February 27th, 2009
09:38 AM ET

Dear President Obama #39: Whatever happened to billions?

Reporter's Note: The President has asked Americans to write him with advice on how to run the country. If you wrote a letter every day for a trillion days; well, that would be a lot of letters. So far I’ve written more than three dozen.

Tom Foreman | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

So you first budget is coming in at more than 3 trillion dollars. Or, if I wrote it out, 3,600,000,000,000.

I must say, that is one whopping number. You and the Capitol crowd will have to hash out where all that money is going and whether whatever it is you are buying is worth it, but let me say as an American citizen, I already have no idea what you are talking about.

Sure, I can understand the individual programs, expenses, and projects in your budget. But this number, this trillion you are bandying about, is simply something that I don’t think regular folks can get their heads around. And by regular folks, I mean almost all of us who breathed a sigh of relief when automatic scoring machines took the math out of bowling.


February 27th, 2009
09:30 AM ET

Serwer in 'Shopaholic' movie

We heard a rumor that Fortune Managing Editor Andy Serwer makes a cameo appearance in the movie, 'Confessions of a Shopaholic.' We tracked it down...check it out.

Filed under: Andy Serwer • Behind The Scenes
February 27th, 2009
09:28 AM ET

The Gatekeeper

Ryan Lizza
The New Yorker

Rahm Emanuel’s office, which is no more than a three-second walk from the Oval Office, is as neat as a Marine barracks. On his desk, the files and documents, including leatherbound folders from the National Security Council, are precisely arranged, each one parallel with the desk’s edge.

During a visit hours before Congress passed President Barack Obama’s stimulus package, on Friday, February 13th, I absently jostled one of Emanuel’s heavy wooden letter trays a few degrees off kilter. He glared at me disapprovingly. Next to his computer monitor is a smaller screen that looks like a handheld G.P.S. device and tells Emanuel where the President and senior White House officials are at all times.


February 27th, 2009
09:08 AM ET

Kelly Ripa Rematch

Donald Trump quizzes Anderson and Kelly Ripa in a trivia rematch.

Filed under: Anderson Cooper • T1 • The Shot
February 27th, 2009
08:58 AM ET

Obama's budget

Anderson Cooper talks with a panel about President Obama's budget and potential criticisms he may face.

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