<Show: CBS THE EARLY SHOW>
<Date: March 3, 2011>
<Head: For March 3, 2011, CBS>
<Sect: News; International>
<Byline: Erica Hill, Chris Wragge, Jeff Glor, Marysol Castro, John
<Guest: Rebecca Jarvis, Jennifer Ashton>
<High: Mickey Rooney testifies before Congress about elder abuse.
Discussing pulmonary embolisms. Details of the new iPad unveiling.>
<Spec: Health and Medicine; Aging; Mickey Rooney; Sports; iPad; Apple;
ERICA HILL: Half past the hour. Welcome back to THE EARLY SHOW. Good to
have you with us this morning. I’m Erica Hill along with Chris Wragge. A–
a new government report says that every year, up to three and a half
million elderly Americans are victims of abuse.CHRIS WRAGGE: On Wednesday, ninety-year-old Mickey Rooney, one of the last
living links to Hollywood’s Golden Age, told a Senate committee that an
abusive relative left him helpless. Now he’s accused his stepson of taking
his money, stepson denies it. But in just a moment we’re going to hear more
of Rooney’s emotional testimony. It’s really sad to hear all this
ERICA HILL: Oh, it’s just– it’s heartbreaking.
CHRIS WRAGGE: Yeah.
ERICA HILL: And to think of how many people this potentially is happening
to, is definitely a wake-up call.
Jeff Glor is standing by at the news desk, first though, with a look at
some of the other headlines we’re following for you this morning. Hi, Jeff.
JEFF GLOR: Erica, good morning to you.
A German official says the suspect in yesterday’s deadly attack on U.S.
servicemen admits targeting the Americans and he says he acted alone. The
suspect, a Kosovo citizen, opened fire in a bus carrying air force
personnel to Frankfurt airport. Prosecutors say they’re investigating it as
an act of Islamic extremism. Two were killed and two more wounded.
Libyan warplanes are– are again striking rebel positions in eastern Libya
this morning. One target was the strategic oil part of Brega. Rebel troops
returned fire. Rebel leaders are asking for U.N. backed air strikes against
the Libyan military.
Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Robert Kennedy, is staying behind bars. At a
hearing yesterday, the California paro– parole board denied him parole.
Sirhan expressed his regret for the 1968 shooting, but Sirhan claims he
doesn’t remember it.
And in Florida, a woman is in jail this morning, facing charges for
slapping a child on a school bus. Surveillance video shows the twenty-
seven-year-old woman hitting a boy she said hit her child. She is charged
with battery and child abuse.
Coming up on thirty-two minutes past the hour, weather now. Here’s what’s
happening outside your window.
(LOCAL WEATHER BREAK)
ERICA HILL: In 2009, one in seven older Americans was abused, according to
a government study. On Wednesday, a Senate committee heard from a Hollywood
legend who says he is one of those victims. CBS News congressional
correspondent Nancy Cordes is on Capitol Hill this morning with the story.
Nancy, good morning.
NANCY CORDES (CBS News Congressional Correspondent): Erica, good morning to
you. Mickey Rooney was one of the biggest names in movies for decades. And
his message to Congress was, if abuse could happen to him, it could happen
to any senior.
MICKEY ROONEY (Victim of Elder Abuse): I felt trapped, scared, and
NANCY CORDES: The ninety-year-old veteran of the silver screen told
lawmakers he was the victim of elder abuse for years before coming forward
MICKEY ROONEY: Even when I tried to speak up, I was told to shut up.
(Excerpt from Babes in Arms)
NANCY CORDES: Rooney’s dancing and singing and effervescent characters
delighted viewers for decades. He made more than two hundred movies.
But in February, the frail Californian obtained a temporary restraining
order against his fifty-two-year-old stepson, complaining that the son of
his eighth and current wife had, quote, .taken control of Mickey’s
personal and financial affairs. And was verbally abusive, depriving him
of medicine and food even confiscating his identification to prevent him
MICKEY ROONEY: I was eventually and completely stripped of the ability to
make even the most basic decisions.
NANCY CORDES: His stepson denies the allegations. But Rooney’s story is far
MICKEY ROONEY: I am here today because it’s– it’s so important that I
share my story with others.
NANCY CORDES: It’s estimated that between seven hundred thousand and 3.5
million older Americans are abused, neglected, or exploited each year. And
that only one in six cases are reported.
Were you glad that you had the chance to share your story?
MICKEY ROONEY: Everything you heard me say today was real.
NANCY CORDES: And he hopes other seniors will not wait as long as he did to
NANCY CORDES: Rooney says his abusers even took away his Oscar and his
Emmy. He says he eventually became practically a prisoner in his own home,
ERICA HILL: It’s just awful to think about. What– what are lawmakers
actually hoping to achieve? Why were they holding these hearings?
NANCY CORDES: Well, they’re looking at possibly reintroducing legislation
that would beef up penalties for elder abuse. But what they said their
immediate goal is, is just to shine a light on this problem so that victims
or people who see it happening will step forward.
ERICA HILL: The picture that Mickey Rooney paints when he says that
basically everything was taken away from him, did he confide in someone at
some point before this?
NANCY CORDES: He didn’t, Erica. He said he was first of all embarrassed
that this had happened to him. He also said he was afraid that he might be
hurt that his wife might be hurt and that kept him from coming forward long
after he realized that something serious was going on.
ERICA HILL: Boy, it certainly makes you think twice, doesn’t it? Nancy
Cordes on Capitol Hill this morning, thanks.
Just ahead, Serena Williams survives a blood clot in her lung. What we
could all learn from her health scare. You’re watching THE EARLY SHOW on
CHRIS WRAGGE: In this morning’s HealthWatch, Serena Williams’ health scare.
The tennis star suffered a pulmonary embolism last week, a blood clot in
her lung, and then needed emergency treatment on Monday due to
complications. Medical correspondent Doctor Jennifer Ashton is here with
more on this condition which affects at least one hundred thousand
Americans each and every year. Doctor, good morning. Good to see you.
DR. JENNIFER ASHTON (EARLY SHOW Medical Correspondent): Good morning,
CHRIS WRAGGE: Before we start I just want to quickly read a statement that
we got from Serena Williams yesterday, released to CBS. This has been
extremely hard, scary, and disappointing. So that’s her statement. But
let’s talk exactly what she has been dealing with here.
DR. JENNIFER ASHTON: We’re talking about a pulmonary embolism, Chris. As
you said so this is normally a blood clot that starts usually in the leg or
lower extremity and then travels up the body, into the heart, and lodges in
the lungs, can give you symptoms of an increased respiratory rate, an
increased heart rate, some shortness of breath.
CHRIS WRAGGE: Could this have killed her?
DR. JENNIFER ASHTON: It could. You know when this clot is small, it can
cause a little bit of lung damage. When it’s large, absolutely it can be
CHRIS WRAGGE: I think a lot of people sitting at home saying she is a world
class athlete, this is one of the best tennis players in all the world. How
did something like this happen to her?
DR. JENNIFER ASHTON: Well, we do know that Serena Williams has had two
operations on her foot recently and surgery can be a risk factor. Usually
the– the high risk surgeries are surgeries of the hip or knee but also
pelvic surgery. Really any type of surgery can– can increase your risk and
this is an example about it. Even young elite athletes can have this
CHRIS WRAGGE: And do they think that’s kind of directly related to these
foot surgeries. I mean, these were minor surgeries. She stepped on glass at
a bar. I mean I know it–
DR. JENNIFER ASHTON: Right.
CHRIS WRAGGE: –it’s– it’s still surgery.
DR. JENNIFER ASHTON: You know it’s hard to tell when you talk about the
risk factors for a pulmonary embolism, Chris, the list is long that we know
that as you get older the risk increases with age. Things like smoking,
obesity increase the risk. Then there are some big ones, cancer increases
the risk of a clot. Women who take birth control pills or hormones. All
hormones increase the clotting risk and prolonged immobilization, so anyone
who is on a long plane or car trip or surgery.
CHRIS WRAGGE: So the risk doubles every ten years after age sixty–
DR. JENNIFER ASHTON: That’s right.
CHRIS WRAGGE: –too. So even as you get older, you have to be much more
aware of– of any–
DR. JENNIFER ASHTON: Absolutely.
CHRIS WRAGGE: –type of symptoms.
DR. JENNIFER ASHTON: How do you prevent now something like this from
DR. JENNIFER ASHTON: Well, first of all, modify the factors that you can
control. If you know you’re going in to surgery, a lot of surgeons will
give a medication to prevent blood clots even before we take a patient into
the operating room. And then if you know you’re going on long travel, you
want to get up every hour that you’re not sleeping, move your legs, stretch
your legs, do a little bit of exercise. Keep yourself well hydrated. And
then there are certain compression stockings that you can get, either knee
high or full length stockings that I actually suggest to all my patients
who take a long flight wear. They can be helpful. If you have a family
history of a clotting disorder, obviously you get tested for that and you
know of them.
CHRIS WRAGGE: When do you think I guess with something like this could
people expect to see Serena Williams get back on the court playing tennis
again at the level where she was?
DR. JENNIFER ASHTON: Well, she said she hopes to be back in the summer. She
will be on medication to treat this for months and she will be able to
participate in athletics while she’s on that medication. So we’ll have to
wait and see.
CHRIS WRAGGE: Is that Coumadin? Is that the–
DR. JENNIFER ASHTON: Yes, blood thinner.
CHRIS WRAGGE: Great.
DR. JENNIFER ASHTON: Exactly.
CHRIS WRAGGE: All right. Doctor Ashton, thank you very much.
DR. JENNIFER ASHTON: You bet, Chris.
CHRIS WRAGGE: Good to see you.
All right. For more on the risk factors and treatments for pulmonary
embolisms, just go to our partner in health, webmd.com and search embolism.
Well, coming up next here on THE EARLY SHOW, an Apple surprise. Steve Jobs
unveils the new iPad and we’re going to tell you what his appearance and
the iPad 2 mean for the company and for consumers. This is THE EARLY SHOW
ERICA HILL: There’s so much excitement surrounding Apple’s announcement of
the iPad 2. But it was the man who delivered the news who is actually
generating some of the biggest buzz. CEO Steve Jobs, who, of course, went
on medical leave earlier this year, was on hand for the honors. What do
Wednesday’s events mean for the future of the tech giant, Apple? We’ll get
you more on that in a moment. But first, here’s CBS News correspondent John
Blackstone with the details on those announcements.
JOHN BLACKSTONE: Steve Jobs likes surprises and he delivered a big one just
by showing up to unveil Apple’s second generation iPad.
STEVE JOBS (CEO, Apple Incorporated): We’ve been working on this product
for a while and I just didn’t want to miss today, so–
JOHN BLACKSTONE: Jobs has been on medical leave since January. And with a
tabloid recently reporting he was near death, his unexpected return to the
Apple stage almost overshadowed the latest gadget.
STEVE JOBS: And that is iPad 2.
JOHN BLACKSTONE: Jobs, who has battled cancer and had a liver transplant,
is obviously thin. But he’s lost none of his eagerness to boast of Apple’s
STEVE JOBS: Everybody’s got a tablet. Is 2011 going to be the year of the
copycat? Well, probably not so much, because most of these tablets aren’t
even catching up with the first iPad.
JOHN BLACKSTONE: The fifteen million people who bought the first iPad will
now be looking with envy at the thinner, faster, iPad 2.
John Blackstone, CBS News, San Francisco.
ERICA HILL: And CBS News business and economics correspondent Rebecca
Jarvis is with us this morning with more. We saw he looked a little bit
REBECCA JARVIS (CBS News Business and Economics Correspondent): Mm-Hm.
ERICA HILL: As John pointed out, though, he has lost none of his eagerness.
How did he sound to everybody? How did he come across?
REBECCA JARVIS: Yeah, he came across Erica, like the same old Steve Jobs.
This guy who took swipes at the competition. He said that last year was the
year of the iPad and this year is the year of the copycats. So he is back
to being him– his old self in terms of his presence and his presentation.
He did not, however, address the fact that he’s been sick. He didn’t say
the reason. He didn’t even bring it up.
ERICA HILL: And he’s been pretty private about that all along. So– so that
may not have been a huge surprise but there was a little bit of a surprise,
though, that he was actually there. There was some–
REBECCA JARVIS: Mm-Hm.
ERICA HILL: –some speculation that he would be there, and what it could do
to the stock. So what was the effect?
REBECCA JARVIS: Yeah, the effect was very direct, Erica. When you take a
look at what happened to Apple’s shares yesterday, you see that the stock
immediately shot up when Steve Jobs walked out onstage. It shot up about
two percent. What’s interesting to note is that after Steve Jobs walked out
onstage, the stock initially shot up, he starts unveiling the iPad and it
loses some of its luster.
ERICA HILL: Hmm.
REBECCA JARVIS: So the stock started trading down. I think the big takeaway
here is that the company right now is more a company about a man versus a
machine and that man is Steve Jobs and the future of the company is Steve
ERICA HILL: Which is good and bad.
REBECCA JARVIS: It– it– it’s absolutely good and bad. Of course, they
have to continue putting out machines that people want to buy but so much
of the vision has been set, the tone of this company has been set, by Steve
Jobs. Wall Street wants to know what’s going to happen next, if he– if he
ends up passing?
ERICA HILL: So people may look at this and say, well that’s all well and
good. You know there’s an effect on Wall Street when he comes out. But you
know I don’t have Apple stock, it doesn’t really matter to me. We’re all a
little bit more involved than we realize.
REBECCA JARVIS: Yes. Apple is one of the most widely held stocks out there,
Erica. And most people, even if they don’t own Apple stock directly, you
and I may not even realize or anyone out there may not even realize they do
own Apple stock because it’s one of the most widely held stocks.
ERICA HILL: Mm-Hm.
REBECCA JARVIS: It’s held by Janus, it’s held by Fidelity, it’s held by all
of these mutual funds. So the chances are it’s in your retirement account.
You may not even know it.
ERICA HILL: There you go. So now we’re paying even more attention.
REBECCA JARVIS: Exactly.
ERICA HILL: Rebecca, thanks.
REBECCA JARVIS: Thanks.
ERICA HILL: We’ll be right back with more. You’re watching THE EARLY SHOW
ERICA HILL: Just ahead this morning, more people are– are going back to
having plastic surgery.
CHRIS WRAGGE: Don’t look at me.
ERICA HILL: Right. He hasn’t had a thing done. No, but it’s interesting–
CHRIS WRAGGE: Mm-Hm.
ERICA HILL: –you know for so long, we would talk about the economy,
CHRIS WRAGGE: Yeah.
ERICA HILL: –cutting back on things. Obviously, plastic surgery probably
one of the first things to go.
CHRIS WRAGGE: Yeah, true.
ERICA HILL: Well, now as people are feeling more comfortable financially,
they’re saying I want to feel better about myself. And this is how I’d like
to spend my money. It’s amazing.
CHRIS WRAGGE: For a lot of people, this is a great way for a little pick me
up. Also want to talk about Charlie Sheen because now this case has gotten
from really kind of bizarre, to now the kids are involved. There is a huge
custody fight being waged between his estranged wife Brooke Mueller and
Charlie Sheen. We’re going to talk with Raoul Felder who is a celebrity
divorce attorney. He is with us and we’re going to lay it all out when we
come back here on THE EARLY SHOW.
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