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February 4th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 2/4/09

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  1. Nattada, Houston TX

    That is unusaul. Normally, people who get arrested does not have time to use cellphone to call anyone, doesn't it?

    February 4, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  2. susan louise from Viroqua,Wi

    I agree with the cap, these are boys on wall street who need boundaries and instruction on true values and respect.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  3. Marium

    That is a crazy video. I love Ghostbusters!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  4. Bea

    Michelle Obama is not a role model for all women. She represents one segment, the ones who have married, have children and have put their careers on hold for their husbands repeatedly. because their husbands desired that. She is an amazing parent, I'll give her that.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  5. Kate

    Yes, David, Obama's on the right track and not a moment too soon. Too bad the Republican president didn't think of that when he and his party said the 'sky was falling.'

    February 4, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  6. Warren

    It is patently absurd that Wall Street firms could reward themselves with $18.4 billion in bonuses after causing the financial system to implode. If these companies need to repair their balance sheets and their capital base, this money should have been used for those purposes. For company's that paid these bonuses but also took taxpayer money, the government should demand its money back RIGHT now unless these companies get these bonus dollars back. This is not funny; these are serious dollars that Wall Street is again ROBBING from ordinary taxpayers across the country. The executives of these companies also should be fired - they have shown they do not know anything about taking responsibility for their actions or showing any understanding of their fiduciary responsibilties, or for being good stewards of taxpayer dollars. They only think of themselves.

    John Thain should be arrested and throw in Jail

    February 4, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  7. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Don’t worry Cooper, we know. It was cricket – right? Perhaps polo?

    February 4, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  8. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    This dude pulls out his cell phone? How stupid is that? He's lucky he didn't get shot at. Sounds like this guy is looking for 5 minutes of fame!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  9. Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas

    LOL, that commercial is HILARIOUS!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  10. Janine from PA.

    At least its only joe the plumber and not Blogo or ted haggard. Really tired of them.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  11. Rose Ann Colorado

    Need to bring our troops home so we can protect ourselves.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  12. Rita in Mississippi

    Someone said they never heard Cheney before. Huh? He is the evil brains behind all the horrible situations the USA has gotten into over the last several years. George wasn't bright, he let Cheney run everything behind the scenes. Cheney is just _________.
    Like I've been saying, send him somewhere where there is no outside communication. Also send Blago and Sarah.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  13. Shane, Las Vegas

    Just like Jacqueline, of NY, is evryone just devoid of IQ or attention span, or intellect, or reading ability that they do not understand that Obama's descriptions of where we are are absolutely accurate and correct! Everyone better get out of the conditioned buying the old Republican propaganda mode and wake up quick and get behind this man so we can get moving, and in the right directions, not the Republican right's proven wrong directions and bankrupt ideas!!!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  14. Bridget, TX

    I love Michelle Obama and it is nice to see her out and about trying to keep momentum going during these hard times.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  15. Gary New Orleans,La.

    Cheney need to go find a hobby and let the Obama admin.keep us safe. What is wrong we America reaching out to the people who have nothing with Al- quede

    February 4, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  16. lynn

    David Gergen: What about compromise on the Republicans part?

    They do not want to compromise but to have everything that they did before to help cause this mess to be in the bill. They are not one bit concerned about the economy but to play politics and go to the willing press to emphasize small things and to spread half truths and lies.

    When was the last story about the stimulous package that 360 has presented that showed a positive?

    February 4, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  17. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Ashley, you picked up on that too? 'Why not' I guess when you think about it...Joe the Plumber can be our comic relief in the midst of all the serious stuff going on! BTW...did your first televised TV interview go well?

    February 4, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  18. Shina

    Hi all

    I honestly hope the stimulus passes. You guys, this will create jobs and help banks to stop hoarding money. and start lending again.

    What is Dick Cheney talking about. This guy seems to think that everything has to be solved through war and dictatorship. Please CNN , we dont care about anything he has to say. GO AWAY Cheney

    February 4, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  19. Mary Smith

    Why the coverage of Joe the Plumber [his 15 minutes are over as Anderson plainly stated : 'don't know why we are running this'. Me neither! Why did you?

    February 4, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  20. Pati Mc

    LOL Anderson, I knew that was a joke about the croquet, but picturing it was rather chuckle-worthy. Little cold for croquet.

    Night all, thanks for the fun, information and great convo as always.

    Rest well all.

    Anderson, you and Erica & David G. sure make the world a brighter place. You are all very sweet people.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  21. Vig

    I can't believe what came out of Jamal's mouth. Because Obama was elected, so everyone should just give him what he wants? Entitlement thinking does not equal competence or leadership. Obama will have to prove himself, or not, just like the 43 before him.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  22. Saad, NJ

    Why can't Cheney follow Michael Jackson's footsteps... by an estate in Bahrain with trillions he has earned from Iraq and live like a King... highly unlikely but if it was to happen, it would be good ridence... lol...

    February 4, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  23. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Only in our current society would someone yell "Dude" in distress.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  24. tom

    I have been taught that the goverment is for the people, Since the congress allowed the bail out money to be used for bounces by not protecting the american people, The congress should give there pay checks back to the people untill the money is payed back.
    this would also cut goverment spending very effective.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  25. Michelle Brown in Los Angeles - Love Obama

    It is not illegal to stipulate how much someone at a company can make if they are loaning them money. When I apply for loans to go to college they ask this same thing and if i make too much to their standards , I do not get the loan.

    I want a pie chart of exactly what is included in the package – the simple version), a list of each recipient of the bail out money and I want to know what happens to the money when the companies pay it back?

    More help, less pork. In order for this change to occur, we all have to be a part of it –

    February 4, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  26. Mike, Syracuse NY

    @David, the first bailout was overwhelmingly opposed by Republicans. It was passed without safeguards in the bill by the Democrats. It was a bad bill that was rushed through in a panic. An important lesson I hope we have learned for this time.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  27. Vanessa, TX

    POP....did you hear that? that is the sound of the wonderful thought of Anderson playing croquet w/ the first lady gone...aww shucks!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  28. Rita in Mississippi

    With the new salary caps we will see a whole new group of smart, innovative problem solvers who are not greedy and are just as capable. These people would likely never have had this opportunity because they have integrity and wouldn't have been considered. Those days are gone and I think we'll be just fine.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  29. Teresa, OH

    anderson: that wasnt you we saw brunching on tea and crumpets with the First Lady right after she won the game of croquet?

    February 4, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  30. Eric from Omaha

    Kandy K: WOW. Thanks for sharing what you've seen and heard. Insightful and factual. Gives credence to my belief that the republicans are whining and obsessing on tax cuts. Not really doing anything to help dialogue to figure this out!!!
    PS Anderson–Have to comment that I noticed the shirt print. Big diversion for you-looks good.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  31. julliet

    I think and believe that Michelle Obama will do a good job at whatever initiative or policy she decides to work at. She has such an air around her that is infectious in a positive way.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  32. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    That's for answering my question Anderson. It would be cool if you did though. LOL

    February 4, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  33. Sharon S

    I am in now way taking up for Cheney but I will say I don't think Obama is really aware of the way these people think he seems to think a cup of tea and cookies over some small talk and all solved!

    BULL!

    Like I said they do not think like us nor do they like us!

    And as for Cheney he did a bad job no doubt but everyone before him should have been aware of the threat of 911 YEARS before it happened, don't blame that on one administration People!!!

    They have ALL failed in that respect!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  34. Michelle

    It;s great that Mrs. Obama is visiting all of the derpartments
    to speak with the employees . It can be a morale booster.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  35. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Don't worry Cooper, we know. It was cricket – right? Perhaps polo?

    Looks like your high school past is coming back. Maybe some video will pop up of your dance skills.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  36. Monica

    What's sad is that Joe the Plumber has a job now and 7.5% of the American people do not.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  37. Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas

    LOL, Anderson you were Vice-President of your sophomore class?! That's awesome!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  38. Anne Boleyn

    You were 10th grade VP, Anderson?

    ...That's adorable. And somehow not surprising.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  39. Janine from PA.

    Mr. Cheney insisted that we would be done in Iraq quickly, he sontinued to say that saddam was involved with 9/11 when he wasn't. He is a untrustworthy lying person. He should move akk the way back to wyoming and disappear. He's probably love us getting attacked just to be right.
    That guy should have stopped talking on the phone and cooperated with police then they wouldn't have maced him.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  40. Ronna

    I worked for BOA and talk about wasting money. Jobs need to be brought back to the USA. Corporations are sending alot of jobs to
    India. If the funds for bail out are not being used properly they need to be paid back so us tax payers are not paying the big guys I am now also out of a job. What is this country coming too. My thought and prayers are with all of us.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  41. Saad, NJ

    I am originally from Pakistan living in the U.S. for enough years to qualify for a senior citizen status... lol... not really, i am 40 now and have lived in the lovely U.S. for 20 years... a proud American but still have deep roots in Paki land....

    Just saw the AC360 beat the challenge.. cannot stop laughing... a little embarrassing to the half pakistani inner side of me.. but still, it was truly hillarious! keep it up Anderson and crew, you guys are awesome!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  42. matthewbenzor

    the patriot act this is bad regular americans are getting arrested under this patriot act not terrorist regular americans in san bernardino co,ca ask any inmate in a local or state facillity ask them if they have been aressted under the patriot act . and ask if they have terrorist ties to be aressted under this act. its not good its something bigger thats going on here in our country

    February 4, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  43. Isabel Abreu, Brazil

    Review as many first-ladies glamurosas (clothes and attitudes) is pure history!
    Thanks!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  44. Jim Iowa

    I do not agree with the stimulus package. Why would we need the family planning/birth control etc in there? The parents should handle that if they are worthy.
    If you want this to pass you should have things that create new jobs within 6 months and tax cuts that are starting now, the rest can be mulled over later.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  45. Connie L

    Who cares what Dick Cheney or Joe the plumber have to say?

    February 4, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  46. kim-chicago

    I love Michelle Obama...what a great role-model for women and young girls everywhere. Solid, grounded, and genuine.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  47. KathyMN

    In the battle against terrorism, Cheney is one of the first people we should put a gag order on. He is trying to terrorize the American people in order to undermine our current administration and justify his own abominal record. He will stop at nothing for his own gain.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  48. Alison G.

    Hey Cheney, in case you weren't watching the elections, your reign of terror is over now. Please just go away. Far, far away.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  49. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    i like the new first lady just as much as the new president!!! 😀

    February 4, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  50. fred from alberta

    joe the plumber, has to be the biggest mistake republicans could stand for, and nows hes back, lol

    February 4, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
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