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. carmen

    Night all, great program from all contributors. Erica you looked lovely and Anderson, nice tie. Meet again tomorrow fellow bloggers.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  2. Minou, New York City

    Erica, I agree.
    Teachers have such power. They can truly damage a child and make them insecure, sometimes for life . I hope the boy will be fine.
    I'm sure we all had teachers who said things they shouldn't have said and it still burns.. It's tough enough to deal with the other kids when you're a kid..

    May 27, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  3. Tracey - Boston


    Bush has had a lot of people leave his administration..

    May 27, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  4. Stacy

    Good point, Anderson. Wouldn't it be nice if all these people would have stood on principle and resigned. Maybe we wouldn't be in half the messes we're in.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  5. christina

    Just to add to Genevives comment, that teacher acted like a child in the way she handled the situation. If she had any common sense, she would have spoke to the Mom and help her in getting as Individualized Education Plan(IEP) in place for the child. As the parent of and autistic child, this is pure ignorance on the teacher's part. I have to wonder if the principal of the school knew about this. With 1 in 6 kids in this country suffering from some sort of devolopmental delays, she needs to re educate herself on how to handle this situation or get out of the profession.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  6. Kim

    "I do occasionally ask good questions..." 😀
    Anderson, that was one of the moments we so love about you as an anchor... that's one of the things that makes you special

    May 27, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  7. Chanel

    Tina- I disagree, there are quite a few conservative stations and programs that are very anti-Obama, and if Hillary was the front runner, they would be against her too.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  8. Fay, CA

    Stacy, I agree, I've missed AC's own reports, fortunately he's been doing more of them recently.

    The Scott McClellan report is a bombshell and there are probably LOTS of stories heading our way regarding the major mistakes of the Bush Administration.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  9. Pam

    In the matter of President Bill Clinton stating his wife is being disrespected, that there is a coverup, etc., all I can say is: Welcome to the world of discrimination. It is a reality!

    May 27, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  10. Karen - Boston

    I think it is so important that little kids LIKE to go to school, especially in the early grades, because it sets them up for a good academic experience all the way through. I don't think there's any chance that this little boy wants to go to school. . . ever again. That teacher just ruined that for him.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  11. Megan Dresslar

    I agree with Jennifer...... that is good program the Shock and Awe special! last night........

    May 27, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  12. Krista in VA

    @ Sharon – I think a lot of people care that she is a Clinton and Bill's wife. She is an incredible woman but I am just one voter.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  13. Teresa, OH

    Concerning the teacher: my sons are grown now, but one thing I learned sitting in on the kindgergarten, first and second grade:

    a lot of bullying is taught by the TEACHERS. I am NEVER surprised at any school shootings.

    ( Erica, not any of YOUR family though)

    May 27, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Candy–good, cogent and authoritative reporting as usual

    May 27, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  15. Jana, Indiana

    Good night Anderson and all. Was an interesting program. Anderson was great seeing you doing two of the pieces yourself.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  16. Genevieve M, TX

    Erica, I think that the public should have the opportunity to hear ALL sides of this story about this incident with the kindergarten teacher and the student. So far, all I have heard is the "mother's side".

    That being said, I do agree with you that what the teacher did to that student and the class was not right.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  17. Stephanie in WV

    Bill Clinton is Hillary's biggest liability in this election. Yes he is defending his wife, but often he has placed her into the position that necessitates defending. He needs to just sit back and smile like the rest of the spouses with their mouths in a closed position.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  18. David NC

    If people have been so disrespectful to Hillary during this campaign, she should take the advice she gave Obama. If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen.... but for anyone else to say that it would be sexist.

    I can't believe the bulling of superdelegates is only coming from one side.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  19. nira

    obama is so out of touch. all his speeches are baseless and now there is this new story about his uncle liberating auschwitz. time for obama to get out of the race and have clinton save the party

    May 27, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  20. Tina

    Hillary has not been treated fairly by the media; most media are completely in the tank for Obama. Republicans are used to this media bias but it is a shock for a democrat.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  21. Bertha Martin

    Just a week or so ago when John McCain was in Iraq he made a mistake regarding the Sunnis and Shiites and was caught on tape being corrected by Joe Leiberman. All candidates have made mistakes on the trail– lets deal with the real issues please

    May 27, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  22. deborah,OH

    That poor little boy! Anderson is right. It's tough enough being a kid!

    May 27, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  23. Claire

    It seems that if there was a problem with the boy's behavior the teacher should have called the parents and spoken to them. Her method of humilating the boy is just sad and does nothing to help him.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  24. Greg S. in Chicago

    It will be interesting to see how many more people from the Bush Administration have revealing – negative – memoirs published once they are out of the White House. My guess is, very few will want to be remembered as having been supportive of this administration's policies and actions. However, like McClellan, they were a part of it and writing about their ignorance of all that went on around them doesn't absolve them of their part.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  25. cindy

    Hi Andy- What great work on the McClellan story. The service the "media" provides to the public, its effects on public opinion , and consequences on public policy as pertains to such an historic war is a breath of fresh air. Smells like free speech. Looking forward to the follow up. Thanks!!

    May 27, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  26. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Steven; I have to agree with you. There is a great article by Andrew Stephen in the Statesman called “Hating Hillary” that really puts it all in perspective.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  27. Jen in Mex.

    The Florida teacher's name should be sooooo publicized so that she doesn't sneak off and get hired in education somewhere else. Even internationally.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  28. Krista in VA

    I think the lesson in this is that nothing is inevitable in politics!

    May 27, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  29. Mike, Syracuse NY

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

    Jane, I love it!

    May 27, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  30. Steve from California

    Bill Clinton says, ".. lay off my wife." Do you think he could take Obama?

    May 27, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  31. Daleen L

    Hillary's supporters want to hear the ISSUES. We want substance, not sniping and complaining.

    What we really want is for all the candidates to put it in writing. Tell the American people how they will fix the damage done over the last 7+ years. I want details.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  32. Kim Millis, Ma

    it's the delegate math that counts, why are they trying to change the rules. If it was the other way around don't you think she'd be saying play be the rules. This is getting sad.

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

    @ Erica,
    Will teacher be fired anytime as soon??? I hope?

    May 27, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  34. Jennifer

    The former Whitehouse speaker has just told the country the war in Iraq was for George Bush's political reasons. I have a 32 year old son, thank God he didn't die. I immediately burst into tears for all the families who buried their sons. God have mercy on President Bush's soul. He will need it..

    May 27, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  35. Stacy

    Anderson, it's good to see you doing your own reports again. It seems like it's been a while.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  36. Jennifer - Michigan

    Anderson, by the way, great job on the Shock and Awe special! Saw it last night, very interesting. Great job!

    May 27, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  37. Sharon in Toronto

    Krista, it's the woman she is, not the fact that she is a woman and who cares that she is a Clinton.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  38. Charles

    There are times when Lanny Davis, Bill Clinton and other supporters irritate me to no end. That being said, I give them kudos for fighting like tigers for their candidate. It helps to have that kind of support in your corner............

    May 27, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  39. Kathy

    Both Candy Crowley and Michael Ware are great contributors to your program tonight Anderson.

    Great job !

    May 27, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  40. Jana, Indiana

    I think Bill Clinton has every right to say what he said. She has every right to still be in this race.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  41. Carly,AL

    wow erica,

    that was way deep....... i totally agree....these kids look up to all and most teachers as a romodel sometimes....this teacher has no clue what she just did to notonly the kid but his classmates.....i hope we can get a follow up if anything happens to the teacher....this is just sad....

    May 27, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  42. Stacy

    Clinton HAS been a victim of sexism, but her camp (and her husband) are taking this all way too far. There's no big conspiracy that's keeping her from the nomination.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  43. Jolene

    Hillary may or may not be treated fairly but it seems to me that this issue should have been brought out by the Clinton campaign at the beginning not now that we are approaching the end. Sounds more like whining to me at this stage of the game.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  44. christina

    Sadly, there are alot of people defending what that teacher did to that child. They are saying that a child with these kind of issues distracts the other kids from learning. Instead of trying to help this child as the law requires, they chose to make him feel worse just because he's not a "typically devoloping child". What the poor little guy needs is an IEP. I hope the mom is able to get that teacher fired.

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

    No problem, Anderson..... keeping going more breaking news on Scott McCellan.....

    May 27, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  46. kathy in ohio

    i heart breaks for this little boy i hope this is something that does not stay with him all his life, can you imagine the damage that would do and yes i think hillary has been treated terrible by the media and obama camp

    May 27, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  47. bruce benson

    I'd like to point out that Bill Clinton, a man who has disrespected Hillary in the most public of ways, has the nerve to accuse basically everyone else of doing the same thing. How can we get him to fade to the background and focus on his New Found humanitarianism.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  48. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    there are so many other ways you could handle a child if they are being disruptive in class.....you DO NOT have every child in the class tell them why they are hated.

    And I must have missed the part in the story where it said the boy was a special needs child

    May 27, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  49. Kim

    Erica, I hope they haven't learnt this lesson, because the teacher's example seems to say, if somebody bugs you, you single them out, humiliate them and then exclude them from society. How awful!

    May 27, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  50. kim-chicago

    What is Bill Clinton even talking about.? He is in a state of shock. Who, by the way, is frantically trying to push Hillary out?

    May 27, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
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