January 22nd, 2009
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  1. Bea

    I would love to see a woman in that Senate seat, but I see no one who works. Cuomo deserves it and he should get it. He's been a dedicated public servant and is a good AG.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Oh yeah, Erica......
    I knew that Microsoft already 5,000 people laid off in my hometown, I turn on Cnn and e-mail too.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  3. Dawn Olguin

    AC: Tell me why its taken 7+ years to put these Gitmo detainees through our justice system? And why should we care what happens once they are sent back to their countries?

    January 22, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  4. Laura from El Paso, TX

    It's amazing to see the pictures from behind the scenes of the White House. The pictures are so intimate.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  5. EJ (USA)

    The media probably would've run her into the grave anyway.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  6. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - Is Barack Obama moving in ways that increase your confidence in him as President - especially on economic issues? As you heard tonight with Anderson, much about getting out of this deepening hole is to bolster public confidence in the future. Is Obama so far making you more confident, or do you think what he is doing on lobbying, transparency, torture and the like are unrelated to the economy? Would love to hear from you. Thanks.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:22 pm |

    IM so sorry that CAROLINE has dropped out, she would have been great.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  8. Cheri Nummedal

    Gitmo detainees....let Sheriff Joe Arpaio take them. It is amazing what pink underwear and living in tent city does to a person's psyche...!

    January 22, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  9. Clarence Albuquerque

    I feel the Carolyne Kennedy news was more entertainment that real news.... but then again it has been described as a circus act. Bizzaro world? uh huh.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  10. Glen Up North

    Luanne – unless your company specifically works towards taking jobs away from people, don't feel guilty. We _need_ people who are still doing okay, in order to keep part of the economy rolling. Without knowing what line of work in which you're employed, I dare say you're much better than those you hear who maneuver to make money off of a declining stock market (is that what they call a "bear market"?).

    January 22, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  11. Brandi - bottom of the boot


    i am also worried about the economy, especially since i dont have a job and am in training for a new career. luckily for me, its nursing, which is still very much a shortage job here in louisiana.

    however, i am broke in this whole education process. lol

    January 22, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  12. Rita

    Another way to fuel the economy is to eliminate consumer debt. Let's face it, any stimulus package ( $1,000.00) to consumers will just be lost or spent willy nilly. But writing off $ 5,000.00 or more in credit card or mortgage debt will go a long way to help the economy get back on its' feet. This won't hurt the banks, they've already been reimbursed.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  13. Bea

    While America is blaming banks it ought to also blame itself. Too many have used credit like there was no tomorrow. An economy so highly leveraged is a house of cards. Just because someone says you can get a ine of credi for the entire amount of your property doesn't mean you should take it! I hope the new regs require banks to really look at assets, household budget and assess business values in making such decisions. They don't.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  14. jorge A.

    economic is a good topic, i am worried bout it too. what a loose of jobs

    January 22, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  15. Bill, Charlotte

    Hi all. Obama banning torture as a US policy raised my opinion of him several notches. When you aspire to those high values, good things happen. We're going to have serious economic problems, but with Obama's leadership, we should be able to find our way through this. It's all about leadership, and thankfully I think we've been blessed once again by one at this critical juncture in time.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  16. Woody

    After 7 months of unemployment in S.C., I've had to liquidate my 401K retirement plan. Unemployment benefits are exhausted and It appears that there is no talk of tax relief on penalties for early disbursement of 401K plans. If help is bestowed on the employed, distressed banks, etc., where is the help for the unemployed?

    January 22, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  17. Mike, Syracuse NY

    I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft hires someone in India for every US person they have laid off.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  18. Gordon

    Long-time viewer but a blogging "virgin" here - love the show and dialogue. I have slept soundly the past 2 nights and I attribute it to a new President and a new Washington. Perhaps this insomniac will finally catch some Zs now that we have true leadership!

    January 22, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  19. jane

    I think it is a national disgrace that Caroline was not perceived as a "natural" for the position of senator from New York. She lost her father in a violent act by an assassin. Her mother and her brother are gone. Her Uncle Ted is very ill. Her Uncle Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated, also in service to his country. This seat was not an entitlement. The New York senate seat was paid for in blood–Kennedy blood. I was appreciative that she would still want to serve her country after all the personal losses.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  20. ericacnn

    hi, everyone. it's impossible not to talk about the economy.

    i was having breakfast with a friend today, and we were talking about the seemingly endless press releases about layoffs. i literally stopped yesterday in the middle of writing a script, after three lay-off alerts popped up from my inbox, one after the other.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  21. Vanessa- Silver Spring MD

    I love that behind the scenes picture of michelle, oh excuse me, First Lady Michelle Obama( I love saying that), with sasha.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  22. Marsha Warren

    I like the theory "bottom up” to help the economy. We already see what the tricking down has done. Those on the top have only fattened their wallets while the average American has lost economic purchasing power.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  23. Chuck

    I believe there are 2 necessities to begin solving the economic crisis:
    the Mortgage Crisis and Jobs.

    Spend the majority of the stimulus package on the U.S, Government renegotiating mortgages with those who are being foreclosed on with 40-45 year mortgages which makes them afordable. Then, they can renegotiate later, when the economy settles. Many jobs can be created by heavily penalizing all U.S. companies that have or are farming out jobs abroad. in addition to the creation of jobs by improving our failing infrastructure.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  24. Don, WA

    I saw or read a report recently that they are starting to include "virtual teachers" in the education system..."here'in lie'th the problem"...if it's an addition ..okay..but it is a replacement – and thus unemployed teachers.....sound familiar? Yuh gotta keep "people" working, or "efficiency" becomes self defeating to itself and everyone. It's part of the problem I think. An ironic problem.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  25. screamer102000

    The goverment could have given each american a million dollars and it would have been lees of a cost than the bailout was. That would stimulate the economy way better and faster than the failed so called bailout did.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  26. Christine from Washington, DC

    One problem with both top-down and bottom-up economics is that there is no guarantee that the companies or the people will use the money to stimulate the economy. How about instituting a top-down program with accountability? For example, a company could choose one of two tax brackets: 1) to pay taxes at a higher rate - say 30% - and have no requirements or restrictions on how to move forward financially; or 2) to pay taxes at a lower rate - say 15% - and be required to invest in a choice of categories, including building new factories, providing employees with new benefits, etc. If a company chooses the lower tax rate and does not re-invest into the prescribed categories within a statutory period, it could then be assessed back taxes to put them in the 30% bracket.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  27. Alexis

    Can we not give this administration a chance ,it is only his third day!
    For those that wish him to fail...the failure may be their own. The economy is faultering everyday, we are at war, our children are falling by the way side, we are losing homes and jobs, we should focus on ways that we as a people can help this administration to build a better country/world that we all can take pride in. Let us reclaim the standards in which we expect of everypne else.....mirrors have a way of showing reflections that might be ones own.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  28. Tom

    With the current level of National Debt it is essential that government injections for stimulus purposes be made for projects whose expected value exceeds their cost. These programs also need to be effected rapidly. Only the private sector has the tools to respind to this crisis without undue burden to future generations.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  29. Jana, Indiana

    I won't look a gift horse in the mouth, but I don't think giving the American people $500.00 will do much for the ordinary people. For that matter not even the rich people. They probably spend that much on just a couple of dinners out.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  30. Lauren

    hi Anderson, i think the economy is THE most critical issue that the president must deal with, but i also think it is essential to American morale that obama dealt with the Gitmo/ terrorism issue as soon as he did. it revitalizes our image internationally. and it gives US citizens something to be proud of!

    January 22, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  31. Cassandra

    Hello Everyone,

    I'm so tired of the Republicans talking about the damages of this economy, as if though they don't know what happened. I'll tell them what happened. They have virtually destroyed this great country. Now they're sitting back hoping and praying that President Obama fails at cleaning this economic mess up, so they can use his presumed failure as a rally to get them back in control again to finish off the destruction of this great country.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:19 pm |


    January 22, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  33. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I have a question for anyone.......
    Who will step up for senate seat without Caroline Kennedy?

    January 22, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  34. Lori from IL

    I think we all know what Bush's letter to President Obama said - "Good luck - I'm out of here!"

    January 22, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  35. Sherrol in Canada

    I saw those pics of the Present and family on Larry King. They are tres cool.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  36. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Maybe if the banks had done what they were supposed to do with that bailout money things would be looking better, instead the government gave it to them carte blanche.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  37. Kathy, Chicago

    I thought the same as ED R about Git-mo. It didn't seem like a pressing issue to start his presidency with.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  38. David, Indiana

    But gas is now 1.85, and there's 200trillion in private capital in the US sitting on the sidelines isn't there? Not to say there's not trouble, but there's possible turnaround up ahead.

    Confidence if govt, yes, can help to inspire confidence in the economy.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  39. mark

    Bailing out the banks and auto sector were a complete waste of money. infrastructure programs are bandaids. What the government should have done was bail out the people. They should have taken the 100 billion and distributed it equally to all tax paying households in the country. The money would have kept the economy in good shape and trickled up to the banks and saved them. With new regulations to stop bad lending and speculation, it would have either lead us out of this depression or at least softened it to a recession. Make no mistake. This is a depression.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  40. Glen Up North

    Mike, I have to sympathize though, I do feel for your girlfriend's soon-to-be-unemployment status (as I do for everyone here who's having difficulty finding work... I've been there).

    January 22, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  41. Sherrol in Canada

    Yes, the President does make $400K a year MaryBeth, and call me crazy. but I for one think the President (any president) of the USA should make more. After all, he/she is in charge of the most powerful country in the world and is the 'peacekeeper' for the rest of the world.

    Our Prime Minister doesn't make near that – and he shouldn't.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  42. Monica M Williams

    Things are very bleek right now. How many can afford to wait it out – not many. How many can bail out there neighbors – less than a few. There has got to be an end to this economic mess. Something needs to happen at the Presidental cabinet level. That group needs to work with the banks and any major players in the business world. Collectively we can all find a solution. However, nothing will come from wringing our hands.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  43. kim-chicago

    I understand that everyone is afraid of spending this money...but what are the other options? I don't think we have a choice. I still don't understand how this got so out of control.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  44. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA!!

    Tax refunds or credits don't work NOW. They take an entire cycle for any of us to see a benefit. The economy needs to be pumped, now (actually, last summer).

    January 22, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  45. Clarence Albuquerque

    We don't want to loose sight of the cost to the government, and yet we can't simply divert to the less important issues.... the Inauguration was a feel good moment but now we get back to the reality that we can still influence and determine.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  46. Sue

    Why is the headline "Obama faces dark clouds"? We all face the dark clouds... that's the whole point of his message, we're all in this together.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  47. Minou, New York City

    I read weeks ago that Germany might take some of the GITMO prisoners. Anybody know about developments there?

    January 22, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  48. Adam

    Why can't we just give the relief to business' to put towards creating employment?

    January 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  49. Michael

    Top down vs. bottom up legislation won't matter if the recipients of the gov't cash don't re-invest it. They will probably just save it in the bank... handing out federal dollars will not save the economy

    January 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  50. leah

    President Obama's stimulus plan re jobs is to have workers build things that need to be improved and will benefit the whole economy when things get better. Anyone who has travelled in the US knows that the infrastructure is horrible. Also, the support of green technology and the resulting jobs will be long lasting.

    January 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
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