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TODAY's Takeaway: Viewers show Michelle Obama #50TODAY, Al inspires #Rokering

Jan. 17, 2014 at 1:59 PM ET

Heather Graham talks "Flowers in the Attic" adaptation, Michelle Obama turns 50 and Al inspires #Rokering.
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Heather Graham talks "Flowers in the Attic" adaptation, Michelle Obama turns 50 and Al inspires #Rokering.

1. Happy 50th birthday to our nation’s first lady!

To show Michelle Obama that 50 is indeed fabulous, we asked TODAY fans to show us what #50TODAY looks like to them. The response, as you can see, was awesome.

Video: In celebration of First Lady Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday, Tamron Hall presents the big stories that happened over the last 50 years, and provides a peek at what 50 looked like in 1964.

2. Are you #Rokering yet? You should be, because the entire Internet is.

After Jeff Rossen wrapped a report on Target’s massive security breach, Al lurked behind him – with an angry face over a lamp. After Natalie and Savannah managed to control their laughter, they imitated him, and TODAY fans joined in on the fun.

Video: When he crept behind NBC national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen on air Friday and posed next to a lamp, TODAY’s Al Roker started an Internet meme: #Rokering. What makes it work? As Carson Daly puts it: “Everybody has a lamp and an angry face!”

3. Former NSA director Michael Hayden said Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing has caused “serious, irreversible harm” to America’s national security.

“People around the world now know more about the American intelligence process than they know about their own intelligence processes,” he told Savannah. “That’s not good for civil liberties or for security.”

Video: Retired General Michael Hayden, a former director of both the NSA and CIA says whistleblowing by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has severely and irreversibly harmed the security agency’s ability to perform its duties.

4. Are you excited for the movie adaptation of the creepy cult classic “Flowers in the Attic”? So are we.

Check out what the film’s stars had to say about the remake:

Video: Ellen Burstyn, Heather Graham, and Kiernan Shipka, the stars of the new Lifetime movie adaptation of the classic novel by V.C. Andrews, talk working on the suspenseful new film “Flowers in the Attic.”

5. Tom Costello introduced TODAY viewers to arson dogs, the awesome (and adorable) assistants to firefighters.

Video: NBC’s Tom Costello talks to firefighters and meets their loyal assistants: Arson dogs, who whiff out clues to suspicious blazes with extraordinary accuracy.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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