February 4th, 2009
07:55 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 2/3/09

Editor's Note: All of the comments we received after last night's show were about Anderson's interview with President Obama. Some felt that keeping Obama's “I screwed up” comment displayed on the screen during the interview misrepresented the actual context of what they saw as a good interview. Many of you wrote to tell us they enjoyed it overall and called it “natural and authentic.” We also heard from many who asked that the media allow the President to work without expecting immediate results. Lastly, the earpiece worn by President Obama drew the question "why, and who's on the other end? Is he being fed answers?" Here's some of the comments from our viewers. Read them and tell us what YOU think:


I am extremely disappointed in both Anderson Cooper and CNN. To "cherry pick" the interview with President Obama and then keep flashing up the quote, "I screwed up," is extremely misrepresentative of the bulk of the President's responses. You could have chosen to quote him saying, "We have to keep working through our problems." This is a time when we need to unite to overcome the enormous problems the Bush administration has left us with.

What I think of Obama today? Hearing a President, in a matter-of-fact way admit to a mistake was so refreshing and novel that I did a genuine double take at the TV. Also, I think he's being graded on his own curve. Seems to me he's actually doing quite a good job with respect to getting his feet wet being the President and having comparatively few mistakes.

Please give President Obama a chance-I think that you all are much too hard on a newly elected president who is still trying to test the waters.

OH BOY! A lot of Monday morning quarterbacking with all those "experts". Americans need to be PATIENT. President Obama is neither God nor a microwave. It is going to take time getting us out of this economical situation (mess) which we helped to create. So cut the President some slack and pray for him and all of his chosen people as well as Congress. Another thing, if all the critics have such solutions to the problems, WHY DID THEY NOT RUN FOR PRESIDENT?

Anderson, please tell me why, in your interview with the President, he was wearing an ear-piece in his left ear? Who was feeding him info? I've never seen a President wear one during a TV interview.

Great interview Anderson! Thanks for keeping the president honest!

Loved your interview with Obama. What is that tiny metal piece showing in his left ear?

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Tom Cross

    I do not support the current Stimulus Package!
    May be we should reduce congress by half, 1 Senator and 1/2 the Representatives per state. Time for a Big Change.
    Congree is so disfunctional, we need to be much more conservative.

    What happened to ethics? Common sense too!

    February 5, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  2. Arthur Mosley

    Buy American! Are you kidding? W hy should we, when we can buy overseas and use thire resources, enable them to pay taxes,bills,spend thire money localy, there by creating more jobs localy, which creats more local industries,more jobs, more taxes,more spending, more more .... Oh what a novel idea!!!

    February 5, 2009 at 8:11 am |
  3. Isabel Abreu, Brazil


    I liked very much to see your 'Behind the Scenes' in the interview with President Obama.
    It is interesting to see you easing your tension because I was trying to imagine how much you should be anxious.
    I twisted for you do well, and for me, was a success.

    Anderson and AC360 team, everything I've seen, including CNN's own, you are the only encouraging people to seek a more active true citizens and as people who are involved with the fate of the state.
    Continue this way!!

    And thanks!

    February 5, 2009 at 5:47 am |
  4. Lynne Smith

    Disaster and Western Kentucky

    I guess Old Western Kentucky has been forgot.
    We may have suffered a disaster but a story it is not.
    Have our senators come to pay us a call or see if they can give assistance?
    Heck no, but FEMA will give you tainted MRE's from a distance.

    Perhaps there is a lesson in this for all to learn.
    Jobs could be created, a chance for people to earn.
    Cleaning up and helping us get back on track is what we need.
    Won't someone with some common sense step up and take the lead?

    Killing two birds with one stone can't be all wrong.
    Stimulate the economy and meet a need – maybe it could be a song!
    Perhaps then it will catch those KY senators and even Anderson Cooper's ears.
    Stimulate the economy, help people in need – a new concept for the Obama years.

    February 5, 2009 at 2:52 am |
  5. Fran

    Forget the journalists, commentators and Republicans who had eight long years to clean up this mess and did nothing. Now, they want the center floor and take the credit minus the Democrats

    I commend the actions of our President. To admit "I screwed up" on national television, showed his true character. He is a man to admit mistakes and he is not afraid to let people know that he is after all, human like every one of us.

    He is doing such a great job. Although there are certain issues in the stimulus package that some of us don't agree with, that is no excuse for many of you to bash him for even trying.

    It's easy to condemn. But, remember, this world was not created in one day. And, our economy did not get f-– d up in one day. So, don't expect the President to work miracles and solve these humongous problems in one day.

    If there is one advice I could give to all you journalists and commentators, it is to allow the President to do his job. Stop micro-managing his position by putting in your two cents.

    Show more respect – after all, he is the PRESIDENT and, he is black. We have had ALL white presidents and they had also contributed their shares of "political games and hits and misses" – BIG TIME.

    February 5, 2009 at 2:37 am |
  6. Matt Eyrich

    These comments are not related to this story, however these is the only open spot I found. So here it goes.

    Why has your program and CNN not provide full disclosure in your reporting of the TARP program?

    There has not been a single mention of the February 2, 2009 press release by Wells Fargo announcing the payment of a $371.5 million quarterly dividend to the US Treasury and a recap of loans and commitments it has made over both the last quarter of 2008 and the 18 month long credit contraction period. Everyone has been crying for a reconciliation of what the banks have done with the money, but when one is actually offered no one lessons or acknowledges.

    Likewise for the fact that no one has called out the various experts continued implications that all the $350B already released has been wasted and will return nothing to the American people. When in fact the money that has been invested in the banks through the TARP CPP program is not only paying dividends as noted above, but also carries interest rates of 5% to 9% over the term of the agreements. Where else can you get those kinds of returns today?

    By refusing to tell the whole story you only contribute to the overall skeptism and negativism of the country as a whole and the markets in specific. This is disheartening from an organization that claims impartiality and journalistic integrity.

    The media has a responsibility to provide the full story and during times like the refusal to do so only exacerbates the problems we face and is as appalling as the greed and poor judgment that got us here to begin with.

    February 5, 2009 at 12:40 am |
  7. Daryl

    The advertised salary of the president, "$400,000", which is being used as the banner for what executives should be paid completely underestimates the president's actual perks and benefits. Starting with the cash side, the president is guaranteed a LIFETIME pension of $200,000 per year after he leaves office - the value of that pension today is in excess of $4,000,000.

    Next, the president gets unbelievable benefits in the form of personal servants and drivers. The value of these services must be close to $1,000,000 per year.

    Finally, the use of the white house as a residence and the president's air fleet (air force one plus his helicopters) makes the perks that wall street executives receive look like Saks 5th Avenue vs WalMart.

    I just wish the media would stop glorifying people such as Claire McCaskill and really investigate these issues. The fact is, if you think that executives should artificially have their pay reduced, the first place to look should be the white house's executive, arguably the worst performing executive of the last 8 years.

    February 4, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  8. Tina

    I was wondering why no one is covering all the Cuban deportations that are happening right under our noses. There are hundreds of Cubans being pulled away from their families in the dead of night with small children and being deported back to Cuba never to be seen again. Yes, some of these individuals are felons but they came here legally and paid for their crimes most of them more than 15 or 20 years ago and now at an older age w/o any other crimes committed and have learned their lesson have become outstanding citizens to society. Why are we keeping stories like this a secret or not covering them? Didn't the Spanish community help elect our new President? No one covers these stories because no one wants to tell what happens to these people when they are deported to still a communist Cuba. How is this fair to keep so many illegals coming in from Mexico to the U.S. when these people paid for their crimes and now will never get to see their children again and are legal here. How many children are fatherless that we are not talking about. This is a shame that only Spanish channels are talking about this story. One man is deported for stealing at Walgreens. Give me a break! We are not talking about child molestors, murderers and rapists. Can you check on this? I am sorry for using this blog but I didn't see anywhere else on your site to place it. You may first want to check with the Miami Herald and some of the Spanish news channels that show from Miami. One news channel had to stop mid way the show because the discussion was so heated but look at all the Americans (I am Native American) that commit crimes and are let out and never learn a lesson. These are individuals that need to be locked up and never let out not the Cuban people I hear about everyday on the Spanish news channel that lose their families everday because of a crime they committed a long time ago and have gone on to become outstanding residents to our society.

    February 4, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  9. Annette

    Anderson's, I think the president is doing a good job trying to get
    the economy back on the right track,compared to what he come in
    to. If the repubicans would get on board and stop being a stumbling
    block to president obama.To methe repubican is trying hard as they can
    to cause president obama to fail because they fail the election. The
    repubicans and Bush is why we in the mess we in today with our economy.Giving out money and not knowning what the money is
    been use for,that a shame.It;s nothing wrong with him smoking a
    cigarette everty now and then. the way the repubicans and some of
    the journalist peoples be criticizes him. I really think the repubicans
    should reach across aslise as he is trying to work with them. by the
    way he is there president to.The lord is going to see him though this
    mess he's in.

    February 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm |

    Small Business are getting the raw deal with the SBA Department and Zions Bank. They are not working together on trying to keep small business keep their business open for business. They are pushing them out. Zions Bank out of Utah, have increase there interest rate to business owners to over 10% while the prime rate to the banks has been at the lowers in years. They have increase there interest on business that have fallen behind in there payment. Even after they have received bailout funds from the tarp money. The banks and the SBA department are not working together or talking with each other on working together on ways to help small business owners.

    I need to talk with you or one of your staff members who will listen and check out details from the annual report for 2008 on Zions Bank on how they are sitting on the tarp money. They are not help the econoically problems.

    I look forward in hearing from you. I have names and details on what they are not doing and doing which is pushing honest hard working business owners out of business.

    Derek Aguilera

    February 4, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  11. Nicolaas

    You should be addressing the issue of bail-outs and the health-care industry!

    Bail-outs for the car industry, the pornography industry (even if it is a joke, it brings the point across!), and many others are being discussed – what about health care bail-outs??? Large health care companies/hospital owners are hemorrhaging financially – take Txxxxx Healthcare for example – large scale lay-offs, drop in employer 401K contributions, reduction in employee benefits.

    If our health care industry and the access to health care cannot survive – how will the country? 15, 000 jobs are going out the door per day – thus 15,000 people’s access to health care too! People cannot afford to go to the doctor or hospitals. Hospital’s census has dropped dramatically, thus affecting the bottom line.

    The only probable “good thing” within this very “bad” situation, is that it will bring about a National Health Care System sooner or later!!! – the country will have to start taking care of their jobless, uninsured citizens.

    February 4, 2009 at 9:43 pm |
  12. Bobby

    I have a question. This is not to defend anyone for not paying their taxes, including Tom Daschle.

    Interesting comment on the View. They were surprised that when a company sends a car to pick them up, that they are required to pay taxes on it. Are celebrities or those who work for television or movies responsible for paying taxes on the cost of these services when provided by the company? Isn't this a benefit they receive for which they are required to pay taxes?

    February 4, 2009 at 9:22 pm |
  13. Annie Kate

    Anderson's interview with the President was quite good. I enjoyed listening to it. I was amused at the President saying he had not smoked a cigarette on White House grounds....made me wonder where he had smoked one. As for the bailout everyone is down on the bonuses and the CEO's salary limits but are quite ready to get in line for a million for themselves – sounds like greed is in both corners. We can't afford to give every taxpayer a million dollars and to give to some and not to others is unfair – who is to say who has the most need? IF the financial system can get started again and jobs are available we can get out fo this mess – otherwise it will just persist and even if you got a million dollars once it ran out and you still didn't have a job you'd be right back in the same position but with a bigger US deficit to pay off.

    February 4, 2009 at 8:24 pm |
  14. Jim Watson

    How 'bout this idea, the gov. wants to stimulate the economy but is afraid the banks won't lend the money once they get it. Divide it up between the taxpyer living on less than, let's say, a million a year. I bet a lot of homes,appliances,furniture,automobiles,etc. will be bought. Talk about stimulating the economy!

    February 4, 2009 at 7:22 pm |
  15. cathy

    I agree the President needs time to sort thru it all but I feel putting people back to work is important with jobs you can buy a car or a home but you need an income.also hurray for stopping corp big wigs from all those so call bonuses! i know you need to make a profit to stay in business but greed is not the answer!

    February 4, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  16. Sharon

    When you think of the last 8 years, President Obama has done more
    in 2 weeks then the Bush Crooks did in 8 years. Give him a chance, he is reaching out to the other side, unfortunately the republicans are so
    partisan they won't give at all, its their way or the highway. We played their game for 8 years, look where it got us. Wake Up This Country Needs To Go In A New Direction; President Obama is trying, lets
    support him.

    February 4, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  17. Linda Sanders

    I think that President Barack Obama is the change the world needed to see in the United States. His election show that hope is not in the color of a person but its in a human desire and innate need to believe in the future. On another note, I have lost at least 17% of my small retirement investment. How is the stimulus package going to help me recoup some of my losses or stop the loss of any more of my retirement investment.

    February 4, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  18. dan davidson

    leave the city – houses are cheaper in the country
    the air is cleaner
    bla bla bla

    February 4, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  19. sheela

    The problem with washington and wall street is too many "dicks" in the whorehouse!!!!

    February 4, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  20. Allen Abdul

    The problem with Health Care in America is easy to see if you follow the money. More Health Care money goes into the Insurance Industry than to the Health care system. At every turn, Health Plans, Medicines, Doctors, Hospitals... The Insurance Industry takes a big chunk... If America's Health Care System recieved all the money that Americans contribute to Health Care, Everything would be less expensive and Doctors and Hospitals would make greater profits...
    It is not a Health Care Problem ... It Is a Problem of Greed at the hands of Wealthy People. Aloha, Allen, Big Island, Hawaii

    February 4, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  21. Allen Abdul

    President Obama said," If elected he would set up a Mahattan Project type of approach to fixing the energy crisis". I suggest that he set up a "Mahattan Project" type of approach to fix this problem... Build a Research and Developement Facility, perhaps in Los Alomos area, Employ Americans, build with American Materials, and keep the money in the Project where it can do the job and solve the peoblem.
    Big tax breaks and free money to big companies will only produce large bonus packages for wealthy executives and super wealthy CEO'S as well as very expensive products. Big companies will also outsource labor to other countries. Do it like the Mahattan Project, Just like you said... Mr. President. Aloha, Allen, Big Island, Hawaii

    February 4, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  22. nerakami

    Great comment and you are absolutely correct. MSM seems to want to harp on creating discord and fear.... keeping a balance is always a good place to be....

    February 4, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  23. Robert Churchfield

    While the Republicans (of which I used to be) put on a show in an effort to re-establish themselves, the American people are drowning in a sea of bureaucracy. They huff and puff about the size of the spending package but seem clueless about the size of the hole. They are turning this into a political bashing with no real sense of what the outcome may be. I agree who really knows if it will work, but we do know where we are headed, and tax cuts alone surely are not going come close to fixing this problem. I am 60 years old, and have the luxury of hindsight, I have never been so worried about this country, it’s well being and future as I am right now. I am tired of hearing “US AND THEM” I believe I speak for the majority of the American people when I say SART WORKING TOGETHER, the ball you are fighting over is US!!!!

    February 4, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  24. Annie

    Without a job how do you pay a mortgage even with a tax credit from the Repulicans.

    February 4, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  25. kim scott

    I think the PRESIDENT should do what he set out to do
    for the american people like he said he would do
    understand he has to be bypartisan BUT"DO WHAT YOU
    GOTTA DO" to fix and repair the ECONOMY quick people
    are hurting everyday it's delayed.

    February 4, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  26. kim scott

    I think the PRESIDENT should do what he set out to do
    for the american people like he said he would do
    understand he has ti be bypartisan but at the same

    February 4, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  27. Annie

    Could you ask a Replican Senator a question for the veiwers, how can first time home buyers buy a house with a house credit of $1500.00 if they do not have a job to keep making the mortgage payments. Is that the same way that we got into the mortgage crisis that we are in now. Will someone please ask the republican that guestion so we can hear thrir answer and continue asking until we get an answer.

    February 4, 2009 at 1:14 pm |
  28. Amanda

    Ok, I know most are commenting on the presidential interview, but my beef this week is #92 at the SuperBowl. Everyone's raving about his 100 yard run, and yes, that was impressive.

    But he PUNCHED repeatedly one of the Arizona players on field and no one else seemed to even notice (except 1 Ref). That is a TERRIBLE rolemodel for children, he should have been kicked out of the game.

    February 4, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  29. bonnie brown

    remember clinton--he didnt inhale - maybe phelps didnt inhale

    February 4, 2009 at 11:14 am |