March 31st, 2009
09:20 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Going Global

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/03/31/obama.overseas.poll/art.obama.gi.jpg caption="A poll indicates eight in 10 Americans think President Obama will represent the United States well to the world."]

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Pres. Obama and the First lady arrived in London just hours ago. Tomorrow, they meet with some big names, including an audience with Queen Elizabeth. Then, on Thursday, Mr. Obama attends the G-20 Summit. His goal: gain global support for his plan to fix the economy.

CNN/Opinon Research polling shows 72-percent surveyed believe that leaders of other countries respect Pres. Obama, compared to 49-percent for President Bush at the start of his presidency.

Will anything actually concrete come out this week's summit? We'll talk it over with CNN's Sr. White House correspondent Ed Henry, Chief Business Correspondent Ali Velshi and Sr. Political Analyst David Gergen.

Do you think the Pres. Obama & the First Lady will do a good job representing the U.S.?  Share your thoughts below.

As for the Obamas' visit with the Queen, we bet they've brushed up on royal etiquette. We'll have a refresher course for them tonight. You may be surprised at what is expected when you visit Buckingham Palace.

We'll also have the latest outrage over Madonna's effort to adopt a child from Malawi.

Join us for all that and more starting at 10pm ET.
See you then!

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. DaniSu

    It may not be a big deal to people who have children, but to those who cannot and are waiting in great long lines of beaurocracy and red tape to be a parent for the first time, then Madonna's actions are real cause for anger. Waiting in Australia now for 5 years and with a probable 2 years until I can be a mother.

    March 31, 2009 at 11:04 pm |
  2. KrIS Worcester,MA.

    I'll just add this on the adoption thing, Geez people worry about the big stuff.
    This is so small in the Big Picture! Madonna is blessed to do it leave her be. like worry about the economy, the job rate! Like priorities people!
    Raising Malawi is a great charity! Get involved... 🙂

    March 31, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  3. Lawrence

    I sure hope that the President and 1st Lady had time to pick up some little airplane models, DVD's, or such to give out as prized gifts from the US. Or perhaps they will be handling out bailouts – another cheap gift! Got to find them entertaining if nothing else...

    March 31, 2009 at 9:57 pm |
  4. Angelina P DeAngelo

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    March 31, 2009 at 9:45 pm |
  5. Annie Kate

    It will be interesting to see how well the other countries think of Obama and his economic solutions after the G-20. I think Michelle will be wonderful at representing us – Obama will too but she's so much nicer to look at.

    March 31, 2009 at 9:43 pm |
  6. Isabel (Brazil)

    Good evening, Maureen!

    The G-20 Summit will put to prove the global leadership of President Obama.

    But even with the warm reception staff that President Obama is having, it will be difficult to press the European allies to spend more to rescue the global economy and provide more troops and resources to war in Afghanistan.

    President Obama will have to reverse the idea that the US is the major culprit for the melting global financial due to its weak financial regulation and the US real estate bubble, fueled by debt.

    I hope the success of Mr. President, but I hope also that the all leaders decide the best.

    March 31, 2009 at 9:38 pm |
  7. Kathryn

    It's ridiculous not to let Madonna give a child living in an orphanage in Malawi a great life! I wish it were me being adopted.

    March 31, 2009 at 9:29 pm |
  8. xtina, chicago IL

    I don't know about them "doing a good job representing", but they'll fit right in over there, where people actually have to leave the country part of the year to avoid high taxation.

    March 31, 2009 at 9:27 pm |