July 14th, 2009
11:12 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Part II with the Prez and getting grilled on the Hill

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/14/art.ghana.obama.family.jpg caption="The Obama family walks around the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana."]

Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

Anderson met up with President Obama this past weekend on his first visit to Sub-Saharan Africa as president. You may have caught the first part of their conversation last night, when they took a walk around the Cape Coast Castle – which was once used as a dungeon and a final departure point for slaves bound for the western hemisphere.

The President talked about the significance of the history of the transatlantic slave trade and referred to it as a human ‘capacity for cruelty.’ We’ll be airing the second part of the interview tonight. The President had a lot to say about Afghanistan and about a potential war crimes investigation. But he also had some softer moments too – especially when he talked about how visiting the Cape Coast Castle affected Michelle, who is a descendant of slaves.

Joe Johns went looking for Michelle’s roots and traced them back many generations to a plantation in South Carolina where one of her relatives may have worked. This genealogical research was much harder than you might expect. Watch his report tonight.

The Prez is back on his home turf talking up the economy today. He takes questions at a town hall in Michigan – and then throws out the first pitch at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in St. Louis, Missouri. Which event do you think makes him more nervous?

And Sonia Sotomayor faces another round of questioning on the Hill today. It’s pretty much a done deal that she’ll be confirmed – unless there’s a major meltdown – but GOP Senators are still expected to grill her with questions. It will also be interesting to see how SNL comedian-turned-newly sworn-in-Senator Al Franken, who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee, will continue to take part in the hearings. Yesterday there were few signs of his comic personality – do you think he’s trying to shed his notorious reputation in his new digs?

Randi Kaye continues to follow the investigation into Michael Jackson’s death and will give us more details tonight. And David Mattingly will give us an update on what happened to the Florida couple who was murdered last week. The couple had 16 children, many of them with special needs. Police say at least six people were involved in the crime and that there may have been “other motives” than just robbery. More on the investigation tonight.

What are you following today? Let us know and see you at 10 p.m. ET!

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Sarah

    Viewers may be interested in the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) $547 million grant to Ghana to reduce poverty through economic growth. MCC programs in Ghana focus on primary education, highway infrastructure creating market access for farmers, and agriculture training for thousands of farmers. In order to qualify for MCC funding, Ghana passed strict anti-corruption indicators set by the World Bank. In Ghana, MCC is seeing the future of development assistance through transparent, country-led, results-driven work, which is already training farmers to strengthen food security, providing credit to farmers to grow their businesses, rehabilitating roads, and building schools to educate the next generation. Visit http://www.mcc.gov for more information.

    July 14, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  2. eva


    I really appreciate all this buzzing about the interview. I saw Anderson's interview with the president. The first interview part I, had really nothing to do with the president's visit to Ghana except for the photo of both of them at the cape coast castle. I really do not understand why a journalist like Anderson will follow the president abroad just to interview him about the US (don't get me wrong, but don't we already get that from the media here every day? Why travel all the way to bring us the same thing with a different background?)

    I honestly hope that today's part II will really highlight the president's visit. And by the way, I also hope that Anderson will show us both poor and afluent places in Ghana and let the viewers form thier own impressions. Most journalist are used to showing just the slumps and not the full picture.

    I do not expect this of Anderson and I hope that does not happen. I particularly did not enjoy yesterday's show but I look forward nontheless to today's part II.

    Also, there are bugs every where even in rich countries like the US.

    July 14, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  3. Michelle Johnson, Lomita, CA

    I was hoping Anderson would be more relaxed in his second interview with the president, but he looked uptight again, and at one point when they were at Cape Coast, AC was visibly fidgety and restless while Obama answered one of his questions–I think the president noticed. Obama's style is laid-back and slow, and Anderson's is fast and snappy, plus AC seems to prefer his interviewees to really open up and kind of take the lead, but the prez didn't want to bother with that; he just answered the questions. The questions were good with thoughtful, articulate responses, but the two of them just don't connect well enough to make a really interesting heart-to-heart talk.

    July 14, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  4. Sentient Dust

    Think about it. Lets look at political government in the u.s as a club. This club has been infiltrated and run by the mafia for a long time here in america, so what. You think that just because this club puts up a false front, using obama for the colour of his skin to subdue his own heritage, that the mafia/corporate agenda has changed? Let me assure you that just because a corporation gets a real good pr man (obama) doesnt signify change. To tell the nature of a thing, one must only look at it's effect on it's own environment, in this case the american poor. Let me assure you things have changed in america as a result of corporation control and dominance, look at the treatment of our poor by those who have convinced us to trust them, because they told us to (Even though we only see action to the contray). Really!? america is one of the richest nations in the world? Why do my people starve in the streets? Why did our own government bring in cocain by the plane load and use it to enslave us. thereby effectively enslaving those who would stand strongest against tyranny and die for freedom!? ("our" government is so good, they were able to re-enslave OUR own black people who had a profound understanding of slavery) reagan and ollie north took freedom from the common man. What you think just because these demons puts a chamelion face on, that the nature of the beast has changed? mafia corporation has its own people enslaved, that we not only pay $200 for a pair of nikes that cost 8cents but accept the fact that these products are made by slave labor and that our whole nation has become corrupt under the dominion of the corporate mindset, we couldnt escape corporation hold unless we choose to starve ourselves and purchase NOTHING!). Be Aware! We here in america couldn't save ourselves from them, now they have been looking your way! mafia and corporation are one in the same, be assured of this. Compare americas beginnings to the present state of the american slave. Just look at our politicians who act like organized crime members. Anyone remember the florida election, or the words lil bush spoke about the american constitution? How about reagan and ollie? Ok need a real tangible example? who wants to take a walk in the woods with cheney (Besides myself)? And just because they put on a chameleon face, YOU believe the corporate agenda has changed. My advice, fight while you can!

    July 14, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  5. Colleen O'Neal

    I'm very interested in The Billings Family Murder Investigation, more importantly now, how the children are being taken care of & where they will end up. Of course I want these "animals", poor excuses for men to be thrown away for life, but jail is too good for them. Is there a remote Island somewhere the government or medical research industry can practice/experiment new drug/treatment on?

    I am also following your story On President O'bama's visit to Africa

    July 14, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  6. Cindy

    Anderson's Obama interview was OK. He did ask some questions that needed to be asked and he didn't let Obama off easy with his answers. I still think that Obama is pandering to both sides too much on the DADT thing. Just as he does with everything else. He needs to realize that being the leader means that you have to make the right decisions and do them no matter who it makes mad or how low your approval rating goes. You can't please everybody all of the time.


    July 14, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  7. lisa (Chicago IL)

    I'm still following the investigation into Michael Jackson’s death.

    July 14, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  8. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Good Morning Eliza

    I really enjoyed Anderson's interview last night it was intersting the history in Africa and the Cape Coast castle where they held slaves and the cruel pain they endured it's so heartbreaking to see how they treated them .I can't wait to see part 2 what he says about war criomes it's about time they raised these questions and did something about it too much suffering has gone on too long . Let's play ball with the Pres i think the economy would be more nerve wracking . Ha!

    Michelle D.

    July 14, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  9. Theresa, Des Moines, IA

    Really enjoyed the interview with President Obama last evening. Looking forward to Part 2.

    Regarding Joe John's report on Michelle Obama's family history: I remember when "Roots" by Alex Haley was a best selling book and movie- he had to do lot of digging to research his family back to Africa and "Kunta Kinte."

    July 14, 2009 at 11:11 am |