August 9th, 2009
07:43 AM ET

Dear President Obama #202: The passing lane

Reporter's Note: I write to President Obama every day. I have never written to anyone else so much in my life, and as a child I would rather have had my wrist broken. But I’ve come to enjoy it for the most part. Not sure how he feels about it.

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Tom Foreman | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

In the excitement over the good employment news this weekend, I failed to mention the passing of filmmaker John Hughes, and I wanted to share a few thoughts about that.

I really liked Sixteen Candles, Uncle Buck, Planes-Trains-And-Automobiles, and maybe my personal favorite, She’s Having a Baby. Oddly enough, I was never so much into Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or The Breakfast Club, but I enjoyed them just the same.

His movies, I think, resonated with a lot of younger people because they spot-on nailed a transitional time in our culture. For young Americans, the 1950’s were about the post-war boom, the birth of rock, sock hops, and waking up to the idea that this would not be our father’s Oldsmobile. The ‘60’s is when the party got out of control, furniture was broken, feelings hurt, and while some enjoyed the bliss of their lives, others were realizing, “yea, but Mom and Dad are going to come home and then there will be hell to pay.” The ‘70’s turned to disco; a mindless, fun groove for a mindless, fun decade. (Well, sort of. That whole Watergate business, the end of Vietnam, and the economic turmoil took some shine off of the apple. Come to think of it, I guess disco was more like a painkiller, which is really hard to believe.)


August 9th, 2009
07:05 AM ET

Search continues after New York midair collision

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/08/09/hudson.crash/art.hudsoncrash.gi.jpg caption="Crews will resume the search for victims of a midair collision over New York's Hudson River."]

Susan Candiotti

Officials will resume their search Sunday for victims of a midair collision between a plane and a tourist helicopter over the Hudson River in New York.

Nine people were believed killed in the crash, said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Late Saturday night, investigators located the body of a fourth victim in the wreckage of the sightseeing helicopter. Rescue workers have not yet recovered the body, a source close to the investigation said.

So far, only three bodies have been pulled out.