February 24th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 2/24/09

What do you think of Pres. Obama's address to the joint session of Congress? This is where you can share your thoughts on the speech and the GOP rebuttal by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Just scroll down and post your comments to "chat" with Anderson and Erica during the program.

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  1. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Amen Erica! Life is too short to be a downer!

    Goodnight Anderson, Erica and all my fellow bloggers! I'll chat with you tomorrow night! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  2. David J- Miami

    Well Erica I feel hopeful, I didnt take the poll but add me to that list.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  3. EJ (USA)

    Thanks Anderson & Erica – have a great night!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  4. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Good coverage and panel discussions tonight! Too many people and comments on the LIVE Blog, slowed it down and made it hard to keep up. Just goes to show how many people were interested in Pres. Obama's speech tonight.

    Nite all!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  5. Stephen

    President Obama is exactly what this country needs in these difficult times. He is a breath of fresh air. Someone with bold and big ideas to try to solve our nation's problems. We must be patient. These problems were not created overnight, so we must allow & support our new President time to turn this country around.

    We are in this together.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  6. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Erica, CNN panels and best bloggers!!!
    Have a great night and Sleep tight everyone!!!!
    See you almost tomorrow night!!!

    Great job!!!! Have a great sleep at home after work....... See you almost tomorrow night!!!! 🙂

    February 24, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  7. Al

    First they say the President is too much "Gloom and Doom" now when he expresses confidence and hope, he's now not worried enough.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  8. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Goodnight Everyone! Time to start studying for my test tomorrow. I didn't study all day because I was glued to my computer on CNN/Live Facebook all day. See Yall Tomorrow!

    "We are not Quitters" President Obama. I love this dude! lol

    February 24, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  9. David J- Miami

    I agree the stock market is not a good barometer of the U.S. economy, that is what the wall street crooks use to see how much money they can steal from the real U.S. workers.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  10. ericacnn

    I want to share some positive findings from our FB Pulse questions tonight - while many people seem pessimistic about the overall economy, their responses show their personal situations are in pretty good shape.

    We asked: Are you worried about losing your job?
    79% said NO. That is a good thing.

    The latest results on whether you were more hopeful / more fearful / no change after listening to the Pres's address:
    52% say MORE HOPEFUL. More than 105k people had responded at last check.

    I believe in being realistic, but I also believe you can be realisitic and focus on the positive. Life's too short to be Debbie Downer!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:57 pm |
  11. Sharon S

    Ok enough blogging! Good night all Great Show! Thanks for asking all the tough questions!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:56 pm |
  12. Tim in Muncie, IN

    The problem in our economy is banks not lending. . . spending lots of money on pet projects will not fix the problem.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:56 pm |
  13. Pat

    Bobby Jendall is funny. All that fuss about republicans not depending on the federal government.. Make him payback all the money he got from the federal government for Katrina relief and we'll apply it to the stimulus package.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  14. Sherry, N. Calif.

    Demetra-Where was Jindahl when Katrina happened? and just what has he done? Seems Bradd Pitt has done more than anyone else!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  15. Ken in NC

    Great show tonight Anderson and great coverage too. Have a good night's rest and see you all tomorrow night. Good night all Bloggers.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  16. EM-Fort Wayne, IN

    Amazing job, AC360 Crew and bloggers! We should do this again, Anderson...the facebook/AC blogging! Night everyone...see you tomorrow

    February 24, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  17. Isabel, Brazil

    The economy, no celebrations today. One of the few good stories of the day came from the US market. The stock markets rose after the dizzying drop yesterday.
    Moreover, in the world, only bad news. Layoffs in Europe, Africa and South America

    (I’m back… I’sorry)

    February 24, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  18. Esma

    Regarding education: I want everyone to have the opportunities I did, regardless of whether you go to public or private schools. There needs to be more of a shot for kids in public schools to get into a decent college and feel inclined to stay there. If the majority of us drop out of school and are working for minimum wage, we have hit a Dark Ages era.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  19. josh {Canada}

    Bobby Jindle stated that the people have to help themselves yes true. But i also heard Obama state that time and time again that the goverment cant do this alone people need to share in the effort .
    The people are all US citizens all branches of goverment !

    February 24, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  20. Eric walker, Miami fl

    The rason we have to invest in new jobs is because we do not have a manufacturing base anymore. Shipping good jobs over seas for cheap labor then shipping them back here to be consumed, does not work. Now the consumer makes 12$/hr with no health care and no excess money. Fair trade I think knot

    February 24, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  21. Tim in Muncie, IN

    My hope is that Obama will support school choice. I trust parents to make the right choice for their children. In every other area of American life we have choices: where to eat, sleep, and drive. For some reason all but the richest Americans can only go to one school. Freedom of educational choice is important!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  22. Caryl S. Foster

    Republicans insist of failing to recognize the fallacy of their faith in corporate business tax cuts as the means to get out of this recession.....no sensible person or business is going to invest capital in producing more while demand is so low that existing inventories are high.

    Stimulating demand comes first not supply.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  23. Miranda

    Thank you Anderson for nearly two whole hours of coverage it was very informative and for the chance to blog for the same amount of time it was fun.

    Have a great night one and all.


    February 24, 2009 at 11:53 pm |
  24. Peggy

    Gov. Jundal must love the way President Obama wrote his speech. He repeated it. On a written exam he would be called a copy cat and a cheat.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:53 pm |
  25. Carmella

    I like when he said I see the budget differently, it's a vision/blueprint for our country not just numbers on paper. That was totally awesome.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:52 pm |
  26. Di

    Is the sheriff that Jindal mention the same sheriff that blocked people trying to leaving New Orleans via a bridge leading into his perish?

    February 24, 2009 at 11:52 pm |
  27. veilla miam fl.

    i think that was very rude and shows disrespect from the governor and his republican Partners,to give such a pre-election Sermon after ...such a gret speech from President Obama,,p.s. at least give us time to chew and digest what he's laid on our plate....save the desert.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:51 pm |
  28. Claude

    You guys are very lucky to have a President like that he is a real leader, he need support from all of you.

    Since Obama is elected, since long time I never seen the love to USA is growing very fast and that is worldwide.

    The world is watching the USA, they also need a leader.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:49 pm |
  29. Singh

    AC seemed surprised that somebody would sit in a seat for 8 hours to meet the President of USA after his speech In Lousiana, people start reserving their spot on the roadside during Mardi Gras 24-48 hours prior to a Parade roll time. Think about that.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:48 pm |
  30. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    These are some fantastic points being made re: stock prices and the major indices as daily economi barrometers…

    Agree! We can not look at the stocks every day since main street and wall street are not serving the same clientele!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:48 pm |
  31. Cliff

    Obama was brilliant, and Jindal’s “rebuttal” was painfully, pathetically bad.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:46 pm |
  32. edwin martin

    Im not drinking the coolaid obama is selling.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:46 pm |
  33. Dave--California

    I am so impressed that you have Joe Stiglitz on. At last someone who truly understands economics, maybe the smartest economist in the country.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:46 pm |
  34. Fred

    Duane B. Republicans, democrats finger pointing never helped anything. The real solutions get misinterpreted as racial biases, or social rather than economic issues. We need to be responsible for our own actions. If a child never goes to school is he or she elligible for welfare? Medi-caide?

    February 24, 2009 at 11:46 pm |
  35. Greg, Austin Tx

    To Governor Jindal's credit, I think that it would have been impossible for anybody other than Elvis to follow Obama's speech.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:45 pm |
  36. Gary in Calif

    Its a no brainer. Don't give money to banks. Give a trillion dollars equally to all Americans. They will either spend it or save it. Either way, all the money will end up in banks. Commerce will roll again if people are helped first!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:44 pm |
  37. Karen

    How naive a comment and scare tactic from the economist...child abuse? For Pete's sake get real! The only budget surplus was under Clinton. My ancestors had to borrow to fund World Wars...does that mean they promoted child abuse against me? Trivializing a term "child abuse" is sick, sick, sick. Get rid of that economist!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:44 pm |
  38. Judith

    People need to understand that what Jindal said is what Republicans stand for: take everything away from the lower and middle classes, because they "don't deserve it" and give it to the wealthy. If you think that Republicans are about family and god, then you've been brainwashed. They are only about depleting the middle class and the government.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:44 pm |
  39. KC

    Why does Wall Street hold our country at Ransom? I know it is all money. But this is like blackmail. The investors pull out the money on news that effects their short term returns rather than really look at the long term viability of projects or companies. I think sometimes too much of information also spoils people as they cannot take the rigt info and process it constructively for longer term gains. Wall street surely suffers from this problem in addition to being greedy and selfish.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  40. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Obama talked about a lot of programs, but how is he going to pay for them?

    February 24, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  41. Brenda

    Great speech. Obama gives us all hope that he is on top of the problems we face on a daily basis. Jindal on the other hand gave us
    nothing as usual for the republicans.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  42. Clarence

    I do have to admit that most of my TV time is on CNN... Palin paying back 7k for unofficial travel time by her family is fair... claiming it as an acceptable expense is not.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
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