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November 17th, 2008
09:00 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 11/17/08

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  1. Sejal

    Bailing out the auto industry is a big mistake. Everyone jjust has their hand out for a piece of the bailout pie.

    November 17, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  2. David, Indiana

    Umm the bailout rescued the economy in a crisis that promised to be the hardest of times, and plenty has happened economically this year, we can barely keep abreast of all the financial news

    Good night everyone!

    November 17, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Oh yes, Anderson brings up dancing again with "Dancing Granny" as the "Shot". She has no problem shaking her booty, and yet our favorite gray haired anchor seems to NOT want to shake his "Footloose"....

    Loved the discussion and reports on the Big 3. Nite all.

    November 17, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Charbel

    I love those 360 Dancers

    November 17, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Jacqui Chan

    I love these takes from 360 staff but how about some updates – really is a 360 dance-atHon in the works?? – PLEASE!

    GOOD NIGHT EVERY1

    November 17, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  6. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    Good night Anderson, Erica, and best bloggers........
    Have a great night!!!!
    See you later!!! See you on Wednesday!
    Day of the shot with lady is funny dancing and crew are dancing!!!! poor Anderson didn't dance either! LOL!!!

    November 17, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Saera El Paso, TX

    good night everybody
    fantastic show, as usual 🙂

    November 17, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  8. elisabeth meier

    good night Anderson and you all!

    November 17, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  9. Renee

    Time for a new dance video with Jack and Joey, the guy who always wins beat 360!

    November 17, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  10. Doug Cumings

    Anerson, I have to correct your reports on the unions recieving 96% pay while being laid off. What we actually recieve is 95% of our regular bring home and then taxes are deducted. The auto companies do not pay this. It is paid out of a union sub fund that is funded by our union dues we pay each month. In the Eighties this fund went dry and many workers recieved no pay. The money isn't paid by the manufacture but the workers themselves. I respect your show and unfortuneately have to watch the re-run when I get home at night after my 2nd shift at Chrysker has ended. Just helping you keep them honest!

    November 17, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  11. Candace from Canada

    Too Funny!
    Dancing Lady knows how to shake it!

    Anderson -& Erica when are you two showing us your dance moves?
    Its been another great evening!

    Good night and hope to be back later this week! 🙂

    November 17, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  12. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    The 360 crew sure likes to dance..Repeat, rerun?

    November 17, 2008 at 10:58 pm |
  13. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    I've never seen Foot Loose, let alone Rocky, The Godfather, or any Tom Cruise movie. Have a great night Bloggers! Thanks 360! Glad we're getting back to the "regular" news.

    November 17, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  14. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Anderson, I think your crew needs to take some lessons from "dancing granny!"

    November 17, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  15. Jane

    we should change the motto from "we report, you decide" to
    "we speculate, you decide"
    It would have been nice to hear the appointments red hot from the oven, these speculations/leaks are disappointing

    November 17, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  16. Ingrid from Northern VA

    Nighty night bloggers and CNN staff....glad to have my AC fix! Keep on dancin'!!:)

    November 17, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  17. Donna

    Anderson, GET OUT THERE AND DANCE!!!

    November 17, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  18. Alex

    Obama should ask GM about EV1. If they would have continue to produce the car today they will have no financial issue.

    November 17, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  19. Ken in NC

    @ Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Anderson said on an early morning talk show that his booty does not shake lol

    November 17, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  20. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Monday's Shot? It's called, dancing to the beat of your own drum..Too bad though, we all have to witness it. Good Monday evening.

    November 17, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  21. Lori from IL

    Good show tonight Anderson and Erica.

    I'm glad to see the Obamas' are waiting until they are settled, before introducing a new puppy/dog to their family. This show responsible pet ownership. I also think this is a window into the type of decision maker President-Elect Obama will be once he's in the White House.

    November 17, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  22. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    It is absolutely the time for all of us to start the bombardment on our representatives with "NO on auto bailout" emails!

    November 17, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  23. Jacqui Chan

    I like John McCain overall but it's so true what Anderson just said why is does he so often appear to be ackward??

    November 17, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  24. Cheryl - Fonthill, ON

    @ David Pillette

    I agree, I noticed during Sen. Obama's speech on election night he seemed very serious – it was obvious the loss of his Grandmother was weighing heavily on him on a night that should have beeen joyous.
    Seems like he still hasn't really had time to properly grieve for her.

    November 17, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  25. Mike, Syracuse NY

    I wonder what would happen if they fired all those $75/hour workers, and posted their jobs on the internet at $35/hr. I bet they would fill their factories with new workers in a week. Unions were needed once, but their time was over decades ago.

    November 17, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  26. Ingrid from Northern VA

    I'm sorry, but all those folks on the picket lines don't look rich! It's not about the hard working line/parts workers...they DESERVE their pay and good health care...It's the excess of the CEO's and of course we can never compare to foreign companies that cut safety standards and hire underage and low cost laborers!

    November 17, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  27. Claire

    Instead of bailing out the companies why not buy all americans a new car? It would probably be cheapier. That's the sad thing!

    November 17, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  28. Micci -Indiana

    The UAW job bank is a joke! Who else could sit on their butt and draw 95% of their salary? This is the type of junk the UAW has negotiated with management that is killing the Big 3.

    November 17, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  29. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I give "dancing granny" a lot of credit, now if we could only get Anderson to shake his booty!

    November 17, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  30. Rick Mitchell

    Unions have a history of serving a necessary purpose, however, the UAW has negotiated luxuries for their members, not necessities. Such unions need wake up calls that their on the verge of ruining the lives of their membrs

    November 17, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  31. bea

    They've got the wrong kinds of lawyers advising on the language of these bailout deals. They are using prosecutor types. They need corporate law types, the folks who know the corporate perspective. When you want to catch a criminal, you get someone who knows the criminal mind to help you.

    November 17, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  32. Michelle Brown

    They seem to be pulling a lot of great Sentators. It is up to all of us to make sure the replacements are working for us. We can not vote now, but in 2 years, they will be judged and voted in or out based on their performance, just as they should be.

    November 17, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  33. David, Indiana

    Jolene, as someone who lives in the midwest, I can assure you the effect of any one of the big three going down or running into trouble would be huge. Consider the effect on govt revenue as well and on economies in towns and cities.

    November 17, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  34. polly

    Here's my idea for a slogan for the picture of Obama & McCain:

    "i was flying over Hanoi and the next thing I knew...."

    November 17, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  35. Jacqueline NY

    Goodnight All!

    November 17, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  36. Christian

    President Clinton could pose big problems for Hillary, He has never disclosed where his money all came from for his library, etc. Also although alot won't think so Obama needs McCain, for he works well across lines and is a vet and has been in for years where Obama doesn't have the experience. Also he was picked by Kerry as running mate but turned it down. He knows his foreign policy. Why Lindsay Graham was there also. It was reported camera were only alllowed for few minutes and out they went.

    November 17, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  37. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I believe the unions share some of the responsibility for the failures of the Big 3.

    November 17, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  38. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    They are amazing couple on 60 minutes...... I think they are good answer for him........

    November 17, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  39. Ingrid from Northern VA

    Dulcie, I have to agree!!! LOL...
    I think a marketing ploy will be buy one book and get a moose chili recipe for free...
    Sorry, I couldn't resist...she asked to be in the spotlight:)

    November 17, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  40. Curtis

    Nancy...Buying Toyota and Honda is buying American. The same is true of Hyundai, BMW, Nissan,etal.

    November 17, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  41. Candace from Canada

    That is quite the predicament the big 3 have put us in.

    It should be interesting how to go forward, I would hate to see them go bankrupt, and all those employees to lose their jobs, unfortunately I don't believe throwing billions of dollars at the problem to 'fix'it will work either.
    At some point there has to be accountability. If we don't hold them accountable I hope that the government is held accountable for the Billions of dollars that they are throwing around.

    November 17, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  42. Mary from Florida

    Yes, the loss of his Grandmother, the intensity of the campaign trail, and the weight of the issues we face, are surely what are making him look so tired. Hopefully he will have some real "down time" over the Holidays to grieve, recover, and re-energize. I also agree, what a beautiful family. Michelle is one class act.

    November 17, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  43. Bob

    Before slamming GM and the other US automakers, you really need to do some in-depth investigating. GM and Ford both are very competitive in Europe and Asia, it's jut in the US where they are unable to compete. Here they are saddled with union contracts that guarantee employment (they can't eliminate jobs as needed) as well as a salary mentality for hourly work (they must pay 95% of pay during layoffs). The real issue is that the union has created privatized welfare within the auto industry. The question is who will break it – a bankruptcy court or the requirements of a bailout package.

    Have there been product missteps, sure. Have there been quality problems, sure. But having directly owned Mercedes, BMW, Ford, and GM products I can tell you the quality isn't vastly different. In fact I had far more problems with a Mercedes than any other car.

    November 17, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  44. Jorge PERU

    Obamas do not choose a dog yet? . True, i like the dog it choose.

    November 17, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  45. Michelle Brown

    I hoped Sarah would go hybernate somewhere and come back much more knowledgable about government, the world,ect, in 4 years at the earliest. I'll keep praying

    A book deal? Must be for those that like people that talk alot, but don't say anything. I personally would not take it if it was free. I believe she set women back at least 35 years. Horrible example of a qualified, intelligent woman. She is not Madeline, Condolecea, Hillary.

    November 17, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  46. Kathy, Chicago

    Why can't the auto workers make concessions the way the Airline Industry did. At least my neighbor kept her job.

    November 17, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  47. Sandi -Asheville -NC

    to natalia in England:

    what amazes me about Palin, is her major is journalism, and she can't even handle an interview... makes ya wonder, eh?

    November 17, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  48. Jim K from Michigan

    Why is the press ignoring Gen. Wesley Clark's op-ed in the Nov. 16th NY Times that makes a very valid point that the survival of the auto industry is a matter of national security. Who is going to make the vehicles that we need for our military. I don't think it would be Nissan, Honda, or Toyota!

    November 17, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  49. Jacqui Chan

    well said Bea and yeah thoose girls are so precious
    The cutest thing ever was when Barack was holding his little daughter (on stage) and she grabbed his head with both hands and gave him a kiss- to cute!

    November 17, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  50. lee

    What a cute little couple you two are!!!

    November 17, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
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