchor embroiled in controversy. msnbc suspends keith olbermann indefinitely without pay, for making donations to democratic candidates.
is this fair? and should he keep his job? and flying high in disguise. an elderly, white man boards a flight in hong kong. but he emerges in canada as a young, asian man. how did he get onboard in disguise? and just what was he doing? such a strange story. when you think, we spend billions of dollars to detect shoe bombs and underwear bombs and bottle bombs. and yet, somebody gets onboard with a mask. >> and the mask cost $700. which is expensive for a mask. but cheap to fool security. >> right. a lot of questions in that case. also want to tell you about a new and tragic twist on bullying. a 16-year-old is accused by his prestigious prep school of bullying a classmate. after he is asked to leave the school, he takes his own life. now, his dad is speaking out, saying there's been an overreaction to bullying.
it's a heated debate. we're going to talk to him, coming up. >> very sensitive topic. also this morning, dr. oz will join us live from chicago, where he's holding a huge health and wellness event in millennium park. he's telling people the five things they need to know about their own health to live a longer and healthier life. these are five, very simple things. but knowing them could make a huge difference. he'll tell us what they are, coming up. also, that new michael jackson song was released last night. we'll play some of it for you coming up. and we'll tell you about a battle brewing between the jackson family and sony, which is putting out a new album. but we're going to start this morning with jobs. the battle over how to create jobs here at home and the effort to boost the american economy through our partners abroad. just hours ago, the president arrived in india, for a ten-day trip to asia, where he hopes to improve american trade. abc's ann compton is traveling with the president. she joins us from mumbai. ann, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning to you, too, dan. yes, still stinging from those election defeats.
the president is starting a long, foreign trip. and he's doing it with the focus on the burning issue at home, that is jobs. india, a country of a billion consumers. there was no recession here. and scores of american corporate ceos have joined the president here to try to coax india into a little more investment and opening markets to u.s. goods. the president starts here in mumbai, as a gesture to the victims of india's 9/11 attacks. here they call them the 26/11, the 26th of november. and that, of course, he went straight to the taj mahal hotel this morning, the legendary hotel, which burned for days. teams of terrorists had moved through the cities, killing and wounding hundreds, in cafes, in hotels and in the streets. >> ever since those horrific days two years ago, the taj has been the symbol of the strength and the resilience of the indian people. so, yes. we visit here to send a very clear message.
that in our determination to give our people a future of security and prosperity, the united states and india stand united. >> reporter: and of course, that has made this entire trip an exercise in extreme security, dan. >> ann compton reporting from mumbai this morning. ann, thank you. now, over to bianna. >> all right, dan. now, to something we haven't been able to report on in months. some positive news on the employment front. in october, the nation's employers added 151,000 jobs, more than double what economists had expected. this, after four months of job losses. there were huge gains in service sector jobs, like restaurants, as well as health care and temporary workers. still, unemployment remains stuck at 9.6%. those 150,000 jobs are not nearly enough to bring down the unemployment rate. the country adds around that many people a month in new workers and in immigrants. in fact, if the economy were to add 200,000 jobs a month, it
would take 12 years for the unemployment rate to noticeably decline. not a statistic, that a president hoping to be re-elected in two years, wants to hear. just how to bring down the unemployment rate sooner rather than later, is the big debate raging in washington right now. and our david kerley is following both sides. good morning, david. >> reporter: good morning, bianna. it is a big debate. the democrats really hoped the report would have come out before the election. both the democrats and the republicans say jobs is their top priority. they each have plans. they don't necessarily agree. and there's some question whether either party can actually move the numbers. >> today, we received some encouraging news. >> reporter: job growth we haven't seen in years. >> i think that is a sign that we've turned the corner, in terms of the job market. we've got a long way to go. >> reporter: a long way to go. but how do we get there? >> i am open to any idea, any proposal, any way we can get the economy growing faster, so that people who need work can find it faster. >> reporter: a lot of talk about compromise. but competing plans.
for mr. obama, experts say, expect more stimulus. $500 million or so, for infrastructure projects. and more spending for clean-energy jobs. from republicans, an effort to cut regulations. give corporations some breaks. but the big battle is over taxes. actually, the bush tax cuts, set to expire at the end of the year. >> i think what's best for the economy and to create jobs, is to extend all of the current tax rates for all americans. it begins to reduce the uncertainty. >> reporter: the speaker-to-be, told diane sawyer, that's what voters said. >> the electorate really wants their cake and to eat it, too. that's the republican conundrum. their proposal, cut taxes, cut regulation, do you really think that's going to solve the problems of the banks? >> reporter: for his part, the president, who claims he is ready to compromise, this morning, says he's not ready to compromise on the tax cuts for the richest americans. >> i don't see how we can afford to borrow an additional $700 billion from other countries to make all the bush tax cuts permanent, even for the
wealthiest 2% of americans. >> reporter: but it's clear that everybody has gotten the message that jobs is priority number one. the president's trip to india, this international trip, this trade trip, the white house is now calling it a jobs trip. bianna? >> all right, david. thank you. we're joined now by "the wall street journal's" chief economics correspondent, jon hilsenrath, and bryan curtis, who is the national correspondent, covers politics for "the daily beast." good morning to you both. thanks for coming in. >> good morning. >> jon, i want to talk to you about this positive jobs report. we saw upward revisions for august and september. >> right. >> where do you read this report right now? >> i think the economy was growing moderately early in the year. we hit a little bit of a soft patch in the summer. and it looks like it's coming out of that soft patch. but as "the economist" magazine said this morning, it's not like it suddenly sprouted wings. as you said a few moments ago, we would need years of growth at this pace to get employment back to where it was before the financial crisis. so, we have a long way to go.
but at least things look like they're picking up a little after the soft patch this summer. >> and you cover the federal reserve, as well. and they did their part in trying to stimulate the economy. but let's talk about politics specifically. the president said he would be open to extending the bush tax cuts for those making over $250,000 a year. but temporarily. not permanently the way the republicans want. how do you see this playing out? >> the big drama is moving right now from the fed and what it did this week to fiscal policy. extending the tax cuts is only a small piece of this drama. what the economy really needs is two things right now. it needs stimulus in the short-term. it needs more tax cuts or spending. and it needs a long-term deficit reduction plan, kind of paired together. it will be very hard in this political environment, i think, to accomplish either one of those. so, it's hard to see fiscal policy being very supportive of the recovery. >> and, bryan, let's talk about the republicans who are focusing so much on bringing down the deficit. yet, they want to make these tax
cuts for those making $250,000 or more permanent. that adds $700 billion to the overall deficit in ten years. how do you play off that? >> right. well, it's very strange. call me a pessimist. but i see no grand bargain forming between the house republicans and president obama. these republicans were brought to washington to stop the obama agenda. and some told me privately this week, we don't expect president obama to attack to the center like bill clinton. we don't see him being a compromiser, trying to save his job. he's said, if i have to be a one-term president, so be it. and he's not going to bend to them, either. >> we also have to talk about unemployment benefits that are set to expire, as well. where do you see that playing out? >> i just don't know. i think what's going to happen is you're going to find that speaker boehner and the house is going to have to find a key that he can talk to the president on. maybe the bush tax cuts are the things that start the process by obama bending a little on that. then, you can see the house republicans begin to bend on a few things. but like i said, they were charged to come here to stop president obama. so, to bend on anything is going to be seen by some of their constituents as they're giving
in. >> i think obama is going to have to play on their terms. as a result of that, the two areas where i could see some policy emerging, is on spending cuts, if there's common ground anywhere, on spending cuts in the long run. it might be the case if the economy doesn't pickup, that obama will have to compromise and give in and do tax cuts. one of the ideas going around right now is that he might not just do -- extending the tax cuts. but he might have to go and cut taxes even more if the economy doesn't pick up. >> we're talking about a lot of gridlock over the next few months or we're anticipating. yet, we've seen a stock market on a huge rally. do we see that continuing? or do we see that taking a hit from what is coming out of washington? >> the fed said they were going to pump $600 billion into the economy over the next eight months. i think that ought to be enough to keep stocks going for a little while. as long as the economic reports are chugging along, the stock market is not in as bad shape
right now. corporate profits, ironically, amidst all of this other bad news, are doing pretty well. >> all right. we have to leave it there. we appreciate you coming in. jon, bryan, thanks for coming in. dan? >> fascinating discussion. now, to an urgent situation in haiti. a supremely vulnerable country that is being hit hard this morning by a nasty storm. hurricane tomas hit the southwestern part of haiti yesterday. this morning, however, it is the remnants, the rain and the storm surge, that are causing the biggest problems. our matt gutman is in port-au-prince this morning with the latest. matt, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, dan. tomas is weakened. but it's still dangerous. overnight, we saw more rain here in port-au-prince than we've seen in the past couple of days. and it still threatens refugee camps, like the one behind me. flooding and mudslides remain a serious concern here. this morning, haiti is reeling. tomas slashed the western reaches of the country. leogane, one of the towns
hardest-hit by january's earthquake. rivers surged. hospitals flooded. streets turned into steams, as the earthquake survivors salvaged what they could. anti-government protests erupted in leogane. but that anger is everywhere. what does the government help you now? before the storm? >> nothing. they didn't do nothing. >> reporter: haiti has suffered biblical misery the last year. first, the earthquake. then, cholera. now, this. i'm afraid that if it keeps raining, this man said, my tent will be completely flooded and i have no place to go. for over 1.3 million haitians, camps like these are the only homes they know. now, this mud isn't just a nuisance. we're actually told it's dangerous. health officials are really concerned about these puddles, which they say could bring cholera, which has killed over 400 people here and sickened thousands. yet, rather than flee, earthquake refugees, like nannette, hunker down. we trudge with her through this mess to her tent.
>> translator: i'm afraid. but this is all i have. you know, i have no place to go. >> reporter: she told us this flimsy tent and her baby are all she has left. and for many, staying put seems a gamble worth taking. we mentioned cholera, dan. an area north of here called gonaives, has been ground zero for cholera. it's seen a tremendous amount of rain and significant flooding. health officials are concerned that could further spread the cholera outbreak there. >> gonaives, in the past year, has been hit very hard by flooding. let me ask you, matt, this morning. it seems like the real complicating factor is, we still don't know the full impact of this storm, do we? >> reporter: no, we don't. communications in this country were poor to begin with, before the earthquake. now, they're abysmal. and roads are cut off across the country. it really could be days before we know about a death toll or the final damage tally of everything that this storm has caused. dan? >> matt gutman reporting, once again, from port-au-prince this
morning. thank you, matt. now, for a look at the other headlines this morning. >> hi, there. >> we say hello to ron claiborne. >> good morning, everyone. protesters in oakland, california, angered by the two-year sentence given to a white transit policeman, who shot and killed an unarmed black man, went on a rampage. smashing windows. 150 demonstrators were arrested. the protest was over a judge's decision that sentenced the transit officer to the minimum two years in prison. and singapore and malaysia airlines have temporarily canceled flights into jakarta, indonesia, because of continued eruptions of the mt. merapi volcano. 118 people have been killed by the eruptions, which have been on again/off again for more than a week now. tens of thousands of people who fled their homes are still crowded into shelters. and the flight data recorders have been found in the wreckage of the cuban plane that crashed, killing all 68 people onboard. officials are still trying to identify the victims. 28 of them foreigners. autopsies will be performed today. the plane was en route from santiago to havana, when it crashed on thursday.
and an al qaeda group based in yemen has claimed responsibility for the failed plot to send bombs to the u.s. the group is also claiming on websites it was responsible for the crash of a u.p.s. plane in dubai in september. that has not been confirmed. american officials say they were tipped off by saudi intelligence of the plot to put explosives in printer cartridges sent to the u.s. on u.s.-bound cargo flights. a florida grandmother is under arrest for allegedly trying to sell her baby grandson. 45-year-old patty digby and her boyfriend were taken into custody, after police say they were ready to hand over the 8-month-old child to a police informant. the couple allegedly agreed to sell the infant for $30,000. and actress jill clayburgh has died. clayburgh was nominated for a best actress oscar for her role in "an unmarried woman" in 1978. clayburgh passed away after a long battle with leukemia. jill clayburgh was 66 years of age. and finally, have you ever heard of boxing on the turf? >> no. >> no.
>> well, it happened yesterday in louisville, kentucky, when two jockeys squared off in the winner's circle at the churchill downs racetrack. isn't that something? calvin borel, kentucky derby winner, and javier castellano traded punches, before it was broken up. borel was enraged that castellano's horse cut off another horse, forcing that horse into borel's mount. >> they're having trouble holding those guys back. yeah. >> the headline in "the daily news" was "short fuse." and now, for a quick check of the weather, the coldest air of the season is pushing into the deep south this morning. many temperatures in the 30s. down in the 30s as far south as atlanta and san antonio, in texas. expect some snow around the eastern great lakes, extending to the appalachians, as far south as north carolina. while in the west, a new storm brings rain and mountain snow later today.
bianna? >> all right, ron. well, another day. and another cable news host in trouble. msnbc's controversial host and commentator, keith olbermann, can count down the days until he's back on his show. his bosses suspended him indefinitely without pay, for breaking company policy, by contributing money to political candidates. jeremy hubbard has the details. >> you serve no good. you serve no god. you inspire only stupidity and hatred. >> reporter: the cable network's outspoken agitator has been yanked off the air. >> he basically hosts the democratic nightly news. it's no surprise that he
supports democrats. but the surprise is that he actually put his money where his mouth is. >> reporter: the donations first reported by the website politico, and later confirmed by olbermann himself, added up to $2,400 each, the maximum allowed, to three democrats. kentucky senate candidate, jack conway. and arizona representatives, gabrielle giffords and raul grijalva, after each of them appeared as guests on his show. political contributions are banned by most news division, including abc news, as a way to ensure journalists remain impartial. in fact, olbermann himself was a vocal critic when the parent company, fox news, gave $1 million to the republican governors association earlier this year. >> what is a media outlet is putting its money where its mouth has always been? >> reporter: controversy seems to follow cable hosts lately. rick sanchez was fired from cnn, after suggesting jews ran the network and other media outlets. and juan williams was dumped by npr, over comments about muslims. >> cable news is struggling.
it knows that opinions work in the ratings. it knows that news is its heritage, though. and there continues to be the existential crisis of sorts between news and opinions. we've seen a bunch of journalists fall victim to it already. >> even the worst of us in this political mosh pit -- >> reporter: as for olbermann, analysts say, it's unlikely msnbc will fire their most popular host. but he's off the air indefinitely. for "good morning america," jeremy hubbard, abc news, new york. well, more than a year after his death, michael jackson is at the center of a musical controversy. katherine jackson just released a brand-new song by her son called "opus none" online. take a listen. ♪ >> well, here's where the controversy comes in because sony, the record company, is also set to release a new michael jackson song on monday. earlier this week, it released a
teaser clip of the song online. and some fans are questioning whether the vocals are really his. >> well, katherine jackson says the song she released is 100% authentic. it was pulled from the archives of a company called jacksonssecretvault.com. what's so ironic here is michael jackson, making so many more headlines now that he's passed on. >> apparently, there are plans by sony to release a whole lot of songs in the coming years that were recorded. apparently recorded a lot of songs that he never released. so, this is a controversy that's not going away. >> continuing for a while. well, we're going to follow that story. and also, the story we told you about at the top of the show. coming up, master of disguise in the skies. why a young, asian man, boarded a plane, made up to look like an elderly, white man. and the big question, what does it say about airport security? >> we have the mask here this morning to look at, as well. dr. oz is in this morning, as well, with the five numbers you need to know to live longer. he's going to join us live from a free health screening event he's doing in chicago.
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well, coming up, we'll have more on that bizarre story of an asian man who got on a plane to canada wearing a white man's old mask. >> yeah. it's a crazy story. a lot of questions, coming up. also, a health story. dr. oz, live in chicago this morning, holding this huge health event. and he's talking about the five things you need to know to live a longer, healthier life. these are simple things. but very compelling.
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you're looking at chicago's millennium park, where today, dr. mehmet oz will be teaching people about the five numbers they need to know to save their lives. more than 1,000 people will be screened. and they will get tips on staying healthy from dr. oz himself. and the good doctor will be joining us live in just a bit. good morning, america. i'm bianna golodryga. >> and i'm dan harris. this is saturday, november 6th. also coming up, a tragic and emotional story about bullying and its consequences. this is a story, not about a child who has been bullied. it's about a boy accused of being a bully and the devastating toll it took on his family. should we be paying more attention to the people who become bullies? we're going to talk to the father, coming up. we're going to begin with what canadian authorities are calling an unbelievable case of
concealment. how did a young, chinese man in his 20s disguised as an elderly, caucasian man, manage to board a plane from hong kong to canada? how did he do it? linsey davis has been following this story. you even have the mask on set with you. >> reporter: it is an unbelievable story. imagine you're on a plane. and the guy sitting next to you, looks something like this. sitting there for a few hours. then, he gets up, mid flight. goes to the bathroom. and he comes back, looking about 60 years younger. in fact, everything about him has changed. even his race. halfway through a flight from hong kong to vancouver last week, this elderly, caucasian man, went into the bathroom and emerged as a much younger, asian man. a modern-day master of disguise. reminiscent of "mission impossible." even before he ditched the mr. magoo-like disguise, some were tipped by his young hands. they didn't resemble the face,
which matched this silicone mass, we found online for $700. once he was escorted through customs by officers in canada, he called for refugee protection. this about-face, has security officials' heads spinning. >> following the airline security matters for 25 years. i've never heard of anything like this. >> reporter: the question, how did he make it through the multiple security checks at the hong kong international airport? >> assuming there was the major error in this case, that allowed it to happen, was when he was at the gate, getting ready to board the aircraft. at that point in time, he would have been checked by airline officials, not by customs officials. >> reporter: the canada border services agency issued this alert. it is believed that the subject and the actual united states citizen passenger performed a boarding pass swap, with the subject using an aeroplan card. aeroplan is a canadian frequent flyer card.
it doesn't show date of birth. so, that made it even easier for the imposter, who looks like he's in his 20s, but pretended to be in his 80s, all while using the i.d. of someone in their 50s. the man is currently being detained in canada, for attempting to enter under false pretenses. now, authorities there say, after he was caught, he put on this disguise for officers. and they said, he not only looked like an elderly, caucasian male, but he was convincing at mimicking the movements of an elderly person. i think his mistake was, if he used this thing two days later, it would have been halloween. >> that, by the way, is the creepiest thing that's ever appeared on this set. >> i kind of like it. >> yeah. don't put it on. >> in the top five. >> but i'm serious. you have to worry that there's going to be copycats, trying to repeat this, as well. it's a bizarre story. get rid of this. to a much more hansom face,
ron claiborne. >> good morning, everyone. in the news, tomas, weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm as it hit haiti. four people reported killed. the storm pounded haiti with rain and 70-mile-per-hour winds, but camps with thousands of earthquake refugees in port-au-prince, were spared the worst effects. a suspected major mexican drug lord has been killed with a gun battle with police in mexico. the gang leader, tony tormenta, was killed in a shoot-out across the border from brownsville, texas. a judge in peru ordered lori berenson to be freed from prison after serving 15 years for aiding leftist rebels. she could be released this weekend. but she would have to remain in peru until the end of her 20-year sentence. tonight is a blessed occasion for those us of us who get up early in the mornings on weekends. at 2:00 a.m. sunday, we turn the clocks back and gain a beautiful extra hour of sleep. we return to standard times. if you're one of billions of
iphone users, be warned that you have to manually reset the clock on your iphone. it will not happen, dan, automatically. >> we just gave away the abc number. on that note, we'll have a quick check of the weather. it is cool in the east. in detroit, 44 degrees. atlanta, 50. and near-record warmth out west. colorado springs hitting 77 degrees. rain and mountain snow on the west coast by later today and tonight. sunshine in much of the plains and midwest. dan and bianna? bianna and dan? >> i prefer dan and bianna. thank you, ron. appreciate it. >> i'm fine with either. coming up here on "good morning america," we have a very serious, a very interesting story about bullying. this is a tragedy, where the
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now, to a tragic and counterintuitive twist on the national discussion over bullying. an alleged bully took his own life after an elite prop school threatened to expel him for his actions. now, his father is furious and demanding answers. a month ago, 16-year-old hunter perkins was accused by officials at groton, a prestigious boarding school, of bullying. he had allegedly depicted a fellow student in a drawing, in an embarrassing sexual situation. >> he said that his roommate e-mailed them out. and that he had no idea the kid was going to do that. >> reporter: after school officials pressured him to withdraw over the incident, hunter went into his father's basement and committed suicide. for his family, it was devastating. but it also opened up a new debate over bullying. are schools and police reacting too quickly and sternly to those accused of bullying?
hunter's death came just as bullying was very much in the news. rutgers student, tyler clementi's suicide in september, after his sexual encounter with another man was allegedly posted online, sparked another national discussion. >> lesbian, gay -- >> bullied by a 12-year-old. >> there's been a shocking number of news stories about teens who have been teased and bullied, and then committed suicide. like 13-year-old seth walsh in california. >> reporter: and more alleged instances came to light. >> a lot of people would taunt and tease her. >> reporter: soon, singers, actors, even the president, were weighing in on the issue. >> every day, it gets better. >> reporter: hunter's father believes it was all this attention that caused the school to overreact to his son's alleged action. and we reached out to the groton school. and the school officials expressed their deepest condolences. they also issued a statement, saying, quote, this is a small school that acts on the family model. our policies are stated in the student handbook. so, we want to turn, now, to
mr. walter perkins, the father of hunter perkins. and dr. michael oberschneider, who has worked with children who have been bullied and children who are bullies, as well. thank you both for joining us this morning. we appreciate it. walter, let me start with you. i want to say first, i'm very sorry for your loss. >> thank you. >> thank you for coming in. you believe that there's an overheated environment that's been created right now that provoked an overreaction? >> i think that's part of it. i think when you have sensational cases of these tragedies with suicides occurring. histories in the past of people being bullied, i think it tends to heat up, not only the public discussion, but also the reaction of officials when something like this occurs. >> well, let me ask a question from another perspective. there are parents out there this morning who are mourning the loss of their children who they
believe were hounded into suicide as a consequence of bullies. and the argument these parents often make is that school officials are not doing enough to stop bullying. how do you respond to that? and what would you say to those parents? >> i would truncate that sentence. and saying maybe they're not doing enough. but maybe simply stop bullying -- stopping the bullying is not the total prescription. >> so, your argument seems to be -- correct me if i'm wrong. that school officials and society in general, need to do a better job of understanding, not only the bullied, but also those who bully? >> in my case, the school had a track record of a student having mental health difficulties, taking a.d.d. drugs. taking antidepressants. there was an incident the year before where he mutilated himself because he was upset. >> let me turn to you, doctor. do you believe that more attention needs to be paid to the children who are actually doing the bullying? >> i do. i think that we spend quite a bit of attention focusing on the kids who have been bullied.
and we should. they are victims. but at the same time, we need to understand why these individuals, kids and teenagers and sometimes into adulthood, why these behaviors are happening in the first place. >> what are the warning signs? >> the research does support that individuals with mental health problems, adhd, mr. perkins mentioned adhd and depression for his son. he was formally diagnosed with those conditions. individuals with those conditions have higher rates or are more vulnerable to acting out in different ways. >> is there something going on in the larger society that we're seeing more bullies right now? >> i work with a lot of kids and teenagers who are, as you said, bullied. and those who bully. and there are two themes i've identified. i thought a lot about this this morning. and the two themes are, as a society -- not to sound like a philosopher. but as a society, we're moving faster and faster.
parents don't have the time, i'm noticing, as much, to take the time to teach the values and morals that matter. we're missing very important moments in development for socialization. so, kids are going out into the world ill prepared to manage themselves at an elite prep school when conflict arises. >> we're almost out of time. let me ask you one, final question, walter. how are you doing this morning? >> not very well. i'm still very unhappy about the loss of my child. the routine i'm going through is a little bit of up and down. when i'm not focusing on the loss, i'm a lot more -- how can i say? adjusted and happy, than i am whenever i'm thinking about some of the bad aspects, like signing his organ donor sheet and the actual events that led to me giving him -- trying to give him cpr, things like that, are not very pleasant memories. and you do recall them as time, goes on through the day. >> again, our sympathies and condolences to you this morning.
well, for a few months now, dr. mehmet oz has been on a crusade to get americans to know their five. the five numbers he says can save your life. the cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, weight and waist size. today, dr. oz is in chicago, giving away free screenings to more than 1,200 people. that's where he joins us, live, from this morning. dr. oz, good to see you. thanks for joining us.
>> good morning, bianna. how are you, dan? >> we're good. you've been doing these screenings across the country. but we understand there's significance why you're in chicago today. >> well, chicago's is middle of the country, geographically. it also happens to be the middle of the country with regard to its health. frankly, that's just not good enough. we have 75 million americans that are hypertensive. also, 75 million to be diabetic or prediabetic. two-thirds are overweight or obese. these are huge problems. the know your five campaign, which is what we're out here launching, is all about getting americans to understand the five numbers that drive most of the wellness. the waist size, their weight, the cholesterol numbers, the blood sugar and the blood pressure. i just checked the blood pressure on rich, who works with me. i'm going to share with you these numbers. i have two, wonderful volunteers to help with this. what it's about in chicago, and we're doing it all over the country, is to get folks to understand, if you know your numbers, you can control your health destiny. >> your friend there is named rich?
what kind of results are you getting back? >> rich, if you don't mind, i'm going to share the screen. richie works with me. richie's blood pressure is 160 over 110. >> so, is that -- >> i told you that before. that number is way over what is tolerable -- it's 140 over 90, is the border of hypertension. optimal blood pressure, richie, is 115 over 75. for everyone listening, the difference between being optimal and hypertensive, is a ten-year life expectancy. it's a big number, dan. >> in richie's defense, it's a little nerve-racking to have your blood pressure taken on live television. so, maybe it's artificially boosted. >> are these -- >> i took richie's blood pressure five times. that was the best number. >> okay. fair enough. >> dr. oz, are these five numbers the things that patients and people work with their doctors on improving? >> they are. they are about talking to your physician about numbers and
dealing with them. susan, by the way, works with lifeline screening, who is our partner. we've already screened 10,000 people with this program. we come into your community. if you can't be here in chicago, and most can't be, at least go to droz.com and sign up. we'll come to you. i checked susan. and susan has a little bit of a waist. but thankfully, she doesn't have a lot of risk factors besides that. the good news for susan, unlike my good friend, richie, is although she has a little weight onboard, which i'd like you to lose, you don't have big side effects from that. that means that when you go to your doctor, you're in a much better place. a lot of americans are taking advantage of this know five program we're doing over the country, are underserved. because of that, they have a much higher response. they're not getting the number. if you live in this country and you're over the age of 20, you have to know your five numbers. after that, we are going to have a huge festival. and we'll take you through what the organs look like. and we'll give you action steps. 500-calorie meals. tips about having fiber for breakfast.
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