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July 13th, 2009
10:49 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Anderson's interview with President Obama

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

Anderson is on his way back from interviewing President Obama in Ghana over the weekend. They spoke a lot about the war in Afghanistan and what is being done to defeat the Taliban. The president told Anderson that he has ordered national security officials to look into allegations that the Bush administration resisted efforts to investigate a CIA-backed Afghan warlord over the killings of hundreds of Taliban prisoners back in 2001. Watch more of Anderson’s interview with the president tonight.

While in Ghana, the president and his family visited the Cape Coast Castle, on the coast of the West African country. This structure was once used as a dungeon and a final departure point for slaves bound for the western hemisphere. The president talked to Anderson about the significance of this visit, what it means for him and the message it sends around the world.

The transatlantic slave trade sent many African people to Caribbean islands, such as Haiti, and created what is known as the African diaspora. But slavery took place hundreds of years ago, right? It surprised us to learn that there are still people working as slaves in many countries. Dr. Sanjay Gupta is in Haiti to look into the Restaveks - a Creole term that literally means “stay with.” Restaveks are children without parents who live (or “stay with”) with hosts, working as domestic servants in exchange for room and board. But this arrangement can lead to exploitation and many allege that this is an example of modern-day slavery. More tonight from Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

And today is the first day of confirmation hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Republicans privately concede that Sotomayor will be confirmed unless some bombshell surprise emerges. But they hope to use the hearings to argue that judges should rule according to the law and without regard to personal feelings. We’ll be looking at her responses to hot-button issues such as abortion, gun rights, immigration, affirmative action and enemy combatants to name a few.

Randi Kaye is in Los Angeles where she continues to dig deeper on the investigation into Michael Jackson’s death. More allegations were made over the weekend about the cause of the star’s death and Randi is looking into exactly what happened last month.

What are you following today? See you at 10 p.m. ET tonight!


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Lawrence Watson

    One of the greatest and more imnpactful scholars ever born in America and of African Ancestry was W.E.B. DuBois, founder of the NAACP. He left America and is buried in Ghana. Did President Obama visit his grave site?

    July 13, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  2. RLWellman

    The Democrats are talking about investigating the allegations the Bush Administration tried to cover up the torture interrogations.

    I think the Republicans should investigate the allegations President Obama wasn't even born in the United States.

    July 13, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  3. Lisa in CA

    I'm beginning to wonder if America didn't choose the wrong man - perhaps Hillary would have been the better choice for president and Obama for Secretary of State.

    While I understand the need to get our international relations back on track, isn't that what the Secretary of State should be doing?

    Meanwhile, back on the domestic homefront, despite what his spin doctors tell him, things aint going so well and that stimulus isn't helping who we were told it was supposed to help. I'm sure the AIG CEOs and upper management will tell a different story, but us working stiffs – whose money was taken to pay and save these guys – will tell you a whole different story.

    Perhaps Obama should travel around the country again and talk to real people rather than rely on his "experts" to tell him how things are going.

    July 13, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  4. robin

    Hi Anderson,

    I want to comment on Micheal Jackson I hope this will close all the mouths about Micheal he is gone now so why keep bringing up his past? The family needs closer and how can they get it if people keep bringing up what his past was? I love Micheal and grew up with him listening to his music,even buying it the first record I bought was Rockin Robin also ABC.
    It's a shame the family still has to be tortured with all the bad publicity that has come from him dying. Shame on people that dont have anything good to say or anything good to tell the family if this was there son or brother or uncle or dad how would they feel?
    I want to tell Mrs. Katherine Jackson to hold her head up high because she had a wonderful son and he was a loving father and brother to all of you,Thank You for having him!!!!!May Jehovah be with you always dont worry everything will be ok! Don't give up the fight for the kids either.

    sign Robin
    Madison WI.

    July 13, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  5. concern/denver Colorado

    Obama took a trip to Africa that my soul would not be able to bear ..it would tear me up inside ...just the thought of someone making and salve out of another human ..is distasteful ..but to go and look upon it ...would be heart breaking ...salvery is one of america's greatest down falls ...and they still do not know how to over come it ..and some still feel it was wrong to stop it ....so how divived we still are today ....and it is so sad that other groups like gays and sopanish feel they are egual to what a black american has gone thru as though they have been and came from salvery ...

    July 13, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  6. Michelle Johnson, Lomita, CA

    President Obama is spending way too much time visiting other countries and addressing their needs when there are urgent issues he should be overseeing here in the U.S. This is negligence, and he seems indifferent about it. I was happy and excited when he won the election; but I voted for Hillary in the primaries. She would have been serious and mature about holding office.

    July 13, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  7. Eugenia - San Francisco, Ca

    Obama could not have pick a better Surgeon General, this woman is absolutely perfect for the job. My god, she has such compassion.

    July 13, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  8. Ama Ohenewa

    would be tuned in to listen.... hope your eye is much better now... sorry about the bite....

    July 13, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  9. Cindy

    Did Anderson mention in this interview or any time that he was following Obama and his family around the castle that his family owned Michelle's family during the slave years? Maybe that should have been brought up. I mean we are talking slavery here right!? That's the reason this whole trip was a big deal yes? I mean if you're going to keep people honest then why not be honest yourself.

    Cindy..Ga.

    July 13, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  10. Michelle Fonthill,Ontario

    Good Morning Everyone! Anderson is on his way back from Africa. I hope his eye is better. Looking forward to seeing his interview with President Obama. It will probably be a really good interview. Anderson asks all the right questions. Is Erica Hill filling in again on his show tonight or will Anderson be there? Thanks for the buzz.

    July 13, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  11. Cindy

    I don't see why the press made such a big deal out of Obama going to Ghana. The reality is that he is not the first president to go to that continent and not the first black head of a country to go there. The truth is that Bush went and had twice as many people come out to greet him than Obama did. But was that even mentioned...NO!? All the press did including 360 was make fun of him because he played the drums and danced with the people. Everyone wants to pretend that the world just hated Bush's guts. But that just isn't true. Bush did more for Africa than Obama probably ever will do with his AIDS help to them. They loved him and still do.

    A pumped up speech is all well and good but it won't change anything at all. Getting in there and actually getting your hands dirty with work is what makes a difference not acting like royalty and giving speeches all over the world.

    People may adore Obama but they don't want to work with him at all. He can't sway anyone to do any of the hard things like Bush and others could. That's the difference in a worker and a talker. And we definitely can see that he is all talk and no do!!

    Cindy..Ga.

    July 13, 2009 at 11:04 am |