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can the queen. i don't know. >> i don't know. we understand that like the president of guinness or something went to the bar so that he could have the perfect glass of guinness served to the president and the first lady. i'm sure it was served at the proper temperature, as well. >> reporter: yes. i'm getting thirsty. i'm going to leave right now. we've got an irish pub up the street. serves a mean guinness. sdpli wi >> wish i could join you. now to suzanne malveaux, i'll join you in a bit to talk about political wives and the affect they're having on whether someone runs for president or not. >> we're not going to drink guinness here, but we're glad to have you. this is the place to be. >> all right. >> thanks. see you. live from studio 7 i'm suzanne malveaux. want to get you up to speed for this monday, may 23. i want you to just listen to this. [ blowing wind ] [ screams ] >> it is difficult to see.
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but those voices leave no doubt. 20 terrified strangers huddled inside a store's industrial-sized refrigerator. outside a tornado is ripping apart joplin, missouri. and take a listen again -- >> we're good. we're good. we're good. [ screams ] [ wind sounds ] >> jesus. je jesus, jesus. >> i love everyone.
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i love everyone, man. i love you. >> jesus, jesus, jesus. heavenly father. >> this is joplin this morning. after daylight revealed the devastation, the tornado cut through the center of town killing at least 89 people, taking out homes, businesses, a hospital, a high school. jaime green is a photographer for a kansas newspaper. just listen. >> we huddled down. was my friend and i and her 6-year-old daughter. we huddled down over her daughter up against a wall, against an office building. our only other option would have been to throw a bench through the glass window which we actually thought of but we didn't -- we decided not to. >> it is unbelievable. authorities in joplin expect to find more bodies today as they look through the wreckage this town. and it is understandable when you see the size this storm.
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>> keep up, stay with it -- >> i've dwogot it on video. >> president obama phoned the missouri governor to express condolences and ordered the fema director to the tornado zone. right now it's a homecoming for president obama. [ cheers ] >> nice to see you. >> he's in moneygall, ireland. population 298. records appear to confirm that mr. obama's great, great, great grandfather grew up in moneygall. he left for america in 1850, the president returns to dublin schoon. we'll have the address live in the next hour.
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iceland hopes to reopen its main international airport sometime today. but check this out -- ash from an erupting volcano halted, stopped flights this weekend. now the cloud is spreading toward europe. but experts say it's probably not going to cause widespread trouble for air travel like a different volcano did just last spring. pakistan's military now caught offguard again. [ siren ] government troops were held off for 16 hours in karachi. at least ten members of pakistan's military were killed in that fire-fight. the taliban called the attack payback for civilian deaths. two imams are in federal court in miami. that's this morning. for detention hears. the two are american citizens born in pakistan. the two are among six people charged with conspiracy to
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kidnap and murder by helping bankroll the pakistani taliban. los angeles police call 31-year-old giovanni ramirez their main suspect in the parking lot attack at dodger stadium. police allege that he beat and kicked san francisco giants fan bryan stow after the march 31 season opener. the vicious assault left stow with brain damage. police are still looking for a second attacker and a woman who drove the men from the stadium. it's official now, tim paw lenty is a formal candidate for the republican presidential nomination. he made the announcement in a video on his web site and social media last night. the former minnesota governor will make the announcement live in person next hour in iowa. more on our top story. the deadly tornado that slammed into joplin, missouri. now, rescue crews, they're searching for survivors who may still be trapped under all of that rubble. the city manager says that at
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least 89 people are confirmed dead. and that numbers is likely to go much higher. our cnn's brian todd, he is at a hospital that took a direct hit from that tornado, and he joins us by phone. on the phone, brian, if you could, just describe for us what you are seeing. >> we're seeing the scene of total devastation here at the hospital in the center of town. the tornado took dead aim moving west to east through downtown joplin, starting at about 5:30 p.m. local time here. residents say that they saw the tell-tale sign, the swirling clouds, dark sky, and the rumble, the thunders and it got much worse very quickly. they did say that they had a warning of about maybe 20 minutes between the first tornado warning and when the tornado struck. almost twice as much as they usually get. so that could be a positive development in maybe keeping the death toll down. but they're still looking for
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survivors. they're still looking for people trapped in homes, trapped in buildings, possibly trapped in vehicles. they were pulling people out all night. so this is something that goes on, and the reason i'm coming to you by phone is because the weather has turned on us. it started raining heavily here with a thunderstorm again. that's complicating the rescue efforts, suzanne. >> brian, i imagine that's making people pretty nervous and upset, the fact that there is more bad weather underway. >> reporter: they're often used to it this time of year because this is when it starts to roll in. certainly it is making things much more difficult for them. you know, they're trying to kick through what's left of their homes and trying to salvage something. they look up in the sky and here comes something else. so they're -- they seem to be handling it well. but you've got to see when you see these scenes of devastation and people just have nothing left. that it's got to take a huge psychological toll at this point. >> brian, where are people going? >> reporter: that's a very good question. they are offering shelters. we're trying to find out where some of those are now. they're still setting up some of them.
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some of the people from this hospital here that got so severely damaged to other medical facilities in the area. they're just kind of getting their arms around a lot this and trying to place people in the right areas. match people up with loved ones who might have gone missing. they're still trying to find out, get an accounting of who's injured, who's missing, to see if they can maybe pinpoint where some people might be trapped. it's a huge job there, and they're just getting going on it now. >> and brian, do they suspect that there are still people alive under the rubble? >> reporter: yeah, hoped they can try to pinpoint and locate them. they really wouldn't play on that when we asked them. we asked them flat out, are there still people trapped under the wreckage that you know of. they just wouldn't go there. they -- they did start pulling people out overnight. they're hopeful. they're caming this area -- combing this area very carefully. often they get flagged by someone on the side of the road to say come in and look. that's often how teams get to a location. so it's -- that's what they're
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trying to do, to get their arms around who is left to possibly be rescued. >> and brian, how are they dpoog the snerchs are they using dogs, heavy equipment, people just on foot? can you describe how they're actually searching for folks. >> reporter: we know that search and rescue teams are doing what they call grid searches, often what they do in these situations. they'll divide up sections of the city between certain teams. i haven't seen any dog teams yet, but we're certain we'll see them. we'll see probably search and rescue teams from other municipalities coming in here. they do say they are get something help from outside, teams coming in and coordinating with them. they've got to meet with the city people here and know exactly where to go. you know, people from the outside have got to know which neighborhoods are which and some of the local people may not recognize what the neighborhoods know at this point. >> i'm sure you've spoken to the survivors. who what do they tell you, how did people possibly escape this?
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>> reporter: you know, they're saying that some of them saying that it's a matter of luck. some are calling it divine intervention. i interviewed a gentleman, c.j. campbell, in his house with his sister. the way he described it was unbelievable. they huddled in a hallway, and that the floor started just buckling, the whole house started shaking. and they thought they were going get basically just taken completely up into the air in the swirl of the tornado. by some, you know, stretch of luck, they just -- they huddled there and survived it. the whole house completely collapsed around them and was torn apart. and, you know, when you talk to people like that, just -- you can't imagine what they've gone through. you see the pictures, to see what this did. this was the half to three quarters of a mile wide at its widest scope. so it really tore a huge swath through the town. >> brian, people talk about just minutes, having just minutes to prepare. most of the people that -- the
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people that you talk to, do they say they didn't have enough time, or -- or didn't have enough warning? >> reporter: well, the people who have been through this before will tell you that that's more time than they usually have. they usually have an average of seven minutes between when the warnings go off and when the tornado comes. they had about 20 minutes, according to one local official this time. so, you know, these are people who know what to do in these situations. they live through the tornadoes all the time. but i think the sheer power of this, suzanne, and the sheer scope of it, you know, many of them may just not have been able to get to the places they needed to get to. >> okay. brian, thank you very much. be safe. and obviously we wish the very best to those people there in terms of restoring their lives, their homes, and their safety. the safety of their families. thank you. here's a rundown some of the stories that we're covering in the next two hours. as you see, first images of utter destruction, becoming painfully familiar now. joplin, missouri, is now just the latest city to be devastated by a massive tornado.
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and the opportunity to be first lady, that's not impressing some political wives. that's your chance to talk back. and then a suspect that police call the primary aggressor now in custody after a brutal beating of a san francisco giants fan. plus, seeking employment after 50? what you need to know in order to stand out. and you've seen, right, the birth certificate. now check out the family tree. president obama discovering his irish roots. 2011, at&t is at wo, building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience. from a single phone call to the most advanced data download, we're covering more people in more places than ever before in an effort to give you the best network possible. at&t. rethink possible.
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one resident in joplin, missouri, says it looks like a war zone today. you're talking about houses, stores, churches, in his words, all just gone. and all because of this. just look. >> oh, we've got lightning -- [ thunder ] >> oh, it's getting big -- big, big, big . >> sgluchblth this tornado killed at least 89 people in joplin. hundreds are hurt. and some people are still believed to be trapped underneath the debris. rescuers are worried about gas explosions because so many gas pipes are busted. i want to bring in our alex aana steele to talk about the continuing bad weather that they are going to see on the ground. going to make it much more difficult to search for folks.
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>> they've had to stop the searches because of the rain. we don't have tornado watches or warnings, a gid thiood thing. although there's been rotation in the clouds so it's not out of the realm of possibility. the threat is incredible rains. that's why they've had to cease searches and wait on the national guard to go out and look for the search and rescue efforts. you want to get really scared -- look at some of the video. can you imagine, this is you, you're at your home, and you're watching this inundation. suzanne, this is potentially an ef4 tornado. that means winds 200 miles per hour heading toward you. now, residents did have on the average about 20-minute warning, which is certainly more than the national average of 13 minutes which is exponentially better than it used to be. hey, just only a fufew years ag we had tornado warnings after the scene -- and when you look at it, that, it's reminiscent of
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the tornado we had in tuscaloosa where over 300 people were dead. that's one of the most unbelievable things. really the sheer number of fatalities. we talked about maybe 89 dead, that number certainly sure to rise. certainly hard to see anything. maybe this morning with the fog and the rain and the hail coming down. but here's a look at the big picture. here's the radar. and i-44, if you've been trying to drive on this today, certainly scary sight and difficult. you see the heaviest rain denoelted in the red. now -- denoted in the red. now, we haven't had tornado warnings. meaning tornadoes are imminent or have been seen or tornado watches for that matter, meaning that the atmosphere is ripe for tornadoes. i'm surprised there haven't been watches put out. here's a look a little closer. there's joplin. inundated this morning, remember when brian was on the air, he had to take shelter. he said it was incredible, this massive black clouds coming toward you. and what we've seen 60 mile-per-hour winds. we've seen hail at about a little bigger than quarter size.
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this is dropping south and east, moving at 45 miles per hour. still light rain in joplin. the strongest storms, though, have yet to pass. you see them south of the area right now. bigger picture as we look toward tomorrow, what we're going to see, unfortunately, the atmosphere still poised. it is juicy, this warm, moist air coming up from the south. colder, drier air. temperatures are cold north and west. and just here in this firing zone, throughout today the potential for isolated tornadoes once again. hail, very heavy rain, and this is, again, the same quadrant of concern. we're going to see it really tomorrow, as well. so not out of the woods, but the good news, again, no tornado warnings or watches posted as of yet. the mississippi river is cresting around louisiana state prison. about 2,500 inmates have been sandbagging for days to keep those waters at bay. the nation's largest maximum security prison is bordered on three sides by the mississippi.
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here's a chance to talk back. today we are asking should political wives matter? carol costello with the question. that's provocative, carol. >> it is provocative. >> should they matter? >> they apparently do these days. in political circles, yeah. as you may know, republican governor mitch daniels has announced he is not running for president. like mike huckabee before him, he cited family reasons for his decision. but daniels' story comes because in the midst of scandal. his wife once left him for another man and came back to the marriage. after hearing people call his mother a bad mother for abandoning him and their four daughters, he told "the indianapolis star" the notion that sherry ever did or would abandon her girls or parental dutiy is absurd to anyone who knows her, as i do, to be the best mother any daughter ever had." wives have always mattered in politics, but what's gotten to us -- what has gotten us to the
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point where a candidate's wife can be the game changer? subject to the same scrutiny that every candidate has to endure. many aspiring political wives have had their own lives, their own careers, and they've even been divorced and, therefore, they have more potential skeletons in their closets. these days, political wives have to be the perfect combination, traditional, yet not interfere, and they have to appeal now is today's modern working woman. gale collins of the new york types says the candidates' wives should be off limit and should not campaign for their husbands either. she says "finally, we could end the tradition that a presidential candidate's spouse is running for something, too. if we want a first family to obsess over, we should just hire a king and queen." so our "talk back" question today -- should political wives matter in elections in. >>, i'll read your comments later this hour. >> the scrutiny is unbelievable now. >> i know. and it's just a shame. it's a big decision for you to
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run yourself. and this has to do with husbands of political candidates, as well, right? >> sure. >> you have to worry about your spouse's backgrounds, too. >> and kids -- the daughters weighed. in. >> they had a meeting and dad -- don't do it. the women's caucus rules in that house, he said. >> i like that. >> i do, too. >> thanks. in a moment, we'll see what stormchasers are encountering as they go after the tornadoes in the midwest. [ female announcer ] experience dual-action power, with listerine® whitening plus restoring rinse. it's the only listerine® that gets teeth two shades whiter and makes tooth enamel two times stronger. get dual-action listerine® whitening rinse. building whiter, stronger teeth. [ male announcer ] in 2011, at&t is at work, building up our wireless network all across america.
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> as am i. >> as am i. > as am i. >> well played naomi pryce. cnn's jim spellman has been out and about in joplin this morning. he is also trying to avoid this latest storm that is on its way. jim, essentially give us a sense of what you are seeing there. i know that bad weather is on its way, and a lot of people very scared, very frightened by what has taken place and wlapds to their town. -- and what happened to their town. >> reporter: absolutely. to start with, yesterday this destruction is just unbelievable. it spreads from one end of the city to the other. block after block, mile after mile. now, as search and rescue is going full bore, this weather pattern moves in. lightning everywhere, you can probably hear the thunder right now. heavy rain, it's got to be hampering their effect. they've been doing a
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door-to-door grid search trying to find anybody who still trapped in a structure, to -- who maybe sought shelter and the shelter was damaged, to try and keep the death toll from going any higher. this has got to be hampering their efforts. even people we've chatted with driving by, it's just bad for the nerves to have another storm coming through right after so many people lost so much just yesterday. >> do they believe there are people who are alive where you are? >> reporter: that's the main thing they want to do right now is do this what they call the door-to-door grid search, to get to every building they can to see if there is anybody alive. this weather is the last obstacle, though. there's downed power lines everywhere, very difficult to even drive through the city. plus, gas lines in the houses are ruptured and they've been fighting fires caused by that. and there's just debris everywhere. from these cars you see stranded about the city to whole trees blocking passage. so it's already a challenging job for sure.
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and this weather is just the last thing that they needed right now, suzanne. >> and i understand that that really suspends some of those search and rescue efforts. do we have a sense of how critical the timing is now, how crucial it is to get in there, or do they believe there's a window, perhaps 12 hours, perhaps days even? >> reporter: well, i think one of the big problems here is it's really difficult for anybody to get a handle on things like that. communications are very difficult. cell phones are working but spotty. no electricity, very hard for anybody who may be respect toed to get any word out except for just going door to door. so we haven't heard anybody put that kind of hour, you know, type of thing on it. but they're definitely operating as if this is the most crucial thing because, again, they don't want any more people to die in this disaster than need to, suzanne. >> jim, who's on the ground? i understand they called in the national guard, the red cross. are there a lot of folks that are working this, trying to help out? >> reporter: yeah, there's police from all over the state.
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we've seen the national guard, like you said. and the national guard also has an arrangement with foreign neighboring states so they can come in. a very fluid situation. they're still seeing what they need. we're also seeing heavy equipment just here in the hospital. they're using a backhoe and a bulldozer to remove cars to build -- to be able to get a better entrance way. it's not just police and paramedics, but even just these big construction vehicles that are taking part in trying to make sense this disaster. >> jim, is it possible to have your photographer pan over or to look around to widen that shot so we can actually see what you see? >> reporter: yeah, take a look. now -- sure. we're working under a tent now, suzanne. so you get to see a little of the suesage being made. you -- sausage being made. you see the four cars, it looks like a junkyard. this is the parking lots of the hospital, st. john regional medical center. and they're just tossed around like nothing. if you come back over here, jack, and look at the hospital itself and maybe zoom in a bit. you see the hospital took a direct hit. and this is the last thing you
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need because this is exactly the kind of building that you need to be operating during a disaster where people are going to go for help. windows blown out, they had to evacuate the hospital as fast as they could. and one of the stranger sit -- striench stranger sights that i've seen, by the emergency room door there was a medivac helicopter on the ground that was destroyed. right there by the emergency room. it's stunning. >> unbelievable. thank you. we appreciate it. these image of destruction, i want to show you the woman who took these pictures. she had to take cover to save her own life when those storms hit. you're going to hear from her next. car connection calls the xf, yet an instant classic."
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here's a rundown of the stories we are working occupy close and fair -- working on up close and terrifying. storms in joplin, missouri. police arrest a suspect they call a primary aggressor in the horrific beating of a san francisco giants fan. then, forget about kenya or hawaii. the president visits his ancestral village in ireland. we want you to hear what it was like when that deadly tornado tore through joplin, missouri. now this is just incredible audio. it was recorded as a group of people crowded inside a convenience store refrigerator. you can hear the terror as they huddle in the dark not, some praying to survive. i want you to take a listen to
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this experience they had. [ crying ] >> you're okay. [ crying ] [ wind blowing ] judge jer-- >> jesus, jesus, jesus. >> i love everyone. i love everyone, man. >> i love you, guys. >> i love you. >> jesus, jesus, jesus. heavenly father. >> you okay? >> jesus. >> you okay? >> yes.
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[ wind blowing ] >> is everyone okay? >> i'm okay. >> can you imagine? can you imagine if you were in that room with those people, the person who recorded that is isaac duncan. and earlier on cnn's "morn morning," -- "american morning," he describes how it unfolded. he said he and a friend were driving around when they heard a tornado was about to hit. >> we just pulled into the quickest thing that we could see, which was that fast trip. and when we went in, the electricity was out. there were 20 people in the back huddled down. and everyone was deciding what to do, and all of a sudden the glass in the front of the building got sucked out, was -- completely blew out. so my buddy had the idea to run as fast as we can and get in the cooler. we all jumped in the cooler.
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it was pretty zaul so everyone was tight, you know. it was -- everyone was getting kind of crushed. and there was -- it was to store beer so this was broken glass everywhere. most of the people got cut pretty bad. and just -- on their knees and hands. and anywhere that was touching the ground. >> you could hear the destruction. in the end, was that convenience store still standing? >> basically the only thing that was left standing was the cooler that we were in. everything, everything around it was gone. you know, when -- it actually tore a few holes in the refrigerator, and so we climbed out of -- one of the walls. when we crawled out, everything was flattened. trees, houses, everything around there.
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>> we'll have more on that story. assault with a deadly weapon is the charge facing a man suspected of brutally beating a giants fan at dodger stadium. what's this option? that's new.
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a man described as the primary aggressor in the brutal beating of a san francisco giants fan is now behind bars in los angeles. our cnn's thelma gutierrez is
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joining us live from l.a. give us a sense, this arrest comes seven weeks after bryan stow was attacked outside dodger stadium. what dean doo we know about this -- what do we know about this suspect. >> reporter: the suspect, suzanne, is 31-year-old giovanni ramirez of los angeles. he's described by police as the primary aggressor in the attack. early sunday morning, detectives and s.w.a.t. team members descended on an east hollywood apartment where ramirez was staying. he was taken into custody. police also seized evidence. now the manhunt that involved 20 full-time detectives had been going on for nearly two months. lapd got more than 600 leads, but it wasn't until late last week that they got the information they needed from a parole officer who led police to ramirez. he's being held on $1 million pail and is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon. >> what do we know about the search for the other suspects? >> reporter: well, the focus now of that manshunt on a second suspect who police say also took
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part in the vicious beating of bryan stow. investigators are also hoping -- asking for the public's help in identifying a woman who was scene driving the men away from dodger stadium in a light four-door sedan. police say that she had what appeared to be a 10-year-old child in the car. >> and thelma, real quick here. how is bryan stow doing? what is his condition now? >> reporter: he's in critical condition, suzanne. he suffered a severe skull fracture and brain injury in the attack. he was recently transported to a hospital in san francisco, closer to home. stow is now opening his eyes, but still has a very long road ahead. >> okay. thelma, thank you very much. appreciate it. we wish him the best. >> reporter: okay. our sources across the midwest have been getting extraordinary video of the latest tornado outbreak and all of the destruction of the just watch. >> look at the trees -- the
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trees are debarked. >> hear one stormchaser drive tlug joplin right after the tornado -- driving through joplin right after the tornado hit. there's not much to see for miles. to check out the tornado from the air, knbc had a helicopter tracking. it as you see how big this is. at least a half a mile wide. now before it formed, other tornadoes took aim at the twin cities. one person was killed in the minneapolis area. almost two dozen others hurt, trees, power lines down in one neighborhood after another. now more visual images of the devastation. jaime green is a photojournalist with the "wichita eagle." and she also survived, survived this storm that ripped through joplin, missouri. and she's joining us live. jaime, thank you -- first of all, i'm glad you are okay. i understand you were with your best friend and her young daughter. can you tell us how you escaped?
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>> well, we happen getting messages from friends in i watch ka at that where we're from, that there was a terrible storm coming. they told us to seek shelter. we found an overoverhang on a medical office building from where i'm standing now. we parked and got out of the car. and we huddled together. myself, my friend, denise, and her daughter, alexis. we huddled together against a wall. and i think about two hours -- two hours -- it felt like two hours, but it was two minutes probably, two minutes later we were okay. and the storm had passed. we were pretty close to the, you know, the heart of the devastation. we were about a quarter mile on the other side of had hospital behind me. >> what was that like when you were leaning against the wall and this tornado comes through? >> did you say what was it like? >> what was that like? you were huddled against the wall, the tornado passed
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through, could you feel the wind, was there vibration, was there voices? >> well, i was for the most part closing mize and hunkering down -- closing my eyes and hunkering down. it was very scary. all i could hear was wind. the power lines were snapping all around us. i'm sure that was happening, but for some reason i could hear the wind. it was just a frightening feeli feeling. i honestly didn't think we were going to make it, but we did thankfully. it was pretty scary. >> jaime, you got over your fear and started taking pictures of everything around you. what did you see? what captivated your attention? >> well, i knew that we had bad communication with our friends in wichita. i'm a photojournalist for "the wichita eagle." so my editor was telling me, you know, you're by the heart of it, the hospital has been hit the
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hardest. i was like, yeah, that's right in front of us. so i went out there. i waited a bit. i knew there were downed power lines everywhere. and i saw other people walking. so i -- i waited a bit. when i saw that and knew that we were safe, i went out and started photographing the hospital walking around a little bit. and then we knew it was going to get dark soon so we actually left town. a lot of the pictures i took while driving out of town. >> and the last question here. what really struck you? what was the one scene perhaps that you captured that was just unbelievable to you? >> i saw this twice unfortunately. in the back two of pickup trucks there were two people, actually there were four people, two people that looked injured, and two people that were on top of them and the drivers of both of
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the trucks were desperately trying to get in and out of traffic to get to a different hospital. freeman hospital, not far from this hospital. st. john's. so you know, that was pretty upsetting. >> do you have any idea what the condition is of any of those people you saw on the truck? >> no, i don't. i don't. >> well, we are so glad that are you safe, we're so glad that are you safe, and we thank you very much for sharing those photos with us. obviously to do your job, to do the story. but also that you were able to get to safety with your friend and her 6-year-old daughter. thank you, jaime. >> thank you. >> to find out more on how to help those devastated by the tornados in missouri, go to there you're going to find all the organizations and theways th -- and the ways to those in need. in 2011, at&t is at work, building up our wireless network all across america.
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want to update you on our top story. rescue crews are searching for survivors after deadly tornado -- a deadly tornado plowed through joplin, missouri. the city manager says at least 89 people were killed. it leveled homes, severely damaged a hospital, as well as a high school. one stormchaser describes the scene as complete devastation. he says parts of the city of joplin are simply unrecognizable.
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former minnesota governor tim pawlenty officially jumped into the presidential race. our paul steinhauser, part of the best political time on television, live from the political desk in washington. paul, so we know that pawlenty's in. mitch daniels is out. who's next? who are we waiting on? >> reporter: here's who we're waiting on. john huntsman, former utah governor. of course, the u.s. ambassador to china just back. he's been looking and acting a lot like a presidential candidate. trips to new hampshire and south carolina, two very important early voting states. he could have an announcement in the next couple of weeks on running for the white house. michele bachmann, the congresswoman from minnesota, and a darling of many in the tea party movement. she said she could also make a decision either later this month or in june whether she will or won't run for the white house. and then hovering over all this i guess as well is sarah palin. will the former alaska governor and of course the vice presidential nominee for the republican party in 2008, will she announce her nod? she says she hasn't said yes or
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no, hasn't ruled anything out. no decision is any time imminent. suzanne? >> and paul, i know some republicans may not be thrilled or excited by the current crop of candidates. do we know who else might jump in? >> reporter: there's dissatisfaction against some republicans against the current crop upon candidates. there's been a lot of questions for four gentlemen to run. all four are saying thanks but no thanks. and they are, as you see, enbush, the former -- jeb bush, the former governor of florida, chris christie of new jersey, rick perry, the governor of texas, paul ryan, house budget chairman. all urged to run, all saying thanks but no thanks. suzanne? >> all right. thanks. appreciate it. for the latest political news, you know where to go -- for baby-boomers who still have about ten years or so before retiring, the job market can be a scary place. alison kosik says it's not all doom and gloom and joins us with the top tips. >> reporter: hey, suzanne. no doubt about it, if you find yourself out of work after
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if an older worker applies to a company known mostly for hirie i gen-x or gen-y workers, it is a waste of time. you wind up trying to fit a square peg into the company's round hole. bottom line -- do your homework. >> great advice, thank you. obviously the question being how do you prepare yourself for a job interview? alison will be back with us, more tips straight ahead. [ female announcer ] you use the healing power of touch every day.
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so your resume catches the eye of an employer, you get the call for an interview. but how do you prepare yourself if you're an older candidate? alison kosik back for more on "today's tips." what is considered older, by the way? >> older can really be anywhere from your age to what you look like and how you present yourself. we talked with career coach ford meyers and he says don't worry so much about looking your age. you can look older, just don't look outdated. in other words, don't put on that suit you last wore for an interview during the carter administration, for instance. it is going to make you look out of touch beyond your fashion sense. update your wardrobe before your
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interview and get yourself a new hair style if necessary. it may sound silly and shallow, i know, but it could really make a difference. finally, the advice is -- you're laughing -- be energy gettic, nr what your age you want to take on new goals. attitude goes a long way. >> absolutely. and hair style and getting updated, upgraded, that's all good stuff as well. >> yes. >> you and i are think i both upgraded. all right. thanks. appreciate it. we're getting a lot of responses to today's "talk back" question. our carol costello is here with what folks are saying. >> about political spouse? oh, they do have a lot to say. the "talk back" question, should political wives matter in an election. from julia -- whether they like to or not, wives will be scrutinized. after all, a spouse is an essential part of the individual. the spouse is the other half so why would we pay attention to
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only one half of someone? this from gilbert -- spouses -- women run for offices, too, of political candidates should matter. the fact is that having the wrong partner can have terrible consequences. >> no, we do not vote for them, if they want to get involved they need to run for office themselves. interest kim -- of course it matters especially in cheri daniels' case. it is just plain unnatural for what she did leaving her family. >> political spouses you mean? no, last time i went to a job interview nobody wanted to interview my husband as well. what's the difference? please continue the conversation, our top story this hour are searching for survivors after a deadly tornado plowed through job lynn, missouri. the city manager says at least 89 people were killed. it leveled homes, severely
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joplin, missouri. huddled in darkness, 20 strangers ride out this storm in a storage e's refrigerator. top of the hour. i'm suzanne malveaux. just watch and listen. >> oh, my gosh. oh, my gosh. there it is. there it is. oh, gosh. that is a monster tornado. >> a tornado kills at least 89 people in joplin, missouri. some 2,000 buildings are said to be leveled. now that is what the tornado looked like from a distance. you're not going to see much in this next video. maybe a flicker of light here or there, but it really is the sound that we want you to experience because there were 20 people who rode out this fierce storm hunkered down inside a store's industrial-sized
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refrigerator. just listen. >> we're good. we're good. >> it's okay! >> oh, my god! >> i love you. i love everyone, man. >> i love you, guys. >> i love you. >> jesus, injury sjesus, heaven
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father. >> i'm here! i'm okay! >> you probably imagine yourself in that situation. every time i hear that i imagine myself in that room with those people. well, the man who recorded those terrifying moments, his name is isaac duncan and he spoke with cnn this morning. >> my buddy who was with me had the idea we should all just run as fast as we can and get in that cooler. so we just all jumped in the cooler and it's pretty small so everyone was pretty tight. you know. everyone was getting kind of crushed. there was -- it was broken glass everywhere. most of the people got cut pretty bad and on their knees and hands and anywhere that was touching the ground. >> that is just one of many
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stories. a survival story, but as we said before, 89 people were confirmed dead. officials in joplin expect to find more bodies in the wreckage of that town today. one of two hospitals in joplin took a direct hit from this tornado. x-rays from that hospital were found someone's driveway 70 miles away. a high school was also hit and hundreds -- hundreds -- of homes have been damaged or destroyed. >> the floor began to vibrate and then shake very violent, and seemingly buckle and we thought we were going to be sucked up the chimney. president obama is getting regular updates on the deadly storm during his trip to europe and he took a moment in dublin to call missouri governor jay nixon to express his sorrow. the president is ordering fema to get to joplin and get to work. the president also stopped by a pub.
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moneygall, ireland, just a short time ago. he picked up a guinness. >> that's all right. i need one for the ambassador. >> moneygall is loam to 298 people and one resident was mr. obama's great great great grandfather who left for america back in 1850. the president has returned to dublin where he is going to be giving a speech. i'm going to have that for you live momentarily. i'm tim pawlenty and i'm running for president of the united states. >> that announcement from minnesota governor tim pawlenty from his campaign website and social media. this is a live look at des moines, iowa. that is where he's going to launch his campaign for the republican presidential nomination, live and in person. well, new details about the former imf chief, dominique strauss-khan who is accused of sexually assaulting a hotel
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housekeeper. according to a source with knowledge of the hotel investigation, two hotel receptionists say strauss-khan invited hem to his suite the day before the housekeeper was attacked. both declined. in a letter to the imf staff, strauss-khan expresses sadness and frustration at having to leave under a cloud but maintains that he did nothing wrong. more now on our top story -- the deadly tornado that tore through joplin, missouri. city officials say at least 89 people are dead and rescue crews are searching for survivors, anyone who may be trapped and still alive. storm chasers recorded the massive tornado as it hit. take a listen.
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>> we want to go live to joplin, missouri for the latest on the destruction, the search and rescue efforts, all of that, our cnn's brian todd is there. brian, just paint a picture for us, the kind of damage you're seeing and what kind of efforts are being made now to find people alive. >> suzanne, as if the devastation wasn't enough, now rescuers have to deal with very severe weather. thunderstorms have just rolled through here, lightning. you probably still see it flashing in the sky on occasion. they've got to comb through these neighborhoods, whole city blocks at a time that have been flattened. you see some people trying to come through and sift through some wreckage, pick through some of their belongings. they're being told be very, very careful because there could be fires, gas leaks, downed power lines are all over the place here. also vehicles are tossed all around, burned up, crushed. look at this one, a telephone pole fell on it. it suffered other severe damage in the tornado and obviously this isn't going to recover. for some vehicles though, what they've done is they've come and
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put an "x" on them to check. that signifies to other potential rescuers they've checked this one here for any possible survivors, found no one in there and have moved on. they're doing that all over the city now. but again the weather complicating things to a very, very severe degree. this building, st. john's regional medical center, took a direct hit from the tornado yesterday afternoon, moved right over it. severe damage there. you can see most of the windows blown out, part of the roof there might have been sheered off. we were just told they had a patient population of 183 people. we are told they did get everyone out but no specific count right now on the number of injured from that hospital. they're also worried now about maybe some structural problems if rescuers try to go in and find some other people. they are going through these neighborhoods combing through trying to coordinate it, searching by grid, picking through homes, picking through buildings, trying to find people who might still be trapped inside. but again, suzanne, the weather, a huge factor and these thunderstorms are still kind of
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rolling through here. >> all right, brian, thank you so much. to find out more on how you can help those devastated by the tornadoes in missouri, go to and there you're going to find all the organizations and ways that you can actually help those in need. that is here's a look at what's ahead on the rundown. first, making sense out of this unending rash of deadly tornadoes. then, getting to know joplin. a closer look at this devastated city. and, president obama now visiting his ancestral homeland in ireland. we're going to hear from him live in about 20 minutes or so. and letters, posters, are collected from our nation's history. we go inside georgia's booth western art museum. rnlts a rnl and getting the house ready for a. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity,
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it is at least a half a mile wide. before it formed there were other tornadoes that took aim at the twin cities, one person was killed in the minneapolis area. almost two dozen others were hurt. trees, power lines down and one neighborhood after another. i want to bring in our own chad meyers. we were talking during the break. you want to give people some good news here but it just seems like this season has been really, really tough on folks. i mean huge tornadoes. are there more tornadoes? are we seeing more now? >> yes. we're seeing more killer tornadoes. there may have been more small tornadoes in the years past. i'm not going to get into the f-1s or 100-mile-per-hour tornadoes. they're not that important. sure, they can hurt some person. but this was a 200-mile-per-hour storm that just went around. so far this year there are 453 people dead from tornadoes. the average for a single year should be 55. so almost ten times, at least eight times where we should be at this time. the number of killer tornadoes,
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tornadoes that actually killed somebody -- 49. there should be 22. it's only may. we have june, july, august to go for these large tornadoes to hit things. now i understand we have put more people in the plains, we have put more people in towns and so therefore, in tornado alley, more people live there. but the warnings are better. the warnings are better than they've ever been before. >> could people have survived -- 89 people? you hear it was so massive. >> there was 20 minutes notice from when the siren went off to when the tornado actually hit right there by that region and hospital. 20 minutes for people to get to their safe place. put on a motorcycle helmet. put on a bicycle helmet. get under the stairs. get under an air hockey table or pool table, whatever you've got that you know is strong and sturdy. but i would say 90% of the people that died in this storm did it all right because they had time to do it right. there are storms -- this was one of them -- that will just be not survivable. if you get something by
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something the size of a 225-mile-per-hour storm, it is not survivable. and that is not to scare anyone. but the people that did it right are not to blame. this is a graph. i'm going to take you all the way back to 1875. the other end. the number of deaths per year by tornadoes, 400, 500, 600, 700. follow the graph. the line that averages the graph off has gone from 200 all the way down to 55 in 135 years. so fewer people are dying every year. but, this year has been the wrong direction. we'll go all the way over here. follow me over here. this is where we are right now, at 453. if we come across, yes, there have been years -- right there, bomb, boom, boom, boom, boom -- years where we've had that many tornado deaths. yes, seven other years since 1875 where we've had that many tornado deaths. but with noaa weather radio and with warning sirens, with
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doppler weather radio, we shouldn't be in this situation. there had just been so many big storms that people just couldn't get out of the way of. >> unbelievable. chad, thank you very much. obviously we're going to be following that throughout the day. really the big story and just the impact that these killer tornadoes are having on our communities. thank you, chad. >> you're welcome. here's your chance to "talk back" on one of the big stories of the day. we're asking, should political wives matter? carol costello with that question. >> they seem to matter a lot these days, right? as you may know, republican governor mitch daniels has announced he is not running for president. like mike huckabee before him, he cited family reasons for his decision. but daniels' story comes with a whiff of scandal. his wife cheri once left him for another man, then came back to the marriage. after hearing people call his wife a bad mother for abandoning him and their four daughters, daniels told this to the indianapolis star. the notion that cheri ever did or would abandon her girls or
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parental duty is the reverse of the truth and absurd to anyone who knows her, as i do, to be the best mother any daughter ever had. wives have always mattered in politics but something has changed. political wives have now become game changers, subject to the same scrutiny that every candidate has to endure. problem now, many aspiring political wives have had their own lives and careers, they've even been divorced, and therefore they have more potential skeletons in the closet. these days, political wives have to be a perfect combination, traditional, yet not too interfering, and they have to appeal to today's modern working women. gail collins of "the new york times" says candidates' wives should be off-limits though and they not in the campaign for their husbands either. finally woob he we could end the tradition that a presidential candidate's pous is running for something, too. our "talk back" question today, should political wives matter in elections.
9:17 am carolcnn. i'll read some of your comments later this hour. images, it is really difficult to see of utter destruction. it is not the first time that joplin, missouri has been hit by a tornado. we're going to take a closer look at a city that now looks like a war zone. on. bring it -- with bounty. in this lab demo, one sheet of bounty leaves thn as 2 sheets of the bargain . why use more when you can use less? bounty. the one-sheet clean picker-upper. pants pockets... and anyone, anywhere who would hide our precious coins. we're coming for what's ours. maybe you didn't hear. but dimes, nickels, even pennies have power now.
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deadly tornado that slammed into joplin, missouri. rescue crews there are searching now for survivors who may be trapped under the rubble. the city manager says that at least 89 people are confirmed dead. that number likely to go much higher. search efforts have now been slowed down by another round of bad weather and by widespread devastation. carl azuz is with us to go beyond the headlines and to tell us a little bit about this place that was hit, the city of joplin. >> that's right, suzanne. joplin is located in southwest missouri. it is about 130 miles south of kansas city in the four-states region as you see here. witnesses are telling us that the twister was half to three-quarters of a mile wide, if you can imagine that. the city is home to almost 50,000 people, but during the day that population grows to more than a quarter of a million as people come in to work and there are even more people in areas surrounding the city that makes it the fourth-largest metropolitan area in missouri. >> and i understand it was a very populous area where that
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tornado hit, major businesses in the area as well. >> health care providers are among big ones, suzanne, in joplin, missouri. st. john's regional medical center is 1 of 2 hospitals in this area and st. john's was hit directly by the tornado. city officials are reporting significant damage. cnn affiliate kshb said there were fires throughout the hospital after the tornado hit. >> carl, is this the first the city's been hit by a tornado? >> no, they saw something like this back in the 1970s. in fact. it was on may 5th, 1971, the city was hit by an f-3 rtornado killing one man and injuring almost 50 people. the tornado that went through last night is considered to be much larger from that one from the '70s. you heard me mention f-3, as a reminder, meteorologists use the enhanced fujita scale. the lowest is 65 to 85 miles per hour, a 0, the highest, an ef-5,
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has speeds of over 200 miles an hour or higher. >> thank you, carl. we wish folks there the best in trying to pick up their lives. this tornado was very destructive. the storm chaser video we've been seeing is just unbelievable. we'll track this storm as it happened. we'll take a look at that next. [ female announcer ] this is not a prescription.
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i'm chad meyers showing you around my town. 35 miles north of atlanta, georgia, exit 288, cartersville, georgia on i-75, you find this, a building that should be in the smithsonian, or in central park. it is the booth western art museum and it is amazing. yes, of course the building is very impressive. the physical structure, but the collections are even more impressive. the building i'm standing in here, the room, letters from george washington, all the way to president obama. and every president in between. some correspondence. not all to congress. millard filmore complaining that his stocks have gone down in value. but it is an 345amazing room. it takes about 1 1/2 hours to read all the letters and you will find out some fascinating things from all of the presidents. as you come out of the presidential collection you goat see some of the penally masterworks in here. plus on this side i love all of
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the old movie posters from paramount pictures, you got custer's last fight. then here are the glorious trail, one of the only, if not the only, known 24-sheet poster known in existence pre-1950. and this was way before that. john wayne's "paradise canyon," hoot gibson in "arizona sweepstakes." it just goes on and on. this is the contemporary collection where you're right here and you see andy warhol but then you go downstairs and you have bronco buster, you have remington downstairs. it continues on and on and i can't talk more about this. this is a fabulous place. here's a rundown of some of the stories we are working on. first, a time line of destruction. we are tracking the tornado's deathly path across joplin. next, irish? is president obama a small town in ireland going wild as they embrace their native son. then, a big announcement follow-up any minute now from
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former minnesota governor tim pawlenty. also, we are looking at the major story here. this is parts of joplin, missouri. they are unrecognizable today. the tornado killed at least 89 people and has left devastation in its path. we're talking about a high school, a hospital, both severely damaged. officials are saying as many as a quarter -- a quarter -- of the buildings suffered major or significant damage. our cnn's randi kaye is taking a closer look at the storm as well as the aftermath. >> got it. there, oh, my gosh. oh, my gosh. >> reporter: this is what the massive tornado looked like as it was bearing down on joplin, missouri. but listen to this. this is what it sounded like from inside a convenience store where terrified customers rode out the storm jammed inside a dark refrigerated store room. we talked to one of those who was brandon soon.
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>> we were huddled down. everyone was deciding what to do. all of a sudden the glass in the front of the building just got sucked out, completely blew out and so my buddy who was with me kind of had the idea that we should all run like as fast as we can and get in that cooler. >> reporter: those people inside, thankful to be alive. >> basically the only thing that was left standing was the cooler that we were in. >> reporter: in a matter of moments, the tornado was gone. in a flash, lives changed. >> there were semis laid over on their side. several up on the ramp were laid over. several people up on the banks, hurt, bleeding. they were walking wounded, i guess, best way to put that. >> reporter: one of the hardest hit places -- the hospital. >> every window looks to be blown out. there's debris hanging out of the windows. there are just cars stacked all over the parking lot. >> reporter: the power of the
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storm sent e rax-rays flying, f 70 miles away. the tornado was a half mile wide and hit residential areas and businesses alike, including the city's home depot and walmart. >> i don't think you can single out any one area. the entire path of the tornado that took through town has just basically devastated the central portion of joplin. >> reporter: not even rescuers themselves were spared. also hit -- the fire chief's home. >> it's been destroyed. >> reporter: joplin, missouri, literally cut in two. and it may not be over yet. more storms are on the way. randi kaye, cnn, atlanta. eddie atwood has lived in joplin for 40 years. he remembers another bad tornado in 1974 but says it was nothing -- nothing -- like this. these are some of the pictures that he took after yesterday's tornado. he joins us by phone. eddie, thank you so much for
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first of all joining us and being here to explain what happened. i understand that you had gotten home and all the alarms started going off. what happened? >> the tornado alarms went off, as i was on my way home from running an errand and there were reports on the radio of tennis ball sized hail and i was concerned about getting damage to my car, so as i was driving down south main street i almost stopped at a car wash to take shelter from the hail, and when a friend called me and asked me to come and pick him up. and so luckily i didn't stop at the car wash. we made it back to my house in time to get the car inside the garage and avoid the hail, and as we were heading back on the other side of town to check on some friends, we stopped at the area where most of the damage was, starting from about 20th and main from where we were running up to past 30th and
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main. and as i was walking up main street, i walked past the car wash where i almost took shelter and it was pretty much devastated. if i would have stopped, i wo l probably wouldn't be talking to you right now. >> we are so glad you did not stop at the car wash. can you describe what you actually saw after this was over? >> walking from 20th and main toward 26th and main, it was just disorienting. i've been in joplin all my life and after a few blocks the damage was so bad all around me that i absolutely didn't know exactly where i was. it was just a bomb had gone off or something. homes and businesses and trees were just raised to the ground. as i stood in the intersection of 26th and main i looked down 26th toward where st. john's hospital is and that's all you could see was the hospital sticking up. it was obviously damaged, but all the trees and homes and
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everything that normally would be blocking your view of the hospital were gone. you could actually see the hospital from 26th and main. and as i looked to the west you could see all the way to the edge of town to the horizon. turning to the east i could see all the way to the right and buildings and trees were just raised to the ground. >> you've lived in that community for so long. have you been able to reach out to find friends or family members, is there anyone missing or anyone you have not been able to find since this happened? >> i've got some friends that are staying with me now whose homes were destroyed and they lost everything. but as of right now, i don't know anyone personally that's missing. but i plan on, as soon as i'm done here, going to a center where volunteers can volunteer their help. so i'm going to get some gloves and head that way. >> all right, eddie, we wish you the very best. if there's anything we can do for you, please let us know as
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well. thanks for joining us. on another story, ireland now is welcoming its native son. that is president obama. you're looking at live pictures. he and the first lady are visiting the president's ancestral home. we're going to take you there after the quick aspirin. with new extra-strength bayer advanced aspirin. it has microparticles so it enters the bloodstream faster and rushes relief right to the site of your tough pain. ♪ in fact, it's clinically proven to relieve pain twice as fast. new bayer advanced aspirin. extra strength pain relief, twice as fast.
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you're now looking at live pictures there, an announcement
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coming very shortly. an official announcement by the former minnesota gopher tim pawlenty. his wife is speaking there at podium right now. he is going to be officially launching his 2012 run for president, republican there. he's just one of many who have decided to join in the race. they are from the very important state of iowa in des moines, iowa, to make that official announcement that he will throw his hat into the ring. also, president obama connecting with his roots today and, yes, it is in ireland. he's about to deliver remarks at an irish celebration at college green in dublin. you're looking at live pictures there as well. he and the first lady just visited the tiny village of moneygall. that is where president obama's maternal great great great grandfather was born. we're going to have more live pictures and that event right after the break.
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it's official, republican tim pawlenty has formally entered the 2012 race for president. the former minnesota governor kicking off his campaign just moments ago in iowa. he is promising to tell the truth. >> if we want a new and better -- >> and he is speaking now. let's listen in. >> -- we need a new and better
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president. president obama's policies have failed. but more than that, he won't even tell us the truth about what it is going to really take to get out of this mess that we're in. i could stand here and tell that you we can solve america's debt crisis and fix our economy without making any tough choices. but we've heard those kinds of empty promises before and for the last three years, and we know where that's gotten us. fluffy promises of hope and change don't buy our groceries, make our mortgage payments, put gas in our car or pay for our children's school clothes or other needs. so in my campaign i'm going to take a different approach, i'm going to tell you the truth. and the truth is washington, d.c.'s broken. our country's going broke and the pain of the recent recession will pale in comparison to what's coming if we don't get spending in washington, d.c.
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under control. president obama doesn't have an economic plan. >> we're going to go live to ireland. that is where president obama is and that is where he is enjoying a celebration of his irish roots. the president in ireland. he's about to deliver remarks at a celebration at college green. that is in dublin. here are some live pictures of folks who have gathered there. he's quite popular. he and the first lady just visited this tiny village of moneygall. that is where the president's maternal great great great grandfather was born. i want to bring in our own ed henry who is there. he joins us live from dublin. ed, so the president is an irishman. who knew? they're toasting him today! yeah? >> yeah, absolutely. his great great great grandfather born -- or had lived there in moneygall. interesting because there were
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crowds of people waiting over three hours in rain, wind, hail, literally, just waiting to get a glimpse of the president. they were chanting "welcome home," it was interesting because it almost had the flavor of an american-style campaign event. they actually had these signs that were the gaelic version of "yes, we can." that's basically "yes, we" in gaelic. it's interesting because they literally poured over 3,500 liters of paint of all the homes in this small town to spruce them up for the president. some people painted their homes red, white and blue, a tribute to the american president. but the biggest pour of all was the pouring of one pint of guinness for the president. he wentz up to the bar. there's only two little pubs in this town and he was joking with the bartender and he took a big long swig of it. you got to do that if you're going to be a local, suzanne. >> yeah. i don't flow if that new campaign slogan is going to catch on, the irish one. maybe the president will come back with an accent. who knows.
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it's largely ceremonial, this visit, to highlight the deep ties with the irish. what do we expect to hear from the president on this occasion, ed? >> he's going to be speaking at college green here. you see tens of thousands of people. bill clinton also spoke here and had a similarly large crowd. he's going to talk about the long friendship between these two countries. when he sat down with the irish prime minister earlier he talked about the long trade ties, and he also talked about the u.s. trying to do all it can to help ireland pull out of its own debt crisis right now. here they've had a real estate boom and bust, just as we've seen in the united states. there's been a lot of political and economic turmoil here. and i think more than anything, this president wants to try to buck up this friendly nation, close ties between both countries obviously. we were talking about that campaign, you know, obviously there are no votes here literally in ireland, but there's about 40 million irish-americans back there in the states where you are and there's no doubt the president is thinking at least a little bit about that, suzanne.
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>> ed, we are hearing the sounds -- the roar from the crowd. set the scene for us, if you will. looks like it is just -- folks are going wild over there in ire lan! >> yeah, they are. this is just outside trinity college, world famous obviously on the other side of dublin from where i am standing right now. people have been waiting there as well for hours, just to get a glimpse of the american president. i mentioned that bill clinton more than a decade ago gave a speech in the same setting and the bottom line is, this crowd is fired up. people of ireland are very excited. >> let's take a moment just to listen for a bit if we can. ed, you're absolutely right, it sounds like a campaign out
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there. i mean i guess chance ts of "bo and folks really thrilled to see the president. signs we saw similar to the campaign when he was in certain irish communities, they had the "o," apostrophebama. >> this is sort of the first stop, chance for the president to connect with his roots a little bit obviously. we already mentioned that part. but now also play to the domestic audience a little bit, irish-americans who may be watching this. but then on to the uk for a special state visit, a lot of business there, then on to france for the the g-8 summit and wrapping up in poland. but this is a little bit of the lighter start, kind of an easy start to all of that official business. >> ed, much more after the quick break. thanks, ed.
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we're now seeing live pictures of president obama and first lady michelle there in dublin, ireland. that is where they are going before what is a very excited crowd of people.
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also greeting as well. the officials there. i think there's going to be an introduction very shortly. let's listen in. >> -- to make that precious connection with his irish family, his irish roots, as thousands before him have done. today, the 44th american president comes home! when he started off on his own country crossing, he might have dreamed or hardly imagined that one day his great great great grandson would return as the president of the united states!
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that boy said good-bye to ireland. millions have died or were leaving, packing their homes and their dreams leaving beside the remnants of a life, stepping on to ships which tore some was like stepping into space. every one of them and all their people are our people. their past is our pasts. their story is our story. so this evening, my call is directly to those 40 million irish-americans, and whether you're listening and watching in new york or new haven or in san
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diego or st. louis, whether you're irish by blood or by marriage or by desire, we, your irish family, are right here! we, your family, your irish family, are right here to welcome you, to follow your fatherland's home. last week -- last week, queen elizabeth came to our shores and bowed to our dead. the irish harp glittered above the heart of the english gleam.
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in two words, we close the circle of our history. today, with president obama, we draw another circle. one in which we tell the world of our unique untouchable wealth, wealth that cannot be accumulated in banks, or measured by the markets or traded on the stock exchange. because it remains intact and alive, deep inside our people, in the heart-stopping beauty of our country, and in the transforming currency of the irish heart's imagination and soul. it is like the spirit to never
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give up! never give up and never say die. this is why we call our ush-luck. it has sustained up over the past centuries, we pass it from mother to daughter, from father to son, in our dreams and in our imagining, in our love for our country and in our pride of who we are. love into what must be and will be a brighter and more prosperous future. the president and his first lady are an extraordinary couple. president obama -- president obama is part of the proud past -- and part of a proud
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futu future. in 1963, 1963, the 35th president of the united states stole our hearts. in 1995, the 42nd president lifted our country's spirits. but the 44th president is different. because, ladies and gentlemen, he doesn't just speak about the american dream, he is the american dream! and that is the american dream come home. so, ladies and gentlemen, let your voices be heard around the globe as i am honored to introduce the president of the united states, barack obama and his first lady, michelle obama! let's hear it!
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>> obama! obama! obama! obama! >> thank you! hello, dublin! hello, ireland. my name is barack obama of the moneygall obamas. and i've come home to find the apostrophe that we lost somewhere along the way.
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now -- is that where it is? some wise irish man or woman once said that broken irish is better than clever english. so here goes. [ speaking irish ] -- i am happy to be in ireland, i am happy to be with so many of you. i want to thank my extraordinary hosts, first of all, tisha kenny. his lovely wife, fanoula, the president for welcoming me here
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earlier today. thank you lord mayor jerry green for allowing me to crash this celebrati celebration. let me also express my condolences on the recent passing of former tisha, gara fitzgerald. someone who believed in the power of education, someone who believed in the potential of youth, most of all someone who believed in the potential of peace and who lived to see that peace realized. and most of all, to the citizens of dublin and the people of
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ireland, thank you for the warm and generous hospitality you have shown me and michelle. it certainly feels like 100,000 welcomes. we feel very much at home. i feel even more at home after that pint that i had. feel even warmer. in return, let me offer the hearty greetings of tens of millions of irish-americans who proudly trace their heritage to this small island. they say hello. now i knew that i had some roots across the atlantic, but until recently, i could not
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unequivocally claim that i was one of those irish-americans. but now, if you believe the corrigan brothers, there's no one more irish than me. so i want to thank the genealogists who traced my family tree. right here? thank you! it turns out that people take a lot of interest in you when you're running for president. they look into your past. they check out your place of birth. things like that. i do wish somebody had provided me all this evidence earlier because it would have come in handy back when i was first running in my


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