February 5th, 2009
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  1. Andrea

    I think that the Congress and the Senate are losing sight of why they were re elected and the people won't forget that they are bickering and making the vast amount of us out here to suffer when the President has tried to be bi-partisan. I hope they remeber because we will.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  2. Minou, New York City

    I caught the President's speech this morning. It was beautiful!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  3. L (New York)

    Bonnie...your so right...!! ...funny how things are always convenient for the opposing party..

    February 5, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  4. Barbara

    The economy was one of the main reasons Obama was elected. All I hear you say is that the Dems won't work with Repubs. What I see is business as usual, the Repubs won't work with Dems.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  5. Sue

    Great speech President Obama! Hey folks, the Republicans won't vote for the stimulus bill no matter how many concessions are made. It's very clear they are going to be the party of obstruction, nothing more.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  6. KP

    Pres. Obama's speech was not partisan in my opinion. He was talking to all of Congress. He said, "Each of us will have something that is not going to be included in the bill. All of us will have to make the sacrifice".

    February 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  7. Jim Miner in Cleveland

    The pathetic, lost Republicans and many news commentators don't get it. Where's the change they ask? To them bipartisonship is having it there way and reincarnating failed BUSH policies. Obama' ideas are what we voted for.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  8. Jeremy

    This bill will help nothing. Free Money = Bad Money...Once we start building how are we going to stop? We all know that the govt doesnt fire people. This bill will only get us more in debt.

    On Taxes; No wonder the dems want to raise em; they dont pay em...

    February 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  9. A.R. Marbury

    I voted for change. I voted for Pres. Obama!! not any party ! His civil , intelligent , honest and straigt forward leadership.Yes we hear you Mr. Presideht!!!!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  10. Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas

    "Pretty cool plane." There's the understatement of the year!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  11. Glen Up North

    Bea, psychology-wise, giving someone credit for something that went right (even if they don't deserve it) encourages them to work with you the next time you need their help. If Obama can pass this bill, give credit to everyone and have everyone feeling good about themselves (so to speak), then there may be a better chance of everyone working towards the common good. Baby steps, perhaps, but in the right direction.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  12. MH

    The Senate needs to come together and forget their differences, and act fast. Our President got it, why can't they?

    February 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  13. Karen C

    News flash- the country is *already* bankrupted if no one noticed. We can try the Keynesian bill or sit back and do nothing as the free trader purists want. Well, I can tell you, I'd rather try to get over rough ground with some theoretical Keynes tactics than watch the rest of the economy implode waiting for things to "shake out". I think those folks who want that are the ones who aren't in line of being horribly put out. I'd like the rest of the country to have a chance of getting through this too.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  14. Robert, Jakarta

    We don't need a tax break. 11mil unemployed... hey, these guys don't have to worry about tax any more! Yippee!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  15. Lorna

    Stuartx - it depends on how you define "change." At many levels, the election and Obama's leadership style do represent a change. Yet, we need to realize, this economic mess won't be solved with the inauguration. It takes time for change to be seen.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  16. Andrea H Macedon NY

    I agree the American people can not wait any longer. We are teetering on the stool and it feels like any moment the stool is going to fall over. I wonder when and if this bill finally gets passed how the Republicans are going to feel when they feel the affects from it as well

    February 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  17. James

    Anderson and Bloggers,
    In regards to Phelphs, why is it permissible for the president to have done cocaine and pot but inexcusible for an Olympian? Obama has been candid about his former use but now there is uproar about Phelps?

    February 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  18. Marietta

    The republicans are clearly becoming obstructionist as if we did no know this would happen. I am a southerner and am outraged with my representatives lack of backbone and what I see as just plain envy. President Obama did indeed win the election. The last time this type of last stand mentality took over, we were plunged into the civil war.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  19. niwat, Chicago, IL

    Hi AC, AC360 cast and live bloggers,

    I gather the anger from President Obama that might be accumulated from disappointing republican house vote on the stimulus bill last week. The first husband simply wants this bill get passed as soon as possible but it seems like the republican is more involved in playing politics of partisanship than concerning on how urgent the issue is.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  20. Isabel Abreu, Brazil

    Sheriff Leon Lott Phelps should treat as an ordinary person, and accuse him the case.
    Double standards: No!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  21. Michelle Brown in Los Angeles - Love Obama

    I want to send a shout out to Michael Phelps – Keep Your Head Up Michael -this too will pass and all will be well. You are talented, young, gifted and surrounded by family and friends. This is only a temporary situation. You won 8 Gold Medals. Hell, the truth is they (the US Olympic Team ) needs you more than you need them.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  22. Monica M Williams

    I have nothing original to add regarding Pres Obama's tone. I agree with all my fellow bloggers. Our President has ever right to voice his frustration in an effort to garner forward progress. I hope it works.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  23. Ray

    One thought comes to mind about speeding this thing through. Isn't that what they did with the bailout back in the fall of last year, how did that come out? Let's allow the process through sensible debate, take out the offending items which have been put in by congress people at the request of their lobbyist. After all that is supposed to be only 3% so why should the President or Pelosi or Reid allow that to stop the bill from getting the 60 votes?

    February 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  24. Miranda


    By nature people will not change unless it benefits them. I would like to see you name Senator's and their pork requests on both sides, Democratic and Republican, that have held this bill up and brought the President to all but say elected politicians are unwilling to work together for the greater good of the American people.What a shame so early in his Presidency to all but admit that scenario.


    February 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  25. Dhel, NY

    WE NEED CHANGE!!!!! And we need to do it SOON. Come on Republican's work with Pres. Obama. We need to TRUST and EMBRACE new strategy. Enough arguments! its not helping our economic crisis.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  26. Leigh

    congress is getting ready to try and pass the largest single splending biil in the histroy of this country that will add at least another $4000 dollar of debt to every man woman and child in this country rasing that debt to almost $40,000 per person, And after reading the bill most of it will do nothing for at least a year, we need a stimuless bill but not this one. All I see is the fear mongering from Obama just like bush used fear mongering to get TARP passed. This is wrong and we can take some time and do it right.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  27. Dee

    How come the stimulus package is getting bigger and bigger when senate is supposed to remove the pork. The current stimulus plan stinks.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  28. Ram

    I am almost on the verge of losing my job and the republicans are playing the game of chickens and delaying tactics.
    Did they not get the message from us that we need change?

    February 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  29. colleen from canada

    it was good to hear obama give the politicians hell...the republicans should have a say, but it seems to me that there was a conspiracy not to support this package when you see not one single republican supporting this bill. It appears as though the republicans only play politics rather than working together to try and get the economy going. Of course the bill will not be perfect, and many different approaches may have to be used, but, the best economists in the country have proposed this stimulus package, so at least give it a chance.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  30. Barbara

    I was amazed to see them serving expensive bottles of wine when a lot of the people who have lost their jobs are signing up for food stamps. Something needs to be done to help people remain in their homes before spending all this money.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  31. Jan-Atlanta

    Isn't it strange that everyone who hates the stimulus plan already has a good paying job! Especially Rush Limbaugh with his 4 million dollar paycheck .They don't need any money! For the 1st time in history we have a President who is for the people.Doesn't anybody listen to Susie Orman when she says PEOPLE 1st, then Money, then THINGS. I agree with President Obama-Stop the gamesmanship and get something done for the people.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  32. Dr. Samson Omotosho

    Time is running out. More jobs are being lost as we speak. More houses are being foreclosed. At the end of the day, the buck will end at the President's table. The guy's got to do what he's got to do. I believe he is on the right path.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  33. carolyn cee yah

    I hope micheal competes, he just need to learn that when won those medals his life became that of a public figure.
    stay away from camera phones and phony old friends he will be okay.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  34. Barbara

    As Pres. Obama said in his victory speech he is the President for all the people. The President has stated several times if his package fails he is at blame. Why not approve it and let's see what happens. The Country is already trillions of dollars in debt, what's another trillion going to hurt. After all we are still spending 10 billion a day in Iraq, no one is complaining about that.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  35. Jonathan

    I want to know where the money for that retreat is coming from?
    By the way, Anderson, we're looking forward to seeing you in Thousand Oaks next week.
    Agoura, CA

    February 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  36. Jill from TN

    The Congress wasted precious days. I am a baby boomer child of parents who lived through the Depression and the bank failures and unemployment are sickening in their similarity. I was so relieved when he took charge tonight. Tax cuts are what have caused the massive problems.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  37. Sharon VA

    Poor Michael gee he smoked some pot! Whatever People get over it!

    I think had the media not made such a big deal out of this it would have not cost him anything!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  38. Danny D

    All these games that are being played is kinda hard to watch.If this bill works ,whats will the republicans say and do then?

    February 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  39. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    If this stimulus package is so unpopular with the American people why does the price tag continue to grow?

    February 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  40. Rose, NJ

    How many people must lose their jobs before these Republicans help, the bill might have issues but the mother who lost her job and does not food for her kids does not care, she wants something done. the republicans spent $700 billion dollars in iraq, $700 on Wall Street. Wake up America they don’t care about you the people who work everyda

    February 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  41. Linda

    This is money that our kids, grandkids, greatgrandkids, etc. will be in debt for. Do you really want to put that noose around not only our own necks but our posterity's as well? This is ludicrous. When I overspend our budget, I have to cut back, work extra jobs, stop eating out, and get back in the black again. I wouldn't dream of having my grandkids bail me out!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  42. Amy

    Democrats need to give a little here ... if republicans want to cut more spending out of the bill, then dems need to yeild. If an item in the bill doesn't have clear and direct impacts on stimulating the economy, dems need to let it go. This needs to be passed asap.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  43. anderson cooper

    good evening...sorry im late... the program has been changing as we've been going along.. i like it best like this.. but it makes chatting difficult...

    February 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  44. Maureen T

    Good evening Anderson! There's a lot going on tonight! President Obama is getting all fired up, nicely, of course!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  45. Cora

    Does anyone understand that people out here are worried and scared. Everyday we are hearing of people losing their jobs as we sit wondering if we will be the next victim.... Washington must understand that as much as we love tax breaks and rebates on houses and car – Unless we have jobs we can't or won't be making purchases.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  46. Shevon Browne

    Obama doing a very great job at his job all of a sudden now that he is president republicans making complaints .The Congress needs to chill out because they cant stop the president from doing his job.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  47. Carlton Greene

    David, I normally have the higest respect for your opinion, but these Republican jokers have no desire to support this package. President Obama is doing the right thing. He was elected to lead. We are in the middle of a real crisis and I think the American people screwed up in November by leaving a few Republicans in their seats.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  48. Ken in NC

    Good evening Anderson, Erica and all Bloggers. I think President Obama's speech tonight sends a message to Democrats that the voters called for change and it is time to do it. He also sent a message to Republicans that "we want to have the support of both sides BUT we can do this without you".

    February 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  49. vincent

    Super panel discussion, as usual. i forgot about 2nd part of TARP. it seems to me that that money needs to go into doing something dramatic about real estate! Help with mortgages, forclosures, etc.

    I read somewhere that no one really know the value of any property at this point.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  50. Bruce

    We need something to stimulate the economy but not something that has an enormous about of " PORK " attached to it. Some of the stuff in the bill is ridiculous. We need to help people get back to work and not just try and get ole democratic programs passed under the disquise of a "Stimulus Package"

    February 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
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