July 11th, 2009
11:59 PM ET

Anderson in Ghana: Obama and spider bites

Program Note: Watch Anderson's interview with President Obama on AC360° on Monday at 10 p.m. ET.

Anderson was bitten by something during the night. Here's his picture for proof.

Anderson Cooper | BIO
AC360° Anchor

@andersoncooper: just interviewed the President. We walked around Cape Coast Castle with him, it's a former dungeon for slaves heading to America.

@andersoncooper: we walked through the "door of no return," the portal thru which slaves were sent to the New World. Talked about the ...

@andersoncooper: ....impact of it on him and his family. Outside hundreds have gathered to get a glimpse of Obama....

@andersoncooper: playing endlessly, everywhere, is a ghana hi-life song "Bar-ack, Bar-ack. Bar-ack O-Bama." It's by a band "Black Rasta"..

@andersoncooper: ..its one of those songs that's catchy at first, but gradually drives you insane..like 99 Luftballoons. Remember that one?

@andersoncooper: forgot to mention. During the night I got bitten by something on my left eyelid.. Maybe a spider. When I awoke, my eyelid was ....

@andersoncooper: my eyelid had swollen nearly shut. Not the kind of thing you want to have happen before interviewing the President...

@andersoncooper: In my mind I looked like Sylvester Stallone in "Rocky". In reality i looked more like Mathew Broderick in the movie "Election."

@andersoncooper: luckily, by the time the President arrived it had gone down significantly. "Not so bad," he said to me as he sat down.

@andersoncooper: now its nearly back to normal..still a little swollen. I took a picture for the ac360.com blog. I'm about to go to bed.

@andersoncooper: I think I'm going to sleep with the lights on.

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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Cherisa

    It could have been worse, based on your recent travel nightmares. When I visited my sister in Ivory Coast, she suggested sleeping on the screened-in porch at night. She warned me of what creatures I might be bedding with but insisted it would be much cooler than sleeping inside. I don't think I slept at all that night, and I insisted we sleep indoors the rest of my trip.

    July 13, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  2. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    I hope your eye feels better it doesn't look too bad in the picture Take care and safe travel home .

    July 13, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  3. Frank Goodman

    Mr. Cooper,

    My great grandparents were slaves in America. They were granted the opportunity to become Americans, denied the opportunity to be educated, legally separated by race, and more. If you think we should consider forgetting slavery, are you asking me to forget my great grandparents? I cannot discuss my genealogy without entering the subject of slavery. Do you talk about your great grandparents? I am interested in what President Obama has to say about this topic and your question.

    July 13, 2009 at 7:51 am |
  4. Despina, Athens Greece

    Doesn't look bad. I thought it would be worst

    July 13, 2009 at 6:58 am |
  5. Jennifer - Michigan

    Sorry about your mishap. But, the President is right – it's not so bad from what I can tell from the picture. Sounds like a real adventure, you'll be alright. Looking forward to your reports – take care. Talk to you later.

    July 13, 2009 at 6:57 am |
  6. Sergio Flores, Sweden

    Hey Coop.... next you look at the mirror... your eyes might turn black and become evil.... heck.. you might even eat up Molly... who knows what kind of virus the spider had.. maybe the Alaskan nuked mutated "I-see-russia-from-my-backyard" virus... who knows.....

    July 13, 2009 at 6:33 am |
  7. Avril Lobo

    I'm so glad you're tweeting!
    As for the bug bite...that doesnt look in the least bit horrid 😛 Hope you're better tho'. Saw bits of your interview last night (India time) and hope to catch the rest of it when it airs here. And btw...Im so glad you got out of the studio and headed to Africa.
    Stay safe. Stay strong!

    July 13, 2009 at 6:26 am |
  8. lpfoong

    Hmm...not really that noticeable from this angle. Why do you think it's a spider?
    I've to agree with you. Better to sleep with the lights on. I hope you did.
    Take care...

    July 13, 2009 at 4:21 am |
  9. dreamerbee

    You didn't take a Benadryl, Anderson? Sometimes, BTW, people mistake spider bites with MRSA, so please be careful. Or you could have had bed bugs! (Perish the thought!). You also might have had angioneurotic edema (an allergic reaction to food, flora, drugs, etc.), so please let Dr. Gupta know what happened.

    July 13, 2009 at 3:02 am |
  10. Rou-Jhen Su

    You are very cute !! I love u Anderson !!

    July 13, 2009 at 2:02 am |
  11. riza

    anderson u'r funny. .ha. ha..am amused u really took time to photograph the bite and show it to ur fans. . .it .could be a bite by a cockcroach?. . .take care always. .

    July 13, 2009 at 12:33 am |
  12. Immacula

    The president is right Anderson. It did not look so bad.

    July 13, 2009 at 12:10 am |
  13. kangaroo

    I agree w/ one of your viewer’s comment, you should have your eye checked by an ophthalmologist preferably… just b/c a pigeon flew over this morn, nipped my ears and said, “stop messing w/ the pretty boy…spider bite or not, he should have it checked…”
    And maybe go get a physical done as well…while you are at it, might as well see your dentist, dermatologist…who else do you see???

    And of course you can tell the doctor(s) the truth that your hypochondriac narcissistic obsessed viewer(s) would like a report…

    By the way, you looked wonderful. It was a little hard to tell which eye though...just kidding... really... pls don't punish your faithful viewers b/c of one insane person!!!

    July 12, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  14. Sabrina In Las Vegas

    Margaret is correct, warm/hot teabag (caffeine is the key here) draws out the histamine agent (bee stings, bug bites..stops the itch) by opening the pores, but to make the swelling go down....Ice or something cold...to constricts the vessels.

    Great trick for showing up to set with only 3 hours of sleep...;-)

    July 12, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  15. elanna

    anderson! the spider just want to love you just like everyone else. 😉 seriously, thank God it wasn't any serious. The bite, I mean. About everyone loving you? That's serious. hehehehhe ... take care!

    July 12, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  16. Gracie_kr

    Oh com'on Man~! It's not that bad. Yeah sometimes that tiny thing decides your feeling right? =)

    July 12, 2009 at 11:48 pm |
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