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December 26th, 2008
09:43 PM ET

Live blog from the anchor desk 12/26/08

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  1. Hannah Marner

    -raises eyebrow-

    I agree, Erica; that dog did know where he was going!

    Goodnight all; thanks for the news. Have a great weekend and see you Monday!

    December 26, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Dawn

    I am not surprised by anyone anymore, though we pretend we have grown, we are still a very racist country. My neighbors actually made a comment to me while I was wearing my Obama/Biden button prior to the election. she said "They call it the White House for a reason you know."

    December 26, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Gisselle - Houston TX

    Merry Late Christmas Erica! Wonderful show tonight, oh we just loved that puppy dog at the end stealing the bone, ahem, borrowing the bone from the store...Have a wonderful evening!

    December 26, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  4. David, Indiana

    Erica, I am sorry to hear that there are people who are still without homes 4 years after the tsunami. One of the most terrible things I've ever seen.

    December 26, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Friday's shot? I guess that dog knew just where the milk bone aisle was. Or perhaps he got a whiff of the deli dept. Give that dog a sandwich! Night all.

    December 26, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    I completely agree Maureen...not funny at all! Mostly just offensive.

    That is a hilarious video! Very smart dog! I think he did case the joint!

    Happy Boxing Day! Have a great weekend Erica, Randi and Bloggers! See you all on Monday!

    December 26, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Candace from Canada

    LOVE the dog clips!

    Well its been another great evening AC360 Bloggers!

    Good job Erica and Randi!

    Have a great weekend – I have to get back to watching hockey now!
    *LOL*
    Honestly you would think that is all most of us Canadians think about! But it is a big game!
    Admit it, you have to love your friendly northern "Canuck" neighbors!

    Great show everyone!
    cam_canada 😉

    December 26, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  8. Jaime

    I am half black and half white and am frankly APPALLED by 'Barack the magic negro' and I'm all about satire and fun. Even the way the song is sung is offensive, using words like 'dat' because it seems more like black slang.

    December 26, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  9. Richard

    Barack the Magic Negro came from the Rush Limbaugh show. It has been playing for the entire campaign season. That is not the only racist thing that has been on the show about President-Elect Obama during the campaign.

    December 26, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  10. Dawn

    I have an 8 y/o girl who is such a "santa" fan, I heard about this tragedy this morning and I got a sick feeling in my stomach. All I could think was "there goes the magic of Christmas for this little girl" that to me is said. Christmas is the time of year where everyone is a bit nicer and we try to be more peaceful and then to hear about this.

    December 26, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  11. Maureen T

    Great job Erica! You, my dear, should fill in whenever Anderson is away! Good night Erica and Randi! Get out there and enjoy some Boxing Day sales in NYC! Have a great weekend!

    December 26, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  12. Hannah Marner

    Wonderful glasses, Randi! Very classy.

    December 26, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  13. Megan Dresslar- Shoreline, Wa

    Hellooo Randi Kaye....
    Nice glasses!!! I like your glasses.

    December 26, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  14. David, Indiana

    Getting in late, sorry, Hi Erica, Randi, everyone. I feel these countries, Pakistan, India are under a lot of pressure, esp Pakistan trying to help the US in Afghanistan, needing to come to terms w/India about Kashmir nukes, and working w/ it's own internal troubles.

    A lot of snow, holiday weather, but its kind of rough

    December 26, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  15. Megan Dresslar- Shoreline, Wa

    Where is Anderson? I feel lost without him giving me my news.
    Sean,
    Anderson is in Califronia right now...... maybe in Los Angeles or S.F.
    He will come back from West Coast before Happy New Year Eve in NYC.....

    December 26, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  16. Julliet

    Good work tonight Erica, you should do more often, off course, we love Anderson. But you sure do a wonderful work. Good night and enjoy the rest of the year bloggers.

    December 26, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  17. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Somewhere, out there, is the pupster for the Obamas. I hope they get that doggy soon. It's probably hard on the kids to have to wait so long..Pick one soon, PE Obama!

    December 26, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  18. Maureen T

    Nice glasses Randi Kaye!!

    December 26, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  19. Stacy

    The key to satire is that it's supposed to be funny. I guess they missed that part.

    December 26, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  20. Maureen T

    Chip Saltsman's song is certainly not funny!

    December 26, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  21. Dawn

    Erica, I can't belelieve its been 3 years since Katrina or months since Ike and so many are still in need. I find the destruction worldwide so disturbing, but it is nothing compared to how disturbing I find the abuse of power displayed by the current administration when it came to handling crisis' here in our wonderful country

    December 26, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  22. Megan Dresslar- Shoreline, Wa

    To Megan: It is not right to shoot anyone, anywhere, unless you are in immediate danger (then maybe)
    Dawn,
    That is my point exactly....... I agree with you......

    December 26, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  23. Julliet

    I remember the tsunami tragedy as if it only happened yesterday. I can't believe it's already been four years

    December 26, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  24. Ken in NC

    Great job tonight Erica sitting in for Anderson. You might get used to it because he might get snowed in trying to return to NY.

    December 26, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  25. Megan Dresslar- Shoreline, Wa

    Yes Bloggers.....
    We remember 4 years ago...... I was so shocked I found out that my friend told me that tsunami strike that time I was turn on CNN .... my hearts goes to all the family of victim...... my heart broke, thousand and hundred who died and wounded.......

    December 26, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  26. Briana - Chicago

    Hi Erica!

    We had an ice storm today and it was "bittery cold with rough reather"!!! Are they serving spiked egg nog in teh newsroom? 😉
    Happy Holidays to you and Anderson!

    December 26, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  27. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    I'd hate to see Pakistan and India in a war. It would be a nightmare for all of us in the world now that we're so connected.

    December 26, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  28. Julliet

    Good evening bloggers, Erica, David Gergen and all. I hope you all have a splendid holiday season. Ed is surely enjoying himself on the Hawaiian beach.

    December 26, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  29. Don, WA

    Oh gosh David Gergan – I feel so stupid now for getting my dad a set of boxing gloves today for boxing day! Oh shoot! Oh wait...they came in a box – hah! I'm good then.

    December 26, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  30. Ken in NC

    I hope India and Pakistan do not go to war. That is all the world needs is another war. Maybe we should send Blago over there and let him work a deal.

    December 26, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  31. Candace from Canada

    David Gergen great to see you tonight also! 🙂

    That is interesting about Boxing day! I thought it was something that the "retail"sector came up with. I will have to check out the NYtimes online.

    Wow the weather is really creating havoc out there! I am so glad I stayed home over the holidays, as my original plan was to drive south!

    December 26, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  32. Dawn

    To Megan: It is not right to shoot anyone, anywhere, unless you are in immediate danger (then maybe)

    December 26, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  33. Stacy

    @Niwat: I think so. A boy and girl, I think. I can't remember if I actually saw the reporting or if I just remember from Anderson's book. I can't believe it's been four years since the disaster.

    December 26, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  34. Sean

    Where is Anderson? I feel lost without him giving me my news.

    I loved David Gergen's comment about how the Illinois political scandal wouldn't be in the news unless the news scene was as quiet as it is. Can't we find something else to talk about?

    December 26, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  35. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Niwat...that is what the clip was from...Anderson was looking for 7 year old Sunera and 5 year old Jinandari

    December 26, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  36. Hannah Marner

    To David Gergen: Happy to be here, now that I have a working computer again!

    To Niwat.: I'm pretty sure that's the particular clip, yes.

    December 26, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  37. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    David Gergen, I really can't believe this country can give a bailout everyone. It just can't happen. Thanks for the explanation of Boxing day. It would be great if we did that here.

    December 26, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  38. ericacnn

    tough to believe it's been 4 years since the tsunami... and so many are still in need.

    December 26, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  39. Rod Simmons-Jackson, Mississippi

    Hello Erica & 360 fans,
    We're having decent weather here in Jackson, Ms. Happy New Year!

    December 26, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  40. Megan Dresslar- Shoreline, Wa

    Hellooo David Gergen...........
    I agree with your comments your blog....... and thanks for information the boxing day.... I will find column in newspaper........ also nice see you tonight blog night! 🙂

    December 26, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  41. Lynne

    Perhaps you the news media could help turn the economic situation around by reporting some GOOD news instead of the constant barrage of doom and gloom, I don't mean we all need to be Pollyannas but a certain amount hope can work miracles, after all that's why 53% of people in America voted for Obama, he had a message of hope!

    December 26, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  42. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    I can't believe it has already been 4 years...and how little progress has been made in the last 4 years

    December 26, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  43. Niwat.

    Wasn't the clip from Sri Lanka hospital morgue where Anderson searched for bodies of 2 chirldren?

    December 26, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  44. Dawn

    I don't think the trickle up effect would be that ineffective Rikki, because even if some people bank it all, many will use it to pay off debt, buy new things, remodel, replace etc. That of course depends on the amount of a citizens bailout. We need the economy stimulated and I don't believe banks getting money and not lending, or auto makers receiving loans to build future cars, or even the housing market to offer tax incentives are going to fix the major problem; our dollars buy less, our jobs, if lucky enough to have one, hardly cover what it costs to live and we are by and large a nation struggling to stay afloat.

    December 26, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  45. Maureen T

    I remember the Tsunami in 2004! How tragic that was! Wow.

    December 26, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
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