Hi friends of "FOX & Friends,"
What a day. What a show!
At 5:59 a.m. ET, we were all in the studio, ready to do a perfectly produced program. By 6:10 a.m. BIG breaking news out of Baghdad prompted our producer to put the rundown in the shredder and we started a two hour and fifty minute ad-libbed show.
The first big story we watched unfold live was that American journalist, Jill Carroll, had been freed by her captors who dumped her off at an office building. After two heartbreaking videotapes, the world was relieved to hear she was alive and in good health. Despite being held by captors who she didn't know, she said they never threatened to hit her — although during one of the taped messages that her captors circulated around the world, it appeared that the way she was pleading to the viewing public, if the kidnappers demands were not met, she would be killed. Thankfully she will soon be in the loving arms of her family who have waited for almost three months to squeeze their girl.
Around 8:32 a.m. we were off to Morgantown, West Virginia as we watched Randall McCloy walk out of the hospital. The lone survivor of the Sago Mine disaster was also lucky to be alive. His wife Anna read a statement and we'd been told that Mr. McCloy would not speak. But he did. He stepped up to the microphones and, in an incredible bit of courage considering what he'd been through, thanked the people watching around the world: "I'd just like to thank everybody for their thoughts and prayers." He paused for a moment and then said, "I believe that's it." It was short but sweet and it was just what we wanted to hear. He was alive.
Because of the breaking news, we only touched on my favorite Washington story of the day: the dustup between Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and the U. S. Capitol Hill police. Apparently she zoomed around a metal detector as she entered a House office building and when an officer approached her (she doesn't wear the "Member's Pin" that signifies a member of Congress) she allegedly smacked the officer in the chest with her cell phone. An investigation is underway.
There wouldn't have to be an investigation if members of Congress were not allowed to bypass the metal detectors, which they do. So let me get this straight: The people who are charged with making us safer in our skies and cities are exempted from going through the screeners that are in place to keep them safe? Why? Too much time wasted? Too bad. Why don't they stand in the same lines WE do?
I appreciate the people who serve in public life. However, when it comes to public safety, shouldn't they have to follow the same rules we all do? Just a thought.
Have a great day, and thanks for waking up with us!
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