AC360 Monday 8p

There are growing questions about the ferry crew's actions. The latest on the South Korean ferry disaster live on AC360.
September 9th, 2011
10:35 PM ET

9/11 children 10 years later

Children who lost parents on September 11 reflect on the day that changed their lives forever.

September 9th, 2011
10:32 PM ET

What lessons were not learned from 9/11?

Anderson Cooper finds out that many NYC first responders still lack improved communications tools 10 years after 9/11.

September 9th, 2011
10:23 PM ET

The hunt for Mullah Omar

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh looks for clues that insurgent leader Mullah Omar might be hiding out in Quetta, Pakistan.


Filed under: 360° Radar
September 9th, 2011
07:54 PM ET

Terror Threat Latest: Join the Live Chat

Anderson will be reporting live from the World Trade Center Site with new details on the terror threat that has New York and Washington on alert. Plus, why 10 years after 9/11 first responders in some cities still can't count on fully functioning communications systems – lifesaving systems – if catastrophe strikes.

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Filed under: Live Blog
September 9th, 2011
03:45 PM ET

Letters to the President: #963 'Oh no, not another speech!'

Reporter's Note: President Obama is hitting the road to promote his latest plan to stimulate the economy. I am staying at home, however, looking at the details.

Dear Mr. President,

Well, you went ahead and did it anyway. I suggested ahead of your big speech that it probably should be more about hard-core substance, less about inspirational phrases and that kind of rah-rah talk that you politicians seem to love, and yet you forged ahead with a speech that was soaring, full of passion…and gave your opponents a perfect opportunity to paint you as just another politician out for re-election.

Because, to be honest, from where I sat, it sure looked and sounded more like a campaign rally than a policy discussion. And wasn’t policy the whole point?

I’m not attacking or even disagreeing with your ideas here, I’m just saying that it seemed…unseemly in a way.

Look, some of the Republicans didn’t even show up because they said it was going to be primarily a political speech. I thought they were walking a dangerous line. I mean, when the president says he wants Congress to listen to what he has to say, in my book, Congress ought to sit down and listen. It just seems proper.

But then when I heard your message, and the way it was written, I couldn’t help but think that maybe they weren’t so wrong. Again: It sounded so much like a re-election bid, and so little like the kind of serious economic talk that is needed so desperately now.

Maybe I didn’t hear it properly, or maybe I was in the wrong frame of mind. I am willing to accept that I might be wrong on this. But as I told you a few days ago, I don’t think America has any doubt that you can be an inspiring leader with grand ideas about how American can succeed and move forward. But I think a lot of Americans have serious doubts about your ability to turn those majestic thoughts into actual, working policies that change our lives for the better. And if you can’t convince them that you understand that part of the equation, I don’t think all the fine speeches in the world will win them over.

You know that I try to be encouraging, but that is something to think of while you are out on the road…making speeches.

Regards,

Tom