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February 4th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

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  1. Al

    Dick Cheney has become irrelevant, who cares about what he says!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  2. Candy K.

    I have to take issue with the Stimulis Bill and the House Republicans.
    I watched C-Span for 3 hours the committee that was putting the Bill together. The chairman, Oberman I think, made the statement "Republicans were invited to Nov., Dec. and early Jan. meetings and only 3 Republicans showed up for 1 meeting. The Republicans complained several times that they were not in on putting the Bill together – no wonder if they didn't attend the meetings.
    Also with each line item, the Republican stopped everyhing to say that the item could be replaced with a Tax Cut – we've had "TAX CUTS" for 8 years and guess where we are!
    Also, on one item, a Republican was complaining when the chairman had to remind him that he, the Republican, was one of the only 3 to attend the meeting and the wording was as he, the Republican, had requested! Red FACED the Republican sat down and another Republican took up the fight!
    The Republicans have made up their minds that the only way out of anything is TAX CUTS and not for the 95% of Americans – tax cuts for business, tax cuts for dividends, tax cuts for capital gains, tax cuts for corporations to bring back overseas money which didn't work in 2005, tax cuts, tax cuts tax cuts that's all I heard from each and every Republican!.
    I even watched the Senate meeting today and guess what they have -their own Republican bill containing what – TAX CUTS!
    Is History going to repeat itself? Didn't the Republicans get the message – TAX CUTS for the RICH are out! The regular John and Mary wants to come up for air and get some breaks!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  3. Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas

    Well don't put him on TV Anderson! Don't feed the virus that calls itself Joe!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  4. Eric from Omaha

    Please, Anderson, no more joe the plumber. We don't care. Dick Cheny info was good. Thanks. He's off base, but great reporting as always!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  5. Judith

    Come on. The president knows where he stands with his own party. He doesn't have to woo anyone there. he shouldn't be criticized for engaging the opposition. Should be more? should be less? too much discussion and not enough just getting on with the job. In the long run, that's the problem. Everyone wants to be a star.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  6. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Would you expect Cheney to say anything different? He's going to favor his stance. At the least, President Obama should invite him to the White House and hear him out! Wouldn't that be a surprise?

    Great panel discussion with the Gergen and Bergen duo!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  7. Ilona from Calif.

    Cheney – I can't hear that name anymore, he should go home now and stay there. Enough is enough. Why is he getting so much attention?

    February 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  8. Paul Calgary AB.

    Cheney's pretty mouthy considering 911 and all those deaths happened on his watch! What's his excuse for letting 911 happen?

    February 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  9. Andy Salooja

    I must congratulate CNN to produce AC360. This is my most favorite program. The presentation and the format is outstanding. I have one comment regarding a moving light like a search light in the background. when there are two or more persons on the screen they are individually enclosed in a kind of picture frame, you have a light moving along the picture frame. This effect does not help the quality of your program and is a big distraction. Even some rotating logo in the backdrop is of no significance for the type of program AC360 is, but can be annoying for a serious viewer. I will continue to watch AC360 anyway. – Andy

    February 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  10. Phyllis A Seigel

    To Mr. Anderson Cooper,
    I feel that the people in the united States
    voted in power President Obama and if they do not agree with how
    he is running the financial crisis; then I suggest they appreciate that
    they have a President who cares. and see if they can fix the economy
    themselves. Most of them are a bunch of wine asses, who will always
    complain about something or other. My father Ben Seigel was a Stock
    Broker 50+ years ago and he told me that this financial crisis was
    going to happen and it did. People should appreciate that he is trying to help this economic crisis. Not everybody is going to get their way.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  11. Sharon S

    Anderson,
    Please do not sugar coat terrorist! It is ridiculous to assume these people will return to normal life they are terrorist!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  12. Linda

    I applaud the cap on executive bonus dollars. We are not dictating to the failing companies what they can or cannot do unless they want government handouts. Where are all these phantom quality people who can turn companies around only if they get huge bonus money. Why weren't they hired instead of the current execs who only take, take take?

    February 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  13. anita

    why all of a sudden is Dick Cheney speaking out when he has been quiet for so long. he is scaring me. keep your thoughts to yourself mr. cheney your not in charge.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  14. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Great comment pati I agree with you LOL!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  15. Esma

    Does Cheney realize he's not the "Vice" President anymore?

    February 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  16. Steve

    The so called bright people in washington have no clue how stimulate the economy.
    If the goverment gave every one who makes under $100K a year a $10K stimulis check just think how that would instantly jump start the economy. And would help alot of people out of forclosurer and with thier bills and give people back there dignity.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  17. Jane

    Obama was not shy about criticizing Bush in his inaugural address, I am sure he doesnt mind Dick Cheney saying what he thinks.

    In 1998, the attacks on embassies in East Africa occured, even before the Iraq war, Innocent poor people died... we have to be vigilant.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  18. Bea

    Ok, I give, I give. Go back to Joe the Plumber. I'll take him over Cheney any day.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  19. Mike

    Can anyone tell the average citizen; 1) WHY they should invest in American business through the stock market when it is SO clear that the business and ethical judgment of Wall Street is questionable at best, and 2) Why the American taxpayer should offer any support to bailout plans that have no enforceable targets, and the $$ cannot be recovered by the taxpayer?

    February 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  20. Chris

    The operative word for Cheney is "former". He seems to love to stir the pot and keep fear in the forefront for the American Public. He needs to disappear from the scene. He has had 8 years in the limelight and can't seem to let go of the spotlight.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  21. Paul, New York City

    I think Obama needs to do what he was elected to do: govern as a Democrat. I understand the need to be bipartisan, but at the end of the day, HE won the election as a Democrat. I do not recall Bush reaching out to Democrats during his eight year in office. Their tax cuts did not seem to have worked. Their deregulation of everything did not work either. Let's try something else. That's what the election was about: change direction. NOT more of the same.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  22. julliet

    Mr Cheney just says what ever he can to scare the American people. The scare tactic did not work and he should let this new president some room before jumping all over him with criticism.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  23. John Bergquist Newtown, CT

    Pres. Obama is right to not use the term, war on terror. I never agreed with it. Clearly, we needed to enhance security measures but to make it a never ending military operation is not productive. Quietly seeking out terrorists and making our ports of entry more secure are steps that will help us in the long haul. The Bush/Cheney years have ruined the reputation of the United States and therefore has made us less safe.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  24. lisa

    It's absolutely a shame that wall st executives are living "high on the hog" while the average american like myself are being made to take 2 "furlough days" a month with no pay (in lieu of lay offs), are left watching and dealing with this madness!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  25. Gary New Orleans,La.

    hello everyone , the big banks who recieve bailout money from tax- payers, what kind of incentives do we get from this banks when if or when they turn around there bank

    February 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  26. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    The finanacial crisis has my head spinning too . i want this package to come through aldready they have to something .It's a no win situation a confusing one a t best.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  27. ted chyn

    Would you retain Wall Street thieves with half millions a year so they can steal more from us. These people are scam bags not talent. Where do you think they will be going for their talent – USSR, China to show off their talent. In any other country these thieves would have resigned and apologized to pubic instead of hiding in their office.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  28. Johnny Miller

    They way i have always seen pay regulated is if you produce you get paid foand it and if you aren't producing you don't. As for the top executives the performance should be performance based with the top exec's get paid in accordance. I had a successful business and it was work based compensation. The harder i worked the larger my business grew. I feel personally over the years that everything has gone forward to fast without proper monitering. A lot of the a problem it's a moral respobility for the individual people that get huge compensations to think about others. Treat others as you want to be treated.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  29. Ronn Brourman

    To Dick Cheney's criticism of the Obama Administration and his assertion that the Bush/Cheney policies prevented terrorist attack, what about 911 which clearly happened on Bush and Cheney's watch? He conveniently likes to omit this...

    February 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  30. eric glennie

    Dear Mr. Cooper!
    I have an idea on how to spend the Obama Stimulus Package. We should take the $850 billion dollars split it equally among every head of household in the U.S which should equal about $60,000 per household. Place that equal dividend on a goverment issued gift card that can be spent anywhere in the US that accepts credit cards. Credit card companies have no problem finding me and spending stamps to get my business, so the goverment should have an easy and relatively cheap means to distribute the stimulus funds. Remember this money needs to be spent rather than sitting in the bank doing nothing for our economy. Make the gift cards expire after a year with the policy "you dont spend it then you lose it". Corporations would stop firing and start hiring to compete for this new expendible and discretionary household income. The stimulus money will be sent directly to the people who can stimulate the economy by spending our taxpayer money on goods and services , and eliminate the middle men, i.e CEO's and others Mahogony row executives who seem to water-down the money on way on its way down the food chain. Its been proven that giving money to corporation heads doesnt work, so lets give the money directly to the people and see how we can handle this set of stimulus money.

    Just an idea
    Eric Glennie
    fashion designer

    February 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  31. sue

    It like he hopes that the U.S. is attacked again, just so he can make a point.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  32. Charles A. Bowsher

    David Gergen! Tough luck for Cheney, he is a bitter useless old man who never should have held a government job after his stint in the Nixon Crookhouse! That should have been the end of his story except that I am now paranoid that he would cause a catastrophe just to prove himself right, he is that delusional believe me.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  33. sheree

    Go home Dick Cheney and take sarah palin with you!!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  34. Marla

    I hope Joe the Plumber is thanking President Obama for all the money he is making now. I would never hire him as a Plumber.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  35. kim-chicago

    Nice try Dick Cheney...We all know the threats we are face.
    Nothing you can say, no fear tactics you use will make anyone respect your administration's policies.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  36. Renee Y

    I could never give Dick Cheney one iota of my time, it is truly uncivilized!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  37. Sherie

    Is it not time to stop leading and managing by fear? I am sick and tired of the former administration and their arrogance.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  38. George

    Please please...stop the Cheney remarks!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  39. Tom K Frankfort, NY

    We are paying more attention to executive compensation than we should right now. We are sitting in a house where the foundation is
    cracking while we are arguing about what to do. Most eccomomists
    support the idea of the need for government stimulus when there is
    serious failure in the other segments of the economy, namely consumer and investment sectors, in order for the economy to recover to more stable,healthy levels. It's critical to pass an effective
    stimulus program devoid of conservative or liberal agendas.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  40. Jeaneen

    I think Mr. President made the right choice once again. Not only should he make the CEO's of these failed banks pay, he should make all CEO's who are taking from the little man to keep their businesses running and their own personal pockets fat. It makes me sick to my stomach, that I have to work my butt off just to struggle to have the basics, and watch these Senior Mgnt people and CEO's of companies not have one financial worry, all at the expense of the poor working man. Mr. President, don't be afraid of the big wigs, there are plenty of humble, hard working, honest people out here that stand behind you. We will continue to make our voices heard through our votes. Congressional and Senatorial elections are only two years away and the American people will speak again, just like they did on Nov 4, 2008. I strongly urge you all to do right on Capital hill by Mr. President, as you are going to need our votes in two years.

    Keep doing what you doing Mr. President and First Lady, the majority of America stands with you. There's a lot of people praying for your success everyday. You and Frist Lady know what to do each and every day, look to the hills from which cometh your help. When everything and everyone fails you, always remember, your help cometh from the LORD, not man!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  41. Isabel Abreu, Brazil

    Jack,
    Don't be shy and join yourself to the good (best bloggers)!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  42. Laurie Roos

    Limit the exec pay, limit the pay of boards and do it before companies even consider layoffs of their workers.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  43. Adriana R M Atlanta,Ga

    The interview from Dick Cheney was priceless.We shoudl know we'll be paying for his reign forever !!!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  44. Bea

    Cheney lacks integrity.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  45. sue

    why aren't we calling it as we see it...
    the reason why the world economy is in such bad shape, is because of the war that was started by bush/cheney & co....period!

    February 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  46. Jack Magestro

    When I hear the large financiai iremark that they need to pay inordinate sums of money to “keep our people” I am reminded of a phrase of which my boss was fond…

    “None of us is irreplaceable"

    February 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  47. Pati Mc

    Thanks for delivering Jack, Erica. He truly does seem to be a gentleman. Aw, he got you ice cream?

    LOL – if you see Sammy driving the Bentley, please snap a picture for us.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  48. tony turner

    Cheney sounds like a bitter broken failure. That attitude is why the American public finally woke up and smelled the coffee as far as the Bush Administration is concerned.

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

    What's the fuss about Michael Phelps? I guess you can't be anything if you smoke dope! You certainly could not win 8 Olmpic medals, and you certainly can't become President, whoops, haven't most of them and their vp's and their cabinets admitted to smoking pot?
    Maybe instead of wanting him to apologize we should look at our pot laws.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  50. Dan

    $18.4 billion were not paid only to wall street EXECUTIVES. They were paid to traders who put on trades and other employees who risked the banks' capital. Are heir bonuses limited or only EXECUTIVES?

    February 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
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