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September 23rd, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 09/23/09

Big-name speeches at the U.N. We've got the raw rhetoric mixed with raw politics. Pres. Bush's former speechwriter speaks out and shares what his ex-boss thought of Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton and candidate Obama. Plus, actor John Travolta shares heartbreaking details on the death of his son Jett in court. Find out why he's in the middle of a legal fight. It's all part of our "Prime Suspects" series.

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soundoff (345 Responses)
  1. peter

    We shouldn't worry about bush ex speech writer, c'on guys he is evidently self employed. Last time I checked self employed people didn't need to be hired.

    September 23, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Karl from Denver

    of course you wouldn't hire him...must you have something to hide. Presidents are also public figures and subject to scrutiny and observation. Sometimes we don't like what people see.

    September 23, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Thanks Anderson talked to Dr. Gupta for swine flu or flu shot!

    September 23, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  4. Chantelle, Atlanta

    Good night!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  5. samashby12

    @ Jeff
    I suspect it was brought over from troops? Just a guess.
    Goodnight everyone.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Lisa A. Philadelphia, PA

    good night everyone

    September 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  7. Amy

    Who is responsible for any reform of the UN?

    September 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  8. LisaL - Canada

    i don't think that cute little baby is fake at all ... he/she is just having a really good time!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  9. Steve

    Anderson – very impressed with the commentary from the Rabbi – he has been a bright spot over the last couple of nights – possibly more of his commentary in the near future?

    September 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  10. Kevin O'Malley

    President Bush's former speech writer will bear the consequences for being dishonest. He will never be trusted again in Washington by either party. He is very concerned about his future and should be.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  11. Roni Francis

    Hi Anderson,

    Love watching your show. I am very unhappy and saddened by the fact that Matt Latimar would share these comments with the world.

    Where is the trust and loyalty? WoW Matt, you said you wanted to "be honest". I believe in honesty as well as the next person. I don't think its a question of honesty, but one of motivation.

    Well did you think that people for or against President Bush would be ok with that bit of deception? Now who gets played? You do Matt. Even if you earn a lot of money from your book

    September 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  12. Victor , IL

    Anderson and the CNN team Good night great show

    September 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  13. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    I say put that baby on So You Think You Can Dance! Goodnight everyone.Peace to all of you and yours.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  14. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Good night Anderson... take care! :)

    Good night David (Indiana) and friends!

    See you tomorrow!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  15. Heather - Spokane, WA

    That is by far the cutest shot of the day you guys have ever had. Have a good night all

    September 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  16. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    We all agree; put a ring on it!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  17. Sam

    I am taking my TV to the doctor to check it for H1N1 after watching Dr G and AC caughing it out on the show.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  18. Maria

    Glad Anderson & Sanjay are feeling better.
    And take tomorrow off Anderson.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  19. David, Indiana

    104 fever, that's a harsh flu, good to know if you or someone has it though, because then you're ready to give appropriate supportive care that can be guided by a physician.

    That kid loves the Beyonce video.

    Good night Isabel, good night everyone.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  20. Cynthia, NC

    Work it little one........Work it!!
    Good night all!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  21. Jane - Vt

    That baby is musical. Feels the rhythm.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  22. Emily

    Have a good night everyone! :)

    That is such a cute Shot of the Day! :D

    September 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  23. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    So cute and amazing dancer baby! :)

    September 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  24. Cessy, Chicago IL

    goodnight, Anderson! I hope you get yourself checked for H1N1. see you tomorrow! Be safe!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  25. gail

    That baby is awesome!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  26. Lori, IL

    Anderson and Team 360 -

    Good show tonight, enjoyed the mix of topics...

    "The Shot" was a great way to end the night!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  27. Lori

    Thanks for tonight's show! Loved the baby dancing. Sweet dreams.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  28. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    What a great show, cough cough ahem, (blow nose) I think if that baby can dance our baby Andy can too! :-D
    Goodnight! OINK!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  29. Su from Fort Lee, NJ

    Hi Anderson!

    Did you try the tea with lemon, honey & ginger I recommended you try while in Afghanistan? It really does work...Dr.Sanjay, try it!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  30. Zach- Atl GA

    Hey Anderson you didn't ask the doctor how he got back home and how many people was he around on the trip back. He took days off once he got back home but what about the people on the flight back...

    September 23, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  31. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    That's so close almost hit little girl by truck crashed on the wall.
    Good night Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    See you tomorrow night! :D
    Have a great night and sleep tight everyone!!!!
    Day of the shot with baby is dancing as watching on tv....... cute baby dancing, Cute shot!!!!!! Awesome baby!
    Anderson,
    Have a great night, good sleep at home after work!!!! See you tomorrow night!!! Have a plenty sleep! :D

    September 23, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  32. Daniel Teeter

    Hello AC360 Bloggers!

    Can't wait to here updates on today's UN dramas.

    I do love that President Obama informed us all on his plans and ideas regarding former President Bush's bad policies.

    Anderson, if that could discuss this tonight that would be great too.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  33. LisaL - Canada

    i guess that little girl was in the right place at the right time. had she been in FRONT of the parking poles instead of BEHIND them, she would not have been so lucky. there's always more than one way to look at things.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  34. rand in Houston

    Good evening, Anderson. I'm glad you and Sanjay spent some time talking about H1N1 this evening. The public needs to be aware that it's still out there and still a threat.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  35. Lori, IL

    Enjoyed Sanjay's story on the blog and the Sanjay/Anderson discussion. Sanjay's report of his experience was very informative.

    I was exposed to H1N1 on Sunday - found out yesterday and dr. started me on Tamiflu - so hopefully no flu for me!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  36. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Try not to laugh, Anderson. You wont cough.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  37. Jane - Vt

    OMG, that is the cutest baby!

    Good night everyone

    September 23, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  38. Shane Las Vegas

    samashby12 September 23rd, 2009 10:32 pm ET

    Wow. That Census story is crazy, and scary.

    Sam, the story is absolutely true and should be on every channel soon! I agree with you and it shows what rhetoric extreme rhetoric can cause!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  39. Lauren--NY (@TheGrottoTweets)

    Anderson, I'm glad you're feeling better...if you just have the cough left maybe you can get a temporary inhaler. I hope it goes away soon (and that it wasn't actually the flu!).

    September 23, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  40. peter

    It is a great shame for any nation to walk out on another just because they are being talked about. It is the lowest you can go its irresponsible if everyone is to walk out on onother who will listen to who and what will the un be? If you fight a fool in a foolish way you only show how foolish you also are.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  41. Cessy, Chicago IL

    God is watching that child.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  42. Chris

    Completely agree with Michelle D., what people will do for their 15min, anything for some

    September 23, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  43. Lori

    Why do people have to disclose such details of their lives to the public. I could have lived happily without knowing about Ms. Phillips secret.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  44. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    What impudence!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  45. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Palin talking about HUMAN RIGHTS? Are you kidding me? Maybe she'll stay in China, for good! I wonder if she can see her house from Hong Kong Habror?

    September 23, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
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