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you. >> thank you. nearly 6:00 now. san francisco's mayor picks a new police chief. he is someone who has a long history with the department and as anne makovec shows us, he has seen his share of scandal, as well. she is going to fill us in and has more. reporter: good morning. including dealing with a criminal indictment in the past. as well as several demotions over his years with the sfpd. his name is greg suhr. he is the captain right now of the sfpd's bayview station. he has been credited with a huge feat, a 50% drop in homicides. there he is also a 30-year veteran of the force. suhr beat out two others for the job, all nominated by the police commission. mayor ed lee made the call over the weekend but as frank mentioned, there is baggage involved. suhr was involved in the fajitagate scandal from 2003 and charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice. he was later cleared of those charges. in 2005 he was demoted from head of patrol after the controversial g8 protests when
an officer was seriously injured. he was demoted in 2009 after accusations he failed to report a domestic violence attack on one of his friends. despise this, very popular guy among the ranks and ultimately the mayor, as well. ed lee told the "chronicle," "greg suhr's history is an open book. like all of us he made some decisions he would have made differently in hindsight but he has recovered from them and done really well." now, the tasks in front of suhr once he officially becomes chief is to trim a top-heavy administration as well as make 10% cuts in the budget something the mayor has asked all city departments to do. he will be sworn in at city hall. it will be sometime this morning but we don't have a firm time. but we'll be on it for ya. frank? >> let me ask you a question, anne. was this all the on mayor?
did he make the decision or did it have to get approval and what not? >> reporter: it was discussed within the board of supervisors for several months. the mayor has taken some criticism that it's taken him so long to pick greg suhr for this position which has raised a few eyebrows but the mayor said, hey, what do you expect? i have plenty of things to do. it was his ultimate decision. he had a lot of input. among the supervises, greg suhr was the top pick. >> thank you, anne makovec live in san francisco. san jose police meanwhile are looking into the beating death of a man inside a care home on the city's north side. police were called to the home on saint andrews place about 7:30 last night. they say the victim, a 24-year- old, got into a fight with his 28-year-old roommate and died of his injuries. it's not clear though how this dispute started. the care facility is in a single family house. it's listed online as serving the developmentally disabled. drastic job cuts in san jose. now, all this because of a budget problem. and pink slips are going out to more than 100 police officers.
now, kiet do joins us now from police headquarters with more on how it came to this. >> reporter: good morning. a total of 600 city employees got layoff noticings yesterday. and of those 600, 106, to be exact, are police officers. now, if all of these police officers are let go, it would be the first time in the city's history that this would be allowed to happen. now, the layoff notices went out yesterday as employees were called in one by one by their magers to tell them thed -- managers to tell them the bad news. the 600 pink slips were sent out with the assumption that all 11 worker unions will take a 10% pay cut. but only four of the unions have agreed to do so. this year's $115 million historic deficit is now the tenth year in a row of budget cuts fueled in part by increasing pension costs. this has meant longer waits for all city services, everything from firefighters to applying for permits. the mood around city hall and the unions was disbelief. >> pretty much somewhat confused and shocked in a way. and no matter what happens, as
of right now, i will get laid off. and that's just a shock to me. now i have to find other avenues to support my family. >> reporter: if the rest of the workers unions do not give up another 10% in paycuts, then the city manager says another 155 police officers will be laid off and another 300 city employees will be let go. and the city has to make a decision soon. the new budget start on july 1. >> any idea how they chose to give the pink slips to? was it based on seniority? >> reporter: typically, yes. the officers who were last in are typically the first out. so if officers have been on for at least a couple of years, then for now they're safe. >> all right. thank you, kiet do in san jose. tonight pg&e will give an update on their work and recovery efforts following the san bruno pipeline explosion. utility executives will join congresswoman jackie speier and city leaders at april town hall meeting. the explosion killed eight
people and destroyed dozens of homes. long-term recovery efforts will be at the top of tonight's agenda. it starts at 6:30 p.m. at the san bruno senior center. if you like great weather, have we got a forecast for you! finally we are getting this weather right. it is looking good. we have a clear start to the day. temperatures a little cool in spots. 43 degrees right now in the napa valley 49 san jose, 47 in pacifica. toward the afternoon a mix of sun and clouds but nice temperatures. still some low 70s showing up in some of the valleys probably just a little bit warmer than yesterday. about 72 antioch, 70 santa rosa, and about 62 degrees a little breezy in san francisco. more winds on the way. we'll talk about that in a minute. let's check traffic with elizabeth. >> let's talk traffic. let's go out towards mass
transit. we'll talk about this first. so far everything is on time. we were dealing with some earlier bart delays but everything is back on track literally. ace train number one and ace train number three look good and muni metro and caltrain are on time. to the roads, all the approaches to the bay bridge, our traffic sensors are picking up stop speeds. once you hit the pay gates, there is a little bit of slowing in some of the far lanes but no metering lights or major delays heading into san francisco. it's a quick trip from the incline to the "s" curve. san mateo bridge problem-free as well in both directions towards the high-rise. that is your traffic. back to you. >> thank you. fireworks in the courtroom. the heated exchange between yusef bey iv and his judge. plus it's a first for federal reserve. how ben bernanke is making some history today. and the quack is back! the man who will become aflac's new spokesduck.
temperatures very mild. 60s and 70s. a full look at your forecast is coming up. afghan's president is asking for a full investigation after a deadly day in kabul. a veteran afghan officer opened fire on coalition forces killing eight nato servicemembers and a contractor in a room at kabul airport after a fight. the gunman was also killed. he was a military pilot with 20 years of service. the nationalities of the eight nato servicemembers hasn't been released. there will be a national security shake-up in washington, d.c. sources tell the "associated press" president obama will name cia director leon panetta to replace defense secretary robert gates. that announcement is expected sometime this week. gates had already said he will step down sometime later this year. another change. general david petreaus currently running the war in
afghanistan will take the cia chief's job. the changes will probably take effect this summer. yusef bey iv got into it with a judge in his murder trial in oakland. the former head of "your black muslim bakery" complained that the judge, quote, isn't being fair to him. the exchange came as the judge decided to allow taped comments from bey's ex-girlfriend that indicated bey wanted oakland journalist chauncey bailey dead. the "chauncey bailey project" reports that tape may be played in court today. 6:11. there is a new name for the oakland coliseum. the website it will be named after. the royal cars and troops on horseback take part in a predawn dress rehearsal for the royal wedding. i'm charlie d'agata in london. we'll have the story coming up. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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rehearsal this morning. and believe me, it was big. now the question is, when do william and kate have their rehearsal at the abbey? the palace isn't saying aside from saying it's only natural for a couple to have a rehearsal before their big day. ♪ [ music ] reporter: it may be one of the most elaborate wedding rehearsals anyone has ever seen. hundreds of troops filled the streets in front of westminster abbey early this morning for a full-scale military walk- through of the royal procession. case, and cars will carry the royal family and guests to the abby with the prince and princess. diane came all the way from grand rapids, michigan, to stake out a prime spot for the big day. she didn't expect to get two shows in one. >> i had no idea. walk up to the area and had to open my tent to see what was going on. >> reporter: british police put
parts of central london in lockdown sealing off the streets in one of the busiest cities in the world for this predawn dress rehearsal. >> it will be good to tell the grandchildren. >> reporter: more than 1,000 people will line the route on wedding day. some like this one served with prince william in the royal navy. >> it was a great honor. when i received the phone call i was over the moon. >> reporter: for nine specially selected horses it's the ultimate privilege chosen for their calm temperament they will guard the royal carriage as it heads to buckingham palace but it's not all about pageantry and pomp. the horses and officers taking part in the procession also have the duty of keeping the royal couple and thousands of spectators safe. of course, prince william is a fully pledged fledged raf member and he invited all
members to the wedding. >> we are so focused on the wedding it self. where is the couple spending the night before the festivities? >> reporter: kate middleton is in buckleberry tonight her hometown. and she will head to the goring hotel, without traffic she will have an escort 10 minutes away from here she and her mother. prince william will spend the night with his dad at clarence house. his dad's residence at saint james palace. >> how about the royal weather? yesterday we heard thunder and lightning maybe some rain. >> reporter: it has cleared up in a way. forecasters are saying now it's going to be overcast with a chance of rain. that's th good news. the showers will pass over westminster abbey around 12, 12:15 lunchtime when william and kate will be leaving the
abby. >> so the royal tailgaters will get wet. [ laughter ] >> supposed to be good luck, though, right? >> i think so. all right, charlie d'agata live in london, covering the royal wedding. charlie, thank you very much. don't forget, you can watch the royal wedding live right here on cbs 5. our coverage begins friday at 1:30 a.m. after the late late show. tune in. folks, we are working on a pretty nice day in the bay area. going to see a lot of sunshine to start. mostly clear skies to begin with this morning. 40s and 50s out there right now breezy already at the coastline. those breezes will be picking up toward the afternoon and we'll see a couple of clouds in our skies but still should be a fantastic day some very mild temperatures. plan on 60s inside the bay, 60s and low 70s in some of the interior valleys. 50s and 60s, the winds kicking up along the coastline. still looking good. high pressure in control but a few of the clouds going to dump right over the top of this ridge and roll into the bay area. so by the afternoon, should
make for a beautiful sunset. but as we head into tomorrow some changes are coming. you have a mix of sun and clouds and some mild temperatures today. that begins to weaken as the system moves over the top of it and tomorrow windy conditions especially along the coastline, some 30-mile-an-hour winds maybe plus at the beaches. and that will probably continue into friday with some cooler temperatures. over the weekend the winds will switch directions and it's going to heat up. numbers in the afternoon plan on 68 degrees in san jose, 67 fremont, and about 65 degrees partly cloudy in san mateo. east bay numbers up into the 60s and low 70s inland. a little cooler inside the bay and again you will see some of the winds kicking up into oakland, berkeley, alameda. as you look toward the north bay 50s at the coast, a lot of 60s even some low 70s into place like the napa valley and also into santa rosa. looking out over the next couple of days, well, we are going to watch a nice day, partly cloudy skies. tomorrow again, those winds are going to howl especially near the coast and inside the bay
and mountain passes so the temperatures likely to come down on thursday and friday. but over the weekend, those winds switching directions becoming offshore. 70s and 80s in many of the warmer spots. all right. time for a traffic check with elizabeth. >> looks pretty good, lawrence. it also looks pretty good on the roads. here's a live look right now 101 traffic near mckee. things are moving great in either direction. i think some kids are still on spring break because we just have no major issues on the road. traffic light all across the bay area. on the maps, here's live look at conditions in and out of san francisco if you are commuting the central freeway. fine there. highway 4 in the east bay the usual slow traffic through antioch but again nothing unusual there. just speeds under 20 miles per hour as you pass a street. check out this the ride out of the altamont pass not too bad, in the clear, 16 minutes your drive from 205 towards 680 and the dublin interchange. all the approaches to the bay
bridge problem-free. no metering lights but that may have just change. looks like it's only backing up in the far lanes. so far, so good though if you notice our live traffic sensors up the incline. that right here is usually our first indication that they will be turning the metering lights on very shortly. so again, here's a bigger picture. 18 minutes if you are heading down the eastshore freeway from the carquinez bridge to the maze. another live traffic shot 880 through oakland. quick trip in either direction, 15 minutes from hayward towards oakland. and one more look here's live look at the south bay. we showed you 101 traffic. now we show you 280 and guadalupe parkway, everything moving fine this morning across the south bay and mass transit looks good, as well. we had some earlier bart delays that are now gone. ace train number one and three no delay. muni metro caltrain also look good. remember kcbs, our radio partners, at 740-am and 106.9- fm. that's your traffic. back to you. >> thank you. it's no longer the oakland
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questions after today's policy setting meeting. this will be the first news conference ever for a fed chief and he plans to do it four times a year. oakland-alameda county coliseum is about to get a new name. what is it? overstock.com coliseum. corporate sponsorship deal is expected to be approved today according to the bay citizen website. six-year deal would reportedly cost the online retailer more than 7 million bucks. it's not the first time the coliseum has gotten a new name. previously it was named after network associates and mcafee. you can hear the sportscasters rolling that off their tongue right now. one of the world's most famous ducks has a new voice. 12,000 people applied for the job and here's your winner. >> aflac! >> there were a million different variations of that. >> that's dan mckeague, a 36- year-old radio salesman from minnesota.
he replace the old aflac duck voice. that was gilbert gottfried who was fired after making a joke about the earthquake and tsunami victims in japan. he is going to make a little over $100,000. >> and he had some tough competition. you said you saw the auditions. >> the auditions were great. especially the new yorkers. taxi guys and all kinds of folks. 12,000 people. you know, for $100,000? >> we should have practiced. >> for saying one word, what the heck. 6:26. coming up, president obama is making a big announcement in the controversy over his birth certificate. >> plus a security shake-up in washington. the changes to the president's cabinet and how it impacts the war in afghanistan. back from siberia, just in time to become san francisco's new police chief. okay. figuratively not literally, we'll explain coming up. and hundreds of layoff notices have gone out in the city of san jose including police officers and the worst may not be over yet. i'm kiet do with a live report coming up. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
should, also. you have at least a week of sunshine coming your way and it's going to kick it off today. lawrence will tell you all about it. >> i am looking at the long range right now. i don't see any rain and that's something we haven't been able to say the better part of spring. so enjoy that sunshine today, folks. it's going to look very nice especially early on, mostly clear skies. by the afternoon a few clouds across the skies. temperatures looking good though. 60s around most of the bay area, even some lows 70s inland. but we may see 80s this weekend. first let's check the roads with elizabeth. >> thank you, lawrence. starting to get busy especially at the bay bridge toll plaza where they just turned the metering lights on a couple of minutes ago so you can already see these backups growing. also, just getting word now of a new accident in el cerrito. we have taken several calls already from the kcbs phone force. so we'll have a lot more on that coming up. in the meantime, back to you guys >> thank you. just into the newsroom, the white house has just released a copy of president obama's birth
certificate. it comes in response to questions over president obama's place of birth. the certificate shown here shows that the president was born in hawaii which makes him eligible to hold the office. the president is expected to speak in about 15 minutes. we are standing by for a special report from cbs news. we'll bring that to you as soon as it happens. president obama is expected to announce details of a national security shake-up later this week, as well. sources tell the "associated press" the president will name cia director leon panetta to replace defense secretary robert gates. gates had already said he will step down later this year. and general david petraeus currently running the war in afghanistan will take the cia chief's job. changes will probably take effect sometime this summer. san francisco is getting a new top cop this morning. he has a long history with the department. as anne makovec test us, he comes with his share of baggage. isn't that right, anne? >> reporter: he has faced a
criminal indictment during his career and a couple of demotions but now captain greg suhr is back on top and said to be named the police chief here in san francisco a little bit later on this morning. he is right now the captain of the sfpd's bayview station. he has also been credited for a 50% drop in homicides in that district. he is also a 30-year veteran of the force. suhr beat out two others for the job all nominated by the police commission and then mayor ed lee made the call over the weekend. suhr was involved in the fajitagate scandal from 2008 and --from 2003 charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice. he was later cleared of those charges. then in 2005 former chief heather fong demoted him from head of patrol after the controversial g8 protest when an officer was severely injured. then in 2009, he was demoted again after accusations that he failed to report a domestic violence attack of one of friends. despite these incidents he is popular among the ranks and with the mayor as well. in fact, mayor ed lee tells the "chronicle," "i feel very good about this. it's the best choice. we definitely have a leader."
now, suhr is 52 years old, replacing jeff godown who is the interim police chief since george gascon became district attorney in january. pluck from siberia, that's what they said after he was named to the public utilities commission security team. sort of a demotion, sort of putting him away that's how it was seen in the police department after some of these controversies came out. it was there that he got close with mayor ed lee who was at that point city administrator. so in a sending him to siberia really work out for him. grace. >> it's amazing how it all works out. all right, anne makovec in san francisco, thank you. a man in custody this morning suspected of killing his roommate in a north san jose care home. police were called to saint andrews place at 7:30 last night. a 24-year-old man had been beaten to death. officers arrested the 28-year- old suspect. -- police say the two men got
into a fight but it's not clear how it started. the care facility is in a single family house. it's listed online as serving the developmentally disabled. an alleged serial killer will be back in a bay area courtroom this morning. 77-year-old joseph naso from reno is expected to enter a plea in a marin county courtroom this morning. he is accused of killing two four women. he is also under the investigation of the murders of three children in upstate new york in the '70s. the first and last initials of each victim were the same. >> public safety cuts are hitting home in san jose. more than 100 city police officers getting notices this week they could be laid off. kiet do joins us now from police headquarters with reaction this morning. kiet, good morning. reporter: good morning. in fact, an exact number of 106 police officers have gotten pink slips and that means that there will be fewer detectives to investigate nonviolent and property crimes in the city of san jose. if these police cuts go through,
and it looks like they will, then it will be the first time in the city's history that it will happen. now, a total of 600 layoff notices went out yesterday as managers called in employees one by one to tell them the bad news. the notices were sent out with the assumption that all 11 workers' unions will take a 10% pay cut. but only four have agreed to do so. this year's $115 million historic deficit is now the tenth year in a row for budget cuts fueled in part by increasing pension costs. this means longer waits for everything from firefighters to applying for city permits. mayor reed said he had little choice but to make the painful cuts. >> i think every department in the city is going to see reduction in people and layoffs most likely. the average citizen will see a reduction of services in practically every department and every section. everybody is taking a hit. >> pretty much somewhat confused and shocked in a way. and no matter what happens, as of right now, i will get laid
off. and that's just a shock to me. now i have to find other avenues to support my family. >> reporter: there's been a lot of talk from the police union that they will be losing a lot of good officers including this detective who has a master's degree and is also fluent into vietnamese. 155 officers will be laid off as well as 300 city employees if the other unions don't agree to cuts. the city budget begins on july 1. back to you. >> tough decisions. okay, kiet do, live in san jose, it up. if you are just waking up and you like sunshine, you're going to like this guy. >> you are. lawrence is the man this week. next week, next month, next year? >> we could only hope, guys. of course, we have had some kind of winter. it just wouldn't end. we had the showers go through much of spring but now the sun is coming up on the bay area. mostly clear skies. what a great start to the day. temperatures not all that bad outside right now. a little cool in spots. you have 43 in the napa valley.
44 in livermore. 40s and 50s elsewhere. we are going to see high cloudses across the top of the ridge so we can expect that into the afternoon. i think that will make for a fantastic sunset. in between lots of sunshine and very nice weather. mild temperatures many of the valleys easily into the 70s inland a lot of 60s around the bay. at the coastline, a little bit breezy. some 50s and 60s there. let check traffic with elizabeth. >> thank you, lawrence. unfortunately we have a developing hotspot now in el cerrito. if you are commuting westbound 80 before cutting boulevard, we have an accident involving a couple of cars. we have taken several calls actually from the kcbs phone force. so thank you christopher, bryce, brannan, all letting us know traffic is jammed in the area backed up to at least san pablo dam road. once you get past el cerrito speeds improve dramatically into berkeley and emeryville. bay bridge toll plaza a little difficult to see because of the sunshine but it is backing up towards the west grand overcrossing. metering lights were turned on
just after 6:20 so we got slight disease now heading into into san francisco. more traffic coming up. meantime, back to you. >> thank you. 6:37 the time. tonight we are going to get an update on pg&e's work following that san bruno explosion. utility executives will join jackie speier and san bruno leaders at a town hall meeting. the explosion of course killing eight people, destroying dozens of homes. long-term recovery efforts will be at the top of tonight's agenda. it starts at 6:30 at the san bruno senior center. and this morning, a fight to stop the chopping in fremont. community members, environmentalists are upset that caltrain recently cut down about 100 treat to widen the highway 84 through niles canyon and the department plans to keep cutting. community members and conservation groups said no to the project at a meeting last week, and last night they urged the fire that jump in and join the fight. >> it's easy for me to say it. you have to go look at it. they just took a swatch out of
it. and that's just the beginning. and it just looks absolutely terrible. >> the mayor says he will ask governor brown to push caltrain to restudy the project and work with the city to come up with an agreement. caltrans says its project will make the highway safer for drivers and bicyclists. bryan stow remains sedated as he recovers from an attack outside dodger stadium that happened nearly four weeks ago. his website says the giants fan from santa cruz has been heavily sedated since friday because of seizures. his family says he may be taken off the sedatives this week. and today, all chili's restaurants in california are offering to donate money to help pay stow's medical bills. customers who bring in the flyer will have 15% of their bill go to stow's family. you can find a link to the flyer on the cbs 5 "early edition" facebook page. 6:39. president obama is putting the
debate over his birthplace to rest. we are standing by for a special report. and the market just opened about 10 minutes ago. a major policy meeting from the federal reserve today. let's take a look at the numbers. so far, so of good. but it's early and those numbers not up too much. we'll be right back. stay with us. ♪ [ alarm buzzing ] another victim of frequent flyer red tape. [ tires screech ] seat restrictions got him stuck in a vicious circle. it's just not right! i keep earning miles, but it seems like i can never use them. the all-new rapid rewards doesn't have any of that nasty red tape. here he comes again. let's set him free! [ male announcer ] join rapid rewards and enjoy unlimited reward seats, no blackout dates, and no red tape. ♪
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now.. we've just learned that a nato f-16 fighter bomber crashed on landing at an air breaking news overseas. we have just learned that a nato f-16 fighter-bomber crashed on landing at an air base in southern italy after completing a mission over libya. a statement said that the pilot ejected safely after landing on the outbound runway. his condition is still being assessed. the air base in western sicily is about 360 miles north of libya's capital tripoli used extensively by aircraft from several nato nation for bombing missions over libya. italian police are now investigating. as others brace for more wild and deadly weather in the midwest, there is a report of another storm death this time in mississippi. that's where a truck driver was killed after he hit a tree on the highway. storms in arkansas killed at least 11 people. parts of missouri saw 15" of rain over the last four days alone. april is on track to be a
record-setting weather month in the midwest. yeah, guys. we have not even reached the peak of tornado season either. so they have some very active weather ahead in other parts of the country. here we are watching things nicely quiet down and looking good outside right now. mostly clear skies, a little breezy at the coast. comfortable this afternoon. clouds over the top of the ridge will make for partly cloudy skies in the afternoon, and then the winds look like they will start to kick toward tomorrow. mountain view partly cloudy skies in the afternoon. 60s and 70s inland. a little breezy into oakland and alameda by the afternoon, as well. coastal temperatures in the north bay mainly into the 50s. lots of 60s and 70s to our friends in the north. out over the next couple of
days, a great day today with mild temperatures, partly cloudy skies in the afternoon. tomorrow those winds will be kick up and our temperatures cool down. good news getting things right as temperatures head well into the 70s maybe even some low 80s on the weekend. that's a check of the weather. let's check traffic with elizabeth. >> let's do, all right, thank you, lawrence. problems in el cerrito. westbound 80 before cutting boulevard a two-car wreck blocking one lane. it was pretty much jammed solid from at least san pablo dam road and growing. you can see our live traffic sensors out there showing speeds under 20 miles per hour in some spots. once you get past el cerrito, then you can see our live traffic sensors improving quite a bit unless you're heading towards the bay bridge and then the metering lights are on so we are dealing with a good sized backup. almost to the 880 overcrossing,
not quite but almost. sluggish from the incline to the "s" curve. past the tunnel speeds improve. here's a live -- this is a cbs news special report. i'm jeff glor in new york. this morning, president obama is due to speak at the white house about a long simmering issue whether he was born outside the united states an issue that's persisted despite evidence he was born in the u.s. the president will be speaking on the issue to the nation in a moment. this morning, though, the white house has just released a copy of mr. obama's birth certificate showing his birth in honolulu in august 1961 as he always said. for years, some have questioned that. bill plante is at the white house now with more on what the president might be saying momentarily. bill, why is the white house doing this now? >> reporter: the one thing you haven't heard mentioned around here this morning is that of donald trump but he does indeed seem to be the reason why the president is speaking out about
this today. the white house puts a slightly different spin on it. they say, we have had the information out there since 2008. but it's been a distraction since it's come up in debate recently. what we should be talking about is the way to reduce debt and other important issues facing the nation not this sideshow. so the white house spin in a briefing earlier today is that the president decided to request his birth certificate and put it out there so that this debate would end. we hope, he says, or the white house official who spoke to us earlier said, that this will close the debate. the certificate which they have shown us is a copy of live birth from hawaii which has more information on it than the computer generated copy which is out there. that copy is what every hawaiian citizen gets when they need a birth certificate to get a passport or driver's license. but the president we think this morning wants to lay out his reasons for doing this. i think that they will echo what you have just heard.
>> yeah. >> reporter: and to try to just move on. >> so donald trump just healed an impromptu news conference himself where he said he is very proud of himself, he feels he can take credit for the president releasing this. is there concern at the white house now -- >> here's thepresident. president obama: now, let me just comment, first of all, on the fact that i can't get the networks to break in on all kinds of other discussions. [ laughter ] >> i was just back there listening to chuck saying it's amazing that he is not going to be talking about national security. i would not have the networks breaking in if i was talking about that chuck and you know it. [ inaudible ] [ laughter ] >> as many of you have been briefed, we provided additional information today about the site of my birth.
now, this issue has been going on for 2, 2.5 years now. i think it started during the campaign. and i have to say that over the last 2.5 years, i have watched with bemusement, i have been puzzled with the degree that this thing just kept on going. we have had every official in hawaii democrat and republican, every news outlet that has investigated this, confirm that, yes, in fact i was born in hawaii august 4, 1961, in [ indiscernible ] hospital. we posted the certification that is given by the state of hawaii on the internet for everybody to see. people have provided affidavits that they in fact have seen this birth certificate and yet this thing just keeps on going.
now, normally, i would not comment on something like this because obviously, there's a lot of stuff swirling in the press on any given day and, you know, i have other things to do. but two weeks ago when the republican house had put forward a budget that will have huge consequences potentially to the country, and when i gave a speech about my budget and how i felt that we needed to invest in education and infrastructure and making sure that we had a strong safety net for our seniors, even as we were closing the deficit, during that entire week, the dominant news story was not about these huge monumental choices that we are going to have to make as a nation. it was about my birth certificate. and that was true on most of the news outlets that were represented here.
and so i just want to make a larger point here. we've got some enormous challenges out there. there are a lot of folks out there who are still looking for work. everybody is still suffering under high gas prices. we're going to have to make a series of very difficult decisions about how we invest in our future but also get ahold of our deficit and our debt. how do we do that in a balanced way? this is going to generate huge and serious debates, important debates, and there's going to be some fierce disagreements and that's good. that's how democracy is supposed to work. and i'm confident that the american people and america's political leaders can come together in a bipartisan way and solve these problems. we always have. but we're not going to be able
to do it if we are distracted. we're not going to be able to do it if we spend time villifying each other. we're not going to be able to do it if we just make stuff up and pretend that facts are not facts. we're not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers. we live in a serious time right now and we have the potential to deal with the issues that we confront in a way that will make our kids and our grandkids and our great-grandkids proud. and i have every confidence that america in the 21st century is going to be able to come out on top just like we always have. but we're going to have to get serious to do it. now, i know that there's going to be a segment of people for
which no matter what we put out, this issue will not be put to rest. but i'm speaking to the vast majority of the american people as well as to the press. we do not have time for this kind of silliness. we have better stuff to do. i've got better stuff to do. we got big problems to solve and i'm confident we can solve them but we're going to have to focus on them, not on this. thanks very much, everybody. >> mr. president. >> mr. president. >> mr. president. >> republican leaders address -- that was the president speaking from the white house on the long-simmering birth certificate issue. the president laughed as he stepped out a little bit but you can see he is clearly frustrated by this saying the country has enormous challenges that can't be solved when people are, quote, making stuff up. he said there are sideshows and carnival barkers out there, uhm, and we don't have time for
silliness. but the president again addressing on national television the birth certificate issue. let's bring in bob schieffer. bob, so donald trump this morning as you may have seen took credit for this saying he is very proud of what he has been able to do. the question i was asking bill before the president stepped up there was, is there concern at the white house that this sets a precedent, that this issue may be put to bed now but more comes up and the white house has to spend more time debunking them as well? >> i think the president when he starts talking about sideshows and carnival barkers he was putting this in a different context. at the same time in this impromptu news conference that donald trump was having this morning when he congratulated himself for forcing this out of the white house, he said now it's time to bring out the grades, the president's academic record while he was in college. i hear he was not a very good student. well, i mean, i think that kind of speaks for itself and puts this all in the context of
perhaps a reality show. but i must say, when the president said, i've got more to do and we need to focus on more important things, i think the president was also putting this in a very different way. i felt what was quite interesting here, jeff, this was not president obama the smooth reader of the teleprompter. this was president obama coming out there saying, look, guys, we got to get something different going on here. this is not going to work. another interesting thing here is this morning, the white house put out the letter that the white house counsel had written a couple of years ago asking for this birth certificate. they asked at that time for what the people in hawaii put out today, the so-called long form which they normally do not do. at the time the president requested this, they put out the short form and that's what this argument has been about. i think this is going to bring this thing to a conclusion, quite frankly. >> bob schieffer in washington this morning, bob, thank you for your perspective. yeah, we should clarify as bob
said when you actually request a birth certificate, the one the president did a couple of years ago, that's what they gave him, they made this special request for the long form birth certificate put out which they did and that's what the president just spoke about. we'll have much more on this story throughout the day on this cbs station and on "the early show" on the west coast and also tonight on the cbs evening news. you can also see more all day long on cbsnews.com. this has been a cbs news special report. i'm jeff glor in new york. >> for news 24 hours a day go to cbsnews.com. well, you have been listening to a special report clarifying the birth certificate of president obama. and it sounds like he didn't pull any punches calling donald trump who is in new hampshire by the way stumping for a campaign calling trump at least on the back side here saying a sideshow and a carnival barker and calling it silly. >> so we have more important things to worry about a lot of serious problems our nation is
facing so we'll see if this puts the birther argument to rest finally. >> one would think so. one would think so. meanwhile, president obama is calling for action to lower the rising cost of gasoline. he is asking oil producing countries to increase their output. he is also calling on congress to repeal tax breaks for the oil industry. republicans say his suggestions would simply raise taxes and increase the price at the pump. soon, you will be paying more for coffee as it's jumping up in price. the price is hovering at nearly $3 a pound. the highest price in more than three decades. the weak dollar and bad weather in coffee growing regions now pushing up the price for beans. 6:57. late-night service for bart could get another try. service would extend an hour later on friday nights but to help maintain the system, saturday service would begin an hour later at 7 a.m. a demonstration project will be
presented to the board of directors tomorrow. if bart directors like the idea, some of that new schedule could begin in september. it is 6:58. time for one last check of traffic and weather. we'll kick it over to weather first because you got good news, my friend. >> i would pay just about anything for a cup of coffee right now. i don't care about the price. i need that cup this morning. out the door, we have a great day. we have some partly cloudy skies as we head in toward the afternoon. temperatures going to be very mild though. lots of 60s, some low 70s showing up inland, 50s at the coast. going to cool things down as we head in toward thursday and friday. the winds are going to be kicking up. but get a load of this. how about that weekend? looking good. temperatures warming up with offshore winds well into the 70s on saturday. by sunday, we could very well see some 80s here in the bay area. all right. let get a check of traffic now with elizabeth. >> all right, thank you, lawrence. we'll go out towards the eastshore freeway. this has been the problem spot for a half hour. westbound 80 in el cerrito
right before cutting boulevard, we have this accident. it was just cleared to the right shoulder. kcbs airborne just flew over the scene. so it is still really sluggish. word of a new accident in pinole approaching appian way so both of these accidents causing traffic to back up looks like to at least hercules. all right. once you get past el cerrito, speeds improve but unfortunately, your drive time almost a half hour now from the carquinez bridge to the maze. metering lights are on at the bay bridge. our bright spot the south bay. let's go out live. here's a live look near mckee exit and you can see that everything is moving fine. i believe those headlights are moving northbound. so quick trip this morning up towards santa clara. and mass transit remains on time. that's your traffic. back to you. >> thank you. did you see that sunrise? >> yeah. >> beautiful. >> like the angels were singing. >> sure does look like it. >> we deserve it after march and most of april. it's time for sunshine. don't you think? >> yeah. i miss the sun when it was gone. well, we're out of time, folks. hope to