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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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  1. Ruth M.

    Too bad that the US has to allow foreign leaders in to attend UN meetings. Maybe it's time for some rules about where they can/can't while they are here. There are plenty of hotels in NYC. And if the nut case wants to stay in a tent, he should find a camp ground. There are plenty in NY and NJ.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  2. Douglas

    Despite how ridiculous these two speeches were, isn't it similarly unfortunate that the real issues have been eclipsed? As the rabbi said, it is sad that everybody will dismiss these speeches, but it is more sad that possible reforms of the way the United Nations works are dismissed.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  3. Manwarul

    The United Nations definitely needs reform and it is required ASAP.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  4. Mazen- Jordan

    Gaddafi was hilarious made a fool out of himself. Najad is a terrorist by himself by depriving Iran from its democracy! But whats the worlds view on ISRAELI war crimes in Lebanon & GHAZA!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  5. Minou, New York City

    Gadhafi had a lot of true points! or does anyone seriously thing the Security Council is a fair and balanced body that get things done?

    September 23, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  6. Arash

    OK, Let's say UN won't let Ahmadinejad to come to the meetings after this. What will be solved by doing this? This will be an excuse in their hands to prove their legitimacy over west and continue to suppress democratic movements inside Iran more easily and follow their hostile international programs.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  7. samashby12

    Hello everyone, it's been a while since I've been here. Hope everyone is doing good.
    I agree with what the Rabbi had to say, when people see these whackos talking in the UN it gives those who may not know much about their respective countries a generalized idea of how their nations are.. when in reality it's far from the truth. Ahmadinejad and the Libyan leader are a disgrace to the Middle East and to Muslims all across the world fighting for freedom.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  8. Zlatko

    Who did walk out today? Do we have more footage of the walk-out?

    September 23, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  9. Nick

    It baffles me that we entertain these terrorists by giving them a platform to promote their propoganda. The people of their respective countries deserve better than to see their "leaders" making a mockery of their rights and withheld freedoms. America and the UN should make a stand for the people of these nations by not giving these terrorists and murderers the opportunity to further their crimes.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  10. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    Greetings to All! Sorry to hear that Sanjay was sick...Hope all the rest of you stay well : )

    September 23, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  11. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, David (Indiana) and everyone.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  12. Singh

    I think, these two leaders have some truth in their speech.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  13. Elvis Garcia

    Anderson,

    I don't mean the US should go in isolism, but why does the US have to get involved in afganistan now?

    Honestly, noone paid attention when the Iranian president was talking

    September 23, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  14. samora Murray

    i think the interpretor messed up the libyan liberators speech. i like gadhaffi in some odd way , put all his bad deeds aside he did say some real stuff.

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

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Isabel, everyone. Oh it was a long and rambling speech that Gadhafi gave at the UN today. Was there a topic he did not touch on? I think like I heard Fareed saying earlier this evening he had it all saved up from back when he first came to power in 1969.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  16. LorenaR

    thank you to CNN for having Fareed Zakaria on tonite. I know he's a part of CNN but it's always a treat to hear him. His views on world affairs are really good. I hope the President will listen to him regarding Afghanistan. And – isn't Khaddafi way past his prime?

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

    @Mike..I agree. I'd really like CNN to research who walked out during the rhetoric today. That would be interesting and quite telling...

    September 23, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  18. maston musokotwane

    gadafi did not call obama HIS son, he said OUR son meaning a son of africa.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  19. Emily

    This is a GREAT panel you have there tonight Anderson talking about the UN, etc.!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  20. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Unfortunately, the fact that our media is reporting this story about the two "nuts" (as they should) is strengthening Ahmadinejad's credibility (and, yes, Khadafi to a certain extent as well).

    September 23, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  21. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I read Dr. Sanjay Gupta's comment..... My heart goes to Dr. Gupta.... Please get him so well soon!! I hope he will feeling better soon..... I am so concern about him.That was H1N1 really not good news for us...... Hang in there Dr. Sanjay Gupta!!! HUGS!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  22. Casey Nicholson

    Re: Gadhafi's calling Obama "his son", not that I have any sympathy with the guy, but I think I know what he was trying to say. "Libya" is the ancient name for Africa. Herodotus, for example, refers to the entire African continent as Libya. So, given that Obama is an African-American, and given that Gadhafi is the leader of Libya, I think he was trying to point out/pay homage to Obama's heritage.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  23. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi!
    The speeches are fascinating to watch–though the U.N. audience is very sparse.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  24. Emily

    Iran leaders' rhetoric is not stopping anything, is it?

    September 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  25. samora Murray

    no i meant COL. GADAFFI'S speech was at least interesting. sorry.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  26. Mauricio

    It may sound a little wierd to agree with Mr. Ahmadinejad, but isn't it true the US is mainly interested in guaranteeing the flow of oil from the Middle East (and uses democacry as a camouflage)?

    September 23, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  27. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    I wonder why after hearing Iran's ranting we think we can conduct diplomacy with these nut jobs.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  28. James Schumaker

    my son "Gadhafi"!!!!!! Kanye where r u?? we need u here at the UN HQ.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  29. Kelly Swanson- Harrisburg, PA

    sorry, Gaddafi..

    September 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  30. samora Murray

    i thought you would lead with GADAFFI'S speech instead of ahmadeanajad. the later was actually interesting .

    September 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  31. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Is Khadafi ailing like Idi Amin was? Is there something lurking below the surface about Khadafi that the world doesn't know? His speech really was incoherent and lacked any sense.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  32. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @ Casey Jones, I have to definetly agree with that statement!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  33. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    It would be interesting to know if any reps from Muslim nations walked out, or if they support Iran's position.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  34. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Good evening, everyone!

    "Bizarre" does seem to be a good term to describe what I'm seeing right now.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  35. Kelly Swanson- Harrisburg, PA

    How old is Khadaffi?

    September 23, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  36. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Were you also feeling sick while in Afghanistan, Anderson? You were looking a little pale at one point while reporting overseas.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  37. Pam Ortiz

    Good evening Anderson from Honduras! Its interesting how these Middle Eastern terrorist are even allowed in the US!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  38. Emily

    I have SO much respect for all of those who walked OUT on those nuts!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  39. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Hello Everyone!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  40. Cynthia, NC

    Hello everyone. What a day at the UN.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  41. Emily

    Evening Anderson, Erica & Bloggers!
    What a news night this is going to be!!!!

    Everyone watching in Georgia & area, hope you are all safe & dry! 😀

    September 23, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  42. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Interesting mix of people protesting outside of the U.N. today.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  43. Lori

    Hi AC. Happy Wednesday.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  44. Cessy, Chicago IL

    good evening, Anderson! Happy Wednesday 😀

    Sorry about Dr. Gupta being sick with H1n1. Speedy recovery, Doctor!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  45. Danielle - Long Beach, CA

    Gadhafi and Ahmadinejad are ridiculous. I am so glad I live in America.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Arshan, AZ

    Good evening everyone!

    September 23, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  47. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Nut Job X 2

    September 23, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and all bloggers. Anderson, I knew you and Sanjay looked so ill in Afghanistan. Sanjay more than you. I was really worried everytime I saw him in the footage from there. Now I know. I hope he is recovering well. What a terrible thing to have happen so far away.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    Happy Wednesday night! 🙂
    We have good program tonight, We are going to hear currently our pres. Obama, and on Friday Anderson will interview our former pres. Bill Clinton.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening Anderson and everyone. Sounds like yet another busy night tonight.

    September 23, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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