September 23rd, 2009
06:00 PM ET

Would you make investment decisions based on what Palin says?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Sarah Palin spoke to Asian bankers, investors and fund managers in Hong Kong - in what's being billed as her first speech outside North America. The former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee spoke for about an hour and a half. The speech was closed to the press.

Reports that leaked out say Palin addressed everything from Reagonomics, China and human rights, Tibet, the Asian and American economies to international terrorism, energy independence, family - and fishing and moose in Alaska.

In her speech, Palin reportedly said she was talking as "someone from Main Street, U.S.A." and highlighted her concerns about massive federal bailouts and growing government deficits.

She criticized President Obama's plans to give the Federal Reserve power to monitor risk to the financial system, questioning if that is "meaningful reform."

The reviews on Palin's speech are mixed - some people say she was articulate, well-prepared and compelling.

Others got up and walked out in the middle of it, calling her speech boring.

It was seen as the first step in Palin's attempt to boost her foreign policy credentials-which could use a little boosting.

Keep in mind: Palin never even had a passport until 2007. And when she came under criticism during the presidential campaign for her lack of foreign policy expertise, she attempted to make up for it by saying she could see Russia from her home state of Alaska.

Here’s my question to you: If you were a money manager, would you make investment decisions based on what Sarah Palin says?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


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September 23rd, 2009
05:00 PM ET

Why is everybody on the international stage saying no to Obama?


President Obama addresses world leaders during the United Nations General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York City. (PHOTO CREDIT: JIM WATSON/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

"Everybody is saying no to the American president these days"... that's the start of a pretty scathing piece in the Jerusalem Post about where President Obama stands on the international stage - just as he addresses the UN and meets with world leaders.

Amir Mizroch has plenty of examples... like the Saudis twice saying no to the president's request for normalizing relations with Israel; or the North Koreans saying no to repeated attempts at talks by firing off test long-range missiles; to Russia and China continuing to say no to tougher sanctions against Iran; to Iran itself saying no - by agreeing to talks about everything except stopping its uranium enrichment.

Mizroch suggests the reason all these nations are saying no to President Obama is because the U.S. economy has made him a weak president. If the president manages to turn around the economy in the next two years - and then manages to get re-elected - at that point he might be able to focus on international trouble spots with more success. That's if Iran hasn't managed to blow up half the world by then.

Along the same lines, a piece in the British newspaper The Guardian titled "Obama the impotent" says many in the U.S. and abroad are impatient with the pace of progress under this president.

It points out Mr. Obama hasn't even been able to get health care reform passed in his own country and questions his ability to lead internationally on issues like climate change and regulating international financial systems:

"It appears that the wheels may be coming off the world's post-war leader, and not even Barack Obama can stop it happening."

Here’s my question to you: Why is everybody on the international stage saying no to President Obama?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


September 23rd, 2009
04:00 PM ET

Should rules be changed to keep people like Gadhafi out of U.S.?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

When the bomber of Pan Am flight 103 was released - Libya and its leader Moammar Gadhafi threw a huge celebration to welcome home this mass murderer. After the civilized world expressed collective outrage at Scottish authorities for releasing this mutant - there was Gadhafi, putting on a display of affection for someone who isn't fit to eat with your dog.

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi delivered an address to the UN General Assembly earlier today.

Then Gadhafi had the stones to waltz into New York and share his warped views of the world with the rest of us in a ranting, raving, nonsensical diatribe on floor of U.N. General Assembly.

Turns out since no one would rent a hotel room to this creep - he's spent weeks trying to find a place to pitch his trademark tent - most recently settling on the town of Bedford, New York.

The problem was the land he was using is owned by Donald Trump. Trump explained he'd leased the property to some Middle Eastern associates who in turn allowed Gadhafi to camp out on the lawn.

When the Bedford authorities found out, Gadhafi was told to roll up his sleeping bag and hit the road.

All of which is to wonder what purpose is served by allowing these kinds of people to come here every year for the U.N. meetings.

In addition to creating traffic and security nightmares - a guy like Gadhafi manages to send everybody's temperature up a couple of degrees. And, quite frankly, in New York City we don't need his help.

Here’s my question to you: Should the rules be changed to keep people like Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi out of the U.S.?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


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