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good morning, america. breaking overnight. new fires erupt in the danger zone. blazing along the highway, thousands still trying to escape, hundreds missing. now the death toll spiking. at least 44 people killed across california as firefighters reach their breaking point. the new warning about explosive fire growth right now. the security guard holding down an alleged gunman when he is shot and killed by police in chicago. the outrage growing this morning. special delivery. amazon's big announcement. that contest for those new headquarters decided where 50,000 jobs are heading, the big reveal this morning.
the young girl whose quick thinking stopped a would-be kidnapper is now telling her story. >> i asked him what the code was, because my family has a code and he didn't know it. so i ran. >> he didn't know it. >> she's only on "gma" this morning. superhero send-off. celebrating the life of comic book legend stan lee, the creative force behind a galaxy of heroes from spider-man to black panther. the tributes from marvel's biggest stars pouring in this morning. and michelle obama live this morning. the abc news exclusive. the former first lady in chicago where it all began. already making headlines for what she's saying about the state of the country, her life in and out of the white house and what's giving her hope today. the live interview only on "gma" this morning. good morning, america.
hope you're well this tuesday morning. let's say hello to robin in chicago, hometown of michelle obama. >> proud hometown of michelle obama. good morning. we are here at the south shore cultural center on the south side of chicago, a stone's throw away from where michelle obama grew up and have quite a crowd that's come out here to be with us this morning. the community is out. [ applause ] and they cannot wait to hear from the former first lady and what she has to say about all those headlines from her new book. so she will be here in just moments. i'm robin, i'm your server. what would you like? we'll get back now to the studio. hey, guys. >> nice town meeting in chicago. >> looks like a lot of people are excited about michelle obama. but we're going to begin today with that state of emergency in california as wildfires burn across the state. the death toll is unfortunately growing. >> it sure is. in northern california the camp fire alone now claiming the lives of 42 people making it the deadliest fire in state history.
overnight, president trump approving a disaster declaration there. >> and you can see overnight also the flames in southern california burning near a major highway and now authorities are warning of explosive fire growth. want to go to abc's gio benitez in agoura hills, california. good morning, gio. >> reporter: george, good morning to you. we're here in agoura hills. many destroyed homes here in southern california barely recognizable with the exception maybe of that chimney there in the back. i want to turn to our wider camera because then you can see how widespread this damage is. but then there's the danger that you can't see, the air and firefighters are battling through it all. this morning, firefighters in california are reaching their breaking point. as they desperately trying to control the massive woolsey fire, new fires ignite. >> within the last hour we have had two brand-new starts and obviously it just hits home on the fact that we are still in
significant fire weather and the existing fire is not our only concern. >> reporter: we watched as fire crews took to the air when another fire, now called the peak fire, flared up right next to the highway and way too close to home. >> we're on highway 118 here in the simi valley. and just look at all the smoke here. authorities are trying to put this fire out. right now you can see that helicopter. there is a neighborhood right underneath here. >> reporter: where we were standing, doused with water. this dramatic new fire just northwest of los angeles shows how quickly neighborhoods can be threatened and the monumental task firefighters face. the union says at least 39 firefighters have lost their own homes with dozens more suspected lost. emergency personnel in the thousand oaks area still trying to come to grips with having to deal with a mass shooting and the fires in less than a week. this as evacuated residents here wonder what happened to their homes. meghan wettel hasn't been able to get back to hers.
she's heard it survived but this was the last time she saw it. >> oh, my god. oh, my god. >> reporter: walls of fire lining her neighborhood as she drove out. she thought she'd never see her family again. what's going through your heart right now? >> let me make it to my kids. i wanted to make sure that i got safe and got to be with my family. >> reporter: throughout southern california at least 370 homes destroyed so far. up north in paradise, the death toll from the camp fire rising to 42 making it the single deadliest wildfire in state history. its smoke spreading as far away as san francisco where the blackened air hung over monday night's football game between the giants and the 49ers. >> the 49ers have added extra oxygen available for their players tonight. and there was a really sweet moment on that field right there when the 49ers invited high school football players from paradise high school to join them on that field for a moment of silence because you know
those high school students, so many of them lost their own homes in these fires and for one night they were able to be vips on that nfl football field. >> nice small blessing there. gio, meantime, we're learning a little bit more about the fire up in the north and that it may have been sparked by an electoral malfunction? >> reporter: that's what caused some of these major fires last year. investigators want to know if it played any role in these fires this time around. george. >> thanks very much. michael. >> thank you, george. and up north, the camp fire is spreading and as we said, the death toll continues to climb overnight. the fire now blamed for 42 deaths, and it's the deadliest in state history. abc's will carr is in paradise, california, with the latest. good morning, will. >> reporter: good morning, michael. it really looks like a bomb has gone off through paradise. that has made the search for the missing a painstaking process. even buildings that still have
the walls standing have been reduced to rubble. there's nothing but carnage and destruction all across this area and that death toll is still expected to go up. >> reporter: good morning, michael. it really looks like a bomb has gone off through paradise. that has made the search for the missing a painstaking process. even buildings that still have the walls standing have been reduced to rubble. there's nothing but carnage and devastation across this area. so many trapped as they tried to flee the inferno. >> the fire was above us and below us and on either sides. we were totally surrounded and driving through. >> reporter: this couple like so many others drove through a hellish corridor of flames in thick, blinding smoke on one of the only roads out of paradise, manissa forced to bail out of her car when the fire cut off
her path. >> if there were cell reception there would have been good-byes to mom and probably a few professions that i would like to take back. >> reporter: rescued by a friend further down the route we found the porters' car which miraculously survived the inferno. >> the first five that died died in their car on our street. >> live each day like it's your last because someday it will be your last. >> reporter: 2017 was a record-setting wildfire season for california, but 2018 has already been far more dangerous. we've seen the largest, the most destructive, and now the most deadly fires ever in state history. michael. >> definitely not something you want to set records in, thank you so much, will. cecilia? those infamous santa ana winds are adding to the danger strengthening overnight some already topping 80 miles per hour. rob is right there in the fire zone with the latest joining us from malibu. good morning, rob. >> reporter: good morning to you, cecilia. the pressure gradient that creates these winds is tightening even more this
morning. so we could see winds gusting over 90 miles an hour and any fire starts especially near san diego could lead to explosive growth. for the san diego area today we've got extremely critical fire danger for this area. we haven't seen a situation like this since 2007 and no real rain in the forecast until at least next week. cecilia. >> thank you, rob. such a tough firefighters out there. and the families as well. >> no end in sight yet. we get to the midterms and we have an update this morning. a winner in the arizona race, kyrsten sinema beat republican martha mcsally and flipped it from red to blue, but still counting votes in florida and election workers facing a
thursday deadline to recount, more than 8 million votes. and in georgia, a federal judge ordered officials to review thousands of ballots that haven't been counted in the governor's race between stacey abrams and republican brian kemp. >> we will certainly be watching all of that. we're watching something else as well. that highly anticipated announcement from amazon. revealing the next locations for their hakts. they're going to split their second headquarter between two cities. long island right here in new york. and crystal city in virginia. that's 50,000 jobs between those two locations. michael, a lot of eyes on this one this morning. >> a lot of eyes have been watching for quite some time. and now we're going to go to chicago where there is growing outrage over the police killing of a young security guard. witnesses say he was trying to detain a suspected shooter but was gunned down by responding officers. abc's erielle reshef joins now, and erielle, the community rightfully so, is demanding answers.
>> reporter: they are. authorities say it all started with a fight at a bar. a suspect allegedly opening fire but when officers arrived they fatally shot jemel roberson who witnesses say was just doing his job. this morning, anguish and outrage as illinois state police investigate the officer involved shooting death of a security guard. >> ems needed. manny's blue room, for the gunshot victim. shots fired in the parking lot. >> reporter: 4:00 a.m. sunday. authorities swarm a bar outside chicago, initially responding to reports of a fight that escalated into a shooting. outside, witnesses say jemel roberson, the bouncer on duty, was allegedly trying to apprehend a suspect when an officer opened fire killing him. >> once the police actually shot him everybody started screaming, the officer started screaming, he's one of us. he's security. >> reporter: a civil suit filed by roberson's family against the unidentified officer claiming the shooting was excessive and unreasonable. their attorneys saying in a statement, this is a young man who was trying to do the right
thing in life. he wanted to apply to the chicago pd. the 26-year-old a musician, an organist at his church, a community left to grieve a young man they say died needlessly doing what he loved. >> how in the world does the security guard get shot by the police? a young man that was literally just doing his job and now he's gone. >> reporter: and friends describe roberson as a man of god who shared his musical talents at several churches around the city. he was beloved. the circumstances of his death are now under investigation. the police chief there says the officer who opened fire has been with that department for four years. he's now on paid administrative leave, guys. >> such a tough story. >> it is. >> thank you, erielle. a wisconsin school is under fire after this photo showing a group of boys giving the nazi salute went viral. the school is responding, so is
one of the boys, and abc's adrienne bankert is here with the story. good morning, adrienne. >> reporter: good morning to you too, george. this controversial prom photo has a lot of people talking, and the school is investigating whether or not it's a display of hate. a school is now investigating after this photo recently shared online shows students in a perplexing pose. dozens of boys from wisconsin's baraboo high school gathered on the courthouse steps, many raising their outstretched arms in what is being criticized as a an apparent nazi salute while smiling. others keep their arms down. the picture was taken in the spring before prom but only recently went viral on. one of the boys is seen making a gesture which is seen being used by white supremacists online. the photographer who took the picture told our station, he just told the boys to say good-bye. >> i said, okay, boys, you'll say good-bye to your parents so wave. by the time i took the picture
there are all different stages of waving good-bye. >> reporter: jordan blue was in the photo but refused to raise his hand because he says he felt uncomfortable. >> the photographer told us to raise our hand kind of in a way and i knew at that point that some of my classmates are very immature so i didn't want to do that and i saw what was happening and i felt so upset. >> reporter: the baraboo school district administrator tweeted out on monday, the photo of students posted to #barabooproud, is not reflective of the educational values and beliefs of the school district of baraboo. the district will pursue any and all available and appropriate actions, including legal, to address. and there have been a lot of responses on twitter saying this pose is not indicative of this tight-knit community. the school district has yet to say whether any of the students would face any disciplinary action like suspension or expulsion and, again, school district and local authorities are looking into this. >> so scary that would be their first instinct when told to say good-bye.
>> so many kids. >> if there's no punishment, then why don't you do it again if there's no consequence to the action. thank you so much. appreciate that. and now we're going to celebrate -- turn to a celebration of stan lee in his life. he is the mastermind behind so many iconic marvel characters and he died monday at 95 years old. abc's chris connelly is in los angeles with more about this icon. good morning, chris. >> reporter: good morning, michael. you know, with boundless creativity and ceaseless enthusiasm stan lee made his mark on popular culture. his many cameos in marvel movies are a fitting tribute to the man who brought us the groundbreaking comic book characters that rule the big screen today. >> this is stan lee coming at you. >> reporter: from "spider-man" to "black panther," from "the incredible hulk" to "fantastic four," to king of the cameo. stan lee's life spanned it all.
he and his marvel collaborators creating a new kind of superhero that would flourish in comic books and eventually films. these classic characters and so many more all capable of great feats yet flawed and relatable with insecurities that touched a chord with millions. >> if you are interested in the character, if you can empathize with the character, then you care about the stories. >> reporter: his characters became massively popular through the '60s onward as stan lee advocated for equality and social justice from stan's soapbox. the scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart, said bob iger, chairman and ceo of the walt disney company. stan lee started at what would become marvel back in 1939. many years later his increasingly public persona as the happy warrior of his art form mirrored the ascent of the subculture he had long championed. especially his 2008 "iron man"
ushered in the marvel cinematic universe. each marvel movie would feature a stan lee cameo. spotting him would send a ripple of delight through a film audience eager to acknowledge the man who created and elevated marvel's superheroes. as with tobey maguire in "spider-man 3." >> i guess one person can make a difference. >> reporter: stan lee died monday at the age of 95. if you're looking for his legacy, you don't have to look very far. i feel that if you are able to entertain, he once said, you're doing a good thing. and as stanley himself might have said, excelsior ever upward, michael. >> chris, some people say that stan lee is actually the highest grossest actor of all time. because he's in all these marvel movies, is that true? >> add up all those appearances and we're looking at $24 billion in worldwide grosses. maybe he is. >> wow. >> wow.
well, he definitely will be missed but i'm pretty sure his legacy will live on forever. >> one man made a difference. >> love those cameos too. let's head back to rob on the front lines of the fires. you're tracking two storms on the east coast. >> good morning again, cecilia. the next couple systems are going to be a little bit colder already bringing snow to texas. this video out of wichita, kansas, a cold start. the next system though comes in thursday could be a stronger one in the way of wind rain and nor the way of wintry precipitation. your local forecast is 30 seconds away. but first, your tuesday trivia brought to you by downy.
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(burke) fender-biter. seen it, covered it. we know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two. ♪ we are farmers. bum-pa-dum, bum-bum-bum-bum ♪ welcome back to "gma." you're looking at an excited crowd in chicago arriving early this morning to see former first lady michelle obama. her new memoir, "becoming," is out today and there she is with robin hanging out, getting ready. in just a moment, she's going to go one-on-one with our robin roberts. we cannot wait for that. going to be a great -- >> that's going to be a must see for sure. that is coming up. first, we've got top headlines we're following right now. authorities are warning of explosive fire growth in california as those massive wildfires spread across the north and the south. the death toll growing, at least 44 people have been killed across the state and president trump has signed a disaster
declaration. also, opening arguments are starting today in the trial of accused drug lord joaquin "el chapo" guzman, amid extreme security and secrecy. el chapo has a history of daring prison breaks. so officials here are understandably being very cautious. the trial is taking place right here in brooklyn. and here we go. 'tis the season for package thefts. a now warning, a woman posting this video saying that's a driver working for amazon allegedly putting a package down. she takes a photo of it to basically prove that it was, indeed delivered, but then she picks it right back up and drives off with the package. the whole thing caught on camera. amazon says these are contract employees, these drivers, but they're getting creative. >> these were contract employees. >> were, exactly. let's not waste any more time and go straight to chicago's south side with robin who is there with michelle obama. >> all right, i am here with michelle obama. [ applause ]
she has a powerful new memoir that's out this morning. it is called "becoming" and it takes readers on her life journey from being a daughter of the south side to a successful career woman, wife, mother, and then first lady of the united states. >> then there was that. >> then there was that. then there was that. it's a journey. >> it is. >> first of all, thank you, thank you, thank you. thank you. >> thank you. thank you for this special. thank you for being you, robin. >> no, no. [ applause ] the reaction because people just felt that they were seeing a side to you that they hadn't seen before, how comfortable you were in sharing. today is the day. >> the book's out. >> the book's out. >> it's a book. it's for real. [ applause ] >> already generating headlines. how have you felt about the reaction so far? >> you know, it's exciting. but it's a little, you know, unnerving because people -- i'm talking about me and all of me in a way that i do with my friends, my girlfriends, there is nothing in here that people
who really know me don't know. they are, like, she talks about that all the time. now i'm talking about it with the world and it's not just that i'm nervous about my story, but i hope that it inspires people and it encourages people and it starts a conversation, so i'm excited to see how people react to what they read. >> is that the main message because you start off right at the bat and say, you got a lot to say. boy, she got a lot to say. we know that. we know that. [ laughter ] what is the message that you hope resonates most with readers? >> that all of our stories matter, and i think, you know, i talked to a group of young students yesterday and a couple of them said, i don't even know why i was picked to be here to talk to you because that's how a lot of us think. by us -- i mean women, underrepresented folks, folks who are other. we feel somehow that our stories don't matter and that's because we hear so few stories. the stories of what it means to be human, what it means to be
american, those stories are limited. and i want people to be as proud of their stories as i am of mine because i believe my story is a quintessential american story as is all of our stories. >> you really do. >> so i hope this book encourages people to tap into their memories and to find the power in the truth in who they are and to own it and put it out there. >> to own it. >> yeah. >> we sat down. it was a little less than two weeks ago, before the historic midterm elections and we are seeing a record number of women that are heading to congress, in fact, freshman orientation today. >> it's amazing. >> 100 plus women. >> yes, a lot of firsts. >> a lot of first-time candidates. [ applause ] >> yes. >> the youngest woman ever, first native american, muslim women, okay, so we know that the democrats are going to take control of the house, republicans remain in control of the senate. what was your initial reaction to the results?
>> thank god people saw that voting matters because as -- [ applause ] as barack and i have traveled around the country, that's what we tell people. people get upset and they feel desperate and they feel in despair and our message is vote. vote because it actually matters. this is how the democracy works. you don't make change by sitting frustrated, you know. you can be frustrated but that doesn't get you where you want to be. you got to go to the polling places and this midterm people came out, young people, the percentage of young people voting went up by 10 percentage points. [ applause ] and people swore that young people wouldn't be focused so i think this election gives us hope. i mean, i'm not talking about what it means for one side or the other. what it speaks to is that our democracy is still ours to own and control and i want people -- i hope people take that from this election. >> now we look forward to the
next election. >> you are already on the next election. >> 2020, i'm looking at you. [ applause ] no, no, no. >> no, no, no. what are you talking about? what's your point? >> you made it abundantly clear that you have no desire to return to public service life. >> yeah. >> but what candidates do you see out there that inspire you and catch your eye, and did you hear recently, one of hillary clinton's former advisers is speculating that she could run again. do you think she should? >> you know, i think at this point everybody is qualified and everybody should run. [ applause ] i might even tap sasha. sasha. you got some free time. i think you'd do a great job. >> are you saying that because of what we currently have? >> what i am saying is that -- [ laughter ] >> you went there. >> you went there. >> no, you went there. >> no, you went there.
you went there. where i am is that right now we should see anybody who feels the passion to get in this race, we need them in there and i think that the process will play itself out. i don't -- i haven't really been paying attention and looking at the candidates. i don't think -- i think there's just a lot of noise and a lot of talk. it's still pretty early, i think. let's see who, you know, wants to roll up their sleeves and get in the race and that's what the primary process is for and i hope that we have a lot of great candidates who get in there and treat each other respectfully. [ applause ] that's the thing that i'm going to be looking out for personally is, like, i don't want people on either party tearing each other up in the process of getting to the nomination. so i'm going to be looking closely at who handles themself and each other with dignity and respect so that by the time people get to the general, people aren't beat up and battered. so i think this is open to any and everybody who is -- who has the courage to step up and
serve. >> you also speak in your book a great deal about your love of chicago. that's no secret, especially the south side. [ applause ] >> that's not secret. >> but you also speak of the good and also the not so good. just recently, sunday, a young man, a security guard, a black man who was apprehending or trying to do the right thing with somebody else who was the gunman and police mistook him for the assailant and he was shot and killed. just give us a sense, and this is not the first time, and you write about it in the book, the different people. >> it's not the first time. >> what's the climate like to you here right now? >> you know, i can't speak to the climate because i'm not here often enough. i know my city well enough to know that we have struggles, but, you know, i know that everybody here doesn't want the nation, the world to focus on the broken parts. there are broken parts everywhere.
i mean, what i do know about my hometown is there is a lot of promise. as my mother says to me, when people ask her -- and i wrote about it in the book. when people ask, how did michelle and craig become who they are and she said, they are millions of craig and michelles all over this city, all over this country. part of the problem is that people see black folks, and they see one thing, you know, they see criminal. they see problem. they see, you know -- and i've grown up with just the opposite of that. i grew up in communities of diversity with pride and hard work. that's the chicago i know and that's the chicago that i want to lift up in my book. [ applause ] because we talk too much about the problems. >> final thing that you wrote about that i think really puts it all together, what i won't allow myself to do is become cynical. in my most worried moments i
take a breath and i remind myself of the dignity and decency of people i have seen throughout my life. the many obstacles that have been overcome, i hope others will do the same. for those struggling to find hope, what is your advice? >> think about our young people. i say this all the time. we owe our young people hope because what's the alternative? and young people grow up better than us. they -- the kids that are growing up today are growing up with -- in a different world than even we grew up in, more diversity, more openness. yes, we still have problems, but as barack would say, if he had to pick any time in history to be born, if you think throughout the history of this country, what time -- what period would you want to be alive in? today, today -- now there is more acceptance, more openness, more equality, more opportunity. it's not all completely fair, you know, we still have problems but, you know, this is where we want to be for our kids. we want to invest in the now.
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abc's paula faris has more. >> reporter: this 10-year-old girl is earning praise for her quick thinking that stopped a would-be kidnapper right in his tracks, and now, in exclusive interview with abc news, she and her mom want to get the word out. the code word, that is. authorities say it was a simple code word that may have foiled a potential abduction. >> i was scared because i -- if i would have hopped in i didn't know what he would do to me. >> reporter: maddison reines was walking with a friend in a local park. that's when a man driving a white suv pulled up beside her. >> he was covering his face like this and he told me that my brother has been in a serious accident, and he told me to come pick you up. >> reporter: but this would-be kidnapper more than met his match. >> i asked him what the code was because my family has a code and he didn't know it so i ran.
>> and then i just remembered the code word and then i asked it. he didn't know it so he drove off and i went off running to the park and i ran straight home and told my grandma. >> reporter: maddison says she knew about potential danger from strangers through her parents. the code word is a plan that the fifth grader's family hatched just recently. >> she could show other kids it's okay to ask that question and not everyone is your friend, so they, you know, i think kids respond more to kids than they do adults and they can understand and be brave and smart and run and so i thought she could reach some more families out there. >> reporter: she is brave. the mom said she had gotten too comfortable. the school is down the road as is the park. she bought her daughter a cell phone but this was a wake-up call, and she wonders where would her daughter be if they didn't build in that extra layer of protection and security, and they just implemented that code
word for the family. >> i heard this and i thought, i need to teach my kids a code word for sure. >> a lot of families having that conversation. >> we did. >> thanks, paula. much more from chicago live with michelle obama and robin, of course. we have got more on that big amazon announcement, 50,000 jobs up for grabs. new details ahead. grabs. new details ahead. what if numbers tell only half the story? at t. rowe price our experts go beyond the numbers to examine investment opportunities firsthand. like e-commerce spurring cardboard demand. the pursuit of allergy-free peanuts. and mobile payment reaching new markets. this is strategic investing. because your investments deserve the full story. t.rowe price. invest with confidence. oh milk. am i willing to pay the price for loving you? you'll make my morning, but ruin my day. complicated relationship with milk? pour on the lactaid, 100% real milk, just without that annoying lactose. mmm, that's good.
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good morning, south bay. let's get up and get going. >> this is abc 7 mornings. > hi. good morning. i'm jessica castro from abc 7 mornings. and meteorologist mike nicco is here with our forecast. >> hey, jessica, everybody. i have some good news. that yellow on the peninsula, that's healthy air. for the rest of us it's orange to red and that means poor to unhealthy. and it's going to be that way all day today. so danger beaches, exercising just out and about because of the unhealthy air. that will last through at least friday. and i think the wind will shift over weekend, bring us cleaner air, and eventually by tuesday, wednesday of next week slight chance of rain. alexis? >> good morning, mike. i want to take you back to the walnut creek camera. it not only looks terrible because of the air, it's just really unhealthy. a lot of smoke here. we have a crash on southbound 680 north of monument and that is blocking two lanes. very heavy into the concord area. a quick check of drive times, yeah big difference from yesterday. we're in the red all way around.
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good morning, america. it's 8:00 a.m. state of emergency. new fires erupt in the danger zone, blazing along the highway. thousands race to escape, hundreds still missing. widespread destruction and the dangers you can't see. firefighters battling it all and a new warning about explosive fire growth at this hour. special delivery. amazon's big announcement finally an end to that year-long very public contest for new headquarters. 50,000 new jobs, the latest this morning. ♪ race around the world. >> i'm so excited. >> ginger and our superfan patrice with your front row seat to our great disney relay. >> i just got my passport stamped. >> nine disney parks in just seven days.
already traveling 13,000 miles on four airplanes. almost 28 hours in the air and this morning, just 90 minutes to tackle one blockbuster park. wait till you see the secrets of their mystery location with mickey this morning. ♪ ain't no mountain high enough ♪ and our "gma" megaevent this morning. one-on-one with michelle obama live, right here in her hometown of chicago where it all began. her journey from the south side to the white house, now the morning her blockbuster memoir comes out. what she's revealing about failure, triumph and the reaction to her most personal headlines about pregnancy, parenting and her marriage. her brother, craig, joins her for a live conversation like we have never done before. and they're here to say -- >> both: good morning, america. [ applause ] there's a special good morning, america. blasting right through the rain
on our camera lens. of course, robin in chicago with michelle obama. >> and also with her brother craig, as well. they're both there on the south side of chicago and, robin, you are at a place that is very special for the obama family. >> yes, michael, we are. with craig and i are here with michelle obama at the south shore cultural center. this is a very special place. >> yes, it is. >> you held your -- >> my wedding reception here. >> 26 years ago. >> yeah. >> this wedding reception was held right here. [ applause ] in this cultural center. oh, and your big brother, let's take a look, he walked you down the aisle. >> he walked me down the aisle. >> ah. >> he looked like a baby. he had hair. [ laughter ] >> you see that mustache. >> i know. what was that about? >> so guys, you can only imagine what's about to come with these two siblings side by side, so we'll see what secrets he has to spill about his little sister coming up. george? >> we'll give you all the time
in the world for that. but first, we have to get to the wildfires out west and these new warnings about explosive fire growth. want to go back to abc's gio benitez in agoura hills, california. good morning, gio. >> reporter: hey there, george. we've been talking about that danger you can't see, the air quality. it is so hard to breathe here and then the damage. at least 370 homes have been destroyed here so far. the fire moving through here incredibly fast. this morning, firefighters in california are reaching their breaking point. as they desperately try to control the massive woolsey fire, new fires ignite. we watched as fire crews took to the air, when another fire now called the peak fire, flared up right next to the highway and way too close to home. >> we are on highway 118 in the simi valley. and just look at all of the smoke here. authorities are trying to put this out. you can see that helicopter. there is a neighborhood, a
neighborhood right underneath here. >> reporter: where we were standing, doused with water. this as evacuated residents here wonder what happened to their homes. megan weddle hasn't been able to get back to hers. this was the last time she saw it. >> oh, my god. oh, my god. >> reporter: she thought she'd never see her family again. >> let me make it to my kids, i wanted to make sure that i got safe and got to be with my family. >> reporter: and incredibly, five days after this fire here started, so many people can't get back to their homes because there's real concern that new fires could spark up here, george. >> at any moment. thanks very much. cecilia? we have more on that highly anticipated announcement from amazon. the online retail giant is revealing the location of their new headquarters this morning. they're going to split their second headquarters between two
cities -- long island city right here in new york and crystal city, virginia. michael. oh, yeah, and now we'll go to an honor for one of our colleagues, abc's bob woodruff. he received "variety's" salute to service presented by history, and bob was severely injured while reporting from iraq, but he has turned that disaster into a powerful source for good with his stand up for heroes foundation which provides services to veterans and he was presented the award by our martha raddatz. bob in his speech thanked his father and his grandfather for their military service and i've been to that, bob's stand up for heroes foundation event, and amazing event. he just -- heart is in the right place and amazing what he has done and very, very well deserved, that award, and congratulations to you, bob. >> he made it his mission. >> yes, he has. coming up, big disney adventure. so where are ginger, patrice and mickey right now? what are they trying to accomplish in just 90 minutes? >> good question.
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but we're going to leave new york and we're going to go back to robin in chicago. hey, robin. >> wish you all were here with us. we are honored to have former first lady michelle obama with us this morning, and someone who knows her best, her big brother, craig. [ applause ] yeah. >> yeah. >> y'all ready? >> ready. >> oh, i'm ready. >> oh, you're ready. are you ready? you've heard this great reaction about your -- this book that your sister has written. what does it mean for you? >> well, wow. first of all, it's still very hard for me to hear people say mrs. obama. >> still? >> yeah, still after all these years. but, you know, i couldn't be more proud of my sister and this book "becoming" and i'm just really excited to see everybody's reaction to all the wonderful stories that are in the book. >> and a lot of those stories,
as you know, resonating with people. have heard from so many people especially, michelle, when you were talking about the miscarriage. >> yeah. >> ivf to have your two beautiful daughters, in fact, there was one who wrote in, her name is -- she said that, wow, i this is alyssa. i salute you, michelle, for being so open and honest. after going through this myself it is heartwarming to hear. so what's your message for those who are struggling out there with these issues right now? >> you're not alone. miscarriages are more common than we know and infertility is a common problem, but that's the thing. we as women -- we talked about this the other day. we just don't talk about these issues so we deal with the stuff in isolation, and that doesn't help. so, if folks like me coming out and talking about my experiences helps give some comfort and some courage to others to come out, then i'm happy to share my stories if it helps.
>> and i know that your family was there to help you, in fact, you wrote about you had two children at the time and so she would come over, your sister would come over and would -- >> my baby fix from -- >> yeah, no, she would come over and be that aunt who just messed everything up. [ laughter ] you had your schedule and she'd come over and keep them up late and let them walk on the furniture, but she was -- she was a good auntie. she was a good auntie. >> what kind of mom is she? >> well, you know, it's funny you should say that. of all the things i'm most proud of, and, you know, my sister has done a whole lot of things, a lot of initiatives, but the biggest thing -- [ applause ] one of the biggest things that was apparent to our family was how she made family imperative within our own sort of family so
that, even though she was busy doing all these wonderful things, we had thanksgiving at the white house, we'd have fourth of july at the white house and our entire family felt a part of being in such a historical environment. it's great. thanks. [ applause ] >> couldn't have done it without you guys. i love having him forced to say nice things about me. go on. >> i always say nice things about you. >> what were you guys like as kids? what were you all -- >> i adored my brother. i was -- i have been craig robinson's little sister for most of my life and -- >> then this happened. >> right. [ laughter ] and i can have an attitude about it but i am a fan too. here's the thing that i will tell men out there is having -- for a girl to have strong men in her life, you know, like i had a father who loved me, a brother who adored me and cared -- adored me and cared for me made me stronger.
so i want to make sure that men understand the importance of male role models in the life of a strong girl and my brother has been my hero from day one, you know. he's like the enforcer in the family. if bad news has to be delivered like somebody's asking for a little bit too much, it's like, craig, you got to call. you know, you got to go talk to, you know. >> didn't he also have to talk your mother into moving into the white house with y'all? >> yes. >> oh, geez. >> craig, come on, mom has got to go. first of all, he is the favorite, right? so like i am the first lady but my mother's like, when is craig coming? and i'm like, i live in the white house. what more do i have to do? [ laughter ] so i was like you can talk her into doing anything. >> i am the favorite. i am the favorite. >> but how did you talk her into moving? >> so, i just said to -- because
my mom and, robin, you know my mom. she was not -- she is not the sort of intrusive in-law so she would never want to even stay over and baby-sit our kids before -- >> she'd go home. >> it would be 2:00 in the morning, mom, stay over, no, she's going home. so she really didn't want to join them in the white house for that reason, and i just sort of positioned it like, you will be helping your granddaughters out, number one, and if you move into the white house, then i'll come to visit you more. >> see. [ laughter ] >> oh. you just made that -- just like that. >> just like that. no, it's -- you know, but to my mom's credit she saw the bigger picture and, you know, it's just wonderful to have that kind of support for them giving all the stuff that they were going
through. >> how are the girls today? >> they are great. they are great. they are thriving. let me just say this out loud in public, i am so proud of those little girls. [ applause ] they -- they have managed this situation with poise and grace and they are normal and kind and smart and friendly and open. gosh, and it could have gone so wrong, but i will also say that they had support from a lot of the other former first kids, jenna and barbara and chelsea, i love those girls. i will love them forever for what kind of support they provided to my daughters throughout that. they always had their backs. somebody went after them in the press, jenna would get in there and say something, chelsea would send a tweet out, you know, and that made a big, big difference so they're doing well. >> i'm glad to hear that. momma? your mom is doing well. >> she's good. she's roaming around here somewhere, you know, mom is
still like i don't want to be bothered with any of it. i mean, my mother is -- she's a south side mother, you know, who really thinks like -- [ applause ] why do i want to be bothered? so we talk about this for every major trip we would go on, we traveled around the world, you know, mom, you want to go to china with us? why would i want to go to china? [ laughter ] it's like, well, because it'll be interesting and then somebody else would have to talk to her, craig would have to call, mom, you should go to china and she'd go, okay, i'll go to china and then she'd be in china and she'd be like china is great. i'm having such a great time but you have to push these black mothers on the south side, you got to push them to try some new stuff. she still -- i'm still doing that with her. >> for eight years it was mrs. obama, michelle's back. michelle -- >> yes. >> what is she post-white house? how is she different? how has it been? >> she is much more chill. [ laughter ] >> really? >> yes, because, you know, you know, my sister has had to be --
now she's always very frank and forthright but, you know, when you're in the white house you have to have -- you have to watch your words. we talk about it all the time that words mean a lot and we were raised that words mean a lot. [ laughter ] >> don't tempt me, i'll -- don't tempt me. >> do not start. but you know she's -- she's just been a lot more relaxed and it's not that it's more fun to be around her now, it was always fun. >> right, right. >> it's just -- you can see in her face and in her movements that things are kind of relaxing and i'm sure her daughters feel the same way. >> i'm sure they do. well, the book is called "becoming" and there's some great photos in there so we're going to show you some photos. >> okay. >> and because that helped you become the woman you are today and i want you to say the first word that comes to mind. >> okay. >> when you see these photos. put up the first one. right here, as a little girl.
>> oh, deuce and a quarter. that's the back of the deuce and a quarter right there. >> explain to people. >> that's the buick elektra 225 to be precise. that was my dad's pride and joy. and then he upgraded that -- oh, it was supposed to be one word. i'm sorry. >> that's okay. >> i'm sorry. >> yeah. >> upgraded -- >> this is what happens leaving the white house. >> yeah. [ laughter ] >> he upgraded it to the maroon deuce and a quarter which is the car we both learned to drive on so we basically learned to drive that big old car. >> we haven't talked about your father. >> yeah. >> we've talked about your mother and the health issues that he went through and he was still so strong and laying a foundation for both of you all. >> yeah, yeah, my dad, he's our rock, and i think so much of who craig and i are is because we always wanted to make our parents proud, to grow up with a dad with a disability who never
complained, you know, went to work every day, you know, didn't miss a day of work, never remembered dad being sick or talking about being sick. >> never. >> you know, when you grow up with that kind of, you know, drive and that kind of -- with those values, you know, we just never wanted to disappoint him. [ applause ] >> let me -- i'm so glad because as you said they both had such an influence in your upbringing. fredricka had a question. i'll read it for you. she said you accomplished so much in your life. some people want to skydive or swim with sharks. what's left on your list you still want to do, mrs. obama? >> there's still a lot of travel like we've been around the world and have seen like the backs of hotels and elevators. i want to go back to those places and like walk in the front door, spend some time. see a sight without security, so
there's a whole travel bucket list of places that i want to go to and go back to. >> you've got time. >> got some time. >> got to do it young. this book tour, i know you'll be at the united center. >> but we're not going to tour the book forever. >> no, no, no, but, you know, we had the special that was so well received and people were really touched by your reaction to princeton students, young women who were there on campus now and the example that you set for them. in fact, there's one woman that caught your eye, in particular, let's look at this tape. belinda there on the campus. >> thank you, just from the bottom of my heart. i can't thank you enough and i hope to one day be able to convey that in person, but thank you. >> have you ever seen her in person? >> is she here? >> i'm sorry. >> why did you do that? >> we did feel bad. she thought -- >> it's like the cameras like she's going to come out. >> here she is. here she is. >> well, here she is right now. belinda, come on up.
[ cheers and applause ] >> come on up. [ cheers and applause ] >> it's like a dream come true. you are beautiful. >> that's my brother. >> you get a hug too. >> thank you. >> oh, my god. what year are you? >> i'm a senior. >> you're almost out of here. >> i'm almost done. >> your thesis. >> thesis under way. job secured, everything. >> go, girl. [ applause ] >> it is an honor to be able to meet you. four years ago when i was a high school senior i considered princeton because my mom said you went to princeton, and that changed my life, and even through all the difficulties and triumphs, like, being a first generation college student, knowing that you did it helped me and so many other black women, students at princeton persevere, so thank you from the bottom of my heart. >> my goodness, thank you. i'm very proud of you. [ applause ]
>> thank you. >> thank you, belinda. thank you, thank you, thank you very much. and by the way, every student that was shown that video will be seeing you on tour so not just going to be belinda, everybody that saw you in that video is going to be seeing you. what are you most proud of that you accomplished in the white house? [ applause ] >> being an inspiration to younger people. i mean, i feel like that's our main responsibility as adults, is to be role models to the young people to follow, and, you know, for all the kids who felt some kind of inspiration and ability to do just a little bit more than they thought they could because of something that me or barack or you or my brother have done, that's -- what more could we ask for? right? [ applause ] >> well, thank you. thank you, belinda. thank you. [ applause ]
and, guys, in case you haven't heard, "becoming" is out now. the book is out now. [ applause ] >> so go to your bookstores and buy a copy. let's now go to ginger. ginger? >> oh, my goodness, poor patrice here, our disney fan says, i want to be with michelle obama. not with -- no, this is pretty cool, still. because we are here in a place that we're not telling you yet. we have traveled now 13,000 miles. this girl is being a trouper and we have 10,000 left to go. speaking of travel real quick this is duffy created by minnie for mickey. i'm disney-bounding. unique only to this place we are. you have the cookie ears on. it's unique only to this place. you are
good morning, north bay. let's get up and get going. >> this is abc 7 mornings. >> and good morning. it's 8:27. i'm reggie aqui from abc 7 mornings. firefighters are on alert for flare-ups from a small grassfire in the santa cruz mountains. it broke out near uc santa cruz and the fire spread to about two acres of trees and brush before firefighters were able to surround it. no word on how that fire may have started. fire crews, of course all over the bay area are on alert, because of the high fire danger. alexis how does traffic look? >> well we've got several issues on the board right now. taking a look at that bay bridge toll plaza, where we do have a collision reported just before the tollbooth here. i'm not seeing it on camera and i think they may have cleared it just a few minutes ago. but we definitely have a backup into the maze. and very heavy here in the south bay and northbound 280.
now your accuweather forecast with mike nicco. >> we do have a few areas where the air is slightly healthy right now. you can see the yellow in the southern part of the peninsula. otherwise, it's another spare the air day and most of us will have poor air quality all day today. look at that visibility. delays at sfo, unhealthy air quality all day on mass transit, on the roads, ferry, no matter
what. things will start to clear up saturday. reggie? >> mike, we are looki ♪ you know, we have a great audience and you have to have a great guest. >> yes. >> yes, and our next guest is just that. she's an oscar winner, an emmy winner and a tony award winner. we have loved her in everything from "fences" to "the suicide quad" and, of course, "how to get away with murder." but now she's starring in the new film "widows." please welcome the one, the only viola davis. [ cheers and applause ] >> hi. >> you look great. >> hey. [ applause ] >> thanks for coming in. >> yes. >> absolutely. [ applause ] >> welcome, welcome, welcome.
>> stunning. as always. >> thank you. >> well, first of all, we want to congratulate you. last night you were honored at "glamour's" women of the year awards. >> thank you. >> so congratulations to you. >> thank you. >> and you have such an incredible outlook on life and we love following you on instagram because you always give inspiration and you have all these mantras, so i'm just curious after reading all these, do you have one that you say to yourself every day? >> do i have one that i say to myself? >> or a favorite one. >> you know, my favorite, favorite one is the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. that's my favorite. because i know that now i also have the other one that you don't have to hustle for your worth. you don't have to barter for it. you are just born worthy. that's my other one, too, because -- >> i have to write these down. >> anything that gives me
permission to just be messy, to just be imperfectly perfect, because otherwise as a mom, my schedule, you know, every once in a while i'm struggling with the extra 10, 15 pounds of weight. if i know that i have to always be perfect and have it going on every day it levels me. it just makes me -- it makes me feel -- i go to bed going i didn't do this right and then i wake up going, okay, i wasn't this, i wasn't that, so i start the day off with negative thoughts, i go to bed with negative thoughts, i don't want to give that image to other girls especially. i really don't. >> especially genesis. >> especially genesis, and i want her to know that exactly who she is is enough, you know? >> it seems that your spirit and mantras are definitely taking hold in her. i love that she has given you advice. in one case in particular, that you shared with us that left you a little bit speechless. >> oh, yeah, we were in the jacuzzi, it wasn't on.
she was just swimming in there like a warm little bath, you know, and she was just listening to me on the phone with my manager. i don't know, haggling over something and she said, mommy, mommy, put the phone down. i got to tell you don't let anybody put their life into your life, okay. and they put their life into your life you have to tell them to get out because they don't have the passcode. >> sounds like you have a new manager. >> look at me. i put the phone down and i said, genesis, say that again so i can write it down. >> that's 8 years old. >> no, that was 5. >> that was 5 years old when she did that. >> that's called an old soul. >> yeah, she teaches me a lot. >> seems like she has this effect on everybody. on the -- she spent some time with you on the set of "widows," and your co-star said that she was a guardian angel. what was she like on set around the cast? >> she was working with the makeup artist every single morning.
the makeup artist, she's like a buddhist and she loved working with her so every morning she had to get up at 5:00, she said i got to work with calla davey, mommy, but she's just fun. genesis is fun. genesis and julie, they're the outgoing people, the mayors of everywhere. me, i'm so introverted and shy and all of that, but she -- genesis even calls elizabeth and cynthia who is also in the movie. she has them on speed dial on my phone. she takes my phone and she calls them on speed and she texts them. >> i love that. >> she sends them little emojis and i'm, like, genesis, they're busy. >> you may be shy but you're pretty fierce in this movie. you play a widow. your husband was a thief and you bring together all the widows to finish their job. you guys want to take a look? >> yeah. >> over here we have $2 million. 40 tupperware boxes, each has
$50,000 in $50 bills and weighs 88 pounds. >> feel like i'm in school. >> tell me about it. >> we got to start thinking like professionals. we're in business together. this isn't going to be some cozy reunion. after this job, we're done. we have three days to look and move like a team of men. the best thing we have going for us is being who we are. [ applause ] >> a little sneak peek. as you probably guessed, our audience and you at home is all about girl power to the nth degree. >> absolutely. >> but you guys also felt it behind the scenes. everybody has said there was a real connection between you ladies. >> real connection. once again, we gave each other permission to be who we are, you know, and the movie is all about taking ownership of your life and our first meeting, we went to a five-star michelin-rated restaurant called grace. i remember it and it was one of those restaurants very classy, very quiet, and we were so loud and when i say loud, i mean so
loud i was shocked that they didn't throw us out of that restaurant and that was our first meeting and i was like, this is good. this is going to be a good start. >> is it true you almost didn't take the movie? >> no, it wasn't me. it was michelle rodriguez. i'm always putting everything on michelle rodriguez. she's the loudest. but, no, me, i was like, i'm in it. i just felt that this movie was like i always say the heist is just a metaphor for women saying, you know what, my life isn't working for me, i got to pay my bills, i got to do so i'm going to make it work. >> not encouraging a heist. >> i'm not normalizing but it's a metaphor and steve mcqueen, awesomeness. >> great movie. i loved it. metaphor for handling your business when you have to. >> absolutely and that's what women have to do. you have a lot of single mothers out there. you have a lot of people you -- you have to pay the bills, dealing with no health insurance.
they have to get it done and this movie just -- you'll see! >> you'll see. >> it's for the girls. >> trust me, it's worth it. >> and the guys. there's some good guys in there. >> worth it for you to see it. it is "widows." it hits theaters on friday, make sure you check out viola davis, everybody. [ applause ] and coming up, hugh jackman is here live. we will be right back. ut viola davis, everybody. [ applause ] and coming up, hugh jackman is here live. you know when you're at ross and you realize it's time your sister stopped borrowing your sweaters? yes! that's yes for less. stop stealing mine... never. the perfect sweater makes the perfect holiday gift. and it feels even better when you find it for less - at ross. yes for less.
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we are back with our friend hugh jackman. he does it all, everything from action movies to musicals and now he's taking on political scandal in "the front runner" and he plays senator gary hart, whose rising star presidential campaign crashed to earth after an extramarital affair. take a look. >> is that your announcement speech? okay, you said -- you said we must hold ourselves accountable to the highest possible standards of integrity and ethics. then why are we standing here? why are we standing in an alley on a saturday night? i mean, don't you think you owe it to us to be forthcoming? >> owe it to you? >> you're denying what we're seeing with our own eyes. >> the only thing i deny somehow you have the right to ask me these things. >> you're running for president. >> i'm aware of that. it's in the papers. i know full well what my responsibilities are. do you know yours? [ applause ] >> yeah, i got to congratulate you on this.
you captured gary hart so well. >> thank you. >> in this movie and what a challenge to play someone who is going to go watch the movie. >> oh, yeah, it was -- first of all, thank you for saying that because you were a big part of our research, the documentary, the war room which we all watched, the entire crew watched. jason reitman, our director who is in the front row there, who co-wrote it, and it made us see it because we wanted it to feel like what a real campaign was, that waldron and, yes, i've never played someone alive. it's obviously true events and knowing that that person who i'm now friends with and i admire greatly was going to see the film. i was super nervous. >> you saw him before. have you seen him since? >> i haven't seen him since. but we spoke a lot. yesterday and i went to stay with him and went up with him and lee and andrea and jack, so we, yeah, i spent some time with him and he was amazingly open and warm. he met me at the airport, curbside, drove me back to his house and answered any questions
i had. >> played a senator, i hear your wife calls you senator. what is that about? >> i have a little bit of a habit because i was a waiter for many years and i worked at a gas station so, every time i go into a restaurant, i always say, what's your name and she's oh, senator jackman, but i just -- my mum always said make sure everybody feels appreciated. every person on the planet needs to feel appreciated. doesn't matter what they do. doesn't matter who they are, and that was always drummed into me, and so, if i ever do that with a waiter or, you know, a gas station attendant -- she always makes fun of me. >> you're not tempted by politics? >> not really. i think i'm too thin skinned. the moment you sign up for politics, first of all, immediately half the planet hates you and then a good percentage of them are literally trying to run you off the road. >> and that's one thing you captured about gary hart too, as
well, he bristled. >> he was a very private person, and you're running for the most public job in the world in a way, you know, the president of the united states so, there was this push and pull with him and he was -- and still is, i shouldn't -- he's an incredible intellect. had so many great ideas and really could see into the future in many, many ways and he found it really difficult to kind of go with that and the ideas and governing with people wanting to know whether he wore boxers or briefs or what his dog's name is. >> that's what happens. >> how is this relevant? and that's what the movie is about, what is relevant over what is interesting. >> and it makes the viewers go figure that out for themselves as well and you mentioned director jason reitman is here. congratulations to you as well. [ applause ] >> thank you. >> hugh is australian. you're a canadian. what is it about this moment in american politics that you wanted to capture? >> that draws an australian and canadian. just a little perspective. look, i'm like everyone here, i wake up and i wonder, you know, how the heck did we get here? i think we're all feeling that these days no matter what you believe in and what side you're on, and in this story,
beyond it being kind of an entertaining thriller, it felt like there were seeds in 1987 that took us to 2018. >> you see that and you almost look at the way that gary hart handled things back then and you think, boy, that's almost quaint. that's not what would happen today. >> it's amazing how quick things have changed and there's something that the author of the book we adapted, identified about that moment, the birth of the 24-hour news cycle, and kind of the beginning of the conversation about gender and the beginning of the conversation about what is a public life, what is a private life that all came to a head in this one week. >> meanwhile as time goes by, you just celebrated a big birthday, 50. >> yeah. >> was it a big one for you? >> i mean, i was totally fine with it. but -- and my wife was -- i was like, we don't need to do much. deb was not having that, so we had a party and we danced. you know, when you dance you kind of like feel like you've just got out of a swimming pool fully clothed like the sweat dripping and that was great, so, you know, it was like all the women's shoes off dancing on
tables, it was great fun. >> fantastic. happy birthday. congratulations. "the front runner" is in select theaters. everywhere on thanksgiving. ginger, where are you? ♪ >> good mornin welcome to hong kong. >> did you hear mickey? he said hong kong. [ speaking a foreign language ] >> that means good morning in cantonese. we made it to hong kong disneyland, just barely, right? we got off that plane and hit the ground and only had 90 minutes but we did it. >> we did it. >> introduce who is behind us. >> that's the star mac truck from "cars." we saw him in the paint the night parade. it was absolutely amazing, wasn't it, ginger? >> it was so much fun. it was like the disney remix. it was a lot of fun. >> yeah, you were jamming.
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more than 13,000 miles on four airplanes, 27 1/2 hours in the air since our journey began. our plan to tackle hong kong disneyland with just 90 minutes on the ground. so, patrice, this is a big park. >> yes. >> we have 90 minutes till it closes. >> what? 90 minutes? >> so here's the plan. divide and conquer. >> all right, let's go. >> reporter: you do grizzly gulch and we'll meet in the middle for mystic manor and paint the night. >> so excited to be here. this is amazing. >> reporter: ironman, check. grizzly gulch, check. >> whoo, that was great. okay. looks like i got to go to my next ride. let's go. >> reporter: the we love mickey show, check. ♪ meet the beloved cookie and duffy? you bet.
double high-fives. yes. mystic manor may have to wait. we're behind on schedule. may as well go to the future. >> yes. >> tomorrowland. >> i'm definitely okay with that. >> i feel like i'm already in tomorrow. >> me too. >> oh, wait, we are. >> we are. >> reporter: with the clock ticking, a dash of dim sum with a disney touch. >> let's do this. >> mickey pancakes. >> reporter: last stop we high-tail it to the spectacular paint the night parade. ♪ >> yes! mickey. whoo! >> m-o-u-s-e. >> mission accomplished. >> we did it. >> yes. >> all right. so you know that we're not just having fun. this is all on a mission. we are hoping that you will join
us and share your ears. all you got to do, take a picture of yourself, get creative. you don't even have to have full on mickey ears, just something that represents a mickey ear. you can make it if you want to. take a picture, share it publicly on twitter, facebook or instagram, and disney is going to donate $5 for every one of those that has the #shareyourears to make-a-wish up to $2 million. it's a great deal. >> absolutely. >> you have one that you love. >> oh, right. so i saw ryan and lauren's engagement photo and i got married at disney and honeymooned there, ginger, as you know, and when i saw their picture it totally took me back. happy engagement to them. >> i guess it's time to say good-bye. so long, everybody. >> certainly is. mwah. mickey, we got to go. we'll see you later. >> ah. >> you didn't think i'd forget, did you? >> ah, mickey. #shareyourears for make-a-wish. glad they got some dim sung. >> we need some ears.
before we go, we've got a programming note. it's the 20th anniversary of the impeachment proceedings of former president bill clinton and the a&e network released a new trailer for its epic six-part documentary series "the impeachment of bill clinton" featuring never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews about the biggest political scandal of a generation. that three-night special event begins this sunday only on a&e. >> thank you all and thanks for watching. have a great tuesday, everybody. we'll see you tomorrow. we'll see you tomorrow. watching. have a great tuesday, everybody. we'll see you tomorrow.
good morning, bay area. let's get up and get going. >> this is abc 7 mornings. >> and good morning. it's 8:59. i'm reggie aqui from abc 7 mornings. and as you can see, that smoke is lingering. hi, mike nicco. >> hey, reggie. hi everybody. some good news. the yellow still showing up on the southern peninsula. that's the only area of cleaner air right now. all of us under a spare air again today. and it's going to be unhealthy to be outside. so danger all throughout the day. here's a look at my accuweather seven-day forecast. friday the winds start to shift. look for less smoke this weekend. and a chance of rain next week. >> alexis? >> all right. taking a look at roads, we've got a lot of incidents on the board at this point. i want did take a long time to ramp up but it is here now. we have a crash blocking at least one lane. you're jammed all the way back up into novato and here's another look at some smoky skies, state route 92 across the san mateo bridge we've got that unhealthy air.
reggie? >> alexis thank you. time now for "live with kelly & ryan" that starts at 9:00 a.m. we'll be bac >> announcer: it's "live with kelly and ryan!" today, academy award winner and star of the new film "robin hood," jamie foxx. plus connie seacrest takes on the studio kitchen as we continue to be 20. all next on "live!" and now, here are kelly ripa and ryan seacrest! [cheers and applause] ♪ ♪