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stay home tomorrow over coronavirus safety concerns, and all of this is putting pressure on the biden administration after the president said he would reopen most elementary and middle schools in his first hundred days. let's bring mark meredith in now. he has more from wilmington, test, where the president is spending the weekend. mark in. >> reporter: arthel, good afternoon. chicago and philadelphia, just two city of many that are trying to figure out if and when their teachers and students will go back to school. you mentioned the biggest news today which is that tentative agreement out of chicago that would push back the way, the timing of when some teachers can return to the classroom. not a done deal yet, but certainly an indication there could be more compromises in the days and weeks ahead. now, chicago is urging its teachers not to strike the, not to not show up at all, that there could be consequences for such actions. the unions in chicago representing the teachers were upset about the ventilation inside school buildings, also
demanding that teachers have more access to vaccines before they would go back to work. chicago's mayor said today she is hopeful those concerns have have now been addressed. >> at long last, cps has finally reached a tentative agreement with the chicago teachers union that opens up the school doors for safe in-person learning for our pre-k, cluster and k-8 students. >> reporter: now, it's important to point out that this is not a done deal yet. the chicago's teachers union issued a tweet this afternoon saying our rank and file members are reviewing the framework, and their leadership will determine how we proceed. nothing is perfect, but this moment and our work for nearly a year has once again proved there is no collective good without collect i action. we'll continue to watch. for president biden, this is more than a health and education issue, this is a political issue. he's vowed to be the strongest supporter of unions he can be, and the white house as well as
top health officials have been trying to balance the needs of not only parent, teachers, but unions. take a listen. >> also want to make it clear that there is increasing data to suggest that schools can safely reopen and that that safe reopening does not suggest that teachers need to be vaccinated in order to reopen safely. >> dr. who eleven sky spoke to this in her personal capacity. we're going to wait for the final guidance to come out so we can use that as a guide for schools around the country. the president is absolutely committed to reopening schools. he wants them not just to reopen, but to stay open. and he wants to do that in a safe way. >> reporter: some republicans are criticizing the white house's approach, pointing to the money that teachers unions have donated to democratic candidates in the past. it's traditional that we'll see a lot of those donations go to democratic candidates over republicans, but among those frustrated with this reopening plan dragging on, wisconsin
senator ron johnson. >> only follow the science when it supports their policy prescriptions. the science says that children are not generally carriers. the seasonal flu is much more dangerous to children than covid is, so why not open up the schools? >> reporter: health experts as well as lawmakers from both parties have made it clear they think there are real mental health consequences if remote learning were to continue on and on throughout the rest of this year. that's something we're going to hear a lot more as the debate continues not only in chicago, but as you mentioned, in philadelphia where there's a possibility again that teachers may not show up tomorrow. arthel? arthel: yeah. and in fairness, president biden's first 100 days are not up until april 29th. mark meredith in wilmington, delaware, thank you. we're going to have more on this with a.b. stoddard in a few minutes. we will ask is 100 days too long to wait. eric? eric: arthel, there was another protest in washington, d.c. last night, and reports say some of
those protesters were chanting burn it down, allegedly heard during the demonstrations and what witnesses say appeared to be an anti-fascist group joining a black lives matter march. a heavy police presence surrounding the demonstrators, but no arrests were made. david spunt reports on this from the justice department. >> reporter: d.c. police were out in force saturday afternoon into the evening as things turned from a peaceful protest into what some on the ground called chaos. we want to show you a little bit of video. what began as a march to honor black history month in the afternoon turned into chaos as night fell. different groups joined in large numbers, and those on the ground spotted what appears to be an antifa flag, this happened north in dupont circle, several d.c. police pushing protesters back. those on the scene noticed the flag was an anti-fascist action flag carried by a group dressed in black. the group at one point stopped
in front of restaurants for a brief moment yelling, quote: no kkk, no fascist usa. the group also said we are here tonight, black lives matter, and despite black lives matter, black people are still i dying at the hands of police paid for by our tax dollars. a spokesman for the d.c. police department tells fox news there are no arrests to report. in washington, david spunt, fox news. arthel: david, thank you. well, as new york expands eligibility lists for krone from a virus -- coronavirus shots, many new new yorkers are having problems securing their second doses while others are getting the run-around trying to get their first shots. let's go to alex hogan live in snowy new york city. alex? >> reporter: hi, arthel. new york so far has administered 87 of the first doses that it's received from the federal government, but one council member is urging the mayor to really boost up the urgency of
this rollout. now, this council member, mark trager, tweeted a video from last week at a vaccination center that was basically patientless. trager, outraged, said he was told they didn't update appointment availability online. the council member calling on the city and the mayor to respond. >> make sure that your web sites, your hotlines are updated regularly to reflect availability. what happened at abraham lincoln high school last weekend is unacceptable and shameful. no one was getting vaccinated. doses were in a fridge, meanwhile, my residents are desperately in need of vaccination. we should never see that happen again. >> reporter: the city health department responding to fox in a statement saying that sites were open that day to accommodate a limited number of rescheduled appointments from the prior week. every dose was used over the course of the weekend. well, this weekend is the opening of a new vaccine mega site in the city.
the rollout transforming the yankee stadium into a vaccination hub for bronx residents only. the move made to help the hardest-hit community with less access to medical care. so far the 15,000 weekly appointments are already booked. for health and safety reasons, no one -- including the press -- is allowed inside without an appointment. because of the storm, arthel, many appointments will be canceled today and potentially moving forward, according to governor cuomo, but one thing we should note today the announcing the single-day positivity rate is down to 4%, a number we haven't seen in at least ten weeks. arthel? arthel: we remain hopeful because new york was, indeed, the epicenter last march. alex hogan, thank you very much. eric? eric: yeah, arthel. on this sunday on the other side of the country, indoor religious services back in session today across california. that after the supreme court ruled governor gavin newsom's decision to shut them down entirely was unconstitutional.
christina coleman live in our los angeles bureau with the latest on the services today. hi, christina. >> reporter: hi, eric. yeah, many church members say they are grateful for the court's ruling. we caught up with a parishioner here at st. monica catholic church, and he tells me being allowed to return to indoor worship services will give him a sense of normalcy during this pandemic. >> it's the church, kind of like our second home. there's a quality of family about this church. i guarantee you, they're still going to take every precautions. they're going to space people apart except for families. >> reporter: st. monica catholic church, which services some 7,000 families, is one of many churches across the state that adjusted worship services to state health guidelines. they now do a drive-up communion. this church is part of the arch diocese of angeles which
released a statement saying they're gratified with the supreme court's ruling. >> we're happy about the ruling, and we will open soon, we hope to open soon, but we want to make sure we have the proper health and safety protocols in order to protect our parishioners, our volunteers and our priests, of course. >> reporter: late friday the high court blocked california from enforcing its covid-related bans on indoor worship services. the california churches in this case argued the restrictions violated their religious liberties. justice neil gorsuch ruled in favor of lifting the indoor worship ban. he wrote in his opinion, quote: if hollywood may host a studio audience while not a single soul may enter california churches, synagogues and mosques, something has gone seriously awithdrew. three liberal -- awry. three liberal courts voted against it, justice elena kagan
wrote, quote: juls diss are not scientists, nor do we know much about public health policy, yet today the court replaces judgment of experts a autoe about how to respond to a raging pandemic. california just revised state the guidelines, so indoor worship services are allowed, but singing and chanting is still banned during worship services, and there are also still limits on capacity. eric? eric: all right, christina, thank you. arthel? arthel: well, from sunday mass to sunday pastime as we are a little more than two hours away from super bowl lv kicking off. the defending champion kansas city chiefs will take on the tampa bay buccaneers or. and like so much else these days, of course, the big game is going to look a little different this year. phil keating is there, live in tampa where the excitement is building ahead of the kickoff. hey, phil. >> reporter: hi, arthel. i can feel it, t getting bigger and bigger as we get towards
kickoff. now, due to the pandemic and all of the safety and health precautions and restrictions, this will, without a doubt, be a super bowl like none before. there will be fewer fans up there inside raymond james stadium, fewer super bowl parties at houses around the country, and a lot of sport bars are actually not going to be open tonight during the big game which is a big moneymaker for a sports bar because they don't want to encourage groups to gather together. just about two and a half hours now til kickoff, and long lines are here. ticketholders trying to get inside for super bowl lv around the stadium, roads are blocked off, traffic's a nightmare as people try to find their designated parking lot. for the first time in super bowl history, one of the two teams playing is playing in their home stadium, so all week long tampa bay has been soaring in super bowl spirit. the super bowl fan experience spread out over four locations along the scenic riverwalk, and crowds of buccaneers, chiefs and
everyday football fans were just super excited. hourly fireworks every night downtown from the city's iconic pirate ship have led to the festive atmosphere. despite coronavirus and all of the health restrictions and protocols, tampa has been looking like a host city. just glistening. due to coronavirus, mask wearing is mandatory at all events including the entire game. inside the stadium you'll first have to get a temperature check and a health screening. this will be the least attended super bowl ever, just 25,000 spectators, that's one-third of capacity. in fact, life-sized cutouts that fans paid $100 to be sitting in the seats, they will actually outnumber real people. there are 30,000 of them. should make for some better television broadcast coverage. you're looking live now at some of the lucky fans who, a, have tickets and, b, have made it through security and all of the logistical channels. they are inside -- challenges. they are inside around the
stadium, walking to go in and get to their seats for quarterback tom brady, this will be his record tenth super bowl appearance, and he is, of course, vying to set another record, a seventh super bowl victory. for quarterback patrick mahomes, this is his second straight super bowl. he's the young gun, hottest quarterback in the past two years and he, of course, is hoping to repeat that amazing comeback performance with 13 minutes to go in the fourth quarter last year down in miami, defeating the 49ers of san francisco. arthel? arthel: reasons to cheer for both of those guys. i still am not sure which way i'm going, phil keating. all right, thank you. >> reporter: all right, take care. eric and we're going of to have much more on the ways in which the super bowl is different and will be unlike any other. not just the game and the stadium, but also the super bowl parties and even the commercials too. lawrence jones and abby horn check right here with a preview.
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♪ >> it would be very helpful if the president and the first lady would be willing to intervene here and try to encourage american teachers to get back into the classroom. i could tell you the teachers i speak to in new york city and many of those e who work in our schools, they do want to go back to work. and parents certainly want to have their children back in the classroom. arthel: chicago mayor lori lightfoot and the chicago teachers union strike a tentative deal -- not been signed off by the teachers just yet. however, some chicago teachers could return to the classroom later this week. here to talk about it, real clear politics associate editor a.b. today the ard. so again, a.b., the agreement is tentative. teachers will sign off on it tuesday, i understand, or send it back to the bargaining table. how do you see this unfolding? >> well, it's complicated because the federal government doesn't have the power to make this happen.
it's going to happen across battle lines in states and localities across the country with different needs and different influences, teachers unions among them. i think that that for the biden administration you can see in their first few weeks this is something they knew that would come up, but they haven't resolved it. they are a very tight-knit team, is so there's not been any leaking about the conversations that are taking place, but his pledge to open up schools, his push to open up schools, as many as possible by the end of his first hundred days, is running into these questions about whether or not the c, the c has -- cdc has given guidelines showing without vaccines schools are not vectors of high transmission and should be open for in-person learning now. arthel: a.b., to that -- but if i may jump in, to that part, that's where the confusion sets in. as you said, president biden says he's going to follow the science -- >> exactly.
arthel: -- but he hasn't reopened the schools just yet. while you're saying at the same time you've got the cdc saying last we heard from them that teachers would not need to be vaccinated to safely reopen schools. so that's a green light. so it's contradictory, it's confusion. and you pointed out that the president can't exactly mandate how, you know, local school districts handle the situation, but how can the president help, and does he have until april 29th to get manager done? >> -- something done? >> well, first of all, no, or because schools are trying to negotiate. in my school district right now, how to reopen in march for in-person learning, and that's long before the end of the hundred days. certainly, he doesn't have the responsibility as the federal level, but he certainly can provide a big push with a full-throated endorsement of for coming out and opening schools to all the governors and
officials making these decisions at state and local level. the thing that's interesting is that they pack backed off the cdc silence saying that the head of the cdc when he said teachers didn't need vaccinations was speaking in her personal capacity. it makes me think they are trying when they talk about final guidelines, jen psaki said last week they'd be awaiting final guidelines. it seems like they might be trying to straddle this and come up with a plan to advantage a city nate -- vaccinate more teachers to make this happen sooner, and they're refusing to sort of say that right now. i don't know what the final guidelines will be. they are coming into this, this administration came into office saying that they were going to follow the science exactly where it led, the science that the cdc has provided. so i don't know if it's going to be a situation where they try to buffer this by saying we have effective rapid tests for teachers and we're going to vaccinate the bulk of them or at least in places where
communities are not -- where the ventilation is old and terrible in really old schools, etc., or teachers with co-morbidities. but you can tell that they're in this holding pattern i thought would be resolved before they were in office. they knew this was coming. it's a very volatile political issue, one that is going to dog democrats in the midterm elections even if it wasn't decided at the federal level. so i anticipate that they're trying to come up with some way to split the baby, and it'll be interesting to see what those, quote, final cdc guidelines are. arthel: i agree with you. i would think that they're trying to figure out a way to get teachers prioritized and get them vaccinated and get them rack city nateed now. of course, those teachers who want to be vaccinated. and also to your point, there are some schools that don't have proper ventilation, so i think that's what they would be trying to work on. but they've got to get the teachers vaccinated because
that's the argument -- i'm sure you agree -- a lot of the teachers are saying, look, i want to get back to the classroom too, but i want to get there safely, and they're not sure about the guidelines. in fact, they don't care about the guidelines. my personal preference is i want to be vaccinated before i go back into the classroom. >> what's interesting is my very best friend is a teacher in a place that redid their ventilation, and they were not vaccination, but they did perfectly fine, much to everyone's relief of and surprise. in a lot of places, it can work without vaccines for the teachers. i wonder, again, if the government's going the push, as you said, to get them closer to the line. but it shows not every one of these teachers will have to be prioritized. arthel: well, the first lady is a teacher, so i'll bet she's rooting for the teachers and getting kids back into the classroom as soon as possible. real clear politics associate editor a.b. stoddard, thank you.
>> thanks, arthel. arthel: take care. eric? eric: thanks, arthel and a.b.. a loss of a giant of american diplomacy. former is secretary of state george schultz who famously worked alongside president ronald reagan to end the cold war has died. mr. schultz was 100 years old. mike emmanuel now looks back on a high and a career that made history. >> reporter: in a singular career, george p. schultz, that man for all washington seasons, achieved his most enduring mark as secretary of state under president reagan. when schultz stewarded american foreign policy in what proved to be the final years of the cold war, he had already served his country as secretary of the treasury and secretary of labor under president nixon, not to mention as the very first director of the office of management and budget. indeed, schultz was one of only a handful of americans to serve in four cabinet posts. born in new york city on december 13, 1920, schultz grew up in engelwood, new jersey.
he graduated with honors from princeton and would eventually earn his ph.d. in economics from mit. but schultz also joined the marines, an experience that taught him an important lesson about diplomacy. >> when i was in marine corps boot camp, the sergeant hands me my rifle and says take good care of this rifle, this is your best friend. and remember one thing, never point this rifle at anyone i unless you're willing to pull the trigger. no empty threats. >> reporter: in 1946 schultz married military nurse, lieutenant helena o'brien with whom he would have five children. after teaching at the university of chicago and stanford university, schultz was tapped to serve in the nixon administration. as treasury secretary, he negotiated trade protocols with the soviet union, and he made important contributions in the areas of school desegregation and affirmative action policy. schultz returned to private life as president of the engineering
and construction firm the bechtel group but returned to the cabinet as ronald reagan's secretary of state. schultz's tenure as america's top diplomat is remembered by historians as one of the century's most successful, leading to landmark arms control treaties and the policies that would see the united states through the dangerous trade of the collapse of the soviet union. schultz likened foreign policy decision making to gardening with the need for constant maintenance. >> well, you come to somebody when you've got a big problem and that's the only time you see them, it's not going to be anywhere near as good as if you get to know them and listen to them, hear their problems, let them hear yours. >> reporter: in his farewell address to the state department, schultz expressed optimism about america's future standing in the world. >> i find that while some things are worse, much is better. there can be no doubt that the united states, its allies and friends are stronger, more prosperous and more secure today
than they were a decade ago. >> reporter: schultz returned to the bechtel group and to stanford as a professor at the hoover institute. in 1997, two years after his first wife's death, he married charlotte swig, a san francisco socialite. among his numerous awards, the medal of freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, awarded to him in 1989. throughout his life schultz remained a champion of democracy and a man of public service. >> however historians record our struggles, our successes and failures, it may be written of us they served the public, they engaged the world, they pursued the finest aspirations of our country. thank you. [applause] so through ancestry, i discovered my great aunt ruth
arthel: well, with the pandemic limiting many restaurants across the country to little or no indoor dining, the super bowl is providing a much-needed boost to businesses through catering and to-go orders. charles watson's live in atlanta with the story. hey, charles. >> reporter: hey, arthel. businesses like fox brothers barbecue are pivoting to their to-go and catering services to keep super bowl business steady. the owners have been pushing their customers to get those orders in early with their catering business, and that's what we've seen throughout the day, folks pouring in here of course keeping their distance, but fox brothers, they've got this off-site location pumping out hundreds of pounds of chicken, ribs and brisket so they can get those orders out the door while their restaurant handles limited in-person dining for the big game. the business has been an atlanta staple for the last 13 years, but with the pandemic disrupting
life as we know it, even they're scrambling to reinvent themselves to try and stop some of the financial loss they've seen over the last year or so. >> we had a staff of, you know, 100 plus, and we had to furlough them, and, you know, we have been trying to get creative on how to, you know, make things happen on the catering. with covid we did see, like, a dramatic increase in catering preorder, especially thanksgiving and christmas. and our super bowl orders are up. so i think people are, you know, kind of seeing those moments of opportunity and the ease of, you know, not having to come here and wait. >> reporter: and, you know, that's really helped fox brothers super bowl weekend sales to stay consistent with what they've been able to do in the past. they're doing big business today. they estimate that by closing time they will have sold anywhere between 18-20,000
chicken wings and at least 700 racks of ribs. and, you know, arthel, i've got a little snack to take care of after we're done with this live shot. i'm willing to share with you and eric, all you guys gotta do is just get down here to atlanta. arthel: got the baby backs! yes, yes, my kind of guy. i was going to ask. you can't be in that kitchen and not have something. just be real about it. baby backs, brisket, poe potato salad and corn on the cob waiting at home. there you go. charles9 watson, thank you. see you. [laughter] eric: yeah, charles really knows how to rub it in. man, oh, man. fox brothers on fox news channel. you know the coronavirus pandemic is causing the super bowl to be unlike any ever played before. of let's take a look live at raymond james stadium in tampa. only a limited number of fans will be on hand, about 7,500 tickets given to health workers
as a thank you. won't be as many parties there and even the commercials that we're going to see tonight are going to be different. for a closer look, lawrence jones is here, fox news contributor, abby hornacek, fox nation, hosting saturday night in america, tonight, 10 p.m. eastern, right here on the fox news channel. lawrence, let me start with you. it's going to be the battle of the ages, some 42-year-old guy versus a kid. what are you expecting? >> it's going to be a big fight. you know, you've got the legend in tom brady who, obviously, has a career that speaks for himself. but patrick mahomes is someone that shouldn't be counted out. i mean, you've got to put him away early. if not, he's not one of those type of quarterbacks that you can come back and defeat him. so this is going to be an interesting game. don't count out tom brady though. he's a guy with a lot of experience. will "gronk" show up and make this super bowl that we've all
been waiting for? eric: abby, what do you think? they say that brady can hit the target more than mahomes, but mahomes keeps 'em guessing. >> yeah, definitely. i didn't realize there was a game on tonight, so i'll have to tune into that. [laughter] no, you know, we've been talking so much about this quarterback battle, but i would challenge people to look at the defenses. you always hear defense wins championships, and if they truly are two great quarterbacks, you have to look at how they'll be defended. the chiefs will do a great job. they got steve spagnuolo last year and, coincidentally, he's been rebuilding that chiefs' defense. and tom brady, if not the greatest passer of all time in the pocket, but if you push him out of the pocket, he struggles more. i'm going to go with the chiefs though, let's hope that's right. if it's not right, we're going to forget this, right? [laughter] eric: yeah, there won't be a tape. don't worry about that. lawrence, who do you -- actually, mahomes has some
better stats than brady. who do you have your money on in. >> yeah, i've got money on patrick mahomes. look, but i won't be upset if brady wins. i think the comeback story of leaving belichick and being automobile to win it, he has the potential of probably retiring, or he may come back for another one. but i do think patrick mahomes has the fire in his belly. it's something about when you're young and you want to prove it to everyone that he still -- even though he won it last year, i think there's still some fire left. we've still got a lot to talk about. we're going to talk about politics as well. that big interview that president biden just gave, we're going to talk about that all tonight at 10 eastern time. eric: oh, yeah, we can't legally show some of that interview now, but give us a preview. >> yes, yes, we're going to talk about the super bowl, some of the politics of the day, that big interview that joe biden just gave. a lot of moving the goalposts on some stuff. nobody wants to just talk about politics on super bowl sunday.
eric: yeah. and, abby, coming from a sports family, you know what it's like from the family point of view. your father jeff, of course, nba star with the sixers, the jazz, and he was also -- helped the knicks and the suns. you've got to be nervous as a family member. what's it like behind the scenes? >> yeah, definitely. you know, this is a big game for everyone involved. you look at tom brady, he's definitely a family man, but so is patrick mahomes who just got engaged, a baby on the way, very exciting time. and i also have a soft spot for coaches since my dad is also a coach. you know, it's sometimes you look at andy reid, it was so exciting this year, we'll see who takes it this year. but, yeah, the families are definitely ones to consider. thanks for bringing that up, eric shawn. this is a big day, you know, as a family member. >> yeah, eric, we may or may not play some footage of abby throwing the football. i know people know about her basketball skills, but she can
throw the football. i'm here to tell you. >> you're too kind. you give me too much credit. more than i deserve. eric: all right, watch the came, cock -- come back to the fox news channel and see lawrence and abby tonight. be sure to catch both of them tonight -- sorry, sunday night in america, 10 p.m. eastern time right here on the fox news channel. arthel.
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abuse. they're the first two agents to die on the job since 2014. eric: bless their memory. china wants to target american students. that's what tennessee senator marsha blackburn and others say about an asian-backed educational program that they want out of your children's classroom. critics say china is trying to indoctrinate our children through the use of a chinese educational program that is taught in some of our nation's schools. confucius institutes for the beijing-backed global educational programs that have been widespread in u.s. universities, but some have been shut down and kicked off more than campuses accused of spreading pro-can china con -- pro-china content in their curriculum. but as it turns occupant, the is centers are not just for college-aged students but elementary and high school classrooms starting as young as
kindergarten. rochelle peterson, senior research fellow at the national association of scholars, says beijing's real goal is to spread communist party propaganda in our school systems. >> it's deeply alarming to see the propaganda being taught the american students, but it's even more alarming to see the way that the institutions that students depend on -- their schools, their teachers, their principals, their administrators -- how these institutions and these leaders are being molded and shaped to accept the chinese government's incursions and even to promote them. eric: china brands such claims as, quote, unfortunate politicized lies and says, quote: the classrooms are open and transparent and come in strict compliance with laws and regulations of the host institutions. they have been proved to be a bridge connecting the u.s. and china in techsal and cultural -- in educational and cultural
exchanges. >> this was a wonderful opening for them to spread their propaganda. eric: but tennessee republican senator marsha blackburn wants china out of our children's classrooms. she's trying to ban or restrict the confucius programs. she says they are teaching our kids the wrong lessons. they want to make certain that they are causing children today to be more friendly to the socialist, marxist ideas that they espouse in the chinese communist party and that these children will grow upping being more friendly -- up being more friendly and accepting a chinese communist party propaganda or chinese culture. eric: both blackburn and peterson believe american students should be able to learn mandarin and chinese culture if they want to but not to be taught by what beijing decides. >> american students do need to learn chinese.
they need exposure to chinese culture but not on the chinese government's terms. confucius classrooms are an inappropriate tool, and it's time to let them go. >> i think it's important that we separate the chinese people from the actions of the chinese communist party. and as we know that they have pushed forward with trying to expand these institutes, and we know they're very frustrated with us that now we're requiring transparency. eric: well, senator blackburn is one of the u.s. officials that china has sanctioned for her strong stance against the communist party there. she says she does hope that president biden will continue to call out china as she says president trump did when he was in office. we'll have more news when we come right back.
recite a poem before kickoff, the nation's first-ever youth poet laureate stole the show at the inauguration, and tonight the 22-year-old's poem will highlight three pandemic heroes. oneda is cofounder of the program, and we welcome you. amanda gorman, oh, my god, she grabbed the hearts and souls and -- of, you know, when she recited her original and powerful poem, the hill we climb, for the inauguration of president biden and vice president harris. what were you thinking when you were. watching amanda's poetic performance? >> thank you so much, arthel, for having me. i'm so excited, and i must say i had goose bumps, and i watched it over and over and over again, of course. and we were just all beaming with pride and how she represented our entire country. not only our program, but the entire country.
i was very pleased. arthel: and she represented so well. tell us why you cofounded the youth laureate program which, as we say, gave birth to the national youth poet laureate program. >> absolutely. well, i have to say, you know, i was the agency head for the new york city voter assistance commission, and what i wanted to do was to get, to increase the youth participation in voting, make sure they were registered to vote, make sure they were voting, but most of all i wanted them to find their voice on voting and what it meant to them. so i wanted to do that through their own medium of a spoken word, voter-themed competition. you know, they love spoken word, they love poetry, and i just dreamed if i could just get them to talk about voting in their poems, and that's what i did. i thought of a organization, urban org nyc, and we partnered
together to launch this program, and i was so very happy. the winner was then called the youth poet laureate, the first of its kind in this country. arthel: it's wonderful. and, you know, you said that young people are using spoken word to, and poetry to express their feelings. tell us more about why spoken word and poetry is so popular with today's youth that they use it for, you know, social commentary and to just, you know, give us their take on the world as they see it. why does it resonate with young people so much, this format? >> i tell you what, it's the same thing with rap, right? and it's not just now, it's part of our history, right? arthel: right. >> so amanda gorman is following our history of flils phyllis wheatley who was the first african-american to publish a book on poetry. so she's really following a legacy that has been put in place. and as well as with rap.
as well as with african drummers and storytelling. this is the how we tell our stories. and that's what i've found. i was trying to, you know, it was very easy for me to teach them how to register to vote and teach them how to go and vote, but the why is for personally. -- is very personally. arthel: oh, definitely. and you're right, it is part of history, and it's lovely to see the young people embrace it and take it and bring it to the world. onida wow ward mayors, i have to go. i got that go. [laughter] all right. eric and i will be back next weekend. thanks for watching us. [laughter] finish. ♪ ♪ smooth driving pays off you never been in better hands allstate click or call for a quote today is that net carbs or total?...
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>> a president has been clear that our risk of not having a package that is too big is having a package that is too small. greg: that's one thing we can agree on. the adults are back in the in charge. >> fema has requested active duty troops be used at vaccination centers set up across the country. the country. is the white house support that? >> we did ask her team about this. you or someone else may