Wednesday’s American Morning audience was highly skeptical about the positive economic news about the recession, asking “what planet” CNN was living on and noting that six million people are still out of work.
- Sharrion: Please tell me what planet you are living on! I am the owner of a large hair salon in Long Beach, California. Every day my clients are losing their homes, retirement and jobs. Maybe your jobs are secure but that's not true for the rest of us. Strip malls are losing their small business each day. Many people have lost 1/2 their retirement! People in the car industry are losing their jobs which trickles down to everyone. The housing problem has created major job loss. I was talking to and employee yesterday. Her husband is in construction they cannot pay their house payment. Hello! I watch your station every morning and disappointed in your recent comments. I cannot believe a news station is so out of touch! The fear you talk about has turned into reality! Maybe not yours but the rest of us are living it daily. As far as recovering in 2009 and the fear is gone. Tell it to the people that have lost their businesses, jobs, homes, retirement etc. It will take years to undo what has happen and many people will never recover.
- Don: I cannot believe what I just heard about the economic outlook. Where do they interview, I want to be there to see who these people really are. Did anyone speak to the 6million or so that are currently out of work, or had to take jobs that are part time because there are no full time jobs around? Yes, things will be getting better, but I happen to think that we are a long way from that. If this was supposed to be a "make the masses feel good story," it did not work for me.
- R: We may be gaining "consumer confidence" right now but watch the economy tank again if Exxon-Mobil and friends continue their upward spiral in prices. I know their profits were off a bit last quarter but you know what? So was one huge segment of Americans as they adjusted from paycheck to unemployment checks.
- Chris: The oil companies at it again, gas prices just went up in north central Ohio by $ .26 per gallon. That puts us at $2.65 a gallon for regular gas. When is the president going to focus on the gouging of the american people by the oil companies. I can remember when a barrel of oil was at $60 and we were paying less then $1.50 a gallon for gas. What is up with this??
How do you feel about the economic news that the recession will subside by year-end? What positive changes have you noticed in the area where you live?
President Obama’s choice for the new Supreme Court justice, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, was positively received by most; others questioned the new nominee’s personal agenda because of her ruling in the New Haven Firefighters’ lawsuit and the “activist judge” image presented by those opposed to her.
- Wayne: I am a 66 year old white american and I am glad to have lived long enough to see the "skull and crossbone" good old boy network fall to the ground. Viva Obama And Sonya
- Susan: The republicans are always complaining. They gripe all the time. Ms. Sotomayor was a good choice. The republicans are always so negative and speaking bad of people if they are republicans. Enough is enough. They really make themselves look bad. Obama felt she would be good, and I do too.
- Alexis: I'm disappointed in Pres. Obama's choice for Supreme Court Justice. While Sotomayor may 'sit' on many boards and has collected titles... this does not mean she has common sense or that she lacks being myopic. Madoff, Kim Jong II, Chavez, Castro, etc., also sit on boards, some have Degrees. I'm not impressed. Sotomayor's decision to choose minority advancement for Black firemen, having total disregard for the obviously higher test scores of other candidates, proves my point. For the sake of 'affirmative action', Sotomayor chose to put at risk the people being served by firefighters. What she has said is that 'being the best' is not a criteria for firemen working to save lives. However, being a top candidate meant something when she was being 'vetted' for the Supreme Court. I hope she doesn't continue making decisions based on affirmative action vs. test scores when it comes to pilots and police officers. Altruism is not a good barometer of a decision maker. Sotomayor clearly bears this out.
What is your opinion of President Obama’s choice? How do you feel about the issue mentioned by the viewer above who equates Judge Sotomayor with Bernie Madoff and other more nefarious and infamous public figures? What questions would you have for the nominee?