April 28th, 2008
09:41 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 4/28/08

Breaking news tonight, there are no known deaths but powerful tornadoes have wiped out swaths of neighborhoods in eastern Virginia. More than 200 people have been injured and that number could rise as rescue officials sort threw the wreckage. The twisters damaged scores of homes, stores and cars and downed dozens of trees and power lines.  Chad Meyers, our severe weather expert, will have the latest details and Anderson will have an interview with an eyewitness. 

And the political storm.   Sen. Barack Obama’s former pastor was out in full force today.  Speaking before the National Press Club Rev. Jeremiah Wright wanted to give insight into the black church and clarify some of his remarks that have sparked a media storm.  The result was a fiery speech in which he slammed the media, praised Louis Farrakhan and joked about being vice president.  Anderson will dissect his statements and weigh their impact on Obama with the best political team in television.

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  1. Genevieve M, TX

    That video reminds me of school- when the teacher's nails dragged across the chalkboard.

    April 28, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Chuck in Alabama

    The original is much better than the Mariah remake. Just saying..

    April 28, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Patty

    Didn't O'Bama see that movie, The American President? He must defend himself !

    April 28, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  4. Sebastien

    Awesome song Erica and Anderson!!! Wish Mariah would go back to her roots.

    April 28, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Krista, VA

    As always, great show!

    April 28, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Megan Dresslar

    Good night Anderson, Erica and Bloggers.........
    lol! I love this shot!!!!! so funny!
    See you tomorrow night!

    April 28, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  7. xtina, chicago IL

    Sebas: ALL the stations are playing Rev Wright because they sense it's what people want to talk about

    April 28, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  8. EJ

    I love Mariah – especially 90's Mariah! Nice song.

    April 28, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  9. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Good show Anderson and Erica

    Are there not like a million Idol versions......funny shot 😛 Rosie O'Donnell HAHA Anderson your hilarious

    Talk with everyone tomorrow night

    April 28, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  10. Cindy C

    @xtina: Maybe he knows that it won't really do him any good to come out and defend himself too much....just makes him look more guilty and mindless.

    April 28, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  11. Saera El Paso, TX

    great show- good night everyone!

    April 28, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  12. Zenta, New York, NY

    Really good show tonight as usual. Have a good night, Anderson, Eirca, and all!

    April 28, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  13. Tammy

    Prayers with the people of VA...Good night all. It was a very interesting discussion tonight.

    April 28, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  14. Terri

    Look for Obama to come out fighting..he must be furious now.

    April 28, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  15. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Good night Anderson and all! It has been "challenging" tonight.

    April 28, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  16. Sebastien

    People whom say they are sick of hearing about this issue, better get ready for the fall if Obama is the nominee. The GOP be playing these clips 24/7. Better to play it out now.

    April 28, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  17. Pastor Charles Black

    I believe that Senator Obama should denounce the comments Pastor Wright has made and disassociate himself from him. Pastor Wright has made some serious anti-american comments about our great country, a country that Obama has claimed he loves and desires to lead. How can he run for the presidency and not take a stand against him and his rhetoric?

    April 28, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  18. Terri

    These pictures are terrible! Those poor people...I can't imagine what I would if that happened. The pics look like a destroyed doll house, not even real.

    April 28, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  19. bob

    The message of the Church is that man can be reconciled to God through His son Jesus Christ. Politics has no place in church.

    April 28, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  20. ericacnn

    I want you all to know I'm reading your posts - didnt want to interupt the discussion tonight, which has been great.

    Thank you all for your nightly comments - they are insightful and always important to us!

    April 28, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  21. xtina, chicago IL

    obama seems too laid back about this – why isn't he DEFENDING himself more ardently against the publics' bad image of Rev Wright?

    April 28, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  22. Megan Dresslar

    Oh no! 3 tornadoes!!! is very bad news......... very dangerous. I think maybe F2 or F3...... I am sure.

    April 28, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  23. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Many of you are still claiming that Wright has nothing to do with Obama, but it all comes down to a matter of judgment and Wright made it clear this morning that he would try to affect policy if Obama were to win the presidency.

    April 28, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  24. ed

    As a 20 year retired army veteran i take great offense at the comments Rev. Wright made about the U.S. Marines who have done a fantastic job in all wars they have been SENT to. To put them in the same catigory as the romans that crusified christ was not only wrong and unjust but morally incorrect and disrespectful of a unit that is deticated to pertecting this country at all cost.

    April 28, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  25. Fay, CA

    I agree it is time for Obama to step up and deal very firmly with the Wright issue–he may have felt he addressed it thoroughly in his speech on race, but it is evident that he needs to do more–whether or not it will appease doubtful voters is another story.

    April 28, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  26. Maureen T

    I agree with David Gergen! Show America what you've got Barack!

    April 28, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  27. Marian

    Rev, Wright can only hurt Obama if the voters let him, and of course the media are going to play this for all it is worth. It has been on all day on every channel so another day has gone by and very little has been reported about the issues that will improve the life of the American people. All of this may just get the country sucked into another four years of Bush policies and that is going to be a bad day at Blackrock for all of us.

    April 28, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  28. Michael in Lafayette, IN

    This (the Rev. Wright story) is what it takes to get the polygamists out of the news cycle.

    April 28, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  29. Jolene

    I suppose Jeremiah Wright has a problem with the media now? I think Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama should participate in some type of roundtable and get all of this out on the table and then move on!!!

    April 28, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  30. Maria from CT

    The pundits are acting as if Obama has not addressed the Wright issue!! He has discussed it over and over and DID fight it head-on by giving the speech in Philly confronting the difficult issue of race, give him some credit for THAT steel David et al...

    April 28, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  31. Chuck in Alabama

    Good question Bonnie. Gergen seems to analyze these issues correctly. He's always picking the right horse in the primary races.

    April 28, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
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