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April 10th, 2009
05:20 PM ET

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American Morning viewers had two schools of thought regarding President Obama’s “bow.” The majority believed the bow was a sign of respect and deference. A minority felt Mr. Obama was belittling the United States with this gesture.

  • Dorigen: If the president bowed in Japan, no one would flinch. We are not used to having a president who knows how to show respect for other cultures. Finally we have someone who knows that working together is the only way to move the world forward. That "We're Number One!" mentality that has permeated our own culture is counterproductive. If we are to lead the world, we will have to make willing followers out of other countries. Showing respect and, at times, deference, will breed the good will that results in fostering much needed cooperation.
  • Diane: It seems to me that Pres Obama did bow!!!! I am not surprised since he told the world prior that they are the stronger nations and not the US.

Was the president’s bow a sign of respect or an example of the United States’ downgrade from “superpower” status? Do you believe President Obama was incorrect in following this custom, as he is also a world leader, or did he respect the Saudi culture? Tell us what you think.

The Somali pirate story captured audience attention, especially the failed attempt by the captain to escape. Viewers were particularly frustrated and angry that the process was dragging on.


Filed under: We Listen
April 10th, 2009
05:03 PM ET

Commentary: Immigration debate without true border security is a fraud

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Tom Tancredo is a former Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado and founder of the Rocky Mountain Foundation.

There are two main political obstacles to a new amnesty bill in this session of Congress.

First, the White House has other priorities despite the whining from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. If President Obama and Rahm Emanuel were all that committed to a new amnesty bill as a top priority, the National Council of La Raza would not be sending out a newsletter alert asking its followers to bombard the White House, Reid and Pelosi with calls and emails demanding action “Ahora!” - which they did yesterday. The fact is, the economy makes any such proposal “DOA” in Congress without a full-court press by the White House - which is not going to happen—and even then it would be a loser.

Second, Senator McCain managed to secure the Republican nomination only after neutralizing the amnesty issue by telling Republicans—“I've got the message: border security must come first.” If he now supports an amnesty bill while the border fence is incomplete and border security is still years away, he will be universally chastised as a fraud.

The bottom line? Let’s build the fence, a true double fence like we have in San Diego, increase Border Patrol manpower to 25,000, and only then have a national debate about what to do with the 20 million illegal aliens already here. A debate without true border security is a farce and a fraud.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Tom Tancredo.

Filed under: Immigration
April 10th, 2009
03:53 PM ET

Commentary: On Immigration, Pres. Obama Says Mañana Is Today

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Maria Teresa Petersen is the founding Executive Director of Voto Latino, a youth driven, national organization founded for the purpose of creating a unified voice for Latino youth on policy and advocacy issues.

With all the debate about immigration, there is one thing everyone agrees with: we have a national problem and we keep putting off dealing with it. For years our immigration policy has been mañana, mañana, mañana – the famous Spanish expression which means putting it off until another day. During the presidential campaign last year, then Candidate Obama said he would break that cycle, and this week, President Obama began making good on that promise by raising the issue once more.

Will we get comprehensive immigration reform this year? It’s entirely possible we will, and, if not, we will at least make real progress toward legislation for next year. Many say that the economy is a big enough problem for President Obama and he shouldn’t add more to his plate. But immigration is not a side dish. It’s one of the core problems we face and we must deal with it now. As Rahm Emmanuel has said, the White House sees this crisis as an opportunity to address long-neglected national problems like healthcare, social security, and immigration.


Filed under: Immigration
April 10th, 2009
12:00 PM ET

Wounded warriors go fishing for recovery

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Retired Navy Capt. Ed Nicholson's Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing helps rehabilitate wounded servicemembers."]

MADISON COUNTY, Virginia (CNN) - Amidst the tranquility of a fishing trip at the Rose River Farm in Madison County, a wounded warrior says he almost feels "semi-normal again."

The amputee is one of about 1,000 servicemen and veterans who have reaped the benefits of the therapeutic art of fly-fishing, with the help of retired Navy Capt. Ed Nicholson.

"The demons of war, you just don't set them aside," says Nicholson, 67. "But once you get out on the river, the serenity is incredibly healing."

While recovering from cancer surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2004, Nicholson witnessed wounded and disabled men and women - many of them amputees - struggling with their injuries.

"Other than being in Vietnam and seeing people in the process of getting hurt, I never really had a full appreciation for the recovery part and what happened after they came home. My recovery was nothing compared to what they were facing. It planted the seed that maybe there's something I could do," Nicholson says.

The solution was obvious to Nicholson, who says being an outdoorsman is in his blood: Get them out of the hospital and into nature.

Keep reading this story

Filed under: CNN Heroes
April 10th, 2009
11:30 AM ET
April 10th, 2009
10:51 AM ET

Meet AM: Rick Saleeby – Writer

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Each Friday in “Meet AM,” we’ll introduce you to the people who get American Morning to air.

Today, we’d like you to meet Rick Saleeby. Rick writes for American Morning, which he says means “making people care in under 30 seconds” – he writes short and to the point, as you’ll see. You might recognize his name from his daily blog, which explains what’s on tap for the day. He’s been working in television since college, and has been with AM for one and a half years. Rick is known for his sense of humor and is unfailingly friendly to everyone.

How did you end up being a writer?
I majored in Radio and Television at St. John’s University in New York. Realizing I had a face for the former, I did mostly sports radio and play-by-play in college. An internship at a local TV station later spring-boarded me into a career of teleprompter decorating.


Filed under: What's On Tap
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