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CNN Student News Transcript: April 30, 2009

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  • Gauge global reaction to the start of Barack Obama's presidency
  • Journey through Mexico to meet the swine flu outbreak's "patient zero"
  • Hear how a famous rapper is helping two students afford college
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(CNN Student News) -- April 30, 2009

Quick Guide

World Evaluations - Gauge global reaction to the start of Barack Obama's presidency.

Swine Flu Origins? - Journey through Mexico to meet the swine flu outbreak's "patient zero."

Scholarship Awarded - Hear how a famous rapper is helping two students afford college.



CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: April is coming to a close, but the month's last edition of CNN Student News is just getting started! From the CNN Center, I'm Carl Azuz.

First Up: First 100 Address

AZUZ: "Pleased, but not satisfied." That is how President Obama describes his feelings about how things have been going during his first 100 days in office. This benchmark dates back to Franklin D. Roosevelt, who launched an ambitious agenda when he became president back in 1933. In the decades since, the 100-day milestone has been used to gauge how new presidents are doing. During a news conference last night, President Obama reflected on his time in office so far and on the issues that lie ahead for his administration.

U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Millions of Americans are still without jobs and homes, and more will be lost before this recession is over. Credit is still not flowing nearly as freely as it should. Countless families and communities touched by our auto industry still face tough times ahead. Our projected long-term deficits are still too high, and government is still not as efficient as it needs to be. We still confront threats ranging from terrorism to nuclear proliferation, as well as pandemic flu. And all this means you can expect an unreleting, unyielding effort from this administration to strengthen our prosperity and our security.

World Evaluations

AZUZ: Many of the decisions a U.S. president makes can impact people around the world, so it's not just Americans marking this 100-day milestone. From Asia to the Caribbean to the Middle East, CNN correspondents check in with some of the global reaction to the beginning of Barack Obama's presidency.


JOHN VAUSE, CNN CORRESPONDENT, BEIJING: I'm John Vause in Beijing. After 100 days of the Obama administration, the feeling here among many is so far, so good. The editorials in the state-controlled media have mostly been kind. Here, they talk of an American president willing to listen, to show respect. And while they are happy with his softer foreign policy, many want more action on the economy.

PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN CORRESPONDENT, JERUSALEM: I'm Paula Hancocks outside the Old City walls in Jerusalem. One hundred days on and many Palestinian report cards for President Obama are fairly hopeful that he may be able to make a tangible change, but they haven't seen anything physical yet. They want to see an improvements in living conditions in the West Bank and especially in Gaza. Many Israelis, while saying they like the U.S. president, are wary of his overtures to Iran. Some tell me that by him trying to strike up a dialogue with Iran shows his naivety.

MORGAN NEILL, CNN CORRESPONDENT, HAVANA: I'm Morgan Neill in Havana, and from the point of view of people here, President Obama is doing well. Sure, he hasn't gotten rid of the embargo, which is what Cubans most want to see, but he has done some things that they particularly like. For example, here at this Western Union office, where Cubans can get money sent from family members abroad, well, those family members in the States can now send as much as they like. And they can now visit their family here as often as they like.

CAL PERRY, CNN CORRESPONDENT, BAGHDAD: I'm Cal Perry in Baghdad, a place where many people have yet to make up their minds about Barack Obama because they want to see if he's going to follow through on his promises. Withdrawing U.S. troops, key for Iraqis. Will he do it, will he not? There's a lot of conspiracies going around. I spoke to a man just now who told me that he thought some of the suicide bombings were actually related to the Americans because they want to stay here. Now, one of the things is the bottom line factor for Baghdad, and it's going to be Barack Obama's bottom line. People here want basic services returned. We're talking about power, we're talking about water. The other thing they want, obviously, security. If Barack Obama can bring security to this country he will be hugely popular. If he cannot, he will be seen as a failure.


Word to the Wise


pandemic (noun) It's a medical term for a disease that spreads across a wide geographic area and affects a large number of people


Swine Flu Origins?

AZUZ: That is what the World Health Organization thinks this swine flu outbreak could become. Yesterday, the group raised its pandemic alert to level five. That's the second highest level. It means the virus is approaching widespread infection and that governments should activate response plans. It doesn't have anything to do with the toll from the disease. Many people who have contracted swine flu have already recovered, including the first person believed to have gotten sick from it. Doctor Sanjay Gupta introduces us to "patient zero."


SANJAY GUPTA, CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: As the number of cases of swine flu build around the world, everyone has been on the hunt for the source. We've long suspected that the origins of swine flu may have been on a pig farm, and now we're headed towards one about two hours north of Mexico City. We think we may find where this virus started. We may also find him: Edgar Hernandez. People believe he is "patient zero," the first patient to contract the virus. La Gloria, it's a village where everyone knows someone. I show this motorcycle rider Edgar's picture. His name is Fredrick and he offers to take me. Don't drop me. So, after hours of searching and hours of driving, we're finally going to meet the little boy that everyone's calling "patient zero." There he is. Edgar Hernandez, a little five-year-old boy who got so sick...

GUPTA: Did you have a headache? [SPANISH] Dolora de cabeza?


GUPTA: ...He was brought to this clinic where he was diagnosed as possibly the first case of swine flu of this outbreak. So, where did it come from? Edgar's mom thinks she knows. A lot of people are saying that the swine flu came from some of the pig farms. Do you believe that?


GUPTA: There's no question we stumbled onto a controversy here. The citizens of La Gloria really believe that the pig farms in the nearby areas got so many of their citizens sick. So, we decided to pay those pig farms a visit. The industrial pig farm is huge and owned by American company Smithfield Foods. People in town say they believe this is the source of the outbreak. We finally made our way to the hog farm, but the Mexican Department of Agriculture and the company itself say they've done testing and the tests have come back negative. They simply won't let us through security; they simply won't show us the pigs. So, this medical mystery now only half solved. We know who may have first contracted swine flu, we just don't know where he got it. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, La Gloria, Mexico.



RAMSAY: Time for the Shoutout! For which of the following can you get a college scholarship? If you think you know it, shout it out! Is it: A) Being left-handed, B) Playing marbles, C) Starfleet Academy membership or D) Being named Zolp? You've got three seconds -- GO! Trick question! All of these categories offer college scholarship opportunities. That's your answer and that's your Shoutout!

Scholarship Awarded

AZUZ: Probably not too many applicants for that last one. There wouldn't be very many for people named "Azuz" either. But not every scholarship covers full tuition. The ones handed out by an artist, one that you listen to, do. Michelle Anselmo of affiliate KPLR was on hand in St. Louis, Missouri when the famous hip hopper surprised some students from his home town with the awards.


MICHELLE ANSELMO, KTVI REPORTER: It's a day Tarranique Campbell won't soon forget.

TARRANIQUE CAMPBELL, ROCKWOOD SUMMIT SENIOR: It's bigger than what I thought it was going to be.

ANSELMO: The Rockwood Summit Senior knew she was getting a scholarship to Lindenwood University, but she didn't know it was coming from Nelly.

CAMPBELL: He told me to calm down, and congratulations, and make him proud, so...

ANSELMO: Nelly teamed up with Lindenwood University last fall to offer two full-ride scholarships to high school seniors.

CORNELL "NELLY" HAYNES, JR, RAPPER: Just to see the emotion and how much it means to them, you couldn't explain it unless you were really here.

ANSELMO: Campbell and Jeremy Word, a North Tech High Senior, were selected out of hundreds of applicants.

NELLY: This is when people need it the most. This is when every penny helps.

ANSELMO: Campbell found out about the scholarship just days before the deadline.

CAMPBELL: It was due in three days.

ANSELMO: Her guidance counselor says it's becoming harder than ever to get scholarships, but isn't surprised by Campbell's success.

NICHOLE BUSSE, ROCKWOOD SUMMIT GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: I could tell as soon as I met her she has a desire to succeed. She just kind of oozes charisma. She is definitely such a strong student leader.

IMANI ROBINSON, CAMPBELL'S MOTHER: She is such an excellent student, so this came right on time. I'm a little bit overwhelmed, too, because this is a lot bigger than we anticipated.

ANSELMO: The crowd snapped photos while Nelly worked the room. His visit caught even those in the know by surprise.

BUSSE: I wasn't aware Nelly was going to be here. We thought it was just a basic scholarship presentation.

ANSELMO: His visit was anything but basic. More like beyond belief for these two teens.

NELLY: From this point on, there is no telling where they can go.



AZUZ: You see them every day. In fact, they're probably showing you Student News right now! And it's time to tell your teachers how much you appreciate what they do. So, grab those video cameras and put together an iReport for Teacher Appreciation Week! It's just a few days away. You can find out how to submit your videos at!

Before We Go

AZUZ: Before we go, one man's home in Buckley, Washington includes an interesting view... of this! It's an emu, and it ain't his! But it sort of is now. The bird popped up in his backyard and won't go away. He called animal control, but they don't deal with emus. While he was searching for the original owner, the flightless feathered friend freaked out a neighbor, so she called the cops. Turns out they won't touch the enormous animal either.



AZUZ: Seems like this thing is just emu-ne to authorities. Yeah, okay. Go ahead, boo. You're just giving us more emu-nition. For CNN Student News, I'm in pain.

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