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February 2nd, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 2/2/09

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soundoff (537 Responses)
  1. Shellie

    I find it interesting how judgemental everyone is about the mom with 8 new babies, especially the new story about her wanting to make money from her status as mom of 14. Why not? The media doesn't mind selling advertising to sponsors while they tell her story over...and over...and over...

    In the next weeks she'll be on everything from Larry King to Oprah to Fox News. Why will she be there? Because American's love to judge.

    February 2, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Laarni Abling, Toronto

    Hi, Anderson and Erica!

    Wha t can I say?

    Michael Phelps is every bit a human like us. He's not perfect! In other words, he's just normal. eevery individual goes through rough times once in his/her lifetime.

    February 2, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Isabel Abreu, Brazil

    Good night and good rest for everyone!

    Anderson and Erica,
    The show today was great!
    All subjects were very interesting.

    And an excellent the week for everyone!

    February 2, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  4. David, Indiana

    No, I'm sure it was purely accidental that a porn movie aired during the middle of the superbowl, no mischief there whatsoever. Or maybe for some viewers an incredible 30 second stroke of luck...

    Good night everyone, good night Megan, sorry I didn't get to chat w/you more

    February 2, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Don, WA

    Anderson Cooper, I would ask president Obama – that if he could do it over again, would he have served a stint in the military at some point. And I'd ask him what he likes to read, and his favorite old classic novels. And then of course the other stuff, economy, Iraq, etc.
    By the way, this is groundhog day? So did Phil see the shadow? I could go for an early spring. (Did'nt I say this yesterday?).

    February 2, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Lauren--NY

    Oh, I love you guys; dancing to the porn music that might just be from some 1970s spy flick.

    Anderson, good luck tomorrow.

    February 2, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  7. Mari T, from Boston

    Spectacular!!!!!!!! (super bowl)

    February 2, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  8. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Good night Anderson and Erica. Anderson I hope that you are going to challenge Obama on some of his decisions during your interview tomorrow.

    February 2, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  9. Jim M

    Anderson, if you could ask President Obama if he brought his own bowling ball or is he using one of the old right-handed ones.

    February 2, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  10. Sharon

    Good Luck tomorrow on the interview Anderson and don't forget about our questions!

    February 2, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  11. Glen Up North

    Ouch! Nearly midnight already... Evening Anderson, Erica, David, CNN, Megan, and bloggers! 🙂

    February 2, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  12. Michelle

    Someone in the room just said the music
    is from Issac Hayes.. Is this true?

    February 2, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  13. Genevieve M, TX

    Re: The Shot

    Darn! I did not get to see that "shot" live! LOL! -just joking...I think...

    February 2, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  14. Larry

    We had no problem electing a President who did cocaine, and can't seem to kick his tobacco addiction; so why the reaction on Phelps?

    February 2, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  15. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Yeah, the porn music does always seem to be on-hand. I recall it during the "porn bail-out" story as well. Guess we know what you guys are up to during commercial breaks. 😉

    Hope everyone has an excellent night! Thanks for a great show, and looking forward to your interview with the President tomorrow, Anderson.

    February 2, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  16. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Coop and Hill...wow....porn music and the boom-chicka-wa-wa was hysterical. You guys have way too much fun for Mondays.

    Cooper, congrats on your interview tomorrow. Have fun, stay safe, and make us proud!

    Goodnight all AC360 staff, team, crew, Hill, Gergen, correspondents, contributers, bloggers, Rikki, EJ....and....who am I forgetting? Oh yeah, night Coop.

    Thanks for another great (and interesting) show!

    February 2, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  17. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    Legalization of pot could help our economy and our mood!
    Good night all! You are the best!
    XO's and tail wags!

    February 2, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  18. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    I have to admit, the porn music put a smile to my face! Oh well, worse things could have happened I suppose.

    Great show. Good Luck with your interview tomorrow Anderson. Nite all!

    February 2, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  19. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    I heard about the mishap with the Superbowl...and I'm not gonna lie it made me chuckle a little bit! 🙂 Oh my goodness Anderson, that was priceless! Anderson and Erica singing along to the porn music!! Haha! Awesome shot! Just what I needed before I go to bed!

    Good night Anderson, Erica, David, Ashley and bloggers! Hope you have a fantastic evening! And Ashley maybe we'll hear our question tomorrow night! 🙂

    February 2, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  20. Jacqueline, NY

    Anderson,
    One more question before I leave. are you allowed to take hanger-ons with you tomorrow? If so, may I go with you?

    February 2, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  21. Robin in Wisconsin

    Hi Anderson,

    I would ask Pres. Obama how he can justify nominating and supporting tax cheats like Geithner and Daschle for powerful administration positions. What sort of "change" is that? And why such a rush to pass the stimulus/pork plan when many of its provisions won't take effect for months if not years? Is this just a way of ramrodding through things buried in the bill that don't pass the smell test?

    February 2, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  22. Fay - California

    I was just going to post how funny it is that 360 has porn music on cue, but AC said it for me.

    February 2, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  23. Glen Up North

    Reg, I think the more important point regarding Michael Phelps being a "role model" is that people want celebrities to be "perfect". They're not, and there's all kinds of people out there who can make money (and/or a name) on exposing that very same thing. If we could all realize from the gitgo that nobody's perfect (not even celebrities), then we wouldn't be talking about their shortcomings and faux pas, because we would no longer see our "perfect fantasy" of the person blown apart. Nothing replaces good parenting and talking with your kids about drugs, alcohol, and acceptable use (or abstinence). _There_ is the real issue to be addressed.

    February 2, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  24. Mac - San Jose Calif

    Please ask the Pres if he'll seriously try to end discrimination against gays in the military - unlike Bill Clinton, who exploited that constinuency by making promises that he apparently had no intention of keeping.

    February 2, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  25. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Erica, David Gergen, Pati, Glen, David in Indiana, BettyAnn and best bloggers!!!!!
    Have a great night and sleep tight everyone!!!! 🙂
    See you tomorrow night!!!!
    Anderson,
    Good luck to you for interview and go home and sleep at home then go to Washington, D.C.!!! 😀

    February 2, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  26. Sharon

    Great show all Thanks! Good Night!

    February 2, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  27. Deena

    Anderson...
    good luck with your interview with Obama tomorrow.

    February 2, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  28. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Monday's Shot..Tampered porn? Do you think? Night all

    February 2, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  29. Dan

    So Michel Phelps smoked some pot. This just shows pot smoking is accept by a large portion of our society. Now is the time to quite wasting valuable American resources on people who only crime is getting high.

    February 2, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  30. Isabel Abreu, Brazil

    Good night and good rest for everyone!

    Anderson and Erica,
    The show today was great!
    All subjects were very interesting.

    And an excellent the week for everyone!

    Bye, and a Kiss

    February 2, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  31. Dulcie - Denver

    Hahaha!

    Anderson, you are so funny!

    February 2, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  32. EM-Fort Wayne, IN

    Bye Everyone, great show! Good luck Anderson!!

    February 2, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  33. Nattada, Houston TX

    Greatt show tonight!

    Anderson, hope you have fun interviewing Mr. President tomorrow.

    Have a good night everyone.

    February 2, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  34. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Bea February 2nd, 2009 10:48 pm ET

    @Vanessa: When children are not taken care of it is a community’s business. The evidence is clear that 14 kids is too many kids for someone who has no funds and no partner to help them and whose parents declared bankruptcy a few years ago. That’s what’s wrong with this country,. We value rights over human beings. Moreover, I would leave her alone if she weren’t using up valuable resources = medical care, money – that others will now be denied. Are you willing to pay for her delusions?

    I'm not saying that what she did was right, but who am I or the rest of the country to tell her what she can or cannot do. What's next, were going to tell people how many kids they can have. What limit 2?

    February 2, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  35. barry c

    anderson you are blushing

    February 2, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  36. vincent

    WOW – so many responses re: questions for the president!

    My family deepest condolences to Betty Ann and her family.

    Good night all, and hope to meet and write again tomorrow.

    February 2, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  37. Pati Mc

    LOL Anderson in blushing.....!!!!!!!!!!

    February 2, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
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