Editor's Note: With the White House and the Senate considering new measures for unemployment assistance, Wednesday’s American Morning audience suggested that “If President Obama and Congress want to do something effective to aid Americans then they could force Credit Card Companies to stop increasing ... interest rates to 30% for no reason other than pure greed.”
What do you think the president and Congress should do about the unemployment rate?
All this week we've been investigating the threat of violence at work. So far we've looked at how to recognize the warning signs and what to do if it happens.
Today, we have some practical steps to keep yourself safe. CNN's Alina Cho reports for part three of our special series "When Co-Workers Kill."
During last year's election, comedian David Alan Grier had a lot to say about the possibility of America electing its first African-American president. Grier has written about the historic election in a new book called, “Barack Like Me.”
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He joined John Roberts and Kiran Chetry on CNN’s “American Morning” Wednesday to talk about President Obama’s first nine months in office. Below is an edited transcript of the interview.
Kiran Chetry: There were a lot of questions whether Barack Obama would actually win and whether or not there would be voting irregularities. Here we are nine months out. What do you think?
David Alan Grier: Well first of all, it seems like it was five years ago. I mean, you know, nine months ago mostly what I talk about in the book is that period leading up to his election and I was addicted to the election coverage. I watched it day and night. Everybody did. It was so exciting.
"Is this country ready? What happens if we do elect a black president? What happens if we don't? What happens if we don't know?" All this possibility was there. And that's really what I talk about in the book. In a humorous way leading up to his election and the inauguration, going to the inauguration and my experience there, which was my political Woodstock, as I call it.
John Roberts: He came in with such high approval ratings and they started dropping down throughout the summer. They just recently, in this latest Associated Press poll, started coming back up to 56%. What do you make of the drop and now what appears to be a rebound?
Grier: You know what? I don't pay a lot of attention to that, like a long term stock investment. Because we all know the challenges that he inherited are monumental. And to expect him to solve, cure all those things in nine months is impossible. So I continue to support him, but I kind of am waiting to look in the long run.
(CNN) - Over this past week, I had some interesting conversations with colleagues who are also health care professionals. These conversations usually start with, "You know what I hate about the media ... ?"
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Now, over the past eight years, I have grown accustomed to being engaged in these sort of discussions where I am asked about everything the "media" have reported over the past few months, and asked to defend things point by point. It can be a challenging task.
This time, however, the topic was H1N1, or swine flu.
I spent the weekend thinking about what I was being told, and realized there was a larger point here.
People were scared, more than I had seen in a long time. And, health care professionals were blaming the media - accusing them of being alarmist.
So, I decided to get away from the studio, away from the talking heads discussing mortality rates, and away from the hypothetical discussions about what might or might not happen. I wanted to see for myself what was happening in emergency rooms right now.
I was most curious about pediatric ERs, because young people seem to be most affected by this, and selfishly, I was curious about my own three girls and how I should react if they become ill this fall.