Editor's Note: All this week, we've been shining a spotlight on the $862 billion economic stimulus plan and asking, "has the money been well spent?" In the final part of The Stimulus Project, our Gerri Willis set out to find the "face" of the stimulus.
By John Roberts, CNN
It was January, 1985 in Rio De Janiero. I was a fresh-faced kid from Canada with a rather amusing mullet – he was a seasoned rock road warrior who had the rather dubious ability to consume lethal quantities of drugs and alcohol and somehow, miraculously, not die.
It was under the tropical Brazilian sun – the sweet sounds of samba in the air, that I was first introduced to Ozzy Osbourne – former lead singer of Black Sabbath – the Prince of Darkness – a man for whom extreme was just far too tame when it came to lifestyles.
Something had dawned on Ozzy several weeks earlier. He decided that he didn’t want to die before the age of 40, and checked himself into the Betty Ford clinic. We talked at length about his experiences – cleaning toilets, vacuuming the floor, making coffee for the staff and how he had decided that just because you’re a rock star doesn’t mean you have to be out of it ALL the time.
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It was the first of what would be many attempts at rehab – a battle against an addiction that nearly destroyed him a dozen times, and came close to taking the life of his dear wife Sharon when – in the midst of an alcohol-induced rage, he tried to strangle her. Ozzy woke up in jail the next day with not a clue as to what had happened.
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is defending the bailout and trying to set the record straight about the stimulus. He sat down for an exclusive interview with our Christine Romans.
CNNMoney: Geithner: 'I'll carry the burden' of AIG forever
It's been a bruising week for the president's financial team. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner was grilled by Congress over the bailout of AIG. And Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, was confirmed for a second term, but only after a grueling confirmation hearing.
All this comes as the president pushes for regulation to rein-in Wall Street. For his take, we were joined Friday on American Morning by the man they used to call the "sheriff of Wall Street," former New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer.
Because of the immense size of the disaster and the huge number of people still in need in Haiti, the relief efforts we've seen so far can seem like a drop in the bucket.
But as our as Gary Tuchman shows us, work is getting done and aid is slowly getting to some who desperately need it.
17 days after the earthquake, there's at least one small sign of joy in Haiti – the new lives that have come into this world since the disaster.
Doctors in Port-au-Prince have set up a makeshift maternity ward to care for the newborns and their mothers. They're doing what they can with the supplies they have.
But as our Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports, even with all the challenges these doctors are facing, they haven't given up hope.
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