February 23rd, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 2/23/09

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  1. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    I've never had a helicopter either...maybe we've all been deprived? 🙂 President Obama continues to impress me. He is one of the first presidents or evening politicians that seems to humanize himself...if that makes sense?!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  2. Sabrina

    I applaud the President's bold efforts in attempting to cut the deficit. The last administration did not bother. Ending the Iraq war would be a great start. Sen. McCain needs to remember the former President set up the budget for the new helicopters. I loved his Q&A with congress.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  3. Lori from IL

    Anderson – Glad you are showing "large chunks" of President Obama's Q & A today - I missed it earlier. Glad to see President Obama doing something new - Change won't come overnight, but I do have hope.

    The "helicopter" expenditure started with the Bush administration -
    Liked the president's response.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  4. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Welcome back to Nyc Anderson hope you enjoyed your oscar weekend. Ali Velshi economy for dummies thanks for spelling it out for us !

    February 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  5. Vanessa, TX

    hello to all my fav bloggers..all you smartees..I find the pres. pretty funny..I've been deprived of a helicopter too mr pres. maybe he should share lol

    February 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  6. Mukund

    How can some of the republicans so brazenly come on TV and claim that the private sector alone can fix this?

    It is the private sector who made rediculous profits when the going was good, it is the private sector who was quick to drop their faithful employees, and where is it now when the chips are down. They simply ran away - waiting for the situation to improve so that they can profit from every one else. I am sick and tired of every one telling how all attempts to fix the crisis will fail.

    How about this solution –
    Can we find a few super-brilliant folks – don't care who, where or which religion/country – lock them in a room and ask to solve the crisis? After all some half-Einsteins figured out the CDRs and craft them so that "no-one can understand them". Get one of those super-heros, give them one of those BILLIONS we are spending, and VOILA
    We would have a solution for 1-2 BILLIONS.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  7. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Thanks Esma........
    I agree with you, Isabel!!!!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  8. Dodie Ryan from Irvine, CA

    @ Mike...

    I don't know about you, but I certainly would not want to invest in the stock market

    February 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  9. Linda

    Was all John McCain say was ( OF COURSE HOW HE IS SO JEALOUS) how President Obama's helicopter would be a problem. I am glad he answered him back with he had already talked to Gates about it. Made McCain look like a fool, instead of asking amore constructive question requiring what could help the overall economy. ARE WE GLAD HE DIDN"T GET ELECTED

    February 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  10. EJ (USA)

    Anyway – when does the healthcare part of the stimulus package take effect?

    February 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  11. Crissy

    Hi everybody!
    I wish the Prez the best of luck and hope he stays positive and ignore all the haters. The economy can't get better with the haters who are the republicans working 24/7 to make the economy crash, the president fail and the country crash.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  12. Stacy

    Hi everyone.

    Okay, NOW can we concede that Obama is trying everything to live up to his promise of bipartisanship?

    February 23, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  13. sue, montreal

    Mccain really sounds like sour grapes...the $$ for the copters came from bush-maybe mccain could donate one of his own helicopters

    February 23, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  14. lynn

    Why isn't Ali including the increase4d revenue when the tax cuts for people making over 250 000 and closing the tax loopholes that the rich and businesses hire accountants to find??

    I would rather have a president who sets goals then one who lies in budgets and muddles along with no game plan at all.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  15. Barbara in Boston

    Question for Ali Velshi: What percentage of our annual budget goes to interest payments on the national debt? Surely that's part of the mandatory spending?

    February 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  16. Cindy

    I loved that McCain called Obama out.


    February 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  17. Lisa

    Leave it to McCain to bring up the helicopter. How predictable.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  18. Jasmine-Spokane,WA

    It's nice to know that Obama has an open curiostiy. I like to know that there is someone out there who can be able to ask questions and admit that they don't know about something.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  19. gill - north of 49

    Evening 360 bloggers – thought I'd join in tonight (considering Oscar blogging with Jack was so engaging last night)

    I've been following your nightly 360 live blogs for a while watching from the sidelines – it's been interesting to see how CNN is engaging their audience nightly – and providing a great forum for a two-way dialogue on daily issues.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  20. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Hello bloggers! Ali always does a good job at explaining things... It will be interesting to hear those questions to Pres. Obama from Congress.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  21. Eugenia - San Francisco

    Ali, do you see the Dow hitting 5000 within the next couple of months?
    I do.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  22. RockyRacoon

    The private sector should be allowed to fall until prices match their true value-then the government should take them over. In the meantime, we can build the infrastructure, roads, the grid, electrical and internet, schools, hospitals, housing ( turn the forclosures into safe affordable housing) Turn for a society of consumers ( profane) to producers ( sacred). Now that shouldn't be to hard should it.? Win the battle for the hearts and minds of our own heads.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  23. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Evening Cooper (two thumbs up on the tie), Hill, Gergen, Velshi, all staff, correspondents, contributers, crew, and panel! Also happy Monday (is there such a thing?) to all bloggers – especially my peeps Rikki, Michelle, Vanessa tx, Brandi, Glen, EJ, Megan, Pati, Chris...Did I miss anyone?

    So, what does this constant discussion with the press and people from Pres. Obama mean? Is it him wasting time or is he trying to keep the dialogue open?

    February 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  24. Isabel

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

    Hi, AC360 team, bloggers and especially Megan, EJ, Mave and Brand!
    Evening for everyone!

    And the stock exchanges, and banks ... that crazy!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  25. starr formerly known as vincent

    Hi Anderson, crew, panel, Erica and fellow bloggers.

    Now i'm getting scared because of DOW numbers.

    But, i felt a little better watching Pres. Obama's meeting at the fiscal responsibility meeting.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  26. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Hello Anderson. The stock market seems to lack confidence in actions to date.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  27. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Ali Velshi is best chief business to show how happened ecomony goes to where is banks. Thanks Al, for information. 🙂

    February 23, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  28. Maren in Oregon

    Hello Anderson, Ali, Erica, and fellow bloggers. Great weekend. Looing forward to another great week in the US of . . . . .are we still here?

    February 23, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  29. Vanessa, TX

    I have a question..has the national debt ever been @ zero?

    February 23, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  30. Esma

    Did I understand correctly that Citi wants another $45 billion? Why?!
    Oh, Happy Lundi Gras for those of you who know...

    February 23, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  31. Sharon S

    Hope everyone had a great weekend I did! Glad to be back on CNN blogging!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  32. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Hey, Anderson, Erica, Megan, David G, David (IN), Michelle, Rikki, Glen, Brandi, EJ, Ashley, Jennifer, Vanessa, Pati, Bea, Esma, anyone I missed, and bloggers!

    Looking forward to discussing this supposed new face of the GOP.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  33. Janine from PA.

    Hello on Monday, Mr. Cooper and the 360 crew:
    The predictions are that it will fall to about 5,000 before it starts to get any better.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  34. Lori from IL

    Happy Monday – Anderson, Erica and Fellow Bloggers -

    Glad to see Ali tonight. We all knew this market growth wasn't sustainable - it was only a matter of time.

    Markets react to confidence, perhaps it's time to see some people telling us why the stimulus and housing plans will work - seems like only those on the negative side have been speaking out lately.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  35. Nattada, Houston TX

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, pane members, floor crews, and bloggers.

    Hope eneryone had a good weekend.

    All the line in the graph going down. What a starter for our new week?

    February 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  36. Lisa

    Isn't the DOW just resetting just like everything else? Maybe it was just inflated.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  37. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Ashley, Megan, Brandi, EJ, Vanessa, Chris, Glen and all my fellow evening conversationalists! Happy Monday! There is a lot to talk about tonight! President Obama seems to be making quite a big promise in cutting the deficit in half...I hope he can keep it!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  38. Sharon S

    Good Evening All!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  39. Jasmine-Spokane,WA

    We've got to learn how to even things out in our economy.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  40. Dodie Ryan from Irvine, CA

    Good Reporting CNN... I like the idea of keeping everyone honest!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  41. Vanessa, TX

    hey megan...good monday to you.. 🙂

    February 23, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  42. Glen Up North

    Evening Anderson, Erica, David, Megan (and everyone else whose name I'm scared to forget!) 🙂

    February 23, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  43. Bridget, TX

    Hello Anderson, CNN team and bloggers. I'm looking forward to the day we can come on the board and there's nothing but good news.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  44. senegalese-girl

    Hello! can't wait to see that piece on Mrs. Obama...I feel like she is been first-lady in another life or something lol...so natural

    February 23, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  45. Esma

    Hey, everyone...Anderson, Erica, all at AC360, and of course, Chris Sosa (Vegan Brutha), Brandi, Vanessa in Tx, Megan D., EJ, et. al...I'm sure I forgot some people (forgive me).
    The Dow numbers are freaking me out...again.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Dodie Ryan from Irvine, CA

    Good evening everyone!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Jasmine-Spokane,WA

    Hey bloggers! Happy, Mardi Gras!.....tomorrow...

    February 23, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Jennifer - Michigan

    Hello Anderson – Good show tonight.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Hellooo Anderson, Erica, David G, David in IN, Michelle, Brandi, Glen, EJ, Ashley, Isabel, Rikki, Vanessa TX, Pati and best bloggers!!!
    Hope you have great weekend! (I love Oscars!) 😀
    Whoa! Wall Street Stock are down! This morning I watch President Obama took question from Congress, Senators and business were talking about economy and healthcare on Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Ken in NC

    Good evening and HAPPY MONDAY to you Anderson, Erica, Randi, David G. stage crew and all Bloggers. Lots of goings on today. What's on the agenda tonight Anderson?

    February 23, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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