February 23rd, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 2/23/09

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soundoff (601 Responses)
  1. EJ (USA)

    Anderson, since you were 8!! it’s been so long already. Why don’t you try again?

    Are you saying Anderson is old? Anderson – she's calling you old. Very old.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  2. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm You guys are making me hungry!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  3. Cindy

    Night Anderson and all! Great discussion on veges we had! LOL HMM..seems we skipped out on the show huh!?


    February 23, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  4. gill - north of 49

    OMG – forget broccoli, b-sprouts, peas, etc.. the only viable veg to love is a potato – why.... FRENCH FRIES !!!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  5. Bridget, TX

    I love Michelle Obama and how she's trying like her husband to represent the country well.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  6. Cessy, Chicago

    You're pretty funny tonight Anderson! Read the beat 360 marks again...


    February 23, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  7. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Hey David Gergen. Yes we do agree with the issue of Brussel Sprouts. I can't wait till President Obamas speech tomorrow. I hope he does well.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  8. Nnena

    All this talk about food is making me hungry.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  9. David, Indiana

    Man why all the outrage about brussel sprouts? There good. EJ I like crabcakes too, also clams, jesus, Erica on the webcast talking about Brussel sprouts too

    What about snow peas and spicy string beans?

    Audio is on on the webcast right now, I can hear you guys working out technical details...

    February 23, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  10. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Oh my goodness! That was the funniest webcast that I've seen in a while! Anderson face as Erica ran through the list of green vegetables was priceless!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  11. Brian in Minneapolis

    @bridget in TX ... why should any state or governor take any money from the Feds? if a state can't balance their own budget.. then they need to remove their legislators and get people in there that can do the job. We (as a country) MUST stop spending like drunken sailors. Cut spending , cut it deep.. get people off the govt welfare programs and take personal responsibility for themselves!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  12. Atlanta

    Mmmmmmm fries is right Anderson....I could go for some right now!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  13. Anna W.

    @ Mike Syracuse, –

    "Interesting that Obama will add as much debt in the next 4 years as Bush did in 8."



    I'd say, not at all.

    Bush inherited a budget surplus and an expanding economy, and gratuitously ballooned the deficit by deciding to fight a huge war of choice in Iraq and to grant $1.6 trillion in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

    Econ101 would teach you that governments should run surpluses during periods of growth, and deficits during recessions.

    (Don't forget that revenues will be down sharply with the projected GDP contraction reaching $2T in only two years. We are now also having to make interest payments on the humongous debt inherited from Bush. Thanks, GOP!)

    February 23, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  14. KarenT

    Someone mentioned asparagus. Try sauteing them with garlic and morel mushrooms in butter.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  15. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    @Ashley – I'm with Lauren, loved the "journalist-y" comment.

    But dissing healthy foods on national TV and the live blog *and* the webcast? Oh, Anderson... I'm shaking my head in disappointment.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  16. Glen Up North

    Tony, you mean brussel sprouts leave your dog Belch'ian? (Sorry, couldn't resist! 😉 )

    February 23, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  17. Bethany-MI

    Wow so much food talk tonight, haha and then Erica covering the White House dinner! Totally making me hungry....but not for vegetables.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  18. lisaonline

    8) was supposed to be eight). anyway..
    so... celery is out, but carrots are in?

    February 23, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  19. mave

    Anderson, just remembered your dad was from Mississippi...how did you get away with not eating some greens?? My mom is from the a little town on the Alabama/Mississippi border and you can bet we had to eat our greens!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  20. Sharon S

    French Fries!! deep fried? in bad oil?

    February 23, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  21. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    George Clooney is great!
    I agree, Isabel!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  22. Robin - Winter Haven

    Anderson, try cooking your brussels sprouts in Olive oil, with some chopped garlic...like stir fry!! yumyum Or you could always smother them and other greenies with cheese sauce – that's how I persuade my daughter!!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  23. Maren in Oregon

    I'll stick with steaming for virtually all green vegetables. But, so many of them can be eaten raw! Freshly picked green beans rarely make it into the house. My peas just went in the ground this weekend, and they won't get beyond the back porch.

    Nooooo Anderson! Not french fries!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  24. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Aww, Hill, thanks for the shout-out about my Internationally comment. Mucho appreciation. 🙂

    February 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  25. Dulcie - Denver

    Hah@ Anderson. I actually like Brussels Sprouts. I'm going to try to grow some this summer.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  26. Saera Syed El Paso, TX

    green vegetables are the reason i cannot for the life of me become a vegan or vegetarian. i like salads. anything beyond a good ceasar will be turned away..... 😛

    February 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  27. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    @ Doyle Peak

    I am waiting for the insurance companies to start asking for their hand-outs next!

    I wonder where the back of the line is. Maybe if I put my hand out, some money will fall in it too 🙂

    February 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  28. Manoel Queiroz

    "Anderson. Steam Brussels and eat them with horseradish. A superb vegetable, best eaten after they have been in frosty weather". Like Mr.Tony says..it's an amazing together..eheh

    February 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  29. Jasmine-Spokane,WA

    Nice shout out Anderson. And i was re-looking through comments, there is and never has been a conspiracy about brocoli. The only food related concpiracy I've heard of was aspargagus adpating supernatural powers to take over the human race.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  30. Vanessa, TX

    WOW..I can't believe the hour is up! That went by quick....especially when you talk about veggies..lol OH THE OUTRAGE of veggies..lol
    Good night everyone..be safe to all my smartee bloggers 🙂
    Good night Anderson, Erica..pretty good discussion

    February 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  31. Barbara in Boston

    I love brussel sprouts! Had a big plateful of them, steamed, and a slice of meatloaf for dinner. Yum.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  32. Ken from Ohio

    I am sure the tens of thousands of unemployed people in Loisiana could use some extended unemployment benefits to get them by until the economy picks up. Mr. Jindil needs to remember who he's working for instead of his political future. He might be needing those benefits himself!!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  33. EJ (USA)

    will Condit get a public apology?

    He doesn't really deserve one. It wasn't exactly a Richard Jewel type situation.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  34. Jill from Indianapolis

    Broccoli is really good with shredded asiago on top.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  35. John in Durham, NC

    Jindal's refusal of the stimulus money is somewhat bogus. All he'd need to do is formulate the change in unemployment benefits legislation so that the expansion of benefits to part-time workers expires when the stimulus money runs out. This is essentially what Arnold Schwarzenegger said he is planning to do. I'm disappointed that the media isn't challenging Jindal on this. If one didn't know better, one might think that he's actively looking for ways to reject the stimulus money in order to score political points at the expense of helping the people of his state.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  36. L. Carilo, H.R., CO


    Brussel Sprouts. Just say NO! ~ L.C.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  37. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I'm a vegetarian; vegetables are my life!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  38. Nnena

    Why are green vegetables and the white house kitchen important?

    February 23, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  39. Brad

    I dont ever plan on eating a brussell sprout. No thank you.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  40. sara.OR

    It seems AC got everything back, the pics, the memory abt brussel..:P

    February 23, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  41. Mike, Syracuse NY

    My favorite veggie is chocolate ice cream. Hey cocoa grows in the ground, it counts! #2 is steak, medium rare. Hey cows eat grass, and grass is green. It counts!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  42. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    @Anderson, Broccoli is good. I never use to like it at first, but I love it now. I love to cook stir frys and I love Broccoli in my stir frys.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  43. Isabel, Brazil

    I loved the first caption of the Beat and interpretation of Anderson left the more funny!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  44. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    @Esma, i love kale. lol

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

    How abou t spinach and asparagus salad with rice vinegar and olive oil a pinch of little garlic.....mmmmmm very good!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  46. Eric walker, Miami fl

    @ac360 crew I love the show, but would like to see post from you guy"s answering serious questions rather than responding to food quotes!!!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  47. mave

    Think the talk of the economy has us all feeling a little "green" around the gills so the veggie talk was a much needed escape to the land of trivia!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  48. Monika


    I absolutely agree with you on the Brussel sprouts. Just the thought of them makes me shudder. Yuck!!!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  49. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    @ Jennifer....edamame and miso soup...YES!!! I just had my first (hot) edamame last weekend. I've always eaten them cold as a snack.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  50. Naissa- San Benito, Texas

    LOL. Ben Stiller was hilarious. The whole Joaquin Phoenix thing is a hoax, I think we've all figured that out by now. Either way, I think Joaquin has proved to us what a brilliant actor he really is!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
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