May 15th, 2008
06:58 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks...

After Hillary Clinton's HUGE victory in West Virginia, she suffered a major blow to her campaign...Former Presidential candidate John Edwards came out last night and endorsed Barack Obama..."The reason I'm here tonight is because the Democratic voters have made their choice, and so have I," he told a crowd in Michigan. "There is one man who knows and understands that this is a time for bold leadership. There is one man that knows how to create the change, the lasting change, that you have to build from the ground up," Edwards said. "There is one man who knows in his heart there is time to create one America, not two ... and that man is Barack Obama." Edwards did have kind words for Clinton. "What she has shown ... is strength and character, and what drives her is something that every single one of us can and should appreciate," Edwards said. "She is a woman who, in my judgment, is made of steel, and she's a leader in this country not because of her husband but because of what she has done."

The irony in all of this is that when Edwards appeared three days ago on LARRY KING LIVE –when asked about who he might endorse, he had this to say "and what I don't want to do is contribute to the divide. I mean, we had a primary in North Carolina where I live. I live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I voted in that primary. So obviously, I made a choice in that vote. But at least for this moment, I think the reasonable thing for me to do is let voters make their decision. " HMMMM, I wonder what changed his mind so quickly? He also said he wouldn't be interested in the VP job, lets see if he changes his mind about that, too... 

BUT Hillary battle's on...Suzanne Malveaux will be with her in South Dakota tonight, while Obama takes the day off...

If you want to know what the Presidency will look like if John McCain wins the White House...Well, today in Ohio, he will lay out benchmarks for his first term, Dana Bash will have that for us tonight, but the Associated Press has a sneak peak. According the the AP...John McCain, looking through a crystal ball to 2013 and the end of a prospective first term, sees "spasmodic" but reduced violence in Iraq and Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden dead or captured and government spending curbed by his ready veto pen. The Republican presidential contender also envisions April's annual angst replaced by a simpler flat tax, illegal immigrants living humanely under a temporary worker program, and political partisanship stemmed by weekly news conferences and British-style question periods with joint meetings of Congress... Osama Bin Laden captured? I cannot wait for that....

Gary Tuchman has a piece for us tonight that we did NOT get on last night looking at "Is McCain too old?" Barack Obama says that John McCain "lost his bearings." Obama denies that is a reference about age. But many other public figures are blunt about their belief that John McCain may be too old for the White House. Is it a valid issue? Or is such discussion out of bounds? Is John McCain wins, he would be the oldest person elected to a first term in the White House in the nation's history.

We also hope to get on a fascinating Sanjay Gupta piece. Sanjay introduces us to Brad Williams.
March 30th, 1978, July 18th, 1987, October 21st 1999. Ask Brad Williams a date and he can recall not only what happened on that day in history but what he did that day. Williams is one of only three documented cases of hyperthymestic syndrome, a condition of near-perfect autobiographical memory that scientists say may totally rewrite what we know about how memories are stored. We follow Williams as he gets an MRI and visit him in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where the radio newsman has a weekly call-in show called related to his memory. Dr. Sanjay Gupta sits down with Williams, who had no idea his abilities were off the charts until he read about a woman who possessed the same type of recall.

But it is early...and who knows what the news will break as the day unfolds....

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Dee Stevens

    Good morning Anderson and AC/360 today. I hope everyone has a nice day today.

    May 15, 2008 at 9:23 am |
  2. Michelle

    I am sure you all at 360 will soon be adding a segment with
    regards to the statement from President Bush in Israel.

    israel is a very important ally for America, going down this
    path is dangerous and reckless,

    I am only familiar with WWII through the history books.
    The words in reference to Nazis is the politics of fear
    to the nth degree.

    Does anyone really believe that the United States
    Israeli policy would radically change? For some 60
    years now presidents be they Dems or Repubs have
    strongly supported Israel and should always stand
    with our strongest ally in world.

    May 15, 2008 at 9:19 am |
  3. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    Edwards was the hopeful pull of white working class voters to the Obama camp. Sad thing is they were going for HIllary anyway for the most part and didn't really gravitate to Edwards. I do think he is more liberal than Clinton and Obama fits his vision for America. I also think he is looking at what is in it for him should Obama become the nominee and win the election. No politician pulls for someone without gaining something in return. His BS on Larry King the other night was strictly BS.

    And McCain's speech today should be interesting. I am trusting you all will be fair to him tonight in your expert analysis. I'd love it if he'd address Congress and keep them on their toes. And if they'd do likewise with him. I think it's a great idea no matter who wins. Accountability in Washington would be such a lovely thing.

    I am also looking forward to the piece on memory. Any clue as to why memory goes away and how we can restore it would be great, especially since age-related memory loss runs rampant in my family. They all live to their mid-90's and can't remember anything. It might also clue into why I and many others with ADD/ADHD have memory problems unless we are cued.

    May 15, 2008 at 9:15 am |
  4. Dolores, Austin Texas

    Morning, John Edwards was my first choice for the presidential race, I was wondering when and who he was going to endorse, although Senator Obama is not who I voted for, I honestly feel more confident about him now that John Edwards has endorsed him. My commitment is still with Senator Clinton, I have the up most respect for her because she tough and hasn't given up. As Mr. James Carville would say, If Senator Clinton doesn't win; Senator Obama will have 1000% of my support.
    By the way Anderson, are you watching the NBA playoffs? I just want to say good Luck to my San Antonio Spurs, GO SPURS GO!

    May 15, 2008 at 9:14 am |
  5. jane

    We have come to a point where neither Party should grab our votes unconditionally? Party elders have skewed the results for nominees. For me it is time to break my usual voting pattern and to vote as an independent.
    Both parties have been moving to the far sides of their ideologies. Clinton represents the center for me. Since there will be a strong Dem. Congress, I think that McCain might provide a good balance to that body and would cross over on various issues (taxes, educ. immigration).
    In essence, a vote for grid lock will ultimately most reflect my points of view.

    May 15, 2008 at 9:14 am |
  6. TESAP

    The Edwards endorsement was a welcome relief for a trying couple of weeks for Obama. However, everyone in the free wold realizes that HC should stop while she is behind, she can exit gracefully, however she is not graceful.

    The one question that I would like people to answer is how does Obama win over white voters that won't vote for him just because he is black???

    The realization is they won't vote for him anyway, and there is no way that he can win them over...... so please stop suggesting how he can, let them keep thier ignorance obviously they are not worried about the country that they so-called love if they are willing to vote for a white person even if they think he/she is not capable of doing the job.... 😦

    May 15, 2008 at 9:10 am |
  7. seah ohio

    The Democratic party voters want Hillary for their candidate and nominee.

    Evident by the votes she has received.

    Many Democrats fully regretted voting for obama and wish they could take their vote back now.

    America has been Scammed by Mr Obama. He should be sent back to chicago where he belongs.

    May 15, 2008 at 9:08 am |
  8. Marc in Quebec

    I think that it is time for the Clintons to take their eyes off of the White House. It's not going to happen....ever.

    Edwards chose to do this because, like Hillary, he has aspirations of becoming President. Obama is his ticket in. He can bring the white vote, negating Clinton's last argument.....

    May 15, 2008 at 8:58 am |
  9. cassie

    The "Hmmm" about John Edwards is correct. He did say those things on Larry King. There seems to be something wishy washy about John Edwards – like always a bridesmaid never a bride or anything is for sale at a price. Just thinking.Hmmm. Could it be an omen of things to come?

    May 15, 2008 at 8:54 am |
  10. Kent, Illinois

    It is clear to everyone including President Bush who the Republicans will be fighting in November. Pretty sad that Bush makes a jab at Obama while making a speech in Israel today. Man.......they are afraid of Obama lol..............

    May 15, 2008 at 8:51 am |
  11. Michael, NC

    John Edwards is a two timing liar who finally "came out of the closet" and backed Obama, even though I personally believe his standing on issues favors Hillbillary more. It's an obvious gut shot attempt to take some of the blowout in WV away from Hillbillary. That's pretty low.
    McCain is pretty old, but so is Larry King and Robert Byrd, senior senator of WV. That guy's ancient. I don't hear anything about their credibility. People need to drop the garbage about age, it is a non-issue and a lame attempt to attack McCain because there are few flaws thus far in his campaign.
    I have been waiting for Sanjay's piece for like a week. It was brought up in the Buzz a few days ago, and I have been looking forward to it ever since. Bout time.

    May 15, 2008 at 8:51 am |
  12. Cindy

    I think that John Edwards was always going to back Obama. He was just waiting on the right time to announce it. And I don't believe for a second that he'd turn down the VP slot if it was offered to him. I mean he has tried unsuccessfully twice to be the pres. so the next best is VP. And if they win then he can go from there to have a better shot at running and winning the pres. slot.

    I am glad that you all are finally doing reports on John McCain. But please no bashing!! I am really tired of that...we got enough of that on Hillary.

    I'm looking forward to the McCain reports and the Sanjay one. I was wondering if you'd ever show it since it was bumped.

    May 15, 2008 at 8:43 am |
  13. Barb

    It's not a surprise, that's what losers do , how many times has Edwards failed.
    Obama has some very anti american people in his past, sooner or later something is going too come to light .
    John McCann will be able too find what he needs too beat Obama, he won't have to cater too all these democratic party members.

    May 15, 2008 at 7:35 am |