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February 4th, 2009
08:35 AM ET

President Obama's lightning round

President Obama talks to Anderson about the war on terrorism and Anderson conducts a lightning round of questions: from his new car, to the dog search to his smoking habit...

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  1. Frankie Chambers

    Iam a paying taxpayer , who is very troiuble about this government , and how it,s spending our money. Always saying it,s a good thing, but u got all these, companies r just doing is puttting our money in thier pockets, the government is not looking at this closly enough, always saying it good for the people, i don,t see anyhting the government has done, instead helping the homeowners, that,s what the bailout is not going to do, so what do they care if poeple lose thier homes , jobs, like theold saying goe,s. IF DOSEN,T EFFECT ME I DON,T CARE, SO JUST KEEP ON DOING WHAT U R DOING, TAKING MONEY AND FOOD OUT OF HARD WORKING FAMILIES MOUTHS, THIS CGOVERNMENT NEED TO BE ASHAME OF THEMSELFS,FRANKIE,b,ham alabama.

    February 4, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  2. Eckart Scheuing

    Why did this interview on major issues facing the USA have to be "cheapened" by the "breaking news" flashes (Obama: "I screwed up", displayed several times). CNN tries to portray itself as the # 1 source for news. Sensationalist and predominantly negative sound or visual bites taken out of context and presented as "breaking news" distort the news content and tend to become the main story.

    February 4, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  3. Malcolm Richards, PE

    In order to provide congress with the transparency they are demanding (before voting for the Automobile Industry bailout) why not meter out the bailout money as a kind of subsidy to the consumers that buy the new cars. The government would not give the money to the consumers directly but instead distribute the bailout money to the Automobile Industry as one half the cost of the industries presently unsellable inventory – vehicle by vehicle – as they are sold. The auto companies are then in a position to sell this, presently unmovable, vehicle inventory to the consumers for half price. The consumers’ half of the vehicles cost would also add more money (beyond the bailout money) to the troubled industry and allow the money strapped consumers to benefit from the bailout. After all, who wouldn’t want to buy a new car for half price? Of course half-priced vehicles would have to be limited as one to a customer, to allow poorer consumers a chance to buy, and the industry would have to be closely monitored to prevent over pricing.

    February 4, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  4. Anna, HK

    When the President has a day of interviews, you can bet that there will be a list of the standard type of questions asked....& these will be expected too... So it is always refreshingly interesting to hear questions that are otherwise... but still candidly answered! Love the replies.

    February 4, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  5. Cindy

    Nothing like a few light hearted questions to end with a smile! I loved that Obama said that he thought the phones in the car were cool until he realized that he didn't know what button to push to use them. LOL I figured there would be stuff in the car that he'd get all confused with since it is so high tech and all.

    And I guess he still "cheats" a little on that smokin' since he said he hasn't smoked on the grounds of the White House and didn't say any where else. But hey...seeing the problems he is facing I am surprised that he isn't smokin' two packs a day! LOL

    Cindy..Ga.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:03 am |