AC360 Associate Producer
It looks like there could be trouble in paradise. Congressional Democrats are irritated that President-elect Obama hasn’t gotten more involved in fixing the economic crisis. I mean, come on, the guy hasn’t even been inaugurated yet. Leave him alone. Can’t you see he’s busy selling cubic zirconia Obama Victory pendants on his website and trying to get back that snow blower he loaned to Bill Ayers? Listen to me, Mr. President-elect, just tell them what I tell Anderson when he calls me early in the morning: “I’m not on the clock yet, burn your own James Taylor/Young Jeezy mix CD.”
So is it just me or have there been an inordinate number of phone mix-ups among politicians this week? First, Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen hung up on President-elect Obama not once but twice, believing that she was actually speaking to a prankster radio DJ. Then Senator John McCain hung up on Governor Sarah Palin. Palin, of course, immediately called back saying, “John, it’s really me, Sarah, you must have thought it was one of those radio pranksters.” Replied McCain, “No, I knew it was you.”
Meantime, President Bush and Mrs. Bush have purchased their post-White House home. It’s a ranch-style house on a quiet cul-de-sac. Which explains why the president recently replaced Hail to the Chief with the theme song from The Golden Girls.
Big news from Canada, eh? Facing a no-confidence vote, Prime Minister Stephen Harper shut down Parliament until late January. Which is apparently, um, legal? I don’t know about you but I’ve always thought that shutting down an entire branch of government should be a more involved process than shutting down a rodent-infested Taco Bell.
Anyway, it’s Friday. Which is usually a cause for celebration. But I’ll let you in on a little secret: I’ve been off from work since Wednesday. So you’ll excuse this blog post if it smells like pajamas and macaroni & cheese.
My father asked me, since I had the night off, if I went to the Rockefeller Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting. I told him it was indeed on my list of things to do, right after booking passage on a cruise off the coast of Somalia.
I thought my dog, Sammy, would have been excited to have me home for a few days. Apparently, though, I’ve been cramping her style. I asked her if she wanted to put down her glass of tequila and go for a walk, but she just growled and turned up the volume on The View.
But at least when I’m home I can make sure she doesn’t hang up on Barack Obama…again.
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