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February 23rd, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 2/23/09

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soundoff (601 Responses)
  1. Maria Lines

    hi anderson! we LOVE green veggies at our house! we especially love broccoli, do you?! we eat them while we watch your show every night.

    February 23, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  2. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Journalist-y......I like that. 360 should have a special place on the blogs for a 360 Dictionary, with ONLY 360 terminology.

    Have a great Tuesday everyone!

    February 23, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Clarence

    Thanks for the rerun's of EWF, Huckelberry H. and the former REP candidate

    February 23, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  4. Isabel, Brazil

    Good night, Anderson, Erica!
    It has been a pleasure to be here with you today!

    Good night, bloggers! Good night, Megan, EJ, Mave and Brand!!
    A great week for all

    February 23, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  5. Sharon S

    That was mean to talk about Jaoquin Pheonix you don't know what is going on with him! Be a human Anderson!

    February 23, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  6. Barbara in Boston

    Okay, so we can't argue expertly on the economy, but we can on green vegetables. Rage on!

    February 23, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  7. Marlisa Keyes

    Anderson, 20-plus varieties of huckleberries can be found in the mountain regions of the US, especially in the Rockies. They taste nothing like a blueberry, but are similar in appearance. Much time is spent seeking out the berries in the wild. In my community, a University of Idaho employee is working to domesticate the finicky berry, which he believes may be even healthier than the blueberry. Ironically, his research is being conducted in Sandpoint, Idaho, the town in which Gov. Palin was born! If you are interested in a sample, check out Litehouse Dressings, also homegrown in Sandpoint, as is Coldwater Creek.

    February 23, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  8. Glen Up North

    Wow, Jim, surprising insight there... I never thought of it that way: banks intentionally getting you over your head in order to make money on foreclosure. I thought they did it so you'd end up paying back the debt (and lots more) over a long term.

    February 23, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  9. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Goodnight, Anderson (guess I'll forgive you for hating all things healthy... maybe), Erica, and fellow bloggers!

    See all of you tomorrow.

    February 23, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  10. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Oh, thanks for the memories all.

    Goodnight everyone...see you tomorrow night.

    And eat your veggies!

    February 23, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  11. Nattada, Houston TX

    This Ben guy is not quite funny, more to the weird side.

    Good enight Anderson.
    Good night Erica and floor crews.
    Good night all blogers.

    Sweet dream everyone!

    February 23, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  12. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Well, talking about green veggies on the LIVE Blog was a nice break from talking about the diving economy....

    Enjoyed the show and the conversation tonight. Nite all!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  13. David, Indiana

    Huckleberry cobbler sounds good. Wow Natalie Portman and Ben Stiller did that well together, scraggly and glamourous, nice sketch

    good night megan, chris, ej, good night everyone.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  14. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Goodnight everyone. Now it's time for all new episodes of Colbert and The Daily Show! YEAH! lol

    February 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  15. christa

    technically, it is not a cobbler that was served at the White House dinner...more like a tart or pie. a cobbler has no crust on the bottom, only on the top

    February 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  16. Maren in Oregon

    Good night Andy, Erica – remember to eat your veggies and brush your teeth! See you both tomorrow.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  17. Lauren--NY

    Stiller was funny. Natalie was a good straight man.

    Anderson, you cannot talk your way out of this, you know. 😉

    Have a good night, everyone! It's been fun. Andy, welcome home again. I hope you enjoyed La La Land–must have been entertaining.

    See you all tomorrow! <3

    February 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  18. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    That was a great bit with Ben Stiller last night! My favorite part!!!

    Well goodnight Anderson, Erica, Ashley, Megan, Brandi, EJ, David Gergen and all my fellow evening conversationalists! Great discussion tonight! Its always fun to take a break from all the 'bad news' going on in the world to have a bit of a laugh! Thanks guys! Have a great night and looking forward to chatting tomorrow!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  19. Don, WA

    I thought I'd forgotten about Huckleberry Hound – I was thinking Huckleberry Finn. Huck's are blueberriesque and grow mostly at high altitude. And they're great.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  20. Ronald Blocksom

    Good evening AC360 crew, concerning the question from McCain to the President about the helicopters. Why does the President have to but all 4 helicopters, just buy one every four years to replace the aging fleet that are being used.

    Ron, TX

    February 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  21. JacquiChan

    pees kinda suck unfortunately but I'll eat um cause I know they are healthy
    GN all

    February 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  22. EJ (USA)

    You guys are so cute – Have a good night everyone!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  23. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    goodnite all! see you tomorrow!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  24. Cessy, Chicago

    what's your favorite dessert, Anderson?

    February 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  25. Bridget, TX

    @Brian, because companies are laying off which means those employees will need their unemployment checks. There are those who home's value is less than what they owe and to stay above water they need help from the stimulus. I don't think its fair that the governors who allowed their states to get in this situation refuse to take the help based on politics. They have zero to lose when they're constituents can lose their homes.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  26. Jim Vaught

    Huckelberries are a small wild berry, that looks like a small blue berry, but better. no one has been able to grow it commerically. Makes great pies and cobblers.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  27. Esma

    Wow, that was a quick hour!!!
    Joaquin cracks me up...
    See some of you on twitter...
    Goodnight, everyone!!! Vegan recipes tomorrow!!!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  28. Clarence

    The crack staff..... back to the green backs.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  29. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Maybe we should all invest in brussel sprouts....

    February 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  30. Janine from PA.

    Ben Stiller had the funniest bit at the Oscar's.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  31. Jerry

    I guess things are a lot different for kids living in the White House than for me growing up. I ate what was put in front of me, if I wanted to eat at all.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  32. Jennifer - Michigan

    Man! That picture of Huckleberry hound looked so familiar to me – I guess from childhood....

    The shot – was that interview for real? Weird.

    Goodnight all.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  33. Isabel, Brazil

    was perfect!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  34. john

    Huckleberries are native to the northwest and are a little different than blueberries. Unfortunately they are not in season so all of the guests got frozen huckleberries, looks like maybe they're saving some money on the food.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  35. Ken in NC

    great show tonight Anderson and Erica and all Bloggers. See you all tomorrow night. Have a great sleep.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  36. Rick

    ON the Chandra Levy murder suspect – why did you report he was "an immigrant" when he is an ILLEGAL immigrant? Why are you hiding from the public that we have here another violent crime possibly caused by someone illegally in the U.S. ?

    February 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  37. Lynda

    I am sorry that the Obama children don't like some of the food in the White House. It upsets me with the amount of people struggling to feed their families that the Obama White House gives the media this type of story.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  38. EJ (USA)

    That Ben Stiller thing was hilarious.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  39. Stephanie Green

    Huckleberries are like blueberries, but much smaller. However, all the taste of the blueberry is packed into the little huckleberry – the flavor is far more intense than the blueberry. My mother lives in rural Alabama and calls her land "Huckleberry Hills" because they grow abundantly in the wild on her property.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  40. Lori from IL

    Huckleberry hound - childhood memories. Thanks for the Monday bonus!

    Good show tonight, Anderson - good mix and fun blogging.

    Looking forward to President Obama's speech tomorrow night - will there be blogging during the speech like last time?

    Good night fellow bloggers – enjoyed the "chat"!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  41. kim-chicago

    I did not notice any brussel sprouts on the White House menu...so sad.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  42. Kathy - Illinois

    Hi Anderson and Erica! Huckleberries are very small, sweet berries. They can be found in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. They are terrific, especially when combined with chocolate!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  43. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Good night Anderson, Erica, David G, David IN, Rikki, Glen, Ashley, Vanessa TX, EJ, Chris s, Isabel, Michelle, Brandi, and best bloggers!!!
    Have a great night and sleep tight everyone!!!!
    See you tomorrow night!!!!!!

    Anderson,
    Have a great night, You have good sleep at home after work, See you tomorrow night after pres Obama's speech!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  44. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Ben Stiller was funny at the Oscars last night.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  45. Viv

    Anderson, Huckleberries are very small berries and are delicious.
    You can look for Tillamook huckleberry Ice cream and you might switch your ice cream preference.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  46. Isabel, Brazil

    joaquim phoenix is crazy! :-0

    February 23, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  47. David Gergen

    Hello again - thanks again for joining us... .and see you tomorrow night!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  48. EJ (USA)

    Why are green vegetables and the white house kitchen important?

    The break from the economic news keeps some people from drinking.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  49. gill - north of 49

    Night all – thanks for another great session.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  50. Jasmine-Spokane,WA

    You guys living in the city know nothing about good food! Huckleberries are kinda like blackberries ecxept they are more sweet. Go up in the mountains and pick them all the time. There's even a store called Huckleberry's!

    Anderson, don't talk about Huckleberry Hound....it just went all down hill from there.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
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