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First, it is great to be back on the show. I was gone for only 4 shows… but when you travel so far in such a short time it feels like you have been gone a long time.
If you saw Monday night's show, you know we were in Iowa on Sunday with Governor Mitt Romney's sons. They are traveling to all 99 Iowa counties in the "Mitt Mobile." We showed some of the video last night — and more of the video you have not seen is going to get posted on our show Web page.
It really is worth watching since it gives you that insider view on the sons and a bit of an idea of Gov. Romney as a father. It does not touch on Gov. Romney's views — you need to listen to him for that. It was not intended to be about Gov. Romney's views, but rather to introduce you to his family and what they are doing on the campaign.
I have also posted today some still pictures from the Iowa interview with the sons.
And under the theme "what goes around, comes around," check out this link: http://fivebrothers.mittromney.com. The Romney brothers posted a picture of me doing their interview (someone e-mailed me that tip!)
The three of us who commuted from the East Coast to Iowa on Sunday returned to the East Coast via Chicago. Bad weather hung us all up in Chicago for more than four hours. One of my producers got lucky: When she finally got on a plane for the New York area she realized that the passenger next to her was Steve Winwood . I asked if she talked to him and she said that she gave him his privacy — but lots of other passengers recognized him.
I told her to write me a few lines about sitting next to Steve Winwood so that I could post for you and this is what she e-mailed me:
E-mail No. 1
This weekend, we were in Dubuque, Iowa interviewing three of Mitt Romney's sons. On Sunday, I got stuck in Chicago for three hours waiting for a delayed flight to bring me back to Newark when I noticed that a lot of people were asking for a passenger's autograph. It was rock legend Steve Winwood. As we boarded, fans stopped him and told him how much they loved his music. It turned out he was assigned a middle seat in coach between me and a teenage girl. His flight was likely canceled, so he probably grabbed the only seat he could get. I didn't say a word to him the entire flight and later friend and family wondered why. In TV you learn that sometimes famous people want a few minutes of peace — away from the fans and the lights — where they can just eat an airline ham sandwich and read a paperback book.
And tonight? On the road again… by the time you read this blog, I will be back on the train headed north. I am headed to New York to do an interview for a project we have been working on (and which we will air mid to late August.) After the interview I will head to the FOX bureau — actually our network headquarters — and get ready for tonight's show.
People always ask me if I like traveling since I do so much of it. I hate traveling. I want to be home. But I love my job more than I hate traveling and traveling is a necessary part of my job. We often go to where the story is in order to better report on it for you. No one at FOX orders me to travel… it is my decision and it is fueled by my desire to do the best job I can for you and for FOX.
E-mail No. 2 — this next e-mail is also from one of my producers:
After watching the segment on our show with you and Stephon Marbury, my sister bought each of my nephews 2 pairs of Starbury sneakers for back to school.
I saw them and the shoes look great on them.
I just wanted to share that with you.
E-mail No. 3 — in Monday's blog there was a pic of Jeanine Pirro and me having a beer together… and out of the bottle!
Damnit, I knew you and Jeanine were my kind of women! All laid back with a longneck in your hands! That is a cute shot!
E-mail No. 4
You know, Mitt sure raised some good, wholesome American boys! Well, I mean that in a good way. Reminds me of Wally and Beaver Cleaver!
E-mail No. 5
Hi Greta... what a great interview with the sons of Mitt Romney. You do some of the best interviews! The Romney sons are such attractive, polite young men. In fact, I recall your interview with Mitt and wife and the whole family is nice looking and all seem so down to earth. I realize some narrow-minded people have an issue with Mormons, but when I think of Mormons, I think of Elizabeth Smart's entire family and the Osmonds. They all have a certain wholesome appeal to them and come across as being real people, good family people. I find it very refreshing! And you drove the bus! Way to go!
E-mail No. 6
Why haven't any of Mitt Romney's able-bodied sons ever served in the military? If their father becomes president, he will be commander-in-chief and they are a poor example for supporting a war, when his own sons won't serve.
E-mail No. 7
Great interview with three of Mitt's boys. They are very nice, down to earth, sensible young men. We all like chips and dip now and then and have that in the fridge! They're normal! The Mitt mobile is a great way to travel. These boys certainly have their feet on the ground, very decent and well mannered. That says a great deal about the parents.
As you referred us, I'll check your Web site for more with the Romney boys.
Thanks and regards,
E-mail No. 8
What an absolutely brilliant interview with the Romney brothers! You were a natural at the wheel of the Mittmobile; I laughed and felt I was watching an updated "My Three Sons." I thank you so much for validating my trust in Mitt, who I sensed right away is far and away the best presidential candidate. Having sons of my own so like his, I know what I know!
E-mail No. 9
I keep watching this interview with a strange feeling. Finally, it dawned on me. This is pure old-fashioned America. No bickering, no body piercings, no terrible DUI/drug episodes. What a refreshing change.
P.S.: Hey, you looked great behind the wheel
E-mail No. 10
The world must be safe tonight if you are spending so much time in the Mitt Mobile. Now you are showing us snacks and the refrigerator. Come on. You can do much better than this. Time to change the channel.
Finally, some articles that caught my attention:
By CURT ANDERSON
AP Legal Affairs Writer
MIAMI (AP) — A lawsuit seeking damages from two United Arab Emirates leaders over use of thousands of children to ride racing camels was dismissed Monday by a federal judge who ruled the case does not belong in U.S. courts.
U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga said in her 26-page decision that she could not find sufficient legal connection between the two Emirates leaders and their business interests in the United States to permit the lawsuit to move forward.
None of the children or their parents live in the U.S. and the racing took place in several Persian Gulf countries for decades.
The case pitted families of some 10,000 children mainly from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sudan and Mauritania against Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Emirates prime minister and ruler of Dubai, and his brother Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum, who is Dubai's deputy ruler and the Emirates finance and industry minister.
A spokesman for the two leaders, Habib al Mulla, said in a written statement that the lawsuit had "distracted attention" from a program created by the Emirates and UNICEF to reunite the children with their families and provide them with a range of social services as well as compensation.
"These ongoing programs began long before the U.S. plaintiffs attorney filed their baseless allegations," he said. "And they will continue as the UAE and its international partners work to serve the best interests of the children."
Attorneys in Miami and South Carolina who represent the children and their families did not immediately respond to telephone and e-mail messages seeking comment. The lawsuit was brought under a two-century-old law known as the Alien Tort Statute, which allows foreigners to sue in U.S. courts in certain circumstances.
The lawsuit had reached the highest levels of the U.S. government, with the Emirates leaders appealing directly to President Bush in a letter earlier this year to intervene. The State Department had served notice last week that it would do so, arguing that sovereign immunity protected the two sheiks from the lawsuit.
Altonaga, however, limited her ruling to jurisdictional questions and did not comment on the other legal issues, including whether the Emirates' new programs for the former child jockeys is sufficient.
Attorneys for the children had agreed that the sheiks had extensive horse racing interests in Kentucky and Florida that provided a sufficient U.S. legal connection for the lawsuit. Altonaga found that the corporations were legally separate entities from the sheiks, and she declined to order the lawsuit transferred to a Kentucky court.
"We've said from the beginning that this case doesn't belong in U.S. courts," al Mulla said.
• Paris Hilton lists her Hollywood Hills home for a hot $4.25 mil
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paris Hilton is selling her Hollywood Hills home for a hot four and a-quarter (m) million dollars.
The 1926 Spanish-style house went on the market last Friday.
According to a description on the multiple listing service MLS "the house boasts four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms and includes a separate guest quarter and office. One bedroom was converted into the "ultimate closet."
The move comes a month after the 26-year-old Hilton walked out of jail after a bizarre, three-week stay in which she was briefly released to home confinement and then sent back screaming to a lockup. Hilton had been sentenced to 45 days for a probation violation.
An onslaught of media who staked out the home caused a furor among some of her neighbors who complained about noise and traffic.
(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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