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June 19th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

We Listen! Your comments – 6/19/2009

The Iranian election remained the focal point of American Morning’s Friday audience. The GOP was strongly criticized for demanding intervention in Iran, as most respondents recalled the “stolen election” in the United States and the GOP’s silence at that time. President Obama was mostly praised for his careful response to the Iranian election; but others questioned why the U.S. had intervened in the political affairs of countries like China and Northern Ireland, yet allowed this situation to be ignored.

  • Sherry: I support Obama's position on the Iran election. Let the internal politics of Iran stay internal. Would we want them interfering in our elections?
  • John: Where were the Republican anti Obama people when Bush stole our Election. We should have hit the streets then. And how would they have liked the world sticking there noses in our business. Obama should watch vigilantly what is happening but stay out of there politics.
  • Jean-Louis: How interesting that those Republican politicians who are calling for US intervention in Iran are the same ones who said there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the ones who led the USA into an unnecessary war!
  • Bill3: I tend to believe that this is another ploy be the US to start a war that they have no business in. Over the past months there has been harsh criticism from the US on Iran. Now the election is in question?? the country bans press coverage. It is now the top story in America. Try to focus on the real issue good hard working Americans are losing their jobs and homes. America wake up take care of your own backyard first!
  • Bill: I love my country, the USA, and I wish freedom for everyone around the world. I understand the concern about Tiananmen Square and now Iran but wonder where was the concern when British Troops fired into peaceful demonstrators in the United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)? As I recall, one of the thirteen unarmed people killed was a thirteen year old boy. No less an American than Gail Sheehy describes this incident as she was there and the boy was standing next to her. Are our allies allowed the type of conduct we condemn in other countries? It really doesn't make much sense to condemn some and not all as the discrepancies are seen all around the world.
  • Ginspelts: Where is one of those great inspiring speeches from the President in support of the Iranian people. Maybe the American people will have to take to the streets with their signs in support of the Iranian people. Afterward we are talking about freedom !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As one viewer noted, the U.S. has involved itself in past internal politics with such countries as China and Northern Ireland; should we become involved in Iran’s presidential election?


Filed under: We Listen
June 19th, 2009
12:25 PM ET
June 19th, 2009
12:11 PM ET

Meet AM: Chris McElveen – Wall Associate Producer

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Editor's Note: 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 Chris McElveen. Chris is officially the Wall Associate Producer, but he will always respond to “Wall” or “Vista.” Chris produces the giant Vista – this means he plans out and gets all the elements for the various guests, stories, and other fun things that go in the big projection wall every day. He’s been with AM for four years.

How did you end up at AM?
It all began long ago and far away at CNN world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. The breakroom coffee was much worse there, and the AM showside staff was much smaller with just four people. In 2006 I moved to New York and joined the illustrious crew we have working on the show today.

How did you end up doing what you do?
I'm not sure. I think someone must've put something in my drink.


Filed under: Meet AM
June 19th, 2009
10:13 AM ET

Author says, "I hate people"

There is probably someone, maybe several people, who drive you absolutely bonkers at work. Gossips, liars, know-it-alls. Every office has them.

So how do you deal with the worst of the worst at work? Marc Hershon, co-author of "I Hate People," spoke to Carol Costello on CNN’s “American Morning” Friday.

Carol Costello: We were intrigued by your title, "I Hate People." Why did you title it this way?

Marc Hershon: Well, for me, it's become a bit of a personal mantra. I've heard a lot of people mutter it under their breath professionally, in retail and business. It's not really the people we hate so much as it is their behavior. But there's something sort of viscerally satisfying to be able to say, “I hate people” when they drive you crazy.


Filed under: Entertainment
June 19th, 2009
06:10 AM ET

Is feminism obsolete?

Editor's Note: Every Friday we touch on a hot button issue that, we hope, generates strong opinion from you. The segment is called "Just Sayin'" – and this week Carol Costello ponders the question: Is feminism obsolete? Tell us what you think!

From CNN's Carol Costello and Ronni Berke

It seems every time the media spotlight shines on Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, there's another debate about feminism. Some conservative women were upset feminists didn't protest loudly when late night host David Letterman initially refused to apologize for his off-color joke about Palin's daughter.

Is that because Sarah Palin isn't a feminist? Can a conservative woman be a feminist these days?

Not really, says Republican Strategist and CNN Commentator Mary Matalin. "No conservative woman would choose to call herself a feminist as it's described by liberals today," she says.

Matalin says feminism used to be about the freedom to choose the life you wanted. Now it's an exclusive club, closed off to women like Sarah Palin.


Filed under: Just Sayin'
June 19th, 2009
06:08 AM ET
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