Lots of interesting breaking political news dominated Tuesday's AC360. Anderson opened with a discussion about Senator Obama's gaffe concerning his great uncle's military service. I'm going to give Obama the benefit of the doubt on this one...family stories tend to become embellished as they are passed down. His great uncle may not have participated in the liberation of Auschwitz, but he was involved in Buchenwald. Both were noble efforts and his great uncle is to be applauded.
I did some reading, on the Jewish Virtual Library site, after hearing this report, because I was not familiar with Buchenwald. More than 53,926 people lost their lives at Buchenwald. It originally housed political prisoners, but eventually Jews and Poles were imprisoned there also. Many of the inmates were subjected to involuntary medical experiments involving viruses and contagious diseases. Dr. Carl Vaernet also conducted a series of experiments there that he claimed would “cure” homosexual inmates.
Thank God for men like the Senator's great uncle who stopped these horrific practices and the carnage.
Tuesday's panel covering the Breaking News of Scott McClellan's book (What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception) was Ed Henry, Frances Townsend and Mike Allen of Politico.com. Surprisingly, I found myself agreeing with the Republican panelist, Frances Townsend, concerning the tell all book. Townsend, who was a former Bush Homeland Security Advisor, said "For him (McClellan) to do this now, frankly, strikes me as self-serving, disingenuous and unprofessional". As Anderson Cooper added, later in the discussion " In the old days in Washington people used to resign out when they didn't agree with things. They resigned out of principle. It doesn't seem like anyone does that anymore."
It must be really hard to walk away from power and a position of influence.
Mike Allen has a piece in USA Today and he makes these points about the book:
• McClellan charges that Bush relied on "propaganda" to sell the war.
• He says the White House press corps was too easy on the administration during the run-up to the war.
• He admits that some of his own assertions from the briefing room podium turned out to be "badly misguided."
Are these a surprise to anyone, other that the few staunch Republican's who continue to drink the Kool Aid? I think not.
AC discussed the President's trip to Phoenix with Ed Henry, who traveled along on the fund raiser. A great deal of discussion, on Phoenix television, centered around the lack of photo opportunities with McCain and Bush. No press was allowed to cover the fundraiser, no McCain at the airport when Air Force One arrived and only a brief send off when the visit was over. After seeing the latest CNN opinion pole on the President's popularity it's no wonder. His already low approval rating has dropped yet again.
I had to be in the area of the Phoenix airport today about the time of the President's arrival. I was a bit concerned about traffic and protesters (of which there were many) so I planned my trip to avoid the major arteries, and thus the motorcade roadblocks. I saw no evidence of a Presidential visit until I got home and turned on the news. The Commander in Chief's destination was about 4 miles from my house and I missed all the excitement!
It was really good to see Michael Ware back on the program and sharing his insight on Iraq. I've clipped it for those of you who missed it and for those who want a second listen (or look!).
As always MW makes the point that we can't just walk away. I have so much respect for Ware's views, but I want us out of Iraq, asap. Taking that into consideration, I think I'd feel better about the withdrawal of our troops, as strategically as possible, with HRC in charge. (You Obama supporters don't jump all over me...remember I defended him in my opening paragraph!) I just think the Illinois Senator lacks the experience to handle this complicated matter.
One piece of advice to the Clinton campaign, shut Bill the hell up. I think he has been the biggest detriment to HRC's success in this entire process. It's sort of like 'Men Who Love Too Much (or have a guilty conscience and try to make up for their actions)'.
The panel that dissected the former President's ramblings were Candy Crowley, Mike Allen and Gloria Borger. They also went on to discuss the big news of the night, the McClellan book. Not much new in this discussion, but CC again reiterated the shock most reporters are feeling over this book. She said if you would ask reporters who, in the Bush administration, would be most likely to write a tell all book Scott's name would never have made the list.
I thought some of you would like another peak at The Shot and the whistling AC360 crew.
In The News:
I find this first bit of news very bothersome. Channel 9, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is reporting that Anderson Cooper is supporting Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal for the Republican Vice Presidential candidate. They write,
"According to bloggers for John McCain, Jindal scored the highest. Rush Limbaugh, The Washington Times, and even CNN's Anderson Cooper are now endorsing Jindal as the best Republican vice presidential pick".
I have never know AC to publicly support a candidate and I think it is irresponsible of this station and Caroline Moses, the author, to publish this information without direct sourcing.
Anderson has blogged about the inaccurate information contained on the Channel 9 website. If you want to read his post on this subject just click on this link.
And I really wish I was attending the Sesame Street Workshop's Annual Benefit Dinner tonight in NYC. It's being hosted by Anderson Cooper and Elmo and held at Cipriani's on 42nd Street at 6PM. Richard Parsons, Chairman of Time Warner, will receive the Corporate Leadership Award. My fingers are crossed that we get some video on this one...AC and Elmo? Ahhhhhh
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