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mexico's sergio perez taking the checkered flag at f1's crown jewel, his third career victory for red bull. more than 325,000 fans turning out for sunday's indy 500, the largest crowd to see a sporting event since the start of the pandemic. a crash by jimmy johnson with six laps to go setting up an unco vengs nl two lap sprint to the finish. marcus ericsson for his first indy 500 win becoming the second man from sweden to sip the milk and kiss the bricks. he was in formula 1 and left to become a global star and now he has won a legendary race. that's how legends are made. >> that is a hard core sports weekend. >> for sure. "new day" continues right now.
good morning to our viewers here in the u.s. and around the world, it is memorial day, monday, may 30th. i'm brianna keilar with john avalon. john berman is off. on this day set aside to honor fallen members of the u.s. military the town of uvalde, texas, is preparing the first of many good-byes to the children and the teachers murdered last week inside of an elementary school there. this afternoon there will be visitation and rosary for 10-year-old amerie jo garza, her father told cnn that amerie died trying to call police and save her classmates. uvalde's funeral homes so overwhelmed that it will take weeks to bury all 21 victims. >> the president and first lady visited uvalde sunday to meet with the grieving families and comfort the grief-stricken community. president biden promised action on gun reform after the crowd
pleaded with him to do something. the justice department is now planning to investigate how the police responded to this shooting. >> let's go now to cnn's adrienne broaddus who is live for us in uvalde this morning. very difficult days ahead, adrienne. >> reporter: yeah, this will be the start of the toughest week for some of these families. i spoke with a woman in town who said the initial shock of the shooting is starting to wear off, but now the reality is sinking in. and the pain, she says, gets heavier each day. we have heard from members of the community, we've talked about the anger, but today i want to focus on the victims and i want to begin by highlighting amerie jo garza who will be laid to rest later today. i want folks to know who she was. online there is a photo of her, she's wearing the most beautiful violet dress, smiling, and that
photo is paired with her obituary but in that obituary her family says she was a sassy little girl, also sweet and funny, who hated to wear dresses but she wore them. her biggest dream was to become an art teacher because she was creative. she loved her family says eating at chick-fil-a and her favorite drink of choice was a frappuccino, the vanilla bean one from starbucks. for those of you who aren't familiar, the vanilla bean frappuccino is so sweet and refreshing on a hot summer day and it has no caffeine in it. her family also says she was a protector of her brother and we've since learned not only did she protect her brother, but she tried her best to protect her classmates. that tuesday using a cellphone she got for her 10th birthday, two weeks ago, to call 911. back to you.
>> thank you, adrienne, for sharing that with us. we appreciate it. adrienne broaddus, live for us in uvalde. let's bring in cnn correspondent and the anchor of "early start" laura jarrett. laura, this is just -- we are the parents of young kids and you are also obviously a counselor. what do you make of this doj investigation given the fact that for 75 minutes police stood in the hallway as kids were being killed in the classroom. >> that's right, 75 minutes, 911 calls, all of that we know, but there's still so much we don't know. it's one of the most basic lessons dating back to columbine, you stop an active shooter as quickly as possible, yet nearly a week later now and there are still so many unanswered questions about why police didn't act faster in this case. now the justice department says it will review what happened at the request of the town's mayor. in a statement last night doj said this, the goal of the review is to provide an
independent account of law enforcement actions and responses that day and to identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter events. bottom line here, the idea is to help local authorities do better in the future and figure out what went wrong in this case. typically these are not criminal investigations. the department conducted similar reviews after 14 people were killed in a san bernardino, california, back in 2015 and also after that mass shooting at the pulse nightclub in florida. here the department said it will publish a report with its findings of what happened which could prove really illuminating as the authorities have provided simply shifting explanations, sometimes contradictory explanations for exactly what happened that day in uvalde. >> and those lessons are what we're looking for. we need to find out what happened, why we weren't told the truth. >> and we know the parents want to know exactly what happened. we know that they are angry and
they deserve some accountability. >> they deserve nothing less. before you go i want to ask you about attorney general merrick garland giving a speech at harvard where he said democracy is under threat. this is the attorney general of the united states. take a listen and i want your response. >> there is one particular reason that makes my call to public service especially urgent for your generation, this is an urgency that should move each of you regardless of the career you choose, it is the urgent need to defend democracy. >> i don't want us to get numb to this. this is the attorney general of the united states saying there is an urgent need to defend democracy. >> anytime the top law enforcement officer in the united states speaks we should take him seriously, but it's interesting to have him back at his alma mater this weekend saying it in that way, especially because he has received so much criticism, i think, from the blue checks on twitter who feel as if he hasn't done enough to address the ongoing threat to democracy and
they want more transparency from the justice department, a department that is notoriously not so transparent when it comes to active investigations, but he has tried to say there and he's said it many times i'm going to follow the facts wherever they take me, wherever that might lead, no matter how high up it goes. it's interesting, we are starting to get a peek back -- the peeling back of the curtain of what's going on. we know there is a grand jury investigation but he pointed directly to january 6. he wasn't shy about that. to say this is an active threat and you should do something about t he called on the students to take the threat to democracy seriously which is worth noting. >> he is the one in the driver's seat right now. laura jarrett, thank you very much. >> sure. well, congress remains gridlocked on federal gun reform some democratic-led states are attempting to move forward with their own restrictions. cnn's congressional reporter lauren fox is joining us now. lauren, what are they doing? >> well, you have states that have liberal state legislatures that are already being called to action and you have the
governors in states like new jersey and new york making a vow that they want to raise the age at which you can actually buy an ar-15 or assault-style weapon from 18 to 21. that's something that states are looking at. you also have states like california where the governor is asking the state legislature to get busy working on strengthening gun laws. now, there is a patchwork of gun laws across the country there,' also a patchwork of calendars as to when these state legislatures meet. so some of these steps are going to be taken over the next few weeks, some of these steps are going to be taken over the next few months, but it's certainly just an impact that you don't always see on capitol hill where lawmakers are going to have these conversations that may get dragged out a little bit longer. now, over the weekend you did have democrats, you know, having an optimistic tone about the fact that they think this time could be different. you had the majority whip dick durbin and the chairman of the judiciary committee who is going
to hold hearings on this issue of gun violence in america saying that he thinks republicans may be willing to come to the negotiating table on some of those nor narrow provisions we have talked about, things like red flag laws, things like strengthening background checks, mental health support. those are some of the areas lawmakers are looking at. you also had interesting comments from representative adam kinzinger a republican who is not running for reelection who says he thinks his mind has been changed on the issue of assault weapons and he could potentially see banning something like an ar-15. now, that is a significant statement coming from a republican. again, important to remember he is not on the ballot come the midterms in november. >> and i just think, look, they're starting to bury the kids in uvalde today and congress is away, right? they are on break. there is momentum to do something and they are away from washington. lauren, thank you so much for that. lauren fox. let's talk now with one of the doctors who is treating some
of the shooting victims from uvalde. dr. ronald stewart is the senior trauma surgeon at university hospital in san antonio. doctor, thank you so much for taking the time to join us this morning. we really appreciate it. i know that you're treating three patients including a 66-year-old woman that we know to be the shooter's grandmother. how are they all doing? >> everyone is significantly seriously injured, but making progress. making progress. that's where we sit with respect to patient -- and the patients. >> when you say they're making progress, are they able to speak? are they able to move? what does progress look like? >> well, progress means improving day to day following a course of getting better.
i think, you know, our children have -- they went through an extremely traumatic event and is truly a moment of crisis with the potential lifetime of impact and so -- so we have a terrific team of surgeons, reconstructive surgeons, mental health profes professionals, nurses, therapists who are working with them and everybody is making progress and doing better. they are heroes, these patients, these children, these families are incredibly strong and resilient and working super hard to improve. >> you mentioned the long-term impact here. i mean, you get them through this acute phase, which is -- it's amazing work that you're doing, we've been speaking to your colleagues, it's truly -- i
mean, we are in awe of the work you're doing, but they do have this recovery that will span their lifetime ahead of them, right? can you tell us about that? >> yes, i mean, it's -- for serious physical injuries, so physical injury is oftentimes particularly when life-threatening is accompanied with psychological injury, too, so you have physical and psychological trauma and both those things really require healing and treatment and really early aggressive intervention both from a surgical physical and emotional mental health thing are important and, you know, we need to know a lot more about these things. we actually need -- we need to understand it better, but we know -- our teams know the basics of how to minimize those long-term effects and so we've
got teams who are committed to working with them over the course of their lifetime because, you know, oftentimes that's what it takes, both from a reconstructive -- from a surgical point of view and a psychosocial point of view. >> can we talk, doctor, about how the type of weapon used contributes to what you are discussing here about this long-term impact. i know you also help treat victims -- you and your colleagues helped treat victims of the sutherland springs church shooting where 26 people were killed. what do people need to know about the injuries that you are seeing from ar-style rifles, versus, say, a handgun? >> yes, i mean, so these are high-capacity magazine fed, that means it can be -- multiple
rounds can be fired in rapid sequence with a high velocity and these high velocity wounds cause significant, massive tissue destruction and obviously when -- when that impact is to a small body, that's a lot of energy and a lot of damage. so it has an extremely high leth lethality. and the ability to create mass injuries, multiple injuries, multiple injuries to people and multiple people injured within a very, very short time frame. >> dr. stewart, we appreciate you being with us this morning. we know that you personally have been doing such important work and we know that youalizing wha
you're doing in order to do that work and we want to say thank you. thank you so much for talking with us and sharing your knowledge. >> thank you. i'd just like to say kudos to the entire community of uvalde, our patients, their families and the amazing team across the entire region. it's really -- i'm just a tiny piece of that and really truly grateful to be a part of that team. so thank you. >> thank you, sir. ukrainian president zelenskyy making his first appearance outside of kyiv since russia's brutal invasion began. the site of intense fighting that he visited next. plus, gas prices seem to keep up soaring with no end in sight. a look at the few options president biden has left to help. that's ahead. and house speaker nancy pelosi's husband arrested for driving drunk. details next. may lead to severe vision loss. and if you're taking a multivitamin alone, you may be missing a critical piece. preservision. preservision areds 2 contatais
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thousands of religious nationalist israelis paraded through muslim parts of jerusalem for the annual flag march. clashes erupted in the streets after palestinians warned the event could ignite a new wave of violence. cnn's reporters are around the world covering the latest. >> reporter: i'm hadas gold in jerusalem where violence erupted sunday as tens of thousands marched through the old city waving israeli flags, commemorating when israel took control of jerusalem in the 1967 wash. it has become a magnet for jewish nationalists and extremist groups. it went through the muslim corridor where violent clashes happened in the streets. the israeli prime minister condemned the far right groups he go calling them a minority trying to set the area ablaze.
this year the skies were quiet. >> reporter: the new delhi search and rescue steams are uncovered several bodies from the crash site from the crash site of the plane on monday. according to officials the plane lost contact with air control 12 minutes in the journey sunday. the plane was flying to fell pap. authorities believe the incident could have been caused by poor weather and a colder to the home ministry two german nationals, four indians and 13 nepali citizens were on board the plane. >> reporter: in bogota, colombia, one of washington's strongest allies in south america seems to have taken a step towards the unknown with two major political outsiders progressing to the second round
of the presidential election on sunday. pedro in his third bid for the presidency will face off with fernandez an entrepreneur who has been compared to former u.s. president donald trump in the runoff for colombia's presidency on june 19th. ukrainian president zelenskyy meeting with troops on the front lines in a visit to the kharkiv region over the weekend this. region has seen ins tens fighting in recent weeks with ukrainian military finding some success mounter a counteroffensive in the area. joining us is retired army major mike lions. good to see you. let's talk about this tripp to the frowned lines. >> it's important. you have a character mat tick president trying to improve troop morale at kharkiv. you could see on the map some of the yellow were the places that the ukraine military has taken
back, however, the battle is not over. i think kharkiv is still in danger, i think he has to be careful. this is all about the communications war and this president with his charisma has done a pretty good job of project that go. >> president zelenskyy winning the information war but you say that the russians are making gains, the ukrainians say they're making some push back not only kharkiv but in the south. >> you come to the south in kherson this is the last area by crimea here in mykolalv offensive operation noose kherson it shows that the ukraine military is willing to continue to open up other fronts and the fact that in this area here they were able to likely move weapons that came in from the west quickly from kyiv down to the south and create a mini offensive here. it's going to cause russia to put troops there and has to respond to it. the key is protecting odesa, that is the key. they have to make sure that that stands and for all practical purposes this is where they will try to put an offensive operation. >> this is where you see the operational advantage the
russians using artillery in a way that outpaces what the ukrainians have right now and you see that also up in the kharkiv region. what do you make of the current state of russian gains? you say like it or not they're making some incremental gains right now. >> no, they are, with a scorched earth campaign and purely annihilating these cities that they occupy inside ukraine in luhansk in this region their artillery is outpacing unfortunately ukraine. this pocket of resistance here in severodonetsk and they're claiming they have taken that city, the russians have, that's important for them because that pushes straight into bakmut and they can close off that salient here. any military operation doesn't want to see the bulges. the fact that the ukraine defenses have been able to hold up the shore and make sure that the russians are paying for that land one at a time is good but i don't know if they will be able to hold off because of that artillery. >> scorched earth you say that is the russian policy, that
includes just lies, disinformation warfare. i want to play for you a clip from the russian ambassador to the uk talking to british television and get your reaction. >> mayor of bucha in his initial statement he has confirmed that russian troops have left, everything is clean and calm, the village in a state -- in a normal state, nothing is happening, no borders are on the street. but next after it has been done but -- >> so this is all made up, sir? this is all a fabrication, all of that evidence is a fabrication? >> in our view it is a fabrication. it is now why -- it is used just to interrupt negotiations. >> he's saying that all the evidence we have of what has been accused of being war crimes in bucha is a fabrication. that's the official russian line. what does that tell you about
this scorched earth poll policy and what's the right way for the west and ukraine to respond. >> this is a good wake-up call maybe for western leaders. we still have western leaders calling putin asking him to stop. everybody wants the status quo to be restored. the status quo is gone, this is a whole new world 90 plus days after this invasion in february. are we going to actually commit to economic states craft, are we going to put in sanctions that's going to cause russia to possibly react? i don't see that the west is that mobilized on it yet. scorched earth means just that, they are destroying everything in its path, infrastructure, it's all going to go away. again, the west has to decide if they want to do not just the military aid but also the true economic sanctions to russia that's going to cause it to change its behavioral and frankly i haven't seen that. >> stopping to buy the oil completely? >> yes. >> these are the stakes. this week will mark 100 days since this war began. major, thank you. all right. on another note, millions of
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all 50 states is more than $4. so the pain is widespread across the country. john, it's staunldable why americans would be wanting the president to do but as mark linly of rice university told me there's very little any sitting u.s. president can do in the short term to try to lower prices. president biden has already pulled the short term levers at his disposal, he has tapped the strategic petroleum -- i want to show you the global benchmark for oil and you can get a sense of what we're experiencing. you see the price spike there. brent spiked 60%, 70% over the last six months. this is a global phenomenon that we are dealing with. okay. what now? what can the president do? let's take a look at what goes into the price at the bump. part of it is taxes, right? you see at the top there taxes, which is why there have been calls for tax holiday. not a ton of support at the
federal level, perhaps at the state level. refining capacity. when i spoke to gas buddy about this they said, look, that could be a solution but in the long term so not helpful here. and then the bulk of prices of course is crude and demand is such an important part of that. there's not much the president can do about demand. >> but let's talk about what the president can do. i'm into solutions. >> fair. >> so if tapping into the strategic petroleum reserves didn't help. >> a drop in the bucket. >> that's right. people will blame the president even though this is global. what is left for this administration to do? >> well, i asked that because i, too, am about solutions. i asked mark finley what can he do? he said perhaps petitioning some of the oil investors, shareholders, to prioritize investing and not just shareholder dividends but we know that oil companies have been losing money for years so it's going to be a tough sell to
try to get them to know as they're increasing their profits to give some of that back. >> they're trying to get some money off the table. what about opec, what about the saudis? >> opec has said they feel like the market is in balance even though it's feeling quite tight on this side. i want to tell you two things that some of the experts i'm speaking to told me to watch out for. june 1st right around the corner, the beginning of hurricane season and it's when the city of shanghai a high of 25 to 30 million people start to come back on line after these lock downs. now you have about 25 to 30 million more people tapping into de demand. that's not going to help, either. the unfortunate reality for president biden is there isn't much he can do in the short term. we know the energy secretary told matt egan last week that all options are on the table and so it remains to be seen what creative solutions they will find, but the options are looking pretty bleak at this point. >> sounds like a global problem will need a global solution and that's going to require some of
the key oil producing countries to start producing. theres no equilibrium at least when it comes to people at the pump. thank you very much. as funeral services are set to begin today in uvalde, texas, the last victim of the buffalo mass shooting was buried over the weekend. vice president kamala harris attended the funeral of 86-year-old ruth whitfield, the oldest victim of the attack that killed ten people and she also met with families of several other victims. joining me from buffalo is michelle spite the cousin to m marcus morrison and paul young and carolyn prison charred as well as dominique -- pardon me, we are not joined by dominique who is also a cousin as well. pamela, to you first. can you just put into words what this has done to your family? >> yes. i will begin by saying that you
never expect to be a part of this family and when i say "this family" i mean the families all throughout the united states who have lost someone to tragedy. i remember that day in may very clearly. my brother damon and i were frantically calling my mom because we knew that she had gone to the tops and he's calling and we're getting voice mails and my uncle who is a bishop is sending his son over to my mom's and what is very clear to me is my brother, he was in such shock that all he could send me was a text that said mom's dead. and i just screamed and i hollered and i was so overwhelmed and grief in those few moments, because you're shocked that you become a part
of a family like that. here in the united states there are at least over 250 families who heard that same phone call, got that same message that someone they loved was s senselessly killed in a massacre by a person who hated them because of the color of their skin. right now i said to michelle it's difficult for me right now in this interview right now, i'm feeling overwhelmed in just grief, but i also know that my mom was a tenacious woman and that she would want me in spite of everything that i am feeling right now to have the opportunity to tell her story and that's why i'm here right now. >> and i know that you will -- i know, pamela, that you will tell her story and i can't imagine how hard it is for you to do
that and the strength that it takes as well for you to do that. michelle, we did just show a picture of the meeting of your family with the vice president. what did you tell her and what did she say to you? >> yeah, the meeting with the vice president was -- was great, twofold. what she said to us, which we are so grateful for, was she offered her sincere heartfelt condolences and we felt that. we felt that not just with her words but by her presence so we are eternally grateful for that. the only question that i have for her based on, you know, our family and being a liaison is that we wanted to continue the conversation. so we knew that this meet and greet as much as it was all of maybe 15 minutes or so respectfully just wasn't enough time. so this was our opportunity to emphatically continue the
assignment and our assignment was to continue that conversation to effect change and take that compassion on to an effective change. so we were so glad that she obliged us and we are excited about it. >> that you will have a chance to go to the white house at some point, that's your expectation? what can you tell us? >> absolutely. the only question i had for her, i said, you know, we're really glad that you came, we are so grateful for your empathy and sympathy, but beyond that we need a conversation. we want a chance to sit at the table and put some strategic planning together so that no other family in this country and this world for that matter is impacted the way that we were. and she looked me eyeball to eyeball and obliged. so we're excited and we're just waiting for that date. >> dominique, there is never enough time to explain, you know, what the loss is of your cousin, what the loss is to your family here. i know that your family wants to
see change, they want to see an anti-black hate crime bill. we see the data, we see the bias against black americans overwhelmingly comprises the largest category of reported hate crime offenses year over year. what does your family want congress to know? what do they want to see? >> more than just my family, it's the community. as michelle said, one massacre at one grocery store has touched one person and two families, right? so if you can imagine one person and two families, this is an entire community. we need to not just see change in this hate bill, we need to go and sit at this table because there needs to be a systematic change. >> absolutely. >> this system is working exactly as it's supposed to work which is why the murderous thug that killed all these people is still alive and walking and sitting in his jail cell awaiting his trial while there are many, many black people who
have done less who are dead right now, a man who passed a fake $20 bill on live tv got hisself strangled and choked, suffocated to death. so what we really need to see, what my cousin would be happy to see, what pearl young would be happy to see, what all ten of the buffalo ten would be grateful to see us do is go sit down at that table and have a real conversation about what systems were in place that allowed an 18-year-old who is not legally allowed to smoke cigarettes to go buy an ar-15 and drive hours to another city and murder people for no other reason than the color of their skin. there are reasons that was able to happen and that's what we need to sit down and talk about. >> dominique, michelle, pamela -- >> and brianna. >> go on, pam. >> if i can just say one quick thing, i believe that this is unprecedented times and i want to go to congress and i know
that's never happened, but i want to go to congress and i want to tell congress the story of my mother. they need to hear that story. i want them to know what it sounds like when the funeral director says you have to bring a hat because of what a man did with something that was so powerful, i want them to know what it is like to touch a person's hair that's been filled with blood and so the softness of their hair is no longer there. i want to talk to congress. >> absolutely. >> they allow -- you know, january 6, insurrection nists came and put their feet in the house of the senate. why can't i come there and speak to them? i don't want to talk behind closed doors. >> absolutely. >> i want them to hear my mother's story. every american deserves that. we are not the children of the congress or the senate. >> absolutely. >> we are their constituents.
>> absolutely. >> and they need to hear what they have to say. >> they work for us and this needs to be looked at as domestic terrorism as serious as 9/11 was because if we can -- if we can come together as a country and see the unity and the importance of unity against international terrorism how can we not see that against domestic terroristes. >> absolutely. >> look, you all deserve to be heard and we all deserve to hear what you have to say and we appreciate you being with us this morning all of you. thank you so much. >> thank you for having us. >> thank you so much for having us and hearing us. >> thank you for the opportunity. happening now, president biden is attending mass at st. joseph on the brandy wine roman catholic church. he is in delaware for the seventh anniversary of his son beau's death. afterwards biden will make his way to arlington national cemetery will he will lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier and deliver remarks on this memorial day.
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americans are on the move this memorial day weekend, but thousands of flight cancellations are derailing their travel plans. cnn's pete muntean joins us from reagan national airport in d.c. to explain what is behind the delays. pete? >> reporter: you know, john, this is a huge test for airlines not only is this major holiday travel weekend coming when -- the first time after the end of
the transportation mass mandate, but also as airlines are facing these huge staffing shortages causing cancellations of flights. just look at the numbers according to the tsa, it's screening about 2 million people or more for the last few days, those numbers about 90% of what we saw back in 2019 before the pandemic and the tsa says we could still see a number that is even higher than the same day back in 2019. aaa predicted numbers pretty close to pre-pandemic levels though not quite 34.9 million people hitting the road in total over the five-day memorial day travel period traveling 50 miles or more. those numbers not all that far off from what we saw back in 2019. we will see as this goes forward, though, so many people facing really high gas prices. the national average for a gallon of regular $4.62 according to aaa. even when you adjust it for inflation, this is the highest gas price that we have seen
>> it looks like we lost pete outside reagan national. gas prices and delays are causing real problems on the road. >> yes, we are all feeling that, john avlon, indeed. we do have new details after paul pelosi, the husband of house of speaker, nancy pelosi, was involved in a car crash on saturday night. lauren fox is telling me about this now. where did this happen? >> paul pelosi, who is 82 years old, was driving on a road up in napa valley, california. he was attempting to turn, crossed into state road 29 in that area and was struck by a jeep. now, there were no injuries. this crash occurring around 10:30 p.m. that's when police responded. at 11:44 p.m., after police arrive on the scene, he is
arrested for driving under the influence, taken to the county detention center and then released some time early sunday morning around 4:45 in the morning. i asked how speaker nancy pelosi's office to respond to this yesterday. this is the statement they are putting out from their spokesman, drew hammill. the speaker will not be commenting on this private matter which occurred while she was on the east coast. so the speaker not with her husband as this incident occurred. obviously significant given the fact this is the speaker of the house. >> yeah, it certainly is. lauren fox, thank you so much. i know you'll continue to follow this story. uvalde school officers had been trained to confront an active shooter just two months ago, so what went so wrong during the shooting? we have new reporting next.
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her legacy has been inspiring at-home and professional chefs with her unmistakable voice and lighthearted approach to cooking. now the new cnn film "julia" tells the story of the legendary cook and the tv superstar that changed the way americans think about food, television and the roles of women in american life. take a look. >> julia never called herself a feminist, clearly she was important to the feminist movement. >> women were treated pretty badly in cooking school. teachers were all european male chefs. and they'd rather not have women in their kitchen. >> most women felt they couldn't really have a career making money in food. but her success really opened up a career path to the a lot of women who may not have thought about it at the time. >> when i started working with julia, we'd walk into a restaurant to have a meal. then afterwards they would want to give us a tour of the kitchen. first thing she would say is,
where are all the women? how come there's no women in here? she absolutely expanded the possibilities of what women could do. >> joining us now, the director of the cnn film "julia," betsy west. great to see you. >> nice to be here. >> such an iconic figure, such an iconic voice. i remember my grandmother watching julia child. called her julia chef, because that's what she was. what drew you to this story because her impact is extraordinary? >> julia child was a superstar chef, but somebody who didn't learn how to cook until she was 39 years old and didn't go on television. >> there's hope for us all. >> and didn't go on television until her 50s. this is a very unlikely, fascinating story that's full of passion and a lot of and a great romance. my filmmaking partner julie cohen and i couldn't resist. >> one of the cool things about her, before she was a chef she
worked for the oss, the precursor to the cia. sadly, not a secret agent. that alternate history would be fascinating. what's great about her is she is without any guile. she is so authentically herself. she rolls up her sleeves and showed people how to cook. there's a direct line. this person created a genre, a direct line from julia child to the food net work, to a thousand imitators. >> absolutely. there have been a few cooking shows on television before julia, but nobody who had julia's authenticity. audiences loved her. she loved the fact that she was herself. they made fun of the voice. they were often waiting to see what mistakes she was going to make because she loved making mistakes in a way so she could tell people what to do. >> i appreciate the assist because the clip we're going to play where she embraces those mistakes and demystifies them. >> i'm going to try to flip them
over, which is a rather daring thing to do. you just have to have the courage of your convictions, especially if it's a loose mass like this. that didn't go very well. >> if she made a mistake, she was not remotely rattled. i didn't have the courage to do it the way i should have, but you can always pick it up if you're alone in the kitchen. who is going to see? >> she felt that making a mistake was a good thing. just so she could then show you how to fix it. >> any time that anything like this happens, you haven't lost anything because you can always turn this into something else. we'll pretend this was supposed to be a baked potato dish. >> well, this is -- for anyone who perfection is paralysis, did she say don't sweat the small stuff. this is just cooking. have fun with it. >> she was a confidence-builder. she loved to cook and she wanted other people to love cooking as well. >> very cool. betsy west, thanks for bringing
this to you. tune into the all new film yt julia" that premieres tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern on cnn. "new day" continues right now. good morning to viewers here in the u.s. and around the world. it is memorial day, monday, may 30th. i'm brianna keilar with john avlon. john berman is off. we are beginning with several mass shootings break out across the country. in oklahoma a 9-year-old was injured. nevada, arizona and tennessee, most of those shot were teenagers. the gun violence following the supermarket shooting in buffalo, the church shooting in california and the massacre in uvalde, texas, that killed