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Wildfire Update; Interview with President Barack Obama; Yahoo Beats Google; World's Most Accurate Clock

Aired August 23, 2013 - 06:30   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


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CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: I haven't heard this while.

Welcome back to NEW DAY, everybody. TGIF here on August 23rd, I'm Chris Cuomo.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Kate Bolduan. We're here with news anchor Michaela Pereira.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning.

CUOMO: All right. Coming up this half hour, we have our NEW DAY exclusive: more with our one-on-one with President Obama.

We're going to hear about the family man aspect to President Obama. You know, he has to live his family life in addition to running, you know, helping keep the world a free place.

BOLDUAN: Yes.

(LAUGHTER)

CUOMO: So, he's going to talk to us about that.

BOLDUAN: Talk about that. That will be good.

Also going to be talking about how is this possible? Internet giant Google, has it been toppled? A big win for Yahoo's new CEO Marissa Mayer over her former employer Google. More on that in just moments.

But, first, let's get to Michaela for your top news right now.

PEREIRA: Yes, let's give you an update on the wildfires. A wildfire now burning out of control in California near Yosemite National Park. The fast-moving Rim Fire has burned through 63,000 acres. It is threatening 2,500 homes, only 2 percent containment reported right now.

Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Tuolumne County. Sheriff deputies went door to door Thursday, warning people who live near Pine Mountain Lake to get out.

No verdict yet in the court-martial of Army Major Nidal Hasan, who's admitted killing 13 people, wounding 32 others in the Fort Hood massacre of 2009. The military jury will resume its deliberations this morning. Hasan acting as his own attorney during the trial but he did present defense or closing argument. He is said to expect to be found guilty.

An update now for you in the Hannah Anderson kidnapping saga. A memorial for her mother and younger brother, both found dead in alleged kidnapper James DiMaggio's burned home will be held tomorrow. Hannah Anderson is taking a lot of criticism for sharing her story so quickly both in TV interviews and on social media.

But the teen is defending her actions, saying that going on Facebook and on Instagram helped her to grieve.

A grand jury indicting former New England Patriot-turned-accused killer Aaron Hernandez on first degree murder and weapon charges. Prosecutors say Hernandez orchestrated the shooting death of her former friend Odin Lloyd and two other men helped him carry out the crime. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police have a message: do not speed on a motorcycle because that could happen -- you could hit a bear. Rider was going about 85 miles an hour down the highway in B.C. when a young bear crossed the road. As you saw, the accident was captured on his helmet cam. The bear survived and ran off into the woods. The motorcycle rider is really lucky to escape with nonlife threatening injuries. He did get a concussion and several broken bones.

So many more these motorcycle riders are wearing those helmet cams getting this crazy video.

BOLDUAN: Kids wearing a helmet.

CUOMO: How fast was he going?

PEREIRA: Eighty-five miles an hour.

BOLDUAN: Oh my God.

CUOMO: Wow.

PEREIRA: A little too fast for that.

BOLDUAN: Thanks, Michaela.

CUOMO: All right. Let's take a turn back to our exclusive interview with President Obama. Earlier this hour, you heard the president's take on the carnage in Syria and Egypt and helping students pay for college. We're going to revisit those and other news-making topics like government surveillance and a budget battle later in the show. So, stay tuned for that.

But during the one-on-one with the president in Syracuse, New York, yesterday, we also got to discuss some lighter issues, like what it's like raising two girls, one is a teen, one coming into her teens, the new dog. And, maybe most importantly, the president's take on our school clerk in Georgia -- and I say our, because we really just embraced Antoinette Tuff because how she stood up to a gunman and literally just helped avert a disaster.

Take a listen.

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CUOMO: So, we have this horrible situation that was luckily avoided down in Georgia. We saw something that we see too much of and then we saw something we almost never see.

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Yes.

CUOMO: We saw someone who was mentally ill that somehow wasn't being properly monitored and they find a weapon and almost created a tragedy. But then we saw Antoinette Tuff.

What do you think about her?

OBAMA: She was remarkable. I talked to her today --

ANTOINETTE TUFF, SCHOOL HERO: I learned from the best, the best president in the world.

OBAMA: -- because when I heard the 911 call and, you know, read the sequence of events, I thought here is somebody who is not just courage and not just cool under pressure, but also had enough heart that somehow she could convince somebody that was really troubled that she cared about. And, you know, I told her, I said that not only did she make Michelle and me proud but she probably saved a lot of lives, including the life of the potential perpetrator.

CUOMO: Oh, absolutely. She was calm in the face of the gunman. Did she keep her calm when she got a call from the president of the United States?

OBAMA: She was pretty cool, too. She was happy about it.

TUFF: Thank you, too. I really appreciate it. And I hope I get a chance to meet you also.

OBAMA: I think we might have to have her maybe make a visit to the White House.

CUOMO: So -- oh, that would be a great way for her. It would be a great way to reward the kind of behavior that we hope no person ever has to find themselves in.

OBAMA: Although, I got to tell you, one of the things that you see and one of the reasons I love these bus tours, you know, you meet folks like this all across the country. Every single day, they're doing incredible stuff. Usually, it's not as spectacular and the stakes aren't as high as this one, but everywhere you go, you see people who are working hard, doing their jobs, looking after their families but also giving back to the community.

And sometimes I think in Washington, you lose sight of what exactly makes this country so great. It's not all the stuff that gets a lot of attention. It's that day to day courage, kindness, empathy that really makes a difference.

CUOMO: On NEW DAY, we call it the good stuff, and do a story about it every day to reinforce the idea that people are out there going above and beyond.

OBAMA: I appreciate it.

CUOMO: It's my favorite part of the show.

What is more daunting to you, the prospects of protecting the free world or dealing with a teen teenager? What gives you pause for concern?

OBAMA: Well, I got to tell you, and Michelle gets all the credit -- Malia and Sasha are just doing great. They are poised. They're smart. They're funny.

But most importantly, they're kind. They're respectful to everybody. You know, I just couldn't be prouder of them.

Now, what I'm discovering is that each year, I get more excited about spending time with them. They get a little less excited, but they love me so they want to pretend like they want to spend time with me. So, they'll come into my office and they'll pat me, you know, and say, "Hey, daddy, I love you," and they'll give me a 10-minute conversation and say, "OK, daddy, I got to go. I'll be gone all weekend and see you on Sunday night."

CUOMO: Is that what the dog is about? The new dog?

OBAMA: I think there's an element for Michelle and me of -- you know, we see what's coming and we need to make sure that we got somebody who greets us at the door when we get home.

But part of it is also Bo. Bo was getting lonely because the two other puppies have grown up and they still have some responsibilities for him but they're not always around during school, sports practice, you know, all that stuff. So, Bo was starting to look a little down in the dumps inside the house.

And, Sunny, the new dog, she's only a year old. And the truth is, she's faster than he is. She jumps higher. She's friskier and --

CUOMO: Every man has to learn that, though.

OBAMA: She is trying to keep up and ultimately I think it will be great for him over the long-term. Right now, Michelle is in full parenting mode and really focused on getting sunny to sit and you know, catch. And, also, there have been a couple accidents.

CUOMO: Oh, no.

OBAMA: Yes, but --

CUOMO: Is that like a federal violation?

OBAMA: Well, it is true, but, you know, we live --

CUOMO: Because that's a national museum.

OBAMA: We live in rental housing. We didn't have to make down a deposit but we are making sure that it gets cleaned up for the next occupant.

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BOLDUAN: I love when he said that with a straight face. "Is that a federal violation?"

(LAUGHTER)

CUOMO: I'll tell you, it's also interesting, you know, when we cover the president and they have families and you watch them grow up and you remember the two little girls and now how big they are. And, obviously, the president's living through that as well, in addition to having to take on all these responsibilities. So, it's always good to get both sides of what's going on in his life as president and a proud papa.

So, when we come back, we're going to have much more with the president -- what he has to say about the NSA spying program. Later in the show, we're going to talk about whether American's privacy is protected.

He's going to weigh in why there is gridlock in Washington. He does admit that the buck must stop with him. The question is, can he ever hope to break through?

BOLDUAN: Good question.

Coming up next on NEW DAY: she left Google to become Yahoo's new CEO. Well, now, she's leaving her former bosses in the dust, it appears. How Marissa Mayer is reshaping the battle for Internet dominance.

CUOMO: And things go terribly wrong for this would-be robber in Brazil. He walks into a convenience store without a problem, but wait until you see how he leaves. Michaela will bring us our NEW DAY must- see moment.

PEREIRA: Wait for it. Wait for it. Wait for it. Oh, don't do it.

BOLDUAN: No, no, don't, don't, don't!

CUOMO: Don't show it.

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BOLDUAN: That is right. Everyone, welcome back. It is money time. Another big win for Yahoo!'s CEO, Marissa Mayer, in the same week that she made headlines for gracing the pages of "Vogue" magazine. She's now making some impressive business news as well.

For the first time in over two years, Yahoo! had more unique U.S. visitors to their site than Google did during the month of July. Mayer has been on a role lately acquiring more than a dozen startup since she took the reins. Christine Romans is here to talk more about this. How big of a win is this?

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: It's a big -- show that picture again. She turned the relationship upside down, get it? It is a coup (ph) for Mayer. She's drawn attention recently because she's not only the CEO of one of the planet's technology giant, she's also a fashionista, also a new mother, and now, the numbers, the numbers at Yahoo! looking good.

Yahoo! had 196.6 million visitors here in the U.S., about four million more than Google. Yahoo! page views are rising after more than a year of declines. Mayer crediting recently refreshed versions of Yahoo! mail, weather, sports news, and Tumblr both on desktop and mobile. And now, she's reportedly courting Four Square for a partnership involving the startups valuable location data, right?

So, Yahoo! could easily use Four Square's data to serve up search results content and ads based on where you are or where you've been in the past. Now, she gets a lot of attention for her work policies. Remember, she ordered Yahoo! workers to come to the office. No more telecommuting.

She took only two weeks maternity leave. A lot of ink spilled discussing her management style and her style style, but you keep score in business with the stock price. And the stock price is up 80 percent from a year ago.

BOLDUAN: And business, actions speak louder than words when you're posting those numbers and you're seeing (INAUDIBLE).

ROMANS: Yes.

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ROMANS: Keep it going.

BOLDUAN: Yes. We'll see. Thanks, Christine. Surprise to many.

CUOMO: All right. We're going to take a quick break here on NEW DAY. When we come back, we covered a lot of ground during our exclusive one-on-one interview with President Obama. We talked making college affordable, the crises in Syria and Egypt, and the president will say what he believes comes next there.

PEREIRA: Also, would-be robber got quite the rude awakening in Brazil. It is our NEW DAY must-see moment today.

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PEREIRA: Yes. Not so smooth criminal we're about to show you in Brazil. It's today's must-see moment. An attempted robbery gone oh so right, at least, in my opinion. This happened in Brazil. Check it out.

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PEREIRA (on-camera): Couple of thieves roll up on a motorcycle to a mercadinho or a store. One saunters in, think he's going to stick it up, grab the cash and get away but oh no, he's only way out through the window.

(LAUGHTER)

PEREIRA: So good you have to see it twice. The store owner apparently not taking it, saying no, no, no, no. Out you go, like a bag of laundry.

BOLDUAN (voice-over): He looks like a rag doll.

PEREIRA: (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE) which means incredible in Portugese.

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CUOMO: Wow!

PEREIRA (on-camera): That is good.

CUOMO: Two words for him, jujitsu.

(LAUGHTER)

BOLDUAN (on-camera): Two words for him, take a different profession.

PEREIRA: Wouldn't it be better if like a little old lady came out of the store and said "don't come back!"

(LAUGHTER)

BOLDUAN: I told you don't --

(LAUGHTER)

CUOMO: -- did not pay on that day.

We're going to take a break on NEW DAY. When we come back, President Obama talks Congressional gridlock and GOP threats to shut down the government. Plus, what he says about the NSA controversy. Much more of our exclusive sit-down with the president at the top of the hour.

BOLDUAN: And speaking of face-to-face, the Georgia school bookkeeper who convinced a gunman to surrender. In doing so, she became a national her. She has a surprise meeting with the 911 operator who helped keep her calm through it all. And it's only on CNN ahead.

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BOLDUAN: That music means it's time for the "Rock Block," everyone. A quick roundup of the stories you'll be talking about today. First up, Michaela. PEREIRA: All right. Let's take a look in the paper, shall we? First up, from the "L.A. Times," the world's most accurate clock unveiled in Boulder, Colorado, the atomic optical lattice clock is so precise it would only be off by a second if it had been running since beginning of time.

From "Scientific American," a wolves howl isn't so much about dominance, it's more about losing a friend. A group of researchers found that howls are much more intense when wolves are separated from close friends.

And in "USA Today," the pressure of planning a big wedding too much for Kelly Clarkson So, she and her fiance have decided to elope instead. How about that?

Christine Romans now for business news.

ROMANS: It's cheaper.

(LAUGHTER)

ROMANS: It was so serious the president was called to brief him on one of the most embarrassing and dangerous episodes on Wall Street. The NASDAQ stock market went down for three hours yesterday because of a technical glitch freezing trading in 3,000 stocks, including Apple and Google. This affected nearly $6 trillion in equities.

Icahn tweets again, the billionaire activist/investor tweeted yesterday he was having dinner with Apple's CEO in September to talk about the size of a stock buy-back. That news, it added $4 billion to Apple's value by day's end once it started trading again.

If you're a Jack Daniel's fan, you might want to toast this story. The Tennessee whiskey maker investing a 100 million bucks to expand its distilling operations in Lynchburg. Jack Daniels said soaring global demand for jack is the reason.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Woohoo!

Finally, let's get to Indra Petersons for the weather -- Indra.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Looks like we have a tropical depression nine east (ph) out of the pacific. Yes, it's going to ruin some plans around Baja, but more importantly, we're going to be talking about flooding concerns by the end of the weekend right into the dessert southwest.

And even two to four inches will be possible with some heavy thunderstorms that will be building into the area. Speaking of thunderstorms, thunderstorms in the northeast shows yesterday. That's going to be cruising down through the mid-Atlantic and eventually through the southeast today. So, still look for another day of showers in those regions but behind it, we are loving this.

Not only is it going to be dry and beautiful in the northeast, but finally, into the southeast, it's going to be gorgeous. In fact, another day of showers, don't forget today, but eventually, it's going to be drying out and what a change, I mean, June, July, August, they need this.

BOLDUAN: All right, Indra. Thank you so much.

We are near at the top of the hour now which means it's time for the top news.

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BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: One core responsibility is passing the budget, which they have not done yet.

CUOMO: A NEW DAY exclusive, President Obama takes aim at Washington gridlock, telling Congress to do their job. He also makes the case for NSA surveillance programs and what can be done to assure Americans' privacy.

BOLDUAN: Unanswered questions. Hannah Anderson speaks out, telling her side of the story, but there are still questions this morning. Her family now speaking out defending her.

PEREIRA: The will to live. A fisherman tossed from his boat, forced to tread water for 24 hours. His amazing survival story this morning. And finally, how he made it to land?

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.

ANNOUNCER: What you need to know.

OBAMA: When you have over the last decade or so tuition going up 260 percent and family incomes are going up 16 percent, that's unsustainable.

ANNOUNCER: What you just have to see.

This is NEW DAY with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, and Michaela Pereira.

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CUOMO: Good morning. Welcome back to NEW DAY. It's Friday, TGIF, August 23rd, seven o'clock in the east. I'm Chris Cuomo

BOLDUAN: And I'm Kate Bolduan. We're here with news anchor, Michaela Pereira.

PEREIRA: Good morning.

CUOMO: Coming up this hour, we do have an exclusive interview with President Obama, what he says about GOP threats to shut down the government. What is his own role in the gridlock problem? We'll ask him that.

Plus, the world may hang on the president's every word, but what happens when he gets home? Some touching insight from the president about raising his two girls. BOLDUAN: And another big exclusive. A powerful reunion only on CNN. The brave school clerk who was face-to-face with a gunman and talked him in to surrendering, she's reunited with the 911 dispatcher who stayed on the line with her during the entire ordeal. We have the moment they met plus an unexpected surprise for that hero.

PEREIRA: And, could San Diego's mayor be out of office today? The city council is set to consider a deal that Mayor Bob Filner has reached. If they approve it, he is out. But, will San Diego be stuck footing the bill for his sexual harassment lawsuit? We'll discuss that coming up.

CUOMO: Let's begin this hour, though, with our exclusive interview with President Obama. There's a reason why the approval rating for Congress is through the floor right now. It's all the gridlock, a lot of talking, not a lot of acting.