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. carol

    My impression of this awesome speech, is that President Obama believes he can accomplish this massive recovery and if he thinks so, then so do I.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  2. Marco


    What I took from Obama's speech is that the status quo of Washington has to be changed. What I took from Gov Jindal's speech is that he should keep his comments short–he made more sense on Meet the Press.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  3. Dan

    was bobby jindal running for president? i really dont care what he did in louisiana or what his daddy said. and btw i get the point that americans are able to do anything

    February 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  4. Howard

    I think he gets it. Direct and not afraid to tell us that there is a problem. I just love it when he throws the last president in front of the bus.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  5. Brad

    excellent speech! greatest speech i've heard from a President. And i love the goals he set. but is he just goin to pass these things into law without subjectively reviewing the everything that he is passing in the bill.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  6. Armand Robinson

    So let me get this straight about the Repbulician address. Jindal says the Republicians are sorry 8 years late and then expect all of us to accept their ways? Does that make any sense?

    February 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  7. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Carbon taxes on energy isn't the answer. Making existing energy sources cost more just hurts us. He needs to give tax breaks for alternative methods, so they become the less expensive choice.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  8. Brenda Aguero

    what is the deal with nit picking a man who has only had a month in the office??

    February 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  9. Shawn

    We need someone to help the economy and that's what the president is trying to do , when will the republicans stop criticizing and start helping .

    February 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  10. Craig Taylor

    I thought the president's speech was well focused and quite personable. He spoke with authority and a high degree of sincerity. What a change from the previous administration! It's obvious that the president is committed to the topics that were so popular during his campaign.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  11. Cris

    Voted for Obama over Hilary, but still very frustrated that there is no plan to bring back manufacturing to USA. We need to produce and sell to other countries in order to generate more Revenues and JOBS.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  12. kitty mcallister

    This was by far the best speech I have every heard.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  13. linda Perry

    President Obama gave a wonderful speech, very hopeful. He Knows what he wants to do and I think he will be sucessful, Jindal on the other hand is a flippin' joke.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  14. Emily

    It was not only captivating, but also very brilliant. Most importanly, I loved how he allowed the young girl to come to represent the desire of the young people to make themselves and the nation better.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  15. sid

    ambitious speech but inspiring like roosevelt. just maybe a new day!!!

    February 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  16. K.Ladd

    Isnt GREAT to have a President instead of a leader of a politcal party in the White house....people will respond to him and help transform us to a great economic power again

    February 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  17. Anthony C.

    President Obama did an excellent job conveying to the American public what lies ahead and the attitude that we need to be successful in getting this nation where it aught to be. I do not believe that the Republicans get it yet. People the world over are tired of the divisiveness and petty bickering.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  18. David Eiler

    Hello Anderson: All I can say is I love this bus driver and I'm getting on his bus. Meaning this is the best President we have had since Rosevelt if he pulls this off he will go down as the best thing to happ0en to America in 100 years. Let us Americans give him our full support for our grandkids sake.
    Thanks Anderson
    Frozen Tundra of Wisconsin

    February 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  19. Annie

    The President did a great job. I don't understand how Jindal got to speak right after President Obama. He is not our President and just shows that the Republicans won't work together with the Democrats to better our country.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  20. Ali

    Hey Anderson,

    I loved the speech. I was designed to boost the morale of Americans and to reach across party lines and remind the Republicans that WE need all of their understanding and help, not just from 3. I feel that it was a slap to Americans faces when the Republicans decided not to stand and applaud the President.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  21. Chris

    President Obama rose to the occasion again. I think he did well to adress American's concerns about our tax dollars and he adressed the how serious the need to pump money into the banks. He seems to be taking this opportunity to fortify our country for the future and adresss things like health care, energy and education.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  22. Bea

    Tom Foreman's piece seems to be reaching to me. If there is a clear discrepancy then name it. If not, don't fuzzy things up.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  23. dan beyerbach

    Did you guys all miss the fact that Obama implied the creation of a national bank when he said he would set up a way to fund loans for autos, etc. if the banks don't? All they have to do to complete the process would be to accept deposits from the public.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  24. Bob Sr

    A great speech with decades worth of work to be done by a Congress who is pretty much hopeless and behind the curve. Get rid of the EARMARKS, but he didn't ask them to. Watch what they DO, not what they say.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  25. R. Yousif

    Politics as usual from both Democrats and Republicans. The politics of standing and clapping, shouting, and taunting on different 'philosophical' differences is still as childish as ever. Nanci, we're all happy about 11 millions new kids having health insurance, and green energy, we don't need the standing and clapping after every statement the president makes.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  26. Sadanie, SC

    to Willie NH
    Great idea, Willie. If enough people have your spirit of community and fairness, we will get out of this recession a lot faster!
    I'm not sure if I'll get anything directly from this stimulus (although I know I'll get a lot indirectly by seeing an improvement in housing, small businesses, employment, etc. . .), but if I do, I'm willing to give it up to people who need it more also!

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  27. Letha

    I think he is doing a good job,and i am behind him all the way.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  28. Javier Cavero

    I think that we as Americans are to focus on short term gains/personal gratification rather than looking at long term investments for future prosperity.

    These hard economic times is making us change how we view money and take more personal responsibilities in our action.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  29. John

    Obama had an amazing ability to inspire even the republicans.
    Senator Jindahl's rebuttal had poor timing. Many of his negative comments were out of place. I didnt like his condescending tone.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  30. Elizabeth Wilkerson

    It is dishearting to hear Gov Jindal's comments especially when I know people who lived in New Orleans and won't go back to LA . President Obama gives a sense of hope and action, not political speculation.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  31. Maria from Louisville, KY

    Obama's speech was top notch!!! Perhaps when Bobby Jindal loses his next election he may try to become a stand up comedian. His response was so idiotic – it was hilarious!

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  32. karen hansen

    Incredible speech. We need to recognize we need these long term policies and solutions. It's not enough to "Let the economy correct itself". Been there, done that, it didn't work. Love the far-sightedness. A pleasure to hear a bright man who thinks in ways we simply haven't experienced in years.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  33. Sean

    Anderson, what in the world was gov. jindal talking about.
    the republican just don't get it. The good thing the american people desire will become the best thing when they allow God to give it to them. President Obama understands this and the GOP does not.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  34. joe

    How do we get the banks to loan money to people that now have some sort of late issues on their credit reports? I work in the finance department of a auto dealership. I have alot of hard working customers that want to buy a car, but due to lower credit scores no one is approving loans for them. What to due?


    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  35. Mary

    Obama's speech was as usual very open for the public. His points are well taken and explains questions I had about stimulus package.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  36. Mark Caulk

    president obama was moving...i loved the ambitious speech he gave tonite....best ive heard in a long time.....republican response sounded like their politics ...childish and out of touch

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  37. Chet Means

    If Americans will open there eyes, they will see that this President, is for the good of our country and that we have to look at ourselves and truly believe in Obama and seeing that this man is a born leader and can make our country better than it has ever been before! God Speed to this man..

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  38. Suraya George

    I feel hopeful about the speech and critical of the New Orleans governor's response. He is urging for the government to entrust Americans with money. That's what got us here in the first place. Americans have bad judgement when it comes to money. If we can't control our pocket books then we should be grateful that the gov't is willing to step in and help.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  39. Doyin

    The speech was excellent and i was happy to hear about education. I'm a preschool with a masters and i make less than $25,000. Hearing Obama talking about increase for educators and education begins at home. It made me happy and i'm very hopeful that some improvements will be made. It is sad that we teachers are being paid so little.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  40. Christopher

    Still seems like we have a Hollywood President. We are all saving money right now to ride this out. But the goverment keeps spending money. I get more fearful as the government spends more money. I have always been a firm democrat. But might have to change parties based on democrating spending lately. It is getting ridiculous!

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  41. Sherral, GA

    Hi Anderson and Erica, everyone at CNN and fellow bloggers. Jindal was funny. I agree with the earlier comment that he was reading as if he was talking to 3rd graders. I am feeling very hopeful. Great speech.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  42. LeAnn

    the republicans are doubting the president but what did they do over the last eight years,now they have big ideas of how the economy will revive ,how did it get this bad.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  43. Michelle

    The speech was awesome! I think all the complaining about the stimulus doesn't make sense. At least President Obama is trying to make a difference and be there for the people. I think it would be good for the republicans to get in line and stop bucking against the system. They had it their way and.....

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  44. Martha

    Bravo President Obama. You give me hope again in our government. It is high time that all of our elected officials get with it and stop playing party politics. We have real problems that need everyones attention.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  45. Vera

    I was so happy to hear someone address Gov. Gindal's comments about recovery in the state of Louisiana. He wants to reject some of the stimulus money. What he fails to acknowledge is that without the federal government, Louisiana would still look like a tornado hit it. It seems that he will use taxpayers money that does not have any stipulations, all the FEMA dollars possible. I think his rebutal of the Stimulus package is pure, unadulterated politics.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  46. andrew

    Gov Jingles? the next mr rodgers...why did he talk to us like we were 3yrs old? i thought inaccurate oversimplification and fear rhetoric lost this novemeber...

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  47. jerry v.

    A breath of fresh air after eight years of party politics. Now we as a nation must bite the bullet to succeed. God be with us!!

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  48. Christopher W. Balke

    When is the GOP going to lurn that they lost and they are out for the next four years. The american people seen what a mess they madeof it in the last eight years. Wake up!!!!!! CBalke

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  49. Jolene in TN

    I'm so relieved by our new reality-based administration. P.S. Bobby Jindal was awful.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  50. Judy

    The President gave me more hope during this most stressful time. It makes me want to volunteer to provide education to those less fortunate.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
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