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March 19th, 2009
09:44 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 3/19/09

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  1. Barbara Day

    Re the House tax on bonus bill: No one has mentioned that the AIG bonuses went to people in London. As far as I know, those folks are not subject to the U.S. tax code. It seems to me this bill is a charade. It is not going to result in re-capture of the bonuses. Please look into this aspect and report on it.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  2. Heidi Ann Berg

    Hi every one ,Hi Anderson you were great on the Ellen DeGeneres show today

    March 19, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  3. Sharon S

    Congress clearly passed this bill to put a 90% tax on all bonuses to use it to again take more money from the WORKING Class!

    They did not impose this bill on AIG only! they will use it against ALL of you!

    Now do you like them now!?

    March 19, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  4. ann

    Isn't it a fact that the AIG bonuses were already approved by the Bush admin.?

    March 19, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  5. Donna

    Hi Anderson

    Ratherthan rehashing the AIG Bonuses, how about some comment on the Billions AIG has given to foreign banks from the bail out money. I wuld lilke to hear a little more abut that.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  6. Candace

    I think that Obama is doing a great job so far! And as for the 90% tax on the AIG bonuses it needs no explanation who cares if some think he's trying to cover his tracks he's there to give the american people what they want. He's obviously sticking to his word!

    March 19, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  7. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    We can't retire. I would love to...

    March 19, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  8. Cathy Patterns

    I think it cool the President mentioned the special Olympics!! The children I work with will be so pleased to know that President might want to bowl with them!

    March 19, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  9. Karen C

    Randi, I can't say if the treasury dept messed up because I still don't know all the facts, however, as angry as the bonuses make me, this total focus on it seems insane at the moment considering it is a drop in the bucket. It is just an indication of the problem of how the finance world has operated until now. What impresses me is how all the free market folks are yammering about it. One would think it fits right into their mania for "make what you can, to hades with everyone else". But I guess that would be a difficult position for them to sell right now.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  10. Joe

    Congress is not trying to help the Administration with the economy. Jobs are being lost people are loseing their home and you have a few people get millions in bonuses. That money should go to those who are in forclosure.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  11. KELLY DANIEL, AC360

    Get ready for some audience questions at Hofstra... and word is we'll have an extended set of questions/answers with Frans Johansson and Donna Rosato on the blog tomorrow!

    March 19, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  12. sam

    I watched a clip were Obama criticizes people who say that he shouldn't be doing the celebrity circuit and campaigning likes it's still 2008 and that he should be focusing on the economy and all the bailouts , and Obama's great response is that he can do both, well if he could do both why did his administration put into the massive stimulus bill the wording for the AIG people get the bonuses without him knowing I would assume since he's so shock about them. Seems he can't do both.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  13. Mary Ellen

    Whenever Pres. Obama tries to be funny he winds up having to apologize for a politically incorrect remark. I 'm sure he is kicking himself for the careless remark he made on Leno about the special olympics but his supporters know he meant no disrespect to the physically challenged.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  14. Cindy

    Did we really pay the congress to spend to whole day passing an unconstitutional bill? In Louisiana, we learn early, when they suspend the rules, it's a "play day"

    March 19, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  15. Bill

    I think all these bonus babies should be treated like everyday citizens ... and cabinet nominees. They should be allowed a visit from the IRS. If they run their personal finances like they ran AIG then the taxpayers will get satisfaction.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  16. Tom in Ft. Wayne, IN

    Tom, based on the feedback I've read so far, if you're the bad guy it sounds like it might be time for you to run for public office. You know these are people that are being talked about. Public eye yes. Who put them (Republicans and Democrats) there? If you don't like your congressperson or senator don't vote for them. Better yet, get involved.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  17. Bob Gardner

    Congress and the Senate are responsible, because it is they that passed the legislation and included the provision that has created the firestorm, and its the President for signing such a bill. To claim ignorance on any point in the bill would be sophmorish at best given the legions of people working for the President.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  18. Doug

    Wow... time to start passing out the pink slips to our congressmen and senators!!! If I managed my money like they have, I would be out of business... Oh, and if I didn't pay my taxes I would have the IRS at my door. Who can we hold accountable?? Writing email's to my state legislative leader’s just feels useless

    March 19, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  19. Lori from IL

    Tom - Watch out "throwing elbows" or you'll be watching the game from the bench, 5 fouls!

    March 19, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  20. Kathy, Chicago

    Pres Obama is busy campaigning. I think they are already worried about him being re-elected. The inmates are running the asylum.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  21. starr formerly known as vincent

    Hi Randi Kaye, Anderson & fellow bloggers

    To try and answer your question Randi Kaye, there are most certainly "mixed messages " from the White House. I keep emailing the Pres. & V.P. and my Sen.' and Rep. to ask Where are the protections, regulations, RULES that we keep being promised with regard to all of the rescue plans (TARP 1 & 2, Stim Bill??)

    March 19, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  22. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Tom...Gee, you look kinda good to me and I don't believe Randi would do that!

    @Cherry..."Thought most of these people getting bonuses were the very ones that caused the problems in the first place."
    Cherry, this is exactly the point I've been making all along–trying to "keep" them or calling them "experts" is just illogical.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  23. Rob -tx

    I think AIG is just a distraction let's move on to something that matters!

    March 19, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  24. Paula Lord

    Finally, a President that can multi-task. He's smart and I'm sooo glad he's in office.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  25. Tracey

    and another thing--America will see an increase in stress related deaths because of all of this dishonesty! People have worked long and hard their whole lives to only see their life's savings and kids college funds go down the drain! It's an abomination.

    Geitner and the Fed Reserve should have been way more speculating and particular about accepting people's bail out plans. If they break the rules, they shouldn't reap any rewrads. AIG sucks and those bonus crooks better sleep with the lights on!

    March 19, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  26. Cynthia

    Please, Mr. President Obama, stop the campaigning, get to work! Saying you are sorry for your mistakes is not helping us.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  27. Sharon S

    No I don't think it was all the treasury department!
    I think that everyone in congress knew what was in that bill and if they didn't I really don't want any of them in office any longer! Because they are PAID to read and know what they are signing!

    They are trying as usual to pass the blame!

    March 19, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  28. John

    Why was Tim Geithner kept in the dark about the AIG bonuses by Bernanke and Paulson even while he was called on to implement the AIG bailout?

    Geithner did not learn about the AIG bonuses until March 10, 2009 even though the Treasury staff forced Chris Dodd to take the bonus lid out of the budget bill.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  29. Dennis Reinke

    Stop it. It appears that most of what I and my peers worked so hard for over the past 50 years is being trashed by an arrogant, irresponsible President, staff and government. There is so much hatred and anger on the left it doesn't look good at all and that anger has been promoted by the President during the campaign and continues today. Lies prevail.
    The business community is being abused and isolated from the solution.. They are the only ones that can put it back together.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  30. Vanessa, TX

    I'm all for taxing those bonuses, but this might create a legal mess that can cost more in the future..It was written on their contracts..but I hope that they tax every cent.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  31. Rich

    Tim Geithner and Ben Bernanke should stay......both are comptent public servants who are looking out for the American "tax payer".

    We need fewer more talented people in public service not......."traders" who know how to work the system to make $$millions on the backs of retirement savings of hard working Americans such as teachers, policmen, and firefighter!!

    March 19, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  32. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    @Sharon – I think Obama's decision to appear in the public sphere at a relatively layman's level is a smart political one. He knows that he needs to keep citizens on his side, and what better way to do that than to create the image of himself as the "guy next door"? He's practically buying approval points with airtime.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  33. merritta johnson

    my grandson son has Duchenne MD and i don't like his comments one bit. he would love to bowl any number but he can't even lift a bowling . Mr. obama needs to get back to washington and quit trying to be a movie star.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  34. Jacqueline, NY

    Tim Geithner's unnerves me. I don't know if he could be trusted. Seems he lacks instinct to do the right thing. Maybe he, himself is uncertain. Perhaps he lacks the confidence in his ability to do the job he was chosen to do.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  35. David, Indiana

    I think congress doesn't need to set the President's schedule,he's reaching out to the public as he needs to and laying out his administration's approach, but I do think Republicans have a point when they say, the govt shld'nt run these private companies. Also the big picture is to get the financial sector moving, get credit loosened up so businesses start expanding and hiring. President Obama did a good job of explaining this priority last night in his town hall meeting in CA.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  36. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Randi Kaye, this is a MASSIVE problem for Geitner. His credibility is shot, and he's been in the job a month. How can Obama publicly rant about bonuses when his Treasury Secretary is pushing loopholes to let them stand?

    March 19, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  37. Trish, Newark, Ca

    I don't understand how congress can legally take the bonus money back. Hopefully, when the public knows the names of the executives, they will be pressured to give all of the money back.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  38. Bridget, TX

    I'm glad the president is out and about hearing from the people who guess what, are actually affected by the crookedness and politicing going on in Washington and Wall Street. President played the sax on the Arsenio Hall show, why no outcry then? I know President Obama should be working 24/7 although GW Bush was fine not working much of his eight years, but I'm excited to see him on the Tonight Show, a show I don't normally watch.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  39. Renee

    @ Randi: My concern is the same one Romey discussed on LKL. Who's the next target? Are business owners making widgets that everyone wants who are turning a profit in a bad market the next target? What about the Snuggie inventor? What if Congress determines Snugggies are making too much? This is insane to tax people. They bonuses should have been stopped PERIOD!

    March 19, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  40. Emma

    While I agree that the AIG execs do not deserve the bonus, it makes me feel uneasy that Congress could just step in and impose such high taxes on a certain group of people. I understand what they’re trying to do but this somehow seems wrong.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  41. Rachael@hofstra

    So, do you think it's on purpose that Anderson keeps talking about Bernie Madoff, one of our former trustees and an alum? If so, I'm laughing!

    March 19, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  42. Scott S

    Leave the employees alone and go to the CEO's

    March 19, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  43. Kelly in FL

    God Bless Natasha Richardson's family.. Good job AC

    March 19, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  44. Corliss

    Anderson,

    I think President Obama filling out his "bracket" and appearing on Jay Leno is great! I feel some "candid" conversation rather than scripted speeches is a refreshing change in the political arena. Keep it up President Obama!

    March 19, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  45. Azita Rasson

    The Republicans need to chill, they seem to not realize it does not take two month to undo what they did in 8 years. Also the people love seeing president Obama all the time. Its ok to have fun and I truly don't think he intended to disrespect especila needs people with his remarks on Jay Leno, saying "especial olympics". After all don't we all have some sort of especial needs :)
    Can you tell what it means when we call our handicap a handicap in gulf?

    March 19, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  46. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Unfortunately this is going to be a problem for Geithner but President Obama has already said that he is the one to blame...I'm glad that he is standing behind his administration and is maintaining that its the President's job to fix this! I don't think we should give up on the Treasury Secretary just yet.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  47. Sarah Tuohy

    I think President Obama should not have gone on the Jay Leno Show. While we all still need to laugh in these tough time, that is what comedians and entertainers are for. Seeing the man who is supposed to be 'fixing' America make politically incorrect remarks, talk about how cool it is to fly on Airforce One, and trying to make us all laugh during the worst and most stressful time for me in my lifetime due to this struggling economy, just does not instill confidence in me that he is doing what it takes to help us. I no longer trust Obama.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  48. Jack Evans

    Obama's solution to everything is Spend and Waste more of the taxpayer's money. The better solution is to let AIG Fail and let other companies get the business. Then we won't be wasting the taxpayers' money.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  49. James Ayala

    With this AIG mess it seems that President Obama has picked the wrong time to go on the tonight show to me it sends the wrong message, he should be in Wahington getting to the bottom of what went wrong with this bonus fiasco I'am really dissapointed in this administration so far.
    The tax on the bonuses is unbelievable it's to little to late and i'm not sure if it's even legal.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  50. James from TN

    I just got a comment on the comment Obama made about his bowling score and his handicap, give me break already, I'm disabled and i can laugh at what he said, geesh. Always somebody complaining about what somebody else said.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
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