February 23rd, 2009
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  1. David Harrell

    the private sector is not only at fault. It is a well known fact that the government made banks loan money to people who bought over their heads. This so called stimulus package is a joke! Most of the people who have lost jobs are not going to get a job paving a road. It's odd the President would have a fiscal responsiblity summit right after the biggest spending bill ever. Yes, he inherited this problem but that doesn't make it right to pass a bill no one got to read and then wait four days to sign it???

    February 23, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  2. Minou, New York City

    no greens? I love my veggies! it's all about the seasoning.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  3. robert little

    Whats a Billion Dollars? To help your viewers to understand how mush money this is If you take a Billion and divided by the US population of 300 Million its $3300 per person or $13,200 per family of four.The total debt is now 10 Billion or $33000 per person or $132,000 per family of four.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  4. Narayan B

    Loaded question, you probably have a short answer – is this the "right time" to enter the market. Got burnt when the market came down, don't want to miss the ride up!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  5. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    The octo mom should have eight legs like an octopuss she needs this to gather all her young

    February 23, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  6. Sharon S

    David is so absolutely correct I agree with him totally we would like certainty!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  7. Glen Up North

    My guess is Octodad came out at Octomom's urging because the Octopress opportunities were drying up. Octo-YAWN!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  8. Maren in Oregon

    There used to be many more than three (R)'s who had moderate proposals for nearly anything. Where are they now? President Obama is trying really really hard to be the president of all the people, and the (R)'s are doing their level best to make everything seem hateful. They're even running commercials – similar to campaign commercials, trying to gin up interest in calling your congress person and "telling them not to support Obama's spending excesses!"

    February 23, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  9. Teresa

    Every conservative talk show, & Cable show that I turn to just continues to blame everything on the Dems. Like President Obama said today to the people on the Right. Give us some ideas and maybe we will come to a better place in the decision making. It takes both sides to make this a better country. This negative stuff will not go anywhere but down. These shows are great at criticizing but I have not heard what they would do to improve. Enough of the pork spending comments, enough is enough. Enough of the Socialism stuff. We had 8 years of Bush and what do we have to show for it.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  10. lynn

    David Gergen: The PM of Britain (and Canada) does not GO before parliament; he is part of parliament and is there all the time when it is in session. The debate includes the PM, his cabinet and all the Members of Parliament.

    There is a question period in every session but the questions are posed to cabinet ministers as well as the PM Cabinet Members with very few exceptions are all elected officials. What President Obama did today is nothing like what happens in parliament under the British Parliamentary system.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  11. Nichole Oghigian - Palmdale, CA

    Anderson, if we first nationalize the banks...how long will it be before we start merging currencies and economies with the European Union? Why isn't anyone talking about the mergers of countries? It seems as though the EU keeps making the comments on globalizing the economies and banking systems to survive.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  12. Vanessa, TX

    It doesn't sound like a good idea, this "nationalizing" banks..I'm not too familiar w/ the term but already does not sound good

    February 23, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  13. Esther Malkawi, Massillon Ohio

    please everyone stop making nice on television and tell the american people the truth that we are bankrupt we printing money backed by nothing tell them we are broke stop with the sugar coating it

    February 23, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  14. Ashwin Krishnan

    Why did David Gergen say that the American people would not want to see the President engage in Q&A from the Parliament (or in this case, Congress)? I think they would, especially after the loud silence of the Bush years.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  15. RockyRacoon

    As far as the the mother with eight kids, I have not heard one iota or criticism of the Doctor's who "fathered" this birth process in the first place. Instead of an informed discussion on male/female reproductive technology, birth control, personal and political rights, we have recieved nothing but sensationalism and misinformation about whether or not this woman is going to get a few welfare cheques. And we could have a discussion about whether it takes a village to raise a child or not. Are you people so uneducated that you cannot think of one useful issue to address regarding this narrative?

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

    Green food? Broccoli tastes much better raw, methinks. Baby spinach leaves, string beans, canned string beans... and Lime Rickeys. That's the extent of my green foods. 😉

    February 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  17. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Ashley...you really like those snuggies don't you?...I have to agree with Anderson regarding the green food...yuck! Its a good thing the White House Chefs don't have to feed me! 🙂

    Anderson...Jack Gray is a pretty smart guy! It's good to see your picture!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  18. Jane

    Can you give more specific info on the stimulus for Social Security recipients and how it will work?

    February 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  19. Sandy

    Question: If CitiBank fails (bankruptcy) without federal assistance, what does that mean for my current credit card balance with Citi?

    February 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  20. Mike, Syracuse NY

    When the government owns the means of production it's the classic definition of socialism. How is nationalizing banks not socialism?

    February 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  21. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    @dodie ryan - anderson always looks good! lol

    February 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  22. KarenT

    Hello all. Obama was brilliant with the Governors. Bush ordered the helicopters so was intrigued that McCain would waste his question on that. Obama handled him quite well. I find that in general Obama is playing a high level of chess while everyone else is playing checkers. He seems to always be several steps ahead of everyone else. And he does it with intellect and a great sense of humor.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  23. Dodie Ryan from Irvine, CA

    I agree with Krishna Guha! Nationalize banks that require huge hand-outs...

    February 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  24. Isabel, Brazil

    The banking sector and all the bad news of the real economy threw the stock exchanges down. While the market has to risk aversion, stock exchanges will fall. Goes to be always the flavor of the news and they are still bad. This is so alarming

    February 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  25. Sharon S

    Anderson glad to see your pic is back on your blog!

    Great questions by the way!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  26. Lori from IL

    Erica -

    I can so see Ali as a "gadget guy" - and yes, it's time Anderson Cooper got a microphone for the Webcast.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  27. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Green food is beyter for you Anderson it has the most nutrtients and vitamins .

    February 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  28. JR Miami, FL

    Ali is right. President Obama has done and is doing a great job.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  29. Dulcie - Denver

    Nice, Anderson!

    Aw, green food is usually okay as long as it doesn't come from the back of the fridge.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  30. senegalese-girl, Pa

    thanks jack gray...nice picture Anderson!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  31. Naissa- San Benito, Texas

    LOL..."woopie." My sentiments exactly, Anderson! Please thank Jack for getting your little red picture back!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  32. Cindy

    Anderson..it's about time you got that thing back. See...Jack is good for something! LOL


    February 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  33. EJ (USA)

    I don't think that guy is the dad of the octuplets.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  34. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, Wa

    Cool Picture!!!! I love your picture!!! Anderson!!!!
    Thanks Jack Gray!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  35. Dennis Pistone

    While I'm not entirely opposed to income taxes increases, why isn't there more talk about a consumption tax, similar to a VAT in European countires to help cut the deficit, and fund some initiatives?

    February 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  36. Esma

    So Obama's Q&A session is part of the transparency theory...interesting.

    Green food rocks, it scares cancer away, right Chris? 😉

    February 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  37. Brian in Minneapolis

    We've had 70+ billion wasted in Tarp 1, AIG has gotten 150 billion and is set to announce another 60 billion in losses, the auto industry has bankrupted themselves, the major banks are insolvent... when will someone say enough is enough and let these bad apples fail and go bankrupt?

    Places like Wells Fargo didn't want tarp money, they're well off financially and yet we're still rewarding bad behavior by bailing out everyone in sight.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  38. Lauren--NY

    Congratulations on the icon, Anderson. It's really the little things. 🙂

    February 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  39. Miranda


    I am amazed at the fact the President has so much energy and willingness to host a group of people to field questions.

    It is interesting that Mrs. Suleman supposed donor is coming forward...why now?...how many children have wished their father's to come forward...pay their child support...it is just sad I'm still pulling for a media blackout on this story item.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  40. James

    @Mukund, isn't that what President Obama did for months? He brought in the best economists from around the country GOP, Dems, a nobel winner and those with different views to address ways to fix the mess our economy was in it was expected to get worse.

    This is why I don't understand all the negativity from the GOP and others because if our country's best are wrong where do we go from here?

    February 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  41. Dodie Ryan from Irvine, CA

    @ Vanessa, TX

    I agree. I am afraid that other people who want to be famous might try this stunt too. Pretty scary

    February 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  42. Vanessa, TX

    AWRIGHT...Anderson..it's about time Jack showed you how to put your lil' picture lol I LOVE IT!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  43. Mike, Syracuse NY

    @Maren in Oregon, the second increment of helicopters is due to be ordered. that's why it's an issue now.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  44. Lisa

    I love David Gergen. He is classy and intelligent. Love him.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  45. Lisa, Michigan

    Hi Anderson:
    I love your show.
    I disagree with the statement that's been made about how President Obama needs to downplay the worrisome talk. I finally respect the fact that we have a politician who wants to tell the truth and is in touch with reality. The reality is that things are bad. Very bad. And I would hate it if he got on TV and tried to put flowers around a bad situation. Remember McCain's comment a few weeks before Election Day, "the economy is sound." Hence, all is fine. Notice he's not in the White House today.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  46. Isabel, Brazil

    Your little picture helps us find you the liveblog ...

    February 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  47. AL gilbert

    I agree with the Obama girls! It's green! I don't want it! Give me rubles!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  48. Chire Regans, Miami

    if governors don't want the money, then give it to Florida! We are fighting the police for housing applications! The end is near!

    February 23, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  49. Dianne

    Thanks for the segment, Ali. While the wars in Afghanistan & Iraq did contribute to the National Debt of $10.8 Trillion, the bulk of the increase can be attributed to the Bush Tax Cuts since 2003.

    It is my understanding the wars have cost $1 Trillion, so what amount can be attributed to the Bush Tax Cuts? Please do a comparison summary of just how much the Bush Tax Cuts cost to date.

    In 2001 the National Debt was $5 Trillion and doubled in 8 years from $5 Trillion to $10.8 Trillion.

    Let's get a figure on what the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthy 5% have cost the American Taxpayer.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  50. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Way to go, Anderson! Very nice. Knew you'd figure it out eventually. 😉

    February 23, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
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