TODAY's Takeaway

TODAY's Takeaway: Teen recalls dad's sacrifice, Underwood talks 'Sound of Music'

Dec. 5, 2013 at 3:22 PM ET

Jenna Bush Hager calls the former first dog a jerk, Gracie Johnson remembers her dad as a hero and Carrie Underwood predicts someone will fall on "The Sound of Music Live!"
Jenna Bush Hager calls the former First Dog a jerk, Gracie Johnson remembers her dad as a hero, and Carrie Underwood predicts someone will fall on "The Sound of Music Live!"

1. Gracie Johnson, who lost her parents and three other family members in a rockslide in September, told Savannah she’s healing. And that she’ll never forget her father’s bravery.

“I did cover myself, but I was just standing in the open,’’ the 13-year-old said. “He did push me to a rock that was bigger than I was, and he just saved me.”

Video: Gracie Johnson, a 13-year-old girl who was the only survivor of a rockslide in Colorado that killed her parents, sister and nephews, says she is adjusting to her new life with her aunt and uncle. Gracie talks with TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie about her new life and the sacrifice her father made to save her.

2. Tonight Carrie Underwood will sing from the hills of Austria (on a soundstage in Long Island) when she plays Maria in "The Sound of Music Live!" Natalie caught up with the country star as she rehearsed.

"I'm not worried about mistakes because I know they'll happen," Carrie said. "Somebody's going to trip or something coming down the stairs — hopefully not fall down the stairs."

Video: Natalie Morales talks to Country music artist Carrie Underwood and the rest of the cast and crew behind the scenes of “Sound Of Music” Live about the upcoming debut Thursday night.

3. Yesterday Sunny Obama made news when he knocked over a 2-year-old who was visiting the White House. But Jenna Bush Hager says that’s nothing — the former first dog, Barney, was “a real jerk.”

"He was a little temperamental," she revealed to Willie and Al. "I feel bad saying that, but he didn’t like strangers.”

Video: The Obama family dog Sunny jumped on a 2-year-old girl at a White House event yesterday, pushing the child to the ground. But Jenna Bush Hager says the Bush family dog, Barney, was “a real jerk” and recalls such unfortunate examples as the time Barney bit a reporter.

4. Are you getting enough sleep? Chances are you (like Willie and Jenna) are not.

Video: Carol Ash, director of sleep medicine at Meridian Health, talks about a new study that suggests that sleep-deprived Americans may not be catching as many winks as previously thought.

5. Matt pointed out to John Goodman, who stars in the Coen brothers' latest movie, "Inside Llewyn Davis," that it’s his "indefinable aura" that makes him lovable even when he's playing "revolting people."

"Which is about the nicest thing you can say about anybody," Matt explained.

Video: The veteran actor talks to Matt about the unique character roles he has played in the past and why he frequently collaborates with filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, with whom he worked on the new film “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!