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. Jane


    Why doesn't Bill Clinton just say it straight out? There is a vast left wing conspiracy against his wife.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  2. Jacqui Chan

    Genevieve this is a 5 year old we r talkin about! this teacher has no empathy and acted inappropriately
    even if you are right and even if he should not have been mainstreamed it is no excuse to humiliate a child

    May 27, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  3. Tracey - Boston

    Wow Erica... good point

    Those kids will now think they can tell everyone why they don't like them.... not good in the real world.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  4. Ariston,FL

    Hey bloggers,

    would you have stood up for your spouse the way Bill is standing up for Hillary? Do you think he is leveraging his figure to bring attention to her campaign?

    May 27, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  5. Julian - Hialeah,FL

    You should've seen this ladys face. They showed a picture of the teacher on the TODAY show. Completely agree with Erica.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  6. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Bill Clinton, wants his wife to win. You can't blame him too much for defending her against people he feels have been cruel to her campaign.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  7. andersoncnn

    sorry im late. the breaking news has me re-writing stuff as we go, so ive been kind of busy typing. great discussion on the blog

    May 27, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  8. Marteen, Reno NV

    And on that last piece with Bill Clinton, he brings up a good point and it makes sense. I don't think Hilary has been treated fairly and they are very afraid that a woman CAN beat McCain.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  9. Megan Dresslar

    Oh! poor boy!!! I am sorry for him....... that is not acceptable teacher to take not care of boy....... that is so digust to me.........

    May 27, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  10. Yvonne

    If Hillary is winning in the general, why couldn't she win the primary she was supposed to win.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  11. Krista in VA

    Does the criticism about Hillary occur because she is a woman or because she is a Clinton?

    May 27, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  12. ericacnn

    Genevieve, even if this little boy was disturbing the class, this is NOT how that issue should be dealt with. My mother, sister and a number of my close friends are teachers – I can say with utter confidence they would NEVER treat a child like this, nor would they allow other students to do so. If true, this is beyond disturbing. Think of the "lesson" this teacher may have just given the children in this class!

    May 27, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  13. Stephanie in WV

    Special needs children should have exposure to the general education classroom otherwise these students do not get the education they are entitled to by the constitution. There are always teacher's aides in kindergarten classrooms to help with unruly children. This teacher is just inept and did not deserve a license in the first place.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  14. Chuck in Alabama

    When Obama laughs off attacks on himself, he's "taking the high road." When the Clinton's make light of their enemies, they're "playing some sort of card."

    May 27, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  15. EJ (USA)

    I am not sure what Bill Clinton is doing. He's obviously no idiot – but I can't tell what he's up to. Maybe he's just sticking up for his wife.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  16. Steven

    Bill Clinton is on the right track. The Media is responsible for knocking Hillary Clinton out of the race and promoting Obama to
    the position he holds now! Obama and his liberal views, middle name, previous contacts and promoters in Chicago, anything
    racial, or his history is off limits for discussion! The Media has been
    extremely unfair to Hillary Clinton and were disturbed by it all!

    May 27, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  17. Sharon in Toronto

    Bill Clinton is completely out of line. His interference in her campaign has done far more damage than any form of damage control could cure.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  18. Kim Millis, Ma

    I didn't know we are in the election, he truly sounds crazy.

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

    What has happened to Bill Clinton?

    May 27, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  20. carmen

    Mike in Syracuse, just because McCain went to Iraq to visit some safe military bases and for some photo opps, it's being spun like he has been there on combat and is chastizing Obama for not having done the same

    May 27, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  21. Ariston,FL

    My hair was on fire when I heard that story. I just want to see her face. What was she thinking?

    May 27, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  22. Michaela, San Diego, CA

    I think that teacher should be put in the front of the room during the next PTA meeting while all the angry moms and dads tell her what they really think of her. And then I think she should be voted out of the teaching profession.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  23. EJ (USA)

    Anytime someone in the school (teacher, nurse, etc) treats any of my sibilngs unfairly, they get a pretty long letter from me... and perhaps they eventually get a call from the Superintendent's office.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  24. Megan Dresslar

    Minou in NY
    I agree with you....... Michael Ware is best reporter in the world!!!!! he is so great! glad to see him tonight!

    May 27, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  25. Lauren

    good idea Kathy 🙂

    May 27, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  26. Stephanie in WV

    As a teacher myself, there is no room in our field for people like that! Where is the accountability?

    May 27, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  27. Claire

    That poor boy! The teacher shouldn't be allowed to teach. How could she find that acceptable?

    May 27, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  28. EJ (USA)

    That teacher should be glad that little boy isn't related to me.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  29. kathy in ohio

    i think that teacher sould have to stand in front of her whole community and have them tell her why she sould be voted out of being a teacher, unbelievable

    May 27, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  30. Genevieve M, TX

    In my opinon, this "special needs" child should not have been in a mainstream classroom. He obviously needed more attention than the teacher could spare. The teacher should not have done what she did, but then allowing one student to constantly disrupt the class is not right either.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  31. Steve from California

    Obama made a mistake about the camp.. He's human. No big deal. If he learns anyting from this he'll pay more attention to detail. He's under a microscope. I did appreciate one thing the Republicans said today, though. The RNC said if Obama's uncle helped liberate Auschwitz he had to be in the Red Army of the Soviet Union. Funny.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  32. Jana, Indiana

    That teacher needs to be fired.. Anderson is right, it is hard to be a kid now days. Why would she even do this?

    May 27, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  33. Bonnie

    I hope that teacher gets fired!! How awful!!

    May 27, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  34. Kathy

    The teacher should be fired.
    Maybe she can come on Anderson Cooper and we can all blog and tell her why we don't like her....

    May 27, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  35. Lisa - Ft. Lauderdale

    That is horrible, what that teacher did – a humiliating rejection like that can scar a child for life.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  36. Lauren

    That is so sick to do to a little kid. Give me a break he's five. Even if he was a brat that is so wrong to do to a child!

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

    What the heck was that teacher thinking......that poor little boy

    May 27, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  38. Tracey - Boston

    The child was FIVE not TWENTY-FIVE....

    May 27, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  39. Kathy, Chicago

    Time for that teacher to move on.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  40. Jacqui Chan

    what that teacher should be fired
    that poor little boy!!!

    May 27, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  41. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Karen, at least McCain goes to Iraq. Obama is basing his plans on conditions 2 years ago.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  42. Kim

    Awful story about this kindergarten kid!!

    May 27, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  43. Jen in Mex.

    Re: the kindergartner in Florida. This is one case where I would hit the ground running with lawyers!!! Shame, shame, shame on these people who dare call themselves educators.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  44. Brent

    Al'Quada has been trying to get WMD's for years to use against the US. Read "The One Percent Doctrine", it discusses in some detail meetings Bin Laden had with Pakistani intelligence people about getting or making WMD. This is not new.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  45. Carla Ontario Canada

    When Bush/Cheney are out of office they should be sent to Iraq and help rebuild it...

    May 27, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  46. Krista in VA

    I would like to know from Michael is, what is the best way to end this mess in Iraq not just about the ideal outcome (which is not the main issue) but how do we get there.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  47. Jacqui Chan

    I value Michael Ware's opinion a lot
    he has said many times that it will be very destructive if we quickly pull out of Iraq!
    This is huge because there are large training camps in Afghanistan and he says that they will attack America if given the chance
    This makes me consider voting for McCain though I hate to send American soldiers there it is not safe to swiftly get out!

    May 27, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar

    I am so excitng to see Michael Ware tonight! I haven't heard from him since time...... 🙂

    May 27, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  49. ericacnn

    You're right, Minou - good to get Michael Ware back on

    May 27, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  50. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Well said Jolene, we owe so much to our troops. Fighting at home doesn't do them any service.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
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