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the dc-10 is called in but this >> you don't want to be away from them. will be burning out of control you still love them but it's not as exciting in the beginning. some time. the wind is blowing toward the this is really hard work. north so that's the way the i'd like it to continue until smoke is going. that's the way the embers are the end of his term. i also think that mitt romney is a nice guy, and i like that they going. >> glancing down at my notes said barack obama is a good man but not a good president. from kabc they are reporting the red cross has established a i like that that is starting to be said. >> how do you think that romance will go right there in north carolina come november 6th? shelter. we'll keep an eye on it. crazy, huge smoke. >> i don't think obama carries chad meyers thank you very much. north carolina. >> why? >> i think he carries charlotte. now hour two. i think this is still the south. i think they would rather top of the hour. thanks for being with me. dislike him than like him. we're keeping an eye on the i also think you have a problem with conservative black urgent situation inside of churches, you have many people that are against abortion and syria. david petraeus is just next door against gay marriage. i think the future of this in turkey. thousands of syrians looking for country is gay marriage and safe haven there as the regime choice. right now there are people that is targeting their own people. are selling something for right now. the future looks more like our senior international correspondent robertson is barack obama's administration than mitt romney's
on the border. we'll take you to him in a administration. i believe the 21st and 22nd moment, but first this. >> it labor day. century of the united states is hopefully not too many you have not going to be two square white are having to labor here. it's also the unofficial start of the campaign season. that's how it's been in the guys. i believe that. past. i want you tyke a look here. >> who are you most excited this is mitt romney. hearing speak this week? he's spending the day like most of you just hanging out. >> i can't wait. romney took his boat for a spin i want to hear obama speak. on new hampshire's lake. i hope that biden brings a chair no public event scheduled for up on stage and pretends he's mitt romney this week. he has debate preparations talking to clint eastwood. happening in private. that's all i hope. >> jay thomas. president obama labor day in jay thomas. thanks for stopping by the cnn grill. enjoy it for me. toledo. he spoke within the past hour. he talked about his party's >> the worst part of is i have convention this week. he critiqued the tampa boycotted chick fill a. republicans. he said mitt romney whiffed last i can't stand it anymore. week at his convention on the subject of creating new jobs. take a listen. >> when governor romney had his my friends and i are going to hold hands and get a combo after chance to let you in on the secret sauce of job creation, he that. >> have fun. >> thank you. it's one of america's most famous landmarks but know oyou did not offer you a single new idea. it was just a retread of the
similar tee park is warning same old policies that have been toirss there's a deadly virus sticking it to the middle class out there and it has a lot of for years. folks on edge. >> president obama in toledo earlier today. he is expected to arrive in charlotte, north carolina on wednesday. i want to go to joe johns. he's there right now. hopefully a little cooler than in tampa. hopefully no storms for you. where are you joe and what's happening behind you? >> reporter: this is the intersection of trade and trion. it's a big party. carolina fest. nothing happening on the stage directly behind me. the next big act we expect to see this hour is jeff bridges. the oscar winning actor and his band the abiders. we saw them at sound check. doing great job. the crowd will be looking forward to that.
>> music aside, mr. johns, let's talk about the president. president won north carolina in 2008. it was a huge victory for him. a democrat winning a state in the deep south. i want to show this. there's a poll showing north carolina now leading mitt romney. romney leading north carolina by four points. our own polling shows north carolina is pretty much even stephen. my question is does the obama campaign expect to bounce in north carolina by virtue of having the convention in charlotte and why is the convention there in the first place? >> reporter: well, i think that's the reason they put the convention here because the president and the democrats know they need north carolina. they know he won four years ago. they also expected it to be very much in play. i think those polls reflect the challenge of mitt romney ahead by four points.
the cnnorc poll not too long ago showing it a dead heat. there you go. they expect the state to be in play. they hope that this convention will give them the boost they need in the tar hill state. >> finally, just what is the protocol on which party goes first or second in terms of holding conventions. you would think the being the latter convention is add advantageous. >> reporter: the party of the president goes first. the party that does not control the white house -- the party of the president goes second. the party not in control of the white house goes first. that's why the democrats are going second. you're right. a little bit of an advantage there. i hope they can get a boost coming out of this going straight into election day. we'll see what happens. >> let us know when the party gets rolling along there at the carolina fest. thank you. one question a lot of people are one of the most serene asking is this, are you better places in the whole country is
off than you were four years ago? this question getting all kinds now the place of a lot of of attention on the campaign anxiety. people may have been exposed to trail after comments from democrats just over the weekend. some of whom struggled to anxious the four year question the huntavirus. on television. the economy is a top issue for voters and the august jobs four of those sickened stayed at repor reports comes out this friday. >> let's start with jobs. the tent cabins of the curry 7.8% when the president took village. office. it spiked to 10% and is back i never heard of huntavirus. down to 8.3%. both of these numbers too high. >> it's no mouse droppings and both mean you feel uncomfortable about your job situation but urine. it becomes airborne. it's an improvement from the worst levels about the great people breathe it in. by the time they get to the recession. this is how jobs growth looks hospital many are going to the every single month. icu. >> how common is this? 818,000 jobs were lost when the >> you look back from 1993 to president took office. now it's only about 600 cases this loss of jobs was very but not a lot. serious and very dangerous in about half of those people die. the economy. tried to get some momentum here and now it's been about two that's really high mortality rate. >> what do you do to prevent years of steady but not this? >> what's interesting is you not spectacular jobs growth. only have to worry when you go the most recent month, 163,000
to a camp virus, it's in their jobs were created. home prices a real important own home. look for holes and seal them up. gauge for how you feel. trap rodent, clean up food. there was a double dip lower in home prices. don't leave it out an disinfect you have stabilization when the president took officer the median price $175,000. surfac it's now up to 185,000. surfaces. if you're visiting a cabin that hasn't been open for a while, that double dip in home prices open it up and air it out. looks like it's over and the give the mice a chance to come housing market while not robust back. is stabilizing. come back and spray disinif he can tants. finally, let's talk about our >> are these kids or adults? national debt. >> it can be either. this is the debt as the size of people with preexisting health our economy. it was 54% of the our economy in problems might be at risk. with a 50% mortality rate 2009 when the president took office. as we tried to get out of that everyone needs to be worried. >> for more stories head to horrible crisis the spending exploded. 2011, 67% of the size of our cnn.com/empoweredpatient. economy. tonight president obama visits louisiana in the by 2012, 72.5%. aftermath of hurricane isaac. a lot of different reasons but folks there are worried about a the biggest driver there tax river cresting. cuts, lots and lots of tax cuts ♪ that began back in 2001. ♪
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the union rally, the vice president spoke out today went off without a hitch despite the missing equipment. and very exciting, minutes away here from extra special situation room with wolf blitzer. wolf, last time i saw you it was tampa. now you're in charlotte. it's really the super bowl for political junkies. i know we saw the first lady not too far from where you're sitting moments ago. >> she's here. she's here at the time warner cable arena, and she's doing some interviews, we're told, up h the sky boxes. there's a picture right now. these are live pictures. she's also checking ourt the place. she's giving her big speech tomorrow night, getting ready for the president, when he will do his acceptance speech on thursday night. so this is a lot of preliminary work going on. the democrats will have their opportunity to respond to the republicans at their convention in tampa last week.
this question that ronald reagan used so effectively in 1980 against jimmy carter has been revived. are you better off today than you were four years ago? ray gone got himself elected, defeated and one-term president austin tice travelled to jimmy krt carter. syria to share the rebels so we have the two chairs of the political parties, debbie perspective but two weeks ago silence. no one has heard from him. no one saw him. wasserman schultz in the 4:00 p.m. hour. the u.s. state department says it's working to confirm reports and we're going to go through of his capture by the syrian this. is the country better off today, or was the country better off government. his family has released this four years ago? statement. austin is our precious son and so good, serious discussions coming up. we beseech the syrian government all the other political news and to treat him well and return him the world wise news. safely to us soon possible. we're not going to neglect that, end quote. even though we're here in in his hometown of houston charlotte. dozens gathered in the peaceful >> it's a good place for a protest to call for his safe return. convention. one protester called him an >> hey, wolf, ryan wrote a great american hero saying he left the piece in the "new yorker" about safety of his country to show the relationship between president obama and president bill clinton. i don't know if you had a chance
the atrocities happening. syrians are getting out of their to read it. what normally would be the vice country by the thousands and getting out whatever way they president's spot to speak the can. night before the president, it's turkey, iraq, jordan, lebanon. now bill clinton. what are your thoughts? it's creating crisis along these >> well, bill clinton is clearly borders. the most popular male president, turkeying is bearing the brunt of it all. male democrat out there. more than 80,000 registered his wife hillary may be more there. close to 229,000 refugees have popular, higher favorability numbers. left syria since the uprising she's the secretary of state. she kpcan't even come here. she happens to be indonesia as we speak right now, so she's not began and nic robertson is on coming here. i just tweeted this earlier. maybe four years down the road she'll be at the democratic convention. but that's another story. turkish borders. >> reporter: some of the cars bill clinton is very pop have been packed out with clothes, possession, suitcases, blankets stuffed into the kars. popular. he will certainly help president we've seen mattresses tied to obama get reelected. h jobs creation issues. the roofs. every space taken up by baggage and i'm sure he'll deliver a powerful speech on wednesday or people getting out of the night. normally the vice president does country. on the other side of the border
that on wednesday night, but about a few hundred meters away biden is gipg to be speaking there are about 4 to 5,000 thursday, as is the president of the united states at the big football stadium. we're now here in the basketball families living in the open waiting for an opportunity to come in. they are building three more arena. so that's why bill clinton is camps. they say those will be ready in a couple of weeks. they will be able to house about here. an you're absolutely right. 30,000 people. ryan was terrific. it underscores one strain however, already inside turkey there are about 17 to 20,000 relationship between bill clinton and barack obama, but it's clearly gotten better. people living in schools, living >> wolf, thank you. we'll see you in a couple in government buildings. minutes from charlotte. the schools go back in a couple of weeks and the government will you see obviously political folks but you also have actors and actresses and musicians. need to pry yioritize those new camp spaces. they will be two-thirds full by it's the dude. it's jeff bridges. take a listen. the refugees inside turkey. ♪ the concern is that many, many will come. that is tents on the other side of the border. more free syrian army members on ♪ the other side of the border.
about 50 kilometers, a bombing strike that have killed 50 people. people crossing over and getting over as best they can. many more behind them waiting to get out. nic robertson, cnn on the tu ♪ >> jeff bridges in charlotte. turkish-sir ya turkish-syrian border. michelle obama in charlotte. want to talk, though, about the we'll talk to wolf blitzer after gulf region. this quick break. wee can really now only watch and wait. people living in tamiami parish are preparing for more flooding. in just that few hours president obama will get a first-hand look at the cleanup the there. he'll tour areas where isaac's storm surge pushed waters over the lakes. cnn i-reporter says floodwaters
aren't the only issue facing people living in louisiana. >> alligators. problem here. this is the fourth one they've caught on our block today. that's what it's like after the storm. >> so alligators. floodwaters. the pearl river. >> mosquitos. >> skeeters. when is it expected to crest? >> that's the thing. there's a lot of water that didn't just fall on louisiana. it fell on arkansas, missouri, mississippi. and eventually if it didn't soak in, it has to get down to the gulf of mexico. this we was a problem all week long. there's a lock that stops water from going in, but well they had to open the lock to let pressure out because the water was going around in the dirt.
they thought maybe the erosion was going to take the entire lock and push it away. then all the sudden you lose the lock and you lose the ability to hold the water back. >> what are you showing? >> here's new orleans. here's the river valley. here's what we're worried about. the big purple squares are where the rivers are now in major flood stages. here's the river. here's the lock, right there. the water was going around the lock on this side. if you erode the dirt, all the sudden you deponent have pressure here. you can lose the entire lock. and sidell you're going to get flooding. on up here there's neighborhoods here and here. three or four feet of water here. two feet of water really does an awful lot of damage, no matter what, in any house. and here's the i-10 where you can shut it down a little bit to see if that goes up to 21 feet,
the current forecast crest is 19.5, and so therefore they would not have to shut down i-10 at that point for a 19.5 foot surge. >> so i just want to throw this at you. i was reading about one of the positives, if you will, from all of this rain from the storm is we've been talking so much about the farmers in the middle of the country, and it rained and rained for them. >> you would love to think that helped the corn, but the corn is before we move along and already done. the corn didn't develop. just because you add a little talk gas prices, this is a sneak bit of rain to undeveloped corn, peek. this is the first lady in doesn't mean it will come back. charlotte. as soon as she steps on the that didn't pollenate. stage we'll bring you more live pictures and bring in wolf blitzer. 1% excellent. she's speaking tomorrow night in 21% good to excellent. primetime. very little good corn crop. let's talk about those gas if it was already excellent, prices setting a record high then that helped. this labor day making a tough situation for a lot of you the rain did help. travelers on this holiday, but but unfortunately where it rained, the corn wasn't is there good news ahead? let's hope so. excellent. >> that's unfortunate. alison kosik joins me. will we see a drop any time? just because i see it behind you. democratat
>> relief should be on its way soon. the reason we've been seeing gas prices go up is we've had a lot of these short term problems. the biggie is hurricane isaac last week. most of the refineries had to shut down or cut back on production. the down time kept the process of making gasoline happening. it was more of a supply and demand issue. other factors pushed prices higher as well. one oil analyst says that prices could wind up dropping 20 cents over the next month. that coming from tom clossa. the faster these refineries can get up and running, the better. one other thing by september 15th, refineries should be switched to the less expensive winter blend. we could see gas at $3.25 a
gallon by december. >> how about jobs? we've been adding jobs for two straight years but what kind of jobs? >> the problems with the jobs being added is most are low wage positions. these are hard to live on and pay your bill. do you pay the medical bill or the electricity bill? there's a study that says 58% of jobs created over the past two years are low-paying jobs. this is pay of $13.83 an hour or less. these are jobs in retail and food preparation. waiters and waitresses. to be fair these low wage jobs have been growing since 2001 long before the recession hit. you know what, it still adds to the argument that we're seeing this rise in income inequality. the recession made it worse because the higher paying jobs are not just growing. they are not coming back as quickly. you look at finance jobs, they are at the pre-recession levels because the industry isn't back to normal.
people aren't borrowing much. i want to leave you with a bit of a bright spot. we're seeing gains in manufacturing and health care and transportation. without those jobs the recovery would be more unbalanced. >> we have more numbers to talk about on friday. alison kosik, thank you. we showed you cnn's fascinating documentary on mitt romney. now it's turn for the president. we got access to the main players, including this guy. >> two months before a major election in 2008, do the democrats tell george bush this is your banking problem, not ours. i remember being in the room until 2:00 in the morning negotiating with hank paulson. >> we'll give you a preview, next. [ thunder crashes ]
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the first lady. she's way up there in one of the sky boxes inside the time warner cable arena in charlotte. this is the eve of day one of the democratic national conventi convention. she's speaking tomorrow. any of these speakers whether they're the president, vice president, former president or the first lady they like to go through and check the podium height and see how the stage is set before their big speaking appearance. as soon as we see her on stage doing that, we'll bring it to you live. you know the democrats are set to launch the convention here and just in time because we have this up close look for you at the candidate for re-election, president barack obama. we're calling it obama revealed; the m the man and the president. with me is jessica yellen. i'm excited and got the dvr set. tell me what i'm going to see tonight. >> reporter: we decided to take
a look back over the last flee and a half years of the big moments of the presidency to help people get a better understanding of how president obama has been as a leader and a little bit more about who he se as a man. we found he is one of those people voters felt they knew better as a candidate and then when he became president they weren't sure they knew him as well. took a little closer look at him to help people understand who he is. >> in doing so you interviewed him. you asked him about something we hit upon last hour. that really being his reputation as being a loner. some say stand offish. tell me about that. >> reporter: the title is very literal, the president, the man. one of the questions i asked him about is this reputation he has as being cool and aloof. we look at whether that has helped him or hurt him or both in office. i asked him is it fair that this
description of him is cool and how has it helped or hurt. here is part of his answer. >> sometimes michelle and i not doing the circuit and going out to dinners with folks is perceived as us being cool. it really has more to do with us being parents. when we're in town here in washington, in the evenings, 6:30 we want to be at the dinner table with our kids. >> reporter: there's a lot more to that answer. there are a lot more opinions on whether or not his staying at home with the kids, if that's the whole story, has sort of hurt him in terms of his relationships on capitol hill and with some of the power elites in washington who could help him cut deals and we get into that and more in the documentary tonight. interviewed a lot of people and i hope you'll watch. >> sure. painting a big picture of the
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hours earlier. he claimed jesus christ came to him and asked him and finish his mission on earth. some say his following numbered in the hundreds of thousands. he founded the washington times newspaper and reportedly had the worldwide sushi market cornered. his high level contacts didn't keep him out of trouble. he once served time for tax evasion. moon died of pneumonia in south korea. he was 92 years old. today dr. gupta talks to one man who has turned his love of agriculture into aqua culture or farming in the deep sea. >> our whole goal is to provide more natural, healthier environment for the fish.
eight miles off the coast out in clear blue water the fish never see the same water twice. it's high energy environment. the fish are constantly swimming. they are not couch powe tatoes. it's free of those harmful con tam con tam nantss that you see in the news. >> whoep you check out more of dr. gupta's interview on the next list next weekend on sunday, september 9th. now for some video we hasn't seen before. a prince scales down a skyscraper. we'll tell you why. charlotte its known for its big banks, sweet tea and these days football star tim newton. no one knows the city better than jay thomas. he's going to join us live from the cnn grill to tell us what to
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are an obama supporter. >> yes. >> you liken this presidency to a marriage which began with all the pomp and circumstance. the wedding, aka the election day. voters with so emotionally invested in hope and change. fast forward four years the honeymoon is still there. is that motional investment still enough for him? >> i think he's done everything he can do. i don't think anyone else would have done anything else differently. it is truly the honeymoon period is over. i'd like him to still be the president because i don't think we should change horses in the middle of this. i really worry and even here in charlotte, i worry about it. i wonder if his original core that was so excited are going to really vote for him and get out there and work for it. they're not going to vote for romney but are they really going to continue voting for him and letting him continue the agenda. you really have a choice here. either you want the very, very,
very conservative white guys over here or you want sort of the people that are more interested in what i think the country is going to look like in the future. i look at it as a clear choice and i still like what obama is doing and going to do in the future. i like him. >> of course. you like him. i know a lot of people like him. the romney folks and hearing from them it's like they are talking to these people that voted for barack obama, and they saying we recognize what you did. you were swept up in this allure of this man. four years later just about it's time for change. >> the wall street journal had this. in the 20th and 21st centuries, republican president out spent government funding by 8 to 10% over any democratic president. george bush quadrupled the
education funding. they really have no history of this cutting and this austerity that they walk about. if i was on welfare and had social security, if i was getting medicare, if i was getting anything from the government, if this guy paul ryan's plan comes in they're going to be a lot of people hurting and i really don't think the united states, i don't think people want to hurt as badly as it's going to take to put their plan into action. that's what i think. i always like to guy that has the printing press that makes the money. i like that guy. >> let's talk about your guy. you know charlotte. you know back in 2008 then senator, his campaign official has been quick to point out his convention speech in denver, who can forget that night. it sold out in 24 hours. we are four days out from the president's big speech. he's got this 74,000 seater stadium and they have no indication they're going to be
able to fill it up. what does that tell you? >> it ought to be bobble head night. they need to give something away. >> all seriousness. >> they were accusing cnn of standing in empty seats, the unnamed network of accusing you of making it look like romney didn't have people at his convention. i think no matter how many people show up here at the stadium, i don't think anybody will be talking about that within three days. how about if he take this occupy people and let them occupy the empty seats. i live in hollywood, cgi is there for a reason. god gave us cgi for a reason. >> let's not hope no cgi for either convention. i want to ask you about this hot topic. >> the camera men are all nodding yes. >> let me ask you about this
question. it was ronald reagan who made it famous. the question being are you better off than four years ago? it's hard for president obama to make that argument when you look at the unemployment rate. it's still extraordinarily. the economy is still running on fumes, jay. >> i really don't think obama has put the facts up. if you look up, i'd have blackboards and pointers everywhere. george bush lost 3.3 million joh jobs. he's put 3.4 million back to work. that's barely a percent of our population. i don't think you feel it. i think the regulations against the so-called bad guys that got us into this, they haven't taken effect yet. i think you're four years in, i don't know if you're married or not. four years in people start to smell differently and look differently and act differently. you still want to stay with them. >> the itch.