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President Obama One-on-One; The Good Stuff; San Diego Mayor Deal Reached; Holy Bat-Flack

Aired August 23, 2013 - 08:30   ET


CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: President has to say about heroic school clerk Antoinette Tuff and his surprise for her. Also, a peek into the life in the White House these days.


KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Perfect. Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. It is Friday, August 23rd. I'm Kate Bolduan.

CUOMO: And I'm Chris Cuomo.

We have a lot of news. We have the five things that we need to know for our new day, or your new day.


CUOMO: And only Michaela Pereira knows them. So tell the rest, please.

PEREIRA: All right, I will share. Here we go.

At number one, a state of emergency in California after the Rim Fire exploding, almost quadrupling in size. Dryer than normal conditions across the state raising concerns about the possibility of more fires.

A military judge now considering the fate of Major Nidal Hasan. The jury has asked to review testimony from the police officer who shot his son, ending that 2009 massacre that left 13 dead at Fort Hood.

Hannah Anderson's mother and younger brother being laid to rest tomorrow. Both were found dead in the burnt home of Hannah's alleged abductor, James DiMaggio. He was killed in an FBI shootout.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner reportedly preparing to step down in the face of ongoing sexual harassment allegations. He cut a deal on Thursday and city council members could decide his fate this afternoon.

And you really should expect anything this weekend at the MTV Video Music Awards. They're Sunday night. Clear your calendar. Expect the usual, the extravagant performances, surprise guests and, stars, of course, in shocking outfits.

We are always updating the five things to know. So be sure to go to for the very latest.


CUOMO: All right, let's have some more of our NEW DAY exclusive with President Obama.

Among all the challenges for the president, there's one that's particularly tricky, raising two daughters. Meanwhile, there is a story that captured the nation's heart and also managed to capture the president's. President Obama taking a lesson from the nation's newest hero. Take a listen.


CUOMO: So we have this horrible situation that was luckily avoided down in Georgia.


CUOMO: We saw something that we see too much of, and then we saw something that we almost never see.


CUOMO: We saw someone who was mentally ill -

OBAMA: Right.

CUOMO: That somehow wasn't being properly monitored, and they find a weapon and they almost created a tragedy.

OBAMA: Right.

CUOMO: But then we saw Antoinette Tuff. What do you think about her?

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

ANTOINETTE TUFF (voice-over): 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's somebody who's 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 them. 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.


CUOMO: Did she keep her calm when she got a call from the president of the United States?

OBAMA: She was pretty cool, too.

CUOMO: Was she? OBAMA: She was happy about it.

TUFF: Thank you, too. I greatly 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 for her. That would be a great way to reward the kind of behavior -

OBAMA: To thank her, yes.

CUOMO: That we hope no person ever has to find themselves in.

OBAMA: Although, I've 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, you know, 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, you know, sometimes I think in Washington you lose sight of what exactly makes this country so great. It's not -- 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." We 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: So, it works. 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 teenager and a near teen? What gives you more pause for concern?

OBAMA: Well, I've 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'm -- 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. They -- but they love me, so they want to pretend like they want to spend time with me. So they'll come in to my office and they'll pat me, you know, and say, hey, daddy, I love you and they'll give me like a 10-minute conversation and then they'll say, OK, daddy, I got to go. I'll be gone all weekend and I'll see you on Sunday night.

CUOMO: Is that what the dog's about, the new dog?

OBAMA: I think - I think there is an element from Michelle and me of, you know, we're -- we see what's coming and we need to make sure that we've 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 had growing up and, you know, they still have some responsibilities for him, but they're not always around with him between school, sports practice, you know, all that stuff. And 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, you know, 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: He is trying to keep up and, ultimately, I think it's going to 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 of accidents and --

CUOMO: Oh, no.

OBAMA: Yes. The - but -

CUOMO: Is that a -- is that like a federal violation?

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

CUOMO: Because that's a national museum.

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


BOLDUAN: That's a big deposit.

CUOMO: Oh, good one, good one, good done.


BOLDUAN: No, no, no, that's not what I was trying to say.

CUOMO: I don't know, I'm not letting you get out of it.


CUOMO: We'll move on to "The Good Stuff." A segment, by the way, endorsed by the president of the United States himself.


CUOMO: In today's edition, proof that if you can dream it, you can do it, especially if you work hard. High school senior Zach Hodskins from Milton, Georgia, was born without a lower left arm and hand. He was also born with a supersized heart and he's been offered a place on the University of Florida basketball team. Why?

BOLDUAN: Wow. CUOMO: Because even with his disability, in quotes, he's good. Very good. And he is good because he works harder than just about anyone else.


CUOMO: Take a watch.


ZACH HODSKINS: You know my whole life I worked for this opportunity and for somebody to notice me, finally, it's a great feeling.


CUOMO: Yes, behind the back.


VAN KEYS, ZACH'S COACH: Everybody says he can shoot the basketball, shoot the big threes, plays extremely hard.

HODSKINS: I love it to (ph) see that, you know, they treat me as a player and a kid that can play on the next level first, and then, you know, the disability second. When I was younger coming up, you know, there were doubts that maybe one day I wouldn't be able to be in this position that I am now. And to have this opportunity was just, you know, a dream that -- I'm fulfilled with and I'm happy to do it.

KEYS: Every day we have things we go through and we think where there - it's never going to get any better. We can't do something. And you look at Zach and you say, hey, this kid's overcome quite a bit.

HODSKINS: And if you feel it in your heart, just go for it, and you will make it. And I hope that I've proven that example.


PEREIRA: Sure have.


PEREIRA: And then some.

BOLDUAN: Man, oh, man. That will head you into the weekend with "quit your complaining."


CUOMO: That's exactly right. And good for him. Good luck to him. Look forward to seeing him on that University of Florida basketball team. What a - what a (INAUDIBLE).

PEREIRA: Yes. Some highlight reels.

CUOMO: That's right. BOLDUAN: You've got some big supporters in this studio.

CUOMO: Rising and surprising.

PEREIRA: Exactly.

BOLDUAN: Yes, nice stuff. Great stuff.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, could today be San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's last day on the job. It's reportedly up to the city council now to decide. We're going to break it down for you.

CUOMO: And social media going batty over Ben Affleck in his new super role. Is he the right choice for Bruce Wayne? What do they say on tweeter?

BOLDUAN: Tweeter.

CUOMO: Nothing nice on the tweeter.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone.

A major development in the San Diego mayor scandal for you this morning. Bob Filner is expected to resign later today as part of a deal to settle a sexual harassment suit. But there are 18 accusers in total, all with potential claims against the mayor and the possibly the city.

CNN's Kyung Lah has been covering this story from the very start. So what does this all mean Kyung? Because we don't have the details of the agreement, yet.

KYUNG LAH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: You're absolutely right about that. We don't know what the fine print says. What we do know is that the long nightmare may now be over. That after weeks of this city being held hostage by an absent mayor, there is a deal in the works. We know that there is a settlement. A city official familiar with what's been happening inside the negotiation says that Filner is going to resign as part of the deal.

I want you, Kate, to take one extra look at this one piece of video. It's really, really important. It's the Mayor at his SUV, cell phone video. Boxes packed in the back. We know, that's a big sign he's probably out.

BOLDUAN: That will tell you something.

But even when he is out, the nightmare might still be continuing for taxpayers. They might still have to foot some of the bill.

LAH: Yes and that's the catch here. There are a lot of reports. Because what's normal in San Diego is that you foot the legal bill for whoever's out.


LAH: And so that maybe part of this deal. But you know taxpayers they are enraged by what's been happening to them. This is not going to go over very well.

BOLDUAN: And I haven't seen this anywhere. Do we have any kind of concept of how much this bill would be? I haven't seen this anywhere.

LAH: Yes there are a lot of numbers floating out there. We're hearing six figures, maybe less than six figures. We don't know but you mentioned 18 accusers.

BOLDUAN: Right $5 bucks is too much, we'll say, when it comes to this. All right, Kyung it's great to see you, thank you so much.

LAH: Thanks Kate.

CUOMO: All right now to this week's CNN Hero. She saw refugee girls in Chicago struggling to fit in and decided to do something about it. Take a look.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My family come to America because we want a better life. We are 12 people in the family. When I got to Chicago they put me into 9th grade. It's really hard, I'm totally lost.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's hard enough to be a teenage girl in the United States. So it's even harder to be a refugee teenage girl.

BLAIR BRET SCHNEIDER: My name is Blair Bret Schneider. And I help refugee girls find their place in America. In my free time after work I was tutoring different kids. One girl was really struggling. We started going on field trips. We talked about college and then started changing. Are you getting excited for classes?


SCHNEIDER: One of our biggest goals together was to graduate from high school and be on the path of going to college. And she did. I thought this was really important, and I'm sure there's other girls. There are about 50 girls in our different programs.

You're making great progress. I'm so proud of you, you know.

Our mentorship program actually helps refugee girls in high school with the mentors we work with them once a week.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I want to have my own salon.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: One day I'm hoping to become a nurse.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I want to be a teacher.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I want to become a doctor or a nurse.

SCHNEIDER: What I see is what all the girls can accomplish and everything that they can do. That's really why all this exists.


BOLDUAN: Just some of our CNN Heroes.

Coming up next on NEW DAY he's now a two-time Oscar winner. But Ben Affleck suddenly has some big tights to fill as the new Batman. More on that bid of casting news just ahead.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY everyone. The Internet is buzzing this morning over the surprising news that Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman in the "Man of Steel" sequel where Batman and Superman will team up for the very first time on the big screen. Let's get more from CNN's Tori Dunnan.


TORI DUNNAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The last time we saw Ben Affleck in the role of a superhero was in the 2003 box office flop "Dare Devil". Now he's taking on the role of Batman ending weeks of rumors about who would play the caped crusader in the yet to be named action movie pairing Superman and Batman with a big caped cowl and utility belt to fill, to say the least worn by the likes of Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney.

GEORGE CLOONEY, ACTOR: This is why Superman works alone.

DUNNAN: Christian Bale also played Batman --

CHRISTIAN BALE, ACTOR: You made a serious mistake.

DUNNAN: -- in three different flicks.

BALE: And you've got the genuine you know rage-filled monster that becomes Batman.

DUNNAN: In a news release from Warner Brothers filmmaker Zach Schneider says Affleck has quote, "The acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retains the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne.

Opposite "Man of Steel" Henry Cavill who will reprise his role as Clark Kent and Superman.

HENRY CAVIL, ACTOR: A lot of it is standard timing. I was kind of right age, I had the right look and I fit into this particular director's vision of what the story was.

DUNNAN: But in this case some especially in the Twitter verse think the Affleck casting comes straight out of left field. Entertainer Will Wheaton (ph) tweets "Really looking forward to seeing Affleck bring the depth and gravitate to Batman that he brought to "Dare Devil" and "Gigli". The next question is who will be the villain? Tori Dunnan, CNN, Los Angeles.


PEREIRA: All right.

BOLDUAN: Will you watch it?


BOLDUAN: Thank you.

CUOMO: Oh, absolutely.

PEREIRA: I'll see you.

BOLDUAN: Thank you.

CUOMO: And let's forget about the Twitter hate. I mean that's just becoming the culture online, sad to say. What do you think? Is this a strong choice? Is it that controversial?

PEREIRA: I don't think it's controversial at all, actually.

CUOMO: Mickey has spoken.

PEREIRA: I'm just saying, you know.

BOLDUAN: I agree.

PEREIRA: They probably had the same complaints when Val Kilmer was cast, when George Clooney was cast.

BOLDUAN: Can I ask you a question though. I mean in terms of acting what is demanded of a role, is there so much demanded from a Batman role?

CUOMO: Big demeanor, you have to nail the voice, the darkness.

PEREIRA: Bruce Wayne is like --

BOLDUAN: Act sultry and put on a mask.

CUOMO: And he's happy that he's got the tights on because that Henry Cavill is no joke.

BOLDUAN: That's the thing. You have to bring your A-game. That guy is not unattractive.


PEREIRA: And it's such a dramatic (inaudible) to whisper when he's Batman.

CUOMO: That is good. I can only do it for a sentence and a half and then I lose my voice. BOLDUAN: Do it. Take us to break.

CUOMO: If I were a superhero, I would be mediocre man with the big M on my chest.

PEREIRA: Talk in (inaudible) as we go to that break.

BOLDUAN: On that note --

CUOMO: We'll be right back after this break.


CUOMO: This is your song.

PEREIRA: This is your jam apparently.

BOLDUAN: Michaela let me introduce you --

PEREIRA: I would love it.

BOLDUAN: -- to an American classic, ok. This is Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville". It's not only a song. it's a way of life.

PEREIRA: As I've heard.

CUOMO: An anthem.

BOLDUAN: Yes, an anthem. Exactly.

PEREIRA: Buffett heads, no, parrot heads.

BOLDUAN: Parrot heads. You can call me a Buffett head. I'll take it.

PEREIRA: Have you done the whole thing? You followed him around the country?

BOLDUAN: Yes. I've seen a lot of concerts. They're some of the happiest concerts you'll ever attend.

PEREIRA: People do have a good time.

BOLDUAN: Yes, they do.

Happy music. Has nothing to do with the margarita.

CUOMOS: That is it for NEW DAY.

It is time for "CNN NEWSROOM with Carol Costello which begins right now.

CAROL COSTELLO, CNN ANCHOR: I went to my first Jimmy Buffett concert and I fell asleep. I slept through the whole thing.

BOLDUAN: What? Carol?

CUOMO: #fail. Thank you very much.

COSTELLO: I'm sorry. I like my music a little heavier. Thanks. Have a great, great weekend guys. And Chris, I'll see you in a minute.


CUOMO: Hating on the Buffett.

COSTELLO: "NEWSROOM" starts now.

Happening now in the "NEWSROOM" a CNN exclusive:


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: There is no doubt that when you start seeing chemical weapons used on a large scale it's very troublesome.