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Economy: Obama / "Hope" / A Discussion #922540

CNN Evening News for Friday, Feb 20, 2009
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[President OBAMA - says if we do not act crisis could turn into catastrophe and more jobs will disappear and more people will lose their homes.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Atlanta: David Mattingly) The reaction to Obama's tone about the economic crisis examined; details given about the take by former President Bill Clinton about how Obama is selling his plan. [CLINTON - says he would like Obama to be hopeful.] [Hart Research Associates president Geoffrey GARIN†- outlines what the people want to be told: that you cannot talk people out of bad times.] Findings of the CNN poll on Obama as a strong leader cited. [With the mayors, OBAMA - says we have asked for the people's trust in dealing boldly with the economic crisis.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live strategy session held with CNN's David Gergen and Joe Johns and HLN Money expert Clark Howard about the economy. [GERGEN - says both Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan had a sense we were heading in the right direction and Obama should do a pivot and look at the road up.] [HOWARD - says the reality is we have an economy out of kilter and the excess has to be worked off, but Obama should talk about the vitality of American capitalism.] [JOHNS - talks about the drop in Republican support for the president.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Mattingly, David

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