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. Linda Larson

    It was a wonderfully inspiring speech. It was just what the country and I needed- reassuring and elevating our patriotism and positive belief in our future. I am not as frightened now. Thank you.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Kate

    I thought the President did a great job of letting corporate America know that they can't have thier cake and eat it too. Its about time a President told American companies to keep jobs here. I know it was not said outright but I was proud of him for telling the last administration's buddies no more freebies. Thank you for your time Mr. Cooper

    February 24, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Cindy

    I agree with Anderson..it was very pathetic of the congressmen to be sitting all day just to get a seat to be in the line to get to meet Obama. They should have been doing their jobs that they are paid to do by us!!


    February 24, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Miranda

    That is just insane that congress people have nothing to do for their constituents all day but to get a seat in the center aisle...that is just crazy.
    Nothing better to do.


    February 24, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Sumit, Boston

    Don't members of Congress have anything better to do than waiting all day to get a "good seat" for the cameras?

    February 24, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Gloria Z

    President Obama gave a very comprehensive speech on the state of the nation, where he intends to take it, and how. He has ALL the it takes to be the LEADER of this nation. Bobby, go back to the slums. . . you don't have a clue! Same old tired partisan rhetoric.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  7. Joan Greathouse

    The rubber has met the road. The shell game is over. We finally have someone in the Whitehouse that is real, trying to aim for the moon, with the intent to hit it.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  8. Susan, Northern California

    My favorite line was about high school dropouts disappointing themselves, but also their country. I think he will get Republican support by his statements on education, including his support of charter school. His plans are sound on all issues. Jindal was a disappointment. But he had a very hard act to follow.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  9. lies, Brasil

    Well done President Obama!! And sorry but Jindal's respons? What can you say about that? Bad preformance! and a performance it was.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  10. Michelle, FL

    Wow Anderson, that was great! I agree, don't they have anything better to do then 'save a seat' all day? Keepin' em honest, I like it.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  11. Jane

    Tax cuts for 95%, GREAT.... if a couple saves every single penny they get from that tax cut for then next 10 years, investing at 2%, they 'might' be able to pay for a half a semester of their child's education at an ivy league school.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  12. Steve

    The Democrats now hold a clear title to the most expensive car in the lot. Let's just hope it doesn't turn out to be a lemon.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  13. Hilda

    If Governor Jindal and the Republicans had all these ideas and solutions, why have they not put any of them into action. They had 8 years to do it. If the shoe fits, wear it.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  14. Pat, Sierra Vista, AZ

    I am quite sure many Americans are still trying to figure out just what was GOV Jindal trying to say just like I am. If this is the platform on how the Republican party is going to regain trust, then it is going to be a very long road – not 2012 for sure.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  15. Glen Up North

    Obama talks of "Hope", the GOP talks of "Fear". I have never seen such a direct and obvious polarization.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  16. CanadianDen

    He was genuine, true to his campaign promises, and has already taken many steps to make these things happen. He seems to be a man of action. His words on the new energy reform scares the hell out of the right. What the oil guys won't be in control anymore?

    February 24, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  17. bill

    Gov of La comments rings very hollow; they could't do ehnaythinge without the Fed Govt or the private sector to recover from Catrina; come on Bobby . . .

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  18. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Did you guys check the comment from POTUS."Nobody messes with Joe"? That was hilarious. I love how POTUS has a sense of humor.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  19. Janet

    The speech was what the country needed at this time. We need some pork in order to succeed even if the Republicans are resisting. Keep up your good reporting.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  20. Megan

    President Obama did a wonderful job. Its inspiring to see a President with ambition and vision again.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  21. ricky jackson

    The President a great job we all have to believe in him and stop taking sides. As for Governor Jindal he didn't say anything of importants as usual. I should know, I live in Louisiana and Jindal is all talk. Jindal doen't finish anything.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  22. Tasha,FL

    I agree with you Jason. The president's speech let me know that he is trying to do something to help the American people and not just the wealthy.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  23. ismael carrasco

    I was listening to Mr. Jindal. Don't even try to try to sound like Obama and use it to run for presidency in the next four years. Actions speak louder than words. We are not hear for the negativity after 4 million jobs loss, our forclosure crisis, etc.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  24. Jody

    Was Gov. Bobby Jindal speaking to American's of voting age just now or a group of 5 year olds? It's offensive that a politician would speak to American adults as if they were watching "Sesame Street". Was anyone really fooled by his little speech? Just because the GOP has a new puppet doesn't mean that we don't know who's pulling the strings. Is that really the best you guys can come up with?

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  25. doug

    The 3% solution. Set the interest rate on the 1stTD home loan (one per family or unmarried individual only please) at 3%. Follow the possible permutations of making this one change as it moves throughout the national economy. It would solve just about all the current issues. And quickly as well.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  26. Bianca

    Obama is looking 4 ways to get out of debt, legalizing cannbis and taxing it would make alot of money and help. Talk about that.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  27. james

    I thought Pres Obama was excellent, I feel hopeful when I listen to Obama. I feel like this is a great time to be a life and to be an americian now the problem is the congress, Dems and Reps need to stop the politics as usual PLEASE STOP IT!!

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  28. Shelly Tackett

    Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons is forcing a 35 percent "accross the board" cut to our education system! Las Vegas Mayor, Oscar Goodman is trying to legalize prostitution as a solution! Sure hope Obama's stimulus package will stop them both in their tracks!!

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  29. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    haha, thank you Anderson for speaking exactly what many of us I'm sure are thinking. Did we elect these people to just sit around reading the newspaper all day? Don't think so

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  30. Maricar

    I think President Obama did very well in his speech trying to encourage the American people despite the recession. He does have good plans to work with just hope it can be fulfilled soon.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  31. Anitra

    President Obama is a great leader. He is inclusive in his ideals from the top to the bottom of his both his tasks and audiences. He governs America in its entirety, not just to and for those who agree w/ him. Again, a great leader.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  32. Sharon S

    I don't feel any better about our economy or anything at this time! Just because the President makes a nice speech does not make me feel better!
    It seemed more like a pep ralley to me!

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  33. Vin

    Obama clearly does not understand basic economic principles. Higher corporate taxes = less jobs = less economic growth.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  34. Philip B

    Julie, this isn't W Bush's bailout anymore. All of us will be better off with a stronger economy.

    And getting Halliburton and Chaney off the payroll is a great start!

    And visiting Europe is much more fun with Bush gone.

    It's all good.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  35. poonam

    Presidential address was very reassuring...has instilled our confidence back in our government and our country once again.His ideas were clean and clear for any layman to understand.He spoke straight from his heart.Good job Mr President

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  36. Bea

    @Jane: You said, "Jindal’s rebuttal was a great example of the danger in writing a response before knowing what was said."

    Yeah, if Jindal was any good he would have turned on a dime and delivered the rebuttal the right way. He had about ten minutes. The beauty of Obama's speech is that he anticipated Jindal wouldn't be able to do that.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  37. Bridget, TX

    I'm so sick of the Republicans, and their petty hypocricy. It is amazing how they don't get it. We need to come together as a people, but if they refuse we'll succeed without him.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  38. Josephus Sawo

    Good evening Anderson and everybody at 360. I think the president speech is descent he make the americans understand and assured us it's not the end. I am from Liberia West Africa, and i believe America will rise. May god bless The United States.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  39. Wasiwasi

    was Gov. Bobby Jindal, advertising his home state? because i didn't hear anything close to a rebuttal to the President Obama's speech.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  40. Javier Cavero

    Jindal sounded fake........more like a sales person...trying to sell us the same platform that McCain ran on.....example he mentioned again Offshore Drilling....are we not pass this???

    Same old Republican ideas that got us into this mess!!!!!

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  41. Steve in Jamestown, N.Y.

    I heard alot of refreshing and new ideas tonight until Gov. Jindal opened his trap. Then it was one Republican go through over and over again. If this silliness continues anymore, the Republicans can expect the Democrats to gain that long lusted after Fillbuster-proof majority they so covet in the 2010 elections.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  42. David

    I think it was a great speech and I have a lot of hope for OUR country. I'm glad we have such a ambitious president we have needed one for the last eight years and we wouldn't be where we are today, and the Republican's better get on broad and quit protecting the rich or they will be the one's left behind. WE CAN DO IT.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  43. Bill, from Wisconsin

    Hi all. Great speech, but then most of Obama's speeches have been great. However, they are words and words have no action. I am going to be very interested in seeing how he accomplishes everything that he said he wanted to get done, and still cut the deficit in half before the end of his first (and hopefully only) term.

    BIGGER government is not the answer. Remember Ronald Regan.

    Thank you all for listening.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  44. Mattie

    The Republicans have gone from bad to worse, from Palin to Jindal. Is he a parrot? He repeated everything President Obama said, verbatim. That was no rebuttal, but rather a confirmation to President Obama. Another win for the President!!!

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  45. Dan

    was bobby jindal running for president? i really dont care what he did in louisiana or what his daddy used to say. and btw i get that americans can do anything.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  46. Mindy, GA

    Whatever, Anderson. If I were there I'd camp out for a good seat too.

    Have respect for the political fanboys.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  47. Mary Lou

    Our President gave all of us hope. He was dynamic! If I was 40 years younger, I'd head for Washington to be part of a productive Presidency.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  48. Brenda Aguero

    That is pathetic to sit there and get a GGOOODD seat while the people pay him to work...!!!

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  49. Diane Powers

    I enjoyed every word said by Obama. I have all the faith in him. I HAVE NEVER IN MY 61 1/2 YEARS WATCH ANY PRESIDENT SPEECH.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  50. Clarence, Albuquerque

    like waiting for Madonna.... and how many others wanted an autograph?

    February 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
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