tv Anderson Cooper 360 CNN September 11, 2012 4:00am-5:00am EDT
>> i asked her, is she as great as she seems? >> greater. >> wish her the best. fast recovery. >> can i just say, even though you're a fan of the today show, you can still watch cbs this morning. just saying. >> i tape them all and watch them all. tomorrow wolf blitzer is here to mark the anniversary of 9/11 with rudy giuliani. that's it for tonight, thank you, guys, ac, 360 starts right now.
breaking news on the eve of the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a hard fought win for first responders, the men and women who were exposed to deadly toxins at ground zero. they will now have health coverage for 58 different kinds of cancer. you're looking at a live shot of lower manhattan. rising world trade center the twin beams of light a reminder of the missing towers. tomorrow a moment of pause. the new one world trade center stands nearly 1400 feet high and each year the site moved a step closer repair and rebuilding but of course the pain never goes away. nearly 3,000 lives were lost on that morning. the unspeakable unfolding as millions watched. but the toll did not end there. the toxic pile of rubble on those 16 acres smoldered for three months. many first responders and others who worked there around the clock got sick, some have already died. today's decision to expand the law, has been fighting for where he worked on ground zero for months and developed health problems. he was diagnosed and treated for thyroid cancer. he joins me along with sanjay
gupta who has been reporting on the issue. i find it stunning it took this long for this issue to be passed. when you heard these cancers would be included. how did you feel? >> listen, anderson. myself i'm happy to be here. it took 11 years to get here at this point. it's much too long for the families left behind. i'm glad we're here. let's move forward. let's get studies going. those who need treatment treatment they desperately need and let's not forget those who passed away and unfortunately what happened today comes much too late for them. >> sanjay, this news brings relief to a lot of workers suffering with cancer after 9/11. what prompted change in coverage? >> the best we could put it together. this issue was addressed by the organization that oversees this. at that time they said cancers would not be on the list. >> this is new. what prompted it was a study that looked specifically at
they could determine what the they looked at that data carefully in 2011, ten years later, they found there was an increased likelihood of developing cancer. about 19% increased likelihood. and talk about all cancers even those brewing shortly after i think it was that particular study more than anything else that created this change, anderson. >> sanjay, it is kind of remarkable, that given all of the money that was raised and donated and set aside by the government for this. that they would not include these first responders, who risked their lives and a great toll to themselves and were, early on, saying i'm pretty sure this has had an impact on my health. what do you think it took for them to make the decision to cover health care costs? on my health. what do you think it took for them to make the decision to
cover health care costs? >> well, you know, specifically cancer, because you know, that was the big sort of difficult thing and the source of a lot of controversy, obviously some of the other health conditions such as some of the respiratory conditions were more easily covered although kenny would say, they said before, that it was difficult in all sorts of health conditions. with regard to cancer specifically, you know, it's hard to establish what scientists would love to have, which is a cause and effect. you see all that toxic dust, you see the conditions after 9/11 and you say, did that cause cancer? did that set up these cancers in people's bodies? i think if you talk to some of the scientists they'll still say it's hard to absolutely prove that. but they have enough data now, showing that in fact the numbers did go up. there was no precedent for this and i think that's part of why it took so long. >> it also, kenny, just seems so unfair because you have firefighters and police officers and port authority officials who didn't say i'm in the going to go down on the pile unless i
get, you know, breathing apparatus. they went there, people responded right away and stayed there for months and months and months. >> you no he what, anderson, there was a job that needed to get done. again, speaking for myself, i'm sure i can speak for much if not all of the new york city fire department, it was an honor to be down at the world trade center. it was something we needed to do. sanjay brings up a good point. the disappointment we had was going to these physicians and listening to exactly what he just said, that we had no -- they had no they no baseline to fall back on. they wanted to compare us to coal miners. that there was a certain amount of time a coal miner work in a coal mine before he contracted some form of lung cancer. this was not a coal mine type situation. we needed physicians to say we can't wait for any information from the past because there was nothing that we could fall back
on. we had to move forward with this as a singular incident and start treating the people. it became clear, shortly after the world trade center and certainly around 2007 and 2008, that we had a big problem that we were facing. an we needed to face it as it was, a world trade center incident situation. not something from the '40s or '50s in a chemical plant or coal mean. they wanted evidence that was presented to them in the past. and there was nothing like this that ever happened before. >> sanjay, i know you've been covering this topic for years now. you studied the contents of actual some of the dust from 9/11. what did you find? how toxic is it? what was in it? >> it was something that they had never seen before. i don't say that lightly, because obviously you had scientists who had been studying this for ten years. the combination of all these various materials. it compounded with jet fuel which raised the temperature of
these materials to extraordinary temperatures. but there were clearly some carcinogens, substances that can cause cancer. those dust particles contained chemicals and were acting as vehicles transporting them, keeping them in the air for a long time and transporting them over pretty significant distances. it was pretty toxic stuff. >> kenny, to your credit, you said it was an honor to serve there. did you at the time, could you tell you were breathing in this stuff? could you tell -- >> absolutely. >> you knew? >> i remember down in washington, d.c. about a yearen aa half ago i had an opportunity to speak. you know what i remember about the world trade center, i remember the smoke that was emanating from the site, there was a time, anderson that it wasn't black and it wasn't gray anymore. it was green. and really as somebody that had been fighting fires, not forever, i waern the a firefighter for a long time before september 11th, only six years, regular burning of regular materials be the type of fires we were fighting in the
city of new york, the smoke was black or smoke was gray or white. just from the color of smoke that was emanating from the world trade center site, we could tell that certainly the work we were doing was going to lead to a problem later on down the line. that we were in an environment that nobody was familiar with. that the stuff -- the toxins that were burning, they were giving off a smell that we weren't familiar with. the feel of the dust down there, the stuff that was sticking to our uniforms, our equipment, really we needed more than just the firefighter gear we were provided with. a lot of the stuff that our body took in, anderson, they took in through our pores. the equipment we were provided with, this was a toxic incident that required hazardous material entry suits. situations like this you don't walk into with just regular firefighting gear. our gear sucked it up, passed through our gear into our skin, into our pores, our nose, our mouth. that's why we have a lot of
gastrointestinal issues today. really, anderson, you could tell as a reasonable person down to the the world trade center that what we were deal with was not a regular fire and, therefore, not regular smoke. >> yet you and your comrades continued on. and kenny, i appreciate you not only your service then but your continued service to all those still living and those who have passed. >> let's remember tomorrow. let's remember the sacrifice of all those who participated and, again, it was my pleasure. thanks for having me. >> sanjay, thank you. >> thank you. >> let's remember tomorrow and every day, frankly. let us any what you think on facebook or follow me on twitter @andersoncooper. romney campaign says it's all about the economy. the question is what's the economy got to do with keeping god on u.s. currency or abortion or social hot button issues that the campaign is pushing these days? we're keeping them honest, ahead. ♪
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there's new polling in president obama's post-convention bounce which appears to be significant. we'll get to that in a second. first keeping them honest with the romney campaign's election. the question tonight, not just from the opposition, have the romney forces been moving away from dollars and cents and jobs and shifting toward read meat, hot button culture war mode any they said the economy is front and center, first and foremost, issue one. if you've been watching mitt romney on the stump recently,
you've been hearing about a lot of other issues as well. >> i will not take god out of the name of our platform. i will not take god off our coins and i will not take god out of my heart. >> that was mitt romney in virginia, on saturday, campaigning with the 700 club's pat robertson suggesting that president obama was somehow planning to take god off the currency. now, in fairness, mr. romney opened his speech with three sentences on friday's did i appointing jobless numbers but got into the talk about god and then repeated the proven suggestion that president obama spends his time apologize for america, then he talked about beefing up military spending. almost five minutes later he began talking about economy. when reporters started asking about the contradiction, romney campaign manager simply repeated
the talking point. he said the subject has been the economy, is the economy and will be the economy. mitt romney doesn't want to change the subject. he want tos change the economy. that's the message that eric wants us to get. here's governor romney today in ohio. >> when and if i become president of the united states, i will not take god out of my heart. i will not take god out of public square and i will not take it out of the platform in my party. >> his plan for the economy came last. once he did get there he did go into detail. his rhetorical road to the economy, which his campaign says comes first took the scening route through the pentagon and the bible belt, also, nascar country. mr. robertson made a campaign pit stop at the richmond international raceway signing autographs before the fed rated auto parts 400 saturday night. he endorsed congressman steve
king who has been an outspoken, controversial at times, social conservative. you can point out democrat were trying to rally their base at their convention with focus on abortion and same-sex marriage and other issues that appeal to the base. you can believe that religion deserves a bigger role in the public square or not. you can recognize the political rhetoric like a good story or effective sermon doesn't always get straight to the point. romney campaign says their message is, always has been, economy. before today, a month and a day ago to be precise, they were running this ad. >> when religious freedom is threatened who do you want to stand with? >> i'm mitt romney and a prove this message. >> if they've been zaer rowing in on social conserve fives lately, recent polling could explain why. last week, for the democratic convention the race was tied. mr. romney got a one-point
bounce from the republican convention and the ropleny campaign downplaying this bounce that a chief pollster saying, while some voters will feel a sugar high from the convention within the basic structure of the race has not changed significantly. that's the question. has it change and what doesn't recent polling reveal about the romney campaign strategy? let's talk about it with john king, bill burton, and senior romney adviser bay buchanan. >> this election is all about the economy. in the last couple of days we've seen mitt romney endorse steve king, talk about -- appear on the stage with pat robertson, talk about not taking god we trust off the currency even though as far as i know, no democrat has even suggested taking god off the currency or the coins. is he all over the place now? or what is he doing here? >> no. i think it's clear this election will come down to the economy. i think the governor is obviously very strong on that
issue and certainly far more knowledgeable in how to turn the country around than president is. that's proven. that doesn't mean we don't talk about other issues. i think it's clear from our two conventions that the two parties really have a really separate this year. they're moving in two different directions. it's important that the voters understand what we represent as republicans and he as the leader of our party, and what barack obama really represents. i think it's legitimate to make certain that the voter understands that the democrats have really moved far, far to the left. >> bill? is this just a culture war, you know, rallying the base? >> well, i do agree with bay, that the conventions did show two very divergent paths that democrats and republicans want to take in this country. the problem for mitt romney right now is that on the economy, the issue that he said he wanted to talk about this entire election, he's losing ground every single day. coming out of those two conventions, the american people took a hard look and said i like
president obama's direction better. when you look at the cnn poll that you have out, look inside the numbers. when president obama is beating you by 20 points on who cares most about issues that affect the middle class, you can see why mitt romney would love to talk about anything else besides the issues that he said he wanted to be talking about right now. >> anderson, can i just respond to the poll? that poll is bogus a poll as i've ever seen, simply from the two points here. mitt romney's winning 97% of republicans. that's not too surprising. and we're winning -- the independents by 14 points. i don't know how you put those two factors together and come out that mitt romney is somehow losing this, because on election day if we win independents by 14 and clean sweep republicans, this is again to be a very exciting day for republican -- for mitt romney. >> john, let me bring you in here. last week we talked about the language we heard at the republican national convention, hard work, welfare reform,
values. it seemed like it was the kind of talk men the to resonate with the white working class voters. are we seeing him double down on reaching base here? what's up with culture stuff suddenly? >> yes. you'll see both candidates double down on reaching the base. both campaigns proved at their convention they view this as a base election. you have to find your voters, grab them by the ear and turn them out. when you see them with pat robertson in virginia, there are other constituencies. when you see him with steve king in wa, a conservative in touch with the tea party. that's important to governor romney. the poll, a lot of people question every poll. the reasons the numbers exist in our poll, the president now plus 6, after his convention, democratic intensity, enthusiasm, is up and republican enthusiasm is down a bit. yes, governor romney is still winning among independents but there has been at least a temporary enthusiasm shift in favor of the democrats. we'll see if it lasts.
anderson, one more point. all throughout the democratic convention i was getting e-mails and phone calls saying democrats were overplaying their hand. in our new poll, look at the numbers within which candidate shares your value in the president has a 7-point advantage. you see heading into the conventions, two weeks ago before either convention it was essentialry a tie. at least at the moment nationally if the values talk at the democratic convention was supposed to hurt the president, conservatives thought it would, it hasn't. the people of north carolina sometimes think differently than people of california. >> bay, the romney campaign put out a memo dismissing the post-convention bounce for the president as what they called a sugar hoo i. mitt romney also got a bounce after the republican national convention. was that a sugar high?
>> john will confirm this, you expect candidates to get a bounce from their convention. no surprise there. three whole days, night, all kinds of attention, really showcasing your best leaders. of course you expect that. now the voters will come back and start looking. the key is the nine or ten swing states. where are people moving there? and i see nothing but momentum for mitt romney in these states, terrific momentum as he's closed in the last couple months. all kinds of gaps, his likability is up, the president's likability has come down. these are important factors which will play into the final number on election day. >> bill, in those swing states, those battleground states, raynes are getting ready to spend a huge amount of money in those states on ads. are they ready to outspend you guys? >> they'll definitely be able to outspend democrats and already going into the convention weeks, republicans were up 3-1 in a lot of the markets in some of the swing states.
even so, those numbers have not moved in the direction they suggest. the president has gotten a stronger position in all these states from ohio to virginia to florida. that said, i do agree that the energy and enthusiasm coming out of the conventions can be a temporary thing. this is going to be close all the way through. the debates are really going to matter. and whatever events that come up between here and election day that we can't predict will really matter. the fundamentals of the race are set. voters truly do believe the president son side of the middle class and has the kind of values that mirror the american people's values. >> john, if it is a sugar high, the romney campaign is correct or the traditional bounce, is it insignificant? >> no, because of the things beneath it. here's another one. bill talked about the middle class numbers, the president went way up. i showed you the share your value numbers, the president has a strong position. if this number holds, i don't think it will but if this number holds we'll have a blowout on election day. among likely voters, men. president obama at 48%, governor
romney at 47%, just a week ago, look at that, governor romney was up a dozen points. republicans traditionally win men. democrats win woman. the question is how do you affect the margin? the president is? a statistical tie among men. i would suspect based on everything in our recent history, suggests that probably is a sugar high. if that holds, wow. >> interesting. john king, bill burton, bay buchanan, appreciate it all. thank you. >> thanks, anderson. whatever the campaigns do, we are focusing all week on the economy. we've been asking voters what their top concerns are, what keeps you up at night. next, housing. which each candidate says he'll do to fix it. you'll meet one man in danger of losing his home and another trying to help him keep it.
we talked a bit about what the romney campaign says about the economy being the number one issue. the fact is it doesn't really matter what they truly think or the obama campaign thinks or what the voters think. two and three registered voters say economic conditions today are poor. that's not all they say. we ask them, what are your top five concerns about the economy, what keeps you up autonight? we'll be showcasing those things every night this week and trying to get answers about president obama and governor romney about their plans addressing those concerns. tonight we welcome at the fifth issue, housing. according to cnn money, about 30% of home owners owe more on mortgages than their homes are worth. 30%. others lost jobs, can't make the monthly payments. bruce marks, his group works to bring mortgage payments back into reach. >> what keeps me up at night are home owners losing their homes and their lives being devastaavd
devastated. i get calls sometimes late at night, say i'm losing my home, i'm trying to work with the bank and bank is refusing to modify my mortgage. the government is not there. i'm out there alone. what do i do? we have helped over 200,000 families modify their mortgages. we're working with a lot more and getting it done. we have binding agreements with all the major lenders to get it done. >> it's a hodest home but we like it. >> it's ours. >> almost immediately after we bought the house the value dropped, within months. i threw my hands up, i says you've got to be kidding me. we're making all our payments up until the point where she lost her job. once you fall behind and it just -- it snowballs from there. and with that interest rate and the amount that i was paying, it proved to be a little too difficult. >> we do what banks should do and that's why the same day at
our save the dream events we're able to get people the mortgages modified. if you modify someone's home, like the saunders and they save over $600 a month in their mortgage payment, that's the best economic stimulus you could possibly have. and that's what the banks and the government have to do. because we're never going to get out of this mortgage crisis. it has to happen. because the alternative is just not acceptable when you have millions of home owners out there who are going to lose their home. and that is the biggest pull on the economy. >> back now with john king, also dan lothian and jim acosta with the romney campaign. how could the housing issue impact both candidates? it's an important issue nationwide but it will come down to a few key swing states. >> no question, anderson. it's a national crisis but exacerbated in some parts of the country. this is foreclosures across the
country. darker the color, the more you have foreclosures. a lot in florida, michigan, this part of ohio. you see a lot here in the corners of nevada, the northwest corner down in here. look at these. those are all swing states, florida, ohio, michigan, watch this when we do this. take this off and turn this on, back in time, this is by county, presidential election four years ago by county. look at where i circled counties important to the president up here and down here. you can make the case that the problem has been exacerbated, higher foreclosures in places around the country that are critically important to the president. one more point if you pull this out, nevada has been hit the hardest. look nationally at home prices, down 166,000 on average when president took office, 151,000 now. down 30% in nevada, a batt battleground state, down 20% in florida, 7% in ohio and 5% in virginia, 5.5%. in the last year in each of
these states they've started to come back up. if you're going through the obama presidency, housing in battleground states is a problem. >> dan, republicans making the argument that president obama is to blame for the bleak economic picture, including the housing market. how has the president been responding to that? >> the overall economy and housing crisis part of that. these problems were in the making long before the president took office. they got worse but the president helped to stabilize the situation. they point to steps that the president has taken shortly after he took office. there with two programs he rolled out to help home owners struggling in underwater mortgages. they were supposed to help 9 million home owners but only a couple million were help. there was a $26 billion settlement with five big banks, half a dozen other programs that the president rolled out as well. answer, the short answer is, they believe that the president has taken some steps to essentially create a particular,
to keep the situation from falling any further but there are a lot of people out there who still believe the president could have acted more quickly, done a lot more, anderson. >> how much do you hear from romney on the stump about housing? >> you know, honestly, anderson, he doesn't talk about the housing issue that much. one thing that's come up in news lately has been about mortgage deductions. mitt romney has been pressed repeatedly to specify how he would limit the mortgage deduction for higher incomers. that's something he said he would do in order to pay for tax cuts. he hasn't laid out exact specifics there. if you dig into the romney housing plan, he does talk about things like reforming fannie mae and freddie mac. a lot of what he said on this issue, anderson, has been overshadowed by what he told "the las vegas review journal" in late 2011 of in of all places in the foreclosure capital of nevada. >> what to do for housing crisis
specifically. don't try and stop the foreclosure process. let it run its course and hit the bottom, allow investors to buy homes, put renters in them, fix the homes up and let it turn around and come back up. >> the shorter romney response on this issue, anderson, i think is quite clearly ha has president obama done to fix the housing problem in this country? >> john, you say the cost of housing plays heavily into two of the biggest forces in the electorate. how so? >> i want to bring up the other map, just to be honest. it's a national crisis housing. the race will be settled in the gold states. what are the two big defining questions in a presidential electi election? is the country on the right track. a lot of people question the american dream. you bought your house, you pass it on to your children. you always knew the next generation would do better than you. they're uncertain about that. why? in part, the house was how you
financed your life, you refinance and took vacations. the housing prices are not just your house. you look around the neighborhood and you see housing prices are down. that contributes to the economic funk you still find when you visit many of these states. >> thanks. we have the "360 bulletin". it may be a major blow to al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. government officials in yemen say security forces have killed the second in command of that organization. they're waiting for dna tests. the mayor of trenton, new jersey was arrested this morning accused of accepting bribes. tony mack took cash payments from a developer who wanted to build on city property, officials say. it's a video that's gone viral. the owner of a florida pizza shop who was so excited about meeting president obama yesterday that he gave him a bear hug and picked him up off the floor.
can someone actually do that to the commander in chief? scott stopped by "the situation room" today and explained to wolf blitzer how it all happened. >> i got caught up in moment. i had a brief moment when i knew he was coming. he opened up the door and he's like, where's scott at? as soon as i saw him, he came right at me, shook my hand and i was just so excited, i just gave him a big hug and picked him up. it was crazy. >> just kind of what i wanted to hear when i see you most times. >> i actually talked to him on my daytime talk show. we're flying him up. he'll be there tomorrow. he's threatening to give me a bear hug. i'm not sure how to avoid that. >> just let him do it. >> it's nice to have you back. where have you been? >> you were at the convention. i saw you in charlotte. you were too busy to talk to little old me. >> not true. >> good to be back. >> tonight in chicago, a lot of angry parents trying to figure out what their kids are supposed
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in chicago nearly 30,000 public school teachers went on strike today after ten months of contract talks collapsed. chicago, the country's third largest school district. the strike has left 350,000 students in limbo. to give students a place to go while parents are at work, the school district opened 144 of
its 578 school for part of the day. churches and other community groups are scrambling to try to help. imagine what a nightmare it is for parents. chicago police are increasing street patrols. they're worried more kids on the streets obviously will mean more trouble than usual in a city where homicides have become epidemic. ed to -- te rowlands is there for us tonight. >> reporter: some parents are wondering what to do with their kids, other s are worried about their safety. this little girl did not play outside because her mom says it's too dangerous. >> anything can just happen. you don't know what will happen. at any moment. i mean, it can just -- it's nice and sunny outside and people can just start shooting out of nowhere. innocent people get shot for no
reason. >> shots fired. >> reporter: violence on the streets of chicago is bad, specifically the homicide rate, which is up about 30% this year and has claimed the lives of 43 children. the prospects of a long strike leaving 350,000 kids out of school threatens to make an unthinkably bad and dangerous situation even worse. that's biggest concern at sweet holy spirit church, one of several places open for kids during the strike. >> we have killings going on like crazy. the parents hope is killed by the strike. the children are left hopeless, saying does anybody care? about the strike. they have to have places to go. >> reporter: in the middle of the battle between the teachers' yawn onand the school district is chicago mayor, rahm emanuel. we asked him how concerned he is about children during the strike. >> the safest place for the children is in classroom.
this is a strike of choice and it's the wrong choice for our churn. >> reporter: teachers say they'd rather be teaching than picketing but say they'll keep going as long as they have to for a fair contract. >> i understand where they're coming from but i don't think the kids should have to stay home from school. i feel like there still should be teachers there to teach the children. and then, you know, while the other ones try to get everything together. >> reporter: meanwhile, extra police officers have been assigned to keep an eye on kids on these streets that have already proven to be far too deadly. >> and ted, i understand they're still negotiating tonight. any word on if a deal could be made to prevent the strike from going another day. >> reporter: it is possible because they didn't have that far to go before they started negotiating hours ago today. we can tell you this, anderson, the board president has left the table for the evening. the board, however, assures us they're still negotiating and a deal could be reached, of course, if there is a deal, we'll break into programming and
report on it. >> and paul ryan weighed in basically in support of the mayor. >> reporter: yes, very odd this afternoon. he came out and said it's not often but in this case, i am right behind mayor rahm emanuel in chicago. and he also asked the president to weigh in. we're also hearing the same plea from teachers here in chicago asking the president to weigh in on their side. the pressure is going to start building at the white house. up until now, president obama has not weighed in on this. but as the days go on, if this strike continue, the pressure at the white house will start to build. >> appreciate it. still ahead, dramatic new video of the shooting after a sikh temple in wisconsin. what police were dealing with when they arrived at the scene to confront the suspected killer, next.
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time now for the "ridiculist." i don't know if you happened to be watching earlier today but we got our first look at cnn's bran new state-of-the-art d.c. studio. it's 109 monitors, 9 studio cameras, 3 video walls. it's cool, it looks great. a lot of work went into it. here in the new york bureau, i think our vending machine cheez-it supply has just been replenished. the new studio was revealed on "the situation room." everyone seems to love it. >> i like our new digs here. it's absolutely gorgeous. a lot of folks worked really hard on the studio. >> love the new "situation room." thanks very much. moments after former president bill clinton's convention speech, our own contributor predicted president obama would get a boost -- >> whoa, whoa, whoa, wait. hold up.
is it just me or is there something different about wolf blitzer? i can't quite put my finger on it. did he get a haircut or something? has he been working out? there's just -- i don't know, let me put my glasses on. you know what, i think i know what it is. it would seem that mr. wolf blitzer got himself some new glasses. i don't know, perhaps he saw someone wearing them, liked them and decided to pick up a pair for himself. i wonder where he could have possibly gotten that idea. i don't want to accuse wolf blitzer of going all single white female on me but these glasses are kind of my thing. no one, i mean no one else has them. except, of course, for -- steve martin, johnny depp, justin bieber and even snooki. come on, i'm the only one on cnn who rocks these glasses. >> okay, maybe tom foreman has
them, too. he's the trend setter. tom foreman is the johnny depp of cnn. we're not the only one who noticed wolf's new look. if you googled wolf's glasses before today, this is what you'd come up with, wine glasses with wolves on them. i have several sets. if you google wolf glasses now, it's blitzer's new look all over the place. on the blogs, the news sites, the twitters, the facebooks, it's everywhere. there's probably a tumbler thing about it. i like the new glasses. for one thing they complement wolf's skinny jeans. i can hope he gets the same, warm generous reaction that i received when i got my glasses a couple years ago. >> here's what i love, i love that you have the nerdiest glasses you could because you think you're so gorgeous and hot that you have to take it down a few notches for america. i know you. i've talked to your mom. >> are these