This program is 28 minutes long
(White House: Savannah Guthrie) The security breach at the White House when an uninvited couple showed up at last night’s state dinner reviewed; video and photos shown of Tareq and Michaele Salahi; details given about their reality TV aspirations and reputation as party crashers; statements from Bravo TV and the Secret Service quoted. [“Washington Post” Roxanne ROBERTS- says they never acknowledged they weren’t invited.] [NBC security analyst Clint VAN ZANDT- notes the consequences for lying to a federal agent.] The status of the investigation discussed.
(Studio: Hoda Kotb) The observations of anchor Brian Williams, who attended the dinner, on the party crashers presented. [WILLIAMS – recalls the Salahis’ vehicle being turned away at the gate, the camera that followed them, a make-up woman; describes the security measures; notes it would be a shame if they were seeking fame.]
(New York: Rehema Ellis) Thanksgiving festivities reviewed; scenes shown of holiday meals for the needy in Atlanta and New York City with Goldman Sachs employees cleaning up, military families eating together, the crew of the space shuttle Atlantis, people working out in Portland, Oregon, shoppers camping out for Black Friday sales, new babies dressed as turkeys in Chesterfield, Missouri, the Macy’s parade in New York City. [Marine Maj. Neil MURPHY, Atlantis commander Charles HOBAUGH, 2 SHOPPERS, parade SPECTATOR – comment.]
(Studio: Hoda Kotb) The Thanksgiving meal for US soldiers at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq, shown.
(Kabul: Jim Maceda) Thanksgiving for US troops in Afghanistan featured; scenes shown from Kabul of the Turkey Trot race at Camp Eggers, a fuel convoy, the turkey dinner, care packages. [S/Sgt. Jason HUSTON, cook Drew HUNTER, S/Sgt. Byron CURTIS- comment.] [Air Force Senior Airman Anya ARISOHN- reads a letter from a stranger.]
(Humboldt County, Nevada: Scott Kohn) This current “gold rush” featured; scenes shown of the Twin Creeks mine in Nevada and a gold bar; gold prices cited; details given about how gold is extracted. [Newmont Mining President Richard O’BRIEN– explains why gold is an attractive investment.] [Twin Creeks production superintendent Tim PIKE- says it’s a function of economics.]
(Mecca: Tom Aspell) Precautions against the H1N1/swine flu virus at the annual Islam hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia featured; scenes of Jeddah airport, where arrivers are screened by thermal cameras and vaccination certificates are checked, CDC workers at a special operations center; details given about preparations by health workers and by the city of Mecca. [DOCTOR – reviews the condition of a Lebanese man in the hospital.] [PILGRIM – comments.] [CDC Dr. Nina MARANO- comments on watching for mutation.]
(Hollywood: Chris Jansing) The movie milestone, Disney’s "The Princess and the Frog," which features a black princess, Tiana, reviewed; excerpts shown. [Young “RAVEN,” “KEMI”- comment.] [USC Annenberg School Christopher Holmes SMITH- says it opens a new arena for cultural representation.] [“Variety” managing editor Ted JOHNSON- says the Disney brand has had an historic appeal to the middle class suburban white audience.] [Kemi’s mom Lisa ABALAYA- says anybody can be a princess.]