TODAY | July 09, 2012
>>> as we've noted we're welcoming savannah guthrie to her role as co-anchor of "today." we could not be more pleased or proud. take a look.
>> being a part of the "today" show is a dream come true .
>> now she joins us to co-anchor the 9:00 hour. savannah , welcome.
>> to stand out there and be next to everybody, it's kind of a pinch yourself moment.
>> there's not many jobs you can describe as fun and actually mean it. this job is fun.
>> i'm not taking a dog biscuit . i learned that trick from matt lauer . your prince charles . welcome to the "today" show.
>> savannah is very close to her family and loves her two little nieces.
>> my mom raised us. she stayed at home.
>> savannah 's mom.
>> are you kidding me?
>> she got tired, she would just sit down right in the middle of the grocery store aisle. then she'd threaten us and say, i'll cry. she had a loudmouth.
>> meredith is one of my beth friends. she's the sister i never had, i always wanted.
>> my dad was in mining. i like to say i was a coal miner's daughter. when i was 16 my dad passed away . he had a heart attack . i felt a special bond with my dad. he named me, actually, after my grandmother.
>> i said savannah 's name is savannah .
>> savannah guthrie at the white house .
>> thanks so much, savior.
>> hi, al, i'm savannah , two ns with an h on the end.
>> she missed being number one in our entire law school class by 0.2%.
>> reporting live, savannah guthrie , nbc news.
>> i love to write more than anything. i wanted to be a writer and reporter. i was not somebody who started and just knew how to do this job. it took me decades to learn.
>> everybody on the beat liked her. she's got chops.
>> savannah guthrie .
>> is it possible voters can feel your still not getting it.
>> today's legal correspondent savannah guthrie .
>> sizing up the credibility of its user.
>> when the interview subject sits across from her, she will disarm you.
>> what would you like to say that you are prepared to be commander in chief.
>> why didn't you walk away ?
>> congratulations, four for four managing to find a negative approach.
>> how will the rest of your day go.
>> yes, from time to time, i have been a little star struck, that's true.
>> you look great.
>> thank you.
>> how do you do that?
>> how do you do that?
>> i really feel like we bonded. at least i did. i'm available if meryl streep wants to hang out.
>> i just couldn't get over that my jab was to attend a concert every friday and meet rock stars . the first cassette tape i ever bought.
>> i grew up in the '80s and had duran duran posters all over my room. i loved them with a burning fire, all of them. also i really love i just broke up with my boyfriend chick music. i try to play it on the guitar. i try to sing it.
>> it's pathetic but it's true. all by myself there's no stopping us right now feel so close to you right now
>> i get lots of ribbing.
>> i don't know. i guess i had to review my crazy uncle joke to be ready for matt and al.
>> you can do this. you're looking like one of the angels.
>> a little dance. want to see it again.
>> so sweet of you to buy me this.
>> she is a classic klutz.
>> i'm very excited about the olympics. i just hope they don't want me to do anything athletic.
>> she has a collection of bruiseses.
>> savannah always has at least one broken heel.
>> she's trying to do so much, something is going to break.
>> there's truly nothing i can do in the kitchen. let's move on.
>> al was one of the first people i felt i really got to know a little bit. now he has a heart of gold . he has become a friend and somebody to get into mischief with.
>> savannah , i love you.
>> thank you, matt.
>> the one thing about matt is, he really teases me relentlessly.
>> tall, elegant and lit by 9:00. enough about you.
>> once i realized he does that to everyone, i felt better.
>> i'll just come in earlier.
>> then i knew, okay, i'm starting to fit in here. it's always scary to start a new job. i'm looking forward to getting to know everybody a little bit better.
>> was that fun or horrifying.
>> like attending your own funeral.
>> you could have chosen a better phrase.
>> we learned just about everything we could learn about you from the point you were a child. but we found one other thing. your favorite book --
>> no, no, no.
>> the name of your favorite book.
>> " war and peace ."
>> nice try.
>> please, commercial, everybody.
>> favorite book growing up was a book, your mom told me "dreams can come true." it featured the picture of the cheerleader. she dreams of being beautiful, popular, becoming a cheerleader and dreams of having a handsome boyfriend. then she sees kip. "gree "dreams can come true."
>> out of print but we found it for you.
>> a nightmare. in all seriousness, this is a little unexpected as we all know. i want to say i'm so proud and honored to be in a place occupied by so many women i admire, ann, meredith, katie and jane, debra, barbara, hope i didn't miss anybody.
>> you'll hear if you did.
>> i love being with you guys every day. thank you.
>> so happy for you.
>> this, mom and dad , forget it.
>> you are a cheerleader around here. you fit right in.
>> she left her pompoms upstairs.
>> and then she sees kip.
>> it was a really good