February 9th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 2/9/09

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  1. Jasmine-Spokane,WA

    Over-exaggeration is key to get your point accross. What's the problem? Politicians use this rhetoric all the time to get what they want. Why is it different for Obama to use that tatic and not anyone else?

    February 9, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  2. Shane B

    It was refreshing to hear a President speak with intellegence about the dire straits of every day Americans. I applaud his obvious frustration that hypocrites in congress refuse to even give this educated, well-intentioned man an opportunity to do the job America has voted in large massess for him to do. I am at the point where he should perhaps ask America that if congress wants to continue to play politics as usual while we loose jobs, then perhaps America should start sending these same members to the unemployment lines they seem to have such indifference.

    February 9, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  3. Tom of Philly

    The president isnt blaming hes explaining that 8 years of faild borrow and cut tax policy and its limited economic impact coused the deficit, remember clinton had a surpuls?????? so fiscal conservatism from the folks that rubber stamped bush's disastrous fiscal policies is absurd, if you are a true conservatvie you read your bible and know there is a time for everything, NOW is the time to borrow and spend, not when going off to war and as a policy generally. mike you get the first copy of econ 101.

    February 9, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  4. Mike Martin

    Wow, what a concept.... A President who can speak English and who has a grasp of the issues. I hope Americans will welcome the drastic change.

    February 9, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  5. lynn

    Mike in NY: President Obama did inherit more problems than anyother president in history...that's a fact...by saying that he emphasizes that he is better able to solve it because he didn't cause it.

    February 9, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  6. Marilyn

    Anderson I was a life long Republican until this election
    This man is so sane and sensible that I had to vote for him this time.
    The Republican party has become a party of old men stuck in the last century. I am old too, I just hope I never become rooted in the past like my former party has.
    Obama is doing a great job! Get with the program Senators! The time has come for change

    February 9, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  7. Isabel Abreu, Brazil

    Webcast during the commercials: I can not see.

    In the header of Liveblog is written that had, but Where?

    February 9, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  8. paul

    ed rollins said that the repuplicans are fighting where there base is, spending versus tax cuts. its fustrating to here this when 9 out 10 econimist say spending is needed. it seems all poltical not rational, what do you think? why not show they refuse to listen to experts while their arguing their position

    February 9, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  9. Dodie from CA

    The president's idea of talking directly to Americans is awesome! However, we need a change more radical that even he invisions. We need to create a federal bank to lower interest rates for everyone

    February 9, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  10. Al Green

    one word regarding this press conference.

    February 9, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  11. Glen Up North

    Gerri, again, there's no guarantee. When people are scared of the economy, they will not spend, no matter how low taxes go. If businesses are decided they are going to cut their "overhead" (i.e. jobs, etc.), getting a tax break will not necessarily get them to spend, though it may get them to hold on to those they haven't already laid off.

    February 9, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  12. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    "Funny how Obama campaigned on tax cuts for 95% of Americans, now seems against them."

    What part of the tax cuts/incentives in this stimulus package did you miss (they haven't changed, AND they were mostly Republican ideas that Obama adopted)?

    February 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  13. Dale

    Believe Candy said the Senate version of the housing tax credit is for 1st time home buyers. The Senate deleted 1st -time requirement. That language is still in the House bill and the amount is $7,500 for 1st time home buyers

    Maybe Ali can address?

    February 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  14. Rob

    I now believe he is someone that can't be trusted. He lied about no pork being in the bill. He's shown he will say and do anything to get what he wants. He's totally manipulative!

    February 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm |

    I think the president did very well ,it could not have been better.

    February 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  16. Bryan Pereyo

    As a recruiter in this difficult economy – i was glad to see our president come out fighting – if you have a problem you don't run from it – you hit it head on!! But why during this tough times when people are starving – why are we bothering our president about A-Rod

    I agree with him doing nothing is not an option

    And i vote for McCain

    February 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  17. Karen C

    On a lighter note, I thought for sure instead of saying "I didn't pull the number of 800 billion out of....a hat" he was going to say.....something else.... heh.

    February 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  18. Denny

    I think that President Obama is doing a great job. However, he is doing the same thing that got us in this situation. People are worried about how this debt is going to be paid back and how many generations are going to endure this. We need to look ahead and I have a great idea for looking ahead.

    February 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  19. Dawn Kucera

    The Republicans are setting the stage for the opportunity to do a great test of "our way" vs "their way." They don't like the stimulus bill and have almost unanimously voted against it. OK, great. How about the states that have the Republicans who voted against the bill, and who only want tax cuts, only get the tax cuts? Give the stimulus spending to the states whose representatives voted for the bill.
    Then, in 2 years, lets see how the two sets of states compare.

    Will be interesting to track how much those who voted against it come to the well for.

    Dawn in Hawaii

    February 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  20. David, Indiana

    When isn't "fur flying" David Gergen? I guess there are times. I thought President Obama did great tonight.

    I am glad the President went to Elkhart today. Yes it's an Indiana town and Indiana has had major industries close plants and reduce workforce, but Dan Lothian made a point about how small and medium size towns and cities are hit by plant closings and job losses. It feels like it nearly wipes them out. They're scrambling, and have been doing so for several years not to bring in employers.

    February 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  21. Robert Alexander Stewart

    I must say...these "First 100 Days" and even this past year, have the
    stuff that's making for the best reality show theirs ever been on
    TV-IN HD! All involved in politics and Washington are becoming STARS.
    Way to go TV-News rooms everywhere. The coverage is engaging,
    compelling and I'm hooked. I can't wait to find out what happens in
    America next season.


    February 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  22. Andy

    I hope that early next year is incorrect for the recovery. What area will we see the recovery in first? I think we have to get the housing market going again. The Tech industry can't do it.

    February 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  23. claire-wichita, ks

    Here is question: The Republicans are continually talking about what they don't like about the bill. What do they like? What can they live with? What things do they agree with the Demoncrats about? That seems to me to be the best jumping off point for bi-partisanship.

    February 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  24. Lori from IL

    Mary and Rikki - I agree, it is refreshing to have a president who can "put a sentence together..." I, also, find it refreshing that he's actually speaking to us and not hiding in his office - hoping the problem will just go away.

    Now if Congress can learn to "play nice...."

    February 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  25. Esma

    Sidney in TX-I hope so (not to tire hope out).

    February 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  26. Manohar Dasari

    I don't want Tax Cut I want a secured job. I don't know how to get this point across to those Republican Politicians. I lost my faith on these politicians .... We need something to be done right or wrong it doesn't matter what matters is did we try with clean heart without getting into nasty politics

    February 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  27. Mike, Syracuse NY

    @BettyAnn, I agree, but a basic leadership principle is to not blame others, just get the job done. Trying to pin blame does nothing to solve the problem, and just fosters more partisanship. On Jan. 20th this stopped being Bush's economy and became Obama's. The busk stop here!

    February 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  28. Tobais1

    This was a very lenthy Press Conf. I thougt The Prez was very through
    with his answers

    February 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  29. Dale

    Believe Candy said the Senate version of the housing tax credit is for 1st time home buyers. The Senate deleted 1st -time requirment. That language is still in the House bill and the amount is $7,500 for 1st time home buyers

    February 9, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  30. Renee

    President Obama told it the way it is straight up the economy sucks and we need to be drastic to try to save everybody. But the coolest part is having a president that makes you feel its going to get better at some point. He can't worry about those who don't want to help, he needs to do what he wants cause if it fails they're going to blame him.

    February 9, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  31. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Why didn't Obama take questions at random? It seemed like he had all of the reporters chosen ahead of time.

    February 9, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  32. Donald in VA

    "PEOPL", who are saying this stimulus plan is wasteful government spending should tell that to the people out in Minnesota who lost their loved ones from the bridge collapsing and another bridges that collapsed in other states from lack of spending on our infrastructure and then some, most states like Minnesota need this help because they cannot do it themselves because of lack of funding and this to the economic stupid republicans will help this economy. Like it or not what this president is doing it making sure that the tax money that we pay help bring the US up to par.

    February 9, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  33. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Great press conference coverage CNN. And it’s a treat seeing John back at the Magic Map again.
    Yes Greg in TX...
    John King is best magic map all times!!!!! he is hosts every Sunday mornings!

    February 9, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  34. Joseph Ross

    1. Cannot put too much trust in companies that are gone layoff people just because Obama are in office, thank about. If sound lame, but thank about it. Why should they be laying off this many people in an economy the way it is right now is no reason, look at it, three months or this many people to be laid-off. We did not enforce a layoff when Bush was in office. The Powell companies is a example
    2. education, some people are afraid of education, they would get left behind. Now we are facing Japan with a high education in scientific engineering, India are leading us in medical science. Tell me if it's not true.
    3. All due respect I cannot even see why some Republican senators don't understand that some of the own people are suffering too. This is what's gone on Louisiana, our love to see, the porno queen go to the Senate and then we can six pack our way to Alaska.
    4. We involve the president comments about steroids, we have to take drug tests us at lease wants every three months or a new contract, I do not feel sorry for anyone that does drugs. This is a weakness of America.
    5. Attacking banks CEOs home, seen that coming people who are not use the doing without are gone to go through larger economic depressions then someone that are used to not having.
    6. Drive the bus.

    Oh-PS, the governments that do not want this money, let them do it doubt, I wonder what you would see?

    President Obama good Job...

    February 9, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  35. lynn

    I support the Recovery Package; however if the CNN pollsters would have phoned me on the weekend I would have said I was against the SENATE bill because of the cuts to improving and constructing schools.

    February 9, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  36. Paula

    How can they say school construction would not create jobs and cut that but special education and Title I is left in and they do not create jobs.

    February 9, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  37. Jasmine-Spokane,WA

    I know that there are so many comments on this but I have to repeat. Why would you ask about A-Rod? That just gave me another reason to not be a fan of The Washington Post.

    February 9, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  38. nicole lesieur

    Obama is doing just as great as I expected.keep up the great work mr. President!!

    February 9, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  39. Brandi bottom of the boot

    those australia fires look bad. too fast to get away from, that is scary.

    oh, and anderson, your tie looks like it is dancing around or like it has sparklies all over it. lol are you partaking in the mardi gras festivities this year? if not, i will send you a special tie to wear just for mardi gras, it will be even sparklier! lol

    February 9, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  40. Wendy Ontario, Canada

    I agree with what Paul Begalis said earlier today. If these Republicans are sooooooooo against this plan then maybe they should refuse any of the help going to their constituents! If they tell the people they represent that they will not be getting any extended unemployment benefits, no help for their schools, no new roads or bridges just tax cuts for the wealthiest among them, maybe the voices of the people will help change their minds! It's easy for Republicans to sit on the side lines & do nothing while Obama & others do the work. I hope this plan is a great success & the American people remember who actually helped them, it certainly isn't the Republicans. Once again they are only thinking of themselves & not the people who are desparate for jobs & food. I don't think the people who are losing their homes care a whole lot about bipartisanship!

    February 9, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  41. Jeff-->(D) Illinois


    Thought President Obama done a good job selling his stimulus package. Can you find out anything about the Latino Newspaper stating they are getting GM bailout money for the Brazil plant?

    February 9, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  42. Abayomi, Florida

    There's nothing wrong with Intelligent Groupies, and exciting too, to have Beautiful People delivering the News.

    President to me is still working on a Great B+

    It's just a few days into the Administration, and with all the bad, accusations, and good, he has kept a 'calmness' about himself, and a strength in character.

    February 9, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  43. Glen Up North

    Good eye, Dodie. The Federal Reserve isn't really a _Federal_ bank.

    February 9, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  44. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    I thought My President tonight did a great job! But what's up with the reporter asking about Arod? This is the President's first press conference and that's your question?

    February 9, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  45. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Floor crew – I love the angle that you have the webcam. It's a nice change of view. Thanks! I have high expectations for floor crew Friday...

    I just remembered that Hill is on vacation.

    Rikki – That interview went well by the way. Thanks for asking. 🙂

    Does anybody else wonder the frequent flier miles that Coop has accumulated?

    February 9, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  46. Bryant

    Who Cares about A Rod....We have a economice crisis to worry about

    February 9, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  47. CLYDE

    Cheers, Brandi! Don't forget Mike in Syracuse and Jo Ann in Ohio!!!

    February 9, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Chris S,
    Opps!!!!!! don't fall sleep your key board!!! LOL 🙂

    February 9, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  49. jarrod

    Why are all these politicians relying on plans that have proven to work in the past KEY WORDS (WORKED IN THE PAST) is the words worked in the past an oxymoron if they proved to work why are we having to go back POINT IS IT DIDN"T WORK or we would not be in this situation.........THOMAS EDISON tried 2000 different ways to ge light bulb to work with new ideas every time he failed........Don't you think we try something new

    February 9, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  50. Vanessa, TX

    I did say it before, this is The Best Political Team On TV I like their comments very knowledgeable and thorough 🙂

    February 9, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
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