This program is 29 minutes long
(White House: Chuck Todd) Obama’s trip reviewed; details given about the agreement with President Hamid Karzai on the US-Afghan relationship after US troops pull out. [OBAMA – says we are committed to pursuing a more hopeful future as equal partners.] [With US troops at Bagram Air Base, OBAMA - says there will be heartbreak and pain but there is a light on the horizon.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Kabul: Atia Abawi) The significance to Afghanistan of this trip featured; photos and scenes of Obama with Karzai shown.
(Studio: Brian Williams; White House: Chuck Todd) The timing of the trip on the bin Laden death anniversary, praise from Republicans for the strategic agreement and former President George Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech 9 years ago discussed.
(New York: Brian Williams) Live in-studio discussion held with NBC national security analyst Michael Leiter about whether we are better off in the year since bin Laden’s death; photo shown of the situation room on the night of the Seals raid. [LEITER – says Al Qaeda is weaker than ever and it lost its operational driver for pushing affiliates to attack the US; describes the day of the raid and the mood in the situation room.] [OBAMA – recalls seeing the death photos of bin Laden; recounts his phone call to Bush.]
(London: Jim Maceda) A report from Britain’s Parliament criticizing media mogul Rupert Murdoch for the phone hacking scandal examined; details given about the potential impact on the News Corp. empire; scenes shown of an anti-Murdoch protest in the US. [Committee MEMBER - says Murdoch is not fit to run the company.] [NBC’s Michael ISIKOFF- notes some shareholders say Murdoch’s control could be in jeopardy.] [MURDOCH – says it will be a blot on his reputation for the rest of his life.]
(Greensboro, North Carolina: Lisa Myers) The trial of former Senator John Edwards on campaign finance misconduct reviewed; details given about the testimony from Cheri Young, wife of former Edwards aide Andrew Young; courtroom sketches shown; questions from defense lawyer Alan Duncan and her responses quoted. [Legal analyst Hampton DELLINGER- says Cheri has put the blame on Edwards.]
(New York: Anne Thompson) A Broadway performance of “Mary Poppins” for children with autism and their families featured; scenes shown of the performance with toned-down sound and lighting. [Associate director Anthony LYN- says they adjusted the set a lot.] [Music director David CADDICK- says we spent time identifying where pitches of voices get too high.] [“Bert” actor Gavin LEE- comments on the challenge.] [Autism Speaks founders Bob and Suzanne WRIGHT- praise the production.] [Theatre Development Fund director Victoria BAILEY- says there is a market here.]