Reporter's Note: I’m not sure if the president has much time for watching TV. Maybe not with all these letters coming in. Ha!
Dear Mr. President,
I have a special report on CNN tonight, and I hope you will watch. It is called Stories: Reporter, it airs at 7:30 pm ET, and as tired as you must be from all your travels, I think it is worth checking out.
One story in particular may interest you. You have said good things in the past about PEPFAR, the program started by former President George W. Bush to combat AIDS in Africa. It has been arguably one of our greatest success stories in terms of foreign relations, and hundreds of thousands, even millions, of Africans are alive today because of it.
And yet, with all of our budget concerns here at home, lawmakers are understandably looking at foreign aid, wondering what can be sliced. And PEPFAR is coming up on the blocks. It does not look like it will be eliminated, but by the time you make it through the next budget talks, it sure seems like it could take a hard hit.
Anyway, I think you might find that story intriguing.
Oh, and here is another one!
We did a report on the story of Mary Surratt, the woman convicted and executed for her role in the assassination of President Lincoln. You may recall that I wrote to you after seeing that terrific movie, The Conspirator? Well, it has kicked up the old debate again about whether she deserved her punishment or was railroaded. I went to one of her old houses, talked to some historians, read over the records, and the true story - beyond the movie - is really a fascinating one.
I hope you’ll watch, and if you have a moment give me a call afterward to let me know what you think.
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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