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February 24th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 2/24/09

What do you think of Pres. Obama's address to the joint session of Congress? This is where you can share your thoughts on the speech and the GOP rebuttal by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Just scroll down and post your comments to "chat" with Anderson and Erica during the program.

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  1. Kawaida

    After listening to President Obama's Address I feel more empowered as an American. President Obama in his address renewed my confidence and sense of pride in this country.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  2. Michele

    I want to know who's making the decisions in the GOP. If they thought Bobby responding to Obama was a good strategy, no wonder this country is in such a mess.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  3. sams

    Loved the speech and our new president, but Gov.Jindal speech was 4 years to early, the dems&rep need to stop fighting and fix this mess.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  4. Joseph Baton Rouge,LA

    I believe that the president's speech was exactly what we "the public" needed to hear. I also think that Americans need to see what happens with the new Stimulus plan before we pass judgement.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  5. claire-wichita, ks

    And further, my husband always says you get what you pay for...so if we want to come up out of this mess and restore America to its standing in the world–there is gonna be a price to pay both as a country and individuals. No free lunches–not even for the rich.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  6. Sharon S

    Well People here we go face the facts all Democrats want to do is spread the wealth!
    Makes the working class want to quit so we don't have to give all our hard earned money to the losers who refuse to work!

    And Anderson I agree he is the President not a Rock Star! People treat Obama like he is some God, I would not waste an entire day waiting for a seat to see him! But I would for you Mr. Cooper!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  7. Valerie

    I am so disappointed with the Republicans. They are out of touch with what the American people want. They need to get with the program. I enjoyed the speech tonight and it sure made me feel better. Republicans – wake up – work with the President and build America back up.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  8. george

    I agree with jindal on the fact that the democrats are for the banks and not the people. We keep giving them money and they won't give loans. I tried to buy a home and was putting 50 percent down and I got rejected. I am 1 of many I know who finacially should be a banks golden loan. Things have not been better and will continue to get worse

    February 24, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  9. todd

    lots of people in history have given great speeches (good and evil people) but rookie time in the white house has to come to an end. Spending to get us out of a spending problem is not the answer people.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:25 pm |
  10. EM-Fort Wayne, IN

    Im feeling really hopeful about what is yet to come and what my role may be in helping the country progress ifor the better

    February 24, 2009 at 11:25 pm |
  11. Duane

    The president gave an elegant speech as usual, yet I think that it is important at this point to be providing more specific details on his agenda as we spend billions and billions more.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:25 pm |
  12. Gloria

    When, in our nation's most recent history, has a President issued demands on its youngest of citizens? He became a surrogate father for many adolescent youth looking for an example to follow or one's advice to heed.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:25 pm |
  13. Jo Ann

    Change won't come from Obama but from the people.
    He's trying to be equal to historical public figures of the past, his head is in a storybook. He will always be making speeches because he loves the spotlight.
    Bobby Jindal makes valid points, he is just not a great orator

    February 24, 2009 at 11:25 pm |
  14. Ada

    Would like to hear what the panelists in the show tonight have to say abouy Jindal's speech especially Republican panelists – honest opinion about content and delivery.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:25 pm |
  15. Randall Babtkis

    This bright, forward-looking young President moved the discussion ahead on much of what he has promised - in deliberate, friendly cadences.

    Lucky us, we're going to be all right!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  16. Mike, Syracuse NY

    @Bea, I'm middle class and after 8 years of Bush, I'm paying a lot less taxes and so are you.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  17. Dan Cooper -- Seattle

    He said EVERYTHING I needed to hear. Heart for all and a hard hand to all and anything in our way. On a REAL positive note: In watching Jungle, I mean Jedgal–that Gov. from La., watching him walk out tonight to give the response, I thought the democrates have nothing to fear. He looked worse than Decauis, the Ma. Gov, in that tank, and John Mc Cain standing in front of yellow. BIG MISTAKE! (sry 4 all the sp. mistakes). He looked so small compared to Obama.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  18. Vincent E. Villegas

    Lets stimulate the economy without raising taxas. How? Suspend the income tax. That will create spendable income across the nation instantly. Give people who drive a 5 to10 thousand check to buy cars . That will cause competition amoung big three for money. Talk about car deals.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  19. Evelyn

    Great speech! I think president Obama did well. He also reach out to the repubican party encouraging them to focus on our country and the people that so badly need help. Jindal, sound like he don't care about our countryor the people.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  20. Nathan

    If the Government is truly interested in creating jobs we should follow the examples of former Presidents Hoover, Truman, and Eisenhower. Work on finding, and confirming illegal aliens in our country and instead of allowing them to be a burden to the American society deport them and open up those jobs for true American Citizens.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  21. Billy

    Where is the money coming from for this stimulus? Is he just going to print it off?

    February 24, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  22. Mark - San Francisco

    The concern about the future generation paying this debt is bogus! Obviously, EVERY generation will have debt to pay. Look at what just the past 8yrs have left us, let alone a generation before! The key is to make the debt worth it, and thats where the focus should be. If the benifits of this spending continues into, and strenghtens the next generation, they should be happy to pay it, they will be Americans too, hopefully!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  23. Jolene in TN

    The future of the GOP is neither Sarah Palin nor Bobby Jindal. The future of the GOP is their inevitable disappearance into obscurity due to decidedly ineffective policy. See "Whig Party". Then keep that in mind when they reappear and call themselves Libertarians!!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  24. Dennis F in PA

    The President nailed it! He exceeded my expectattions by addressing the major issues facing us in a realistic but confident and hopeful manner. He was upbeat, and the nation needed him to be so. He displayed very positive leadership qualities. He laid the framework and the vision, which is what was needed. Now we need details of how these admirable goals will be reached.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  25. Victor

    Pres. Obama is a great and sincere man but Revamping the worn out corrupt Monetary System is just patchwork to a doomed system. A Resource Based System on the principles of the Venus project can truly save our world and end most suffering.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  26. Kenneth Ludlow

    I have been watching the overseas markets tonight to see if the Presidents speech made an impact. The verdict? He wins on Main Street but these markets are not that impressed. Check them out.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  27. Ronn Brourman

    Obama’s speech was outstanding and the conservative critics on your show know it. Trying to follow this incredible speech, Bobby Jindel’s attempt at a response was analagous to the little league Punt, Pass & Kick winners being announced at the Superbowl. We all saw him, but no one really listened.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  28. Robin, Tampa

    Anyone who says they "Know" how to fix the economy certainly does not know how.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  29. Takara in Detroit

    I really love the fact we can keep an eye out on where the money is going! What a great idea to open a web page.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  30. Patricia

    Presidential speech this evening felt like a positive pep talk – but – palpable feeling that democrats were gloating too much from their fishbowl! I agree with Roland – stop giving away money!!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  31. Liz from MI

    I was referring to Steven Moore – sheesh! The stock market is based so much on emotion, I agree with the other gentleman, the stock market isn't the metric to use in this case.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  32. Jim G

    All reading

    Negativity will not create a positive growth, I have not heard a positive other solution other than it being political with the Republicans who created the problem.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  33. Anthony

    I'll allow myself to be hopeful for now, but I'd rather see what he does over what he says. He can talk about all of the dreams and hopes he has for the country, but at it's roots he has to create reform, a lot of it being the diminishing of ideology and greed hiding behind the scenes. We don't need primitive thinking, these people are paid too much for that

    February 24, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  34. Skeen

    @Vanessa, TX, I believe it's called 'tweeting' and I do think that the senators would be tweeting Jack. Who else?!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  35. Tony

    Housing can only be fixed when all americans realize that they should feel proud to be able to help people in this country fix their mortgage. Whether they bought when the market was high and their upside down or lost their job. Be proud, be proud.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  36. Lee MN

    Your Economists sound like Bush advisors that created this mess. They have zero value.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  37. Kelly

    Anderson,
    What are the banks doing with all this money they received? CitiBank and Chase both raised my credit card interest when I have never been late on a payment!!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  38. Kenneth Ludlow

    I have been watching the futures market and overseas markets tonight to see if the Presidents speech made an impact. The verdict? He wins on Main Street but these markets are not that impressed. Check them out.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  39. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Thank you! The stock market is not the metric.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  40. Ronn Brourman

    Obama's speech was outstanding and the conservative critics on your show know it. Trying to follow this incredible speech, Bobby Jindel's attempt at a response was analagous to the little league Punt, Pass & Kick winners being announced at the Superbowl.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  41. Deena

    Anderson, Erica, Candy, love the idea of using Facebook to collect a pulse, but mainstream folks tend to stay away from this tool because of privacy issues. I'm one of those.

    Having think tank experts on economics is really great Like the Prof from Columbia University... would like to hear from Brookings Institute,... these folks create economic models and can predict with a level of confidence how a policy might roll out.

    Thanks for a great show.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  42. George

    To stimulate the economy, why don't they just send every taxpayer a gift card good only for a manufactured product, encouraging but not requiring the buyer to buy American and where the gift card has an expiration date. The gift card does not allow for any cash back. Seems like that would get money moving through the economy a bit faster.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
  43. Ralph

    Don't let Americans worry anymore about the economy's downfall. With the way president Obama is going we will be out of reccession by the middle of next year for good.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
  44. David Gellman

    I was very dissapointed in Gov. Jindel's rebuttal. It was just more of the same tired ideas of Bush and McCain that got us in this mess in the first place. The American voters rejected these ideas last November. I am afraid that if the Republicans continue on this track, they will just loose more members in the next election.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
  45. Gisele

    Great speech from President Obama. If we follow his leadership, YES WE CAN get out of this mess. Don't forget that he will have a lot of obstructions...if the republicans follows THEIR leader Rush Limbaugh...they want him to fail. How patriotic is that !!!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
  46. DaShan

    I'm confused by Jindal's response. With the exception of his disagreement with the stimulus package, everything he stated the county needed was exactly what the president has stated. It sounds like he's planning to run for president in 2012 – "American's can do anything" – mmmm sounds like s campaign slogan.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
  47. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    That was an excellent bit of the speech. Americans need to be told and constantly reminded that America will recover from this and that consumer confidence will return, that in itself will help boost consumer confidence...and we will be stronger.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
  48. Robert, from Emmaus, PA

    Great Speech, I just hope that we all heard what the President had to say, Hope should come from each and everyone of us, Stand together,
    Hope that the plan works, if not we start over, and do it right, but do we have a second chance?
    evening to all.....

    February 24, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
  49. Rick Lester

    Bobby Jindal Republican Response:

    Extremely unimpressive. The Republicans caused most of our current problems and Jindal is encouraging his people to try to continue their policies by a jingoist appeal to "principles".

    An independent who voted for Obama to oppose the Republican push toward laise faire capitalism.

    Good job on AC360 I believe CNN is the most unbiased news on television.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
  50. Mark

    I think Anderson's comment to Dana Bash about the congressmen who waited all day to see President Obama was a bit rude.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
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