Bad Day for Bush; Saving Big on Groceries

Behind The News
May 16, 2008 1:39:32 PM PDT
Not such a good day for the President of the United States. His visit to Saudi Arabia went less than well, and his arch nemesis sent out yet another recording, touting Al Qaeda's plan to continue attacks on the West and on Israel.

And his attempt to slam Barack Obama's foreign policy of diplomacy first has, on the surface, backfired.

Oh-for-three in one day.

We start in Saudi Arabia, where the free-market President met privately with King Abdullah and tried to persuade him to increase Saudi oil production. He was rebuffed, although the Saudis did point out that they had upped output by 300,000 barrels a day last week.

Then Osama bin Laden, who apparently remains very much alive six and one-half years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, issued his third statement this year. This time he's using the 60th anniversary of Israel as the springboard to promise that Al Qaeda will continue its holy war against Israel and its allies, until the Palestinians are liberated.

He also said that the fight for the Palestinian cause was the most important motivation for the 9-11 attacks.

And then there's the President's criticism from yesterday's speech to the Israeli parliament. It has sparked a huge debate -- from both sides of the aisle -- on how best to deal with rogue nations and terrorist states. It's hard to imagine that's what the President had in mind when he gave his speech, but today Barack Obama came out swinging against what he describes as a political hit job.

Tonight at 11, we'll have the latest on all these stories.

Also at 11, Tappy Phillips and 7 On Your Side take a look at ways you can save big money on your grocery bill. How big? Tappy says you can cut your bill by half, and tonight she teams up with one of the country's savviest shoppers to show us how.

I'm in.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports, including -- weather permitting -- Game One of the weekend's Subway Series between the Yankees and Mets. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11, right after 20/20.

BILL RITTER


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