February 5th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

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  1. Whitney

    And i still Say let Phelps go on with his life....get over it.. he smoked weed its not the end of the world

    February 5, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  2. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Anderson, I wish the media would stop giving this octuplet mother any more publicity! Now that people are criticizing her, she is blaming her lonely childhood for her irresponsible actions. I am not buying it!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  3. Isabel Abreu, Brazil

    People can not expect a miracle, it doesn’t exist in economics.
    The crisis still will cause many deaths and injuries in business, before the economy finds a new level, and this independent of President Obama.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  4. KP

    I disagree with David Gergen – my first. I do not think his speech was risky. First of all, it was not partisan as he claims. Secondly, if this bill doesn't pass, politically, Republicans will have more to lose from this than Pres. Obama. He has the microphone and will come up with a new package to fix the economy.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  5. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Hill – Haha, I could too! I just got an image of you, Coop, Gergen, and Jack Gray sitting on a sofa passing popcorn while watching Akerman go to town.

    Gergen – Thanks for your insight as always and taking the time to explain to us "non experts" what you mean. I can see where you're coming from...but I hope everyone realizes that Pres. Obama has been very careful NOT to blame anyone from the previous administration. That only gets you so far. Sometimes you have to blame to fix the problem.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  6. Lorna

    I feel for Phelps. He's worked hard for years and can' t even take a break now that he actually beat all records. I don't agree with what he did, but I guess I understand why he would do it. He's just 23 after all! And, this doesn't change the fact that he performed amazingly well in the 2008 Olympics.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  7. Dee from Virginia

    Is Senator McCain thinking that giving corporations tax cuts will work? Haven't we sung this song before? Wasn't 45 Billion enough for Exxon Mobile? I have an amendment for him. Until the recession is over, Congress agrees to make minimum wage and forego retirement and sick benefits. They can invest in special savings bonds just for them that they cannot cash until the recession is over. And for tax cuts, cut taxes on corporations earning less than $100,000 in 2008 to 0% and raise those who have netted more than one million in 2008 to 60% so we can balance the budget in the next decade. 60% of 45 billion is a good downpayment from Exxon Mobile.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  8. Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas

    Michael Phelps should just ignore all those reporters. He's adding fuel to a fire that should have never started burning in the first place. He smoked pot...get over it! He apologized!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  9. Brandi - bottom of the boot


    we all have the right to our opinions and you definitely have a much deeper understanding of all this procedural stuff that most of us simply dont have the energy to wrap our brain cells around.

    i luvs ya!! 🙂

    February 5, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  10. Melinda

    Hey Anderson, so sorry Judge Ginsberg is sick. She seemed like the one that had the best common sense. I think if you would poll, the majority of Americans would not care about Phelps smoking...

    February 5, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  11. Vanessa, TX

    Aww..David Gergen...I would read the dictionary if you would have written it! 😉 I love everything you have to say and I think everyone blogging tonite agrees

    February 5, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  12. Laura

    Rep. Ackerman is my hero. Thank goodness there was a large sprawling desk separating him from the SEC reps. I thought he might jump the table and smack them all down!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  13. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    that pilot Sully is a true hero! He should be considered for the new year of CNN’s heroes!

    I agree with you Maureen T!!!!!!!!! maybe he need one best the year of 2009!!!!!!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  14. Yoli

    First time blogger here. I can understand how some in congress may want a stim pak that will really help us by cutting out some things. However, a part of me can't help but think that maybe the repubs want the President to fail. So the longer they drag things out the worse the economy will get where nothing will help. A part of me wonders.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  15. Vicki

    I don't understand why they are overcomplicating this stimulus package and why it's taking so long. The people on the hill are getting paid a lot of money to figure this out, but it’s obvious they don’t even have a clue what to do. They should be among the unemployed! I was laid off over 4 weeks ago and have yet to receive an unemployment check. It's a good thing I don't live paycheck to paycheck.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  16. Cassandra

    My brother is a Republican and he is even discussed by the Repugs. He will get it done for voting against the |Repug from his state.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  17. William T. Lawrence

    "Court may exonerate dead inmate", these stories, grip my heart with sympathy over our neglect and callusness over convictions. We all believe once convicted good riddence, but yet more and more case are being over turned due to DNA, so which ones are accurate. We wll never know though Americans always say "it's the best system in the world" of course we practise Propaganda.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  18. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Thank you for taking the time to explain, David. I can certainly see where you're coming from on that one, and I don't know that I entirely disagree.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  19. Cessy, Chicago

    Anderson–Put Mr. Ackerman on your show!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  20. Stacy

    This Michael Phelps thing has gone way too far. He's young. He screwed up. It shouldn't ruin his career.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  21. Lee Moore

    Mr. Ackerman is awesome... but unless President Obama puts heat on the SEC they will cotinue to do what they are doing nothing.. I am sure they was given cash payouts to keep it quiet as long as they could. They all individually need to be looked into

    February 5, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  22. Mike, Syracuse NY

    @Tom, gee if smoking pot is like speeding I'm a full fledged crack cocaine addict. I treat those silly signs as speed recommendations.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  23. Mike B. (Tulsa)

    I am extremely proud of our President for finally taking the offensive with the Stimulus Package. In the future he needs to take a page out of the 90's Bulls dynasty and never let up until victory is in hand. M.J. and Pippen were unrelenting for the first three quarters so they could ice their knees in the fourth. And we all know how well that strategy worked!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  24. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Brandi...I agree! I think we really just need to move forward, its old news and it just gives his opponents an edge! 🙂

    I do think that he needs to be held accountable but endorsements dropping him I think is a bit extreme!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  25. Miranda

    Anderson and crew 🙂

    Have a great night.


    February 5, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  26. Glen Up North

    Well, everyone, I gotta rest if I want to recover from this flu at the eleventh hour, and I stayed much longer than I expected to. Night Anderson, Erica, David, Megan, Chris, CNN and bloggers. Be back soon! 🙂

    February 5, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  27. Dr. Samson Omotosho

    For everything there is time; a time to beg for compromise, and a time to leave it on the table while you move on with your conviction. For the President, the time is to move on. We don't have all eternity to halt this downward spiral

    February 5, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  28. Whitney

    Can i say that Mr. Ackerman is THE BEST at making people look highly uncomfortable lol

    February 5, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  29. Jeff

    cynthia from N.J set a time to march and I will bring people, we can spread the word.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  30. David, Indiana

    Anderson, you guys do so much, chatting too, it is truly amazing.

    Great narrative of comm btwn controllers and Sully's plane by David Mattingly, also Mary Snow in Sit. Room, Fredricka Whitfield in Newsroom. It's very moving. So many difficult decisions, controllers scrambling, and Capt. Sullenberger deciding to land in the Hudson. I'm so glad about this, hearing about this story again lifted my spirits today. All the right moves, and hearing it gives you encouragement.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  31. Barb Hanes

    It's wonderful to have a President who is intelligent and articulate but he could have started with a bill to address the housing/ foreclosure problem first. so that the average American felt they mattered to this Congress. Addressing that, extending unemployment benefits and auditing banks for solvency, then demanding that the money given them last September be loaned out to refinance mortgages at the new appraised value of the homes would have gone a long way to ensure our citizens felt a sense of stability. Remember folks, what you are hearing concerning this stimulus bill is the same rhetoric you heard last September and you know how well that stimulus package worked.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  32. Bryan

    We're finding out what it takes to get elected president. Give everyone everything – no worries, in Obama's view, someone else will pay for it.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  33. KarenT

    Everyone should call their Senators tomorrow!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  34. Steve

    Michael Phelps smoked some pot...he also won eight gold medals has tolerated intense media pressure and pressures most of us would crumble under. Let's accept his apology and move on with his life. And, let's give some pot to the SEC and see if they can improve their performance.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  35. Bea

    I don't just want a woman on the court. I want someone who values women's rights. There are women I wouldn't want to see on there.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  36. Lisa Griffiths Benalla - Australia

    I hope what President Obama said today about exposing the “gamesmanship” of politics means he'll bring more truth and real character to the political table.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  37. Shevon Browne

    the republicans needs to grow up

    February 5, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  38. Scott A. Meyers

    here’s an idea 4 the stimulus package =$900 trillion/300 million (us population) = $3,000 for every man, woman & child – pay off bills, spend the rest , not allowed to save = stimulation!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  39. Anne Boleyn

    Ginsberg! I hope she's okay. =(

    February 5, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  40. Minou, New York City

    Isn't it a bit tasteless to discuss Justice Ginsberg's replacement at this point?

    February 5, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  41. Bridget, TX

    @Renee, it takes money to campaign, but anyone who supported P.Obama and donated to his team will tell you, he asked people to donate to the food banks, to contribute to the Red Cross and Salvation Army after the hurricanes. He also asked people to have neighborhood parties to come together and help those in needs. P. Obama is and has done just what you're asking for.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  42. Lisa Hilliard, Portland Ore.

    In an odd way Rep. Ackerman reminds me of my mother.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  43. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - Clear that I am very much in a minority tonight, so let me briefly explain: in my judgment, the House voted on a bill that was mostly good but was also stuffed with Democratic goodies. As a result, the bill won nearly unanimous Democratic support, while Republicans unannimously voted against. The President rightly has tried to craft a Senate bill that can attract both Dem and GOP support. Good for him. A group of moderates (Dem and GOP) are trying to produce a compromise that would strip out some of those goodies and reduce the size of the current Senate bill from about $920 billion to about $820 billion (roughly same size as House bill). The President is said to be comfortable with the outcome. But now on the eve of a crucial vote, the President has come out swinging in ways that Republicans will see as partisan. I see that as potentially driving away Republicans, putting the Senate compromise at risk tomorrow.

    The President has been right all along: we need a stimulus bill and we need it fast. My hope is that the WH, Dems and GOP in the Senate will come together tomorrow, get a compromise done that attracts bipartisan support, and then get full Congressional approval next week. But I owe you my honest assessment - and my assessment is that his speech tonight, while greatly cheering to his most loyal supporters, could easily drive away moderate Republicans (granted, there aren't very many). Barack Obama remains the most inspirational leader in our politics - I hope for the country's sake that come sunrise tomorrow, the Senate pulls together and passes a bill with strong bipartisan support. Thanks for reading all this. D

    February 5, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  44. Jack Arnold

    Anderson,I think your bloggers, by a large majority say the President is right! You need to address that on your program!!
    Give us something to smile about.!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  45. Jerry

    Ackerman is right but we need a full investigation of all contributions to the failure starting with the finance committee over the last 20 years.

    I have yet to see a politician say we will limit the size of companies deemed too big to fail.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  46. Bea

    Justice Ginsburg is a legendary legal figure and was before she went on the court. I wish her the best.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  47. Saera El Paso, TX

    Mr. Ackerman should get a medal.
    He sounds like my conductor when she realizes someone in the orchestra isn't doing what they signed on for. She will make everyone get that sick-to-stomach-guilty feeling. Those idiots definitely deserve it.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  48. Brian Conway

    Nice work playing the excerpts from the ATC transmissions to flight 1549. I listened to the full six minutes of transmissions on a pilot web site and they are amazing. I really think that you should recognize the professionalism of the air traffic controller who worked with flight 1549 which making land line calls to Teterboro and Newark while, at the same time, continued to give climb, heading and frequency change instructions to the other aircraft under his control... unbelievable!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  49. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Go, Ackerman! Talk about a reality check. Can't say I would've wanted to be in that room though. At least Ackerman wasn't afraid to just spit it out, unlike many others in Washington.

    And just noticed you signed on, Anderson. No worries about being late. Thanks for showing up at all given the probably hectic situation in the news room with the program being altered so last minute.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  50. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    i dont care what phelps was smoking, if anything, it would slow him down and give his opponents a chance at beating him. lol

    February 5, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
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