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May 27th, 2008
09:04 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 5/27/08

A political gaffe from Barack Obama. Yesterday he said this: "I had an uncle who was one of the - who was part of the first American troops to go into Auschwitz and liberate the concentration camps." Today, we know this is not exactly true. What did he mean to say? How big of a deal is this? We'll find out from the best political team on television.

Former White House spokesman Scott McClellan has a new book coming out and it has some serious charges like allegations that President Bush relied on "propaganda" to sell the war and Karl Rove and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, "had at best misled" Scott McClellan about their roles in identifying CIA operative Valerie Plame.

Out on the campaign trail this weekend both McCain and Obama spent quite a bit of time talking about Iraq. How do their views compare to those on the ground? We'll have a reality check for you.

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  1. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi!
    Criticisms such as Scott McClellan's only accuate the need to bring the United State's occupation in Iraq to an end–for a change in leadership. With Bush's Presidency coming to an end, the writing and publishing of such books will probably be even more commonplace.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  2. Chanel

    Especially in light of this book, McCain should run from Bush. Far far away. lol

    May 27, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  3. Karen--Leesburg, VA

    Very helpful of Scott McClellan to speak up now–after the verdict from the trial means nobody can be held accountable! Maybe they can cut down on the amount of black out will be required for the paperback addition of Valerie Plame's book.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  4. Gerry

    McClellan's book could bury McCain. He's making such an issue of the Iraq war in his campagin. Looks like it's exploding in his face just like the war is

    May 27, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  5. Jennifer - Michigan

    Chanel – I agree with you on that. It would be interesting to hear Colin Powell's perspective.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  6. Stephanie in WV

    EJ when do you think was the last time Bush actually pumped gas? He and Cheney are smiling large with their profit margins.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  7. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Melissa G. You're right about that. The more sensational the bokk, the more money McClellan makes. He could have 'set the record straight' in other less profitable ways.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  8. Jolene

    @Jo Ann: Yes, looks like there's another book I need to add to my reading list.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  9. kathy in ohio

    tracey in boston

    I would think if you were running for president the 1st thing you would check is date, time and place. If his mother or family members lied about events he does not take a rocket scienctist to figure it out.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  10. Tracey - Boston

    @Gerry:

    Maybe McClellan’s book can put Rove in jail, where he belongs

    My thought exactly!!!!

    May 27, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  11. Claire

    Almost everyone in this current Administration are full of lies and deceit. I can wait until Jan 20th to see Bush out of the white house. He has done so much harm to our country and who ever wins will have a lot of work to do to get us back on track.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  12. Megan Dresslar

    Hi Erica!
    Yes, What a night! I agree with you.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  13. Stacy

    @Chanel–Absolutely. Though it's a little unfair to use the term "the media" since it encompasses so much, I completely agree that the press failed us in the run up to the war.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  14. Larry

    What has Obama told us that IS true?

    May 27, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  15. Chanel

    I would love for Powell to come out with a book that lays out the "real deal."

    May 27, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  16. Tracey - Boston

    @Jen in Mex... you are absolutely correct the public was truley ill served in this whole mess

    May 27, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  17. Julian - Hialeah,FL

    McClellan is just digging for money. What he is saying might be true, none of it could possibly come to a surprise to anybody. But WHY DO IT?

    May 27, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  18. Lawrence

    Obama made a mistake about the name of a prison camp decades in the past. McCain made a mistake about whether Iran was a predominantly Shiite or Sunni nation, (and their role in the Iraq conflict).

    Which is more important for the US President to get right? which is relevant to the issues we face today?

    May 27, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  19. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Jolene; You may be right. It will be interesting to see if he has evidence to back up his allegations. I wonder if he said anything controversial about McCain in it.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  20. Kim

    Isn't it amazing, how all of a sudden the liberal media is supposed to be responsible for setting the country back on track? And this from a former spokesman of the Bush Administration... I always assumed it was the responsibility of the president and his advisers to make the right decisions for the country, not for the liberal media to do their job and keep them straight...

    May 27, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  21. Paris

    Scott is either lying now or lied before.
    Either way he just discredits himself.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  22. Chuck in Alabama

    Wars make good copy/ratings.

    Karl Rove is going to end up in the Federal Pen for his involvement in Justice Department tampering.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  23. Gerry

    Maybe McClellan's book can put Rove in jail, where he belongs

    May 27, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  24. kim-chicago

    interesting how times Karl Rove's name seems to come up in many of these ethically questionable stories...

    May 27, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  25. Megan Dresslar

    @ Tracy in Boston,
    I agree with Stacy....... wayyy tooo late for Bush and Rove.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  26. EJ (USA)

    but I’m more concerned about electing a President who wants to continue the policies of an administration who two months ago acted surprized at the notion of $4 a gallon gasoline and tries to blame the victum for the mortagage crisis.

    No kidding. Bush had absolutely no clue what the price of gas was.

    "Oh really – I hadn't heard that," he said..

    May 27, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  27. Tracey - Boston

    Hey Erica... We are on fire tonight!!!

    May 27, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  28. Stacy

    @Lorie Ann-Unfortunately it's always like this. The horse race. The conflict. The controversy. It's what the networks and pundits live for.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  29. Ariston,FL

    Hi Erica.... noticed the change in the program tonight. I like it so far. Btw great new's note tonight.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  30. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Karl Rove is already calling McClellan a liar. It was just a matter of time until Scott got back at them for keeping information from him and letting him look foolish in the press room. He doesn't want to end up being the fall guy for the Bush administration.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  31. Chanel

    What McClellan said about the "liberal media" is true. I know quite a few people who have been against the war from the beginning, but the media seemed to "go with the flow" of public opinion and have no objections.... then again... the fault lies completely with the Bush administration who had access to the intelligence reports.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  32. Lisa - Ft. Lauderdale

    The Bush administration made this man their mouthpiece for their lies – I don't blame him a bit for wanting to write this book and set the record straight – this administration did the same thing to Colin Powell – used Powell's credibility in the world to build their case for war before the UN – Powell also later said that he felt he was used and mislead

    May 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  33. ericacnn

    Good evening, bloggers ~ what a night!

    May 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  34. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    at least the primaries will be over next Tuesday

    May 27, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  35. Gerry

    I'm not convinced we can believe anything from Bush/McCain on Iraq. Nancy Pelosi was there. Anderson you should interview her or go there yourself. Nothing coming out of this administration can be trusted

    May 27, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  36. Jen in Mex.

    Bush was ill served by his people? What about the nation?!!!

    May 27, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  37. Jolene

    McClellan's book sounds like another "He Said" and "They Said". Nothing will be able to be proved is my guess. Scandal can always sell books.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  38. Tracey - Boston

    @kathy in ohio

    Let me tell you... a parent will tell you several lies to keep from being embarrassed....

    May 27, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  39. Stacy

    When someone from the Bush camp is saying the "liberal media" wasn't hard enough on the administration, you know you're not in Kansas anymore.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  40. Charles

    Anderson, good evening. Like the show. I started watching about 4 months ago. Like it a lot. Thanks.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  41. Karen--Leesburg, VA

    Greetings Bloggers!
    I don't know about the rest of the country, but I'm more concerned about electing a President who wants to continue the policies of an administration who two months ago acted surprized at the notion of $4 a gallon gasoline and tries to blame the victum for the mortagage crisis. Good grief, my grandparents started getting confused about which branch of the service her brother served, muchless where he had been or seen!

    May 27, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  42. Edmund

    Hi Anderson, keep up the good work.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  43. lori

    all of obama's stories are just stories i don't tryst a word he says and i am very concerned that he is the democratic candidate. i cannot wait for the swift boatser to tell us more about hussein obama

    May 27, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  44. Megan Dresslar

    I agree with you, Claire
    you're right! Bush is so worst our president.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  45. Lauren

    I think it is a big deal that he "confused" the two camps. I think that more people have heard of Auschwitz as opposed to Buchenwald and therefore Obama said Auschwitz because more peope would have recognized that name.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  46. Stacy

    @Tracey–They all suddenly become really chatty after it's way too late.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  47. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    I agree with you Stacy, I'm starting to feel we will never stop making a soap opera out of this election. We need to be focused on the issues of this country.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  48. Chuck in Alabama

    Mike and Lori, You are both right on target. Obama's whole story is one he tells. We know nothing about this man that didn't come from his book or his mouth.

    I think that should be a red flag for America.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  49. Yvonne

    David in Denver,
    Obama's Uncle is 83 years old and lives in Chicago.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  50. Melissa G.

    Of course Scott McClellan's new book has "bombshell revelations" – why else would anyone want to read the book of a former WH spokesman unless it promised salacious details? Now, I am NOT a fan of the Bush administration by any stretch of the imagination, but I feel that McClellan's book won't reveal anything new and it's just a way to drum up publicity to sell more copies.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
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