Thursday, December 06, 2007
Ready for an inspiring night
So today has been one of those days. I ran out of my apartment after our morning call today and suddenly realized I'd forgotten both my keys and wallet. So I ran over to "60 Minutes" to work on a script for a story I've shot for them, and then ran over to CNN to work on tonight's broadcast.

I'm now in a taxi (I borrowed some cash) and am heading to the Museum of Natural History for final meetings about our "CNN Heroes" event tonight. The stories of these heroes are really inspiring, and I think tonight should be a fun program.

I'm particularly looking forward to Mary J. Blige performing. "360" will be on right after the "Heroes" broadcast at 11pm ET and we'll focus on Mitt Romney's speech about religion. He said religious liberty "is fundamental to America's greatness."

Romney, as you know, is the first Mormon to run for president. Do you think his religion is an obstacle? Would love to hear from you.

Plus, Gary Tuchman has talked to a friend of Robert Hawkins, the Omaha mall shooter, and we'll have new details.


--By Anderson Cooper
Posted By CNN: 3:24 PM ET
  12 Comments
Anderson I am sorry to hear that you forgot your keys and wallet at home. I hope day was better as it went on.

I am really looking forward to CNN Heroes tonight. I think it's going to be a GREAT event.
Posted By Sarah, Atlanta, GA : 3:42 PM ET
I’m decorating the Christmas tree, decking the halls and singing along with Christmas carols on the radio. Isn’t it nice when we both keep each other posted on our days? Actually I’m really enjoying this new leaf you’ve turned over, please keep it up.

As to your Mormon question…I have a problem with the Mormon religion on many levels, but it’s their view of a woman’s role in life that bothers me the most. I really don’t want a President that feels a woman’s primary job is to tend to the home, procreate profusely and be seen and not heard. I know the religion is slowly evolving, but the mentality is still there, at least in the community I live in.
Good luck with those keys…aren’t you worried about coming home to an apartment that has been burglarized?
Phebe, Phoenix, AZ
Posted By Phebe : 4:17 PM ET
I think this speech is a good move by Mitt Romney. He has to define his religion for the American people, or he gives others who aren't familiar with his beliefs to do so all over the internet and other public forums.
Posted By lilly, minneapolis, minn. : 4:57 PM ET
Uh Anderson... how are you gonna get back in your apartment?
Posted By Mindy : 4:59 PM ET
Hi Anderson,

I really look forward to the "Heroes" special tonight. I've been watching the profiles of the finalists, and to me, all of them are winners. Their work has inspired me to do so much more to the causes I'm currently supporting. Thank you for dedicating a night especially for these extraordinary human beings.

Regarding Mr. Romney...I believe his religion shouldn't be an obstacle to his candidacy if we were to celebrate America as a place where one can exercise religious freedom.

Mr. Cooper, a blog today and yesterday...so far, you're doing well on your promise. :)

:)
Lilibeth
Edmonds, Washington
Posted By Lilibeth : 7:29 PM ET
I absolutely cannot wait for the program tonight! The stories are so inspiring, and yes, to sound cliche, all of them are heroes. I'm glad each is getting the recognition he/she deserves and I hope that I can continue use my strengths to change the world in the ways I know how.
Posted By Aruna, Minneapolis, MN : 8:19 PM ET
I am sorry that you have a rough day today. It’s happened when you have a lot thing on your mind. We all do. Hang in there, Anderson

Good question about Romney’s religion and the White House. I think this is the best test of whether Americans decide to see if Romney is qualified for the White House. To me, his religion does not matter. But I have enough handfuls of Republicans for 8 years.


Good luck for the CNN Heroes event tonight. I am sure it going to be a fantastic evening.

Michele
Posted By Michele : 8:21 PM ET
Hello Anderson.

Sounds like you had a rough day. My opinion about Mitt Romney being a Mormon. I'm not a believer in Mormon faith, but I don't think is going to help or hinder him in anyway. If you look back in history JFK was the first catholic president and it didn't hurt him I'm not catholic and Mitt Romney is no JFK either, but people did love JFK so his religious beliefs didn't hurt him, This is just my opinion.

Jennifer - Anderson, South Carolina.
Posted By bluediamond (Jennifer) : 8:29 PM ET
Anderson:

The " Heros" special was fantastic. And so Inspiring! Congrats on a job well-done. I love seeing you and Christiane Amanpour work together.
Posted By Anonymous : 11:19 AM ET
Oh dear, you had one of those days.
Managed to catch the repeat of 'CNN Heroes'. Thank goodness. Been looking forward to it.
It was really inspiring watching ordinary people doing great work and being selfless, and were given the proper acknowledgement and appreciation.
Good job.
I've only one problem and that is, the material of the award. Why wood?
Posted By lpfoong : 6:53 PM ET
Congratulations to everyone who worked on the "CNN Heroes" show, it was really great!!

Anderson, please feel free to do the Bette Midler number on 360. We won't mind. ;)

Kristien, Antwerp, Belgium
Posted By Kristien : 8:04 PM ET
Hi Anderson,
The Heroes show was wonderful! It is inspiring to see people who help each other in this day and age. Given all the news about violence recently, it was encouraging to know there are people out there who are willing to put their own needs aside and help others.
Good job!
Posted By pamina : 11:24 PM ET
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