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. Mandy

    I've thoroughly enjoyed the coverage tonight and President Obama's speech. Although his plans sound rather ambitious, to put it mildly, I hope he can pull even half of what he wants to accomplish out of the proverbial magicians hat.

    Having said that, he certainly has his priorities in order and I wish him all the best.

    P.S. To the best team on television – keep up the great work!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  2. Joseph Ross

    You know it's amazing to hear some of you guys talk about helping you kids, if we keep gone the rate we are gone without any bill out our son, support all kids would not have anything to worry about because it be like West Africa. East Africa are the slums of Indonesia. It took us eight years to get here, give them a chance.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  3. Lauren, MN

    I love that President Obama isn't buckling under to Republicans. We need a Democratic President with wisdom, who is a leader, and has a backbone. And bless the Lord, we've got it.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  4. Frank

    If Bobby Jindal truly believes what hesaid tonight. I wonder if he would come to Ohio and trade places with this unemployed american for the next year.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:42 pm |
  5. JoelA

    A quote I read on Twitter from a colleague: "We've been so starved for authentc leadershp, Obama could've read ingredients off a Splenda packet & it would've moved me."

    I got chills during this speech. He is such a needed inspiration to us all. Makes me want to volunteer, take a year to relearn, and just be a better American.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:42 pm |
  6. Jimmy R. San Antonio,TX

    Great speech with substance! We could not have chosen a better president to get the job done! Keep the dollars coming to us poor people who struggle and work hard and don't get anywhere - all our monies go to paying bills. The working poor finally have a voice!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:41 pm |
  7. Karen

    Bobby Jindahl did nothing for Republicans. They just do not want to work at all and just like Bush, they believe "my way or no way". And Jindahl confirmed it tonight. And Jindahl made no sense along with the age old Republican "twist the truth". Last time I saw headlines, uh, Lousiana still needs lots of help. What is Jindahl thinking?

    February 24, 2009 at 11:40 pm |
  8. ShortMemories

    Thanks Erica........average workers are "fed up" with Wall St. "traders" who have decimated their retirement savings by "shorting" stocks and driving them into the ground......It was good for the President to call them out tonight!!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:40 pm |
  9. Yih-Chau Chang

    President Obama's speech was both sincere and inspirational. In contrast, Gov. Jindal's speech came across as both fake and insincere. His performance tonight only serves to further demonstrate how out of touch the Republican Party is with the people of this great country.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:40 pm |
  10. Sumit, Boston

    Quite right Erica. The market is not an accurate barometer. The President is looking 10 years ahead whereas the market is all about today.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:40 pm |
  11. Shaun

    I was more impressed with the personal stories of the banker that gave his money away, and the young girl that wrote the letter to the lawmakers. That shows both GENEROSITY, and COURAGE. and these are the qualities that us Americans need to embrace to become the Country we're truly capable of becomming.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:40 pm |
  12. Sonny DeLuca, Rockford, IL.

    What's this "Child Abuse"? Isn't spending billions to fight an oil war "America Abuse"? What is he talking about with this "our children will pay"? I've been paying all my life it's about time we spend the money rebuilding "our" country rather than some country we bombed.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:40 pm |
  13. Jack Frost

    Obama's speech made me feel like I spent my vote very well this election season. Jindal sounded like the whig party, saying that government shouldn't do what it was created to do. Boo Jindal, your party sounds like the terrorists that are trying to destroy us.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:40 pm |
  14. Lori from IL

    Anderson -

    You are too funny - last night saying Tim Geithner was hiding in Dick Cheney's cave and tonight basically saying you're "stalking" him for the scoop on his bank plan -

    February 24, 2009 at 11:40 pm |
  15. EM-Fort Wayne, IN

    Enough of the Republican propaganda...are you for progress of Americans or playing politics, honestly? Where is your loyalty?

    February 24, 2009 at 11:39 pm |
  16. Duwal

    I just didn't get GOP. If they could why they don't stop spending and lead us to 1Trillion budget deficit and still saying same thing, Tax Cut for rich again and again. Where is GOP plan to get country to lead a head. And they already spend 8 years trying their plan now let Democratic do their job.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:39 pm |
  17. Michael Daniels

    The discussion you had with Stephen Moore about the financial markets reaction has me confused. They seemed to critique the President on decisions that were made prior to the current administration. Specifically about the federal money provided to the financial community. Wasn't this provided provided prior to Predident Obama? If so, how could he provide more oversight to what was already provided?

    February 24, 2009 at 11:38 pm |
  18. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Kevin – I agree that President Obama has that personal touch needed to inspire especially consumer confidence. Thank goodness this crisis happened after G.W. was out.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:38 pm |
  19. Terry Washington State

    Tony in IL, them NOT standing up did not go unnoticed. Then, why should they stand to receive applause for doing nothing but ganging up and fighting without adding anything to inspire or change what they did not agree with.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:38 pm |
  20. Andrew HS

    In my opinion we should treat the stock market as nothing more than a 75-80% off Sale at Bergdorf's or Saks. If you have the money to invest you should go shopping an invest in your favorite companies. Giving Wall St. the U.S ecomony and the world a much needed jolt.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:37 pm |
  21. Pam

    Hello Anderson, CNN guest and personal, I think the President's address was what America needed to hear right now. America has listened to media and discouraging news about the economy for far to long, and now we Americans need words of promise and encouragment.The word HOPE opened the door for Honesty, Opportunity, Patience, and Excellence the way Americans should operate.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:37 pm |
  22. Demetra

    Bobby Jindle is correct when he stresses that it was the people that had to help themselves....Local, State and Federal Government, ALL failed the people of Louisianna.

    Let's not forget the pain and suffering our fellow American endured on our watch, in our country. Truly a shameful moment for all of us.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:37 pm |
  23. Tim in Muncie, IN

    FDR's New Deal did not work. . . and neither will Obama's!

    What got us out of the Great Depression was World War II. When millions of men left the work force to kill Germans and Japs. Afterword, we were the only country left in the world whose industry was not bombarded to smithereens. The GI bills main success was keeping millions of soldiers out of the work while the economy absorbed the men who did not go to school. Most readers have never heard this, and this is sad in itself.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:36 pm |
  24. ericacnn

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

    February 24, 2009 at 11:36 pm |
  25. Linda

    Anderson you should look back at the end of the speech and see the people he was shaking hands with offering to help with Obama with his plans. That showed that he is inspiring others to solve these issues that are effecting this country.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:35 pm |
  26. Sam

    There's no way Obama is going to pull it off. He's thinking way to big and talking about fixing too much at one time. Pick one issue and focus, focus, focus.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:35 pm |
  27. Uma in Liverpool, UK

    Roland Martin is right, as usual.

    Why not have a President who thinks big?
    Why not have a President with ambitious plans?

    These are dire times, and they call for courage, and commitment. Obama has those.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:35 pm |
  28. Carolyn

    I really enjoyed hearing what Bobby Jindal said, I would like to see
    him as president some day. He makes a lot of sense.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:35 pm |
  29. Claus Boelter

    My wife and I are inspired by the speech – finally a president that actually understands what he is talking about.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:33 pm |
  30. Nick

    I don't understand why our fearless leaders act like banks aren't loaning money...They are. They just aren't loaning money to people who won't pay it back. Isn't that the way it was supposed to be?

    February 24, 2009 at 11:33 pm |
  31. Armide

    Great Presidential speech. Obama makes me hopeful, I am retired and on Medicare through social security. Guess what… I pay a lot of taxes on both.

    Sad response by Jindal. He did not seem to make a great argument for his point of view. His state got lots of federal money after Katrina.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  32. Michael Hoyes

    I found that the President's speech was a good balance of ideas and choices. The issue I had was with the rebuttal from Gov Jindal. He seemed to be trying to repaint the Republican history without really putting forth any new ideas. The Republicans had a chance for the last 8 years yet they ran the deficit up with the wars, and now want to say that the Democrats are spending more.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  33. Herbert in CA

    What about a true left wing panelist for a change? You consistently give air time opportunity for the right, like slumping Ed Rollins. He seems genuinely disappointed that Obama gave a great speech.

    Beggin here.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  34. Bill Morell, DuBois

    RESTRAIN Gov. Spending? omg .. please…. If that’s what the GOP thinks .. then why didn’t someone explain that to BUSH?

    February 24, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  35. Eric Logan, iowa

    Love your show Anderson

    In regards to Obama's speech tonight, he was ambitious, hopeful, and determined to get things done in Washington...in my eyes he hit all key issues facing out country today. Now is the time to act boldly, wisely, and quickly to match the 21st century demands.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  36. Andy from Shelby,OH

    I liked the presidents speech, and if he can get done half of what he has stated tonight he would have done a wonderful job. I want the president, congress, and my fellow Americans to do what is right and put all political beurocracy aside. If they don't it will not matter anyway.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:30 pm |
  37. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - Thank you for joining us again tonight - your comments have been most interesting. Lots of thumbs up for the President's speech, almost all thumbs down for the GOP response. I am afraid that Governor Jindal's speaking style got seriously in his way.

    CNN asked me to participate in a grading exercise of the Preseident's speech that it wanted to put up on the web site. Here is what I filed:

    "For political impact, the President deserves a strong A for his speech tonight - it was inspiring, spoke to the chief concerns most Americans appear to have about his economic program, and explained the bailouts for banks and autos in terms that were very understandable. It was also the most ambitious speech that we have heard from a President in decades - the first half sounded like FDR fighting for the New Deal, the second half, Lyndon Johnson fighting for the Great Society. Rhetorically, I thought the speech was a B - it had very little music. Clearly, as he himself said, he wanted to speak plainly and until near the end, he avoided soaring language. In short, I don't think it will find its way into an anthology of great speeches but it will serve the President extremely well with the public."

    February 24, 2009 at 11:29 pm |
  38. john K

    What a brilliant speech by Jindal. He is the next Reagan.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:29 pm |
  39. Paul Wheeless

    Bobby Jindal's is out of touch. Not having Volcano monitoring in Hawaii were I live is like not having a levees in his State. I liked the President's take. The part that was the best is stopping the imprisonment of the people being held and tortured at the US base in Cuba. Bush sent us back to the middle ages.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  40. Lori from IL

    @ Tony in IL - I'm guessing the Republicans didn't stand up when thanked for passing the stimulas was because they didn't vote for it (except 3 senators) so they really didn't pass it!

    David Gergen - great job once again. Always enjoy your comments.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  41. Jazmin

    President Obama is the portrait of a true leader. Inspiring, moving, and demonstrates true bluntness and straightforwardness. Washington legislation will finally focus on the needs of the average American instead of those of the rich and powerful. Props to Obama!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  42. Crissy

    I wish the media would do interviews and all kinds of polls on the GOPs? Ask them why they're so negative and so into the next election they don't care if the country just fall and dies? Do they know they're the sucker party? The hate needs to stop and they need to get out of self.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  43. Ricky Surface

    I'm moved by obamas speech and now know i voted for the right man! The Republican admited they got us to this place and now want a second chance they just anger me the money being spent now is to fix what they did.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  44. Bob Jones

    Bank regulators are affecting bank's ability to lend. Their role is never mentioned when the question is asked, Why aren't banks lending. They are dictating a policy which is in contridiction to the directivescoming from Congress and the White House. The public comments coming from the regulatory leadership is not the same message being delivered to banks in the field where the real rules are enforced, not what is released in DC.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:27 pm |
  45. sue, montreal

    That WSJ guy is another fenatic! The silent majority? Is called the minority. you had 8 years, you blew it-lets move on...and the stimulas in no long a bill...It's a law!

    February 24, 2009 at 11:27 pm |
  46. Curt

    Anyone that trusts the government to spend money wisely needs to think again . It takes them 10 dollars to spend one dollar. Government is the problem not the answer .

    February 24, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  47. Jasmine-Spokane,WA

    Pork is spending and spending makes money. Econ 101....

    February 24, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  48. Dan

    It was good to see President Obama strike a more positive tone tonight relative to the economic recovery prospects. However, it would be interesting to learn what data caused him to do a 180 degree reversal, literally overnight. It couldn't simply have been the recent criticism from Bill Clinton?

    February 24, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  49. Fred

    Anderson, can someone please explain to me one thing the government has done that fiscally makes sense? Keeping this in mind, how will refinancing people in foreclosure in homes they never could afford in the first place help the housing market?

    February 24, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  50. Deb

    Governor Jindhal failed the Republicans by making his first national campaigne speech for 2012 instead of analyzing the President's speech and responding with alternative ideas The GOP deserved better. This "rising star" may have just become a "falling star." On top of self-promotion, his delivery was amateurish.

    February 24, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
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