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will be the legacy of "the man who killed usama bin laden." this is a fox news alert from new york i'm patricia stark. former new york governor mario cuomo has died at the age of 82. we're joined now on the phone by fox legal analyst peter johnson who was a top aide to governor cuomo and knew him very well. peter, we're so very sorry for your loss. >> hi, patricia good evening. >> what can you tell us about your personal experience with governor cuomo? >> well, governor cuomo was governor for three terms in the state of new york and he electrified america and the democratic party by articulating a message about the transformative power of big government. remember, he was a popular governor around the time of ronald reagan's popularity as a
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president. and he articulated what he believes to be the flip side of what ronald reagan called the shining on the hill. said the tale of two cities, the government could serve those poor folks in a better fashion. he had a come-from-behind victory against famous mayor ed koch to become the governor of new york. and he may best be known for what he didn't accomplish. in two presidential elections many in the democratic party suggested he should run for the presidency. he almost did in 1991, but left the plane running on the tarmac. additionally bill clinton allegedly offered him a spot on the united states supreme court to replace justice byron white. he became a proponent of liberal democratic policies in the
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united states and became in new york a flash point for a lot of controversy as well between republicans and democrats. >> peter, thank you so much. thank you so much. we have to go, but we will be back shortly. -- we were told about a mission that we were going to go do. it wasn't training. it was a different cycle for us. we normally had people on prepared for a cycle like this but for some reason they pulled a group of us together. they told us vaguely about what's going to happen. we eventually figured out, they did confirm the way it was told to us the commanding officer of s.e.a.l. team six said we are as close as we've ever been to usama bin laden. >> how long into the training was that? >> this was about two days from the time they told us until -- the time they told us we were going to do something to the time they told us who we were going after. our initial reaction was are we going right now? there was none of that cheering and clapping.
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it was professionals saying okay, we're ready today. there was a need to go through a few contingencies, so we did train for about ten days total and then we left overseas so we could be forward deployed in case the call was made for us to launch. >> it's interesting because they had the compound. >> yes. >> they'd been monitoring it. >> uh-huh. >> and they had a markup of the compound. and you trained hard for that day. >> right. >> walk us through the training. >> we came up with what we thought was the best plan and we worked through that a few times. enough to know that once the planning begins murphy's law what if this happens and towards the end what's the worst could happen and the worst thing was the first helicopter crashes in the front yard. cool, let's talk about that for a bit. >> was that something you had a contingency for? >> we did. >> i don't think any of us could go through the training of hell week and what you do to become a
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navy s.e.a.l. it's inspiring. you were on a mission. and this speaks volumes about you and your fellow navy s.e.a.l.s. you didn't think you were coming home. >> we were 90% certain it was a one-way mission. we were probably going to die just based on what could happen before we got there getting shot down. if pakistan shot us down we were flying in their country without permission. they were justified. if we got to the house any house going to blow up, it will be this house. if any one target will have a suicide vest on it will be him. that will happen. and with everything else, if we run out of fuel, which is a concern, or if we spent too much time on target the pakistan police or military could show up. it would turn into a big political negotiation and we might end up in prison as tools as some sort of bartering. we didn't think we'd last long in a pakistani prison. we were pretty sure we weren't coming back. but because of what happened on 9/11 it was worth it. >> you get the go. before you go you write these
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letters to your family. >> yes. >> you have one last phone call with your dad. >> yes. >> i know you've gotten rid of the letters. >> i did. >> tell us again what you said in those letters and that call with your dad? >> the reason i shredded the letters is i didn't want to re-live them. but it was something along the lines of not talking to you today but talking to you 20 years from now and here's why we did it and why it was noble. writing the letters was i couldn't give a letter and give it to a teammate. >> where did you leave it? >> i found someone i could trust on the base with instructions, if something happens we can't tell you where we're going, but if something happens, here's instructions. >> hard thing to do, to write to your kids. >> it is. >> and you wrote specific instructions and told them -- >> justification. how it was worth it. you'll know. and then i called my father right as we were leaving. i did call him. and just sort of thanked him for everything he'd done. thanks for you know teaching me teamwork on the basketball court and all this stuff. and basically thanking him for teaching me how to hunt and
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shoot. and he could tell something was going on. it was pretty emotional. the first time he ever told me the whole story is when i watched on the documentary. because he could never get through it. >> 20 minutes in a walmart parking lot. >> that's what he said. >> that's a long time. >> he was wandering around walmart and ran into his sister asking if he was okay. >> wondering what was going to happen. okay. so then it's a go. you get in the helicopter, walk us through. >> we took off from an airfield. we were used to flying north on the river and we would turn left into some of the valleys, some of the famous valleys. this time we turned right and we crossed into pakistan. and the pilots told us we're in pakistan now. >> you knew it was a 90-minute flight. >> so we knew we had a long time to fly inside of pakistan. and guys realized we could take a missile at any time. in order not to think about that guys were doing different things. falling asleep, which is you would think that's silly.
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>> no, i think -- if i'm going to go, i want to go in my sleep. i liked your method though. >> i was counting. i'd done a lot of work as a sniper in training and a lot of work and reconnaissance and surveillance in kosovo where you watch different towns. you're out there for days at a time just watching and i would just count to pass the time. count slower and faster in a different cadence and then up to a thousand and backwards. >> do they teach you that -- >> i'm sure an older sniper told me that trick. it seemed to make sense. >> so you get -- >> about 80 minutes in and we turn to the south. and somewhere in between it i don't know why i remembered but something like 556, 557 558, freedom itself was attacked by a faceless coward and freedom will be defended. i still get goose bumps when i say that. i thought to myself, how did i remember that. that's much better than counting. i'm going to say that again. and i'm like, you know what i'm on this mission. >> so take us -- you arrive. that is your mantra in your
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mind. >> uh-huh. >> you didn't know that the first helicopter had actually gone down because you got off your helicopter, the first helicopter crashed and we have people in the situation room. >> right. >> walk us -- you were the first off if i remember. >> well, we let our external security out. and the rest of us were going to stay on and go to the rooftop. the pilot went up a little bit and he came down. just by that communication we knew it was time to get off. he didn't say anything to us, but we were going to start the fight from right here. we knew something happened with the other helicopter because we heard them say something about going around or doing something. we assumed they'd taken fire and moving to a better position. we didn't know they went down in the front yard. i didn't know. but we did know based on like i said we're prepared for whatever. one of our plans was if we land on the north side we go to this northeast gate. we put a bomb on it and blew it up. the guy that put the bomb on let us know that it failed. >> uh-huh. >> some people thought it was bad, i thought it was good because it's a fake door.
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there's a wall behind us. someone important's here. >> you knew that was probably then -- if you had any doubt. >> well, we didn't have a doubt. a fake door is like a pump fake. guys inside announced hang on we'll open it for you. we didn't know how, but they opened the door and we went in behind them. >> this is one of the most fascinating things. you're on a mission, you don't know if you're coming back. you're there you practiced this for such a long time. i can't imagine the feelings, i know you're taught to probably manage your emotions and adrenaline. >> yeah. >> but you're there. what are you feeling? >> i remember looking up at the house and having seen the picture so many times and planned on -- i mean knowing exactly which part of the compound i'm in, looking up at the house and i thought this was so cool. we're here. >> walk us through the mission. now you're inside. >> now we're inside. i went insided south door which is the main door. and a lot of s.e.a.l.s. were already inside. i went in it was a long hallway
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and there were doors off to both sides -- excuse me -- yeah, doors and rooms off to both sides. i could see up ahead of me one door at the end they were working every method we had to open doors. i watched them from there. i watched them do it. there was a point where there were some kids around and guys were rounding up kids to put them with adults because -- you know, like i said in the documentary, we're the good guys. we make sure these kids have nothing to do with any of this we don't want them more afraid than they already are. so we're doing all this and at that point one of the guys reminded -- or not reminded me but told me he was on the helicopter that crashed. i assumed it was one of the other helicopters that followed us in. he said it was our helicopter. you walked right past it. >> okay. >> coming up our friend peter doocy joins rob and i. coming up after the break and
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also tonight -- find out how that man and other families of 9/11 victims are the reason rob o'neill has decided to reveal himself as the man who killed usama bin laden. and later, our studio audience, well, they're made up of 9/11 first responders, family members of those who were killed. they join us with their reaction and also have some questions. that's all straight ahead tonight.
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welcome back to this special "hannity" conversation, the man who killed usama bin laden. we now know why retired navy s.e.a.l. rob o'neill decided to share his story. take a look at some of the reaction that he got when he visited the 9/11 memorial right
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here in new york city. >> i want to thank you -- [ inaudible ] and other family members because they were just instantly -- >> you killed the devil -- >> still with us retired navy s.e.a.l. rob o'neill. and also joining us is the man who landed the big interview our friend our colleague, fox news correspondent peter doocy. peter, i think it was the best special we've ever had. good to see you, my friend. >> thank you, sean. >> i didn't know you were that tall. what'd your dad feed you? >> something. it was my mom. >> okay. when we left we were inside the compound and you guys had just landed. you just went in, you were on the first floor. >> yeah on the first floor i was looking down the hallway there were two other s.e.a.l.s. working a closed door. they were using the methods of entry to get in. they finally got it open and we formed a line sort of going up
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the stairs. and i was in the back of the line. >> how many guys? >> seven or eight guys in front of me. and the guy in front on the way up -- the cia analyst told us that in between the first and second floor you're going to run into kalid bin laden if you do you know his dad is upstairs, the boss is upstairs. that's our last line of defense. so kind of came back and there was a small banister in between the guy in front and kalid. so two guys that were both armed that were, you know gunfight basically were separated by ten inches and a banister. and the guy simply whispered his name whispered come here in two different languages. it confused him and he presented himself. and shots were fired. i'm watching and one of the things i say as a s.e.a.l., i was never a cool guy, but i follow cool guys and watch them do really cool stuff, and occasionally i would do something cool too. >> i think this is on the level of pretty cool.
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killing bin laden, i think that's right up there. >> yeah. and i remember saying that thinking i hope we live through this because people need to know what went on here. that guy was that good to think to do that. >> i don't understand the controversy, i know some people are critical i'm glad you told your story. we're going to meet people here that were directly impacted by 9/11. so you're on the second floor. you were told that the third floor is where you want to be. >> yeah. so if you run into kalid bin laden on the stairs his dad's upstairs. so we went from the first deck up to the second deck and then stairs right up to the third. now, when we got there the guys between me and the first guy they kind of split off the way we do. and they're securing other threats, whether it was another room, an open door, a closed door. but they kind of went their ways to clear it. we're going to clear that before we go up and i happened to be the last guy there and i turn into the guy behind the number one man. my job is to physically touch him and let him know when it's
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ready to go. i was waiting for more people and he was looking through a curtain telling me there were unknowns up there and they were doing something. and we're assuming the vests are on. he's letting me know -- >> suicide bomb vests. >> of course. like i said, if anyone's going to do it he will. so he let me know in a way. and i figured it wasn't really a bravery thing, it was more of let's get this over with. so i squeeze him and we went up. there were some women behind the curtain. he ran through the curtain grabbed them and sort of pushed them down the hallway and fell on top of them. he did that knowing they were going to blow up. so he gave his life so the guy behind could get the shot. but it was the bomb that didn't go off. i turned to the right through the open door and i was a foot and a half, two feet away from usama bin laden. >> so you saw him that close? >> i did. >> his wife he was holding onto one of his wives. >> he had his hands on his wife's shoulder and he was sort of moving her forward. and it was -- it wasn't a move of surrendering. it was a move that if he had a vest on he could crack it off.
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he's not surrendering, he is a threat. so i engaged him. >> we know for a fact people had vests there on? >> no, there were no vests. and it was one of our surprises, but we went in there anticipating. >> so you told peter, pop, pop, pop, three shots and it was a matter of seconds and he was down on the ground. >> yes. >> when did you know look at his face and say that's him? >> as soon as i saw him. his features were a little different than i expected. >> he was tall. >> he was taller than me. >> that was the person we were looking for. walk us through after that moment. obviously you guys got a lot of work to do and you guys are very wary of what might be on the other side of that fence outside the compound. >> sure. >> people might be coming. >> uh-huh. so we knew he'd just been shot and killed, we had other stuff to do. his wife and probably 2-year-old son were in the room. we made sure they were on the bed and i had a moment of pause after that after the room was secure it kind of hid me and one of my guys came up and i looked at him and said what do we do
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now. he smiled and put his hand on my shoulder and said now we find the computers. i said, okay, i'm back. got it. we went through the procedures. some guy started to just do some identification stuff, take pictures to make sure we had the guy. >> i was hoping you took a picture you'd be able to show me. >> as far as i know all the pictures were given to the bosses and probably sealed. >> so you take out the body and computers, now you got a 90-minute flight home. >> right. one of the other helicopters came to pick us up and so we got on the helicopter and there were other navy s.e.a.l.s., s.e.a.l. team 6 escorted out in a bigger helicopter. so we're flying out and started to watch okay 90 minutes of flight. and actually the first person i told that i shot usama bin laden was a guy from new york a navy s.e.a.l. sitting next to me. he asked the first question everybody asked was who shot him. i looked at him and said i think i did. he said on behalf of my family
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thank you. >> that's what i told you before we came on air. i've interviewed presidents secretaries of state, defense a lot of candidates for office. i'm getting chills hearing this story. i mean because it's so profound, the evil. did you feel when you were standing over him that you had shot the embodiment of evil? there's people in this audience that lost loved ones. >> of course. >> because of what he did. >> what i felt was a sense of pride to be invited to be a part of such an amazing team and that that team was picked to be the means to an end. there was so much more involved than what we were involved with the cia finding him and the sleepless nights just making sure this and that. the helicopter pilots that flew us in, the helicopter pilot that saved everyone's lives the guy in front of me that jumped on a
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bomb. >> he thought -- he basically did it to save you. >> he did it -- >> so you could complete the mission. >> mission completion. he didn't know i was behind him, one of his guys. we were the fdny, we were the nypd. we're the punch right now and we're here to deliver justice. >> amazing, amazing story. and then the words welcome to afghanistan. >> so it was añaóy ow with the version the helicopter pilot put the pedal to the metal because at 85 minutes, five minutes earlier, he said all right, gentlemen, for the first time you're going to be happy to hear this welcome to afghanistan. we looked around and we did it. >> all right. great job. one more session. coming up tonight right here next on "hannity". >> i can hear you. the rest of the world hears you. and the people -- and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of
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us soon. [ cheers and applause ] >> president bush made americans da a promise that day. taken and it may have taken a little nger t longer than everyone hoped, but usama bin laden finally got the but justice he deserved. now, the man who stood alongside president bush during that iconic moment is here tonight in our studio audience. w that and their questions for rob as we continue this special edition. [ male announcer ] take zzzquil and sleep like... the kids went to nana's house... for the whole
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the world trade center justmfv three days after the terror attack. and although it took several years, justice was finally served. we bring in our studio audience of 9/11 family members first responders and more reaction from the man who killed usama bin laden. guys, good to see you. how many of you lost loved ones that day? >> yeah. >> you were with the president that day as well on the rubble, right? >> three days later, yes. >> yeah, three days later. debra, i've known you a long time. you lost your brother. he's a pilot. >> right. >> the american airlines flight that hit the pentagon. >> yes. >> do you have any questions? >> i don't have any questions.:w!?i i just want to say thank you for coming forward. i know there's some controversy around that. but i -- my family from day one they could about the circumstances of our brother's death. he was a naval academy guy, fighter pilot for years and
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reservist. and we were xe this when i first met you, to find out it was the navy who took him down. and i also want to thank you fore when you come forward you always talké s about the team i'm also happy to hear you talk about the cia, not just the analyst but the guys who ran the rdi program who got the information for al ÷>= kuwaiti. i want to thank you on behalf of my family. we can't get chick back, but it's so sweet to have the s.e.a.l. team six guys be the ones who were bin laden's last vision. >> it was such an honor. all i can say is you're welcome. it was an honor for me to be picked for that team and an honor for that team to be picked. there's so many great people in the military that could have done the same thing we did. we were fortunate to be there. and just being at the end result
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of the great people in the intelligence agency who found him and everyone involved in getting us there. >> lee, you lost your son. >> yes. jonathan, 29 married with two little boys new york city firefighter. who loved what he did. so the difference is he died doing what he loved to do. it's the folks that were up above that didn't come to work in a dangerous job. my question would be to you, rob, first vuy of all, thank you. i watch this regularly, i don't know if there's any other news channels on. >> there's not. >> i did some of my own fighting way back in vietnam '68, '69, no special ops unit but it was a recon unit. my question would be to you, the concern about what your feeling is about coming forward possibly
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the integrity of the unit as we move forward with another mission. there's always going to be missions for special ops guys and gals out there, but are you concerned that you stepped over that boundary of silence, not speaking about the missions and the consequences that could jeopardize other -- >> well, first off, sir, i want to thank you for your service because vietnam veterans are the reason we as veterans are treated so well is because you were not treated so well. i want to thank you for that sincerely. second of all, i think i went about this right the way as far as what the defense department wants to hear and doesn't want to hear. and i don't think i've violated any tactics or put anyone in danger. i hope they see the good that comes out of this. but after being at the memorial museum and seeing the positive effects and the closure given to the families i think obviously
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risked in the past and it was worth it. again this time i'm willing to assume the risk because it's worth it. >> those of you that lost loved ones, does this bring closure? does that help heal the wound? >> there's never any closure to this. what this has done was put another piece in our healing. and it's a very large piece. >> and you lost your son. >> i lost my son. yes, my son christopher was 23 and he was a firefighter. i have two questions for you. the first one is when you came back into afghanistan, you went on a base. did any of the personnel on the army base or navy base know that you had killed usama bin laden? or were you under strict secrecy not to say anything? >> the only people that knew were the people that would have been right in the hangar where we flew in. >> okay. >> and there were some people there that worked on the helicopters, some people from our units intelligence and
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stuff. because when we came back it was a celebration. i mean you know, high-fives and we did it and all that. people were talking and everyone was very excited. so just that but for the most part the base we were on other than knowing there were special operators there, i don't think anyone -- >> they didn't know you were the guys? >> not until it was announced later that night. >> okay. my second question is about your father. >> okay. >> when did your father know? i mean, you were not allowed to say anything to him for a long time. >> no. >> but as a mother, and my husband as a father, you know, you know when your child has done something extraordinary. when did you think your father knew that you were involved in this mission? >> well, my father's a great man and he's funny because no matter what happened he was convinced i did it. he's just a big fan. dad, it's not me, it's not going to happen. but this one it did. we sort of just have -- you know, he again knew i did it. so i just let that assumption
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live with him. >> in the story you tell being back in the hangar and you were right next to the -- bin laden's body. and you're watching the president announce the death. our friend and colleague geraldo was on the air at the time. and you've always -- we have political disagreements, but we've always agreed on our love and support of the military. >> i am so honored to be in the room with this man. and what he did was to not only bring closure to the families god bless them, to the whole nation, to the free world. this monster had declared war on civilization itself. and to bring justice, i honor you. and i treasure the fact that i'm in the room with you. and the fact i happen to be on the air to announce it is my greatest moment in 44 years i've been on television. but i have one quick question. first of all, the cia analyst, did she look like the actress jessica chastain who played her in the movie? no, i withdraw that question.
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have you spoken to any of your teammates, colleagues, brothers in arms, since your decision to go to peter and tell the story? >> i've spoken to a number of them and i've left a lot of my contact information in case they want to contact me. the one who is have contacted me whether or not they agree they're still supportive of the way it was done. they have their personal reasons for not liking. and the ones who dissent i haven't heard from. i'm sure they're there and i respect their decision. one of the things we fight for is freedom. one of the freedoms is speech. and, you know opinion. so if they disagree, i can respect their opinion. >> are you hurt by any of the criticism? >> i try to stay away from the criticism -- >> notice geraldo's always starting trouble? >> when i started to give the criticism before my story came out out, what i wanted to respond what we did is a really, really good thing.
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regardless we have that it's a very positive thing. >> we got to take a break here. rob, you are going to be leaving us. there are some controversies. on behalf of many americans i know thank you for what you did and putting your life on the line. peter, great job as well. thank you very much. thanks for sharing with us. coming up next tonight on "hannity". >> and i turn to the right and standing not two feet in front of me with his hands on his wife shoulders behind her was the face that i'd seen thousands of times. >> when we come back we'll have more with our studio audience. coming up right after the break, their reaction to the man who killed usama bin laden as we continue straight ahead. nexium® 24hr. it's the purple pill the #1 prescribed acid blocking brand available without a prescription for frequent heartburn. get complete protection. nexium level protection™
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[ narrator ] mama sherman and the legion of super fans. wow! [ narrator ] on a mission to get richard to his campbell's chunky soup. it's new chunky beer-n-cheese with beef and bacon soup. >> test >> test >> test >> test >> test >> test >> test >> test >> test >> test >> test >> to goodnight. goodnight. for those kept awake by pain... the night is anything but good. introducing new aleve pm. the first to combine a safe sleep aid. plus the 12 hour strength of aleve. for pain relief that can last until the am. now you can have a good night and a... good morning! new aleve pm. for a better am. this is a fox news alert from new york, i'm patricia stark. former new york governor mario cuomo has died at the age of 82.
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we're joined now on the phone by actor paul servino. paul, we're very sorry about your loss. >> i can only tell you that my heart is in pieces. and i feel -- to describe such a great human being as my friend, my dear, great and good friend mario cuomo. >> you knew the governor for 40 years. can you give us insight into what he was like? >> i can only tell you that i've met so many great people in my career and university presidents and extraordinary people. i have never known a man that intelligent in my life. he spoke at the governor's mansion when he invited me to stay over when he was being honored and he was supposed to speak with us about half an hour. and he and i sat for three hours and just discussed. i never had such a scintillating, extraordinarily
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intelligent -- he was the quintessence of goodness and honor and intelligence and greatness. there is no way to replace a man like this and my heart is in pieces. my heart goes out to the great matilda, his childhood sweetheart with him all his life, his son, the great andrew cuomo. these people transcend politics and party. tonight was one of the happiest nights of my life i was sitting with my new bride married last week and we were celebrating new year's today and i got the news that he had died and i wept. and i'm still weeping. i loved the man so much. >> yeah. >> he was a beacon for italian-americans but more a beacon for all americans. he was good. he was great. he had a huge heart. he came to see me at a concert i
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did two years ago when he was frail and difficult and had to go up the stairs. and here was mario and matilda and i felt guilty because he worked so hard to see me there. that's the kind of man he was. he was a friend. he was a dear, dear appreciator of other human beings. there was none of the usual narcissism that politicians are known for. he was a man of the people. and an unusually gifted and sweet person for all his strength, for all his talent, all his intelligence. i don't know how the world goes on without a person like that. we have lost many great men and women in our lives but this one strikes me harder than any i have remembered in the last 50 years. there has not been another person on the planet like him in a great, great many years.
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and there shall not be. >> paul, what do you think is the biggest legacy that governor mario cuomo will leave behind? >> rather than go into his accomplishments as a politician because that was not my -- that's not my area of expertise. that's my former wife's area. i go into what he did. i tell you i remember more on a personal level. it was either i or another such feisty reporter who said to him in a press conference asked him questions and mario with his typical extraordinarily intellectual dexterity answered the question it was another fellow said the governor and police have patience for someone half as intelligent as you are. his legacy is that of goodness to me. his legacy is that of fairness. his legacy is that of being a beacon for other human beings to
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follow, to shed light on our path. we need heroes. he was one. he could have been president of the united states almost at the snap of a finger. there were family considerations that stopped him. and, you know, he had everything in his grasp. he led a great life. he put great tracks on this land. he is remembered by so many people, his family is so extraordinary. my heart goes out to matilda, i don't know what to say. i have of course gotten in touch with her and will be in touch with the governor. what do you say if you lose a man like that? >> paul, we have about 30 seconds. we have about 30 seconds left. i just love to hear your final thought. >> my final thoughts are my great and good friend mario cuomo, rest easy oh great great man.
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you are remembered in my heart and the hearts of those who loved you. and they are legion. >> paul sorvino we thank you very much for your time this evening. >> thank you. >> i'm patricia stark. now back to "hannity" already in progress. questions? probiotic cap each day helps defend against these digestive issues with three strains of good bacteria. approved! live the regular life. phillips'.
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welcome back welcome back to "hannity." september 11 2001, port authority officers became trapped underneath the wreckage of the world trade center after heroically rushing into the burning complex to help evacuate the towers. the 2006 movie "world trade center" depicted their courage and actions in that harrowing flight for survival. >> listen up we've got to evacuate the tower. who's coming step forward. >> i got it, sarg. >> i'll go. >> i got it, serg. >> all right. follow me. stay together. >> back with reaction my studio audience including womene inging william and john, the two great men depicted in that. john, you were the last one rescued. >> yes. >> that had to be tough. >> it wasn't a good day that's for sure. >> how long were you underneath?
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>> 22 hours. >> wow. amazing. did you think you'd get rescued? did you feel you'd get rescued? >> there came a point late in the night that i didn't think we were going to >> i assumed it was a car bomb that went off that, we had no idea of the extent when the reality of what happened to you, when you became conscious of that, what did you think? >> it was buried in a hole. i had the 12 inches around my head to figure out what is going on. and i didn't find out the extent until a month and a half later. >> i just want to say to all of my fellow americans who lost someone, my heart goes out to you. it's a tough thing for us
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because we have to live as survivors, being part of the show is something for me that is great because it adds another chapter to our lives i tell people the only closure is will have is when they bury me. we lost 37 police officers and my friend died three feet from me the pay back the night that became on the news my wife said will, come watch this. i just tried to absorb it. i'm just thankful being a former navy guy that it was our s.e.a.l.s. as survivors i think that it's our duty to tell people we can survive. my wife was pregnant seven months pregnant and i was able to be there for the birth to see her be born. she said daddy why did those evil men fly the plane into the building? i had to say olivia, i don't
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know but there is more good in the world than evil. and evil will always lose to good. and rob s.e.a.l. team six, everybody involved, proved me right. i can look at my daughter and say do you know what? do you see this? there is more good in the world. for those we lost that day, they're what embodied america. and this s.e.a.l. team rob they brought it home for us. >> you both lost loved ones >> yes. so you hear the story did it give you closure? i was very happy he was gone because the face of evil was taken out we waited a long time for that. what rob did with s.e.a.l. 66 is so courageous. my brother ran through a tunnel and gave up his life that day to get there. and i take from that day on september 11th heros and great
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acts of courage. as far as i'm concerned he was taken out it was a good thing plus think how many lives that rob o'neil saved on s.e.a.l. team six. saved. an evil man killed my brother. >> i lost my brother-in-law john wallace, sense senselessly killed innocently at work at cantor fitzgerald that morning. people talk about closure. i really don't think there will be closure. many of us agree. what my take way has been watching this documentary with my wife has given us an appreciation for service men that represent us. rob and his team just are exceptional. >> so you're in charge of the
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memorial on september 11th. i understand roob also gave you some things? >> he came a couple months ago in a private visit that peter's special talked about. he donated the shirt that he wore that night, of the mission. and since that happened, we've had a half million americans, half a million people come through now know the story of operation nep tour spear as told through this artifact that was with him. so that contribution under scores the fact every american needs to come learn this story. >> we have to take a break. we're going to come back. more with the audience coming up right after the break. right back with the audience right after the break.
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thanks for joining us. want to give our studio audience a big hand. thanks for joining us. that is all the time we have left. we hope you have a great night. ve left you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> good night from new york. this program contains footage of military and special forces. recreations, illustrations and authentic footage are also used to illustrate what s.e.a.l. team 6 experienced while preparing for and executing the mission that killed osama bin laden. viewer discretion is advised. ♪ i learned as a sniper on recon and surveillance missions they're boring for 72 hours of watching something so i would learn to count