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university. thank you very much. >> that's it for us. thank you for watching. you can always follow us. what's going on behind the scenes in the situation room. go ahead and tweet me at wolf blitzer. i'm wolf blitzer in washington. erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. president obama reveals major breaking news for the first time in more than three decades. the leaders of the united states and iran speak. then new illegal spying from the nsa. this time those doing snooping were doing so on their significant others. and miss teen usa caught up in a nasty extortion plot against her, hacking into her computer, taking make the pictures flag she is our guest "outfront." a good friday evening. "outfront," the news. an historic call with iran.
president obama dropped a bombshell announced today out of the blue. a little press conference in passing, revealed he spoke directly to iranian president hasan rouhani on the phone. it is the first time an american president has directly communicated with the reerl of iran since 1979. it is a major shift in momentum. on monday, the obama administration had suggested there might be a face to face meeting and they very explicitly left the door open, to quote, everybody gauge with iran on a variety of levels. then there was the snub seen round the world when nothing happened at the u.n. general assembly. you see the word snub, snub. president rouhani blamed the nonmeeting on a lack of time. >> i spoke on the phone with president rouhani, the president of iran. while there will surely be
obstacles moving forward and success is by no means guaranteed, i believe we can reach a comprehensive solution. >> national security adviser susan rice then came back into the public eye, giving the details of the call. >> can you give as you sense of how this phone call happened? who called whom? >> i think asle people know, we had indicated earlier in the week an openness to a brief informal encounter when president obama was in new york at the general assembly. and while we were open to that, the iranians indicated that it was complicated for them in their context. so it didn't occur. and then today, somewhat surprisingly we were contacted by them to say that president rouhani would lake to speak to president obama by telephone on his way out of town. and we were able to make that
call come together. and it did. and it was a constructive discussion. >> how long was the call? >> about 15 minutes. of course with translation. so it was a brief call. but sufficient to convey the messages from both sides. >> was it friendly or business-like in. >> i would say cordial and constructive. obviously when you have two leaders from two countries that have not communicated at that level for almost 35 years, it is something of a ground event. but they both conveyed their commitment to trying to explore in a constructive manner the diplomatic path. we've made very clear and the president has long reiterated including this week at the general assembly that the united states will not tolerate iran with a nack weapon. but our strong preference is that this problem be resolved through diplomatic means.
and as a consequence of international pressure, the international communicate being united, the sanctions and the economic pressure and the election of president rouhani, there is an tunnel to test the proposition of that diplomatic settlement. >> will there be a diplomatic settlement? "outfront "outfront," great to have both of you with us. general clark, let me start with you. you heard susan rice there. just amazing. giving us the details of how this actually went down. 15-minute phone call with translation. i'm going to say that's probably five minutes, maybe seven if you're lucky. just having listened to the farsi translations over time. focused mostly on the nuclear issue in terms of the content. should the president have had the conversation directly? >> i think it was a great conversation to have. and i think it is part of a broader effort.
where you see the united states using tough sanctions, the threat of force to get diplomatic leverage and then get the opening for diplomatic opportunities. >> chris, what do you think? talking, you would think is never a bad thing. except for what matters most is is there substance to the talks. could it be a mistake to have the president directly involved? once he is directly involved, the ball stops there. there is nowhere else for it to stop. and anything he says becomes a real negotiating point. a real promise. a real commitment. >> you're right. this is a kinder, gentler face of iran but it is essentially, where's the beef? and there's no sign at the u.n. when rouhani spoke that he was willing to budge one ounce. he did not acknowledge they would move forward in compliance two ton resolutions calling for the halting of enrichment. in syria they're funding our
opponents there. and lastly we just saw that in 2011, this administration acknowledged that they disrupted a plot where they were going to assassinate the saudi ambassador on u.s. soil. it defies logic after he gets snubbed at the airport, why he would call the president by phone. this is rewarding bad behavior. there is no sign the regime is willing to change and we should question why the president is so eager to do that. >> general, let me ask you about that. he was categorical that iran will not stop enrich uranium. the u.s. says iran is a state sponsor of terror. that it supports hezbollah in syria. earlier the united states said iranian told immigrants to attack the biggest he willcy if the united states launched missile ator is a i can't.
those are pretty aggressive allegations to make about a country. it is pretty shocking the president of the united states would talk to that president so quickly. isn't it? >> we've been in a 33-year undeclared limited war with iran. we've had incident encounter incident all this time. what would you speck the iranians to say at the united nations? that they would come there and announce unilaterally that they won't continue to enrich? no. then there would be nothing for them to give up when the negotiation. >> as up, after 33 years, i hear your point. why would not we send second kerry? why would not we engage at a lower level? why reward this behavior for escalating for the first time in 33 sear to a daily go on with the president? >> what makes it a reward? in reality, both sides have to
take risks with their hard liners when they talk. the outcome of this will be decided by leverage, by national interests, by competition. this is not going to be a friendly negotiation. but everything you can do in the atmospherics to take edge off it while you keep the leverage on is good. tough, angry talk and rhetoric doesn't get you anywhere in negotiations. real leverage does. the united states put real leverage on with the economic sanctions in place. >> let me ask but that. chad, you first. the spokesperson for the department of state was on this program last night. i asked her about that very specific question with iran. she was categorical as much as she could be saying the united states will not ease up on sanctions on iran unless given full inspector access to all nuclear sites. do you think the u.s. will stand by that? >> i have tremendous respect for
general clark and his experience but i will say this. i think the general would agree that actions matter. at the end of the day, rhetoric doesn't. so we have to look at their action. when you look at the actions, as you said, they could have taken a very meaningful step. even quietly behind closed doors to help us in years. i can't they could have help by showing that they with meet us halfway on some type of negotiation on peaceful civilian inspections. they did neither. >> i'll leave it there for now. thanks very much to both of you. we have a special take on what that on that clay later in the program. and you can see the entire interview with susan rice this sun at 10:00 and 1:00 eastern standard time. still to come, a new development. maybe you thought it would get to this point. we'll talk about the agents
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a dozen times that we know of. joe johns is "outfront." >> love, sex and the nsa. a great movie script and it was. in the reese witherspoon flick, this means war. two intelligence agents discover they're dating the same woman. one even monitoring and interrupting the other's intimate activities. it is definitely not legal and it is not just in the movies. the operation even has a name. love int. as in intelligence. the national security agency detailing in a letter 12 cases of employees misusing the wide ranging snooping power of the government to spy on love interests. reviewing telephone numbers called on a girlfriend's phones. listening to collected phone conversations. querying e-mail addresses belonging to a former girlfriend. tasking the system to look for a
wife. and in one case, a looking at a phone number a husband had because she suspected he had been unfaithful. >> several were referred to the department of justice for prosecution, appropriate discipline, and action in other cases. we hold ourselves accountable every day. >> but james, the author of the shadow factory about the nsa says this is probably the tip of the iceberg. because it is human nature and so hard to resist taking a peek at a lover's communications, when you have the power to track them anywhere in the world. >> they have somebody in there who has the access and has the capability and then has the emotional issue involved. you put all that together. and it is a very tempting thing envelop the fact that 12 cases were caught and dealt with over the last ten years may suggest that nsa can handle this kind of misbehavior. but he says in the big picture, the guy who put the world focus on the agency shows a bigger fix is needed. >> the internal controls at nsa
are pathetic. look at edward snowden was able to walk out of the nsa with the most secret documents he could get. he spent three months trading these documents. and nobody once detected him. >> the case of the accused leaker edward snowden showed spying on loved ones isn't the only reason people have inappropriately accessed data bases. james banford said he uncovered a case where an employee was looking at information to get a jump on the stock market. joe johns, washington. our third story "outfront." in flight emergency. a united airlines flight forced to make an unexpected stop last night. after the pilot suffered a heart attack in the cockpit. the captain was playing the a 737 from houston to seattle on the route you see there. the first officer had to take control of the plane. and air traffic controllers told him to land in boise, idaho. at that time, he called for help.
>> we've got a man down, chest compressions going on right now. i'm not sure too much right now on status, but we're going on need probably medicine. can an ambulance and maybe some air care meet us on the runway? >> now, passengers on that plane say they were impressed with how the crew handled the emergency. >> the first officer immediately came on saying we were making an emergency landing. an medical emergency was happening on the plane. and it was very impressive how they worked together. >> told everyone to stay seated. and somebody said they saw them giving the pilots cpr and they were on the ground and about two minutes later. >> sadly we can report the pilot, captain henry skiller, passed away this morning. he was 63 years old. now the money and power of google. there was a big birthday today.
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after years along with setting up her own sting operation, she finally got her justice. john czarrella is out front. >> reporter: jason is charged with second-degree murder because judy weaver just wouldn't let it go. her son, ronald johnson, died in 2005. witnesses told orange county sheriff's deputies that johnson fell off his bike and hit his head. a tragic know. it was a rainy night and according to witnesses, he tried riding on one wheel and lost his balance. but the story didn't add up for weaver. >> they pretty much brushed it off as, well, it was an accident. everybody said the same thing. that's it. it's done. well, was that the done. >> so she began telling folks in the neighborhood that her son was very much alive and talking, spilling the beans that it was no accident. when in fact he was not talking at all. he was briefly in a coma before passing away nine days later.
but weaver's yarn was so convincing, she said within days, a key person came forward. jason gailey. >> he wants to tell me he accidentally hit ronny with his fist. >> she takes information to the sheriff's office. the sheriff's department said a sheriff was assigned to the case but could not get witnesses to tell the truth. gailey is not picked up. for seven years it remains a cold case biffle chance last year, judy weaver is chatting at the restaurant where she works with a lieutenant. >> i was talking about how bad the sheriff's department had done and i wished i could have met the police officer that was there. >> it turns out the lieutenant was a sergeant in 2005 and was on the scene. >> i told her i would do what i could to write this. if we did anything wrong, we would fix it. >> four witnesses changed their stories saying they were scared to tell the truth before.
based on the new information, jason gailey is picked up and charged with murder and a mother's intuition made it happen. cnn, miami. still to come, president obama has a new plan to stop school shootings. did he get the idea from the nra? an "outfront" investigation. plus a new report out on climate change, painting a doom day situation unless. and tiger woods has fame and he has riches. will he fail at the one thing that seems to matter to him most? and the shout-out tonight. big gators. this alligator was captured near lakeland, florida. it weighs 565 pounds and is 12'6". it took two and a half hours to catch it. i'm going to hope this had a happy ending. i personally would not like this story if there was a saddeneding for the gator. the shoutout goes to the gator. it is a new georgia state record. 13 feet, 10 3/4 inches long.
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weapons. but that word, those words legally binding are very important. apparently do not include the automatic threat of force which the united states had originally insisted upon. nick payton walsh is at the united nations tonight. this meeting was in jeopardy today them didn't know if they would be toward come to the table. now it looked like it is back on track. how significant is that? is this a done deal? >> it seems to be a done deal. a bit of last minute jitters in the haig where they had to pass a decision to say they were ready to get on with the mission to get rid of syria's chemical women's. they will meet and vote. that is expected to go through. the question really after that is how is the violation done by syria actually recognized and then enforced. it is a bit fudgy in the language how you will determine if syria is in violation. and then as you mentioned, the language of the resolution doesn't allow for automatic forceful it just says they have
to reconsider that violation. look at what measures can be possible and then vote on it all over again. giving again a vaet over on this process but some advances at least now there is a faster u.n. bound timetable for syria, giving up its chemical weapons. >> thank you very much. nick paton walsh explaining the details we need to know. the united nations is surer than ever that human are playing a part in climate change. that it is likely the humans are to blame. the worst case predictions, temperatures could increase by as many as 6.6 degrees fahrenheit. here's the thing, the scientists say even if humans and greenhouse gases, it could linger for thousands of years. a new jersey judge has ruled that same sex couples must be permitted to marry in that state. it was based on the supreme court's defense of marriage act ruling. she ordered that same sex marriages be allowed starting on
october 21st. my sister's birthday. in a statement, governor chris christie's office indicated that he would appeal the case. that's interesting because legal analyst jeffrey tubin tells us, if it stands it maybe a gift to chris christie. he avoids having a lengthy acrimonious fight about same sex marriage. form he nfl star indicted on a perjury charge. prosecutors also indicted aaron hernandez' cousin on a single down to accessory to murder. all the charges step from the investigation into the death of a semi-pro football player hernandez is accused of killing. in search warnlt afts obtain by cnn, it was alleged the woman made overt attempts to hide evidence and hinder and mislead the investigation. finally, detroit getting some help from the federal government. the obama administration had officials in the city to announce that detroit will get $300 million in federal aid. i want to emphasize, this isn't
technically a bailout. all the money is coming from existing programs. it isn't going to be used directly to pay detroit debt. the former cbo director tells us, this is not a lot of money. it won't solve detroit's problems and it might only help the city buy some extra time. our fifth story tonight, shutdown showdown. a little tough alliteration on a friday. a little more than three days and right now no deal. late this afternoon president obama single another message to republicans. >> do not threaten to burn the house down simply because you haven't gotten 100% of your way. that's not how our democracy is supposed to work. >> but what will make this democracy work? dana bash is on capitol hill. i won't ask you to answer that question. right now it is impossible. but any response from republicans today to what the president said?
>> the house speaker through his spokesman said they are going to do something that doesn't shut down government but does reflect what they call the train wreck that is obamacare. they also chastised the president for not being involved in the process and grand standing. and it is true there have been no call between oval office and the speaker's office. either way, nothing lower level either. the house is gone. they're not coming back until tomorrow. even the senate left after they had their votes today. on party line votes, the senate passed a bill funding the government without defunding obamacare. >> the yeas are 54, the nays are 44. the amendment is agreed. to. >> reporter: next stop, the house. again. what happens there is unclear. house gop leaders have no plan. in fact, when the senate pass ad bill keeping the government open, the house was already done with business for the day. cars filled the capitol parking lot to whisk house members away since they're not required to return until saturday. two days before the deadline. >> it is a waste of taxpayers'
money to do nothing. >> reporter: the senior gop sources admit house republican leaders are in a bind because many rank and file republicans want to make changes to the senate bill. keep fighting. conservative crusader ted cruz lost the majority of senate republicans in a bill he called critical to defaegt obamacare. >> it is not easy to disagree with your political party. but at the end of the day, what we're doing hear is bigger than part saab politics. >> his grassroots push forced house republicans to pass the spending bill defunding obamacare in the first place. now he is urging the house not to give up. >> i am hopeful, i am confident the house will continue to stand its ground. >> the is s it worth it to you to shut the government down in. >> you keep saying shut the government down. the press keeps saying it. that's the president's line. the fact is the house has every right to determine what they will spend. the senate democratic leader had some colorful words for house conservatives. >> some of these people are part
of the weird caucus over there. who want to shut the government down. >> harry reid. any house changes would be unacceptable. why? >> it is obvious that would shut down government. we can't move very quickly. >> why would not it be your fault then? >> you're using a weird caucus math. >> no, you aren't, but any way, the other big deadline, the debt ceiling. that's obviously october 17th. that could even have a bigger impact on the economy. last time they couldn't reach a deal on that interesting entire country was downgraded which could hurt moich money we all have down the lionel of 783 days since we lost that top credit rating. if there is no deal on the shutdown, how in the world will they have a deal on that? >> it is really tough to satisfy. part of the issue, we reported for the past couple nights that house republicans came one this big laundry list of priorities that they were going on add to the debt ceiling. even that is shelved.
many just wanted to deal with this government funding issue first but it has exposed another problem coming just in a few weeks. october 17th as you said. and i talked to a lot of republican who's are not happy with ted cruz' crusade and they feel it could hurt republicans in their negotiation in the future. it is not that they won't negotiate. it will make it more difficult and more toxic as you get into something that could be much more catastrophic when it come to the economy. >> thank you very much. our sixth story "outfront." obama takes a tip from the nra. the justice department saying it is putting aside $45 million to add police officers to public schools. this is an idea they pushed after the sandy hook elementary school shooting. schools have been trying to find a way to prevent another horrific disaster like sandy
hook. david mattingly is outfront with just how far one school is taking that mission. >> reporter: this is how a national nightmare begins. a gunman enters a school ready to kill. >> help me! help, help! >> reporter: but in this case, the threat is not real. it is a training exercise for teachers learning how to keep their students and themselves alive. >> we train those people to deal with that shooter with their hands work their feet, with their elbows. that's what we do. >> reporter: zack hudson is a central florida police officer and cnn hero, recognized for his work helping senior citizens. he is now training teachers how to run, hide, and fight back. if a gunman targets their school. >> use both those knees! >> reporter: hudson's approach does not include keeping guns in
the classroom. >> not so much encouraging ourselves to arm with weapons but arm ourselves with knowledge. >> part of that is teaching teachers how to attack their attackers. when they become the last line of defense. >> i've got to tell you. some of you are scaring me. what do i see working there? is that fear or anger? >> i think it is a combination of both. >> all right, girls. >> deborah has been a teacher for 30 years. and worries more than ever. >> is there something about all this that is kind of sad to you? >> yes. very sad. i just can't put it into words. but the children are, i have to protect the children. >> watch what mike is doing. he is repeatedly attacking that body. >> when running or hiding fail, taking shooter by surprise knowing how to grab his weapon, how the possibly incapacitate him can make the difference
between life or death. watch closely what happens next. this is the worst-case scenario. a shooter is about to enter a classroom. the only thing between him and the students is a teacher. unarmed but not necessarily helpless. >> help me, help me! i've got a gun! >> i would hope they had learned that you have to be aggressive. you have to tap in to that angry side of you. that emotional side of you to stop that attack. >> that nervous laughter you hear is the sound of confidence readministration insecurity. with skills these teachers hope they will never need. for "outfront," david mattingly, florida. still to come, will and kate break with tradition concerning the new prince. we'll tell what you has some royal watchers scratching their heads. then a bizarre and frightening story. the miss teen usa. the target of an extortion plot
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we begin in indonesia. there are major concerns of the crowning of miss world. islamic radicals have been protesting the passage end for weeks calling it insulting to muslims and they threaten violence. i asked what they are doing to keep the contest tantss safe. >> reporter: the pageant being staged here following angry protest business islamic fundamentalists. the beauty contest was supposed to be held in the cap jakarta. at the very last minute the government moved it to the resort island of bali. protesters described it as pornography and a whore contest. with the bali bombings of 2002 and 2005 still fresh in peel's minds, authorities are not taking any chances. with hundreds of police on duty for the crowning of miss world. >> thank you. i want to go to london where there is another milestone for the royal family. prince george will be christened
next month at the chapel royal at st. james palace. the duke and duchess of claim bridge chose this location over buckingham palace which is a really big deal if you follow these things. i asked cnn's max foster if this is another sign of the royal couple switching things up. >> it is traditional for future monarchs to be christened at buckingham palace but this is a break from that tradition. prince george will be krchristed down the road. programs an example of the duke and duchess again doing things their way but also maybe because prince william will have vivid memories of chapel royal. it is there that his mother's body was rested before her funeral. it will be a well watched event. this will be the first time we've seen rnlg jo since he came out of the hospital, at least in video form. also on friday we saw the new coat of arms with the duke and duchess of cambridge. it is a mixture of his and hers. his on the left.
hers on the right. we'll see it when plaques are unveiled at formal events. >> thank you very much. now our seventh story outfront, the miss teen usa sex-tortion case. a 9-year-old college student has been arrested for allegedly taking nooud images of miss teen usa, cassidy wolf, and then using the pictures to blackmail her. his demand, give me more and replies it photos or he would hack all the photos fred hacking into her computer. jared abrahams, a former classmate of cassidy's, hacked into her computer, used her webcam to take pictures of her during her most private moments. she was one of at least eight women that he was black mailing in a scheme that reached as far as russia. outfront, cassidy wolf. thank you for coming in and taking the time. people, this is a tear paying the thing for people to imagine that you're at home and someone could hack into your computer and be watching you. this happened to you. how did you feel when you first
learned that something like this was happening? >> i dropped my phone and i was screaming. i was on the phone with my mom and we were both crying. i really, i couldn't explain the emotion that i was going through. it was terrifying. absolutely terrifying. >> and you received an e-mail, right? that included naked pictures of yourself. out of the blue you get this e-mail. >> right. my facebook had given me a notification that somebody had logged into my facebook from utah. i started to notice that my other social sites had been acting a little strange. i knew that something was going on so i received this e-mail and i saw the first three lines. i scrolled through it really quick will on my iphone and i scrolled to the bottom and saw the two photos. and became hysterical. because i didn't feel like this was really happening. it was crazy. >> i can't imagine this. one of the messages it said, from the court documents, either do you one of the things listed below or i will upload these picks and a lot more.
and i have a capital letters, lot more, and those are better quality on all your accounts for everybody to see. he told you in order to to that this from happening. for him to upload these extra photos, you had three options. send hill more pictures. make him a good video or go on skype and do what he told you to do for five minutes. >> you read that. what do you do? >> i don't even remember the moment. it was honestly like the biggest blur. and i just, i was crying hysterically. i could not believe that this was really happening to me. it did not feel real. and when i was on the phone with my mom, we were trying to figure out what to do. and our only reasonable thought was to contact the authorities. >> which of course you did. how did you then find out it was someone who knew you? your high school was big. it wasn't as if you knew him personally. but you passed him in the hall. how did you figure out this was someone you knew? >> i found out yesterday that it was somebody that i went to high school with and that i knew. when i found that out, when i
found out his name, i could not really put a picture to his name or a face to his name. because there were a ton of kids who went to school with me. as i started to think about it and realized who this person was, it started to click in my head. and it's weird. it's weird to put a putting a face to it, a kid i went to school with, it's a i mixed emotion for me. >> let me ask about this. it's tough, right, his attorney told one of our affiliates that jared abrahams is autistic, and his family feels profound regret and remorse for what he did to you and these other women. if he is indeed autistic, does this change what you think -- given what you went through which is horrible no matter who did it to you, right -- >> right. >> but does it change your view of what the punishment should be? >> it doesn't necessarily change my view of what the punishment should be because that is up to the judge and up to our court
system. awe but i am fighting a battle between my heart and head. in my head i'm thinking this person did it to me and seven other girls. in my heart, i'm thinking, you know, why. why did he do this? what is honestly troubling him? he obviously has an internal conflict. i want to know why. it's a conflict between my heart and my head. >> and how did this affect you and your family? you have had one day to sink in who he is. so i mean, i would imagine -- i don't want to put words in your mouth -- but you're not sure yet totally how you feel. >> i'm not sure at all. i can't describe how i'm feeling. it's weird to be able to picture now who had been doing this to me for three months. >> cassidy, thank you very much for coming and telling your story. >> thank you. >> hopefully, you know, a lesson for people to be careful, horrible things can happen. thank you, dear. >> thank you. now it's time for the "outfront outtake."
people are excited about president obama's historic conversation with the iranian president rouhani by phone. it is a big milestone. sure it might have been better if it were face to face, yet it could have been a lot worse. suspected gunman a web-savvy leader, routinely using social media to share his thoughts. whether we like it or not, we were hurtling toward a time when diplomatic actions of the highest level could occur on line, skype, e-mail, facebook, even twitter -- maybe not twitter. while president obama has a verified twitter account, that's how you can tell with the blue check next to his name, that means he stands behind everything that comes from that account. the iranian president does not. in fact, the iranian government wouldn't confirm to us directly that@hasanrouhani is the iranian president's official account. why not confirm, give the little blue checkmark? when i asked the iranians about
a tweet from that account this week about a sensitive topic, i said, "can i take that as confirmation that he approved that tweet and, by extension, that any tweet from this secretary endorsed by the president of iran even though it is sent by a staffer? is this fair?" i was not given an answer. the iranians should verify the account. i don't just mean the checkmark, to be honest. just say yes, these are the words of our leader, and he stands by them. if iran wants what it says it want -- serious negotiations on its economic program and sanction says, the real hasan rouhani needs to please stand up. ahead, tiger woods wins big -- or does he? with the spark miles card from capital one, bjorn earns unlimited rewards for his small business. take these bags to room 12 please. [ garth ] bjorn's small business earns double miles on every purchase every day. produce delivery. [ bjorn ] just put it on my spark card. [ garth ] why settle for less? ahh, oh!
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for tiger woods because it was announced today that tiger has been named the pga tour player of the year. it's the 11th time that he's won that honor. now, he has won five tournaments this season which is more than any other player. and finished second in the fedex cup. $8 million in prize money is $2 million more than any other player. you'd think, well, he's number one, he's won all these things, he's won more than anybody else, he's the winner, right? no because a lot of people including tiger woods consider the year a failure. the reason for that -- no majors. for the fifth year in a row, tiger woods has come up empty-handed at the four major golf tournament which i guess in the golf world, you know, you pick these are four things that matter the most, and that's what matters. that's how they measure you. he came in fourth at the master this year which was a big pay day but new green josh. sgofl a big deal especially for tiger. remember when tiger started and
he was so young, and everybody thought he was going to become the top record holder in history overnight? he's currently second on the all-time majors list, that is four wins behind jack nicklaus. and you know, at the beginning of tiger's career, it seemed a sure bet he would take the top spot. i think i remember people saying he'd do it by the time he was 30. at the time that seemed so long away, you know. but anyway, now who knows what will happen. tiger is currently first or second on most of the pga's all-time lists. he has won $100 million. that is more money playing golf than anyone in history. there's no comparing him and jack nicklaus, even adjusted for inflation, math geeks. tiger wins. but the record of records might be out of his grasp. so here's the question -- is being number one in money better than being number one in the record books or not? how do you define success? majors or money? that really is the big question right now. let us know on twitter, i' i'm @erinburnett or @outfrontcnn. thank you very