July 10th, 2009
12:55 PM ET

The Buzz: Anderson in Ghana

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/10/art.ghana.boats.jpg caption="Boats along the shore in Ghana."]

Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

Anderson is in Ghana today where he will meet up with President Obama for an exclusive interview tomorrow. The President’s visit to the West African nation has generated a lot of excitement among many people in Ghana.

Across the country street vendors have been stocking miniature American flags and citizens are wearing Obama clothing to celebrate his visit. Anderson will talk to Obama about the significance of the trip and also about the president’s own African history. We’ll have more of the interview next week.

The President arrives in Ghana later this evening after a busy day in Italy. He wrapped up his time at the G8 Summit and headed to Rome, where he and Michelle will meet with Pope Benedict.

We also have a shocking story about an environmental disaster in Kingston, Tennessee. Six months ago a barrier broke and toxic sludge spilled across 300 acres of Eastern Tennessee. The spill amounted to about 1.1 billion gallons of coal ash – that’s 100 times larger than the Exxon Valdez oil spill. State authorities and the EPA say they’ve tested the air and that it’s safe, but citizens of the community say they’re getting sick – and they blame the coal ash. They’ve brought in environmental activist Erin Brockovich for help. Dr. Sanjay Gupta went to Kingston to see the spill for himself and to talk to Brokovich about what’s being done and where the spilled coal ash may end up.

More details keep emerging about Michael Jackson’s drug use. We learned yesterday that he took more than 10 Xanax pills a night – and that’s down from 30 to 40! – according to a confidential 2004 document. Randi Kaye is learning more about Jackson’s use of prescription drugs, the doctors involved and just what may have led to his death last month. She’ll have more details on the investigation – and where he might be buried – tonight.

And Gary Tuchman is in Mexico where a multi-agency search is under way for the killers of two U.S. citizens in northern Mexico. Both Americans were members of a polygamist sect and were beaten and shot to death this week. The killers have yet to be identified but the case seems to be connected to local drug lords according to the Chihuahua state attorney general’s office. Gary Tuchman will have more on the story tonight.

What are you following? Let us know and tune in tonight at 10 p.m. ET!

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Catherine

    Thanks for updating us ,Anderson. Of all the journalists, you seem the most comfortable in the world.

    I don't know what people expect Obama to do. He can't undo 8 years of bad policy and dumb decisions in 6 months. He is the President, not Santa Claus.

    July 10, 2009 at 7:00 pm |
  2. Jordan Dillow

    Atta Mills publicly stands to be recognised as a practicing Christian with strong ties to international religious leaders, such as T.B. Joshua of Nigeria. Obama too is a professing Christian and has mentioned the role his spirituality and faith plays in his own leadership style. AC should ask Obama his opinion on the importance of the role spirituality and faith has played in Ghana’s success.

    July 10, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  3. Ruby Coria LA., CA.

    Hi Anderson, is this like your 100th trip to Africa?, I'm glad you're representing us. I don't know much about Africa, but all I've ever heard is all the help & the millions of $$, that the U.S. & other country's have Been giving them.. what's the problem? the whites? or the blacks? or is it us the browns? Looking forward to your reporting. Take care & talk to you later.
    see you tonight: Erica.

    July 10, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  4. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Honest for me as a German is difficukt to understand ,the big storry that US media makes about the first black US President is going to visit Ghana,a acountry in the continent Africa.Maybe media push it to high?Its just a visit,mayby with bad history for black people,but at least a new begining.
    But Ghana its a little country in a big continent,and as i kown i verry peacefull,too-So maybe a easy job for Obama.But what is happen with the few other countrys in this big continent,when he whants to visit them?

    July 10, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  5. julliet

    Anderson, very proud to see you in Ghana, you are probably the only network anchor going to interview obama in Ghana. You've always have the interest of Africa at heart. you've done stories on It's struggles and achievements. Thank you. When in ghana, check out some fun places in osu, the volta lake, bui dam, etc and the castles of course. looking forward to your one-on-one with potus

    July 10, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  6. lisa

    Dear Anderson, glad you made it to your destination safely looking forward to your interview with President Obama 🙂

    July 10, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  7. lisa

    glad you made it to your destination have a nice trip there.

    July 10, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  8. Pablo

    Dear Anderson,
    I am American but I was born and raised in Togo and Ghana. Ghana is better developed than Togo because of their ongoing democracy and rule of law. There is still corruption in the public administration though. Africa celebrated the victory of President Obama so expressively and excitedly because of an expectation that he would change the nature of relations between the US and Africa. President Obama will be the third US president to visit Ghana, while no US president has ever visited Togo. The same family has ruled Togo for almost 50 years now. Disease, poverty and hunger are killing people every day. Corruption is a part of life. Elections are not free or fair, and people are murdered in the streets or forrce to leave the country for opposing the regime.
    As a native of this region, I am curious to hear your opinions of Africa and particularly on the region. Personally I think Africa needs more attention from the US. When I say Africa, I mean the entire continent. I can understand why many people in the US make the confusion of Africa being one country. USA is country made of 50 states. Some states are even bigger than countries in Africa. People in every part of the country speak the same language, have similar history, share the same culture, and travel from state to state without passports, visas, checkpoints etc. But Africa has 53 countries with different colonial histories, diverse cultures and languages. Here, people need passports and visas to pass across some sixty miles by road, and they are stopped at many checkpoints en route. Most people cannot travel, even a short distance, because these obstacles are too expensive and too many to overcome.
    I remember when I was a young boy my father was voted the best farmer in his area. Today, he still has the largest piece of farmland, but he is very poor because he cannot grow much by himself, and the food can only be used for his family’s consumption. In the same area I have witnessed people dying from hunger. The US spends millions of dollars to help feed Africans and bring them out of poverty. But people are still starving and poverty is still extreme. How can the US improve its support of agricultural development in Africa so that African countries can produce food for themselves and fight hunger on the continent?

    July 10, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  9. dzakpasu

    AC360 I am very pleased that you are in the Ghana, the gateway to Africa to give coverage to the historic visit by President Obama, I knew from the onset that you will be the right person tasked to do this job, considering your previous tour in Vietnam and other African nations. My concern is that, you dont go covering dirt, filth and poverty as the hallmark of Ghana(we see alot of that right here in Baltimore and S.E DC).Use this coverage to enighten the world, epecially the ignorant ones who still think African live on trees. Elucidate on beauty, progress, rich heritage and properity of Ghana. Secondly, Ghana is a sovereign country so emphasize on you going to Ghana and not Africa. When Obama was in Italy, we hear Italy and not Europe.

    July 10, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  10. SpicaSeven

    How trips did Bush 43 make to and from the Crawford Whitehouse? When he should have been doing his job (8 years of mess) You want to strong leader in the Whitehouse, Obama is smarter then the past 20 presidents and you, too. LOL 😉

    July 10, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  11. Carissa

    I hope you enjoy your time there, and I most definitely look forward to watching AC 360 on Monday.

    July 10, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  12. Jeanette

    When is he going to pay attention to the horrible problems our country is facing? He needs to come back and take care of his own country. I could care less what he does in Ghana or other places. TAKE CARE OF OUR PROBLEMS.
    Also, we don't need another stimulus, the last one and all of the bailouts did nothing to help our people. Get our jobs back!! Where is the big change and why isn't he doing something to get our jobs back?? thats the biggest problem facing our country and if it isn't solved we will not recuperate from this mess because noone has any money to buy anything with. Like groceries.

    So many people are in horrible debt because of the credit card trouble and our congress did very little to help people. The banks just raised other things like they said they would. They need to put stipulations on them and have binding contracts where they can't raise interest rates when ever they feel like it. It was our money that bailed them out and now they are doing this to people who got them out of trouble. I'm just thankful I'm in a position where I don't have that problem, however many younger people do and anyone out of work also does also

    Get home Obama and make the changes you said you would make and if you do another stimulus, NO PORK....NONE...NADA..PERIOD.

    July 10, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  13. Beverly

    Well, well, 2 Obama haters. Michelle – just what do you expect President Obama to do – stay in the WH day and night and never go anywhere else. Get real lady. Cindy – I have no words for you – there's no talking to you. Practically every post you place, no matter the substance, you seem to stick in your vitriol against President Obama every chance you get. I just LOVED watching GWB hacking away at wood on his ranch for 8 years while he diddled away the mess President Obama is trying to clean up now. Oh, and there are pictures you can look at Cindy – no Obama!!!

    July 10, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  14. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Good Afternoon Eliza

    Pres Obama in Ghana and Anderson right on the trail with him plum assignment .I would hope that the focus can turn to economy problems back home and how he plans to fix things in our own country and things have not changed for the people in Ghana hunger, and suffering .I can't imagine Obama trying to fix this problem . I hopeAnderson can shoot stories about the country too and not too much time on Obama mania type of hype .

    Thanks for the buzz

    Michelle D.

    July 10, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  15. Sunshine

    Just like blogger Alan said, please please make sure that your audience know that you are in Ghana, West Africa and not just Africa. Ghana is a country not a continent and does not represent the whole. Actually your caption should be Anderson in Ghana, West Africa and not Anderson in Africa unless you plan on visiting the whole continent.

    July 10, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  16. Cindy

    Looking forward to seeing Anderson in Ghana. Maybe he can shoot other things also besides just the Obama interview! It would be appreciated since things aren't that great there and needs to be gotten out.


    July 10, 2009 at 12:55 pm |
  17. Michelle Johnson, Lomita, CA

    Do many people even care what Obama does in Ghana? He seems to enjoy going places where people really admire him. He is the president, and citizens here expect him to do his job. I have no interest in his history, and am tired of the subject. It's not possible for him to tend to affairs here while he globetrots around the world wasting money. Why is AC360 focusing on Ghana with all the important news stories here? I am multi-ethnic African-American like President Obama, and I voted for him believing he would be a strong leader. He is not.

    July 10, 2009 at 12:47 pm |