December 22nd, 2008
08:51 AM ET

Morning Buzz: It's Freezing!

Penny Manis
AC360 Senior Producer

I’m not a weather forecaster but it has to be the coldest day of the year so far in NYC. Nothing like walking outside and feeling like your face is going to freeze and fall off. Nice. Bitter cold and heavy snow is slamming most of the country, stranding many people traveling for the holidays. Hundreds of flights were cancelled yesterday, and possibly more expected today. It’s a mess!

P-E Obama managed to escape to Hawaii where he will spend the holidays. He may pop out for the occasional photo-op, but no official public events are scheduled. I guess it would be awkward for him to hold press conferences while wearing his palm tree shirt and sunglasses on the beach.

The discussions about the economy and the stimulus package will continue, no rest for the weary. P-E Obama has raised his outlook for increasing employment. His goal is to create 3 million new jobs within the first 2 years of his Administration. Ed Henry is with P-E Obama in Hawaii (lucky him) and he’ll have the latest tonight.

Joe Biden said yesterday the nation’s economy is in much worse shape than we thought and stressed the need for this stimulus package to prevent if from absolutely tanking. He’ll be spending a lot of time with congressional members to convince them of this new stimulus plan, as new estimates in Congress put the price tag on P-E Obama’s plan as high as 775 billion dollars.

P-E Obama is expected to release the results of the internal investigation into his Transition teams’ contacts with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich either today or tomorrow, so we’ll have an eye out for that too.

We’ll also have the latest in the Denver runway accident where officials say ‘it’s a miracle’ no one has died. NTSB investigators continue to examine the site today, trying to work out how a Continental Airlines jet crashed and burned after veering off the runway in Denver and landing in a 40 foot deep ravine and catching fire.

If you are feeling charitable today, follow President Bush’s lead. Early this morning, he and the First Lady will be visiting the “one warm coat’ holiday service project in DC. This is a non-profit orgazination that assists in the donation of coats to people in need. Since the program started, 750,000 coats have been collected and distributed. Here is the site: http://www.onewarmcoat.org.

See u at 10pet!

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. jim

    Joe Biden may have said the economy is worse shape than he thought. This recession is always compared to the great depression. The liberal news media bypassed the Carter administration If you compare the economy today to Jimmy Carter Presidency, we are not as bad off as people were then. Mortgage rates were 21 % compared to 5-6% now. His recession lasted 3 years into the Reagan's term. My concern is that President elect Barack Hussein Obama will extend the recession with his liberal agenda.

    December 22, 2008 at 12:08 pm |
  2. Tammy, Berwick. LA

    I'm grateful for the tepid 34 degree outside temp right now. Pretty wild winter weather. Happy I'm staying home this year. And wondering how sane my idea to move to the Northeast for grad school and the grand re-careering is...

    Really unreal economy panic from the Obama camp. I can't help but think where is the magical money coming from that's going to stimulate the economy and boost jobs? This morning I read an article that said banks who don't need the bailout are taking advantage of the money as a way to boost their business anyway. Was their need-based criteria for this money? Or is this more wasteful spending from Congress? One you might want to look into. Makes me wonder how "bad" things really are and how much of this is a show in corporate America with the tax payer and average worker playing their fool once again.

    Everyone stay warm and safe. And thanks for the reminder to share what we have this holiday season with those in need.

    December 22, 2008 at 11:41 am |
  3. Liz Wilson

    Sitting in a deep freeze with lots of snow in Vancouver, Canada. So cold here Sunday that local SkyTrain service was delayed because the doors on the cars were frozen shut. But, anyone who thinks this is global warming is out to lunch. People need to wake up to what is really going on. Renowned prophet HH Hehpsehboah A. had long, long foretold that we are in a polar wobble, the precursor to a polar shift. With record lows and major storms hitting areas of Canada and the USA which do not normally get them, with winter fish in summer waters and visa versa…the evidence of her 60 plus years of global forecasts keep piling up. Areas that are normally warm will get colder and areas that are cold will get warmer. There are many scientists who agree with her that the earth is in cooling, not warming. As she says, “Don’t accept apples for oranges” in the “global warming hullabaloo.”

    December 22, 2008 at 11:23 am |
  4. Joanne, Solvay, NY

    It is good that P-E Obama is contemplating his methods to assist in the recovery of the US economy. However, we live in the moment and this moment is terrible. People are losing everything, from the very wealthy to the working class. Persons on public assistance, who survive on a meager level, will have to do with less. Our children are facing loss of educational support due to falling budgets and a lower tax base. It is my Christmas wish the P-E Obama and his staff of highly experienced public servants can find a way out of this mess.

    December 22, 2008 at 9:46 am |
  5. Chi Town

    Global Warming must be stopped

    December 22, 2008 at 9:44 am |
  6. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Good Morning and Happy Holidays to Anderson and 360 staff !

    It's freeezing here that's an understatement wow i can feel the pain of frozen face 1 I am totsally envoius of Pres elect Obama in Hawaii i wish i could feel the warm sunshine on my face while under the palm trees . thanks for the buzz and see you at 10 pm ! i love 360!

    Have a great day !
    Michelle D.

    December 22, 2008 at 9:36 am |
  7. Max

    I can THINK of a FEW people that SHOULD be put on ICE permanently.

    THEN we won't HAVE to hear about them EVER again.


    December 22, 2008 at 9:05 am |