June 9th, 2008
07:41 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks...Happy Monday...

Hillary Clinton's campaign officially ended on Saturday....her job now? To focus on making sure her supporters back Sen. Barack Obama's bid. As Clinton closed her campaign Saturday, she urged the cheering crowd of thousands to support Obama in his run for the White House, saying she and supporters should "take our energy, our passion and our strength and do all we can to help elect Barack Obama ... I ask all of you to join me in working as hard for Barack Obama as you have for me." Candy Crowley will bring us up to speed on Hillary's good-bye and check in on Obama has he campaigns in North Carolina....

BUT what about BILL?

What a long, strange, unhappy trip it's been for Bill Clinton. When Sen. Hillary Clinton officially launched her drive for the White House 17 months ago, the former president's possibilities seemed endless. His wife's nomination by many of the party faithful was seen as a virtual certainty. The Clintons move back into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., the political world would once again be Bill Clinton's oyster. Maybe there would even be a co-presidency. Perhaps he would get another crack at settling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Some even speculated that he would follow in the footsteps of William Howard Taft and become the second ex-president to serve on the Supreme Court. Suddenly many of those possibilities are gone, or at least significantly reduced..So now what? Gary Tuchman looks at Bill's future...

Randi Kaye looks at THE PSYCHOLOGY OF FEAR - Playing on voters’ fears is an age old campaign tactic. Remember the mushroom cloud ad designed to make people think Goldwater was a warmonger? Remember the Willie Horton ad designed to make people think Dukakis was soft on crime? They both scared voters…and they both worked. While voters often say they don’t like attack ads, studies show the fight or flight instinct is alive and well, and it happens the voting booth. On brain scans the amygdale (the part of the brain that responds to fear) literally lights up when shown a frightening attack ad. This campaign has already seen its fair share of attack ads – from the red phone ad to the Bin Laden ad – the candidates are trying to scare YOU. Randi Kaye tests how a group of undecided voters respond to the psychology of fear, and looks at what that means for the presidential race...

AND Anderson will be LIVE tonight from Kigali...the largest city in Rwanda...we officially kick off Planet in Peril 2 - make sure you tune in....

Also making news....Gasoline rose to a milestone mark Sunday as the national average compiled by motorist group AAA reached $4 a gallon for the first time. Severe storms with heavy rains, high winds and lightning swept across the Midwest to the East Coast on Sunday, flooding towns from Iowa to Michigan, threatening levees and leaving at least eight people dead...

It is still early - so we will see where the news wind blows...


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  1. Lesli


    Did you even see the speech on Saturday? Your response on this blog has got me wondering. If you didn't, then you've stuck you foot in your mouth. You look very much like a sore winner in this case.

    If you did hear her speech, then maybe you need to go back and listen to it again, she did offer him both her congradulations and her support, and she pressed her supporters to rally together around Obama. One could wonder what else it is he needs from her.

    One could wonder what planet were you on – on Saturday.

    June 9, 2008 at 11:06 am |
  2. Kent Fitzsimmons,Illinois


    What are you saying? So you'd like to bring us back 50 years in race equality? We can not and will not as a nation listen to such ridiculous hatred as what you speak of. Most of us have moved on..................why haven't you?

    June 9, 2008 at 11:04 am |
  3. Lesli

    To Francys
    I heard the Clinton speech on Saturday and she could not have been any clearer on her support of Obama or the Democratic party in her exit speech. She mentioned her support for him and his name at least 14 times during the 30 minute speech.

    To Delores
    Clinton deserves more than playing 2nd fiddle to Obama. She can accomplish more from many different positions than VP, but if I believe she will say "I serve at the pleasure of my President", if asked. And if you think that won't take grit and determination folks, you aint seen nothing yet.

    To David and Spencer
    It looks like you both sit on oposite ends of the aisle here but the result is the same. Yes, I believe that it was okay for a black to vote for Obama because he was black, but it has not been considered okay to vote for a white because they are white – funny how that works.

    You have both ignored the value of the subtle sexism of the race. Where do you stand on that.

    To PumainTx
    Well written, I agree with your analysis of the situation with the Demo Party 100%. Their biased handling of this entire thing has been scandleous, and I would have a hard time voting for them after their blatant manipulations over the past season.

    To Cindy
    You can't immagine what Clinton said in her speech on Saturday. She was grace in its definative moment, she was eloquent and decisive, and she was 100% woman. I couldn't have been prouder.

    She couldn't have more clearly thrown her support behind Obama – she couldn't have honoured the women (and men) who supported any better and she couldn't have left the race with any more gusto – she did it all. It will be a historical speech.

    And to all of the CNN political people who have appeared spouting their political rehtoric for the past three months, I say – take that. You have paid both Clinton's with your snide comments, your tacky jokes at their expense and often your reports of blantant slander. They have given their lives to public service for their country and you have treated them shabily.

    I was not so proud of the best political team in television on their annalysis after the fact. They don't seem so be able to keep their noses out of the VP question and give her the credit due on such an important day. They just couldn't give it a rest for five minutes, and really discuss the importance of the speech and its message without addressing the issue. We want you to take the high road sometimes, but you just keep disappointing us.

    To Kim in NY
    Yes Clinon's job is to be a senator now, but Bill has much more important things to do in the world than just play golf. Too bad CNN has forgotten to point this out rather than malign him. I know he hasn't done a terrific job of putting his best foot forward during his wife's campaign, but you have probably done more damage to his reputation through your reporting and therefore will make it harder for him to get respect on the world state where he can still do a phenomical amout of good work.

    To Kristen- Philadelphia, PA
    Totally agree – let's now leave this political thing for a month or so. We could all use the break – end of story.

    So AC360, lets get back to the 360 degree view of the world instead of the accute less that 90 degrees we've seen for the last 6 months.

    Last week during the afternoon there were utterly fantastic pictures from one of your crews coming out of China showing some of the ares which were decimated in rock slides after the earthquake, but you didn't even include them in your broad cast. There is a big wide world out there past your borders and we'd like to see it again.

    June 9, 2008 at 11:02 am |
  4. Kent Fitzsimmons,Illinois

    I think many people have already decided who they will be voting for in November. I know I have. But, I know the attack ads are coming. I cannot, and will not be swayed by them. Globally, as well as nationally, we are in trouble. Hillary will do everything she can to help Obama. Bill Clinton can be a huge asset. Did Hillary and Obama decide he will fade away or help? Too early to tell.

    June 9, 2008 at 10:59 am |
  5. Michael, NC

    Ok, I don't understand why people say " we need to get republicans out of the white house" or "if you want a republican to continue to hurt our country, go ahead and vote for one". I mean, every person who has ever run for president has had their own personal style, and for people to put a label on someone as if they are one species is pretty garbage. To me, this shows that they do nothing more than vote a strait ticket for the democrats, and if that's the case, they are not helping the problem. Take the candidates for THEIR beliefs, not for the party they are under. I just don't see why people show their closed-mindedness and say something like that.

    June 9, 2008 at 10:56 am |
  6. michelle: Ont,Canada

    Hi: Happy Monday AC 360 Staff ,
    I can't wait top see the next installment of the planet in peril
    documenttry.Anderson is at his best reporting on the fieldand capturing the real eesence of what's going on ion our world around us the 360 angle .

    June 9, 2008 at 10:55 am |
  7. Michelle

    Obama needs to get his own votes.
    It's not HIllary's job.

    Check out CNN's Hot Topics. There's a new Obama scandal brewing.

    June 9, 2008 at 10:48 am |
  8. Gary Chandler in Canada

    The dodging bullets, the bitter comments, Hagee/Parsley; these gaffes and issues pale in comparison to what McCain has said about Russia and China. WHY isn't the media all over his 'intentions' to kick Russia out of the G8 and bar China???
    Pretend for 30 seconds McCain would care about America's foreign image, and he would 'actually' consult with Allies.
    McCain to Britain, Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy, and France "Hey, what to you think of kicking of Russia out ans barring China?"
    Response, in 5 different languages, "Are you out of your brainless mind?"
    McCain is dangerous.

    June 9, 2008 at 10:42 am |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Bill and Hillary will do everything in their power to make sure Obama is elected, they may seem angry to you but they aren't crazy. People should be responsible for wrecking their own finances, not Bush or McCain. This country has been headed in the wrong direction since Bush took office and it will continue in the wrong direction if McCain is elected. McCain's only interest on DAY 1 is to prove he and Bush were right about the war and Obama is wrong. Which means more men and women dying in Iraq and a war with Iran. We all need to really evaluate what McCain is saying; McCain is only interested on DAY1 proving that he and Bush were right about the war and Obama is wrong because McCain knows the American people were lied to and he is part of that conspiracy.

    June 9, 2008 at 10:40 am |

    Yes Clinton finally conceded.... but for many African Americans it was too little too late. She did not congatulate Obama on his win on Tuesday, she did not acknowledge defeat........... she pressed her supporters to fight against their own party. She was too selfish to allow us (African Americans) to enjoy the major milestone that was made, and for that I do not think she and Bill will ever be forgiven. We hear talk about the sexism....... there wasn't any.............. Race was injected after the clinton camp mentioned it. I still do not get why Clinton supporters are so angry, she lost, she counted on the superdelegates to take her over the top instead they went for Obama. Many of her supporters will not vote for him because of hsi race, forgetting that he was raised by his mother (a white woman), his grandparents (white).


    June 9, 2008 at 10:22 am |
  11. Vicky

    Looking forward to seeing Anderson tonight from Rwanda, and seeing more about the mountain gorillas. There was a nature special on last night about gorillas in zoos (e.g., Snowflake in Barcelona), but it's so sad to see them outside their own environment, and so interesting to see them in the natural habitat.

    I was reading about the War bill on funding for the Iraqi war ($212 billion, I think) and for Iraqi refugess ($350 million, I think), and that Sen. Landrieu had fought for some spending for Katrina 'refugees' – $13 million, that will likely be cut from the bill by tomorrow. There was just a mixture of sadness and anger when I read that. Though you all try to keep the Gulf Coast in the news, can you tell us what the different levels of government are doing and "keep them honest" about not forgetting about the people hard hit by Katrina. I'm having trouble understanding if they're just on their own to try to rebuild... I keep seeing politicians having press conferences from New Orleans and LA, but what action is really being taken?

    June 9, 2008 at 10:19 am |
  12. Cherisa

    Looking forward seeing Anderson in the field; that's where he's at his best. PIP 2 updates are a welcome break from the political coverage.

    June 9, 2008 at 10:01 am |
  13. Kim

    Will the PIP2 kick-off be on during the first hour of coverage that is also aired on CNN International or will it be in the second hour?

    I hope that voters will start focusing on the differences in policy between Obama and McCain. In my opinion casting a vote was never meant to be used to settle a score by withholding a vote, but to help elect the person whom I believe to be the best qualified in terms of policy, character and insight to lead this nation.

    Voters can choose whomever they want, but to vote against their own beliefs and best interest to punish their party seems unreasonable to me. If they believe that McCain is the better candidate to further their and the country's interests, then they should go ahead and vote for him, not out of spite.

    June 9, 2008 at 9:59 am |
  14. Kim in NY

    Francys –

    You are semi right. An Obama win will be HIS victory. An Obama loss will be Senator Clinton's defeat.

    June 9, 2008 at 9:51 am |
  15. Francys

    Hello Anderson, I would just like to say something to all the Diehard Hillary fans that refuses to vote for Obama. You see, I haven't heard any reporter talk about this aspect of Hillary's endorsement of Barrack Obama.

    People who truly support Hillary should indeed vote for Obama if they care so much about her because it will affect how people perceive Hillary in history afterwards:

    If Obama wins the presidency, people are going to say that it was because of Hillary's support that he succeeded. However, if Obama loses the presidency, people are going to say that Hillary is responsible for his loss because she dragged the race for too long even if she had almost no chance of winning in the end. At a time people both liked Clinton and Obama but in the end, both camps ended up hating the other camp and that would not have happened if she had conceded much earlier.

    I would really like to see a topic on that and see what people think about my arguments.


    June 9, 2008 at 9:20 am |
  16. Dolores, Austin Texas

    Morning Anderson, I was sad to see Senator Clinton exit her bid for the presidency, I hope that all of her supporters will stand behind Senator Obama, the last thing we need is a Republican running our country for another four years. I would also hope that Senator Obama will consider Senator Clinton has his running mate. What a great team! this is the only way he is going to beat John McCain. Have a great day, looking forward to your show tonight.

    June 9, 2008 at 9:11 am |
  17. David

    This campaign has shown that racism is alive and isn't much different than the mid years of this century. It's not surprising to see people say the country isn't ready for an african american president, when african americans have been voting to elect white americans for years. Hilary had the right to run her campaign how she saw fit, but has hurt the democratic party more than she's helped, and now it's split to the point of white women on television saying they would rather switch parties simply because the candidate is african american!!! Where's your hood? If you can make a statement like that, it wasn't the party you were supporting in the first place, and if you decide to vote that way, quit complaining about the state of the US economy today because you are part of the problem. Look around and see how many cars still have Bush sticker on them.. Join them if you wish.

    June 9, 2008 at 9:06 am |
  18. spencer

    We now have a new mission as whites, in the fall 90 to 95% of us need to vote race, to let others now how that feels..My feelings are hurt and I ain't getting over it.....

    June 9, 2008 at 8:48 am |
  19. PumainTx

    It's amazing the way the media , and the DNC are putting it all on Sen. Clinton to bring her die hard voters 'back into the fold " . The obvious structure of this directive that has been given to the candidate who won the popular vote is nothing less than , " bring them back or you will be blamed for our defeat in November ."
    Unlike many of the Obama supporters , Clinton backers have supported the SUBSTANCE and POLICIES of our candidate , not just the personae . Our core beliefs have not changed overnight .
    To add to our unwillingness to 'fall in line' behind the candidate who was SELECTED by the Democratic leadership NOT elected by the people is the unethical actions of the R&B committee in dividing the votes in Mi. by actually TAKING votes from Sen Clinton , and giving Obama votes that were never even cast for him .
    The hypocricy of the Leadership of the DNC has been blatant during this primary season from Ms. Brazile objecting to SDs choosing the candidate early on then changing her position when the SDs put her candidate on the top of the ticket , to Nancy Pelosi flip flopping on the SDs supporting the popular vorte winner , to Howard Dean strong arming the entire process in favor of Obama.
    Our position to protest the Nov. election if Obama is still at the top of the ticket has NOTHING to do with race or being loyal to our candidate . It is about PRINCIPLE . Our core values and personal truths .
    We are protesting the DNC and the unregulated caucus system that awards more delegates for fewer votes , the rampant sexism and misogyny that was perpetuated throughout the campaign , the decision by the R&B committee not to count all of the votes from Fla. and Michigan , and their not recognizing the popular vote winner as the nominee .
    We support Sen. Clinton , we feel that she won the nomination , but we will not support the Democratic Party or a candidate who has the audacity to proclaim himself the winner of an election by not allowing all of the votes to be counted .
    Until the Party amends these infractions and rectifies the nominating process , we do not consider ourselves to be Democrats . We will continue to support our candidate , the winner of the popular vote , as Pumacrats for Sen.Clinton .

    June 9, 2008 at 8:19 am |
  20. Cindy

    I didn't watch Hillary's speech but I imagine I can guess what she said. But I really don't even think that her supporters will vote for Obama even though she asked them too. I think there is just too much hatred there.

    And I knew Anderson would be in Rwanda. I mean after having the others such as Neil blogging about being there it doesn't take a genius to figure that out. I am glad that he will be airing live from there! I wondered if he would. I am really excited to see the mountain gorillas again! Hopefully you all will show some of Neil's footage of them tonight. And I am excited that PIP2 is underway and you all are keeping us in the loop!

    Hope everyone stays safe over there and doesn't bring any thing back this time like they did the last go round! LOL


    June 9, 2008 at 8:12 am |
  21. Kim in NY

    I thought Senator Clinton's job now was to be a senator......

    Ex- President Bill Clinton should take up golf......

    Planet in Peril 2 seems like its going to be fascinating. I will be very happy to watch news other than primary reports. Let's move on.......

    June 9, 2008 at 8:10 am |
  22. Kristen- Philadelphia, PA

    Morning AC folks, I looking forward to seeing Anderson in Kigali tonight.

    Yes Hillary's Campaign is over so can she stop being talked about. Unless it is in reference to Obama’s Campaign I don’t know what else there is to be said about Hillary or Bill for that matter. Neither one will be President this go round, next topic.

    I don’t like the scare tactics and I hope they stay out of this campaign, at least by my candidate Obama. Bush has really worn them out and its old. Plus its kind of creepy that candidates try and give you subliminal messages through those dumb ads. You think that they don’t affect you but unconsciously they probably do leave thoughts in the back of your mind.

    June 9, 2008 at 8:06 am |
  23. Curt W

    You know it amazes me how we completely miss the fact that the DNC is playing on peoples fears. "4 more years" is itself playing on peoples fears. I hope people see through this and all the other fear tactics.

    June 9, 2008 at 7:57 am |
  24. Missy

    Sounds great. Looking forward to seeing Anderson tonight.

    June 9, 2008 at 7:47 am |