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February 24th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 2/24/09

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  1. Chris Dunn

    The President just gave the speech I have personally been waiting for for over 7 years. It was concise and to the point, and almost too good. Bobby Jindal somehow had a speech that was a fake and unoriginal as any of W's. Wow, we are in the midst of a everything we have produced as a society. Let's go with the one that was optimistic at the very least.

    Thanks Anderson,
    chris

    February 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  2. Nzingha Ali

    President Obama continues to restore my faith in this country's top administration. He is honest, realistic, optimistic, and intelligent. Progress is inevitiable. I trust this President.

    Nzingha Ali, 44 yrs old
    Atlanta, GA

    February 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  3. steve

    Did Gov.Jindal forget that Bush is the one who left Louisiana stranded during Katrina? If Jindal is the savior of the republican party I'm looking foward Pres. Obama's second term.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  4. Tim W.

    Thank GOD for the hope and 360.com
    Tward

    February 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  5. Diana

    Although Obama faces searingly difficult challenges, I am so grateful and proud that we finally have a President who is grounded, thoughtful, courageous, intelligent, and who clearly loves our country in the way it should be loved...a combination of tough love and true devotion. I salute him. How can I help?

    February 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  6. xtina, chicago IL

    Why don't people on this blog discuss the content of Gov Jindal's speech? For example, do people agree that bigger government in this country not a good thing?

    February 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  7. Bridget, TX

    I want Wall Street to bounce back but today I so needed to hear where the president was going and that he really believes it will get better. I do trust him, which is what we need during this time.

    Maybe Thursday, he'll talk to the bank.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  8. Pati Mc

    "Emotional warm bath". David Gergen, you are awesome. Good to see you.

    I appreciated the fact that Pres. Obama told the truth about the economy – he said it is in "crisis" that is the first time I recall hearing that from him. Telling it like it is is crucial at turning it around, surely.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  9. Angela

    i enjoyed the president speech. 2 trillion dollars we can save found during from the last administation. Gov. Jindal rebuttal proves more and more how the republicans are being disrepectful to the president and to Americal

    February 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  10. Chris, NYC

    Is the goverment assistance for college tuition only if you go to a state or city school?

    PS That Jindal guy is the "rising star" in the Republican Party? Makes me want to cry.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  11. Lonnie

    The President's address was excellent, however Gov. Jindalls' response seemed more like yesterdays news, and didn't really reply to what the President said during his address. To be honest it made him (Jindall) sound unprepared. His (Jindalls') argument about Katrina simply was not true as the Federal Gov. has spent 175 B. dollars towards their recovery, their recover was not solely or even mostly on "good will".

    February 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  12. Jane

    This president should have been a motivational speaker, not the President of the U.S. What he has done so far is far less than stellar. Government is never the solution.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  13. Sandi

    Amen to Karen C. We couldn't agree more. Gov. Jindal speaks about transparency in Gov't. Where was that transparency over the last eight years. All I can say is YES WE CAN...beautiful job Pres. Obama!!!

    February 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  14. BrianPorter

    Best speech to congress in my lifetime!! It inspired yet he told the truth !! If the dow was open it would have jumped plus1000 points

    February 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  15. Brock

    Did anyone else get a Mr. Roger's feel from Bobby "Big Easy" Jindal ? Weirdo ! Obama's speech was definatly intruiging ! =)

    February 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  16. Sharon S

    Anderson, you actually counted how many times the President said "Recover", you are too amazing!

    February 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  17. Michael Gray

    Anderson-
    The presidents speech may not have reached to business owner in particular, but to Americans as a whole. The president realizes the risk in the stimulus and the risk that it may take on our next generation. What an honest man. As American's we will get there....hold tight.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  18. Jim

    Miranda, this was not a State of the Union Speech.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  19. Jasmine-Spokane,WA

    Gergen is right, as he ALWAYS is...:) but Jindal was confusing about some of his arguments, the speech itself was horridly bland and it was hard to follow.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  20. parwez

    I am so pumped by Obama's speech, America is now a creditable nation again on the right path forward, it is up to us the people to make this happen, Obama will show us the way

    February 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  21. Dan

    Wow, a great inspirational speech. I do believe in this stimulus bill and I believe that this can reduce our national debt. I believe he can become Franklin Roosevelt and pull us out of this disaster. I thought Jindal brought up some great points however we have leaned on the great spirit of these people for the last eight years and it has prevailed before but at the moment it needs help. We need to be boosted and I am confident that President Obama will use this package as that boost.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  22. Ingrid

    The problem is complex and require more than one miracle decision; yes we need help, but we also need to change our ridiculous spending... we all did it; give it time

    February 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  23. Mike Cousineau

    Why did Gov. Jindal obviously misquote the President? He said that Obama said "may not be able to recover" when he infact said "if we dont act now, we may not be able to recover". That is dangerous how they are trying to mislead us.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  24. Tom From Illinois

    Can everyone please stand behind this President? We will recover if we stick together! I do trust him.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  25. Linda

    Jindal can't rebutt that speech as much as he tried.
    He sounds funny

    February 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  26. Peter NYC

    I love the way Bobby Jindal thinks money spent on monitoring mother nature (Volcanoes) is a waste of money, when his very own state was leveled by a hurricane.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  27. Eric

    President Obama was nothing short of outstanding. On the other hand Jindle, that was nothing short of dumbing down. I felt like I was watching sesame street.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  28. Clarence, Albuquerque

    Was the President speaking to the party... especially when he spoke to what was inherited.... and was Jindal speaking to the party as well?

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  29. Republican Response a Sham..

    If the Republican Party wishes to earn back our trust and belief in their commitment to transparency, let them introduce a bill to prosecute the members of the previous Republican administration who betrayed that trust and led us down this path.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  30. James Hussher

    Great speech, and as expected I saw McCain's scowling face there, sore loser – he wouldn't be asking about military spending on Obama's helicopter if he or another Republican was riding in it., and he didn't raise the issue of spending for the last 8 years.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  31. Bill W

    Wake up America, Obama is just a puppet. If you thought Bush was bad, you haven't seen anything yet.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  32. Traci

    President Obama – excellent speech.

    Very Energizing.

    He has done more in the last 30 days – than Bush has done in 8 years.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  33. Jeff M. in Nashville

    Is it just me or did Gov. Jindal remind anyone else of Kenneth from "30 Rock"? Is he seriously the new face of the Republican Party? It seemed like he was addressing 6th graders in his remarks!

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  34. G.M. From S.C.

    the president wants to buy 1 billion dollars of cars for congress, he's not just buying cars but creating a contract for JOBS!!!! Why cant they GET IT!!

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  35. William

    Why did they let Jindal speak, and last time I checked Louisiana is still in the gutter and it too the former Republican president DAYS before even coming to Katrina Victims Aid

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  36. Jindee

    I think Mr. Jindal somehow thinks he has a shot at the 2012 election...sorry for you if you think that. He's on air broadcast like he's is running for president... this is all an act for a shot at the election in 2012....he has nothing better to do..state your case why u will not be accepting the money and move on...republicans are just full of it...you guys lost deal with it.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  37. Gabriel Mayer MD

    O-B-A-M-A
    YES WE CAN !
    What a great speech !
    I was tearful and jumping up and down.
    I think that he is an inspiration to all of us and truly gave his listeners and our country Hope.
    Oh,and I did catch Gov. Jindal's lame response.What a waste.
    I have hope in our country !!!
    O-B-A-M-A

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  38. TimT

    President Obama is trying to sell the impossible.

    Debt got us here, debt cannot get us out. This is not a movie, and Obama is not the hero to come in last second and save the day. People need to be realistic here, and realize that our lifestyles far exceed our means. Until we balance that, there is no remedy unless you want to burden future generations.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  39. michele

    my sense is that the president's speech was a move to be open and start to change the mindset of our country. it was not a state of the union like the republican counter person said. it was an opportunity to give all of us insight and a focus on the future. it wasn't a speech for details, i believe they will come. he is setting a new standard.

    p.s. can we try to keep nancy p. in her seat, she's a bit distracting.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  40. Tray

    As a small business owner & a new home owner (for a year) On Main Street.... who's responsible and about to get married..... It was sobering and inspiring. Govenor JINDAL made no sense. Yes it will take time

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  41. John R. Luongo

    I just listened to Bobby Jindal. The Republicans really are a one trick pony. Do they have any ideas other than tax cuts?

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  42. Jen

    It seriously felt like Bobby Jindal was talking to a bunch of kids. Seriously. I don't think he's gonna get good reviews – is this guy really a contender for the Republican nomination in 2012?

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  43. Jason

    As a former soilder and a current college student I think that this speach is what we need right now as a country and a world!

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  44. Lillian

    Rebuttal or informercial? It was like he was selling something I don't want to buy and will not.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  45. Jerry, Upstate NY

    It's been too long time to see a president who can show leadership, speak clearly, and show real dedication in helping this country.

    Thank you, president Obama.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  46. Vic Nadata

    It seemed that the president was calling everyone out. He did very well and I hope the two sides can come together. That is really what we need.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  47. Henry Lukenge

    He did the job for me.. If i'm asked to grade the speech as a neutral Canadian.. He got the Job done

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  48. Jacqueline, NY

    @ Gabriel, LOLOL! That's it. You nailed it. Whew! Jindal's speech was hard to sit through.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  49. Candace

    I was disappointed in Gov. Jindal's speech. He was not the eloquent speaker that I was expecting. Citing Katrina, which was a Republican administration's botched job, was just inappropriate. What was he thinking.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  50. Lee MN

    Jindal should have listened to President Obama before he wrote his own campaign speech. Did he forget Bush gave us a $5 trillion debt to destroy this economy

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
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