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January 27th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

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  1. LisaN Barnwell, SC

    I wonder how many other Blagojevich's are in our government and how many of those are making decisions on $825 billion dollars? Scary!

    January 27, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  2. Stan from Minn

    Gergan is right. We need someone to oversee the stimulus package. A good businessman will do. Keep government people out of it.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  3. Gary New Orleans,La.

    Anderson, me as a american believe we need somebody who will look after the tax dollars at work for the american people we can have czar or a person appointed by the treasury or the president

    January 27, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  4. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    @Bridget, Cypress, TX - i do need help.

    anderson, i agree with david gergen, we have already seen what will happen if no one is there to keep tabs on the money.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  5. xtina, chicago IL

    What cracks me up about the President and the Congress is that not one of them has guts to cut out welfare fraud. There's hundred of millions in savings right there.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  6. Glen Up North

    I rarely strike a cynical tone here, but Jake, $50,000 x 150 million people = 7,5 _trillion_ dollars. Giving $50,000 to every last kid would see families of four getting $200,000. While I am ignorant on hard statistics, I am sure that's more than the average household income, even before layoffs began. Who'd need to work after that?

    January 27, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  7. Susan

    Instead of giving money to corporations that are failing, let’s give that money to businesses that are succeeding financially.

    These successful entities seem better poised to help the economy and our citizens. They are positioned to give credit and create new jobs. And, we would be rewarding success instead of failure. To me, this seems a wise way to invest.

    And I believe Congressional leaders would be happy to tell their constituents they voted for it.

    Susan

    January 27, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  8. J, Jacksonville Bch, FL

    President Obama is going to garner the kind of respect needed to make changes in the middle east because he is a person of color, it creates a distance between his view of the world and the view of other leaders who have attempted to tackle the issues there.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  9. Eric in omaha

    Hi-Watch AC every night but first time on blog.
    Hope you all are well.
    Loved the" airing of the interview last night-thanks AC. Very smart and effective promise delivery by Pres. Obama!
    I am a support of Obama, but wish the "experts" and politicians would start talking more specific goals rather than vague sweeping statements. What's the hope for the money? Is is jobs then how? Is it to generate spending then how? We are all in such uncharted territory what we think we know needs to be reexamined and consequently the actions we take.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  10. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA !

    I think it's funny that these "educated" Saudis focus on the Muslim connection in identifying Obama's potential in the middle east. Religion is the problem all over the world, and will always be–anyone who pays attention to their education would understand that. I can't deny that it is an asset for us (Obama), but it's just ignorant to rely on that as a basis for an opinion.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  11. sylvia, chicago

    I bow my head to Obama; finally, a president who realizes the importance of tolerance, one who refuses to submit to the common prejudices and misconceptions; lets here it for an open dialog 🙂

    January 27, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  12. jorge PE

    This is so good see an interview from an arabic channel to Obama

    January 27, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  13. Sharon

    I think not taking any federal taxes from our paychecks is a great idea as a matter of fact why not take anymore taxes from our paychecks since the Government seems to have so much to handout they don't need my money anymore do they/

    And why not put more taxes on the financial institutions that we handed all the money to until they pay it back! then they can go buy all the jets they want I don't care!

    But for now yes I think all taxation on the working class should be stopped as of now!

    January 27, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  14. Kassie Wright

    Anderson,

    I almost thing that a 'czar' of sorts to oversee the stimulus package is what we're going to need. I think it was stated above that without an authority figure to oversee whats going on specifically, we're going to find ourselves in an even bigger mess, once again.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  15. Mike, Syracuse NY

    I wish Obama had made it clear that we expect so called moderate Muslims to reject and repudiate the tactics of Al Queda and Hamas. Their tolerance of these terrorists in their midst allows violence to continue.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  16. Rich

    It is so refreshing to see him listening to conservative voices. I wish him well. The real revelation is to see which way his feet are going. We know the tendency of some leaders to say one thing and do another. There are many that say he will govern from the center despite is past.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  17. xtina, chicago IL

    should the Congress need a "czar" ?? Aren't they paid enough to be responsible ?

    January 27, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  18. Larry

    How is oversight different from transparency; is one better than the other?

    January 27, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  19. Joel

    Let's see if I understand this. Pres Obama wants to save or create jobs yet his administration chides Citigroup for wanting to buy a new plane causing Citigroup to cancel the order. Doesn't the plane manufacturer employ workers who may lose their job if plane orders are not received?

    January 27, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  20. Bridget, Cypress, TX

    Anderson, will you ask Ali is there anything in the plan for home owners and small businesses? TY

    January 27, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  21. Kevin

    @Mindy:

    Actually the $700 billion bailout was supported by far more Democrats than Republicans.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  22. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    The term czar sounds scary it just might work to get peopel to listen

    January 27, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  23. Mike, Syracuse NY

    @Daniel, if the first bailout was given with no rules or guidance, then it can be spent however the receiving company wants: bonuses, jets, dog grooming, you name it. Congress blew it in their last stampede to pass a bill, by not specifying how it would be spent. We appear to be on a path to repeat that mistake.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  24. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Cooper, regarding your question about the “czar” – well, we had a war czar and a czar for everything imaginable under the previous administration. I think, most importantly, that we need someone to hold accountability to these stimulus packages. Ideally, shouldn’t that be the role of the president’s economic team and congress?

    And plus, isn’t there a reason that there aren’t any “czars” anymore?

    January 27, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  25. EJ (USA)

    p.s. I made a mistake tonight in saying that one of the managers FDR appointed to oversee public works spending was Harry Hopkins; I should have cited Louis Howe instead. Howe was also a close political adviser for FDR. Sorry.

    Don't worry. None of us caught it.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  26. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Its OK David Gergen we'll forgive you for the mistake! 🙂 Just goes to show you that even geniuses make mistakes!

    January 27, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  27. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA !

    JoAnn, the only probelm is that we can't create manufacturing industries out of nothing (what have we got left that is globally competitive?). On the other hand we could be the leader in developing green industries, manufacturing, and technology, although Wall Street would eventually mess that up by demanding huge profits and we're back to the same situation all over again.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  28. Em

    Actually I work in public service and the majority of people receiving food stamps are children and the WORKING poor. The idea that public assistance is given to people unwilling to work is archaic and inaccurate.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  29. Marium Rizvi, New Jersey

    And what a message it sent. I think you asked this last night, about how the fundamentalist leaders would respond. Legitimate question and it's going to be very interesting how Al-Qaida and others will react.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  30. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Blagovjevich is just digging the hole and deeper and deeper shouldn't their be a gag order preventing him form spealking out?

    January 27, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  31. ashley - willis, tx

    What ever happened to the Republican from Texas that said that he thinks we shouldn't get taxes taken out of our paychecks for about 2 months (I think)? That would be immediate help to everyone that still has income coming in. I know I would like more money in my paychecks...

    January 27, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  32. Gary New Orleans,La.

    Well Chris you can thank the Bush administration for not having the sec. of treasury put a leash on those who are recieving tax payers dollars.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  33. Sharon

    Anderson I just wanted to say Thank You for always bringing all these stories to light! I am so mad about our Government right now and I am so disgusted that they just gave away all that money months ago and the worst part isto hear the overbearing Banks refuse to tell us where they spent our money and we have to find out through CNN!

    This is truly the saddest day I have ever seen in this country and I don't think it is going to get better!

    I think all this corruption is just being brought to light and there is way more to come!

    so thanks Anderson for keeping us up on all the news!

    January 27, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  34. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloo David Gergen.....
    I agree with your comment blog tonight...... Also thanks for this saying welcome to live blog!!!! 🙂

    January 27, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  35. Kevin

    Appointing a "stimulus czar" simply costs the taxpayers even more. Instead the government should not take $825 billion that will require a "stimulus czar." Again, this stimulus is only going to succeed in hurting our economy even more.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  36. Lynda

    Is it asking too much for everyone to just let the new President Obama make this call and push the plan he feels is best for the country at this time without all of the bickering back and forth? It just seems to me that regardless to what actions the new President takes everyone is ready to criticize him.It seems that expectations are so much higher for Pres. Obama than any other President. He has gotten off to a good start, so please give him some time, please!!!

    January 27, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  37. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Gergen – how could you make a simple mistake like that? Haha. I don't think many of us caught that little flub. I agree that we need someone hard-hitting and someone to hold accountability for this stimulus package (Hey, why not you and Cooper? It's "accountability" the AC360 motto?) but isn't that already a job description of the president and congress?

    January 27, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  38. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Good evening, David! I have to compliment your consistently sound advice, and your willingness to instantly correct the record if you misspeak. Not often do we have the opportunity to hear from honest experts. 😉

    January 27, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  39. anderson cooper

    Adeline, sorry for using the term without explaining it.. czar is often used to describe someone appointed to oversee several agencies or a governmental inititative. For instance the person who runs the office of national drug control policy is often called the "drug czar"

    January 27, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  40. Glen Up North

    Xtina, after what I saw when I visited Houston and Los Angeles, the poorest Americans don't have money for those items. I've seen people sleep under warehouse awnings at night. Junk food is the cheapest food to buy, not necessarily what they'd want to eat.

    What the economy needs is people spending. This can be accomplished two ways: get the people with less money buying necessities regularly (with the occasional treat), and get the people with more money attracted to deals on items they would hesitate to buy at regular price.

    Free enterprise can help with the latter by thinking outside the box and innovating on "value-added" goods and services they can give customers while still making a profit. Government can help with the former by putting money into the hands of (or giving tax credits to) people with less money so that they can go out and buy what they need to buy, instead of making do without.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  41. Emmerentia

    Do one congratulate the mother with her eight babies, or feel sorry for her? In this time of economic woes, I think it is a huge challenge but I suppose she will get a lot of offers of aid from suppliers for the right to use the babies in their marketing?

    January 27, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  42. Mindy

    @Mike –

    Sorry, I disagree with you. The Republicans are being total hypocrites and they know it! These are the very same people who voted en masse for the 700 billion when a Republican president was in office. They are always eager to help banks and financial institutions. But when it comes to the working people of this country, they could care less.

    Their record speaks for itself and it is truly abysmal.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  43. ousse

    can we as a nation ,stop the unecessary criticism and realize
    these are difficult times. let's support the president ,rep ,dem ,inde,
    at the end of the day we are one nation in trouble . way too many
    crying and whining , give the man a chance to lead.
    we are running out of time.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  44. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    where and who gave citibank the money to get this jet in the first place not our tax paying dollars this is outragous!

    January 27, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  45. Jim M

    How long will it take the folks at Citibank to find or fund a company to buy its aircraft along with those of the automakers, financial institutions and large corporations so they can still use them while claiming no ownership?

    January 27, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  46. Deena

    Thank you CNN for broadcasting yesterday the Obama interview ... what a wonderful glimmer of hope. Deena

    January 27, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  47. James Scott from Scottsdale, AZ

    Gergen rocks.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  48. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Jo Ann, I agree. Why has the government been so clueless about what the banks are doing with the bailout. Is it the honor system? If it is, it's not working.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  49. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Mike, Syracuse, NY, You may be right about that, but remember the new treasury secretary has his own money problems.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  50. Isabel, RJ, Brazil

    Here in Brazil, the lobbyists are prohibited, which only worsens the situation, because this happens in the shadows.

    What should be done so that the rules of Obama, on lobbyists, are obeyed, in fact?

    January 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
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