February 4th, 2009
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  1. Jack Magestro

    Seeing as how Cheney thinks that Bush aministrative policies are what
    prevented another 911 and he states there would have been another attack if the policies were not in place is like asking, "Now, when did you stop beating your wife"

    Sorry, Dick, you cannot prove the null hypothesis.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  2. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Michael Phelps was just inhaling herbs.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  3. Steve - southern Illinois

    Summary of Bush and Cheney's response to 9/11 -> throw away the Constitution and America's moral high ground and go beserk on Muslims.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  4. ken smith

    Dick Who?

    Lets hope that one day himself and George W will be on trial for war crimes as "THEY" have being doing to many for years without even having any evidence to hold the individuals in the first place. Who did they think they we`re while in office?. Did they forget that one day they`d be back in civilian life.
    Lets hope that criminal courts do justice one day and show that the USA do respect human rights


    K in Houston

    February 4, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  5. Andrew Waller

    Yes, President Obama, don't pay huge salaries to people who drive banks to the brink of failure. But if you want to bring in people with the ability to turn around failed companies you better be prepared to pay them at least as well as you pay those in charge of companies where things are running well, because turning around a failed company is harder more difficult than running one that ain't broke!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  6. sara.OR

    The ex Vp it seems he h've used everything against this kinda organizations...with some woodoo dolls he h've tried?! 🙂

    February 4, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  7. Susy

    I am totally disgusted by the fact that these executives on Wall Street are getting bonuses for getting us all into this mess.
    As a future college graduate, I am freaking out by the fact that I won't be able to even pay back my student loans, while Merrill Lynch is throwing extravagent parties.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  8. Leticia

    Why do you continue to give Joe the Plumber coverage? His need for publicity is just aided by your coverage.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  9. Ken in NC

    The guy that called the cops on the cop didn't realize that the roughing he was getting was the result of his own stupidity. I think someone in BLACK will look over the rim of his glasses and down from his bench and explain it to him. Hehehe

    February 4, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  10. Larry

    So, the contracts that CEOs have with companies can just be frivilously annulled by the president; seems to set a dangerous precedent.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  11. Sarah

    Good evening.
    First I just want to say how does former Vice President Cheney get to talk bad about his Commander in Chief. He spent 8 yrs in the White House; he should not have said the things he had said. It's not his place anymore.
    Sarah Moore

    February 4, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  12. Eric from Omaha

    Mr. David Gergan-thanks for the nod tonight. Have enjoyed you forever on CNN. My neighbor and coworkers as well. Glad you are here!!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  13. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Jack Gray is so funny 1 he should do stan-up routines with sammy as his sidekck .tha's worth the price of admission .

    February 4, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  14. Lori from IL

    In my opinion, Cheney should keep his opinions to himself. He's speaking out more in the last 2 weeks than he did in the prior 12 months!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  15. Rosa

    This is Amazing.... to finally hear Dick Cheney speak!!! I always Knew there was a VP, but he was never involved in anything to my knowledge. Amazing to see that now, he wants to say, do, or be involved in anything that involves the American People.... Why now??? ~~~ Rosa, Allentown, Pennsylvania

    February 4, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  16. Sharon S

    Everyone makes fun of Cheney and the terrorist fear, but go ahead let them out and let them live next door to you and if something happens I don't want to hear it!

    You get what you ask for!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  17. Boyd Simpkins

    Hi, I agree with Obama, why should some one who's Company is begging for Tax payers dollars get anything, let alone millions.
    Also We do not need to hear from Dick Cheney, we already heard too much from him for 8 years, give Obama a chnce to see if he can make a difference for the better. I personally like what he is trying to do.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  18. Miranda


    Of Mr. Cheney he did not quietly go into the sunset... it is funny though how even after President Bush is gone he as former V.P is still trying to usurp.

    I believe it is awesome that President Obama, confident in his Harvard degree has not paid one iota of time to him.


    February 4, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  19. Esma

    Say it ain't so Joe the...what is he this week? He's going to run out of career options. Personally, I'd like to see him as a lion trainer, you know, for funzies.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  20. julliet

    @ Rita in Miss. add Joe the Plumber to that group.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  21. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Monika, I agree with you one hundered percent! Cheney is a war criminal and many of us don't care what he says.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  22. Pati Mc

    Oh goodness, what a night. Not only does the lovely, compassionate and mild mannered Dick Cheney rocket back on the scene, but now we also get Joe The "I'm Not Really A Plumber" dude too? Wow. Bonus.

    Hey Anderson, looks like the job as a war correspondent was too much for Joey. Aw...shucks!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  23. dean

    you don't get to be above the fray by saying you don't know why you are even talking about joe the plumber much less airing a story about his political aspirations, and then talking about joe the plumber and airing his political aspirations. You are the fray. You are the problem. You are chattering class.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  24. Richard

    Obama wants to limit CEO pay for the ones that get Government help (which I agree with) but it doesn't seem to matter to him that his own cabinet members did not pay some of their taxes hum m,I wounder if I forget to report some of my income if I could get a high paying cabinet position.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  25. Bridget, TX

    I don't agree with John McCain but I have to say, I've come to respect him because I honestly believe he wants America to survive. Dick Cheney is a ....well I have more class than Cheney so I'll stop here.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  26. Shane, Las Vegas

    Dick Chaney, well, where to begin? Why should any of us listen to someone who raped our treasury and actually set our energy policy with the big oil companies, who by the way if anyone notices is the only industry making profits, and the biggest in history Hmmm, a man who is a chicken hawk war criminal who actually admitted to authorizing waterboarding torture, which the US goverment has tried and executed foreign combatants for in the past and even Court Martialed our own soldiers for during Vietnam and so waterboarding is a war crime, who was wrong on everything he and Bush did, including all tax policy that America just voted against because they went for Obama's tax and economic policies, and has the moral and ethical values of a snail, and CNN and/or any other media gives this depraved, craven, crimanlistic, megalomaniac a platform... How very pathetic our country can be, and how pathetic, sad, and lost most all Republicans are now and for a generation. Obama is right and all Republicans who disagree are just factually wrong... about everything!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  27. Shirley

    Way to go Obama!!!!!!!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  28. Peter Smith

    As a laid-off UAW worker, I find it interesting that today many of the conservative right were up in arms about President Obama's cap on TARP assisted CEO's salaries as if it's the start of Socialism, yet when the Big Three asked for a LOAN, the entire UAW membership was portayed as greedy and overpaid by Sen. Corker and most of the Republicans in Congress. The car companies were told to "restructure" the union contracts, i.e. UAW wages. No one on the right had a problem with that. What a joke.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  29. Tracy

    Joe the Plumber needs to go to the bat cave with Cheney...sheesh...We bareky heard from Dick Cheney when he was ruining the country...I hope to hear from him even less going forward...Joe the Plumber 15 minutes were up 15 days ago...Why are you guys even reporting on this fool....sheesh....

    February 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  30. Michelle

    The webcast does not like my mac.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  31. Sidney Dallas,TX

    Cheney is a joke and I can't believe he has the nerve to try and give somebody some advice now? Where has he been the past 8 years? Now all of sudden he wants to talk? Get outta here Cheney.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  32. Ed

    I'm so pleased with Pres. Obama bringing light to this unjust corporate policy. Shortly after 9/11 most major US airlines took Gov't money to stay solvent. However, several did have to go into bankruptcy. But the CEO's still continue to this day to take millions in bonuses yearly, while the workers have faced severe pay cuts. There is simply a new feeling of fairness with today's announcement.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  33. Tom- SoCal

    Someone please tell me why Joe the plumber is still getting media coverage. I guess the media loves tax dodging morons!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  34. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Just when I thought Cheney couldn't get any more arrogant. That interview is a glaring reminder of why I voted for Obama. His condescending nature and disrespect for life speaks to his extremist perspective on reality. I'm still convinced Bush's administration never really set foot in reality in the first place.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  35. Rose Ann Colorado

    I could save our economy tomorrow. Give all the tax payers the money and we will go spend it. We can buy all those expensive cars we can not afford. Houses. shopping. ect... We will get the economy going. Also we can cut our congress and senate in half. get on board or get out. Is every one in congress and the senate getting payoff or what?

    February 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  36. Mike, Syracuse NY

    @Cyd, there were many attacks between the two WTC attacks including 2 US embassies, the USS Cole, Kobar Towers among them. They were on US targets, just not in the US. The trend was increasing too.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  37. David

    The president has been doing the right thing to try to get the Republicans to be realistic. However, remember the Republicans were at the helm when this finical system went to hell. The Republicans failed to put any safeguards in the first bailout funds and now they are trying to act so damn righteous. The Republicans’ obstruction tactics, just to make a grandstand, is not fooling most of us. The Republicans will be remembered for their allowing the problem to occur when they were in charge and now for taking actions to make it worse. The president is also right to clamp down on the financial intuitions’ greed also.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  38. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Dick Cheney needs to go away to an undisclosed location. He is so annoying. Your not in office anymore, get over it. Let the President, do his job.

    Anderson, did you really play croquet with Mrs. Obama?

    February 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  39. Ron, Loisville

    I support the presidents cap on CEO salary. They are typically over paid any way, as the ratio between the employee rank and file and the top executives is ludicrous. Why do average workers have to scrape for every dollar while the top executives get their golden parachutes regardless of whether they succeed or fail.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  40. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Cheney just uses what worked for eight year fear mongering and trying to discredit Obama's policies.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  41. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Cheney is all about one thing...CHENEY. He's still trying to fund his personal coffer (and his friends coffers) by advocating continuing on the same path. That's all this is about for him...MONEY! That's all the invasion and occupation of Iraq was about, wasn't it–suppoting a war economy for companies that benefit from a war economy?

    February 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  42. Minou, New York City

    Joe the Plumber is one amusing fella...or is the work pathetic more accurate? ..or just plain annoying?

    February 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  43. Vanessa-WV

    Thank you Anderson(my boyfriend) Joe the Plumber is over...Please CNN exec's dont make him do this story save it for the 3 am anchor!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  44. greg f.

    Why do we continue to give big business the money from the bailout? They should distribute the money to tax payers over the age of 18. Requirements can be in place for the money to be used to pay off debt, mortgages, spend and spend. Tax cuts for buying american automobiles.
    Citizens would be better off financially and the banks and businesses would benefit in the long run.
    I heard if they split the last bail out package, every person would have received over $100,000. Imagine what that would do to the economy and the spirit of our country.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  45. Marium

    Anderson, why is Joe the Plumber still on the news?

    February 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  46. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    I don't know why you are still putting him on TV either Coop! His 15 minutes of fame are way past over!...and I wish I had the funds and the recognition that allowed to change my career every month.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  47. Josh Dianiska

    yeah, this bill needs to hurry up and pass and every body just needs to get along and get over there little bickering habits , and im glad he cut the ceos pay cause they asked for bailout money therefore they should sacrifice a little something like everybody else dont u think, why would they be so dumb to ask for money and then go out and still throw party and all are they stupid i understand they made there way up the american chain and now probably live the american dream, but can they give a little back too the middle class at least and ive been laid off the past year and ive been seeing some interesting things about mexico on the news that have been on youtube for a while.some of these videos on youtube.com about civil war in america in 2009 do you believe this can happen, and another thing id like to point out to you please watch some of these videos on 2012 too. do you think the economic collapse could be related to any of these things pertaining to 2012 and how come the goverment hasnt said anything about 2012 if you dont know any thing abouth 2012 please read up on of all the possible things that could and may happen or have already began the history channel even came out with a show about nostradomus about how he predicts the end on dec 31 2012, so did the mayans and there is a eclipse of the sun and venus and our galaxy lines up with its center on that date. , theres also alot of crazy videos on youtube about the nwo and how the military has already began practicing martial law ive seen videos on there of soldiers in the streets practicing raiding cars and houses and taking weopons. am i just worried for no reason or am i going crazy thinking that all these scenarios are related if you could do a little research for me and please let me know what you think about it all on your show id appreciate it thanx

    February 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  48. Dewey Duhon

    Peter, Cheny's comments to me comes off as someone just trying to make a point that what the Bush administration did was right. It is a justification to their cause. I really feel at this point no one cares what he says. This is the most I have seen Dick on T.V. America did not see him at all during the eight years of Bush. Why now?

    February 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  49. Isabel Abreu, Brazil

    How much violence!
    Those things scare the ordinary!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  50. Richard

    "Joe the plumber" AGAIN??? Surely you guys have some news to fill this spot with?

    February 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
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