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welcome to newsroom international i'm suzanne malveaux, here's what is going on right now from the vatican. it's the resignation heard around the world. pope benedict xvi stepping down at the end of the month. he says because of his advanced age. he's no longer able to handle the demands of being pope. the last pope to resign was way back in 1415, i will have much more of what happens next. and what is ahead for the catholic church. and former navy s.e.a.l. who reportedly fired the shot that killed osama bin laden, he says he has no pension, no medical insurance, according to an article in esquire magazine, the man known only as the soter packed a train to protect his family from al qaeda terrorists seeking revenge. i will talk with investigative reporter who talked to that navy s.e.a.l. in a few minutes. and the u.s. coast guard coming down to the rescue to help a
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cruise strip stranded in the gulf of mexico. more than 4200 passengers and crew all stuck on a carnival cruise line try ump that is getting as can you imagine a little funky, a little uncomfortable. a woman on board tells us that the toilets not working any more. a fire broke out on the ship yesterday, and was headed back to texas. that ship will be towed to the nearest port in mexico. he's the leader of more than 1 billion catholics worldwide. pope benedict xvi says he no longer has the strength the job requires. he is resigning end of the month. he became the pope in 2005, he had to deal with a string of scandals, including new allegations of sexual abuse by priests, i want to bring in our senior vatican analyst and the renged and editor of catholic magazi magazine. many are saying this is historic, haven't had a pope resign in 600 years, do we think
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it's more to it than health and vpsing age of this one? >> reporter: hi, suzanne we had a briefing with a vatican spokesperson today, who insisted that there is no specific health crisis around benedict xvi he is not suffering from any particular disease, of course we didn't see anything like what we saw during the twilight of the john paul years, with the series of hospitalizations here in rome, or sort of spectacular public collapses, i think it's more simply that benedict xvi's diagnosis is that he's going to be celebrating his 86th birthday in april. we have seen him pairing back public commitments and so on. he believes that the energy required to lead the catholic church forward at this moment is beyond his capacities. and i think he's decided therefore, not to wait for a moment of crisis, but while he's still capable of doing so, to make the decision to step aside
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and let somebody else take the baton. >> reverend martin, people are using words like shocking, unprecedented, why is this such a surprise? why didn't anybody expect this except for his inner circle? >> well, it hasn't happened for centuries, and you know, as john allen was saying, there had been speculation, there was speculation about john paul ii and people knew benedict was frail and in a sense diminishing physically, but i think the fact it hadn't happened so long means it was a shock for people. i think what is interesting is that i think this is a noble and selfless act that the pope is doing. but you notice that the two popes came to two very different decisions about what to do, when they were ailing. john paul decided to stay on and stick it out. benedict decides to take a practical route and resign. >> john, tell us the process of choosing a new pope. there's a college of cardinals that gets together by mid-march, hope to have a new pope by
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easter. walk us through this. >> reporter: well, suzanne, this is a very unique electoral college to pick a pope. because this isn't done by a plebiscite of the 1.2 billion catholics. it's the 118 cardinals under the age of 80 and therefore eligible to vote for the pope. they will begin together in rome probably if not before, certainly on that bewitching hour of 8:00 rome time on february 28th, when benedict formally steps down. we don't have the actual date for the conclave, but of course they don't have to worry about a paip al mass, that is a funeral mass, and the prescribed nine days of mourning for a deceased pope. presumably they could begin the conclave quite quickly. some time in the early days of march. once that begins the cardinals in rome will for a few days meet on a daily basis in what are known as general congregation meetings. that is when they get together inside of the vatican, both to
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go over the procedure for the conclave, to make sure everyone is on the same page, and also to talk in general terms about the issues facing the church. at the same time, smaller groups of cardinals usually organized by language will begin meeting in twos and threes and fours and fives and tens and 20s to talk about not only the issues facing the church but the kind of man they think is needed. when the formal act begins, they will file into the sistine chapel and begin casting ballots. when benedict was elected in 2005, it only took four ballots, basically a day and a half for them to reach that 2/3 majority needed to identify someone as the next pope. >> all right. i want to bring in the reverend, if we can. >> reporter: they hope to have that done by easter. >> reverend, weigh in here. obviously pope benedict, very conservative on theology, church doctrine. this is a pope, who traveled to africa, angola, cameroon to reiterate that the church does not approve of menusing condoms,
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he was against of course same sex marriage, women being ordained wears the future of the catholic church that we are looking at a new pope, who is very powerful who could change the tone and tenure of the church? >> well, each pope is different. i think you are not going to see very much of a change in terms of the out look. remember that john paul ii and benedict have appointed almost all of the cardinals in the conclave. and so they will continue his policies. i think in terms of the new out look, you might see a cardinal from the developing world, the center of gravity of the catholic church as moved to africa, to asia, to latin america. so i would not be surprised if you wouldn't see someone who would continue the policies of benedict and of john paul, but who would come from a very different part of the world. >> all right. reverend martin, john allen, thank you. i appreciate it. st. patrick's cathedral in new york known as america's parish church and the nose of the pope's resignation on a lot of
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folks' minds there. debra fear sick outside of st. patrick's. deb it was a huge turnout when the pope performed mass back in 2008. and i know every time somebody meets the pope, i'm roman catholic, my mom, my sister were excited when they had a chance to see him at catholic university. whether you agree with him or not in the positions of the church, they do see it as a special occasion. how are people responding? >> reporter: yes. you know, it is fascinating. as a matter of fact, i covered john paul ii when he visited the united nations, you feel like you are in the presence of someone extraordinarily special. but here at st. patrick's it's fascinating, everybody, kbuz of the 85-year-old pope benedict xvi's resignation caught the entire world by surprise. people were speculating on whether it was just health or there were other factors, others were speculating on the future of the catholic church. a future which definitely
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resides on who the new pope is. take a listen. >> my grandparents think of the whole church a little differently than my generation. and i feel like we could use somebody maybe a little younger, that has the generation of a new perspective. >> reporter: and even catholic leaders, suzanne, were caught completely off guard. the arch bishop of washington said quote, he was totally unprepared here in new york at st. patrick's cardinal timothy dolan said he was startled that in fact he had heard rumors of such a thing happening but when he heard in fact it was happening, he was startled. and he said he's waiting for instructions like many others from the vatican. those are expected to come. pope benedict xvi is a person who made timothy dolan a cardinal. the cardinal spoke of him fondly as well as about his health. >> there was no secret that he himself had asked blessed john paul ii if he could resign as when he was prefekted the
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congregation for the doctrine of the faith. pope john paul ii said i need you with me. of course he did. he listened to john paul. so he's been well aware of his own fragility of his health for a while. >> reporter: and you know, the timing is also rather surprising. it is two days before ash wednesday, and the start of lent, a very holy day for catholics. the cardinal said in facts he's sure people around him knew that this was going to happen. and put a transition team in place. the cardinal says a conclave will take a month. but right now all of that timing is being worked out. suzanne. >> all right. deb, thank you. i appreciate it. the former navy s.e.a.l. who reportedly fired the shot that killed osama bin laden is said to be furious with the u.s. military. he has no pension or medical insurance, and according to an investigative piece in esquire magazine called the man who shot and killed osama bin laden, the
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shooter who is not named, he told a friend, this is a quote here, he says if i get killed on this next deployment. i know my family will be taken care of. but if i come back and retire, i won't have a pot to miss in or a window to throw it out of for the rest of my life. sad to say it's better if i get killed. joining me is the author of the piece. phil, you spent a year getting to know this guy known as the shooter. quite amazing he would make that kind of statement. why do you suppose he feels so abandoned by the military? >> well, suzanne, first of all, that statement was made by a friend of his, who is also a member of s.e.a.l. team 6 just to clarify. but it's a common feeling among the s.e.a.l. team members i spoke with, because they spent in the case of the shooter, 16 years doing exactly what they are trained to do, which is going out on these missions, deployment after deployment, killing people on a regular basis, and they finally get to the point where they don't want to do that any more. if they are short of their 20 years, they get zero pension.
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there is va health care for just the vet himself and not for his family. and it's somewhat limited. and there's very little else that they get. they don't get really much in the way of outsource services. and so they find themselves trying to translate into a civilian world they are not used to and they haven't been used to for decades. >> why did he talk to you? why did he feel like he needed to get this message out? what is his life like now? >> well, he talks about his life is still kind of based to a large extent on who he was. so because he was on the bin laden raid and played a key role as did all members of that team, he gets his wife for instance to put the kids in the bathtub if there is any sign of trouble this is the protection issue, gets his wife propped on the bed, taught her how to get the shotgun propped against the wall on the back of the bed and shoot through the door if there's a problem. so as you can tell, and they have a bolt bag radio to go, if
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something turns up. they offered him witness protection, that doesn't even really exist in special services. >> explain this. i don't understand. so is he -- do you think he's paranoid, or is there a real threat of al qaeda coming after him in the united states and his family, that he should have to train his wife to point a gun at the door? >> it's a good question. another s.e.a.l. who wrote a book immediately went up on a jihady web site, the shooter told me and it's in the story he thought 99% of what al qaeda said was a lot of talk but the 1% was pretty vicious and nasty. so you want to protect your family. >> and does he reveal details about how he actually got osama bin laden in his sights and shot him? >> he does. he talks in some detail about being the second man after the point man going up to the third floor, and the point man grabbed two women, who were from the bin laden household in the hallway, pulled them aside.
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the shooter rolled into the bedroom on the right-hand side and ultimately right there faced osama bin laden less than a foot away from his gun and shot him there. three times in the forehead. >> does he think about that moment? does he dream about that? does he have nightmares every day? >> i think he has nightmares about how he will support his family and how he will feed his family. by the way he's not alone. i work for center of investigative reporting and our reporter said average wait is nine months. he is in no better shape than any other vet in that regard. except he has the nightmares. but those are the nightmares taking care of his family. >> all right. it's a fascinating read. obviously we wish him the best in terms of taking care of his family and his safety as well. thanks again, phil. i appreciate it. cnn has reached out to the military, have not yet gotten a response on this article. more of what we are working on for this hour of newsroom international.
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bouil . welcome back to newsroom international here's what we are following. nato forces in afghanistan have a new commander. >> afghan forces defending afghan people and enabling the government of this country to serve its citizens. this is victory. this is what winning looks like. and we should not shrink from using these words. >> marine corps. general replacing john allen, done ford will oversee the final two years of military involvement in afghanistan. previously spent two years commanding troops in iraq. in northern india a terrifying scene, this is overcrowded
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railway station at least 36 people were crushed to death. dozens more hurt. millions of hindu osz a pilgrimige. suppose your infant is asleep in the next room. suddenly you hear him screaming, you rush in and hear your baby being dragged out of his bed by a fox, that's right, that's what happened, that happened in london the other day. thank goodness the mom, she was nearby to rescue him. he was rushed to the hospital with serious hand wounds, might be surprised to learn this is not an isolated incident. fox attacks are increasingly common now. and the animals have become so plentiful a lot of homeowners shoo them out of their houses. in china, skies celebrating, lighting up, celebration of new year, longstanding tradition, the festivities aimed at ensuring good health and good fortune. good for them.
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but if you are squeamish you might want to sit this out. we are talking about this according to the chinese calendar, this is the year of the snake. all right. so these folks supposed to be celebrating, right? they or a carnival cruise ship called try ump, the ship is stranded in the gulf of mexico after this fire breaks out yesterday. we found out the coast guard cutter has arrived to try to tow the cruise liner to the nearest port in mexico. mean chyle, things getting pretty desperate on the ship. that's according to bethany, you see her there. she's on a girlfriends cruise, getting together, hanging out without the guys. so she's been calling her husband brent, there should be a picture of both of them. her cell phone -- there they are. her cell phone is not working. but we are checking in with brent, because brent, you heard from her. right? when was the last time you heard from your wife? >> i talked to her yesterday evening, in between 6:30 and
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7:00. >> brent, how is she? describe the conditions on the ship. i understand it's bad. >> she is not doing too good. she was crying and everything. and she just wants off of the ship. i mean, it's horrible. there's no running water. there's no power. they are having to use buckets and bags for the restroom. whenever she called me, there was another ship, cruise ship that pulled up beside them, and up until that point yesterday, they had not eaten anything at all. and she was able to get cell phone service off of the other ship's tower or reception or whatever. >> did she say she would be able to charge her phone in any way or do you expect to hear from her soon? >> no. she said that that would be the last phone call that i would get until she got into a progresso, they have no power, there is no way to charge cell phones or
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anything. >> how long has she been stranded? >> well, they woke them up yesterday morning about 5:30. and told all of the passengers about it and everything. and since 5:30 yesterday morning, that's when ever that the fire had actually broke out, i'm assuming. but they did not call and let none of their families know until 12:45 yesterday afternoon was what time i finally got a phone call. >> we know that they say that there is a tugboat that obviously is coming to help them out here. you said that she was crying. what is the most frustrating thing she's experiencing now? >> well, to hear your loved one crying and everything and saying basically that she just wants off of the ship. and she wants it all to end. i mean, all of the other girls in her group were calling their family members as well. they were crying and everything. everybody wants off of this. i mean, it's a big mess. there's no power.
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there's no toilets. there's no food. it's like a bunch of savages. people are fighting over food and stuff. i mean, that's a bunch of savages. that's ridiculous, that carnival has nothing at all in plan in case something like this happens. >> brent, did she tell you, did bethany tell you whether she was getting any help or instructions about how to deal with all of this? >> the only help they have gotten, they told them they needed to stay on the decks or in common areas. >> brent, thank you. get back to us, let us know how beth flee is doing and the rest of the relatives on the girlfriends' trip. if she gets in touch with you, if they get any kind of help, we'll get back to you. okay. >> thank you. >> you hang in there. >> all right. >> sure. she was a 15-year-old honor student gunned down a week after performing at the president's inauguration. well, now police are questioning two men about the murder. i will take you live to chicago up next.
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. president obama is going to go to chicago on friday to
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address gun violence. it has hit pretty close to home for him and the first lady. hadiya pendleton was shot and killed while trying to escape gun fire in a chicago city park several blocks north of the obama family home in the win wood neighborhood. i will go to ted rowlands who is in chicago. i know there's going to be a press conference, you will have a number of officials on this. this is disturbing all around. it's not the first time. chicago has a terrible problem with violence, with gang violence. you have the first lady weighing in at the funeral on saturday. what are they going to do? >> reporter: well, that's a great question, suzanne. and there is in the wake of hadiya pendleton's death, there's a sense of urgency here. as you mentioned, this is not the first time a youngster has been killed in the cross fire with the gang violence on the streets of chicago. but this young woman has really struck a nerve. this was a young 15-year-old girl, who was doing all of the
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right things. she was a good student going to a great school here in chicago. her parents, great parents, who have encouraged her and her brother to do well in school. she was in the band, doing extracurricular activities. really just the last person in the world, who you would think would get caught up in this. and the last person in the world you would want to get caught up in this. and president obama is coming here on the heels of her death, and as you mentioned, she died just a mile away from his home in chicago. he's expected to take the themes that he outlines in the state of the union on tuesday and expound on them further when he comes to chicago. there's a petition here with 45,000 signatures asking for the president to weigh in on this. community activists have hoped he would come. a lot of people of chicago are pleased with the announcement he is coming. it's surrounded at least in recent weeks around this young girl's death who did strike a nerve. take a listen to hadiya pendleton on a youtube video talking about staying out of
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gangs. >> hi. my name is hadiya, this commercial is informational for you and your future children. so many children out there are in gangs and it is your job to say no to gangs and yes to a great future. >> reporter: in a press conference just getting underway in chicago in the police headquarters behind me, the mayor is here, the superintendent gary mccarthy is here as well. what they will do is announce proposed legislation on the gun laws in the city of chicago, so that when they do catch somebody with an illegal gun they can put them away. let's listen to that. >> i think what we want to start doing is tying this all together for everybody, and the goal at least my goal here today besides showcasing the weapons is talking a little bit about the criminal justice system and how it ties together on what that means. so we have talked and we talked
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for quite some time about gun laws in the state of illinois. in the city of chicago and in -- and the points that we have made, and we will reiterate are our support for an assault weapons ban, a ban on extended magazines, background checks and critically two more components, which has to do with reporting a requirement to report the loss, theft or transfer of a firearm, which facilitates straw purchases. those are all issues that are on the front end of the criminal justice system impact on a number of firearms on our streets. in between there is the police work and the prosecution represented by the state's attorney anita alvarez here today, where we take the guns off the street, and then we try to put people into the system. which leads to the fifth point, that we have been pushing for,
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and we are going to highlight here today. which is mandatory minimums for illegal gun possession. so far this year, the city of chicago -- the police department and the city of chicago have seized 809 guns in the first six weeks of this year. we have given you the statistics before about how that compares nationally with some of the cities that we compare ourselves to, like new york city, nine times the number of guns in the first six months of 2012, and two districts alone in the city of chicago out of 22 in the first month or so seizing more firearms than the city of new york, which is three times the size of new york -- of chicago. before you, and i know you can't see it now, because there are so many people here, we have ten guns, that were inventoried last week between the period of the first of february and the 8th of february, 2013 by the chicago
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police department. including a glock model 17, number of shotguns, a couple of rifles and an assault weapon. and how is it we come into possession of these firearms? on february 5th, chicago police fugitive apprehension unit working with the great lakes regional task force arrested a documented gang member in connection with a homicide, that occurred here in chicago last october. when we placed him into custody, a firearm was recovered in his home. that same day the gang enforcement division executed a search warrant at the residence of a convicted felon and gang member, who lived in the 25th district. further investigation revealed that the target was in possession of a firearm, which officers immediately secured. the night before in an unrelated incident, another convicted felon and gang member in the
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25th district was the subject of a 17th district tactical team search warrant. again, the investigation proved successful with a loaded firearm being recovered along with quantities of narcotics demonstrating just how intertwined gangs, guns and drugs are. we are here today to talk about the fact that we need mandatory minimum sentences in the state of illinois. and truth in sentencing for serious gun possession offenses. i have seen firsthand the impact of minimum sentencing can have on a large city. one of the things that i would like to again try to clear up, and i ask you to please stop adopting the rhetoric of the gun advocates. chicago does not have strict gun laws. and we have examples here that is going to show it. the state of illinois does not have strict gun laws that
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prevents -- firearms into our streets. by increasing penalties and requiring criminals to serve their punishment, we not only protect our children, our families, and our communities, but we also prevent the impulsive retaliatory killings that plague our neighborhoods. and before you, we have seven examples of recent incidents, that we need to bring to your attention. i'm not going to go through all of them but just touch on two. one of these boards, this one represents offenders, who could have been incarcerated, but were not incarcerated based upon a number of circumstances. but would have been incarcerated had there been mandatory minimums for illegal gun possession in the state of illinois. they committed murder while out on parole or probation during the time frame that a three year mandatory minimum would have prevented that incident from
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occurring. the second examples, that we have here, and again, there's a number of them, are four separate examples of individuals, who are the victims of murder, and what i need to point out is that we are not criminalizing victims. what i can tell you and any law enforcement person in the country will tell you the offender today is the victim tomorrow, and the victim today is the offender the next day. this is a general statement. it is obviously not going to hold true in each case. but a number of these murders could have been prevented, if these individuals were incarcerated to prevent them from committing a murder. and if these individuals were incarcerated to prevent them from being murdered. and the last two murders -- >> listening to chicago's chief superintendent, gary mccarthy saying he is arguing for mandatory minimums when it comes to illegal gun possession perhaps getting those behind
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bars who illegally possess guns, an amazing statistic he just pointed out, 109 guns seized illegally owned guns seized in the first six weeks of the year. chicago having more gun violence than the city of new york. and new york of course is three times the size of chicago. clearly a lot of work needs to be done. the president will be visiting in the chicago area this friday to talk about that. the vice-president of course, he is now in philadelphia. he's meeting with police chiefs about gun violence, we will bring it live any moment. it's expected to start. we'll take a quick break. (announcer) scottrade knows our clients trade
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cat, explain this to us. this is showing up in sweden, uk, france, wasn't supposed to be there. how did this happen. >> reporter: that's the problem. nobody knows. this points to a huge breakdown in the foot chain. horse meat is eating in a lot of countries, france, italy, kazakhstan, their horses are raised for food, the problem is a lot of these were not actually sanctioned for human consumption, and nobody knows how it slipped into the system. >> what does that mean for people who ate this meat? is it bad for them? >> reporter: horse meat in and of itself is fine. there is a veterinary chemical that is an anti-inflammatory, and for some people there is a risk of bone marrow problems with it. irish officials stepped up to say there is not a huge amount of risk to the population. nonetheless, you should know what's in your food. >> so how did they resolve all of this? you have horse meat in all these places, are they able to identify?
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how do you know if you ate horse meat and it tasted like beef? >> reporter: it's thoroughly unresolved at this point. a lot of people are calling for much stricter regulations, i think this points to the fact that any time you eat meat you should take a close look at where it is coming from. >> all right. kat, thank you. i know a lot of people are worried about what they are eating. some people like horse meat, yes? >> reporter: it's delicious and it's culturally correct in a lot of places. >> have you had it? >> reporter: i have. i will say it was thoroughly legally obtained, and yes, had no bute in it. >> you said it was delicious. didn't taste like chicken? >> not even a little. >> as the pope prepares to step down, a lot of catholics around the world talking about his legacy. some victims of sexual abuse in the church, they are hoping that the next leader will do more to heal their scars. the capital one cash rewards card
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. there are more than 1 billion catholics in the world for them the choice of who will be the next pope is a big deal. for those who were sexually abused by priests, it's very personal. barbara blaine, she founded the group snap, it is known for survivors network for those abused by priests. barbara, obviously, this is something very personal for you, you grew up in ohio, you say that you were molested by your priest in your parish and couldn't tell anybody for years. and then it was too late to file criminal charges. tell me what you think first of all of this pope and how he has done in addressing the issue. and what you want from the next pope. >> well, i think it's really important to recognize that while the statements that the pope and the vatican made in recent years are lofty and frequently they appear to be compassionate, he really has not
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made any major changes in behavior. and so it's almost as though the deeds do not match the words. so i would hate for him to be remembered as someone who did the right thing, because from our perspective pope benedict's record has been dismal. >> what do you think of the fact that he for the first time, he met with victims of abuse back in 2008, and he announced new rules, he apologized and did announce new rules to stop this abuse of priests on children here. do you think that that is enough? do you think he's sincerely tried to move this issue forward? >> look, i mean the thing is that to offer apologies might appear to be kind. but what would really make a difference to protect children would be if he would take action. and we hope that pope benedict will use these last two weeks of
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his term to really make some decisive action that would protect kids today. for example, we think he could issue a decree telling all of the bishops of the world to do what about 30 bishops in the u.s. have done. which is to post the names of the predators on their web sites. we think he could order all of the bishops in the world to turn over all of their records, that they have about sex crimes to the police in their jurisdictions, those kind of things would show that he wants to protect children. >> barbara, we appreciate your time. and of course your focus on this issue, as a roman catholic, we have been very disappointed in some ways in the church, and it needs to turn itself around and address this in a serious way. barbara, thank you. we appreciate it. this is just into cnn, the president is weighing in on the pope's decision to step down, in a statement here is what he wrote. he says, on behalf of americans everywhere, michelle and i wish
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end. when the dust settled nigeria had won thanks to one swift kick vladimir was in lagos for the win. >> reporter: nigeria just won the african cup of nations the first time since 1994. they made it here in 2000, but they didn't win. this is their third win. and look at the crowd behind me. they are fired up. they are pumped up. they are so happy. nigeria has the most optimistic people on earth. they never stop believing in their team. for tonight, this city will be partying, this country will be partying tonight nigeria is on the world stage. they are winners. cnn, lagos. here's what we are watching this hour. the resignation that stunned
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people around the world. pope benedict xvi announcing today he is stepping down at the end of the month. he says he is no longer able to handle the demands of being pope. in the northeast, they are still digging out from the blizzard in the south they are recovering after 15 tornadoes, and now the midwest bracing for the latest winter blast. and a blizzard hitting the dakotas and minnesota with as much as 15 inches of snow. and the coast guard comes to the rescue to help a cruise ship, that is stranded now in the gulf of mexico. more than 4200 passengers and crew stuck on carnival cruise lines triumph, fire broke out yesterday as it was headed back to gavel ston, texas. coast guard cutter will tow the cruise liner to the nearest port in progresso mexico. i'm suzanne malveaux. catholics around the world have a new leader in the church, by easter that is the hope. today pope benedict xvi
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announcing his resignation effective at the end of the month. he cited his deteriorating strength and his advanced age. he turns 86 in april. i want to bring in two guests. senior vatican analyst john allen and the reverend thomas reis, author of inside the vatican. john, i want to start with you. very historic, hasn't happened in 600 years. what is the significance to the church? >> reporter: well, suzanne, the significance is enormous, the pope is considered by catholics to be the vicar of christ on earth. the successor of peter, the unquestioned leader of the 1.2 billion strong catholic community around the world. benedict has done everything he can to send signals of stability and continuity here, that is the indication that there will be a regular conclave to elect the next pope and that the next pope will enjoy his full support and so on. nevertheless, these moments of transition are jarring to
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catholics. you remember of course the anxiety millions of catholics around the world felt when john paul ii died in 2005. in some ways this transition creates the same sense of crossroads, the same set of question marks about the future of the church, that we experienced and lived through seven years ago. >> sure. john, being a roman catholic myself, i understand the huge symbolism involved in this transition, but do we think there will be anything concrete when it comes to any change in position in the church. we know benedict was conservative when it comes to gay rights or women being ordained, when it comes to birth control, many of those things people are looking to and wondering if the church will in fact alter or adjust to the times. >> reporter: well, look, at the big picture level, on the kinds of issues you ticked off that sort of frame the front lines of the culture wars in the west, you know, we should remember that the 118 cardinals who are under the age of 80 and will be voting for the next pope are all
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men appointed by benedict xvi, one can assume they will look for someone who would be in synch with those popes in terms of the content of church teaching. on the other hand every pope is different. benedict xvi, even though he had most of the same ideas as john paul ii was a very different figure. just as john paul ii was a very different figure from the pope briefly who preceded him john paul i and paul vi so there will be change in tone and style, probably not so much on substance. >> john, thank you. i want to bring in reverend reese. what is the process, the procedure this go around? how do we know when the next pope will be announced? >> well, the process is all very well laid out. there will be a conclave call 15 days after the pope resigns. in fact, i mean, under law, it doesn't make a difference whether the pope died or whether
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he resigned, the same process goes into effect. so there will be a conclave 15 days after the pope resigns, and the college of cardinals will meet. and they will elect a new pope. >> what does a pope do after he resigns? do you consult? what does he do? >> we haven't had that since the 15th century. so it's really kind of hard to tell. my guess is he's going to try and lead a very quiet life, he's a quiet person, who was thrust on the world stage. i think he'd love to go lock himself in a room and read books and write and enjoy the rest of his years praying for his poor successor. >> and a lot of people don't know, he plays the piano, he cut an album. he has a lot of hobies. do you have any idea who might be a front runner for the next pope? is there a list of folks that
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they think might take his place? >> i always avoided trying to play jimmy the greek. i think they will look for someone in continuity with this pope and with john paul ii. after all, pope benedict appointed more than half of the cardinals. and pope john paul ii appointed the rest of them. and they did exactly what you or i would do if we were pope. they appointed people who basically agreed with them on major issues facing the church. so they will elect somebody that holds the same positions as these last two popes. it will be a different personality. they might look for example a diplomat rather than another academic. but we are not going to see major changes in the next papacy. >> all right, reverend reese, change takes a long time, i think. i appreciate it. thank you once again. a woman who repeatedly was molested by a priest in her ohio
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parish, she says she hopes the pope is going to take action before he leaves to prevent further abuse in the church. barbara blaine founded the group called snap, survivors network of those abused by priests. i had a chance to talk to her this last hour. here is what she says. >> i think it's important to recognize that while the statements that the pope and the vatican are made in recent years are lofty and frequently they appear to be compassionate, he really has not made any major changes in behavior. and so it's almost as though the deeds do not match the words. so i would hate for him to be remembered as someone who did the right thing, because from our perspective, pope benedict's record has been dismal. >> blaine also wants the pope to issue a decree to tell all of the bishops of the world to post the names of the predators on the diocese web sites, she wants
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all of the bishops to turn over their records about sex crimes to police in their jurisdictions. city of los angeles hopes a million dollar reward will help police catch this fugitive, a former cop, you see him there, christopher dorner, accused of killing a police officer and two other people in a revenge plot targeting the lapd, that of course is where he used to work. the search has centered on this mountain resort community. it's called big bear. and schools in that area, they actually reopened today after closing last week. we are now hearing investigators have scaled back the search. miguel marquez is at headquarters. do we think this reward first of all will make any difference? i mean, this was a very big story, just 48 hours ago. >> reporter: huge story. with the schools opening in san bernardino, they were open under guard today. so there is still a lot of nervous individuals across
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southern california. the tactical alert for los angeles police department has been taken down, turned off right now. they say that's because the number of calls outside of the dorner case have come down, and they can afford to give people a little more time off. so they don't have to have him in here 24-7, like they have since this thing all started to break loose last week. that said, police just came out for a briefing saying they have some 600 clues they are pouring through, trying to figure out where mr. dorner is. they have hundreds of investigators working on those clues. and they are prioritizing now trying to figure out what's the best information, but sometimes that leads to pretty dramatic and frustrating results. at a lowe's home store yesterday, for instance, hundreds of people had to be taken out of the store after a 911 call came in. the person stayed on the phone with police. they say, it was amazing.
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this lowe's home store, people coming out of there in single file, with a very heavy police presence, it turned out to be a domestic dispute. so people are very, very concerned around here and being watchful at the moment. and the entire area is on very high alert. >> do we think that -- do they suspect he's still in california? essentially, has the trail gotten cold? >> reporter: talking to all of my sources it sounds like there is not much for them to follow up on at the moment, while police are trying to file through all of these clues, there is not a lot of actionable stuff out there. it doesn't sound like anything we have seen so far is real. there was apparently one reported citing of dorner in phoenix. so you are starting to see cities farther out have concerns about him. the tsa issued a warning to small regional airports over the weekend, because dorner has some flying experience. so there's a lot of generic stuff out there but nothing specific. at the moment it seems fairly
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cold, but they are keeping all of the pressure on all of the resources bearing down so if it does pop, if it does happen they will be ready to go. >> all right. miguel, thank you. we will follow that story. here's what we are working on for this hour. in 2009, the taliban attacked a remote u.s. outpost in afghanistan. that day one man in particular became a reluctant hero. now he is receiving the medal of honor. i want you to take a look, this is video of a massive tornado in mississippi, amazingly no one was killed. this was a special moment last night mumford & sons won the grammy award for album of the year. i will show you more of the fun highlights from the ceremony.
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. shooting in delaware, courthouse has left three people dead. it happened this morning when a man opened fire in the county courthouse in wilmington. two women were gunned down before police killed the gunman. reports say his estranged wife was among the victims.
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at least 15 tornadoes ripped through mississippi and alabama, that happened last night. hattiesburg, mississippi sustained a lot of damage, but incredibly no fatalities. victor blackwell went to see for himself. take a look. >> reporter: suzanne, the people who live here in hattiesburg say when this tornado came through, it was powerful and just created a path of destruction. most of what we are seeing, though, are these branches that are down here on the university of southern mississippi campus, but there is considerable structural damage. look at this. this is the 100-year-old ogletree house, one of the five original buildings on campus, it's representative of some of the damage we are seeing across the city. there is other minor damage here on campus, but the governor of mississippi phil bryant, says 200 homes in hattiesburg, 100 apartments have been damaged. the priority is finding places for those people to say. we know two shelters are open. let's talk about injuries. there were reports of more than
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60 people with minor injuries going to local hospitals. two reports of very critical injuries. at the height, power outages of 13,000 now down below 4,000. schools here are out today even on this campus, classes have been cancelled for monday and tuesday, the concern now is the cleanup. fortunately, no loss of life in this tornado. suzanne. >> all right. thanks. i want to bring in chad myers. chad, tell us how big this tornado was? it looked pretty menacing. >> it was big. they are just out there right now the weather service out of jackson, mississippi surveying the damage. they found 140 mile per hour winds so far, ef 3, and they said at least. that's what they put in their last statement on twitter. at least 140. we have much more to see, they said. this storm is a long track tornado. this may have been on the ground 40 or 60 miles. it went over oak grove high school. i saw pictures of that earlier. then just to the south, right
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along hardy street and university of southern mississippi. even took out an ace hardware. this continued off to the northeast, by that time the chasers couldn't get to it, there was so much damage on the ground they couldn't drive over it. they couldn't keep up with the storm. this is the danger in a southern storm. there's a lot of trees down, power lines down. and you need to be very careful when trying to chase these things or don't do it at all. because there are professional chasers doing it for you. >> thank you. quick look at today's top three videos. number three, carnivale time in rio, our crews catching up with the celebration. and carnivale, one of the biggest in the world. number two, this kid caught red handed or should i say red faced, the viral video showing him denying that he ate some sprink else. i think he did. his face says otherwise. okay. you are caught, buddy. number one most popular video on from the grammys, video from last night's performances we saw them going viral, this
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carnival cruise lines triumph, fire broke out on the ship yesterday as it was headed back to galveston, texas, two coast guard tugboats will tow the cruise liner to the nearest port in mexico. i talked to a guy, whose wife is actually stuck on that ship, asked him what is she going through now, what are the conditions like on board? >> i mean, it's horrible. i mean there's no running water. there's no power. they are having to use a restroom in buckets and bags. whenever she called me, there was another ship cruise ship that pulled up beside them to give them food. and up until that point yesterday, they had not eaten anything at all. and she was able to get cell phone service off of the other ships tower. >> carnival company says now that the cruise ship should arrive in mexico late wednesday. passengers will be flown back to the united states on a chartered
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aircraft. we wish them the best. that sounds rough. this is a concern all of us have, is the economy going to get better? is unemployment going down? texas governor rick perry is doing something unusual to help out the state. dan simon shows us that he's actually trying to lure businesses away from california. >> reporter: rick perry's texas throwdown began with a 30 second radio ad. >> building a business is tough. but i hear building a business in california is next to impossible. this is texas governor rick perry, and i have a message for california businesses. come check out texas. >> reporter: california governor jerry brown immediately dismissed the spot and the media. >> take a little radio ad and all you guys run like lap dogs to report it. it is not a burp. it is barely a further. >> reporter: governor's perry answer was buy a plane ticket to the west coast. it was an all out war for jobs. the two biggest states grow their economies by attracting
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business. brown brushed aside his fellow governor. governor perry seems serious in his quest to lure businesses from california. he's got meetings this week with ceos a krot the state including here in san francisco and in silicon valley. some say governor brown shouldn't be taking all of this lightly. what do you think of governor brown's response. >> well, it's disappointing. i wish the leaders of the state took this more seriously. >> reporter: aaron mcclear worked for republican arnold schwarzenegg schwarzenegger. >> we have the third highest unemployment. ceos year after year say california is the worst place to do business. >> reporter: perry is likely to encounter resistance, especially from silicon valley. the ceo of the hot new travel web site called peak. >> there are those that want to build big technology companies don't see anywhere else but california to be.
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>> reporter: perry has his sights on hollywood where a lot of film production already has left the state. his visit there seems fitting for what is becoming a high political drama. dan simon, cnn, san francisco. >> all right. so he's been away from the music scene for years. check it out. that is pretty hot, justin timberlake, jay-z performing at the grammys, we will take a look at the winners up next. i feel so alone. but you're not alone. i knew you'd come. like i could stay away. you know i can't do this without you. you'll never have to. you're always there for me. shh! i'll get you a rental car. i could also use an umbrella. fall in love with progressive's claims service.
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decor de . all right. did you stay up last night to watch the grammys. i did it was a lot of fun. ll cool j was the host. the 55th year, you had great performances talking about old schoolers like elton john to new bands like mumford & sons. justin timberlake back in action. nischelle turner is taking a look at breaking it down. the winners as well as the losers and the highlights. >> reporter: no single performer dominated the 55th annual grammys. the night's top prize album of the year went to the english folk rock band mumford & sons for babel. >> the grammys opened their arms to us. we are grateful. >> reporter: the grammys were in a fun mood. literally. the new york pop band won best
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new artist and song of the year for "we are young". >> i don't know what i was thinking writing the chorus. if this is in hd everybody can see our faces. and we are not very young. >> reporter: gotye and kimbra took home record of the year award for their hit "somebody i used to know". >> they are all musicians and people that listen to music, cheers. >> reporter: for the most part everyone observed the toning down of risque outfits. but jennifer lopez did show a lot of leg. >> you can see i read the memo. >> reporter: the grammys have always been more about performances than awards. and this pruchd to be a vintage year backed by a big band justin timberlake turned back the years with jay-z. carrie underwood dazzled in a
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dress that changed colors. while sting rihanna and bruno mars fronted an all star tribute to bob marlee. fun weathered an indoor rainstorm. elton john and mavis staples had a salute to levon helm. and ll cool j, who kicked things off at the show's host ended the night leading an all star rab session ♪ i took a look at my life >> reporter: nischelle turner, cnn, hollywood. >> that was pretty hot. performers dressed to impress in la. we will take you to the other side of the country for new york's fashion week. you can spot an amateur from a mile away... while going shoeless and metal-free in seconds. and from national.
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what's hot? what's not? turn your ice to new york, behind the scenes. >> reporter: people think it's glitz and glamor. you can go to fashion shows from 9:00 in the morning until 10:00 at night. what designers do during fashion week is they show clothes for the next season. it takes six months really for clothes to come down the runway and make their way into the
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stores. once those clothes leave the runway, they go back to the designer's show room. and then buyers come in. those buyers come from stores like saks fifth avenue, blooming days. once there are orders, the clothes have to be made. there is a trickle down effect. also, magazine editors see looks that they like from the runway, that they want to shoot for their magazines. a lot of the editors often joke by the time they see the clothes in the store, they are sick of them. because they saw them six months ago. but for the average consumer, they are new. and that's why they sell. the politics of the front row at a fashion show. there are three major categories. top editors, buyers and, of course, celebrities. so editors of top magazines, these are people who will be
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making decisions about what kinds of clothes appear in the magazines. so of course, it's in the designer's best interest to have those people in the front row, where you can see not just the clothes but how the clothes move on the model. people might say why would celebrities attend? we are talking about exposure. and it's a win win for the celebrity and the designer. fashion week is invitation only. you have to be invited by the designer. you can't bring a guest unless you are a top editor like from vogue. anyone buying the clothes or writing about the clothes will be there. i want to pass. i want an invite. you can watch alina's special, fashion, backstage pass saturday at 2:30 p.m. eastern. specials include an interview with super model naomi campbell. and he's only the fourth living person to receive a medal of honor for actions in afghanistan and iraq. we will go live to a ceremony at
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. it was 2009, about 50 u.s. troops were attacked by as many as 400 taliban fighters in a
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remote outpost in afghanistan. minutes from now one former soldier involved in that grueling fire fight is going to be honored at the white house. you are seeing live pictures there. the president will award the medal of honor to clint romesha for his heroic actions that dave. i want to bring in wolf blitzer and jake tapper in washington to help us set the stage for what is about to occur. because this is such a rare, rare honor. and jake, i know you have interviewed this soldier as part of a cnn special. tell us about him. >> clint romesha is from northeastern california. he is mormon. he enrolled in the army after high school graduation. and he served in kosovo, he served two tours in iraq. it was not until he was in afghanistan in 2009, that he earned this medal, that he will be awarded today.
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>> there is movement everywhere, flashes everywhere. you couldn't pick them out fast enough. >> reporter: october 2009, up to 400 taliban fighters unleashed a torrent of withering fire upon a remote outpost in eastern afghanistan. the attack so fierce, in the end more than half of the 53 u.s. troops at the outpost were killed or wounded. but as buildings burned and the enemy ran freely from the outpost, soldiers became heroes. one in particular. >> i know that there is so many great soldiers out there that would have stepped into my shoes and done the same thing. >> reporter: former staff sergeant clint romesha is a reluctant hero. that day he helped plan the recapture of keating and led troops in repelling the onslaught of taliban fighters during a grueling i did long battle. romesha will receive the medal of honor, the highest award for combat bravery, becoming just
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the fourth living recipient among those who served in afghanistan and iraq. chris jones was a young private under romesha's command when the taliban struck. >> he is in my opinion the only reason we came back that day. >> reporter: you led them right into places where your fellow soldiers had already been killed. that's why you are getting this medal. others had died in a place that you ran into. you weren't worried? >> it wasn't time to set there and worry about stuff out of our control. we had the tools, we had the training, we had the spirit, we had the support of each other. it was the time. >> reporter: by the end of the day, eight soldiers were dead. 23 wounded. clint romesha now has a place in history. one that he shares with his
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comrades. >> it's a greater honor for me to know i couldn't have done what i did without those guys, that team. it was everybody that day. that's what excites me about this. it's those guys. >> reporter: it's those guys. that's what you hear when you talk to clint romesha, wolf, is him saying that it's the men who served under him, it's the eight men who did not make it back alive. that's who this is all about. and there we see live coverage from the east room, some of the children who are survivors, children of the survivors of that horrible attack on october 3rd, 2009 at combat outpost keating for whom clint romesha, former staff sergeant will be awarded the medal of honor. >> it's my experience that these guys who are so courageous and so brave and do incredible feats
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under duress, they feel awkward about receiving the nation's highest military honor. >> reporter: they do feel uncomfortable with that. that is tammy romesha, clint's wife. they were high school sweethearts with their son, who was on the podium there, there is white house chief of staff dennis mcdone owe, we had a get together for some of the men of the troop over the weekend, wolf. dennis mcdone owe and senator john mccain were in attendance to thank clint and tammy romesha. >> the ceremony will begin, so let's listen. i think they are waiting to introduce the president. and here it is.
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>> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states and mrs. michelle obama. accompanied by medal of honor recipient staff sergeant clinton romesha. >> let us pray. eternal god, from whom we come to whom we belong and in whose service, hear our prayer. centuries ago were written to be called in a spur to the faithful
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servants of truths and justice. arm yourself, be men of valor, be in readiness for the conflict. it is better for us to perish in battle, look upon the outrage of our nation. lord god, recognize men of valor, who in readiness for the conflict, the battle came upon them. their sacred story is one of life and of death. the service faithfully rendered at the moment of truth belongs to that small band of black knights. as a nation grateful for the spirit of the men who follow, and the man who leads. we offer our gratitude for the actions of those men that day, and for the actions of as the author wrote, an intense guy, short and wire pea. thank you, god, for the honor of claiming their story and writing it into our nation's history.
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we bestow our nation's highest honor on staff sergeant romesha and recognize his actions that day at keating, grant unto us your holy presence we pray your abiding grace and mercies upon the families and the friends who gave the last full measure of devotion that day. staff sergeant vern onmartin. justin gallegos. shosh what hart. joshua kirk. michael scuza. christopher griffin. specialist steven mace and pfc kevin kevin thompson. now we ask your blessing upon all of our servicemen and women at home and abroad as they support and defend our constitution. grant wisdom and guidance to those who need our nation as sergeant romesha's example guide our service and inspire our devotion, we ask this and pray in your holy name, amen.
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>> please be seated, everybody. good afternoon. and on behalf of michelle and myself, welcome to the white house. every day at the white house we receive thousands of letters from folks all across america, and at night upstairs in my study i read a few. about three years ago i received a letter from a mom in west virginia. her son, stephan, a specialist in the army, just 21 years old, had given his life in afghanistan. she had received the condolence letter that i sent to her family, as i send to every family of the fallen, and she
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wrote me back. mr. president, she said, you wrote me a letter telling me that my son was a hero. i just wanted you to know what kind of hero he was. my son was a great soldier, she wrote. as far back as i can remember, stephan wanted to serve his country. she spoke of how he loved his brothers in b troop, how he would do anything for them, and of the brave actions that would cost stephan his life, she wrote, his sacrifice was driven by pure love. today we are honored to be joined by stephan's mother, vanessa, and his father, larry. please stand, vanessa and larry.
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we're joined by the families of the seven other patriots who also gave their lives that day, can we please have them stand so we can acknowledge them as well? we're joined by members of bravo troop whose courage that day was driven by pure love. and we gather to present the medal of honor to one of these soldiers. staff sergeant clinton l. romesha. clint, this is our nation's highest military decoration. it reflects the gratitude of our entire country. and so we're joined by members
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of congress, leaders from across our armed forces, including secretary of defense leon panetta, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, marty dempsey, army secretary john mccue, and army chief of staff general ray odierno. we are joined by iron horse soldiers, and members of the medal of honor society who today welcome you into their ranks. now, despite all this attention, you may already have a sense that clint is a pretty humble guy. we just spent some time together in the oval office. he grew up in lake city, california, population less than 100. we welcome his family including mom and dad, tisch and gary.
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clint, i hope he doesn't mine, he shared that clint was actually born at home. these days clint works in the oil fields of north dakota. he is a man of faith, and after more than a decade in uniform, he says the thing he looks forward to the most is just being a husband and a father. in fact, this is not even the biggest event for clint this week because tomorrow he and his wife tammy will celebrate their 13th wedding anniversary. clint and tammy, this is probably not the kind of intimate anniversary you planned, but we're so glad that you're here, along with your three beautiful children, desi, gwenn and colin. colin is not as shy as clint. he was in the oval office and he was racing around pretty good.
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and sampled a number of the apples before he found the one that was just right. now, to truly understand the extraordinary actions for which clint is being honored, you need to understand the almost unbelievable conditions under which he and b troop served. this was a time in 2009 when many of our troops still served in small rugged outposts. even as our commanders were shifting their focus to larger towns and cities. so combat outpost keating was a collection of buildings of concrete and plywood, with trenches and sandbags. of all the outposts in afghanistan, keating was among the most remote. it sat at the bottom of a steep valley, surrounded by mountains, terrain that later investigation
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said gave ideal cover for insurgents to attack. cop keating, the investigation found, was tactically indefensible. but that's what these soldiers were asked to do, defend the indefensible. the attack came in the morning, just as the sun rose. some of our guys were standing guard. most like clint were still sleeping. the explosions shook them out of their beds and sent them rushing for their weapons, and soon the awful odds became clear. these 53 americans were surrounded by more than 300 taliban fighters. what happened next has been described as one of the most intense battles of the entire war in afghanistan. the attackers had the advantage, the high ground, the mountains of above. and they were unleashing everything they had, rocket propelled grenades, heavy machine guns, mortars, snipers
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taking aim, to those americans down below, the fire was coming in from every single direction. they had never seen anything like it. with gunfire impacting all around, clint raced to one of the barracks and grabbed a machine gun. he took aim at one of the enemy machine teams and took it out. a rocket propelled grenade exploded sending shrapnel into his hip, his arm, and his neck. but he kept fighting, disregarding his own wounds, and tending to an injured comrade instead. then, over the radio, came words no soldier ever wants to hear. enemy in the wire. the taliban had penetrated the camp. they were taking over buildings. the combat was close, at times as close as ten feet. when clint took aim


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