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June 19th, 2009
03:30 PM ET
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Vicki

    As a mother myself, I can feel the pain she has in her heart when she speaks of the familes & children she's encountered.

    This world needs more people like Angelina. That's a given. However...I do wish she'd consider adopting an American orphan. There are children here in our own country who have no one, & they need a family too.

    June 19, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  2. Presley

    Thank you Andy!
    Plenty of celebs do "Amazing" things for causes. I do not buy Ms. Jolie's tired holier than thou routine.
    Of course I do not look to celebrities to shape my consciousness of the world either and only wait for them to speak about it to give it legitimacy.
    She is no hero of mine.

    June 19, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  3. Nancy

    I give Angelina Jolie and big applause for what she is doing, because she is going into countries that do not like Americans, I think she is showing that she wants to help the children of those that have lost their families, and the children that still have some of their family members,we are living a very terrible times now, especially overseas, in countries that are fighting trying to take over the other countries, my heart fills for these children that have lost parents, brothers, sisters and most of their families members, we recently lost our oldest grandchild she turned 15 in June, she was in the hospital, she had leukemia, and I cry every day for her, I can't not image losing your entire family, especially a child. We need to get more medical help to these children and their families, they need it, we take things for granted in the USA, we need to wake up it could be us in their condition. Please help these children and their families.

    June 19, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  4. Heather

    I think that she is amazing!!! I read her whole book on her journals of when she first started doing this work, and the book brought me to tears and I think what she is doing for other people is amazing. Alot of people complain that there are so many people here that are suffering too and they think that it is wrong what she does, but they help here too, they have donated so much to Hurricane Katrina victims as well and they were there to help with that. So i think its great that they have the means to do this, and they are putting their fame towards good causes.

    June 19, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  5. Sarah

    I saw Angelina on your show last night. I really admire her for her kind heart in helping the unfortunate. I was one of those children myself. Without the good heart of people like her. Me my families would have died a long time ago. Thank you to all who have helped the refugee people.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  6. Laureen

    The interview was awesome! I can't say enough good things about Angelina Jolie. She is my hero and a true inspiration. More power to her!!

    June 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  7. Jenx

    I really like what Angelina is doing. I wish that more people would be involved the way she is. Unfortunately, you have to be rich and influenctial to really make an impact.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  8. Lisa

    What an amazing woman, and such an inspiration. She's so wise to introduce her kids to the plight of kids around the world. A program to reach out to kids around the world from kids here could be so incredibly beneficial to all involved.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  9. Blake

    I can't wait to see who her kids turn out to be. They should end up extraordinary because of her heart and all that she is exposing them to. Not the typical life for anyone, much less celebrity kids. Love it!

    June 19, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  10. Andy

    Oh please. Whatever she says cannot be taken seriously. This is a woman that shut down an entire country's borders to have a child. Pretensious much??? I say she suffers from a serious case of delusions of grandeur. She needs to stick to acting and putting her children in tabloid magazines and leave poliiticking to the politicians.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  11. Caitie L

    I applaude Anderson Cooper.

    Angelina is truely the Ambassador for the world. I hope countries across the world embrace the ideas she shares. I understand that our own country is not in tip top shape. But I'm really tired of hearing the bitterness of our own spoiled youth. Our children need to be aware of the world around them, because as we teach our children, we in turn learn as well. One day I hope we're all better people.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  12. Pat

    I am so inspired. She is loving her neighbours as herself a God given charter. I thank God for her; there are many around the world who sees her as their angel and i can relate to that. It's a great feeling knowing that there is someone out there that cares.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  13. Isabel, Brazil

    Great interview! Congratulations Anderson Cooper e Angelina Jolie

    The famous activists have the power to push their causes, drawing attention to issues of civil society in which people tend to be indifferent.

    As Peter Gabriel said, co-founder of the Witness NGO, it is easier to ignore the speech of Kofi Annan, former UN secretary general, than the emotional appeals of actress Angelina Jolie.

    Good that there is Angelina Jolie to do speeches excited and draw attention of people for such social causes.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  14. Humanity

    The show was great. I was so touched by her stories and her inspiration. She has such a big heart. I don't care that she is celebrity but what she is doing is beyond the words. If our human race had a little bit of passion like she does we would have a safer and happier place to live. I watched her video plea through National Geographic on facebook and was so ashamed with people that left their comments there. I just can't believe that there are so many without any trace of humanity. I wish that they and their families never encounter anything similar because a lot of them would be chocking on their words. Unbelievable!!!! Thumbs up for Angelina Jolie and her efforts to help as many in need. Thank you.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  15. Charles

    As a society we do have a moral obligation to help those in need. But, at what cost? People of our country are putting too much effort into the needs of those of other nations. Our culture needs to look in the mirror. We need improved education for our children. Parents need to become more responsible for their actions in pro-creation.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  16. Estela Basso

    I was inspired by Ms Jolie and would like to donate to the cause of helping the people in Pakistan/Afganistan displaced by the war with the Taliban. How can I do that? Thanks

    June 19, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  17. lizzie

    When a child is fed or a family is housed nobody cares if the money came from the USA or Russia, from a celebrity's charity or a hedge fund or someone who had a pyramid scheme. All those people care about is that their bellies are full for another day and they have shelter for another night.

    Any person who disparages the work of the Jolie-Pitt fund is simply not thinking (or doesn't care) about the real fact, that someone somewhere is relieved of suffering. The Jolie-Pitts have plenty of domestic projects including housing in post hurricane New Orleans, a place that has been mostly forgotten. But what they do for the citizens of war torn regions makes a difference and if you criticize them, than plain and simple, you do not care. You do not care about other people in your species. You do not care about children. You do not care about starving people being fed. You do not care about homeless people being sheltered. You are a xenophone and a small hearted soul. There is no excuse for ANY vitriol against the Jolie-Pitt fund. I ask those who speak out against it in this blog: What have you done lately for others? My guess: NADA.

    June 19, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  18. Susan

    I think Angelina is a beautiful and strong woman that inspires others. She and Brad Pitt are doing the very best they can to raise their children amidst the glare of paparazzi and lies from gossip mongers. Above all of that, she manages to be a real human being caring about others that are suffering around the world. A perfect ambassador and an example for all of us.

    June 19, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  19. Philoan M. Tran - Houston

    Last night's program on the issue of refugees is very good because it shed light on a humanitarian issue that does not get much recognition since there are so many other problems that are dominating the news these days. I am glad that A. Jolie can bring both attention and money to this important and kudos to those workers from World Vision for the great work on a daily basis!

    June 19, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  20. Renee

    It was a nice interview last night with Angelina. She came across as a real person who loves to help others. It was good to see her without her runaway attire and makeup on. She is a beautiful woman.

    She was on the Today Show this morning with Ann Curry and something she said was really remarkable. To paraphrase, she said that if she was raised with more global knowledge she would have been less self-destructive in her high school years. She hoped to raise her children travelling with her and sharing her charitable work.

    Oh, yes, she plans on adding more children to her family! This is the happiest she has been in her life!

    June 19, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  21. dawne

    Angelina is a woman who has proven you can do it all and do it with grace, humility and a whole lot of heart. She epitomizes the empowered woman who at such a young age has such an amazingly impressive resume in so many areas.

    Oscar winner, world's most beautiful, world's most powerful celebrity, humaitarian extraordinaire, partner of Brad Pitt, mother to six absolutely beautiful children, pilot, biker, member of the elite CFR, UNHCR Ambassador and author. Go, Angie!

    June 19, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  22. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Anderson
    Just watching this Angelina video.What a woman,you can feel her pain when she spoke about this boy refugee or other refugees.I think if anybody can understand her pain and feelings,it must be you,Anderson.You saw a lot of those poeple, us a journalist many times.Thank you for not forget this people.

    June 19, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  23. TANJA Luster

    I had the ideas Angelina is getting to live out since I was a teenager. I just work towards doing good stuff more and more and really thank the vehichles that are out there by which we can get this good stuff done, like the company I am part of. Go Angelina!

    June 19, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  24. nancy

    She has a kind of heart to give good for refugee peoples. God bless her and her family. I love Angelina Joile.

    June 19, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  25. Dr Donna K Buechler

    The Jolie-Pitt team is amazing in all they do to help those in need & be involved, loving parents to 6 children of their own. God bless them.

    June 19, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  26. Stephanie

    It's easy to be cynical about celebrities and their causes, but who really cares why? The point is that Jolie is doing something. Which is more than I can say about others. Thanks Jolie...keep up the good work!

    June 19, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  27. Krasi

    As I mentioned last night, I wish we spoke about such issues more often and not just on Refugee Day. Someone replied that we don't have the time, because of everything else, to devote more than a day. This is sad since the problem wtih displaced people is interconnected with any other serious problem out there. Ignoring it is definitely not the solution.

    June 19, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  28. saly

    wow .she is really inspiring ! .tell u the truth i cried when she talk about the kids in Africa ,and other countries ......hope she was my mom 😦 well i have to say it .

    June 19, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  29. Lilibeth

    Ms. Jolie was right in saying that we should help people in any way we can. Imagine if we are in their shoes, and no one helps us, how would we feel? We should see ourselves in others.

    Lilibeth
    Edmonds, Washington

    June 19, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  30. melinda

    Angelina is an inspiration and I'm so thankful to have her as an example of a leader. I know because of her ways, we'll have so many others leaders to come.

    June 19, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  31. Mahnaz from Florida

    Angelina is a real hero and the best example of care and contribution for the needy ones. She is a true celebrity, not only by her beauty and successful career, but for the role she is playing in the life of people with the most needs. Unlike some other celebrities who only concentrate on themselves, she on the other hand concentrates on the world's desperate people and unselfish enough to contribute a big portion of her income to comfort the ones without roof on their head or food in their mouth. She is admirable in every way possible. God bless her.

    June 19, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  32. Matt

    Angelina Jolie is truly an inspiration and someone who cares deeply for others. She is my personal hero and she is a good exapmle of someone who uses their celebrity in the right way. Thanks.

    June 19, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  33. Lori

    Last night's show was great. Angelina Jolie seems to really care about human rights. Thanks!

    June 19, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  34. Cindy

    I don't care for celebs getting involved in causes. IMO most of them just use it as a photo op for themselves. It's obvious that for Angelina that's not the case but for the other 99% it is. Hopefully more can be done for the refugees around the world by her being involved.

    Cindy..Ga.

    June 19, 2009 at 11:00 am |