December 3rd, 2008
09:55 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/03/08

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There could be more bad news for the big three automakers. The night before they plead their case to lawmakers .. there are reports there is not enough support from lawmakers for the lifeline they want. Can the automakers survive without a taxpayer bailout?
Also tonight, an exclusive interview with Bill Clinton. He reveals how he plans to support his wife in her new role as Secretary of State. How involved do you think he will really be?

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  1. David, Indiana

    @Jolene, I'm sure the pirates are feeling way worse than the recession, not exactly the jolly roger, or maybe in some ways it is, variety of piracy?

    Good night everyone.

    December 3, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Joel Rose

    How far did the Big Three CEO drive their hybrids? Did they fly their corporate jets to suburban Virginia or Maryland and then drive from nearby dealership to Congress? When will these people get real? Ditching their corporate jets, you really think so?

    December 3, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Lori from IL

    Casey - Never thought of it that way. Thanks.

    Anderson, Eric and all - will miss you tomorrow night. See you on Friday?

    December 3, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  4. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Great show Anderson and Erica and all! Good evening all!

    December 3, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    Good night Anderson, Erica and best bloggers....
    Have a great night!!! Sleep tight!!!
    See you tomorrow night!!!
    Day of the shot with Squid creature!!!! creepy cute!!!! too big for me!!!LOL!!!!!!

    December 3, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  6. Jacqui Chan

    that's something I never thought much about but I bet they will eat a lot of healthy organic veggies and a lot healthier that the Clinton's did. I know Bill Clinton loved to eat pie and remeber thoose SNL clips of him jogging into a Burger King then going house on the burgers!

    December 3, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  7. Richard Penny

    CEO's in a hybrid! What about a single mom, taking the bus w/ 3 children in tow..........TOTAL misuse of funds and why doesn't that surprise anyone after the govt, bought $750 claw hammers

    December 3, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  8. Michael Leslie

    Mr Gergen, are you talking about the the people on the assembly line in Mexico were most of the car are being built??? Why don't we bring back those jobs so OUR people have jobs.

    December 3, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  9. CurtisJo

    Anderson takes the subway? Hmmm. Thanks for another interesting broadcast 360 and Bloggers!

    December 3, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  10. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Wednesday shot of the day...What a creature and glad I saw it and even more glad to never see it again. Good Wednesday evening. night all.

    December 3, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  11. CaseyJ - Las Vegas

    Having weapons on ships would present a "Lusitania" scenario. If a ship is known to have weapons then they become a target for weapons and then it's the ship's "fault," if they get fired on or attacked.

    December 3, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  12. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Interesting piece about the White House Chef. Didn't know that the staf was being run by a female. Thanks for teaching me something tonight I didn't know. It will be interesting to know if Michelle Obama decides to keep the current staff or go for "change" and get new.

    December 3, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  13. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    David, I have great empathy for the auto workers. However, if we keep bailing out banks and other industries the CEO's will continue to take foolish risks and try to use the workers as excuses for asking for future bailouts.

    December 3, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  14. Stephanie, CA

    looks like a bug.

    December 3, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  15. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    I can't wait see chef cook for me....... it is so cool chef will be in White House for Obama!

    December 3, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  16. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    its a squid?

    December 3, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  17. dan, michigan

    Thanks David....once the president elect comes into office what are chances wall street will be held accountable and asked for their plan for recovery and executive pay?

    December 3, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  18. Gary Ormsbee

    Every ship should have a arm security teams. Armed with the same type of weapons if possible, that the pirates have or somthing more advanced. The ships should also have radar that can detected small vessels and advoid them if possible and also have look outs like we had in war time, because it is a war against them. Use the advance weapon to take out their vessels before they can reach them. If they play as a government officials in that area. The ships should have up to date information on the area and who is going to be in the area before taking action. If it is a country near buy they need to contact the government that may be involved to see if they have anyone in the area. Take them out if it means danger to you and your crew.

    December 3, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  19. Jacqui Chan

    that was a funny picture of Obama he looked like a little boy loving his cake!

    December 3, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  20. Minou, New York City

    The chef has an eagle and flags on his outfit?? LOL

    December 3, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  21. Mindy

    I think it's beyond appalling that the government has absolutely no idea where the bailout money has gone. This is sheer insanity! I believe that we were tricked into this whole sham by the greedy financial institutions and Paulson is just not up to the task of holding these thieves accountable for every single penny.

    Let's get behind the loan for the big 3 auto companies. At least they make something, unlike the banks who just take money and give huge bonuses to their top executives. Whatever conditions need to be part of such a loan, so be it. But we should save the auto industry and all of the workers who do their jobs every day.

    December 3, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  22. James

    Anderson, I have been in the auto industry for over 7 years and it is time to get out. The BIG 3 want the taxpayers to give them 34 Billion dollars to save there companies. The biggest problem with this bailout people still cannot afford to buy new vehicles period.

    December 3, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  23. Candace from Canada

    That is soo sad, the story of that boy held captive. :0

    How can we expect to make the world a better place if we don't take care of our own family?
    Or keep an eye out for our neighbours?

    The depths of pain that we inflict on each other never ceases to amaze me every day.

    And those are just the stories we hear about on the news – how many are suffering that don't get coverage?

    So sad. 🙁
    Hard to be hopeful when there is so much pain in the world.

    December 3, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  24. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    *my previous comment is supposed to say that security on board cruise ships aren't armed...my apologies! 🙂

    December 3, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  25. Bea

    Yes, David G, we need to be practical but I think folks are wondering whether bankruptcy is a better option. Or is there a third option between bailout and bankrupt? Would companies actually really fail, that is not go bankrupt but just fail??? I would imagine there woudl always be someone to take them. maybe a big 3 merger?

    December 3, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  26. Stephanie, CA

    How could anyone do that to a KID???

    December 3, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  27. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Crazy people in the world! It will be interesting to see what develops with that 17 year old tortured boy case.

    December 3, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  28. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    I agree with you... I have plan vacation for Mexico cruise Me either...... I don't want see pirates in cruise at all.......

    December 3, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  29. Bea

    Children fall between the cracks in this society.

    December 3, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  30. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Was there a missing persons report filed on this boy?

    December 3, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  31. Lori from IL

    Kathy in Chicago – I read in the Trib today that ships are encouraged not to have weapons on board. It doesn't make much sense to me that the ships that pass through this known "Pirate area" would not be allowed to defend themselves. Anyone know the answer reasoning behind this?

    December 3, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  32. Rikki, Fargo, ND


    A lot of time the security on board cruise ships are armed. Or if they are they don't have weapons powerful enough to fire on the pirate ships.

    December 3, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  33. CaseyJ - Las Vegas

    OK, this hostage deal is just absolutely bizarre. What's the motivation?

    December 3, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  34. EJ (USA)

    Wow – this is not your mother's girl scout leader anymore is it?

    December 3, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  35. Mike, Syracuse NY

    No one has explained how after a bailout the Big 3 will suddenly start selling more cars, or cut their costs to be profitable. Bankruptcy will break the indecent union contracts and force management salary concessions too.

    December 3, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  36. elisabeth meier

    why are all people always wondering that pakistan is involved with any terrorist attacks? it is known that even the education and training for nomal secret service people, bodyguards etc partly happens in camps in pakistan, because there they get the real tough education...

    December 3, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  37. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - Thank you for your robust conversation tonight - a really good debate. And your comments also make clear that the government has to (1) set much higher conditions before it agrees to more bailouts, starting with the Big 3; (2) do a heck of a lot better job making sure the money is properly spent and (3) do a much better job explaining to all of us as citizens why the money is needed and where it is going to come from.

    Personally, I think that when the crisis broke out on Wall Street, we had an emergency on our hands and had to act immediately, even if we wasted (perhaps foolishly) some of the money. Otherwise, we could have gone over a cliff.

    Now that things have calmed down, Washington has to do a lot better job - starting with the auto makers. But one more thing: let's not let our anger with the way the auto companies have been run blind us to the very real needs of the good men and women who are on the assembly lines.

    December 3, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  38. MaryBeth

    Kathy: I don't think tankers or cruise ships have weapons.

    December 3, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  39. chris frm STL

    In fact, terrorism comes in several ways ....
    The economic situation in this country is also a result of 'economic terrorism' committed by wall-street execs .... and the Bush administration turned a blind eye ....

    December 3, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  40. Mary H. St. Louis, MO

    ok, this is scary.. our whole family is going on a cruise between Christmas and New Year's... Glad we are only going to Mexico.... I do not want to see Pirates on my vacation unless they are in one of the nightly shows..

    December 3, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  41. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    I can't imagine being on a cruise ship that gets attacked by pirates. They must be feeling the recession too if they are stooping so low. What are they going to do, steal your Platinum Plus Cruise card? That's where everything gets charged.....

    December 3, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  42. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    this pirate stuff is getting out of hand. there goes sales for cruise ships.

    December 3, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  43. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    I hope our Americans will safe in the cruise and keep away from pirates........... I hope military will rescued our American people get out of cruise for safety!

    December 3, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  44. Kathy, Chicago

    Can't these ships fire back on pirates?

    December 3, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  45. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Pirates attacking luxury cruise lines, girl scout leaders holding people hostage; I am afraid nothing would surprise me anymore.

    December 3, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  46. Paul

    The White House at Christmas time looks so pretty!
    I wish they would have a TV show on the White House and show all the Christmas stuff!

    December 3, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
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