The Last Word | December 03, 2012
>>> have you watched the very last word? it's a segment that we do at 11:01 right after the last word and we post it on our website. here's a sample.
>> the real divide in the country is between those who believe that adam and eve rode on dinosaurs. that's the divide.
>> i would say we're going to keep talking about it as long as these crazies are in congress and the state houses continue to push this stuff.
>> i think i'm probably resting at about, i don't know, 55, if you include the botox.
>> you gave away 35 and still had another 55?
>> something like that.
>> i had the feeling, i just had this feeling that this is the longest you've ever discussed porn in public.
>> i think, you know what, wait for it.
>> the very last word was created by the brilliant sarah muller who is the mastermind of our web presence . take a bow, sarah . you want to say hi to your mom or anyone?
>> hi, mom.
>> maybe you want to say hi to your husband, too. you know how they get on twitter, too, if they think you are not seeing someone.
>> hi, husband.
>> you better say his name or they won't think that you have a husband.
>> got it. hi, mark.
>> good idea. it's probably better not to use his real name . let's hear it for sarah muller, ladies and gentlemen , the woman who taught me how to tweet. sarah shot, edited, and posted all the very last words as well as managing everything else we do online, which meant she never got to see her husband mark until we hired this guy to take over the very last word. america, meet evan , you better say hi to your mom, too. she's watching.
>> hi, mom. love you.
>> and i think you better say hi to your significant other.
>> well, i'm not married.
>> i'm trying to help you out with this twitter thing.
>> thanks, lawrence. i think i'll be okay.
>> you can handle it? all right. here is how i met evan and, by the way, it's exactly how some of you met evan .
>> this is africa . this is a country in africa called malawi . this is a school, this is a classroom. there are no desks. here are some children in pain from sitting on the dirt floor for eight hours a day and here is one being told that the earth goes around the sun. here is where i'm telling you that learning is like a mountain. it's hard at first to climb, harder for some but once you reach the peak it becomes self-perpetuating, transformative, on and on for the rest of your life. here are the desks and what they look like. here are how many children usually sit at one. here are how many children will sit at your desk in their lifetime. here is the limit of what someone can do when they love to learn.
>> that's what evan did last year when i told you about the progress with the kind fund, kids in need of desks. he told people about it and did it in such a strikingly creative way that as soon as i saw it, i said, why isn't that guy working here? and now is he. that's how much we pay attention to you and your online comments and your tweets, because we know that plenty of you have better ideas than we do and better ways of saying things than i do. so keep watching msnbc and get a job offer. well, it's not like it's never happened. now, i'm going to ask you a favor. i'm going to ask you to do what evan did. no, you don't have to make a video about k.i.n.d. i just want you to tell someone about it. now, please feel free to tell as many people as you can in as many ways as you can but the favor i'm asking is that you just tell one person. just one. your daughter, your grandmother, your roommate, anyone of any age anywhere. if you tell a 7-year-old boy, he probably won't figure out a way to contribute to k.i.n.d., but plenty of them have. we showed you the elementary school stud nent new jersey last engineer who raised $6,273 for k.i.n.d. but most importantly, there are little boys just like him in africa who sit on dirt floors or broken cement floors in their classrooms and he will know that there are workers in malawi who are able to feed their families because they are building desks for those kids who are sitting on those floors. if you see a little girl making her christmas wish list tomorrow, you can help her perspective a bit by telling her that when our trucks arrived delivering desks, it's as if santa's sleigh landed in the school yard.
>> the desk delivered at this school, that's christmas for these kids. christmas comes on december 25th and pretty much nothing happens in their lives. when a desk is delivered to them at the school, that is christmas . you have made that day, you have made their year, you have made their lives.
>> now, i know there are many deserving charitable causes for us to consider, needs close to home , just one example, staten islanders who have contributed to k.i.n.d. have enough to contend with in rebuilding the island and i'll be going back there this week, in fact. but if we all just tell someone about the k.i.n.d. fund this year, i'm sure we'll be able to continue building the desks for $65 each. costs have gone up a lot in the last year thanks to skyrocketing fuel prices. no contribution is too small. if one person contributes a few dollars, then a few other people will contribute a few more dollars and then soon two or three kids will be sitting at this desk in a malawi classroom and the workers who make these desks will still have jobs and their families will still have food. our website links to unicef for contributions online or you can call 800-4unicef. i'm one of those people who doesn't want or need things for christmas which is why some people have purchased these desks in my name as a christmas gift gift to me and the unicef form allows you to do that. it's the perfect gift for that someone on your list who is just impossible to shop for. so that's it. that's my favor. please just tell someone about the k.i.n.d. fund and the workers who make these desks and the kids who experience the indescribable joy of sitting at one of these