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April 2nd, 2009
03:00 PM ET

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The G-20 Summit consumed American Morning viewers, who weighed in on topics relating to the G-20 protests, the President and Mrs. Obama’s visit with Queen Elizabeth II, and the repercussions of the Summit. The issue of royal protocol had some confused and intrigued about the “hug” between Mrs. Obama and the Queen, while others felt the topic was irrelevant.

  • Denisha: As I was watching AM this morning around 7, I found myself annoyed that the newscasters were laughing and joking about how stupid the protesters were (which one admittedly was, trying to head butt a bank window). My annoyance stemmed from actually wanting to hear the NEWS about why people were protesting. I tune in to be informed about what's happening around the world and during the G-20 summit, not to hear witty banter about the stupidity of some protesters. As of now I still have no idea why those people were protesting.
  • Anonymous: Is this G-20 summit about the G-20 or Mrs. Obama? She isn't running the U.S. I want to hear more about what’s going on, than how popular she is in London and the 1st Women’s Club.

How do you feel about CNN’s coverage of the G-20 Summit? Are we providing the right balance between serious topics and human interest stories? What stories would you like us to cover that you haven’t seen? Let us know your ideas.

Viewers were furious with Barney Frank’s answers during his interview with John Roberts:

  • Derrick: I now understand why Conservative Republicans show no love for Barney Frank. His arrogance this morning, reminded me of Congress voting for a fifty percent pay raise in 1988. In order to structure their raise, Congress restructured all service members’ retirement plans. His answer to your question was defensive, arrogant and uninformative. In other words, "He wasted my time!"

How did you feel about the interview with Representative Frank? Were his answers “defensive, arrogant and uninformative” as Derrick noted, or did you feel he appropriately addressed the issues presented by John Roberts? What questions would you ask him if you were conducting the interview? Tell us your thoughts.


Filed under: We Listen
April 2nd, 2009
12:14 PM ET

First lady, queen embrace

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and first lady Michelle Obama embrace while meeting Wednesday in London.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and first lady Michelle Obama embrace while meeting Wednesday in London.

We are very amused.

There are a few things in this world that you just don’t touch. A hot stove. The third rail of a subway line. The business end of a bee. Oh yes, and the Queen.

Anyone who has ever met Her Royal Majesty knows that it’s not cricket to lay a mitt on the monarch other than to shake her hand when she extends it. Just ask former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating, who was branded the “Lizard of Oz” in 1992 after he committed the extraordinary faux pas of putting his hand on the Queen’s back.

“All hell broke loose” when that happened, according to royal watcher Charles Mosley, who spoke with us this morning.

So imagine the surprise of the British press and people when a photo flashed around the world of the Queen and Michelle Obama arm-in-arm! According to royal watcher Robert Jobson (who asked Buckingham Palace about it), the hug-fest was initiated by the Queen, “she embraced her”, says Jobson. “She just pulled her close and Michelle responded.”

The moment was as endearing as it was rare. The newly-minted first lady and the British monarch, in a demonstration of enduring friendship between nations, displayed tenderness between individuals. “The Queen is not known for being touchy-feely”, Mosley told us. “Her son, Prince Charles, complained on one occasion he wasn’t given enough affection when he was a child. She’s obviously a late developer.”

She’s obviously enamored of Michelle Obama, as it seems is most of London. “The First Lady can’t do anything wrong as far as London is concerned”, Jobson told us this morning.

And there’s no question the first lady is a hugger. I was surprised to see her freely doling out hugs at a campaign event in Denver last August, an early indication that at some point, an embrace with a monarch might be in the offing.

The Queen’s ladies-in-waiting were reportedly agog at the incident, as was the British press. At first, it wasn’t clear who initiated the contact, but as the story began to unfold and palace officials confirmed the timeline, royal watcher Mosely was left to jokingly consider “For all I know, this is a breach of White House protocol.”


What do you think of the display of affection between Mrs. Obama and the queen?

Filed under: Europe • Politics
April 2nd, 2009
11:46 AM ET

How to prevent kidney stones

Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta answers your questions every Thursday on American Morning.

Submit your questions here.

Filed under: Dr. Gupta's Mailbag
April 2nd, 2009
11:05 AM ET

Government may limit bonuses

Rep. Barney Frank talks about legislation that would limit bonuses.
Rep. Barney Frank talks about legislation that would limit bonuses.

Washington tries again. Another bill designed to avoid an AIG-style bonus backlash.

The House passing the "Pay For Performance Act" to limit pay and bonuses at financial firms getting your money.

Can it work?

Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank chairs the House Financial Services Committee and he joined us live.


What do you think? Is Congress doing enough to fix the AIG bonus mess?

Filed under: Economy • Politics
April 2nd, 2009
10:09 AM ET

McCain unveils own budget

What do you think? How does Senator McCain's budget proposal compare to President Obama's?

Filed under: Politics
April 2nd, 2009
09:40 AM ET

Shorter work weeks?

Some businesses are having shorter work weeks instead of layoffs. CNN's Alina Cho reports.
Some businesses are having shorter work weeks instead of layoffs. CNN's Alina Cho reports.

Some say Americans are crazy... and Europeans are lazy.

But what if we as a nation worked less and played more?


What do you think? Should U.S. employers consider shorter work weeks?

Filed under: Business
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