April 3rd, 2009
09:50 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Making Waves in France

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Penny Manis

AC360° Senior Producer

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are receiving a warm welcome in France in meetings with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, as they continue their European country hopping.

President Obama is delivering a town hall meeting this morning to a European audience, talking about various issues including a dramatic goal of “a world without nuclear weapons" which he will outline in the coming days.

He is taking q’s from the audience in French and German, this should be interesting! Ed Henry will bring you highlights.

But it’s not just President Obama and his counterpart in France making headlines today. Even though their husbands have some of the most important jobs in the world, First Lady Michelle and her counterpart Carla Bruni-Sarkozy are capable of stealing their own headlines, particularly in the fashion world. Randi Kaye will tell you more about the style and impact of these women in Europe.

Back home on our turf, the jobless rate jumps to 8.5%, the highest since late 1983. But the markets have been on a winning streak, the dow is up 6% in the last 3 days, and flirted with 8,000 yesterday. Ali Velshi puts it into perspective tonight.

We are keeping our eye on North Korea as our President sent a public warning to the country today, calling on Pyongyang to back off plans to launch what the U.S. believes to be a missile, but North Korea says is a rocket carrying a satellite. The window this launch may go off begins in our hour tonight, so we’ll have our Asia reporters on standby to give us the latest.

A court in Malawi has rejected Madonna’s request to adopt a second child from the African country, because a judge said prospective parents must be a resident for at least 18 months. What do you make of this ruling?

Erica Hill spotted a story about a Queens, NY judge who threw out a lawsuit brought against a subway station agent + train conductor who witnessed a rape in a subway station. The judge said the 2 employees took “prompt and decisive” action in summoning the police, (read: instead of intervening). The police did not arrive in time to prevent the woman from being raped twice after kicking and screaming past the agent’s booth as he watched. We'll have more on this story.

See you tonight!

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Annie Kate

    I can't believe it – the two men witnessed the rape and only called 911 and didn't try to help the woman? What cowards. I bet if it had been their daughter or wife or sister they would have wanted someone looking on to actively help.

    I'm glad Madonna isn't being exempted from the rules in Malwi. Just because she is a big star doesn't mean she's exempt from the laws that govern the rest of us.

    April 3, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  2. Justin Continuum Q5

    U.S.A. Needs high speed train like TGV hope we get it!

    April 3, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  3. Mike in NYC

    Newsflash from Ireland!

    The Great One intends to address the issue of the estimated 3000 illegal Irish immigrants now in the US.

    The welcome wagon for the half million or so illegals coming from south of the Rio Grande each year is still up and running full steam, however.

    Good to know BO's got a handle on the "real" problem.

    April 3, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  4. Anna, HK

    If the judge was thinking of the little girl, he/she should have let Madonna adopt the child. It's obvious she is a good mother to her kids. It's always better for a child to be wanted & loved, than left in any orphanage.

    April 3, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  5. Jeff Edelman

    Just wanted to agree with the Richard Quest comments from Cindy. Please have Richard do regular guest appearances on your show, Anderson. Great humor, very interesting, and real high energy. It was a lot of fun seeing you guys have fun together, even while you are reporting on serious issues.

    April 3, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  6. Mac

    I hope there's coverage of the NATO conference in France tonight. Thanks.

    April 3, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  7. Al from NJ

    Who cares what Michelle is wearing.
    There's a war going on.

    April 3, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  8. earle,florida

    President Obama should try to keep his agenda as tightly wrapped as possible regarding so much subject (nuclear weapons,etc.) matter that is just unnecessary. It's only noise to the rest of the world,and clouds one's thought-process nixing subsistence priorities with temporarily paralysis (fluff is the only word for me to describe this BS)! Finally, the unemplyment upward revision number in Jan/09 is teriffying, with some very real bad consecquences coming soon! To see 8.5% unemployment ,and no sight of an end ,is disasterous!

    April 3, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  9. Cindy

    Last night was an OK show. I really enjoyed Richard Quest all this week I hope that just because you won't be in London won't mean we won't be seeing him any more. You all need to add him a little segment on 360 once a week! He is the bomb!! I love his humor and how he gets Coop way off track and dying laughing! And I do love his British slang. He's got me using it now! LOL So PLEASE have him on more!!


    April 3, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  10. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ontario

    Good Morning Penny

    More fashion and style tonight it's interesting to learn about what not to do when meeting the queen.I wwouldn't know what to do either. I hope the economy can get back on track with this sumitt over .
    Is Anderson still in London or it it live from Nyc tonight? I look forward to the show and Randi Kaye's report on the fashoinista's Michelle and Carla maybe she can play a song from her c.d.

    Michelle D.

    April 3, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  11. Isabel

    Morning Penny!

    Happy Friday!

    The stock exchanges are lively, but I fear that this is a temporary and fake animation.

    Yesterday was euphoria in the markets, with high, the highest levels of the year, all very good and reflects the meeting of G-20.

    In fact, the scenario became more positive after the meeting. But that does not mean that markets will start from today, a movement from high to be sustained.

    Very interesting the matter of Erica Hill. I was curious. 🙂

    See you later!

    April 3, 2009 at 9:19 am |