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AC360° Senior Producer
President Obama delivered a speech to the Muslim world today. Our favorite analyst David Gergen called it “the Mt Everest of speeches”. The purpose: to ‘reset Middle East relations.”
The President said, "I know there are many-Muslim and non-Muslims-who question whether we can forge this new beginning," emphasizing that "it is easier to start wars than to end them. It is easier to blame others than to look inward; to see what is different about someone than to find the things we share."
For those of you who were up last night watching Anderson’s impromptu birthday party in the show and therefore missed the speech early this morning: never fear we will bring you the most important highlights tonight and hash it out with our top panel of guests. We will also show you pictures of the President visiting the Pyramids. Will he/won't he jump on a camel? That would be super fun.
Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee are on trial in North Korea. They've been detained in the country after being accused of illegally entering North Korea and acting as spies. Will they be free or spend years in prison? We’ll be watching, and hoping for the best.
Many of you are still writing to us on the blogs and viewer comments about the killing of late-term abortion doctor George Tiller. See, we really do listen to you! We are talking about adding a segment on this story again tonight- as a hot-button issue in this country, there are so many angles to tackle abortion and the murder of this doctor.
A fun tidbit: Did you know President Obama’s royal welcome in Saudi Arabia the other day included a gigantic gold necklace so big and splashy that White House aides joked it could solve America’s debt problem if turned into a pawn shop? The necklace is officially called the King Abdul Aziz Order of Merit, the kingdom's highest honor. It's so massive that when the President draped it over his neck, it nearly reached down to his waist. Good times. I would like one of those.
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