February 12th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 2/12/09

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  1. anderson cooper

    good evening everyone..

    February 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  2. Lori from IL

    Come on Anderson - Give President Obama a break over the tax cuts. We all know the bill is a compromise and not exactly what the president wanted.

    February 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  3. Dave - NH

    Wow, I did *not* need to see that octumom pic...

    February 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  4. BettyAnn Nacogdoches,TX

    Aren't the GOP clever? NOT! We are so divided as a nation. David Gergen is right!

    February 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  5. Clarence Albuquerque

    Have the" republicans- against- anything- not- republican" declared war and made a stance that merely a reflects the chasm that is long standing?

    February 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  6. Jasmine-Spokane,WA

    Middle class tax cuts? do they really exist?

    February 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  7. Tracy

    Good riddance...Please move on Mr. President these repubs are starting to make me ill. Their like children

    February 12, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  8. claire-wichita, ks

    I think the Republicans are making themselves look bad. And if they have declared a war on Obama...how sad. Seems like a bunch of playground bullies who don't like that they got beat at their own game....

    February 12, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  9. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Hi Anderson.

    Mike, Syracuse NY, I have to agree. This was no coincidence. I think Gregg saw the writing on the wall, he saw what they were up to. The Dems are no more bipartisan than the Republicans.

    February 12, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  10. Ben

    I work for a non union company and proud of it! I don't like the idea of unions getting an indefinite amount of time for unions to turn a company into a union company insted of the normal voting prosess. Also, I strive on the idea of being paid based on my hard-working skill. I don't want to be paid just as much as the biggest slacker

    February 12, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  11. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    I'm beginning to wonder if they are ever going to get a full cabinet together? It is an embarrassment to the Obama Administration. We really all just need to put politics aside and work together.

    February 12, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  12. jacqueline, ny

    It's a conspiracy. These people are really trying to do Obama in?

    February 12, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  13. Nattada, Houston TX

    Good evening Anderson, Randi, AC360 crews, and bloggers.
    Hope you all had a good day today.
    Time goes fast. It is almost Friday again.

    February 12, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  14. Isabel Abreu, Brazil

    Complicated situation, in political terms, this decline to the Pres. Obama.
    Pres. have suffered low in important positions.

    February 12, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  15. Dave - NH

    Commerce secretary really is a pretty unimportant position. I think that might been part of Judd pulling out as well. Maybe he just had no clue what he was agreeing to until it was too late. (Hard to imagine, but...)

    Having said that, I have no faith in this administration right now. We're looking at adding trillions of dollars to the deficit in a fraction of the time that the Bush admin did.

    Just because Bush's approaches were flawed doesn't mean that these approaches will work. I'm unconvinced.

    February 12, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  16. Greg, Austin Tx

    A simple solution to this partisan conflict would be to limit senate terms to 6 years. That way they would be forced to care more about the American people than worrying about getting elected next cycle.

    February 12, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  17. Carrie Bradshaw, Upper East Side

    What???? people do not trust Congress, Tom? My goodness, I cannot imagine. LOL

    February 12, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  18. dan

    The Republicans are being partisan? How many Democrats supported Bush's domestic policies such as tax cuts?

    February 12, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  19. Lori from IL

    Good evening fellow bloggers -

    Looking forward to a good chat tonight. Can't believe Gregg's actions –
    or his words - he obviously knew the administration's stance before he campaigned for the position. Looks like he/ the Republican party was trying to "set up" an opportunity to make the president look bad.

    February 12, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  20. Belinda

    Gregg situation is ridiculous! And if he really wanted to be gracious he could have done this on the Friday dump. The Republicans do not want to work with the President and it is sad, because this about our country and not their politics.

    February 12, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  21. Jasmine-Spokane,WA

    Republicans just don't understand all this "niceness" from a democratic president. They're confused and can't react properly.

    February 12, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  22. Dulcie - Denver

    Wow, I'm depressed at the lack of partisanship in Washington. Here's a new President trying so hard to get something done only to get roadblocked at every turn.

    I'm truly disgusted with Republicans right now. What a bunch of poor losers. They've had 8 years to destroy our economy and now seem to want to do anything to undermine Pres. Obama's presidency. It makes me sick.

    February 12, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  23. Kathy, Chicago

    It is best for Mr Gregg to leave if he can't agree with the administration.

    February 12, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  24. Hillary B.

    I think Judd Gregg has no class. His republican counterparts probably talked him into this.

    February 12, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  25. Margaret in OH

    I think Gregg withdrawing is pure politics. I agree with others- he had to have known this before- but the pressure got too tough from other Republicans- they are trying to make it difficult for President Obama.

    February 12, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  26. sue, montreal

    The republicans are acting like children & have no interest in the people of america...lets keep them in their playpen (congress) & allow this president & the people clean up their mess.
    If you guys don't want to participate, then just step out of the way.

    February 12, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  27. Debbie, Appleton Maine

    I understand why Gregg pulled out. It's one thing to be in favor theoretically of everyone working together, it's another thing to be outnumbered by those who are on the opposite end of the spectrum from you in so many areas and have to work with them every day.

    February 12, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  28. vincent

    Good Evening AC, crew, panel members and bloggers.

    I feel pretty angry about this republican so called issue with the census...they have done massive redistricting over the last 10 years and now they are afraid dem's are going to change the districts?

    February 12, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  29. Jasmine-Spokane,WA

    It's nice to see Obama laughing at himself and joking. That's what we need, someone who is able to be light-hearted while something serious is going on and able to handle the pressure. A good laugh can go a long way.

    February 12, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  30. Carrie Bradshaw, Upper East Side

    @ Emma – I was wondering the exact same thing. Wondering if I just was not paying that much attention in past administrations, or if this is truly odd that so many are dropping out. Hope Anderson answers that one.

    February 12, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  31. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Hi Anderson, bloggers. Commerce has owned the census for over 100 years. Now when a Republican was going to be in charge, the Dems wanted to pull it out of Commerce into the White House, a huge slap in the face to Gregg. Partisan to the core.

    February 12, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  32. Clarence Albuquerque

    Comic secretary with Gregg on his face? The entitlement programs are still in need.

    February 12, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  33. Vanessa, TX

    Has he given a reason for changing his mind?

    February 12, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  34. Bridget, TX

    Hello Anderson, CNN team and bloggers:) I can't wait to see which of CNN great analysts we have with us tonight.

    February 12, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  35. Hillary B.

    Why is Judd Gregg acting as if the president begged him to take the job, when Gregg was the one who asked for the job? Did he forget that he was a Republican, but now he remembers?

    February 12, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  36. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes Emma that is normal of course.... I think 4th person

    February 12, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  37. Dan, Denver, CO

    Regarding Gregg Pullout – I wonder if Rahm Emmanual took away the census responsibility in response to Gregg's lack of vote on Obama's stimulus policy – it sort of forced Judd Gregg to react to it.

    February 12, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  38. Michelle

    Judd Gregg is full of it. Like he did not
    know any of these things first. C'mon.
    What did the Repubs offer him.

    February 12, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  39. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Good Evening 360 Bloggers. I'm disappointed that Greggs has pulled out.

    February 12, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  40. Lori from IL


    I think this is the Republican's declaring "all out war" on President Obama. They can't handle his popularity and are going to due everything they can to see him fail - despite what they say. Actions speak louder than words. Hopefully, the American people will hold them accountable.

    February 12, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Esma

    Hey everyone! So I hear the GOP has upped the ante and is now actually bulldozing its own grave? Can't Obama have one easy day?

    February 12, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  42. Vanessa, TX

    good evening anderson, randi, ac360 crew and fellow smart bloggers..looking forward to another good show

    February 12, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  43. Jennifer - Michigan

    Hi there Anderson

    February 12, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  44. Jasmine-Spokane,WA

    Hey bloggers! Let's get ready for some jolly good conspiracy, partisan fun! 🙂

    February 12, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Emma

    That's the 4th or 5th person who has dropped out. Is this normal?

    February 12, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Good Evening Anderson, Randi, and all my fellow bloggers! Happy Thursday! Friday is right around the corner!

    February 12, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  47. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hellooo Anderson, Randi, David G, Brandi, Michelle D, Rikki, Ashley, Chris S, David in IN Glen, Isabel, BettyAnn and best bloggers!!!
    Happy birthday Lincoln!!!
    Oh boy! I was surprised Gregg quit his postion Commerce Secretary tonight, Ouch!

    February 12, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  48. Carrie Bradshaw, Upper East Side

    Good Evening Anderson!

    February 12, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  49. Clarence Albuquerque

    Obamaham Lincoln working to rebuild a reputation of the presidency that hasn't ever been a picture perfect profile...will he move on from the public platform to the more subtle servant of the people? Is he hammering home the the economic enhancement t he people passionately await?

    February 12, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Isabel Abreu, Brazil

    Hello, Anderson,
    It’s good to see you!

    Hi, AC360 team and bloggers!
    Evening for everyone!

    How many news today!

    February 12, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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