AC360° Associate Producer
Hey Everyone! What are you doing to ring in 2010?
Anderson will be live from Times Square with Kathy Griffin celebrating New Year’s Eve tonight. Don’t miss our live coverage tonight at 11 p.m. ET. And make sure to catch Tom Foreman’s special looking back at the decade - “All the Best, All the Worst” at 10 p.m. ET. What are you favorite memories from this past year?
Most Americans say they will watch the clock stroke 12 midnight in front of a TV with a loved one tonight, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll. Twenty-six percent of Americans polled say they will be at a New Year’s Eve party and 21 percent say they will be drinking champagne – those numbers are down from people surveyed ten years ago in 1999. Our poll also indicated that 55 percent of you may be kissing someone when the ball drops.
What about you? We want to know your plans.
Program Note: Don't miss Leslie Sanchez tonight on the Best and Worst of 2009, 10 p.m. ET.
2009 was a big year for social media. Take a look at the influence of Twitter, a popular microblogging technology, in this chart. (Graphic credit: Jess3.com and Brian Solis)
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The year started out optimistically, despite overwhelming anxiety about the state of the economy. The hopefulness of the Obama inauguration was shortly thereafter married to the heroism of people like Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, who has selflessly allowed himself to be taken hostage by Somali pirates in exchange for his crew. His rescue by an impressive team of U.S. Navy SEALS reminded us all of the skill and élan of the U.S. military.
Then there was the impressive, cool under pressure, understated elegance of Captain “Sully” Chelsey Sullenberger and his U.S. Airways crew who got every passenger off Flight 1549 safely when it made an “unscheduled” landing in the middle of New York’s Hudson River.
But 2009 also saw a shocking rise in rudeness. Serena Williams’ profane tirade, directed at a U.S. Open line judge, appropriately cost her the championship. Kanye West, who just doesn’t know when to keep his mouth shut, ruined Taylor Swift’s moment at the MTV Video Music Awards. It cost him his tour with Lady Gaga (who, parenthetically, it may take me all of 2010 to figure out).
Anderson Cooper goes beyond the headlines to tell stories from many points of view, so you can make up your own mind about the news. Tune in weeknights at 8 and 10 ET on CNN.
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