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You were born in New York city. Do you have your birth certificate?
Cooper was educated at the Dalton School, a co-educational independent school in New York City. At age 17, after graduating from the Dalton School a semester early, Cooper travelled around Africa for several months on a "survival trip". He contracted malaria on the trip and was hospitalized in Kenya. Describing the experience, Cooper wrote "Africa was a place to forget and be forgotten in." Cooper went on to attend Yale University, where he resided in Trumbull College, and was inducted into the Manuscript Society. majoring in political science and graduated in 1989.
During college, Cooper spent two summers as an intern at the Central Intelligence Agency. Cooper then entered Myanmar on his own with his forged press pass and met with students fighting the Burmese government. After reporting from Burma, Cooper lived in Vietnam for a year to study the Vietnamese language at the University of Hanoi. Anderson was filming and assembling reports of Vietnamese life and culture. He later returned to filming stories from a variety of war-torn regions around the globe, including Somalia, Bosnia, and Rwanda.
On assignment for several years Cooper had very slowly become desensitized to the violence he was witnessing around him; the horrors of the Rwandan Genocide became trivial: "I would see a dozen bodies and think, you know, it's a dozen, it's not so bad."
Describing his philosophy as an anchor, Cooper has said: I think the notion of traditional anchor is fading away, the all-knowing, all-seeing person who speaks from on high. I don't think the audience really buys that anymore. As a viewer, I know I don't buy it. I think you have to be yourself, and you have to be real and you have to admit what you don't know, and talk about what you do know, and talk about what you don't know as long as you say you don't know it.
Cooper covered a number of important stories in 2005, including the tsunami damage in Sri Lanka; the Cedar Revolution in Beirut, Lebanon; the death of Pope John Paul II; and the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.
During CNN coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he confronted Sen. Mary Landrieu, Sen. Trent Lott, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson about their perception of the government response. As Cooper said later in an interview with New York magazine, “Yeah, I would prefer not to be emotional and I would prefer not to get upset, but it’s hard not to when you’re surrounded by brave people who are suffering and in need.”
As Broadcasting & Cable magazine noted, "In its aftermath, Hurricane Katrina served to usher in a new breed of emo-journalism, skyrocketing CNN's Anderson Cooper to superstardom as CNN's golden boy and a darling of the media circles because of his impassioned coverage of the storm."
In October 2007 Cooper began hosting the documentary Planet in Peril, with Sanjay Gupta and Jeff Corwin on CNN. In 2008 he, Gupta, and Lisa Ling from National Geographic Explorer teamed up for a sequel, "Planet in Peril: Battle Lines," which premiered in December 2008. In 2007 he also began hosting CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, a show which honors and recognizes extraordinary deeds by ordinary people.
Anderson Cooper broadcasts live across the globe with Hurricane Isaac updates on Monday (August 27) from New Orleans, La. Anderson stayed in the area for the storm, and witnessed first hand some of the damage it caused. “After 8 hours in the storm I am now dry and warm and reminded of how lucky I am. So many around the world have no safe shelter, no warm bed” Anderson tweeted. The storm has left thousands in flooded conditions without power, and heavy rains and wind still continue to barrage the targeted areas. Our thoughts go out to those affected by Hurricane Isaac.
Anderson, your resume looks very impressive. You have been all around the world. That’s good. But, you know, there are only two paths available to become President of United States. Did you go to those conventions.
No, I couldn’t go to Republican National Convention. I was reporting Hurricane Isaac.
Anderson, that is the best thing to do; not just reading the news from a comfortable studio or reporting from convention floor; you were there, facing the storm. So, when there is a crisis, you lead from the front. Crisis demands leadership. I think, Anderson, people may consider your candidacy. But, either of those two parties need to nominate you
You know, America is all about two party system. American democracy is built on two party. In China, it is single party. They have no freedom; but Americans have freedom to choose either from Coca-Cola or from Pepsi. Of course, freedom of choice is limited. In the British model, they have many political parties. More parties means more freedom to choose from. More choices lead to more confusions and chaos.
Single party system effectively works in China. One cannot blame others for his or her failure. The single party is responsible for success and for failure too. That is the reason, China is still strong in its economy and they won several medals in Olympics. There is no unemployment in China.
The Founding Fathers did a mistake. Constitution of United States supports only two party system. Even though you qualify to be a candidate for President of United States, US constitution doesn’t give you an opportunity. Constitution denied the opportunity to Hillary Clinton and several others.
Mean while, Wolf Blitzer was referring to the constitution. Now, with electronic copy, you could easily search for words. Wolf was searching for words, primary, party, dnc, rnc, nomination; no such words exist in the constitution document. When it hurts them, then humans take a fresh look at the constitution. Till then, humans live in their accumulated knowledge. Wolf Blitzer interrupted and said that Anderson, you can have your name in the ballot. That is not at all a problem.
Aaron Brown lost his job when you came in; we don’t know who is going to lose job, now.
Anderson, President job is not an easy one; sometimes as the President you may need to make some tough decision. In your profile, you visited those war-torn regions. You visited once the war was over. You had not seen the war; that may be tough for you to handle such a situation.
Anderson said that he was reporting from the border between Syria and Turkey.
Anderson, your experience from the real killing field makes the best Commander-in-Chief.
Anderson, nothing can now stop you from getting your name on the ballot; people know you; you are real; you don’t hide any truth. You don’t need to invest huge money in any advertisements and campaign materials. Your work is your action. You can. You can win this election and become the President of United States. But, the problem is, you don’t have a majority in Congress. Whatever is now happening to Obama may happen to you. As the President, you can make policy; but Congress may not vote in favor. So, you cannot deliver. Anderson, you cannot be an effective President.
Again, Wolf Blitzer was extensively searching the constitution document, with a fresh interest of a young school kid. Then, Wolf said that Anderson, there is a clear separation between the executive and the legislative. As the executive, you have nothing to do with the legislative and policy making. The legislative makes the policy and as the executive, you just execute those policies. If it doesn’t work, let them know; they will discuss and make necessary amendments.
Wolf was whispering to Anderson; democrats controlled congress; or republican controlled congress; partisan; bipartisan; all are irrelevant. All three branches are equal and they are three parts. All three parts constitute and form the government. There is no hierarchy. Each branch is independent and has a role to play and has responsibility to deliver their results. So, for the success and for the failure, you can not just blame one branch. Together, all branches work and lift America to a new level.
Anderson, then said, running America is just like running CNN. Let us do it.
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