February 24th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 2/24/09

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  1. Andrew K, Sacramento, CA

    Love the "take charge", "rebuild", and "move forward" rhetoric. Positive language helps build confidence. Not so much enjoying the "economy we inherited" rhetoric. Language like that only further drives the partisan wedge.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  2. Marc

    As a Portland, Oregon resident, keeping an eye on volcanoes is important to our state's economy – an unexpected eruption would be a body blow. If Gov. Jindal can give up his levies, then we can talk.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  3. Jim..Phoenix

    It's sad to see Republicans smerk when the President was speaking. They still can't believe they got us into this miss. After the speach, I feel more confident on how we will recover

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  4. Steve

    For a guy who says he wants to be "bi-partisan", he sures spends a lot of time throwing darts an the Republicans. If I were a Republican congressman, I sure wouldn't have a warm fuzzy feeling towards this guy.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  5. Americano

    Seriously? Bobby Jindal already criticizing and pointing fingers. That was typical politics. Blame the others for being irresponsible. He even sounded fake.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  6. Michelle

    President Obama is in a league all by himself.
    The GOP does not have anyone who can
    communicate on his level.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  7. John O

    Republicans need to realize that the Ultra Conservative Christian Right does not represent America. Bobby Jindal seems like a cloan in a young body. Wake up Republican Party!

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  8. David _ Florida

    Why won't he stand up to the members of Congress and stop all the earmarks, he promised us he would and he won't do it! And how about stopping the Congress from using Government jets instead of complaining about the CEO of the largest companies in the world having them?

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  9. Tannia

    The President speech was excellent. Even though it had many highlights/topics, I think it gave enough information for us the people to know wheres hes going.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  10. Ruth

    Did I hear President Obama say that the checks were on the way? He was talking about the 95% of American who will receive a tax cut and I thought I heard him say "by the way, those checks are on the way"....are we getting a check?

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  11. Michelle D. Ontario ,Canada

    Where's the magic wall John King to make this economy mess disappear . An emtional warm bath David Gergen -that's the idea calgon take me away from this gloom

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  12. sharon

    Great speech by the President! Short, to the point and on point! Now, about Bobby Jindal - new face, same old republican message.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  13. Kelly

    Obama said the right things and said them the right way. Communication is key. I was disappointed with Jindal's response. There was no substance. His Katrina analogy didn't make sense.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  14. Steve - southern Illinois

    It's extremely annoying listening to people who voted for 8 years of george bush complain about the deficit.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  15. Leroy Sturdivant

    What a speech i didn't think that President Obama would be thoughtful and clear headed and don't worrying about what the Republican party was going to do after his speech. He talked to tha people and that is what I enjoyed tha most keep it up MR. PRESIDENT.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  16. Lauri

    Give me a break CNN (and everyone else) how fake and phony can Governor Jindal be? Wow, Obama has only been in office for a little over a month and he (Governor Jindal) is already politicking for 2012? How disrespectful to give Mr. America face time and try to undermine President Obama–trust me, the Republicans got whipped in this election, keep it up and it will be another landslide come 2012-The Republicans had their 8 years--What a phony-you can tell he is jockeying for position-and I can read right through his disingenuous "caring" about the country–please-

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  17. Alexis

    Gov. Jindal spoke to the country as though we were about 10 years old.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  18. Jan White Lake, MI


    It is not the President or government that can change things around for us. It is us that can change things.

    Have you not heard, "Ask not what our country can do for you , but ask what you can do for your country?" I guess that Obama, Nancy or the rest of the Democratic Party never heard that either.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  19. Stephanie

    Obama's speech was great! As a public school teacher I appreciated his emphasis on parents taking an active role in thier children's education!

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  20. Jameelah

    Jindel is a JOKE!!! New Orleans is still not rebuilt, but he has such a great plan on who to rescue the nation. RIGHT!!!!
    How about you see about your own state first!

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  21. Tyler, Lincoln Nebraska

    Jindal's response was anticlimactic. After being titillated for an hour by Obama's rhetoric, I was let down by Jindal's words. What they say about grandma's house holds true for the GOP; regardless of what baked goods she gets you in the door with, she'll still tell you the same story about uncle Hank you hear every time. Lets try something new.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  22. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    How can we believe any of this from Mr. Jindal!

    Promising and inspiring speech? Very twisted and dishonest!

    Have not learn anything from the lost campaign from the expectations for changes from the american people! Thank you for staying in the past and not providing a new world vision of the new and better place of America at home and with friends and allies!

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  23. Larry Christensen

    I think President Obama did an excellent job of explaining what and how things need to be done. Gov Jindal seems like he's running for President in 2012. Give Obama a break, he inherited a Republican problem and he's been in office barely 30 days.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  24. Darlene Christianson

    I was overall impressed with the speech, this is what the country needed! However I did make me question if Obama is watching h is back- With all the talk about how badly the countries economy was and how he is going to stop overspending by government etc- what about the Speaker of the house behind him that just returned from an all expensed paid trip to italy? This does not make sense...

    February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  25. Mari

    Obama did a wonderful job tonight, however, I'm unsure of what the Gov of Lousiana is hoping to accomplish with this useless message. The bill has passed. What does this do other than cause dissent among our nation. I feel as this is disrepectful to the President and our country. Furthermore, I his message was condescending and offensive.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  26. Dan Buffalo

    President Obama insires me again keeping my hope alive. He was reassuring and presidential. A promising leader at last!

    February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  27. rich

    My God, the response by the GOP and specifically Jindal, was the most pathetic response I have ever witnessed. It sounded as he was addressing a bunch of 6th graders with his tone and demeanor.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  28. venus

    im confused bobby jindal talks about the republicans want whats best and their plan is for the american people hello..... didnt the republicans have eight years to get it right thats what i thought have a seat republicans its time for change.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  29. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    I couldn't understand the argument about Katrina Jindal made either David Gergen.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  30. Regina

    I was impressed with President Obama but unhappy with the republican party. I am sick of them talking about tax cuts but if you don't have a job how is this going to help me or anyone else. These tax cuts will only help their rich friends.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  31. Karen

    I was very pleased with Obama's forthright approach and honesty. Speech wa exactly as expected but necessary. However, listening to Gov. Jindal, he read his speech like it was a bedtime story. I know he was trying to be engaging but it didn't come across well

    February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  32. steve

    Lots of promises,,lots of talk =lots of taxes
    Pelosi was making me dizzy

    February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  33. Shane

    I think President Obama addressed all people tonight. Democrats, Republicans, and most importantly the American People. He made it clear and to the point. I believe he will save this country.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  34. George

    When was the last time we heard a president use the words "Accountable and Transparency"? I'm sold.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  35. Mindy, GA

    Yay, Gergen! ILU Gergen!

    If Jindal is the future of the Republican Party, I'm biting the bullet and changing my registration to Democrat.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  36. xtina, chicago IL

    why are people intimidated by Gov. Jindal? All he said was "don't trust Washington with your money". He's got a right to oppose Obama, doesn't he?

    February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  37. john

    Jindal was terrible. i do not understand why he is gaining popularity.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  38. Debbie Bowen

    Bobby ....We keep hearing the same-o same-o from you republicans. I'm falling asleep listening to you.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  39. Stacy

    Jindal was terrible, but to be fair, the rebuttal is usually a recipe for failure. It's hard to follow the president and the energy in that hall.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  40. KevinC

    @Sharon S. Regardless of jobs being temporary or permanent, it gives people money, who will then spend it in stores and on services, and those businesses will grow and offer jobs which will again give people money to spend and so on. Trickle up economics is what's needed now, not tax cuts in the hope those who benefit will invest in new workers because as we've seen over the last 7 years since Bush gave tax cuts to the richest Americans, it didn't work.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  41. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Jindal was more positive than Obama has been. Obama was a better speaker, but it was just another campaign speech.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  42. David

    What was Jindall talking about when he railed against reducing the military? Obama said that he was increasing it and raising their pay. Though I would have liked to have heard him talk about reducing contracting out the war, but that may be part of the budget cuts.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  43. shay

    Obama just nailed so many of the things that simply had to be said, and said them clearly, succintly and made me feel good! Nancy Pelosi messing with her agenda in the background irritated me.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  44. Brendan

    That GOP rebutle was absolutly ridiculous. WHY ARE YOU TRYING TO DIVIDE THE COUNTRY?!?! If there is any time were people need to get together it is NOW. Why is he saying "we did this", "they did that". NO!!. We are all in it together. Get some guts and stop being politicians.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  45. deborah ricce

    anderson cooper, could you tell me if gov. jindal of louisiana has
    fixed ward 9 yet? he sounds like a man who don't want to help the poor. he maybe the new face of the republican party but does he
    help the poor of his own state or just talk about?.
    this governor talks abouts doing anything let us know what has he done to really fix louisiana ward 9 district and get his poor back to their homes. i believe brad pitt has done more than this governor, which makes him a bad spokes person. i apologize if my knowledge is incorrect and i am listening to you to answer this big question for us. does he cut taxes for his state and starve the poor, or does he fix the problems of his state by any means necessary, even raising taxes.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  46. Chuck

    Are you kidding... No pork in the recent stimulus bill... Wake-up America

    February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  47. Xavier

    Who can go into specifics of the plans if you only have an hour! He has the specifics. Do you have 24hours to listen to them? Can you give those type of specifics in only an hour?!?! The president is on point!

    February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  48. ducdebrabant

    Why did Bobby Jindal sound like he was speaking to 5 year olds? It was like Mister Jindal's Neighborhood. I thought he'd get out a picture book or introduce Mr. Greenjeans.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  49. Kim

    The President said many things that the everyday person has been saying for months and wanting someone to finally stand up and say it in congress. It was a clear signal to everyone, he has come to do the job that we voted for him to do – excellent speech and best I've heard in many years

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

    The rebuttal sounds like a bad infomercial at like 4 in the morning..."All we have is fear itself", a wonderful quote and it seems the Republicans are trying to play that card...really hard to us...even though they were responsible for the majority of the debt we now have and wants us to forget it to trust them again so they can try to push their agendas through...I hope we don't buy it...we need change not more of the same...President Obama needs to remind us of these facts when Republicans try to say they will work with him yet do otherwise despite the will of the people.


    February 24, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
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