Anderson Cooper talks to Sean Penn about his work in Haiti, and the progress and obstacles in the effort to recover from the 2010 earthquake.
Reporter's Note: I’m back in town after a trip out to the campaign trail, and the president is no doubt headed there again himself. I’m sure the staff will make sure he gets my letters.
Dear Mr. President,
Well, I’ve done it again. I’ve gone on the road, shorted myself on sleep for a week, and now have a bit of a cold. Heaven knows how I hate it when this happens. I have a million things I need to do, a million more that I would like to do, and now I’m sniffling all the way home. (Perhaps a million is an exaggeration, but you get the point.)
I woke up around 5:30 this morning to catch an early plane back to DC, and when I wasn’t dozing in the air I was fighting sneezes and blowing my nose incessantly. Luckily the plane had only a couple dozens passengers. I was not too close to anyone, so you won’t have to call the Centers for Disease Control to report a possible outbreak.
If I can just get a couple of decent, full nights of sleep I’m sure I’ll be much better, but in the meantime I suffer.
How do you avoid such things? I realize you have a doctor who pretty much chases you around like a golden retriever, but if I were keeping your schedule I think I’d be constantly run down and verging on illness. It wouldn’t be so much the work as the worry.
“Honey, what’s wrong? You were dreaming!”
“Oh my gosh, I was at dinner with Biden. Suddenly I noticed that the waiter was Kim Jong Un, and he was serving prawns that looked like little nuclear warheads!”
That’s what it would be like for me. Anyway, how do you deal with the schedule? Come to think of it, how does any President? I don’t think I’ve ever seen one toting a box of tissues. Extra vitamin C? Green tea? Let me know, because as the election revs up I’m sure we’ll run into each other on the trail, and I’d hate to be sniffling. Ha!
Photojournalist Neil Hallsworth revisits the hotel that he and Anderson Cooper used as their base after the earthquake. They were among the first journalists on the ground in Haiti, and despite the chaos, had to quickly locate the center of operations for CNN's coverage.
Don't miss Anderson's special report on Haiti tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET on AC360.
Editor's note: Two years after the earthquake, Anderson Cooper revisits Haiti and its post-disaster reality. Watch AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET for Anderson's reports from Haiti and his interview with the country's new president, Michel Martelly.
(CNN) – Fabiola Leocal's story ought to be uncommon, but in post-earthquake Haiti, it's not.
All she has left of her previous life are a stack of photographs and a few other things scavenged off the rubble of the building she called a home.
When the catastrophe struck, as the Haitians say, her house tumbled, along with many others that dotted the hillside in the Port-au-Prince neighborhood of Canape Vert. Her husband of nine years, Rene, was crushed under concrete.
She lived in a camp for a while but returned to where she belonged. Now she has a tin shack and memories - photographs carefully tucked away in loose, laminated photo album pages of herself and Rene. He, in a suit. She, in a much finer dress than the black sleeveless top and printed skirt she has on now.
When Anderson Cooper returned to Haiti two years after the earthquake, he spoke with relief workers about progress there. Tune in to AC360° tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET for Anderson's interview with President Martelly and the full report on his recent experience in Haiti.
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