This program is 29 minutes long
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The debate between President Obama and Congress over military action in Syria reviewed; scenes shown of Secretary of State John Kerry and wife Teresa and anti-war protestors at a Congressional hearing. [OBAMA – says this is not Iraq and this is not Afghanistan.] [Speaker of the House John BOEHNER, Representative Nancy PELOSI – express support for Obama.] [Senator John McCAIN – says if you tell the enemy you’re going to attack, they’re going to disperse.] [Senators James RISCH, Marco RUBIO, Bob CORKER, Rand PAUL- express views.] [KERRY – says those scenes of human chaos and desperation were not contrived.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Kilis, Turkey: Richard Engel) The flood of refugees fleeing Syria into neighboring countries featured; scenes shown of the border crossing into Turkey, men walking through a hole in a fence, people crossing the Orontes River, refugees living in a public park and at a mosque courtyard. [Refugee “MARAHN”- says we are waiting for help from the US or any country.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Interview held with National Security Advisor Susan Rice about the Syrian crisis. [RICE – states there were a series of constructive bipartisan meetings; says we have not announced our intentions to the enemy; says the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable; says if terrorists or other dictators get hold of the chemical weapons they can be used on a massive scale; says Syrian President Bashir al-Assad and his backers in Iran & Hizbollah do not have any interest in seeing this escalate; wonders what is the message if we don’t act.]
(Studio: Nancy Snyderman) The extraordinary swim of over 100 miles from Cuba to Florida by 64-year-old Diana Nyad reviewed; scenes shown of her swimming in the ocean; details given about her problems with waves & drinking sea water, her team’s efforts to feed her, what she thought about during the swim, her health afterward, and her first meal on dry land. [NYAD – says she wanted this endeavor to be a lesson to her life.] [Rose Bowl Aquatics Center Wanda NELSON- says you’re never too old.]
(Studio: Maria Shriver) The Buddy Program at Chicago’s Northwestern University that pairs Alzheimer’s patients with 1st year medical students featured. [Northwestern University researcher Darby MORHARDT- says it helps humanize patients with Alzheimer’s.] [Student Lee HAGGENJOS- comments on his mentor/patient Anne Chank.] [CHANK – comments on her condition.] Similar programs at Boston University, Dartmouth and Washington University noted.