When is it time to hang up the car keys?

November 12, 2010 1:28:03 PM PST
The pictures may tell it all. Some of the photos of Pres. Obama at the G20 summit in South Korea are hardly the kind of images the White House wants on the world stage. Or at least the domestic one.

Mr. Obama seems not his usual upbeat self. His head is down, his shoulders sloped. I suppose that's what happens when your ideas are not fully embraced and you find yourself treated less like a rock star than you used to be. And what a contrast to his foreign reception less than two years ago, when he was hailed as a conquering hero.

The President has been pushing the notion that economic stimulus is the most important component of the fix-it equation. His compadres who run the other industrialized nations want to reduce debt.

Too bad both can't happen.

We'll have the latest on the summit, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, so when should some people stop driving because their skills have eroded? It's one of the more sensitive questions we all face, whether we're talking about our parents, or ourselves. I remember when my dad decided, with some loving input, that he should no longer drive at night. It was the right call, but it was in so many ways devastating. He had grown accustomed to driving with just one eye; his cornea had detached and he lost vision in one eye. He joked about it, his license read "1-I" ? but it never seemed funny to me. He insisted, however, that his driving was never impaired.

Just writing about it now, years later, gives me chills, because it's an uncomfortable topic. Driving equals independence, and when you take away someone's driving rights, you take away a slice of their independence.

Tonight, we tackle this tough issue.

And Nine Pineda tonight has the story of two grieving families anguished and angry and held hostage, they say after sending funeral flowers to a local artist, who promised to make their precious petals into keepsake jewelry. But nearly a year after their checks were cashed, they have nothing. So they called Nina, and got 7 On Your Side.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's weekend AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11, right after 20/20. Speaking of which, I've got a story on 20/20 about the wild and whacky things that dogs eat. The story's also about just how far dog owners will go and how much they'll spend to save their pets' lives. And we offer some tips on how to prevent pooches from chowing down things they shouldn't.

BILL RITTER

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