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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. Michael

    Republicans, please remember this line: "I didn't vote for him, but he's my president, and I hope he does a good job."

    February 24, 2009 at 11:10 pm |
  2. Clarence, Albuquerque

    Three points for trying.... republicans haven't helped themselves rise above the polls..... Jindal spoke the the constituency....what is the agenda to move the ball forward....? The cannot just sit on the tail of November .... it sounds like a comet with two tails... one moving forward and one moving backward...

    February 24, 2009 at 11:10 pm |
  3. EM-Fort Wayne, IN

    Seriously, I want to know why the republicans are so partisan? do they have no confidence for moving the country forward?

    February 24, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  4. Lou

    Single mom, one in college, another just accepted, one also born with a medical condition, and caring for my aging mom. I'm educated and was just laid off. This speech was for me! There have been fear and tears, but I now feel that there will be an end to the despair.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  5. Wendell

    If the dems want to help the economy, how about getting them to pay income taxes for a change.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  6. carolyn cee yah

    ED the money was spent prior to president obama taking office.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  7. Jane

    Blame game doesnt help, there is definately alot of wasteful spending in this bill.. It would have been outrageous if 100% of the congress/senate had voted for this bill.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  8. Oscar Torres

    It is definitely one speech that will go down in history as the one that got the United States moving to prosperity once again.
    Republicans are worried about the spending..HA!!!!!! they were the ones that walked us down this hole were in and now they are mad cause Pres. Obama is reaching down to get us out of their mess......

    February 24, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  9. Lisa

    Hey Anderson cooper..you said waiting for President Obama is like waiting for Madona's ticket..are u kidding me! president Obama is way more important than Madona...he is the President of the United States of America!!!!! So please get that right ok!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  10. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I am so surprised that polls 87 percent supports president Obama!!! that is great!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  11. Bea

    I can't wait for folks to start examining Jindal's record in Louisiana!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  12. Bridget, TX

    Does Ed think it's okay for the GOP to sit back and hope the country fail so they can win in 2010?

    February 24, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  13. Priya

    A great, stimulating speech. Unfortunately, no substance- no specifics. It seemed to be an extension of candidate Obama.
    Still waiting... A democrat.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  14. Tyrone

    HAPPY MARDI GRAS! New Orleans, LA. Hometown. Bobby Jindal’s Administration…Well, How can I say this frankly…WHAT A JOKE!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  15. Steven Laidlaw

    It sounded like He was hinting about doing a major clean of wastefull spending. How much is out there? Hundreds of billions of dollars?

    February 24, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  16. Karen in Omaha

    Obama has the right idea. He is forcing us to look at our current process, beliefs, and ideals – both at home and at work. We need to get our Quality hats on and do our best to make improvements to our personal environment and to the products and services we are involved in. We CAN!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  17. Christine Dimengo

    Just when I think President Obama cannot raise the bar any higher, he delivers another amazing "call to arms" to all Americans. More importantly, to every politician in that room. Clearly, by the looks on some faces, it is finally "hitting home" that he is a force to be reckoned with! Obviously, some heads are rolling for not pulling the plug on Gov. Jindal.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  18. Sheena

    Amazing. I'm hundreds of miles away, but I've never felt closer to our President. His projection of hope made it into every household watching tonight. America is standing up and applauding you Mister President, we know you hear our roar.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  19. Leroy

    Gov. Jindal calls Pres. Obama`s plan irresponsible. The way Pres. Bush and the republican leaders ran this country in the ground for the past eight years no party could be no more irresponsible then they were. Look in the mirror Gov. Jindal.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  20. Lesley

    As always Obama uses well-articulated, rational and optimistic messages to inform the people. I'm encouraged by his decisions so far. I'd like to hear/read more detail though. Great start Mr. President!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  21. Gale From Illinois

    I'm so happy he is our President! I feel so inspired and hopeful!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  22. Michelle

    The Republicans are in the wilderness.
    Mr. Gergen is right they need ideas.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  23. Brian Payne

    I think the President gave an awesome speech given the reactions within the chamber. Myself i need tobe inspired, my local government all steals my confidence in those whom are suppose tobe in charge!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  24. Paolo

    Hi everyone! Obama has to be commended for toning down the negativity. He's on the right track.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  25. Johnny in Texas

    It's funny how media experts wanted the president to show optimism. Then as soon as he delivered the some experts followed with a knife through his message. After listening to Governor Jindhal I said, NO WONDER THE MARKET IS CONFUSED.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  26. Linda

    Our elected officals need to start working to better the lives of the voters or they will be out of a job. Republicans need to start working with president or I believe they are gonna find theirselves out of job just like most of the voters who elected them.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  27. Kevin W

    Anderson

    I think the most important statement the President made, is that he would do everything he could to solve the problem, and explained to the American people that the problems with the banking system effects everything, and he is not just bailing out the bankers but actually helping Americans by fixing the banking problems.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  28. Carlos

    Anderson,

    I wonder if David Gergen could comment on the President's less formal style of delivery such as the cracking the "nobody messes with Joe" deviation

    February 24, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  29. David- Miami

    I agree Jindal was almost selling shamwow's, if the Republican's want to gain the trust of the American people they better get out of the Bush era.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  30. Erich NY,NY

    Good Speech, but I didn't hear a plan... just the same promises. I hope that he can do it, but I don't know how he will...

    What was the Gov. of LA. taking about!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  31. Brenda Aguero

    we need to belive in him and make sure that our kids have a future

    February 24, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  32. Fred

    We as a society spend enormous sums of money on prisons, inmate rights etc. When money gets tight, the first thing that is cut is education, whether it be at the public school level or at the collegiate level. Can someone explain that please?

    February 24, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  33. sid

    Wouldn't it be refreshing to hear Minority Leader McConnell respond to the President's remarks with constructive criticism that did not include "reducing taxes." Suggest he read Everett Dirksen.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  34. EM-Fort Wayne, IN

    After watching the speech, I was confident in this administrations goals to restore what we've lost. As for Jindal, his speech was questionable in that I was uncertain of his tone...was he talking to a younger crowd? I was not impressed by his speech.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  35. Roger, Iowa

    I think President Obama hit the nail on the head tonight. American people who live day to day in the real world know America is now on the right path. Republicans need the get their heads out of the clouds stop covering their mistakes and start living in 2009 by not looking back to Ronald Reagan.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  36. Helen

    It's time we listened to our great president and follow his lead instead of doubting. Our president has challenged us to do something really great . Lets band together and truly bring change to this country.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  37. Maxine Pryor

    I find it interesting that some members of congress can waste a day's salary to claim a "good seat" for tonight's Presidential address, but are in opposition to the stimulus plan. If they are willing to misuse money on such a small scale, let's see how they would spend (or waste) a larger budget.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  38. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    I agree David G. That Jindal speech did nothing for the Republican party.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  39. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    We will take that 82%! The point that he is getting for trying to reach out is because he is telling others do not bring me old ideas!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  40. Fred - Washington PA

    If your poll is admittedly "skewed" then why report it? How about something more objective?

    February 24, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  41. Shirley

    I'm a Canadian who is captivated with President Obama and American politics. A word of wisdom to the Republicans – Please, please work together in getting the economy back on track and stop campaigning for the 2012 elections.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  42. julie

    Shame on Gov.Jidal and the Republican party, how do they think we got into this mess in the first place. We can only go up from here. Kodos to President Obama

    February 24, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  43. Brenna Atchison

    Anderson,
    Wow!! I was so impressed with Pres. Obama's speech tonight. He gives us such hope for all our futures. I have a son in the Army, a daughter in college and grandchildren that will reap the benifits of Pres. Obama's vision for our country. Thanks for covering it.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  44. Luka Mizaute

    Great speech. Jindal's? Repubs are so obsessed with tax cuts that they have lost touch with reality. 6 yrs of tax cuts and the economy is in a mess. Still talk about tax cuts. Gimme a break.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  45. Amy Hernandez

    Obama’s speech was directed to the people, he gave people hope that in difficult times the president will do what is best for us "the people" now and in the long run.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  46. jean

    good speech; he has alot of things planned but a little too much on the table he won't be able to accomplish everything. he needs to be more positive about economy ...

    February 24, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  47. Christan

    I think it's funny how Bobby Jindal and the Republicans think they have all the answers now. But where were all the soulutions the past eight years? Now the Obama and the dems have to clean up the mess.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:06 pm |
  48. Robert Shaw

    The speech was not inspiring for us.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:06 pm |
  49. Brenda Aguero

    we all need to back him like we have never backed a pres. we can not afford not to...

    February 24, 2009 at 11:06 pm |
  50. VA Independent Voter

    I feel as though the Republican Party is trying to hard in the quest to rebrand themselves. In addition, Bobby Jindal failed in his effort to inspire charisma in the same manner as President Obama.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:06 pm |
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