Reporter's Note: The Republicans are steaming into the south. I’m steaming some trousers to get the wrinkles out as I pen this letter to the president.
Dear Mr. President,
There are many differences between you and our most recent former president Bush. Yes, yes, I know that your fans fairly burst with punch lines when they hear a statement like that, but let’s contain the sarcasm for a moment and move on, because I want to talk about something you and the former Commander in Chief do not differ on, but share.
He too had a lot of people vehemently opposed to the way he was running the presidency.
I mention it because I’ve spent the week in South Carolina among undecided Republicans. And while they may not know whom they are going to vote for when their primary rolls around later this month, they do know this: They are united around and committed to the idea of defeating you.
I realize that this is a hallmark of presidential elections. Most of the time, those who are out of power in any given office are hell bent on taking power back. But there is a difference between regular, run of the mill political opposition, and what we are seeing these days. There is a certain venomous, angry, uncompromising fury driving many of these folks; a firm conviction that the very fate of the nation rests on them driving you like a heretic out of the Oval Office.
You, and many of your followers, may find that distasteful; but it is almost identical to the fury that I witnessed on the Democratic side a few years back aimed at Republicans.
That is why you should fear it; because you proved that when enough people get that disappointed in a political leader, they can make big things happen. And if they made it happen once, who’s to say they can’t make it happen again?
Heading home from SC in the morning. I have picked up yet another wicked cold, so if you want to say hi please don’t call late; need to catch up on my sleep.
Editor's note: AC360° Executive Producer Charlie Moore was on the ground in Haiti for nearly a month with Anderson Cooper after the earthquake struck two years ago. A few days ago, he and Anderson returned to the places where they documented catastrophic destruction, suffering and brave rescues from beneath the rubble. Tune in to CNN on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 8 and 10 p.m. ET for their full report.
It had been ten days since the earthquake hit and Ena Zizi was still buried. Somehow, miraculously, rescuers heard her faint cries and were now trying to find her under the rubble of the church that had collapsed on her.
Emergency rescue teams from Germany were tunneling into the rubble, sending men snaking through the concrete to look for a pocket where Ena might be found. Dogs climbed over and into the wreckage, barking when they “hit” on human scent. The mountain of debris was massive – 30 feet high and around 200 feet long. It was big enough for two teams, so on top of the debris a rescue team from Mexico was frantically digging and peeling back massive chunks of concrete and throwing them with a thud in every direction. Despite the frenzy, it was delicate work. They still didn’t know where Ena was buried, so throwing a slab of rock in the wrong direction could mean crushing the trapped woman. An even bigger fear was how easily the whole rock pile could shift. Peeling out layers of the rubble meant changing the foundation, so at any moment the rescuers were worried the entire thing could collapse on itself.
The rescuers worked for hours, while continuing to hear Ena’s faint cries for help, which let them hone in on her location. As night approached there was a flurry of activity on the top of the debris pile. Then suddenly a frail and elderly woman, Ena Zizi, was yanked from a small air pocket surrounded by tons of stone. A huge cheer erupted from the rescue teams and the dozens of onlookers who had gathered. Rescue workers immediately formed a chain down the debris pile, passing her along and finally laying her on the grass, covering her with a thermal blanket and giving her water. A crowd of journalists pushed close to shoot pictures, while Ena Zizi rolled on the ground mumbling, clearly in pain.
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