August 8th, 2008
09:50 PM ET

Weekend Buzz: raw politics, fireworks and Elvis

Lisa Ort
AC360° Producer

Here’s a look at some of the stories on our radar:

RAW POLITICS: Sen. John McCain addresses disabled veterans at a convention in Las Vegas.  Sen. Barack Obama takes his first full day of vacation in Hawaii.

CAYLEE’S BIRTHDAY: Caylee Anthony’s third birthday is on Saturday.  Where will the little girl, who was reported missing on July 15th, be spending it? Authorities and locals are growing more and more frustrated with how Caylee’s mother has been acting.  They hope for the girl’s safe return.

PYROTECHNICS GUILD INTL ANNUAL CONVENTION: This convention, which takes place in Gillette, WY, includes fireworks displays and safety workshops.

BUD BILLIKEN PARADE: This is the country’s largest African American parade.  It’s held in Chicago.

GUMBALL 3000 RALLY: This infamous car rally, which starts in San Francisco and ends in Beijing, China, attracts celebrities and the mega rich. This year actor David Hasselhoff will be participating driving the original car “KITT” from his Knight Rider television series.

ELVIS WEEK: It begins on Saturday in Memphis and includes events like a 5K run, a scavenger hunt at Graceland, concerts and parties.

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  1. Sparky 134

    I wonder with all the republican buzz about family values and Sen. Edwards affair, where does the phony republicans fit in? Ask Sen. McCain who cheates on his first wife with Cindy after she was deformed from a truck accident. So much for the marriage vows and the words to God. "for better or worse, and Till Death due us Part." When I got married there was no rich trophy wife provision.

    Or Newt Gingrich, who asked his wife for a divorce while she was in the hospital with a cancer diagnosis.

    Henry Hyde who head the investigation to the Clinton-Lewinski affair also had a affair when he was married.

    Why is it only the democratic politician affairs that make the head lines?

    What happened to the investigation that Sen. McCain had an affair with one of his staffers?

    August 9, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  2. Rose from Southern Calif

    We are all human beings nobodys perfect...those who are pure cast the first STONE!

    August 9, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  3. Felicity

    Okay, so Edwards had an affair? So what are we going to do, stone him to death? This is not the Middle East and he has not broken any laws. Speaking of infidelity, let's recall: John McCain returned to the United States from Vietnam in March 1973. His wife, Carol, had been in a near-fatal car accident while he was gone. She was overweight, on crutches, and 4 inches shorter than when McCain had left. McCain ended up divorcing Carol for his mistress, Cindy Hensley, his current wife. It's funny how the media tends to exhibit selective amnesia when it comes to certain matters.

    August 9, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  4. Michelle T

    As a woman, I have to say I'm a little disappointed that in the several hours of coverage that CNN devoted to this story, not once did I see a mention of that other man currently running for President who had several affairs and cheated on his wife while she was seriously ill. Yes, Senator McCain is that man, and for some reason you chose not to mention it at all in your coverage.

    This speaks to his character in a huge way, and I feel the women of America need to know who they're voting for (or not.) Why the cover up?

    August 9, 2008 at 3:20 am |
  5. m.nader (not related to ralf nader)

    I am all for the freedom of the media , but how long before you realize what works for our politicains is not what is in their pants but what is in their head and hears.

    August 9, 2008 at 3:17 am |
  6. George Glass

    Edwards spent $400 on a haircut and was labeled an elitist and out of touch.

    Cindy McCain spent $500,000 on her Amex card one month, her family is worth $100 million and she and John McCain have several houses, and yet she and her husband are just "common folk."

    Double standard Anderson?

    August 9, 2008 at 3:17 am |
  7. Curtis (I) for Obama

    Lisa, AC said that it's absurd for a person to commit an affair and then run for president. Hello! John McCain married his new wife before he divorced his old wife. That's the definition of infidelity isn't it?

    August 9, 2008 at 2:56 am |
  8. Steve

    Edwards' interview on Nightline proved one thing-he's a lawyer.

    August 9, 2008 at 2:50 am |
  9. Keith S

    Russia invaded US ally in Iraq, the country of Georgia today.

    Will CNN be covering that story?

    August 9, 2008 at 2:04 am |
  10. John Humphries

    Why is John Edwards being so vilified for having an affair but nothing is being said about John McCain's affair on his first wife while she was in the hospital in serious condition–and the woman he was having the affair with is his current wife, Cindy McCain?

    Also, eveyone is feeling sorry for John Edwards' wife yet she was told about the affair in 2006 and yet she still went out and campaigned for her husband for president telling eveyone what a great father, husband, and man of charachter he was. Doesn't that make her an accomplice in the "crime"?

    It's a strange world.

    August 9, 2008 at 1:37 am |
  11. MBell

    Hey African American guy...In my opnion, it doesn't matter if you're a black person with skeletons in your closet, or a white perosn with skeletons in your, what's good for the goose is good for the gander. The news media has constantly raised questions with regard to Sen. Obama's character (as well they should). However, not once have I heard the media examine John McCain's horrible temper, his past playboy ways, the off color offensive "jokes" he finds funny, or his role in the Keiting Five corruption scandal. For all of those under the age of 45 or 50, the only one thing we know about Sen. McCain (which is CONSTANTLY reported by news orgs.) is his military service. I am so sick of pundits constantly saying " No one knows Sen. Obama", and " We already know who McCain is". Really? I gurantee that if you stopped the average person on the strret, and ratled off the above unflattering FACTS about McCains' past (without telling them who you are referring to), no one would be able to guess it's McCain. Why not? BECUZ THE NEWS MEDIA IS COVERING FOR HIM!!!!!

    August 9, 2008 at 1:24 am |
  12. Troy Tollen

    I am so tired of politicians lying. Whether it be through corruption, as in the case of so many lawmakers today, or the hypocrisy of speaking down to the general public while living lies. John Edward's not only violated the trust of his family and humiliated them, he has lied to the general public on a grand scale. He is a public figure running for national office – we deserve to understand all available information that deals with his character and integrity. I applaud the Enquirer for doing the work that most national news providers chose to avoid. By their avoidance they simply contributed to the culture of corruption so prevalent within our political system.

    August 9, 2008 at 1:22 am |
  13. Katherine Novy

    If John Edwards leaves politics, those in poverty will have lost their finest advocate.

    August 9, 2008 at 12:41 am |
  14. Leslie Ann Nichols

    In regard to the broacast evening of 8/8/08, CNN loses it's stature, to my mind, when it becomes overfocused on a scandal. It is also ironic that at the same time you broadcast a request from Elizabeth Edwards to respect her privacy, you do the exact opposite. Which is more important to you as a news source, integrity or viewership?

    August 9, 2008 at 12:33 am |
  15. Susan Garner

    I am ashamed of you Anderson Cooper for not bringing on your program a psychotherapist with a balanced view of John Edward's transgression. In 2006 Elizabeth Edwards about 100 pounds overweight. This was one of the first things that stood out to me in the last presidential primary. No matter how much women would like for this to not matter in a marriage, it does. It's a well-researched fact the men are visual. I am so sorry for the pain that his affair has caused her because she seems like a stellar human being. I think that John Edwards was seeking this affair as a break in the unbelievable stress that he has gone through with the death of his son, Elizabeth's cancer, and his sincere ambition to make a positive change in this country. I believe that John Edwards is in the company of Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King who solicited women to help break the inbearable stress that they endured. His transgression means nothing about, nor diminishes his love for Elizabeth and his children.

    August 9, 2008 at 12:07 am |
  16. MaryLou


    Excuse me, but Republicans have nothing to talk about in condemning John Edwards – they need to look at John McCain's affairs when his first wife was ill! This is not just a Democratic problem.

    August 8, 2008 at 11:57 pm |
  17. Karl

    Guys, as a foreigner who spends a lot of time in the US, yours is one of the few news shows on CNN or any of the big news channels I actually genuinely like. That's the only reason I bother writing this. I really think you've let down the standard badly tonight. As per a few other posters, I was expecting to see a short piece on the Edwards affair and any implications it may have for the election but surely Russian troops in Georgia is a much more important and interesting story. And if it's human interest, then the opening of the Olympics has got to be major if only for the show! I don't pretend to understand why Americans (American media?) seem so concerned with the sex lives of their politicians especially as I don't meet many people here exhibiting these high standards they think are essential in their leaders. Fair game if they've been moralizing to everyone to behave in a particular way and then get found out for being hypocrites though I'm not clear Edwards falls into that category. But in any event even if you feel they deserve to be castigated and all the excruciating details made fully public, can't you do it on Larry King or Lou Dobbs or some such? Really disappointed with you guys tonight. I wIll obviously have to use the web to see the real news in the world tonight. What a shame.

    August 8, 2008 at 11:47 pm |
  18. Carol Ripley

    I just can't believe it. Hours and hours are spent asking how John Edwards thought that he could lie about an affair and still run for President. John Edwards lie hurt him and his family, period! Why aren't the news shows spending any time at all to find out why our President lied to us about Iraq? His actions have had very serious consequences on all Americans and yet somehow it is swept under the carpet. I remember when news and tabloid journalism were worlds apart. The line is really blurred now........

    August 8, 2008 at 11:32 pm |
  19. Jan

    Also, why does the MSM hold Obama responsible for what every other Democrat says and does and not hold John McCain responsible for what John McCain says and does? It is the obvious...

    August 8, 2008 at 11:27 pm |
  20. Larry

    We've known about McCain for years; nothing new in that department. CNN should do a retrospective of heroes of our political landscape; JFK, RFK, Teddy Kennedy (guess its in the Kennedy jeans, err genes) MLK, Jesse Jackson, Bill Clinton. Should be go back to good ol FDR; hmmm aren't those guys democrats?

    August 8, 2008 at 11:25 pm |
  21. Belvia Levkus

    Hello John McCain and Cindy Anderson

    August 8, 2008 at 11:24 pm |
  22. Belvia Levkus

    How about Senator McCain lets hear that he did the same thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 8, 2008 at 11:24 pm |
  23. jksonny

    Of all the narcisstic statements from Edwards today, the most ouragious is the notion that he still wants to participate in the Democratic Convention. He is truly living in a world all his own if he thinks the DNC or Obama will let him anywhere near the convention hall.

    I have not seen anyone mention that Obama's statement is clearly his way of telling Edwards, "Don't even think about showing up at the Convention."

    August 8, 2008 at 11:24 pm |
  24. Mary Ann Voitzwinkler

    When you watch John Edwards and his wife together, the body language speaks volumes, he really touches her or even looks at her. I think he thought he was worthy of a hottie and was really not interested in a sick wife, very bad behavior.

    August 8, 2008 at 11:23 pm |
  25. Rufus Hill

    I don't get it. Did Edwards tell his wife in '06 about the liaison and say it had ended. If so, what was he doing at the woman's room in the Beverly Hilton for 4 hours just a few weeks ago in '08. Maybe I missed something, and Edwards told his wife SINE he saw the woman at the Beverly Hilton about the liaison and that it had ended.

    August 8, 2008 at 11:22 pm |
  26. Belvia Levkus

    I realize that John Edwards did the wrong thing. But what I do not understand about our media is that you NEVER hold Republicans to the same standard. John McCain did the same exact thing to his first wife and then left for Barbie and married her. If the Republicans want to go tit for tat we win hands down. They are perverts like gays and corruption run deep in the Republican party. What I dont understand is what business is it of ours to judge a man whose wife is terminally ill. Let us all walk a mile in his shoes. I am not an Edwards fan but he is just the same as John McCain

    August 8, 2008 at 11:21 pm |
  27. Phillip Healy

    A war just broke out in Russia and your lead story is John Edwards affair. Edwards plays a minimal role in politics today, and you'd rather cover an affair that took place two years ago instead of a major transgression in Central Asia. Please cover "News" and not "Entertainment"

    August 8, 2008 at 11:20 pm |
  28. Mary California

    John Edwards should be banned from the Democratic convention and all future democratic politics. What a waste. All that money and no taste.

    August 8, 2008 at 11:19 pm |
  29. Vivian A. Minor

    Why is the media so hard on John Edwards' affair and his relationship to the current election. Aren't the Clintons speaking at the Convention. What about Bill's three affairs. Then, there's McCain's affair during his marriage and the timing of his marriage to his current wife. Where are the comments and judgements about these affairs.

    Why is the media so just in condemning anyone? What's at the back door of those making all the comments and passing judgement?

    Judge not, let you be judged.

    August 8, 2008 at 11:18 pm |
  30. Katherine Kyle

    Everyone is feeling sorry for Elizabeth Edwards. And I feel sorry for her too. But no one is saying what to me is obvious. Elizabeth Edwards was part of a lie. I think she is a wonderful, smart woman. But I do not understand why they did not first disclose his affair and then go on to sell him as the best man to run America.

    August 8, 2008 at 11:18 pm |
  31. Bee Adams

    John Edwards is NOT a candiate for the presidency! John McCain is so perhaps we should review how he came to marry Cindy...

    August 8, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
  32. Mary

    I am really tired of the soap opera reporting. Anderson Cooper, you are loosing my respect. However, as it is with politics, competition, and success related, one must cator to the public eye of jargon soap opera junk.

    You have fallen into that trap and am sure, on a personal note, that you get discusted having to do this. At least I would hope so.

    Those who point the finger have three pointed back at them. That is all I will say about Edwards.


    August 8, 2008 at 11:13 pm |
  33. Presley Grace, Walled Lake, Michigan

    Well, I for one am looking forward to Elvis week, for obvious reasons.
    Thanks Mom.

    XXO To The 360 staff, thanks for coming in on your Summer Friday.

    August 8, 2008 at 11:12 pm |
  34. Jeanie from Berlin, CT

    Anderson, Great show tonight, but even better, a wonderful appearence on Sesame Street this morning. How gratious of Oscar the Grouch to share the limelight with you!

    August 8, 2008 at 11:04 pm |
  35. Dilpreet Brar

    Jamie-Lynn Spears = Bad Role Models = Teenage Pregnancy = Bad Parenting = Innocent little lives at risk. I hope that Caylee is healthy and happy wherever she is and her mom needs to come clean about what she did to her own child.

    August 8, 2008 at 11:02 pm |
  36. Gladys Kennedy

    After just watching all your comments about John Edwards – one question where are the comments about Newt Gingrich going into his sick wife's hospital room and asking for a divorce? How about some balance reporting?

    August 8, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  37. Cindy McKinney

    Anderson, I watch you all the time-you are fantastic-but enough about Edwards-how about some coverage of what is going on between Russia and Georgia. There has been little coverage since this afternoon on this important subject.
    Cindy from Ohio

    August 8, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  38. Margie

    Hey Anderson,
    That was really funny when Paul said that John Edwards should have left out "BARE" from his statement. Thanks for the laugh!!!!

    Queen Creek, Az.

    August 8, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  39. MBell

    Anderson, you just asked who would cheat on his wife (ill wife), and still run fom office? You guessed it....JOHN MCCAIN!!!!

    August 8, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  40. Parfait Bassale

    Why do they call kids born from affairs "Love child".
    They should be called "Lust child"

    August 8, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  41. tyrone

    im a african american watching the story of john edwards a voter but now i have questions. how can we be sure barack obama doesnt have skeletons in his closet . jesse jackson had them. julius erving michael jordan and many others. we need to know. as a single black man here in seattle its hard finding a good woman because they dont feel men can be faithful

    August 8, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  42. MBell

    You guys (the news media) constantly cover for John McCain. Most Americans have no idea that Sen. McCain has a horrible cheating past. It is your obligation, as a news organization, to report the FACTS on both candidates. If you guys let Sen. McCain slide under the radar, and allow him to avoid answering questions that speak directly to his character, you guys will have done the American people a grave dis-service.

    August 8, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  43. Brian Boggs

    C'mon CNN! Have you lost all perspective in news?
    Today, for example, Russia has invaded the Georgian Republic, the Olympics opens with grandeur and concerns over human rights and freedoms, the US election candidates continue to debate over minutia and irrelevant details about gas prices when the health care system, education and crime are disintegrating society and what does CNN spend air time on ??............John Edwards' affair.!!!
    Surely, you are not looking at yourselves in this fish bowl with the proper perspective.

    I use to have respect for your balance and perspective. Might as well watch FOX now.

    Hope you aren't paying correspondents time and expense to cover this trivia.
    It sure doesn't make your news very 'newsworthy' Sorry.

    August 8, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  44. George Glass

    Wow, a man really close to being President, having an affair on his wife while she's ill... sounds just like JOHN MCCAIN. His wife stayed true to him and kept hope alive and raised their kids the whole time he was a prisoner of war and when he returned and she got ill, he had an affair. And then he had an affair with a 25-year-old Cindy, who he married and then used Cindy's fortune to fund his first campaign.

    Of course, at least he treats Cindy well. He just yells at her and calls her the c-word in front of reporters. This guy is a first-class CREEP.

    August 8, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  45. MBell

    Regarding the Edwards saga? This story sounds famiiar. Didn't John McCain cheat on his wife disabled wife, and left her for Cindy? WHY aren't we discussing this? Anderson, I hope you cover this.

    August 8, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  46. lampe

    how come Obamas not going to be at The Bud Billiken Parade, he's from Chicago isn't he?

    August 8, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  47. Larry

    Hope CNN shows some of the '68 comeback special. Elvis is the man he is today due to the tireless work by his ex-wife Priscilla.

    August 8, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  48. Debi

    This speaks to a character issue......If a man would lie and betray the women who is the mother of his children....who has stood by him and who has terminal cancer, it is very conceivable to me that he would betray anyone....includiing his country. I supported him in the past......now he just disgusts me.....

    August 8, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  49. peter eden

    do you think he should have paid the woman to make videos for him?

    August 8, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  50. Annie Kate

    Elvis and Caylee and politics – what a combination. I hope you show Elvis in his prime rather than at the end when he looked so bad.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    August 8, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
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